The Week: Most Recent uk-politics recent posts.en-usWed, 30 Jan 2013 06:20:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent uk-politics from THE WEEKWed, 30 Jan 2013 06:20:00 -0500In praise of Prince Harry, soldier<img src="" /></P><p>The last time someone this close to England's throne fought in the thick of combat, Shakespeare wrote plays about it.</p><p>Today's fightin' royal is Prince Harry, who recently made news by admitting to killing members of the Taliban, doing so with a rare matter-of-factness. "Take a life to save a life. That's what we revolve around, I suppose," he said in an interview. "If there's people trying to do bad stuff to our guys, then we'll take them out of the game, I suppose."</p><p>Compared to his storming-the-beaches-of-the-Caribbean brother,&nbsp;Prince Harry is practically Larry Thorne, and that's without...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/david-w-brown" ><span class="byline">David W. Brown</span></a>Wed, 30 Jan 2013 06:20:00 -0500For royal babies who have everything: 8 bizarrely elite products<img src="" /></P><p >To their great credit, Kate Middleton and Prince William appear to be relatively down-to-earth for people who live in a castle. Still, there is no denying that their baby will grow up with the world at its little fingertips. So what do you get the royal baby who has it all? Here are 8 oddly haute gifts befitting any future heir-to-the-throne:</p><p ><strong >Diamond sterling baby spoon</strong><br /><span >If you're born with a silver spoon in your mouth, why not opt for the </span>Vivre diamond sterling<span > edition? The exquisitely crafted utensil, which retails for $1,350, features a diamond chip at the tip of the spoon that will surely make...</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/elena-scotti" ><span class="byline">Elena Scotti</span></a> and <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Wed, 05 Dec 2012 09:35:00 -0500Kate Middleton's emotional road to motherhood: A tabloid cover roundup<img src="" /></P><p>Wow, did <em>US Weekly</em> nail it or what? The magazine's Dec. 3 cover story boasts "A Baby for Christmas!" just as St. James Place confirms that Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton are indeed expecting their first child. But far from being prophetic, tabloid covers over the past 18 months have woven an almost comically dramatic tale of the couple's supposed road to parenthood. Here, a look back at nine of the more egregious efforts:</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 04 Dec 2012 13:30:00 -0500What Kate Middleton and Prince William's baby might look like<img src="" /></P><p>After much gossip about Kate and Will and their determination to breed, the rumors have been confirmed: According to St. James Palace, a royal baby is indeed on board. The Palace released a statement on Monday morning stating, "Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby." Since their November 2010 engagement, the Royal Couple, who wed this April, have been celebrated, scorned, and ceaselessly scrutinized by the media. So it's no wonder people are already speculating about the child of Their Royal...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/elena-scotti" ><span class="byline">Elena Scotti</span></a>Mon, 03 Dec 2012 14:23:00 -05003 generations of royal babies: A brief pictorial timeline<img src="" /></P><p>It's finally happening: Prince William and Kate Middleton are expecting their first little royal. Kate's pregnancy is a momentous occasion &mdash; and not just because of the tabloid hype. Her child will be the all-but-inevitable heir to the throne &mdash; no matter the baby's gender &mdash; following Prince William, the eldest child of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and William's father Charles, who is the eldest child of Queen Elizabeth II. As William and Kate's devoted public watches for the growing royal baby bump, let's take a look back at royal babies from generations past:</p><p ><strong>1927: Baby...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Mon, 03 Dec 2012 13:15:00 -0500Kate Middleton is pregnant: What we know so far<img src="" /></P><p><span class="s1">After months of near-rabid&nbsp;speculation in the tabloids, St. James' Palace has finally confirmed that Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton &mdash; more stiffly known as the Duke and </span><span class="s2">Duchess of Cambridge &mdash; are expecting their first child. The news broke Monday after Kate was taken to a hospital in Central London with symptoms of acute morning sickness, which requires supplementary hydration and nutrients. According to the couple's official website, which was down at the time this article was posted, </span>"the Duchess was admitted this afternoon to King Edward VII Hospital in Central London...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jessica-hullinger" ><span class="byline">Jessica Hullinger</span></a>Mon, 03 Dec 2012 11:50:00 -0500Queen Elizabeth's plan to build low-income housing on her private estate<img src="" /></P><p>While politicians struggle to get the American dream of homeownership back on track, across the pond Queen Elizabeth is reportedly setting a rather impressive example by turning her private royal estate into low-income housing. Here, a guide to the Queen's proposal and the, er, British dream:</p><p><strong>Which private estate, exactly?<br /></strong>The land the Queen has her eye on is at the 49,000-acre, privately owned estate of Balmoral in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The Balmoral was purchased in 1852, by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and has since been the traditional summer home for the Queen and members of her family...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Mon, 15 Oct 2012 12:07:00 -0400Topless Kate Middleton photos: Have tabloids finally gone too far?<img src="" /></P><p>The British royals can't seem to get a break. Just weeks after snapshots from Prince Harry's naked escapades in Vegas hit the tabloids, a French magazine has published topless photos of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. St. James' Palace confirmed that the images were genuine, taken apparently with a telephoto lens while Middleton and her husband, Prince William, were sunbathing on vacation at a relative's chateau in southern France. A spokesman for the royal family said the Duke and Duchess were "hugely saddened" that the publication, <em>Closer</em>, had "invaded their privacy in such a grotesque...