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Prince Bertie: How Royal playboy took Victorian Paris by storm with a THREE-WAY love seat. Bertie - the future King Edward VII - fast become the darling of Parisian society during his frequent visits to the capital of love and romance.

Prince Bertie: How Royal playboy took Victorian Paris by storm with a THREE-WAY love seat

After holidaying in Paris with his parents and sister at the age of 13, a 23-year-old playboy Prince of Wales returned to the city in 1864 where he would discover the most exquisite and lavish bordello of Victorian Paris, Le Chabanais. And there lived an extraordinary contraption, a testament to the Prince's legendary mix of corpulence and insatiable lust. Known as a ‘siege d’amour’, or love-seat, the chair allowed an unathletic Bertie, our reigning Queen's great-grandfather, to have his way with two women simultaneously, all with the minimum of effort. It paints an absorbing portrait of this unsung King, a man who can be credited for bringing the British monarchy into the modern age. He had affairs with the most famous French aristocrats, prostitutes, actresses and cancan dancers in the city. He said: "Goodness knows how it was to be used. Royal delight at Ascot for Lady Louise.

The 11-year-old daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, appears to have inherited her mother’s good looks while also resembling her grandmother the Queen as a young girl.

Royal delight at Ascot for Lady Louise

The Wessex family were in the Royal Box for the Christmas racing weekend at Ascot, which has become synonymous with the royals thanks to their love of horses. Joined by her seven-year-old brother James, Viscount Severn, Louise appeared engrossed in the jump racing. At one point she was spotted with her head buried in a race card. Both avid riders, the children keep their horses at Windsor Castle, just a short drive from the family home, Bagshot Park in Surrey. Louise, a bridesmaid at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding in 2011, is especially close to the Queen, who regularly rides out with her youngest granddaughter at Windsor Great Park.

In 2012, Louise broke her left arm when she fell from a pony on the estate. Prince Harry brushes aside Cressida rumours: royal not ready to settle. Lady Louise and James accompany Countess of Wessex on Ubunye Foundation visit. The Earl and Countess of Wessex’s 11-year-old daughter and seven-year-old son took a break from their Easter holiday in South Africa last week to accompany their parents on a visit to the Ubunye Foundation, of which Sophie, 50, is patron.

Lady Louise and James accompany Countess of Wessex on Ubunye Foundation visit

The organisation, based in Grahamstown, helps rural communities in the Eastern Cape to become self-reliant. The Countess said: “It’s very important for my children to see immediately from the moment that they come to South Africa that it’s not just about wonderful, beautiful animals and beautiful scenery. "That there is a huge need to support, protect and nurture the communities that live around and within these beautiful surroundings.” Dressed in a white T-shirt and white baseball cap, Lady Louise, who has undergone eye surgery to correct a squint thought to have been caused by her premature birth, looked on as a female entrepreneur showed the Countess the accessories business she has built up with help from the foundation.

EXCLUSIVE: Prince Philip finds a passion for fishing. The 94-year-old has been spending days on end on the River Dee at Balmoral Castle during his summer holiday with the Queen in Scotland.

EXCLUSIVE: Prince Philip finds a passion for fishing

Fly-fishing for trout and the occasional salmon, Philip sometimes spends hours in the water, wearing chest-high protective waders, only breaking to join the Queen and guests for lunch or tea. “His stamina for a man of his age is incredible,” said one royal insider. “This summer the Duke has almost been obsessed with fishing and it has become his main activity. Sophie, Countess of Wessex: The Queen has taught me how to be royal. In her most wide-ranging interview since she was duped into making some highly controversial remarks about the Royal Family and politicians to an undercover reporter in a 2001 Sunday newspaper sting, Sophie, who turns 50 on January 20, has described the art of public duty in a 21st century monarchy.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex: The Queen has taught me how to be royal

Sophie, who is patron or president of more than 70 charities and undertook 225 official engagements last year, told Justine Picardie, editor-in-chief of fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar UK, how she has had to learn how to perform her duties more effectively. Always close to her mother-in-law, she has watched the Queen closely to pick up tips on everything from entering a room full of people, conversation skills, and pacing yourself while on duty. “It doesn’t matter how tired you are – carry on,” she told the magazine.

Countess of Wessex at 50: The Queen's quiet favourite. The Queen goes horse riding with Sophie in the grounds of Windsor Castle It was a relaxed and loving gesture that said a great deal about their close and supportive relationship.

Countess of Wessex at 50: The Queen's quiet favourite

As Sophie Rhys-Jones approached the altar on 19 June 1999 in the intimate setting of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, Prince Edward smiled and subtly winked at his elegant bride. Then came news that as well as eschewing an elaborate wedding at St Paul’s Cathedral or Westminster Abbey, the couple wanted any future children to be styled without the royal titles, HRH. The Duke Of Kent at 80: The life of the Queen’s cousin, Prince Edward. The Duke’s mantra has always been “keep calm and carry on" THE Queen exclaimed: “Oh, Eddie!

The Duke Of Kent at 80: The life of the Queen’s cousin, Prince Edward

Eddie! Look, here’s a picture of you and me!” Untess of Wessex: My daughter’s battle helped me see the plight of so many children. In an extraordinarily candid interview, Sophie shared her joy at 11-year-old Louise finally being able to see properly after having being born with what she described as a “profound” squint.

untess of Wessex: My daughter’s battle helped me see the plight of so many children

She is now raising support for people across the world with eye problems, explaining: “There is no smile quite like the one that is returned from eyes that once more can see.” Lady Louise’s condition, strabismus, was a result of her premature birth in 2003. She was born by emergency caesarian section weighing 4lb 9oz. Sophie, who lost so much blood that she nearly died, delivered her daughter so fast that Prince Edward could not get there in time. Now that's respect... moment Fijian soldier sits down upon meeting The Queen. The monarch seemed well aware of what was going on when a soldier she'd just spoken to sat down in the middle of the road and took off his hat as a mark of respect.

Now that's respect... moment Fijian soldier sits down upon meeting The Queen

While onlookers assumed he'd collapsed with heat exhaustion, the 87-year-old simply moved on to the next standing soldier, leaving the Fijian man to it. Sgt Rusiate Bolavucu, 32, was following an ancient tradition from his South Pacific homeland. He said: "It is a traditional and cultural thing for people from Fiji to so when they meet a head of stat. It is a way of showing respect. "The Queen has been to Fiji so she knows about it, and she had asked me where I was from, so she smiled when she saw what I was doing. " The week in pictures: 9 October 2015. The greatest thank you gift in English history goes on show.

The Battle of Agincourt Now the gift with which Henry showed his gratitude to London is being put on public display for the city's descendants to admire.

The greatest thank you gift in English history goes on show

It will be the first time in its 600 years history that the Crystal Sceptre has been seen by more than a handful of people. Normally it is only removed from its home in the bowels of the City's Guildhall for coronations – the last time for Elisabeth II’s in 1953 –and for the ceremonial swearing in of each new Lord Mayor. During this annual 'Silent Ceremony' the outgoing and incoming Lord Mayors place their hands on the sceptre, marking a direct link back six centuries to when Henry presented it to the City by way of thanks.

Queen sends 'heartfelt sympathy' to the Turkish people following Ankara bombings. Prince Nicolas's christening ceremony comes to an end. A short summary about Prince Nicolas' christening ceremony. Godparents The Princess Couple have chosen the following six godparents for Princess Leonore: HRH Prince Carl PhilipCountess Natascha Abensperg und TraunMr Gustaf MagnusonMr Henry d'AboMrs Katarina von HornMr Marco Wajselfisz The christening gown Prince Nicolas christening gown was first worn by Prince Gustaf Adolf when he was christened in 1906. The christening gown was also worn by Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Madeleine, Princess Estelle and most recently Princess Leonore. Prince Nicolas's christening details. The royal family listen to 'O, for the wings of a dove'

Prince Nicolas of Sweden's christening ceremony is now under way. Sophie: daughter’s battle 'helped me see the plight of so many children' by @CamillaTominey. Google Translate. The Princess Royal, Patron of @Scotlandteam, will attend the #SCOvSAM match this afternoon #RWC2015. William and Kate meet young volunteers to mark World Mental Health Day by @ninamasseyPA.

The Queen Sonja Print Award ceremony in London. Huge honour for squad to receive their match jerseys from HRH The Duke of Cambridge this afternoon @KensingtonRoyal. Queen 'fascinated' by MBE pair's campaign project to unearth remains of Richard III. Wishing a very happy 80th birthday to Prince Edward, Duke of Kent #HappyBirthdayHRH. As featured in our October issue, the Duke of Kent, seen here with his sister Princess Alexandra, is 80 today. The Prince of Wales launched @CampaignforWool in 2010 to promote the environmental advantages of wool. On Tuesday The Duke of Gloucester attended a memorial service to 10th (Irish) Division at Green Hill #Gallipoli #WW1. Did you know Princess Alexandra is Patron of @guidedogs @actionforblind and President of @Sightsavers? #WorldSightDay. The Countess: "Our aim to eradicate #avoidableblindness is more than just a pipe dream. It is a tangible goal" #Qatar. Crown Princess Mary and Prince Frederik greet their relatives with warm hugs and kisses.

The Danish royal family attended the opening of Parliament on Tuesday The group met at Christiansborg Castle in Copenhagen for the occasion They were seen smiling and exchanging embraces and kissesPrincess Mary and Prince Frederik were seated next to each otherThe royal couple exchanged adoring glances throughout the meetingThe pair were seen shooting similar looks at each other on Friday By Laura House For Daily Mail Australia Published: 23:08 GMT, 6 October 2015 | Updated: 02:21 GMT, 7 October 2015.

