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Are Infanta Cristina and Her Children Moving To Switzerland?

  August 2, 2013 at 2:17 am by

It has been reported in the Spanish media that Infanta Cristina and her four children – Juan, Pablo, Miguel and Irene – are moving to Geneva, Switzerland. It’s also reported that her husband, Inaki Urdangarín, will remain in Barcelona for the time being. Infanta Cristina is the youngest daughter of King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia. The Infanta and her husband have been under severe media scrutiny following the … Continue reading

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Infanta Pilar Turns 77

  July 31, 2013 at 6:52 am by

Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz, Grandee of Spain, Dowager Viscountess de la Torre turned 77 on July 30th. The Infanta is the elder sister of King Juan Carlos of Spain and also has a younger sister, Infanta Margarita of Spain. Infanta Pilar was born in Cannes, France on July 30th, 1936 during the exile of the Spanish Royal Family. Her full name is María del Pilar Alfonsa Juana … Continue reading

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Spanish Royals Attend Memorial Mass For Train Victims

  July 31, 2013 at 4:18 am by

Members of the Spanish Royal Family attended a memorial mass for the 79 victims of the recent Spanish train crash at the imposing Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela on Monday, July 29th. Prince Felipe was accompanied by his wife, Princess Letizia, and his sister, Infanta Elena Duchess of Lugo. The Spanish Royals were met with burst of applause as they made their way to the Cathedral, where they were greeted … Continue reading

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Spain’s King and Queen visit Santiago de Compostela

  July 26, 2013 at 8:44 am by

July 25th, 2013 Spain’s King and Queen paid a visit this afternoon to the city of Santiago de Compostela, following the horrific train crash on Wednesday evening which claimed over 80 lives. Their Majesties paid a visit to the Hospital Clinic in Santiago where many of the injured are still being treated. The King, accompanied by Queen Sofia, later spoke to the assembled media. Earlier the Royal Palace issued a … Continue reading

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Princess Alexandra of Hanover Turns 14

  July 22, 2013 at 8:29 am by

Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra of Hanover turned 14 years of age on July 20th. The Princess is the only daughter of Ernst August, Prince of Hanover and Caroline, Hereditary Princess of Monaco. Currently the Princess is 5th in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne and is also in the line of succession to the British throne, be it very far down. Princess Alexandra was christened Alexandra Charlotte … Continue reading

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Prince Felix of Denmark Turns 11

  July 22, 2013 at 8:25 am by

His Highness Prince Felix of Denmark, Count of Monpezat celebrates his 11th birthday today. The Danish Prince is the younger son of Prince Joachim of Denmark and his first wife, Alexandra Countess of Frederiksborg. Prince Felix’s full name is Felix Henrik Valdemar Christian and he is currently 8th in the Danish line of succession. His parents marriage ended in divorce in April 2005, and both of his parents have since … Continue reading

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King Juan Carlos on Official Visit to Morocco

  July 21, 2013 at 1:41 am by

July 15th-18th King Juan Carlos paid an official visit to the Kingdom of Morocco from July 15th until July 18th. This official visit was postponed earlier this year as the King was due for surgery and thus the visit was rescheduled. The King was greeted upon arrival at Rabat-Salé Airport by King Mohammed VI of Morocco, Crown Prince Moulay Hassan and Prince Moulay Rachid. The Spanish Monarch was later the … Continue reading

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Don Felipe Juan de Marichalar Turns 15

  July 20, 2013 at 9:34 am by

Don Felipe Juan de Marichalar y Borbón celebrated his 15th birthday on July 17th. The eldest son of Infanta Elena of Spain and Don Jaime de Marichalar, he is currently fifth in the line of succession to the Spanish Throne. Don Felipe Juan was named in honour of his uncle Prince Felipe and great-grandfather, Infante Juan the Count of Barcelona, but he is often referred to by his Saints name … Continue reading

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Belgian Abdication: Profile of Leopold III

  July 18, 2013 at 11:00 am by

Our fourth profile on the Monarchs of the Belgians will focus on the reign and life of King Leopold III of the Belgians. Leopold was born in Brussels on November 3rd, 1901, the eldest son of King Albert I and Elisabeth of Bavaria. Leopold had a younger brother, Charles, Count of Flanders, and a sister, Marie José of Belgium (later the last Queen of Italy). At the age of 14, … Continue reading

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The British Infanta

  July 18, 2013 at 9:56 am by

On July 13th, 1966 a largely forgotten member of the Spanish Royal Family died at Sanlúcar de Barrameda in southern Spain. The royal lady in question was Beatrice, Duchess of Galliera, who was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. Born Princess Beatrice of Edinburgh on April 20th, 1884 in Kent, her father was Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and her mother was Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna of Russia. Prior to her … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden Turns 36

