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Prince Charles, Camilla to visit Manitoba, Nova Scotia, P.E.I. in May

OTTAWA - Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will pay a royal visit to Canada in May. The tour, which comes at the invitation of the federal government, is to include stops in Manitoba, Nova Scotia and P.E.I. The announcement was made today by Governor General David Johnston. "Sharon and I are looking forward to seeing them once again, as they spend some time here in Canada," Johnston said on Twitter.

New Zealand scraps anti-woman rule for country's head of state

New Zealand scraps anti-woman rule for country's head of state WELLINGTON, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- The New Zealand Parliament on Wednesday scrapped the last archaic barrier that would prevent a woman taking over as the country's head of state. The Royal Succession Bill put in place changes that were agreed in 2011 by the 16 realms that shared Britain's Queen as head of state, Justice Minister Judith Collins said in a statement.

Prince Charles opens boycott-hit Commonwealth summit

Britain's Prince Charles formally opened a Commonwealth summit in Colombo Friday whose build-up has been dogged by a dispute over rights abuses at the end of Sri Lanka's ethnic war. "It gives me very great pleasure to declare this meeting of Commonwealth heads of government open," said the prince who is representing his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. co /mtp

Prince Charles defies critics to make new plea for organic farming

By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Reuters) - Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, has made a fresh appeal for more organic farming, insisting his approach was based on science rather that "a quirk" and dismissing those who would prefer he keeps his opinions private. Charles, who turns 65 this week, has often voiced strong views on the environment, architecture and social affairs, a stance that contrasts sharply with his mother, Queen Elizabeth, who never reveals her thoughts on such matters.

Britain's Prince Charles garlanded as he arrives in India

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla visited a military academy Thursday on the first full day of their Indian tour which began with garlands and a blessing beside the River Ganges. The royal pair wore strings of jasmine and marigold flowers at a welcoming ceremony on Wednesday evening in the northern city of Rishikesh, where The Beatles learnt transcendental meditation in the Sixties.

Prince Charles in no hurry to become king: Time magazine

By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - Prince Charles' passion in life is his charitable work and he wants to get as much done as he can before becoming king when, in the words of an aide, "the prison shades" close, according to Catherine Mayer, editor-at-large of the U.S. magazine Time.

Future of British monarchy captured in official christening shots

The first photographs in 120 years showing four generations of present and future British monarchs were released on Thursday, the day after the christening of Prince George, the newest member of the dynasty. One of the four pictures officially released to the media shows a seated Queen Elizabeth II flanked by three future kings; her son Prince Charles, grandson Prince William and great-grandson George, who is being cradled by his father.

Future of British monarchy captured in official christening shots

The first photographs in 120 years showing four generations of present and future British monarchs were released on Thursday, the day after the christening of Prince George, the newest member of the dynasty. One of the four pictures officially released to the media shows a seated Queen Elizabeth II flanked by three future kings; her son Prince Charles, grandson Prince William and great-grandson George, who is being cradled by his father.

British royal dynasty set for George's christening

Three generations of future British kings will gather on Wednesday for the low-key christening of Prince George, the son of Prince William and his wife Catherine. Current monarch Queen Elizabeth II will also be present for the third-in-line prince's baptism, where she will be joined by heir apparent Prince Charles and second-in-line William. But the ceremony, to be held at the Chapel Royal in London's St James's Palace, will be hidden from the world's media.

Steinway agrees to takeover by Paulson hedge fund

Steinway Musical Instruments, maker of the legendary Steinway grand piano, agreed Wednesday to be taken over by the Paulson and Co investment group after Paulson increased its offer to $512 million. Steinway said the two sides had entered a definitive agreement for the takeover, two days after Paulson upended the July offer by Kohlberg and Co. of $35 a share with a $38 bid. Kohlberg bowed out Tuesday as Paulson upped its offer to $40, sealing the deal to take the public company private.
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