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The Prince and Princess of Monaco Visit Florence

  October 14, 2012 at 5:57 am by

October 10th, 2012 – Florence, Italy The Prince and Princess of Monaco arrived in Florence, Italy on October 10th for a short visit. The Mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi, greeted the Princely Couple at the historic Palazzo Vecchio, where a large crowd of local well-wishers had also gathered. That evening, Prince Albert and Princess Charlène attended the ‘Bal du Lys’, or Lily Ball, and were joined by around 300 other … Continue reading

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Spanish Royal Ladies Support Red Cross Fundraising Day

  October 14, 2012 at 5:11 am by

October 10th, 2012 – Madrid As on previous “Día de la Banderita”, female members of the Spanish Royal Family presided over Madrid’s “Día de la Banderita de la Cruz Roja Española” or Red Cross Day. Attending this years fundraising stalls were Queen Sofia, Princess Letizia and Infanta Elena. Her Majesty arrived at the Carrera de San Jerónimo in Madrid at twelve noon and was greeted with loud bursts of applause … Continue reading

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Spanish Royals attend Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Anniversary

  October 11, 2012 at 6:47 am by

October 8th, 2012 Members of the Spanish Royal Family attended the twentieth anniversary celebrations of the founding of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid. The King and Queen were accompanied by Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz. To coincide with the anniversary celebrations, Their Majesties opened the exhibition “Gauguin and the Trip to the Exotic”, which features over 100 works by 19th century French Post-Impressionist artist, Paul Gaugin. The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum was … Continue reading

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The Duke of Soria Turns 69

  October 9, 2012 at 6:00 am by

His Excellency Don Carlos Zurita, the Duke of Soria and Hernani, Grande de España celebrates his 69th birthday on October 9th. Don Carlos Zurita is the husband of Infanta Margarita of Spain and thus a brother-in-law of King Juan Carlos. Born Carlos Emilio Juan Zurita y Delgado in Malaga in October 1943, he married the younger sister of King Juan Carlos on October 12th, 1972 at Estoril in Portugal. The … Continue reading

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Queen Sofia Visits Areas hit by Spanish Floods

  October 8, 2012 at 10:56 pm by

October 5th, 2012 Queen Sofia paid a visit to some of the areas affected by the recent terrible flash flooding in Andalusia and Murcia. The devastating late September floods left eleven people dead. On October 5th,Queen Sofia arrived by helicopter to the town of Puerto Lumbreras and Her Majesty later went on to visit the towns of Villanueva del Rosario and Pueblo Laguna de Vera, where much of the area … Continue reading

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Felipe and Letizia’s Official Visit to Panama

  October 4, 2012 at 7:25 am by

October 3rd-4th, 2012 The Prince and Princess of Asturias departed Barajas Airport in Madrid on Tuesday October 2nd to begin a three-day visit to the Republics of Panama and Ecuador. Having landed and settled in Panama City, capital of the central American Republic, the Prince and Princess went out for dinner in a city centre restaurant. The following day, October 3rd, the Prince and Princess began their official duties. First … Continue reading

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Spanish Royals Honour Regimiento de Caballería Acorazado “Alcántara”

  October 2, 2012 at 6:10 am by

October 1st, 2012 – Madrid The Spanish Royal Family presided over a solemn military ceremony in the courtyard of the Palacio Real in Madrid for the imposition of the Distinguished Cross San Fernando to the Alcantara Regimental Cavalry Banner. Present today were The King, Queen, Prince and Princess of Asturias, Infantas Elena and Pilar, Infanta Margarita and her husband the Duke of Soria, Infante Carlos and his wife Princess Anne. … Continue reading

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Juan Urdangarín Turns 13

  September 30, 2012 at 6:41 am by

His Excellency Don Juan Urdangarín y de Borbón, Grande de España turned 13 on September 29. Don Juan Urdangarín is the eldest son of Infanta Cristina of Spain and Don Iñaki Urdangarin, Duke Consort of Palma de Mallorca. His Excellency is the second eldest grandson of King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia, and is currently eighth in the line of Succession to the Spanish Throne. Don Juan has 2 younger … Continue reading

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King Juan Carlos meets Former US President Bill Clinton

  September 24, 2012 at 8:02 pm by

New York – September 23rd, 2012 King Juan Carlos I attended the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative Meeting in New York City on Sunday September 23rd. Afterwards, the King met with former US President Bill Clinton in a relaxed and jovial atmosphere, with Mr Clinton joking that the King’s seat was ‘not a throne’. The King and Mr Clinton discussed a range of issues including the economic situation in Spain, violence … Continue reading

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Princess Caroline attends ‘Monaco Par Coeur’ Gala Dinner

  September 24, 2012 at 7:46 pm by

Monaco – September 22nd, 2012 Princess Caroline of Hanover, Hereditary Princess of Monaco attended the star-studded charity gala dinner ‘Monaco Par Coeur’ on September 22nd. The charity gala which was held in aid of the “Jeune J’écoute” and “Cékedubonheuof” charities; Princess Caroline is the Honorary President of the youth charity “Jeune J’écoute”. The sumptuous gala dinner was held at the Salle des Etoiles at Sporting Monte-Carlo, and drew in leading … Continue reading

