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See Kate Middleton’s Stunning Fashion Evolution

Wearing everything from sleek wrap dresses to those inescapable royal hats, the Duchess of Cambridge is creating her own style — and inspiring countless copycats.

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Former British Tabloid Editor to Face Retrial in Hacking Case

After conviction for conspiracy

The former editor of the now-defunct British tabloid the News of the World will be re-tried for allegedly buying royal telephone numbers from police after he was already found guilty last week of conspiracy in the hacking case that has consumed the British media world.

Andy Coulson, the former editor who resigned as Prime Minister David Cameron’s communications director in 2011, is due to stand trial for conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office, BBC reports. Coulson is accused of paying police officers for royal telephone directories. Coulson was found guilty last week of conspiring to hack phones from 2000 to 2006; he was the paper’s editor from 2003 to 2007.

The jurors who convicted him of the conspiracy charge failed to reach a verdict on whether he committed misconduct by allegedly paying police officers for the phone books. Coulson is due to be sentenced later this week for the phone hacking conviction. He faces a maximum of two years in prison.

[BBC]

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A Prince George Photo Album: See the Royal Baby Grow Up

The newest and arguably cutest — sorry, Prince Harry — member of the British royal family continues to attract attention wherever he toddles.

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Thailand: Coups That Helped Shape the Land of Coups

Thailand Politics
A Thai soldier jumps off a military truck after arriving at a progovernment rally site on the outskirts of Bangkok on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Wason Wanichakorn—AP

Thailand's army on Tuesday declared martial law in what many contend amounts to a coup d'état. But the military's latest incursion into the nation's political realm is far from an oddity, with perennial putsches instrumental to shaping what the country is today

Protesters were ordered to disperse, media censored and military vehicles positioned around key intersections in the Thai capital on Tuesday, as the country’s armed forces consolidated their grip on the nation’s reins of power. This is nothing new for the most coup-prone country in the world. Excluding this current incursion, there have been 11 putsches in Thailand and seven coup attempts since the fall of absolute monarchy in 1932.

Even today, the Martial Law Act 1914 gives the army “superior power” over civilian institutions regarding maintaining public order and security. And so despite 82 years of flirting with various forms of democracy, Thailand has never really been able to keep the military in the barracks or politicians in office for very long.

Here are four coups that help explain why:

The End of Royal Rule

Coup season officially began in Thailand with the overthrow of the absolute monarchy through a bloodless revolt on June 24, 1932. Led by members of the military, civilian servants and ambitious elites, the plot put an end to seven centuries of outright royal rule.

A provisional constitution was implemented to strip the King of his political powers — commencing the country’s ongoing experimentation with constitutional monarchy and parliamentary elections. But within years, limited power was gradually restored to the King and Thailand’s deep-set feudal order was maintained.

Foundation of Nationalism

A short-lived civilian administration followed the end of Japanese occupation, but the military stepped back into Thailand’s political landscape in 1947 amid corruption scandals and the suspicious death of the country’s young King. This coup allowed for the return of wartime strongman and rabid nationalist Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram.

He is perhaps best known for providing the country, formerly known as Siam among other provinces, with its current name in a bid to promote the Thai ethnicity as central to the country’s identity. But myriad nationalistic campaigns were launched during his rule, which included the creation of the now famous national dish, Pad Thai. Phibunsongkhram’s actions most acutely demonstrate the military’s paramount role in forging a national identity from the kingdom’s diverse populace.

His hard-line conservative sensibilities would also eventually put the country firmly in the good graces of the U.S., which would later rely on Thai air bases to run bombing sorties over Indochina during the Vietnam War.

The Military’s Violent Return

Three years after a popular uprising ended decades of military rule, the army came back into power through violent intervention on Oct. 6, 1976. In one of the darkest chapters of the country’s history, right-wing paramilitary groups stormed a demonstration at the elite Thammasat University outside Bangkok, where students had been protesting the return of former military ruler Thanom Kittikachorn to Thailand.

Dozens of students were slaughtered and more than 100 injured during the grisly episode. Following the massacre, a junta again seized power.

The attack on the students was largely predicated on stamping out perceived leftist tendencies. Before the crackdown, the protesters were portrayed as anti-royalists in the press, which helped feed hysteria among the Establishment, who feared that Thailand could be the next dominion to fall to communist insurgents on the heels of America’s withdrawal from the region.

Thaksin’s End in 2006

On Sept. 19, 2006, the Thai military launched its last successful military coup to oust popularly elected Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The billionaire former police officer was in New York City attending the U.N. General Assembly at the time. The putsch incensed the rural masses and urban working class who voted Thaksin into office and continue to hold him in high regard for populist welfare initiatives.

However, alleged venality in Thaksin’s administration and a perceived lack of respect for the beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej enraged royalists and the urban middle classes, who chafed at seeing their long-standing influence erode and put considerable pressure on the military to oust the Prime Minister.

The generals cited threats to national unity as grounds for the coup, but the move was largely seen as an effort to preserve the power of the Establishment. Indeed, the removal of Thaksin ended up driving an irreconcilable wedge into Thai society and sent the country hurtling into perpetual political crisis that analysts warn may still end in civil war.

