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London 2012: Zara Phillips Makes Olympics Debut

  July 29, 2012 at 10:32 pm by

Zara Phillips, daughter of Princess Anne, made her Olympic debut today, competing in the second day of the individual dressage at Greenwich Park. Riding High Kingdom, she scored 46.1 penalty points during her dressage routine before lunchtime, which left her in twenty-fourth place following the conclusion of the day’s competition. In the team eventing, Great Britain – comprising of Phillips, Nicola Wilson, Mary King, Kristina Cook and William Fox-Pitt – … Continue reading

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And They’re Off! London 2012 Begins

  July 28, 2012 at 8:06 am by

The London 2012 Olympic Games began last night, with the opening ceremony taking place at the Olympic Stadium. Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the Games at the end of the ceremony, which featured Sir Kenneth Branagh, David Beckham and Sir Steve Redgrave. Queen Elizabeth had previously hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace for the heads of state and government in London for the Games, attended by a large number of … Continue reading

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Royalty and the Olympics: Competitors

  July 27, 2012 at 9:36 am by

There is just over six hours to go until the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXX Olympiad! Our third and final blog entry focusing on combined royal and Olympic history showcases royals who have themselves competed in an Olympic Games. Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia, Stockholm 1912 Prince Friedrich Karl competed for the German team in the team jumping event, winning a bronze medal for his efforts. Grand … Continue reading

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Queen Silvia Receives Cancer Cyclists at Solliden

  July 26, 2012 at 8:19 am by

Queen Silvia and King Carl XVI Gustaf are currently spending their summer holidays at Solliden Palace on Öland. Yesterday, Queen Silvia was visited by a special group of young women. Four best friends – Beatrice Björch, Stina Lif, Adéle Rundgren and Amanda Löfgren – arrived at Solliden to meet with the Queen at the end of their route. The girls have cycled from Östersund, in the middle of Sweden, to … Continue reading

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Royalty and the Olympics: IOC Membership

  July 26, 2012 at 5:48 am by

Continuing with our look at Royals and the Olympics, today the TRF Blog focuses on royals – both reigning and non-reigning – who are members of the International Olympic Committee. There are a number of royals who have current IOC membership, listed here in alphabetical order of the country they represent, as well as three who were made Honorary Members following the end of their active membership. Many of these … Continue reading

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Royalty and the Olympics: Host Nations

  July 25, 2012 at 8:29 am by

With the Games of the XXX Olympiad kicking off on Friday in London, the TRF Blog will be looking at the connection between Royal Families and the Summer Olympic Games throughout history over the next few days. Our first blog entry focuses on royal nations which have hosted a Summer Olympic Games. Greece: Athens 1896 The first Games of the Modern Olympiad were held in the traditional home of the … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Mama Victoria!

  July 15, 2012 at 11:20 pm by

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden yesterday celebrated her thirty-fifth birthday. The traditional ‘Victoriadagen’ festivities to mark her birthday were held in Öland, where the Royal Family spends a portion of their summer holidays. In the early afternoon, the Crown Princess appeared with her family in the courtyard of Solliden Palace to accept the well-wishes of the crowd who had gathered. Princess Victoria, wearing a pale blue dress and cardigan, was … Continue reading

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‘Spot the Royals’ at Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Final

  July 9, 2012 at 12:17 am by

It was a game of ‘spot the royals’ in the Royal Box at Wimbledon yesterday afternoon, as Roger Federer and Andy Murray battled it out for the Gentlemen’s Singles Title. The Duchess of Cambridge was joined by her sister, Philippa Middleton, arriving in a Duchess-driven Land Rover. The two sisters sat in the front row of the Box, and watched the match with smiles on their faces. The Duchess wore … Continue reading

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Royals Celebrate with Doris Brynner in Paris

  July 5, 2012 at 11:35 pm by

Crown Prince and Princess Pavlos of Greece were in Paris on Tuesday night, to attend a reception at the Dior salons which was celebrating Doris Brynner’s appointment to the Order des Arts et des Lettres. Mrs Brynner, who is the executive of Dior’s home furnishings department, was awarded the Order for her contributions to the arts and meeting the required “contribution to the enrichment of the French cultural inheritance.” She … Continue reading

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Stéphanie Joins Future In-Laws for Red Cross Event

  June 28, 2012 at 11:57 pm by

Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy joined her future in-laws today at Berg Castle yesterday, for a special presentation by the Red Cross canine unit. The Countess was at the event with her fiancé, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, his parents, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, and his younger brothers, Prince Félix and Prince Louis, who brought along his wife Tessy and their two sons, Gabriel and Noah. The Red … Continue reading

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Princess Christina to be a Grandmother

