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2015 Royal Maundy Service

  April 2, 2015 at 8:45 pm by

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh today attended the Royal Maundy Service at Sheffield Cathedral. After travelling to Sheffield via the Royal Train, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were greeted at the cathedral by the Dean of Sheffield, Peter Bradley, and the local Bishop, Steven Croft. During the hour-long service, the Queen presented two purses – one red and one white – of Maundy Money to 89 men and … Continue reading

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King Albert Presents Prince Albert Fund 2015 Diplomas

  April 2, 2015 at 6:22 pm by

King Albert today presented the Prince Albert Fund diplomas for 2015 in a ceremony at the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium offices in Brussels. He was accompanied by his daughter, Princess Astrid. The Fund, which this year celebrates its thirtieth anniversary, provides scholarships to young professionals so they can work on a project for a Belgian company abroad. Over 360 individuals have received scholarships sine 1984. During the event, a … Continue reading

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Georg Friedrich and Sophie Welcome A Daughter

  April 2, 2015 at 8:32 am by

The Princess of Prussia has given birth to a daughter, it has been confirmed. The infant was born earlier today in Bremen. Princess Emma Marie is the third child of Prince Georg Friedrich, head of the House of Hohenzollern, and his wife Sophie (born Princess of Isenburg). She joins twin brothers Carl Friedrich and Louis Ferdinand, who were born in January 2013. The news Princess Sophie was expecting again was only announced … Continue reading

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Prince Harry Arrives in Australia on Monday

  April 2, 2015 at 2:40 am by

It has been confirmed that Prince Harry will be arriving in Australia this coming Monday to begin his four week secondment with the Australian Army. He will land in Sydney before heading directly to Canberra to visit the Australian War Memorial. Here, accompanied by the Australian Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove, Prince Harry will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and then tour the World War I … Continue reading

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Prince Nicolae of Romania Celebrates 30th Birthday

  April 1, 2015 at 11:12 pm by

Romania’s Prince Nicolae today turned thirty years old, and a birthday dinner was hosted at the Elisabeta Palace in Bucharest by his aunt and uncle, Crown Princess Margarita and Prince Radu, to celebrate the occasion. Friends and colleagues of the Prince from around Europe travelled to Romania for the dinner, as well as the ‘Romania – A Royal Journey’ excursion that was arranged by the Royal House. Thirty-seven guests joined … Continue reading

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Charles and Camilla Attend Prince’s Countryside Fund Raceday

  March 29, 2015 at 7:40 pm by

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall had a joyful day at Ascot Racecourse today attending the Prince’s Countryside Fund Raceday. The couple couldn’t keep their laughter at bay as they watched the Lamb National, where sheep race around a specially-designed course in the same manner as horses would. Each of the sheep were wearing a coloured coat to differentiate them from their ‘competitors’, as well as a miniature … Continue reading

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Fürst Alexander and Fürstin Nadja-Anna Have Separated

  March 29, 2015 at 4:19 am by

The Fürst and Fürstin of Schaumburg-Lippe have confirmed their separation, German newspaper Bunte reported on March 27. “Nadja and I have been separated for over a year, which has not done our friendly relationship any harm,” Fürst Alexander told the newspaper, calling his second wife a “great woman and mother” and a “valuable friend.” Fürstin Nadja-Anna also spoke about the separation, calling the decision mutual. “Alexander is an important person and advisor … Continue reading

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The Rose Ball 2015 Goes Art Deco

  March 28, 2015 at 10:00 pm by

This year’s edition of the Bal de la Rose in Monaco took place last night with the theme ‘Le Rose Art Deco’. Prince Albert II and Princess Caroline hosted the annual gala dinner at Sporting de Monaco. Monaco’s Sovereign was accompanied to the event by his elder sister Caroline and two of her children, Pierre and Charlotte Casiraghi. Pierre brought along his long-term girlfriend, Beatrice Borromeo. Princess Charlene was due to … Continue reading

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Final Day in Japan for Danish Crown Prince Couple

  March 28, 2015 at 6:49 pm by

The Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark have completed their three-day visit to Japan, attending a Greenlandic fashion show and meeting with the Japanese Imperial Couple. The day began with a visit to the Mode Gakuen fashion and design school, where the couple met with students who work sealskin into their designs. Mode Gakuen has worked with the companies Great Greenland and Kopenhagen Fur to introduce sealskin to Japanese designers. It was … Continue reading

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Richard III’s Remains Reburied at Leicester Cathedral

