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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima At Work

  April 5, 2017 at 10:51 am by

The King and Queen of the Netherlands were going about their regular duties on Wednesday, in The Hague and Amsterdam respectively. King Willem-Alexander paid a visit to the Dutch Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI), an institute under the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences of which the King is patron. Here he was informed about recent research the NIDI has undertaken into population issues affecting the Netherlands – the main topics of focus being migration, … Continue reading

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Duchess of Cambridge Attends 42nd Street West End Premiere for EACH

  April 4, 2017 at 8:13 pm by

As patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, the Duchess of Cambridge was present for the opening night of the hit musical 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on London’s West End on Tuesday night. Catherine – who wore a red full-skirted cocktail dress from Marchesa – was welcomed by the show’s co-producer and director, and was presented with a copy of the show program by 12-year-old Ollie Duell, who … Continue reading

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Citizens of Fredensborg Welcome Queen Margrethe At Start of Spring Residence

  April 4, 2017 at 7:58 pm by

The traditional torchlit procession to Fredensborg Palace took place on Tuesday night, as the citizens of the town welcomed Queen Margrethe II as she takes up residence in the Palace for the spring season. Hundreds gathered in the courtyard of the Palace as the Queen was presented with flowers by the Mayor of Fredensborg, Thomas Lykke Pedersen, who asked her to pass on his condolences to Prince Henrik following the death … Continue reading

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Prince Harry Continues Mother’s Support For A Landmine-Free World

  April 4, 2017 at 6:48 pm by

Following in his late mother’s footsteps, Prince Harry spoke at a reception on Tuesday night about the importance of a landmine-free world for future generations. “It is estimated that 60 million people still live in fear from the threat of landmines. In 2015, global deaths and injuries from landmines reached a ten-year high; but perhaps more shocking is the fact that almost 80% of them were civilians. It is typically … Continue reading

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Charles and Camilla Meet Pope Francis At The Vatican

  April 4, 2017 at 4:11 pm by

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall had a private audience with Pope Francis on Tuesday as part of their week-long tour of Europe. Taking place in the Pope Paul VI Audience Hall, the audience lasted twenty minutes. Afterwards, the couple and the Pope presented each other with gifts – a hamper of goods from the Highgrove estate for Pope Francis; a bronze olive branch and the Pope’s papal … Continue reading

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Diplomatic Reception Hosted At Château de Berg

  April 4, 2017 at 2:39 pm by

Grand Duke Henri hosted a reception for members of the diplomatic corp on Tuesday April 4 at Château de Berg in central Luxembourg.  The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean Asselborn, was at the head of the diplomats assigned to Luxembourg for the reception. The Grand Duke, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie welcomed their guests and mingled with them throughout the reception.

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Another Day, Another Exhibition For Juan Carlos and Sofia

  April 4, 2017 at 11:09 am by

It was a case of deja vu for King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain on Tuesday as they attended the opening of an exhibition celebrating the 80th anniversary of Pablo Picasso’s Guernica (they had attended another exhibition opening the day before). The couple were given a tour of the exhibition, entitled ‘Piety and Terror in Picasso: The Road to Guernica” after the famous painting which is regarded as one of … Continue reading

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I Should Be So Lucky: Kylie Minogue Receives Britain-Australia Award From Prince Philip

  April 4, 2017 at 8:09 am by

The Duke of Edinburgh has presented Australian pop princess Kylie Minogue with the Britain-Australia Society’s Award for 2016 during a private audience at Windsor Castle. The award is in recognition of the star’s contributions to Anglo-Australian relations. “I’m a proud Aussie but Britain has a very strong place in my heart having lived and worked here for many years. The Society does a wonderful job to promote the rich cultural ties … Continue reading

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia Arrive In Japan Ahead Of State Visit

  April 4, 2017 at 7:47 am by

Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia arrived in Japan on the afternoon of April 4 ahead of their state visit to the country. Their plane landed at Haneda Airport (Tokyo International Airport) where they were welcomed by a number of officials, and a small crowd of fans. The couple will spend the next three days in Japan, upon the invitation of Emperor Akihito. King Felipe and Queen Letizia’s visit will focus … Continue reading

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Charles The Renaissance Man: Prince and Duchess Conclude Florence Leg of Tour

  April 3, 2017 at 7:03 pm by

The Prince of Wales has been named ‘Renaissance Man of the Year’ during a gala dinner at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence on the last evening of his and the Duchess of Cornwall’s second leg of their European tour. “I fear I have many more interests than talents – which is why I feel so greatly honoured to be given such an award in the city of the Strozzis and the Medicis, … Continue reading

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Flirty Florals For Maxima and Beatrix At King’s Day Concert

