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The Duchess of Alba Has Died

  November 20, 2014 at 8:52 am by

The Duchess of Alba, Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, has died today at the age of 88, news which was confirmed by the Mayor of Seville. The Duchess passed away at her home in Seville, Dueñas Palace. She had been admitted to Seville’s Sacred Heart Hospital at the beginning of this week, suffering from pneumonia. The Duchess was released yesterday, to spend her last hours at home. Her third husband, Alfonso Diez, and six … Continue reading

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Grimaldis Out In Force Celebrating National Day

  November 19, 2014 at 6:37 pm by

The Monégasque Princely Family were out in force today, to celebrate the country’s national day. Prince Albert II led the charge of Grimaldis and Casiraghis across the three annual events that take place every November 19. He was joined by his two sisters, Princesses Caroline and Stephanie, for the mass at the Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee de Monaco. The Duke and Duchess of Castro were also in attendance for the mass. It was then … Continue reading

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Princess Alexandra Visits Red Cross Bazaar

  November 17, 2014 at 9:47 pm by

Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg paid a visit to the Red Cross Bazaar in Limpertsberg on Sunday. Grand Duchess Maria Theresa usually attends this event, however she is still recovering from knee surgery. The Princess stopped and spoke to the volunteers manning the over 30 stalls in the Victor Hugo Hall, who were selling a variety of second-hand items. Household items, books, clothing and handmade Christmas decorations were all available for shoppers, with … Continue reading

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Cambridges Attend 2014 Royal Variety Performance

  November 14, 2014 at 5:11 am by

Continuing with a tradition started in 1912 by King George V, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge last night attended this year’s Royal Variety Performance at London Palladium Theatre. Upon arriving at the theatre, the couple were greeted by Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber and his wife Madeleine. Once inside, William and Catherine spoke briefly with the evening’s acts, including One Direction, Bette Midler, Ellie Goulding and Ed Sheeran. Catherine wore a black … Continue reading

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Danish Crown Princess Receives BAMBI Award

  November 14, 2014 at 4:27 am by

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark was last night presented with a BAMBI Award in recognition of her charity work with The Mary Foundation, with a focus on domestic violence. The awards ceremony, broadcast live on Germany television, took place at the Stage Theater am Potsdamer Platz in Berlin. The Crown Princess was accompanied to the event by her husband, Crown Prince Frederik. Princess Mary, who wore a dark blue beaded evening gown by Danish … Continue reading

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Countess of Wessex Attends Funeral of Zambian President

  November 11, 2014 at 11:52 pm by

As Queen Elizabeth II’s representative, the Countess of Wessex was present today at the state funeral of the late President of Zambia, His Excellency Michael Sata. The Countess arrived in Lusaka yesterday, three hours behind schedule due to a flight delay. She was greeted at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport by Britain’s High Commissioner to Zambia, Mr James Thornton, and the Zambian Community Development, Mother and Child Health Minister, Ms Emerine … Continue reading

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Spanish Introductory Visit to Luxembourg

  November 11, 2014 at 11:05 pm by

The King and Queen of Spain continued with their introductory visits today, meeting with the Grand Ducal Couple in Luxembourg. King Felipe and Queen Letizia were greeted at Luxembourg’s Findel Airport by Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, before heading to the Grand Ducal Palace for an inspection of the guard with Grand Duke Henri. Despite the grey skies, the two parties seemed very happy to be in each other’s company, and … Continue reading

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Felipe and Letizia Mourn Bus Crash Victims

  November 10, 2014 at 11:37 pm by

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia comforted relatives of the 14 people killed in a bus crash in south-eastern Spain at a funeral held in Bullas earlier today. The King and Queen solemnly greeted and embraced the victims’ families during the funeral mass, which was led by the Bishop of Cartagena, Jose Manuel Lorca Planes. The couple also met with emergency service workers. King Felipe issued a statement on Sunday expressing … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals Attend MH17 National Memorial

  November 10, 2014 at 10:35 pm by

The Dutch monarch and his spouse led mourners today at the national memorial service for victims of the MH17 plane disaster in Amsterdam. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima, accompanied by Princess Beatrix, Princess Margriet and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven, joined 1,600 relatives and friends of the 298 victims for the service which was held at a capacity RAI Conference Centre. In the glow of 298 candles, the names of all … Continue reading

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Baptism of Willem Jan van Vollenhoven

  November 10, 2014 at 10:10 am by

Prince Floris and Princess Aimée baptised their son, Willem Jan, yesterday at the chapel of Palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn. All members of the Dutch Royal Family, bar Princess Mabel and her two daughters, attended the event. While they were posing for photos upon arrival, some of the family joked that Willem Jan was the first child they had seen walk into their own baptism (the youngest van Vollenhoven was … Continue reading

