Royal Family

  • Former aide to Britain's Prince Philip charged with sex abuse July 31, 2014

    London: The former personal assistant of Britain's Prince Philip has been charged with sexually abusing a girl while he was working for the royal family in the 1970s, prosecutors said. Benjamin Herman, 79, was the personal assistant or "equerry" to the 93-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth from 1971 to 1974....
  • Ex-CAG Vinod Rai begins audit of Padmanabhaswamy temple May 26, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Former CAG Vinod Rai, who was asked by the Supreme Court to undertake the audit of the properties, assets and accounts of the past 25 years of the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple, began his preliminary work from Monday. Last month, an apex court bench of Justice RM Lodha and Justice AK...
  • Monaco Royal family condemns YRF's 'Grace of Monaco' in an open letter May 4, 2014

    Los Angeles: The Monaco royal family has fired off a letter that condemned 'Grace of Monaco' just days before the movie's premiere at Cannes Film Festival. The palace released a lengthy statement, saying the Nicole Kidman-starrer was "based on erroneous and dubious historical references" that the family didn't want to be...
  • Judge takes over administration of Kerala's Padmanabhaswamy Temple April 27, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Acting on the order of the Supreme Court, Additional District and Sessions Judge KP Indira has taken over as chairperson of the new administrative committee of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala. The apex court had on Thursday ordered that the grand temple, controlled by the Travancore Royal family for...
  • SC panel report hints at gold pilferage in Padmanabhaswamy temple April 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Sri Ananthapadmanabha Swamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram which has gold worth over Rs 1 lakh crore is in the news again. The Supreme Court appointed Amicus Curie and former Solicitor General of India Gopal Subramanian has made some startling revelations in his report to the Apex court. According his...
  • Mysore royal scion Srikantadatta Wodeyar passes away December 10, 2013

    Bangalore: Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar, scion of the erstwhile Mysore royal family, died of a massive cardiac arrest at a private hospital on Tuesday. Wodeyar (60) was brought in a "non-responsive" state and attempts to resuscitate him did not succeed, sources at Vikram Hospital, where he was rushed, said. Wodeyar represented Mysore in...
  • Prince Charles, Camilla visit Jewish Synangoue November 14, 2013

    Prince Charles, who turned 65 on Thursday, paid a visit to the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth, the Pardeshi Synagogue at nearby Mattancherry, along with his wife Camilla Parker Bowles. The traditional Jewish prayer of blessing for the Royal family was held after which Queene Hallegua, warden of the Synagogue, wished...
  • Perfect! Kate and William release the family's first official photo October 28, 2013

    A happy Prince George is seen smiling at his mother, Duchess of Cambride, Kate Middleton moments after he was christened. Prince William and Kate Middleton released the family's first official photograph on the day their three-month old son was christened. William and Kate's immediate family also posed for a photograph...
  • Official photo shows rare British royal gathering October 25, 2013

    London: Britain's monarchy has released a rare photo celebrating the christening of Prince George that shows four generations of royals gathered together. The image released Thursday shows Queen Elizabeth II and three future kings: her son Prince Charles, her grandson Prince William, and her great-grandson, 3-month-old Prince George. The infant is pictured...
  • Year-long official engagements await six-day-old Prince George July 28, 2013

    He might be a few days old, but little Prince George has many 'official engagements' coming up, with plans for a christening, a foreign tour, a high society wedding and a sojourn with the family at Balmoral. In what may be his first diplomatic mission, the son of Prince William and...
  • Britain's royal baby: A world obsession or media hype? July 21, 2013

    London: As the world's media whips itself into a frenzy over Prince William and his wife Kate's baby, some bemused spectators are wondering if Britain's royal family really is that fascinating or just hype. From breathless reports about the baby's due date to endless speculation about the name and manner of...
  • Kate Middleton, the queen of maternity style and other trendsetters May 6, 2013

    The Duchess of Cambridge was recently voted the world's best dressed pregnant star by the Vanity Fair magazine. ...
  • Hoping for baby boy, William wants girl: Kate Middleton March 17, 2013

    London: The Duchess of Cambridge said Sunday that she doesn't know the sex of her first child - but she hopes it's a boy. Her husband Prince William, however, would prefer a girl. The former Kate Middleton, who is five months pregnant, made the revelation to a soldier at a St...
  • Watch: How Kate's baby changes line of succession to the UK throne December 4, 2012

    Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting their first child. CNN's Richard Quest explains how the baby will change the line of succession to the throne. ...
  • Prince Harry's naked pics earn Las Vegas $ 23 mn October 12, 2012

    Los Angeles: The Sin City has hit a jackpot! Prince Harry's naked pictures gave Las Vegas a whopping $23 million worth of free publicity, as the images were seen by 154 million people. The 28-year-old royal caused controversy when nude photographs of him playing strip billiards with a bevy of...
  • UK Queen's jubilee concert draws huge crowds June 5, 2012

