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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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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Reopen Canada House

  February 19, 2015 at 10:47 pm by

Even the Queen sometimes doesn’t have all the power, as she and the Duke of Edinburgh found themselves sitting in traffic on Trafalgar Square today as they were heading to Canada House. The pair arrived at their destination, the Canadian High Commission, just in time, and were greeted by the High Commissioner, Gordon Campbell, and the former Canadian Foreign Minister, John Baird. Officers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were stationed … Continue reading

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Spanish King and Queen Visit A Coruña

  February 19, 2015 at 9:45 pm by

The King and Queen of Spain had a day of engagements in A Coruña today, attending the closing of a general assembly, presenting medals and opening an exhibition. Joined by the President of Portugal, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, and his wife Maria, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia were first at the Rosalia de Castro Theatre for the closing of the 23rd Eixo Atlântico do Noroeste Peninsular General Assembly. Since 1992, the association has brought together … Continue reading

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Happy Chinese New Year! Charles & Camilla Mark Celebrations

  February 19, 2015 at 5:35 pm by

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall today helped to celebrate Chinese New Year with a visit to Chinatown in central London. Greeted by a series of traditional lion dancers, Charles and Camilla chatted with locals on the streets, the Prince wishing them a “Xin Nian Hao (Happy New Year).” The couple took great interest in the intricate design of the lion costumes, before heading off to open … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Mary Completes Ethiopian Visit

  February 18, 2015 at 8:30 pm by

The Crown Princess of Denmark has completed her working visit to Ethiopia, having spent the past two days in the Afar Region and Addis Ababa. Yesterday, Crown Princess Mary and Danish Minister for Trade and Development Mogens Jensen were in the north-west of the country, where they participated in a dialogue meeting on the topic of female genital mutilation and child marriage with members of the Afambo community. “You do get shaken … Continue reading

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Charles and Camilla Attend Movie Premiere

  February 17, 2015 at 9:14 pm by

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were among the VIPs at the star-studded world premiere of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel tonight at the Odeon Leicester Square. Walking the orange carpet lined with archways decorated in pink, orange and yellow drapery and flowers, Charles and Camilla joined the movie’s stars – including Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel and Celia Imrie –  for a … Continue reading

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New Patronage for the Duchess of Cornwall

  February 17, 2015 at 8:53 am by

The Duchess of Cornwall has taken on a new patronage, becoming the royal president of the Women of the World Festival. Camilla attended a reception at the Southbank Centre in London in support of the organisation last night, to coincide with the announcement. Among the guests were Grayson Perry, internet entrepreneur Baroness Martha Lane-Fox and Olympian Christine Ohuruogu. The Duchess also got spent a short time speaking with author Catherine Mayer, who … Continue reading

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Denmark’s Crown Prince Attends Shooting Vigil

  February 16, 2015 at 10:37 pm by

Joining tens of thousands of fellow Danes, Crown Prince Frederik tonight participated in a candlelit vigil to honour the two victims of the weekend’s Copenhagen shootings. The memorial took place in a packed Gunnar Nu Hansens Plads, near the Fælledparken in Østerbro. Songs, including John Lennon’s Imagine and Danish tune Man binder os på mund og hånd (which translates to ‘They tie our mouths and hands’) that was written in resistance to the Nazi … Continue reading

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King and Queen of Tonga Visit the Vatican

  February 16, 2015 at 9:59 pm by

The King and Queen of Tonga paid a visit to the Vatican today, where they had an audience with Pope Francis. During their audience at the Apostolic Palace, the Pope and King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u Tuku’aho discussed recent political developments in Tonga, as well as the contributions of the Catholic Church to Tongan society (15% of Tonga’s population identify as Roman Catholic). Environmental problems facing the Pacific Islands were also … Continue reading

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Older Brother of Luxembourg’s Grand Duchess Dies

  February 16, 2015 at 7:56 pm by

The Luxembourg Grand Ducal Court announced this evening the death of José Antonio Mestre, the older brother of Grand Duchess Maria Teresa. Mr Mestre passed away at his home in Miami, Florida at the age of 62. No cause of death was announced. He suffered serious cardiovascular problems in 2011, which resulted in a week-long coma. Mr Mestre has been present at several events of his sister’s family, most recently … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Mary’s First Day in Ethiopia

