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Turkish President Pays State Visit to Sweden

  March 14, 2013 at 10:03 am by

The President of Turkey, Abdullah Gül, has paid the first state visit to Sweden by a Turkish President this week, arriving in Stockholm on Sunday. He was accompanied by his wife, First Lady Hayrüsinna Gül. The visit continued as planned despite the death of Princess Lilian on March 10th. President Gül and his wife were greeted on Monday morning by King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia and drove in … Continue reading

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Frederik and Mary Begin Chilean Visit

  March 11, 2013 at 11:02 am by

Initially billed as a state visit to be undertaken by Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik, the Danish Crown Princely Couple yesterday began an official visit to Chile. The couple landed at the airport in Santiago in the morning, several hours ahead of their first event. Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary began with a trek through the Quebrada de Macul nature park, which showcases a view of Santiago from … Continue reading

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Funeral of Princess Lilian Scheduled for March 16

  March 11, 2013 at 9:42 am by

Following yesterday’s sad announcement that Princess Lilian had passed away peacefully, the Swedish Royal Court today revealed plans for her funeral. A funeral service will be held on Saturday March 16th, at the Royal Chapel in the Royal Palace of Stockholm. The service will begin at 13:00, and will be followed by the Princess’s internment into the royal cemetery in Haga Park. Prior to the funeral, members of the public … Continue reading

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Willem-Alexander & Máxima Host Heirs in Apeldoorn

  March 3, 2013 at 7:13 pm by

The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima were the hosts of the heirs to the thrones of Europe this past weekend, at Castle ‘t Oude Loo in Apeldoorn. The weekend is likely to be the final time all the couples are together as counterparts, as the Prince Willem-Alexander will become monarch on April 30. Present were Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Hereditary Grand … Continue reading

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First Official Visit Announced for Willem-Alexander

  February 18, 2013 at 11:06 am by

Once he succeeds the throne on April 30, the future King Willem-Alexander will pay his first official visit as the Dutch monarch to neighbouring Germany. Accompanied by his wife, then Queen Máxima, the visit will take place between June 3rd and 6th. It is expected the visit will begin in Berlin, as per custom, to visit the German President. Following this, a program possibly incorporating portions of an economic visit … Continue reading

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New Portraits Released to Mark Swedish Jubilee

  February 15, 2013 at 5:38 am by

The Swedish Royal Court has released a series of new portraits of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia taken to mark the King’s fortieth year on the throne this coming September. Two sets – one in civilian attire and one in gala attire – were released of the King and Queen. The civilian series were photographed at the Royal Palace in Louisa Ulrika’s dining room by Alexis Daflos. The … Continue reading

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Twin Sons for the Prussians

  January 22, 2013 at 8:45 pm by

The Prince and Princess of Prussia, Georg Friedrich and Sophie, have welcomed twin sons. Prince Carl Friedrich and Prince Louis Ferdinand were born on January 20th, in Bremen, Germany. In an announcement full of “joy and gratitude” posted on Prince Georg Friedrich’s official website, he said that both his wife and infant sons were doing well. The elder of the twins, Prince Carl Friedrich, is the heir apparent to the … Continue reading

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Princess Mathilde Turns 40

  January 20, 2013 at 6:00 am by

The Duchess of Brabant, Princess Mathilde, today celebrates her fortieth birthday. To mark her milestone birthday, the Belgian Royal Court issued a series of new portraits of Mathilde and her family. The portraits, which were taken shot by Michel Gronemberger, have been heavily criticized for their artificial appearance thanks to various lighting and post-production features. A commemorative stamp has also been issued; Princess Mathilde attended the official launch of the … Continue reading

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Floris and Aimée Expecting Third Child

  January 12, 2013 at 3:35 pm by

The Dutch Royal Court announced yesterday that Prince Floris, youngest son of Princess Margriet and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven, and his wife, Aimée, are expecting their third child. Princess Aimée is expected to give birth in mid-July. Floris and Aimée were married in 2005, and have two daughters: Magali, born in 2007, and Eliane, born in 2009.

