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Dutch king and queen begin state visit to Britain

LONDON: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth hosts the King and Queen of the Netherlands at a banquet on Tuesday for the first UK state visit by Dutch monarchy for 36 years, during which they will visit the grave of the only Dutch king of England. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima were formally welcomed by the British queen with a Guard of Honor before taking a state carriage procession along the Mall in London to lunch at Buckingham Palace. In the afternoon, the Dutch royals will visit the grave of William III and Mary II…

Ranveer Singh calls Deepika queen of Bollywood

Since the release of RamLeela, this onscreen couple has been rumored to be lovers in real life. Speculations and unconfirmed reports have been doing the rounds that Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone are going to tie the knot by the end of this year. There has been a flurry of excitement, as Deepika was spotted jewelry shopping with her mother and sister, and that both’s parents have reportedly shortlisted dates for their wedding as well, to be held in Switzerland.  Both prefer not to answer questions about their…

British Queen’s secret passion for trees revealed

A new documentary about Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has revealed her previously unknown passion for trees. The 91-year-old monarch has planted hundreds of trees on royal visits all over the planet and has a deep and "touching" relationship with them, according to filmmaker Jane Treays. "She has spent her life planting trees, and so have her ancestors," the director told AFP, as the film previewed at the MIPTV market in Cannes, France. "It was very beautiful and touching to see how she relates to them, and how much…

Queen gives formal consent for grandson Harry to marry Meghan Markle

LONDON: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has formally given her permission for her “dearly beloved” grandson Prince Harry to marry his U.S. fiancee Meghan Markle. In a letter to the Privy Council, a formal advisory body to the monarch comprised of senior politicians, judges and bishops, the queen confirmed her approval of the wedding of Harry, the fifth-in-line to the throne, and Markle, star of U.S. TV drama “Suits”. “I declare My Consent to a Contract of Matrimony between My Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince Henry Charles…

Queen consents to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle wedding

LONDON: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has given her formal consent for her grandson Prince Harry to marry US actress Meghan Markle, according to a transcript of a meeting with her advisers released on Thursday. "I declare My Consent to a Contract of Matrimony between My Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales and Rachel Meghan Markle," the Queen said at a meeting of her Privy Council in Buckingham Palace on Wednesday. She said her consent would be "signified under the Great Seal" and entered…

Meghan Markle in first official outing with Queen

LONDON: US actress Meghan Markle took part in her first official event with Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, accompanying her fiance Prince Harry to a service at London's Westminster Abbey. Markle arrived at the Commonwealth Day Service with Harry, his elder brother Prince William, the second in line to the throne, and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. The service is Britain's largest annual inter-faith gathering and during the event Markle joined members of the royal family in greeting attendees. Since…

UK Queen’s private estate invested in offshore funds: leaks

LONDON:  Millions of pounds from the private estate of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II have been invested in offshore tax haven funds, a huge new leak of financial documents revealed on Sunday. Around £10 million ($13 million, €11.3 million) of the Queen's private money was placed in funds held in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda, according to the leaked papers, which were first reported in Britain by the BBC and the Guardian newspaper. They said the funds reinvested the money in an array of businesses, including…