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UK royal family warns trolls following online abuse

London - Britain's royal family on Monday warned trolls on its social media accounts that they will be banned under new guidelines issued following abuse of Kate and Meghan -- the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex.

Spanish king's inflammable statue sparks art fair row

Madrid - Want to burn a statue of Spain's King Felipe VI? For 200,000 euros, it's a deal -- a contractual obligation, even -- at Madrid's ARCO contemporary art fair, where two artists known for courting controversy are showing a giant effigy of the monarch.

Spanish king speaks out during Catalan separatists' trial

Madrid - Spain's King Felipe VI said Wednesday democracy was not above respecting the law, in unusually outspoken comments widely interpreted as refuting claims by Catalan separatist leaders on trial in Madrid.

Prince Charles to make first British royal trip to Cuba

London - Prince Charles will make the first-ever official British royal visit to Cuba in March, his office announced Friday, to mark improving ties between the two nations.

Britain's Prince Philip faces no charges over car crash

London - Britain's Prince Philip, 97, will not face any charges over a car crash which left a woman with a broken wrist, state prosecutors announced Thursday.

Meghan Markle hounded like Diana? Hardly, British papers say

London - Could Meghan Markle really face the same fate as Princess Diana? Britain's newspapers on Wednesday angrily challenged US actor George Clooney's claim that their treatment of Prince Harry's wife resembled the hounding of his late mother.

Thai party leader contrite after rebuke for princess' PM candidacy

Bangkok - A Thai political party leader expressed public contrition on Tuesday for selecting a princess as a candidate for prime minister, days after the move provoked a rebuke from her brother, King Maha Vajiralongkorn.

Army-aligned party buoyed amid Thai political turmoil

Bangkok - Opponents of the Shinawatra political clan campaigned triumphantly in the Thai capital on Sunday, after a weekend of high political drama when a Thai princess' bid to be premier provoked a rare royal rebuke.

Prince Philip, 97, gives up licence after car crash

London - Queen Elizabeth II's 97-year-old husband Prince Philip on Saturday surrendered his driving licence after causing a car crash that outraged the media and stirred a debate about old age and driving.

Malaysia enthrones new king after historic abdication

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia on Thursday installed a new king, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, after the last monarch abdicated in a historic first following his reported marriage to a Russian ex-beauty queen.

King of Spain visits Iraq, first in 40 years: diplomat

Baghdad - Spain's King Felipe VI on Wednesday visited special forces helping Iraq fight jihadists, during the first trip by a Spanish monarch to the war-ravaged country in four decades, a diplomat said.

Queen calls for 'common ground' as Brexit divides Britain

London - Queen Elizabeth II has emphasised the need for Britons to come together to "seek out the common ground", in what is being viewed as an appeal to overcome bitter divisions over Brexit.

Sports-loving sultan picked as Malaysian king after shock abdication

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's royal families on Thursday picked a sports-loving sultan as the country's new king after the last monarch abdicated in a historic first following his reported marriage to a Russian ex-beauty queen.

Malaysian royals to pick new king after historic abdication

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's royal families will elect a king Thursday after the last monarch abdicated following his reported marriage to a Russian ex-beauty queen, with a sports-loving sultan in pole position for the role.

Britain's Prince Philip still driving at 97

London - Britain's lack of an upper age limit for driving was in the spotlight on Friday as 97-year-old Prince Philip recovered after being involved in an accident that flipped his car.

Britain's Prince Philip, 97, 'shocked and shaken' after crash

London - Queen Elizabeth II's 97-year-old husband Prince Philip emerged "shocked and shaken" but unhurt from a car crash that rolled his Land Rover and stirred a debate in Britain Friday about old age and driving.

Prince Philip unharmed after traffic accident, two injured

London - Queen Elizabeth II's 97-year-old husband Prince Philip emerged unscathed after a vehicle he was driving was involved in a traffic accident that injured two people on Thursday, according to Buckingham Palace and police.

Duchess Meghan expecting baby by beginning of May

London - Prince Harry's wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex told well-wishers on Monday she was six months pregnant and was expecting her baby at the end of April or beginning of May.

Malaysian king abdicates in historic first

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's king abdicated Sunday in a historic first for the country that ended weeks of speculation about his future after he took medical leave and reportedly married a Russian ex-beauty queen.

Malaysia's king abdicates: palace statement

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's king has abdicated, royal officials said Sunday, ending weeks of speculation about his future after he took a leave of absence and amid rumours he married a Russian former beauty queen.

Coronation of Thai King Vajiralongkorn set for May

Bangkok - An elaborate three-day coronation ceremony for Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn will be held in early May, more than two and half years after the death of his revered father Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Queen warns of 'tribalism' in Christmas address

London - Queen Elizabeth II warned of religious "tribalism" in a Christmas message on Tuesday delivered against a backdrop of Britain bickering over its impending exit from the EU.

UAE releases first pictures of 'runaway' princess

Dubai - The UAE released Monday the first photos of a runaway princess since her attempted escape from the emirate months ago, as it sought to confirm she is at home with family.

Queen calls for Christmas calm in Brexit storm

London - Queen Elizabeth II will call for respect and civility in a Christmas message delivered with Britain badly divided over its impending exit from the EU.

Japanese emperor stresses his peaceful reign ahead of abdication

Apo - In a rare emotional address ahead of his abdication next year, Japanese Emperor Akihito said he took "deep comfort" that his long reign had been one of peace as he remembered the "countless lives" lost in World War II.

Reformist Saudi Prince Talal bin Abdul Aziz dies

Apo - Saudi Prince Talal bin Abdul Aziz, a half brother of King Salman, died on Saturday at the age of 87, his billionaire son said."Prince Talal was called by God on Saturday," Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal wrote on Twitter.

Tower of London Beefeaters switch tunics for yellow vests

London - Beefeater guards at the Tower of London switched their traditional red uniforms for yellow vests on Friday as they went on strike with staff at other historic sites over pensions.

Ex-military chief to be next Australia governor-general

Sydney - A former chief of Australia's defence forces was Sunday appointed as the next governor-general, the representative of Britain's Queen, but will only assume the role after crucial state and federal elections next year.

Japan's empress-in-waiting 'insecure' but vows to serve

Apo - Japan's Crown Princess Masako on Sunday pledged to do her best despite feeling 'insecure' about becoming empress in mere months, in a candid statement released on her 55th birthday.

Spain former king criticised for meeting Saudi crown prince

Madrid - Former Spanish King Juan Carlos was under fire Monday after a photo emerged of him meeting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who has been tainted by the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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