Last updated: October 5th, 2007.

September 1st
The Prince of Orange celebrated his 40th birthday at Palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn. Part of the guests already arrived yesterday for a surprise dinner and party at the royal stables with after dinner fireworks - also attended by thousands of onlookers. Today there were games to play. This evening the Prince, Princess Maxima of the Netherlands and their three daughters Amalia, Alexia and Ariane arrived at Palace Het Loo in an open carriage. The couple and their royal guests afterwards shortly posed for a group picture. About 200 guests, among them many royals, were invited for the belated birthday party which was delayed because of the birth of Princess Ariane in April. Among the guests were: Queen Beatrix, Prince Friso and Princess Mabel van Oranje-Nassau, Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and Pieter van Vollenhoven with their four sons and daughters-in-law, Prince Carlos, Princess Margarita, Prince Jaime and Princess Carolina de Bourbon de Parme, Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium, Prince El Hassan bin Talal and Princess Sarvath El Hassan of Jordan, their son Rashid and their daughter Badiya with husband Khalid Blair, Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxemburg, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, the Prince and Princess of Asturias, Princess Cristina of Spain and Iñaki Urdangarín, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Prince Kardam and Princess Miriam of Tirnovo (Bulgaria), Prince Kyril and Princess Rosario of Preslav (Bulgaria), Archduke Carl Christian and Archduchess Marie-Astrid of Austria, Jorge and Maria del Carmen Zorreguieta as well as their son Martín Zorreguieta.
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  • September 3rd
    The press was invited to Gut Skaugum near Oslo for a photosession with Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway with thier children.
  • Photos at Skaugum

  • Princess Amalia of the Netherlands spent her first day at the play group Beregoed in Wassenaar.

    A white tie pre-wedding party for Duchess Maria Anna in Bayern and her fiancé Klaus Runow was held this evening at Nymphenburg Castle in München. The wedding itself is to take place on Saturday.

    September 4th
    Two policemen, Ross Anders and Damon Goodman, have tried to sell an Order of Service from the thanksgiving service for Diana Princess of Wales on eBay only eight hours after the service had ended. The Order of Service had already attracted bids of more than $400 on Monday. Eight minutes after the policemen couple was found by the Daily Mail newspaper the document was withdrawn from Ebay. According to senior royal sources, every copy placed on a seat to be occupied in the chapel was taken home. The spares were taken back to Clarence House. A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "The matter has been brought to our attention and has been dealt with by senior management within the City of Westminster police today. "One of the officers involved has received words of advice about his actions and the other officer - who is not on duty - will be spoken to in due course. In addition steps will be taken in the form of guidance to officers in the borough of what is expected of them when policing public events."

    Princess Agnes of Liechtenstein née Archduchess of Austria died on 31 August 2007 in Vienna, Austria. She was born at Persenbeug, Austria, on 14 December 1928 as second child of Archduke Hubert Salvator and Archduchess Rosemary of Austria. In 1949 she married Prince Karl Alfred of Liechtenstein, a brother of Fürst Franz Josef II of Liechtenstein. The couple had four children. The funeral will take place in Vienna on 10 September.

    Today the secretary-general of the Funcinpec party, Nhiek Bun Chhay, said in the newspaper Rasmei Kampuchea that Prince Norodom Ranariddh of Cambodia could return as its president with a mandate lasting for five years, with the party's current president Keo Puth Rasmey offering to step down to deputy if he agrees. "Although Prince Norodom Ranariddh side closes its door, we still don't close our door. Our door remains open," he said.

    September 5th
    The last preliminary hearing before the full inquest into the death of Diana Princess of Wales took place today. The inquest is to start on 2 October when the jury will be sworn in followed by the opening marks by the coroner. The inquest could last until late March 2008. Scene-setting evidence with maps and photos will be shown in the next two days. Jurors are expected to visit the Paris car crash scene shortly afterwards accompanied by coroner Lord Justice Scott Baker and interested parties. Video link evidence from France is expected to start about 10 October, involving witnesses who saw the Mercedes and the aftermath of the crash. Lawyers for Mohamed Al Fayed, Dodi's father, have requested 68 witnesses, and the Ritz Hotel eight. The jury will sit for four days a week, with the fifth day taken up by legal discussion.

