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Swedish Royals Out and About

  February 9, 2012 at 8:09 pm by

The Swedish Royal Family were out and about today, attending a business meeting and a representation dinner. Earlier today, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel visited the Centre for Business and Policy Studies (SNS) in Stockholm. The Crown Princess Couple were greeted by the SNS Chairman, Mr Harry Flam, the Acting President, Ms Pernilla Klein, and the program director, Ms Mia Chen Nell. During the visit, expected to be one … Continue reading

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10th Anniversary of Princess Margaret’s Death

  February 9, 2012 at 6:00 am by

February 9th, 2012 marks the tenth anniversary of the death of Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon. She was the younger daughter of Their Majesties King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom. Princess Margaret passed away in 2002, after suffering the last of her several strokes. She has been unwell for almost two decades, having had an operation in 1985 in which part of … Continue reading

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Duchess of Cambridge Visits National Portrait Gallery

  February 8, 2012 at 11:43 pm by

In her first official solo outing, the Duchess of Cambridge visited the National Portrait Gallery in London this evening. The Duchess toured the Lucian Freud exhibition which opens to the public tomorrow, February 9th. Upon arrival to the Gallery, Catherine was greeted by Gallery directors and the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt. During her tour of the exhibition – which features 130 of Freud artworks, many of them nudes – the … Continue reading

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Princess Máxima Receives Machiavelli Prize

  February 8, 2012 at 11:19 pm by

Princess Máxima of the Netherlands was today awarded the 2011 Machiavelli Prize at a ceremony at the Nieuwspoort Press Centre in The Hague. Accompanied by her husband, the Prince of Orange, and their uncle, Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven (himself a former recipient of the prize), Princess Máxima accepted the prize which was awarded to her because of her “exceptional communication skills that have characterised her work as a Princess of … Continue reading

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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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