Nov 28, 2015

Prince Hitachi turns 80 in good health

Prince Hitachi, the younger brother of Emperor Akihito, turned 80 on Saturday. Due to his advanced age, the prince now carries out his official duties in a wheelchair. To maintain his physical strength, the prince walks along the corridors of his residence in Tokyo’s ...

Nov 4, 2015

Late Saudi king's 'secret wife' gets huge U.K. payout

A British judge on Tuesday ordered a huge financial payout for a woman who claims she was the “secret wife” of the Saudi Arabia’s late King Fahd. Judge Peter Smith ruled that Palestinian-born Janan Harb, 68, should receive more than £15 million ($23 million) ...

Nov 1, 2015

U.K.'s scandal-hit lords enjoy a rare day in the sun

Sniffing white powder with prostitutes, expenses scandals — members of Britain’s House of Lords usually only hit the headlines for their colorful extracurricular activities, but one recent debate proved an exception. The unelected upper chamber of parliament on Oct. 26 held a series of ...

U.K.'s 'ginger extremist' found guilty over plot to kill Prince Charles

Sep 23, 2015

U.K.'s 'ginger extremist' found guilty over plot to kill Prince Charles

A far-right “ginger extremist” who fantasized about assassinating Britain’s Prince Charles so his red-haired son Harry might become king one day was found guilty Tuesday of plotting a terrorist attack. Mark Colborne, 37, who felt marginalized due to his ginger hair, compared himself to ...

Sep 3, 2015

Queen Elizabeth's reign rooted in her ancestor Victoria

Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarchs, both came to the throne young yet remained a steady presence through eras of dramatic change. Queen Elizabeth will overtake her great-great-grandmother’s record of 63 years and 216 days on Sept. 9, a remarkable reign ...

Queen Elizabeth II to set record on throne

Sep 3, 2015

Queen Elizabeth II to set record on throne

Queen Elizabeth II’s longevity has helped anchor Britain during an era of unprecedented change, but has also left the royal family an aging institution. The 89-year-old queen, who next week surpasses Queen Victoria to become the country’s longest-reigning monarch, shows no sign of abdicating, ...

Aug 11, 2015

Ailing Thai king treated for 'water on the brain'

Thailand’s revered but ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej has been treated for “water on the brain” and a chest infection, the palace has revealed in a rare statement, amid public concern over the health of the world’s longest serving monarch. The 87-year-old king, who is ...

Crown Prince, Princess attend Tonga coronation ceremony

Jul 4, 2015

Crown Prince, Princess attend Tonga coronation ceremony

Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako attended the coronation of Tonga’s new king on Saturday. The coronation service for King Tupou VI was held at the Free Wesleyan Centenary Church in the capital, Nuku’alofa. The Japanese couple attended a luncheon hosted at the ...