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New Portraits As Vincent and Josephine Turn Seven

  January 8, 2018 at 6:55 am by

The Danish Royal Court has today released new photographs of Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, the Crown Princely Couple’s youngest children, to celebrate their seventh birthday. Two portraits of the twins were taken by Jens Rosenfeldt, while two less-formal snaps were taken by Crown Princess Mary during the family’s Australian holiday last month. Vincent and Josephine were born at the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen on January 8, 2011. They are the third … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Katherine Celebrates Orthodox Christmas With Hospital Visit

  January 7, 2018 at 4:57 pm by

On Sunday – Orthodox Christmas – Crown Princess Katherine, wife of the Head of the House of Karađorđević, paid a visit to the ‘Banjica’ Institute for Orthopaedic Surgery and the University Children’s Hospital to spread some Christmas cheer to the children spending the holiday in hospital. The Crown Princess distributed toys provided by Lifeline Chicago Humanitarian Organisation, one of the American branches of her foundation. She later visited the Jovan Jovanovic … Continue reading

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Sunday Service For The Windsors At St Mary Magdalene

  January 7, 2018 at 1:26 pm by

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined the Duke of Edinburgh for the walk to St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham on Sunday, as members of the Royal Family accompanied Queen Elizabeth II for a Sunday church service. The 91-year-old monarch, wearing a pink and black ensemble, did not join the walk but was driven to church. Also attending the service were Catherine’s sister, Pippa Matthews, and her husband James; the Marquess … Continue reading

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Palace Profile: The Belvedere Palaces

  January 7, 2018 at 4:00 am by

Lower Belvedere looking across the Belvedere Gardens towards Upper Belvedere Location: Vienna, Republic of Austria Built: 1712-1716 (Lower Belvedere); 1717-1723 (Upper Belvedere); 1945-1953 (renovation and restoration) Architect: Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt Commissioned By: Prince Eugene of Savoy Style: Baroque On The Palace Grounds: The Belvedere Gardens, Orangery and Palace Stables Current Owner: The Austrian State Current Use: Österreichische Galerie Belvedere (Art Gallery and Museum) Fun Fact: The treaty declaring Austrian Independence at the conclusion of World War Two was … Continue reading

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Mette-Marit Wows In Red At Sports Gala 2018

  January 6, 2018 at 8:15 pm by

The Crown Princess of Norway looked fabulous in a red chiffon frock on Saturday evening as she attended the Sports Gala 2018 at Hamar’s Olympic Amphitheatre alongside her husband, Crown Prince Haakon. Mette-Marit’s frock featured a flowing skirt that came to her mid-calf and sheer sleeves, which she wore with a pair of red lace stilettos and large diamond cluster earrings. During the evening, the Crown Prince Couple took to … Continue reading

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Family Photo Released From King Juan Carlos’s Private Birthday Luncheon

  January 6, 2018 at 7:00 am by

The Spanish Royal Court has published a family photograph taken on Friday during a private luncheon hosted at Zarzuela Palace to celebrate King Juan Carlos’s eightieth birthday. King Juan Carlos is shown with his wife, Queen Sofia, and two of his children, King Felipe VI and Infanta Elena; daughter-in-law Queen Letizia; and four of his eight grandchildren: Infantas Leonor and Sofía, and Felipe and Victoria de Marichalar y Borbón. Among the … Continue reading

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Baby On The Way For Zara and Mike Tindall

  January 5, 2018 at 10:29 am by

A big 2018 for the British Royal Family just got even bigger, as Zara and Mike Tindall have announced this morning they are expecting another child. The couple’s spokesperson relayed the happy news to the media on the couple’s behalf. No due date was given, though the baby is believed to be due sometime in the northern summer. Zara and Mike have a daughter, Mia, who was born in January 2014. Zara … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: A Royal Engagement In Philadelphia

  January 5, 2018 at 3:00 am by

January 5, 1956: The reigning Prince of Monaco, Rainier III, poses for photographs with his new fiancee, American actress Grace Kelly, at her family home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The couple had announced their engagement that day, and were joined by Miss Kelly’s parents, John and Margaret, as they fronted the press. Prince Rainier had presented his bride-to-be with an engagement ring featuring interwoven rubies and diamonds. Upon seeing the jewels … Continue reading

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King Juan Carlos’s Milestone Eightieth Birthday: Photo Retrospective

  January 5, 2018 at 2:00 am by

Spain’s King Juan Carlos I, the former reigning monarch, today celebrates his eightieth birthday. He was born in 1938 in Rome, the elder son of Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona – son of Alfonso XIII, the last Spanish King before the monarchy was abolished – and his wife, Princess María de las Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies. Juan Carlos was officially named the successor to Spain’s dictator, Generalísimo Francisco Franco, in 1969 – upon … Continue reading

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A Golden Carriage Ride For Denmark’s Queen On Final Day of New Year’s Courts

