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Saudi princess becomes country's first female ambassador with US role

Saudi princess becomes country's first female ambassador with US roleA Saudi princess has been named the country's first ever female ambassador, and its next envoy to the United States, amid strained diplomatic relations.  Princess Reema bint Bandar al-Saud's appointment comes as the conservative kingdom is under international scrutiny over the alleged torture of imprisoned female activists and the murder of dissident Jamal Khashoggi.  The kingdom’s strict guardianship laws were highlighted last month after teenager Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, made a dramatic escape from the country, citing an abusive family and state-sponsored oppression. Princess Reema, whose father Bandar bin Sultan al-Saud held the post from 1983 until 2005, grew up in the US and Saudi Arabia, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in museum studies from George Washington University. A high-profile businesswoman, she has worked in the public and private sector, notably as the CEO of a retail company with Harvey Nichols in its portfolio.  She is also known for her advocacy work around women’s rights, increased women’s participation in sport, and breast cancer awareness.  Princess Reema will take over the role from Prince Khalid bin Salman, the younger brother of  crown prince Mohammad bin Salman, who has been named Saudi deputy defence minister. The US envoy oversees one of Saudi’s most valuable relationships, which has been strained over the murder of Mr Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post, and Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen.  The two countries, are bound by shared interests in the Middle East, such as controlling an ascendant Iran, and hundreds of billions of dollars in arms deals. In May 2017, US President Donald Trump and Saudi King Salman inked a series of letters of intent for Saudi to purchase US$ 110 billion worth of US arms  immediately, and another $ 350 billion over 10 years. Many of these weapons end up in Yemen, which has attracted mild statements of concern from the US.



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Thai Princess Ubolratana Says She's Sorry for Causing Problems

Thai Princess Ubolratana Says She's Sorry for Causing ProblemsThe post follows a political party’s failed bid to make the princess its prime ministerial candidate, after her brother King Maha Vajiralongkorn said it was inappropriate for her to seek office. Thailand officially treats top royals as semi-divine and apolitical. Thai Raksa Chart is linked to exiled former prime minster Thaksin Shinawatra.



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Thai Election Talk Turns to Economy After Princess Shock

Thai Election Talk Turns to Economy After Princess ShockKittiratt Na Ranong, a former finance minister and deputy leader of Pheu Thai — one of several parties backed by Thaksin along with Thai Raksa Chart — said his colleagues are “going forward in full gear” ahead of the March 24 vote. “People across Thailand have been feeling the effect of a bad economy,” he added. Thaksin’s camp is seeking to rally poorer voters who have helped his allies win every election in Thailand since 2001, drawn by policies such as cheap health care and crop price support.



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Thai princess disqualified from list of candidates for PM

Thai princess disqualified from list of candidates for PMThai Princess Ubolratana was on Monday formally disqualified for running for prime minister, ending her brief and ill-fated political union with a party allied to the powerful Shinawatra clan, just days after a stern royal command rebuking her candidacy was issued by her brother, the king. Uncertainty and conjecture have coursed through Thailand since Friday when the Thai Raksa Chart party made the explosive announcement of Princess Ubolratana, King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s elder sister, as their candidate for premier after the March 24 election. A royal command from the king put a pin in her unprecedented political aspirations, insisting the monarchy was above politics and describing his sister’s candidacy as “highly inappropriate”.



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FBI, Aruba Police Probing Royal Princess Cruise Ship Death

FBI, Aruba Police Probing Royal Princess Cruise Ship DeathThe FBI and authorities in Aruba are investigating whether the tragic death of



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Princess Diana Sent The Naughtiest Card To Her Accountant

Princess Diana Sent The Naughtiest Card To Her AccountantPrincess Diana had a naughty sense of humor and a recently resurfaced card



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Chris Cuomo Mocks Sarah Sanders With A Classic ‘Princess Bride’ Quote

Chris Cuomo Mocks Sarah Sanders With A Classic ‘Princess Bride’ QuoteCNN's Chris Cuomo used a classic line from "The Princess Bride" to call out