  June 28, 2012 at 9:11 am by

Princess Christina and her husband, Tord Magnuson, are set to become grandparents later this year. The couple’s youngest son, Victor, is expecting his first child with girlfriend Frida Bergström. The news was revealed by Bergström to Swedish magazine Svensk Damtidning. She said that the couple were “very, very excited” and “so happy” about the baby. Magnuson and Bergström have been a couple for several years; Bergström attended Crown Princess Victoria … Continue reading

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Princess Margarita visits Mark Twain School

  June 28, 2012 at 1:34 am by

Crown Princess Margarita of Romania yesterday paid a visit to the Mark Twain International School in Bucharest, where she met with teachers and pupils. During her visit, the Princess was able to watch the students perform a play featuring a cast of princesses and court jesters. She also toured the school’s learning facilities, before having a meeting with some of the faculty, where she was able to learn about the … Continue reading

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Prince Naruhito Begins Visit to Thailand

  June 25, 2012 at 11:49 pm by

Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito has begun an official visit to Thailand today, arriving in Bangkok this morning. Upon his arrival, the Crown Prince inspected an honour guard. The Prince was officially welcomed at Government House by the country’s Prime Minister, Ms Yingluck Shinawatra. The national anthems of Japan and Thailand were played at the ceremony, which, due to unfortunate weather, had to take place under umbrellas to protect the duo … Continue reading

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Princess Marie Opens Refurbished Charity Shop

  June 25, 2012 at 11:32 pm by

Princess Marie was in Tønder today, as patron of the DanChurchAid organisation. Her visit was to officially open the recently refurbished charity thrift shop run by the organisation. The thrift shop, which opened in 1982, was renovated in the past few months to create a larger premises. Princess Marie met with the volunteers who run the store, as well as the store’s manager, Else Rasmussen, and the Secretary General of DanChurchAid, … Continue reading

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Luxembourg Marks National Day

  June 24, 2012 at 7:28 am by

The Luxembourg Grand Ducal Family yesterday marked the country’s official national day, with celebrations in the capital. A Te Deum mass was held this morning at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg City, attended by Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, Prince Félix, Princess Alexandra, and Prince Louis and Princess Tessy. Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich led the Te Deum, which included choral music by the Cathedral choir … Continue reading

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Two Days of Celebrations in October for Luxembourg Wedding

  June 20, 2012 at 11:01 am by

The Luxembourg Grand Ducal Court announced yesterday the schedule of wedding events for Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy. The couple will marry in a civil ceremony on Friday October 19th, at 15:30 at the Luxembourg City Town Hall. A gala dinner will take place in the evening at the Grand Ducal Palace. On Saturday October 20th, a religious ceremony will take place at 11:00. A reception … Continue reading

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Princess Christina’s Jewellery Stolen from Palace Apartment

  June 14, 2012 at 5:45 am by

Princess Christina has been the victim of theft recently, as a number of her jewels were stolen from her apartment at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. The jewels were stolen by a 19-year-old friend of the Princess’s husband, Mr Tord Magnuson, who was being mentored by Magnuson. According to Aftonbladet, the man also lived with the couple briefly in their Palace apartment. He reportedly sold the jewellery to two men … Continue reading

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White and Beige Wednesday for Máxima and Mary

  June 13, 2012 at 10:10 pm by

It was a white and beige Wednesday in the Netherlands and Denmark today, with both Princess Máxima and Crown Princess Mary opting for neutral tones for their respective engagements. In Elburg, Princess Máxima opened the new portion of the Sjoel Elburg Jewish museum. The museum is housed in a historic synagogue, but required an extension to keep up with the growing community. The new building, which is located adjacent to … Continue reading

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Queen Margrethe Receives Jubilee Tiara

  June 12, 2012 at 11:46 pm by

In an audience earlier today at Amalienborg, Queen Margrethe II was presented with her jubilee gift from Greenland’s parliament and home rule government. The gift consists of a tiara and earrings set, made by Greenlandic goldsmith Nicolai Appel. The tiara, named Nassut and meaning ‘Flowers from Greenland’, was made of melted gold coins, the gold of which was mined from the Kirkespirdalen mine in Greenland. The specific coins used were designed … Continue reading

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Princess Madeleine Hits the Big 3-0

  June 11, 2012 at 9:32 am by

Princess Madeleine of Sweden yesterday celebrated her thirtieth birthday. There were no official celebrations to mark the milestone; the Princess chose to celebrate in private with her family and closest friends. On Thursday June 8th, a luncheon took place at Villa Källhagen at Djurgården to celebrate the joint thirtieth birthdays of Princess Madeleine and her best friend, Louise Gottlieb (the two women have previously shared 18th and 25th birthday parties … Continue reading

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