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Grand Duke Henri Honours Former IOC President

  March 3, 2015 at 4:37 am by

Luxembourg’s Grand Duke Henri yesterday welcomed the former President of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge, to Château de Berg for an audience. During the audience, Count Rogge (a member of the Belgian nobility since 2002) was awarded with the Grand Cross of the Civil and Military Order of Merit of Adolphe of Nassau, the second highest order of Luxembourg. The order is granted to person in recognition of “meritorious service … Continue reading

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Another Prussian Baby On The Way?

  March 3, 2015 at 12:30 am by

German magazine Bunte is reporting that the Prince and Princess of Prussia are expecting their third child. Nothing has been officially confirmed by the prospective parents as yet, Princess Sophie is believed to be due to give birth in April. The couple are already parents to twin sons, Princes Carl Friedrich and Louis Ferdinand, who were born in January 2013. Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie were married in August 2011.

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New Coinage Portrait Released in the UK

  March 2, 2015 at 11:53 pm by

The Royal Mint today released the new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II that will begin featuring on British coins. Engraver Jody Clark, who works at the Royal Mint, saw his design selected from the final selection of anonymous submissions. The design is the fifth portrait of the Queen to feature on coins since she took the throne in 1952. “I hope she [Queen Elizabeth] thinks it is a fitting and … Continue reading

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Felipe and Letizia Host Gala Dinner for Colombian President

  March 2, 2015 at 7:50 pm by

The King and Queen of Spain tonight hosted a gala dinner at the Royal Palace in Madrid for the visiting Colombian President. King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia posed with President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón and his wife María Clemencia Rodríguez for photographs before greeting the 110 dinner guests in the palace’s Throne Room. Among those attending the dinner were Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and members of the Spanish government … Continue reading

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Baptism Date of Monaco’s Princely Twins Announced

  March 2, 2015 at 7:20 pm by

The christening date for Monaco’s princely twins has finally been announced, the event will take place on May 10. Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella will be christened at the Cathedral de Monaco during a special morning mass. The twins were born on December 10 at the Maternity Centre of the Princess Grace Hospital. They are first and second in line to the throne of Monaco. Monaco Channel also revealed that … Continue reading

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Duke of Edinburgh Presents New RAF Squadron Standard

  March 2, 2015 at 4:48 am by

The Duke of Edinburgh was today West London, where he presented a Royal Air Force squadron with their new standard. The No. 32 (The Royal) Squadron received their new standard at their base, RAF Northolt. Prince Philip, who is the Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Northolt, inspected a guard of sixty servicemen from the squadron. He wore the ceremonial dress of the Royal Air Force for the presentation. “It is … Continue reading

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Former Thai Royal In-Laws Arrested for Lèse-majesté

  March 1, 2015 at 3:59 am by

The parents of Thailand’s former Crown Princess, Srirasmi Suwadee, were arrested last week on charges of lèse-majesté. Apiruj and Wanthanee Suwadee pled guilty to the charges of defaming the monarchy, lodging a malicious claim and asking officials to file false charges. Their arrest, which took place on Friday, came after a former neighbour of the couple accused them of having her falsely imprisoned for fraud by using their royal connections. “We plead … Continue reading

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The Duke of Cambridge’s Third Day in Japan

  February 28, 2015 at 6:27 pm by

On his third day in Japan, Prince William began with a visit to the studios of Japan’s national public broadcaster, NHK. During the tour of NHK, the Duke – accompanied by the British Ambassador, Tim Hitchens – was shown the sets where the historical drama series Hana Moyu (the current Taiga series) is filmed, as well as the newsrooms. The guests were greeted by the organisations’ mascot, Domo-Ku. William received a mini … Continue reading

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Gold for Norway! Royals Attend Ski Championships

  February 27, 2015 at 10:11 pm by

Members of the Swedish and Norwegian Royal Families were on hand today for one of the most anticipated events of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, the men’s cross country skiing 4x10km relay. King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, little Princess Estelle and Prince Carl Philip were joined in Falun by Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, who brought along two of their … Continue reading

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The Duke of Cambridge Meets with Japanese Emperor

  February 27, 2015 at 8:18 pm by

Continuing his visit to Japan, Prince William today met with members of the Imperial Family at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. “Your Majesty, very nice to see you again. Thank you for having me,” the Duke said after bowing to Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko upon his arrival for lunch. He then had an audience and tea with Crown Prince Naruhito. Prior to his meetings with the Imperial Family, the … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth Receives Tongan Monarch at Windsor

