ROYAL NEWS: AUGUST 2006

Last updated: September 5th, 2006.

August 1st
Birthday cards from all over Great Britain sent to Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain on the occasion of her 80th birthday will go on display tomorrow at the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace. The Queen received more than 50,000 messages from people of all ages. Around 300 of them will be exhibited. The exhibition is due to run throughout the summer. Also Clarence House opened its doors to the public today. People can tour the 19th Century property and see the Queen Mother's collection of art and furniture, much of which remains in its original place. Guided tours run until 8 October, except between 10 and 17 September.

The death mask of Mary Queen of Scots, her sapphire ring and a casket worth £1.5m has gone on show at Broughton Place in Edinburgh. The Treasures of Lennoxlove exhibition will close on August 18, entrance is free. The items come from the stately home of Lennoxlove in East Lothian. The home was once run by the Duke of Hamilton, who opened the exhibition today. The death mask has been with the family for more than 250 years. The duke said: "As Lennoxlove will be closed for two years, and while extensive conservation and refurbishment takes place, it was an opportunity to create this unique exhibition."

Princess Akishino took place in the "Chakutai-no-gi" ceremony, which is traditionally conducted in the ninth month of pregnancy on the Day of the Dog according to the zodiac calendar, because dogs are believed to have an easy time giving birth. This morning, a messenger sent from Prince Mikasa, uncle of Emperor Akihito, carried to Prince and Princess Akishino's residence in Tokyo a red and white silk obi that had been presented by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Princess Kiko wrapped the obi around her stomach with the help of her chief maid. Prince Akishino tied the knot. Afterwards the Princess prayed for the safe delivery of her baby.

A meeting of the nepalese cabinet at the residence of the Prime Minister of Nepal approved an amendment in the law regarding the heir to throne yesterday. The amended law, which will be presented at the House of Representatives for endorsement, has provision to make the first child of the King as heir to the throne regardless its sex. Before only the eldest son of the King would be entitled to the throne. As per the amended law, a Special Committee under the Prime Minister will take decisions to the accession to the throne, which will have to be passed by the parliament. The meeting also decided to scrap the allowances given to the relatives of the King. From now on allowances will be provided only to the king, queen, crown prince, crown princess and queen mother.

76-year-old Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah, Emir of Kuwait has left hospital after a brief stay for “routine tests,” his office said late Monday. The tests were successful. He is said to be in good health.

A commemoration service for the late Tatiana Fürstin von Metternich-Winneburg will be held at Johannisberg Castle near Geisenheim on October 7.

August 2nd
Tests of a 500-year-old pinky finger confirm that Emperor Charles V was debilitated by gout and the painful joints it produces, Spanish researchers reported today. Jaume Ordi of the University of Barcelona and colleagues used a microscope to examine the tip of one of the Emperor's pinky fingers, which was preserved separately from his body in a small red velvet box. After rehydrating and slicing the mummified fingertip, the Ordi team found telltale signs of gout, including the buildup of uric acid crystals. His gout probably was one of the reasons for him to abdicate in 1556.

August 3rd
Princess Beatrice of York has asked one of her friends, Count Nikolai von Bismarck, to shoot her coming-of-age portrait, despite the fact that her father, Prince Andrew, is an accomplished photographer. Count Nikolai von Bismarck reportedly offered to take the photographs as a birthday present and Beatrice was said to be happy to give her pal's fledgling career a boost. Sources close to the princess say the photographs will be "formal but fun."

Princess Mako of Japan has left Japan today for a two-week homestay trip in Austria. She is expected to stay at the home of one of their family friends in Vienna and tour museums and historical buildings in and around the capital. The Austrian host and hostess are said to have known Princess Kiko and her father Tatsuhiko Kawashima since the Kawashimas lived in Vienna due to his work about 30 years ago. The Princess will return home on August 16.

A radar survey from 2000 which pinpointed the tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt excavated earlier this year may have revealed another tomb it was announced. A radar image shows the presumed shaft of what may be a tomb near the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun and 15 meter from the recently excavated tomb.

August 4th
The official hearing into death of Diana Princess of Wales has been delayed because no Royal Coroner has been assigned to the hearing. Previous coroner Michael Burgess quit two weeks ago.

