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The Prince of Wales’ “Black Spider” Memos Released

  May 13, 2015 at 7:11 pm by

Letters written a decade ago by the Prince of Wales to government ministers that British newspaper The Guardian fought to have made public were today released. But their contents were not as controversial as had been hoped by some sectors. Written between September 2004 and April 2005, the letters show Prince Charles offering his thoughts on the farming industry (specifically beef farming and dairy quotas) and the rising power of supermarkets, herbal medicines, and the plight … Continue reading

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Princess Charlotte’s Birth Registered Before Meeting Relatives

  May 5, 2015 at 4:23 pm by

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, the latest addition to the British Royal Family, was registered at Westminster Register Office in London on May 5. Her parents’ occupations were listed  as “Prince and Princess of the United Kingdom” on the birth certificate, whilst Charlotte’s full name was registered as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge. View image | gettyimages.com A formal statement was made by Kensington Palace upon Princess Charlotte’s … Continue reading

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New Succession Rules Take Effect in Britain

  March 26, 2015 at 9:37 am by

The Succession to the Crown Act 2013 came into effect in the United Kingdom and its realms at midnight GMT today, March 26, after being ratified by all the Commonwealth realms. It means that males no longer take precedence over females, meaning that an elder daughter cannot be overtaken by a younger son. Marriage to Roman Catholics is now allowed while retaining rights to the throne (the monarch must be … Continue reading

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Prince Charles’s Letters To Be Made Public

  March 26, 2015 at 6:56 am by

The British Supreme Court has decided that letters written by the Prince of Wales to various government ministers can be made public, in a ruling that was handed down this morning. They have upheld a judgement made by the Appeals court in March last year, following an initial ruling in September 2012 approving the publication of 27 letters written between 2004 and 2005 by the Prince to seven government departments. … Continue reading

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Former Thai Royal In-Laws Arrested for Lèse-majesté

  March 1, 2015 at 3:59 am by

The parents of Thailand’s former Crown Princess, Srirasmi Suwadee, were arrested last week on charges of lèse-majesté. Apiruj and Wanthanee Suwadee pled guilty to the charges of defaming the monarchy, lodging a malicious claim and asking officials to file false charges. Their arrest, which took place on Friday, came after a former neighbour of the couple accused them of having her falsely imprisoned for fraud by using their royal connections. “We plead … Continue reading

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Dukes of Palma Can Sell Barcelona Home

  February 5, 2015 at 9:44 pm by

The judge presiding over the NOOS trial in the courts of Palma de Mallorca has approved the sale of the Duke and Duchess of Palma de Mallorca’s Barcelona home. Infanta Cristina and Iñaki Urdangarín, who are both set to face trial on charges of fraud and embezzlement, had to apply for permission to sell their multi-million Euro home in the exclusive area of Pedralbes. This was due to an embargo … Continue reading

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Prince Andrew Named in US Underage Sex Civil Suit

  January 2, 2015 at 10:57 pm by

Prince Andrew, the Duke of York has been named in a lawsuit filed in Florida revolving around Jeffrey Epstein’s underage sex solicitation. According to the court documents, the woman alleges she was “forced to have sexual relations with this prince when she was a minor” on several occasions between 1999 and 2002. The lawsuit is part of an ongoing legal battle between women who claim they were used as underage sex … Continue reading

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Thai Royal In-Laws Stripped Of Royally-Bestowed Name

  November 30, 2014 at 8:19 am by

The Crown Prince of Thailand, Maha Vajiralongkorn, has officially stripped his wife’s family of the royally-bestowed name that he gave them upon their marriage. Princess Srirasmi’s family members have been using the surname Akharaphongpreecha, but have been ordered to revert “back to their old family name”, an official statement from the Thai court said. The move comes after seven of the Princess’ close relatives, including four siblings and an uncle, were arrested … Continue reading

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Infanta Cristina Remains Suspected Of Tax Fraud

  November 8, 2014 at 9:58 pm by

Magistrates of the High Court of Palma de Mallorca have ruled that Infanta Cristina, sister of King Felipe VI and daughter of King Juan Carlos I, will remain an official suspect and potentially stand trial on charges of tax fraud. They have, however, dismissed charges of money laundering. “The Infanta knew her husband’s [Iñaki Urdangarín] actions with regard to taxes were irregular,” the magistrates’ writ argued. The writ also stated that the … Continue reading

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Infanta Cristina Charged With Tax Evasion, Money Laundering

  January 7, 2014 at 12:14 pm by

Infanta Cristina of Spain, Duchess of Palma has been charged with tax evasion and money laundering. She has been summoned to court on March 8th. Infanta Cristina is the youngest daughter of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain. Her husband, Iñaki Urdangarin, is at the centre of a corruption scandal over allegations regarding the misappropriation of several million euros of public funds when he was head of the … Continue reading

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Prince George’s Birth Officially Registered

  August 4, 2013 at 1:35 am by

The birth of the newest heir to the British throne has officially been registered with the City of Westminster. The Duke of Cambridge registered his son’s July 22nd birth on August 2nd, at Kensington Palace. Prince George’s registration certificate was brought to the palace by deputy registrar Alison Cathcart for the Duke to sign. With his parents’ occupations listed as ‘Prince and Princess of the United Kingdom’, Prince George became … Continue reading

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Are Infanta Cristina and Her Children Moving To Switzerland?