    Tens of thousands of legal documents and photographs detailing the circumstances surrounding the death of Diana Princess of Wales, have gone missing, according to the French newspaper Le Figaro. Parisian Lawyer Jean-Louis Pelletier, who represents one of French paparazzi photographer Fabrice Chassery, was told by the French High court that the entire dossier with case files couldn't be found. After the report in the newspaper officials denied that there was any problem and announced this afternoon that they had tracked down the original dossier. They state the lawyer's request was misdirected.

    In an interview with the Associated Press Prince Talal bin Abdul-Aziz of Saudi Arabia, an half-brother of King Abdullah, has said that he plans to form a political party, which is forbidden in the country. "I know this is not an easy thing to do, and we have a lot of obstacles ahead of us, but we have to start forming this party," he said. He further criticised senior royals for monopolising power and blocking reform. He said he wants the party to challenge those who have been "holding executive power for some 70 years. This is a group which is not only blocking reform, but is also trying to eliminate others and take everything in its hand."

    September 6th
    Prince Hisahito of Japan celebrated his first birthday today. In the morning he and his parents Prince and Princess Akishino visited Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan at the imperial palace. New photos and video footage were issued. The Imperial Household Agency said he weighs 9.285 grams and is 75 centimetres tall. He already has several teeth. "His Highness Prince Hisahito is walking with support and crawling on stairs and his activity has grown vigorous particularly in the past month," the agency said, adding that he claps his hands to music and likes to play the piano, drums and harp. "He likes picture books and turns the pages himself. When he comes to the end of a book, he then looks at the front and back covers."

    This morning Crown Prince Paras of Nepal has been hospitalised at the Norvic Hospital in Thapathali after suffering a mild heart attack. Doctors say he successfully underwent 'stent procedure' to clear his blocked artery and is being kept at the hospital for five days until he fully recovers. It is said the Crown Prince is now without pain, after having complained of chest pains since three days. The Crown Prince was visited by his parents King Gyanendra and Queen Komal.

    September 7th
    Infanta Leonor of Spain went to school for the first time this morning, wearing a school uniform and a little school bag. Her parents took her to the Escuela Infantil de la Guardia Real in the grounds of El Pardo palace. The school is for children of members of the regiment which protects the royal family.

    The engagement was announced today between Prince Charles-Philippe d'Orléans Duc d'Anjou and Diana Álvares Pereira de Melo 11th Duchess of Cadaval. The announcement was made at Eu Castle. The wedding is to take place in June 2008 at the church in Évora, Portugal. The couple met at a charitable gala-dinner of the Maltese Order in Lisbon, Portugal in the summer of 2005.

    September 8th


    Photo and copyright: Stefan S.

    Duchess Maria Anna in Bayern and Klaus Runow married religiously at the St. Quirinus Church in Tegernsee this morning. On Friday evening a reception took place at the Bräustüberl at Tegernsee. The bride was attended by four pages, the two bridesmaids were Princess Marie Caroline of Liechtenstein and Duchess Pauline of Württemberg. A reception took place afterwards at Tegernsee Castle. Among the guests were the Duke and Duchess in Bayern, Hermann and Gerda Runow, Duke of Bayern, Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein, Prince Maximilian and Princess Angela of Liechtenstein with son Alfons, Prince Alexander and Princess Astrid of Liechtenstein, Duke Philipp and Duchess Marie of Württemberg, Duchess Helene in Bayern, Duchess Elisabeth in Bayern and Daniel Terberger, other members of the Bayern family, Duke Carl of Württemberg, Duke Friedrich and Duke Marie of Württemberg, Duke Michael and Duchess Julia of Württemberg, Duke Eberhard of Württemberg, Count Moritz and Countess Fleur von Goëss, Fürstin Benita zu Schaumburg-Lippe, and many others.
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  • Princess Vanessa zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg this afternoon married Pieter Haitsma Mulier at the evangelische Stadtkirche in Bad Berleburg. It was the first princely wedding in town since 1958. The bride wore a silk and organza dress with lace and wide sleeves and a long lace veil. The bride was taken to the altar by her father, Prince Otto-Ludwig zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg. The ceremony was led in German and English by the Rev. Klaus Seidenstücker. Among the hundreds of guests were Prince Richard zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Prince Gustav zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Carina Axelsson, Prince Manuel and Princess Anna von Bayern, Hereditary Prince Heinrich XIV and Hereditary Princess Johanna Reuss, Fürst Albert II von Thurn und Taxis and his sisters Elisabeth and Maria Theresia, Fürst Alexander and Fürstin Nadja Anna zu Schaumburg-Lippe, Hereditary Prince and Hereditary Princess zu Bentheim-Tecklenburg, Count Carl-Eduard and Countess Nathalie von Bismarck, Countess Celia von Bismarck, many Dutch and German nobles, London celebrities and Netty Leistra. After the wedding a reception was held at Berleburg Castle with live music both inside and outside the castle. In the evening dinner and dance took place at Berleburg Castle and the Greek restaurant Poseidon. The couple had met during a hunting-party at Bückeburg castle in the autumn of 2005. They became engaged in February 2006. The civil marriage took place in London on 25 NOvember 2006. Daughter Selina was born at London on 23 April 2007.
  • Pictures by the Westfälische Rundschau