Vanity Fair magazine has named Prince William of Wales as one of world's best dressed men. Also Prince Albert of Monaco and Prince Ernst August von Hannover made it into the top ten. Queen Rania of Jordan claims second place on the women's list.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand was released from Siriraj Hospital today after receiving spinal surgery last month. Ten thousands of well-wishers sang and shouted "Long Live the King" as the king was wheeled down a ramp out of the hospital accompanied by family members. The king waved to the crowd. The king's doctors have expressed satisfaction with his speedy recovery and advised the King to continue exercising and to refrain from his official duties for a period of time, the Royal Household Bureau statement said.

The nepalese government has failed to collect information about properties owned by King Gyanendra and his family in Nepal, one month after it was told by the parliament to do so. According to the findings so far the king owns at least 186 million square ft of land spread over Kathmandu Valley and districts like Dhading in central Nepal as well as Gorkha, part of the ancient kingdom from where the Shah dynasty hails. Land reforms and management minister Prabhu Narayan Chaudhury said the ownership details of the land were not clear since some of the land was in the king’s name while some was actually government land taken over by the royal family. He also told the committee that the government had not been able to find out the extent of the property that was transferred to the king after the death of his elder brother six years ago.

August 5th
Queen Paola of Belgium broke her right shoulder and wrist yesterday in a fall during her vacation in Sicily, Italy. The Queen and her husband King Albert II returned to Belgium last night. The Queen had surgery on her right wrist in the early afternoon at Sint-Jans Hospital. The operation went well and the Queen is expected to leave hospital in a few days, although she was told she needs a couple of weeks rest. The King and Queen plan to continue their vacation afterwards.

August 6th
The Prince of Wales has unveiled a memorial to his grandmother, the late Queen Mother, outside the church in Canisbay, where the Queen Mother used to worship. The oval plaque includes a touching inscription written by the Prince of Wales, as well as a likeness of his grandmother's smiling face. Also the Duchess of Cornwall attended the unveiling.

During his vacation near Gstaad, Switzerland, the Prince of Venice said that his father the Duke of Savoy is considering abdicating in his favour, or appointing him head of the Savoy family. He said: “My father is an intelligent man, and he has certainly considered it. What’s certain is that I will help him more and more because he is a wounded man. He needs to find himself again and to dedicate himself to his defence.” The move would give the royal lineage a fresher, and cleaner, face.

August 7th
The Moscow City Court on Monday granted a complaint from Grand Duchess Maria of Russia against the Tverskoi court that refused to recognize the last Russian Tsar as a victim of Bolshevik repression.

Duchess Maria Margarethe zu Mecklenburg-Strelitz née Princess von Hohenzollern died at Hechingen on August 4 after a serious illness. She was born in Sigmaringen on 2 January 1928 as daughter of Prince Franz Joseph von Hohenzollern-Emden and Princess Maria Alix von Sachsen. In 1966 she married Duke Carl Gregor zu Mecklenburg-Strelitz. The requiem will take place on Saturday in Inzigkofen. The interment in the vault in Inzigkofen near Sigmaringen will take place later on.

August 8th
Queen Paola of Belgium was released from hospital in the early afternoon after having spent four days in hospital. King Albert II and Queen Paola hope to continue their traditional Mediterranean yachting holiday in a few days time.Queen Paola will still need to take a couple of weeks rest.

Jiji Press and Kyodo News report that Princess Akishino of Japan is to give birth to her third child around 6 September by Caesarean section. The agencies are citing unnamed sources.

August 9th
Two men, including the News of the World's royal correspondent Clive Goodman, have been charged with intercepting voicemail messages. They were arrested in South London yesterday. Another arrested man was released on bail. The alleged phone interceptions are understood to have been the basis of several News of the World stories. An inquiry was being held after complaints by three staff at Clarence House. Scotland Yard said in a statement on Tuesday: "Police launched an investigation after concerns were reported to the Met's Royalty Protection Department by members of the Royal Household at Clarence House. It is focused on alleged repeated security breaches within telephone networks over a significant period of time and the potential impact this may have on protective security around a number of individuals."

Prince Christoph 'Kiko' zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg died yesterday in a hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. He was born in Lausanne on 8 November 1956 as the eldest son of Prince Alfonso zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg and Princess Ira zu Fürstenberg. He remained unmarried. Prince Christoph He had spent some weeks in Chiva-Som, Thailand for a slimming-cure and missed his plane to Honolulu, Hawaii, where he owned a house. His visa expired on July 20 and he is said to have changed the date to July 29. Then he tried to catch another airplane to Hawaii. He was arrested in Bangkok in the night from 29 to 30 July for having a false visa. His mother had visited him on Thursday. She said she had been quite shocked about the inhuman circumstances in the prison. Her son hadn't been able to sleep or eat. After several days in prison the prince said he didn't feel well. After he collapsed in prison he was taken to hospital where he died three days later.

