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Spanish falcons feed Arab passion for raptor hunting

Oct 26, 2019 - 3:14 PM

Spain is the world's number one exporter of falcons in 2018, exporting some 2,800 specimens, almost all of them to Gulf countries

Breeder Juan Antonio Sanchez holds a falcon at the Nebli Falcon Center in Fuentespina on August 25, 2019.  Gabriel BOUYS / AFP

Fall of a royal consort and the Thai king's assertive reign

Oct 22, 2019 - 3:34 PM

It is not the first time King Maha Vajiralongkorn has made his powerful presence felt since ascending the throne in 2016. Here are 5 ways royal power has been displayed under Thailand's new king so far.

In this file undated handout from Thailand's Royal Office received on August 26, 2019, Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn walks with royal noble consort Sineenat Bilaskalayani, also known as Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi. Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has stripped his 34-year-old consort of all titles, the palace announced October 21, a shock move less than three months after she was bestowed with a position that had not been used for nearly a century. Handout / THAILAND'S ROYAL OFFICE / AFP AFP

Thai king strips 'disloyal' royal consort of all titles – palace

Oct 21, 2019 - 10:17 PM

Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi is dismissed from the rank of Chao Khun Phra – or noble consort – for 'disloyalty to the king' and 'acting against the appointment of the Queen (Suthida)...for her own ambitions'

'DISLOYAL.' In this file undated handout from Thailand's Royal Office received on August 26, 2019, Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn stands with royal noble consort Sineenat Bilaskalayani, also known as Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi. AFP PHOTO / THAILAND'S ROYAL OFFICE

Japan ex-empress undergoes breast cancer surgery

Sep 08, 2019 - 12:42 PM

Former Japanese empress Michiko's surgery begins 'as scheduled' at the University of Tokyo Hospital

MICHIKO. Japan's former emperor Akihito and empress Michiko attend a wreath laying ceremony at the monument to Philippine national hero Jose Rizal in Manila on January 27, 2016. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Dutch Princess Christina dies after cancer battle

Aug 16, 2019 - 7:01 PM

'We are saddened at the death of our dear sister and aunt,' the royal family says in a tweet

PRINCESS CHRISTINA. Princess Christina, the sister of the former Queen of the Netherlands Beatrix, has passed away on August 16, 2019 in The Hague, according to the Dutch Royal House. File photo by Martijn Beekman/ANP/AFP

Japan ex-empress diagnosed with breast cancer – palace

Aug 09, 2019 - 6:47 PM

A spokesman for the Imperial Household Agency says the 84-year-old has been diagnosed with breast cancer at a hospital and will soon have an operation

MICHIKO. In this file photo, then Japanese Emperor Akihito (C) and Empress Michiko (R) leave the stage after a ceremony to mark the 30th anniversary of the monarch's coronation to the throne at the National Theatre in Tokyo on February 24, 2019. File photo by Nicolas Datiche/Pool/AFP

Critics hit out at millions spent on Harry and Meghan's home

Jun 25, 2019 - 6:19 PM

Queen Elizabeth II's grandson and his wife has moved into Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Castle estate before the birth of their son Archie on May 6

ROYAL COUPLE. In this file photo taken on October 03, 2018 Britain's Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet members of the public during a walkabout outside the The Royal Pavillion in Brighton, southern England. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Meghan gave birth in London hospital – certificate

May 17, 2019 - 11:47 PM

The birth certificate confirms the place of birth, in the early hours of May 6, as the Portland Hospital in central London

ROYAL BIRTH. Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose for a photo with their newborn baby son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 8, 2019.  File photo by Dominic Lipinski/Pool/AFP

Abdication becoming more frequent in the modern age

Apr 29, 2019 - 10:59 AM

As medical technology improves and lifespans grow, the concept of a lifetime of duty is gradually being eroded and abdications are becoming increasingly acceptable and frequent

(COMBO) This combination of file pictures shows Pope Benedict XVI (top-L)in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba on March 27, 2012, Spanish King Juan Carlos de Borbon (top-C) at La Moneda Presidential Palace in Santiago on June 5, 2012, Japan's Emperor Akihito (top-R) at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on January 2, 2018, Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani (bottom-L) in Doha on December 18, 2012, Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands (bottom-C) on April 30, 2013, King Albert II of Belgium (bottom-R) in Liege on July 19, 2013. When the 85-year-old Japanese Emperor Akihito steps down on April 30, 2019 it will be the latest in a string of historic abdications that have included the pope and several monarchs. CARL COURT, CLAUDIO SANTANA, KARIM JAAFAR, JOHN THYS, ESTEBAN FELIX, Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP / POOL / AL-WATAN DOHA

