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  • King of Bahrain Declares State of Emergency

    03/15/2011 9:35:21 AM PDT · by Qbert · 13 replies · 1+ views
    MANAMA, Bahrain —Hours after the king of Bahrain declared a three-month state of emergency, doctors at a central hospital on Tuesday said two protesters had been killed and some 200 wounded and injured in clashes with riot police in the suburban village of Sitra. One man, Ahmed Farhan, 24, had dozens of shotgun pellet wounds on his back and a gaping head injury, while a second man had tire marks from having been run over by security forces, the doctors said. Grisly video from the hospital, including of Mr. Farhan, appeared online shortly after. “The signs are that this is...
  • Prince Harry to learn how to fight in Apache helicopter

    03/13/2011 11:25:00 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 50 replies
    The royal is off to a secret US experimental combat weapons base where he will learn how to hunt the Taliban in his attack helicopter. The 26-year-old has been selected for special training at the American Army's Yuma proving ground in Arizona, where he will be taught how to use the gunship's awesome firepower.
  • Why the Saudi Royals are Scared

    03/08/2011 1:17:52 PM PST · by Kartographer · 32 replies
    DailyBeast/YahooNews ^ | 3/8/11 | Bruce Riedel
    The House of Saud watches nervously as friends fall and the United States changes its alliances. Bruce Riedel on how money could help them—and why King Abdullah should not be underestimated. The view from the enormous marble palaces in Riyadh and Jidda is becoming grim. For the House of Saud, the winter of Arab discontent has been unsettling so far as friends fall in waves. It may get a lot worse from the royal family’s perspective. But the Saudi royals are proven survivors who have been around and in power for centuries. They know how to survive and have the...
  • Snub Sparks Diplomatic Crisis

    12/19/2010 9:20:53 AM PST · by John Semmens · 12 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 18 December 2010 | John Semmens
    Revelation that the guest list for Prince William’s wedding next year won’t include the Obamas has sparked a diplomatic crisis. Sources inside the US State Department confirm that President Obama is considering severing diplomatic relations with the United Kingdom, a nation once held to be our closest ally. “This is a royal snub if you ask me,” said the President’s visibly angry Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. “After all this country has done for the Brits—bailing them out in two World Wars, boosting the careers of the Beatles and Rolling Stones, adopting their language as our own—to be stabbed in the...
  • Royal snub for the Obamas: No wedding invite from Prince William and Kate Middleton

    12/17/2010 2:43:30 PM PST · by kingattax · 50 replies
    LA Times ^ | December 17, 2010 | Andrew Malcolm
    Oh, the humiliation. Once not so long ago one of the world's top celebrities in his own right, Barack Obama and his wife Michelle did not make the cut for invitations to the royal wedding in London next spring. On April 29 in Westminster Abbey with all the grace and pageantry sure to capture international imaginations, commoner Kate Middleton will marry Prince William, son of Princess Diana. And don't forget the horsedrawn carriage perhaps. But the current residents of the White House will not be there, according to the Daily Mail.
  • Snub for Obamas as Royal sources reveal they will not be invited to Prince William's wedding

    12/17/2010 7:10:41 PM PST · by RummyChick · 80 replies · 1+ views
    daily mail ^ | 12.17 | Fay Schlesinger
    # American President left off the guest list as it is not a 'state occasion' # Royal couple eager to ask ordinary citizens to attend rather than VIPs # Heads of State who may attend include Nicolas Sarkozy and wife Carla Brun Read more:
  • Obamas not invited to UK royal wedding: report

    12/17/2010 11:12:19 AM PST · by FromLori · 62 replies · 2+ views
    NY Post ^ | 12/17/2010
    US President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, will not be invited to the London wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Britain's the Daily Mail reported Friday. Since Prince William is "neither the sovereign or the heir to the throne," according to a spokesman from St. James' Palace, his April 29 wedding is not classified as a "state occasion" and escapes the more formal trappings of such events -- including the high profile guest list. The royal couple reportedly wants to fill the 2,000 seats of Westminster Abbey with charity workers and citizens deserving of special recognition as opposed...
  • Prince William rescues stricken man at sea

