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Infanta Pilar Lauches the Nuevo Futuro 2012

  November 30, 2012 at 9:12 pm by

Madrid – November 23rd Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz launched the 2012 Rastrillo Nuevo Futuro in Madrid on November 23rd. The elder sister of King Juan Carlos I is the Honorary President of this charitable partnership, which was founded in 1968. Earlier in the week, Infanta Pilar attended the annual press conference prior to the launch day. During the press conference, the Duchess of Badajoz also gave more information on … Continue reading

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King Juan Carlos Undergoes Successful Hip Surgery

  November 27, 2012 at 1:35 am by

King Juan Carlos I of Spain is currently in recovery following a successful operation on his left hip which took place on Friday November 23rd at the San Jose Hospital in Madrid. Queen Sofia and the Prince of Asturias both paid a visit to the King on Friday evening. A hospital press report stated that the condition of His Majesty was “very positive”, it is believed that the 74 year … Continue reading

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Monaco’s National Day 2012

  November 20, 2012 at 11:03 am by

November 19th, 2012 – Monte Carlo Members of Monaco’s Princely Family attended mass at the Cathedral of St Nicholas in Monaco to celebrate the Principality’s National Day yesterday. Attending the traditional Mass and Te Deum this year were Prince Albert II, Princess Charléne, Princess Caroline, Princess Stéphanie, Andrea, Charlotte and Pierre Casiraghi, Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy and her daughter Melanie. The guest of honour this year was Hans Adam II, … Continue reading

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Spanish Royal Family Host Latin American Leaders in Cadiz

  November 20, 2012 at 10:56 am by

November 16th, 2012 – Cadiz On Friday November 16th, King Juan Carlos I hosted the heads of state from Portugal and many Latin American countries at the XXII Ibero-American Summit in the city of Cadiz. The king began the day with a series of pre-summit meetings with the President of Colombia and the President of Ecuador; he later hosted a noon luncheon for the Mexican President, which was also attended … Continue reading

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King Juan Carlos to Have Left Hip Surgery

  November 18, 2012 at 6:00 am by

November 17th, 2012 It has been announced that King Juan Carlos will undergo left hip surgery next week. The 74-year-old Spanish Monarch, who is currently hosting a gathering of Latin American Leaders in Cadiz, appeared supporting himself with two crutches. It is believed that the surgery will greatly benefit the mobility of the aging King, who has had a string of health issues of late. In April, the King had … Continue reading

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Monaco Against Autism Gala Night

  November 18, 2012 at 5:30 am by

November 14, 2012 – Monte Carlo The Prince and Princess of Monaco hosted the Monaco Against Autism Gala Night in Monte Carlo. Also in attendance from Monaco was Albert’s cousin, Ann-Elisabeth de Massy, and her daughter, Melanie. The guest of honour was Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz who was accompanied by her son, Don Bruno Gómez-Acebo and his wife Barbara. Also from Spain came Baroness Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza and … Continue reading

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Infanta Alicia Turned 95

  November 15, 2012 at 9:20 pm by

On November 13th, Infanta Alicia, Dowager Duchess of Calabria and Countess of Caserta celebrated her 95th birthday. A maternal aunt-in-law of King Juan Carlos, Infanta Alicia is the oldest member of the extended Spanish Royal Family. Born Princess Alicia of Princess of Bourbon-Parma in Vienna in 1917, she was the daughter of Prince Elio of Bourbon-Parma and Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria. In April 1936, she married Infante Alfonso de … Continue reading

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Royal Anniversary: Death of Anne of France

  November 15, 2012 at 10:16 am by

November 14th, 1522 This month, I’ve chosen Anne of France as my historical royal of the month. This French Princess was born the eldest daughter of Louis XI and Charlotte of Savoy in April 1461 and went onto become one of the most powerful European figures in the late 15th century. Anne is also known as Anne de Beaujeu as in November 1473, she married Pierre de Bourbon, Lord of … Continue reading

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Royal Anniversary: Birth of Princess Grace of Monaco

  November 12, 2012 at 9:57 am by

November 12th, 1929 The iconic Grace Kelly was born on November 12th, 1929 in Philadelphia. Her father was the Irish-American John B. Kelly, Sr, who was also known as ‘Jack’, and her mother Margaret Katherine Majer, who was of German decent. The young Grace Kelly had a strict Roman Catholic upbringing with her siblings – Margaret, John and Lizanne. Prior to her marriage into the Princely Family of Monaco, Grace … Continue reading

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The Queen of Spain Turns 74

  November 4, 2012 at 3:10 am by

Her Majesty the Queen of Spain celebrated her 74th birthday on November 2nd. The ever-popular Queen Sofia was born a Princess of Greece in 1938, the eldest child of the late King Paul of Greece and Queen Frederika. The then-Princess Sophia of Greece has two younger siblings, ex-King King Constantine II of Greece and Princess Irene of Greece. The future Queen Consort of Spain married Infante Juan Carlos of Spain … Continue reading