UK's Prince Philip, 97, back driving – without seatbelt

Jan 20, 2019 - 11:10 AM

The Duke of Edinburgh drives a new Land Rover Freelander on his wife's private Sandringham estate two days after he survived a car crash

BACK ON THE ROAD. The Duke of Edinburgh is caught driving without a seatbelt just two days after surviving a car crash. File photo by Victoria Jones/AFP

UK's Prince Philip 'shocked and shaken' after car crash

Jan 18, 2019 - 12:43 PM

(UPDATED) The duke emerges unharmed but two people in another car are injured in the crash that occurred Thursday, January 17

PRINCE PHILIP. Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, reacts as he arrives to attend a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in central London, on March 13, 2017. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Prince Charles at 70: Man on a mission

Nov 12, 2018 - 10:18 PM

Prince Charles, who is turning 70, is the longest-serving heir in British history and would become the oldest person ever to inherit the throne

'THE MEDDLESOME PRINCE.' Prince Charles' views vary in a wide range of topics, from dairy farming to culling of badgers. Photo by Facundo Arrizabalaga

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Jul 09, 2018 - 10:54 PM

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Britain's Prince Philip, 96, hospitalized for hip surgery

Apr 04, 2018 - 12:19 AM

Prince Philip retired from public life last year but has since appeared several times at royal engagements alongside Elizabeth

AILING. In this file photo taken on December 25, 2017 Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh leaves after attending Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Eat like royalty at Sofitel's Le Grand Royal Brunch

Jan 26, 2018 - 2:01 PM

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle royal wedding set May 19

Dec 15, 2017 - 9:23 PM

(UPDATED) 'His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Ms Meghan Markle will marry on 19th May, 2018,' says a statement from the couple's official London residence

WEDDING. This file photo taken on November 27, 2017 shows Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancée US actress Meghan Markle posing for a photograph in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in west London following the announcement of their engagement. Meghan Markle is to become the first fiancee invited to spend Christmas with the British royal family December 14, 2017, a move hailed as a sea change in the monarchy's traditionalist attitude. Photo by  Daniel Leal- Olivas/ AFP

American Princesses: 4 US women who married royalty

Nov 29, 2017 - 3:30 PM

Meghan Markle joins the ranks of several American women who married royals

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Prince Harry says he fell in love with Meghan Markle 'the very first time we met'

Nov 28, 2017 - 12:20 AM

It was love at first sight for the one-time playboy royal and the glamorous American actress

Elizabeth II, Prince Philip mark 70th wedding anniversary

Nov 20, 2017 - 11:15 PM

The bells of Westminster Abbey, where Elizabeth married Prince Philip on November 20, 1947, ring to mark the seven decades of the royal union

LOVE ENDURES. This file photo taken on June 17, 2017 shows Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh travel in a horse-drawn carriage back to Buckingham Palace after attending 'Trooping the Color' on Horse Guards Parade to mark the Queen's official birthday, in London on June 17, 2017. On November 20, 2017 takes place the Queen and Philip’s 70th wedding anniversary. Photo by Chris J. Ratliffe/AFP

William and Harry regret last phone call with Princess Diana

Jul 23, 2017 - 8:36 AM

Prince William and Prince Harry reveal they had a short chat with their mother before her untimely death

Thai junta ramps up its royalism with mass loyalty ceremony

Nov 22, 2016 - 7:56 PM

We will remain in allegiance to all the kings of the Chakri dynasty until we die says Junta leader Prayut Chan O Cha

LOYALTY. Thai government officials gather to pay respects and pledge an oath of allegiance to the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej during a ceremony at the Government House in Bangkok on November 22, 2016. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Customs to auction P9.52M smuggled rice on September 30

Sep 20, 2015 - 3:53 PM

The Bureau of Customs says 22 container vans of illegally imported rice are set to be auctioned off on September 30

Customs to auction overstaying rice at Manila Port

Aug 16, 2015 - 10:44 PM

The public auction set for August 25 includes over 10 million kilos of overstaying rice shipments and is expected to generate P186 million 4 026 million for the government

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Jul 10, 2015 - 11:58 AM

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Apple Music to pay 0.2 cents in royalties during trial period

Jun 25, 2015 - 5:48 PM

A smaller payment to music publishers will reportedly be added for songwriting rights – approximately 0 00047

APPLE MUSIC. Image from Apple.

