(Amman, Jordan) – Prince William is in Jordan, the first leg of a trip throughout the region. The Duke of Cambridge will then visit both Israel and the occupied West Bank, making the Duke of Cambridge the first British royal to make an official visit to both Israel and the Palestinian territories.
The Prince is set to meet with both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmood Abbas.
(London) – A royal military parade is marking the 92nd birthday of Queen Elizabeth. The Queen celebrated her birthday on April 21st. Saturday morning, the Queen was honored with the annual Trooping the Colour parade.
The BBC says large crowds watched about a thousand soldiers march through Whitehall in London. Included in the carriage procession this year was the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
But it was the future King of England, Prince George and Savannah Phillips who had all eyes on them. As kids will be, the duo was quite the entertainment with Savannah telling George to be quiet at one point during the national anthem. Cuteness overload for sure.
Among the Queen’s guests was U.S. Secretary of Defense General James Mattis.
(SL) – The eyes of the world watched on as the long-awaited royal wedding took place Saturday. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are now officially known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. They exchanged vows at St. George’s Chapel. The 36-year-old Los Angeles-born actress wore a flowing white Givenchy gown. Thirty-three-year-old Prince Harry and his best man, his brother Prince William, donned their military uniforms.
The couple announced their engagement late last year and their wedding yesterday, the second for Markle, makes her just the second American and the first person of mixed race heritage to marry into the British royal family. They will be living at Nottingham Cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace.
(London) – With the royal wedding just two weeks away, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are stepping out of the spotlight to prepare. The palace released more details about the upcoming event, but Markle’s dress is still top secret. Well…depending on who you ask. The Daily Mail posted an image that is believed to be Markle’s dress; a hand-stitched, heavily beaded design that is valued at just over 100k. The site reports, multiple royal and fashion industry sources have revealed the actress has opted for British couturiers Ralph & Russo to make the first of two gowns she plans to wear on May 19. The above mentioned that she will reportedly walk down the aisle at St George’s Chapel in front of 600 guests – and an estimated billion TV viewers worldwide – as well as one for the reception being held afterwards by the Queen in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle.
And contrary to a published tabloid report from Markle’s half brother, the palace says Markle’s dad is invited along with her mother and both parents are going to get acquainted with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles a week before the wedding. Markle’s mother will ride with her to St. George’s Chapel on the big day, while her father will be waiting at the chapel to walk her down the aisle. The bride reportedly won’t have a maid-of-honor. Naturally, Prince William is Harry’s best man.
The late Princess Diana’s three siblings will attend the wedding, but baby Prince Louis will be resting at home. It’s still unclear if Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be among the page boys and flower girls.
(London) – CNN reports, British police are investigating a package reportedly addressed to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as a “racist hate crime.”
The Metropolitan Police said that officers tested a substance in a package received at St James’s Palace, which the London Evening Standard said was a white powder. Other UK media reports said the package also contained a racist letter.
The investigation is being overseen by the London counter-terrorism command, a Metropolitan Police statement said. Investigators are treating the incident as a “racist hate crime,” the statement added.
Police would not say who the envelope was addressed to but said tests showed the substance to be non-suspicious. They added than an an allegation of malicious communications is being investigated.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who announced their engagement in November and are due to marry in Windsor this spring, live at Nottingham Cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace. Markle is from a mixed-race background.
There have been no arrests yet but inquiries continue, according to police. Kensington Palace had no comment.
(London, England) – The future of the Monarchy was on display today as the Queen of England and her family attended church service on Christmas Day. William and Kate led the group as Meghan Markle was also invited and held onto Harry the entire way. It’s the first time Kate and Meghan have been photographed together. And it was also the first time Meghan was photoed curtsying before the Queen.
Bless her heart. Meghan seemed a little nervous as she took everything in. I’m sure her curtsy will smooth out a little as she continues to get used to royal behavior :). Harry looked pleased to have his future wife by his side as William and Kate looked to be giving her pointers along the way. Kate is pregnant with the 5th in line to the throne. Harry and Meghan will tie the knot in May.
(London, England) – In what should be a happy period for Prince Harry’s future wife, Meghan Markle, the soon to be newest member of Britain’s Royal Family has faced a few obstacles this past week.
