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Photos of the day – June 21, 2014


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Photos of the day – June 21, 2014

 Photos of the day - June 21, 2014

A Sadhu, or Hindu holy man, smokes marijuana at the Kamakhya temple in Gauhati, India, Saturday, June 21, 2014. The annual Ambubasi festival begins Sunday where hundreds of tantric Sadhus, holy men from an esoteric form of Hinduism, gather to perform rituals at the temple. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)                                                                                                                                                                            Photos of the day - June 21, 2014        The sun rises as thousands of revelers gathered at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge, near Salisbury, England, to celebrate the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Photos of the day - June 21, 2014         A relative of Palestinian member of Hamas’ armed wing Ibraheem al-Arqan holds a weapon as others mourn during his funeral in Gaza City June 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Mohammed Salem)    Photos of the day - June 21, 2014        Mehdi Army fighters loyal to Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr take part during a parade in Basra, southeast of Baghdad, June 21, 2014. Iraq’s senior Shi’ite religious cleric Moqtada al-Sadr issued a call for unity, saying Shi’ites and Sunnis should rally behind the authorities to prevent the Sunni militant Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant from destroying the country. (REUTERS/Essam Al-Sudani)                                                                                                                                                          Photos of the day - June 21, 2014       Village volunteers train during a self-defense practice session organized by Police and the Thai army in Yala province, southern Thailand June 21, 2014. Reports of gunfights, drive-by shootings, beheadings and bombings are near-daily events. Martial law, declared last month in the rest of Thailand, has been in place in Pattani and neighbouring Narathiwat and Yala provinces for almost a decade. (REUTERS/Surapan Boonthanom)                                                                     Photos of the day - June 21, 2014    Armed pro-Russian separatists of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic pledge an oath during a ceremony in the city of Donetsk June 21, 2014. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Friday ordered a seven-day ceasefire in the fight against pro-Russian separatists, but also warned them they could face death if they did not use the time to put down their guns. (REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov)                                                                                                                                 Photos of the day - June 21, 2014      Relatives and families of members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi react outside a court in Minya, south of Cairo, after the sentences of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and his supporters were announced, June 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)            Photos of the day - June 21, 2014Relatives grieve at the flag-draped casket of one of the soldiers killed in clashes with Abu Sayyaf militants after being flown from southern Philippines Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Villamor Air Base at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. Seven soldiers were killed when Philippine security forces battled Abu Sayyaf militants in the volatile Jolo island in southern Philippines on Thursday, June 19, in fierce clashes that also killed ten rebels in the latest confrontation in the insurgency-wracked region, military officials said. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)Photos of the day - June 21, 2014     Relatives and loved ones cry in front of a coffin of a slain soldier upon arrival at the Villamor air base in Pasay city, metro Manila June 21, 2014. The military said seven soldiers and 10 Muslim rebels were killed on Thursday in the latest fighting in the south as the government stepped up offensive against al-Qaeda linked militants holding less than 10 foreign hostages. (REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco)                                                                                                                                              Photos of the day - June 21, 2014    People celebrate the summer solstice at the Kokino megalithic observatory, near the city of Kumanovo June 21, 2014. The 3,800-year-old observatory was discovered in 2001 in the northwestern town of Kumanovo, north from Skopje, and is ranked as the fourth oldest observatory in the world, according to NASA. (REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovsk)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Photos of the day - June 21, 2014      Israeli soldiers take part in searches for three Israeli teenagers believed to have been abducted by Palestinians near the West Bank city of Hebron June 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Baz Ratner)                         Photos of the day - June 21, 2014         Israeli soldiers take a break as they search for three missing Israeli teens, feared abducted in the West Bank last week, in the village of Beit Kahil near the West Bank city of Hebron, Saturday, June 21, 2014. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has used the search to promote two other objectives â a new crackdown on Hamas and an attempt to discredit the Palestinian unity government formed earlier this month by Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas, which is supported by Hamas. The Islamic militant Hamas group has praised the abduction of the teenagers but has not claimed responsibility for it. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)          Photos of the day - June 21, 2014          A pro-Russian fighter holds a flower after taking an oath in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Saturday, June 21, 2014. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered his forces to cease fire Friday and halt military operations for a week, the first step in a peace plan he hopes will end the fighting that has killed hundreds. The Kremlin dismissed the plan, saying it sounded like an ultimatum and lacked any firm offer to open talks with insurgents. Separatist leaders have also rejected the ceasefire and said they will not disarm. In Donetsk, a group of armed men gathered in the central square to take a military oath to the self-proclaimed Donetsk Peopleâs Republic. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)                                                                                                                          Photos of the day - June 21, 2014    Volunteers in the newly formed “Peace Brigades” raise their weapons and chant slogans against the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant during a parade in the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, June 21, 2014. The armed group was formed after radical Shiite cleric Muqtatda al-Sadr called to form brigades to protect Shiite holy shrines against possible attacks by Sunni militants. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Photos of the day - June 21, 2014    Relatives of a Muslim Brotherhood member who was sentenced to death react to the verdict outside a courtroom in Minya, Egypt, Saturday, June 21, 2014. The Muslim Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide, Mohammed Badie and over 180 others were sentenced to death Saturday by an Egyptian court in the latest mass trial following last year’s overthrow of the country’s Islamist president. The ruling by the southern Minya Criminal Court is the largest confirmed mass death sentence to be handed down in Egypt in recent memory. The court acquitted more than 400 others in the case and family members of the accused wailed or cheered the verdicts. (AP Photo/Ravy Shaker, El Shorouk newspaper)                                                                                           Photos of the day - June 21, 2014Volunteers of the newly formed “Peace Brigades” participate in a parade in the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, June 21, 2014. Thousands of Shiite militiamen have paraded in Baghdad and several other cities in southern Iraq with heavy weaponry, signaling their readiness to take on Sunni militants who control a large chunk of the countryâs north. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)                                                                                                                                                 Photos of the day - June 21, 2014Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian man during a search for three missing Israeli teens, feared abducted in the West Bank last week, in the village of Beit Kahil near the West Bank city of Hebron on Saturday, June 21, 2014. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has used the search to promote two other objectives â a new crackdown on Hamas and an attempt to discredit the Palestinian unity government formed earlier this month by Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas, which is supported by Hamas. The Islamic militant Hamas group has praised the abduction of the teenagers but has not claimed responsibility for it. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)                                                                                                                             Photos of the day - June 21, 2014Volunteers of the newly formed “Peace Brigades” participate in a parade in the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, June 21, 2014. Thousands of Shiite militiamen have paraded in Baghdad and several other cities in southern Iraq with heavy weaponry, signaling their readiness to take on Sunni militants who control a large chunk of the country’s north. The Arabic on the banner reads, “No for America, No for Israel, No for Terrorism, No for ISIL (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant).” (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)                                                                                                                                              Photos of the day - June 21, 2014Volunteers of the newly formed “Peace Brigades” participate in a parade in the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, June 21, 2014. The armed group was formed after radical Shiite cleric Muqtatda al-Sadr called to form brigades to protect Shiite holy shrines against possible attacks by Sunni militants. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Photos of the day - June 21, 2014Pro-Russian fighters pose for a photo after taking the oath of allegiance to the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, on Lenin square in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, June 21, 2014. Dozens of pro-Russian armed militiamen gathered on Lenin square in Donetsk on Saturday to take the oath of allegiance to the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered his forces to cease fire Friday and halt military operations for a week. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Monarchy defends cost of William and Kate’s home


