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Gratulerer Med Dagen Norge! Norway Celebrates National Day

  May 17, 2017 at 3:23 pm by

The Norwegian Royal Family has helped the country celebrate National Day with traditional festivities at Skaugum and in Oslo. Crown Prince Haakon (who has already started to grow his beard back!) and Crown Princess Mette-Marit with their two children, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus kicked off the day on the steps of their home in Asker, watching the Asker Municipality children’s parade go past. The family – joined … Continue reading

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Infanta Sofía Has Her First Holy Communion

  May 17, 2017 at 9:52 am by

In a ceremony at the Our Lady of Assumption Chapel in Aravaca this morning, Infanta Sofía of Spain – younger daughter of King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia – had her first holy communion alongside twenty classmates from the Primaria del Colegio Santa María de los Rosales. The Infanta, who celebrated her tenth birthday last month, posed for photos outside the chapel as she arrived with her parents and elder sister, the … Continue reading

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The Queen of The Netherlands At 46: Her Top Five Fashion Moments

  May 17, 2017 at 5:00 am by

The exuberant Queen Máxima of the Netherlands today celebrates her 46th birthday. The subject of today’s Top Five Fashion Moments post is well-known for both her fashion hits and her fashion misses: when Máxima gets it right, she gets. it. right. But when she gets it wrong? It makes you wonder if there’s a mirror at Villa Eikenhorst. Luckily for us, we’re all about the positives on Her Majesty’s birthday – and … Continue reading

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Garden Party Season Is Here! First of the Year Held at Buckingham Palace

  May 16, 2017 at 7:57 pm by

The first garden party of the season was held this afternoon at Buckingham Palace, with 8,000 guests invited for tea, sandwiches and a variety of delicious cakes. Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh headed the family in attendance: the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Beatrice of York, the Earl of Wessex, the Princess Royal, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. The royals mingled with their guests – … Continue reading

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Prince Emmanuel Joins His Mother For Queen Elisabeth Music Competition

  May 16, 2017 at 7:12 pm by

Queen Mathilde of the Belgians brought along her younger son, Prince Emmanuel, for the second session of the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition semi-final, which is this year being held for the first time for cellists. In each session, four of the 24 semi-finalists, perform either a Haydn or Boccherini concerto or recital accompanied by the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia. The finals will be held later this month. The Queen is … Continue reading

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A Day In Oxford For Charles and Camilla

  May 16, 2017 at 4:48 pm by

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were in Oxford today for a day of engagements. Beginning at the famous Covered Market, Charles and Camilla visited a number of the businesses that sell products in the market including greengrocer and Brown’s Cafe for lunch and coffee. The couple also stopped in at The Cake Shop, where they spoke with staff and admired the cakes on display. Prince Charles then … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Mary Receives ‘Womenomics Global Impact Award 2017’

  May 16, 2017 at 4:17 pm by

Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary was awarded the 2017 Womenomics Global Impact Award today during the Womenomics Business Conference CPH at the Copenhagen Stock Exchange. She is the fourth recipient of the award, for her work “to help women improve their conditions and exploit their full potential”.  “I am very honored to receive the award. It’s a very important prize because it helps to focus on the importance of gender equality in our … Continue reading

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Prince William Helps Brighten Patients’ Day During Royal Marsden Visit

  May 16, 2017 at 1:37 pm by

To mark the tenth anniversary of becoming the President of the Royal Marsden Hospital, the Duke of Cambridge today paid a visit to the hospital’s facility in Sutton. He stopped in on a number of cancer patients receiving treatment in the Oak Centre for Children and Young People, including six-year-old Daisy Wood, whose blood pressure he helped to take in preparation for a lumbar puncture. “She did say William was a … Continue reading

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Reports: Engagement Forthcoming For Princess Mako

  May 16, 2017 at 10:10 am by

The Japanese media is reporting today that Princess Mako, the elder daughter of Prince Akishino and eldest grandchild of the Emperor of Japan, is set to announce her engagement to a fellow student from her alma mater, the International Christian University. NHK, the Japanese public broadcaster, was first to publish the news today. The Japan Times is reporting the news was confirmed by the Imperial Household Agency. Kei Komuro is named … Continue reading

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Video of Crop-Top Wearing King Maha Vajiralongkorn Could Shut Down Facebook Thailand

  May 16, 2017 at 7:46 am by

A ten-month-old video of King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand in a pair of jeans and a yellow crop-top, a number of fake tattoos visible, reportedly walking through a German shopping centre has led to somewhat of a standoff between Thai officials and Facebook after the video went viral this month on the Thai arm of the social media giant. The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) had threatened to sue Facebook Thailand … Continue reading

