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Former Belgian king faces fines if refuses paternity test

Apo - The former King Albert II of the Belgians has been ordered by a court to submit to a DNA test or face daily fines of 5,000 euros ($5,600) lawyers said Thursday.

Line of succession to the British throne

London - Prince Harry and his wife Meghan's newborn baby, whose name is set to be revealed on Wednesday, is seventh in line to the British throne.The baby's arrival means Prince Andrew, Harry's uncle, dropping down to eighth in line.

Prince Harry and Meghan name 'dream' son Archie

Windsor - Britain's Prince Harry and wife Meghan on Wednesday announced their new "dream" son's name is Archie, hours after showing him off to the world for the first time.

Britain delights in birth of Meghan's royal boy

Windsor - Delighted Britons bet on baby names and dusted off their Union Jack costumes after Prince Harry and Meghan welcomed the royal family's first known mixed-race child.

Prince Harry 'over the moon' as Meghan gives birth to a boy

London - Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has given birth to a boy, her "over the moon" husband Prince Harry revealed to the world on Monday in a low-key announcement intended to protect their privacy.

What are the traditions for a British royal birth?

London - Prince Harry and Meghan are a modern couple but their first-born child will still be a senior royal. And certain traditions must be respected.

Royal baby announcement breaks with tradition

London - Tradition-defying royal couple Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, broke with custom yet again on Monday with the announcement of the birth of their first child.

Prince Harry: troubled playboy to happy family man

London - Prince Harry, who became the father of a "very healthy boy" on Monday, has transformed himself from an angry young man into one of the British royal family's greatest assets.

Harry and Meghan: royal romance crowned by birth of son

London - The arrival on Monday of their first child -- a "very healthy" boy -- crowns the whirlwind love story of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, coming less than three years since they first met.

Meghan gives birth to a boy, says 'thrilled' Prince Harry

London - Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has given birth to a boy, her husband Prince Harry announced in a statement to television cameras on Monday, adding that mother and baby were "doing incredibly well".

Thai King praises 'unity' in speech on final coronation day

Bangkok - Thailand's newly-crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn praised the show of "unity" at his first public address on the final day of an elaborate coronation Monday, speaking to a sea of supporters and witnessed by the head of the junta that has led the divide...

Thai King praises 'unity' in speech on final coronation day

Bangkok - Thailand's newly-crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn praised a show of "unity" at his first public address on the final day of an elaborate coronation Monday, speaking to a sea of supporters and witnessed by the head of the junta that has led the divided ...

Thai King Rama X set for first grand procession since coronation

Bangkok - Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn will be carried on a golden palanquin through Bangkok's historic heart Sunday, a second day of coronation rituals which will bring the public up close to their powerful monarch.

Cabin crew, bodyguard, Thai queen: Suthida's meteoric rise

Bangkok - Kneeling in front of her King, Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhya was invested as Queen on Saturday in Bangkok's Grand Palace, taking up a prominent role in a country where the monarchy is deeply revered, a fairytale ascent for the former flight attenda...

Golden crown, sceptre and sacred waters: the Thai king's coronation

Bangkok - Most Thais have never witnessed a coronation -- it has been almost 70 years since the last one, when the young Bhumibol Adulyadej was crowned in 1950.

Thai king crowned in day of pomp and centuries-old splendour

Bangkok - To the boom of cannons, pipes and chants, King Maha Vajiralongkorn was crowned Saturday in a ceremony governed by centuries-old rituals, vowing a righteous reign and calling for "national security" and "happiness" in a remarkable display of royal power...

Japan's new emperor urges world peace in first public speech

Apo - Emperor Naruhito urged Japan to work together for world peace as he made his first public appearance Saturday in front of a cheering, flag-waving crowd of tens of thousands.

Rama X of Thailand set for coronation filled with ritual

Bangkok - Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn will be crowned Saturday in an elaborate show of pageantry, marbled by Hindu and Buddhist ritual, two years after ascending the throne following his father's death.

Five ways Thailand's new king has made his mark

Bangkok - Taking direct control of a fortune, purging the palace, tweaking the constitution and issuing commands before a key election -- Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn's has made his presence keenly felt since ascending the throne in 2016.

From bodyguard to Queen, Thailand's Suthida makes public debut

Bangkok - Thailand's Queen Suthida, the former deputy head of the royal bodyguard, made her first official public appearance Thursday at the side of Rama X, just days before his coronation.

Thailand set for coronation of King Rama X, first in 69 years

Bangkok - Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn will be crowned this weekend in a pageantry-laden ceremony flecked by Hindu and Buddhist ritual, as Rama X furthers his primacy over one of the world's richest monarchies and a kingdom beset by ulcerous political div...

Thai King announces consort to be Queen ahead of coronation

Bangkok - Thailand announced Wednesday that King Maha Vajiralongkorn's long-time consort had become his fourth wife, bestowed with the title Queen Suthida -- a surprise move just days before his coronation.

Royalist volunteers toil overtime for Thai King's coronation

Bangkok - In baby-blue caps and yellow scout scarves, an army of royal volunteers is sprucing up Thailand before this weekend's coronation -- a projection of unity and loyalty to the unassailable crown in a divided kingdom that remains locked in political crisis...

Japan's new Emperor Naruhito ascends Chrysanthemum Throne

Apo - Japan's new Emperor Naruhito pledged Wednesday to stand by the Japanese people as he formally ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne, the day after his father's historic abdication ushered in a new imperial era.

Dutch queen planned to swap Nazis for Belgian king

Den Haag - Former Dutch queen Wilhelmina tried to broker a deal through the Vatican to help senior Nazis flee Europe in exchange for the release of Belgium's King Leopold III, according to a report Tuesday.

Japan rings in new era as Naruhito becomes emperor

Apo - A new era dawned in Japan on Wednesday as Naruhito officially became emperor at midnight following his father's historic abdication from the Chrysanthemum Throne, the world's oldest monarchy.

Japan's new imperial couple face heavy burden of tradition

Apo - Japan's incoming emperor Crown Prince Naruhito faces the delicate task of balancing tradition within the world's oldest monarchy and his own modern values, including protecting his family from the palace's rigid rules.

Japan's emperor to step down in 200-year first

Apo - For the first time in more than 200 years, Japan's emperor will abdicate Tuesday, putting his son on the Chrysanthemum Throne and ushering in a new era for the world's oldest monarchy.

Man arrested over knives at Japan prince's school desk: media

Apo - Japanese police on Monday arrested a 56-year-old man in connection with two paring knives found at the school desk of Prince Hisahito, grandson of Emperor Akihito, local media reported.

Extra abdication holidays pose dilemma for hardworking Japanese

Apo - For the Emperor's abdication on April 30, Japanese workers are enjoying an unprecedented 10-day holiday as a rash of special days off combine with the traditional "Golden Week" in May.
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