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Spanish-British State Visit Confirmed For June

  March 10, 2017 at 11:34 am by

It has been confirmed this morning by the British and Spanish Royal Courts that the much-awaited state visit to the United Kingdom by King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain will take place this June. The royal couple will make the visit between June 6 and 8, at the invitation of Queen Elizabeth II. The state visit was originally planned to take place in March 2016, however was cancelled … Continue reading

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Princess Eugenie Visits Domestic Violence Shelter In New York

  March 10, 2017 at 7:18 am by

On Thursday, Princess Eugenie of York spent time visiting a shelter for victims of domestic violence run by the organisation Safe Horizon in New York. The organisation is the largest in the US that assists victims of domestic violence. The Princess was joined for a tour of the shelter by the British Consul General in New York, Antonia Romeo. They listened to the stories of family violence and human trafficking … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Ira von Fürstenberg and Her Young Sons

  March 10, 2017 at 5:00 am by

March 10, 1960: Sitting on a sled outside her house in Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Dolomitic Alps, Princess Ira von Fürstenberg poses for a photograph with her two sons: Prince Christoph, 3, and Prince Hubertus, 13 months, zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg. Later that year, Ira and her husband, Prince Alfonso zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg, were divorced. Their marriage was annulled by papal dispensation in 1969.

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Mette-Marit Opens Clothing Thrift Store in Oslo

  March 9, 2017 at 4:48 pm by

The Crown Princess of Norway was present at the opening of the ninth thrift store run by the organisation Normisjon in Oslo on Thursday. She was given a tour of the store, which sells preowned clothes and accessories, by the general secretary of Normisjon, Anne Birgitta Langmoen Kvelland. She also met with the twenty volunteers who will be running the store, whose profits will go to programs that “provide education to children … Continue reading

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A Royal Opening For The New Södertälje Hospital

  March 9, 2017 at 3:22 pm by

Princess Sofia of Sweden officially opened the New Södertälje Hospital in Stockholm on March 9. After a welcoming by the president of the hospital, the opening ceremony took place with music performed by the Cornea brass quintet from the Södertälje Culture School. The Princess gave a speech to conclude the ceremony, saying that the Stockholm region was growing each year and that the hospital was an “important piece of the puzzle” to … Continue reading

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Gorgeous in Green: Princess Marie Opens Art Exhibition

  March 9, 2017 at 12:50 pm by

Denmark’s Princess Marie opened a new art exhibition at the Museet Ordrupgaard in Charlottenlund on Thursday March 9. Pissarro: A Meeting On St Thomas features artworks by Fritz Melbye and Camille Pissarro to mark the 100th anniversary of the sale of the Danish West Indies to the United States of America (the islands are now known as the United States Virgin Islands). Melbye was a Danish Golden Age artists, while Pissarro was … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth Unveils Afghanistan and Iraq Memorial

  March 9, 2017 at 9:10 am by

Queen Elizabeth II has this morning unveiled the national memorial which honours the members of the Armed Forces and British civilians who saw active service during conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq at the Victoria Embankment Gardens. The memorial was designed by Paul Day with the intention of “commemorating the duty and service of those who put themselves in harm’s way” as Britain was involved in conflicts in the Middle East between 1990 … Continue reading

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The Kings of Spain Attend ‘In Memoriam’ Concert Honouring Terrorism Victims

  March 8, 2017 at 7:35 pm by

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain this evening were present at the 15th annual concert held in memory of victims of terrorism. The couple were welcomed by representatives of the Victims of Terrorism Foundation, the organisation which puts together the concert. A minute’s silence was held before the concert by the National Institute of Performing Arts and Music, accompanied by the RTVE Orchestra and Choir, was held. A … Continue reading

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Camilla Marks IWD By Hosting Reception At Buckingham Palace

  March 8, 2017 at 1:34 pm by

As the President of the Women of the World, the Duchess of Cornwall hosted a reception today – International Women’s Day – to mark the Women of the World Festival, for women from varying sectors of British society. Camilla delivered a speech during the event in which she praised the work of WoW: “WoW provides that place, a place where hard-hitting issues that deeply affect women’s lives can be openly discussed, and … Continue reading

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On This Day: The Duke of Anjou Marries A Franco Descendant

  March 8, 2017 at 5:00 am by

The family of Spain’s General Francisco Franco became officially linked to a branch of the country’s Royal Family, the Bourbons, when the General’s eldest grandchild, María del Carmen Martínez-Bordiú y Franco, married Alfonso, Duke of Anjou and Cádiz on March 8, 1972. Their wedding took place at chapel of the Palacio Real de El Pardo. Alfonso and María del Carmen had two children, sons Francisco de Asís and Luis Alfonso, before … Continue reading

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MPs To Debate Whether Queen Elizabeth’s Sapphire Jubilee Deserves Public Holiday

