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How royals turn 50.....

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We've got a big royal birthday coming up this week. Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands is 50 on April 27th 2017 and as well as the annual King's Day celebrations, there are plenty of other parties planned as this monarch makes his half century. Willem-Alexander and Maxima are inviting 150 people with the same birthday to a gala dinner while Royal Palace in Amsterdam will open for 50 hours non stop to help celebrate. And there's all kinds of speculation that a very royal guest list will join the King and Queen of the Netherlands over the weekend for more celebrations. If they do, many of Willem-Alexander's fellow kings and queens will have tips about marking this milestone birthday as all of them bar one (we're looking at you King Felipe of Spain) have already turned fifty. As we get ready to celebrate with the King of the Netherlands, here's how some of Europe's other rulers have turned 50...

When royals send us dotty....

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One of the most eye catching royal outfits of the past week was the spotty dress worn by Crown Princess Victoria. It send plenty of people dotty for many reasons, most of them coming back to the fact that it just looks great. In honour of Victoria's spot of royal fashion fun, here are six other dot to dots. See if you can spot a favourite.


Kate, William and Harry at the London Marathon - in pictures

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The Heads Together London Marathon has taken place today with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry cheering on runners throughout the day. The royal trio got the big race underway, hugged many of the Heads Together team, handed out water to runners on the way and ended up sipping water at a rather sophisticated warmdown after the race had finished. This week has been a great success for #HeadsTogether, announced on marathon day last year by William, Kate and Harry. Here's a look back at one of the major moments of the campaign - it's that royal trio, at the #HeadsTogether London Marathon, in pictures.

The Royal Wardrobe: wearing the trousers

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Why don't royal women wear trousers more often? OK, it's not the most mind blowing question you'll consider today, or in the next half hour, but it is an interesting point.  At a time when royal fashion is increasingly seen as reflective of modern style, and that modern style increasingly gives us trousers and pants suits, queens and princesses still seem far less likely than other women to follow the trend. Is it because they just prefer skirts or dresses or is there still an expectation that they'll leave the oh so modern, only really acceptable since the start of the 20th century women wearing trousers for another day?

The Queen's 91st Birthday, in pictures

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The Queen celebrated her 91st birthday today. The celebrations were nowhere near as big or grand as last year's epic 90th celebrations but there was still a lot of joy taken in marking this special day. Twitter went nuts with all kinds of royal birthday related trends and the official accounts of the Royal Family shared some rather lovely photos. There were also some great pictures of the Queen as she celebrated her big day with some time at the races, heading to Newbury. Here's a look back at the Queen's 91st birthday, in images.

Spanish State Visit now in July

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Big sighs of relief all round. We do still get a State Visit this summer. After Theresa May sprung a surprise election on everyone earlier this week (shock all round apart from Buckingham Palace where the Queen got the news the day before), the planned trip of King Felipe and Queen Letizia was in the spotlight again. With their State Visit in the diary for June 6th to 8th and the election on the 8th itself, there were questions about whether it could still happen as planned. Today's definitive answer was tiaras in July.

William, Kate and Harry speak out

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The whole week building up to the Heads Together London Marathon has seen the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry really put mental health issues at the top of the agenda. Today, we hear them speak out in a video where they chat about why it's oktosay. You can see the whole video below.....

Heads Together: William, Kate and Harry's week so far

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This week is a big one for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Since they launched their Heads Together campaign last year, aiming to change the conversation on mental health, they've been working towards these seven days. For on Sunday, Heads Together will be the official charity of the London Marathon and in the run up to it (no pun intended, honestly) they're using every chance they can take to make everyone more aware of mental health. The spotlight on them is huge - not only are they aiming to put Heads Together at the top of the agenda, they will be judged on whether they succeed and how they do it. Here's the week so far...

Prince Alexander of Sweden at one

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The (current) littlest prince of Sweden turns one today. Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil, Duke of Sodermanland celebrates his landmark birthday on April 19th and has this royal routine sorted already. He's starring in three portraits to mark his special day.

The best royal wedding dress of all?

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It's a dress so famous that you know what it looks like before you've even seen an image of it. The wedding gown of Grace of Monaco, worn to her religious marriage on April 19th 1956, is so well known that it has a cultural identity of its own. And when you do look at photographs, they are familiar and fascinating all at the same time. The perfect poise and elegance of this new princess is wrapped and surrounded by this beautiful dress.