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King Felipe Confirms Posthumous Order of Civil Merit To Spanish London Attack Victim

  June 9, 2017 at 6:11 pm by

At the Spanish Embassy in Kazakhstan on Friday, King Felipe VI signed a Royal Decree confirming the posthumous awarding of the Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit to Ignacio Echeverría, the Spanish victim of last Saturday’s terrorist attack in London. Mr Echeverría, who worked for HBSC in London, was given the honour by the Spanish Government on recommendation by Prime Minster Mariano Rajoy to recognise his “heroic and exemplary act” … Continue reading

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A Royal Guard Inspection At Huseby Leir

  June 9, 2017 at 3:36 pm by

In the drizzling rain, King Harald V inspected the Hans Majestet Kongens Garde at their Oslo barracks, Huseby Leir, on Friday. He was accompanied by Crown Prince Haakon. The King went on to present annual awards to two guards. The Guard’s Watch, given to the ‘best guard of the year’, was awarded to Leading Private Siri Karine Borge Thøgersen, who is the first female to receive the honour since its inception in 1934. Lieutenant Even … Continue reading

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Queen of Bhutan Opens Bhutan-Thailand Festival

  June 9, 2017 at 11:31 am by

Bhutan’s Queen Jetsun Pema has attended the opening day of the first Bhutan-Thailand Festival at the Youth Development Fund Multipurpose Hall in Thimphu on Friday. The Queen was given a tour of the festival, which is being held to celebrate the friendships and “shared common spiritual heritage” between Bhutan and Thailand. Several of the festival’s exhibitions have been designed to focus on areas of cooperation between the two countries. Among the … Continue reading

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Countess of Wessex Visits Girlguiding Headquarters

  June 9, 2017 at 7:56 am by

On Thursday evening, the Countess of Wessex was present at a reception hosed by Girlguiding UK at their headquarters in London. Wearing a lovely deep blue peplum top and black skirt, Sophie chatted with Girlguiding advocates and staff about their work, and how girlguiding helps young women achieve their goals. Sophie has been the organisation’s President since 2003. The Countess of Wessex, President of @Girlguiding, has attended a reception at … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Japan Gains A New Crown Princess

  June 9, 2017 at 4:00 am by

On June 9, 1993, Japan gained a new Crown Princess as the country’s Crown Prince Naruhito married his long-time love, Masako Owada, in a traditional Shinto ceremony at the Kashikodokoro shrine in the Tokyo Imperial Palace. The newlywed couple, after changing from traditional Japanese wedding robes, then reported their marriage to Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, the groom’s parents, who in accordance with tradition did not attend the actual ceremony. … Continue reading

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Princess Marie Presents ‘Prix littéraire des Ambassadeurs’

  June 9, 2017 at 2:10 am by

As patron, Denmark’s Princess Marie presented the ‘Prix littéraire des Ambassadeurs’ on Thursday at the French Embassy in Copenhagen. This year’s prize went to Rwandan author Scholastique Mukasonga, for her novel Our Lady of the Nile (Nilens Vor-Frue in its Danish publication).  The Prix littéraire des Ambassadeurs is presented annually to promote knowledge in Denmark of the culture of French-speaking countries. Princess Marie of Denmark presented 2017 "Prix litteraire des Ambassadeurs" award with a … Continue reading

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Arise, Sir Leek! Camilla’s Day of Fun at The South of England Show

  June 8, 2017 at 6:54 pm by

The Duchess of Cornwall had an intriguing day at the South of England Show on Thursday, what with all the knighting farm folk and petting stick insects she did. During her rounds of the show grounds, the Duchess came across Farmer Giles (actor Callum Arnott) who all but demanded the Duchess knight him – which she quickly did, with a leek. “‘Is that it? Just on the one shoulder? Oh, you’re not the … Continue reading

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Cool Blue: Infanta Elena Presents Children’s Painting Prizes

  June 8, 2017 at 6:30 pm by

Infanta Elena was fresh in shades of blue on Thursday as she presented the twenty-sixth annual National Heritage Child and Youth Painting Contest at the Palacio Real de El Pardo. The contest is aimed at primary and secondary school children, with the aim of helping them learn about locations important to Spain’s national heritage and the Spanish Crown. The artwork the students create must “reflect the interiors or exteriors” of these locations. … Continue reading

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Battle of Messines Centenary Commemorated by Prince William and Princess Astrid

  June 7, 2017 at 5:18 pm by

At the Island of Ireland Peace Park in Messines, Belgium on Wednesday, the Duke of Cambridge and Princess Astrid of Belgium commemorated 100 years of the Battle of Messines Ridge. The Taoiseach of Ireland, Enda Kelly, was also present. The Battle was the first where Irish soldiers from both the Unionist and Nationalists sides fought side-by-side. Prince William and Princess Astrid attended the commemoration service, before laying wreaths at the Round Tower in memory of … Continue reading

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“It’s Game On, Down Under!” Prince Harry Launches 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney

  June 7, 2017 at 7:12 am by

Prince Harry jokingly threw down the gauntlet today as he launched the 2018 Invictus Games at Admiralty House in Sydney, telling the Australian team that “it’s game on, down under” as they prep for both this year’s games and the next. In his speech, the Prince described the guilt he felt at being withdrawn from the front line in Afghanistan in February 2008 after his presence was revealed by an … Continue reading

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On This Day: Death of Lilian, Princess of Réthy

  June 7, 2017 at 4:00 am by

Today is the fifteenth anniversary of the death of Lilian, Princess of Réthy, second wife of Belgium’s King Leopold III. She died at the age of 85 at the home she had shared with her husband, Domaine d’Argenteuil, in Waterloo. Her funeral a week later was held at the Church of Our Lady in Laeken, after which the Princess was interred – against her wishes – into the Royal Crypt there, beside King … Continue reading

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Swedish Royal Family Celebrate National Day

  June 6, 2017 at 6:43 pm by

The Swedish Royal Family have today celebrated the country’s National Day with the usual celebrations in several cities. Prince Carl Philip kicked off the day in Stockholm, opening the doors to the Royal Palace for the traditional open day to the Palace where members of the public can visit for free. King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia were meanwhile in Kronberg, where they visited Kosta Boda to mark its 275th anniversary … Continue reading

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Denmark’s Crown Princess Visits Paris For OECD Forum

  June 6, 2017 at 5:15 pm by

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark spoke at the OECD Forum in Paris on Tuesday, an annual forum hosted by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.  “We need to find the opportunities in the challenges, take a longer view, and use more of the resources available to us. Our answer to these challenges cannot simply be more of the same. We are at the beginning of a new era of development … Continue reading

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Charles and Camilla Praise Work of Emergency Services Following London Attacks

  June 6, 2017 at 2:20 pm by

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall made unannounced visits to the Metropolitan Police’s Central Communications Command and the Royal London Hospital on Tuesday where they met first responders and victims of Saturday night’s terrorist attack in London. Charles and Camilla heard about police officers’ valiant efforts in the immediate aftermath of the attack, which left seven people dead and dozens wounded, as they rushed to the scene on London … Continue reading

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Felipe and Letizia Visit CNTA For 25th Anniversary

  June 6, 2017 at 11:08 am by

The King and Queen of Spain visited San Adrián, in Navarre, on Tuesday where they attended twenty-fifth anniversary celebrations of the National Centre for Food Technology and Security at the organisation’s headquarters. King Felipe and Queen Letizia, wearing a wine red blouse and white skirt with a floral print, first listened to a presentation on the research projects currently being undertaken by the CNTA, which include studies on superfoods and micro … Continue reading

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Two Goals For The Prince: Harry Leads Team To Victory In Singapore

  June 5, 2017 at 5:07 pm by

At the Singapore Polo Club on Monday Prince Harry helped his team to victory in the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, which raised money for the charity he founded in 2006 with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho. The Prince scored two goals during the final two chukkas of the match, which sealed the 5-2 win for Sentebale ISPS Handa against St Regis. Prior to the match, the 300-strong crowd – which included Downton … Continue reading

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Margrethe and Henrik Unveil Statue Ahead of Golden Wedding Anniversary

  June 5, 2017 at 4:43 pm by

Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary – 50 years – on June 10, and to mark the occasion, the pair unveiled a statue in the private gardens of Fredensborg Palace today. The Prince, a keen artist, designed the statue himself and named it ‘Miss Fredensborg’. It is Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik’s anniversary gift to each other. Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, … Continue reading

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Back to School: Duke of York Visits His Alma Mater

  June 5, 2017 at 5:13 am by

The Duke of York paid a visit to his alma mater, Gordonstoun, on Monday, meeting current pupils and staff, and even catching up with some familiar faces. The school’s business students showed their royal visitor an exhibition of their business ideas. It was then to the performance arts centre, where the Prince watched pupils from the junior school perform the opening number of The Lion King, and a scene from the Year … Continue reading

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Prince Harry Begins Singaporean Visit

  June 4, 2017 at 7:25 pm by

On Sunday June 4, Prince Harry began his visit to Singapore on behalf of his charity Sentebale. His first engagement was at the British High Commissioners’s residence, Eden Hall, where the Prince was shown a demonstration of Action for AIDS Singapore’s mobile testing van that provides rapid HIV tests. In the evening, Prince Harry attended an iftar, the breaking of Ramadan fast, at the Jamiyah Singapore Centre. He was welcomed by … Continue reading

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Queen Margrethe Attends Service Celebrating 500 Years Since The Reformation

  June 4, 2017 at 2:57 pm by

The Queen of Denmark was present on Sunday afternoon at the Haderslev Cathedral for a national service of worship marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Wearing a bubblegum pink suit, Queen Margrethe II joined Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen and the President of the Folketinget, Pia Kjærsgaard, for the service.  The Reformation took place on October 31, 1517 with Martin Luther’s Ninety-five Theses.

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