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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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Letizia, Princess of Asturias Turns 41

  September 15, 2013 at 12:49 pm by

Spain’s Princess of Asturias celebrates her 41st birthday on September 15th. Born Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano in Oviedo, Asturias in northern Spain in 1972. The family later moved to Madrid  where Letizia went onto persue a career in journalism. Letizia married Alonso Guerrero Pérez in a civil ceremony in August 1998, but this union ended in divorce a year later. Letizia then landed herself presenting jobs at CNN+ and later moved to Spain’s … Continue reading

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Prince Harry Turns 29 Today

  September 15, 2013 at 7:30 am by

Britain’s Prince Henry of Wales, better known as Prince Harry, turns 29 years old on September 15th. The Prince is the second son of Prince Charles and the late Diana, Princess of Wales. The Prince was born at St Mary’s Hospital in London on September 15th, 1984. He was baptised on the 21st of December 1984 at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle by the Archbishop of Canterbury with the … Continue reading

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Queen Paola of Belgium Turns 76

  September 12, 2013 at 12:20 pm by

Queen Paola of Belgium turns 76 years old on September 11. Queen Paola is the wife of King Albert II of Belgium, who recently abdicated in favour of their eldest son, Philipe. Born Donna Paola Margherita Maria Antonia Consiglia Ruffo di Calabria in Italy in 1937, she is the youngest daughter of the Italian noble Prince & Princess Ruffo di Calabria. In 1958, she met the future King of Belgium … Continue reading

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Doña Victoria Federica de Marichalar turns 13

  September 12, 2013 at 12:14 pm by

Doña Victoria de Marichalar y Borbón turned 13 years old on September 9th. The only daughter of Infanta Elena and her former husband, Don Jaime de Marichalar, Victoria is the eldest granddaughter of 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 older brother Don Felipe Juan Froilán de Marichalar y Borbón. … Continue reading

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Spanish Royals in Buenos Aires

  September 6, 2013 at 6:44 am by

Members of the Spanish Royal Family travelled to the Argenitian capital Buenos Aires this week to support Madrid’s bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games. On September 2nd, Prince Felipe headed the Spanish delegation that arrived in Buenos Aires. On September 5th, he was joined by his wife, Princess Letizia, and aunt,Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz. On Thursday evening, both Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia were photographed together looking happy … Continue reading

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Pierre Casiraghi Turns 26

  September 4, 2013 at 12:30 am by

Pierre Casiraghi, the second son of Princess Caroline, turns 26 years old on September 4th. Pierre, who is currently fourth in line to the Monegasque Throne, was born at La Colle, Monaco in 1987. In October 1990, his father Stefano Casiraghi was killed in a tragic powerboat racing accident. His full name is Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi and, like his older brother and sister, he currently holds no Princely titles. … Continue reading

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Wedding of King Carl Gustaf’s Nephew

  September 2, 2013 at 3:05 am by

King Carl Gustaf’s nephew and godson, Gustaf Magnuson, has married his fiancée, Swedish model Vicky Andrén. The wedding took place at the Ulriksdal Palace Chapel on Saturday August 31st. The eldest son of Princess Christina and Tord Magnuson was born in 1975. Members of both the Swedish and Norwegian Royal Families attended the wedding, including King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia and Crown Princess Victoria, and Queen Sonja of Norway. Following … Continue reading

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Andrea Casiraghi Marries Tatiana Santo Domingo

  September 1, 2013 at 9:34 am by

August 31st, 2013 Members of the Princely Family of Monaco gathered at the Prince’s Palace in Monaco to attend the civil marriage of Andrea Casiraghi and Tatiana Santo Domingo yesterday. Andrea, who is the eldest son of Princess Caroline, is second in line to the Monégasque throne. The private ceremony was very low-key and it is believed that the couple will have religious wedding ceremony in January 2014. Columbian heiress … Continue reading

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The Marriage of Aoife and Strongbow

  August 29, 2013 at 6:00 am by

August 29th marks a long forgotten royal anniversary and possibly the blog’s first entry on an Irish Royal. The Princess in question was Aoife (Eva) MacMurrough {Aoife of Leinster}, daughter of Dermot MacMurrough, King of Leinster, and Queen Mór O’Toole. Aoife was born around 1145, her father had been the King of Leinster since the death of his older brother in 1126. Leinster was one of the largest of the … Continue reading

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Princess Maria Laura of Belgium Turns 25

