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The Prince of Asturias Awards 2013

  November 3, 2013 at 1:09 pm by

The Prince and Princess of Asturias presided over the prestigious Prince of Asturias awards ceremony in Oviedo, the capital of Asturias in northern Spain last week. The Royal Couple arrived on a wet Thursday October 24th and attended a series of audiences at the Reconquita Hotel in Oviedo. Later that evening, Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia attended a gala concert at the Principe Felipe Auditorium. After the concert, the couple … Continue reading

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The Queen Of Spain Turns 75

  November 3, 2013 at 6:05 am by

The Queen of Spain celebrated her 75th birthday on November 2nd. The ever popular Queen Sofia was born a Princess of Greece on this day in 1938. She was the eldest child of the late King Paul of Greece and Frederica of Hanover. Queen Sofia of Spain has two younger siblings, ex-King Constantine II of Greece and Princess Irene of Greece. The future Queen Consort of Spain married Infante Juan … Continue reading

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Infanta Leonor Turns 8

  November 1, 2013 at 1:11 pm by

Infanta Leonor of Spain celebrated her 8th birthday on October 31st. Currently second in line to the throne, Leonor is the eldest daughter of Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia. The future Queen of Spain 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. Their Majesties the King and Queen stood … Continue reading

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Doña Simoneta Gómez-Acebo Turns 45

  October 29, 2013 at 12:57 pm by

Dona Simoneta Gómez-Acebo celebrated her 45th birthday on October 28th. Simoneta is the only daughter of Infanta Pilar of Spain and the late Don Luis Gómez-Acebo. She is also the eldest niece of King Juan Carlos I. She is not in line to the throne as her mother renounced her rights prior to her marriage to the late Visconde de la Torre in 1967. María de Fatima Simoneta Luisa Gómez-Acebo y de … Continue reading

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Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant Turns 12

  October 26, 2013 at 2:19 am by

Princess Elisabeth of Belgium, Duchess of Brabant turned 12 years old on October 25th. The future Queen of the Belgians is the eldest child of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians. The Princess was born at the Hôpital Erasme in Anderlecht, Brussels in 2001 and her full name is Élisabeth Thérèse Marie Hélène. Princess Elisabeth was baptised on December 9th, 2001 at the Royal Chapel of the Ciergnon Castle … Continue reading

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King Juan Carlos I ‘Feeling Better’

  October 15, 2013 at 10:44 am by

October 14th, 2013 King Juan Carlos held his first public appearance yesterday at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid in almost two weeks after his recent hip surgery. The Spanish Monarch, accompanied by his son, Prince Felipe, held a meeting with the Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, and Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo at the King’s private office. Looking thinner than before his surgery, the King discussed details of the upcoming … Continue reading

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Dutch Introductory Visit to Sweden

  October 15, 2013 at 10:38 am by

October 14th, 2013 – Stockholm King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands paid a one-day introductory visit to the Kingdom of Sweden yesterday. The Dutch King and Queen were warmly received at the Royal Palace in Stockholm by King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia. Also present in the official royal line up were Crown Princess Victoria with her husband Prince Daniel and her younger brother, Prince Carl Philip. Following … Continue reading

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Spanish Royal Family Celebrate National Day

  October 13, 2013 at 10:38 am by

On Saturday October 12th, the Spanish Royal Family presided over the annual National Day celebrations in Madrid. This year the Madrid Military Parade was presided over by the Prince and Princess of Asturias. The absence of the King was due to his recent surgery, the Queen and Infanta Elena also did not attend the military parade. However the official reception at the Palacio Real in Madrid was presided over by … Continue reading

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Princess Luisa Maria Turns Eighteen

  October 11, 2013 at 11:54 pm by

October 11th, 2013 Princess Luisa Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este celebrated her 18th birthday on October 11th. The Princess, who is currently ninth in line to the Belgian throne, is the fourth child of Princess Astrid of Belgium and Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este. Princess Luisa Maria was born at the Clinique Saint Jean, Brussels in Belgium in 1995. Most recently the Princess attended the July abdication ceremony of … Continue reading

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The Duke of Kent Celebrates 78th Birthday

  October 9, 2013 at 11:50 pm by

 Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent celebrates his 78th birthday on October 9th. The Duke, who is a first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, was born in London in 1935. His parents were Prince George, Duke of Kent and Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark. Prince Edward has a younger sister, Princess Alexandra, and a younger brother, Prince Michael. In August 1942, his father Prince George was killed in a … Continue reading