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Brits Attend Cenotaph Remembrance Service

  November 9, 2014 at 10:05 pm by

The Queen has today attended the annual Remembrance Day service at the Cenotaph in London, accompanied by members of the Royal Family. She laid a wreath of red poppies at the base of the Cenotaph, followed by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex and the Duke of Kent, as well as Prime Minister David Cameron and … Continue reading

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Princess Kristine Bernadotte Has Died

  November 8, 2014 at 10:28 pm by

Princess Kristine Bernadotte, the third wife of Prince Carl Bernadotte, passed away at her home in Spain on November 4. Her death has been described as sudden, with a memorial service taking place today at the Norwegian Seamen’s Church in Calahonda, where the Princess, who was 82, lived with her husband until his death in 2003. The date of her funeral – expected to be attended by the Swedish and Norwegian … Continue reading

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Infanta Cristina Remains Suspected Of Tax Fraud

  November 8, 2014 at 9:58 pm by

Magistrates of the High Court of Palma de Mallorca have ruled that Infanta Cristina, sister of King Felipe VI and daughter of King Juan Carlos I, will remain an official suspect and potentially stand trial on charges of tax fraud. They have, however, dismissed charges of money laundering. “The Infanta knew her husband’s [Iñaki Urdangarín] actions with regard to taxes were irregular,” the magistrates’ writ argued. The writ also stated that the … Continue reading

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Reports: Tatiana Santo Domingo Expecting Second Child

  November 6, 2014 at 8:33 pm by

It is being reported in the European media that Tatiana Santo Domingo, the wife of Andrea Casiraghi, is expecting the couple’s second child. The couple, who were married in a civil ceremony in Monaco in August 2013 and a religious ceremony in Gstaad this past February, have a son, Sacha, born in March last year. Hello! Magazine is being quoted as the major source confirming the news. However, like her … Continue reading

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British & Belgian Royals Attend Opening of WWI Memorial

  November 6, 2014 at 8:15 pm by

The monarchs of Britain and Belgium united today to open a World War One memorial in London. Queen Elizabeth II and King Philippe were present for the dedication of the Flanders Fields Memorial Garden at the Wellington Barracks. The pair were joined by the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke of Cambridge for the event, which included a prayer service and music played by the Grenadier Guards’ Band and the Household … Continue reading

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Dutch Monarch Begins State Visit to Japan

  October 29, 2014 at 10:25 pm by

The Dutch King and Queen today began their state visit to Japan, which will last until Friday. On hand for the welcoming ceremony at Imperial Palace were Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako. Both Queen Máxima and Crown Princess Masako wore shades of orange – the Queen in a burnt-orange silk dress paired with her signature turban-style headwear, the Crown Princess in a traditional peach … Continue reading

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King Felipe Hosts First State Visit of His Reign

  October 29, 2014 at 9:23 pm by

King Felipe VI of Spain has hosted his first state visit today, welcoming President Michelle Bachelet of Chile to Madrid. The official welcoming ceremony took place at the Royal Palace of El Pardo, where King Felipe and his wife, Letizia, greeted President Bachelet in the Palace forecourt. The trio stood to attention for the national anthems of both countries, before the King and the President inspected a military guard of … Continue reading

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Canadian Governor-General Visits The Netherlands

  October 27, 2014 at 11:30 pm by

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima today received the Governor-General of Canada, David Johnston, in an audience at Noordeinde Palace in The Hague. The royal couple posed for photographs with the Governor-General and his wife Sharon, who wore a deep red dress and matching embroidered overcoat. The Queen recycled a bright pink dress with a feature hem, paired with black accessories. This meeting was followed by a meeting with the Dutch … Continue reading

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Death of Princess Amelie of Fürstenberg

  October 27, 2014 at 9:37 pm by

Princess Amelie of Fürstenberg passed away yesterday, following surgery at the Villingen-Schwenningen Hospital. The Princess was 66. She was born in April 1948, the eldest of six children born to Joachim Egon, Fürst of Fürstenberg and Countess Paola zu Königsegg-Aulendorf. She never married, and has suffered from ill health for a number of years. Her elder brother, Heinrich, the current head of the Fürstenberg Princely House, issued a statement saying, “The death of … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Mary Unveils 2014 Christmas Seal

  October 27, 2014 at 8:52 pm by

As patron of the Julemærkefonden, Crown Princess Mary today unveiled the foundation’s Christmas Seal for the coming holiday season at the Copenhagen Town Hall. The 2014 edition of the seal (or stamp) was designed by Jacob Kühnel, and shows a number of Christmas-related drawings which come together to create a one large image. Mr Kühnel said that it was a “great pleasure” to design this year’s seals. Princess Mary, wearing a navy blue … Continue reading

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