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Danes Open Rio’s Danish Pavilion on Ipanema Beach

  August 2, 2016 at 3:01 pm by

A large contingent of Danish royals are currently in Rio de Janeiro ahead of the Olympic Games beginning on Friday night, and they were all present at Ipanema Beach today for the official opening of the Danish Pavilion. Helped by his youngest nephew Henrik, Crown Prince Frederik cut the ribbon on the Pavilion which aims to promote Danish business, culture, sport and tourism during the Olympic Games. Watching on were … Continue reading

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We Go To Rio: Olympics Flashback – Beijing 2008

  August 2, 2016 at 9:00 am by

Four years prior to London 2012, there was Beijing 2008… Even before becoming the country’s Princess, Charlene Wittstock was already showing the Monaco team her support – seen above with Prince Albert at the Opening Ceremony. Spain’s future King and Queen wave to the Spanish athletes as they march around the stadium during the Opening Ceremony. Princess Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg competes in the Dressage Grand Prix (in the Team Dressage, she won a … Continue reading

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Frederik and Mary Attend IOC Opening Session in Rio

  August 1, 2016 at 5:16 pm by

As a member of the International Olympic Committee, Crown Prince Frederik was present at the opening ceremony of the 129th IOC Session at the Cidade Das Artes in Rio de Janeiro. He was accompanied by his wife, Crown Princess Mary. Also present for the session was fellow IOC member Prince Albert II of Monaco. The Olympic Games begin on Friday, expect to see several more royals arrive by then to … Continue reading

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Extraordinary Diet Session Opened by the Japanese Emperor

  August 1, 2016 at 1:59 pm by

Emperor Akihito has opened the extraordinary Diet session in Tokyo today, welcoming newly elected lawmakers into the Upper House. The Emperor, as per tradition, delivered an opening speech in front of the individuals responsible for electing the country’s Prime Minister (Shinzō Abe remains in the Prime Ministership after taking the position in December 2012). It is believed the Emperor will make a televised address on August 8th in relation to recent … Continue reading

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Queen Anne of Romania Passes Away

  August 1, 2016 at 9:54 am by

Queen Anne of Romania has passed away at the age of 92, the Romanian Royal Family has announced today. She passed away at 13:45 local time August 1 at the hospital in Morges, Switzerland with four of her daughters by her bedside. Last rites were read yesterday by the priest from the Roman Catholic parish in the city. The statement also said that her husband, King Mihai I, had been with … Continue reading

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We Go To Rio: Olympics Flashback – London 2012

  August 1, 2016 at 4:00 am by

The Games of the XXXI Olympiad (Rio 2016) begin on Friday with the opening ceremony at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A number of royals will be making the trip to Rio to support their athletes, see here for all forum Rio discussion. As a warm-up to the Games, the TRF Blog will be looking back to the best royal moments of the most recent four Olympics. Let’s begin … Continue reading

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A Family Dinner in Mallorca Kicks Off The Borbons’ Summer Holiday

  July 31, 2016 at 9:18 pm by

The Borbons spend a few weeks each summer in Palma de Mallorca, and this evening was the first occasion a large portion of the family was together for this year’s holiday. King Felipe and Queen Letizia with their two daughters, Leonor and Sofia, Infanta Elena and her two children Felipe and Victoria, and King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia were all seen leaving Flaningan Restaurante in Portals Nous after dinner. Earlier … Continue reading

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King Abdullah II Presents Medals of Bravery

  July 31, 2016 at 5:05 pm by

During a ceremony at the Al Husseiniya Palace in Amman today, King Abdullah II of Jordan presented two Rangers of the Jordanian Armed Forces with the Medal of Bravery and Rescue of the Second Class for their efforts in helping capture a suspected terrorist. Captain Faisal Adwan and Sergeant Ahmad Adwan were joined by their families as they received their medals from the King. They were involved, and Sergeant Adwan injured, … Continue reading

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Joachim and Marie Arrive in Brazil Ahead of Rio Olympics

  July 31, 2016 at 4:30 pm by

Denmark’s Prince Joachim and Princess Marie have already arrived in Brazil ahead of next weekend’s Olympic Games opening ceremony, for a few official events and a spot of holidaying with their children. A photo was posted on Instagram of the couple with Princes Nikolai, Felix and Henrik and Princess Athena at the Iguaçu Falls which lie on the border between Brazil and Argentina. Hilsen fra Iguaçu-vandfaldene i Brasilien – på vej … Continue reading

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Fancy A Spot of Seaweed Harvesting Sir? Prince Charles in the Highlands

  July 29, 2016 at 2:37 pm by

Prince Charles has gone up to Scottish Highlands, and today spent part of his day learning about the process of harvesting edible seaweed from the coastlines of Caithness. During his visit to New Wave Foods, the Prince donned a white lab coat over his suit jacket and kilt for a tour of the factory that produces edible seaweed. Later it was into more appropriate attire as he was taken ‘into … Continue reading