  • The civil wedding of Prince Karl-Emich zu Leiningen and Countess Isabelle von und zu Egloffstein took place at the Old Townhall of Amorbach. The ceremony was led by mayor Peter Schmitt. 40 guests were present, including Fürst Andreas and Fürstin Alexandra zu Leiningen and the two daughters of the groom. A reception was held afterwards at an hotel in Amorbach.
  • Pictures by the Stadtkapelle Amorbach

  • After a year-long excavation and research in a tomb in Shaanxi Province, China, Chinese archaeologists have concluded that the tomb belonged to the grandmother of China's first emperor Qinshihuang.

    September 10th
    This weekend Oscar Magnuson, son of Princess Christina Mrs Magnuson, and Fredrik af Klercker belated celebrated their 30th birthday with a big thousand-and-one night party at an hotel in Istanbul. Among the guests were Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Daniel Westling, Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Jonas Bergström.

    The proces against Prince Ernst August von Hannover for attacking a German hotelowner in Kenia will be reopened at the Landgericht Hildesheim after complaints of the prince. The verdict has been liquidated by the Oberlandesgericht in Celle. In 2004 the prince was sentenced by the Landgericht Hannover for inflicting bodily harm and was fined for 445.000 Euro. The prince now says that two witnesses from Kenia have for giving false evidence against him. With the help of six witnesses he wants to proof that he gave the man only two boxes on the ear, which didn't harm him. He can also show letters that show that his former lawyer has submitted to the court a quasi confession without the prince knowing this and without his permission.

    September 11th
    Today Crown Princess Mary of Denmark presented 'The Mary Foundation-HRH Crown Princess Mary’s Foundation' during the inaugural meeting at Amalienborg in Copenhagen with the Board of Trustees, the newly appointed management, the eight co-founders and the operating partner. With the foundation the crown princess wants to encourage tolerance of diversity and help those who are socially isolated. The goal is ‘to improve the lives of children, adults and families who as the result of their environment, heredity, illness or other circumstances find themselves socially isolated or excluded. The Foundation aims to fulfil its objective by creating opportunities for these individuals and giving them a sense of affiliation and of belonging to a community. The Foundation furthermore undertakes to encourage tolerance of diversity and the revival of hope.’ Crown Princess Mary said: "The Mary Foundation will be an exciting and rewarding addition to my current work as Crown Princess. In some ways, it will provide the opportunity to effectively bring together the social issues that I am already involved in. I strongly believe that every individual has the right to belong to a community and to know that there are people who understand them and are concerned for their wellbeing. And this belief is the basis for The Mary Foundation." She also told: "I am so pleased and proud that we have managed to build a solid base for the work of the Foundation. A solid base is necessary if we are to achieve our objectives and secure the long-term impact of the foundation. It is inspiring to see so many dedicated people coming together to achieve a common goal. Particularly, as this is one of the principal ideals of The Mary Foundation – both through the way we work and through our projects." The Foundation has secured a capital of DKK 73.6 million. The initial capital of 1.1 million kroner was donated by the people of Denmark and Greenland on the occasion of the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary. The Crown Princess expects to be able to publicly present the Foundation’s opening initiatives in the beginning of 2008.

