Royal News: Saturday 20 September 2014

Belgium
Expatica: Belgian claiming to be king’s daughter passes DNA test hurdle

Denmark
Australian Women’s Weekly: Princess Mary surprises schoolkids in Canada
Getty Images: Crown Prince Frederik And Crown Princess Mary Of Denmark Official Visit To Canada – Day 3

Luxembourg
Wort: Royal couple visit Steinfort

Norway
Norway Today: Märtha Louise opened the epilepsy conference

Serbia
Royal Family of Serbia: Royal Couple at 50th anniversary of the marriage of King Constantine of the Hellenes and Princess Anne Marie of Denmark

Thailand
Bangkok Post: Princess ready to lead Thailand equestrian team

United Kingdom
BBC: Scottish referendum: Queen urges referendum ‘respect’
BBC: Mary, Queen of Scots letter auction sells for £17,472
BBC: Prince Charles and actors join Dylan Thomas marathon
British Monarchy: The Queen’s message following Scotland’s referendum
Bromsgrove Standard: Duchess gives seal of approval in Bromsgrove
Daily Mail: VIP GUESTS: Royals including Prince Harry, and Princess Eugenie join Pippa Middleton for the wedding of her former flame in stunning Puglia, Italy
Daily Mail: ‘A result that all of us throughout the United Kingdom will respect’: The Queen responds to Scottish referendum decision
Daily Mail: The real story behind the photos that laid bare Diana’s despair: For 12 years he guarded the most intimate secrets of Charles, Diana (and Camilla). Now, their former press officer reveals all
Express: ‘An enduring love of Scotland’ Queen hails referendum result as kingdom kept intact
Express: Prince Harry and former girlfriend Cressida Bonas have REKINDLED romance, say sources
Guardian: Queen says UK will respect result of Scottish independence referendum
Hello: Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton arrive in Italy to see Charlie Gilkes tie the knot
Hello: Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie join Pippa Middleton at friend’s society wedding
Hello: Queen Elizabeth: ‘My family and I will do all we can to help’ following referendum
Malta Today: Prince William’s visit: official programme is out
National Post: Royal visit to remote Ontario reserve was ‘moving, enlightening and uplifting,’ Countess says
On the Wight: The Duke of Kent at Carisbrooke
Plymouth Herald: Prince writes to residents in Cornwall telling them he can mine under their homes
Telegraph: Enduring love of Scotland will unite us, says Queen
Telegraph: Sarah, Duchess of York hopes events prove lucrative

Infanta Sofía of Spain

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Photo Credit – www.vogue.es

Infanta Sofía was born on April 29, 2007 at the Ruber International Clinic in Madrid, Spain. She is the younger of the two daughters of King Felipe VI of Spain and his wife Queen Letizia (born Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano).

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Sofía with her parents on her christening day; Photo Credit – http://media2.onsugar.com

Infanta Sofía was baptized on July 15, 2007 in the gardens of Zarzuela Palace. She was named after her paternal grandmother Queen Sofía, and also was given the additional name of de Todos los Santos (of All the Saints), a Bourbon tradition. Her godparents were her maternal grandmother Paloma Rocasolano and Konstantin-Assen, Prince of Vidin, the fourth son of former Tsar Simeon II of Bulgaria.

Infanta Sofía has one older sibling, Infanta Leonor, Princess of Asturias (born 2005). Sofía’s sister Leonor is the heir presumptive to the Spanish throne and Sofía follows her in the line of succession. Currently, Spain’s succession law is male-preference cognatic primogeniture. This means that Leonor, as the elder of King Felipe’s two daughters, is first in line to inherit the throne, and she is the heir presumptive. However, if her parents have a son, he would be the heir apparent, Leonor would forfeit the title of Princess of Asturias and other titles to her brother, and both Leonor and Sofía would each move down a step in the line of succession to the Spanish throne. There have been discussions of changing the succession law to absolute primogeniture, where the eldest child, regardless of gender, inherits the throne, but no legislation has been forthcoming.

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Sofía, in the pink dress, with her family during their vacation in Majorca in August 2014; Photo Credit – ceruleanchronicle.com

On September 15, 2010, Sofía began her formal schooling at Santa María de los Rosales School (link in Spanish) in Madrid, Spain, where her father attended until he was 16 and where her sister also attends.

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Sofía gets a hug from her mother on her first day of school; Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

On June 2, 2014, King Juan Carlos, Infanta Sofía’s grandfather, announced his intention to abdicate the throne in favor of his son. On June 18, 2014, King Juan Carlos signed the formal instrument of abdication and Sofía’s father Felipe ascended the throne at midnight. King Felipe VI was sworn in and proclaimed as king on June 19, 2014 in a ceremony in the Congress of Deputies, the lower house of the Spanish legislature.

