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Tongan Queen Mother’s Body Arrives Back In Homeland

  February 28, 2017 at 7:52 am by

The body of Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho of Tonga has arrived back in the country aboard a Royal New Zealand Airforce Hercules aircraft today, greeted at the Fuaʻamotu International Airport by members of the Royal Family led by her grandson, Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala. Her casket was then taken to the Royal Palace via car, passing by hundreds of local school children who lined the streets of the capital to pay their respects to … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth Hosts Reception Marking Start of UK-India Year of Culture

  February 27, 2017 at 7:39 pm by

At Buckingham Palace on Monday evening, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh hosted a reception to mark the beginning of the 2017 UK-India Year of Culture, which is designed to further cultivate the “deep cultural ties” between the UK and India. The guests – which included a number of celebrities such as actress Ayesha Dharker and Kunal Nayyar from The Big Bang Theory, as well as people of Indian heritage from … Continue reading

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The ‘A Team’ Pose For Photos On Lech Ski Slopes With Parents

  February 27, 2017 at 12:35 pm by

The annual Lech photo session of the Dutch Royal Family took place on Monday, with the King and Queen and their three daughters taking centre stage on the slopes as the press got their photos. Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane (informally known as the ‘A Team’) showed off their skiing skills as they went up and down the hills alongside their parents. But the best part of this year’s … Continue reading

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The Duchess of Cornwall Helps To Welcome Soldiers Returning From Iraq

  February 27, 2017 at 10:07 am by

On Monday February 27 at the Normandy Barracks in Aldershot, the Duchess of Cornwall helped military families officially welcome home soldiers from the 4th Battalion The Rifles after a four-month deployment to Iraq. The Duchess, who is the Royal Colonel of the regiment, inspected the troops during a muster parade, before addressing the crowd. “In the most difficult circumstances you have shown your usual skill and spirit, no matter what … Continue reading

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Palace Profile: Tokyo Imperial Palace

  February 26, 2017 at 6:00 am by

Moat and bridge on the grounds of the Imperial Palace Location: Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan Built: 1888 (original), 1968 (current) Built By: Takenaka Corporation (current) Commissioned By: Emperor Meiji of Japan (original), Emperor Hirohito of Japan/State of Japan (current) Style: Traditional Japanese/Modernist On The Palace Grounds: Chōwaden Reception Hall, Imperial Household Agency Headquarters, Fukiage Garden, Tōkagakudō Music Hall Current Owner: The State of Japan Current Use: Official residence of T.I.M. The Emperor and Empress of Japan Fun Fact: The Palace complex … Continue reading

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Princess Charlène Attends AMREF Gala

  February 24, 2017 at 8:12 pm by

The Princess of Monaco was present at a gala held to raise funds for the African Medical and Research Foundation on Friday evening in Monte Carlo. A number of Italian and local celebrities were also at the gala, to which Charlène wore a gold sequinned evening gown designed in a snake-skin pattern. AMREF is the largest non-governmental organisation in Africa that is “committed to improving health and health care” on the … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: King Harald’s 70th Birthday Gala

  February 24, 2017 at 5:00 am by

As part of the multi-day festivities to celebrate his 70th birthday, King Harald V of Norway hosted a gala banquet at the Royal Palace of Oslo on February 24, 2007. Guests from across Europe’s royal houses were present, enjoying dinner, dancing and a firework display from the Palace balcony.

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia Attend Return Dinner Hosted By Argentine President

  February 23, 2017 at 8:17 pm by

The President of Argentina this evening hosted a return dinner at El Pardo Palace in Madrid to thank the King and Queen of Spain for their hospitality during this week’s state visit. Over 350 people from business, sports and arts fields were invited to the dinner, and each were received by both King Felipe and Queen Letizia, and President Macri and First Lady Juliana Awada. At the beginning of the … Continue reading

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Iñaki Urdangarín To Remain In Switzerland During Appeal Process

  February 23, 2017 at 5:12 pm by

A court in Palma de Mallorca has decided that Iñaki Urdangarín will be allowed to continue living in Switzerland with his family until the conclusion of the appeal process against the guilty verdict he was handed last week in the Nóos corruption case. Iñaki is required to meet with local authorities on the first day of each month and inform the court if he changes residence at any time. He will not … Continue reading

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Second Daughter For Hubertus and Kelly von Saxe-Coburg und Gotha

  February 23, 2017 at 4:38 pm by

The Hereditary Prince and Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha welcomed their third child into the world on Wednesday. Newborn Princess Madeleine enjoys “great health” according to the family’s spokesperson. The new Princess’s full name is Madeleine Aurelia Victoria Carin.  Hubertus and Kelly, who married in 2009, already have two children: Princess Katharina, born 2014, and Phillipp, born 2015.

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Happy Fifth Birthday to Princess Estelle!

