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Charles and Camilla cap their Australia visit

Britain's Prince Charles and wife Camilla wrapped up their six-day tour of Australia and New Zealand in Perth Sunday, attending a church service with prayers for victims of the Paris attacks, where they joined hundreds of parishioners at St George Cathedral in Western Australia's capital in the morning. The prince was the first member of the Royal Family to visit Australia since republic Malcolm Turnbull took over the government. He arrived last Tuesday for the World War II commemoration. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall honored Australia's war dead by laying wreaths during the national Remembrance Day ceremony at the Australian War Memorial. This was followed by a meeting with Turnbull, who , had no choice but to begrudgingly admit that the Prince of Wales will one day become King of Australia – unless constitutional change happens. On Saturday, the heir to the throne celebrated his 67th birthday Down Under  with a toast and a downpour, where he made a spe…

Diana's body guard Ken Wharfe tried to warn her off from former lover James Hewitt

Princess Diane's former body guard, Ken Wharfe, tried to shield the Princess of Wales away from James Hewitt, who was called a liar and a cad by The Mail on Sunday.

"Diana was a prolific letter writer," says Wharfe, who guarded the princess for seven years from 1987. "I told her repeatedly, as did other close friends of hers, that those letters to Hewitt were hostages to fortune, and in her position she had to be careful."

Here's the full story at Mail Online, which details how Wharfe tried to protect Diana from James Hewitt.

Queen Rania is the head-turner at the opening of Parliament in Jordan

As always, Queen Rania of Jordan never fails to catch attention wherever she goes, thanks to her smart fashion statements. At the inauguration of Jordan's parliament, the 45-year old Queen once more  looks fantastic with her high-necked top and a structured midi-skirt in a striking geometric pattern.  A devout Muslim, Rania opted for the mini-skirt and long-sleeved top because of her religion's modesty guidelines.  Rania was in Parliament to support her husband King Abdullah II who gave a throne speech at the session in Amman.

Prince Charles Celebrates 67th Birthday Down Under Amidst Thunderstorm

Prince Charles may have thought that celebrating his 67th birthday in Australia would spare him from the gloom of London. Sunny Aussie, it is, but there's also occasional thunderstorms. So, on his birthday, the heir to the throne was instead forced to duck for cover as he toasted Happy Birthday after the heavens opened during a celebratory barbecue.

Prince Charles celebrated his 67th birthday with a toast during a downpour Down Under and was forced to duck under umbrella during birthday celebrations at special barbecue in Cottesloe, Perth.

The Prince spent the final leg of the Royal Couple's tour across Australia by sampling local wines and and asparagus at Oranje Tractor Wines in Albany, almost five hours southeast of Perth.

The Prince of Wales also extended his sympathies to the people of France following the attacks on November 13th 2015.

Charles and Camilla lay wreath at Stone Of Remembrance

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall place their poppies on the wall of remembrance in Canberra.

Prince Charles in Australia, meets PM Malcolm Turnbull

AP - Britain's Prince Charles meets Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, an avowed republican, during his six day visit to the country. The Duchess of Cornwall was with Prince Charles on the Australia visit.

Prince Charles in Australia

Prince Charles arrived in Adelaide Tuesday for World War II commemoration. The heir to the throne is the first member of the Royal Family to visit Australia after republican Malcolm Turnbull became prime minister. The Prince visit came at a time when revived debate over whether Canberra is ready to ditch its monarchy ties. Turnbull ousted royalist Tony Abbott in a party coup last September. He also headed the Australian Republican Movement, ceaselessly campaigning, albeit unsuccessfully, to break the Australian tie with the British Crown during a 1999 referendum. The six-day royal also hopes to weaken the call to eliminate knights and dames from Australia's national honours system. Turnbull called it "not appropriate" in the modern age.

Queen Elizabeth II leads Britain in paying respects to the war heroes on Remembrance Sunday

Queen Elizabeth II led Great Britain in paying respect to thefallen heroes of World II during Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in central London. King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands also laid a wreath this year upon invitation from the Queen on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands after World War II. The Duke of Edinburgh,  the Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, were also there, as well as members of the leading political parties. This marks Prince Harry’s official transition into a full-time royal.
At 11 in the morning, a two-minute silence was observed. Wreaths were then laid at the foot of the Whitehall memorial, followed by a veterans' march. The Duchess of Cambridge was seen somber and dignified while Prince William was taking part at the event. Queen Maxima of the Netherlands was also there to witness her husband join in the ceremony. Senior politicians, including Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Jeremy Cor…

Prince George's birthday photo released: He looks really cute!

