Royals http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/19695/all en Car owned by Kate Middleton up for auction on eBay http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/kate-middleton-prince-william-volkswagen-vw-aston-martin- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A blue Volkswagen Golf once owned by Kate Middleton is being auctioned on eBay by its current owner, Sonny Brazil. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News Desk </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> A blue Volkswagen Golf once owned by <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2011/07/20/kate-middletons-old-car-for-sale-on-ebay/">Kate Middleton</a> is being auctioned on eBay by its current owner, Sonny Brazil.</p> <p> The car was often seen in paparazzi shots of Middleton when she was dating Prince William, according to Fox News, and the future Queen of England reportedly used it while studying with the prince at St. Andrews University, Scotland.</p> <p> Middleton owned an Audi A3 hatchback at the time of her wedding to William, who incidentally drives a high performance S4 Audi sedan, Fox reports. Prince Charles loaned the pair his wine-powered Seychelles Blue DB6 MKII Volante &mdash; one of only 38 such <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2011/04/29/kates-wine-powered-wheels/">Aston Martins</a> built, and a present from Queen Elizabeth to her eldest son on his 21st birthday.</p> <p> Meanwhile, Brazil said Middleton&#39;s two-door VW had about 60,000 miles on it when sold by her brother, James, to Brazil&#39;s father, a used car dealer, for about $2,250. Middleton &mdash; now the Duchess of Cambridge &mdash; bought it in 2001 for about $17,000.</p> <p> After visiting an auction house and learning that the car could be worth as much as $45,400, Brazil decided to take good care of it and has only added about 2,500 miles to the odometer, he reportedly said.</p> <p> Brazil said he listed the car with a minimum 20,000 pound bid (about $32,200), but with four days left in the auction seven bidders had pushed the price up to around $40,000, short of its undisclosed reserve, Fox reports.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/kate-middleton-prince-william-volkswagen-vw-aston-martin-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> British Royal Wedding 2011 Royals Culture & Lifestyle Offbeat United Kingdom Weird Wide Web Wed, 20 Jul 2011 15:21:00 +0000 News Desk 5671015 at http://www.globalpost.com Kate Middleton pregnant? Rumors are flying (PHOTOS) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/111117/kate-middleton-pregnant-photos <p> The rumor mill is at it again, with fresh reports that Kate Middleton is expecting the future ruler of England.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/111117/kate-middleton-pregnant-photos" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kate Middleton Prince William Royals United Kingdom Thu, 17 Nov 2011 20:51:00 +0000 Nicole Rojas 5681693 at http://www.globalpost.com UK: Prince Philip leaves hospital after heart treatment (VIDEO) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/111227/uk-prince-philip-leaves-hospital-after-heart-treatment <p> Buckingham Palace said Philip was feeling &quot;very cheerful&quot; and looking forward to seeing the rest of the Royal family, whom he will join at the Sandringham country estate in Norfolk.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/111227/uk-prince-philip-leaves-hospital-after-heart-treatment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Royals United Kingdom Tue, 27 Dec 2011 12:38:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5685209 at http://www.globalpost.com UK: Royal murder mystery after body found on Queen's private Sandringham estate http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/120103/murder-investigation-body-found-sandringham-estate-queen <p> Officers said they were examining cold cases from across the UK, indicating that the victim may have been killed elsewhere and some time ago.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/120103/murder-investigation-body-found-sandringham-estate-queen" target="_blank">read more</a></p> crime murder Royals United Kingdom Tue, 03 Jan 2012 17:18:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5685744 at http://www.globalpost.com Kate Middleton celebrates 30th birthday http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/120109/kate-middleton-celebrates-30-birthday <p> The princess is so far taking an understated approach to her role in the royal family.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/120109/kate-middleton-celebrates-30-birthday" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kate Middleton Royals United Kingdom Mon, 09 Jan 2012 18:47:00 +0000 News Desk 5686532 at http://www.globalpost.com King of Tonga dies in Hong Kong http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/120318/king-tonga-dead-george-tupou-v-dies-hong-kong The King of Tonga has died in Hong Kong, according to reports.