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The Duke of Kent in Dublin

  May 2, 2013 at 8:37 am by

May 1st, 2013 The Duke of Kent was in Dublin, Ireland yesterday. The first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II paid a visit to the Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin where he laid wreaths at both the memorials to the Irish war dead of both wars and those who died during the 1916 Easter Rising. The 77-year-old Duke is the first royal to pay an official visit to the cemetery since Princess … Continue reading

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King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden Turns 67

  April 30, 2013 at 8:32 am by

His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden celebrates his 67th birthday today, April 30th. The Swedish Monarch is also celebrating his Ruby Jubilee this year, which marks the King’s 40th year on the throne. King Carl XVI Gustaf was born at the Haga Palace in Stockholm in 1946, the only son of Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden, Duke of Västerbotten and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. The King … Continue reading

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Infanta Sofía of Spain Turns 6

  April 29, 2013 at 10:40 pm by

Infanta Sofia of Spain turns 6 on April 29th. The youngest daughter of the Prince and Princess of Asturias, Sofia was born at the Ruber International Clinic in Madrid in 2007; she has an older sister, Infanta Leonor. The Infanta was named in honour of her paternal grandmother, Queen Sofia, and was baptised in the gardens of the Palacio de la Zarzuela on July 15th, 2007. Her most recent public … Continue reading

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Return of The King

  April 28, 2013 at 8:29 am by

Madrid – April 22nd, 2013 Following an absence of just under 50 days, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I made his first public appearance on Monday following his recent back surgery. The 75 year old Spanish Monarch has spent the past few weeks in recovery. His Majesty, accompanied by Queen Sofia, hosted an audience at his Zarzuela private office for Cervantes Prize winner José Manuel Caballero Bonald and his wife, … Continue reading

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Princess Laetitia Maria of Belgium Turns 10

  April 24, 2013 at 8:31 am by

Her Imperial and Royal Highness Princess Laetitia Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este celebrated her 10th birthday on April 23rd. The Princess, who is currently eleventh in line to the Belgian throne, is the fifth child of Princess Astrid of Belgium and Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este. Her mother, Princess Astrid is the only daughter of King Albert II and Queen Paola of the Belgians. Princess Laetitia Maria has two … Continue reading

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Is the Spanish Monarchy in Crisis?

  April 13, 2013 at 5:57 am by

April 13th, 2013 Is the Spanish Monarchy in crisis? Many royal watchers are commenting on the current Annus horribilis of the Spanish Borbóns, and 2012 was not a good year either. The current ongoing investigation surrounding Iñaki Urdangarin in an alleged corruption scandal saw his wife, Infanta Cristina, being formally named as a suspect in the case. The fact that a Spanish Infanta has to appear in court has damaged … Continue reading

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Infanta Cristina to Face Court in Corruption Inquiry

  April 3, 2013 at 10:34 pm by

April 3rd, 2013 Infanta Cristina of Spain has been summoned by a judge to appear in court in Palma de Mallorca on the 27th of April. Her husband Iñaki Urdangarin is at the centre of a corruption scandal over allegations regarding the misappropriation of several millions euros of public funds when he was head of the non-profit Noos Institute. Iñaki Urdangarin has so far appeared twice before the Balearic Court, … Continue reading

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Spanish Royal Family attend Easter Sunday Mass

  April 1, 2013 at 5:36 am by

March 31st, 2013 – Palma de Mallorca Members of the Spanish Royal Family attended the traditional Easter Sunday Mass at the Cathedral of Santa Maria de Palma de Mallorca. Present this year were Queen Sofia, the Prince and Princess of Asturias along with their two daughters Infantas Leonor and Sofia, and Infanta Elena. King Juan Carlos did not travel to the Balearic capital this Easter as he is still in … Continue reading

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Spanish Royal Family Hosts Dinner In Honor Of IOC Evaluation Commission

  March 25, 2013 at 6:01 pm by

Her Majesty Queen Sofia and members of the Spanish Royal Family presided over a gala dinner in honour of the IOC Evaluation Commission at the Palacio Real in Madrid on Wednesday, March 20th. The Queen was accompanied by TRH The Prince and Princess of Asturias and the Infantas Elena and Pilar of Spain. The IOC are in Spain this week to discuss Madrid’s bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games. Prior … Continue reading

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Monaco’s Rose Ball 2013

  March 25, 2013 at 5:13 am by

Members of Monaco’s Princely Family attended the annual Monaco Rose Ball at the Salle des Etoiles on Saturday March 23rd. The charity ball, which is in aid of the Princess Grace Foundation, is a March highlight for avid royal watchers. The Princess of Hanover is the president of the Foundation. Attending the gala ball this year were Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene, the Princess of Hanover and Charlotte Casiraghi … Continue reading

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Royals attend Papal Inauguration Mass at the Vatican

