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Swedish Royal Wedding Look-Back: Gustaf Adolf and Margaret

  June 3, 2013 at 6:00 am by

In preparation for the upcoming marriage of Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Mr Christopher O’Neill this coming Saturday, the TRF Blog will be reviewing Swedish royal weddings of the past – beginning today with the marriage of His Royal Highness Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Scania and Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret of Connaught. The couple met in early 1905, when both were visiting Egypt. Margaret was on a ‘prospecting’ … Continue reading

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The Duchess of Parma Expecting Second Child

  May 30, 2013 at 11:57 pm by

The Duchess of Parma, Princess Annemarie of Bourbon-Parma, is expecting her second child. The news was announced earlier today by the Duke and Duchess, who said they were “delighted” they were able to give their daughter a sibling. The new baby is due to make its arrival in late November. Prince Carlos and Princess Annemarie were married in November 2010, and have a daughter, Princess Luisa, born in May 2012.

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Count Christian Laid To Rest

  May 29, 2013 at 11:30 am by

The late Count Christian of Rosenborg was today laid to rest following a private funeral service at the Lyngby Church in Lyngby. Amongst the mourners were Queen Margrethe II, Prince Henrik, Princess Marie, Princess Benedikte, and Princess Astrid of Norway. The group were greeted at the church doors by the Count’s three daughters, Countesses Josephine, Camilla and Feodora. The Count’s casket, adorned with the Dannebrog and his Order of the Elephant collar, … Continue reading

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Camilla in Paris

  May 29, 2013 at 1:49 am by

The Duchess of Cornwall has spent the past two days in Paris, France, in what was her first official solo overseas visit. Arriving on May 27th on the Eurostar from London, the Duchess undertook the visit as part of her patronage of Emmaus UK, which helps homeless people rebuild their lives. The Duchess, who has been patron of the organisation since 2006, was accompanied by several staff members of Emmaus, … Continue reading

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Willem-Alexander & Máxima Visit Luxembourg

  May 26, 2013 at 1:38 am by

The King and Queen of the Netherlands paid an introductory visit to Luxembourg on Friday May 24th. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima were greeted at the Luxembourg Findel Airport by Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, before the group travelled by car to the Grand Ducal Palace in the capital. Once at the Palace, the royal couples spent a few minutes greeting the crowds and posing for photos … Continue reading

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Moritz, Landgrave of Hesse Has Died

  May 24, 2013 at 4:34 am by

The Head of the House of Hesse, Moritz, Landgrave of Hesse, has passed away at the age of eighty-six. The Landgrave passed away in the afternoon of May 23rd, following a long-term lung illness. The news was confirmed by Mark Miller, the Director of the Hessian House Foundation. Landgrave Moritz was born on August 6th, 1926 at the Castle of Racconigi in Cuneo, Italy, as the eldest child of Philipp, … Continue reading

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Count Christian of Rosenborg Has Died

  May 22, 2013 at 12:13 pm by

Count Christian of Rosenborg, a first cousin of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, died in his sleep in the late hours of May 21st. The 70-year-old Count, who was born a Prince of Denmark as the youngest son of Hereditary Prince Knud, passed away just before midnight at the Gentofte Hospital with his family by his side. He had suffered from throat cancer for several years. Prince Christian of Denmark … Continue reading

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Madeleine & Chris Celebrate Marriage Banns

  May 19, 2013 at 11:05 am by

Ahead of their June 8 nuptials, Princess Madeleine and Christopher O’Neill have celebrated their marriage banns in a service at the Royal Chapel of the Royal Palace of Stockholm. The service was led by Chaplain Lars-Göran Lönnermark, the Pastor of the Royal Court Parish Michael Bjerkhagen, and Chaplain Staffan Eklund. Among the guests were the immediate families of the bridal couple, the Swedish Prime Minister and Speaker of Parliament, and close … Continue reading

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Prince Nikolai Marks Confirmation

  May 18, 2013 at 9:06 am by

Denmark’s Prince Nikolai today celebrated his confirmation into the Lutheran faith during a private ceremony at the Fredensborg Palace Church. Bishop Erik Norman Svendsen, the Royal Family’s confessor and personal priest, oversaw the confirmation of the eldest grandchild of Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik. Prince Nikolai’s immediate family were all present – his parents and stepparents, siblings, paternal grandparents, uncles and aunts and some cousins. His godparents – the Earl … Continue reading

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No Title for Christopher O’Neill

  May 17, 2013 at 10:08 am by

The Swedish Marshal of the Realm, Svante Lindqvist, today announced that Christopher O’Neill, the fiance of Princess Madeleine, will not be receiving a royal title upon his June 8 marriage, in accordance with both title requirements and his own wishes. Mr O’Neill intends to not apply for Swedish citizenship and also continue with his career following his marriage. As the royal family’s policy regarding who can be a member of the … Continue reading