    10/05/2010 3:41:23 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 47 replies
    AFP ^ | Oct 5 2010
    Prince William carried out his first rescue mission in his new job as a search and rescue helicopter pilot, lifting an ill man from an off-shore gas rig, a royal spokesman said Tuesday. The 28-year-old, who is second in line to the throne, was scrambled into action on Saturday, co-piloting a Royal Air Force (RAF) Sea King helicopter to a gas platform in the Irish Sea. It was his first rescue job since graduating two weeks ago.
  • Talk about a gorgeous royal couple at their wedding (Prince Nikolaos- Greece)

    08/25/2010 4:46:46 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 36 replies
    Prince Nikolaos, son of Greece's deposed King Constantine, and his bride Tatiana Blatnik leave Agios Nikolaos church after their wedding ceremony on the island of Spetses August 25, 2010
  • Media Matters Palace Guard Defense of Michelle Obama Backfires - Big Time

    08/07/2010 2:29:49 PM PDT · by kristinn · 225 replies · 1+ views
    Saturday, August 7, 2010 | Kristinn
    Democratic Party front group Media Matters for America has been loyally defending First Lady Michelle Obama's luxurious Spanish vacation this week even as other liberals concede the Obama administration made a politically insensitive call in signing off on the trip.Today, Media Matters attacked Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit/Pajamas Media for his critique of Michelle Obama's trip. The headline of the attack piece: Michelle Obama derangement syndrome: Instapundit posts pic of First Lady as Marie AntoinetteNot only does the headline reinforce the growing meme that Michelle Obama is acting like a rich pig, but upon opening the article one is confronted with...
  • Prince Charles and His Green Islamo-Fascist Paupers

    07/15/2010 1:59:22 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 23 replies
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 7/15/10 | RMM I.F.
    On June 9th, Prince Charles delivered a stunning speech to the Center for Islamic Studies at Oxford wherein he called for a western pantheistic religious synthesis with Islam to help save the world from the impending environmental catastrophe looming on the apocalyptic horizon. Shockingly, Prince Charles strongly believes that Islam can play a critical role in bringing back ancient religious traditions that will promote a much needed check on western man’s unbridled enthusiasm for capitalism, power and money where science has been inappropriately exploited by commerce since the Industrial Revolution. Prince Charles presumes that such a course of action will...
  • Baseball 2010 Thread

    07/05/2010 4:23:27 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 42 replies
    Online Sources and Our Twisted Imaginations | Monday, July 5, 2010 | everybody
     East W L Pct GB Home Road East Cent West Streak L10 New York Yankees 50 31 .617 -- 28-13 22-18 20-11 10-7 9-6 Won 2 6-4 Boston Red Sox 49 33 .598 1.5 29-17 20-16 18-17 10-9 8-2 Lost 1 6-4 Tampa Bay Rays 48 33 .593 2.0 20-19 28-14 19-10 11-6 11-6 Won 2 6-4 Toronto Blue Jays 41 42 .494 10.0 21-19 20-23 13-14 11-9 10-8 Lost 2 2-8 Baltimore Orioles 25 57 .305 25.5 16-25 9-32 9-27 4-6 5-13 Lost 1 5-5  Central W L Pct GB Home Road East Cent West Streak L10 Detroit...
  • Monaco's Prince Albert FINALLY to settle down as he proposes to girlfriend Charlene

    06/23/2010 9:05:14 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 51 replies · 2+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 3:28 PM on 23rd June 2010 | Unknown
    If she takes up swimming again, she won't be able to wear her engagement ring in the pool - she'd surely sink. Prince Albert of Monaco has proposed to South African former swimmer Charlene Wittstock - giving her a ring that more than makes up for his reputation as an eternal playboy. The royal palace said in a statement that the engagement was announced today between the 52-year-old prince and 32-year-old Wittstock.
  • Is Prince Charles a Convert to Islam?

