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Joachim, Marie and Children Visit Aalborg Zoo

  April 18, 2015 at 10:04 pm by

Prince Joachim and Princess Marie took their two children, Prince Henrik and Princess Athena, to Aalborg Zoo today to help celebrate the zoo’s 80th anniversary. The family were accompanied by the director of the zoo, Henrik Vester Johansen, and the Mayor of Aalborg, Thomas Kastrup Larsen, for their visit, which included a show at the Zoofari Scene, where animals the zoo trains demonstrate their skills. Little Henrik and Athena were able … Continue reading

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The Princess Royal Visits North Devon

  April 17, 2015 at 5:08 pm by

The Princess Royal today travelled to North Devon where she helped to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway. Princess Anne met with locals and railway staff upon her arrival to Lynmouth, which is connected to Lynton – a small town atop a gorge – by a water-powered funicular railway opened in 1890. After unveiling a plaque at the railway station in Lynmouth, the Princess alighted a railway … Continue reading

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Princess Beatrix at Portrait Unveiling at the Beatrix Childen’s Hospital

  April 17, 2015 at 12:38 pm by

Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands today unveiled a series of portraits of herself at the Beatrix Children’s Hospital of the University Medical Center Groningen. The portraits – which have been arranged to create a collage – were donated to the hospital by their artist Marte Röling. The Princess was assisted by 4-year-old Guus in unveiling the pieces by pressing a large red button to drop the curtain. At the same time, a neon … Continue reading

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Queen Margrethe’s 75th Birthday: Black-Tie Dinner

  April 16, 2015 at 11:53 pm by

To round out the Queen of Denmark’s 75th birthday celebrations, a black-tie dinner was held this evening at Fredensborg Palace. A smaller number of guests were invited to this dinner than the previous night’s, but included some new royals – the Swedish and Norwegian heirs and their spouses. On the menu for the evening was crab bisque, stuffed turkey breast in white wine sauce, and a camembert feuilleté. Fireworks above the … Continue reading

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A Son For Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa Aga Khan

  April 16, 2015 at 6:15 pm by

The Aga Khan’s eldest son and his wife have welcomed their first child it has been announced. Princess Salwa, wife of Prince Rahim Aga Khan, gave birth to a son named Irfan on April 11 in Geneva, Switzerland. Both mother and son are doing well, according the statement released to the Ismaili Muslim Community. The Aga Khan expressed the “great happiness” of both his family and that of his daughter-in-law stemming from … Continue reading

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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko Visit Imperial Graveyard

  April 16, 2015 at 2:58 pm by

The Emperor and Empress of Japan today paid a visit to the Musashino Imperial Graveyard in Hachioji, Tokyo. Visiting the cemetery is a tradition following the Japanese Emperor’s return from an overseas trip. The cemetery is the final resting place of Emperor Akihito’s parents, Emperor Hirohito and Empress Kōjun, and his paternal grandparents, Emperor Taishō and Empress Teimei. After their visit to the graveyard, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited the Takao Mikoromo Hall … Continue reading

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Queen Margrethe’s 75th Birthday: Balcony Appearance & Town Hall Reception

  April 16, 2015 at 9:42 am by

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark turns 75 today, and has been celebrated with a series of events in Copenhagen. After being woken by her family and a few close friends singing underneath her bedroom window at Fredensborg Palace, the Queen headed into the capital for the festivities. She and her immediate family – sons Frederik and Joachim with their wives and children – appeared on the main balconies of Christian … Continue reading

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Queen Letizia Debuts Her Ansorena Tiara

  April 16, 2015 at 1:10 am by

It appears that when foreign royals receive an invitation to a major gala event in Denmark, they go rummaging around in their jewel vaults thinking, “What hasn’t been worn in a while?” First Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece brought out Queen Sophie’s Diamond Tiara for a banquet in 2012 to celebrate Queen Margrethe II’s ruby jubilee. Now, Queen Letizia of Spain has debuted her Ansorena tiara at the same Queen’s … Continue reading

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Gala Banquet for Queen Margrethe’s 75th Birthday

  April 15, 2015 at 8:53 pm by

A gala banquet was held tonight at Christiansborg Palace to celebrate Queen Margrethe’s 75th birthday tomorrow. Around 300 guests feasted on halibut, beef tenderloin with potatoes, white asparagus and pearl onions, and cream cheese flan. The guest list included the Belgian, Dutch, Luxembourgish, Norwegian, Spanish and Swedish monarchs, as well as the President of Iceland. View image | gettyimages.com Speeches were delivered by Crown Prince Frederik (who wished Belgium’s King Philippe … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth Hosts Order of Merit Luncheon

  April 15, 2015 at 5:38 pm by

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh today hosted a luncheon at Windsor Castle for members of the Order of Merit. Among the attendees were Sir David Attenborough, the Lord Fellowes, Sir Roger Penrose, Baroness Betty Boothroyd and the former Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard. View image | gettyimages.com The Order of Merit was founded in 1902 by King Edward VII to honour “individuals of great achievement in the … Continue reading

