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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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Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland Turns 35

  May 13, 2014 at 8:37 pm by

Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Duke of Värmland celebrates his 35th birthday on May 13th. The Swedish Prince, who was born in 1979, is the second child and only son of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden. His full name is Carl Philip Edmund Bertil and he was baptised at the Royal Palace Church on August 31st, 1979. His chosen godparents were his late great-uncle Prince Bertil, Duke of … Continue reading

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Royal of the Month: Élisabeth of France

  May 13, 2014 at 8:33 pm by

For the month of May, I have chosen Princess Élisabeth of France as my featured royal. Also known as Madame Élisabeth, she was the youngest sister of Louis XVI of France. The Princess followed her brother and sister-in-law to the guillotine in 1794 during the Terror. Élisabeth Philippine Marie Hélène de France was born early on the morning of May 3rd, 1764 at the Royal Palace of Versailles. The Princess was the youngest daughter … Continue reading

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Princess Benedikte Turns Seventy

  April 29, 2014 at 11:15 pm by

Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg celebrates her 70th birthday on April 29th. The Princess is a younger sister of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. Princess Benedikte was born at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, the second daughter of the future King Frederik IX of Denmark and his wife, Princess Ingrid of Sweden, and has a younger sister, Queen Anne-Marie of Greece. The Princess was baptised at the Church of Holmen in … Continue reading

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Infanta Sofía Turns Seven

  April 29, 2014 at 10:54 pm by

Infanta Sofía of Spain celebrates her 7th birthday on April 29th. Sofía is the youngest daughter of the Prince and Princess of Asturias; he has an older sister, Infanta Leonor. Infanta Sofía was born at the Ruber International Clinic in Madrid in 2007. The Infanta was baptised Sofía de Todos los Santos infront of the Palace Chapel of Zarzuela in July 2007. The name Sofia was chosen in honour of her paternal … Continue reading

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Royal of the Month: Brian Boru

  April 27, 2014 at 1:02 am by

For April’s Royal of the Month, I have chosen Ireland’s most famous High King – or in Irish, Ard Rí – Brian Boru, who was slain 1,000 years ago on April 23rd, 1014. The exact date of Brian’s birth has been debated over the centuries, but its believed he was born c.941 in Kincora, Killaloe County Clare. His father, Cennétig mac Lorcáin, was the King of Munster and his mother, Bé Binn, was … Continue reading

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Easter Holidays with the Spanish Royal Family

  April 22, 2014 at 6:22 am by

Members of the Spanish Royal Family arrived on the Balearic Island of Mallorca during the Holy Week to start the traditional short Easter Holidays at the Marivent Palace in Palma de Mallorca. Earlier last week, Her Majesty Queen Sofia accompanied by her younger sister, HRH Princess Irene of Greece were the first royal arrivals on the island. On Holy Tuesday, The Queen and her sister attended the German Requiem concert … Continue reading

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Margrethe II of Denmark Turns 74

  April 16, 2014 at 9:24 pm by

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark celebrates her 74th birthday today. The ever-popular Danish Monarch was born at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen in 1940, the eldest child of then-Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Ingrid of Denmark. The infant Princess was baptised at the Church of Holmen in Copenhagen on May 14, 1940 with the names Margrethe Alexandrine Þórhildur Ingrid. Among her godparents were her paternal grandfather, King Christian X of Denmark, her father’s brother, … Continue reading

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Belgian Royal Birthdays

  April 15, 2014 at 10:31 pm by

The King of the Belgians celebrates his 54th birthday on April 15th. Philippe was born at the Chateau de Belvedere in Brussels in 1960, the eldest child and son of former King Albert II and Queen Paola. The infant Prince was baptised with the names Philippe Léopold Louis Marie at the Church of Saint-Jacques-sur-Coudenberg near the Royal Palace in Brussels. Chosen as his godparents were his paternal grandfather, former King Leopold III … Continue reading

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The Duchess of Alba Turns 88

  April 1, 2014 at 6:57 pm by

Doña María del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva, 18th Duchess of Alba de Tormes, Grandee of Spain turned 88 on March 28th. Doña Cayetana was born in 1926 at the Palacio de Liria in Madrid, the only child of Don Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart y Falcó, 17th Duke of Alba and Doña María del Rosario de Silva y Gurtubay, Duchess of Alba. The Alba family were very close to the … Continue reading

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Spanish Royal Family Honours the Duke of Suárez

  March 27, 2014 at 7:43 am by

On Sunday March 23rd, Adolfo Suárez, 1st Duke of Suárez and Spain’s first post-Franco Prime Minister passed away aged 81. Born on September 25th, 1932 in Cebreros, Spain he went onto hold several political posts in the last years of the Franco Regime. In July 1976, King Juan Carlos appointed  Suárez as President of the Government of Spain (Prime Minister), a post he held until 1981. Together with King Juan … Continue reading

