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The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Portrait

  February 5, 2012 at 8:52 pm by

The British Royal Court has published two new portraits of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the Queen’s accession, which occurs tomorrow, February 6th. The portraits were taken in December by Mr John Swannell, who has photographed members of the Royal Family on multiple occassions, including the Golden Jubilee portrait in 2002. One portrait shows the Queen alone, and then with her … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Mary Turns 40

  February 4, 2012 at 12:00 am by

The Crown Princess of Denmark tomorrow turns forty years old. She was born Mary Elizabeth Donaldson on February 5th, 1972 in Hobart, Australia. Mary was the youngest of four children born to John Donaldson and Henrietta Horne, joining elder sisters Jane and Patricia, and older brother John. She spent her childhood in Houston, Texas as well as Hobart, while her father was working at a university. Mary’s primary and secondary education … Continue reading

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Princess Charlène Opens Children’s Shelter

  February 3, 2012 at 5:07 am by

On February 1st, Princess Charlène of Monaco officially opened the Princess Charlène Child Welfare Shelter. Accompanied by her husband, Prince Albert II, the Princess opened the shelter which will be a home for children with familial difficulties. Following a speech by the director of the shelter, Mr Patrick Serre, Princess Charlène revealed a plaque commemorating the opening. During the visit, the Prince and Princess were given a tour of the shelter, which … Continue reading

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02-02-02: The Prince of Orange Weds Máxima Zorreguieta

  February 2, 2012 at 12:00 am by

The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands today celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary. Following the announcement of their engagement on March 30th, 2001; the couple married on February 2nd, 2002 – the date chosen because of the once-in-a-century ’02-02-02′ – in both civil and religious ceremonies (as required by Dutch law). The civil ceremony took place at the Beurs van Berlage, conducted by the Mayor of Amsterdam. … Continue reading

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Prince Frederik Congratulates Danish Handball Team

  January 31, 2012 at 4:25 am by

Crown Prince Frederik was on hand yesterday, January 30th, to celebrate the Danish men’s national handball team at the Copenhagen Town Hall. The team is the current European Handball Champions, following their January 29th finals win against host nation Serbia at the Belgrade Arena in Belgrade. The final score was 21-19, and the Danish team won their second European championship (the first was in 2008). The Crown Prince gave a … Continue reading

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Prussians Mark 300th Anniversary of Friedrich the Great’s Birth

  January 26, 2012 at 4:11 am by

These past two weeks, the Prince and Princess of Prussia have attended events to mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of King Friedrich II, on January 24th, 1712. The first of these events was an official dinner on Monday January 16th, hosted by the President of Germany, Christian Wulff, at Bellevue Palace in Berlin. Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie posed for photos with the President and his wife, … Continue reading

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Princess Máxima Attends AmCham Gala

  January 24, 2012 at 5:08 am by

Last night, Monday January 23rd, Princess Máxima attended a gala dinner at the city hall in The Hague, to mark the anniversary of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands. Accompanied by Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the Princess was one of 500 guests to attend the gala hosted by the Mayor of The Hague, The Honorable Jozias van Aartsen. Also present were naturally the Dutch Ambassador to the United … Continue reading

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Princess Marie Gives Birth to a Baby Girl

  January 24, 2012 at 4:45 am by

The Danish Royal Court has announced that Princess Marie gave birth to a baby girl a short time ago. The infant was born at 08:27, at the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen. She weighed 2930 grams and was 49 centimetres in length. The official press release read: “Her Royal Highness Princess Marie has on Tuesday January 24th, 2012 at 08:27 at the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen given birth to a Princess. Weight: 2930grams, Length: … Continue reading

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Princess Marie Admitted to Hospital in Copenhagen

  January 24, 2012 at 4:07 am by

Princess Marie is in labour and has been admitted to the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, the Danish Royal Court has confirmed. The Court’s spokesperson, Lene Balleby, told Danish media that the Princess was admitted to the hospital just after 04:00 this morning, Danish time – five hours ago. “Everything is progressing as it should,” Balleby said. Prince Joachim drove his wife to the hospital. This is the second child for Princess … Continue reading

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Tongan Prince Formalises Engagement

  January 23, 2012 at 10:39 pm by

The son of Tonga’s Crown Prince, Prince ʻUlukālala, has formalised his engagement to Lady Sinaitakala Fakafanua, the daughter of Princess ‘Ofeina-’e he-Langi Fakafanua and the late Lord Fakafanua. An engagement party took place on Friday, January 20th, at the Observatory Hotel in Sydney, Australia. It was attended by several members of the royal family, including both sets of parents, who witnessed Prince ʻUlukālala present his fiancé with an engagement ring. Both … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Victoria Visits Children’s Hospital

