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Palace Profile: Palace of Versailles

  April 30, 2017 at 5:00 am by

The rear of the Palace at sunset Location: Versailles, Île-de-France, the French Republic Built: 1623, 1631-1634 (original hunting lodge); 1661-1715 (expansion) Architect: Philibert Le Roy (original); Louis Le Vau (expansion) Commissioned By: Louis XIII of France (original); Louis XIV of France (expansion) Style: French Baroque Rooms: 700 On The Palace Grounds: The Grand and Petit Trianons, Pavillon de la Lanterne, Royal Opera of Versailles Current Owner: Établissement public du château, du musée et du domaine national de Versailles for the French State Current Use: Tourist … Continue reading

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A Civil Wedding In Amorbach Unites A Leiningen and A Prussian

  April 29, 2017 at 6:19 pm by

The civil wedding ceremony of Hereditary Prince Ferdinand zu Leiningen and Viktoria Luise Prizessin von Preussen took place on the morning of Saturday April 29, at the refectory of the Leiningen family’s palace in Amorbach. Following the ceremony presided over by the Mayor of Amorbach, Peter Schmitt, a small reception was held for guests in the Palace’s Green Hall. Hereditary Prince Ferdinand is the elder son of Andreas, Prince of Leiningen and … Continue reading

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Prince Harry At Army v Navy Rugby Match At Twickenham

  April 29, 2017 at 4:55 pm by

On Saturday afternoon at Twickenham Stadium, Prince Harry was present as Patron of the Invictus Games Foundation at the 100th rugby union match between the British Army and the British Royal Navy senior teams. The Foundation was the benefiting charity of this year’s match. Prince Harry was able to meet the players of both teams ahead of kick-off, in which several Fijian players on the Army team knelt before the Prince in … Continue reading

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Another Milestone Birthday: Infanta Sofía Turns Ten

  April 29, 2017 at 5:00 am by

The younger daughter of the King and Queen of Spain, Infanta Sofía, today celebrates her tenth birthday. Sofía was born in the late afternoon of April 29, 2007 at Ruber International Hospital in Madrid when her parents were still the Prince and Princess of Asturias. She made her public debut five days later when she and her mother left hospital accompanied by her father and elder sister, Leonor. The Infanta was baptised … Continue reading

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Princess Anne To Join Queen As Patron of British Horse Society

  April 29, 2017 at 12:33 am by

The Princess Royal will join her mother, Queen Elizabeth II, as vice-patron of the British Horse Society, the charity announced on Friday. “We are delighted to have The Queen and The Princess Royal supporting The British Horse Society. The Princess Royal’s interest and support for all things equestrian is remarkable. We’re very excited about working with her,” the Chief Executive of the BHS, Lynn Petersen, said of the new appointment. … Continue reading

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Ari Behn Unhurt After Car Accident

  April 28, 2017 at 11:14 pm by

Ari Behn was involved in a car accident in Bærum on Friday morning, he confirmed on Instagram this evening. “Angels guard today. Unscathed from total crash,” reads Ari’s latest Instagram post. His car was driven into a ditch alongside a mountainous road in the area, after he apparently swerved to avoid another vehicle just before noon. A spokesperson for the Oslo Police District said that “a man in his 40s came away … Continue reading

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King Willem-Alexander Hosts Birthday Dinner For “Honorable Fellow-Year-Olds”

  April 28, 2017 at 10:06 pm by

At the Royal Palace in Amsterdam on Friday evening, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima hosted a gala dinner for 150 Dutchmen and women who, like the King, celebrated a ’round’ birthday on April 27. The King and Queen – wearing a new purple and gold evening gown with floral embellishments from her go-to designer for important events, Jan Taminiau – first met with each of those attending before sitting down for … Continue reading

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Close Ties: Maria Teresa and Isabel View Portuguese Exhibition in Luxembourg

  April 28, 2017 at 6:34 pm by

The Grand Duchess of Luxembourg was joined by the Duchess of Bragança on Friday at the opening of a new exhibition at the National Museum of History and Art in Luxembourg City. Portugal – Drawing the World showcases over 150 pieces of art from several cultural institutions in Portugal on loan to the Luxembourg museum to “recount the long and fascinating journey of the almost nine century old country, still emerging from a process … Continue reading

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Prince Christian of Hanover Engaged To Peruvian Girlfriend

  April 28, 2017 at 6:58 am by

Prince Christian of Hanover is engaged to his long-time girlfriend, Alessandra de Osma according to reports in the German media. The couple have been together since at least 2011, and live together in Madrid. The Prince is the younger son of Prince Ernst August V of Hanover and his first wife Chantal Hochuli. Ms de Osma comes from a wealthy Peruvian family, has studied law and worked as a model. Christian and … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: A Six-Year-Old Lady Helen

  April 28, 2017 at 5:00 am by

April 28, 1970: In a photo taken to mark her sixth birthday, Lady Helen Windsor (now Taylor) poses with her pet dog Casper. She is the only daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Kent.

