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  • Cameron to meet queen, formally call knife-edge election
    Cameron to meet queen, formally call knife-edge election 11 hours ago

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Campaigning in Britain's closest national election in decades will start on Monday after Queen Elizabeth dissolves parliament at Prime Minister David Cameron's behest, teeing up an unusually fraught battle to govern the $2.8 trillion (1.9 trillion pound) economy. In a ritual steeped in tradition, Cameron will be driven to Buckingham Palace to ask the monarch's approval to dissolve parliament ahead of a May 7 ballot, a formality marking the symbolic end of five years of coalition government between Cameron's Conservatives and the centre-left Liberal ... More »

  • Britain to release Prince Charles 'black spider memos'
    Britain to release Prince Charles 'black spider memos' Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Britain's top court on Thursday ruled that secret letters from Prince Charles to government ministries should be published, in a potential setback for the monarchy seen as a victory for media freedoms. More »

  • UK's top court upholds disclosure of Prince Charles' letters Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's Supreme Court Thursday paved the way for the public release of 27 hotly contested memos written by Prince Charles to government ministers. More »

  • Prince Charles 'Black Spider Memos' Ruling Due
    Prince Charles 'Black Spider Memos' Ruling Due Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    The UK's highest appeal court is set to rule whether the government acted unlawfully by preventing the release of Prince Charles' so-called "black spider memos". The judgement from the Supreme Court is the latest step in a fierce 10-year legal battle to establish what the Prince has written to politicians about, and whether in the process he has overstepped the mark of political neutrality. In 2005, Guardian journalist Rob Evans submitted a Freedom of Information request to find out how many letters Prince Charles had written to MPs between September 2004 and April 2005. "There's a lot of talk and speculation about what Prince Charles writes to the Government about and I just think actually we should get to see those letters and be able to make up our own minds, whether or not we think he should be doing that and whether or not they're important," he said. More »

  • Dynasty's Joan Collins becomes dame
    Dynasty's Joan Collins becomes dame Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Joan Collins is to be made a dame by the Prince of Wales in an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. More »

  • The Queen is set to lose this Barbadian paradise from her vast realm
    The Queen is set to lose this Barbadian paradise from her vast realm Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    The PM of Barbados says leaders ‘should only be able to stay as long as you want them to stay’ More »

  • Muhammad Ali anoints Prince Charles as 'the greatest'
    Muhammad Ali anoints Prince Charles as 'the greatest' Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    Muhammad Ali hailed Britain's Prince Charles as "the greatest" as the heir to the British throne wrapped up a US tour with a visit to the boxing legend's hometown. More »

  • Prince Charles, wife Camilla spend day in Louisville Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) — Prince Charles and his wife received a distinctly Kentucky welcome during a visit to the Bluegrass state, where the royal couple got a glimpse into efforts to promote environmental sustainability and protect historic buildings — among the prince's favorite projects. More »

  • Prince Charles, wife Camilla spend day in US state Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) — Prince Charles and his wife received a distinctly Kentucky welcome Friday during a visit to the Bluegrass state, where the royal couple got a glimpse into efforts to promote environmental sustainability and protect historic buildings — among the prince's favorite projects. More »

  • Muhammad Ali: Prince Charles Is 'The Greatest'
    Muhammad Ali: Prince Charles Is 'The Greatest' Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    Muhammad Ali has said Prince Charles is "the greatest", as he welcomed the heir to the throne to his home city in Kentucky. The 73-year-old boxing legend's tribute came in a letter read to the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, as they visited Louisville on the last day of their US tour. He read Ali's letter: "(My wife) Lonnie and I welcome you to our hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, USA. More »

  • Prince Charles, Camilla having busy last day in US capital
    Prince Charles, Camilla having busy last day in US capital Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Prince Charles and his wife finished up their visit to Washington with a whirlwind day that included meeting with President Barack Obama. More »

