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Madrid 2020 Olympic Delegation Meet Prince Felipe

  January 19, 2013 at 5:14 am by

Members of the Madrid 2020 Olympic board of trustees were warmly received by His Royal Highness The Prince of Asturias at the Palacio de la Zarzuela on Thursday, January 17th. Also present was the Prince’s aunt, Her Royal Highness Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz who is also an Honorary Member of the International Olympic Committee. The Prince was presented with the Madrid 2020 Candidature file which they hope will lead to … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict XVI meets the Prince and Princess of Monaco

  January 12, 2013 at 5:10 pm by

January 12, 2013 – The Vatican The Prince and Princess of Monaco met with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday January 12th at the Vatican. Though Prince Albert has met with the Holy Father in the past, this was the first meeting and audience for Princess Charlène. The visit was said to have been of special importance to the Princely Couple, and the Pontiff congratulated Princess Charléne on her … Continue reading

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Spanish Royal Family Preside Over Pascua Militar Celebrations

  January 8, 2013 at 1:12 pm by

Madrid – January 6th, 2013 Members of the Spanish Royal Family presided over the annual Pascua Militar Celebrations in Madrid on January 6th, 2013 – the Roman Catholic Feast of the Epiphany. The traditional ceremony started at noon and took place at The Palacio Real in Madrid. In attendance this year were the King, Queen and the Prince and Princess of Asturias. His Majesty the King, despite still being on … Continue reading

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King Juan Carlos Turns 75

  January 6, 2013 at 1:01 pm by

Madrid – January 5th, 2013 His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain celebrated his 75th birthday on Saturday January 5th. The Spanish Monarch was born in Rome, the eldest son of Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona and Princess María de las Mercedes, during the Royal Family’s exile. His Majesty has been King of Spain since November 1975, and to mark his 75th birthday, he granted a rare television interview. … Continue reading

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New Year’s Message for 2013 from Prince Albert II

  January 3, 2013 at 11:47 am by

January 1, 2013 – Monte Carlo The Prince of Monaco delivered his annual New Years Message from the Princes Palace in Monaco. Towards the end of the address, the Princess of Monaco also delivered a short 2013 New Years message. The New Years message is available to view on The Prince’s Palace of Monaco Facebook page and also at the Prince’s Palace of Monaco official page. View the video here.

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The King’s Christmas Message 2012

  December 29, 2012 at 11:00 am by

December 24th – Zarzuela Palace, Madrid On Christmas Eve, His Majesty The King delivered his annual televised Christmas address from the Zarzuela Palace. The traditional message on this the 37th year of His Majesty’s reign is now available to view on the newly launched casareal YouTube channel. You can view the King’s Christmas Message below: Mensaje de Navidad de S.M. el Rey – 2012 – YouTube

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The Royal Family attends Sound of Music Concert in Madrid

  December 29, 2012 at 10:57 am by

Madrid – December 22nd Members of the Spanish Royal family attended the Sound of Music at the Teatro Coliseum de Madrid on December 22nd. Present were Queen Sofia, Princess Letizia, Infantas Leonor and Sofia, Infanta Elena, Don Felipe Juan, Doña Victoria Federica, and Infanta Cristina with her four children, Don Juan Valentín, Don Pablo Nicolás, Don Miguel and little Doña Irene Urdangarín. Absent from this family gathering were The King, … Continue reading

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Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo Turned 49

  December 23, 2012 at 2:43 pm by

December 20th, 2012 Infanta Elena of Spain, Duchess of Lugo celebrated her 49th birthday on December 20th. The Infanta is the eldest child of King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia, and is currently fourth in the line to the Spanish throne. Despite it being her birthday, Infanta Elena attended the General Assembly of the Spanish Paralympic Committee in Madrid. Her Royal Highness is the Honorary President of the Spanish … Continue reading

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Spanish Royal Family Preside Over National Sports Awards

  December 10, 2012 at 9:19 pm by

Madrid – December 5th, 2012 The Spanish Royal Family presided over the National Sports Awards which were held at the El Pardo Palace in Madrid on December 5th. Attending the awards this year were Queen Sofia, the Prince and Princess of Asturias, and Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo. Absent this year were King Juan Carlos, who is still in recovery from his hip operation, and Infanta Pilar, who was a … Continue reading

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Infanta Pilar Lauches the Nuevo Futuro 2012

  November 30, 2012 at 9:12 pm by

Madrid – November 23rd Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz launched the 2012 Rastrillo Nuevo Futuro in Madrid on November 23rd. The elder sister of King Juan Carlos I 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 launch day. During the press conference, the Duchess of Badajoz also gave more information on … Continue reading

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King Juan Carlos Undergoes Successful Hip Surgery