  January 19, 2012 at 11:08 pm by

As patron of the Astrid Lindgren Children’s Hospital Foundation, Crown Princess Victoria today paid a visit to their hospital in Solna. The visit was arranged to mark the merger of the Astrid Lindgren Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Huddinge, into a joint paediatric centre operated under the administration of the Karolinska University Hospital. The Princess, who is due in March with her first child, arrived just after 14:00, … Continue reading

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Princess Birgitta’s 75th Birthday

  January 19, 2012 at 1:08 am by

Princess Birgitta of Sweden, Princess of Hohenzollern today celebrates her 75th birthday. She was born on January 19th, 1937 to Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and given the names Birgitta Ingeborg Alice. Birgitta was the second of the couple’s five children – four daughters and one son (Princesses Margaretha, Desireé and Christina, and the current King Carl XVI Gustaf). The Princess and her … Continue reading

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Guillaume attends Concert with Belgian Royals

  January 19, 2012 at 12:14 am by

The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg was in Belgium earlier this week, where he attended a concert at the Palais des Beaux-Arts. The concert on January 17th was a joint performance by the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel and the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra. Soloists from both groups performed during the event, which was conducted by Emmanuel Krivine. Before the beginning of the concert, the royals spent some time with Mrs Viviane Reding, … Continue reading

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Controversial Villa Sold by Princes of Orange

  January 17, 2012 at 6:42 am by

The controversial holiday villa built by the Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima in Mozambique has been sold, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced last night during a meeting of the Dutch parliament. Prime Minister Rutte said that the villa, worth approximately €2,000,000, was sold back to the property developer who orchestrated the entire development. The villa, located in the Machangulo Peninsula, brought criticism from Dutch ministers and the public … Continue reading

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Danish Ruby Jubilee – Balcony Appearance, Church Service, Gala Banquet

  January 16, 2012 at 10:21 am by

The Ruby Jubilee celebrations of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark continued yesterday, with a full day of events to mark the Queen’s anniversary. It began with the Queen’s 500th State Council meeting at Christiansborg Palace in the morning. The Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, and her ministers were in attendance as per usual, as was Crown Prince Frederik. Immediately after the meeting, Prince Henrik and Crown Princess Mary joined the … Continue reading

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Queen Margrethe’s Ruby Jubilee Festivities

  January 15, 2012 at 4:47 am by

Following their visit to Roskilde Cathedral yesterday, the Danish Royal Family continued with the celebrations marking Queen Margrethe II’s fortieth anniversary as monarch in Copenhagen. The Danes were joined by their Greek and Berleburg relatives, as well as the Kings and Queens of Norway and Sweden and the President of Iceland, at the Copenhagen Town Hall for a reception in the early afternoon. Queen Margrethe travelled from Amalienborg Palace through … Continue reading

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Frederik’s Daughters Visit Grave to Mark 40th Anniversary

  January 14, 2012 at 6:09 am by

The three daughters of King Frederik IX of Denmark have visited his grave at Roskilde Cathedral this morning, Danish time, to mark the fortieth anniversary of the late King’s death in 1972. Queen Margrethe II, Princess Benedikte of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes were accompanied by their husbands and families a short while ago, travelling from Copenhagen to Roskilde, thirty minutes west of the capital, via saloon car. … Continue reading

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80th Anniversary of Queen Sophie’s Death

  January 13, 2012 at 12:00 am by

Her Majesty Queen Sophie of the Hellenes passed away eighty years ago today, on January 13th, 1932. Born on June 14th, 1870 in Potsdam, as Her Royal Highness Princess Sophie Dorothea Ulrika Alice of Prussia, she was the second youngest child of Their Majesties Emperor Frederick III and Empress Victoria of Germany. Sophie had seven siblings: Prince Wilhelm (later His Majesty Kaiser Wilhelm II), Princess Charlotte (later Duchess of Saxe-Meiningen), … Continue reading

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Exhibitions par deux Continue Accession Festivities

  January 11, 2012 at 9:49 pm by

Two exhibition openings in Denmark today have continued Queen Margrethe II’s fortieth jubilee festivities. The first exhibition was held at the Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød, and was entitled Regent of 40 Years – Queen Margrethe 1972-2012. The Queen was accompanied by Prince Henrik, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and Prince Christian for the event. The royals were given a tour of the exhibition, which … Continue reading

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King Albert II: Freeze Royal Family Grants

  January 11, 2012 at 2:57 am by

In a statement released by the Belgian Royal Court on Monday, HM King Albert II has stated that he will accept a freeze on the royal family’s grants from the government for 2012 and 2013, as the nation tries to cope with the current economic climate in the European Union. “The 2012 budget on grants to members of the royal family should be frozen, and should therefore include any indexation … Continue reading

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