    06/10/2010 8:12:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 72 replies · 1,186+ views
    Daniel Pipes ^ | updated Jun 10, 2010 | Daniel Pipes
    In a 1997 Middle East Quarterly article titled "Prince Charles of Arabia," Ronni L. Gordon and David M. Stillman looked at evidence that Britain's Prince Charles might be a secret convert to Islam. They shifted through his public statements (defending Islamic law, praising the status of Muslim women, seeing in Islam a solution for Britain's ailments) and actions (setting up a panel of twelve "wise men" to advise him on Islamic religion and culture), then concluded that, "should Charles persist in his admiration of Islam and defamation of his own culture," his accession to the throne will indeed usher in...
  • Queen's birthday gaffe leaves Hillary Clinton red faced

    06/04/2010 6:52:24 PM PDT · by Dinah Lord · 171 replies · 5,002+ views ^ | 6/4/2010 | Andrew Hough
    Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, has been left red faced after mistakenly sending a birthday message to the Queen a week early. An official statement from the US foreign policy chief paid tribute to the "Queen’s life and legacy,” despite the fact that the Monarch does not celebrate her official birthday until next weekend. The diplomatic faux pas, sent on behalf of President Barack Obama and the American people on Friday, also celebrated the "special relationship" between the British and US governments.
  • An unwanted immigrant: This demented duchess

    05/28/2010 2:57:49 AM PDT · by Scanian · 31 replies · 850+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 27, 2010 | Andrea Peyser
    Bloody cheek. It's not every day a com moner is graced with the personage of a card-carry ing, blue-blooded, bone headed duchess. But Sarah Ferguson irritably dragged her hips into the Javits Center yesterday at the crack of 8:30, and proceeded to whine, kvetch and play the victim in a British accent as impenetrable as Scotland Yard. And, judging from the crowd she attracted, which coated the convention center like a lover's saliva on Fergie's well-traveled toes, the world's greediest, tackiest and brokest royal is quickly accomplishing a feat that has eluded her back home in England, where the weary...
  • Shamed Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson puts on a brave face

    05/26/2010 9:55:45 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 19 replies · 990+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 10:06 PM on 25th May 2010 | Rebecca English, Julie Moult and Sara Nathan
    Sarah Ferguson put on a brave face as she ran errands in New York today, ahead of her return to the UK to account to her ex-husband for her latest gaffe. She is expected to meet with Prince Andrew this week to explain how she was caught up in a sting by an undercover reporter, offering access to the prince for £500,000. After the news broke at the weekend she took a pre-arranged flight to Los Angeles to collect an award for her charity work.
  • Sarah Ferguson caught demanding $750K for access to ex Prince Andrew

    05/24/2010 3:46:00 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies · 483+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 24, 2010 | CATHY BURKE
    Flame-haired royal flake Sarah Ferguson, bragging that she and Prince Andrew are the "happiest divorced couple in the world," got stung on videotape shamelessly shilling access to her ex for more than $750,000. Andrew, the 50-year-old Duke of York, is Britain's special representative for international trade and investment. "Five hundred thousand pounds when you can, to me . . . open doors," Fergie says in videotape of a meeting at a ritzy London apartment, according to the British tabloid News of the World. "Then you open up all the channels, whatever you need, whatever you want . . . We...
  • Jordanian King to US Jews: Support PA State, 2002 Saudi Plan

    05/11/2010 3:29:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies · 338+ views
    inn ^ | 5/11.10 | Hana Levi Julian
    Jordan's King Abdullah II turned to Jewish leaders from the United States this week in hopes of convincing them to help pressure Israel to accept the 2002 Saudi Peace Plan as a means of getting talks with the Palestinian Authority back on track. The king and his wife, Queen Rania, who was born in a region today controlled by the Palestinian Authority, met Tuesday with the heads of the American Jewish Congress at the Royal Court in Amman to urge them to support an independent PA state. Abdullah told AJCongress President Richard S. Gordon and co-executive directors Matthew Horn and...
  • Swedish Princess Madeleine Breaks Off Engagement