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/120318/king-tonga-dead-george-tupou-v-dies-hong-kong" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Royals Asia-Pacific Sun, 18 Mar 2012 20:44:00 +0000 News Desk 5696595 at http://www.globalpost.com King of Tonga's fashion sense remembered http://www.globalpost.com/internal/gallery/5696625 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-label">Subhead:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tonga's King George Tupou V, who died March 18, 2012, helped bring democracy to Polynesia's last monarchy — and was also known for his elaborate uniforms. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News Desk </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-slideshow-slides"> <div class="field-label">Photo Slides:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/photo/5696617/king-tonga-dead-7">King of tonga dead 7</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/photo/5696610/king-tonga-dead-1">King of tonga dead 1</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a 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class="field-label">Subhead:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mourners lined the streets of Tonga's capital, Nuku'alofa, and a thousand pallbearers took turns carrying the casket of the late King George Tupou V, who died suddenly in Hong Kong, during a funeral procession from the Royal Palace to the Royal Tombs. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Erin Conway-Smith </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-slideshow-slides"> <div class="field-label">Photo Slides:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/photo/5697873/king-tonga-funeral-7">King of tonga funeral 7</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/photo/5697871/king-tonga-funeral-5">King of tonga funeral 5</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a 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<a href="/photo/5697869/king-tonga-funeral-3">King of tonga funeral 3</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/photo/5697867/king-tonga-funeral-1">King of tonga funeral 1</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-lead-image-ref"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/photo/5697873/king-tonga-funeral-7">King of tonga funeral 7</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-publish-date"> <div class="field-label">Publish Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2012:03:27 06:27</span> </div> </div> </div> Royals Asia-Pacific Tue, 27 Mar 2012 10:27:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5697882 at http://www.globalpost.com Swaziland king demands cows for his birthday http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/swaziland-king-birthday-cows-mswati-iii <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Swazi king has ordered the subjects of his tiny, impoverished country to donate cows for his birthday celebrations. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Erin Conway-Smith </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> JOHANNESBURG &mdash; Swaziland&#39;s <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mswati_III">King Mswati III</a> is celebrating a birthday this month, and he has ordered up some gifts from the subjects of his impoverished mountain kingdom: cows to be slaughtered for the celebrations.</p> <p> Mswati, Africa&#39;s last absolute monarch and one of the world&#39;s richest royals, has demanded that chiefs from Swaziland&#39;s Shiselweni region, where his 44th birthday party is to be held, canvas their subjects for cattle, <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/swazi-king-demands-birthday-cows-subjects-145630757.html">Agence France-Presse reported</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p> The order comes at a time of continuing economic crisis in the landlocked southern African country, where two-thirds of the 1.4 million population live on less than $1 a day.</p> <p> While ordinary Swazis are suffering, Mswati, his 13 wives and sprawling family have apparently remained unscathed by the government&rsquo;s severe budget shortfall. &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost: <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120109/swaziland-news">Swaziland: King Mswati challenged by economic crisis</a></strong></p> <p> Prince Gcokoma, the home affairs minister, said the country&#39;s dire financial situation means the government doesn&#39;t have enough money in the budget to pay for the event to mark Mswati&#39;s April 19 birthday, although it will be contributing about $650,000 from the public coffers.</p> <p> &quot;Chiefs from the Shiselweni, as hosts, are expected to provide cattle to be slaughtered on the day,&quot; Gcokoma told AFP.