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Infanta Leonor Turns 7

  November 1, 2012 at 10:35 pm by

Her Royal Highness Infanta Leonor of Spain celebrated her seventh birthday yesterday, October 31st. Currently second in line to the throne, Leonor is the eldest daughter of Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia, and has a younger sister, Infanta Sofia. Infanta Leonor was born on October 31st, 2005 and was baptised at the Chapel of the Palace of Zarzuela on January 14th, 2006. The King and Queen stood as her godparents. … Continue reading

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Doña Simoneta Gómez-Acebo Turns 44

  October 29, 2012 at 10:41 pm by

Her Excellency Doña Simoneta Gómez-Acebo, Grandee of Spain celebrated her 44th birthday on October 28th. Simoneta is the only daughter of Infanta Pilar of Spain and the late Don Luis Gómez-Acebo, and is also the eldest niece of King Juan Carlos I. Her Excellency is not in line to the throne as her mother renounced her rights prior to her marriage to the late Visconde de la Torre. María de … Continue reading

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King Juan Carlos on Official Visit to India

  October 29, 2012 at 9:22 pm by

October 24th-27th, 2012 His Majesty King Juan Carlos paid an official visit to the Republic of India from October 24th until October 27th. His Majesty arrived at the International Airport in Mumbai late in the evening of Wednesday October 24th, and was received by the Spanish Ambassador. The King had arrived with four Spanish government ministers and a trade delegation as the aim of this visit was to boost and … Continue reading

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The 2012 Prince of Asturias Awards

  October 27, 2012 at 10:35 pm by

The 2012 prestigious Prince of Asturias Awards took place last Friday, October 26th, in Oviedo, the historical capital of the Principality of Asturias. Shortly before noon on Thursday October 25th, the Prince and Princess of Asturias granted a series of audiences at the Council Room of the Reconquista Hotel in Oviedo. Later that evening, the Prince and Princess of Asturias attended a concert at the Auditorio Principe Felipe in Oviedo. … Continue reading

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Queen Sofia’s Visit to Bolivia

  October 24, 2012 at 9:08 pm by

October 15th-19th, 2012 Her Majesty Queen Sofia embarked on a four-day visit to the Republic of Bolivia from October 15th until October 19th. Queen Sofia was accompanied on this visit by the Spanish Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Latin America, Jesus Gracia. The aim of the visit was to reaffirm that Bolivia will remain a priority for aid by the Spanish Government, despite the dire economic climate … Continue reading

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Prince and Princess of Monaco At ‘Princess Grace Foundation’ Gala

  October 24, 2012 at 5:31 am by

October 22nd, 2012 – New York City The Prince and Princess of Monaco attended the gala dinner of the Princess Grace Foundation in New York on October 22nd. This year marked the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA by the late Prince Rainier III of Monaco. The awards – of which there are 25 in total – recognize new talent in area of theatre, dance and … Continue reading

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Charlotte Casiraghi Attends ‘Art of Cartier’ Exhibition

  October 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm by

October 22nd, 2012 – Madrid Charlotte Casiraghi attended The Art of Cartier exhibition gala presentation at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid on October 22nd. The gala evening was in honour of the exquisite Cartier jewellery exhibition which is currently on show at the museum. The exhibition has over 400 historic pieces, some of which are on loan from the Spanish and Monegasque royal families, and also some which belonged to … Continue reading

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Spanish Historical Royal of the Month: Maria of Austria

  October 23, 2012 at 3:57 am by

On October 18th, 1558 Maria of Austria, Archduchess of Austria, Infanta of Aragon and Castile, Princess of Burgundy, Queen Dowager of Hungary and Bohemia and Imperial Regent of the Low Countries died at Cigales, north of Valladolid in Spain. Though largely forgotten by history, Maria (or Mary) was nonetheless an important figure in the politics of 16th century Europe, although she is somewhat overshadowed by her brothers, Holy Roman Emperors … Continue reading

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Anniversary of the Execution of Marie Antoinette

  October 17, 2012 at 2:29 am by

Yesterday marked the anniversary of Marie Antoinette’s execution. On October 16th, 1793, Marie Antoinette of Austria, former Queen of France, left her prison cell at the Conciergerie in Paris, where she had been imprisoned since August of that year, for the last time. Having been found guilty of treason by the Revolutionary Tribunal on October 14th, Marie Antoinette was condemned to death, her trial having been a complete farce. King … Continue reading

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Spanish Royal Family Celebrate National Day 2012

  October 15, 2012 at 9:32 am by

On Friday October 12th, the Spanish Royal Family presided over the annual National Day celebrations in Madrid. Members of the Royal Family present this year were the King and Queen, the Prince and Princess of Asturias and Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo. Notably absent this year was the presence of Infanta Cristina and her husband the Duke Consort of Palma de Mallorca. Also notable this year was the fact that … Continue reading

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