    In name of Princess Annette van Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven the Government Information Service today announced that the princess temporarily lost her driving license on 31 August 2007 after she was caught speeding in Uddel near Apeldoorn. She was on her way to the birthday party of the Prince of Orange. She drove 155 km per hour where only 80 km per hour is permitted. On Friday the case will be heard at court in Zutphen. Princess Annette said to regret the offense very much and is awaiting the hearing.

    September 12th
    Princess Helen Shah of Nepal passed away around 5.30 this morning at her Chhauni residence at the age of 75. She underwent treatment for cancer. She was the wife of Prince Basundhara, youngest brother of King Mahendra of Nepal. The funeral took place today at Pashupati Aryagaht. King Gyanendra of Nepal came to Chhauni to condole the family. The Princess is survived by three daughters.

    Crown Prince Paras of Nepal left hospital today after recovering from a heart attack. He was accompanied by his wife and children. Doctor Yadav Bhatta said he is recovering well but has been advised to rest at home for the next three weeks. In a brief press statement, the Crown Prince thanked his supporters, the media and his doctors for their support.

    September 13th
    De Volkskrant newspaper today reports that Princess Mabel van Oranje-Nassau told about her changing her Wikipedia entry in a recent conversation in China with Jimbo Wales, founder of Wikipedia. He talks about the conversation with her in an interview at the website of Wikipedia. According to Mr Wales she said to regret her changes to her entry in Wikipedia. However she does think she had the right to alter the entry. She also said to be angry at the media response. Mr Wales says: "She hoped that the edit would give rise to a debate about the facts of the situation. But the media only focused on the fact of the editing. She also thinks they could have done a better job of it."

    Antoine Stevenson and his wife Kildine née de Sambucy de Sorgue had their first child, a son called Jean, at Monze, Zambia, on 9 september 2007. Kildine de Sambucy de Sorgue is the daughter of Baron François Xavier de Sambucy de Sorgue and Princess Chantal of France.

    September 14th
    The Government Information Service this afternoon announced that Prince Bernhard and Princess Annette van Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven expect their third child medio March 2008. Shortly afterwards it became known that Princess Annette was fined for speeding by the court in Zutphen. She has to pay 780 Euro. She received her driving license back, but with a conditional sentence of three months and two weeks. The princess herself didn't show up in court but was represented by her lawyer Mr E. Verster. In his plea he said: "Through the painfull publicity, also in infotainment programmes half of the Netherlands knows now that she has made an offense. Also her family-in-law came in view. She never wanted that. That she has a relationship with a member of the royal family doesn't mean that she wishes to be an example." He also said that because of her pregnancy the Princess can't live without a drivers license because her midwife lives outside Amsterdam and she is not able to use public transport because of security reasons. Her husband can't function as driver as he has his own company and is out of the country at least twice a month. Princess Annette admits she drove too fast as she had an important appointment. She had queued up for three hours. It was the Princess's first traffic offense.

    September 16th
    Zara Phillips and her team won the gold medal at the European Eventing Championships this weekend. She was the defending European champion in the invidual races, and came third in the dressage event on Friday and second in the cross country on Saturday. However at the jumping today her horse Toytown refused. Zara Phillips therefore ended in sixth place overall.

    September 17th
    The Government Information Service today announced that Princess Amalia of the Netherlands will start kindergarten on Monday 10 December 2007. She will then enter group 1 of the Openbare Bloemcampschool in Wassenaar. On 7 December 2007 the princess will celebrate her fourth birthday. A small group of the press will be allowed to make video recordings and photos. The rest of the princess's time at school will be private.

    September 18th
    Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands held her yearly speech of the throne at the knight's hall at The Hague. Herewith the new working year of the States General was opened. Also present were the Prince of Orange, Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and Pieter van Vollenhoven. The Queen, Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima drove to the knight's hall in the golden carriage and drove back in it to Noordeinde Palace afterwards. The others drove in the glass carriage. After the return the whole family shortly appeared at the balcony of Noordeinde Palace.

