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Don Felipe de Marichalar Turns 16

  July 22, 2014 at 8:25 am by

His Excellency, Don Felipe Juan de Marichalar y Borbón celebrated his 16th birthday on July 17th. Born in 1998, he is the eldest son of Infanta Elena of Spain and Don Jaime de Marichalar and is currently fourth in the Line of succession to the Spanish Throne. Don Felipe Juan was baptised in October 1998 and was named in honour of his uncle King Felipe and great grandfather, Infante Juan Count of … Continue reading

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Spanish Introductory Visit to Portugal

  July 9, 2014 at 3:10 am by

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain paid a one-day introductory visit to neighbouring Portugal on July 7th. Following on from their recent visit to the Vatican, the Spanish King and Queen arrived at the military airport Figo Maduro near Lisbon and were greeted by the the Spanish Ambassador to the Portuguese Republic. After the greeting ceremony, the King and Queen moved onto the Belém Palace, where they were warmly … Continue reading

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Royal of the Month: Jeanne III of Navarre

  June 27, 2014 at 8:34 am by

For the month of June, I have chosen Jeanne d’Albret as my feature royal. Though largely a forgotten historical figure, Jeanne III of Navarre was a major power player during the dying days of the French Valois Dynasty. Jeanne d’Albret was born at the Chateau de Pau on January 7, 1528, the daughter of Marguerite d’Angoulême and Henri II of Navarre. Her mother was the only sister of King François I of … Continue reading

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Princely Family Attend Opening of New Monaco Yacht Club

  June 21, 2014 at 8:15 pm by

The extended Princely Family of Monaco and their partners gathered en masse at the Monaco Yacht Club earlier today, for the official opening of the new building of the Yacht Club de Monaco. Present were Prince Albert II and Princess Charlène, Princess Caroline, Princess Alexandra, Andrea Casiraghi and Tatiana Santo Domingo, Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo, Charlotte Casiraghi and Gad Elmaleh, Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy and her daughter Mélanie. However, … Continue reading

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Felipe VI Proclaimed King of Spain

  June 19, 2014 at 7:41 pm by

Following the abdication ceremony for King Juan Carlos yesterday at the Palacio Real in Madrid, his successor Felipe VI was proclaimed King this morning in Madrid. In a modest show of pomp and in glorious sunshine, the King accompanied by Queen Letizia and their two daughters, Leonor and Sofia, left the Zarzuela Palace following a family photoshoot. The Royal Family – who were escorted by an impressive military escort – arrived at the Spanish … Continue reading

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King Juan Carlos I’s Last Official Act

  June 18, 2014 at 8:46 am by

His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain accompanied by Her Majesty Queen Sofia hosted a Luncheon for members of the Spanish Government yesterday at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid. This luncheon marked the last Official act by Their Majesties as King & Queen of Spain. Attending yesterdays luncheon were the Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, President of the Senate Pio Garcia Escudero, President of the Constitutional Court, Francisco Pérez … Continue reading

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Royal Look-Back: Proclamation of King Juan Carlos

  June 17, 2014 at 10:02 pm by

Seeing as King Juan Carlos will formally abdicate the Spanish throne after a long reign tomorrow, the blog has decided to look back at his accession ceremonies which took place in 1975. On November 22, 1975 following the death of General Franco, Don Juan Carlos de Borbón was proclaimed King of Spain. The proclamation ceremony took place at the Spanish Cortes (Parliament), where the new Queen Sofia and the couple’s … Continue reading

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Queen Fabiola of Belgium Celebrates Her 86th birthday

  June 11, 2014 at 1:00 am by

The Spanish-born widow of the late beloved King Baudouin of Belgium was born in Madrid, Spain on June 11, 1928. Queen Fabiola was the fourth daughter of the Marquess of Casa Riera. Her godmother was none other than Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain. Doña Fabiola de Mora’s family were close to the Spanish Royal Family and in her youth, Fabiola was a lady in waiting to the Infanta Pilar of … Continue reading

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State Visit From Mexico to Spain

  June 10, 2014 at 1:14 pm by

The President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, accompanied by his wife, Angélica Rivera, began a state visit to the Kingdom of Spain on Monday June 9th. The King and Queen presided over the official welcoming ceremony at the El Pardo Palace in Madrid. Following this, the President and First Lady travelled the short distance to the Zarzuela Palace, where the King and Queen hosted a luncheon. They were joined by … Continue reading

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King Juan Carlos I Presides Over Day of the Armed Forces

  June 9, 2014 at 2:01 am by

The King and Queen of Spain were accompanied by the Prince and Princess of Asturias to preside over the Day of the Armed Forces ceremony in Madrid on June 8th. This very solemn military ceremony is a tribute to all fallen soldiers on Armed Forces Day and this year took place on the Plaza de la Lealtad in Madrid. The Plaza de la Lealtad also houses the Spanish War Memorial … Continue reading

