Zambia not budging on mining royalty hike

2014-12-30 13:35

Zambia's mines minister says the country will hike royalty rates on open pit and underground mining, despite fears of shaft closures and up to 12 000 job losses.

William fuels speculation of second royal baby

2014-04-13 08:25

Royal watchers are scrutinising the duchess of Cambridge on her New Zealand tour after husband Prince William appeared to hint a second baby is on the way.

Thai king to leave hospital

2013-08-01 10:00

Thailand's frail king is expected to leave hospital and travel to his coastal palace after almost four years as an in-patient, says a government official.

AbaThembu royals apologise to Zuma

2013-07-14 08:11

The AbaThembu Royal House has apologised to President Jacob Zuma after comments made by AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo and says his removal as king is not yet finalised.

Qatar emir abdicates in favour of son

2013-06-25 11:00

Qatar emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani has abdicated in favour of his 33-year-old son, Sheikh Tamim, in a first for the Arab world.

UK queen portrait defaced at Westminster

2013-06-13 16:32

Police say they have arrested a man after a portrait of Britain's Queen Elizabeth has been defaced with paint at Westminster Abbey.

Apology for naming cyclone after king

2013-05-28 15:01

Sri Lanka's top meteorology official has apologised for naming a deadly cyclone after a king who built massive irrigation tanks well over a millennium ago and was venerated as a god.

Less influence for new king of Netherlands

2013-04-24 16:51

The Dutch will have their first king in more than 120 years when Willem-Alexander succeeds his mother Queen Beatrix, bringing a more hands-off style to the throne.

Thousands rally against Spain's monarchy

2013-04-14 17:13

Thousands have rallied in Spain against the monarchy of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, calling for the return of an elected head of state.

Spanish princess in corruption case

2013-04-03 16:27

Spain's Princess Cristina has been summoned to testify as a suspect in a corruption case, says a court official, a historic blow to the prestige of the royal family.


The luxury of being a king in SA

2014-10-05 10:52

Millions live in areas that have kings or traditional leaders, who are a link to their ancestors, but there is growing disenchantment over their taxpayer-funded lifestyles.

King’s fiancée treated like a queen

2014-03-09 11:02

Twenty eight-year-old Zola Mafu might only be Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini’s fiancée but for the past eight years she’s been living a right royal life – all at the taxpayers’ expense, reports say.

King Albert urges Belgians to unite

2013-07-20 22:58

Albert II, king of a sharply divided Belgium, has called on its people to stick together as he bids them a formal farewell ahead of his abdication after 20 years on the throne.

I puff weed - king

2013-07-10 23:04

Self-confessed dagga-smoking AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo says he is not perturbed by being constantly associated with the illegal smoke.

Zulu King's farms need govt investment

2013-06-20 21:55

A recent study on Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini's farms has found that most of them are not financially viable, KwaZulu-Natal premier Zweli Mkhize says.

Queen marks 60th anniversary of coronation

2013-06-04 15:02

Queen Elizabeth II has marked the 60th anniversary of her coronation with a service at Westminster Abbey filled with references to the rainy day in 1953 when she was crowned.

Queen's Speech vows immigration clampdown

2013-05-08 13:02

British Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged a fresh clampdown on immigration in the Queen's Speech, seeking to bolster his right-wing credentials.

Thatcher funeral: Attendees and no-shows

2013-04-16 20:10

Among those expected at the funeral of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher are former president FW De Klerk and IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

Queen and Thatcher had mutual respect

2013-04-12 12:01

Queen Elizabeth II's attendance at Margaret Thatcher's funeral, a rare honour, sheds light on the largely secret relationship between two of the world's most famous and powerful women.

Sickly Spanish king unlikely to abdicate

2013-03-15 11:00

Spain's King Juan Carlos has been plagued by health problems and unprecedented family scandals that have undercut public confidence in the monarchy, but analysts say he is unlikely to abdicate.

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