  August 26, 2013 at 3:37 am by

Princess Maria Laura of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este turned 25 years old on August 26. The Princess, who is the eldest daughter of Princess Astrid of Belgium and Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este, was born in Woluwe-St-Lambert, Belgium in 1988. Currently, Princess Maria Laura of Belgium is seventh in line to the Belgian throne. The Princess has attended many royal events, including the recent abdication ceremony of her grandfather, King … Continue reading

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The Death of the Duchess of Medinaceli

  August 20, 2013 at 11:00 pm by

Doña Victoria Eugenia Fernández de Córdoba, 18th Duchess of Medinaceli died on August 18th at her Seville residence aged 96. Regarded by many as Spain’s last great noble, the Duchess was born in 1917 at the Palacio de los Duques de Medinaceli in Madrid. Her father, Don Luis Jesús Fernández de Córdoba, was the 17th Duke of Medinaceli, and her mother was Doña Ana Maria Fernandez de Henestrosa. The future … Continue reading

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Prince Gabriel of Belgium Turns 10

  August 20, 2013 at 10:35 pm by

Prince Gabriel of Belgium turns 10 years old on August 20th. The Prince is the eldest son and second child of King Philipe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium. Prince Gabriel was born at Anderlecht, near the Belgian capital Brussels, and has an older sister, Princess Elisabeth. Currently second in line to the Belgian throne, the Prince was baptised in October 2003 at the chapel of the royal château de Ciergnon … Continue reading

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Two Weddings in Monaco?

  August 15, 2013 at 6:10 am by

The media have been reporting for the past week that two members of the Monégasque Princely Family will marry later this year. It has been confirmed that Andrea Casiraghi will marry his fiancée, Tatiana Santo Domingo, on August 31 in a private family wedding. Andrea is the eldest son of Princess Caroline and the late Stefano Casiraghi, he is currently second in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne. … Continue reading

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Prince Philip’s Return

  August 6, 2013 at 2:03 am by

It has been announced that The Duke of Edinburgh will undertake his first official engagement since his spell in hospital and period of recovery earlier this summer. The 92 year old Duke is expected in Edinburgh on August 12th, where he will deliver the Royal Society of Edinburgh medals, as per a press release from Buckingham Palace. Earlier this summer, the Duke of Edinburgh left the London Clinic on June … Continue reading

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Spanish Royal Family Summer Vacation 2013

  August 5, 2013 at 3:42 pm by

Members of the Spanish Royal Family have been enjoying the annual Summer Holiday or Vacation on the Balearic Island of Mallorca. Last week Queen Sofia accompanied by her sister, Princess Irene of Greece, arrived at the Marivent Palace in Palma de Mallorca and was later joined by Infantas Elena and Cristina and their children. The Prince of Asturias later arrived on the island take part in the Copa del Rey … Continue reading

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Monaco Red Cross Ball 2013

  August 5, 2013 at 3:17 am by

Members of the Princely Family of Monaco attended the annual Monaco Red Cross Ball on Saturday August 3rd. The gala event took place at the Salle des Etoiles at the Sporting Monte-Carlo Club, which is a very popular venue with the Monégasque Princely Family. Attending this year’s ball were Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene and the Princess of Hanover. The star-studded charitable event raises funds for the Principality of Monaco’s … Continue reading

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Princess Irene of the Netherlands Turns 74

  August 5, 2013 at 2:00 am by

August 5th, 2013 Princess Irene of the Netherlands turned 74 on August 5th. The Princess is a younger sister of the former Queen Beatrix and an aunt of the present monarch, King Willem Alexander. The Princess was born at the Soestdijk Palace, a month before the outbreak of World War II, as the second daughter of the future Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld. The Dutch Royal Family fled … Continue reading

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Princess Christina, Mrs Magnuson Turns 70

  August 3, 2013 at 11:15 pm by

Swedish Princess Christina celebrates her 70th birthday on August 3rd. The Princess is a sister of the current Swedish monarch, King Carl XVI Gustaf, and was born at the Haga Palace near Stockholm on August 3rd, 1943. Her parents were Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden, Duke of Västerbotten and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. In June 1974, she married Swedish commoner Tord Magnuson and as a result lost her … Continue reading

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Charlotte Casiraghi Turns 27

  August 3, 2013 at 11:12 pm by

Charlotte Casiraghi turns 27 years old today, August 3rd. The eldest daughter of Princess Caroline and the late Stefano Casiraghi was born in Monaco in 1986 and was christened Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi. In 1990, her father was tragically killed in a powerboat racing accident. Charlotte has an older brother, Andrea, and a younger brother, Pierre, and also a younger half sister, Princess Alexandra from her mother’s 1999 marriage to … Continue reading

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