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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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Queen Mathilde Turns 41

  January 21, 2014 at 7:00 am by

The Queen of the Belgians celebrated her 41st Birthday on January 20th. Queen Mathilde d’Udekem d’Acoz was born in Uccle on the 20th of January 1973. Her late father, Patrick d’Udekem d’Acoz was a member of the untitled Belgian nobility and her mother is Polish Countess Anna Maria Komorowska. Mathilde is the eldest child of four siblings. Sadly, her sister Marie-Alix was killed in a car accident in 1997 which … Continue reading

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Infanta Pilar of Spain’s Son Marries In Miami

  January 21, 2014 at 6:55 am by

Don Juan Gomez-Acebo y de Borbon, Viscount de la Torre has married his American girlfriend, Winston Carney, in Miami. The Viscount is the eldest son of Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz and her late husband Don Luis Gomez-Acebo, Viscount de la Torre. In April of this year, Winston gave birth to their first child a son, Nicholas Gomez-Acebo. No members of the extended Spanish Royal Family were present … Continue reading

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Princess Margriet of the Netherlands Turns 71

  January 20, 2014 at 3:31 am by

Princess Margriet of the Netherlands celebrated her 71st birthday on January 19th. The Princess is a younger sister of former Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and a maternal aunt of the present monarch, King King Willem-Alexander. Princess Margriet was born in Ottawa, Canada during the exile of the Dutch Royal Family following the German occupation of the Kingdom. The Princess was the third daughter of Juliana of the Netherlands and … Continue reading

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Princess Claire of Belgium Turns 40

  January 19, 2014 at 3:15 am by

Princess Claire of Belgium celebrated her 40th birthday on January 18th. The Princess who is the wife of Belgian Prince Laurent was born Claire Louise Coombs in Bath, England on the 18th of January 1974. Her parents later resettled near Brussels in Belgium. Claire’s mother is infact Belgian. Claire has an older sister Joanna and a younger brother Matthew. In April 2003, Claire married Prince Laurent of Belgium, the second … Continue reading

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Princess Michael of Kent Turns 69

  January 17, 2014 at 2:27 am by

Princess Michael of Kent celebrated her 69th birthday on January 15th. Born Baroness Marie Christine von Reibnitz towards the closing stages of World War II near the family estates at Karlsbad in the modern Czech Republic, the Princess has an older brother, Baron Frederick von Reibnitz who was born in 1942. Following the expulsion of the German population from that area, later that year, the family emigrated to Mozambique and … Continue reading

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Infanta Cristina Charged With Tax Evasion, Money Laundering

  January 7, 2014 at 12:14 pm by

Infanta Cristina of Spain, Duchess of Palma has been charged with tax evasion and money laundering. She has been summoned to court on March 8th. Infanta Cristina is the youngest daughter of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain. Her husband, Iñaki Urdangarin, is at the centre of a corruption scandal over allegations regarding the misappropriation of several million euros of public funds when he was head of the … Continue reading

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King Juan Carlos I Turns 76

  January 7, 2014 at 4:57 am by

King Juan Carlos I of Spain celebrates his 76th birthday on Sunday, January 5th. The Spanish Monarch who has reigned since 1975 was actually born in Rome, Italy during the Spanish Borbóns exile in 1936. His father was the late Infante Juan de Borbón, Count of Barcelona and his mother was the late Princess María Mercedes de Bourbon-Dos Sicilias, Countess of Barcelona. The future King of Spain was baptized as Juan … Continue reading

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Spanish Royal Christmas 2013

  December 31, 2013 at 3:22 am by

Members of the Spanish Royal Family gathered at the Zarzuela Palace on Christmas Eve to watch the annual Christmas Message of His Majesty the King. This years Christmas Message is the 38th televised address by the Spanish Monarch. The King defend the unity of Spain and also spoke of the economic and financial crisis which has bedeviled the Spanish economy. Its believed that Infanta Cristina, accompanied by her husband and … Continue reading

