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Danes Attend Parliament Opening

  October 3, 2012 at 7:20 am by

The Danish Royal Family yesterday attended the annual opening of Parliament at Christiansborg Palace. Queen Margrethe II, wearing a purple ensemble, led the family into the Parliament after arriving last just before noon. As per custom, the family arrive in reverse rank – Princess Benedikte, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie arrived first, followed by the Crown Prince Couple. The most senior members of the Presidium of the Parliament escort the … Continue reading

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New Information about Upcoming Luxembourg Wedding

  September 27, 2012 at 10:04 am by

Over the past few days, little pieces of information have been trickling out from around Europe regarding the upcoming nuptials of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy. The Grand Ducal Court released two new official photographs of the couple, who will wed on October 19th and 20th, as well as their joint monogram. The photographs are believed to have been taken earlier in the summer, … Continue reading

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Countess Alix de Lannoy Passes Away

  August 27, 2012 at 9:19 am by

Countess Alix de Lannoy, the mother of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume’s fiancée Stéphanie, passed away yesterday, the Grand Ducal Court confirmed today. The Countess, aged 70, passed away after suffering a stroke. She was born on September 20, 1941 and married Count Philippe de Lannoy in July 1965. The Countess is survived by her husband, eight children and numerous grandchildren.

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Princess Marie to Visit Cambodia

  August 21, 2012 at 9:44 pm by

Princess Marie is set to visit Cambodia in October in her capacity as patron of DanChurchAid. She will visit the South East Asian country between October 9th and 12th, to view projects run by the organisation there. The Princess will be accompanied by DanChurchAid’s general secretary, Henrik Stubkjær. Among the projects Princess Marie will visit are a crisis centre for women and a street children’s training centre. The organisation has been … Continue reading

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Happy Name Day, Estelle!

  August 15, 2012 at 8:44 am by

Today, August 15th, is the name day of Princess Estelle of Sweden. To celebrate the infant’s first name day, the Swedish Royal Court published a new photograph of Estelle with her parents, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel. The image was taken at Haga Palace by Kate Gabor, the photographer who took the first official photographs of the Crown Princess Family. Each day of the year, except for six (seven … Continue reading

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London 2012: Dutch Royals Bring Nieces to Cheer on Holland

  July 31, 2012 at 9:49 am by

When the Oranjes turned up to watch the women’s hockey match between the Netherlands and Belgium on July 29th, royal watchers had to pause and re-count the number of little blonde heads sitting with Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima. Along with the couple’s three daughters – Princesses Amalia, Alexia and Ariane – were Countesses Luana and Zaria, the two young daughters of the Prince’s brother, Friso, and his wife Mabel. … Continue reading

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London 2012: Silver Team Medal for Zara Phillips

  July 31, 2012 at 9:11 am by

The British eventing equestrian team has taken home a silver medal, following the completion of the three stages in the eventing tournament. Zara Phillips, Tina Cook, Mary King, William Fox-Pitt and Nicola Wilson placed second behind Germany after today’s show jumping at Greenwich Park. Unfortunately for Phillips, she incurred both a fence and time penalty during her ride, which left her with combined penalties of 53.10. Zara admitted that “[she] … Continue reading

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London 2012: Swimming Draws the Royals In

  July 29, 2012 at 11:47 pm by

As it usually is, the Olympic swimming competition has been the place for royal spotting. Yesterday saw members of the Danish, Dutch, Luxembourgish, Norwegian and Greek royal families in the stands for the morning heats. Sitting together in the VIP section, it was a kin to a family reunion of sorts. Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and Princess Benedikte of Denmark were on hand to cheer Jeanette … Continue reading

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London 2012: Zara Phillips Makes Olympics Debut

  July 29, 2012 at 10:32 pm by

Zara Phillips, daughter of Princess Anne, made her Olympic debut today, competing in the second day of the individual dressage at Greenwich Park. Riding High Kingdom, she scored 46.1 penalty points during her dressage routine before lunchtime, which left her in twenty-fourth place following the conclusion of the day’s competition. In the team eventing, Great Britain – comprising of Phillips, Nicola Wilson, Mary King, Kristina Cook and William Fox-Pitt – … Continue reading

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And They’re Off! London 2012 Begins

  July 28, 2012 at 8:06 am by

The London 2012 Olympic Games began last night, with the opening ceremony taking place at the Olympic Stadium. Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the Games at the end of the ceremony, which featured Sir Kenneth Branagh, David Beckham and Sir Steve Redgrave. Queen Elizabeth had previously hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace for the heads of state and government in London for the Games, attended by a large number of … Continue reading

