Princess Caroline Celebrates Sixtieth Birthday

  January 23, 2017 at 6:00 am by

Princess Caroline of Hanover

Monaco’s Princess Caroline turns sixty years old today, January 23. Born in 1957 at the Prince’s Palace, Caroline is the eldest child of Prince Rainier III of Monaco and film star Grace Kelly. Her two siblings – Albert and Stephanie – were born in 1958 and 1965 respectively. Speaking five languages, the Princess studied philosophy at Sorbonne University after completing her baccalaureate. As a young woman, Princess Caroline was noted for her beauty … Continue reading

Palace Profile: Sanssouci Palace

  January 22, 2017 at 8:00 am by

Schloss Sanssouci

Schloss Sanssouci Location: Potsdam, Brandenburg, Federal Republic of Germany Built: 1745-1747; 1840s (expansion) Architect: Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff; Ludwig Persius (expansion) Commissioned By: Friedrich II (“The Great”) of Prussia Style: Rococò Rooms: 36 On The Palace Grounds: Sanssouci Park, Sanssouci Picture Gallery, Temple of Friendship, Chinese House, Orangery Current Owner: Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg for the City of Potsdam Current Use: Tourist attraction UNESCO World Heritage Site: Listed since 1990 A full list of Palace Profiles can be found here.

Queen Margrethe Opens European Capital of Culture For 2017

  January 21, 2017 at 8:14 pm by

Queen Margrethe

At the Aarhus Concert Hall, Queen Margrethe II tonight has officially opened the European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017. The city was named one of two Capitals of Culture by the European Union for this year; the ECOC is designed to “highlight the richness and diversity of cultures in Europe”. The Queen set off a parade of illuminated lanterns in the shape of various ships from the Concert Hall through … Continue reading

New Photos As Princess Ingrid Alexandra Becomes A Teen

  January 21, 2017 at 7:57 am by

Princess Ingrid Alexandra

Norway’s Princess Ingrid Alexandra today celebrates her thirteenth birthday, and the Royal Court has released a series of new photographs to mark the occasion. The photos were taken last month by Cornelius Poppe. The Princess is the elder child of Crown Prince Haakon and his wife Mette-Marit, and is second in line to the Norwegian throne after her father. She was born at Oslo University Hospital Rikshospitalet in 2004 and has two … Continue reading

Cake and Balloons For Birthday Girl Sophie During Devon Visit

  January 20, 2017 at 3:02 pm by

The Countess of Wessex

There was a surprise birthday cake on hand today for the Countess of Wessex as she attended the annual general meeting of the Devon County Agricultural Association. With a broad grin on her face, Sophie – who turns 52 – cut into the cake that was decorated with icing farm animals (quite apt, considering the event). Sophie had been elected the Association’s President for the year during the meeting, saying … Continue reading

Cambridge Family To Move To London On Full-Time Basis In Autumn

  January 20, 2017 at 11:21 am by

The Cambridge family

Kensington Palace issued a press release this morning that confirmed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with their two children, will be moving back to London and residing at their Kensington Palace residence for a larger portion of the year as they look to increase their official duties. The change is set to take place in the coming autumn. “Their Royal Highnesses are keen to continue to increase their official work … Continue reading

Queen Mathilde at 44: Her Top Five Fashion Moments

  January 20, 2017 at 8:00 am by

Queen Mathilde

Belgium’s Queen Mathilde celebrates her 44th birthday today, so we’re taking a quick look at some of her best fashion moments… 5. For National Day in 2005, when she was pregnant with her third child, Mathilde chose a soft pink ensemble with trailing chiffon flowers over one shoulder – with a matching flower pinned to the back of her chignon. 4. A classic black and white combination is difficult to ruin, and … Continue reading

‘Bunte’ Publishes Exclusive Interview with Isenburg’s Hereditary Princess

  January 20, 2017 at 7:24 am by

Hereditary Princess Sarah von Isenburg

An exclusive interview with Hereditary Princess Sarah von Isenburg was published by German magazine Bunte last night. The Princess, who is married to Hereditary Prince Alexander von Isenburg, revealed the full name of her newborn daughter – Princess Zita Maria Immaculata Elisabeth Irina. “She is a great pleasure,” Sarah said of the newborn, before adding that the couple’s elder daughter, 14-month-old Princess Alix Imagina, is “very affectionate with her little sister” and “shows … Continue reading

Japan’s Emperor and Empress To Visit Vietnam and Thailand

  January 20, 2017 at 6:32 am by

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The Emperor and Empress of Japan will be making their first official visit to Vietnam at the end of February, the Japanese Government has announced today. It is expected they will meet with top members of Vietnam’s Government, including President Trần Đại Quang, during the five-day visit, as well visit the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh. On March 5, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will stop in Thailand before returning to Japan the … Continue reading

On This Day: Princess Diana Visits Children’s Hospital

  January 20, 2017 at 6:00 am by

Diana, Princess of Wales

January 20, 1987: Diana, Princess of Wales during a visit to the Tadworth Court Hospital for Children.