  • Prince Charles, Camilla having busy last day in DC
    Prince Charles, Camilla having busy last day in DC Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Prince Charles and his wife finished up their visit to Washington with a whirlwind day that included meeting with President Barack Obama. More »

  • Obama welcomes Prince Charles, Camilla to White House
    Obama welcomes Prince Charles, Camilla to White House Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the American people are "quite fond" of the British royal family and like them more than their own politicians. More »

  • Obama welcomes Prince Charles, Camilla to Oval Office
    Obama welcomes Prince Charles, Camilla to Oval Office Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the American people are "quite fond" of the British royal family and like them more than their own politicians. More »

  • Costumed 'goose' thanks Prince Charles in front of White House
    Costumed 'goose' thanks Prince Charles in front of White House Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    An animal rights activist wearing a goose costume thanked Britain's Prince Charles in front of the White House on Thursday for his opposition to foie gras. More »

  • ROYAL FAMILY Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    British Royal Family Tree shows the relationships of the Royal family; 6c x 5 1/2 inches; 295.2 mm x 139 mm; More »

  • Prince Charles sounds alarm about world's oceans
    Prince Charles sounds alarm about world's oceans Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Prince Charles made an impassioned speech in Washington about the deteriorating state of the world's oceans, striking a somber note on the first full day of his US tour with wife Camilla. More »

  • Prince Charles, Camilla get royal tour of Washington, DC
    Prince Charles, Camilla get royal tour of Washington, DC Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Prince Charles learned something new on his tour of the nation's capital Wednesday: His uncle built a better polo stick. More »

  • Prince Charles speaks on dangers of plastic waste in oceans Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Prince Charles took a detour from his visits to various D.C. tourist spots to deliver a speech on the threat of plastic waste accumulating in the world's oceans. More »

  • Briton faces court over drones at landmarks, stadiums
    Briton faces court over drones at landmarks, stadiums Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    A British man will appear in court accused of flying drones over packed football stadiums and London landmarks including Buckingham Palace, police said Wednesday. More »

  • Prince Charles and Camilla arrive on US visit
    Prince Charles and Camilla arrive on US visit Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Prince Charles and wife Camilla arrived Tuesday in the United States for a jam-packed four-day visit that includes a meeting with President Barack Obama and a stop in Kentucky. More »

  • Prince Charles, Camilla in US capital; will meet with Obama
    Prince Charles, Camilla in US capital; will meet with Obama Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. (AP) — Britain's Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, arrived in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday for a three-day visit, during which they plan to visit cultural and educational sites before heading to Kentucky. More »

  • Britain's Prince Charles, Camilla to arrive in U.S. for four-day tour
    Britain's Prince Charles, Camilla to arrive in U.S. for four-day tour Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, arrive in Washington on Tuesday for a four-day U.S. goodwill visit that includes a meeting with President Barack Obama, the British Embassy said. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are seeking to boost Britain's partnership with the United States in such areas as climate change and encouraging corporate social responsibility, the embassy said. Charles, the 66-year-old heir to the British throne, and his wife arrive on Tuesday evening. On Wednesday and Thursday, they will tour monuments and historic sites including the Lincoln Memorial and Mount Vernon, home of the first U.S. president, George Washington. More »

  • Kate Middleton presents St Patrick's Day shamrocks to Irish Guards
    Kate Middleton presents St Patrick's Day shamrocks to Irish Guards Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, presented members of the Irish Guards with traditional sprigs of shamrock on 17 March as part of the St Patrick's Day Parade at Mons Barracks. Pregnant Middleton was joined by her husband Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, who attended the Parade as Colonel of the Regiment. Pinned to her coat was the gold shamrock brooch which was originally presented by the Irish Guards to the Queen Mother, who traditionally led the ceremony during her life. The presentation of the sprig follows a century-old tradition inaugurated by Queen Alexandra, wife of King Edward VII, after the Irish Guards' service in the Boer War. More »