August 10th
Prince Tomohito of Mikasa was hospitalized Thursday due to exhaustion, the Japanese Imperial Household Agency said. He is expected to be discharged from the Tokyo hospital in three or four days, the agency said.

August 11th
Prince William of Wales was among the recruits marching at the Sovereign's Parade at the Royal Military Academy of Sandhurst today. King Abdullah II of Jordan, who graduated from Sandhurst 25 years ago, represented Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain at the parade and took the salute of the recruits and also inspected the cadets. Among the cadets receiving their commission were Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad al Khalifa, son of the King of Bahrain, and Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed al Maktoum, son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai. Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad al Khalifa received the King Hussein Medal, awarded to the overseas officer cadet considered to be the most improved recruit. Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed al Maktoum received the Overseas Sword presented to the cadet who is the best of the foreign intake.

Clive Goodman, royal editor of the newspaper, was suspended "pending the outcome of an investigation into allegations of unlawfully intercepting communications" by The News of the World. Mr Goodman, who has been at the paper for 20 years, was charged on Wednesday with one count of conspiring to intercept voicemail messages and eight counts of intercepting voicemail messages between 1 January and 9 August this year involving the household of the Prince of Wales. He was released on police bail to appear before Horseferry Road magistrates in central London on Wednesday.

August 12th
26 letters dating from 1768-1777 written by French philosopher Voltaire to Empress Catharina II of Russia were auctioned at Sotheby's in Paris for nearly $ 750.000, a world record for handwritten correspondence from the 18th century. The letters were bought by a European collector.

James Anhalt Birch, son of Princess Anna-Luise von Anhalt and Thomas Beverly Birch, got married to Dagmar Ruffershöffer at St. Petri Church in Wörlitz, Germany.

August 13th
In an interview to ABC News's Good Morning America Prince Albert II of Monaco said today that despite recent rumours that he will marry his girlfriend Charlene Whitstock he does not see marriage in his future. He said: "I have no plans in the near or distant future. Any time I'm seen with a pretty young woman by my side more than once, then everybody flashes the 'M' word as you say. Then it becomes very difficult to have a relationship with someone in any semi-public or private way."

August 14th
The House of Representatives of Nepal and the Committee for Natural Resources are set to make the properties owned by king Gyanendra of Nepal and his family in Nepal public on Sunday afternoon. Similarly, the details of the lands held by the royal couple either separately or through joint ownership including details of the lands owned by the members of the family killed in the 2001 incident will be made public. With parliament having decided to have the royal family paying taxes, details about property are required to calculate the income tax they will have to pay. In the meantime members of parliament have asked the government to enforce a ban on King Gyanendra and his family from selling or transferring their lands or stocks in business ventures.

The Palais des Tuileries in Paris could be rebuilt. The French government has formed a commission to draw plans for its restorations. If approved the 300 million euro project will create a replica of the palace before it was torched in 1871. The ruins were removed 12 years later. The original palace was built in 1564. Alain Boumier, the president of the National Committee for the reconstruction of the Tuileries. "All we need from the state is its go-ahead to lease the land and we can begin." The project would rely on private donations.

August 15th
Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu, died today at 5.32pm at her home Turongo House at Turangawaewae Marae, surrounded by her children, grandchildren and kaumatua. The Maori Queen was 75 years old and had already been ill for some time. She was born on July 23, 1931 as daughter of King Koroki Te Rata Mahuto Tawhiao and Te Atairangikaahu Herangi. She leaves a husband, Whatumoana Paki, and seven children - two boys and five girls - any one of whom could be named to succeed her after the mourning period. A tangihanga will be held at Turangawaewae Marae, Ngaruawahia. Details of funeral arrangements are yet to be announced. The Queen will be buried at Taupiri Mountain. Earlier this year the Queen celebrated the 40th anniversary of her coronation.

King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV of Tonga has spent the past fortnight in Mercy Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand. Prime Minister Fred Sevele interrupted television and radio broadcasts late this night to warn the people of Tonga for the King's poor health and ask them to pray for him. The King returned to New Zealand only two days after his birthday celebration in Tonga and has been in hospital since.

