• Belgian royals prepare for salary changes once Prince Philippe is king

    Prince Philippe of Belgium will receive a salary increase from €923,000 to a gross annual sum of €11.5million when he ascends the throne on Sunday. King Albert II's abdication means that when Philippe, 53, becomes Belgium's seventh sovereign on 21 July his annual salary will mirror what his father was paid, while Albert's salary will decrease to €9million. Philippe's aunt, Queen Fabiola, is also subject to a pay decrease following her nephew's accession. Since the death of her husband, King Baudouin, in 1993. Fabiola had been receiving €1.5million per year which will now be cut to €461,500. Philippe's daughter, Princess Elisabeth, 11, who will become first in line to the throne on Sunday,

  • Clarence House deny Kate Middleton's dog caused emergency services to rush to the Middleton's Berkshire home

    Clarence House have denied that Kate Middleton and Prince William's dog, Lupo, was the animal responsible for emergency services being called to the Middleton family home in Berkshire on Friday. The royal household confirmed that Lupo, a black cocker spaniel, did not get his head trapped in a gate, which resulted in an animal rescue team arriving at the Middleton's £4.85million Georgian home. Greg Blatchford, a photographer who had been waiting to see pregnant Kate make her way from Berkshire to London for the birth of the royal baby, told reporters that he had heard someone calling a named which sounded like 'Lupo'. "Soon after

  • The Dutch royal family release official summer photographs

    King Willem-Alexander and his wife, Queen Maxima, were joined by their three daughters and dog Skipper for a series of new official photographs which have been released by the Dutch royal household. The pictures, which were taken at the Horsten Estate in Wassenaar, are the family's first summer photocall since Willem-Alexander become King of the Netherlands in April. In the images, Willem-Alexander's glamorous consort. Maxima, is seen smiling as with her 'triple A' daughters, Princess Catharina-Amalia,Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane. Maxima, 42, wore a summery beige dress, with orange trim, and accessorised her outfit with a matching necklace and nude heels. CLICK ON PHOTO

  • Prince Haakon of Norway celebrates his 40th birthday with festival themed party

    Prince Haakon of Norway has been celebrating his 40th birthday in style. The prince, who turned 40 on Saturday, arrived at Skaugum Palace by parachute before enjoying a two-day festival themed party with his family and friends.  Haakon's wife, Princess Mette-Marit, who turns 40 next month, had organised the party to perfection, ensuring that the couple's blue-blooded friends, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands and Princess Mary of Denmark were present. The relaxed atmosphere and wonderful weather meant that the royals were able to wear more casual clothing than usual. Mette-Marit sported a selection of light summery dresses and her husband strolled