  November 27, 2012 at 1:35 am by

King Juan Carlos I of Spain is currently in recovery following a successful operation on his left hip which took place on Friday November 23rd at the San Jose Hospital in Madrid. Queen Sofia and the Prince of Asturias both paid a visit to the King on Friday evening. A hospital press report stated that the condition of His Majesty was “very positive”, it is believed that the 74 year … Continue reading

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Monaco’s National Day 2012

  November 20, 2012 at 11:03 am by

November 19th, 2012 – Monte Carlo Members of Monaco’s Princely Family attended mass at the Cathedral of St Nicholas in Monaco to celebrate the Principality’s National Day yesterday. Attending the traditional Mass and Te Deum this year were Prince Albert II, Princess Charléne, Princess Caroline, Princess Stéphanie, Andrea, Charlotte and Pierre Casiraghi, Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy and her daughter Melanie. The guest of honour this year was Hans Adam II, … Continue reading

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Spanish Royal Family Host Latin American Leaders in Cadiz

  November 20, 2012 at 10:56 am by

November 16th, 2012 – Cadiz On Friday November 16th, King Juan Carlos I hosted the heads of state from Portugal and many Latin American countries at the XXII Ibero-American Summit in the city of Cadiz. The king began the day with a series of pre-summit meetings with the President of Colombia and the President of Ecuador; he later hosted a noon luncheon for the Mexican President, which was also attended … Continue reading

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King Juan Carlos to Have Left Hip Surgery

  November 18, 2012 at 6:00 am by

November 17th, 2012 It has been announced that King Juan Carlos will undergo left hip surgery next week. The 74-year-old Spanish Monarch, who is currently hosting a gathering of Latin American Leaders in Cadiz, appeared supporting himself with two crutches. It is believed that the surgery will greatly benefit the mobility of the aging King, who has had a string of health issues of late. In April, the King had … Continue reading

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Monaco Against Autism Gala Night

  November 18, 2012 at 5:30 am by

November 14, 2012 – Monte Carlo The Prince and Princess of Monaco hosted the Monaco Against Autism Gala Night in Monte Carlo. Also in attendance from Monaco was Albert’s cousin, Ann-Elisabeth de Massy, and her daughter, Melanie. The guest of honour was Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz who was accompanied by her son, Don Bruno Gómez-Acebo and his wife Barbara. Also from Spain came Baroness Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza and … Continue reading

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Infanta Alicia Turned 95

  November 15, 2012 at 9:20 pm by

On November 13th, Infanta Alicia, Dowager Duchess of Calabria and Countess of Caserta celebrated her 95th birthday. A maternal aunt-in-law of King Juan Carlos, Infanta Alicia is the oldest member of the extended Spanish Royal Family. Born Princess Alicia of Princess of Bourbon-Parma in Vienna in 1917, she was the daughter of Prince Elio of Bourbon-Parma and Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria. In April 1936, she married Infante Alfonso de … Continue reading

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Royal Anniversary: Death of Anne of France

  November 15, 2012 at 10:16 am by

November 14th, 1522 This month, I’ve chosen Anne of France as my historical royal of the month. This French Princess was born the eldest daughter of Louis XI and Charlotte of Savoy in April 1461 and went onto become one of the most powerful European figures in the late 15th century. Anne is also known as Anne de Beaujeu as in November 1473, she married Pierre de Bourbon, Lord of … Continue reading

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Royal Anniversary: Birth of Princess Grace of Monaco

  November 12, 2012 at 9:57 am by

November 12th, 1929 The iconic Grace Kelly was born on November 12th, 1929 in Philadelphia. Her father was the Irish-American John B. Kelly, Sr, who was also known as ‘Jack’, and her mother Margaret Katherine Majer, who was of German decent. The young Grace Kelly had a strict Roman Catholic upbringing with her siblings – Margaret, John and Lizanne. Prior to her marriage into the Princely Family of Monaco, Grace … Continue reading

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The Queen of Spain Turns 74

  November 4, 2012 at 3:10 am by

Her Majesty the Queen of Spain celebrated her 74th birthday on November 2nd. The ever-popular Queen Sofia was born a Princess of Greece in 1938, the eldest child of the late King Paul of Greece and Queen Frederika. The then-Princess Sophia of Greece has two younger siblings, ex-King King Constantine II of Greece and Princess Irene of Greece. The future Queen Consort of Spain married Infante Juan Carlos of Spain … Continue reading

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Infanta Leonor Turns 7

  November 1, 2012 at 10:35 pm by

Her Royal Highness Infanta Leonor of Spain celebrated her seventh birthday yesterday, October 31st. Currently second in line to the throne, Leonor is the eldest daughter of Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia, and 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. The King and Queen stood as her godparents. … Continue reading

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