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Nov 19, 2010
Wedding rituals of the titular Prince of Jodhpur, Yuvraj Shivraj Singh and Gayatri Kumari, Princess of Askot, in Jaipur on Thursday night.
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Circassian guards pose for a photograph outside Basman Palace, in Amman, Jordan. Circassian guards, who have served Jordan's kings since the founding of the monarchy, still adhere to their ancient traditions, such as donning an incongruous cold weather uniform of black wool hats, red capes and leather boots in this desert climate. <b>The Most Royal of Races</b>
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The Mahalaxmi Racecourse saw both a princess and a queen on Sunday. But while Princess Zahra Aga Khan merely sparkled in her pearls and added to the festivity, the ‘showstopper’ was Queen Myrtlewood, a filly who won the third classic of the Mumbai Season. Scion of Scindia dynasty and Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia with his wife Priyadarshini Raje Scindia and son Mahanaryaman Scindia attending barat procession during the royal marriage of Holkar dynasty prince Shivaji Rao's (Richard) son Yashwant Rao Holkar  with Industrialist Vijay Crishna Godrej's daughter Nyrika at Maheshwar in Khargone, MP Holkar dynasty prince Shivaji Rao's (Richard) son Yashwant Rao Holkar with his family during his wedding ceremony with industrialist Vijay Crishna Godrej's daughter Nyrika at Maheshwar in Khargone, MP This photo released by Kensington Palace on Friday Dec. 18, 2015 shows The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, in a photograph taken late October 2015 at Kensington Palace in London. <b>Descendant Order</b> Mahendra Peshwa with wife and daughter <b>Vexed</b> Shaheen Bahadur Britain's Kate, Duchess of Cambridge takes part in an activity during her visit to the Anna Freud Centre family school Christmas party at the Anna Freud Centre in London.  Prince Albert II of Monaco with his wife Princess Charlene and their twins, Prince Jacques, right, and Princess Gabriella, wave from Monaco palace during Monaco's national day ceremony. Britain's Prince William accompanied by Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and French Ambassador to London Sylvie Bermann, left, signs the book of condolences offering their sympathies for the victims of the attack in Paris, at the French Embassy, Knightsbridge, London. A painting shows a dead Tipu Sultan’s family grieving with his body Britain's Queen Elizabeth II meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Buckingham Palace, London, on the second day of his visit to the UK. Supporters of the global civic campaign group Avaaz wear masks representing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II as they pose for the media to highlight the decisions Modi can make on climate change policy and financing ahead of the upcoming G20 summit and Paris climate talks, outside Buckingham Palace in London. Britain's Prince Charles, right, jokes with his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall during a visit to Seppeltsfield Winery in the Barossa Valley, Australia. The Royal couple are on a 6-day tour of Australia. Britain's Prince Charles jokes with his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall during a visit to Seppeltsfield Winery in the Barossa Valley, Australia. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, left,  attends the annual Festival of Remembrance with Prince Philip, Prince William, right and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, in London, England. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall receive a Powhiri Maori challege on their arrival at Turangawaewae Marae, Hamilton, New Zealand. Britain's Kate, Duchess of Cambridge takes part in welly wanging, watched by the Duke of Cambridge, back left, and Prince Harry, centre, with children and representatives from charities and Aardman Animations, during a meeting of the Charities Forum at BAFTA on Piccadilly in London. Britain's Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge on board during a visit to the original Royal Research Ship Discovery, in Dundee, Scotland. Yaduveera Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar takes part in Mysure Dussehra in Mysore on the occasion of Vijaya Dashami. Yaduveera Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar  takes part in Mysure Dussehra in Mysore on the occasion of Vijaya Dashami. China's President Xi Jinping, right, and his wife Peng Liyuan,left, accompany Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip as they arrive for a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in London, on the first full day of their state visit. <b>Mysore Dasara</b><br>
It is known for its sheer grandeur and participation. The entire city celebrates; events include a majestic procession, dance, music, varieties of cultural activities and a torch light parade. Another sight to watch is the Mysore Palace lit up on all the 10 days of Dasara. On Vijayadashami, the traditional Dasara procession  is held on the streets of Mysore city. <b>A Very Turban Affair</b>
