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Queen's Nag Flunks Drug Test

Winner of last year's Gold Cup, Estimate, tests positive for morphine

(Newser) - The latest royal scandal mercifully has nothing to do with Prince Harry , things that should've stayed in Vegas , or other photos you can't un-see : Rather, it's a 5-year-old horse owned by the queen, and she's tested positive for a banned substance, reports the Telegraph . It seems... More »

The Royal Baby Turns 1

Prince George is walking, new official photos show

(Newser) - The palace is releasing special pictures, the Royal Mint is striking a commemorative coin, and newspapers are publishing glowing tributes. What's all the fuss about? A little boy who will be king. Prince George turns 1 today, and while he might be too young to appreciate it, the milestone... More »

Here It Is: Prince George's Official 1st Birthday Photo

Prince William, Kate Middleton release photo from earlier this month

(Newser) - In case you don't have it marked on your calendar, the royal baby turns a year old on Tuesday—and to mark the occasion, three days in advance, his royal parents have released an official photo of Prince George, taken 20 days in advance. Prince William, wife Kate, and... More »

Richard III Was No Hunchback

Spine problem would not have been obvious

(Newser) - Richard III wasn't the "deformed," "unfinished," "rudely stamp'd," "hunchbacked" figure Shakespeare depicted him as, researchers say. The 15th-century king's body was found under a parking lot in England a couple of years ago, and after using scans to create a... More »

Putin: Charles' Comments 'Not Royal Behavior'

Russian is unamused by prince's Ukraine critique

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin has heard Prince Charles' comparison of his actions in Ukraine to those of one Adolf Hitler, and he is unamused, reports the BBC . The Russian leader, speaking yesterday to major news agencies including the AP , labeled such comments variously "wrong," "unacceptable," and "not... More »

Tabloid Hacked Kate's Phone 155 Times, Harry's ... 9

Royal wild child was apparently not that interesting to 'News of the World'

(Newser) - If hacking is a form of flattery, Kate Middleton ought to be red-faced. Former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman admitted hacking the phones of British royals today, telling the court that the now-duchess was first targeted in 2005 as "a figure of increasing importance around the... More »

Prince William's 3rd Anniversary Gift to Kate: $6K Watch

As they celebrate 'privately' today

(Newser) - It may feel like you've been hearing about Prince William and wife Kate for a thousand years, but they've only been married for three, as of today. And she got quite an anniversary gift, the Daily Mail reports: Wills gave her a Cartier watch that cost upward of... More »

Freak Fall Kills Prince Charles' Brother-in-Law

Mark Shand suffered head injury while stepping outside to smoke

(Newser) - Mark Shand, the brother of Camilla, duchess of Cornwall, has died after a freak accident in New York. "The Duchess, the Prince of Wales, and all her family members are utterly devastated by this sudden and tragic loss," says Clarence House in a statement, according to Sky News... More »

Queen Gets New Portrait for 88th B-day

She looks pretty much the same

(Newser) - What to get for the forever-reigning monarch who has everything? Britain's Queen Elizabeth turns 88 tomorrow, and the government got her, well, a portrait of herself to mark the occasion. The black-and-white photo by Brit photographer David Bailey was taken back in March, notes the AP . "I've... More »

Prince George Sets Off on First Official Tour

He arrives in New Zealand with Prince William, Kate

(Newser) - Prince William and wife Kate arrived in New Zealand at the beginning of a three-week tour today, and they brought Prince George along—it's the eight-month-old's first official tour, the BBC reports, and just the second time he's faced the media. The royal family's first stop:... More »

William, Kate Release New George Photo

Royal heir will head out on first official trip next week

(Newser) - Ahead of their Australia-New Zealand tour next week, Prince William and Kate Middleton have released an official family photo that includes their now 8-month-old bouncing baby boy, reports the BBC . Prince George, who will accompany the royal couple on their trip beginning next Monday, is pictured being held by his... More »

Diana Leaked Royal Phone Book, Says Ex-Editor

Clive Goodman tells court she wanted to get back at Charles

(Newser) - Another shocker from Britain's phone-hacking trial: Former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman says a palace phone book in his possession came not from corrupt cops but from an angry princess. Goodman yesterday told the court that Princess Diana gave him the book in 1992 because she... More »

Maori King Snubs Prince William, Kate

90 minutes not enough time for proper meeting, his people say

(Newser) - Ouch: Prince William and wife Kate have been refused a meeting with New Zealand's Maori king, because they didn't offer up enough time. Wills and Kate, along with son Prince George, will be in New Zealand next month, and asked to meet with King Tuheitia for 90 minutes.... More »

Queen Pushing Royal Makeover for Kate

Expect lower hemlines, more tiaras

(Newser) - When you see Kate Middleton on an Australian tour in April, don't be surprised if she looks a little different. According to the Daily Mail , Queen Elizabeth has been urging a makeover for the duchess for the trip, involving more tiaras, more jewels, ... and longer skirts. Designers are working... More »

UK to Queen: Get a 'Grip' on Your Budget

She's down to $1.7M, officials say

(Newser) - It's time for Queen Elizabeth to "get a much firmer grip" on her dwindling supply of cash, members of Britain's Parliament say: The royal cash reserve is down to 1 million pounds, or about $1.7 million, according to their report. That's a "historic low,... More »

Wanted at Buckingham Palace: Royal Bath-Runner

Housekeeping assistant will serve tea, assist guests

(Newser) - Help is wanted at Buckingham Palace, and keeping quiet is among the job requirements. The palace is looking for a housekeeping assistant, it says in a job ad —someone who will be in charge of "high-quality cleaning" and maintenance of bedrooms and bathrooms. The job holder will also... More »

Harry Celebrated South Pole Trek With '2-Day Bender'

And drinking champagne out of a prosthetic leg

(Newser) - Prince Harry trekked to the South Pole last month, and he celebrated exactly as you'd expect: by going on "a two-day bender" with some Icelandic truck drivers and drinking champagne out of a prosthetic limb. That according to actor Dominic West, who was on the expedition with the... More »

Tabloid Hacked Kate's Phone: Prosecutors

Prince William calls her 'babykins' in voicemail, says he was nearly shot

(Newser) - Prosecutors told a London court today that Rupert Murdoch's News of the World hacked the phones of Kate Middleton and Prince Harry, marking the first time the now-closed tabloid has been accused of hacking the phone of an actual member of the British royal family—as opposed to an... More »

Pippa Middleton Engaged: Sources

And Prince Harry is close to it, other sources claim

(Newser) - Is the owner of one of the world's favorite rear ends about to go off the market? That's what sources tell Us , claiming that Pippa Middleton is engaged to boyfriend Nico Jackson. The two have been together 15 months, but you can take this news with a grain... More »

Queen Furious When Cops Swiped Her Nuts

She turned detective to stop pilfering, court told

(Newser) - In behavior that probably would have led to their beheadings in an earlier time, police officers on duty in Buckingham Palace infuriated Queen Elizabeth II by helping themselves to nuts left out in bowls in the royal residence, Britain's phone-hacking trial heard yesterday. The Queen was "furious" about... More »

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