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On This Day: Death of Luise Margarete of Prussia

  March 14, 2017 at 4:00 am by

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the death of the only Duchess of Connaught and Strathearn, Princess Luise Margarete of Prussia. Born on July 15, 1860 at the Marble Palace in Potsdam, Luise Margarete was the youngest daughter of Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia and Princess Maria Anna of Anhalt-Dessau. Among her ancestors were Kings of Prussia, Tsars of Russia, Grand Dukes of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, the first Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Landgraves of … Continue reading

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Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel Mark End of Winter War Anniversary

  March 13, 2017 at 5:10 pm by

On Monday March 13, at the Finland Monument in Stockholm’s Finland Park, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Carl Philip participated in a commemoration of the end of the Winter War that was fought in 1939-1940. They were joined by the Finnish President, Sauli Niinistö. The attendees laid wreaths at the base of the monument, erected to honour the memory of the Swedish volunteers who assisted Finnish troops during the Winter War … Continue reading

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British Royal Celebrate Commonwealth Day With Westminster Abbey Service

  March 13, 2017 at 4:23 pm by

Members of the British Royal Family were present at an inter-faith church service to celebrate Commonwealth Day at Westminster Abbey today. Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh headed the royal contingent which included the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, the Duke of York, and the Earl of Wessex, whom were all greeted by the Dean of Westminster upon their arrival. During the service readings and … Continue reading

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And It’s Off! Queen Elizabeth Launches 2018 Commonwealth Games Baton Relay

  March 13, 2017 at 10:30 am by

The 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay was launched this morning at Buckingham Palace by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, who is the head of the Commonwealth of Nations. Australian para-sport athlete Kurt Fearnley presented the baton to the Queen after bringing it up The Mall, followed by the Band of the Coldstream Guards. Queen Elizabeth – in a bright pink ensemble – then inserted a message she has written to be … Continue reading

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On This Day: 125 Years Since The Death of Hesse’s Ludwig IV

  March 13, 2017 at 3:00 am by

125 years ago, on March 13, 1892, Grand Duke Ludwig IV of Hesse passed away in the early hours of the morning at the age of fifty-four. He had been the Grand Duchy’s ruler since 1877, following the death of his uncle, Ludwig III. Born in September 1837, the Grand Duke was the eldest son of Prince Karl of Hesse and by Rhine and his Prussian wife, Elisabeth. It was expected that Ludwig … Continue reading

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On This Day: Birth of Anne Hyde, Mother of Two Reigning Queens

  March 12, 2017 at 5:00 am by

Today marks the 380th anniversary of the birth of Anne Hyde, who was the mother of two reigning Queens of England. Born at Cranbourne Lodge, Windsor in March 1637, Anne was the eldest child of Edward Hyde (later 1st Earl of Clarendon) and his second wife, Frances Aylesbury. She was named for her father’s first wife, who died shortly after their marriage in 1629. Edward Hyde was a politician and a member … Continue reading

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Palace Profile: Haga Palace

  March 12, 2017 at 3:00 am by

Facade of Haga Palace Location: Haga Park, Solna, Kingdom of Sweden Built: 1802-1804 Architect: Carl Christopher Gjörwell Commissioned By: Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden Style: Italianate On The Haga Park Grounds: The Royal Burial Grounds, The Temple of Echo, Copper Tent Current Owner: The Swedish State Current Use: Residence of H.R.H. The Crown Princess of Sweden and family Fun Fact: King Carl XVI Gustaf and his four older sisters, Princesses Margaretha, Désirée, Birgitta and Christina, were all born at the Palace A … Continue reading

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Go Team: Prince Harry and Princess Anne Attend England-Scotland Rugby Match

  March 11, 2017 at 5:50 pm by

At Twickenham Stadium today, it was Prince Harry who was the jubilant royal out of himself and his aunt, the Princess Royal, as they watched England defeat Scotland in the fourth round of the Six Nations Championship, which also clinched their win of the overall championship. The two royals joined 82,000 fans for the match. Prince Harry is patron of the Rugby Football Union, while Princess Anne is patron of … Continue reading

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Norwegian Heir Takes Part In Military Exercises

  March 10, 2017 at 6:21 pm by

Crown Prince Haakon of Norway has taken part in the Norwegian Armed Forces exercise Joint Viking in Finnmark. The exercise is being held to “practice crisis management and the defence of Norway”, and to improve the information flow within the military branches. Prince Haakon accompanied Admiral Haakon Bruun-Hanssen, the Chief of Norwegian Defence, to meet soldiers taking part and learning about their tasks during the exercise. 8,000 Norwegian military personnel are taking … Continue reading

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Queen Margrethe II Marks 500 Years Since The Reformation

  March 10, 2017 at 3:01 pm by

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark today opened an exhibition at the Round Tower in Copenhagen that celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Paintings, sculptures and photographs from 25 Danish artists marking interpretations about the Reformation are exhibited in the ‘THESES – Danish Contemporary Artists in Dialogue with the Reformation’ exhibition. The purpose of the exhibition is to “promote understanding of the importance of the Reformation in Danish society, identity and consciousness.”  … Continue reading

