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On This Day: Maria Theresia Is Born

  May 13, 2017 at 8:00 am by

300 years ago today, the only female ruler of the Habsburg Monarchy was born at Homburg Palace in Vienna. Maria Theresia was the eldest daughter of Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor. Prior to her birth, Charles had issued a new act of succession to allow any daughters of his to succeed the throne ahead of his two nieces, the daughters of the previous ruler, Joseph I. As Maria Theresia was only … Continue reading

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Guillaume and Stéphanie Visit Venice For 57th Biennale

  May 12, 2017 at 6:37 pm by

The Hereditary Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg are making a brief trip to Italy today and tomorrow, where they will attend the opening of the 57th Biennial of Contemporary Art of Venice. On Friday, Guillaume and Stéphanie attended the preview of the Biennial, stopping in at the Luxembourg Pavilion where they viewed the set-up by Luxembourg’s representative artist, Mike Bourscheid, entitled ‘Thank you so much for the flowers’. The Biennial opens on Saturday … Continue reading

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More Stepping Up: Prince William Meets Kenyan President, Holds Investiture

  May 12, 2017 at 2:43 pm by

Continuing his recent increase in stately duties, the Duke of Cambridge today welcomed the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, to Buckingham Palace for an audience. Joining the pair was the Kenyan First Lady, Margaret Wnjiru Gakou. Later in the day, Prince William hosted an investiture at the Palace where he presented various honours to people from all sectors of Britain. Amongst them was Scottish skier Myrtle Simpson, who was the first woman to ski … Continue reading

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Prince Carl Philip Turns Game Tester During Visit To EA Development Studios

  May 12, 2017 at 2:33 pm by

During his visit today to DICE, the Stockholm game development studio of Electronic Arts (EA), Prince Carl Philip was given the opportunity to test some of their development technology, including the race car simulators. “It’s fascinating what you can do. It’s almost hard to know if you are in reality or in the game,” the Prince said as he assisted in filming human movement shots for an upcoming Star Wars video game. … Continue reading

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Sheikha Al Jalila Learns To Snowboard

  May 12, 2017 at 11:26 am by

Despite the desert climate of her home country, Sheikha Al Jalila bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is learning to snowboard. Photos posted on the Instagram account of her mother, Princess Haya bint Hussein of Jordan, earlier today show the nine-year-old posing with a snowboard and during her snowboarding lesson at an indoor snow centre in Dubai. من قال بأنها لا تثلج في دبي! #الثلج #التزلّج #التعلّم #دبي Who says … Continue reading

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On This Day: Coronation of George VI of the United Kingdom

  May 12, 2017 at 6:00 am by

Eighty years ago, King George VI of the United Kingdom was crowned in an elaborate coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey. He had taken the throne the previous December, upon the abdication of his elder brother, Edward VIII. The date was originally scheduled for the abdicated King’s coronation, but after the abdication was kept for the new King. Little was changed to the centuries-old coronation service, except for the Coronation Oath … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: The Romanians Make a State Visit to Britain

  May 12, 2017 at 4:00 am by

May 12, 1924: Romania’s King Ferdinand and Queen Marie (born a Princess of Edinburgh)  upon their arrival to the Port of Dover for their state visit to the United Kingdom, as part of a diplomatic tour of Western Europe. They were guests of Marie’s first cousin, King George V.

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Funeral of Baron Niclas Silfverschiöld

  May 11, 2017 at 5:28 pm by

At the Erska Church in Sollebrunn on Thursday, Baron Niclas Silfverschiöld was farewelled by his family and close friends. Princess Désirée, the late Baron’s wife, was joined by the couple’s children and grandchildren, as well as King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, the Crown Princess Couple, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia, and her three sisters. From Denmark, Princess Benedikte and her son Gustaf, Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg attended; from Norway … Continue reading

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The Duchess of Cambridge Visits Luxembourg For Treaty of London Anniversary

  May 11, 2017 at 5:09 pm by

The 1867 Treaty of London was commemorated yesterday in Luxembourg City, with members of the Grand Ducal Family in attendance, along with the Duchess of Cambridge. Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie and Prime Minister Xavier Bettel joined Kate at the Luxembourg City Museum for a tour of a new exhibition showcasing the history of the tiny country in honour of the anniversary. The 1867 Treaty was confirmation of … Continue reading

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On To The Netherlands: Costa Rican President Continues Europe Tour

  May 11, 2017 at 2:37 pm by

President Luis Guillermo Solís of Costa Rica continued his European tour in the Netherlands this week (he was previously in Spain before heading north Wednesday), where he and his wife were welcomed to Noordeinde Palace by the King and Queen on Thursday afternoon. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima held a luncheon in honour of President Solís and First Lady Mercedes Peñas Domingo, which followed a private audience. The two couples posed for a group photograph … Continue reading