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Sofía, on the right, claps during her father’s proclamation ceremony along with her sister Leonor, on the left; Photo Credit – www.lavanguardia.com

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September 20: Today in Royal History

Arthur, Prince of Wales, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

September 20, 1486 – Birth of Arthur, Prince of Wales, son of King Henry VII of England, at St. Swithin’s Priory in Winchester, England
Wikipedia: Arthur, Prince of Wales

September 20, 1853 – Birth of Chulalongkorn the Great, King of Siam (Rama V) at the Grand Palace in Phra Nakhon, Siam (now Thailand)
Wikipedia: Chulalongkorn

September 20, 1925 – Birth of Ananda Mahidol, King of Thailand (Rama VIII) in Heidelberg, Germany
Anada Mahidol, the brother of his successor and the current King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej, was found dead after he was shot in his bedroom.
Wikipedia: Ananda Mahidol

Royal News: Friday 19 September 2014

Denmark
Getty: Crown Prince Frederik And Crown Princess Mary Of Denmark Official Visit To Canada – Day 2
Daily Mail: Princess Mary of Denmark and Prince Frederik pay their respects at National War Memorial during Canadian royal tour

Greece
Getty: Golden Wedding Anniversary of Konstantin II and Annemarie of Greece

Spain
Getty: Queen Letizia of Spain Attends ‘V De Vida’ Award in San Sebastian
Daily Mail: Queen Letizia stops to greet a wheelchair bound fan despite being battered by the wind and rain at award ceremony

Sweden
Swedish Royal Court: Diplomatic reception at the Royal Palace of Stockholm
Swedish Royal Court: Meeting of the Veteran Reserve Foundation
Swedish Royal Court: The Crown Princess Couple visit Umeå2014

The Netherlands
Royal Blog: Dutch King moving into mobile cabin in backyard
Royal Blog: Queen Máxima meets with young job seekers
Royal Blog: Princess Mabel after visit with Archbishop Tutu to Zambia: Number of child brides is staggering
The Economist: The peace and safety of our throne

UK
Daily Mail: Prince William’s friend is third Briton to appear in ISIS propaganda video as it’s revealed captured photographer joined Royal on 2008 charity motorbike tour
Daily Mail: Harry and Cressie back together: How the bohemian actress sexed up her look to show him what he is missing…as the pair are pictured on night out together
Daily Mail: The Queen is watching referendum results ‘closely’ and is poised to issue a statement to heal the wounds of the campaign
Daily Record: Scottish independence referendum: Calls for Commons inquiry into Queen’s ‘underhand’ intervention into campaign
Evening Standard: Duchess of Cambridge pulls out of Malta visit over acute morning sickness
Evening Standard: Prince Harry and ex-girlfriend Cressida Bonas spotted on cinema date in Kensington
Hello!: Prince Harry cheers up young girl with a dance at Invictus Games
Hello!: Prince Harry rings in 30th birthday at Clarence House
Hello!: Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas reunite for cinema date
Mirror: Scottish independence referendum: Calls for Commons inquiry into Queen’s ‘underhand’ intervention into campaign
Mirror: Harry becomes Prince Charming as he sweeps little girl off her feet
Guardian: Duchess of Cambridge withdraws from solo Malta trip on advice of doctors
Guardian: Scottish referendum: David Cameron and the Queen seek to ease tensions
BBC: Prince Charles and actors join Dylan Thomas marathon
Huffington Post: Prince Harry Gets Massive World Cup Honour
Manchester Evening News: Princess Anne visits Manchester for string of engagements

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Ari Behn, husband of Princess Märtha Louise

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Photo Credit – Wikipedia

Ari Behn, whose birth name is Ari Mikael Bjørshol, was born in Århus, Denmark on September 30, 1972. He is the eldest child of Olav Bjørshol (born 1952) and Marianne Solberg Behn (born 1953), both teachers of the Waldorf School philosophy. Ari has two younger siblings, Anja Sabrina Bjørshol and Espen Bjørshol Solberg, a film director. In 1996, Ari changed his name to Ari Behn when he took his maternal grandmother’s maiden name.

When Ari was young, his family moved to Plymouth, England for five years where his father trained and worked as a photographer. The family then moved to Norway in 1977. Ari attended the Waldorf School and Kirkeparken Videregående Skole (secondary school) in Moss, Norway.  He then received a Bachelor degree in history and religion from the University of Oslo.  Ari spent several years traveling in Africa, Asia, and the United States.

