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Queen Elizabeth Celebrates Women’s Institute Centenary

  June 4, 2015 at 10:16 am by

Queen Elizabeth II was joined by the Princess Royal and the Countess of Wessex this morning at the Annual General Meeting of the Women’s Institute at the Royal Albert Hall to mark the organisation’s 100th anniversary. The royal trio – who are all members of their local WIs – were welcomed on stage at the Hall by 5,000 members of the WI from around the country. The Queen delivered a … Continue reading

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Bhutan’s Queen Turns Twenty-Five

  June 4, 2015 at 3:00 am by

Her Majesty the Queen of Bhutan today celebrates her twenty-fifth birthday. Queen Jetsun Pema was born in Thimphu to Dhondup Gyaltshen and Sonam Chuki. She was educated at local schools before attending St. Joseph’s Convent in Kalimpong, India and the Lawrence School in Solan, India where she completed her secondary schooling. The Queen then majored in international relations at London’s Regent University, taking psychology and art history as minors. View image | gettyimages.com In … Continue reading

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On This Day: Birth of George V of the United Kingdom

  June 3, 2015 at 10:00 pm by

June 3, 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of King George V of the United Kingdom. George Frederick Ernest Albert was born at Marlborough House in London as the second son of the then Prince of Wales, Albert Edward, and his wife Alexandra of Denmark. He had five siblings: Prince Albert Victor, Princess Louise, Princess Victoria, Princess Maud and Prince Alexander John. The Prince was educated with his elder brother, … Continue reading

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Second Day of the Spanish State Visit to France

  June 3, 2015 at 8:52 pm by

King Felipe and Queen Letizia today continued their state visit to France, meeting with a number of organisations and individuals in Paris. The day began with an audience with the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, at the Guild Hall. During the meeting, the King and Queen opened a new garden symbolising peace and freedom. Afterwards, the couple headed over to the Palacio Petit Luxembourg where they met with the President of the … Continue reading

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The Duchess of Cornwall Attends Royal Academy of Arts Annual Dinner

  June 2, 2015 at 9:29 pm by

The Duchess of Cornwall tonight attended the annual dinner of the Royal Academy of Arts at Burlington House in London. Among the attendees enjoying a preview of the Academy’s 247th Summer Exhibition alongside the Duchess were Joan Collins and Grayson Perry. View image | gettyimages.com The Duchess wore a white evening gown paired with the diamond Cubitt Shand Tiara and the sash and badge of the Royal Victorian Order. The … Continue reading

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President Mukherjee Says Goodbye to Sweden

  June 2, 2015 at 6:03 pm by

On the final day of his visit to Sweden, President Mukherjee of India spent time at Karolinska Institute and visited Uppsala. The President was first shown around the Nobel Forum at the Institute, where researchers and scientists can work together and discuss ideas. Anders Hamsten, the Vice-Chancellor of the Karolinska Institute, informed President Mukherjee of the current research projects that are being worked on. View image | gettyimages.com Later on, King Carl … Continue reading

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia Begin French State Visit

  June 2, 2015 at 5:38 pm by

The King and Queen of Spain have begun their State Visit to France, which was originally meant to be held in March this year but was cancelled due to the Germanwings air disaster. After a ceremonial departure from Barajas Airport in Madrid, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia arrived in Paris where French President François Hollande officially welcomed them at the Arc de Triomphe. Here, the official party – including the … Continue reading

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King Constantine’s 75th Birthday

  June 2, 2015 at 3:00 pm by

King Constantine of Greece today celebrates his 75th birthday. He was born the only son of the future King Paul of Greece and his wife, Frederica of Hanover, in 1940. Due to the Second World War, the young Prince spent his younger years living in Egypt and South Africa before returning to Greece in 1946. He served in the Greek armed forces, and represented his country at the 1960 Rome Olympic … Continue reading

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British Royal Ladies At Garden Party For Women’s Institute

  June 2, 2015 at 2:20 pm by

Today, several of the ladies of the British Royal Family were present at a Buckingham Palace garden party to honour the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Institute (WI). The Duchess of Cornwall hosted the event which was attended by the Countess of Wessex,  the Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra of Kent. The ladies met with a number of members of the WI, one of the largest women’s volunteer organisation … Continue reading

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Belgium’s Queen Attends Queen Elisabeth Music Contest Award Ceremony

  June 2, 2015 at 1:55 pm by

Queen Mathilde of the Belgians today presented the prizes for the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition which this year focused on violin players. The award ceremony took place at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo, with Lim Ji-young from South Korea taking out the International Queen Elisabeth Grand Prize – the Queen Mathilde Prize. For coming in first out of the twelve musicians who made the finals, Ms Lim was awarded 25,000€ and a … Continue reading