    04/24/2010 1:33:07 PM PDT · by twister881 · 31 replies · 5,232+ views ^ | April 24, 2010 | AP
    "STOCKHOLM -- Princess Madeleine of Sweden has broken off her engagement with attorney Jonas Bergstrom, the Royal Court announced Saturday. "The reasons for the break up were not disclosed, but Norwegian magazine Se og Hoer published an interview this week with a woman named Tora Uppstroem Berg who claimed she had spent a night with the princess' fiance at a popular Swedish skiing resort last year."
  • New Zealand rejects bid to ditch the Queen

    04/23/2010 9:17:38 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies · 437+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/22/2010 | Paul Chapman in Wellington
    New Zealand has marked the Queen's 84th birthday by rejecting an attempt to abolish the monarchy. A bill that would have set up a referendum on the country becoming a republic was thrown out by parliament on its first reading, by 68 votes to 53. John Key, the Prime Minister, rallied his National Party and its allies to block the Opposition move, leaving angry republicans fuming that the outcome would have been different if MPs were allowed a free vote. Analysts attribute a recent rise in the popularity of the monarchy largely to a visit by Prince William, when he...
  • Prince Charles follows Harry's footsteps and becomes most senior royal to visit British troops

    03/25/2010 5:05:20 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 16 replies · 518+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 25th March 2010
    It was an experience his youngest son has already been through. But yesterday the Prince of Wales was able to witness for himself the badlands of Afghanistan. Pictures of Charles donning full combat gear while inspecting a machine gun at a British camp bore a striking resemblance to those taken of Prince Harry in similar poses two years earlier. The key difference was that for Harry it was all for real. Charles was paying an unprecedented and surprise fact-finding visit to the UK's frontline troops. It is a trip the prince, the Commander in Chief of ten regiments, had wanted...
  • Scotland Yard chief's fury over £250,000 security bill

    03/14/2010 4:15:44 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 16 replies · 730+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 9:04 PM on 14th March 2010 | Stephen Wright
    Britain's top policeman has expressed concerns about the huge cost to the taxpayer of protecting Princess Eugenie and other 'B-list' royals. Scotland Yard chief Sir Paul Stephenson is looking at how best to use resources at his cash strapped force. One area of concern in his budget is the cost of providing armed, round-the-clock protection to guard the 19-year-old princess - a renowned party animal - during her hectic first year at Newcastle University. Insiders conservatively estimate it is £250,000 a year - including the salaries, accommodation, living and travel expenses of two full-time police bodyguards.
  • Princess Diana 'was killed after plan to frighten her went wrong'

    03/11/2010 1:10:12 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 107 replies · 2,541+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 8:40 PM on 11th March 2010 | Mail Foreign Service
    Princess Diana died after attempts to frighten her into dumping Dodi al Fayed and ending her anti-establishment activities went horribly wrong, a leading lawyer has claimed. Michael Mansfield claimed he was sure Diana's 'killers' had no intention of ending her life in a Paris tunnel in August 1997 and simply wanted to scare her. But he claimed the operation to torpedo her relationship with Dodi, and silence her planned criticism of the British government over foreign arms sales, backfired spectacularly.
  • Duchess of Yorkski: Just what is Sarah Ferguson doing plugging social climbing classes...?

    03/10/2010 9:49:35 AM PST · by Niuhuru · 10 replies · 615+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 11:45 AM on 10th March 2010 | Zoe Brennan
    The Duchess of York flicks back her distinctive auburn hair and leans towards the camera. 'The world is changing,' she confides earnestly. 'The future never more uncertain, with an increasing population and a scarcity of national resources.' The words 'Deforestation', 'Terrorism', 'Global Warming', 'Credit Crunch' and 'Famine' flick alarmingly across the screen. 'The demand for well-paid jobs that are spiritually enriching is far outstripping supply,' she continues in Sloaney vowels. 'I want to give my children a chance - the best possible chance.' All rather confusing, given that her children - Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie - are fifth and sixth...
  • Japan: Princess Aiko unable to go to school after being bullied by boys