    London: Four days of nationwide celebrations during which millions of people have turned out to mark Queen Elizabeth's 60 years on the throne conclude on Tuesday with a church service and carriage procession through central London. The 86-year-old British monarch will cut a lonely figure as the Diamond Jubilee draws to...
  • After Thames pageant, a concert for Queen Elizabeth June 4, 2012

    London: After the deluge during the Thames pageant yesterday, a musical extravaganza featuring the great and the good is scheduled for Queen Elizabeth outside Buckingham Palace this evening as part of Diamond Jubilee events to celebrate 60 years of her reign. On the stage will be the pop royalty, such as...
  • Five-tier security system for Kerala temple September 29, 2011

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala government has given approval to a five-tier security system for the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple which has huge treasures locked up in its vaults. The hi-tech security system, approved by a high-level meeting of officials and experts called by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday, took into account all possible...
  • Don't open vault B of Kerala temple yet: SC September 22, 2011

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday gave it's verdict in the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple case and said the vault B of the temple will not be opened till an integrated and multi-layered security cover is provided. The apex court also said they are satisfied with the State Government's assurance to...
  • Kerala temple: SC reserves order till Sept 21 September 16, 2011

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court has reserved its order on opening of Vault B of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram till September 21. The court assured the expert committee that tradition would be respected but impractical and superstition will not be taken into account. The expert committee told the Supreme...
  • Kerala temple treasure case: SC verdict today September 16, 2011

    Thiruvananthapuram: Vault B of the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram may now be opened following a Supreme Court order. CNN-IBN accessed an interim report by an expert committee to the Supreme Court. In its report dated August 23, the committee has given three reasons to open the vault. The reasons are:...
  • Open Kerala temple vault, says SC panel September 15, 2011

    New Delhi: The panel set up by the Supreme Court on the Padmanabhaswamy Temple treasure in Kerala has said in its report that the temple's secret vault should be opened and the value of the treasure inside be ascertained. In the report of the Supreme Court appointed expert committee accessed by...
  • Kerala temple: SC questions royals over ritual September 2, 2011

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday expressed surprise over the fact that the decision to open the vaults of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram was taken by the head priest. The decision should have been taken by the Supreme Court-appointed expert committee instead, the court said. The apex court...
  • Firing at Bharatpur's Laxmi Vilas, ex-MP escapes September 1, 2011

    New Delhi: Former BJP MP and former Maharaja of Bharatpur Vishvendra Singh and his wife Divya escaped gun fire from an unidentified assailant at Laxmi Vilas Hotel on Thursday. Singh along with his wife Divya and 200 other supporters were protesting outside the hotel whose owner had written a book allegedly...
  • Achuthanandan slams adoration of erstwhile royals August 28, 2011

    Thiruvananthapuram: After his controversial comment on the head of Travancore royal family, CPI(M) leader VS Achuthanandan has deplored the adoration of erstwhile princes and princesses six decades after Independence. "Even politicians and ministers speak in a ceremonial language of respect and fear when they address royal family members. This shows their...
  • Prince Harry set to become comic book hero July 29, 2011

    New York: Britain's Prince Harry can add comic book character to his list of accolades as a new comic based on his life is set to be released in August, publisher Bluewater Productions said on Thursday. "The Royals: Prince Harry" is the latest release from Bluewater's 'Royals series' that was launched...
  • Petitioner in Padmanabhaswamy temple case dies July 17, 2011

    Thiruvananthapuram: TP Sunderarajan, who approached the Supreme Court requesting a stock taking of the gold and jewels stored in the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple near Thiruvananthapuram, passed away on Sunday. He was 70. He was suffering from fever for the past two days and was at his home near the temple when...
  • 'Kerala temple wealth belongs to God' July 12, 2011

    Marthanda Varma, the eldest member of the Travancore royal family spoke to CNN-IBN in an exclusive interview on all the treasure that was unearthed at the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple. He feels it should not become such a huge topic of discussion. Dakshina Muraleedharan: Our country has a long history about invasions...
  • 'Temple treasure belongs to Travancore royals' July 5, 2011

    Kanchipuram: The huge treasures found in Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram were the 'exclusive property' of Travancore royal family that dedicated their kingdom to the presiding deity of the temple, Kanchi Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi said on Monday. "For long the erstwhile royal family was the custodian of the temple and...
  • William, Kate's Canada visit wins world attention June 22, 2011

    Ottawa: Newlyweds Prince William and Kate Middleton's upcoming visit to Canada, their first official tour abroad, is attracting strong interest from around the world. The Canadian government said on Tuesday that journalists from China, Japan, India and Qatar are among the 241 foreign media representatives who have been accredited to cover...