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Spanish-British State Visit Confirmed For June

  March 10, 2017 at 11:34 am by

It has been confirmed this morning by the British and Spanish Royal Courts that the much-awaited state visit to the United Kingdom by King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain will take place this June. The royal couple will make the visit between June 6 and 8, at the invitation of Queen Elizabeth II. The state visit was originally planned to take place in March 2016, however was cancelled … Continue reading

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Princess Eugenie Visits Domestic Violence Shelter In New York

  March 10, 2017 at 7:18 am by

On Thursday, Princess Eugenie of York spent time visiting a shelter for victims of domestic violence run by the organisation Safe Horizon in New York. The organisation is the largest in the US that assists victims of domestic violence. The Princess was joined for a tour of the shelter by the British Consul General in New York, Antonia Romeo. They listened to the stories of family violence and human trafficking … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Ira von Fürstenberg and Her Young Sons

  March 10, 2017 at 5:00 am by

March 10, 1960: Sitting on a sled outside her house in Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Dolomitic Alps, Princess Ira von Fürstenberg poses for a photograph with her two sons: Prince Christoph, 3, and Prince Hubertus, 13 months, zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg. Later that year, Ira and her husband, Prince Alfonso zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg, were divorced. Their marriage was annulled by papal dispensation in 1969.

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Mette-Marit Opens Clothing Thrift Store in Oslo

  March 9, 2017 at 4:48 pm by

The Crown Princess of Norway was present at the opening of the ninth thrift store run by the organisation Normisjon in Oslo on Thursday. She was given a tour of the store, which sells preowned clothes and accessories, by the general secretary of Normisjon, Anne Birgitta Langmoen Kvelland. She also met with the twenty volunteers who will be running the store, whose profits will go to programs that “provide education to children … Continue reading

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A Royal Opening For The New Södertälje Hospital

  March 9, 2017 at 3:22 pm by

Princess Sofia of Sweden officially opened the New Södertälje Hospital in Stockholm on March 9. After a welcoming by the president of the hospital, the opening ceremony took place with music performed by the Cornea brass quintet from the Södertälje Culture School. The Princess gave a speech to conclude the ceremony, saying that the Stockholm region was growing each year and that the hospital was an “important piece of the puzzle” to … Continue reading

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Gorgeous in Green: Princess Marie Opens Art Exhibition

  March 9, 2017 at 12:50 pm by

Denmark’s Princess Marie opened a new art exhibition at the Museet Ordrupgaard in Charlottenlund on Thursday March 9. Pissarro: A Meeting On St Thomas features artworks by Fritz Melbye and Camille Pissarro to mark the 100th anniversary of the sale of the Danish West Indies to the United States of America (the islands are now known as the United States Virgin Islands). Melbye was a Danish Golden Age artists, while Pissarro was … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth Unveils Afghanistan and Iraq Memorial

  March 9, 2017 at 9:10 am by

Queen Elizabeth II has this morning unveiled the national memorial which honours the members of the Armed Forces and British civilians who saw active service during conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq at the Victoria Embankment Gardens. The memorial was designed by Paul Day with the intention of “commemorating the duty and service of those who put themselves in harm’s way” as Britain was involved in conflicts in the Middle East between 1990 … Continue reading

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The Kings of Spain Attend ‘In Memoriam’ Concert Honouring Terrorism Victims

  March 8, 2017 at 7:35 pm by

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain this evening were present at the 15th annual concert held in memory of victims of terrorism. The couple were welcomed by representatives of the Victims of Terrorism Foundation, the organisation which puts together the concert. A minute’s silence was held before the concert by the National Institute of Performing Arts and Music, accompanied by the RTVE Orchestra and Choir, was held. A … Continue reading

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Camilla Marks IWD By Hosting Reception At Buckingham Palace

  March 8, 2017 at 1:34 pm by

As the President of the Women of the World, the Duchess of Cornwall hosted a reception today – International Women’s Day – to mark the Women of the World Festival, for women from varying sectors of British society. Camilla delivered a speech during the event in which she praised the work of WoW: “WoW provides that place, a place where hard-hitting issues that deeply affect women’s lives can be openly discussed, and … Continue reading

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On This Day: The Duke of Anjou Marries A Franco Descendant

  March 8, 2017 at 5:00 am by

The family of Spain’s General Francisco Franco became officially linked to a branch of the country’s Royal Family, the Bourbons, when the General’s eldest grandchild, María del Carmen Martínez-Bordiú y Franco, married Alfonso, Duke of Anjou and Cádiz on March 8, 1972. Their wedding took place at chapel of the Palacio Real de El Pardo. Alfonso and María del Carmen had two children, sons Francisco de Asís and Luis Alfonso, before … Continue reading

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