    03/05/2010 6:51:26 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 37 replies · 1,357+ views
    Japan Today ^ | 03/05/10
    Princess Aiko unable to go to school after being bullied by boys Friday 05th March, 05:34 AM JST TOKYO — Princess Aiko, the only child of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, has been reluctant to attend school since Monday after being ‘‘treated harshly’’ by boys in her grade, an official of the Imperial Household Agency said Friday. But an official of the school denied that the 8-year-old princess was directly subject to rowdy behavior of the boys, after the unusual announcement by Issei Nomura, the top aide to the crown prince and princess, about the princess’ absence citing...
  • Princess Aiko of Japan kept home from school because of panic attacks

    03/05/2010 1:39:56 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 38 replies · 1,370+ views
    Times Online ^ | March 5, 2010 | Leo Lewis,
    Princess Aiko, the eight-year-old granddaughter of the Japanese Emperor, has become unable to go to school after suffering a series of anxiety attacks and stomach aches. Her problems, said the Imperial Household Agency, arose from her “rough behaviour” at the hands of boys in her age group at the ultra-exclusive Gakushuin school she attends in central Tokyo.
  • Baseball mascot accused of wiener attack

    02/23/2010 2:37:22 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 25 replies · 599+ views
    Digital Spy ^ | February 23, 2010 | Aaron Broverman
    Major League Baseball team the Kansas City Royals are being sued by a fan who claims that mascot Slugger the Lion poked his eye out with a steaming hot wiener. According to TMZ, John Coomer claims he was relaxing at a game on September 8, 2009, when Slugger "climbed atop the third base dugout and started shooting hotdogs into the stands from an air gun." The mascot later abandoned the gun and started throwing the hotdogs by hand, which is when, documents claim, "Slugger lost control of his throw or was reckless with his throw, and threw the hotdog directly...
  • Jordan’s King due tomorrow; talks on major issues planned

    01/04/2010 5:13:13 AM PST · by bert · 3 replies · 375+ views
    Saudi gazette ^ | 01/04/10 | Faheem Al-Hamid
    JEDDAH – The two-day visit of King Abdullah of Jordan beginning on Tuesday will see discussions with Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, centering on regional developments, reviving the stalled peace process, and moves to ensure Arab reconciliation and solidarity to “counter Israeli maneuverings.” King Abdullah will also discuss with the Jordanian monarch the Saudi-Yemeni border issue, Palestinian dialogue to end internal division, the Iranian nuclear issue and strengthening Saudi-Jordanian relations in a wide range of fields. According to Jordanian political sources, King Abdullah’s meeting with the Jordanian monarch has gained importance due to regional and international developments. “The leaderships...
  • Tireless Queen shows no sign of letting up at age 83

    01/01/2010 3:35:56 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 74 replies · 1,640+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 1st January 2010 | Rebecca English
    She may be approaching her 84th birthday, but the Queen is still carrying out official engagements at the rate of more than one a day. Figures compiled by the Daily Mail suggest that she conducted 375 visits, investitures and audiences in 2009 - two decades after most people her age retired. The number is slightly down on the 417 she performed in 2008, largely because she undertook only one overseas state visit last year rather than the normal two. A trip to the Middle East was cancelled at the last minute so the Queen could stay in Britain to greet...
  • Anger greets Dutch queen's Christmas message

    12/27/2009 6:27:05 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 55 replies · 1,675+ views
    Anger greets Dutch queen's Christmas message Published on 27 December 2009 - 12:08pm Many media experts and internet users have fiercely criticised Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands following her 2009 Christmas message. The queen tackled subjects including virtual communication which she said actually divided people rather than bringing them closer together. Although no names were given, she was taken to be referring to social networks such as Hyves, Facebook, Twitter and to text messaging in general. Internet expert Vincent Everts has told Radio Netherlands Worldwide that the queen doesn't know what she's talking about. He argues the opposite of what...
  • 2009? Some years are best forgotten, says Queen in Christmas address