An official picture of Prince George has been released to commemorate his second birthday. Taken by fashion photographer, Mario Testino, the cute prince looking happy in the arms of his father, Prince William. According to a Kensington Palace spokeswoman, the "photograph captures a very happy moment on what was a special day for the duke and duchess and their family."They are very pleased to share this picture as they celebrate Prince George's second birthday."

Buckingham Palace to investigate for the source of leaked Nazi salute footage

Buckingham Palace will investigate on how the video footage showing Queen Elizabeth II making the Nazi salute reached The Sun’s hands.
The palace will also take legal actions, considering that the 17-second film clip belongs in the Royal Family’s highly-restricted private archives. Queen Elizabeth II was greatly saddened after the video came out in the public. The clip shows the Queen’s mother, then Duchess of York, and younger sister, Princess Margaret, joining her as she makes the salute.
“There is mischief-making going on here and it is hurtful,” a senior Royal insider said in an interview with the Sunday Mirror.
“Her Majesty is livid at the distortion of truth and betrayal,” the inside continues.
The Queen is also “furious” because it damaged the reputation of her late mother, who actually did so much to boost public morale during the War years. It is believed that the Queen’s father, future King George VI, was the one taking the footage. Another Royal source revealed that that…

Royal biographer: Leaked video outshone by the decades of Queen’s hard work

Royal biographer Sarah Bradford immediately came into the Queen’s defense after the controversial 1933 video showing a young Princess Elizabeth making a Nazi salute.
“For all that, I do not believe there will be any lasting resonance, however sensational they might seem now – and this is because the darker message some claim for them has been so comprehensively outshone by the decades of hard work carried out by that earnest young girl,” the renowned author write for the Mail on Sunday.
Bradford noted that the Queen has been a ceaseless “embodiment of the respect, duty and determination” that saw through Great Britain during its darkest days, especially during World War II.
“Her reputation, already extraordinary, can surely not be tainted by an 80-year-old picture taken when she was a child,” Bradford continued.
Bradford highlighted the hard work the Queen did during World War II. Only 18 then, the Queen served with the wartime ambulance service. Bradford also wrote that the release…

Buckingham Palace, netizens react on leaked 1933 footage showing the Queen doing the Nazi salute

Buckingham Palace, netizens react on leaked 1933 footage showing the Queen doing the Nazi salute British tabloid newspaper, The Sun, has published footage of a seven-year-old Princess Elizabeth giving a Nazi salute.
Shot in 1933, the tape is features on the Sun’s website with a report published on its newspaper. It shows Elizabeth, her mother, her sister Margaret and her uncle Edward (later Edward VIII) having a great time in the grounds of Balmoral CastleScotland. Edward VIII, who reigned following his father’s death in 1936 for a very short 11 months before abdicating in the name of love for the American divorcee Wallis Simpson, was accused of sympathizing with the Nazi. His brother and successor, King George VI, father of Queen Elizabeth II, led Britain through the difficult years of World War II. The Nazi would have even wanted Edward and Wallis, who they referred as Good Queen, to reign.
Buckingham Palace immediately reacted to the video. In a statement, Palace officials said: “…

Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik visit Greenland

Queen Margrethe and Prince Consort Henrik are now in Greenland for a two-week visit in Denmark’s autonomous territory.
The Queen already visited the Station Nord military and science station, the Ittoqqortoormiit settlement and the Thule Air Base. Queen Margrethe was joined in Greenland by her husband Prince Consort Henrik on Sunday.
The Queen and the prince consort traveled aboard the Royal Yacht Dannebrog  and slated to tour different parts of Greenland, including Upernavik, Ukkusissat, Qullissat, Saqqaq, Ilulissat, Qasigiannguit, Kitsissuarsuit, Sisimiut, Kangaamiut and Maniitsoq before capping their visit in the capital of Nuuk on July 22.

 The locals will also give the royals a demonstration of seal hunting and traditional kayak techniques. Of course, a visit to local museums, health care facilities and activity centers are included in their itineraries.

The Queen spotted horse riding in Windsor

It’s tough to be the Queen but Her Majesty definitely deserves a break. Following her high profile visit in Germany and the frenzy that was the christening of Princess Charlotte early this month, Queen Elizabeth II found made an escape from her busy schedule to enjoy a horse ride in Windsor Castle.
The Queen was photographed with her head groom Terry Pendry as she looked rested with the fresh air and the leafy surroundings of Berkshire.
The Queen looked lovely with the white jodhpurs and light jacket that she wore for her day out. Her hair was swathed with a silk scarf, which she usually wears when going outdoors.