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Queen Sofia of Spain Visits Guatemala

  March 19, 2014 at 7:43 pm by

March 19th, 2014 Queen Sofia of Spain is currently on a three-day cooperation visit to the Republic of Guatemala. The Spanish Queen Consort arrived in Guatemala City accompanied by the Spanish Secretary of State for International Cooperation and Latin America on March 18th. Shortly after arriving in Guatemala City, the Queen met with the President at the Palacio Nacional de la Cultura. Following this meeting, Queen Sofia accompanied by the First … Continue reading

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The Prince of Monaco Turns 56

  March 14, 2014 at 12:30 am by

March 14th, 2014 Albert II, The Sovereign Prince of Monaco celebrates his 56th birthday on March 14th. The Prince was born in 1958, the only son of the late Rainier III, Prince of Monaco and the iconic Princess Grace. His full name is Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre Grimaldi and was baptised in April 1958, his godparents being his paternal grandfather, Prince Louis de Polignac, and Queen Victoria-Eugénia of Spain. Following … Continue reading

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Death of the Dowager Countess of Ripalda

  March 13, 2014 at 8:25 pm by

It was announced earlier this evening that the Dowager Countess of Ripalda died at the Hospital La Paz in Madrid where she was admitted following a stroke. The Countess, better known as María de la Concepción Sáenz de Tejada y Fernández de Bobadilla, is the mother of Don Jaime de Marichalar, former husband of Infanta Elena of Spain, Duchess of Lugo. The Dowager Countess was born in Logroño in the La … Continue reading

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Infanta Margarita Celebrates Her 75th Birthday

  March 7, 2014 at 9:13 pm by

Infanta Margarita of Spain, Duchess of Soria and Hernani celebrates her 75th birthday on March 6th. A younger sister of King Juan Carlos I of Spain, Margarita was born in 1938 in Rome, Italy and has been blind since birth. Her full name is Margarita María de la Victoria Esperanza Jacoba Happiness Perpetua de Todos los Santos. Margarita is also the youngest child of the late Count and Countess of … Continue reading

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Princess Beatrix Turns 76

  February 1, 2014 at 2:46 am by

Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands turned 76 years old on January 31st. The former Queen Regnant of the Dutch Kingdom was born at the Soestdijk Palace in Baarn, Netherlands in 1938. Her parents were the future Queen Juliana of the Netherlands and her German husband, Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld. The Princess was baptised Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard at the Grote of Sint-Jacobskerk in the Hague in May 1938 .Among her godparents … Continue reading

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Prince of Asturias Turns 46

  January 30, 2014 at 11:20 pm by

The Prince of Asturias turns 46 years old on January 30th. The heir apparent to the Spanish throne was born in Madrid to the then Prince Juan Carlos and Princess Sofia in 1968. He was baptised on the 8th of February as Felipe Juan Pablo Alfonso de Todos los Santos de Borbón y de Grecia at the Zarzuela Palace chapel by the Archbishop of Madrid. Chosen as his godparents were … Continue reading

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Charlene, Princess of Monaco Celebrates 36th Birthday

  January 27, 2014 at 2:43 am by

The Princess of Monaco (often referred to as Princess Charlene of Monaco) celebrated her 36th birthday on Saturday, January 25th. Born Ms Charlene Lynette Wittstock in Rhodesia, now modern day Zimbabwe, in 1978, the future Princess is of English and German decent. In 1989, the Wittstock family relocated to South Africa. Prior to her marriage, Charlene was a celebrated swimmer and represented South Africa at the 2000 Olympic Games in … Continue reading

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Caroline, Princess Of Hanover Turns 57

  January 24, 2014 at 2:28 am by

Her Royal Highness Caroline, The Princess of Hanover, Hereditary Princess of Monaco celebrated her 57th birthday on January 23rd. The ever popular Princess was born in Monaco and is the eldest child of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco & the iconic Princess Grace. The Princess was christened Caroline Louise Marguerite Grimaldi at a lavish Roman Catholic ceremony in March 1957 at the Monaco Cathedral by the Archbishop of Monaco. Princess … Continue reading

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Royal of the Month: Catherine de’ Medici

  January 22, 2014 at 10:00 am by

Catherine de’ Medici was born in Florence on April 13, 1519; her father was the Florentine Lorenzo II de’ Medici, Duke of Urbino and her French mother was Madeleine de La Tour d’Auvergne. Tragically, her mother died ten days after giving birth to Catherine, whilst her father died on May 4, leaving Catherine a sole orphan and heiress to a great fortune. The infant Catherine was raised by her paternal … Continue reading

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