Thailand begins royal cremation for late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Amid beating drums, the whistle of an ancient flute and an artillery salute, Thailand began an elaborate cremation ceremony for revered late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Thursday (26 October). The late kings body, which had been lying in state at the palace since his death a year ago, was moved to the cremation area on Wednesday night. The 18th century chariot carrying the royal urn weighs nearly 14 tonne and was pulled by more than 200 soldiers. 25 days ago

Eight weird spindle-like galaxies discovered by astronomers

Scientists have discovered eight new spindle-like galaxies—huge structures once thought to be extremely rare features of the cosmos. Traditionally, we think of galaxies as being flat rotating disks made up of billions of stars, with a black hole at their center. However, scientists also know of another type known as prolate rotators. These are cigar-shaped galaxies that rotate along their axis making it look like a spindle. Until now, only a handful of which had ever been observed, making astronomers think they were extremely rare. Oct 13, 2017

Thailand marks one-year anniversary of late kings death

Thailand held a nation-wide Buddhist alms-giving ceremony on Friday (13 October) to mark the first anniversary of the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the worlds longest-reigning monarch who helped shape the Southeast Asian nation for decades after World War Two. Oct 13, 2017

Four royals who gave up the crown for love

Princess Mako of Japan officially delcared this week she is giving up her royal status to marry a commoner. But she is not the only royal to have given up her title for love.Bearing the crown often means the state interfering with who you can and cannot marry which has led some to take off the crown for good.   Sep 9, 2017

Prince George arrives for first day of school

Prince George arrived for his first day at school on 7 September without mum Kate, who is suffering from severe morning sickness. His Dad The Duke of Cambridge accompanied a George to his new school Thomass in Battersea. Sep 7, 2017

World War 2 bomb defused after mass evacuation

More than 70 years later, a World War 2 bomb was found in Frankfurt, Germany prompting the biggest evacuation in post-war German history, involving hundreds of officials. Sep 4, 2017