Aloofness and taxes saw the King lose his head
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Thursday 23 June 2011
Thursday 16 June 2011
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.
Wednesday 15 June 2011
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.
Monday 09 May 2011
In the cool interior of the 190-year-old St Luke's church, a small congregation had gathered to reflect and pray.
Friday 29 April 2011
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.
Thursday 28 April 2011
Thursday 17 March 2011
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.
Tuesday 11 January 2011
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.
Saturday 08 January 2011
Saturday 27 November 2010
Monday 22 November 2010
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.
Wednesday 17 November 2010
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.
Friday 12 November 2010
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.
Tuesday 02 November 2010
David Cameron today hailed a "new chapter" in the history of defence co-operation between Britain and France.
Sunday 08 August 2010
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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