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Festivities For Queen Margrethe’s 75th Birthday Revealed

  January 28, 2015 at 8:44 am by

The celebrations for the Queen of Denmark’s 75th birthday have been confirmed by the Royal Court. Queen Margrethe’s birthday will be celebrated over two main days in April, with a gala dinner at Christiansborg Palace on April 15. On the Queen’s actual birthday – April 16 – she and her immediate family will appear on the balcony of Christian VII’s Palace at Amalienborg, as they do each year. A reception … Continue reading

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Albert & Paola Inaugurate New Music Chapel Wing

  January 27, 2015 at 11:00 pm by

King Albert and Queen Paola today were present at the opening ceremony of a new wing of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo. The de Launoit Wing, named in honour of the former President of the Music Chapel Count Jean-Pierre de Launoit, has doubled the size of the Music Chapel and cost €10.5million to build. Queen Paola, who is the honorary chairman of the Music Chapel, officially opened the new wing, … Continue reading

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Luxembourg’s Grand Dukes Attend Holocaust Memorial Concert

  January 27, 2015 at 10:21 pm by

While their son and daughter-in-law were in Poland for the official commemoration, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa tonight attended a concert to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. The concert, organised jointly by MemoShoah and the Israelite Consistory of Luxembourg, was held at the Philharmonie in Luxembourg City, and was attended by a members of Luxembourg’s government and members of the Jewish … Continue reading

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Royals Gather in Poland for Auschwitz Anniversary

  January 27, 2015 at 8:19 pm by

Members of several European Royal Families today attended a commemoration service in Poland to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp by Soviet forces. The Kings and Queens of Belgium and the Netherlands, the Crown Princes of Denmark and Norway, the Crown Princess of Sweden and the Hereditary Grand Ducal Couple of Luxembourg were all present at the service, which took place in front of … Continue reading

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Charles and Camilla Attend Holocaust Memorial Day Ceremony

  January 27, 2015 at 7:34 pm by

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have attended an event in London to commemorate the day. Together with Prime Minister David Cameron and the leader of the opposition Ed Miliband, the couple spoke with survivors of the Holocaust and listened to stories of victims during the national commemoration at the Methodist Central Hall. Prince Charles delivered a speech during the event, stating … Continue reading

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Johan Martin Ferner Has Died

  January 24, 2015 at 9:35 pm by

Johan Martin Ferner, the husband of Princess Astrid of Norway, passed away this morning at the age of 87. The Norwegian Royal Court confirmed the news, issuing a statement from King Harald which read: “It is with deep sadness that we have received the news that Johan Martin Ferner has passed away. Our thoughts go to Princess Astrid and her family, who have lost a wonderful husband, father, father-in-law and … Continue reading

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New Birthday Photos of Princess Athena Released

  January 24, 2015 at 10:19 am by

The Danish Royal Court released three new photographs of Princess Athena to mark her third birthday today. In the photos, the youngest member of the Danish Royal Family smiles cheekily for the camera and plays with an electric race car track, seemingly having taken on board the interest in cars that her father and brothers have. The photographs were taken at Amalienborg by Steen Brogaard. Princess Athena is the youngest … Continue reading

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The Countess of Wessex Turns Fifty

  January 20, 2015 at 6:00 am by

The Countess of Wessex today celebrates her fiftieth birthday. Born Sophie Helen Rhys-Jones in 1965, the Countess is the second child of Christopher Rhys-Jones and Mary O’Sullivan. She has an elder brother, David, and was educated at Dulwich Prepatory School and Kent College before beginning a career in public relations. In 1999, Sophie’s engagement to Prince Edward, the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II, was announced by Buckingham Palace. They … Continue reading

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Estelle Takes America!

  January 19, 2015 at 10:51 pm by

Well, San Francisco’s Swedish Church at least. Her parents, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, may be about on working visit to the West Coast of the United States, but that didn’t stop little Princess Estelle from stealing the show during a stop in San Francisco over the weekend. Estelle, who turns three at the end of February, was the centre of attention during a visit to the city’s Swedish … Continue reading

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Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist Attend Sports Gala

  January 19, 2015 at 10:30 pm by

Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and his fiancée Sofia Hellqvist were present at the annual Sports Gala in Stockholm this evening. The couple walked the red carpet at the Ericsson Globe, before heading inside for the awards which saw swimmer Sarah Sjostrom take home the Jerring Prize which is voted for by the Swedish public. Other winners of the evening were the Swedish female ski team who won ‘Best Performance of … Continue reading

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Catherine Cambridge’s Day in Kensington

  January 19, 2015 at 10:01 pm by

The Duchess of Cambridge today carried out a series of engagements close to home in Kensington. Her first stop was a coffee morning with volunteers of Family Friends, an organisation which offers support to disadvantaged families through mentoring services. Here, Catherine spent time chatting with volunteers and with people who have benefited from the service Family Friends provides. The Duchess was due to be presented with a bouquet of flowers … Continue reading

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Princess Kako Visits Imperial Burial Ground

  January 15, 2015 at 11:32 pm by

Japan’s Princess Kako today paid her respects to her ancestors with a visit to the Musashi Imperial Graveyard in Hachiōji. The graveyard is the mausoleum complex which contains the final resting places of the Princess’s great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents: Emperor Hirohito and Empress Kōjun, and Emperor Taishō and Empress Teimei. Princess Kako, who turned twenty on December 29 and has thus begun undertaking official duties for the Imperial Family, wore a floor-length black overcoat … Continue reading

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Duchess of Cambridge Names New Art Room in London

  January 15, 2015 at 10:44 pm by

The Duchess of Cambridge was today in London to officially name the new art room at Barlby Primary School in West London. She was joined by British cross-dressing artist Grayson Perry for the event, which Catherine was originally scheduled to attend in October last year before her severe morning sickness forced her to cancel a number of engagements. Arriving in the early afternoon, the Duchess first stopped by the school hall … Continue reading

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Princess Marie Opens New Hospital Wing

  January 12, 2015 at 10:50 pm by

Princess Marie of Denmark today opened the new building of the South Jutland Hospital in Aabenraa. The new wing features the hospital’s new emergency department, a restaurant and an outpatient psychiatry clinic for children and adolescents. The expansion cost 600million DKK (€80million) and will help to serve the almost 250,000 citizens of Southern Jutland. During her visit to the hospital, Princess Marie was given a tour of the new facilities and … Continue reading

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Presentation of Monaco’s Princely Twins

  January 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm by

The newborn twins of Prince Albert II and Princess Charlène of Monaco, Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques, were officially presented to the people of the tiny principality today. Nestled safely in the arms of their parents, Gabriella and Jacques made their first balcony appearance just before noon, to the cheers of a crowded Palace courtyard. All the members of the Princely Family were present for the twins’ first official duty … Continue reading

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New Year’s Courts Continue in Denmark

  January 7, 2015 at 6:37 pm by

The Danish New Year’s Courts have continued yesterday and today, with further receptions taking place at Christiansborg Palace. Yesterday, Queen Margrethe hosted the Court for the diplomatic corps, of which 77 of the ambassadors presently with offices in Denmark attended (the Russian Ambassador did not). Many of the ambassadors choose to wear their country’s national costume for this event, which is attended by the Regent and Crown Princely couples. The … Continue reading

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King Felipe Presides Over First Pascua Militar

  January 7, 2015 at 3:24 pm by

The King of Spain presided over his first Pascua Militar as Spain’s head of state yesterday at the Royal Palace in Madrid. Stepping out into the Plaza de la Armería for a military review, King Felipe VI was accompanied by his wife, Queen Letizia. Also in attendance was Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. The national anthem of Spain, La Marcha Real, was played and a 21-canon salute took place as per tradition. Later … Continue reading

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Prince Andrew Named in US Underage Sex Civil Suit

  January 2, 2015 at 10:57 pm by

Prince Andrew, the Duke of York has been named in a lawsuit filed in Florida revolving around Jeffrey Epstein’s underage sex solicitation. According to the court documents, the woman alleges she was “forced to have sexual relations with this prince when she was a minor” on several occasions between 1999 and 2002. The lawsuit is part of an ongoing legal battle between women who claim they were used as underage sex … Continue reading

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Danish New Years Courts Begin in Copenhagen

  January 1, 2015 at 10:56 pm by

The Danish New Years Courts have begun in Copenhagen, with a glittering gala held at Christian VII’s Palace in Amalienborg this evening. Hosted by Queen Margrethe II, the banquet was attended by Prince Henrik, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie, and the Queen’s first cousin Princess Elisabeth. Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt was also present, as were members of the government, parliament, defence leaders and … Continue reading

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The Year 2014: A Right Royal Review

  December 31, 2014 at 6:00 pm by

As 2014 draws to a close, The Royal Forums Blog brings you a review of all that has happened in the world of royalty this past year. Births January 17: Mia Grace Tindall. Zara Phillips gave birth to her first child with husband Mike Tindall just after the New Year at the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. Mia Grace is sixteenth in line for the British throne, and one of Queen Elizabeth II’s … Continue reading

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