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Margriet & Pieter inaugurate Aruban National Museum & Park

  August 1, 2009 at 10:01 am by

Continuing with their official visit to Aruba, HRH Princess Margriet and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven inaugurated both the Aruba National Archeological Museum (MANA) and the Arikok National Park last Sunday, July 26th. First on the agenda was a trip to the Arikok National Park, which covers 18% of the island nation. The royal pair visited the park to inaugurate its new visitor’s centre, the final installment of the park’s three-year … Continue reading

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Princess Madeleine awarded 400,000€ in win against German tabloids

  July 31, 2009 at 2:25 am by

HRH Princess Madeleine was yesterday awarded 400,000€ in damages by the Court of Hamburg. The case was against German company the Klambt Group, which owns several tabloid magazines. Those relevant to this case were Frau mit Herz and Welt der Frau. The Princess was awarded the money, which is believed to be going to a charitable organisation, for the false articles and stories the two magazines ran regarding the Princess’ … Continue reading

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Princess Margriet Opens Kingdom Games in Aruba

  July 26, 2009 at 5:18 am by

HRH Princess Margriet and her husband Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven have travelled to Aruba for an official visit to the island nation. On their first day in Aruba, HRH was responsible for opening the bi-annual Kingdom Games in Oranjestad, Aruba’s capital. Accompanied by the Professor and Aruban Prime Minister Nelson Oduber, the Princess opened the games at the Complejo Deportivo Guillermo Prospero Trinidad Stadium (formerly the Queen Wilhelmina Stadium until … Continue reading

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Prince Christian zu Schaumburg-Lippe Weds

  July 26, 2009 at 4:04 am by

Yesterday July 25th, HSH Prince Christian zu Schaumburg-Lippe wed his fiancée, Lena Giese, in a religious ceremony at Glücksburg Castle in Germany. The pair had previously been married in a civil ceremony on Friday. The groom’s six-year-old niece Tatiana, the daughter of Princess Desiree of Schaumburg-Lippe, presented the couple with their wedding rings during the ceremony; a moment which the Prince later described as “a beautiful and unique moment.” Among … Continue reading

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Triple Treat: Dutch Photo Session by the Sea

  July 21, 2009 at 2:40 am by

A trio of blonde-haired, denim-clad little girls frolicked on a Wassenaar beach yesterday, with a protective eye cast over them by their parents. This could describe any normal family, but with a pack of approximately ninety photographers, videographers and reporters watching their every move; it is clear that normal this family is not. The Prince of Orange, Willem-Alexander, and his wife Princess Máxima arranged a photo session with their three … Continue reading

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Queen Margrethe discusses Designs for ‘Swineherd’ Ballet

  July 18, 2009 at 6:10 am by

On July 15th, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II attended a press conference at the Pantomime Theatre in the Tivoli amusement park to discuss the costumes and scenography she designed for the ballet ‘The Swineherd’. During the press conference, which took place after a dress rehearsal of the ballet, Queen Margrethe said that she took inspiration from royal caricatures when designing the costumes. Using colours like acid green, pink and purple; … Continue reading

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Swedish Royal Wedding Souvenirs Hit the Shelves

  July 12, 2009 at 7:06 am by

The first souvenirs to mark the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling have gone on sale. The current souvenir hot-cake is a ‘Victoria and Daniel’ dish towel, flying out the doors of Swedish stores and off of the internet store Kitsch Sweden. The towel features an image of the engaged pair from the engagement press conference, surrounded by flowers and a dove carrying two rings. A spokesperson for … Continue reading

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Introducing Eliane van Vollenhoven

  July 8, 2009 at 6:34 am by

Two official photos of the Dutch Royal Family’s latest edition, three-day-old Eliane van Vollenhoven, have been released by the RVD. The first image captures a heart-melting moment between the newborn and her 21-month-old sister Magali, while proud father Prince Floris looks on. Looking at the image clearly shows Magali’s opinion of her new sister, tenderly kissing Eliane’s forehead. And if those feelings were not clear enough, the second image cements … Continue reading

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Open House: Frederik and Mary’s Future Home to go Public

  July 7, 2009 at 10:45 pm by

The future home of Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and their two children will be open to the public next year, so the public can view the recent renovations which have been taking place since 2004. Frederik VIII’s Palace, formerly Brockdorf’s Manor, in Amalienborg will be open to the public from February 28 to May 30. The Palaces and Properties Agency announced the news earlier this week, with BT … Continue reading

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Possible Visit to Australia in 2010 in the Works for Prince William

  July 7, 2009 at 8:54 am by

A visit to Australia, with Melbourne in particular, is believed to be in the works for the second-in-line to the British throne, Prince William. While nothing has been confirmed by Clarence House, the Prince himself spilled the beans during a recent visit to the Tower of London. Speaking and posing for photos with two Australian teens and their mother, Prince William asked where the trio was from. Upon receiving the … Continue reading

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Second Daughter for Floris and Aimée