  August 2, 2013 at 2:17 am by

It has been reported in the Spanish media that Infanta Cristina and her four children – Juan, Pablo, Miguel and Irene – are moving to Geneva, Switzerland. It’s also reported that her husband, Inaki Urdangarín, will remain in Barcelona for the time being. Infanta Cristina is the youngest daughter of King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia. The Infanta and her husband have been under severe media scrutiny following the … Continue reading

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Spanish Court Suspends Charges Against Infanta Cristina

  May 9, 2013 at 9:00 am by

Infanta Cristina of Spain, who had been summoned by a judge to appear in court in Palma de Mallorca, has had her imputation suspended by a Spanish court due to lack of evidence. However, the charges could be reinstated if further evidence is unearthed, the High Court of Mallorca stated. Her husband Iñaki Urdangarin is at the centre of a corruption scandal over allegations regarding the misappropriation of several million … Continue reading

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Is the Spanish Monarchy in Crisis?

  April 13, 2013 at 5:57 am by

April 13th, 2013 Is the Spanish Monarchy in crisis? Many royal watchers are commenting on the current Annus horribilis of the Spanish Borbóns, and 2012 was not a good year either. The current ongoing investigation surrounding Iñaki Urdangarin in an alleged corruption scandal saw his wife, Infanta Cristina, being formally named as a suspect in the case. The fact that a Spanish Infanta has to appear in court has damaged … Continue reading

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Infanta Cristina to Face Court in Corruption Inquiry

  April 3, 2013 at 10:34 pm by

April 3rd, 2013 Infanta Cristina of Spain has been summoned by a judge to appear in court in Palma de Mallorca on the 27th of April. Her husband Iñaki Urdangarin is at the centre of a corruption scandal over allegations regarding the misappropriation of several millions euros of public funds when he was head of the non-profit Noos Institute. Iñaki Urdangarin has so far appeared twice before the Balearic Court, … Continue reading

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The Duke of Palma Back in Court

  February 25, 2013 at 10:00 am by

February 23rd, 2013 – Palma de Mallorca Inaki Urdangarin, the husband of Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca was back in court in Palma de Mallorca on Saturday. A year after he was first summoned, a tired-looking Urdangarin made his way to the Balearic Islands Superior Court of Justice in Palma, capital of the Balearic Islands. The Duke Consort, who is the only son-in-law of King Juan Carlos, is … Continue reading

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Princess Christina’s Jewellery Stolen from Palace Apartment

  June 14, 2012 at 5:45 am by

Princess Christina has been the victim of theft recently, as a number of her jewels were stolen from her apartment at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. The jewels were stolen by a 19-year-old friend of the Princess’s husband, Mr Tord Magnuson, who was being mentored by Magnuson. According to Aftonbladet, the man also lived with the couple briefly in their Palace apartment. He reportedly sold the jewellery to two men … Continue reading

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The Duke of Palma appears before Balearic Court

  March 3, 2012 at 9:00 pm by

Saturday February 25th, 2012 Last Saturday, His Excellency Don Inaki Urdangarín, the Duke of Palma de Mallorca, arrived at the High Court of Palma de Mallorca via a side entrance. The husband of Infanta Cristina of Spain had been summoned to appear before the court to give evidence over allegations regarding the misappropriation of several millions euros of public funds. Before entering the High Court, Don Inaki stopped briefly to … Continue reading

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The Duke of Palma de Mallorca Summoned to Testify in Court

  January 21, 2012 at 9:17 am by

Don Inaki Urdangarin, the husband of HRH Infanta Cristina, has been summoned by the Balearic Islands Superior Court of Justice to testify on February 6th as part of an ongoing investigation into the misuse of public funds. The investigation surrounds claims that the Duke misused public funds given to the Nóos Institute, which he headed as President until 2006. The Nóos Institute – which was meant to be a non-profit … Continue reading

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Cameron Proposes Changes to Succession

  October 17, 2011 at 11:42 pm by

The hot topic amongst British royal watchers going into this week is Prime Minister David Cameron’s October 12th reveal that he has proposed changes to 1701 Act of Succession, which determines the line of succession to the British throne. The proposed changes would install equal primogeniture into the line of succession – meaning that a first-born child would be heir, regardless of gender – and would abolish the Catholic clause, … Continue reading

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