    12/25/2009 12:36:17 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 13 replies · 644+ views
    The Times ^ | 12/25/2009 | Tom Coghlan
    The Queen's Christmas Message was a sombre one today at the end of a year dominated by the war in Afghanistan and deep economic gloom. "Each year that passes seems to have its own character," she said. "Some leave us with a feeling of satisfaction, others are best forgotten." She described 2009 as "a difficult year for many, in particular those facing the continuing effects of the economic downturn." The Queen, who is the titular head of the Armed Forces, expressed her sadness at the casualties suffered by British forces fighting in Helmand Province of Afghanistan. "I am sure that...
  • Prince William spends night on London streets

    12/22/2009 10:39:36 AM PST · by DannyTN · 30 replies · 1,004+ views
    AP ^ | 12/22/09 | JENNIFER QUINN, Associated Press Writer Jennifer Quinn, Associated Press Writer
    LONDON – A cold alley in central London is a far cry from a palace — but it was the spot Prince William chose to sleep to highlight the plight of homeless British teenagers. ... "I hope that by deepening my understanding of the issue, I can help do my bit to help the most vulnerable on our streets."
  • Study: Mistress of French King Died From Drinking Too Much Gold

    12/17/2009 8:58:45 AM PST · by RDTF · 29 replies · 1,748+ views
    Fox ^ | Dec 17, 2009
    LONDON — A British medical journal has published findings saying a mistress of 16th-century French King Henry II may have died from consuming too much drinkable gold. When French experts dug up the remains of Diane de Poitiers last year, they found high levels of gold in her hair. -snip-
  • Prince William to share Queen's duties:'Shadow King'

    12/13/2009 5:10:32 PM PST · by Alistair Stratford IV · 32 replies · 1,332+ views
    DailyMail ^ | Dec. 13, 2009 | Glen Owen
    The Queen is to hand over a substantial part of her public duties to Prince William to help him prepare for the day when he becomes King, according to a confidential document obtained by The Mail on Sunday. Secret papers reveal that plans to ease the strain on the 83-year-old monarch and her 88-year-old husband, Prince Philip, are at an advanced stage. The disclosures come despite months of denials from the Palace that the Queen was planning to step back from her official work in favour of her 27-year-old grandson. The information is contained in a briefing note written by...
  • Prince William to share Queen's duties: Treasury document reveals plan to make him the "shadow King"

    12/13/2009 12:26:36 AM PST · by iowamark · 12 replies · 1,181+ views
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 12/13/2009 | Glen Owen
    he Queen is to hand over a substantial part of her public duties to Prince William to help him prepare for the day when he becomes King, according to a confidential document obtained by The Mail on Sunday. Secret papers reveal that plans to ease the strain on the 83-year-old monarch and her 88-year-old husband, Prince Philip, are at an advanced stage. The disclosures come despite months of denials from the Palace that the Queen was planning to step back from her official work in favour of her 27-year-old grandson. Stepping back: The move will fuel rumours that the Queen...
  • Prince William to share Queen's duties: Treasury document reveals secret plan...

    12/12/2009 4:02:00 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 147 replies · 4,207+ views
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 12th December 2009 | Glen Owen
    The Queen is to hand over a substantial part of her public duties to Prince William to help him prepare for the day when he becomes King, according to a confidential document obtained by The Mail on Sunday. Secret papers reveal that plans to ease the strain on the 83-year-old monarch and her 88-year-old husband, Prince Philip, are at an advanced stage. The disclosures come despite months of denials from the Palace that the Queen was planning to step back from her official work in favour of her 27-year-old grandson. The information is contained in a briefing note written by...
  • Snubbed Norwegians replace absent Obama at event with … cardboard cutout

