Tongans begin coronation festivities with kava ceremony

Jun 28, 2015

Tongans begin coronation festivities with kava ceremony

Tonga on Saturday began a week of celebrations to mark the upcoming coronation of King Tupou VI, the Pacific nation’s monarch, with an ancient ceremony involving the mildly narcotic drink kava. The build-up to this coming Saturday’s coronation started near the Royal Palace in ...

Anish Kapoor's Versailles sculpture is vandalized

Jun 19, 2015

Anish Kapoor's Versailles sculpture is vandalized

Vandals have sprayed yellow paint on a controversial sculpture on display in the gardens of France’s famed Palace of Versailles that has become known as the “queen’s vagina.” “Damage to the work ‘Dirty Corner’ was discovered Wednesday morning. It was lightly sprayed with paint. ...

Jun 18, 2015

New sculpture at Versailles is vandalized

Vandals have sprayed yellow paint on a controversial sculpture on display in the gardens of France’s famed Palace of Versailles that has become known as the “queen’s vagina.” “Damage to the work ‘Dirty Corner’ was discovered Wednesday morning. It was lightly sprayed with paint. ...

Sweden's Prince Carl Philip marries ex-model Sofia Hellqvist

Jun 14, 2015

Sweden's Prince Carl Philip marries ex-model Sofia Hellqvist

Sweden’s Prince Carl Philip married former model and reality TV star Sofia Hellqvist in the chapel of the royal palace in Stockholm on Saturday. The 36-year-old prince, third in line to the throne, was visibly nervous during the ceremony, which was attended by royals ...

Jun 1, 2015

Ailing Thai king returns to hospital

Thailand’s revered but ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej has returned to hospital in Bangkok for medical tests, the palace said Sunday, amid deep public concern over his health in the politically turbulent country. The 87-year-old king, the world’s longest-serving monarch, is treated as a near-deity ...

Lese majeste brings despair to Thai families

May 24, 2015

Lese majeste brings despair to Thai families

by Marion Thibaut

When Natnicha’s husband was jailed for insulting Thailand’s monarchy under the country’s lese majeste laws, she didn’t just lose a partner. She lost her friends and place in Thai society — joining the growing ranks of outcasts since royalist generals seized power a year ...

Zoo backpedals from naming baby monkey after U.K. princess

May 7, 2015

Zoo backpedals from naming baby monkey after U.K. princess

A zoo in Oita was forced to backpedal on its announcement that it will name a baby Japanese monkey Charlotte in honor of the newborn British princess, following complaints the move is disrespectful to that nation’s royal family. The Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden, popular ...

New U.K. princess's parents want family to lead normal lives

May 3, 2015

New U.K. princess's parents want family to lead normal lives

Prince William and his wife, Kate, are destined to be Britain’s king and queen, but experts say they want as much normalcy as possible within the confines of being in the spotlight. The eyes of the world have again turned on Queen Elizabeth II’s ...

May 3, 2015

New royal baby: 'spare to the heir'

When Prince William and his wife, Kate, announced the arrival of their first child in 2013, Britain celebrated the birth of a future king. Two years later, it is a different story. A second child was born Saturday — a princess who will surely ...