  January 4, 2018 at 3:34 pm by

The final New Year’s Court in Denmark for 2018 took place today, at Christiansborg Palace. As she usually does, Queen Margrethe II travelled from Amalienborg to the Palace in a golden coach dating back to 1840. The Queen rode through the streets in a full cortege, the coach pulled by six horses. The coach was made for King Christian VIII, who reigned from 1839 to 1848, and is coated with 24-carat … Continue reading

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Princess Alix de Ligne and Count Guillaume de Dampierre Welcome First Child

  January 4, 2018 at 12:38 am by

The Facebook page of the Imperial House of Brazil has announced that Princess Alix de Ligne gave birth to a daughter on December 21. The infant was born in Rio de Janeiro and has been named Olympia. She is the first child for Princess Alix and her husband, Count Guillaume de Dampierre. The couple were married in June 2016. Princess Alix is the daughter of the 14th Prince de Ligne … Continue reading

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Jewels Belonging To Qatari Royal Family Stolen From Exhibition in Venice

  January 3, 2018 at 6:34 pm by

Police in Venice confirmed on Wednesday that pieces of jewellery belonging to the Qatari Royal Family were stolen from an exhibition at the Doge’s Palace, or Palazzo Ducale, on Wednesday morning. A pair of earrings and a “jewelled golden brooch”, worth a declared 30,000€ but believed to have an actual value in the millions of Euros, were stolen from a display case by two men, who managed to disarm the exhibition’s … Continue reading

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Spanish State Visit to Morocco Postponed Until March

  January 3, 2018 at 6:20 pm by

The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed to the Spanish media on Wednesday afternoon that the King and Queen’s state visit to Morocco that was due to take place next week has been postponed. King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia were meant to pay a visit to Moroccan King Mohammed VI between January 9 and 11, visiting three cities: Rabat, Casablanca and Tangier. Instead, the visit will now take place in … Continue reading

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New Year’s Courts Continue In Denmark

  January 3, 2018 at 1:23 pm by

On Wednesday January 3rd, the next two New Year’s Courts were held in Denmark, hosted by Queen Margrethe II. Both were held at Christian VII’s Palace, Amalienborg in Copenhagen; the first for the Supreme Court Judges, the Royal Life Guards and the Guard House Regiments, the second for the Diplomatic Corps. Among the 80 members of the Diplomatic Corps attending the second reception was the newly appointed US Ambassador to Denmark, … Continue reading

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Emperor Akihito Receives New Year’s Greetings From The Public

  January 2, 2018 at 4:40 pm by

On Tuesday January 2nd, Emperor Akihito of Japan received the well-wishes of the Japanese public on the occasion of the New Year from the balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. The Emperor wished the crowd – which amounted to more than 125,000 over the course of the day – “that this year will prove a gentle and spiritually fulfilling one for as many people as possible.” He was joined … Continue reading

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Glittering New Year’s Court Kicks Off A Royal 2018 In Denmark

  January 1, 2018 at 9:29 pm by

The first – and most important (and most diamond-packed!) – of four New Year’s Courts in Denmark took place this evening at Christian VII’s Palace, Amalienborg; hosted by Queen Margrethe II for members of the Order of the Elephant, the Danish Government, and the Royal Court. Guests, including Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, were greeted by the Queen before a banquet where they dined on scallop terrine, quail with vegetables … Continue reading

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Imperial Family Gather For New Year’s Greetings at Palace

  January 1, 2018 at 7:20 am by

Adult members of the Japanese Imperial Family gathered at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Monday, January 1, for the annual New Year’s greetings delivered to Emperor Akihito. The Emperor and Empress led the festivities, where they received greetings for 2018 from the Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe; the heads of the National Diet chambers (the House of Representatives and the House of Councillors); lawmakers and foreign ambassadors listed to Japan. This … Continue reading

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New Year’s Speeches from Denmark and Norway

  December 31, 2017 at 8:32 pm by

Traditional New Year’s speeches from the monarchs of Denmark and Norway were released this evening, offering their respective peoples best wishes for the year to come and giving messages of moral support to the entire community. In Denmark, Queen Margrethe II spoke of how the country has weathered economic crises by utilising the broad talents of the entire population, saying that “Denmark needs different people with their individual abilities and talents, … Continue reading

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Prince François of Orléans Dies Aged 56

  December 31, 2017 at 5:06 pm by

It was announced today that Prince François of Orléans, Count of Clermont has passed away at the age of 56. The news was confirmed by both the Prince’s father, the Count of Paris, and his younger brother (and legal guardian), the Duke of Vendôme, on their respective websites. There is a little ambiguity as to the actual date of Prince François’s death: the Count of Paris’s statement says he died in the evening … Continue reading

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Christmas With The Windsors: Royals Go To Church At Sandringham

  December 25, 2017 at 3:24 pm by

As they do each Christmas, members of the British Royal Family gathered at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate for Christmas festivities. They all made the traditional walk to church – St Mary Magdalene’s – for a Christmas Day service on Monday. Queen Elizabeth II (in a fetching bright orange coat and frock) was driven to the church, this year joined by the Duchess of Cornwall (in fuchsia with fur). A new … Continue reading

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