From criticism for wearing a sheer top in their official engagement photos to a Royal family member wearing a blackamoor brooch and her beloved dog breaking two legs, it’s been rough few days for the future Duchess. After Buckingham Palace released the official engagement photos, Meghan was criticized for not only wearing a $75,000 thousand dollar gown but for the top of it being lace. After that, it was time for the Christmas Lunch with Queen Elizabeth. To which many noticed the Princess Michael of Kent showing up with a blackamoor brooch pinned to her coat. Why was the brooch deemed offensive? Blackamoor is a slang word that refers to dark skinned people. Some like the collection pieces or sculptures for there beauty, history and decorative appeal. But the truth of the matter is Moor was a type of black African that was captured and sold into slavery. Mostly on the European market and very heavily in Italy. They were Muslims and some were even found in Spain. They were often referred to as,”Nubian Slaves.”
Some of the pieces even depict a blackamoor holding a tray.
(SL)– The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got into the holiday spirit by releasing their family Christmas card.
Kate was chic as usual as Charlotte’s expression had everyone comparing her to the Queen. Like father like son, Prince George’s navy shorts were in sync with William’s suit to complete an adorable photo full of cuteness.
William and Kate are expecting their third child. It was also recently announced that Charlotte will begin nursery school in January at the Willcocks Nursery School in London.
1. Maha Vajiralongkorn, King of Thailand — $35 billion
Bhumibol Adulyadej, the King of Thailand, was the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history, after seven decades, with an estimated wealth of $35 billion in 2016, according to Business Spectator and Forbes. King Bhumibol’s wealth is managed by the Crown Property Bureau. Following his death, his only son Prince Vajiralongkorn became King.
His wealth includes includes over 3,000 acres of land in central Bangkok and shares in Siam Cement and Siam Commercial Bank. He also owns the 545-carat Golden Jubilee Diamond, the largest cut and faceted diamond in the world.
2. Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, Emir of Abu Dhabi — $23 billion
Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates and the Emir of Abu Dhabi, had an estimated wealth of $15 billion in 2011, according to Forbes. Sheikh Khalifa has amassed a fortune as chairman of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, which manages the UAE’s excess oil reserves, estimated to be worth up to half a trillion dollars. He is also known for his philanthropy, contributing to state-of-the-art medical facilities and relief organizations.
3. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Former King of Saudi Arabia — $21 billion
Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the late King of Saudia Arabia, had an estimated wealth of $18 billion in 2011, according him to Forbes, making him the third richest royal in the world before his death on Jan. 23, 2015. When Abdullah took the throne in 2005, the oil-rich country soon began a $26 billion construction project of a city named in his honor.
4. Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei — $20 billion
Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei, had an estimated wealth of $20 billion in 2011, according to Forbes. His wealth is a result of oil and gas development in Brunei, and he is known for lavish spending: the Sultan reportedly owns more than 600 Rolls-Royces, and his residence — Istana Nurul Iman, the world’s largest palace — cost over $350 million.
5. Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Emir Sheikh of Dubai — $4 billion
Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and the Emir Sheikh of Dubai, had an estimated wealth of $4 billion in 2011, according to Forbes. Sheikh Mohammed is known for his charitable donations, including a gift of $10 billion in 2007 to set up the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, which aims to empower future generations to develop sustainable solutions in the Arab world.
(SL) – Princess Martha Louise’s ex husband Ari Behn says he too was violated by Hollywood heavy weight Kevin Spacey. Reportedly it happened during the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize concert in Olso, Norway.
The former husband of Norwegian King Harald’s daughter says the actor, who was co-hosting the even, groped.Behn told Norwegian radio that Spacey, who sat next to him, suddenly said “‘hey, let’s go out and have a cigarette,'” before “he touched me” on the genitals. He said Wednesday that he declined Spacey’s approach by saying “maybe later.”
Behn, 45, married Martha Louise, fourth in line to the Norwegian throne, in 2002. He is an author and playwright. Last year, they decided to split but share custody of their three daughters.
This is just one of numerous sexual misconduct and assault allegations levied at Spacey.