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Recycled H&M Skirt For Princess Mary At Copenhagen Fashion Summit

  May 11, 2017 at 2:07 pm by

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark today attended the Copenhagen Fashion Summit conference at the DR Concert Hall. Wearing a repeated black, cream and burgundy floral skirt from H&M with a burgundy blouse, Mary was in the audience with over 800 leaders from the worldwide fashion sector for several panel debates. Later in the evening, the Princess – who is patron of the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, an “international conference focusing on sustainable fashion” … Continue reading

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Queen Letizia Visits Seville For World Red Cross Day Celebration

  May 11, 2017 at 10:30 am by

The Queen of Spain was in Seville on Thursday where she attended the annual conference at the Teatro de la Maestranza hosted by the Spanish Red Cross to mark World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. Held this year with the theme ‘Women, Commitment and Solidarity’, hundreds of individuals associated with the organisation from across the country were present. Queen Letizia – wearing a repeated grey embellished Carolina Herrera dress – gave … Continue reading

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Princess Irene of Greece Turns 75

  May 11, 2017 at 4:00 am by

Today is the 75th birthday of Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark, the younger daughter of the late Paul I of Greece and Frederica of Hanover. Irene was born in Cape Town, South Africa during the Royal Family’s exile during the Second World War. She was named after her paternal aunt, the Duchess of Aosta; the name meaning ‘peace’ in Greek. Along with her parents and siblings (Constantine and Sofia), Princess … Continue reading

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More Celebrations In Norway!

  May 10, 2017 at 8:06 pm by

The 80th birthday celebrations of the Norwegian King and Queen continued on Wednesday, as their royal guests were treated to a cruise around the Oslo Fjord while enjoying lunch on the royal yacht Norge. King Harald and Queen Sonja and the guests present at the previous evening’s gala boarded the yacht from the Oslo Harbour, posing for photos upon arrival before climbing into smaller boats to cross the water to the … Continue reading

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Charles and Camilla’s Visit To Northern Ireland, Day Two

  May 10, 2017 at 4:18 pm by

On their second day in Northern Ireland, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were in Belfast and Dromore before heading over the border to the Republic of Ireland. The first engagement of the day was at the Police Service of Northern Ireland headquarters, where Prince Charles and Camilla were tasked with opening the PSNI Memorial Garden in honour of the thirteen policemen and women who have been killed in … Continue reading

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Another Year, Another Royal Windsor Horse Show

  May 10, 2017 at 2:57 pm by

It’s that time of year again! The Royal Windsor Horse Show kicked off Wednesday in Windsor Great Park. Driving herself to the event was Queen Elizabeth, who later watched on with glee as her horse Tower Bridge came second in the Cuddy Heavyweight Hunter Class competition. The Duke of Edinburgh also attended day one, though he did not accompany the Queen – he arrived driving a carriage led by four black … Continue reading

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Glittering Gala Banquet Honouring King Harald and Queen Sonja

  May 9, 2017 at 7:48 pm by

A glittering gala banquet was held at the Royal Palace of Oslo this evening to celebrate King Harald and Queen Sonja’s 80th birthdays. Ahead of the banquet, the Norwegian Royal Family – accompanied by their royal guests – gathered on the balcony of the Palace to watch entertainment by local school children and the military bands. A traditional Norwegian birthday song was played for the King and Queen, which led … Continue reading

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Charles and Camilla’s Visit to Northern Ireland, Day One

  May 9, 2017 at 1:31 pm by

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall embarked on a four-day visit to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland on Monday. Charles and Camilla began their visit in Bellaghy, where they stopped in at Seamus Heaney HomePlace for a tour of the museum celebrating the life and work of Seamus Heaney, a Nobel Prize winner in literature. They also watched a number of live performances of Heaney’s works. … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Visit Pangbourne College

  May 9, 2017 at 10:01 am by

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh paid a visit to Pangbourne College in Berkshire today to help celebrate the College’s 100th anniversary. The royal couple attended a service in the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel to mark the centenary, before meeting current students, alumni and staff during a reception and lunch. One of the alumni that the Queen and Prince Philip spoke with – 97-year-old Commander Keith Evans – served with … Continue reading

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A Royal Inauguration For The Bhutan Red Cross Society

  May 9, 2017 at 8:11 am by

The Queen of Bhutan officially inaugurated the Bhutan Red Cross Society on Monday May 8, International Red Cross & Red Crescent Day. Queen Jetsun Pema, who is the Society’s President, said that she was “confident that the Bhutan Red Cross Society will greatly supplement the efforts of the Royal Government of Bhutan and various other organisations who have pledged their time and service in the spirit of equality, active participation … Continue reading

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