  March 7, 2017 at 10:35 pm by

Whether or not the Sapphire Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II should be honoured with a bank holiday across Britain will be debated in the Commons later this month after Tory MP Andrew Rosindell brought up the motion on Tuesday. “Just as previous jubilees have been celebrated far and wide, it must surely be right that the Sapphire Jubilee is too. In fact, I say to this House that Her Majesty’s Sapphire … Continue reading

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A Jaunty Chapeau For Princess Benedikte As She Opens New School Building

  March 7, 2017 at 4:19 pm by

Princess Benedikte spiced up the simple grey tweed skirt suit she wore to the opening of the Copenhagen International School’s new building today, by adding several eye-catching accessories. The Princess added a larger fur collar to the jacket, along with a purple handbag that matched her felt asymmetrical hat that featured a leopard trim around the base of the crown. She spent time in various classrooms of the new building, … Continue reading

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To Whom Is More Than One Insect Brooch Necessary? Queen Máxima Of Course!

  March 7, 2017 at 11:52 am by

She already has a pair of spider brooches, as well as several other creatures, in her vast jewellery collection, but Queen Máxima clearly did not think those were enough when she saw today’s brooch in the jeweller’s cabinet. The Queen wore the black enamel insect brooch which is studded with gemstones and framed in gold on the shoulder of her bronze dress with a black tree branch print across the … Continue reading

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Spain’s Champion Basketball Team Received By King Felipe

  March 6, 2017 at 5:00 pm by

King Felipe VI today held a number of audiences at Zarzuela Palace, including one for the winner of the 2016-2017 Copa del Rey de Baloncesto, Real Madrid (who hold the record for most titles won in the Copa del Rey – 27). The King greeted each of the players, coaches and management staff before they posed for photographs with the golden trophy, that Felipe carefully inspected with a smile on his face.

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Crown Princess Victoria Returns To Work At Baltic Sea Conference

  March 6, 2017 at 1:55 pm by

At the Stockholm International Fairs & Congress Centre, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden made her first official engagement in several weeks as she delivered the opening speech at the Baltic Sea Future conference. She began by receiving a poem written in 1858 by the man who would later become Oscar II, and juxtaposed the underlying theme of the poem with the issues the Baltic Sea faces today: “He writes of a … Continue reading

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Man’s Best Friend: Prince Charles Cosies Up To Puppy Dog At Hospital

  March 6, 2017 at 10:02 am by

The Prince of Wales made friends with a Miniature Pinscher during his visit to Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital in central London today. He was quite happy holding the dog, named Little Dorrit, as he spoke with her owner on the benefits of therapy dogs for the older hospital patients. Charles then spoke with doctors and nurses – as well as volunteers – who provide care to the elderly, particularly those … Continue reading

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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko Pay Their Respects To Late Thai King

  March 5, 2017 at 7:52 pm by

After completing their official visit to Vietnam, the Emperor and Empress of Japan have paid a short visit to Thailand, to pay their respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko laid a wreath of flowers at the late King’s altar in the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall at the Grand Palace in Bangkok on Sunday, before signing the official condolence book. The late King and the Japanese … Continue reading

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Van Vollenhovens Skate For Lymphoma Fundraiser

  March 5, 2017 at 5:07 pm by

The clan van Vollenhoven today participated in De Hollandse 100, a charity skating and cycling event to raise money for the lymphoma research charity, Lymph & Co, that was founded by Prince Bernhard. Princess Margriet headed a team she dubbed ‘the skating grannies’, as she and three friends did the skating relay at the Flevonice ice rink. Prince Maurits and Princess Annette also did their own skating. A number of family members … Continue reading

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Palace Profile: Fredensborg Palace

  March 5, 2017 at 4:00 am by

Location: Fredensborg, Zealand, Kingdom of Denmark Built: 1719-1726 Architects: Johan Cornelius Krieger, Lauritz de Thurah, Nicolai Eigtved Commissioned By: Frederik IV of Denmark (main Palace), Christian VI of Denmark (renovation), Frederik V of Denmark (expansion) Style: Baroque, Dutch Baroque, Rococo On The Palace Grounds: Chancellory House, Palace Chapel, Orangery, Palace Gardens Current Owner: The Danish State, managed by the Slots- og Kulturstyrelsen Current Use: Autumn and spring residence of H.M. The Queen of Denmark Fun Fact: For over 150 years, heads of state who have … Continue reading

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Prince Harry Joined By Girlfriend Meghan For Friend’s Jamaica Wedding

  March 4, 2017 at 7:59 am by

Prince Harry was among a number of guests flying in from the UK for the wedding of his good friend Tom Inskip to The Hon. Lara Hughes-Young in Jamaica on Friday March 3. His girlfriend, actress Meghan Markle, joined him for the celebrations. The couple were photographed chatting with other guests at the wedding reception that followed the ceremony at the Hopewell Baptist Church in Montego Bay, on the north coast … Continue reading

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