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New Article at The Royal Articles: Why I Am A Monarchist (And Why Monarchies Will Remain)

  June 28, 2011 at 6:39 am by

A new article has been published on The Royal Articles, the article subset of The Royal Forums. Written by David V, the article discusses the reasons why monarchies, especially in Commonwealth nations, tend to divide opinions about their relevance, and this author’s opinion on their future. An excerpt is as follows: “Here in Australia we have a strange relationship with royalty. We are fascinated with the lives of royals, and … Continue reading

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Princess Marie Completes Emergency Training

  June 26, 2011 at 10:05 am by

Princess Marie of Denmark has joined the ranks of her fellow family members, by undertaking training with the Civil Defence. According to a press statement on the Beredskabsstyrelsen website, the Princess received her diploma for basic training with the agency, known in English as the Civil Defence, on June 23rd after completing four weeks training. Princess Marie is now assigned to the Volunteer Deployment Force in Herning, north of her … Continue reading

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Luxembourg’s Royals Celebrate National Day

  June 24, 2011 at 3:29 am by

The Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg has spent the past two days celebrating their National Day, which is also known as the official birthday of the Grand Duke. On June 22nd, the Grand Duke and Duchess visited the town of Oberanven, in the municipality of Niederanven, as one of the first events to mark the occasion. They began at the Niederanven Town Hall, where the couple customarily signed the guest … Continue reading

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Royal Family Comes Out as Duke Reaches 90

  June 13, 2011 at 7:48 am by

The British Royal Family was out in force yesterday, attending a special church service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor to mark the Duke of Edinburgh’s nintieth birthday, which was on June 10. The private service for around 750 guests was attended by the four children of the Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II – the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of … Continue reading

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Cambridges attend ARK Gala

  June 9, 2011 at 11:42 pm by

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the 10th Annual ARK (Absolute Return for Kids) Gala this evening at Perks Field, a park within the grounds of Kensington Palace, the residence which will become their official London home. During the dinner, Prince William gave speech to the guests, who paid £10,000-a head to attend. The Duke said he was very happy about the “new joint initiative between ARK and The … Continue reading

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Grand Duchess’ Brother in Coma

  May 30, 2011 at 2:14 am by

The elder brother of Luxembourg’s Grand Duchess Maria Teresa is critically ill in a Florida hospital. Antonio Mestre, 58, is currently in a coma after suffering from cardiovascular problems over the weekend. He is being monitored by doctors, and his condition has been described as “alarming” by the Luxembourg Grand Ducal Court. The Grand Duchess will travel to Florida early this week to be with her brother, meaning she will … Continue reading

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Concert Celebrating Máxima’s Fortieth Birthday

  May 29, 2011 at 7:07 am by

While her actual birthday is on May 17th, Princess Máxima celebrated her fortieth birthday this past Friday with a concert performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The Princess is patron of the orchestra. The event took place at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and was attended by a lovely selection of royals who are family and friends of the Princess and her husband, the Prince of Orange. Also in attendance were naturally … Continue reading

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BBC America Royal Wedding DVD Giveaway

  May 23, 2011 at 10:24 pm by

In conjunction with BBC America, The Royal Forums is giving one of our United States readers the opportunity to win a copy of the BBC’s The Royal Wedding – William and Catherine DVD. Featuring over two hours of footage, the DVD showcases the April 29 nuptials of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, from their arrivals to Westminster Abbey to their first kiss as husband and wife on the balcony … Continue reading

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THAT Hat Fetches £81,000 at Auction

  May 23, 2011 at 11:26 am by

The much talked about, largely unliked hat that sat atop Princess Beatrice of York’s head at the April 29 wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has sold at auction for just over £81,000. Described as a “gravity-defying hat”, the Philip Treacy creation was listed on eBay last week, with the auction closing yesterday with a winning bid of exactly £81,100.01. It is unknown who the buyer was, but … Continue reading

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Bhutanese King Announces Engagement

  May 22, 2011 at 5:32 am by

The King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, announced his engagement to Jetsun Pema on Friday, May 20th during a speech which was broadcast live to his nation of just under 700,000 citizens. “As king, it is now time for me to marry,” King Jigme Khesar said in the press release, also announcing the wedding will take place in October this year. He described his fiancée as “a kind hearted … Continue reading

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New Portraits to Mark Máxima’s 40th Birthday