    In 2008 Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands will receive a personal income of 792.000 Euro. The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands both will receive 235.000 Euros. In total they become 6,1 million Euros, which also includes money for personal staff and other costs. Further costs in connection with the royal house are little more than 84 million Euros. These costs are among others for the cabinet of the Queen, the Government Information Service, security, state visits, airplanes and maintenance of the castles and palaces.

    Today also King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden opened the parliamentary year at the Riksdag (Parliament) in Stockholm. He was accompanied by Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Madeleine of Sweden. The family started the day with the traditional church service in the cathedral of Stockholm. Afterwards they travelled to the Parliament by open carriage.

    September 19th
    This morning Infanta Sofía of Spain was presented by her parents to the Virgin of Atocha at the Basilica of Atocha in Madrid. It is tradition in the Spanish royal family to present a newborn child to the Virgin of Atocha and to ask for her blessing and protection. The family was welcomed at the basilica by Cardinal Archbishop Antonio María Rouco Varela of Madrid.

    Lawmakers have begun debating today whether Bran Castle was legally returned to Archduke Dominic of Austria and if he is allowed to sell the castle. The Romanian government was returned to the archduke in 2006. He offered to sell it to the local authorities for $ 80 million, but the offer was turned down. During a parliamentary debate opposition lawmaker Ioan Puchianu said that the return of the castle was illegal due to procedural errors and that the archduke is legally not allowed to sell it. In a letter released today the archduke's lawyers say he will file a lawsuit for $210 million in damages if the parliament votes that the restitution and sale plans were illegal. The archduke said: "I live once more with the feeling of dread in which I once lived, as a child, when my family and I were forced out of our home and thrown out into the streets in midwinter."

    September 20th
    At auction at Christies in Amsterdam 40 black-white drawings and a gouache by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands - made when she was a child - were sold for 11.000 Euro. They were bought by Princess household goods. Another drawing showing a shining sun was sold for 2600 Euro. Furniture used by the late Prince Hendrik of the Netherlands in his function as chairman of the Red Cross were sold for 15.000 Euros.

    The Swedish government today presented the budget for 2008. The annual grant to the royal family has risen by 10,6 million crowns. The extra money is supposed to cover improved security at the royal palace in Stockholm and an expected increase in costs of Crown Princess Victoria's official duties. In total the royal family will receive 110 million crowns in 2008.

    September 21st
    Prince Louis of Luxemburg and his wife Tessy de Nassau had their second son Noah. The baby was born at the Maternité Grande-Duchesse Charlotte in Luxemburg-City this afternoon at 14h30. Mother and child are doing fine.

    The United Nations have named Princess Haya bint Hussein of Jordan as a UN peace envoy. The new Messenger of Peace, together with three others, will be honoured at the International Day of Peace and will join four other messengers of peace. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon cited the humanitarian work of Princess Haya. She has promoted health, education and sports programs for Arab and Muslim youths. In her new role she will be championing the UN's most important task - promoting peace.

    September 24th
    Former King and Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg of Bulgaria has denied allegiations by opposition party leader Yane Yanev. Mr Yanev said two days ago that the former King was working for the KGB in the past and was recruited because of his affection for gambling. The former King says that it is propaganda for the upcoming municipal elections and an attempt to discredit him and his party. He said he has gotten “used to being a target for undeserved offences and slander” in the past years, but that he did not expect “some people to fall so low and to become authors of such an infamous campaign.” Committee leader Evtim Kostadinov has called on Yanev to come forward with the evidence he claims to have in possession.

    A team of Egyptian archaeologists have found eight baskets with well preserved doum fruits in the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamon. The sweet orange-red fruit comes from the Doum Palm and was traditionally offered at funerals. The team also discovered twenty pear-shaped containers bearing the seal of the Pharaoh. They will be opened soon.