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Deaths in the Houses of Bavaria and Schaumburg-Lippe

  May 9, 2013 at 11:04 am by

There have been two deaths this past week in former German royal houses. Princess Editha of Bavaria, the third child of Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria and his second wife Princess Antonia of Luxembourg, passed away on May 4th. The Princess was born on September 16, 1924 in Hohenburg. She married twice: firstly to Tito Tommasso Brunetti, secondly to Gustav Christian Schimert. Princess Editha had three children by each of … Continue reading

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Prince Maurits Receives Aide-de-Camp Appointment

  May 1, 2013 at 11:13 pm by

Prince Maurits was today appointed to the post of aide-de-camp extraordinary to his cousin, King Willem-Alexander. The new King also promoted his cousin to the rank of Captain-Lieutenant in the Dutch Royal Navy. These new appointments mean that Prince Maurits can attend and represent King Willem-Alexander at military ceremonies. His military uniform will bear the monogram of the King. The position is one which the Prince’s father, Professor Pieter van … Continue reading

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The Netherlands Gets A New Monarch

  May 1, 2013 at 10:20 am by

Prince Willem-Alexander has become His Majesty the King of the Netherlands, following the abdication of his mother, now Princess Beatrix, yesterday morning. The new King’s inauguration ceremony took place in the afternoon. The day began with the signing of the Act of Abdication at the Royal Palace of Amsterdam. Here, in the presence of her immediate family and her government, Queen Beatrix officially signed away her sovereign rights in favour … Continue reading

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Where to Watch the Dutch Abdication and Inauguration

  April 29, 2013 at 11:36 pm by

The abdication of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and the inauguration of the Prince of Orange as monarch will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, April 30, 2013. It can be watched live online at the following links: NOS will stream live on YouTube from 09:00AM. OR Reuters will stream live on their website from 10:00AM. The abdication signing will begin on April 30 at 10:00AM, Dutch time. The inauguration ceremony will … Continue reading

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Bea Hosts Black-Tie Dinner Ahead of Abdication

  April 29, 2013 at 11:12 pm by

Ahead of her abdication tomorrow, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands tonight hosted a black-tie dinner at the recently renovated Rijksmuseum for foreign guests. Guests, which included foreign heirs to the throne, members of the Dutch government and former Dutch territory governments, began arriving at around 7:30pm, for the 8pm dinner. The Dutch Royal Family gathered at the Dam Palace beforehand, and left together en route to the dinner. For her … Continue reading

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Félix and Claire to Wed in September

  April 23, 2013 at 11:50 am by

The Luxembourg Grand Ducal Court yesterday announced that Prince Félix and his fiancée, Claire Lademacher, have set a wedding date – September 21. The couple’s religious wedding ceremony will take place on September 21, at the Sainte Marie-Madeleine de Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume Basilica in the south-east of France. The Grand Ducal Family spend summers close to the region. A civil wedding ceremony will take place four days prior, on September 17, in the … Continue reading

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New Patronages for Catherine and Beatrice

  April 19, 2013 at 9:45 am by

The Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Beatrice of York have taken on new patronages this week. The Duchess of Cambridge has become Patron of three charities and organisations: Place2Be, SportsAid and the Natural History Museum. Place2Be, a Royal Patronage, is a charity which provides mental and emotional support for children aged 4 to 14 through a system of 175 schools throughout the United Kingdom. SportsAid provides grants to young able and … Continue reading

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Guillaume & Stéphanie Visit the European Parliament

  April 18, 2013 at 8:53 am by

The Hereditary Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg yesterday paid a visit to the seat of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and his wife Stéphanie were invited to the Parliament by its President, Martin Schulz, who greeted the couple and showed them around the building. The couple signed the guest book to mark their visit, and were told of how the Parliament functions. A luncheon with … Continue reading

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Son for Andrea Casiraghi and Tatiana Santo Domingo

  March 23, 2013 at 12:16 am by

The Prince’s Palace of Monaco today announced the birth of a baby boy for Andrea Casiraghi and his fiancee, Tatiana Santo Domingo. The infant was born on March 21, believed to have taken place in London. No further details, including the baby’s name, have been released thus far. Both mother and baby are doing well. He is the first grandchild in both his parents’ families. Should his parents marry as … Continue reading

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Princess Lilian Farewelled in Stockholm

  March 17, 2013 at 6:00 am by

Princess Lilian, Duchess of Halland was yesterday farewelled in a simple funeral service at the Royal Palace Chapel in Stockholm. After lying in respite on Friday afternoon, the Princess’s funeral was attended by her closest family and friends. The Swedish Royal Family led the mourners, including Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Princess Astrid, Mrs Ferner, in the service, which incorporated by Swedish and British psalms and songs, to honour … Continue reading

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