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To say the proceedings at Mysore's Amba Vilas palace were eye-hurtingly opulent is an understatement. But titular royalty have to keep up the grandeur. So it was with Maharaja Yaduveer Chamaraja, atop the golden throne, on the first day of the 10-day Dasara festival. Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar at the start of the traditional Dasara of the Wadiyars, in Mysore. Britain's Prince William , right and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, smile at each other as they attend an event marking World Mental Health Day hosted by Mind, at Harrow College, in Middlesex, England. Britain's Prince William sticks a post-it note on Daniel, aged 11 from Derbyshire, an anti-bullying ambassador as he takes part in a group exercise during his visit to Hammersmith Academy to support the Diana Award's #Back2School Anti-bullying Campaign in London. The Diana Award was set up in memory Prince William's mother Diana Princess of Wales. <b>The Kilt And The Jacket</b>
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And so, Bollywood invades the interiors of a British royal est­ate. Earlier, it used to be a cursory view of the gates of Buckingham Palace and changing of the guards. Now, Gulshan Grover, looking astonishingly young, poses with Prince Charles at Dumfries in Scotland. Predictably, they were shooting a song there. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, on the day she becomes Britain's longest reigning monarch, accepts flowers from onlookers as she arrives to inaugurate the new multi million pound Scottish Borders Railway, at Tweedbank, Scotland. The Queen has today become the longest ever reigning monarch in British history surpassing Queen Victoria who served for 63 years and seven months. Britain's Queen Elizabeth, second left, laughs with The Duke of Edinburgh, left, Prince Charles, second right, and Autumn Phillips, during the Braemar Royal Highland gathering, near Britain's Queen Elizabeth II Balmoral estate, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. <b>All he surveys</b> King George V at the Delhi Durbar, 1911 Latest photos from the private archival home videos showing a young Queen Elizabeth II seemingly performing a Nazi salute in 1933 have gone viral on the internet. From right, Britain’s Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge,  Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge All England Lawn Tennis Club Chairman Philip Brook applaud after Andy Murray of Britain wins the quarterfinal singles match against Vasek Pospisil of Canada, on Centre Court, at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London. <B>Charlotte’s Baby Web</b>
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When Britain's royal family has a new member, the West turns royalist. Welcome Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, sister to little prince Georgie (in red shorts), daughter to the duke and duchess of Cambridge, granddaughter to Prince Char­les, and great-­gra­nd­daughter to the Queen. Here she is, admired by all of them, swaddled in Mum's arms, at her christening in Sandringham, England. A handout image released by Kensington Palace shows Britain's Prince William, and Kate Duchess of Cambridge as they hold their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte in the grounds of Sandingham House in England after the christening of the princess. A handout image released by Kensington Palace shows Britain's Prince William, seated left, Kate Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Prince George, seated 2nd left, and Princess Charlotte, at Sandringham House England  after the  christening.  They are pictured in the Drawing Room of Sandringham House with Queen Elizabeth II, seated right, and standing, from left, Michael Middleton, Pippa Middleton, James Middleton, Carole Middleton,  Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Philip. Britain's Princess Charlotte is pushed in a pram after her christening at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, England. Britain's Prince George gets up on tiptoes to peek into the pram of Princess Charlotte flanked by his parents Prince William and Kate the Duchess of Cambridge as they leave after Charlotte's Christening at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, England. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj meets Princess of Thailand, Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in Bangkok German President Joachim Gauck (front), points toward the Reichstag building during a boat tour with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh (right), on the river Spree at the Reichstag building in Germany's capital Berlin. Left is Gauck's partner Daniela Schadt. Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip are on an official visit to Germany. The Lord Mayor of London Alan Yarrow, right, and the Sword Bearer of London James North wait to greet members of the British royal family arriving to attend a service to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo at St. Paul's Cathedral in London.  Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, arrive to attend a commemoration service for the Battle of Waterloo, at St Paul's Cathedral in London. Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, arrive to attend a commemoration service for the Battle of Waterloo, at St Paul's Cathedral in London. Charles, Prince of Wales unveils a monument dedicated to the Battle of Waterloo during the ceremonial opening of the Hougoumont Farm in Braine-l'Alleud, near Waterloo, Belgium. Hougoumont Farm played a critical role in the outcome of the Battle of Waterloo. Queen Elizabeth II processes to the annual Order of the Garter Service at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England. Swedish Prince Carl Philip, right and his fiancee Sofia Hellqvist pose for photographers, standing by M/S Stockholm, in Stockholm, for a pre-wedding party, ahead of their nuptials. Britain's Prince William holds his son Prince George, with Queen Elizabeth II (right) Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and the Prince of Wales during the Trooping The Colour parade at Buckingham Palace, in London. Hundreds of soldiers in ceremonial dress have marched in London in the annual Trooping the Color parade to mark the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. The Trooping the Color tradition originates from preparations for battle, when flags were carried or trooped down the rank for soldiers to see. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II receives a bouquet of flowers from Swechya Joshi, the daughter of a serving Gurkha, after a pageant to celebrate 200 years of Gurkha service to the British Crown in London. From right, Britain's Prince Harry, Elton John, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett pose backstage for photographs after Bennett and Lady Gaga's performance as part of the Cheek to Cheek Tour at the Royal Albert Hall in London. This image made available by Kensington Palace Saturday, June 6, 2015, taken by Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, at Anmer Hall, eastern England in mid-May 2015 shows Britain's Princess Charlotte, right, being held by her brother, 2-year-old, Prince George. Yaduveer Krishnanadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar during his Coronation Ceremony in Mysore. Coronation Ceremony in Mysore. Yaduveer Krishnanadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar during his Coronation Ceremony in Mysore. Yaduveer Krishnanadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar during his Coronation Ceremony in Mysore. Yaduveer Krishnanadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar during his Coronation Ceremony in Mysore. Yaduveer Krishnanadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar during his Coronation Ceremony in Mysore. Former Prime Minister H D Devegowda wishing Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar during Coronation Ceremony. Yaduveer Krishnanadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar during his Coronation Ceremony in Mysore. President, Pranab Mukherjee with King Carl XVI Gustaf , Queen Silvia, Prince Daniel, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist, at the royal palace in Stockholm, Sweden. Yaduveer Krishnanadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar arrivers at his Coronation Ceremony, in Mysore. The illuminated Amba Vilas Palace, in Mysore. Trishika Kumari Singh, Fiancee of Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, during the coronation ceremony, in Mysore. Yaduveer Krishnanadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar during his Coronation Ceremony in Mysore. Photo of the Royal Emblem Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko enjoy watching a demonstration of the Japanese traditional horsemanship dakyu, the ancient Japanese lacrosse on horseback, while holding a kyujo, a racket for dakyu, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Yaduveer Krishnanadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar during his Coronation Ceremony in Mysore. Yaduveer Krishnanadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar during his Coronation Ceremony in Mysore. Yaduveer Krishnanadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar during his Coronation Ceremony in Mysore. Yaduveer Krishnanadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar during his Coronation Ceremony in Mysore. Yaduveer Krishnanadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar during his Coronation Ceremony in Mysore. Yaduveer Krishnanadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar during his Coronation Ceremony in Mysore. Yaduveer Krishnanadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar at a ritual in Mysore, a day ahead of his Coronation Ceremony. Britain's Queen Elizabeth, centre left, visits  the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show 2015 in London. Britain's Prince Harry, left, talks with Australian war veteran Daphne Dunne during a visit to the Sydney Opera House in Sydney. Hundreds of cheering Australians crowded around Sydney's Opera House to bid adieu to Britain's Prince Harry as he wrapped up a month-long embedment with the Australian army. Tower Bridge is lit up to celebrate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's newborn baby, in London, UK. Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and their newborn baby princess, wave to the public as they leave St. Mary's Hospital's exclusive Lindo Wing in London. Kate, Duchess of Cambridge holds her newborn baby princess, as she poses for the media on the steps of The Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, London. File: From left, photos of Saudi King Salman, Crown Prince Muqrin and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef are displayed on a shop door at the al Aqeeliya market in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia's King Salman removed his half-brother from the post of crown prince and named his nephew, the country's Interior Minister, in his place. The post of crown prince secures Prince Mohammed bin Nayef as the most likely successor to King Salman. <b>On the run</b> Vikramaditya Singh, who ran over a teacher with his SUV and fled Maharaja Ganga Singh Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko say goodbye to Crown Prince Naruhito and wellwishers as they leave for Republic of Palau at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo. Prince Karim Aga Khan calling on the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in New Delhi. Britain's Prince Charles and wife Camilla Parker Bowles launched the 'Travels to My Elephant' auto rickshaw race fundraiser event to save the Indian elephant at their Clarence House palace in London. Ladies from the Rajput noble houses or Thakurains from Rajasthan Thikanas. Here, the ladies wait for the 'Baraat' - the groom's wedding procession to arrive. Chiffon, gold and Bai'sa bling. (Bai’sa is a term for ladies of nobility in Rajasthan) Thakur gents from the Kanota side lined up, leheriya headgear, cummerbunds, swords and all. Heavy metal, Rajput style.
Light-hearted jibes abound of the generous helping of testosterone the Thakurs are born with. But these veteran Rajput war horses clearly weren’t awarded medals for small talk. Salut. In the meanwhile, a Rajput lad gears up with a beautiful leheriya safa as a senior looks on. Leheriya and pachranga headgear rules.
The whole nine metres crowning some very proud heads - Paags, Safa Mewadi...beautiful. Man Singh Rathore. Padmini's father. Collected, regal and very much the man of the House of Kanota. The groom Karni Singh Sodha, astride an elephant, then a horse, then chaperoned by a retinue of bearers. Quite a train from Pakistan. The younger lot. Nice to see them take pride in dressing up in traditional Rajput attire, quite literally to the hilt. Groom's ushers, retinue and personal escort in pinks, flaming reds and orange, holding silver staffs. The bride – Kumari Padmini of Kanota <b>Three Is A Bunch</B>
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First, there was the royal India-Pakistan wedding at Jaipur between Kunwar Singh Sodha of the Amarkot royal family in Pakistan and Padmini Singh Rathore of the Kanota royals. <b>Boy Who Would Be King</b>
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Meanwhile, north or south, royalty marches on. Mysore is to get a new king. Yaduveer (22, a student in Boston), grandson of Gayathri Devi, daughter of Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar, was renamed and formally adopted as heir to the Wodeyar dynasty. Britain's Prince Charles, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall  pose with lion dancers, during an official visit to Chinatown to mark Chinese New Year, in Chinatown, in London. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II meets British actor Matt Lucas during a reception at Buckingham Palace in central London for Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex. Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, 2nd right, meets Indian child rights activist and 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi, at the British Asian Trust dinner in London. Prince Charles was joined by more than 300 guests including international sports stars and celebrities at the dinner to support the British Asian Trust's work in empowering disadvantaged people in South Asia, and helping to transform their lives. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama participate in a delegation receiving line with new Saudi Arabian King, Salman bin Abdul Aziz, fifth left, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The president and first lady have come to expresses their condolences on the death of the late Saudi Arabian King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud. Mourners carry the body of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia outside the Imam Turki bin Abdullah mosque in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. File: King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, waves to members of the Saudi Shura consultative council in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi state TV reported King Abdullah died at the age of 90. File: Crown Prince Salman gestures during a session at the Shura Council. Saudi state TV reported King Abdullah died at the age of 90. Saudi Arabia's new king, Salman, is a veteran of the country's top leadership. Princess Stephanie of Monaco poses with an elephant during the presentation of the 39th Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival in Monaco. The Circus Festival takes place from Jan. 15  to Jan 25. For those who came in late: The Queen Just Photobombed A Selfie At The Commonwealth Games Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, visit the National Sept.11 Memorial and Museum, in New York. Britain's Prince William, right, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, watch the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Cleveland Cavaliers, in New York. President Pranab Mukherjee being welcomed by the King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and the Bhutan Queen, Her Majesty Jetsun Pema Wangchuck on his arrival at Paro International Airport, Bhutan. President, Pranab Mukherjee receiving the Guard of Honour, at the ceremonial reception, at Tashichhodzong Palace, in Thimphu, Bhutan. Children rights activist Malala