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70th Anniversary of Grand Duchess Charlotte’s Return to Luxembourg

  April 14, 2015 at 9:53 pm by

Today marks the 70th anniversary of Grand Duchess Charlotte’s return to Luxembourg after a five-year exile during World War Two. A commemoration was held at Clairefontaine Square in Luxembourg City. Grand Duke Jean, the eldest son of Grand Duchess Charlotte, was present for the ceremony alongside his eldest son and the current reigning Grand Duke, Henri, and his wife Maria Teresa. Members of Luxembourg’s government, parliament and diplomatic corps were also … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals Attend Koningsdag Concert

  April 14, 2015 at 8:45 pm by

The King and Queen of the Netherlands were joined by Princesses Beatrix and Margriet tonight at the Koningsdag Concert in Dordrecht. Blue was the colour of choice for the ladies, each wearing a blue dress in varying shades. Even King Willem-Alexander got in on the blue theme, donning a light blue checked tie with his navy suit. The concert, held at the Energiehuis, was held to mark the upcoming Koningsdag … Continue reading

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Daughter for Andrea Casiraghi and Tatiana Santo Domingo

  April 14, 2015 at 6:26 pm by

Tatiana Santo Domingo has given birth to a baby girl, the Prince’s Palace of Monaco has confirmed in a short statement. “The Princess of Hanover and Mrs Vera Santo Domingo are happy to announce the birth of their granddaughter, born April 12, 2015. Mother and child are doing well,” the statement read. The baby girl – whose name is still unknown – is the second child for Tatiana and her … Continue reading

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Emperor and Empress of Japan Visit Palau

  April 9, 2015 at 10:39 pm by

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are currently in Palau, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean and a former Japanese colony, to mark the upcoming anniversary of the Japanese surrender in World War Two. The purpose of the couple’s visit is to honour the Japanese and American soldiers who died during the Battle of Peleliu between September and November 1944. Almost 11,000 Japanese soldiers and almost 1,600 US soldiers were … Continue reading

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King Harald Marks 75th Anniversary of German Invasion

  April 9, 2015 at 5:56 pm by

The King of Norway today was present for a ceremony at the National Monument at the Akerhus Fortress marking the 75th anniversary of the German invasion of Norway. King Harald laid a wreath at the monument to those who gave their lives fighting for their country, before saluting and observing a moment’s silence. 96 soldiers from Oslo’s Garrison Company stood to attention during the ceremony, which was also attended by … Continue reading

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Queen Margrethe’s 75th Birthday: Fashions in Aarhus

  April 9, 2015 at 9:05 am by

The Queen of Denmark’s 75th birthday celebrations began yesterday, with both day and evening events. The main royal ladies were out in force, so let’s take a look at their attire in all its splendour. Queen Margrethe II The birthday girl chose a snow white ensemble for the City Hall reception, one that saw its first outing back in 2012 during the celebrations for her Ruby Jubilee. The outfit consists of … Continue reading

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On This Day: Charles Weds Camilla

  April 9, 2015 at 4:00 am by

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall today celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary. Let’s take a look back at their 2005 nuptials. View image | gettyimages.com Charles and Camilla were officially married in a civil ceremony at the Windsor Guildhall, which was attended by their children (Prince William and Tom Parker-Bowles acted as witness for their parents) and immediate families. Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh were not … Continue reading

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Festivities in Aarhus for Queen Margrethe’s Birthday

  April 8, 2015 at 6:13 pm by

Aarhus today welcomed the Danish Royal Family to town to celebrate the Queen’s upcoming 75th birthday. The day began with Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik participating in a carriage ride through the streets of Aarhus, heading towards the City Hall for an official reception. Here they were joined by Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie for a balcony appearance before the reception took place. A … Continue reading

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Prince Kardam of Bulgaria Has Died

  April 7, 2015 at 10:06 am by

Kardam, Prince of Turnovo, the eldest son of former Tsar Simeon and Tsarina Margarita, passed away this morning in a Madrid hospital. He was 52. He died at 11:30am, local time, after suffering a lung infection resulting from his long-standing immobilisation due to injuries sustained in car accident in 2008. “At the bedside of Prince Kardam in his last moments were his parents, wife, and other family members,” a statement from the … Continue reading

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King Felipe Visits Traffic Management Centre

  April 6, 2015 at 9:36 pm by

The King of Spain today paid a visit to the Madrid Traffic Management Centre of the Directorate General of Traffic (DGT). He was accompanied by the Spanish Interior Ministry, Jorge Fernandez Diaz. King Felipe VI attended a work meeting with the directors of the centre, where they discussed the role of the DGT in improving the population’s quality of life and ‘Operation Easter Space’, which is specifically put in place to monitor … Continue reading

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