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Monarchy defends cost of William and Kate’s home

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 Prince William (L), his wife Catherine and their son Prince George leave Canberra on April 25, 2014 (AFP Photo/Saeed Khan)

London (AFP) – The monarchy has defended the cost of refurbishing a Kensington Palace apartment for Prince William, his wife Catherine and their baby son Prince George.

A royal spokesman did not confirm the seven-figure cost — reportedly at £4 million — for repairs and refurbishments, but said the royal couple had paid for their own furnishings.

The bill includes extensive work on the 17th-century London palace apartment, including installing a new roof, overhauling the electrics and carrying out plumbing repairs, while work was needed to remove asbestos.

William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have taken up Apartment 1A, formerly the home of princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth’s sister, who died in 2002.

The living space was last refurbished in 1963, shortly after the newly-married Margaret moved in.

The apartment was designed by Christopher Wren, the architect who built London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral.

“This is the Duke and Duchess’s one and only official residence. It is here that they plan to stay for many, many years to come,” the royal spokesman said.

“We also had to take into account the fact that Kensington Palace is a scheduled ancient monument, and all elements of the refurbishment had to be agreed with English Heritage.”

“Often this meant ensuring a high standard of work in line with the historical significance of the Christopher Wren building.”

He said William and Kate, both 32, “paid privately” for all the internal furnishings, including carpets and curtains. They couple were also at pains to ensure that the specification was not extravagant, the spokesman said.

William is second in line to the throne after his father Prince Charles.                                                                                                                         Photos of the day - June 14, 2014

Photos of the day – June 14, 2014

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(Front L-R) Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Prince Harry, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge and his wife, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge share a light moment as they stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in the annual Trooping of the Colour ceremony to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday in central London, June 14, 2014. (REUTERS/Toby Melville)

Steeped in royal history, Kensington Palace, part of which is open to the public, is William’s childhood home. It was the main residence for him and his brother Prince Harry until 1998.

Mourners left a sea of flowers and tributes at the palace gates after the death of Diana, their mother, in a Paris car crash in 1997.

William and Kate had been living in the small Nottingham Cottage within the Kensington Palace complex. The plan was for Harry to take it over when the Cambridges moved into the palace proper.

After two tours in Afghanistan, army captain Harry now has a desk job coordinating army commemorative events in London.

William and Catherine have plenty of royal company nearby, as three of the queen’s cousins, all grandsons of King George V, live at Kensington Palace.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Britain's Prince William and Kate the Duchess of Cambridge, center, attend a remembrance ceremony in Arromanches, western France, Friday June 6, 2014, as part of the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landing. Visible at left is Arromanches mayor Patrick Jardin and at right French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere/Pool)

Britain’s Prince William and Kate the Duchess of Cambridge, center, attend a remembrance ceremony in Arromanches, western France, Friday June 6, 2014, as part of the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landing. Visible at left is Arromanches mayor Patrick Jardin and at right French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere/Pool)                          From left, Britain's Prince Harry, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, watch a Royal Air Force fly past, as they appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, during the Trooping The Colour parade, in central London, Saturday, June 14, 2014. Hundreds of soldiers in ceremonial dress have marched in London in the annual "Trooping the Colour" parade to mark the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. "Trooping the Colour" originated from traditional preparations for battle, when flags were carried or "trooped" down the rank for soldiers to see. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)From left, Britain’s Prince Harry, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, watch a Royal Air Force fly past, as they appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, during the Trooping The Colour parade, in central London, Saturday, June 14, 2014. Hundreds of soldiers in ceremonial dress have marched in London in the annual “Trooping the Colour” parade to mark the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. “Trooping the Colour” originated from traditional preparations for battle, when flags were carried or “trooped” down the rank for soldiers to see. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)Britain’s Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge (C), her husband Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge (R) and Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, leave by carriage after attending the Order of the Garter procession at Windsor Castle, June 16, 2014 (AFP Photo/Toby Melville)