</p> <p> Last year, birthday celebrations were canceled because of Swaziland&#39;s financial crisis, &quot;a decision that was applauded by many,&quot; <a href="http://www.observer.org.sz/index.php?news=36750">the Swazi Observer noted</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/swaziland-king-birthday-cows-mswati-iii" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Royals Swaziland Weird Wide Web Tue, 03 Apr 2012 08:37:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5698975 at http://www.globalpost.com Swaziland protests: Police arrest union leaders in crackdown on pro-democracy marches http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120412/swaziland-protests-crackdown-union-leaders-arrested JOHANNESBURG — Swaziland police cracked down on pro-democracy protests Thursday, arresting union leaders and stepping up armed patrols to disperse planned gatherings in the capital, Mbabane.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120412/swaziland-protests-crackdown-union-leaders-arrested" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Labor Union Royals Swaziland Thu, 12 Apr 2012 18:02:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5700179 at http://www.globalpost.com Swaziland King Mswati 'left by another of his wives' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/swaziland-king-mswati-wife-leaves-him-angela-lagija-dlamini JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — The sixth wife of Swaziland's polygamous King Mswati III has left him, according to a report.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/swaziland-king-mswati-wife-leaves-him-angela-lagija-dlamini" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Royals Swaziland Politics Weird Wide Web Sun, 06 May 2012 18:47:05 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5703294 at http://www.globalpost.com Royal equality: Kate Middleton and Prince William's daughter will be referred to as 'Princess' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/royal-equality-kate-middleton-and-prince-williams-daug The upcoming royal baby will be referred to as "Her Highness" and "Princess" if it ends up being a girl, announced the Queen today, ending a tradition that dates back to George V that dictates only male royal progeny will recieve the titular title of "Prince."<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/royal-equality-kate-middleton-and-prince-williams-daug" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kate Middleton Royals Europe Culture & Lifestyle United Kingdom Thu, 10 Jan 2013 13:12:00 +0000 Faine Greenwood 5732574 at http://www.globalpost.com Money can’t buy love for Europe’s scandal-hit royals http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/130118/europe-royals-monarchy-republic-England-Spain-Denmark-Belgium <p><span style="font-size: 12.727272033691406px;">LONDON &mdash; As the man who shepherded his country from dictatorship to democracy following the death of General Francisco Franco in 1975, Spain&rsquo;s King Juan Carlos accumulated a huge wealth of goodwill. Then, last year, with a few gunshots, he blew it.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;">It was bad enough that the 75-year-old monarch was photographed on an elephant hunt in Botswana. But it also emerged he&rsquo;d been vacationing with a woman who wasn&rsquo;t his wife.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;">The Spanish monarchy isn&rsquo;t alone. Aristocrats from Olso to Brussels are experiencing a sharp downturn in the kind of adulation that once granted them licence to live it up across Europe.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/130118/europe-royals-monarchy-republic-England-Spain-Denmark-Belgium" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BeNeLux Royals Want to Know Europe Politics Culture & Lifestyle Spain United Kingdom Sat, 19 Jan 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Barry Neild 5736275 at http://www.globalpost.com Prince Harry: UK business ambassador? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business/companies/130514/prince-harry-uk-business-ambassador <p>Prince Harry went to the Jersey Shore on Tuesday, not for partying, but for his princely duties that the UK hopes will help drum up business for the mother country. Known more for his mischievous smile and infamous partying, Prince Harry is not the first person that comes to mind as an international business ambassador for the UK, with media reports of his naked frolics in a Las Vegas hotel room last July still fresh in the public&#39;s memory.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business/companies/130514/prince-harry-uk-business-ambassador" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Royals Want to Know Global Economy United Kingdom United States Tue, 14 May 2013 19:55:00 +0000 Holly Ellyatt, CNBC 5837744 at http://www.globalpost.com Prince Harry defended gay soldier from homophobic attack http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/130610/prince-harry-defends-gay-soldier-homophobic-attack In a book titled, "Out in the Army," James Wharton praised fellow infantryman Prince Harry for protecting him against homophobic attacks.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/130610/prince-harry-defends-gay-soldier-homophobic-attack" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gay rights Prince Harry Royals Want to Know Military United Kingdom Mon, 10 Jun 2013 15:13:00 +0000 Katrine Dermody 5854311 at http://www.globalpost.com