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Princess Amalia Christened in France

  July 12, 2014 at 10:41 pm by

Luxembourg’s tiny Princess Amalia was christened today, at the Chapel Saint-Ferréol-de Lorgues in France. The little Princess arrived to the chapel with her parents, Prince Félix and Princess Claire, and her two godparents, Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg (her paternal aunt) and Felix Lademacher (her maternal uncle). Others in attendance were members of her immediate family: Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Hartmut and Gabriele Lademacher, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume … Continue reading

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On This Day: Interment of the Assassinated Archduke

  July 4, 2014 at 11:30 pm by

The assassinated heir to the Austrian throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and his wife Sophie were interred into the crypt at Artstetten Castle on July 4, 1914. Following their deaths in Sarajevo on June 28, the Austrian Imperial Court arranged for the couple’s bodies to be transported by the battleship SMS Viribus Unitis to Trieste, Italy on June 30, before their final journey to Vienna was undertaken by train. Franz Ferdinand … Continue reading

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New Patronage for Princess Beatrice

  July 1, 2014 at 11:09 pm by

Princess Beatrice of York, the elder daughter of the Duke of York, has undertaken another patronage: the Berkshire Community Foundation. The news was announced on the foundation’s website today, with the patronage effective as of July 1. The CEO of the foundation, Andrew Middleton, said in the press release that, “The Princess’s decision to become Patron of Berkshire Community Foundation reflects her wish to support charitable activity locally.” The BCF … Continue reading

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Prince Joachim and Family To Move To Copenhagen

  July 1, 2014 at 10:50 pm by

The Danish Royal Court today revealed that the residence of Prince Joachim and his family, Schackenborg Castle, has been placed under the control of a foundation created to manage the castle, the estate and its farming commitments. The Schackenborg Foundation has been created by Prince Joachim in conjunction with three other organisations: the Bitten and Mads Clausen Foundation, Ecco Holding and the Ole Kirk Foundation. The four founders each contributed … Continue reading

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Spain’s New King Visits The Vatican

  July 1, 2014 at 10:30 pm by

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia yesterday undertook their first introductory visit, while on a visit to the Vatican. After arriving in Rome around 11am, the couple travelled to the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, where they were greeted by Georg Gaenswein, the prefect of the papal household. Then, Pope Francis received them in a private audience. During the audience, which lasted around 45 minutes, gifts were exchanged between the two parties: King Felipe … Continue reading

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King Willem-Alexander Marks Veteran’s Day

  June 29, 2014 at 1:35 am by

Yesterday the Netherlands celebrated the tenth Veteran’s Day in The Hague, in a ceremony attended by King Willem-Alexander and Prime Minister Mark Rutte. A parade of military veterans who have served since World War Two took place, beginning and ending at the Malieveld. Veteran’s Day celebrates the over 100,000 Dutch military men and women who have fought to achieve peace, and was begun by the Dutch government in conjunction with … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth Attends WWI Volunteers Tribute

  June 29, 2014 at 1:13 am by

Queen Elizabeth was yesterday joined by several members of her family for a Drumhead Service of Remembrance at the Royal Chelsea Hospital. The service was held to commemorate the British volunteer soldiers who fought in World War One, and was particularly poignant in that it was held on the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the death which is widely named as the starting point of the war. … Continue reading

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On This Day: Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

  June 28, 2014 at 6:00 am by

Today marks the 100th anniversary of an assassination that changed the course of world history: the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne. Political, ethnic and religious differences emanating out of a diverse Empire led to boiling tensions which came to a head in mid-1914. The Archduke was scheduled by Emperor Franz Joseph to visit military manoeuvres in Bosnia in June 1914, and Franz Ferdinand decided to … Continue reading

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Engagement of Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist

  June 27, 2014 at 11:16 am by

The Swedish Royal Court has just announced the engagement of Prince Carl Philip, only son of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, to Ms Sofia Hellqvist. The news was revealed in a press conference at the Royal Palace of Stockholm, just after 17:00 local time. The newly engagement couple, as well as the King and Queen, posed for  photographs in the palace gardens and answered a few questions from … Continue reading

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Pink All Around For Ascot’s Final Day

  June 21, 2014 at 8:57 pm by

It was pink for all at the final day of Royal Ascot, with Queen Elizabeth and her two granddaughters all wearing varying shades of the popular colour. The Queen arrived to the Royal Enclosure in a carriage with the Duke of Edinburgh, Charles Barnett and John Deer, in a dusty pink coat over a floral pink, white and grey dress with a matching hat. Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York were … Continue reading

