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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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MPs To Debate Whether Queen Elizabeth’s Sapphire Jubilee Deserves Public Holiday

  March 7, 2017 at 10:35 pm by

Whether or not the Sapphire Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II should be honoured with a bank holiday across Britain will be debated in the Commons later this month after Tory MP Andrew Rosindell brought up the motion on Tuesday. “Just as previous jubilees have been celebrated far and wide, it must surely be right that the Sapphire Jubilee is too. In fact, I say to this House that Her Majesty’s Sapphire … Continue reading

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A Jaunty Chapeau For Princess Benedikte As She Opens New School Building

  March 7, 2017 at 4:19 pm by

Princess Benedikte spiced up the simple grey tweed skirt suit she wore to the opening of the Copenhagen International School’s new building today, by adding several eye-catching accessories. The Princess added a larger fur collar to the jacket, along with a purple handbag that matched her felt asymmetrical hat that featured a leopard trim around the base of the crown. She spent time in various classrooms of the new building, … Continue reading

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To Whom Is More Than One Insect Brooch Necessary? Queen Máxima Of Course!

  March 7, 2017 at 11:52 am by

She already has a pair of spider brooches, as well as several other creatures, in her vast jewellery collection, but Queen Máxima clearly did not think those were enough when she saw today’s brooch in the jeweller’s cabinet. The Queen wore the black enamel insect brooch which is studded with gemstones and framed in gold on the shoulder of her bronze dress with a black tree branch print across the … Continue reading

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Spain’s Champion Basketball Team Received By King Felipe

  March 6, 2017 at 5:00 pm by

King Felipe VI today held a number of audiences at Zarzuela Palace, including one for the winner of the 2016-2017 Copa del Rey de Baloncesto, Real Madrid (who hold the record for most titles won in the Copa del Rey – 27). The King greeted each of the players, coaches and management staff before they posed for photographs with the golden trophy, that Felipe carefully inspected with a smile on his face.

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Crown Princess Victoria Returns To Work At Baltic Sea Conference

  March 6, 2017 at 1:55 pm by

At the Stockholm International Fairs & Congress Centre, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden made her first official engagement in several weeks as she delivered the opening speech at the Baltic Sea Future conference. She began by receiving a poem written in 1858 by the man who would later become Oscar II, and juxtaposed the underlying theme of the poem with the issues the Baltic Sea faces today: “He writes of a … Continue reading

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Man’s Best Friend: Prince Charles Cosies Up To Puppy Dog At Hospital

  March 6, 2017 at 10:02 am by

The Prince of Wales made friends with a Miniature Pinscher during his visit to Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital in central London today. He was quite happy holding the dog, named Little Dorrit, as he spoke with her owner on the benefits of therapy dogs for the older hospital patients. Charles then spoke with doctors and nurses – as well as volunteers – who provide care to the elderly, particularly those … Continue reading

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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko Pay Their Respects To Late Thai King

  March 5, 2017 at 7:52 pm by

After completing their official visit to Vietnam, the Emperor and Empress of Japan have paid a short visit to Thailand, to pay their respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko laid a wreath of flowers at the late King’s altar in the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall at the Grand Palace in Bangkok on Sunday, before signing the official condolence book. The late King and the Japanese … Continue reading

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Van Vollenhovens Skate For Lymphoma Fundraiser

  March 5, 2017 at 5:07 pm by

The clan van Vollenhoven today participated in De Hollandse 100, a charity skating and cycling event to raise money for the lymphoma research charity, Lymph & Co, that was founded by Prince Bernhard. Princess Margriet headed a team she dubbed ‘the skating grannies’, as she and three friends did the skating relay at the Flevonice ice rink. Prince Maurits and Princess Annette also did their own skating. A number of family members … Continue reading

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Palace Profile: Fredensborg Palace

  March 5, 2017 at 4:00 am by

Location: Fredensborg, Zealand, Kingdom of Denmark Built: 1719-1726 Architects: Johan Cornelius Krieger, Lauritz de Thurah, Nicolai Eigtved Commissioned By: Frederik IV of Denmark (main Palace), Christian VI of Denmark (renovation), Frederik V of Denmark (expansion) Style: Baroque, Dutch Baroque, Rococo On The Palace Grounds: Chancellory House, Palace Chapel, Orangery, Palace Gardens Current Owner: The Danish State, managed by the Slots- og Kulturstyrelsen Current Use: Autumn and spring residence of H.M. The Queen of Denmark Fun Fact: For over 150 years, heads of state who have … Continue reading