  February 16, 2015 at 5:30 pm by

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark touched down in Ethiopia this morning, for a three-day visit focusing on women’s health and rights in humanitarian emergencies. Joined by the Danish Minister for Trade and Development, Mogens Jensen, she was welcomed by Ethiopian Airlines officials at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. The Princess was presented with a cake and champagne during a brief welcoming reception. It was then on to the Tierkidi refugee camp in Gambella, … Continue reading

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Dresden Peace Prize Awarded to the Duke of Kent

  February 14, 2015 at 10:55 pm by

The Duke of Kent was presented with the Dresden Peace Prize today, in a ceremony at the Semperoper in Dresden, Germany. The Friends of Dresden Deutschland annually present the prize to an individual who has worked to prevent the escalation of armed conflict, and chose the Duke as this year’s laureate because of his “contribution to the reconciliation of Great Britain and Germany.” The Vice Chairman of the organisation, Dr Günter … Continue reading

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The Prince of Liechtenstein Turns Seventy

  February 14, 2015 at 6:00 am by

The Prince of Liechtenstein, Hans-Adam II, today celebrates his seventieth birthday. He was born in 1945 as the eldest child of Prince Franz Joseph II and his wife Georgina. Hans-Adam spent his childhood in Vaduz, the capital of the small principality, residing in Vaduz Castle with his parents and siblings. He went to a local primary school, before attending high school in Vienna at the Schottengymnasium. His secondary education was completed … Continue reading

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Guillaume & Stéphanie Mark War Anniversary in Vianden

  February 13, 2015 at 10:14 pm by

The Hereditary Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg were present for commemorations that mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the north-eastern town of Vianden on Thursday night. Accompanied by Francine Closener, the Secretary of State for Defence, the couple attended a church service at the Trinitarian Church where the eleven American soldiers who died fighting to achieve Luxembourg’s liberation were honoured. Guillaume and Stéphanie also laid a wreath … Continue reading

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The Duchess of Cambridge Visits Portsmouth

  February 12, 2015 at 10:41 pm by

As Royal Patron of the 1851 Trust, the Duchess of Cambridge today headed south to Portsmouth, to visit the Ben Ainslie Racing headquarters construction site. Arriving at the harbour in a cream Max Mara coat, Kate was greeted by Sir Ben Ainslie and a group of local school children who all contributed to the 1851 Mural that runs along the outside of the building, which also features a visitors centre. … Continue reading

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King Felipe & Queen Letizia Visit Freixenet Winery

  February 12, 2015 at 9:25 pm by

What does one do when visiting a wine maker to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of their first production? Sample some of the product, of course! Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Letizia were in the village of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia today at wine company Freixenet’s factory. They make Cava, a Spanish sparkling wine that is mainly produced in Catalonia. Here, the couple were given a tour of the factory by the … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals Attend Mass for the Deceased

  February 12, 2015 at 6:40 pm by

The Belgian Royal Family today attended the annual mass in honour of the deceased members of the family at the Church of Our Lady of Laeken. King Philippe and Queen Mathilde led the family, including King Albert II and Queen Paola, Princess Claire, Princess Astrid and Archduke Lorenz, Princess Esméralda and Princess Léa, in the celebration. Also present were Prince Nikolaus and Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein, whose infant son Leopold … Continue reading

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New Naval Appointments for Prince Andrew, Prince Michael

  February 12, 2015 at 3:42 pm by

It was announced this morning in London that the Queen has approved two new naval appointments for members of her family: the Duke of York and Prince Michael of Kent. Prince Andrew, Rear Admiral, has been promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral, and Prince Michael, Honorary Rear Admiral in the Royal Naval Reserve, has been promoted to Honorary Vice Admiral. The Duke’s promotion comes into effect on February 19, … Continue reading

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Queen Maud Land Receives Royal Visitor

  February 12, 2015 at 4:31 am by

Norway’s King Harald is presently paying a visit to one of Norway’s Arctic dependencies, Queen Maud Land. The purpose of the King’s visit – the first of a Norwegian monarch – is the tenth anniversary of the Troll Research Station. The King spent yesterday morning on a tour of the research station, accompanied by the Norwegian Ministers for Climate and Environment, Tine Sundtoft and Justice, Anders Anundsen. They party then went … Continue reading

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