Before he had success as an author, Ari worked as a truck driver, bartender, and in a preschool. He had his literary breakthrough in 1999 with his collection of short stories, titled Trist som faen (Sad as Hell) which sold over 100,000 copies. He subsequently published two more books and in 2011 made his debut as a playwright with Treningstimen (Training Hour) which was staged at Rogaland Teater.  His books have been translated into six languages​​: Swedish, Danish, German, French, Hungarian, and Icelandic.

In addition to his writing, Ari also has had other artistic and creative projects. Along with Baron von Bulldog, a fashion design company in Oslo, he launched a collection in 2004.  In 2007, he launched a very successful collection of glasses and dishes called “Peacock” for Magnor Glassworks.  In addition, he has made ​​documentaries for television, and worked as a writer for various publications including Dagbladet and Aftenposten.

On December 13, 2001, Ari became engaged to Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, the daughter of King Harald V. The couple were married in Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway on May 24, 2002. For more information about the wedding see: The Royal House of Norway: The wedding of Princess Märtha Louise.

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Photo Credit – svenskdam.se

Ari Behn and Princess Märtha Louise have three daughters: Maud Angelica (born in 2003), Leah Isadora (born in 2005), and Emma Tallulah (born in 2008). For more information about them, see Unofficial Royalty: Princess Märtha Louise of Norway.

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Ari Behn with his family in 2009; Photo Credit – http://www.royalcourt.no/

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Princess Märtha Louise and Ari Behn at the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden in 2013; Photo Credit – goodtimes.ndtv.com

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September 19: Today in Royal History

King Henri III of France, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

September 19, 1551 – Birth of King Henri III of France at the Château de Fontainebleau in France
Wikipedia: Henry III of France

September 19, 1803 – Birth of Maria Anna of Savoy, wife of Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria, at the Palazzo Colonna in Rome, Italy
Wikipedia; Maria Anna of Savoy

September 19, 1902 – Death of Marie Henriette of Austria, wife of King Leopold II of the Belgians, at the Hôtel du Midi in Spa, Belgium; buried at the Church of Our Lady of Laeken in Brussels, Belgium
Wikipedia: Marie Henriette of Austria

Royal News: Thursday 18 September 2014

Denmark
Danish Royal House: Programme for official visit in Canada
Getty Images: Crown Prince Frederik And Crown Princess Mary Of Denmark Official Visit To Canada – Day 1

Monaco
Daily Mail: But she really is the daughter of a princess! Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco stars on the cover of W’s fashion ‘royalty’ issue
Express: The private face of Princess Grace: The Hollywood royalty who loved dancing and charades
Prince’s Palace: H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco travels to Milan

Netherlands
Royalblog: Queen Máxima: Ability to combat financial crime important, but must do in an effective manner

Norway
Getty Images: Crown Princess Mette-Marit Visits The Kaleidoscope Exhibition
Norway Today: Crown Princess shone on the Town Hall exhibition

Serbia
Royal Family of Serbia: Crown Prince meets Russian Federation IPA delegation and attends International Conference “Great War and beginning of the new World”

Spain
Getty Images: Queen Letizia of Spain Attends ‘V De Vida’ Award in San Sebastian

Sweden
BBC: Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf in car crash but not hurt
Daily Mail: Swedish king involved in car crash, unhurt
Hello: King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden involved in car crash
The Local: King Carl XVI Gustaf ‘unhurt’ after crash
Swedish Royal Court: The King visits Gripsholm and Rosersberg
Swedish Royal Court: The Crown Princess attends the Sustainable Seas seminar
Swedish Royal Court: The King and The Crown Princess attend Kammarkollegiet’s 475th anniversary celebrations

