imperial and royal matters

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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.