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Happy Koningsdag! The Orange-Nassaus Celebrate in Zwolle

  April 27, 2016 at 5:38 pm by

We’ve come to the end of April, and in the Netherlands that means one thing: Koningsday! This year the event was held in Zwolle. Despite the early signs of rain and unpleasant weather, the clouds managed to hold themselves together as the Dutch Royal Family descended on the city for a day of games, entertainment and socialising. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima again brought their three daughters – Catharina-Amalia, Alexia and … Continue reading

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Having a GrandFest of a Time As Camilla is Introduced to a Unique Type of Wool

  April 27, 2016 at 2:11 pm by

The Duchess of Cornwall was slightly taken aback today as she attended the opening of GrandFest 2016 held at the Geffrey Museum, learning from one exhibitor precisely what her knitting was made of. Elizabeth Lee told the Duchess how she thought it was a “shame to waste” the hair she brushes from her pet Samoyeds so she decided one day to spin it into wool for her knitting. “It must be very therapeutic. I … Continue reading

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Japan’s Imperial Family Host Spring Garden Party

  April 27, 2016 at 9:52 am by

Members of the Japanese Imperial Family today hosted their annual spring garden party at the Akasaka Palace attended by hundreds of guests from Japanese society. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko led all the adult members of the family as they mingled with guests throughout the afternoon. In traditional form, the Imperial ladies all donned suits in neutral and pastel shades of cream, greens and blues. Only Princess Tsuguko went a different way, … Continue reading

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A Son For The Duke and Duchess of Parma

  April 26, 2016 at 8:01 am by

The Duchess of Parma gave birth to her third child, a son, on Sunday April 24 in The Hague. Prince Carlos Enrique Leonard, who is the new heir to the Headship of the House of Bourbon-Parma, was born at 8:58am local time and weighed 3,020grams. The Duke and Duchess, Carlos and Annemarie, have two daughters, Luisa and Cecilia. The Dukes of Parma with their two daughters

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King Carl Gustaf’s 70th Birthday Celebrations Kick Off With Baltic Sea Seminar

  April 25, 2016 at 7:39 pm by

The King of Sweden turns 70 next weekend and in true Scandinavian style, a number of events have been planned over the course of this week to celebrate. This evening the first event of the celebrations took place at the Royal Dramatic Theatre: a seminar entitled ‘An Evening about the Baltic Sea – Hopefulness and Threats’ arranged by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Royal Swedish Society of Naval … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget: Prince Harry Marks Anzac Day in London

  April 25, 2016 at 8:57 am by

Prince Harry, who last year attended the centenary services in Gallipoli with his father, today was present at three events to mark Anzac Day, which commemorates fallen Australian and New Zealander soldiers. He first attended a traditional dawn service at the Royal Artillery Memorial on Hyde Park Corner where he laid a wreath of red poppies. The High Commissioners of Australia and New Zealand were also present. Afterwards he moved on to … Continue reading

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Prince Harry Helps Former Olympian After Tumble At London Marathon Presentation

  April 24, 2016 at 11:09 pm by

Prince Harry showed his gallant side earlier today as he rushed to the aid of 86-year-old former Olympian Sylvia Disley after she took a tumble. Mrs Disley fell on the podium at the London Marathon medal presentation as she and Harry were about to present the Disley Lifetime Achievement Award. Harry was quickly by her side, helping her back to her feet and held her arm as they left the podium … Continue reading

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Prince Constantijn Presents World Press Photo 2015

  April 24, 2016 at 10:51 pm by

Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien have attended the prize ceremony of the World Press Photo for 2015 this evening. Prince Constantijn & Princess Laurentien at World Press Photo in Amsterdam #WPPh16 #Laurentien pic.twitter.com/3i8y8IpbJl — Albert Nieboer (@Royaleurope) April 24, 2016 The Prince, who is patron of the Foundation, presented the prize to Australian photographer Warren Richardson, who was awarded the prize for his photograph of Syrian refugees crossing the border … Continue reading

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On This Day: Wallis, Duchess of Windsor Passes Away

  April 24, 2016 at 10:00 am by

Thirty years ago today, the Duchess of Windsor passed away aged 89 at her home in France after years of bad health. She was buried on April 29 at the Royal Burial Ground, Frogmore at Windsor Castle next to her late husband, the former Edward VIII, after a funeral service at St George’s Chapel that was attended by members of the royal family. Wallis, Duchess of Windsor in 1975 Wallis, born in … Continue reading

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William, Kate and Harry Want To Change Mental Health Conversation

  April 24, 2016 at 7:28 am by

Kensington Palace today announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have signed on to a new campaign, Heads Together, to end the stigma around mental health. The campaign will be working with seven mental health charities to help “change the national conversation” on mental health. Heads Together is also going to be the 2017 London Marathon Charity of the Year (the reason the announcement took place … Continue reading