  April 3, 2017 at 6:28 pm by

“Florals? For spring? Ground-breaking.” Meryl Streep’s voice as Miranda Priestly was the first thing that came to mind when this blogger saw photos from Monday evening’s Koningsdag Concert in Tilburg, with both royal ladies present donning floral-printed attire. Ahead of the official Koningsdag celebrations at the end of the month, King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima, Princess Beatrix and Prince Constantijn attended the annual concert held to help kick-off festivities (the concert is filmed … Continue reading

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Juan Carlos and Sofia Visit Museo del Prado, Open Exhibition

  April 3, 2017 at 1:30 pm by

During a visit to the Museo del Prado in Madrid on April 3, Spain’s King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia were tasked with opening a new exhibition celebrating Hispanic art and culture. ‘Visions of the Hispanic World: Treasures of the Hispanic Society Museum and Library‘ has brought over two hundred pieces from the Hispanic Society Museum & Library in New York to Spain for the first time. The King and Queen were given … Continue reading

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Princess Marie Opens New Children’s Surgical Centre in Odense

  April 3, 2017 at 9:34 am by

Princess Marie of Denmark was in Odense on Monday, where she officially opened the HCA Children’s Surgical Centre at the Odense University Hospital. Welcomed by seven-year-old Melina with a bouquet of cream flowers, Marie then brought the youngster – who has undergone six surgeries throughout her short life to fix her intestines – up with her on to the stage when the time came to unfurl the opening banner. The Princess … Continue reading

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Prince Charles Visits Earthquake-Ravaged City, Camilla Meets Human Trafficking Victims

  April 2, 2017 at 4:19 pm by

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall continued their visit to Italy on Sunday, with Charles visiting the earthquake-ravaged city of Amatrice, and Camilla meeting victims of human trafficking and visiting a church with links to her family heritage. Heading south, Prince Charles was required to wear a hardhat as he walked through what was Amatrice’s city centre before it was reduced to rubble by earthquakes in August 2016. It is now … Continue reading

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Palace Profile: Chapultepec Castle

  April 2, 2017 at 6:00 am by

The Castle from the Chapultepec Park Location: Chapultepec Park, Mexico City, United Mexican States Built: 1785-1787 Architect: Francisco Bambitelli and Manuel Agustín Mascaró (original construction); Carl Gangolf Kayser and Julius Hofmann (renovations) Commissioned By: Bernardo Vicente de Gálvez y Madrid, Viceroy of New Spain Style: Neoclassical On The Palace Grounds: Chapultepec Park Current Owner: The Mexican State Current Use: Museo Nacional de Historia Fun Fact: The Palace is the only North American palace to be home to reigning sovereigns – … Continue reading

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Charles and Camilla’s Second Day in Italy

  April 1, 2017 at 5:45 pm by

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have spent their second day in Italy undertaking seperate engagements in Naples, Veneto and Florence. One of the Duchess’s engagements centred around charities and organisations that assist the communities of Naples impacted by organised crime. Camilla began at La Gloriette, which was once a mafioso property that, after confiscation, now provides social and educational opportunities to the community. Here, she met with the families … Continue reading

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Prince Felix Confirmed At Fredensborg Palace Church

  April 1, 2017 at 12:37 pm by

Prince Felix of Denmark, the younger son of Prince Joachim and Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg, has had his confirmation at the Fredensborg Palace Church today, April 1. Following the confirmation service that was presided over by Royal Chaplain Erik Norman Svendsen, the 14-year-old Prince posed for photos with his family outside the Church’s entrance. His parents both looked upon their son with pride, as did grandfather Prince Henrik. Felix’s two grandmothers … Continue reading

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On This Day: The Death of Greece’s War-Time King

  April 1, 2017 at 6:00 am by

April 1, 2017 is the 70th anniversary of the death of King George II of the Hellenes at the age of 56. Having only been back in his country for a little over six months following his war-time exile, George was found unconscious in his drawing room at the Royal Palace in Athens by his youngest sister, Princess Katherine, on the afternoon of April 1. The cause of death was arteriosclerosis. When … Continue reading

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Princess Beatrix Visits Arikok National Park

  March 31, 2017 at 5:11 pm by

Princess Beatrix on Friday took part in the official handover of the Spanish Lagoon to the authority of Arikok National Park during her visit to Aruba. The 70-hectare area sits on the tip of the Arikok National Park and is “one of the largest natural lagoons in the Caribbean”. It is home to a large variety of flora and fauna specifies, and is an important location on the island due … Continue reading

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Charles Concludes Romanian Visit, Joins Camilla For Italian Leg

  March 31, 2017 at 4:27 pm by

The Prince of Wales finished the Romanian leg of his and the Duchess of Cornwall’s European tour today, beginning with a walking tour of Bucharest’s Old Town. Valentin Mandache, an architectural historian, led the Prince through the Old Town, showing him the different buildings and styles – and a statue of Vlad the Impaler. They also visited the Stavropoleos Church, where Father Iustin Marchis gave him a tour of the … Continue reading

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