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King Juan Carlos Officially Signs Abdication Act

  June 18, 2014 at 11:58 pm by

King Juan Carlos I of Spain today signed the abdication act which gave the Kingship to his son, Felipe. The signing took place at the Royal Palace in Madrid, where the abdication act was signed with a golden pen. King Juan Carlos was applauded as he made his way back to his seat, where, in a symbolic act, switched places with his son after an emotional hug to highlight the … Continue reading

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Luxembourg’s Princess Amalia Makes Her Debut

  June 17, 2014 at 10:14 pm by

The newest member of the Luxembourg Grand Ducal Family, Princess Amalia, made her public debut today, when she appeared before the media as she left hospital with her parents. Prince Félix and Princess Claire left the Maternité Grande-Duchesse Charlotte in the early afternoon with their daughter, briefly speaking to the gathered press before departing for home. The Prince also registered his daughter’s birth with the Register of Civil Status of the … Continue reading

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Daughter for Félix and Claire

  June 15, 2014 at 7:48 am by

The Luxembourg Grand Ducal Court has announced that Princess Claire was safely delivered of a baby girl earlier today. Princess Amalia Gabriela Maria Teresa was born at the Maternité Grande-Duchesse Charlotte hospital in Luxembourg City, and weighed in at 2,950 grams. She is the first child for Prince Félix and Princess Claire, who married in September last year. She is also the first granddaughter of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess … Continue reading

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Photo Shoot in Cayx for Henrik’s 80th Birthday

  June 11, 2014 at 9:07 pm by

A photo shoot took place this morning at Château de Cayx to mark Prince Henrik of Denmark’s 80th birthday. The Prince’s immediate family were all present – wife, Queen Margrethe II, and both sons, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim, with their wives and children. Prince Henrik led the family out on to the lawn where the photographers were gathered, holding the hands of his two eldest granddaughters, Princesses Isabella … Continue reading

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Sweden Celebrates National Day

  June 7, 2014 at 4:47 am by

Sweden yesterday celebrated their national day, with the Royal Family taking part in several events in Stockholm, Ånge and Skansen. The day began with the traditional opening of the palace gates, which signals the beginning of the day’s Open Palace event, where entry into the Royal Palace of Stockholm is free. Princess Madeleine and Christopher O’Neill were given this task for 2014, and they brought their three-month-old daughter Leonore – dressed … Continue reading

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D-Day 70th Anniversary Commemorations

  June 6, 2014 at 7:56 am by

Royals from across Europe, as well as many heads of state, have gathered in Normandy to mark the seventieth anniversary of the D-Day landings, the Allied invasion of German-occupied territory which became the beginning of the end of World War Two. This morning, local time, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall attended a Royal British Legion service at the Bayeux Cathedral, as did British Prime Minister David Cameron … Continue reading

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On This Day: Birth of José I of Portugal

  June 6, 2014 at 6:30 am by

Today is the 300th anniversary of the birth of King José I of Portugal. He was born in 1714, as the third child of King João V of Portugal and Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria. The future King was titled Infante José for the first four and a half months of his life, as his older brother, Pedro, was the heir to the throne. Upon Pedro’s death on October 29, Infante José … Continue reading

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Spanish Abdication Set for June 18

  June 5, 2014 at 11:19 pm by

The Spanish Royal Court has confirmed that the abdication of King Juan Carlos I will take place on June 18. King Juan Carlos will sign the abdication act in a ceremony at the Royal Palace, which will be attended by members of the royal family. The following day, June 19, the Prince of Asturias will officially by proclaimed as King Felipe VI in a ceremony at the Cortes Generales building. … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth Begins State Visit to France

  June 5, 2014 at 10:54 pm by

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh today began their fifth state visit to the French Republic. The couple departed from St Pancras Station in London aboard the Eurostar – their typical option for travel between London and Paris – headed for Paris Gare du Nord. The Queen unveiled a plaque at the London station to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the Channel Tunnel, which was opened in 1994 by Queen … Continue reading

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Princess Leonore Arrives in Stockholm for Christening

  June 3, 2014 at 10:02 pm by

Three month old Princess Leonore has arrived in Sweden for the first time today, landing at Stockholm Arlanda Airport with her parents, Princess Madeleine and Christopher O’Neill, early this morning, local time. The family were spotted yesterday departing from Newark Liberty International Airport on an overnight Scandinavian Airlines flight, after packing two town cars full of luggage outside their home. Princess Leonore was kept in a carry cot for her … Continue reading

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