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Touring royals meet Australian military families

Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate met with the families of Australian soldiers killed in recent conflicts Saturday and took a front-row fighter jet seat as their tour headed north. The royal couple were presented with a boomerang for their infant son, George, and delighted Olympians and ordinary folk alike during a whistlestop tour of Brisbane, Australia's third-largest city.

Baby Prince George lands in New Zealand for first tour

Britain's Baby Prince George arrived in New Zealand with parents Prince William and Catherine on Monday for the eight-month-old's first ever official tour, an AFP reporter said. Strong winds, rain and poor visibility greeted the royals in Wellington at the start of a three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia. It will be one of the first times George, who is third in line to the throne, has been seen in public since his birth on July 22 last year.

Richard III faces final battle in London court

The final battle of British king Richard III, who died at war in 1485, began Thursday at London's High Court, which must decide where his remains will be laid to rest. Distant relatives and supporters of the infamous ruler, whose body was found under a car park in Leicester, central England, in 2012, are fighting for his remains to be buried in York Minster, the city that gave its name to Richard's royal house. The Plantagenet Alliance claim it was the wish "of the last medieval king of England" that he be interred in the historic northern England city.

UK's Prince George is a rascal, says new father William

By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Prince George, the baby son of Prince William and his wife Kate, is a bit of a rascal who does not sleep well and needs to have his diaper changed far too often, his father said in his first interview since the birth. George, the third-in-line to the British throne, was born on July 22 amid a global media frenzy, reflecting the international popularity of his parents and ongoing fascination with the British royal family.

'George' scores low in baby-naming research

Scientifically speaking, Prince William and his wife Kate could have come up with a better name for their newborn, suggests a respected US psychologist who's studied how people react to different names. "I definitely would not have selected the name George," said Albert Mehrabian of the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), the author of several books on names and other forms of "non-verbal communication."

Prince George, B.C., the city celebrates baby Prince George with royal invite

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - The new name of the royal baby may knock the City of Prince George off the top of a Google search, but the mayor isn't complaining. Shari Green says there's no other place with more reason to celebrate in the naming of Britain's new prince than her central B.C. city. "It's very exciting," she gushed in a telephone interview Wednesday. "We thought we had a few more days to prepare but we're very excited that the name has been announced and we're very pleased to share the name."

Facts and numbers related to the royal birth

Some facts and numbers related to Monday's birth of a boy to Prince William and his wife, Kate: Number of weeks Prince William receives for paternity leave: 2. Number of names the baby is likely to have: 4 (Princes Charles, William and Harry all have 3 middle names). Number of generations of direct descendants to the throne currently living: 4. Time of prince's birth: 4:24 P.M. U.K. time. Prince's birth weight: 8 pounds, 6 ounces. Number of direct descendants of the Queen: 15 (4 children, 8 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren including the new baby).

Two charged over stolen pics of Prince William's wife Kate

The head of the publisher of France's Closer magazine and a photographer were charged this month over the publication in September of stolen photos of Prince William's wife Catherine, sources said Wednesday. The photos caused a furore when they were published in the glossy magazine, and sparked a criminal probe into how they were obtained. ll/mbx/gk

King Richard III's face revealed for first time in 500 years

The face of England's king Richard III was revealed for the first time in more than 500 years on Tuesday following a reconstruction of his skeleton found underneath a carpark. A three-dimensional plastic model has been made from the skull of the king, who was killed in 1485 after just two years on the throne but lived on as one of history's worst villains in the eponymous play by William Shakespeare.

FACTBOX-Richard III's reign

Feb 4 (Reuters) - Researchers in Britain solved a 500-year-old mystery when they confirmed that a skeleton found in a car park last September, was that of Richard III, England's most infamous king. Here is a look at his reign: * He was the fourth son of Richard, the third Duke of York. He became the last Plantagenet and Yorkist king of England. He usurped the throne of his nephew Edward V in 1483 and perished in defeat to Henry Tudor (thereafter Henry VII) in battle.
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