Prince Harry tries to erase memories of Vegas strip billiards with U.S. visit, despite crowds of swooning fans
The throngs swooned but Prince Harry was having none of it. The British soldier-prince is spending most of his week in the U.S. honouring the wounded and the dead of war, a salute that began Thursday at a land-mine exhibition in Congress at the side of one of America’s most storied wounded warriors, Sen. John McCain. Accorded heart-throb treatment, the prince was all royal business.
As he entered the rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building near the Capitol, the prince was greeted by a roar and shouts of “Harry!” from a crowd of about 500, nearly all of them women. They filled a roped-off hallway and stairway with a view of the exhibit, hoisting their cellphones and tablets to get a picture. Harry didn’t visibly react except to give what appeared to be a polite wave. (AFP/Getty Images)
Facial reconstruction reveals King Richard III’s ‘handsome’ facial features after skeleton was found under parking lot
Months after King Richard III’s skeleton was found under a parking lot in Leicester, England, a facial reconstruction has revealed what he might have looked like.
It depicts the king with a slightly arched nose and prominent chin, features consistent with portraits of him.
Caroline Wilkinson, professor of craniofacial identification at the University of Dundee, told the BBC the reconstruction team used methods that “have been blind tested many times using living subjects.”
“The facial reconstruction was produced on the assumption that the remains were unknown and portraits of Richard III were not used as reference,” Wilkinson said.
“When the 3D digital bust was complete it was replicated in plastic using a rapid prototyping system and this was painted, prosthetic eyes added and dressed with a wig, hat and clothing.” (Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images; University of Leicester/Postmedia News; University of Leicester/The Associated Press)
‘Beyond reasonable doubt’: King Richard III’s remains found buried beneath England parking lot
He wore the English crown, but he ended up defeated, humiliated and reviled. Now things are looking up for King Richard III. Scientists announced Monday that they had found the monarch’s 500-year-old remains under a parking lot in the city of Leicester — a discovery Richard’s fans say will rewrite the history books.
University of Leicester researchers say tests on a battle-scarred skeleton unearthed last year prove “beyond reasonable doubt” that it is the king, who died at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, and whose remains have been missing for centuries.
“Richard III, the last Plantaganet King of England, has been found,” said the university’s deputy registrar, Richard Taylor. (AP Photo/ University of Leicester)
Queen Beatrix to abdicate Dutch throne as son becomes nation’s first king in more than a century
Dutch Queen Beatrix announced Monday that she will abdicate on April 30 after 33 years as head of state, clearing the way for her eldest son, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, to become the nation’s first king in more than a century.
The announcement, in a nationally televised speech, signaled an end to the reign of one of Europe’s longest-serving monarchs, whose time on the throne was marked by tumultuous shifts in Dutch society and, more recently, by personal tragedy.
The queen’s abdication from the largely ceremonial role had been widely expected, but it is sure to bring an outpouring of sentimental and patriotic feelings among the Dutch, most of whom adore Beatrix. In everyday conversation, many of her subjects refer to her simply by the nickname “Bea.” (AFP/Getty Images; AP Photo/Toussaint Kluiters; Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
‘Absolutely beautiful’: Kate Middleton’s first official portrait unveiled at London gallery
Royalty has many perks. There are titles, guards, and palaces. As the former Kate Middleton has discovered, you also get portraits.
The first official portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge, as Kate is formally known, was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery on Friday.
Kate and Prince William, who are expecting their first child, were on hand at the gallery for the portrait’s unveiling. Kate told Emsley it was “just amazing.” Her husband liked it too, calling it “absolutely beautiful.” (AP Photo/Sang Tan; John Stillwell/AFP/Getty Images)
French court orders tabloid to hand over all topless Kate photos after ‘brutal’ invasion of privacy
A French court ordered a magazine publisher to hand over all digital copies of topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge within 24 hours and blocked further publication of what it called a “brutal display” of William and Kate’s private moments.
Under the ruling Tuesday, the French gossip magazine Closer faces a daily fine of C10,000 ($13,100) if it fails to hand over the photos taken during the royals’ vacation in southern France and cannot disseminate them any further, including on its website and tablet app. (Photos: AFP/GettyImages)
Richard III mystery solved after 500 years? Bones uncovered at suspected burial site
Archaeologists searching for the grave of King Richard III said Wednesday that they have found bones which are consistent with the 15th century monarch’s physical abnormality and of a man who died in battle.
A team from the University of Leicester said Wednesday the bones were beneath the site of the Grey Friars church in Leicester, central England, where contemporary accounts say Richard was buried following his death in the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.
Richard Buckley, co-director of the university’s Archaeological Services, said the bones are a “prime candidate” to be Richard’s. The remains are now being examined and the team hopes that DNA can be recovered to aid identification. (AP Photo/University of Leicester; Reuters)