TIME Royal Family

Prince George Goes to the Zoo and Meets a Marsupial Named After Him

George the baby, meet George the bilby

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In continuation of their Australia tour, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge brought baby Prince George to Sydney’s Taronga Zoo on Sunday after attending an Easter service.

There, Prince George was introduced to another George: one of the zoo’s bilbies, a desert-dwelling marsupial which was named after the prince. The family spent some time admiring the small furry, long-eared animal together from just outside the enclosure.

When George was handed a stuffed replica of the animal George, he elicited chuckles by immediately throwing it aside.

We get it, George—we’d want the real thing too.

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Check Out Queen Elizabeth’s Fancy New Birthday Portrait

Queen Elizabeth II
This portrait of Queen Elizabeth II taken and made available on April 20, 2014, by British photographer David Bailey has been released to mark her 88th birthday on Monday April 21, 2014. The photograph was taken at Buckingham Palace in March and was commissioned on behalf of the British Government's GREAT Britain campaign. David Bailey—AP

The photographer sought to capture her 'kind eyes with a mischievous glint'

A new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II has been released in honor of her 88th birthday, which falls on Monday, April 21. And if we may be so bold, she’s looking pretty great.

British photographer David Bailey took the simple black-and-white portrait at Buckingham Palace, the BBC reports. Bailey said he’s always been a big fan of the Queen.

“She has very kind eyes with a mischievous glint,” Bailey said. “I’ve always liked strong women, and she is a very strong woman.”

Well, anyway — happy birthday, Queen Elizabeth! Most people hope to be treated like queens on their birthdays, but you already are one! Good job.

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WATCH: Babies Pay Tribute To Their Leader, Prince George

"Don't Cry for Me, New Zealand"

Babies of New Zealand paid homage to their overlord when Prince George visited a playgroup during his first official public engagement Wednesday.

The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Tour Australia And New Zealand - Day 3
Prince George of Cambridge during his first official engagement at Government House on April 9, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand. Getty Images

The King of Babes shook hands with the commonfolk, and assured them that he would do everything in his power to maintain good relations between the babies of New Zealand and the babies of the U.K.

The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Tour Australia And New Zealand - Day 3
The Prince greeted well-wishers Getty Images

In his speech, he said it was his duty to “look out for the little people” and promised “a bottle in every crib.”

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The Prince raised a hand first official visit in New Zealand Marty Melville—AFP/Getty Images

Some angry protesters were upset at the Prince’s remarks, but they were quickly escorted away.

The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Tour Australia And New Zealand - Day 3
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George attend an event at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand, on the 9th April 2014. Pool—Getty Images

Others presented the visiting dignitary with precious gifts to maintain good relations between babies of the two nations.

Prince George
Eight month old Prince George at his first official engagement at Government House, Wellington,New Zealand. Alan Wolf—NZ Govt/Getty Images

The Prince plans to continue his official tour of Australia and New Zealand with his parents and nanny in the coming weeks.

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William and Kate Take Classy New Photograph With Prince George

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their son Prince George, photographed at Kensington Palace, March 2014. Jason Bell—Camera Press/Redux

In a newly-released picture taken at Kensington Palace, the young Prince George -- third in line to the throne -- is seen looking curiously at the family dog as parents Prince William and Duchess Kate smile at the camera

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released an elegant family photograph this weekend featuring their eight-month-old son, Prince George, and black cocker spaniel, Lupo. The image was released just ahead of the Royal Family’s upcoming trip to New Zealand and Australia.

In the photograph, the young Prince George — third in line to the throne — is seen looking curiously at the family dog as his parents Prince William, 31 and Duchess Kate, 32 smile at the camera.

The eight-month-old Prince George has only made two public outings since his birth, according to Agence France Presse.

The photo was taken at Kensington Palace in mid-March 2014.

PHOTOS: Here’s Kate Middleton and Prince William Cuddling Some Puppies

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5 Things To Know About Prince Harry’s Girlfriend

Sorry ladies, but you may have to leave your hopes of marrying a British royal behind. Rumors suggest Prince Harry is about to pop the question to Cressida Bonas.

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Ready for Royal wedding No. 2?

Prince Harry took his girlfriend, Cressida Bonas, to a charity event in London on Friday, the twentysomething’s first official appearance by the prince’s side. The pair also popped up at a rugby game on Sunday. The speculation is, Harry is preparing to pop the question and royal observers are already buzzing with excitement.

Bonas is a dancer, she brought the scrunchie back en vogue and she is a member of the royal family’s inner crowd. In fact, Princess Eugenie reportedly introduced the Leeds University graduate to Harry.

Want to know more about the lucky girl who may have won the prince’s heart? Watch the video above for details.

TIME U.K.

Prince George Gets A New Nanny

Her name isn't being reported, though

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There’s a new addition to the Royal family: Prince George‘s new nanny.

While her name has not been reported, the new staff member is in her late 30s, comes from Spain and was hired as a successor to Jessie Webb, who helped around the nursery since the child was born in July 2013.

Sources tell People magazine the new nanny has already her hands full, as she was seen pushing the royal baby in his stroller in a London park with a bodyguard close by.

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