imperial and royal matters

Prince Charles calls for tolerance of refugees, religious differences

Britain's Prince Charles appealed for greater tolerance of refugees and religious differences on Thursday, in a pre-Christmas message broadcast on BBC radio.

Thai prime minister: "no exception" for BBC on royal insults

Thai prime minister Prayut Chan-ocha said in a press conference Wednesday there is no exception for British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in regards to being prosecuted for lese-majesty after the broadcaster published online a controversial biography on Thailand's new King Rama X.

Thai anti-junta activist arrested for allegedly defaming new king

A prominent Thai student activist was arrested early Saturday for allegedly defaming the country's newly proclaimed king by sharing a biography written about him by BBC Thai on his Facebook page.

Thailand's crown prince becomes King Rama X

Thailand's Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn was proclaimed King Rama X in a pre-recorded address broadcast on television late Thursday.

Chats will not be monitored in Thailand, LINE app says

Private chats on the mobile phone application LINE will not be monitored, a company representative told dpa Monday, following the Thai government's request for the company to monitor and report content deemed to violate the lese-majesty law.

Regent named as Thailand enters second day of mourning

Former Thai prime minister and Head of Privy Council Prem Tinsulanonda has assumed the role of regent for the country's vacant throne in accordance with the constitution, the Thai government confirmed late Friday. 

Royal procession carries late Thai king to Grand Palace

A royal procession carrying the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej travelled from Bangkok's Siriraj Hospital to the Grand Palace on Friday, passing tens of thousands of people paying tribute to their beloved monarch for the last time.

Thai crown prince to delay taking throne to mourn king, premier says

Thailand's Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn wants to delay being proclaimed king so that he can mourn the death of his father, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said, local media reported.

Thailand enters mourning period after death of King Bhumibol

Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reigning monarch, died Thursday aged 88, according to a royal household statement.

Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, world's longest reigning monarch, dies

Following the death of the world's longest reigning monarch, Thailand faces an uncertain future. The king's unifying power, derived from a common touch and his devotion to Buddhism and the poor, held the country together through decades of political turmoil.

Thailand's ailing monarch remains in unstable condition at hospital

Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej remains in unstable condition at a Bangkok hospital where he is on a ventilator while being treated for liver problems and a blood infection, the royal palace said in a statement Wednesday.

Japan's Emperor Akihito, 82, plans to step down, reports say

Japanese Emperor Akihito has expressed his intention to step down in the coming years, broadcaster NHK reported Wednesday, citing unnamed government sources.

Japanese emperor considering abdication

Japanese Emperor Akihito is considering his abdication in coming years, broadcaster NHK reported Wednesday, citing unnamed government sources.

Queen Elizabeth's birthday festivities end with street party, rain

A weekend of celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday ended on Sunday with a massive street party in central London, the thousands of revellers undeterred by the rain and stromy weather.

Festivities for Queen Elizabeth's birthday to end with street party

A weekend of celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday was set to end Sunday with a massive street party in central London.

Britain begins weekend of celebrations for queen's official birthday

Britain began a weekend of celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II's official 90th birthday on Friday with a national service of tribute at London's St Paul's Cathedral.

Queen Elizabeth lauds her "strength and stay" as Philip turns 95

Queen Elizabeth II paid tribute to her husband, Prince Philip, who turned 95 on Friday, the same day that Britain held a national service to mark the queen's official 90th birthday.

Thailand marks 70th anniversary of king's accession to throne

Thailand on Thursday marked the 70th anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej's accession to the throne.

Convicted murderer jailed for Buckingham Palace intrusion

A man who had previously been convicted of murder was sentenced to four months in prison on Friday after he pleaded guilty to trespassing in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth II's official London residence.

Cameron hails queen as "rock of strength" on her 90th birthday

British Prime Minister David Cameron led the tributes to Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday, hailing her as a "rock of strength," as Britain's longest-serving monarch turned 90.

Prince William praises queen's "strong influence" after Diana's death

Britain's Prince William has praised the "strong influence" of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, following the death of his mother, Princess Diana, in a car crash in 1997.

Britain's William and Kate recreate Diana moment at Taj Mahal

Britain’s Prince William and Kate sat on a bench in front of the iconic Taj Mahal, an Indian emperor’s monument to love, in Agra Saturday, hoping to create what Kensington Palace described as “new memories.”

William and Kate trek to remote Bhutanese monastery

British royals Prince William and his wife Kate took a hike Friday through pine forests and across boulders to a Buddhist monastery that clings to a Himalayan cliff high above Bhutan's Paro valley.

Royals meet royals in Bhutan

Jigme Khesar is a king at 36, while William, 33, is a prince in waiting and second in line of succession to the British throne.

William and Kate highlight wildlife conservation on India trip

India's one-horned rhino received a royal visit Wednesday as Britain's Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took a safari in the Kaziranga national park and observed wildlife conservation efforts in the region first-hand.

Prince William and Kate meet attack survivors, play cricket in Mumbai

British royals Prince William and his wife Kate began a week-long tour of India and Bhutan on Sunday by meeting with survivors of a terrorist attack, Kensington Palace said.

British Prince Harry charms Nepali locals on tour of quake-hit areas

Britain's Prince Harry greeted Nepali locals and spoke with the survivors of the 2015 earthquake in and around Kathmandu on Sunday, as part of his visit to Nepal which sees him tour areas hit hard by the disaster.

Australian regional leaders signed a "declaration of desired independence"

Australia's top regional officials have signed a "declaration of desired independence" as they seek to replace Britain's queen as head of state.

Thai man gets nine years in prison for anti-monarchy Facebook post

A Thai man was sentenced to nine years in prison on Wednesday for posting anti-monarchy messages on Facebook, his lawyer said.