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Royal Anniversary: Death of Louise of Savoy

  September 22, 2012 at 7:18 am by

On September 22nd, 1531 Louise of Savoy, the formidable mother of King François I, died at Grez-sur-Loing, outside Paris. During the first 15 years of the reign of her son, Louise was the most powerful woman in the Kingdom of France. Though Louise was born a Princess and was never Queen of France, she was Queen Mother in all but name. Maternal, politically active and shrewd, Louise acted as Regent … Continue reading

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Doña María Zurita Turned 37 Years Old This Week

  September 21, 2012 at 7:18 am by

María Sofía Emilia Carmen Zurita y de Borbón was born in Madrid, Spain on September 16th, 1975. She is the only daughter of Infanta Margarita of Spain, Duchess of Soria and Hernani, and Don Carlos Zurita, Duke Consort of Soria and Hernani. María has an older brother, Don Alfonso Zurita. María is the youngest niece of King Juan Carlos I, but is not in line to the throne as her … Continue reading

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New Spanish Royal Family Website

  September 16, 2012 at 9:15 am by

On Monday September 10th, the newly redesigned Spanish Royal website — Casa de Su Majestad el Rey de España – Castellano — was launched. Replacing the old outdated site had been rumoured for some time, and the new site has a more professional look with a lot more information, photos and features. The new site banner features Their Majesties the King and Queen, and the site has video links and … Continue reading

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The Princess of Asturias Turns 40

  September 16, 2012 at 7:00 am by

September 15th, 2012 Her Royal Highness Doña Letizia, Princess of Asturias celebrated her 40th Birthday yesterday. The future Queen Consort of Spain was born on September 15th, 1972 in Oviedo, Asturias. Prior to her marriage to Prince Felipe in 2004, Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano worked as a journalist. The news of her engagement to the Prince was announced in November 2003 and caught many royal watchers by complete surprise. The couple … Continue reading

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Infantas Leonor and Sofia Back to School

  September 15, 2012 at 6:25 am by

Madrid – September 14th, 2012 It was the first day back at school for Infantas Leonor and Sofia after their long summer break. Dressed in their school uniforms and accompanied by their parents, the Prince and Princess of Asturias, the little Infantas arrived at the Santa Maria de los Rosales School in Aravaca near Madrid. Infanta Leonor turns seven next month, whilst her younger sister, Infanta Sofia, turned turn in … Continue reading

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Royal Anniversary: Death of Philip II of Spain

  September 13, 2012 at 10:23 pm by

On September 13th, 1598, King Philip II of Spain died at the Monasterio de El Escorial outside Madrid after a lengthy reign. Philip II held many titles: he was King of Castile, Aragon, Navarre, Majorca, Portugal, Sardinia and Naples, Duke of Milan, Burgundy, Lothier, Brabant, Limburg, Luxemburg and Lord of the Netherlands. Philip was born on May 21st, 1527, the only son of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, and his … Continue reading

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Spanish Historical Royal of the Month: Joanna of Austria

  September 12, 2012 at 3:24 am by

Joanna, Archduchess of Austria, Infanta of Castile and Aragon, Princess of Burgundy was born in Madrid on the 24th of June 1535. Joanna was the second surviving daughter of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and Isabella of Portugal. In 1552, she was married to Infante João Manuel of Portugal and their only surviving child was the future King Sebastian of Portugal. Following the death of Infante João Manuel in 1554, … Continue reading

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Doña Victoria Federica Celebrates 12th Birthday

  September 10, 2012 at 11:11 pm by

September 9th, 2012 Her Excellency Doña Victoria Federica de Marichalar y Borbón celebrated her 12th birthday yesterday. Doña Victoria is the only daughter of HRH Infanta Elena of Spain, Duchess of Lugo and Don Jaime de Marichalar. The eldest granddaughter of Their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain, she is currently sixth in the line of succession to the Spanish Throne. Doña Victoria Federica has an … Continue reading

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Infanta Elena and Children in London with Spanish Paralympic Team

  September 1, 2012 at 10:17 am by

London – August 28th, 2012 Infanta Elena of Spain and her two children, Don Felipe Juan Froilán and Doña Victoria Federica de Marichalar travelled to London to support the Spanish Paralympic team at the London Paralympics 2012. Infanta Elena, the Duchess of Lugo, is the Honorary President of the Spanish Paralympic Committee. On Tuesday August 28th, Infanta Elena and Doña Victoria attended the flag raising ceremony at the Spanish Paralympic … Continue reading

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Duke & Duchess of Palma and Family Return to Barcelona

  September 1, 2012 at 9:39 am by

Barcelona – August 27th, 2012 Earlier this week, Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma, her husband Don Inaki Urdangarin and their four children, Juan, Pablo, Miguel and Irene, returned to their Barcelona residence. It is also believed that their four children will return to school in Barcelona shortly after the summer holidays. The family have lived in Washington, D.C. since 2009, when the Duke took up a lucrative position with Spanish … Continue reading

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