  May 17, 2011 at 5:26 am by

Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima of the Netherlands today celebrates her fortieth birthday. To mark the occassion, the Princess gave an interview and photo session with Dutch newspaper magazine AD. A series of portraits were taken in late April by Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf, at Noordeinde Palace. The collection of portraits features both formal gala and informal images, representing the facets of the Princess’ professional life. The editor of AD, … Continue reading

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Former Romanian King Breaks Ties with German Princely House

  May 12, 2011 at 11:15 am by

King Michael I, the 89-year-old former King of Romania, issued a royal decree on Tuesday May 10th, stating that the Romanian Royal Family would no longer be connected to the House of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, the German Princely House from whom the royal family descends. A press release issued by the royal family stated that the King had decided to break  all “historic and dynastic links” with the Hohenzollerns, and that the … Continue reading

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Princess Mary’s Semi-Return from Maternity Leave

  May 6, 2011 at 2:02 am by

Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary yesterday performed her first public engagement after the christening of her four-month-old twins, Vincent and Josephine. The christening on April 14th was the first time the Crown Princess had been seen publically since leaving the hospital in the middle of January after she gave birth on January 8th. As patron of the Danish Cancer Society, Crown Princess Mary opened the “Turn down the sun between 12 … Continue reading

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William & Catherine’s Wedding – Evening Reception & Official Portraits

  April 30, 2011 at 10:33 am by

The Prince of Wales did as any proud father whose son had just married would do last night, he hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace for 300 of the couple’s closest family and friends which lasted until around 3am when Prince Harry drove off in a minivan, sans tie. The event was a private affair, but Clarence House did release several pictures of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leaving … Continue reading

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William & Catherine’s Wedding – Procession, Balcony Appearance & Breakfast

  April 30, 2011 at 10:29 am by

After they were married, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge greeted the crowds in front of Westminster Abbey before climbing aboard a state landau which was to take them to Buckingham Palace for their wedding breakfast. Processing through Whitehall, past Downing Street and the Cenotaph, Horse Guards Parade and then finally on to The Mall, the couple were cheered at every corner by a million-people strong crowd. Once again, the … Continue reading

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William & Catherine’s Wedding – Arrival of Bridal Party & Ceremony

  April 30, 2011 at 10:26 am by

Miss Catherine Middleton exited the Goring Hotel with her father, Michael Middleton, at 10:52 in a Rolls Royce Phantom VI belonging to the royal family. Photographers clamoured to get the first image of the royal bride-to-be in her wedding gown. As the bridal vehicle made its way to Westminster Abbey, royal watchers were squinting away to identify the tiara sitting underneath Miss Middleton’s veil – and also get a better … Continue reading

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William & Catherine’s Wedding – Arrival of Guests

  April 30, 2011 at 10:17 am by

The much-talked about wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton began bright and early for Londoners – many camped out on the streets along the procession route for several nights to ensure they got prime positioning. The first public order of business was the announcement of the groom’s new title, a ‘gift’ from his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. The announcement that Prince William of Wales had been granted a royal … Continue reading

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Prince William Marries Catherine Middleton

  April 29, 2011 at 9:44 am by

Prince William, now the Duke of Cambridge, married Miss Catherine Middleton in a ceremony at Westminster Abbey earlier today. The couple then travelled to Buckingham Palace in a state coach, before a balcony scene saw two newlywed kisses. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are now enjoying a wedding breakfast the the Palace with over 600 of their guests. A longer, more detailed recap of the wedding will be posted … Continue reading

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Prince William Becomes Duke of Cambridge

  April 29, 2011 at 3:05 am by

Upon the marriage of her grandson, Prince William of Wales, Her Majesty the Queen has bestowed upon him the title of Duke of Cambridge. This will make his bride-to-be, Catherine Middleton, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge after today’s wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey. The official statement read, “The Queen has today been pleased to confer a Dukedom on Prince William of Wales. His titles will be Duke of … Continue reading

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T-Minus Four Hours – Royal Wedding Today in London

  April 29, 2011 at 2:37 am by

The royal wedding is almost upon us – the time in London is currently just after 07:30. The streets are buzzing, the reporters are hatted, the photographers clicking away. And the bride and groom? No doubt, getting some last minute relaxation before they become husband and wife in front of a global audience of two billion. In celebration of the wedding, Queen Elizabeth II last night hosted a dinner for … Continue reading

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