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Civil Wedding Held For Princess Marie-Gabrielle of Nassau and Antonius Willms

  May 15, 2017 at 4:26 pm by

Princess Marie-Gabrielle of Nassau was married to Antonius Willms in a civil ceremony in Luxembourg City on Monday May 15. Attending the ceremony at the Luxembourg City Town Hall presided over by Lydie Polfer, the Mayor of Luxembourg City, were the parents of the bridal couple, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, the Hereditary Grand Ducal Couple, Prince Louis, Princess Alexandra, Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein and her three … Continue reading

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Luxembourg Twins Jean and Margaretha Turn Sixty

  May 15, 2017 at 6:00 am by

Prince Jean of Luxembourg and Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein today celebrate their sixtieth birthday. They were born on this day in 1957 at Betzdorf Castle, as the third and fourth children of the-then Hereditary Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg, Jean and Joséphine-Charlotte. Both siblings were educated in Luxembourg, before Jean continued his studies in Switzerland, France and England, where he did military training at Sandhurst; while Margaretha continued her … Continue reading

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Who’s That On The Podium? It’s Raphaël!

  May 14, 2017 at 7:25 pm by

There was a surprise guest on the winner’s podium at the 2017 FIA Formula E Monaco ePrix on Saturday afternoon, as Raphaël Elmaleh, three-year-old son of Charlotte Casiraghi, joined his mother during the trophy presentation. Young Raphaël was happily kept occupied by two toy race cars – how apt! – as Prince Albert II of Monaco presented trophies to the race’s top three finishers. Also present was Louis Ducruet, nephew of Prince Albert … Continue reading

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Crown Prince Frederik Named Patron of 2018 Ice Hockey World Championships

  May 14, 2017 at 6:35 pm by

Ahead of the Denmark v Sweden ice hockey match in Cologne, Germany on Sunday as part of the group stage of the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, the Danish Crown Prince was announced as patron of next year’s IIHF World Championship. “It is a great honour for Danish ice hockey that Crown Prince Frederik has committed to being the patron for the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. We are … Continue reading

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Following in Grandpa’s Footsteps: Lady Louise Participates In Carriage Driving at RWHS

  May 14, 2017 at 8:06 am by

13-year-old Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor may look very much like her paternal grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II; but there is one interest she shares with her paternal grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh: carriage driving. On the final day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show this morning, Louise was seen at the helm of a one-horse carriage leading the Champagne Laurent-Perrier Meet of the British Driving Society into the arena. She was in a red … Continue reading

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Palace Profile: Royal Palace of Brussels

  May 14, 2017 at 4:00 am by

The facade of the Royal Palace of Brussels at dusk Location: Brussels, Kingdom of Belgium Built: 1775-1783 (original buildings); 1820-1829 (renovation); 1903-1909 (expansion to current form) Architects: Louis Montoyer (original); Tilman-François Suys (renovation); Alphonse Balat and Henri Maque (expansion) Commissioned By: Willem I of the Netherlands (renovation); Leopold II of the Belgians (expansion) Style: Neoclassical Current Owner: The Belgian State Current Use: State events hosted by the Belgian Monarchy, offices of the Belgian Royal Family Fun Fact: Underneath the Palace lies … Continue reading

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Party At The Palace: “Gardens Have Not Seen This Much Fun, Ever!”

  May 13, 2017 at 6:08 pm by

Over 850 children who have had a parent killed while they were serving in the British Armed Forces were invited to a special garden party at Buckingham Palace on Saturday afternoon. The event was hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Featuring face painting, cake and cookie decorating stalls, magicians, water balloons, science experiments and lots of music and dancing zones, Prince Harry declared that “the Buckingham … Continue reading

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Family Day Out For The Wessexes and The Phillipses At Royal Windsor Horse Show

  May 13, 2017 at 5:44 pm by

Three of the youngest descendants of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip enjoyed the fun and games set-up as part of the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Saturday, strapping themselves in for some rock climbing before hurling themselves down an inflatable slide. James, Viscount Severn played with Savannah and Isla Phillips throughout the afternoon, watched on by their parents. The trio – who are 10th, 14th and 15th in line to the … Continue reading

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Queen Silvia Opens New Silviahemmet House

  May 13, 2017 at 3:57 pm by

A new Silviahemmet custom housing for suffers of dementia was opened by Queen Silvia today in Ekerö. This Silviahemmet – called SilviaBo – is different to others established by the organisation, as it consists of adapted apartments for couples that have one partner suffering from dementia, instead of the traditional nursing home set-up. “We live in an ageing society. More and more people live longer…it’s a fantastic development! But it also brings … Continue reading

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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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