  • Prince Charles, Camilla to visit US capital, meet with Obama
    Prince Charles, Camilla to visit US capital, meet with Obama Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Britain's Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, are set to arrive in Washington and will visit cultural and educational sites over the next three days. More »

  • Prince Harry will train with Australian army next month
    Prince Harry will train with Australian army next month Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Prince Harry will be embedded in Australian army units on the north, west and east coasts of the country during the British royal's hectic four-week secondment to the Australian defense forces next month before he ends his decade-long military career, officials said Tuesday. More »

  • Prince Harry to quit British army after 10 years
    Prince Harry to quit British army after 10 years Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    Prince Harry announced Tuesday he is to leave the British army after 10 years' service that has seen him fight on the front line twice in Afghanistan. More »

  • Royal family attend service of commemoration for British troops who served in …
    Royal family attend service of commemoration for British troops who served in … Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    The Queen and members of the royal family, including Prince William and Kate Middleton, joined army top brass and relatives of British soldiers who died in Afghanistan at a commemoration service at St Paul's Cathedral in London, marking the end of 13 years of British military operations in the country. Also present was the Queen's grandson Prince Harry, who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan. During the service, the Archbishop of Canterbury, spiritual head of the Church of England, blessed a cross made of shell casings that previously adorned a memorial wall at Camp Bastion, the main hub of the British military in Afghanistan. More »

  • Led by the Queen, Britain commemorates end of Afghan war
    Led by the Queen, Britain commemorates end of Afghan war Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - Queen Elizabeth joined army top brass and relatives of British soldiers who died in Afghanistan at a commemoration service at St Paul's Cathedral in London on Friday, marking the end of 13 years of British military operations in the country. Also among the congregation was Tony Blair, who as prime minister in 2001 took Britain into the U.S.-led coalition that invaded Afghanistan and toppled the Taliban government in response to the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington. Britain lost 453 servicemen and women in Afghanistan out of the 140,000 who served there over the years. The government says the long war stopped Afghanistan from being used as a safe haven for militants to plan attacks on British streets, and that Afghanistan is now a safer and more prosperous country than it was before. More »

  • Dodging Bullets wins the Queen Mother Champion Chase
    Dodging Bullets wins the Queen Mother Champion Chase Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    The 9/2 shot stayed on best up the Cheltenham hill. More »

  • Prince Charles, Camilla to visit Washington-area sites Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Britain's Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, will visit sites across the Washington area next week during their U.S. visit. More »

  • Mexico president wraps up UK visit with $1bn oil deal
    Mexico president wraps up UK visit with $1bn oil deal Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (2nd L) and Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (L) bid farewell to the Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (2nd R) and his wife Angelica Rivera (R) at Buckingham Palace ... More »

  • Prince William's wildlife speech draws online applause in China
    Prince William's wildlife speech draws online applause in China Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Britain's Prince William won praise Thursday from Chinese Internet users after he visited an elephant reserve in the country and condemned illegal wildlife trafficking as "a vicious form of criminality". More »

  • Prince William meets elephant on final day of China tour
    Prince William meets elephant on final day of China tour Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — Prince William fed carrots to an elephant in southwestern China and raised the plight of its African counterparts being killed for their tusks in a speech Wednesday that called on China to do more to deter poaching. More »

  • Prince William calls for end to ivory trade on China visit
    Prince William calls for end to ivory trade on China visit Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Prince William urged an end to the ivory trade on Wednesday, visiting a Chinese elephant sanctuary in the southwestern province of Yunnan at the close of a three-day trip to the country that focussed partly on wildlife conservation. William has been critical of China over its consumption of ivory, while animal rights groups say the country's growing appetite for the contraband material has fuelled a surge in poaching in Africa. China announced last month a one-year ban on the import of African ivory carvings, just days ahead of William's visit. "Ultimately, ending demand for ivory is down to citizens across the world," William said, adding that he welcomed "the steps that China has already taken" to counter the trade. More »