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December 17, 2017

Britain's Prince Harry has interviewed former President Obama for a radio show set to air later this month. Though recorded in September, the first teaser clip of the conversation was shared by Kensington Palace social media accounts Sunday.

Clocking in under a minute, the short video sees Obama and the prince joking as they prepare to begin their interview. "Do I have to speak faster, because I'm a slow speaker?" Obama asks. "Do I need a British accent?" Harry assures him that won't be necessary, but warns against leaving Obama's trademark "long pauses between the answers." Watch the teaser below. Bonnie Kristian

November 27, 2017

On Monday morning, Britain's Prince Charles announced that his younger son, Prince Harry, is engaged to American actress Meghan Markle. Harry proposed in London earlier this month, and the wedding will be sometime in the spring.

This will be the first marriage for Prince Harry, 33, and the second for Markle, 36. The couple met through friends in July 2016, though their relationship was a secret for several months. Engagement rumors have been growing for months. King Edward VII, Queen Elizabeth's uncle, abdicated in 1936 in order to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson, but Britain's royal family has reportedly welcomed Markle's entry into the family. Harry is fifth in line to the throne. Peter Weber

June 29, 2017

Last week, through a series of decrees, Saudi King Salman promoted his favorite son, Mohammed bin Salman, to crown prince, demoting his nephew Mohammed bin Nayef, 57, who had been interior minister and counterterrorism czar as well as crown prince, and removing him from the royal line of succession. Now, Nayef has been confined to his palace in Jidda, as a precautionary measure to protect Mohammed bin Salman, 31, from internal challenge, The New York Times reports, citing four current and former U.S. officials and Saudis close to the royal family.

A senior official at the Foreign Ministry told the Times that the accounts of Nayef being confined to his palace are "baseless and false," but the Times' sources say the restrictions are not only real, but also extend to other family members:

The restrictions have also been imposed on Mohammed bin Nayef's daughters, according to a former American official who maintains ties to Saudi royals. A married daughter was told that her husband and their child could leave their home while she had to stay, the former official said. One Saudi close to the royal family said the new restrictions had been imposed almost immediately after Mohammed bin Salman's promotion. After the announcement, Mohammed bin Nayef returned to his palace in Jidda to find that his trusted guards had been replaced by guards loyal to Mohammed bin Salman, according to the Saudi and a former American official. Since then, he has been prevented from leaving the palace. [The New York Times]

To demonstrate that the changing of the line of succession is going smoothly, Saudi state media has been replaying this video of Mohammed bin Salman kissing the ring of Nayef, who wishes him well:

The palace arrest suggests that not everyone in the royal family agrees with King Salman's changes, and that the new crown prince believes public appearances might foment unrest. "It's an indication that [Mohammed bin Salman] does not want any opposition," a senior U.S. official tells the Times. "He doesn't want any rear-guard action within the family. He wants a straight elevation without any dissent — not that [Mohammed bin Nayaf] was plotting anything anyway." Peter Weber

February 6, 2017

When you are the queen of England and you are celebrating the sapphire anniversary of your accession to the throne, as Queen Elizabeth II is on Monday, you naturally have the right gemstones to mark the occasion.

The photo is actually from 2014, but in it Queen Elizabeth is wearing a suite of sapphire jewelry given to her by her father, King George VI, as a wedding gift in 1947. King George died of lung cancer on Feb. 6, 1952, at age 52, and Elizabeth became queen the same day. Now 90, she became the longest-serving British monarch in 2015, surpassing Queen Victoria, and now she is the first monarch to reach 65 years on the throne. The queen is celebrating her sapphire jubilee without much fuss at her Sandringham estate. You can learn more in the look back from China's NDTV below. Peter Weber

December 26, 2016

For the first time since at least 1988, Queen Elizabeth II did not attend Christmas Day church services in Sandringham, near the royal family's Sandringham estate in Norfolk. Buckingham Palace explained that the 90-year-old monarch "continues to recover from a heavy cold and will stay indoors to assist with her recovery," though she plans to "participate in the royal family Christmas celebrations during the day." The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, had to travel to Sandringham by helicopter after they were both too ill last week to travel by train, as planned. Prince Philip, 95, attended the Christmas Day service along with other members of the royal family. If you're interested, you can watch them leave the service in the video below. Peter Weber

May 1, 2016

Princess Charlotte, the daughter of Prince William and Kate Middleton, is set to turn 1 on Monday. What would a royal birthday be without some formal photos to celebrate? Kensington Palace shared a few gems of the tyke Sunday:

Nice camera work, Kate.

Could she be any cuter?

Time flies. Julie Kliegman

April 16, 2016

When Prince William and Kate Middleton visited the Taj Mahal on Saturday, they recreated the classic 1992 picture of William's late mother, Princess Diana, sitting in front of the landmark.

"He feels incredibly lucky to visit a place where his mother's memory is kept alive by so many who travel there," said Jason Knauf, the couple's communications secretary.

Here's the close-up. Julie Kliegman

June 7, 2015

Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge is about a month old, and now that the world is done fawning over her name, it's about time to fawn over her cuteness. Right on cue, Kensington Palace released the first photo of Kate Middleton and Prince William's second child, fourth in line for the British throne:

Prince George, nearly 2, is decidedly old news. Julie Kliegman

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