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Felipe and Letizia Present Cervantes Prize to Mexican Writer

  April 23, 2016 at 8:11 pm by

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia today delivered the 2015 Miguel de Cervantes Prize to Mexican writer Fernando del Paso in a ceremony at the University of Alcalá. The King present Mr del Paso with his medal, following a speech in which he said that del Paso had honoured the Spanish language by “making it shine in your books with the skill of a goldsmith who makes the best of … Continue reading

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‘To Be, Or Not To Be’: Prince Charles Takes The Stage On Shakespeare Anniversary

  April 23, 2016 at 6:37 pm by

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall this evening attended a special live performance of playwright William Shakespeare’s works at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, on the 400th anniversary of his death. And during the course of the performance, Prince Charles – who is President of the Royal Shakespeare Company – even got on stage himself as part of a sketch performance of the ‘To Be Or Not … Continue reading

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Prince Alexander’s Portrait Debut

  April 23, 2016 at 4:22 am by

The Swedish Royal Court has released the first individual photograph of newborn Prince Alexander, taken yesterday at Drottningholm Palace by his father Prince Carl Philip. The days-old infant is shown asleep in a white bassinet, with his hands up around his cheeks. First photo of Sweden's Prince Alexander has been released, taken by Prince Carl Philip #prinsalexander #royalbaby pic.twitter.com/jo0ZlBXeF1 — The Royal Forums (@theroyalforums) April 23, 2016  

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Flashback Friday: The Kings of Spain Begin State Visit to the UK

  April 22, 2016 at 9:00 am by

On April 22, 1986 King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain arrived in London to begin their state visit to the United Kingdom, the first by a Spanish head of state in over 80 years. They were greeted at Heathrow Airport by the Prince and Princess of Wales, before travelling to Windsor Castle for the official welcoming ceremony presided over by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of … Continue reading

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Queen Letizia Closes Conference on Rare Diseases Education

  April 21, 2016 at 9:00 pm by

The Queen of Spain today gave a speech at the closing seminar of the third International Educational Conference on Rare Diseases at the Universidad del País Vasco in Bilbao. “Thank you for the work you do, to be useful and brave, to establish the necessary rules for everyone to understand, so that society understands that we must all contribute and we are all necessary,” Queen Letizia said, praising the work of … Continue reading

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Birthday Girl Queen Elizabeth Lights Birthday Beacon

  April 21, 2016 at 7:12 pm by

Watched on by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, Queen Elizabeth this afternoon lit the first of over 900 beacons as part of her 90th birthday celebrations. The beacons were lit around the country and the Commonwealth afterwards, with a beacon on each of the highest points in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Prince of Wales, who will be hosting a private dinner … Continue reading

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Stripes for Queen Mathilde As She Attends Flower Show with King Philippe

  April 21, 2016 at 5:30 pm by

Queen Mathilde opted for a multicolour striped dress from Natan as she opened the FLORALIËN Gent International Flower Show today with her husband, King Philippe. The A-line dress in blue, orange, brown and cream was paired with orange accessories. Philippe and Mathilde cut the ribbon marking the opening of the flower show, which runs until May 1, before being given a tour of some of the exhibits – including that of Japan, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Your Majesty! Queen Elizabeth Celebrates in Windsor

  April 21, 2016 at 9:26 am by

Huge crowds have gathered outside Windsor to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday this morning, as she undertook a walkabout through Windsor with the Duke of Edinburgh. A rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ was performed by the Band of the Coldstream Guards as the Queen exited the Henry VIII Gate to greet the crowds and accept flowers and well wishes. After walking through the crowd, Queen Elizabeth and the Duke alighted the ‘Queenmobile’, … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima: One of TIME’s 100 Most Influential

  April 21, 2016 at 9:25 am by

For the first time, Queen Máxima of the Netherlands has been listed as one TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people for 2016. Her spot on the list is due to her hard work and dedicated effort in helping those less fortunate in developing countries achieve through her work with inclusive finance. Tilman Ehrbeck, partner at philanthropic investment firm Omidyar Network that supports visionary entrepreneurs, said of the Queen “with her firm … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth Turns 90: Noteworthy Moments Since 1926

  April 21, 2016 at 8:22 am by

Queen Elizabeth II today marks yet another milestone in her life, her ninetieth birthday. Celebrations will be somewhat low-key in Windsor today, with the main events taking place over the next two months. But for today, let’s have a look back at moments which have been some of the most noteworthy in her nine decades. 1936 – The Abdication: In December 1936, when the Queen was ten years old, her uncle … Continue reading

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