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Prince Charles on Private Visit to Romania

  June 2, 2015 at 11:23 am by

The Prince of Wales is currently on a private visit to Romania, where he has launched a new foundation, The Prince of Wales’ Foundation Romania. The aim of the foundation is to “support heritage preservation, agriculture and sustainable development in Romania”, as well as education, and will be based in the village of Viscri, located in Brașov County where the Prince has two 18th century houses. The house will be renovated into a … Continue reading

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On This Day: Birth of the First King of Modern Greece

  June 1, 2015 at 9:00 pm by

Today marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the first King of Modern Greece, the Bavarian Prince Otto. His Royal Highness Prince Otto Friedrich Ludwig of Bavaria was born on June 1, 1815 at Mirabell Palace in Salzburg; his parents were the future King of Bavaria, Ludwig I, and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. In 1832, following Greece gaining independence from the Ottoman Empire, the Great Powers (Great Britain, France and Russia) … Continue reading

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Second Day of the Indian State Visit to Sweden

  June 1, 2015 at 7:20 pm by

President Mukherjee of India has continued his state visit to Sweden today, meeting members of Parliament and attending a seminar on sustainable urban development. The first stop of day two was to the Parliament, where President Mukherjee had a meeting with the Speaker of Parliament, Urban Ahlin, and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. The meetings discussed cooperation and relations between the two nations going forward in terms of trade and development. Members of the … Continue reading

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Princess Alexandra of Hanover Passes Away

  June 1, 2015 at 2:43 pm by

Princess Alexandra of Hanover, the widow of Prince Welf Heinrich, passed away today at the age of 77 following a battle with cancer. “Frankfurt’s culture has lost a great woman,” Frankfurt am Main’s Cultural Affairs Minister Felix Semmelroth said on the announcement of her death, as she was a member of the Frankfurt City Council for over three decades. During her time in the council, Princess Alexandra founded the St Catherine’s … Continue reading

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Indian President Arrives in Stockholm

  May 31, 2015 at 9:07 pm by

The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, arrived in Stockholm today to begin his state visit to Sweden. Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel welcomed the President at Arlanda Airport, escorting him to the Royal Mews. The Crown Princess managed to keep a hold of her Philip Treacy hat despite the windy conditions that graced Stockholm this afternoon! View image | gettyimages.com At the Royal Mews, King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia … Continue reading

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William and Harry’s Polo Sunday at Audi Polo Challenge

  May 31, 2015 at 5:52 pm by

Princes William and Harry today took to the polo field at Coworth Park in Berkshire, participating in the second day of the Audi Polo Challenge. The two brothers played in aid of three of the charities they are patrons of: WellChild, CentrePoint and Child Bereavement UK. During the trophy presentation, Prince William was given a pair of pink gumboots for Princess Charlotte. View image | gettyimages.com After the match, William and Harry spent … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Mary Presents Medals at Children’s Relay

  May 30, 2015 at 7:14 pm by

Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary was in Aarhus today, where she attended the annual Free From Bullying children’s relay that is held in conjunction with her foundation. The relay took place in the city’s Botanical Gardens and over 700 children aged 3-9 from the region ran or walked the one kilometre long route. Mary was joined by children’s TV host Bubber to start the relay, and was also on hand at … Continue reading

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Prince William Attends FA Cup Final

  May 30, 2015 at 5:23 pm by

Prince William attended the FA Cup Final today at Wembley Stadium between Arsenal and Aston Villa, which happens to be the team the Prince follows. Arsenal took home the trophy in a convincing 4-0 win, William – as President of the Football Association – presented the trophy to the winning team’s captain at the end of the match. View image | gettyimages.com Earlier in the day, Prince William called on … Continue reading

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Dutch State Visit to Canada, Day Three

  May 29, 2015 at 10:43 pm by

The King and Queen of the Netherlands have completed their State Visit to Canada today, spending the day in Toronto. First, Willem-Alexander and Maxima stopped at Queen’s Park, where at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, they had meetings with Ontario’s Premier, Kathleen Wynne, and Lieutenant-Governor, Elizabeth Dowdeswell. Afterwards, they visited the MaRS Discovery District, a platform for companies and research labs in sciences and health, ICT and energy. King Willem-Alexander and … Continue reading

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Camilla Hosts BBC2’s 500 Words Competition Final

  May 29, 2015 at 10:24 pm by

As patron of the National Literacy Trust, the Duchess of Cornwall hosted the final of BBC2’s 500 Words Competition at St James’ Palace today. Camilla delivered a speech reiterating the importance of reading and storytelling for children, before presenting the six winners with their medals and award book. “Like climbing though the wardrobe into Narnia, stories open doors into different worlds. We meet impossible people, travel to remote places and make hundreds … Continue reading

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