  July 5, 2009 at 12:18 pm by

The Dutch Royal Family has grown today, with Princess Aimée giving birth to her second child. Aimée and husband Prince Floris welcomed their second daughter at 14:50 local time. The newborn weighed in at a healthy 4050 grams (8.9 pounds), and was named Eliane Sophia Carolina. The birth took place at the VU Hospital in Amsterdam, the same hospital where the couple’s first child, Magali van Vollenhoven, was born in … Continue reading

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Religious Wedding of Bernardo Guillermo to take place in September

  July 3, 2009 at 7:36 am by

Bernardo Guillermo, the 32-year-old son of Princess Christina of the Netherlands, will wed in a religious capacity this coming September in New York City. He will marry Eva Prinz-Valdes. The pair, Bernardo a furniture designer and Eva an editor, married in a civil service in March. They welcomed their first child, a daughter named Isabel Christina, on April 13th. The family currently resides in Manhattan. Bernardo is the first child … Continue reading

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Swedish Royals help to ring in Swedish EU Presidency

  July 2, 2009 at 8:13 am by

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia were on hand for national duty and pride yesterday morning, when they helped to kick off the six-month Swedish Presidency of the European Union. Ready for the photocall, Carl Gustaf and Silvia (dressed in a vibrant orange suit) tried to descend the staircase outside the Royal Palace of Stockholm, but found the stairs already occupied by multiple government members who had been invited. … Continue reading

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Official Portraits Released of Newborn Danish Prince

  June 30, 2009 at 10:23 pm by

Earlier this week, the Danish Royal Court released a series of ten images featuring the newborn son of Prince Joachim and Princess Marie. Prince Joachim’s eldest sons, Nikolai and Felix, also appear in the series. The image series, photographed at the couple’s Schackenborg Castle home by royal photographer Steen Brogaard; comprises of two photographs of the proud parents with their son, one of the nearly two-month-old prince with his parents … Continue reading

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Prince of Orange celebrates Veterans Day 2009

  June 28, 2009 at 11:17 pm by

On Saturday June 27th, HRH the Prince of Orange attended the Veterans Day 2009 celebrations in The Hague. He was accompanied by the Dutch Prime Minister, Jan Peter Balkenende. Upon arriving at the Ridderzaal, the Prince and the Prime Minister met before Balkenende delivered a solemn speech. The party then moved to the Binnenhof; where HRH, PM Balkenende, the Defence Minister (E Van Middelkoop) and the Commander of the Armed … Continue reading

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Danish Royals mark Greenland’s New Self-Government Laws

  June 22, 2009 at 2:57 am by

Members of the Danish Royal Family are currently in the Arctic nation of Greenland, where they marked the geographically large, populous small country’s new self-rule. Queen Margrethe II, Prince Henrik and Crown Princess Mary arrived on Friday June 19th, and were joined by Crown Prince Frederik on June 20th. The royals attended several events on Saturday, before yesterday’s ceremony in which the new self-governing laws were transferred to the Greenlandic … Continue reading

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Friso & Mabel attend AmsterdamDiner

  June 20, 2009 at 10:05 pm by

Earlier today, Prince Friso and Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau attend the 17th Annual AmsterdamDiner at the Heineken Music Hall. At the gala, Friso and Mabel mingled with various people from the Dutch business and entertainment sectors. Wearing a floor-length, cap-sleeve dark green evening gown; Mabel chatted and posed for photos with Dutch designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, of label Viktor&Rolf (yes, the ones who designed the Bow Disaster of … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Mary’s Day Visit to London

  June 17, 2009 at 2:21 am by

Crown Princess Mary spent the day yesterday in London, undertaking three official engagements which were all related to Denmark. Wearing a red and white summer dress by Strenesse, recycled from last year’s Olympic Games in Beijing and her September 2008 visit to Bulgaria with husband Frederik, and a blue-grey jacket; Mary’s first engagement was a luncheon hosted by the Ambassador to Denmark, Birger Riis-Jørgensen, at the Embassy of Denmark on … Continue reading

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Mary Continues Anti-Bullying Program at Kids’ Relay

  June 15, 2009 at 4:12 am by

Crown Princess Mary has continued with her anti-bullying program by attending a children’s baton relay to promote the cause. The baton relay, which saw thousands of children and their parents head to Copenhagen’s Fælledparken, took place yesterday, with Mary presenting medals to all teams who completed the one kilometre long circuit. While she did not participate in the actual relay, Mary spent time to warm up and stretch with the … Continue reading

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Approval Ratings Down for Henrik and Joachim

  June 12, 2009 at 5:45 am by

New approval ratings for the Danish Royal Family have shown that while all the royal family has dropped in approval ratings, it is Queen Margrethe II’s husband and younger son who have dropped their approval ratings dramatically since 2004. The stats, released yesterday, show that the Danish public have lost confidence in how the two men handle their public roles. Henrik’s approval rating is down 12%, from 41.8% in 2004 … Continue reading

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