  March 19, 2013 at 11:56 pm by

March 19th, 2013  – The Vatican World leaders and members of several royal houses attended the Papal Inauguration Mass at the Vatican for His Holiness Pope Francis today. Over 200,000 pilgrims had packed into St Peters Square to witness this very solemn ceremony. Royals present were King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, Prince Felix of Luxembourg, the Prince … Continue reading

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Remembering Princess Antoinette of Monaco

  March 18, 2013 at 1:48 pm by

On March 18th, 2011 Princess Antoinette of Monaco, Baroness de Massy, a colourful and long-lived member of Monaco’s Princely Family, passed away aged 90. The Princess was the elder sister of Prince Rainier III and thus an aunt of the current Prince, Albert II. The Princess was married three times and had three children: Elisabeth-Anne, Christian Louis and Christine-Alix, who sadly died in February 1989. The Princess, having spent may … Continue reading

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Infanta Elena delivers Young Social Entrepreneurs Awards

  March 16, 2013 at 11:44 pm by

March 14th, 2013 – Madrid Infanta Elena of Spain delivered the 5th Young Social Entrepreneurs Awards at the European University of Madrid on March 14th. The awards, which are handed out annually, by the European University of Madrid Foundation in recognition of the merits of young entrepreneurs to improve social or environmental situations The Duchess of Lugo was accompanied to this event by the Spanish Secretary of State for Education, … Continue reading

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Albert II, Prince of Monaco turns 55

  March 14, 2013 at 6:00 am by

Albert II, Prince of Monaco celebrates his 55th birthday on March 14th. The Prince was born in 1958, the only son of the late Rainier III, Prince of Monaco and Princess Grace of Monaco. Following the death of his father in 2005, Albert II suceeded his father to the reigning monarch of the Principality of Monaco and head of the Princely House of Grimaldi. In July 2011, Albert married the … Continue reading

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Princess Lilian of Sweden, Duchess of Halland Has Died

  March 10, 2013 at 11:46 pm by

On Sunday March 10th, the Swedish Royal Court announce with great sadness that Princess Lilian of Sweden, Duchess of Halland had passed away peacefully during the afternoon in her home on Djurgården in Stockholm. The Welsh-born Princess Lilian was a popular member of the Swedish Royal Family and was the widow of the King’s late uncle, Prince Bertil. The Princess was 97 years old and had been in poor health … Continue reading

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King Juan Carlos Leaves Hospital

  March 10, 2013 at 8:53 am by

March 9th, 2013 – Madrid After spending the previous six days in at the La Milagrosa Clinic in Madrid having had surgery on a herniated disc, King Juan Carlos was discharged from hospital on Saturday March 9th. Before leaving, the King posed for several photos with the hospital staff. As the Spanish monarch left the hospital, he briefly spoke to the awaiting media outside. Earlier in the week, members of … Continue reading

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Infanta Margarita of Spain Turns 74

  March 6, 2013 at 11:18 pm by

Infanta Margarita of Spain, Duchess of Soria and Hernani celebrates her 74th birthday on March 6th. A younger sister of King Juan Carlos I of Spain, Margarita was born in 1939 in Rome, Italy and has been blind since birth. The youngest child of the late Count and Countess of Barcelona was born during the Royal Family’s exile during the final years of the Spanish Civil War. Margarita has an … Continue reading

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Successfully Surgery for King Juan Carlos

  March 5, 2013 at 9:08 am by

March 3rd, 2013 – Madrid The Spanish Royal Court announced on Monday that the surgery on His Majesty the King for a herniated disc on his spine was a success. The 75 year old Spanish Monarch entered the La Milagrosa Clinic in Madrid on Sunday and greeted the awaiting media with a jovial “Here I go again”, which was obviously a reference to the health problems of the King over … Continue reading

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Queen Sofia visits Basílica de Nuestro Padre Jesús de Medinaceli

  March 2, 2013 at 5:19 pm by

March 1st, 2013 – Madrid Carrying on a 300 year old tradition in the Spanish Royal Family, Her Majesty the Queen paid a visit to the Basílica de Nuestro Padre Jesús de Medinaceli in Madrid. The Roman Catholic Basilica houses the shrine of the statue of Padre Jesús Nazareno, which dates from the 1680s. The Spanish Royal Family have a long history of devotion to this shrine and Statue of … Continue reading

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Prince & Princess of Monaco Attend Six Nations Rugby Match

  February 28, 2013 at 2:10 am by

February 23, 2013 – Twickenham, England The Prince and Princess of Monaco attended the Six Nations Rugby Match between France and England on Saturday February 23rd at Twickenham Stadium, outside London. The Monegasque royals were dressed warmly against the bitter winter weather, but looked relaxed and happy. England defeated France 23-13 in what was a very tense but entertaining game. The English victory means they have now won six of … Continue reading

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