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Queen lunches with Kazakh dictator whose relative paid Andrew £3m extra for his house. Nursultan Nazarbayev, the president of Kazakhstan, was given a guard of honour in the quadrangle at Buckingham Palace when he arrived to have lunch with the monarch, Prince Philip and Andrew.

Queen lunches with Kazakh dictator whose relative paid Andrew £3m extra for his house

The 75-year-old politician, a former Communist who has been president of the central Asian republic for 26 years and was re-elected in April with 97.7 per cent of the vote, is in Britain on an official visit as a guest of the Government. He has completed 40 new trade deals with British firms worth £3 billion. Mr Nazarbayev was met at the red carpeted Grand Entrance of the palace by the Queen and Philip, along with Andrew, a frequent visitor to Kazakhstan who enjoys close relations with some of its leading businessmen.

In 2007 Andrew controversially sold his former marital home Sunninghill Park – a wedding present from the Queen – for £15 million, £3 million above the asking price, to President Nazarbayev's son-in-law Timur Kulibayev. It has never been explained why it happened. Members of the Japanese Imperial Family (Yeah #Masako) attended a Garden Party. #QueenMaxima attended the opening of the conference "Doing business in fragile states " yesterday. Princess Marie visited the crisis management exercise "KRISØV 2015" to simulate a nuclear accident in Denmark. #UNICEF #Ethiopia Meeting with the Ethiopian President over child survival, a priority for action of UNICEF Belgium. HRH The Countess of Wessex with Amanda Pullinger,100WHF's CEO; Mimi Drake, 100WHF Chair and Beth Kramer, Chadbourne.

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Attends an Award Ceremony in Switzerland. Her Royal Highness tours the @Sept11Memorial's powerful permanent exhibition #RoyalVisitUSA. Product. Accoutrement for royalty and religious figures alike, crowns epitomize power, triumph, glory and immortality.


With prominent symbols – such as spires and fleur-de-lys – and glass jewels, our reproductions of the 19th-century originals are works of art unto themselves. Dimensions Caesar Crown: 8¼" diam., 9"H (with stand) Fleur-De-Lys Crown: 7" diam., 12½"H (with stand) Jeweled Fleur-De-Lys Crown: 7" diam., 12½"H (with stand) Imperial Crown: 9¾" diam., 18"H (with stand) Jeweled Star Crown: 6¾ " diam., 8¼"H (with stand) @WhatKateWore @orderofsplendor @RoyalHats Closest thing to a tiara that I can get for Christmas! HM King Philippe of Belgium Participates in a Ceremony at the Colonne du Congrès. HRH The Countess of Wessex visits the @Sept11Memorial to pay tribute to the victims of 9/11 #RoyalVisitUSA. Princess Pushy of Kent tells Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes: Make my books a hit. Princess Michael of Kent tells Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes to make her books a hit.

By Sebastian Shakespeare for the Daily Mail Published: 01:38 GMT, 11 November 2015 | Updated: 01:46 GMT, 11 November 2015 With the final episode of Downton Abbey having been broadcast on Sunday, the hit ITV programme’s creator, Julian Fellowes, has been made an offer he can’t refuse.

Princess Michael of Kent tells Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes to make her books a hit

His famously forceful friend, Princess Michael of Kent, wants him to transform her series of historical novels into a period TV drama to rival Downton. HRH The Countess of Wessex lays a wreath at the Queen Elizabeth II September 11th Garden. Royal small talk - royal family & conversations with the royals - how to talk to royals. Small talk.

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Such a chore, right? Not if you know how to do it. Take a few tips from the Royal Family, who have humorous chit-chat down to a fine art. By Luciana Bellini. Prince Charles's tribute in Australia as thousands fall silent to remember war dead. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall today joined Australia’s prime minister and thousands of veterans and their families for an Armistice Day ceremony at the War Memorial in Canberra.

Prince Charles's tribute in Australia as thousands fall silent to remember war dead

They gathered in heavy rain near the memorial’s parade ground to commemorate the 97th anniversary of the end of the First World War. The federation guard, which includes servicemen and women from the three branches of the defence force, stood at attention in the forecourt as prime minister Malcolm Turnbull arrived with his wife, Lucy, to bursts of Waltzing Matilda from the army band. They were followed by the royal couple and the governor general, General Sir Peter Cosgrove, the Queen’s representative. A didgeridoo also sounded, part of a campaign to highlight the contribution of indigenous Australian troops in the country’s war history. About 1,500 fought in the First World War, but the total is thought to be higher. Why So Many Guys Are Loving Harry's.