Yousafzai, right, receives the World's Children's Prize from Swedish Queen Silvia, left, at Gripsholm Castle in Mariefred, Sweden. Britains Queen Elizabeth II sends the first royal tweet under her own name to declare the opening of the new Information Age Galleries at the Science Museum, South Kensington, London. Normally a plaque is unveiled to herald the launch of a new project, but after touring the attraction dedicated to the history of communication and information the Queen touched a tablet screen to send her message to the world. President of Singapore Tony Tan and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II make a toast during a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace in London. Singapore's President Tony Tan began the first full day of engagements in the first state visit by a Singaporean president to Britain. President Pranab Mukherjee with Queen Sonja, King Harald V, and HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit, attending a state banquet at Royal Palace in Oslo, Norway. U.S actress Angelina Jolie, right, is presented with the Insignia of an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, London. Jolie received an honorary damehood (DCMG) for services to UK foreign policy and the campaign to end war zone sexual violence. U.S actress Angelina Jolie, right, is presented with the Insignia of an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, London. Jolie received an honorary damehood (DCMG) for services to UK foreign policy and the campaign to end war zone sexual violence. Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck with Queen Jetsun Pema during a visit to Sarnath near Varanasi. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh during the unveiling of a statue of Maharaja Agrasen in New Delhi President Barack Obama, accompanied by Secretary of State John Kerry, National Security Adviser, Susan Rice, right, and US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, meets with the representatives of Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, United Arab Emirates and Iraq, in New York. Obama met with the five Arab nations who participated in strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria. On the far left is King Abdullah II of Jordan. <b>Inside Ratu Fort</b> The royal palace of Chintamani Sharan Nath Shahdeo Britain's Prince Harry gets out of a car at the driving Challenge, the first event in the Invictus Games, in Gaydon, England. Duke of Cambridge Prince William, center, Kate the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry visit a ceramic poppy art installation by ceramic artist Paul Cummins entitled 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' for its official unveiling in the dry moat of the Tower of London in London. Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, centre, walks with Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, as they view the Tower of London's 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' poppy installation, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI, in London. Their visit to the work in progress installation, which currently consists of approximately 120,000 ceramic poppies and will finish with 888,246 poppies, was held to mark the centenary of World War I. The final ceramic poppy will be placed on Armistice Day on November 11, with each poppy representing a British and Commonwealth military fatality from World War I.  <b>Win-win?</b> Sanjay and Ameeta Singh The deprived lot Garima (seated) with Anant, his wife, Mahima, Shaivya Photo of the day.... A Royal photo bomb by Prince Harry with Titch (Sir Gordon) and Gary Hermansson at the Swimming venue tonight. Thanks to Bev Hari for taking the pic...fun times supporting our athletes at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games!' So wrote Sport Manawatu chief executive Trevor Shailor, who shared the photo on Facebook. Britain's Prince Harry, right, meets with Usain Bolt during a visit to the Commonwealth Games Village in Glasgow, Scotland. Britain's Kate Duchess of Cambridge, right, and Prince William, left, react as they watch the women's field hockey match between Wales and Scotland, during the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014, at the National Hockey Centre, in Glasgow, Scotland. Ahhh The Queen photo-bombed our selfie!! #royalty #sheevensmiled #amazing #Glasgow2014 @Hockeyroos @AusComGames So wrote Jayde Taylor (@_JaydeTaylor) on Twitter as a selfie that the members of the Australian hockey team were posing for was photobombed by a grinning Queen This photo taken Wednesday, July 2, 2014, and released Monday, July 21, 2014, to mark Prince George's first birthday. Britain's Prince Charles speaks with Prince William, as William scuba dives with British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) members at a swimming pool in central London. In May 2014 Prince William recently succeeded Prince Charles by becoming President of BSAC. Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, centre, and Prince Harry, right, watch riders approaching the finish line of Stage 1 of the Tour De France in Harrogate, England. The Tour de France started for the first time in its history in Yorkshire this weekend. The event is expected to bring thousands of cycling fans to the region. Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, speaks with a cyclist, before officially starting the Tour de France at Harewood House near Leeds, England. The 198 competitors in the 101st Tour de France will start their grueling three-week ride through four countries before ending the world's greatest cycling race in Paris on July 27. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands and RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan before a press conference at the RBI Headquarters in Mumbai. Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge at the men's singles quarterfinal match between Andy Murray of Britain and Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon. The wax figures of Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge at Madame Tussauds. From left, FIFA President Sepp Blatter, Belgium's King Philippe and Belgium's Queen Mathilde watch the group H World Cup soccer match between Belgium and Russia at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Spain's Queen Sofia, left sits with King Juan Carlos, 2nd left, Spanish Crown Prince Felipe, 3rd left and Princess Letizia before signing an abdication law during a ceremony at the Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain. Spain’s Juan Carlos formally ratified the law, signing a legislation setting out the legal framework for the handover so his 46-year-old son can be proclaimed King Felipe VI at a ceremony in Parliament on Thursday. The 76-year-old monarch says he wants to step aside after a four-decade reign so that younger royal blood can rally a country beset by economic problems, including an unemployment rate of 25 percent. Spain's King Felipe VI, right, is sworn in as the new Spanish King during ceremony at the Spanish parliament in Madrid, Spain. Felipe's father Juan Carlos, who reigned during four decades, stepped down after signing an abdication law Wednesday so that younger royal blood can rally a country beset by economic problems, including an unemployment rate of 25 percent. Spain’s newly crowned King Felipe VI and his wife Spain's Queen Letizia wave to the crowd on a balcony of the Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain. Felipe is being formally proclaimed monarch Thursday after 76-year-old King Juan Carlos abdicated so that younger royal blood can rally a country beset by economic problems, including an unemployment rate of 25 percent. Felipe  swore an oath at a ceremony with lawmakers in Parliament in front of Spain's 18th-century crown and 17th-century scepter. Spain’s newly crowned King Felipe VI, top center, accompanied by his wife Queen Letizia, top right, Princess Sofia, bottom right, Princess Leonor, and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, top second left, waves as they arrive at the Parliament in Madrid, Spain. Felipe is being formally proclaimed monarch Thursday after 76-year-old King Juan Carlos abdicated. Felipe was to swear an oath at a ceremony with lawmakers in Parliament in front of Spain's 18th-century crown and 17th-century scepter. Spain's King Felipe VI, fourth from left, swears-in his charge during a ceremony at the Spanish Parliament. Felipe is being formally proclaimed monarch Thursday after 76-year-old King Juan Carlos abdicated so that younger royal blood can rally a country beset by economic problems, including an unemployment rate of 25 percent. Felipe was to swear an oath at a ceremony with lawmakers in Parliament in front of Spain's 18th-century crown and 17th-century scepter. Spanish King Juan Carlos embraces Spanish Crown Prince Felipe after signing an abdication law during a ceremony at the Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain. Spain’s Juan Carlos formally ratified the law, signing a legislation setting out the legal framework for the handover so his 46-year-old son can be proclaimed King Felipe VI at a ceremony in Parliament on Thursday. The 76-year-old monarch says he wants to step aside after a four-decade reign so that younger royal blood can rally a country beset by economic problems, including an unemployment rate of 25 percent. Prime Minister Narendra Modi with King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema at a reception at the Royal Palace in Thimphu, Bhutan. Spanish newspapers on display in a shop announcing the abdication of King Juan Carlos, in Pamplona, northern Spain. King Carlos, who led Spain's transition from dictatorship to democracy but faced damaging scandals amid the nation's financial meltdown, announced that he will abdicate in favour of his more popular son, Prince Felipe. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at the Thai exhibit during a visit to the Chelsea Flower Show in London. The skull and crown of Swedish 12th century King Erik IX, called Erik the Saint, are displayed in Uppsala Cathedral in Sweden. Researchers from Uppsala University have opened a small gilded box containing the skull and bones of Swedish King Erik IX, who became a national saint after he was murdered in 1160. The researchers also removed the king’s burial crown, which is the oldest known royal crown in Sweden, to display it to the public for the first time. Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge with a child on a visit to RAAF Base Amberley, west of Brisbane, Australia. Britain's Prince William plays cricket in Latimer Square in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, holds her son Prince George during a visit to Plunket nurse and parents group at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand.
Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George arrive for their visit to New Zealand at the International Airport, in Wellington, New Zealand.

Pope Francis with Queen Elizabeth II, at the Vatican. Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge presents Domhnall the Irish Wolfhound with a shamrock, during a visit to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at the St. Patrick's Day Parade at Mons Barracks, Aldershot, in England. Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, left, and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh talk during a meeting in New Delhi. The Crown Prince is on a three-day visit to India. Thailand's Royal Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn with Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio during the Angami Naga Sekrenyi festival at Kisama, near Kohima,  Nagaland. Britain's Prince Charles is received by Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa upon arriving at Bahrain International Airport in Muharraq, Bahrain. 

Britain's Prince Charles wears traditional Saudi uniform as he attends the traditional Saudi dancing best known as 'Arda', performed during Janadriya culture festival at Der'iya in Riyadh. Charles arrived in Saudi Arabia on a private visit.  Bahrain's King Hamad Al Khalifa being welcome by MoS for External Affairs, E Ahmed on his arrival at AFS Palam in New Delhi. The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, accompanied by Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of Bafta (left). Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, unloads sandbags, with members of the armed forces, in Datchet, England where he and Prince Harry have joined forces with soldiers to help flood-hit villagers protect their homes. Kate Duchess of Cambridge wearing a dress by British designer Jenny Packham and the Cartier diamond known as the 'Nizam of Hyderabad', given to Queen Elizabeth II in 1947 for her wedding to the Duke of Edinburgh, at a fund raising gala at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge was seen flashing these Cartier diamonds known as the 'Nizam of Hyderabad', given to Queen Elizabeth II in 1947 for her wedding, at a fund raising gala at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Kate Duchess of Cambridge talks to guests wearing a diamond necklace borrowed from the queen. Kate Duchess of Cambridge walks with a guest at fund raising gala at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Kate Duchess of Cambridge is escorted by Director of the  National Portrait Gallery Sandy Nairne, as they stand opposite a portrait of the Duchess, at a fund raising gala at the gallery in London. Kate Duchess of Cambridge at a fund raising gala at the gallery in London. Kate Middleton at a dinner for London's National Portrait Gallery, in London. Kate Duchess of Cambridge arrives to attend a fund raising gala at the National Portrait Gallery in London . <b>Stop Showing Your Knees,</b> was what Queen Elizabeth II reportedly said to granddaughter-in-law Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, here seen at the Calgary Airport, in Alberta, Canada. According to reports, Kate has irked the Queen with her short skirts, who has since demanded lower hemlines and that she stop dressing like a harlot. Reports say that the Queen has even lent her personal dresser Angela Kelly to Kate. A man dressed as a Qing Dynasty emperor performs a reenactment of an imperial ritual ceremony praying for good harvest in the coming year at the Temple of Earth park on the Spring Festival in Beijing.

 Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary shakes hands with an internally displaced boy at Say Tha Mar Gyi camp in north of Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar. Mary visited the camp and other relocation sites of the Buddhists, who become displaced following sectarian violence. 


Congress President Sonia Gandhi with King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck  and the Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck, before their meeting  at her residence  in New Delhi. President, Pranab Mukherjee his daughter Sharmistha Mukherjee with Bhutan King, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen, Jetsun Pema Wangchuck during a meeting at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Prince Charles with London-based Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal with wife Usha Mittal at Buckingham Palace in London. 

Prince Charles with London-based Indian billionaire couple Cyrus and Priya Vandrevala at  Buckingham Palace in London. 
Family members and other people at a post-funeral ritual of Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar, scion of the erstwhile Mysore royal family, at Mysore Palace. Japan's Emperor Akihito, left, accompanied by his wife Empress Michiko wave at well-wishers as they appear on the balcony of the Imperial Palace to mark the emperor's 80th birthday in Tokyo. Titular Travancore maharaja Utradam Thirunal Marthanda Varma, 91, brother of the last ruler Chithira Thirunal. Custodian of richest temple in India, the Sree Padmanabha temple in Thiruvananthapuram. Britain's Prince Harry, left, and Ivan, touch the pole, as they and their fellow adventurers reach the South Pole, as part of their Walking With The Wounded charity trek. After more than three weeks pulling sleds across the frozen wastes of Antarctica the group stood at the bottom of the world at midday. Rituals being performed near the mortal remains of Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar, the last descendant of the Wodeyar dynasty, during his funeral in Mysore. Maharaja Gaj Singh of Jodhpur, actor Amitabh Bachchan and Nita Ambani at the launch of an awareness programme on 'Head Injury' in Mumbai. A file photo of Mysore scion Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar who died following a cardiac arrest in a private hospital in Bengaluru.  Queen Grand Mother of Bhutan Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuk arrives at Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya. Thai military personnel and civilians hold candles as a mark of respect during Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej's birthday celebrations, in Bangkok, Thailand. Hundred of people gather with candle lights to celebrate the 86th birthday of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand. <b>Park view</b> The Japanese royal couple at Lodi Gardens in New Delhi Japanese Empress Michiko with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha at Raj Bhawan in Chennai. Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha looking at the postage stamp released in India coinciding with the royal couple's visit to India, at Raj Bhavan in Chennai. Hundred of people gather with candle lights to celebrate the 86th birthday of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand. Fireworks lit the sky during Thailand King Bhumibol Adulyadej birthday celebrations, in Bangkok, Thailand. Fireworks light the sky during Thailand King Bhumibol Adulyadej birthday celebrations, in Bangkok, Thailand. Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko with industrialist Ratan Tata (L) and former Attorney-General Soli Sorabjee during a visit to India International Center (IIC) in New Delhi. Japan's Emperor Akihito with Opposition leader in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj during a meeting in New Delhi. Japan's Empress Michiko shakes hands with members of India International Center (IIC) during a visit in New Delhi. Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Najeeb Jung and wife Ameena Jung during a reception in the honour of Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Japanese Embassy in New Delhi. President Pranab Mukherjee, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur with the Emperor of Japan, His Majesty Akihito and the Empress of Japan, Her Majesty Michiko at the Ceremonial Reception, at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi. Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko receive a memento at Rajghat in New Delhi. External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid is also seen. Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat in New Delhi. Japan's Emperor Akihito and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with officials from both sides at a meeting at Hyderabad house in New Delhi. Japan's Emperor Akihito and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh before a meeting at Hyderabad house in New Delhi. President Pranab Mukherjee greets Japan's Emperor Akihito as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh looks on during a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi. Japan's Emperor Akihito, accompanied by Empress Michiko, at Japanese Studies Centre at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. Japan's Emperor Akihito waves to the students during a visit at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi. Japan's Emperor Akihito, accompanied by Empress Michiko, arrives at Japanese Studies Centre at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi.