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Thais pray at Bangkok’s Siriraj hospital for the king who has reigned over them for 69 years. Thais pray at Bangkok’s Siriraj hospital for the king who has reigned over them for 69 years. EPA/Narong Sangnak

An ailing king and succession intrigue put coup leaders on edge

Late last Friday the King of Thailand was rushed from his seaside palace in Hua Hin to Siriraj hospital in Bangkok. The Palace issued an announcement that the King was suffering from a fever and a rapid…
There’s no short-cut from the Queen to William and Kate, bypassing Charles and Camilla, but the monarchy is built on more than popularity. There’s no short-cut from the Queen to William and Kate, bypassing Charles and Camilla, but the monarchy is built on more than popularity. EPA/Andy Rains

Like it or not, monarchies are enduring for several reasons

Monarchs, it seems, are holding their ground in the modern world. If the amor regis displayed in New Zealand and Australia toward Prince William and family in April is anything to go by, one might conclude…
It’s best for Spain. But can Felipe revitalise the monarchy? It’s best for Spain. But can Felipe revitalise the monarchy? EPA/Hugo Ortuno

Can Spain’s monarchy survive the abdication of Juan Carlos I?

The Spanish monarchy has been thrown into crisis after the king, Juan Carlos I, announced his decision to abdicate the throne after 39 years in favour of his son Felipe. The news was conveyed via the royal…
Jolly good. Now, about that small matter… Jolly good. Now, about that small matter… Paul Rogers/PA Wire

Explainer: what political clout does Prince Charles have?

A matter concerning Prince Charles, letters written to government ministers and a bid by the Guardian to make them public has been playing out in British courts and the media for the past few years. It…
Financial accountability? Transparency? Why look, there’s a plane… Financial accountability? Transparency? Why look, there’s a plane… Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Does the royal family deliver good value for money?

Royal finances have come under close scrutiny in recent days after the Public Accounts Committee told the royal household it must earn more and spend less – a bit like the rest of the country in an era…
Their child shouldn’t be trapped in the role. Their child shouldn’t be trapped in the role. Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

It’s a boy – but baby Cambridge deserves choices in life

Not for the first time in our long lives, Prince Charles and I find ourselves on parallel tracks, our first grandchildren born within weeks of each other. I offer him my congratulations, and hope that…
The abdication of Dutch monarch Queen Beatrix to her son, Prince Willem-Alexander, will end 115 consecutive years of female reign. The abdication of Dutch monarch Queen Beatrix to her son, Prince Willem-Alexander, will end 115 consecutive years of female reign. EPA/Jerry Lampen

The Queen has retired – long live the King! A new Dutch monarch

April 30, 2013 - the annual Queen’s Day holiday - is an important date for the Dutch monarchy. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands will formally abdicate her throne in favour of her son and heir, Willem-Alexander…
14 years after the referendum for Australia to become a republic was defeated, where is the republican movement in Australia going? 14 years after the referendum for Australia to become a republic was defeated, where is the republican movement in Australia going? AAP/Alan Porritt

Where to for an Australian republic?

The following is based on a speech delivered at the launching of Labor for a Republic in Sydney last night. Let me begin my address this evening with a seemingly obvious point – there is nothing inevitable…
These bones have prompted a discussion about how the English view the monarchy. These bones have prompted a discussion about how the English view the monarchy. AAP/University of Leicester

A burial fit for a king: from car park to cathedral for Richard III

The story is almost unbelievable: a king buried for five centuries under what is now a car park, identified through mtDNA analysis with the last surviving matrilineal descendants of his sister. But it…
Elizabeth has reached a milestone only one other Monarch has achieved. Elizabeth has reached a milestone only one other Monarch has achieved. EPA/Leon Neal

Jubilee Queens: Elizabeth and Victoria’s diamond reigns

This weekend, Britain will celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Bunting and cream cakes will turn neighbourhood roads into street parties and a flotilla of 1,000 boats will sail down the…
The popularity of the Queen and the Royal Family mean the republic movement is going nowhere fast. The popularity of the Queen and the Royal Family mean the republic movement is going nowhere fast. AAP Image/Colin Murty

Time to move on: Roxon’s republic moment has already passed

Nicola Roxon, sworn in last week as the first law officer of the Australian Crown, reportedly plans to reignite the debate on Australia becoming a republic. Former prime minister, Paul Keating has also…
Who will take over the family firm after Prince William is under discussion by Commonwealth leaders. Who will take over the family firm after Prince William is under discussion by Commonwealth leaders. AAP/Lyndon Mechielsen

A long line of discrimination but should succession to the throne be changed?

UPDATE: Commonwealth leaders have now agreed that laws will be changed to allow sons and daughters of any future British monarch to have equal right to the throne. The ban on the head of state marrying…