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ROYAL RUSSIA: News, Videos & Photographs About the Romanov Dynasty, Monarchy and Imperial Russia - Updated Daily

Update on the Ekaterinburg Remains InvestigationTopic: Holy Royal Martyrs The Interfax News Agency (Moscow) issued the following articles today on the ongoing investigation of the murder of Emperor Nicholas II and his family, including the first results of new forensic studies on the Ekaterinburg remains. Note: the following articles have been edited by Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia New Examination Confirms Remains of Last Russian Emperor, His Family Members are Genuine Moscow, November 11, Interfax - A repeated examination has confirmed that the remains of Nicholas II and his family members are genuine, Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said. The Queen of Bhutan is pregnant. The annoucement was made today for her husband King Jigme Khesar Wangchuk. Jewel History: The Crown Jewels (1910) "The Crown Jewels" (originally appeared in the Times on 8 Nov 1910) The Crown Jewels are again to be seen in the Tower of London after an absence of some ten months [1].

Jewel History: The Crown Jewels (1910)

In accordance with a notice issued by the Lord Chamberlain on Saturday, the Jewel House was thrown open to the public at ten o'clock yesterday morning, and a large number of persons entered. Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg celebrates his 34th birthday today. (Photo: Cour Grand-Ducale) TRH placed a tribute on the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier in @AWMemorial’s Hall of Memory. Princess Victoria attended a @WWF's conference about environment, which was held in Stockholm. Alexandra returns to Spitalfields Crypt homeless shelter for 50th anniversary.

Prince of Wales warns against reliance on 'industrial scale' farms and abattoirs. The Prince of Wales photographed for Country Life Photo: John Millar He said: “Small farms tend to be the repositories of vital genetic diversity through the breeding of pedigree and native breeds of livestock, and heritage varieties of vegetables, cereals and fruit….is it really sensible to rely on very small numbers of huge, industrial-scale farms, dairies and abattoirs?”

Prince of Wales warns against reliance on 'industrial scale' farms and abattoirs

Falling commodity prices, rising overheads and a strong pound are among the factors that have made it increasingly hard for small farms to turn a profit in the last year. Urging shoppers to buy British, a “known and trusted source”, the Prince said: “We rely on farmers to make a huge contribution to our nation’s food security, environment and prosperity. And in all three respects, we live in an increasingly uncertain world. That is why we need to do everything we can to keep our farmers farming. Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicated the throne #OnThisDay in 1918, two days before the armistice. Kaiser Wilhelm II: His life and facts. This week marks the anniversary of the armistice and the official abdication of the kaiser who ruled Germany and Prussia for 30 years.

Kaiser Wilhelm II: His life and facts

Here, we look at Wilhelm II’s life… Born: 27 January 1859 in the Crown Prince’s Palace, Berlin, Prussia Died: 4 June 1941 in Doorn, Netherlands Remembered for: Being the last German kaiser and king of Prussia, and one of the most prominent figures of the First World War. Ruled: 1888–1918. On Saturday night, the The Crown Princely Couple hosted dinner in honor of the Trilateral Commission meeting. Last night, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel attended the "Playing for Life" aid concert for refugees. (VIDEOS) HM Queen Mathilde of Belgium Visits Ethiopia. On the morning of Monday, November 9, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for a four-day visit with representatives from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

(VIDEOS) HM Queen Mathilde of Belgium Visits Ethiopia.

During her stay Her Majesty, who is Honorary President of UNICEF, will “…tour projects in Oromia and Harari regional states as well as Addis Ababa and Dire Dwa City Administrations…” according to the Ethiopian News Agency. The royal visit will also focus on the Sustainable Development Goals established last September by the United Nations which will fund a water supply and sanitation program for victims of drought populations in the Afar region.

Click here and here to watch videos. Click here to view photos. Royal Exhibitions. Princess Diana Emerald Choker. A little bit of history. Jewels of the Romanovs - Welcome Page - Pallasart Web Design. Thank you for visiting the online exhibition of Jewels of the Romanovs. From Her Majesty's Jewel Vault: Empress Marie Feodorovna's Sapphire Brooch. Empress Marie Feodorovna (née Princess Dagmar of Denmark) was the wife of Alexander III of Russia. She received this brooch, an oval cabochon sapphire surrounded by two rows of diamonds with a pear drop pearl pendant, as a wedding gift in 1866 from her sister and brother-in-law, the Prince and Princess of Wales (the future King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra). It was one of the jewels that made it out when the Dowager Empress fled revolutionary Russia, but it wasn't to stay in Russian hands for long.