Princess Stéphanie Joined By Brother and Children For Circus Festival Opening Night

  January 19, 2017 at 7:33 pm by

Princess Stephanie and her family at the circus

The 41st International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo kicked off this evening with the opening performance at the Fontvieille Big Top. As they do each year, several members of the Grimaldi family were in attendance for the performance. Princess Stéphanie, who is the President of the Festival, was accompanied by her brother, Prince Albert II, and two of her children, Louis and Pauline Ducruet. Wearing the Festival’s official scarves over their outfits, … Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth Makes Annual Visit to Women’s Institute Meeting

  January 19, 2017 at 4:47 pm by

Queen Elizabeth

Looking bright and cheery in a fuchsia coat and frock, Queen Elizabeth II this afternoon paid her annual visit to the Sandringham chapter of the Women’s Institute at West Newton Village Hall. After being greeted by the chapter’s vice-president, Yvonne Browne, Her Majesty headed inside for tea, cakes and gingerbread with other members. Historian Lucy Worsley, known for her presentation of many historical documentaries on the BBC, was this year’s guest speaker. The Queen … Continue reading

Royals in Davos For World Economic Forum

  January 19, 2017 at 12:13 pm by

Queen Mathilde

The second last week of January typically means one event for some royals: a trip to Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum. This year’s attendees included King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians, Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, and Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway. They have spent varying amounts of time the past few days at the Forum, meeting with other world leaders like … Continue reading

Prince Harry Becomes Patron of Botswana Rhino Charity

  January 19, 2017 at 8:51 am by

Prince Harry

Kensington Palace has announced a new patronage for Prince Harry: he has agreed to become patron of Rhino Conservation Botswana. The purpose of the charity is to “help raise awareness of the plight of Africa’s black and white rhinos and inspire positive action” to protect the species. Harry spoke in a video that was published alongside the announcement, saying that “the rhino is one of Africa’s most iconic species…the black … Continue reading

Happy 80th Birthday Princess Birgitta!

  January 19, 2017 at 4:00 am by

Princess Birgitta

Today is the eightieth birthday of Princess Birgitta of Sweden, Princess of Hohenzollern. Born on January 19, 1937, Birgitta Ingeborg Alice is the second of five children born to Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. The Princess and her siblings (Princesses Margaretha, Desireé and Christina, and the current King Carl XVI Gustaf) spent their childhood at Haga Palace, with the residence giving the four sisters a … Continue reading

Divorce For Louis and Tessy of Luxembourg

  January 18, 2017 at 4:49 pm by

Princess Tessy and Prince Louis

The Grand Ducal Court of Luxembourg has announced that Prince Louis, the third son of Grand Duke Henri, and his wife Tessy have made the decision to divorce after ten years of marriage. “TRH The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess regret to announce that Prince Louis and Princess Tessy have decided to divorce. In these painful circumstances, they rely on the understanding of all to respect the private sphere of … Continue reading

150 Years of Danish-Japanese Relations Begins With Art Exhibition in Copenhagen

  January 18, 2017 at 4:41 pm by

Crown Prince Frederik

Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark was on hand today to help open the exhibition Japanomania in the Nordic Countries 1875-1918 at the National Gallery of Art in Copenhagen. Joined by the Japanese Ambassador to Denmark, Toshiro Suzuki, Frederik donned a kimono to crap open a traditional barrel of sake to officially open the exhibition, before having a drink and then touring the gallery. The exhibition has been arranged by the Gallery in conjunction … Continue reading

Spain’s King and Queen Open International Tourism Fair

  January 18, 2017 at 2:23 pm by

King Felipe and Queen Letizia

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain today were present for the inauguration of the International Tourism Fair, FITUR 2017. Taking place at the Juan Carlos I Trade Fair Centre, the 37th edition of the tourism fair brings together exhibitors and business from over 160 countries to promote the latest in international travel trends, services and businesses. The King and Queen, who was wearing burgundy trousers, a pale pink blouse … Continue reading

Duchess of Cornwall Visits Aberdeen University

  January 18, 2017 at 11:33 am by

The Duchess of Cornwall

As their Chancellor, the Duchess of Cornwall – known as the Duchess of Rothesay whilst in Scotland – paid a visit to the University of Aberdeen on Wednesday. The purpose of her visit was to officially open the new Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health centre at the university’s Medical School Campus. The Institute focuses on research into nutrition and food. The Duchess, donning a white lab coat, was shown around the new … Continue reading

A Kiss From A Sea Lion? Not Quite What Princess Stéphanie Was Expecting

  January 17, 2017 at 5:46 pm by

Princess Stephanie and Pauline Ducruet

Princess Stéphanie of Monaco and her elder daughter Pauline Ducruet received a surprise morsel of affection during a photocall on Tuesday to mark the upcoming International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo. The duo had agreed to pose with a sea lion, when the animal decided to move closer towards the two women and give them a ‘kiss’ on the cheek. Both Stéphanie and Pauline were quick to step away from the sea … Continue reading

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