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Buena Suerte! Spain’s King and Queen See Athletes Off To Rio

  July 29, 2016 at 1:17 pm by

The Spanish Olympic Team received a royal farewell as they departed for Rio de Janeiro today, with King Felipe and Queen Letizia heading up the farewell committee at the Adolfo Suarez Airport in Madrid. After speaking with the athletes and taking several selfies, King Felipe briefly addressed the team, saying that the whole of Spain was “convinced of your abilities in competition, but also your human qualities. When you are … Continue reading

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King Harald Visits Sarpsborg To Mark City’s 1000th Anniversary

  July 29, 2016 at 11:40 am by

Norway’s King Harald V today paid a visit to the city of Sarpsborg to help celebrate the 1000th anniversary of the city’s founding by St. Olav (or King Olaf II) in 1016. Arriving by boat, the King was tasked with unveiling a new 4.5m high sculpture entitled ‘Genesis’ that shows the head and shoulders of a youth emerging from a pool of water. It has been created by artist Finn Eirik … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: ‘The Wedding of the Century’

  July 29, 2016 at 4:30 am by

35 years ago, the Prince of Wales married Lady Diana Spencer in the ‘wedding of century’ at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. As the Archbishop of Canterbury (then Robert Runcie) presided over the wedding ceremony, 3,500 guests watched on as the bride and groom made their vows – though not without some mishaps! Lady Diana took ‘Philip Charles Arthur George’ to be her husband, mixing up the groom’s names, while the Prince … Continue reading

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Prince Alois and Princess Sophie Attend Gala in Salzburg

  July 28, 2016 at 10:38 am by

Liechtenstein’s Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie were among the many attendees of Wednesday night’s International Salzburg Association gala that was held at Schloss Leopoldskron. The association brings together people who have an appreciation for the city.

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Charles and Camilla Enjoy Annual Visit to Sandringham Flower Show

  July 27, 2016 at 4:29 pm by

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have paid their annual visit to the Sandringham Flower Show today, as the show marks its 135th year. Spending over two hours touring stalls and chatting with exhibitors, the couple appeared in high spirits as they sampled ales and some food items before Camilla purchased a crochet toy elephant from the craft marquee. Charles and Camilla also viewed an exhibition put … Continue reading

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Autumn Visit to Canada Announced For William and Kate

  July 27, 2016 at 10:21 am by

Kensington Palace has confirmed today that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be touring Canada this autumn, on the invitation of the Canadian Government. The pair are “delighted to be returning to Canada” and are “really looking forward to seeing other parts of this beautiful country”. William and Kate first visited Canada in the middle of 2011, on their first overseas tour as a married couple. This tour will see the … Continue reading

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Duchess of Cornwall Meets Military Wives, Honours Commonwealth Soldiers

  July 26, 2016 at 5:56 pm by

The Countess of Wessex was not the only royal in Brockenhurst today – the Duchess of Cornwall also paid a visit. Her engagements included a visit to St Nicholas’ Church where she laid a bouquet of flowers at the Commonwealth War Graves in the church cemetery. 100 graves – 93 New Zealander soldiers, 3 Indian soldiers and 3 Belgian civilians – lie in the New Zealand plot of the cemetery. The Duchess also … Continue reading

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White Hot: Queen Letizia Attends Awards Celebrating Spain’s Professional Women

  July 26, 2016 at 4:26 pm by

The Queen of Spain was stunning in a white fit and flare dress from Carolina Herrera as she attended the 25th Annual FEDEPE Awards (Spanish Federation of Women Directors, Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs) at the Parque del Retiro in Madrid. Paired with a pair of snakeskin print pumps, white clutch and a floral drop earrings, Letitia’s look was a perfect summer’s day outfit. In her speech at the event, which honours women … Continue reading

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A Farmy Day For Sophie As She Visits New Forest Show

  July 26, 2016 at 3:53 pm by

The Countess of Wessex has enjoyed a day at the New Forest and Hampshire County Show in Brockenhurst, meeting locals, touring stalls and patting sheep. She also was shown how to make candles, before spending time with 5-year-old Arthur Jones who showed the Countess his show sheep named Bubbles. During her time at the show, Sophie presented the Supreme Cattle Championship Cup and cheered on a duck race. Sophie, who is the … Continue reading

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Jacques and Gabriella Join Parents At Reception for South African Red Cross

  July 25, 2016 at 4:35 pm by

Young Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella of Monaco were surprise guests at a reception on July 22 where their mother, Princess Charlène, officially became patron of the South African Red Cross Society. Dressed in swimsuits and sunhats, it appeared the nineteen-month-old twins were heading off for a swimming lesson afterwards. They calmly sat in their parents’ arms as officials from the charity spoke to them. Princess Charlène, wearing a lovely … Continue reading

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