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Duke of Soria Turns 70

  October 9, 2013 at 11:47 pm by

October 9th, 2013 Don Carlos Zurita, the Duke of Soria and Hernani, the husband of the Infanta Margarita of Spain, celebrates his 70th birthday on October 9th. A popular member of the extended Spanish Royal Family, the Duke was born in Malaga, Spain in 1943. In October 1972 he married Infanta Margarita, the younger sister of King Juan Carlos I at Estoril in Portugal. The couple have two children, Don … Continue reading

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Prince Emmanuel Turns Eight

  October 4, 2013 at 3:36 am by

Prince Emmanuel of Belgium turns eight years old on October 4th. The Prince is the second son of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians, and is also currently third in the line of succession to the Belgian throne. He was born in 2005 at the Erasmus Hospital in Anderlecht. His full name is Emmanuel Léopold Guillaume François Marie and the Prince was baptised on December 10th, 2005 at … Continue reading

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Spanish Royal Ladies Support Red Cross Fundraising Day

  October 4, 2013 at 3:32 am by

October 3rd, 2013 As with previous years on the Día de la Banderita, female members of the Spanish Royal Family were out in force to preside over the Madrid ‘Día de la Banderita de la Cruz Roja Española’ or the Spanish Red Cross Fundraising Day. Attending this year’s fundraising stalls were Queen Sofia, Princess Letizia and Infanta Elena. In a relaxed atmosphere, all three royal ladies posed for photos with … Continue reading

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King Juan Carlos Leaves Hospital

  October 2, 2013 at 11:11 pm by

October 1st, 2013 King Juan Carlos was discharged from the Chiron Hospital in Madrid on Tuesday. The 75 year old Spanish Monarch was cheered by a group of well wishers and gathered media as he left the Madrid hospital. The King will spend the next couple of weeks in recuperation at his Madrid residence, the Palacio de la Zarzuela, following the successfully operation on his left hip. Before leaving the … Continue reading

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King Juan Carlos ‘Comfortable’ Following Latest Surgery

  September 30, 2013 at 8:41 pm by

King Juan Carlos is reported to be comfortable and in recovery following a successful temporary hip replacement, but will need further surgery in two months time. The 75 year old Spanish Monarch underwent the surgery last Tuesday at Madrid’s Quiron hospital. Over the past few days, the King has recieved family visits from the Queen and Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia with their daughters, Infantas Leonor and Sofia. Infanta Elena … Continue reading

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Prince Philip visits Dersingham Bog Nature Reserve

  September 30, 2013 at 8:36 pm by

September 30th, 2013 The Duke of Edinburgh was back in Norfolk today where he paid a visit to the Dersingham Bog Nature Reserve. The 92-year-old Prince was all smiles in the autumnal sunshine as he walked with the aid of a stick around the site. The Duke is patron of the Conservation Volunteers, who have been working on preserving this nature reserve site in Norfolk. Prince Philip recently flew up … Continue reading

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Dutch Introductory Visit To The Kingdom Of Spain

  September 21, 2013 at 4:18 am by

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands paid an introductory visit to the Kingdom of Spain on Wednesday September 18th. The Dutch King and Queen arrived for the one day visit at the Torrejon Air Base, where they were greeted by the Prince and Princess of Asturias. Their Majesties were accompanied by the Prince and Princess to the Zarzuela Palace outside Madrid, which is the residence of the King … Continue reading

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More Surgery For King Juan Carlos Of Spain

  September 21, 2013 at 4:11 am by

The Spanish Royal Court has announced yesterday that King Juan Carlos will have to undergo more surgery. The aging Spanish Monarch has developed an infection near his left hip and the King will need to have the joint surgically replaced for a second time. The date of the surgery has of yet to be announced. This latest surgery comes less than a year after the King had his left hip … Continue reading

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Prince Daniel of Sweden Turns 40

  September 16, 2013 at 2:29 am by

Prince Daniel of Sweden, Duke of Västergötland turned 40 on September 15th. He was born at Örebro in Sweden and his full name is Olof Daniel Westling. He was christened at the nearby Almby church. Following his military service, he moved to Stockholm to pursue a career in sports and fitness. It was while working as a personal trainer that he met Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden in 2001 and … Continue reading

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Queen Sofia’s Visit To New York

  September 15, 2013 at 5:51 pm by

Queen Sofia of Spain paid a short visit to to New York City between September 9th and 10th. The ever popular Queen of Spain met with Mr Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations at the UN HQ in New York City where they discussed a number of important issues, including the rights of disabled people. Later that day, Queen Sofia accepted the Franklin D. Roosevelt International Disability Rights … Continue reading

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