• The Queen beams days ahead of royal baby arrival at garden party in Edinburgh

    Just days away from the arrival of the new royal baby to the fold, the Queen hosted a garden party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh on Monday. The Queen, accompanied by the Earl of Wessex, was beaming ahead of the birth of her third great-grandchild, looking magnificent in mint green as she smiled happily and chatted to guests while she walked around the grounds of the palace. Her Majesty wore a Stewart Parvin double-breasted silk tweed coat in mint green for the joyous occasion, which awarded people from all walks of life with honours to mark their achievements.   CLICK ON PHOTOS

  • Hospital prepares for Kate's royal baby birth

    With pregnant Kate Middleton's due date looming, St Mary's Hospital in London is making preparations for the royal baby's arrival. Anticipation is building and eager members of the press have started arriving, days ahead of Kate's anticipated mid-July due date. Photographers, journalists and television crews are camping out in a large press pen that the hospital has built, and have been provided with metal seats and stepladders.   CLICK ON PHOTO FOR GALLERY The pen has been stationed opposite the entrance to the building, on the other side of the road, to respect the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's privacy. Steel barriers are also lining

  • Prince Charles and Camilla visit Doctor Who studios

    Prince Charles and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall are keeping busy ahead of the birth of the Prince's first grandchild. The royal couple made a stop at the set of the BBC series Doctor Who in Cardiff, while on their annual summer tour in Wales. Camilla, smiling cheerfully as she posed alongside Charles – and a pair of the science fiction series' evil Daleks – looked cool in a blue skirt and jacket suit with light beige heels and bag.   CLICK ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE Prince Charles then got a chance to take over one of the infamous Daleks, before telling the

  • Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie enjoy a night out with their mother

    Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie enjoyed a night out with their mother, Sarah, the Duchess of York, as they attended the Masterpiece Midsummer Party on Tuesday night. The event, held in aid of the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity, saw a host of high-profile celebrities in attendance, including Hugh Grant, pregnant model Caprice Bourret and James Middleton's girlfriend Donna Air.   CLICK ON PHOTO FOR GALLERY Beatrice, Eugenie and Sarah chose a classic and smart look for the night. Eugenie, 23, looked radiant in a purple dress that fell just above the knees. She was seen enjoying spending quality time with her sister and mother,

  • King Albert II of Belgium announces abdication in favour of son Prince Philippe

    The King of Belgium announced his abdication on Wednesday evening after months of speculation that he might step down from the throne. Just a month after his 79th birthday, King Albert II made an announcement that he will abdicate on 21 July due to age and health reasons. "Age and health no longer allow me to perform my duties," he said. "After a 20-year reign, the time has come to pass the torch to the next generation."     CLICK ON PHOTO FOR FULL GALLERY They are the same reasons that Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands gave when she abdicated in favour of her son

  • King Albert II of Belgium: The unexpected monarch

    King Albert II of Belgium announced his intention to abdicate on 21 July, bringing to the end a 20-year reign. HELLO! Online takes a look at the life of the Belgian royal. See photos from his life in the spotlight – from family days out as a young boy, to tender moments with his wife Queen Paola and official engagements as the King of Belgium.   Our gallery also includes photos of King Albert's brother and sister-in-law, Queen Fabiola with her late husband King Baudouin. Prince Albert ascended to the throne when his brother King Baudouin died unexpectedly in

  • A look at Belgium's future King, Prince Philippe, and his family

    Following his father King Albert II of Belgium's announcement that he will abdicate, HELLO! Online takes a look at Belgium's future king Crown Prince Philippe and his family. Aged 53, Philippe is older brother to Princess Astrid and Prince Laurent. The prospective monarch married Crown Princess Mathilde of Belgium, daughter of Belgian aristocracy, in December 1999. They have four children together: Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel and Princess Eleonore.   CLICK ON PHOTO FOR FULL GALLERY Philippe is currently a trade ambassador for his country and frequently travels overseas to to promote their fine produce. Princess Mathilde is also a respected representative of Belgium, taking