    12/10/2009 3:30:09 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 29 replies · 1,433+ views
    Hot Air ^ | Dec.10, 2009 | Allahpundit
    Wait ’til you hear what the event was. Obama had quite a whirlwind day Thursday – he signed the Nobel guest book, huddled with Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, met with King Harald V and Queen Sonja, and delivered an acceptance speech after he was formally presented with the prize. He also joined the king and queen at an evening banquet. But he skipped out on several other activities, including lunch with the king, a news conference at Oslo’s Grand Hotel, CNN’s traditional interview with the prize winner and a “Save the Children” benefit concert, where organizers replaced him with an...
  • Obama's Nobel snub angers Norwegians

    12/10/2009 1:46:06 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 80 replies · 2,685+ views ^ | Dec 10, 2009 | Gwladys Fouché and Ewen MacAskill
    Barack Obama has arrived in Oslo to receive his Nobel peace prize amid considerable anger over the White House's decision to cancel a series of events normally attended by the prizewinner. Obama is scheduled to meet the Norwegian prime minister, Jens Stoltenberg, and the Norwegian royal family before receiving his medal at a ceremony due to begin at midday. His main speech is scheduled at a banquet tonight. But Norwegians are incensed over what they view as his shabby response to the prize by cutting short his visit. The White House has cancelled many of the events peace prize laureates...
  • Obama Snubs the King

    12/09/2009 1:18:29 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 62 replies · 2,316+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 9, 2009 | Katarina Andersson
    Finally some Europeans are angry with Obama—the very ones who are awarding him his Nobel. Katarina Andersson on the president's decision to decline lunch with King Harald and skip his own Nobel exhibit. A day before President Obama receives his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, the president’s treatment of his Norwegian hosts has become hot news across Scandinavia. News outlets across the region are calling Obama arrogant for slashing some of the prize winners’ traditional duties from his schedule. “Everybody wants to visit the Peace Center except Obama,” sniped the Norwegian daily Aftenposten, amid reports the president would snub his...
  • Caption this Picture. Obama bows to the Emperor of Japan, Akihito.

    11/14/2009 2:53:57 AM PST · by DaveTesla · 91 replies · 4,304+ views
    Japan Today ^ | 11/14/09 | Japan Today
  • Victoria Cross recipient Trooper Mark Donaldson meets Queen Elizabeth II...

    11/10/2009 10:03:25 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies · 867+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 11th November 2009 | Charles Miranda
    AUSTRALIA'S first Victoria Cross winner in almost 40 years has had a private meeting with The Queen. As Australian soldier Mark Donaldson walked calmly out the gates of Windsor Castle yesterday, he looked like any one of a number of the uniformed troops on duty protecting the Queen's official residence. But an observant British local among a small throng outside the gates noticed the distinctive Victoria Cross among other medals pinned to his chest and exclaimed loudly in a Cockney accent, "'e's got-a full deck 'e 'as", and warm applause instantly broke out for the unassuming 30-year-old Digger known to...
  • (Prince) Harry: I'll take the £14.60 chicken wrap and chips...

    11/08/2009 4:23:43 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 55 replies · 2,103+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 9th November 2009 | Katie Nicholl and Stephanie Condron
    As third in line to the Throne, Prince Harry might be expected to dine on the most exquisite food in the most elegant palaces - not chicken and chips in a fast-food joint in Stevenage. But that's exactly what he enjoyed last week, joining a group of Army friends for a low-key meal at a branch of Nando's near their Hertfordshire base. Staff offered to give him the £14.60 meal for free, but the 25-year-old Prince insisted on paying - although he did ask for the 20 per cent discount the chain offers to military personnel. Richard Thompson, the 24-year-old...
  • Queen leads Remembrance Day ceremony as Britain stops to remember the 200 soldiers killed...