LOOK: Kiss from big brother George in pics of Britain's Princess Charlotte

Jun 07, 2015 - 9:44 AM

The 4 photographs of Princess Charlotte and Prince George are taken by their mother Kate the Duchess of Cambridge

SIBLING LOVE. Undated handout photo released by Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and his wife Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, on 06 June 2015 shows Prince George (L) and his sister Princess Charlotte at Anmer Hall in Norfolk, Britain, mid-May 2015. HRH The Duchess of Cambridge 2015/Handout via EPA

5 name predictions for Kate's new #RoyalBaby girl

May 02, 2015 - 5:39 PM

What name would you give the new royal baby girl?

Senate Mamasapano report, Duterte for president, Mayweather chops wood | The wRap

Mar 17, 2015 - 7:39 PM

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Japanese emperor greets New Year well-wishers

Jan 02, 2015 - 3:41 PM

Japanese Emperor Akihito wishes for peace as Tokyo marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II

JAPANESE ROYALTY. Japan's Emperor Akihito (L) and Empress Michiko (R) wave from the balcony of the Imperial Palace during their annual new year greeting in Tokyo on January 2, 2015. Tens of thousands came out to hear the emperor's annual speech and see the royal family at the Imperial Palace. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Hagupit weakens, Pulse Asia, DOH plagiarism | The wRap

Dec 09, 2014 - 7:23 PM

Hagupit or Ruby weakens into a tropical depression Grace Poe’s survey ratings go up while Vice President Binay’s go down A K Pop group accuses the Philippine Health Department of plagiarism

Prince William to break new ground with US trip

Dec 08, 2014 - 1:55 AM

The 3 day trip will see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge mix diplomacy with supporting their favorite causes and promoting British business interests

TRAVEL. Prince William and his pregnant wife Kate head to New York. Photo from EPA

British journalist's book banned for 'defaming' Thai royals

Nov 13, 2014 - 5:42 PM

The Thai police say anybody caught breaching the ban on Andrew MacGregor Marshall s A Kingdom in Crisis could face up to 3 years in jail and a fine of 60 000 baht 1 800

Queen Elizabeth tweets for the first time

Oct 24, 2014 - 11:39 PM

The British monarch takes time to personally tweet using the @BritishMonarchy Twitter page and share her experience in opening a new exhibit at the Science Museum in London

TWEET. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II reads her first tweet after pushing a button on a tablet to send it during her visit to the Science Museum to open the new Information Age Galleries in London. Photo from AFP

Queen photobombs Aussie athlete's selfie

Jul 25, 2014 - 1:04 AM

Does this epic photobomb take the cake?

Spanish king presides over final military ceremony

Jun 09, 2014 - 12:19 AM

Hundreds of onlookers show their support for the king during an annual armed forces day ceremony

ENDING REIGN. Spain's King Juan Carlos arrives at the Quiron University Hospital in Madrid on September 24, 2013. File photo by AFP

Weird and wonderful world of British royal gifts revealed

Jan 18, 2014 - 7:51 PM

A garden gnome a chocolate royal coach and more It all comes with royalty

WEIRD GIFTS. A garden gnome, a chocolate royal coach, and more. It all comes with royalty.

