Dutch-Italian State Visit Heads To Palermo

  June 21, 2017 at 7:22 pm by

Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander

On their second day of their state visit to Italy, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima went to Palermo, Sicily, in the south of the country. Upon their arrival the Royal Couple was received by the Mayor of Palermo, Leoluca Orlando, in Quattro Canti, an octagonal Baroque square in the city centre. Then, walking through the street of the city, the King and Queen, accompanied by the Mayor, visited Palazzo delle Acquile, … Continue reading

Florals For The Garden Show: Mary Does Theme Dressing

  June 21, 2017 at 3:07 pm by

Crown Princess Mary

On Wednesday, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark opened the CPH Garden show in Valby Park that has been put together by Haveselskabet for the first time in Denmark.  The Princess continued the royal trend of ‘theme dressing’ for her visit, donning a black floral midi skirt from the Andiata label with a plain white blouse and a cream straw picture hat from Susanne Juul, one of her favourite milliners. Mary toured the numerous … Continue reading

Watered-Down State Opening of Parliament Held in London

  June 21, 2017 at 2:43 pm by

Queen Elizabeth

There was less pomp, less circumstance for the 2017 State Opening of Parliament in London on Wednesday, which saw Queen Elizabeth forego the traditional robes and crown she has worn in years past for a simple day frock and matching hat. Arriving by car instead of carriage, the Queen was accompanied by the Prince of Wales, who stood in for the Duke of Edinburgh (the Duke was admitted to hospital on … Continue reading

Princess Charlène Welcomes Special Olympic Team To The Prince’s Palace

  June 21, 2017 at 2:05 pm by

Princess Charlene

Earlier this week, Princess Charlène of Monaco welcomed the principality’s Special Olympics team to the Prince’s Palace to celebrate their success at the Special Olympics World Winter Games that took place in March. Monaco had twenty-three athletes competing, winning almost three dozen medals. The Princess posed for photos with all her guests, before taking them on a private tour of the Palace’s gardens. Princess Charlène is a Global Ambassador for the … Continue reading

Prince of Wales Visits Site of Finsbury Park Attack

  June 21, 2017 at 11:15 am by

Prince Charles

The Prince of Wales paid a visit to the Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park on Wednesday, where he met with members of the Muslim community following the van attack on a group leaving Ramadan prayers in the early hours of Monday morning. “Her Majesty has specifically asked me to tell you how shocked she was by what happened, particularly as the victims were worshippers who had been attending Ramadan prayers … Continue reading

King of Thailand ‘Fired Upon’ With Rubber Pellets By German Teens

  June 21, 2017 at 10:44 am by

Maha Vajiralongkorn

While out cycling in Bavaria two weeks ago, King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand and his entourage were ‘fired upon’ with rubber pellets from an airsoft gun by two teenagers, a spokesperson for the prosecution office in Landshut said on Tuesday. The two boys – aged 14 and 13 – were in a garden along a street in Erding, Bavaria when they shot the bullets at a passing group of cyclists, as well … Continue reading

Prince Philip Admitted to Hospital with Infection

  June 21, 2017 at 10:28 am by

The Duke of Edinburgh

Buckingham Palace announced this morning that the Duke of Edinburgh was last night admitted to hospital “as a precautionary measure” as he has contracted an infection from a “pre-existing condition”. The Duke is currently receiving treatment at King Edward VII hospital in London, but was not admitted as an emergency. He is “in good spirits” according to the Palace spokesperson, who was unable to confirm when the 96-year-old would be … Continue reading

A New Crown Prince In Saudi Arabia

  June 21, 2017 at 8:10 am by

Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz has appointed his own son, Prince Mohammad bin Salman, as heir and first in line to the Kingdom’s throne, replacing his nephew Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who occupied this position for the past three years. The new Crown Prince, 31, was also named deputy prime minister, and maintains his current position as Minister of Defence. He previously served as deputy Crown Prince and was third-in-line … Continue reading

Dutch King and Queen Kick-Off Italian State Visit

  June 20, 2017 at 8:10 pm by

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima

At the invitation of the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of The Netherlands, started today, Tuesday June 20, a four-day state visit to Italy along with Bert Koenders, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development. Upon their arrival at the airport of Ciampino, the King and Queen were officially welcomed by President Mattarella and his … Continue reading

Sayako Kuroda Made Supreme Priestess Of Holiest Shinto Shrine

  June 20, 2017 at 5:56 pm by

Sayako Kuroda

In accordance with decades-long tradition, Sayako Kuroda has been named the supreme priestess of Ise Jingū. She is replacing her aunt, Atsuko Ikeda, who held the position since 1988. The Ise Jingū Shinto Shrine is one of the most holy shrines in Japan, and is dedicated to the sun goddess Amaterasu. Since the end of World War Two and the disestablishment of State Shinto, the supreme priest and/or priestess is a position … Continue reading