Thailand
Daily Mail: Games-Thai princess going for gold at Asian Games

United Kingdom
BBC: Referendum moments: Origins of the Union Jack
BBC: Rugby World Cup 2015: Prince Harry named honorary president
CBC News: Prince Edward visits Moose Jaw today
CNN: Scotland vote: For the Queen, it’s personal
Daily Mail: The Queen’s Mad Hatter: How a cobbler’s son crowned three generations of royals with surprisingly daring headwear
Daily Mail: Pregnant Duchess of Cambridge consults with doctors over whether to go ahead with royal visit to Malta as she continues to battle severe morning sickness
Daily Mail: Take a look at Balmoral Castle where the Ghillies Ball is held
Daily Mail: The Queen postpones annual Ghillies Ball at Balmoral because it clashes with Thursday independence vote
Daily Mail: Prince Harry crowned England Rugby 2015 honorary president to mark a year to go until the World Cup
Daily Mail: Harry gets father’s house for big birthday bash as he finally gets the chance to celebrate turning 30
Daily Mail: Princess Beatrice enjoys date night with Dave Clark: Pair hit fashionable London restaurant for romantic outing
Daily Mail: ‘Prince Harry makes fun of Will by telling him he’s whipped at home!’ Inside the fabulous world of three boys from the bush who travel the world playing polo – and count Harry and Wills as mates
Daily Mail: Kate to make decision on Malta tour
Express: The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II how the Daily Express reported it 61 years ago
Express: Duchess of Cambridge on the mend after acute morning sickness risks first overseas trip
Hello: Ellie Goulding ‘to sing at Prince Harry’s 30th birthday bash’
Hello: The Queen’s annual Balmoral ball to be held after Scottish referendum

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Princess Märtha Louise of Norway

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Photo Credit – Wikipedia

Princess Märtha Louise was born at Rikshospitalet in Oslo, Norway on September 22, 1971. She is the elder of the two children of King Harald V of Norway and Queen Sonja (born Sonja Haraldsen) and she has one brother, Crown Prince Haakon. The princess is named after her grandmother, Crown Princess Märtha of Norway, born Princess Märtha of Sweden, and her great great grandmother Queen Louise of Denmark, born Princess Louise of Sweden. Märtha Louise is a descendant of the eldest son of Queen Victoria, King Edward VII of the United Kingdom via his youngest daughter Maud who married King Haakon VII of Norway.

When Märtha Louise was born, as a female, she was not in the line of succession. In 1990, Norway’s succession law was changed to not only include females in the succession, but also to allow absolute primogeniture in which the eldest child succeeds to the throne regardless of gender. However, it was decided that this would apply only to those born after 1990, so even though Märtha Louise was older than her brother Haakon, he remained ahead of her in the line of succession.

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Princess Märtha Louise (on the right) with her family; Photo Credit – http://38.media.tumblr.com

Märtha Louise began her primary education at the Smestad School, a public school in Oslo, Norway. She completed her secondary education at Kristelig Gymnasium in Oslo in 1990, with an emphasis on languages. Growing up, Märtha Louise sung in a choir, played the flute, was a member of a folk dancing group at the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History and was an avid equestrian.

In the autumn of 1990, Märtha Louise moved to England to improve her equestrian skills at Waterstock House Training Centre and to study literature at the University of Oxford. She later trained at Arena UK to perfect her skills as a show jumper. The princess participated on the Norwegian National Show Jumping Team, retiring from competition in 2000.

When she returned to Norway in 1992, Märtha Louise studied at Bjørknes Privatskole  (Wikipedia article translated by Google Translator) for a year, and then enrolled in a physiotherapy education program at Oslo University College.  In December 1997, she was awarded her formal qualification as a physiotherapist and in 2000, she qualified as a Rosen Method therapist.

Since 2002, Princess Märtha Louise has had a business in which she conducts cultural work and her work as a Rosen therapist. She has been active in spreading traditional Norwegian fairy tales to a wider audience, starred in a storytelling series on Norwegian television, authored several books and audio books, and participated in the production of television programs for children.

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Princess Märtha Louise reading from her Norwegian fairy tales book; Photo Credit – https://theprincesslettersproject.files

Princess Märtha Louise became engaged to the author Ari Behn on December 13, 2001. The couple were married in Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway on May 24, 2002. For more information about the wedding see: The Royal House of Norway: The wedding of Princess Märtha Louise.

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Photo Credit – http://www.royalcourt.no

Princess Märtha Louise and her husband have three daughters who follow their mother in the line of succession.

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Maud Angelica Behn; Photo Credit – http://www.filmweb.pl/use

Maud Angelica Behn, born at Rikshospitalet in Oslo, Norway on April 29, 2003, is the eldest grandchild of King Harald V of Norway. She was baptized on July 2, 2003 in the Palace Chapel at the Royal Palace in Oslo, exactly 100 years after her great-grandfather, King Olav V, was born, and was carried to her baptism by her grandfather, King Harald V. The other godparents were Crown Prince Haakon (her maternal uncle), Princess Alexandra zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (maternal  3rd cousin once removed), Anja Sabrina Bjørshol (her paternal aunt), Marianne Ulrichsen (her mother’s friend and maid of honor), Kåre Conradi (her father’s friend and best man), and Trond Giske (her father’s friend).