    11/08/2009 4:19:45 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies · 530+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 8th November 2009
    The Queen today lead the annual ceremony for Britain's war dead in the first Remembrance Sunday not attended by any veterans of World War I. As Big Ben chimed 11am, the queen joined thousands of troops, veterans and civilians in the traditional two-minute silence. The silence was broken by a single artillery blast and the sound of the Royal Marine buglers playing the 'Last Post'. Each year, thousands of poppies are placed in the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey to remember all those killed by the war. This year the field also has plots dedicated to those killed in...
  • Deathly fear part of thrill: Prince Edward

    10/29/2009 5:23:26 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies · 362+ views
    The Australian ^ | 30th October 2009 | James Madden
    THE Queen's youngest son, Prince Edward, chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme that encourages participation in outdoor activities, believes that one reason young people are attracted to the program is the possibility that they could die in pursuit of the award. In an interview with The Australian yesterday, the Earl of Wessex, who is seventh in line to the British throne, said the program, established in Britain in 1956 and open to people aged between 14 and 25 in more than 120 countries - remains popular with so many because it offers the promise of adventure and the...
  • Centuries Later, Henry V’s Greatest Victory Is Besieged by Academia

    10/24/2009 10:38:13 AM PDT · by Saije · 30 replies · 1,271+ views
    Ny Times ^ | 10/24/2009 | James Glanz
    The heavy clay-laced mud behind the cattle pen on Antoine Renault’s farm looks as treacherous as it must have been nearly 600 years ago, when King Henry V rode from a spot near here to lead a sodden and exhausted English Army against a French force that was said to outnumber his by as much as five to one. No one can ever take away the shocking victory by Henry and his “band of brothers,” as Shakespeare would famously call them, on St. Crispin’s Day, Oct. 25, 1415. They devastated a force of heavily armored French nobles who had gotten...
  • Today in History: October 25 St. (Saint Crispin's Day)

    10/25/2009 2:48:38 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 23 replies · 1,028+ views
    Spero News ^ | 10/25/09 | Martin Barillas
    October 25 is fraught with anniversaries. It marks a turning point in European history that was to later provide one of the greatest speeches ever to emerge from the English language and that has inspired millions for over 400 years. We are speaking here, of course, of the Battle of Agincourt that was fought on the feast of St. Crispin's Day in 1415 when young King Henry V and his army defeated the French army under the command of Constable d’Albret and his 100,000 men
  • Macbeth's Castle Unearthed In Inverness Garden?

    05/28/2004 12:51:10 PM PDT · by blam · 28 replies · 3,635+ views
    Macbeth's castle unearthed in Inverness garden? LOCAL history enthusiasts believe they have unearthed positive evidence that a former King of Scotland maintained a castle in Inverness. Tradition has persisted that Macbeth had a stronghold at Auldcastle Road in the Crown area of the city - hence the name. Now an archaeological dig by members of the Inverness Local History Forum in the garden of the appropriately-named house Dun Macbeth has uncovered what could be the most important finds to date. Some artefacts, including pieces of medieval glass and what are thought to be whalebone and porpoise or dolphin bones have...
  • Queen 'Appalled' at Church of England Moves, Claim Vatican Moles

    10/04/2009 7:23:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies · 1,663+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 10/3/09 | Richard Eden
    When Pope Benedict visits this country next year, he is expected to stay at Buckingham Palace as a guest of the Queen. The warmth of her welcome will come as no surprise to the Pontiff, if senior sources at the Vatican are to be believed. According to informants quoted in The Catholic Herald, the Queen has "grown increasingly sympathetic" to the Catholic Church over the years while being "appalled", along with the Prince of Wales, at developments in the Church of England. The usually well-informed newspaper adds that the Queen, who is the Supreme Governor of the C of E,...
  • Diana Affair Speculation Sets French Tabloids Ablaze

    09/22/2009 8:22:35 PM PDT · by Saije · 10 replies · 671+ views
    Time ^ | 9/22/2009 | Bruce Crumley
    "I wish that you love me," says Patricia, Princess of Cardiff, whose mangled English is one of the few notable differences between her character and the real-life Diana, Princess of Wales. Her would-be lover is French President Jacques-Henri Lambertye — drawn, it seems, to closely resemble real-life former President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing...The florid romantic tale, titled The Princess and the President, might have passed largely unnoticed...were it not for the fact that its author is former President Giscard himself...some newspapers have covered the book as though it might be a thinly disguised kiss-and-tell. "Fiction or reality?" Le Figaro asked in...