    September 25th
    Princess Beatrice of York has gotten a film role as a non-speaking lady-in-waiting in the film 'The Young Victoria' which will come out next year. Recordings with her were made at Lincoln Cathedral today. Beatrice said ""It was tiring and I was freezing cold, but I absolutely loved it. I am so excited about it." A spokesman of her mother said: "Beatrice is playing one of Victoria's ladies-in-waiting. She's carrying her train and things like that. She has always had a great admiration for the Queen and is named after one of her daughters. She really wanted to be involved in this project." The film is produced by Martin Scorsese. The Duchess of York is one of the executive producers of the film. The film is about Beatrice's great-great-great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria of Great Britain's early life. Emily Blunt will star as Queen Victoria, Rupert Friend as Prince Albert.

    September 26th
    Doctors have told King Albert II of the Belgians to cut down his activities. In the coming weeks he will only be busy with political audiences in connection with the forming of a new government. Also the state visit to Ireland will go on. As soon as Belgium has a new government the King will take some time off to rest. Because of the problems with forming a new government the King hasn't had enough time to recover from his hip operation at the end of June.

    Madame Tussauds in London has unveiled the new wax figure of the Duchess of Cornwall. She is placed in the same room as Diana Princess of Wales, but 4,5 metres away from her slightly away from the Prince of Wales, Prince William and Prince Harry of Wales. The wax figure wears a cornflower blue jacket and skirt the Duchess wore at Ascot in June 2005. She wears also crystal flower brooches and drop earrings. The LK Bennett shoes and Philip Treacy clutch bag were donated by the Duchess herself. The museum intends to move the Duchess into the group with her husband and stepsons in the future. The wax figure was made by sculptor Stephen Mansfield who took four and a half months to complete the work. The Duchess sat for him at Clarence House. The Duchess selected her outfit and accessoires herself.

    The Danish newspaper Børsen today reveals that Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg will become a member of the board of the Swiss company Ferring Pharmaceutical. Fredrik Paulsen, the firm's chairman, thinks that her experience will be a big pre for Ferring in connection with the ethical work of the firm and have its effect on Ferrings social responsibility.

    First Deputy Prosecutor General Alexander Buksman today ruled that Czar Nikolai II of Russia and his family are not victims of political persecution. He sees no grounds for the claim as there was no trial and no accusations were officially made against the family.

    September 27th
    The Royal Court of Justice in London have selected 25 potential jurors - 15 women and 10 men - for the inquest into the death of Diana Princess of Wales. The court had selected 227 candidates, but only 80 turned up. They were questioned over their suitability. Coroner Lord Justice Scott Baker said that the candidates had not been given advance notice of their involvement because of the worldwide interest in the case. They have been asked if they have any connections to the royal family, the Al-Fayed family or the Secret Service. The final 11 jurors will be chosen by ballot at the start of the hearing on Tuesday. The chosen candidates will be escorted to and from court by a special Scotland Yard protection unit. They are not allowed to read a newspaper or online articles or watch any television programmes about the deaths of the princess and Dodi Al-Fayed.

    Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este has taken the oath as reserve officer at the Royal Military School. The ceremony was attended by his parents and his sister Laetitia Maria. Amedeo followed education at the school in 2004/2005. At the moment he is studying at the London School of Economics.

    September 28th
    Russian scientists have said they might well have identified the missing remains of two of the children of Czar Nikolai II of Russia, Alexei and Maria. The remains found near Yekaterinburg in July 2007 are being researched. The deputy forensic chief scientist in the Sverdlovsk region, Vladimir Gromov, says that according to preliminary forensic and DNA tests the appearance, age and sex of the found remains are 'highly probable' from Alexei and Maria.

    The Nepali Congress Party has abandoned its traditional support for the moanrchy and is now in favour of a republic in Nepal. Arjun Narsingh K C, senior leader of party, said: “The general assembly of the party passed the resolution of going for a federal republic in the upcoming constituent assembly elections. We have come to a conclusion that monarchy and democracy cannot go together. The resolution has opened doors for the party to campaign for a republican setup for the November polls.”

    A Chinese archaeologist has discovered the tomb of Ziying, the third and last emperor of the Qin Dynasty. Ziying was killed in 206 BC. The tomb is 109 meters long, 26 meters wide and 15,5 meters deep and is located only about 500 meters from the mausoleum of the first emperor Qin Shihuang at Xi'an, Shaanxi province. The tomb itself was found in 2003.

    Royal News: August 2007. Last updated: September 5th, 2007.