  February 23, 2017 at 6:12 am by

Sweden’s Princess Estelle today celebrates her fifth birthday, and the Royal Court has released two new photographs to mark the day. The photos – in black and white – show the young Princess relaxing on a couch and were taken by Anna-Lena Ahlström. Princess Estelle is the elder child of Crow Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, and as such is the second in line for the Swedish throne. New photos of … Continue reading

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Queen Letizia Debuts The Fleur de Lys Tiara During Argentinian State Visit Gala

  February 22, 2017 at 8:49 pm by

The Queen of Spain made the day of royal watchers everywhere Wednesday night at the gala banquet for the President of Argentina as she debuted the ‘biggest gun’ in the collection of tiaras at her disposal: the diamond Fleur de Lys tiara that dates back to Queen Victoria Eugenia. Paired with a simple black evening gown from Felipe Varela and the sky blue sash of the Argentine Order of the Liberator General … Continue reading

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Danish Princess Open Conferences and Debates

  February 22, 2017 at 5:39 pm by

Denmark’s ‘M’ Princesses were out and about today, attending conferences and debates. Crown Princess Mary was present and gave a speech at the Copenhagen Business School’s CBS Case Competition panel debate. The theme of the day’s panel debate was ‘Opportunities in Crises’. Meanwhile, in Birkerød, Princess Marie officially opened BIGMUN – Birkerød High School Model United Nations – at the school. The high school has hosted a model UN event for its … Continue reading

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The Duchess of Cupcakes: Camilla Hosts Reception At Clarence House

  February 22, 2017 at 5:14 pm by

The Duchess of Cornwall today was joined by celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall at Clarence House where they gave a cupcake demonstration in the kitchen ahead of a reception to launch The Great Get Together. Decorating cupcakes in Union Jack cases with butter cream frosting, Camilla earned a laugh from the two chefs when she accidentally squirted some frosting on to Fearnley-Whittingstall’s tie – which he promptly licked off … Continue reading

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King Harald V of Norway Marks Milestone 80th Birthday

  February 21, 2017 at 3:00 am by

The King of Norway today celebrates another milestone birthday: he turns eighty years old. Born in 1937 on the Skaugum Estate, Harald was the third child of the-then Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Märtha, and as the couple’s only son, was the heir to the throne after his father (his sisters, Princesses Ragnhild and Astrid, did not have succession rights). Harald spent five years of his childhood living in the … Continue reading

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Canada’s Governor-General Begins State Visit to Sweden

  February 20, 2017 at 10:27 pm by

Governor-General David Johnston of Canada and his wife Sharon begun their state visit to Sweden on Monday, arriving in Stockholm to a welcome at the Royal Mews by King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia before a carriage ride to the Royal Palace. We were officially welcomed to #Sweden by Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. #GGSweden pic.twitter.com/ONaNaUoFZ5 — David Johnston (@GGDavidJohnston) February 20, 2017 The King … Continue reading

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Queen Sofia Awarded ‘Circle of the Lyceum’ Gold Medal

  February 20, 2017 at 8:01 pm by

Queen Sofia was tonight presented with the gold medal of the Circle of the Lyceum for her support of the arts and music during a ceremony at Barcelona’s Great Theater of the Lyceum. The Queen gave a speech at the event, where she said she was incredibly honoured to receive the award and to have been able to “support the various activities aimed at promoting the reconstruction of this Great Theatre” … Continue reading

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Sophie Wessex Joins The Duke of Kent For ‘The Girls’ Gala Performance

  February 20, 2017 at 6:38 pm by

At London’s Phoenix Theatre on Monday evening, the Countess of Wessex and the Duke of Kent were present for the gala performance of The Girls musical, based on the true story of the famed ‘Calendar Girls’ and produced by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth. The performance was held in aid of Bloodwise, a charity founded in 1960 that funds research into blood cancers, of which the Duke is patron. Sophie met with … Continue reading

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Princess Anne and Sir Timothy Mark 100 Years Since The Loss of SS Mendi

  February 20, 2017 at 1:23 pm by

The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence on Monday attended a ceremony of remembrance at Hollybrook Cemetery in Southampton marking the centenary of the sinking of the SS Mendi during the First World War. In what is described as “one of the worst maritime disasters in British waters”, over 600 men – mostly members of the South African Native Labour Corps on their way to France to assist with the … Continue reading

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Turning 50 on April 27? Celebrate At The Palace With King Willem-Alexander

  February 20, 2017 at 8:12 am by

King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands this year celebrates his fiftieth birthday, and he will celebrate the occasion by hosting a dinner at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam for 150 of his fellow birthday folk – Dutch citizens who were also born on April 27, 1967. People with the same birthday as the King can can enter an online ballot until March 3 to attend the dinner (held on Friday April 28), … Continue reading

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