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Royalty and the Olympics: Competitors

  July 27, 2012 at 9:36 am by

There is just over six hours to go until the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXX Olympiad! Our third and final blog entry focusing on combined royal and Olympic history showcases royals who have themselves competed in an Olympic Games. Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia, Stockholm 1912 Prince Friedrich Karl competed for the German team in the team jumping event, winning a bronze medal for his efforts. Grand … Continue reading

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Queen Silvia Receives Cancer Cyclists at Solliden

  July 26, 2012 at 8:19 am by

Queen Silvia and King Carl XVI Gustaf are currently spending their summer holidays at Solliden Palace on Öland. Yesterday, Queen Silvia was visited by a special group of young women. Four best friends – Beatrice Björch, Stina Lif, Adéle Rundgren and Amanda Löfgren – arrived at Solliden to meet with the Queen at the end of their route. The girls have cycled from Östersund, in the middle of Sweden, to … Continue reading

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Royalty and the Olympics: IOC Membership

  July 26, 2012 at 5:48 am by

Continuing with our look at Royals and the Olympics, today the TRF Blog focuses on royals – both reigning and non-reigning – who are members of the International Olympic Committee. There are a number of royals who have current IOC membership, listed here in alphabetical order of the country they represent, as well as three who were made Honorary Members following the end of their active membership. Many of these … Continue reading

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Royalty and the Olympics: Host Nations

  July 25, 2012 at 8:29 am by

With the Games of the XXX Olympiad kicking off on Friday in London, the TRF Blog will be looking at the connection between Royal Families and the Summer Olympic Games throughout history over the next few days. Our first blog entry focuses on royal nations which have hosted a Summer Olympic Games. Greece: Athens 1896 The first Games of the Modern Olympiad were held in the traditional home of the … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Mama Victoria!

  July 15, 2012 at 11:20 pm by

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden yesterday celebrated her thirty-fifth birthday. The traditional ‘Victoriadagen’ festivities to mark her birthday were held in Öland, where the Royal Family spends a portion of their summer holidays. In the early afternoon, the Crown Princess appeared with her family in the courtyard of Solliden Palace to accept the well-wishes of the crowd who had gathered. Princess Victoria, wearing a pale blue dress and cardigan, was … Continue reading

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‘Spot the Royals’ at Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Final

  July 9, 2012 at 12:17 am by

It was a game of ‘spot the royals’ in the Royal Box at Wimbledon yesterday afternoon, as Roger Federer and Andy Murray battled it out for the Gentlemen’s Singles Title. The Duchess of Cambridge was joined by her sister, Philippa Middleton, arriving in a Duchess-driven Land Rover. The two sisters sat in the front row of the Box, and watched the match with smiles on their faces. The Duchess wore … Continue reading

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Royals Celebrate with Doris Brynner in Paris

  July 5, 2012 at 11:35 pm by

Crown Prince and Princess Pavlos of Greece were in Paris on Tuesday night, to attend a reception at the Dior salons which was celebrating Doris Brynner’s appointment to the Order des Arts et des Lettres. Mrs Brynner, who is the executive of Dior’s home furnishings department, was awarded the Order for her contributions to the arts and meeting the required “contribution to the enrichment of the French cultural inheritance.” She … Continue reading

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Stéphanie Joins Future In-Laws for Red Cross Event

  June 28, 2012 at 11:57 pm by

Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy joined her future in-laws today at Berg Castle yesterday, for a special presentation by the Red Cross canine unit. The Countess was at the event with her fiancé, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, his parents, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, and his younger brothers, Prince Félix and Prince Louis, who brought along his wife Tessy and their two sons, Gabriel and Noah. The Red … Continue reading

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Princess Christina to be a Grandmother

  June 28, 2012 at 9:11 am by

Princess Christina and her husband, Tord Magnuson, are set to become grandparents later this year. The couple’s youngest son, Victor, is expecting his first child with girlfriend Frida Bergström. The news was revealed by Bergström to Swedish magazine Svensk Damtidning. She said that the couple were “very, very excited” and “so happy” about the baby. Magnuson and Bergström have been a couple for several years; Bergström attended Crown Princess Victoria … Continue reading

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Princess Margarita visits Mark Twain School

  June 28, 2012 at 1:34 am by

Crown Princess Margarita of Romania yesterday paid a visit to the Mark Twain International School in Bucharest, where she met with teachers and pupils. During her visit, the Princess was able to watch the students perform a play featuring a cast of princesses and court jesters. She also toured the school’s learning facilities, before having a meeting with some of the faculty, where she was able to learn about the … Continue reading

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