Despite advancing age, the Queen who has reigned for 62 years is showing no sign of slowing down and she’s always seen horse riding in Windsor or in her country estates, Balmoral and Sandringham. The Queen has been an avid horse rider ever since she was given her first pony – the Shetland mare she called Peggy , which was a gift from her grandfather, King George V. With her…

Prince William hints of desire for baby no. 3

With a lovely baby daughter and a cute toddler in the family, Prince William admitted being a father is a challenging task. Add to that he’s got his obligations as second in line to the throne and as a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
But definitely the joys of a family life are beyond compare, calling Prince George, who will celebrate his second birthday next week, as a "little monkey".
"But at the same time it is more responsibility, looking after two little ones, especially when George is around. He's a little monkey. But it is fantastic having a lovely little family and I am so thrilled,” the duke of Cambridge said.
The duke is also proud of the duchess of Cambridge for “doing an amazing job as a mother.”   Talking about his new job, he said: "Obviously at some point there is probably going to be a lot more pressure and responsibility from the Royal side of my life.”
But despite the couple’s hectic schedule, Prince William admitted he’d welcome …

Prince William begins East Anglian Air Ambulance job

The Duke of Cambridge has admitted he is "feeling the nerves" as he begins his new job as an air ambulance pilot.
Prince William started his new job as an air ambulance helicopter pilot on Monday, saying this would keep him "a good guy."  Nevertheless, the second in line to the throne was honest when he said that his new post was making him feel the “nerves.” 
 Prince William took the civilian pilot course September last year and then took another training for 999 so he could work with the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA).
The prince’s new job would take him to Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire and his first shift started at 7 am in Cambridge Airport, as a co-pilot for the medical staff. He will have four days of work followed by another four days off. But he’ll be definitely out each time he has an official engagement as a member of the Royal Family. 
The prince discussed that it’s not an easy job he has, considering he’s got two jobs to juggle…

Prince Andrew made Huddersfield University chancellor

Prince Andrew, Duke of York, was recently installed as chancellor of the University of Huddersfield, succeeding Sit Patrick Stewart, who was held the position since 2004. Prince Andrew was also conferred an honorary doctorate for his tireless efforts to promote entrepreneurship.

The Queen’s second son has been the institution's patron since 2013, opening the Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Centre the same year and has actively taken part in numerous events in the university for over a decade.

Vice-chancellor Professor Bob Cryan praised the duke for his constant support to the university, saying: "His Royal Highness has a natural ally in the University of Huddersfield, where entrepreneurialism is an essential component of our education and our philosophy."

Royal Updates from Twitter

Some royal updates from Twitter... Rhinos and elephants. This guy... #princeharry — Prince Harry Wire (@HWalesWire) July 12, 2015
#royal#flashback "smocked" Prince William at the Redfern Community Centre in Sydney in 2010 — Mace (@RoyaleVision) July 12, 2015
We’d love to see your favourite photos of the Bahamas- share them with us @BritishMonarchy using the hashtag — BritishMonarchy (@BritishMonarchy) July 10, 2015
United Kingdom 2015 Second Birthday of Prince George £5 Silver Coin Proof — JB (@Royal_beans) July 12, 2015
Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia were today in Båstad. — Scandinavian Royals. (@crownprincely) July 12, 2015

10 Interesting Facts About Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is considered as the most recognizable palace in Great Britain, if not in the world. Home to generations of royals and keeper of priceless treasures, the palace saw its humble beginning as a large townhouse until it became the London residence and principal workplace of the British Monarchy. Here are 10 interesting things that you might find very interesting about Buckingham Palace.
Buckingham Palace is home to Queen Elizabeth II.

Buckingham Palace is the principal London residence of Queen Elizabeth II. However, St. James's Palace is still the official residence of the sovereign. In fact, foreign ambassadors are formally accredited to the Court of St. James'.
Buckingham Palace has so many rooms.

There are 775 rooms in the palace. To wit, these include 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.
A mulberry garden used to stand on the palace grounds.

King James I started a mulberry on the site where the palace …

10 Interesting Things You Need to Know About Arundel Castle

Arundel Castle, one of the oldest inhabited castles in the United Kingdom, still remains the home of the Dukes of Norfolk. Here are the 10 things that you will find interesting about this historic castle.
The Castle is the seat of the Dukes of Norfolk

The Castle is the principal seat of the family of Dukes of Norfolk. The Duke is the premier duke in the peerage of England, and also, as Earl of Arundel, the premier earl. The Duke is also the hereditary Earl Marshal of England.  The current holder of the title is Edward Fitzalan-Howard, 18th Duke of Norfolk.