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Date Set for Swedish Royal Wedding

  December 24, 2012 at 5:02 pm by

The Swedish Royal Court has announced the date on which Princess Madeleine and Mr Chris O’Neill will marry next year. The couple, who became engaged in October, will wed on June 8th, in a ceremony taking place at the Palace Chapel of the Royal Palace of Stockholm. The chapel’s previous high-profile event was the May christening of the bride’s niece, Princess Estelle. No further information was given, however, it is … Continue reading

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Prince Félix Engaged to Claire Lademacher

  December 13, 2012 at 9:50 am by

The Grand Ducal Court of Luxembourg has announced the engagement of Prince Félix, second son of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, to Miss Claire Lademacher. A brief statement announcing the news, along with the Grand Ducal Couple’s “great joy”, was accompanied by a series of private photos of the couple over the years, and a biography of the new royal fiancé (available in French here). Prince Félix … Continue reading

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Nobel Prize Ceremony in Stockholm

  December 11, 2012 at 9:08 am by

Just hours after the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded in Oslo, it was Stockholm’s turn to initiate several individuals into the Nobel family. The 2012 awards ceremony took place, as it does annually, at the Stockholm Concert Hall, before a gala banquet was held at Stockholm’s City Hall. The Nobel Prizes are awarded in five categories (excluding the Peace Prize) each year: physics, chemistry, physiology/medicine, literature and economic sciences. This … Continue reading

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Marie-Chantal’s Wedding Gown Goes on Display

  November 29, 2012 at 10:56 am by

The Valentino couture wedding gown worn by Marie-Chantal Miller when she married Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece in July 1995 has gone on display in London, as part of an exhibition which “celebrates the life and work” of Valentino Garavani. Valentino: Master of Couture premiered last night at the Embankment Galleries of Somerset House during a private VIP viewing, which was attended by King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie, Crown Princess … Continue reading

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Prince Friso in State of “Minimal Consciousness”

  November 19, 2012 at 11:20 am by

The Dutch Government Information Service has today released a statement regarding the current state of Prince Friso. The RVD said that Prince Friso, who has been in a coma since a skiing accident in February, has recently begun showing signs of minimal consciousness. This state is one of four states of consciousness which inhibit consciousness. In this stage, the patient may respond briefly to stimuli – ie. a smile – … Continue reading

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Historical Royal of November: Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine

  November 16, 2012 at 3:00 am by

November’s spotlighted royal is Her Grand Ducal Highness Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine, who became Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Elizaveta Feodorovna of Russia upon marriage in 1884. Princess Elisabeth was born on November 1st, 1864 in Hesse, the second child of the future Grand Duke Louis IV of Hesse and Princess Alice of the United Kingdom. She had an older sister, Princess Victoria, with five more siblings … Continue reading

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Victoria Attends World Diabetes Day Charity Auction

  November 15, 2012 at 10:47 pm by

Crown Princess Victoria last night attended a charity auction at the Berns  to raise funds on World Diabetes Day. The money raised from the auction will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, of which the Crown Princess is patron. Wearing a black dress from Malene Birger, Victoria presented the Johnny Ludvigsson prize to Professor Olli Simell, from Turku University, and Professor Per-Ola Carlsson, from Uppsala University. The prize is awarded … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals Present Erasmus Prize 2012

  November 15, 2012 at 9:05 am by

Queen Beatrix, the Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima were yesterday present at the awards ceremony of the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation, of which the Prince of Orange is patron. The awards ceremony took place at the Royal Palace of Amsterdam. During the ceremony, Prince Willem-Alexander presented this year’s prize to Daniel Dennett, an American philosopher who specialises in the philosophy of the mind, science and biology in the field of … Continue reading

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Victoria and Daniel Inaugurate Friends Arena

  October 28, 2012 at 11:18 pm by

Last night, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel were present at the inaugural concert of the brand new Friends Arena in Solna. Friends Arena is the largest indoor stadium in Scandinavia, featuring a retractable roof. and seating for between 50,000 and 65,000 spectators dependent on the event. It has cost an estimated $1.9billion Swedish Kroner to build and is named after a non-profit organisation supported by Swedbank AB which focuses … Continue reading

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Princess Madeleine Engaged to Chris O’Neill

  October 25, 2012 at 4:07 am by

The Swedish Royal Court has just announced the engagement of Princess Madeleine to Mr Christopher O’Neill. Both King Carl XVI Gustaf and the Swedish government have given their consent for the marriage. The couple have been dating since the end of 2010. In an interview with Princess Madeleine and Mr O’Neill posted on the Royal Court’s website, they reveal the engagement took place earlier in October, and that Mr O’Neill … Continue reading

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Guillaume & Stéphanie Married in Civil Ceremony

  October 20, 2012 at 4:21 am by

Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy were married in a civil ceremony held at Luxembourg’s Town Hall yesterday afternoon. The couple were joined by their immediate families and witnesses as they walked through the streets of Luxembourg to the Town Hall from the Grand Ducal Palace. Well-wishers lined the route to greet the royal family, before the ceremony presided over by the Mayor of Luxembourg City, Mr … Continue reading

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