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Princess Eugenie Wowed In Her 'English Rose' Wedding Reception Gown

Princess Eugenie Wowed In Her 'English Rose' Wedding Reception GownPrincess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank have released four official



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Royal wedding cake: Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's 400-egg treat

Royal wedding cake: Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's 400-egg treatAs Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding guests mingle around Friday's afternoon’s reception inside Windsor Castle, the centrepiece is bound to be the five-tier cake. Designed by cook Sophie Cabot, the royal wedding cake features enormous quantities of eggs, butter and flour. To ensure it was ready on time, Ms Cabot began baking in earnest in Buckingham Palace's kitchens on Wednesday ahead of the big day. The giant red velvet and chocolate cake contains up to 400 eggs, at least 53 packs of unsalted butter, 15 kilograms of organic self raising flour and 20 kilos of sugar. Ms Cabot, 33, admitted she felt "very honoured" to be selected as baker for the royal wedding. Princess Eugenie's royal wedding | Read more She first met the couple in the summer, when she brought cake samples and said: "The couple were very relaxed, very comfortable. I got the feeling the cake was something they were very excited about. "It was a fun meeting as well because I don't think it's every day you have a meeting about cake and you get to try cake." The cake designer, who is based in Fulham, west London, has created a cake that consists of three tiers of red velvet and two of chocolate sponge cake. The cake is covered with buttercream, white icing and decorated with sugar work with an autumnal theme. Although the choice of cake is not traditional, Ms Cabot said the couple insisted on it. She said: "They were very excited about having red velvet, during the tastings red velvet and chocolate came out top. The wedding cake created by baker Sophie Cabot Credit:  MATT CROSSICK/ AFP "It's a lovely thing to have at this time of year as well – it's a nice rich cake. "Not one cake is ever the same and this was extra because of the time of year and they wanted to keep it so seasonal – it was a real joy." Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's royal wedding, in pictures After meeting with the couple several times to finalise the design, the professional baker began working on the cake in July, starting with detailed sugar flowers and foliage, from ivy and acorns to white flowers and maple leaves, which will decorate the five tiers of the cake. "With such a big cake, you need to start well in advance – especially with all the sugar work, so it was important to get going quite quickly." she added.



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Royal wedding guest list: Who will Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank invite?