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Prince Harry Joined By Girlfriend Meghan For Friend’s Jamaica Wedding

  March 4, 2017 at 7:59 am by

Prince Harry was among a number of guests flying in from the UK for the wedding of his good friend Tom Inskip to The Hon. Lara Hughes-Young in Jamaica on Friday March 3. His girlfriend, actress Meghan Markle, joined him for the celebrations. The couple were photographed chatting with other guests at the wedding reception that followed the ceremony at the Hopewell Baptist Church in Montego Bay, on the north coast … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth Presents Leeks To Royal Welsh In Annual Tradition

  March 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm by

During a ceremony at the Lucknow Barracks in Tidworth on Friday, Queen Elizabeth II presented traditional leeks to the Royal Welsh regiment as part of St David’s Day celebrations. The Queen is the Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment, which was formed in 2006 after several other regiments were merged. She inspected the troops on review, before handing out the leeks – and met the regiment’s mascots, two goats named Shenkin and Llewelyn. “In … Continue reading

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Princess Christina To Undergo Stem Cell Transplant

  March 3, 2017 at 7:08 am by

The Swedish Royal Court has today given an update on the health of Princess Christina: she is to undergo a stem cell transplant to help fight her blood cancer. According to the Court, the Princess – whose diagnosis was announced in October last year – has been undergoing chemotherapy, which will going well, is not able to cure the cancer because it is located in the bone marrow stem cells. … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: The Windsors and the Reagans

  March 3, 2017 at 5:00 am by

March 3, 1983: The Duke of Edinburgh laughs at a joke made by US President Ronald Reagan ahead of a state dinner at the M. H. de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Philip and Queen Elizabeth II made a nine-day visit to the West Coast of the United States of America in early 1983.

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Princess Mabel Speaks At ‘She Decides’ Conference in Brussels

  March 2, 2017 at 1:38 pm by

Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau, a staunch advocate for the rights of young girls, has today spoken at the ‘She Decides’ conference in Brussels that is being held to have politicians and world leaders place the “rights of women and girls on the top of the international agenda” in the coming years. She said that it was imperative to “ensure that girls can make informed decisions anywhere in the world about their … Continue reading

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A Percy-zu Oettingen-Oettingen Wedding Announced

  March 2, 2017 at 9:14 am by

The engagement between Lord Max Percy and Princess Nora zu Oettingen-Oettingen und Oettingen-Spielberg has been announced in The Telegraph. Lord Max is the younger son of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, while the Princess is the third daughter and youngest child of Albrecht Ernst, Fürst zu Oettingen-Oettingen und Oettingen-Spielberg and his wife Angela. The couple, both 26, has been dating since at least 2012.

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Emperor and Empress of Japan On Visit To Vietnam

  March 2, 2017 at 8:03 am by

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan began their official visit to Vietnam – the first of a Japanese monarch – this week, with a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi attended by President Trần Đại Quang on Wednesday. The purpose of the visit is to promote goodwill between Japan and Vietnam. The Imperial Couple also laid a wreath at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the memorial monument to the first President … Continue reading

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Princess Alexandra Breaks Wrist, Cancels Engagements

  March 2, 2017 at 7:11 am by

A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace has confirmed that Princess Alexandra of Kent has been forced to cancel several of her upcoming engagements on the advice of her doctors after breaking her wrist. The Daily Express reports the Princess had a fall which caused the break. Alexandra, who is a first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, has been a stalwart of the Royal Family since the late 1950s, when she was asked … Continue reading

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Prince Oscar of Sweden Turns One

  March 2, 2017 at 5:00 am by

Sweden’s second youngest Prince, Oscar, today celebrates his milestone first birthday. The Royal Court has released a photograph of the little one taken by his mother, Crown Princess Victoria, to mark the day. Prince Oscar is the second child of the Crown Princess and her husband, Prince Daniel. He is third in line for the Swedish throne. Idag fyller Prins Oscar 1 år. Grattis! Foto: Kronprinsessan Victoria Happy birthday Prince … Continue reading

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Spain’s Queen Attends ‘Women and Disability’ Conference

  March 1, 2017 at 3:39 pm by

At the Lienzo Norte Exhibition and Conference Centre in Ávila on Wednesday, Queen Letizia of Spain spoke at the ‘Women and Disability: We Crossed Borders’ conference on its final day. She said that it was of great importance that “no disabled women should be marginalized, harassed, mistreated or discriminated against.” The purpose of the two-day conference is to discuss “strategies and actions that contribute to the equality and empowerment of women … Continue reading

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