Spain princess summoned to court for fraud scandal

Jan 13, 2014 - 9:34 PM

Cristina youngest daughter of the Spanish king is accused of tax fraud and money laundering

ROYALS ACCUSED. Infanta Cristina of Spain (left) is accused of money-laundering while her husband Inaki Urdangarin was suspected of embezzling million of euros in public funds. File AFP Photo/Attila Kisbenedek

Lost kingdom: Myanmar's forgotten royals

Nov 09, 2013 - 10:00 AM

The granddaughter of Myanmar s last king lives poor and unrecognized by her neighbors

THE SIMPLE LIFE. The granddaughter of Myanmar's last king, princess Hteik Su Phaya Gyi shows her photo during an interview at her residence in Yangon. AFP Photo

Chubby Prince George shown off at royal christening

Oct 23, 2013 - 11:33 PM

The relatively low key ceremony attended only by 22 guests reflects the fact that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge want their son to have a relatively normal upbringing and have closely guarded his privacy

PRINCE GEORGE CHRISTENED. Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive with their son Prince George of Cambridge at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace in central London on October 23, 2013, ahead of the christening of the three month-old prince. Photo by AFP/John Stillwell

Mining royalties plunge as nickel prices fall

Sep 26, 2013 - 12:31 PM

Several nickel producers posted lower H1 earnings because of the drop in metal prices

A DAY IN THE MINE. Workers carry load on their heads as they head out to start their workday at the Taganito HPAL Nickel Corporation. Photo by Rick Rocamora

George, James: Top bets for #RoyalBaby name

Jul 23, 2013 - 11:53 AM

Firms are already taking wagers on baby number two

ROYAL BABY BETS. The bets are on for every aspect of the royal baby's life

Live Blog: Rappler's #RoyalBaby watch

Jul 16, 2013 - 2:43 PM

Rappler s live coverage of the birth of the royal heir

WHEN WILL HE OR SHE BE BORN? Only time will tell...soon. Illustration by Mich Garcia

Duchess of Cornwall: Baby due this week?

Jul 16, 2013 - 11:30 AM

Camilla Parker Bowles Prince Charles wife says they hope to see the baby before the week ends

ROYAL BABY GRANNIES. Queen Elizabeth II (left) and Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker-Bowles will be great-grandmother and step-grandmother to Prince William and Kate Middleton's baby. Photo from the Queen Elizabeth II Facebook page

Will to miss birth of #RoyalBaby?

Jul 12, 2013 - 11:42 AM

Prince William is set to compete in a polo match two hours away from London on the week of Kate s anticipated delivery

DAD-TO-BE. If the Duchess of Cambridge goes into labor before Will's polo match, the Duke will skip the match. But what if she goes into labor while he's away? Photo from the Prince William Facebook page

What will the royal nursery look like?

Jul 10, 2013 - 1:34 PM

Interior designers dream up their versions of the future king or queen s nursery

ROYAL NURSERY. Guy Goodfellow, an interior designer known for restoring period houses, presents his take on the royal nursery. Image from

A lullaby only for the #RoyalBaby

Jul 02, 2013 - 4:27 PM

A special lullaby is composed for the baby of Prince William and Kate Middleton

ROYAL BABY COUNTDOWN. The royal family and the rest of the world are eager to welcome Prince William and Kate's baby. Photo from the Kate Middleton Facebook page

#RoyalBaby countdown begins

Jul 02, 2013 - 7:50 AM

Media wait for royal mum to be Kate outside a London hospital

AND SO IT BEGINS. For the next weeks, all eyes will be on Kate Middleton, the royal mother-to-be. Photo from the Kate Middleton Facebook page

Man admits threats to kill Britain's Prince Harry

Jun 02, 2013 - 10:27 PM

The British police s Counter Terrorism Command investigated the case but no terror charges were brought against the accused

UNDER THREAT. A man was arrested after admitting threatening to kill Britain's Prince Harry. Photo from AFP

Queen Elizabeth marks 60 years since coronation

Jun 02, 2013 - 8:33 PM

The coronation anniversary is being staged with far less fanfare than the diamond jubilee celebrations last year

STILL IN POWER. Queen Elizabeth II and husband Prince Philip went at the Epsom Derby, echoing the events of a year ago that kicked off her diamond jubilee party. Photo from AFP

Amid scandal, spain king's son-in-law has Qatar job offer

Apr 08, 2013 - 6:44 PM

Spanish King Juan Carlos scandal tainted son in law Inaki Urdangarin reportedly gets a job offer in Qatar in the handball field

QATAR JOB? Spanish King Juan Carlos' son-in-law Inaki Urdangarin (right) reportedly gets a job offer in Qatar in the handball field. He is under investigation for allegedly embezzling million of euros in public funds. File AFP Photo/Attila Kisbenedek