The Castle was established by Roger de Montgomercy

Arundel Castle was established by Roger de Montgomery on Christmas Day 1067. He was the first earl of Arundel by the graces of William the Conqueror.
The Castle's oldest feature is the motte.  The oldest feature is the motte, an artificial mound, over 100 feet high from the dry moat, and constructed in 1068: followed by the gatehouse in 1070.
The English Civil War severely damaged …

Queen Elizabeth II meets Angela Merkel on Day 1 State Visit to Germany

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip started their first full day of state visit to Germany with a ceremonial welcome at the Schloss Bellevue. The official website of the British Monarchy detailed:
“…they were greeted by President Gauck and Ms Schadt, before travelling down the River Spree to the Chancellery to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel."
Hundreds of school children packed the bridges along the route, holding British and German flags as they gleefully caught glimpse of Her Majesty. The Queen returned their well-wishes with a warm wave.
At the Chancellery, Merkel offered the Queen a cup of then and then showed Her Majesty the Berlin skyline from her office, pointing out landmarks including where the Berlin Wall used to run through the center of the city, Telegraph reports.  The two then talked in private.
Her Majesty then laid wreath at Germany's Central memorial for the victims of war and dictatorship, before visiting Berlin's Technical University to hear The Queen&…

Queen Elizabeth II begins state visit to Germany

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip have arrived in Berlin to kick off a four-day state visit to Germany.
The Queen’s aircraft was shadowed by three Eurofighters, a welcoming respect accorded to visiting dignitaries the moment they enter the German airspace.
The official website of the British Monarchy provides the details of the Queen’s state visit:
Wednesday 24th June The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will be ceremonially welcomed with military honours at Bellevue Palace, the official residence of President Gauck. They will then travel by boat along the River Spree, to the Chancellery where The Queen will meet Chancellor Angela Merkel. The Queen will then lay a wreath at Germany’s Central Memorial for the victims of war and dictatorship. In the afternoon, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will attend the 50th anniversary of the Queen’s Lecture at Berlin's University of Technology, to be delivered by Neil MacGregor. That evening The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will retur…

Newly unearthed letter reveals future Edward VIII was relieved of the death of epileptic brother Prince John

A recently-unearthed letter written by Edward VIII, then Prince of Wales, to her mistress, Freda Dudly Ward, shows that he felt 'relieved' of knowing that his epileptic brother, Prince John died.
Prince John was the youngest child of King George V and Queen Mary. He was kept away from public because of severe epilepsy and autism. He was eventually known as “Lost Prince.” He spent the rest of his life at a house on the family’s Sandringham estate until his death in 1919 at the age of 13 following relentless seizure.
Here is excerpt of the Prince’s letter to his mistress:
'I arrived yesterday to find a wire from HM [His Majesty] to say that my youngest brother had died. I wired back to say that I was returning to England at once for a few days which I thought was a good move.
'I had great and wonderful hopes of seeing toi tomorrow if the goddess of fortune had been kind to us. I'm so miserable darling as I've just got another wire from HM telling me not to retu…

Queen Elizabeth hosts reception for the first winners of Young Leaders program

Queen Elizabeth II threw a reception for first winners of her Young Leaders program at Buckingham Palace. The event  was a feat to 60 young people from the Commonwealth countries  for their outstanding works in their respective communities . The awards were part of a five year program established by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust together with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Other members of the Royal Family, including the Duke of York, Princess Beatrice, the Duke of Gloucester and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent joined the Queen in the event.

Sir John Major, David Beckham, John Bishop, Fearne Cotton also graced the occasion to congratulate young people for their remarkable work to improve lives of their fellowmen.

Prince Harry leaves the armed forces

After a decade of serving the armed forces, Prince Harry finally decided it is time to go. In a statement, the prince said:
"After a decade of service, moving on from the Army has been a really tough decision.  I consider myself incredibly lucky to have had the chance to do some very challenging jobs and have met many fantastic people in the process. From learning the hard way to stay onside with my Colour Sergeant at Sandhurst, to the incredible people I served with during two tours in Afghanistan - the experiences I have had over the last 10 years will stay with me for the rest of my life. For that I will always be hugely grateful.
Inevitably most good things come to an end and I am at a crossroads in my military career. Luckily for me, I will continue to wear the uniform and mix with fellow servicemen and women for the rest of my life, helping where I can, and making sure the next few Invictus Games are as amazing as the last. I am considering the options for the future and I am…
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