• The Duchess of Cornwall meets Lucy Dahl as she unveils BFG Dream Jar

    The Duchess of Cornwall had the chance to meet Lucy Dahl, the youngest daughter of legendary children's author Road Dahl, during an engagement on Tuesday afternoon. Camilla was unveiling the 'Dream Jar' – a glass container featuring a sculpture of five children learning how to read at different stages – when she and Lucy started chatting about the subject of reading. "She's absolutely lovely – she's just like you and me," said Lucy, 50. "She and I had a conversation about how wonderful it is that children are reading. They spend so much time on their iPads and tablets playing

  • Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip open up about 'sweet and well behaved' baby Prince Alexander

    Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden couldn't be happier since becoming first-time parents. The royal couple, who welcomed their son Prince Alexander back in April, have opened up about their baby boy in a new interview. "It's amazing," Sofia told Svenskdam, as little Alexander lay peacefully in his stroller. "Having children changes your whole life." She proudly added: "[Alexander] is very sweet and well-behaved." Asked who her son most resembles, the 31-year-old replied: "He's a little mixture of both of us... [He's] different every day." CLICK TO VIEW GALLERY Princess Sofia said her baby son

  • Japan's Emperor Akihito to abdicate

    Emperor Akihito of Japan has expressed his intention to abdicate, according to the country's public broadcaster NHK. The 82-year-old will relinquish his title in the coming years, although an exact date has not been given. NHK added that the emperor, who has suffered from poor health recently, does not wish to remain in power if he has to reduce his official duties. Akihito was last pictured carrying out an engagement earlier this month when he attended a charity concert in Tokyo with his wife Empress Michiko. In May he also welcomed Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the palace. CLICK TO

  • Prince William receives a visit from his grandmother the Queen at work

    Prince William nearly missed out on a big day at work after he was called out on an emergency on the morning the Queen opened his new helicopter base. The Duke of Cambridge, 34, scrambled to a "medical incident" in King's Lynn, Norfolk, as his grandmother left her nearby Sandringham Estate for her visit to East Anglian Air Ambulance's new Egerton-Smith Centre at Cambridge airport. But after attending to a patient, he made it back to base with moments to spare and later told Her Majesty he had spotted her helicopter in mid-air during the return journey. Wearing navy blue

  • Who will be Japan's new emperor after Akihito abdicates?

    Emperor Akihito of Japan is set to abdicate in the coming years, the country's public broadcaster NHK announced on Wednesday. It's been almost 200 years since an abdication took place when Emperor Kokaku stepped down, so what will this mean for the modern nation? According to Japan's Imperial House law, the emperor is succeeded by the nearest male relative. This would be Crown Prince Naruhito, the elder son of the emperor and his wife Empress Michiko. Naruhito, 56, is married to Crown Princess Masako and the couple have one daughter together Princess Aiko, 14. CLICK TO VIEW GALLERY The emperor's elder son

  • The Duchess of Cornwall speaks candidly about her mother's death

    The Duchess of Cornwall has spoken openly about the devastating loss of her mother, and the crippling disease that she suffered from. Speaking at an event for the National Osteoporosis Society, of which she is president, the royal revealed how her mother's death pushed her to raise awareness about the debilitating disease.“I became involved [with this charity] in 1994 after watching my mother stoically suffering the appalling pain and ignominy of this devastating disease, which in the end resulted in her early death at the age of 72. CLICK TO VIEW GALLERYCamilla was the guest of honor at the National Osteoporosis Society reception Photo: Getty Images“I

  • Japan's Emperor-to-be Prince Naruhito's most touching family moments

    Emperor-to-be Prince Naruhito's most adorable family

  • Pierre Casiraghi's boat capsizes after dramatic crash with press boat

    Last week’s regatta was anything but smooth sailing for Pierre Casiraghi. The Monaco royal and his team, Malizia, found themselves in a dangerous situation after their boat capsized due to a collision during the GC32 Mediterranean circuit in Malcesine, Italy on Friday.A press boat crashed into the 28-year-old’s GC32 as it cut across its path causing it to overturn. Thankfully no one was injured in the accident, though Malizia’s vessel sustained “extensive technical damage”.CLICK FOR FULL GALLERYPhoto: Guido De Bortoli/Getty Images/Oscar Lindley Smith‎"It’s such a shame but also very annoying,” Pierre said in a statement. “An accident like this

  • Queen Elizabeth is looking for a royal dishwasher at Buckingham Palace: Find out the job's salary

    If you’ve ever dreamed of working — and living at Buckingham Palace, here is your chance! Queen Elizabeth is currently seeking someone to clean her dishes and help prep food at her London residence full-time.The kitchen porter position, which is listed on the royal household’s site, comes with an annual salary of $22,022.75, 33 vacation days and benefits. What’s more is the lucky employee will live at the royal residence and have all of their meals provided.CLICK FOR FULL GALLERYPhotos: Getty ImagesNaturally the full-time position requires that candidates work five out of the seven weekdays. They will “clean equipment