  March 26, 2015 at 10:07 pm by

The remains of King Richard III have been reburied today during a ceremony at Leicester Cathedral attended by the Countess of Wessex and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. Reverend Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, led the service accompanied by several members of the clergy including the Bishop of Leicester. The ceremony was more a memorial remembering the last Plantagenet King than a sober funeral – “a reinterment” the … Continue reading

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Danish Crown Prince Couple’s First Day in Japan

  March 26, 2015 at 9:25 pm by

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark began a three-day visit to Japan today, to promote Greenlandic businesses. They first attended a seminar at Hillside Plaza in Tokyo on seafood where Greenlandic products were showcased by companies, specifically Royal Greenland and Polar Seafood, and a video presented the production of fish and shellfish in the country. Then it was over to Kyu Asakura Ke Jutaku, a traditional Japanese garden, … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth Unveils New Statues at Canterbury Cathedral

  March 26, 2015 at 6:37 pm by

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have unveiled statues of themselves during a service at Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, Kent this afternoon. They arrived shortly before 2:30pm, and were welcomed by cheering crowds in the Cathedral Precincts. The Dean of Canterbury, the Very Reverend Robert Willis, led the service which was attended by a number of locals from the Kent area. At the conclusion of the service, Queen Elizabeth … Continue reading

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New Succession Rules Take Effect in Britain

  March 26, 2015 at 9:37 am by

The Succession to the Crown Act 2013 came into effect in the United Kingdom and its realms at midnight GMT today, March 26, after being ratified by all the Commonwealth realms. It means that males no longer take precedence over females, meaning that an elder daughter cannot be overtaken by a younger son. Marriage to Roman Catholics is now allowed while retaining rights to the throne (the monarch must be … Continue reading

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Prince Charles’s Letters To Be Made Public

  March 26, 2015 at 6:56 am by

The British Supreme Court has decided that letters written by the Prince of Wales to various government ministers can be made public, in a ruling that was handed down this morning. They have upheld a judgement made by the Appeals court in March last year, following an initial ruling in September 2012 approving the publication of 27 letters written between 2004 and 2005 by the Prince to seven government departments. … Continue reading

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Queen Paola Visits Prize Winners in Namur

  March 25, 2015 at 7:29 pm by

Queen Paola visited the Namur Technical Institute (ITN) in Namur today. Here she met with the winners of the Prix Terre d’Avenir. The Queen toured the institute and viewed the creation that earned the institute the prize, a gateway which allows people with reduced mobility to access trains on the SNBC (Belgian National Rail), before meeting with students who helped design it. She was accompanied by Belgian polar explorer Alain Hubert and … Continue reading

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Spanish-French State Visit Cancelled

  March 24, 2015 at 11:00 pm by

The Spanish state visit to France has been cancelled following the Germanwings air crash in southern France. King Felipe and Queen Letizia first met with the French Prime Minister, Minister Manuel Valls, who was born in Barcelona, for a welcoming ceremony at the Hotel de Invalides. Then came the news of the air crash as they were about to meet with President François Hollande. After an audience, the trio held a press … Continue reading

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Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel Visit South Korea

  March 23, 2015 at 10:26 pm by

Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel arrived in Seoul earlier today for their three-day visit to South Korea. The couple were welcomed at Incheon International Airport by the South Korean Foreign Minister’s Director General for European Affairs, Park Chul-min. Crown Princess Victoria and Mr Park inspected a traditional guard of honour. It was then on to a visit to the Korean Demilitarised Zone in Panmunjom, the border between North and … Continue reading

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Imperial Family Hosts Indonesian President

  March 23, 2015 at 7:44 pm by

The President of Indonesia is currently on an official visit to Japan, where he and his wife were welcomed by the Imperial Family. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko greeted President Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana Widodo at the Imperial Palace earlier today. After an audience between the two couples, Empress Michiko led her guests into the Ninomaru Garden where they fed the carp fishes which live in the garden ponds. … Continue reading

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Princess Astrid on Economic Mission to Qatar

  March 23, 2015 at 6:14 pm by

Princess Astrid of Belgium is currently on an economic mission to the Middle East, where she will be visiting Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. She arrived in Doha on March 21, and has had meetings with various members of the Qatari Royal Family. Astrid met with Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, the Emir of Qatar, and Sheikha Mozah yesterday prior to visiting the Khalifa International Stadium. Today included visits to Qatar … Continue reading

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Remains of Richard III Arrive at Leicester Cathedral

  March 22, 2015 at 8:13 pm by

The remains of the last Plantagenet and York King have arrived at Leicester Cathedral, where they will be buried in a ceremony on Thursday. A ceremony took place at the University of Leicester before the coffin was taken through the Leicester and a several places in the area which were important to the final days of Richard III’s life. People who had worked to find and identify the King’s remains, … Continue reading

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