Back To Ascot: Large Windsor Contingent On Hand For Royal Ascot Day One

  June 20, 2017 at 3:22 pm by

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh

A large number of royal Windsors were on hand for the opening day of the 2017 Royal Ascot meet at Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire on Tuesday. Queen Elizabeth – in lime green Stewart Parvin – was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke of York and Lord Vestey in the first carriage of the royal procession on to the course ahead of the afternoon’s races. The Prince of Wales, the … Continue reading

Princess Mary and Prince Naruhito Go For A Cruise

  June 20, 2017 at 12:48 pm by

Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Mary

Denmark’s Crown Princess played tour guide to the visiting Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan on Tuesday, as the pair went on a boat cruise through Copenhagen. Starting at Toldbodjn, Princess Mary and Prince Naruhito’s hour-long cruise took them past the famed Little Mermaid statue at Langelinie promenade, and UN City. They were joined by City and Port director Jens Kramer Mikkelsen, who explained to them North Sea developments. Crown Prince Naruhito is … Continue reading

July 8th’s The Date! Princess Mako’s Engagement To Be Officially Announced

  June 19, 2017 at 8:13 pm by

Princess Mako of Japan

The Imperial Household Agency today announced that the engagement between Princess Mako of Akishino and Mr Kei Komuro will be officially announced on Saturday July 8th. The announcement will come from Shinichiro Yamamoto, the Grand Steward of the Imperial Household Agency. Princess Mako and Mr Komuro, both 25, will hold a press conference later that day. It should be noted that while this will be the official announcement of the couple’s betrothal, … Continue reading

King Abdullah Visits France For Meeting With Macron

  June 19, 2017 at 4:40 pm by

King Abdullah and President Macron of France

The King of Jordan was in Paris on Monday for bilateral talks with the new French President, Emmanuel Macron, at Élysées Palace. The two leaders discussed the “importance of continuing coordination and consultation between Jordan and France on issues of mutual interest”. One of the major topic of discussion was sharing of intelligence and cooperation between the two countries to combat terrorism and extremism. King Abdullah and President Macron both reiterated the … Continue reading

Felipe and Letizia Visit The Museo Nacional del Prado

  June 19, 2017 at 4:02 pm by

Queen Letizia and King Felipe

Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia paid a visit to the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid on Monday, joining a group of schoolchildren for viewings of several pieces of art as part of ‘The Art of Educating’ program run by the Museum. Among the paintings the royal couple viewed were Diego Velazquez’s Las Medians and Fra Angelico’s La Anunciación. The program is run in conjunction with the La Caixa Foundation, in different … Continue reading

Bold And Beautiful: Charlène Dons Bright Red Maxi Dress For TV Soap Reception

  June 19, 2017 at 2:37 pm by

Princess Charlene and Prince Albert

The Princess of Monaco looked fabulous in a red flowing maxi dress on Sunday as she and Prince Albert attended a reception celebrating the 30th anniversary of American soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. Working perfectly with Charlène’s tall physique, the dress featured a deep v-neckline which was the backdrop for a pearl cross necklace. The Princess and her husband posed for photos with some of the soap’s cast members, as … Continue reading

Prince Frederik Attends Team Danmark Donation Hand-Over

  June 19, 2017 at 11:10 am by

Crown Prince Frederik

Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark was present on Monday at the Bagsværd Rostadion as Team Danmark received a donation of 50million DKK from the Salling Foundation to assist in their preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The donation will allow Team Danmark to “make targeted investments and develop set-up, methods and materials” which will give the country’s athletes “decisive margins in the fight for medals” according to the Team’s president, … Continue reading

Jordanian Monarch Assists In Putting Out Fire Near Amman

  June 19, 2017 at 5:47 am by

King Abdullah II of Jordan

Arab social media activists have circulated a video this Sunday showing Jordan’s King Abdullah II helping the Jordanian Army and civil defence teams as they put out a fire that broke out in Kamaliyeh, near the Royal Palace in Amman. The King appeared in the video carrying a fire extinguisher on his shoulder and passing it to the fire brigade onsite. He later Tweeted and thanked various participants for all the efforts they had made to … Continue reading

On This Day: Execution of Mexican Emperor Maximilian

  June 19, 2017 at 4:00 am by

Maximilian I of Mexico

150 years ago, the Second Mexican Empire’s only ruler – Maximilian I – was executed by firing squad at the Cerro de las Campanas in Querétaro City. He had reigned for just over three years. The 34-year-old Emperor had been captured by Republican forces, led by President Benito Juárez, who took the City on May 15 after several months of civil war between the two sides. Maximilian’s reign from the beginning had not received support … Continue reading

The Duchess of Vendôme Turns Forty

  June 19, 2017 at 3:00 am by

The Duchess of Vendome

The Duchess of Vendôme today celebrates her fortieth birthday. She was born as Philomena de Tornos y Steinhart in Vienna in 1977 to parents of Spanish and Austro-Hungarian ancestry. In March 2009, Philomena civilly wed Prince Jean of Orléans, Duke of Vendôme ahead of a religious ceremony that May. Philomena and Jean have four children: Gaston, Antoinette, Louise-Marguerite, and Joseph. They live in Dreux, France.

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