August 16th
Buckingham Palace yesterday demanded a correction from the Sun newspaper after they had published pictures of Prince Harry and Prince William of Wales at trendy nightclub Boujis claiming the pictures were taken this summer. Royal officials however say the pictures were taken three years ago, in September 2003 at Chelsea nightclub Purple during a private party. The pictures show Prince Harry groping television presenter Natalie Pinkham, who claims the photos may have been stolen from her and were used without her permission. Also Prince William is on the pictures drinking cocktails and chatting with women. The Sun newspaper was forced to print an apology today admitting that the pictures were taken in 2003 and at a different club. "We accept that the nightclub was the Purple nightclub and not Boujis as we said and the photographs were taken in Autumn 2003 and not Summer 2006," the newspaper said. It also apologised to Natalie Pinkham and promised to make a payment to a charity of her choice.

Clive Goodman, the suspended royal editor of the News of the World, appeared in court today on charges of intercepting mobile telephone messages. He and his co-accused Glenn Mulcaire were relased on unconditional bail and will appear at the Old Bailey on November 29.

Hundreds of bric-a-brac items from Prince and Princess Michael of Kent’s former house in the Cotswolds, Nether Lypiatt Manor, are being auctioned off, including a model Chinese junk. The items were left behind when the couple moved out of the house. Lord Drayson, who bought the house in April, wants to replace the fixtures and fittings and is putting the items up for auction in Cirencester this Friday, with more sales planned in the next two months. Kensington Palace spokesman Katie Garrod said all the sale items belong to the Prince and Princess. She said: “It’s a house clearance and all monies raised will go to charity.”

Princess Akishino of Japan entered Aiiku hospital in Tokyo this evening to prepare to give birth to her third child. Yesterday officials say the princess is in good health. "She has entered her ninth month of pregnancy, and is due to enter hospital to ward against the possibility of premature bleeding and to prepare for delivery," a senior palace official said today on condition of anonymity, citing palace protocol. They say the early hospitalization is not cause for concern.

Princess Clotilde of Savoy has given birth to daughter, Luisa Giovanna Agata Gavina Bianca Maria, today at 4.30pm at the Clinique Générale-Beaulieu in Genève, Switzerland. The baby weighs 3250 grammes. Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy was present at the delivery. He said to be very happy and moved with the birth of his second daughter. The baby is pretty and both she and her mother are doing well. Princess Clotilde has decided to donate the blood of the umbilical cord, as she had done on occasion of the birth of her first child, "as a love gesture to ailling children".

The Hofkammer Bückeburg today confirmed media reports that Fürst Alexander zu Schaumburg-Lippe has become engaged to Nadja Anna Zsöks. The wedding is planned for next year, but the date hasn't been set yet. Dr. Nadja Anna Zsöks was born in München on February 20, 1975. She works as a lawyer for Heuking, Kühn, Lüer and Wojtek in Düsseldorf. She studied law at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in München from 1995 to 2000 and graduated at the University of Regensburg in 2004.

Prince Christoph zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg was buried today at noon at San Bartolome de Marbella cemetery in Spain. Before the funeral there was a mass at the El Rocío de San Pedro de Alcántara Church in Málaga. The funeral was attended by the family, Duchess Béatrice d'Orléans, Marisa de Borbón, Count Rudolf and Countess Marie Louise von Schönburg-Glauchau, and Christoph's former stepmother Jackie Lane. According to the official statement of the hospital in Bangkok where the prince died, he died of a diabetic shock. His mother, Princess Ira, said he wasn't a diabetic and wants to have a second opinion from a doctor in Vienna, Austria.

August 17th
A painting of Mary Queen of Scots, one of only two thought to have been made in her lifetime, has been discovered at the National Portrait Gallery in London. The portrait was bought for £50 by the gallery in 1916 at Christie's. But later it thought to be an 18th century fake. Curator of 16-century collections at the gallery, Tarnya Cooper decided to have a second look at the work. The work was x-rayed and underwent tree analysis. The research revealed the portrait dates from between 1560 and 1592, which means it may well have been painted during the Queen's lifetime. The portrait goes on display today at the National Portrait Gallery.

A majority of the Bulgarian parliament today backed a controversial document on the restitution of property to former king Simeon II of Bulgaria. Its wording endorse the hand-back as legal. The report of an ad-hoc commission to identify the seized and restituted property of the family covers the royal palaces of Vrana, Tsarska Bistritsa and Sitnyakovo, the summer villa called Sarugyol, houses in the villages of Banya and Slatina and forests in the Rila mountain.

August 18th
Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan and their daughter Princess Aiko arrived in the Netherlands yesterday for a two-week vacation at Palace Het Oude Loo in Apeldoorn. They were invited by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. This morning the family, together with Queen Beatrix, the Prince of Orange, Princess Máxima, Princess Amalia and Princess Alexia of the Netherlands, posed during a short photosession in the stables of Palace Het Loo. The japanese crown princely couple is joined on holiday by 11 attendants including chief doctor Yutaka Ono, who treats the crown princess for a stress-related disorder. The family hopes to be left alone by the press during the rest of their vacation.

Princess Alexia of Greece was released from hospital in Athens, Greece, today with her father former King Constantine II of Greece. She said she couldn't wait to go back to her children who were sending her letters and paintings during the week she stayed in hospital. She thanked the staff of the hospital. She was admitted with pneumonia. Doctors said an old respiratory infection was not treated well and relapsed. Princess Alexia will have therapy for another week. The Greek royal family was vacationing at Porto Heli.

August 19th
In the programme Who Killed Diana?, to be broadcast on Sky One on Monday Robert Thompson, manager of the London mortuary where the post-mortem examination on Diana Princess of Wales took place in 1997, denies that the princess had been pregnant when she died: “Drawing together what I heard and what I saw on that day in the post-mortem room — the pathologist said to me, ‘Well, she wasn’t pregnant.’ I saw no evidence of pregnancy within the body. My conclusion must be that she wasn’t pregnant.” In the same documentary Frédéric Mailliez, the GP who arrived at the site of the Paris car crash within minutes, and was the first to attend the dying Princess, denies that she spoke in the half an hour he was with her. He said: “When I arrived she was not conscious. She was just moaning and moving her hands and her arms in every direction. That showed that she was in a little pain. But she couldn’t speak words.”

The sale of the bric-a-bric of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent made more than expected yesterday. The 98-lot collection sold for £8586. The most expensive was a pink octagonal fabric-covered wardrobe worth £15. A phone bidder bought it for £1050.

People are lining up in huge queues at the gates of Turangawaewae Marae in Ngaruawahia, New Zealand, to pay their last respect to Maori Queen Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu who died earlier this week. They are expected to queue for several hours. The Queen's family says they are conscious of the fact a lot of the general public also want to pay their final respect and asked dignitaries to let the general public go first. TVNZ and Maori Television are joining forces to provide live coverage of the funeral for the Queen on Monday. The service is expected to run for three hours. The timing depends on the progress of deliberations by tribal elders on a successor. By custom, there is no burial until the successor is chosen and crowned. The successor is usually crowned on the day of interment to ensure the continuation of the tribe's spirit. A Tainui spokesperson said today the possible successors to the Maori Queen have been narrowed down to the late Queen's eldest son or her eldest daughter.

The health of King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV of Tonga has become a bit better. The Prime Minister travelled to Auckland, New Zealand, to visit the King on Thursday but the king was not well enough to see him until yesterday morning. He said the King was much better but his condition was up and down and changed daily. Despite the improvement the outlook is still serious. Mr Sevele said: "He could live a few more days or weeks, or he could go tomorrow." He also said the King's wife, daughter and youngest son, who had been at his bedside this week, were bearing up well. The heir, Crown Prince Tupouto'a, remained in Tonga where he was acting as Prince Regent.

August 20th
The French authorities have reopened their inquiry into the circumstances behind the car crash that killed Diana Princess of Wales after fresh doubts about blood tests.

August 21st
Tuheitia Paki, the eldest son of the late Maori Queen Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu, was named her successor just hours before his mother was buried. He arrived at Turangawaewae Marae wearing the traditional feathered cloak which has been used since the first Maori King was appointed. He was brought before the people to be anointed by the coffin of his mother. At the formal Ascension or "Raising Up" ceremony, he was tapped on his head with a bible. Moments before his crowning, the crowd was asked if he should be king: "Ae," they replied - yes. The coffin of Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu was taken down the Waikato River to Taupiri Mountain late Monday morning where she was laid to rest at the family cemetery. Tens of thousands of mourners came to attend the funeral. More than 100,000 people are estimated to have paid their respects at the marae as the body laid in state over the past week.

August 22nd
The Luxemburg grand-ducal court announced that Prince Louis of Luxemburg and his girlfriend Tessy Antony will get married at the Church of Gilsdorf on September 29. Prince Louis has decided to give up his rights to the throne, but will keep his title. He wants to be more independent, both professionally and privately. The family name of the couple will be 'de Nassau'. The couple's son Gabriel was born on 12 March.