Harry talks to some of the girls. Harry poses for a team photo with the Under 14s and Under 15s. The Duchess of Gloucester opens fantastic new @TheNationalStar accommodation for disabled students in Cheltenham. The Countess of Wessex at the Qatari Businesswomen Association @ukinqatar @NicholasHopton @ukorbis. Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip visit Grovelsjon and Idre Sami village in Alvdalen. HRH - Patron of @VISION2020UK & Global Ambassador for @IAPB1 - is passionate about eradicating #avoidableblindness.

Spanish royal corruption case: Trial involving King Felipe’s sister Cristina to begin January 11. A member of the Spanish royal family, her husband, a former regional premier and 15 other people will stand trial early next year over the Nóos scandal. A court in Palma de Mallorca has set January 11, 2016 as the start date of a historic trial that will mark the first time a royal will sit in the dock in Spain. It will also be something of a celebrity parade, with royal aides and former government officials called in as either suspects or witnesses. Because of its scope, the trial will not be held inside the Palma courthouse, but at a larger building located across from the local penitentiary Princess Cristina, King Felipe’s younger sister, is being accused of collaborating in her husband’s alleged crimes, although state prosecutors have not brought any charges against her.

The charges were filed by Manos Limpias, a far-right labor union that has taken other well-known figures to court, most notably former Spanish High Court judge Baltasar Garzón. English version by Susana Urra. Trial involving King Felipe’s sister Cristina to begin in January. The Countess of Wessex meets with HE the Qatari PM @BritishMonarchy @NicholasHopton @ukorbis. The Princess Royal is holding an #Investiture at #BuckinghamPalace, honouring deserving people from all walks of life. No special treatment for 'sausage' princes William and Harry on DIY SOS. The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry found themselves being treated like everybody else on the BBC show DIY SOS when the resident electrician called them "sausage".

Presenter Nick Knowles revealed the brothers, who helped with a project to turn a derelict street into homes for ex-service personnel, asked to be called "William and Harry" rather than "Your Royal Highness". But the show's electrician Billy Byrne just referred to them in his usual way - by calling them "sausage", prompting Harry to quip: "If you're going to call me sausage, it's going to be a very long day.

" The royals donned personalised hard hats and steel-toe boots in September as they lent a hand with part of the ambitious renovation of two whole streets in Newton Heath, Manchester. Knowles told the Radio Times: "Having met them before, I was aware they don't particularly want to be walking round a building site and being called 'Your Royal Highness'. Great to have HRH The Countess of Wessex here at the QBBF Awards Ceremony @BritishMonarchy @NicholasHopton @ukorbis. Prince Harry clowns around at WellChild awards. An incredible gift for Prince Harry from most caring young person #wellchildawards winner Ruby - thank you! The Duke of Kent, President of the @RNLI since 1969, will visit six lifeboat stations in Wales this week. Her Royal Highness is Vice Patron of @QEJubileeTrust which works towards eliminating #avoidableblindness.

Photos et vidéos de ROYALTY (@RoyaltyNL) This week, The Countess of Wessex is visiting #Qatar to support the work of #avoidableblindness charity @ukorbis. Sophie, Countess of Wessex gets lucky at the races by CHARLOTTE GRIFFITHS. By Charlotte Griffiths, Girl About Town Editor For The Mail On Sunday Published: 22:16 GMT, 3 October 2015 | Updated: 23:33 GMT, 3 October 2015. Bleary-eyed Prince Harry drowns his sorrows with pal Guy Pelly and Princess Eugenie after watching England’s World Cup defeat to Australia. Prince had earlier watched England crash out of the Rugby World Cup Appeared slightly worse for wear as he emerged from London bar31-year-old was joined by nightclub owner Guy Pelly and Princess Eugenie By Sam Matthew for MailOnline Published: 19:01 GMT, 4 October 2015 | Updated: 20:44 GMT, 4 October 2015.

Saudi Arabia’s new King Salman moves quickly to settle future succession. King Salman. Saudi royal calls for regime change in Riyadh. A senior Saudi prince has launched an unprecedented call for change in the country’s leadership, as it faces its biggest challenge in years in the form of war, plummeting oil prices and criticism of its management of Mecca, scene of last week’s hajj tragedy. Princess Diana And Prince William. Prince of Wales joins international troops at launch of Nato military exercise by. HMCS Windsor arrived at HNBC Clyde on Thursday and is home to 48 Submariners taking part in Exercise Joint Warrior. While aboard HMCS Montreal, HRH The Duke of Rothesay promotes Ordinary Seaman Kevin Baker to Able Seaman. Crew from HMCS Montreal meet The Duke of Rothesay, Commodore-in-Chief of The RCN Fleet Atlantic on the flight deck.

