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.

There’s a new Royal portrait of Prince William and everyone thinks it’s awful

2014-07-04 11:38

A new royal portrait of the Duke of Cambridge was unveiled recently and, well, it’s... You’ll just have to see for yourself.

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.

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.

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.

Hospitalised Queen cancels engagements

2013-03-04 08:14

Britain's 86-year-old Queen Elizabeth II has spent a night in hospital after being admitted for the first time in 10 years as a precautionary measure against the symptoms of gastroenteritis.

UK's Prince Charles takes to tube

2013-01-31 08:00

Four million Londoners cram onto the city's Underground passenger railway nearly every day, but it is a rarer event for Prince Charles.

Prince Harry has 'mental problem': Taliban

2013-01-22 15:54

Britain's Prince Harry, who compared shooting insurgents in Afghanistan to playing video games, "has probably developed a mental problem", says the Taliban.

Royal honours for McCartney, McGregor

2012-12-30 14:00

Stella McCartney, actor Ewan McGregor, eccentric English singer Kate Bush, and Roald Dahl illustrator Quentin Blake are among the hundreds being honoured by Queen Elizabeth II.

Royal hoax DJs taken off air after death

2012-12-08 08:52

The two Australian DJs who duped a nurse at the hospital which treated Prince William's pregnant wife Catherine have been taken off air after the nurse was found dead in a suspected suicide.

Man held over planned royal assault

2012-11-12 14:00

Police have arrested a New Zealand man on suspicion of planning an assault on Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla in New Zealand, say reports.

Irish tabloid prints topless Kate pics

2012-09-15 18:34

The Irish Daily Star has printed the topless pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge, wife of Britain's Prince William, as an Italian magazine announced plans to run the photos.

'We will do our best to kill Prince Harry'

2012-09-10 09:00

The Taliban says it is determined to kill Britain's Prince Harry, serving in Afghanistan four years after his previous deployment was cut short over security concerns.

Queen shakes hands with ex-IRA commander

2012-06-27 13:08

Queen Elizabeth II has shaken hands with former IRA commander Martin McGuinness in Belfast in a landmark moment in Northern Ireland's peace process, Buckingham Palace says.

Heathrow rolls out red carpet for Jubilee

2012-05-30 19:17

Red carpets are due to be rolled out in arrivals at London's Heathrow airport and a Salvation Army band is set to keep spirits up among the crowds for the upcoming Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Fans await baby news from Wills and Kate

2012-04-27 08:31

Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine will this weekend mark a triumphant first year of marriage as a hopeful nation waits for news they are expecting a royal heir.

Kate Middleton: The Facts

2010-11-17 16:33

Everyone is going wild over the idea of a Royal Wedding. But what do you know about the future Her Royal Highness?

Prince Albert sees summer wedding

2010-06-24 22:31

A day after surprising his principality with an engagement announcement, Prince Albert II of Monaco says he'll be marrying in about a year's time - in the summer.


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.

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.

Pappas on the Square

2013-08-01 15:38

Mediterranean taste sensations at Pappas on the Square makes for a memorable dining experience in Johannesburg.

Pigalle (Sandton)

2013-07-30 12:49

Dine like royalty with the Pigalle team at the beautiful Sandton location

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.

Sweden: 'Forbidden love' princess dies

2013-03-11 13:00

She was one of the better kept secrets of Sweden's royal household: A commoner and divorcee whose relationship with Prince Bertil was seen as a threat to the Bernadotte dynasty.

Australia royal radio hoaxer back on air

2013-02-11 10:02

One of the Australian radio hosts at the centre of a royal hoax call controversy in which a nurse was found hanged has returned to the airwaves.

UK must solve royal 'Catholic Question'

2013-01-23 14:06

Britain must change its laws to allow a future king or queen to marry a Catholic despite "old prejudices and old fears", says Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Lindsay Lohan paid $100k to party in the UK

2013-01-05 07:27

Prince Azim from Brunei reportedly paid Lindsay Lohan $100 000 to show up at his lavish New Year's Eve bash in London.

Top international scandals of 2012

2012-12-27 11:46

From the spear that divided a nation to Lance Armstrong losing his Tour de France titles, here are some of 2012's most sensational stories.

Man admits plan to throw manure at royals

2012-11-13 09:00

An elderly New Zealand anti-royalist planned to hurl manure at Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla during their visit to Auckland, he has admitted.

PNG welcomes Charles and Camilla

2012-11-03 14:33

Britain's Prince Charles and wife Camilla have arrived in Papua New Guinea where they have been welcomed with a 21-gun salute and as a threatened protest failed to materialise.

We can't babysit royals: London top cop

2012-09-11 18:29

London's Metropolitan Police chief says his officers cannot interfere in the private lives of the royal family, not even to prevent Prince Harry from going bare at a Las Vegas party.

Australia Girl Guides ditch queen and God

2012-07-06 11:09

Australia's Girl Guides will no longer promise to serve the queen or uphold their duty to God, choosing instead to "be true to myself" and "serve my community and Australia".

UK media reflects on Jubilee with pride

2012-06-04 09:05

The "teeming" scenes which met Queen Elizabeth II as she led a 1 000-boat flotilla to mark her diamond jubilee show that British pride is alive and well, say the nation's newspapers.

British Queen's Swazi king invite angers

2012-05-17 22:14

Swazi pro-democracy groups are outraged at the invitation of King Mswati III, Africa's last absolute monarch, to a lunch marking the diamond jubilee of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.

Kate Middleton: The Facts

2010-11-18 12:00

Everyone is going wild over the idea of a Royal Wedding. But what do you know about the future Her Royal Highness?

Royals cost UK £38m

2010-07-05 14:03

The royal family has cost Britain's taxpayers £38.2m in the last financial year, Buckingham Palace has announced as the country faces deep public spending debts.

Prince Albert sees summer wedding

2010-06-24 22:31

A day after surprising his principality with an engagement announcement, Prince Albert II of Monaco says he'll be marrying in about a year's time - in the summer.

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