Princess Bajra Kitiyabha of Thailand has been appointed to serve as a prosecutor at the Office of the Attorney-General from September 1. The princess graduated with a doctoral degree in law from Cornell University in the USA.

August 23rd
Constance, David and Jeffrey Neil have appeared in court. They are being accused of trying to sell a national insurance card belonging to the late Princess Margaret of Great Britain on eBay. They were charged with handling stolen goods at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court. They will appear again on September 1. After the hearing Mrs Neil said the card had been in the family for several years.

August 24th
The Sofia City Prosecutor's office is expected to launch two investigations into the restitution of property to former king Simeon Saxe-Coburg. The probes will concern the royal palaces of Vrana and Tsarska Bistritsa, Sitnyakovo and the summer villa called Sarugyol. They will look into the decisions of Sofia Municipality employees, who, prosecutors believe, are guilty of malfeasance in office.

The wedding of Hereditary Prince Johannes zu Schwarzenberg and Nadja Weiss, which was to take place the coming weekend in Meran, has been cancelled and postponed indefinitely.

In a statement from Prime Minister Feleti Sevele of Tonga it said yesterday about King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV health: "His majesty's doctors have advised that the inevitable may happen tomorrow, or it may happen within a few weeks.

August 25th
Princess Eugenie of York achieved two A*s in English language and art, as well as As in history, English literature and Religious Education and Bs in four other subjects at Marlborough College in Wiltshire. A spokesman for the Duchess of York said: "She's feeling relieved and really happy."

August 26th
Princess Xenia zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg married Maximilian Soltmann in an oecumenical ceremony at the Town Church zum Heiligen Blut in Langenburg. Princess Xenia arrived at church in an oldtimer together with her brother Prince Philipp. Among the guests were Landgrave Moritz von Hessen, Margrave Max and Margravinne Valerie von Baden, Prince Andreas and Princess Alexandra von Leiningen, Count Hans-Veit zu Toerring-Jettenbach, Hereditary Count Ignaz and Hereditary Countess Robinia zu Toerring-Jettenbach with daughter Floriana. The civil marriage took place on 13 August 2005. The couple's son Ferdinand was christened in the castle church of Langenburg yesterday.

August 27th
Zara Phillips, daughter of the Princess Royal, won individual gold with her horse Toytown in the three-day eventing competition at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany. The British team won the silver medal. Zara Phillips said afterwards: "It's unbelievable, a fantastic result. It's great we got a medal for the team as well. The thing that put pressure on me was that I didn't hear the bell so I didn't get to the start on time. I looked up at the end and just rushed it but luckily I had a fence and a bit in hand." She was supported by the Princess Royal, her father Mark Phillips, stepfather Tim Laurence and her boyfriend Mike Tindall. Following her win she is now one of the favourites to win the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year Award.

August 28th
Prince Carl Philip of Sweden is to work with photography and editing at National Geographic in Washington DC, USA, this autumn. Ann-Christine Jernberg, spokeswoman at the court, said: "He is continuing with photography. I think he wants to specialize in it." Prince Carl Philip finished his studies in graphic design at Forsbergs school last Spring.

August 29th
A nepalese panel that was set up by the seven-party alliance which took power after King Gyanendra of Nepal gave up his absolute powers says that it will question the king over his role in the killing of 21 pro-democracy protesters killed and another 5000 injured during three weeks last April.

August 30th
Princess Sitasma of Nepal gave birth to a daughter Tuesday morning at the Army Hospital Chauni. Princess Sitasma is the second daughter of late Dhirendra Shah, the youngest son of late King Mahendra. King Gyanendra, the Queen, Crown Prince Paras and his wife, the queen mother and other members of the royal family visited the hospital to receive information about the health of Princess Sitasma and her daughter.

August 31st
At the end of last week Prince Harry of Wales has arrived in Warminster to begin five weeks of military training. He will be staying at Battlesbury Barracks during his training to become an officer in the Household Cavalry.

Yesterday a Moscow City Court sentenced Ivan Gubkin, a member of the extremist group Revolutionary Military Council, to 19 years in prison. He was found guilty of blowing up a memorial to tsar Nicholas II of Russia and of trying to blow up a 95-meter bronze statue of Tsar Peter the Great of Russia.


Royal News: July 2006. Last updated: July 31st, 2006.