The Queen is presented with sheet music for 'The Longest Reign', composed by @2_SCOTS' Pipe Major Stuart Gillies. Ousted Australian PM Tony Abbott says awarding Prince Philip knighthood was a mistake #royal. British Pathé. I dag kan vi stolt berätta att H.K.H Kronprinsessan Victoria återigen valt att vara beskyddare av årets #rosabandet. The Prince's Youth Service Awards. Breaking: Duke & Duchess of Cambridge to raise mental health awareness at Mind event on #WMHD.

Happy #WorldBalletDay @BRB - here's one of our best photos of your company with your President, The Prince of Wales. HRH Prince Michael of Kent visits Royal Marines on Exercise #BlackAlligator15 in California. Prince Harry in #Shropshire for #WWTW #WalkOfBritain - today's walk will finish @LudlowCastle1. #CharityTuesday Princess Eugenie hosted a Reception for @OneYoungWorld today. Here #QRH CO & RSM meet with HRH The Earl of Wessex during RWx #Yeomanry trg exercise @3rdUKDivision @BritishMonarchy. PICTURES: Prince Edward opens North Devon’s new chemotherapy unit #WeAreNorthDevon. Defence news: HM The Queen joined The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards at their new base in Fife. His Majesty King Abdullah II addresses the 70th General Assembly of the United Nations #UNGA @UN.

Prince Harry visits @DOYRMSchool in Dover. "Three cheers for The Queen!" Soldiers from @SCOTS_DG give three cheers for HM at their new barracks in Fife. The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron of @RCSEd, today reopened @surgeonshall, one of the UK's oldest museums. Congratulations @RoyalNottingham on your 150th year! The Earl of Wessex joined the celebrations last week. The Queen feeds Talavera, the regimental drum horse during a visit to @SCOTS_DG's new barracks in Leuchars. Prince Harry chats to pupils at The Duke of York's Royal Military School in Dover. Prince Harry surprised pupils of @DOYRMSchool with a visit today to inspect the parade and award medals. Prince Harry, in ceremonial uniform, is on a surprise visit to the Duke of York's Royal Military School in Dover.

WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Princess Charlotte’s day out with Prince George. Just like her mum the Duchess of Cambridge, baby Princess Charlotte has spent the past few months out of the spotlight. The second child of Prince William and Catherine was last seen at her christening three months ago, when she was still very much a newborn. But in time spent cocooned at home in Anmer Hall with her mummy, little Charlotte has certainly grown. And, in excellent news, she looks just like her gorgeous big brother, Prince George! Princess Eugenie has been banned from taking any more holidays. After beginning her dream job at the posh London art gallery, Hauser & Wirth in July, Prince Andrew’s youngest daughter has already taken a shocking 25 days of annual leave. Eugenie has only been with the exclusive art gallery for ten weeks, but has only worked for half that time!

British Royal Family. Queen Elizabeth becomes Britain's longest serving monarch. All hail Britain’s newest longest-serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. The 89-year-old has taken out the top spot from her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, who held a firm rule for 63 years and 216 days. The Royal Family were reality stars in the Sixties. 31 times Prince Harry was utterly swoon-worthy. Queen Elizabeth becomes Britain's longest serving monarch. CPH:Get to know the #SDGs. Together we can end extreme poverty. #UNDPNorway #UNDP. Too bad #PrinceHarry! #CymruAmByth. Dundee commemorates the Battle of Loos. @7SCOTS @ArmyScotland @SCOTS_DG.

The Longest Reign - The Army in Scotland. The Duke of Rothesay pays tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice at the Battle of Loos 100 years ago. Yesterday The Duke of Kent met inspirational #GC & #GM recipients @RHChelsea's 75th anniversary commemorations. Kate Duchess of Cambridge is effortlessly elegant as she visits women's prison.

Kate, 33, went to Send Prison in Surrey to view the work carried out by a trust that helps treat prisoners for their addiction and sets them on the road to recovery. The Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust operates in 26 jails across the country but its programme at Send is the only 12-step prison-based drug and alcohol project for women. During a visit lasting just under two hours, the Duchess met inmates and ex-prisoners who have benefited from the treatment and returned to a live a drug and crime-free life. Kate said after the visit: "I was reminded today how addictions lie at the heart of so many social issues and how substance misuse can play such destructive role in vulnerable people's lives. "I saw again today that a failure to intervene early in life to tackle mental health problems and other challenges can have profound consequences for people throughout their lives.

"I am grateful to the women I met for sharing their difficult personal stories with me. The Queen and The Duke spend time with their children at #BalmoralCastle in September 1960 #ThrowbackThursday.