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Queen Elizabeth II: Londoner of the Year 2017

  April 27, 2017 at 5:03 pm by

The London Press Club has named Queen Elizabeth II their ‘Londoner of the Year’ during their annual awards ceremony held today at the Corinthia Hotel. The Queen’s second son, the Duke of York, was present to accept the award on her behalf. “Her Majesty has presided over our second Great Elizabethan Age – and pulled off a task of extraordinary historical and constitutional importance…For on the one hand she has been a beacon … Continue reading

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Thursday, Grey Day: Queen Letizia Attends Rare Diseases Congress

  April 27, 2017 at 3:36 pm by

A simple, chic grey ensemble from Carolina Herrera that was Queen Letizia’s choice for her visit to Valencia on Thursday for Fourth Rare Diseases Education Congress. The a-line skirted dress was paired with a matching cocoon coat from the designer, which features a purple lining to add some colour to the look. The Queen accessorised with a pair of chandelier earrings and snakeskin pumps. Queen Letizia attended the congress, which had … Continue reading

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Happy Koningsdag From Tilburg!

  April 27, 2017 at 9:37 am by

The Dutch Royal Family has celebrated Koningsdag for 2017 in the southern city of Tilburg today. King Willem-Alexander – who today turns 50 – led the family by train to Tilburg, where they happily participated in the activities planned by the city for Koningsdag highlighting their culture, including sports, music and dancing, and a spot of knitting for Queen Máxima. Attending the event this year were Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien, … Continue reading

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Order of the Garter Service Cancelled In Favour of State Opening of Parliament

  April 27, 2017 at 8:43 am by

Buckingham Palace today announced that the Order of the Garter service will not take place in 2017, as the June 19 date is required for the State Opening of Parliament following the June 8 snap election. Queen Elizabeth presides over the State Opening of Parliament. However, this year, it is reported that the Opening will have “reduced ceremonial elements” – there will be no carriage procession, a limited amount of ceremonial … Continue reading

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King Willem-Alexander’s Milestone Birthday – The Big 5-0

  April 27, 2017 at 6:00 am by

On April 27 King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands marks his milestone fiftieth birthday. It will be celebrated with a dinner at the Royal Palace of Amsterdam on Friday night. The King is the eldest of three sons born to Princess Beatrix and Prince Claus of the Netherlands. He was educated at the United World College of the Atlantic and Leiden University, and did eighteen months training with the Royal Netherlands Navy. In … Continue reading

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King Felipe Honours Antonio Banderas For “Enhancing Image of Spain”

  April 26, 2017 at 2:14 pm by

The King of Spain presented actor Antonio Banderas with the fourth ‘Camino Real’ award for his work “positively projecting and enhancing the image of Spain in the US” on Tuesday at the Universidad de Alcalá. “Mr Banderas is a clear example of the talent, ingenuity and versatility that our land is capable of giving. Not only is he an actor of recognized prestige, but he has also developed an infinity of activities within and outside his profession. … Continue reading

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Victoria Joins Willem-Alexander For OPCW Anniversary In The Hague

  April 26, 2017 at 11:42 am by

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands welcomed Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria to The Hague on Wednesday as she joined him at the opening ceremony of the Chemical Weapons Prohibition Organisation’s twentieth anniversary events. The two royals – who are long-time friends – posed for photos outside the Ridderzaal in The Hauge’s Binnenhof ahead of the event, which was also attended by the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. The Chemical Weapons Prohibition Organisation was created in … Continue reading

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Sibling Love Showcased On Jordanian Royals’ Social Media

  April 26, 2017 at 7:38 am by

The close bond between the children of King Abdullah and Queen Rania of Jordan was on display this week on the social media accounts of the Queen and the couple’s elder son, Crown Prince Hussein. Both shared photographs of a recent shopping outing; Hussein captioning his photo “Fun times with Hashem and Salma”, while Queen Rania posted a ‘photobombing’ photo of herself, Princess Salma and Prince Hashem in the background … Continue reading

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A Princess England-Bound: Princess Kako To Study In Leeds

  April 26, 2017 at 7:19 am by

The Imperial Household Agency has announced that Princess Kako, younger daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, will be heading to England in the northern fall for a year’s exchange at the University of Leeds. Princess Kako is currently studying at Tokyo’s International Christian University; her studies in Leeds will be credited towards her degree at ICU. The 22-year-old Princess began her university education at the Gakushuin University, before making the decision … Continue reading

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Princess Beatrice Attends Shoe Launch At The Connaught

  April 26, 2017 at 3:40 am by

On Tuesday evening, Princess Beatrice of York was present at The Connaught Hotel in London for a dinner celebrating the new shoe collection of Mrs Alice for French Sole. The Princess mingled with other guests and posed for photographs with the range’s designer, her friend Alice Naylor-Leyland (whose husband Tom is the heir to the Naylor-Leyland Baronetcy).

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