Royal wedding guest list: Who will Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank invite?The second royal wedding of the year will take place on October 12, with preparations for Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brookbank's nuptials no doubt well underway.  With less than a month to go, the flowers will most likely have been chosen, cakes tasted and selected and the invitations sent out. But who will have received one? Here is everything we know so far about the guest list, from royal family members to celebrity friends. Princess Eugenie's royal wedding | Read more Family members Earlier this year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex exchanged vows in front of more than 30 members of the Royal family, which give us an idea of what to expect for the upcoming royal nuptials. The princess' grandparents, the Queen and Prince Philip, are sure to attend – as are her uncle and aunt, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. Naturally the Duke and Duchess of York, Princess Eugenie's parents, will also play a large role in the proceedings. Princess Eugenie announced in an interview with British Vogue earlier this year that her older sister Princess Beatrice will play a central role, as Maid of Honour. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to attend the wedding – in a much more relaxed capacity than their previous trip to Windsor, no doubt – before their 20-day trip abroad. On their itinerary is Sydney for the Invictus Games, Fiji and New Zealand. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, pictured here at the WellChild Awards earlier this month, are likely to attend Credit: Victoria Jones/PA Wire The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are also expected to attend, with Prince George and Princess Charlotte expected to be in the bridal party as pageboy and flower girl once again. Prince George and Princess Charlotte already know the score – as well as performing those roles at the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms Markle earlier this year, they also did so at the wedding of Pippa Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge's younger sister, to James Matthews in May last year. Prince Louis, who was less than a month old by the time of Prince Harry's wedding and was not present, is likely to be cared for by a nanny close by. Maud Windsor, the daughter of Lord Freddie Windsor and his actress wife Sophie Winkleman, is also rumoured to be a flower girl at the wedding. The four year-old is in the same class as Prince George, the eldest child of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, at St Thomas’ School in Battersea. Princess Charlotte sticks out her tongue as she rides in a car to the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms Markle Credit: Andrew Milligan/pool photo via AP Other royal relatives are likely to include The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester – all of whom are neighbours of the engaged couple at Kensington Palace.  The Princess Royal, the Queen's granddaughter Zara Tindall and her husband Mark Tindall are also expected to be on the guest list. It is not yet confirmed whether any members of other royal families from around the world will attend the ceremony. Mr Brooksbank is the son of George Brooksbank, a 68 year-old chartered accountant and company director, and his wife Nicola, 64, both of whom are expected to play a central role in the wedding. The groom's younger brother Thomas, 29, could be chosen as best man. Newsletter Promotion – Royal Appointment – in article Newsletter Promotion – Royal Appointment – in article Celebrity friends There are rumours George Clooney and his wife Amal will be in Windsor once again this October as the A-list actor has a connection to the groom. Wine merchant Mr Brooksbank is a brand ambassador for Casamigos Tequila, a company owned by George Clooney. Rande Gerber, the husband of Cindy Crawford, is also a founder of Casamigos, which means the couple may have received an invitation too.  Princess Eugenie is close friends with model Cara Delevingne, singer Ellie Goulding, and the Duke of Sussex's former girlfriends Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas, all of whom are expected to attend. Karlie Kloss accompanied Ellie Goulding and the princess on a trip to Jordan earlier this year, leading some to wonder if she will make an appearance in Windsor in October. The daughter of Robbie Williams, five-year-old Theodora Rose, will reportedly be a flower girl at the wedding, which means we can expect to see the singer and his wife, Ayda Field, in the pews. The ex-Take That star and his wife have been friends with Eugenie and her sister, Princess Beatrice, for several years.  Louis de Givenchy and Ines de Givenchy, the children of the JP Morgan banker Olivier de Givenchy and his wife Zoe, are rumoured to be pageboy and flower girl respectively; their parents are friends with Mr Williams and his wife. James Blunt, who attended the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex earlier this year, is expected to be at Princess Eugenie's wedding. His wife Sofia Wellesley is the daughter of Lord and Lady John Henry Wellesley and he is a regular at Royal occasions. Eddie Redmayne and his wife Hannah Bagshawe became friendly with Princess Eugenie while lived in New York, working for the fine art auction house Paddle8. Plus, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher have been seen dining and on holiday with Princess Beatrice over the years; if they want to attend a royal wedding they may have asked their friend to convince her sister to send an invitation their way. The most stylish guests from Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle Members of the public The couple are inviting 1,200 members of the public into the grounds of Windsor Castle for their October wedding, following in the footsteps of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Announcing details of the wedding, a spokesman for Buckingham Palace said the couple would be inviting members of the public to share their day. "The couple are delighted to announce an opportunity for 1,200 people from across the United Kingdom to be invited into the grounds of Windsor Castle to share the experience of their special day," a spokesman said. "The attendees will view the arrival of the congregation and members of the Royal Family, listen to a live broadcast of the marriage service and watch as the bride and groom depart St George's Chapel at the end of the ceremony." Following the ceremony, the newlyweds will undertake a carriage ride through the town of Windsor, where members of the public will be able to get a glimpse of the couple. Royal wedding (Princess Eugenie): Procession route According to Buckingham Palace, the carriage will journey through the grounds of Windsor Castle, enter the town at Castle Hill and proceed along Windsor High Street, then return to the castle grounds at Cambridge Gate.  Princess Eugenie and Mr Brooksbank will also invite members of the Windsor community, representatives from their favourite charities, residents of the castle and some Royal Household staff to stand in the grounds, along with children from the local schools which Princess Eugenie attended. 



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