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Aloofness and taxes saw the King lose his head

Monarchy in spotlight: tensions that threaten new turmoil in Thailand

A controversial report based on leaked documents suggests members of the royal family are vying for power before election

Thai army chief intervenes in election

Thailand’s powerful army chief has made a dramatic political intervention in the run-up to the country’s hard-fought election by urging people not to vote for a party allied to the ousted premier, Thaksin Shinawatra.

A Day That Shook The World: Royal Family in crisis

On 15 June 1992, a scandalous book about life inside the Royal Family was released - firing the starter pistol on a series of unprecedented criticism of the institution of the monarchy.

Anger and disbelief as Pakistan struggles to reassert sovereignty

In the cool interior of the 190-year-old St Luke's church, a small congregation had gathered to reflect and pray.

Republicans hold 'alternative' street party in London

As royalists celebrated the marriage of William and Kate, a small group of republicans lobbied for the "abolition of the monarchy" at a street party with a twist.

Leading article: A marriage that opens the way for a modern monarchy

It will be in many ways a different country that greets Prince William and his bride tomorrow

Adrian Hamilton: Emperor's stunning intervention with only one precedent: the 1945 surrender

For the Japanese to wheel out their Emperor to make a televised address yesterday on the nuclear crisis is virtually unprecedented. To produce the country's most sacred figurehead in this way and to risk involving him in a situation which could become deeply political shows just how concerned the government and establishment has become not just over the dangers of a nuclear meltdown but also of public reaction to it.

Tories face EU challenge from backbenches

The Government will have the "smallest margin possible" for wriggling out of a pledge to hold a referendum on significant EU treaty changes, Europe Minister David Lidington said today.

Pacific's last king gives power back to his people

The South Pacific nation celebrates the election of a 'commoner' as prime minister

Saudi king will travel to US for treatment

Saudi Arabia's elderly King Abdullah flies to the US today for checks for a back ailment, and Crown Prince Sultan is returning from holiday. Political stability in the monarchy is of global concern. The Gulf Arab state controls more than a fifth of the world's crude reserves, is a vital US ally in the region, a major holder of dollar assets and home to the biggest Arab bourse.

Leading article: Towards a modern monarchy

It may have been a long time in coming – and when it did, the formal announcement post-dated the actual event by a month – but the announcement of Prince William's engagement to Kate Middleton comes as a welcome bright point in a generally austere world. For supporters of the monarchy, who remain a majority in this country, the coming marriage provides the best guarantee that the institution will continue into a new generation as the force for stability that it has been during Queen Elizabeth II's long reign.

Patrik Lundell: Unlike you, we are not used to media feeding frenzies

Nothing that has appeared in this book is surprising in itself. The surprising thing is that it should be published at all. In Sweden, this kind of information just doesn't get printed, not even in the tabloids. It's circling as gossip and of course it's on the internet. But it's never been like Britain. There are some scandals, but in general everyone is given their privacy.

David Cameron hails 'new chapter' in defence co-operation

David Cameron today hailed a "new chapter" in the history of defence co-operation between Britain and France.

Album: Monarchy, Monarchy (Mercury)

With that monolithic name and a press release packed with words like "widescreen", Monarchy have you braced for a yawn-a-thon.

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Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

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