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King Albert Turns 80

  June 7, 2014 at 5:48 am by

King Albert II of Belgium celebrated his 80th birthday yesterday, June 6th. The former Belgian Monarch was born at Chateau Stuyvenberg in 1934, the second son of King Leopold III of the Belgians and Princess Astrid of Sweden. The infant Prince of Liège was christened Albert Félix Humbert Théodore Christian Eugène Marie with his godparents being Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma and Queen Elisabeth of Belgium. Tragedy struck on the August 29th, 1935, … Continue reading

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Princess Astrid of Belgium Turns 52

  June 5, 2014 at 8:20 pm by

Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este celebrates her 52nd birthday on June 5th. The Princess is the only sister of King Philippe of Belgium and was born in 1962, the second child and only daughter of the future King Albert II and Queen Paola. The Princess was named in honour of her father’s mother, the tragic Astrid of Sweden, who was killed in 1935. The Princess was baptised Astrid Josephine Charlotte … Continue reading

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Doña Irene Urdangarín Turns 9

  June 5, 2014 at 6:00 pm by

Doña Irene Urdangarín, the youngest child and only daughter of Infanta Cristina of Spain and Don Iñaki Urdangarín, Duke of Palma de Mallorca, turned nine today. Doña Irene is the sixth grandchild of King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia, and was born in Barcelona in 2005. Her baptism took place at the Chapel of the Palace of Zarzuela in July 2005, where she was given the name Irene in … Continue reading

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Queen Sofia Speaks at UNICEF Annual Session

  June 3, 2014 at 8:58 pm by

The Queen of Spain is currently on a three day visit to New York City. Despite the news of the abdication of her husband, King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia continued with her official plans and her official visit began in New York City on Tuesday. Queen Sofia, as a special guest, attended the annual session of the UNICEF Executive Board at the United Nations headquarters. The Queen gave a speech where she remembered … Continue reading

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Official Visit to the Netherlands from Monaco

  June 3, 2014 at 8:51 pm by

Prince Albert II of Monaco began an official visit to the Kingdom of the Netherlands today. Princess Charlène, who’s pregnancy was announced last week, was due to accompany the Prince, but did not. The Prince arrived at the Schiphol Airport outside Amsterdam this morning for the two-day trip and was later accompanied by King Willem-Alexander to the official opening of the exhibition ‘Grace Kelly, Princess and Style Icon’ at the Het Loo … Continue reading

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Infanta Pilar Talks About Brother’s Abdication

  June 3, 2014 at 8:46 pm by

Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz spoke briefly to reporters today in Madrid following the shock announcement of her brother’s abdication. The elder sister of King Juan Carlos told reporters that she already new of the plans but had kept quiet on the matter. The Duchess also said that her nephew, Prince Felipe, was “divinely prepared” for the role. So far Infanta Pilar is the only member of the Spanish Royal Family to have … Continue reading

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Princess Charlène of Monaco is Pregnant

  May 30, 2014 at 9:46 pm by

The Prince’s Palace of Monaco announced on Friday May 30th that Princess Charlène is pregnant. The baby, which is due in December, will be the first child of Prince Albert II and Princess Charlène. The Monegasque Princely Couple revealed their “immense joy” over the news in a short joint statement released by the Prince’s Palace. The Prince already has two children from previous relationships, Jazmin Rotolo and Alexandre Coste, neither of whom are … Continue reading

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Felipe and Letizia’s 10th Wedding Anniversary

  May 23, 2014 at 1:10 am by

The Prince and Princess of Asturias celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary on May 22nd. The heir apparent to the Spanish throne married former journalist Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano in a lavish ceremony at the Cathedral Santa María la Real de la Almudena in Madrid, which was attended by the entire Spanish Royal Family and a host of other foreign royal guests in 2004. The couple currently have two daughters, Infantas Leonor … Continue reading

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The Last of the Valois

  May 18, 2014 at 6:48 am by

Marguerite de Valois, Princess of France was born at the Royal Chateau of Saint-Germain-en-Laye on May 14, 1553, the youngest surviving daughter of Henri II of France and Catherine de Médici. The Princess was named in honour of her father’s devoted sister, Marguerite de France, Duchess de Berry. The young Marguerite – who was known simply as Margot by her family – was raised at the sophisticated French Valois court. Marguerite had three older and … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima of the Netherlands Turns 43

  May 17, 2014 at 8:21 pm by

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands celebrates her 43rd birthday on May 17th. Born Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti in Buenos Aires, Argentina in May 1971, her father is a retired Argentine politician, Jorge Zorreguieta, and her mother is María del Carmen Cerruti Carricart. Máxima has two brothers and a sister, as well as three half-sisters from her father’s first marriage. Prior to her marriage, Máxima worked as an investment banker having obtained … Continue reading

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