Prince Charles accepted a suitcase with 1m euros, report claims

The Prince of Wales accepted a suitcase containing a million euros in cash from a former Qatari prime minister, the Sunday Times has reported. The paper says this was one of three cash donations from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim totalling three million euros. Clarence House said donations from the sheikh were passed immediately to one of the prince’s charities and all the correct processes were followed. There is no suggestion the payments were illegal. According to the Sunday Times, Prince Charles received the three cash donations in person from the former prime minister between 2011 and 2015. It is claimed … Continue reading Prince Charles accepted a suitcase with 1m euros, report claims

Queen’s flight aborts landing due to lightning storm

The Queen’s plane was forced to abort landing in London on Tuesday as she travelled home to Windsor Castle, it has been reported. The Monarch, 96, was travelling from Balmoral ready to join the nation’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations marking her 70 year-reign. The Sun reports her 13-seater was caught in an electrical storm, rain and hail which forced the pilot to abandon landing on the first attempt. A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “The Queen’s flight was delayed due to a lightning storm, all the correct procedures were followed and there were no safety concerns.” Earlier on Tuesday, Buckingham Palace said … Continue reading Queen’s flight aborts landing due to lightning storm

Former princess of Qatar found dead of a suspected drug overdose

A former Qatari princess has apparently been found dead at her home in Spanish resort of Marbella.Kasia Gallanio The body of Kasia Gallanio, 45, was discovered by police inside the property on Sunday, according to the French newspaper Le Parisien. Gallanio was the third wife of Abdelaziz bin Khalifa Al-Thani, 73, the uncle of the Emir of Qatar. They married in 2004 and had three daughters but fought a custody battle for 10 years after allegations that he sexually assaulted his eldest child. He has always denied the allegations. The three children live with their father on the luxurious Avenue … Continue reading Former princess of Qatar found dead of a suspected drug overdose

Portraits of the Queen have been projected onto Stonehenge in tribute to her 70-year reign

Portraits of Queen Elizabeth II throughout her 70-year reign have been projected onto Stonehenge ahead of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations. On Monday, it was announced by English Heritage, a charity that manages over 400 historic buildings, monuments, and sites, that the 5,000-year-old monument in Salisbury, England, had received a temporary makeover to honor the 96-year-old royal.  In a statement to reporters, a representative for the charity said they created the projection to mark the “historical occasion when the nation celebrates Queen Elizabeth II becoming the first British monarch to commemorate a Platinum Jubilee.” Among the eight images are snapshots of the Queen … Continue reading Portraits of the Queen have been projected onto Stonehenge in tribute to her 70-year reign

Spain’s ex-king Juan Carlos to return after two-year exile

Spain’s former King Juan Carlos will return to the country this week after nearly two years in exile in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Spanish royal palace has confirmed. He left Spain after he was linked to an inquiry into alleged corruption. But three investigations against the 84-year-old were dropped in March, paving the way for him to return. The ex-king will arrive in Spain on Thursday and before he travels back to the UAE on Monday. He plans to spend time with his family in Sanxenxo, in north-west Spain, and will also see his son King Felipe VI … Continue reading Spain’s ex-king Juan Carlos to return after two-year exile

British PM criticize Klopp for defending Liverpool fans booing National Anthem

Boris Johnson has criticized Liverpool fans for booing the national anthem before Saturday’s FA Cup final. The prime minister’s official spokesman said the supporters’ behaviour was “a great shame”. The rebuke came after Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp defended the club’s supporters as ‘wonderful people’ who may have had ‘historical reasons to boo’. Fans could be heard booing at Wembley as Prince Williams, President of the Football Association, was introduced during the pre-match BBC television coverage. Boos were also heard during God Save The Queen and a rendition of the Christian hymn Abide With Me. At a briefing for journalists this morning, the PM’s spokesman was … Continue reading British PM criticize Klopp for defending Liverpool fans booing National Anthem

Queen hands over to Charles and William for State Opening

The Queen has pulled out of this year’s State Opening of Parliament and the reading of the Queen’s speech, Buckingham Palace has announced. This will be the first time since 1963 that the Queen will have missed this constitutional ceremony, which sets out the government’s legislative plans. Prince Charles will deliver the speech on Tuesday for the Queen. The 96-year-old monarch has mobility problems and has had to cancel a number of recent public appearances. Until Monday evening Buckingham Palace had been saying the Queen hoped to attend, but has now confirmed she will not go to the ceremony in … Continue reading Queen hands over to Charles and William for State Opening

Spain’s king unveils assets amid push for more transparency

The Spanish government passed a decree Tuesday aimed at boosting transparency in a monarchy still reeling from scandals involving King Felipe VI’s father, former King Juan Carlos I. The government described the decree, approved at its weekly cabinet meeting, as a step toward modernizing Spain’s royal house. The move comes a day after Felipe made public his personal assets of 2.6 million euros ($2.8 million) for the first time. The decree will subject the accounts of the royal household to the scrutiny of Spain’s national Court of Auditors and require members of the royal family to declare any gifts they receive. Félix … Continue reading Spain’s king unveils assets amid push for more transparency

Lovely: Queen gets her own Barbie for Platinum Jubilee

The Queen has been transformed into a Barbie doll for her Platinum Jubilee by toymaker Mattel. The doll, designed to capture the Queen’s likeness, is being released on the real-life monarch’s 96th birthday on Thursday. It is part of the Barbie tribute collection, which the company says pays tribute to “visionary individuals with an outstanding impact and legacy”. It was launched last year with a doll of American actress Lucille Ball. Queen Elizabeth II’s barbie doll is being released to commemorate her 70 years on the throne. Dressed in an ivory gown with blue ribbon, the doll features details drawn … Continue reading Lovely: Queen gets her own Barbie for Platinum Jubilee

Prince Harry and Meghan visits the Queen

The Duke Of Sussex has revealed the Queen was “on great form” during their recent meeting – as he describes making sure she is “protected”. Prince Harry dropped in to see his grandmother with wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, on the way to the Invictus Games in the Netherlands last week. He said in a US television interview it allowed him to check the monarch, 95, has “the right people around her”. “It was really nice to catch up with her,” he told NBC’s Today show. The duke also used the interview in The Hague, in the Netherlands, to describe … Continue reading Prince Harry and Meghan visits the Queen

Ex-wife of Dubai ruler wins sole custody of the children

The ex-wife of Dubai’s ruler will have sole responsibility for schooling and medical care of their children after the High Court ruled he abused her. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum “consistently displayed coercive and controlling behaviour”, a judge ruled. The ruling is expected to be the final major decision in the case between Sheikh Mohammed, 72, and his sixth wife Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, 47. She fled the United Arab Emirates in 2019 and now lives in the UK. In the judgement published on Thursday, judge Sir Andrew McFarlane – the most senior family court judge in England … Continue reading Ex-wife of Dubai ruler wins sole custody of the children

Prince William expresses ‘profound sorrow’ over slavery in Jamaica speech

The Duke of Cambridge has spoken of his “profound sorrow” over slavery during a speech at a dinner in Jamaica. Prince William said slavery was abhorrent, “should never have happened” and “forever stains our history”. Earlier, the island’s prime minister, Andrew Holness, told the future king his country planned to pursue its goals as an independent country. On the fifth day of their Caribbean tour the duke and duchess also visited a hospital and school. Speaking at a dinner hosted by the Governor General of Jamaica, Prince William praised the spirit of the island that “makes it so special” as … Continue reading Prince William expresses ‘profound sorrow’ over slavery in Jamaica speech