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Leah Isadora Behn; Photo Credit – http://www.filmweb.pl/use

Leah Isadora Behn was born at her parents’ summer home, Bloksbjerg, on Hankø Island in Fredrikstad, Norway on April 8, 2005. Princess Märtha Louise said she picked the name Leah because she traveled extensively in the Middle East, and the name Leah comes from there. The princess also admitted that she has always been a huge Star Wars fan and especially liked Princess Leia. Isadora was in honor of the dancer Isadora Duncan’s life and tragic death. Leah was baptized on June 16, 2005 in the Palace Chapelat the Royal Palace in Oslo  and was carried to her baptism by her grandmother Queen Sonja. The other godparents were Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, Espen Bjørshol (her paternal uncle), Gry Brusletto, Katharina Salbu, Didrik Vigsnæs and Jon Andreas Håtuna.

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Emma Tallulah Behn; Photo Credit – http://www.filmweb.pl/use

Emma Tallulah Behn born at the family home in Lommedalen, Norway on September 29, 2008. She was christened in the Palace Chapel at the Royal Palace in Oslo on January 20, 2009. Her paternal grandmother Marianne Solberg Behn carried her to her baptism. The other godparents were Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Alexia of Greece, Sigvart Dagsland, Anbjørg Sætre Håtuna, Carl Christian Christensen and Christian Udnæss.

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Princess Märtha Louise with her family; Photo Credit – http://www.kongehuset.no

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September 18: Today in Royal History

King Charles XV of Sweden; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

September 18, 1180 – Death of King Louis VII of France at the Abbey of Saint-Pont in Allier, France; originally buried at Cistercian Abbey of Barbeaux, re-buried at the Basilica of St. Denis near Paris
Wikipedia: Louis VII of France

September 18, 1786 – Birth of King Christian VIII of Denmark at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark
Wikipedia: Christian VIII of Denmark

September 18, 1872 – Death of King Charles XV of Sweden/Carl IV of Norway in Malmö, Sweden; buried at Riddarholmen Church in Stockholm, Sweden
Wikipedia: Charles XV of Sweden

September 18, 1923 – Birth of Anne of Bourbon-Parma, wife of King Michael I of Romania, in Paris, France
Wikipedia: Queen Anne of Romania

September 18, 1964 – Wedding of King Constantine II of Greece and Anne-Marie of Denmark at the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Annunciation in Athens, Greece
Wikipedia: Constantine II of Greece
Wikipedia: Anne-Marie of Greece

Royal News: Wednesday 17 September 2014

Netherlands
Daily Mail: A glamorous crimson-clad Queen Maxima almost disappears into the red carpet as she arrives for Prince’s Day in the Hague
Dutch News: ‘Hatred elsewhere should not spill onto our streets’: Dutch king
Getty Images: Princes Day
Hello: Queen Máxima looks radiant in red as she celebrates Prince’s Day
Royalblog: Queen Máxima opts for Valentino for ceremonial start of Dutch parliamentary year

Norway
The Local: Norway’s Princess of the Paranormal under fire

Spain
Daily Mail: Queen Letizia turns Simpson! Spanish royal is given a makeover courtesy of cheeky cartoonist who also ‘Simpsonised’ the Duchess of Cambridge
Daily Mail: Surprise! Adorable group of schoolchildren get a shock when they arrive for class… only to find Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Letizia waiting for them
Getty Images: Spanish Royals Attend the Opening of the School Courses

United Kingdom
Aberdeen Press and Journal: Prince Philip helps Gordonstoun celebrate 80th birthday
Chester First: When the Countess met the Duchess
Daily Mail: Stunning Cartier tiger jewellery bought by Edward VIII for wife Wallis Simpson, then purchased by Andrew Lloyd Webber for his ex-wife Sarah Brightman is expected to fetch £1.5 million at auction
Express: Experts debate the Queen’s possible role in an independent Scotland
Express: The abdication of King Edward VIII and how the Daily Express reported it 78 years ago
Express: New doubt over Scotland’s Royal future
Forbes: As Remainder Of Princess Diana’s Estate Passes To Harry, Troubling Questions Remain
Guardian: Richard III died in battle after losing helmet, new research shows
Guardian: Queen’s Balmoral staff ball moved back until day after referendum vote
Guardian: Kirsty Wark: Why I love Holyrood Palace
Live Science: King Richard III’s Final Moments Were Quick & Brutal
Live Science: The Fatal Wounds of King Richard III (Infographic)
Malta Independent: Prince Harry set to replace Duchess of Cambridge for Malta trip
Mirror: Doomed King Richard III: New research reveals he was stabbed NINE times in the head
Shetland Times: Royal opening for £4.5 million college extension
Washington Post: Next title: Elizabeth, Queen of Scots?