  July 15, 2013 at 9:15 am by

The very popular Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden celebrated her 36th birthday on July 14th. The future Queen of Sweden was born at the Karolinska University Hospital in Solna, Stockholm in 1977 as the eldest child and daughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. The Princess was christened Victoria Ingrid Alice Désirée at the Royal Palace Church on 27 September 1977. The birth of her brother, Prince Carl … Continue reading

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Belgian Abdication: Profile of Leopold II

  July 14, 2013 at 12:36 am by

Our second Belgian Royal Profile will be on the second King of the Belgians, Leopold II, a far more controversial figure due to his regime and the widespread abuse in the Congo Free State. Leopold II was born in Brussels on the 9th of April 1835, the eldest son of Leopold I and Louise-Marie d’Orléans. In 1840, Leopold was created Duke of Brabant, which is now the traditional title of … Continue reading

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Belgian Abdication: Profile of Leopold I

  July 6, 2013 at 12:00 am by

Seeing as Belgium was in the news this week with the announcement by King Albert II of his abdication on July 21st, we thought that we would revisit the reigns of the six Belgian monarchs. We will start with the very first King of the Belgians, Leopold I, and work our way through the lives and reign of each of the five other monarchs over the next few weeks. Leopold … Continue reading

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Prince Michael of Kent Turns 71

  July 5, 2013 at 9:20 am by

July 4th, 2013 Prince Michael of Kent celebrated his 71st birthday on July 4th. The Prince, who is a first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, was born at Coppins, Iver in Buckinghamshire in 1942. His father was Prince George, Duke of Kent, the fourth son of George V and Queen Mary, and his mother was Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark. Sadly his father was killed in a tragic plane … Continue reading

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54th Wedding Anniversary of Albert & Paola

  July 4, 2013 at 6:00 am by

July 2nd, 2013 King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium celebrated their fifty-fourth wedding anniversary on July 2nd. The then Prince Albert of Belgium met his Italian noble-born wife, Donna Paola Ruffo di Calabria, at a reception in the Belgian Embassy at the Vatican in 1958. Less than a year later, the couple were married, initially they had wanted to marry at the Vatican but were persuaded to hold … Continue reading

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Second Wedding Anniversary of Albert & Charléne

  July 4, 2013 at 1:30 am by

July 2nd, 2013 The Prince and Princess of Monaco celebrated their second wedding anniversary this week. Prince Albert II of Monaco married his South African fiancée, Ms Charlene Wittstock, in a civil ceremony on July 1st at the Throne Room of the Prince’s Palace in Monaco and then in a religious ceremony the day after in the courtyard of the palace. The religious wedding was celebrated by the Archbishop of … Continue reading

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35th Wedding Anniversary of Prince & Princess Michael of Kent

  June 30, 2013 at 11:00 pm by

June 30th, 2013 Prince and Princess Michael of Kent celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary on June 30th. Prince Michael of Kent, who is a first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, married the Austrian-Hungarian Baroness Marie Christine von Reibnitz in a civil ceremony in Vienna, Austria. Marie Christine, a Roman Catholic, was previously married but that marriage was formally annulled by the Roman Catholic Church in May 1978. Upon her marriage … Continue reading

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Spanish Royal Family Attend Anniversary Mass for Don Juan

  June 23, 2013 at 11:24 am by

Madrid – June 20th, 2013 King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia presided over a solemn anniversary mass at the magnificent Capilla Real de Madrid to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the King’s late father, Infante Don Juan de Borbón, Count of Barcelona. Also attending the mass were the entire extended Spanish Royal Family: the Prince and Princess of Asturias, Infantas Elena and Cristina, Don Felipe Juan de … Continue reading

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The Duchess of Gloucester Turns 67

  June 22, 2013 at 7:48 am by

The Duchess of Gloucester turned 67 on June 20th. Though a less well known member of the extended British Royal Family, the Duchess was born Birgitte Eva Henriksen in Odense, Denmark on June 20th, 1946. Later Birgitte moved to the UK and worked in the Danish Embassy in London. On the 8th of July 1972, she married Prince Richard of Gloucester at St Andrew’s Church, Barnwell in Northamptonshire. Following the … Continue reading

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Crown Prince Of Japan’s Official Visit To Spain

  June 22, 2013 at 4:47 am by

His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan paid a week long official visit to the Kingdom of Spain from June 10th to the 17th. The Crown Prince was invited by the the invitation of the Spanish Government to mark the 400th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Spain and Japan. The Crown Prince was received and welcomed by the Prince of Asturias on Monday June 10th at a ceremony at … Continue reading

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