Following her death many of her jewels were sold by her daughters, Grand Duchesses Xenia and Olga. The sale was aided by King George V and Queen Mary (and has been the source of much confusion ever since, often painting George and Mary in a poor light), and Mary purchased some of the items. Given her love of and zeal to preserve family history, Queen Mary must have felt a special draw to the brooch her late parents-in-law once gifted her husband's aunt, and she bought it in 1930. Zara Phillips: 'Motherhood has made me more determined than before' Phillips knows precisely what Pavey’s late-flowering achievement required. Because this summer she too returned to competition following the birth of her daughter Mia nearly two years ago.

After taking maternity leave, she is now back full time, keen to achieve the necessary qualification standard to put her in contention for a place in the British eventing team at next summer’s Olympics. And Mia is often seen accompanying her mother about her business, a carefree, inquisitive toddling presence at training and competition. Far from a distraction, Phillips reckons that her approach to her sport has been enriched by motherhood.

“I think you kind of know more about yourself,” she says. But just in case anyone might think that her campaign to gain a place at Rio is somehow undermined by her cheerful new circumstances, she adds: “That said you’re just as driven as before, if not maybe more. Wonderful piece by @RoyalBiographer about the royal brothers @MajestyMagazine. Best of British. William and Harry are having a busy autumn, working in their own inimitable way on causes that are close to their heart. By Ingrid Seward They are both exceedingly rich young men, yet neither of them is ostentatious. The trappings of wealth are not for them and they prefer motorbikes to Ferraris. They are, however, quite different characters – one is a sometime partygoer, the other a family man. India sues the Queen for return of 'stolen' £100m Koh-i-Noor diamond.

It was once the world's largest-known diamond, is worth a reported £100m and is currently part of Britain's crown jewels. But India wants it back. Bollywood stars and businessmen have united to instruct lawyers to begin legal proceedings in London’s High Court to return the Koh-i-Noor diamond. The most faithful Commander-in-Chief. The Queen has honoured the fallen on #RemembranceSunday for almost 70 years.

Queen leads Festival of Remembrance at Albert Hall flanked by Royals. Queen leads Festival of Remembrance at Albert Hall flanked by Royals. James Hewitt caught secretly selling Diana and William letters in America. Private letters written by Princess Diana and Prince William to her former lover James Hewitt were offered for sale He went to elaborate lengths to hide the fact he was offering them for sale, including 8 letters and 26 cardsIt also included two handwritten notes from a six-year-old Prince William and was offered to the highest bidderIt is an act of betrayal sure to infuriate Buckingham Palace, which the Mail On Sunday has uncoveredSee full news coverage on Prince William at

James Hewitt caught secretly selling Diana and William letters in America. Maar die Kate kent ook schunnige mopjes, hoor... HRH Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands Attends a Celebration in Amsterdam. LOL. Max vertelt een schuine mop. Lady Louise Windsor (2nd from right), daughter of the Earl & Countess of Wessex, celebrates her 12th birthday today. King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands attended to mark the 70th anniversary of his country's liberation. Some final highlights of today's #Remembrance parade. Lest we forget. Koningin maxima and The Duchess of Cambridge. The Duke of Cambridge is now taking the salute at the march-past on Horse Guards. #RemembranceSunday. The message on the wreath laid by King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands at the Cenotaph. #RemembranceSunday.

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands lays a wreath at the Cenotaph (pic BBC) Royals on parade to pay their respects to the fallen. The #royal wreaths are laid at the Cenotaph. #RemembranceSunday. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM. #Remembrance. Their Royal Highnesses wear their poppies with pride, in memory of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. #MyPoppy. King Willem-Alexander lays his wreath at the Cenotaph. He was invited by Her Majesty The Queen. #RemembranceSunday. William, Harry, and Andrew lay their wreaths together. The #royal party on the balcony for the #RemembranceSunday service. The Queen, with members of her family and King Willem-Alexander at the Cenotaph. #RemembranceSunday. Remembrance Sunday: The Cenotaph, 2015. Kleding koningin Máxima tijdens dodenherdenking. Aanstaande zondag is het weer Nationale Dodenherdenking en zullen de koning en koningin een krans leggen op de Dam in Amsterdam.