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 14 Sep 2012 17:00:00 -0400Renaming London's Big Ben: Stupid move?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">This week, the British government announced that the iconic clock tower known as Big Ben, one of London's most recognizable monuments, would henceforth be known as Elizabeth Tower, in commemoration of Queen Elizabeth's 60 years on the throne. Prime Minister David Cameron said that the renaming was a "fitting recognition of the Queen's 60 years of service." However, the Queen's subjects aren't thrilled: Polls show that 44 percent of Brits oppose the name change, while only 30 percent support it. The British media has already dubbed the rechristened tower Large Liz, while Twitter has been clogged...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 27 Jun 2012 15:39:00 -0400Prince William turns 30: A look back at his life in the spotlight<img src="" /></P><p>They sure grow up fast. It seems like only yesterday when Prince William was hiding behind his mother's skirt to escape the lenses of press photographers. From his first steps to his marriage to Kate Middleton last year, we've watched William, son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, grow up before our eyes. Now Prince William is turning 30 on Thursday. Here, a look back in photos...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 20 Jun 2012 18:40:00 -0400The Queen's 'happy and glorious' Diamond Jubilee: A slideshow<img src="" /></P><p>More than a million people braved soggy weather Sunday, lining London's Thames River to glimpse the slight Sovereign as she floated by on her gilded barge during a parade of boats, and the rain couldn't dampen a historic day. Here's a look at Queen Elizabeth's "happy and glorious" Diamond Jubilee in pictures.</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 04 Jun 2012 15:57:00 -0400Queen Elizabeth's diamond anniversary: By the numbers<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">A 21-gun salute signaled the official start Friday of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebration in the U.K., a four-day affair in which Britons will honor the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's ascension to the British throne. Highlights of the celebration include Sunday's Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the Thames River, Monday night's concert at Buckingham Palace, and a thanksgiving service at St. Paul's Cathedral on Tuesday &mdash; for which Britons will enjoy an extra public holiday. Here, a numerical look back at the queen's six-decade reign and monumental celebration:</p><p><strong>25</strong><br />Elizabeth's age when...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 01 Jun 2012 17:10:00 -0400Prince William and Harry's revealing Katie Couric interview: 4 takeaways<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Prince William and Prince Harry rarely grant interviews, but for the occasion of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, the two have suddenly turned into "chatty grandsons," says Maria Puente at <em>USA Today.</em> The young royals sat down with Katie Couric for the ABC News special "The Jubilee Queen," which aired Tuesday night to commemorate the monarch's 60th year on the throne, and proved that they can break free from their media shyness "with charm, humor, and a teensy bit of revelation." (Watch a clip below.) Here, four key takeaways:&nbsp;</p><p class="p1"><strong>1. They missed their mum on William's wedding day</strong><br />Both princes...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 30 May 2012 12:15:00 -0400Grading Kate Middleton's first year as a royal<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">On Sunday, Prince William and his wife, Catherine Middleton, celebrated their first anniversary as a regal couple. In the year since their controversially lavish wedding, royal-watchers have been scrutinizing "commoner" Kate to see if she can pull off her high-profile gig more than 30 years after William's mother, the late Princess Diana, charmed the public with her own debut. Critics have been more than charitable. Here, a sampling of their enthusiastic impressions:</p><p class="p2"><strong>1. Kate is saving the monarchy<br /></strong>Recent decades have seen the popularity of Britain's monarchy plummet, says Autumn Brewington at ...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 30 Apr 2012 12:51:00 -0400Queen Elizabeth's royal pay cut: By the numbers<img src="" /></P><p>Not even the royal family is safe from Britain's plummeting economy. For decades, Queen Elizabeth II has been receiving a little less taxpayer funding each year. But now, under new austerity measures, she'll have her pay frozen until 2015. Instead&nbsp;of receiving tens of millions annually in taxpayer money, she'll receive 15 percent of the profits from the Crown Estate, which collects rents and taxes on Regent Street, a prime retail area, and much of the United Kingdom's shoreline. While many predict that the Queen's income will dip even further, it's hard to get exact estimates. "You don't really...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 07 Dec 2011 16:23:00 -0500Using Facebook to incite London riots: Is a 4-year sentence too harsh?<img src="" /></P><p>Swept up in the London riots last week, 20-year-old Jordan Blackman created a Facebook event advertising "massive Northwich lootin'" at a specific date, time, and location. Nobody showed up. A tipsy Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan, 22, posted a similar message, but removed his post from Facebook the next day. Even though their Facebook activity provoked no actual crimes or riots, both men were arrested and have just been handed four-year jail sentences for using the social-media site to "organize and orchestrate" disorder. That's the harshest penalty yet in the post-riot aftermath, part of the "tough message...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 17 Aug 2011 18:03:00 -0400