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Infanta Elena Turns 50

  December 20, 2013 at 12:54 pm by

Infanta Elena of Spain celebrates her 50th birthday on December 20th. The eldest child and daughter of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia was born in Madrid in 1963. Her baptism took place at the Zarzuela Palace Chapel on December 27th; her godparents being her late grandmother, Princess Maria de las Mercedes de Borbón-Two Sicilies, Countess of Barcelona and her cousin, Infante Alfonso de Orleans y Borbón, Duke of Galliera. … Continue reading

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Spanish Royal Family Release Christmas Cards

  December 20, 2013 at 12:50 pm by

The Spanish Royal Court has released the official 2013 Spanish Royal Family Christmas cards this week. The first card was from the King and Queen, which featured a 16th century Nativity scene – the “Adoration of the Shepherds” – by Italian painter Jacopo Bassano, which forms part of the Collection of the National Museum of the Prado in Madrid. The second card released featured the Prince and Princess of Asturias … Continue reading

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Prince Joachim of Belgium Turns 22

  December 10, 2013 at 10:57 pm by

December 9th, 2013 Prince Joachim of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este celebrated his 22nd birthday on December 9th. The Prince is the eldest son of Princess Astrid of Belgium and Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este. Currently the Prince is 8th in the Belgian line of succession. Most recently Prince Joachim attended the abdication ceremony of his grandfather, Albert II, and enthronement ceremony of his uncle, King Philippe, in July of this … Continue reading

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Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange Turns 10

  December 8, 2013 at 10:02 pm by

Catharina-Amalia, the Princess of Orange, Princess of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau celebrated her 10th birthday on December 7th. The Princess is the eldest child of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. Following the April abdication of her grandmother, Beatrix, and accession of her father as King, Catharina-Amalia became Princess of Orange and heiress apparent to the Dutch throne. The Princess also has two younger sisters, Princess Alexia … Continue reading

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Spanish Royals Preside Over National Sports Awards

  December 4, 2013 at 9:55 pm by

December 2nd, 2013 The Spanish Royal Family presided over the 2013 National Sports Awards which were held at the El Pardo Palace in Madrid on December 2nd. Presiding over the 2013 Awards was Queen Sofia, who was accompanied by the Prince and Princess of Asturias and Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo. King Juan Carlos was absent this year, as he is still in recovery from his hip operation. The annual … Continue reading

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Infanta Pilar Launches The Nuevo Futuro 2013

  December 2, 2013 at 2:06 pm by

Her Royal Highness, The Infanta Pilar Duchess of Badajoz launched the 2013 Rastrillo Nuevo Futuro in Madrid on November 21st. The elder sister of His Majesty The King of Spain, 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 Rastrillo Nuevo Futuro launch day. HRH discussed a range of issues including the … Continue reading

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King Juan Carlos I Leaves Hospital

  November 26, 2013 at 11:06 am by

Madrid – November 25th King Juan Carlos I of Spain was discharged from the Chiron Hospital Universitario Madrid on Monday November 25th. The Spanish Monarch was admitted to the hospital last week and underwent successful surgery on his left hip. Over the weekend, the King received visits from Queen Sofia, Prince Felipe, Princess Letizia and Infantas Leonor, Sofia, Elena and Cristina. Last week marked the 38th anniversary of the accession of … Continue reading

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Monaco’s National Day 2013

  November 26, 2013 at 11:03 am by

November 20th and 21st, 2013 Prince Albert II and members of the Princely Family of Monaco presided over the annual celebrations to mark Monaco’s National Day last week. Despite the stormy weather Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, Princess Caroline of Hanover and Princess Stephanie arrived at Monaco’s Cathedral where they were greeted by the Archbishop of Monaco before the annual Te Deum and mass at the cathedral. Also attending the … Continue reading

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Prince and Princess of Asturias Visit the USA

  November 20, 2013 at 10:05 pm by

The Prince and Princess of Asturias have completed an official visit to California and Florida. The visit’s aim was to promote the economic, political and cultural relationships between the Kingdom of Spain and the United States of America. The royal couple departed the Barajas Airport in Madrid on November 13th, and later arrived in California. The first visit by the Prince and Princess was to the historic Mission San Carlos … Continue reading

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