Zoals gebruikelijk in Nederland verscheen Máxima de afgelopen jaren in zwarte kleding en een hoed tijdens de herdenking. In deze log heb ik alle outfits op een rij gezet. Ik ben heel benieuwd welke outfit jullie het meest geschikt (dus niet het mooiste) vinden voor de gelegenheid en waarom. Laat het me weten in een reactie! In 2002 zagen we Máxima in een zwart mantelpakje van Frans Hoogendoorn, gecombineerd met een bijpassende pillbox. In 2003 koos Máxima voor een ensemble van verschillende stoffen, gecombineerd met een zwarte hoed van Fabienne Delvigne. Klik hier voor een foto. In 2004 zagen we de prinses verschijnen in een hip jasje met opvallende sluitingen.

Klik hier voor een foto. Het jaar erop droeg Máxima een lange zwarte mantel en de hoed die ze eerder droeg bij de bijzetting van Juliana. Foto's met dank aan: Liechtenstein Crypt in Czech Republic Renovated and Re-Consecrated. Luxarazzi 101: Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape. Luxarazzi : The Luxarazzi Tiara Race (20): Emerald Peacock Tiara vs. Princess Joan's Diamond Tiara. Let's end our weekend in sparkly fashion, shall we? Luxarazzi : Luxarazzi 101: Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape.

Luxarazzi : Liechtenstein Crypt in Czech Republic Renovated and Re-Consecrated. Conoce el espectacular Salón del Trono en tu próxima visita al Palacio Real de #Madrid. The Prince's Charities. For more than 35 years His Royal HighnessThe Prince of Wales has been a leader in identifying charitable need and setting up and driving forward charities to meet it. From the early days of The Prince's Trust in the mid-1970s, his charities have grown to represent a broad range of areas including, the Built Environment, the Arts, Responsible Business and Enterprise, Young People, Global Sustainability and Rural Affairs. Such is the scale of work that in recent years His Royal Highness has assisted, directly or indirectly, with raising more than £100 million each year to support his charitable activities. Princess Charlene #Monaco stamps issued @VisitMonaco @MetropoleMonaco @PosiMonaco. Queen attends Festival of Remembrance to honour war dead and veterans By @jamie86.

Queen attends Festival of Remembrance to honour war dead and veterans. The #FestivalofRemembrance has come to an end, were you there? Let us know your favourite bits. The audience breaks into applause as the personnel leave the stage at the #FestivalofRemembrance. HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Views an Exhibition in Monte-Carlo. Members of the Royal Family enjoying this evening's @PoppyLegion Festival of #Remembrance @RoyalAlbertHall. The Duke of Cambridge with his grandmother at the Royal Albert Hall during the Annual Festival of Remembrance #royal. Ce soir Farah Diba Pahlavi est en interview exclusive dans @RTLPlaceRoyale sur @RTLTVI @rtlinfo. The Royal British Legion's Patron, HM The Queen @BritishMonarchy takes her seat at the #FestivalofRemembrance. NEW EXPERIENCE: At the @PoppyLegion #FestivalofRemembrance. A first for me, and soon the Cambridges too. #royal.

HM The Queen joins other members of the #Royal Family at #FestivalofRemembrance @BritishMonarchy @DefenceHQ. Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis. Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis (Mariae Gloria Prinzessin von Thurn und Taxis, born Mariae Gloria Ferdinanda Joachima Josephine Wilhelmine Huberta Countess von Schönburg-Glauchau,[2][3][4] 23 February 1960) is a German businesswoman, manager, artist[5] and member, by marriage, of the former German princely House of Thurn and Taxis. Biography[edit] Gloria is the daughter of Joachim, Count of Schönburg-Glauchau and of Countess Beatrix Széchenyi de Sárvár-Felsővidék.[3] Her brother, Alexander, Count of Schönburg-Glauchau, is a best selling writer and journalist. Much of her youth was spent in Togo and Somalia in Africa, where he father was an author and journalist.[3] Although a countess by birth, her family had little money, and she had worked as a waitress in the Swiss ski resort, St Moritz, before marrying Johannes, 11th Prince of Thurn and Taxis, who was born in 1926 and possessed a fortune estimated at between US$2 and US$3 billion.[6][7]

Schloss emmeram castle. Thurn und Taxis Family Country Home Schloss St. Emmeram. Remembrance in 2015. Interesting jewels on The Queen at the Festival of Remembrance tonight, including a rare sighting of Queen Alexandra's Wedding Brooch. Tonight's #FestivalofRemembrance will be aired @BBCOne at 9pm Who will you be remembering? This long-standing Royal tradition commemorates those who have lost their lives in conflict #Remembrance. Queen to lead nation in silent tribute to war dead.