  February 27, 2015 at 5:20 pm by

Queen Elizabeth II today welcomed the King and Queen of Tonga to Windsor Castle for afternoon tea. King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u Tuku’aho were received in the private apartments of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, where they posed for a photograph before tea was served. It is believed that during their meeting, the two monarchs discussed the relationship between the United Kingdom and Tonga. Tonga is a member … Continue reading

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Duke of Cambridge Spends First Day in Japan

  February 26, 2015 at 7:50 pm by

The Duke of Cambridge has arrived in Tokyo for the start of his visits to Japan and China. Shown around the city by Tokyo’s Governor, Yoichi Masuzoe, the rainy weather didn’t appear to dampen the spirits of the royal visitor as he went on a boat cruise across Tokyo Bay to reach his first destination, the site of the 2020 Olympic Games. Dozens of school children and fans waited patiently … Continue reading

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King Willem-Alexander & Queen Máxima To Visit Canada

  February 26, 2015 at 8:58 am by

The King and Queen of the Netherlands are set to pay a state visit to Canada in May, it was announced earlier today. The couple will travel at the invitation of the Canadian Governor-General, David Johnston, and his wife Sharon. They will be in the country between May 27 and 29. The last Dutch state visit to Canada was in 1988, when the then Queen Beatrix visited. King Willem-Alexander and … Continue reading

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Never-Before-Seen Photos of the Duke of Windsor Published

  February 24, 2015 at 10:59 pm by

New photographs of the Duke of Windsor have been published in this week’s edition of Hello! magazine. The photos, which have never been published before, come from three private photo albums of the former King, and show the Duke and his wife Wallis Simpson along the stages of their relationship. The first album is full of photos from when Edward was still Prince of Wales, the second during his brief period … Continue reading

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Prince William Holds Investiture at Buckingham Palace

  February 24, 2015 at 6:12 pm by

The Duke of Cambridge today held an investiture on behalf of the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Prince William presented the two men who came up with the idea for the Tower of London poppies installation (called Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red), artist Paul Cummins and theatre designer Tom Piper, with the insignia of Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). The two were honoured for services … Continue reading

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Crown Prince of Japan Turns 55

  February 23, 2015 at 8:00 pm by

Crown Prince Naruhito today turns fifty-five, and several images of the Prince with his family have been released for the occasion. He is shown with his wife, Crown Princess Masako, and daughter, Princess Aiko, sitting on a cream couch in the room at the palace traditionally used for family photographs. The family’s dog sits calmly at the Prince’s feet. Along with the photos, Crown Prince Naruhito spoke of the need … Continue reading

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Snow Princess Estelle Turns Three

  February 23, 2015 at 8:30 am by

Princess Estelle of Sweden celebrates her third birthday today, and new photographs were released to mark the occasion. The second-in-line to the throne is shown in the photo series in the snowy grounds of Haga Palace, skiing and playing in the snow. In one of the photos, Estelle – wearing a cream coat with fur trim and matching beanie – cheekily appears to be aiming a snowball at the camera. … Continue reading

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Prince Henrik: Dog Friend of the Year

  February 21, 2015 at 11:33 pm by

Prince Henrik was today awarded the title ‘Dog Friend of the Year’ at the dog exhibition ‘Show of Winners’ held in Hillerød. The Prince participated in the event as patron of the Danish Kennel Club, which saw 140 dogs compete for the title ‘Dog of the Year’, with two of his dachshunds, Helike and Querida. “The Prince Consort has shown a charming winning mentality with which he has gained recognition … Continue reading

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Happy First Birthday Leonore!

  February 20, 2015 at 6:00 am by

Princess Leonore of Sweden today celebrates her first birthday, and the Swedish Royal Court has released two new photographs for the occasion. The youngest member – although not for long! – of the Bernadotte clan is shown wearing a light pink dress with a lace neckline sitting in a vintage chair at the Royal Palace. In one of the images, Leonore is clutching a white teddy bear. Leonore is the … Continue reading

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King Willem-Alexander Pays Visit to Dutch Troops in Mali

  February 20, 2015 at 2:12 am by

King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands has paid a visit to the Dutch troops currently stationed in Mali, the Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst (RVD) confirmed late yesterday afternoon. He arrived in the country on Wednesday, and visited Camp Castor in Gao, which is the base of the 450 Dutch troops in the West African nation. The troops are part of the United Nation’s Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission (Minusma) that “supports political processes in Mali and … Continue reading

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