Japan

Japanese government considering government posts for female Imperial Family members

The Japanese government is considering giving government posts to female Imperial Family members after they have lost their imperial status upon marriage to commoners. This would allow them to continue their royal work after leaving the Imperial Family. Informed government sources have said this is one way the government is considering addressing the declining numbers of the Japanese Imperial…
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Thailand

King of Thailand addresses protestors for first time

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn (or Rama X) has made a rare public comment regarding the ongoing protests in Thailand against the government and his reign. The King said of the protestors that he “loves them all the same” and that Thailand is the “land of compromise.” The King was with his wife, Queen Suthida, and daughter, Princess Sirivannavari, on Saturday…
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Bhutan

Bhutan marks Coronation Day with new official photos

To mark Coronation Day in Bhutan, the Royal Court has released new images of the King, Queen and their two sons. The photos were taken in Dechencholing Palace in the Bhutanese capital of Thimphu. Five images were released showing the happy family of four with two of the…
Bhutan

Bhutan celebrates a royal wedding

Amidst the uncertainty of the ongoing pandemic, Bhutan had a reason to celebrate on Thursday as the King’s younger sister married the younger brother of the Queen at Dechencholing Palace in Thimphu in a traditional Buddhist ceremony. Princess Eeuphelma Choden…
Brunei

Prince Abdul Azim of Brunei's cause of death revealed

Brunei’s Prince Abdul Azim’s cause of death has been revealed by his younger brother, Prince Mateen, in an Instagram post. Abdul Azim was diagnosed with severe systemic vasculitis – an autoimmune disease – earlier this year while he was also battling bipolar disorder. He died from multiple organ failure due to “persistent infections” and the autoimmune…
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Brunei

Brunei’s Prince Abdul Azim dies at 38

Brunei’s Prince Abdul Azim has died at the age of 38 after a long illness. He was the son of the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, and his second wife, Puan Hajah Mariam. Prince Abdul Azim reportedly had liver cancer and was fourth in line to Brunei’s throne…
FeaturesHistoryThailand

The time Lucille Ball met the King of Siam

Lucille Ball is my favourite actress of all time, and show, I Love Lucy is one I can watch all day (I know that at 27 it is surprising to have my favourite actress and television show from four decades before I was born). So, when I watched an interview with her and Vivian Vance from 1975, Vivian Vance told a story about their encounter with the King of “Siam” (Thailand) – and I…
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