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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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Belgian Royals Host Annual Christmas Concert At Royal Palace

  December 20, 2017 at 9:40 pm by

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians hosted the traditional Christmas concert at the Royal Palace of Brussels on Wednesday evening, to thank all staff of the royal court for their efforts over 2017. The couple were joined by their four children – Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel and Princess Eléonore – as well as the King’s sister, Princess Astrid, with her husband Prince Lorenz and youngest daughter, Princess Laetitia … Continue reading

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Meghan Joins The Windsors For Annual Family Christmas Lunch At Buckingham Palace

  December 20, 2017 at 2:31 pm by

Meghan Markle joined the Clan Windsor at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday for her first family Christmas luncheon hosted by Queen Elizabeth II. She arrived to the Palace with Prince Harry, smiling politely for photographers and the gathered crowd as their Land Rover zoomed through the Palace gates. Meghan previously joined her fiancee at the Queen’s staff Christmas party at Windsor Castle last week, and she will be spending the Christmas … Continue reading

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Spreading The Christmas Cheer! Monaco’s Royals Hand Out Gifts

  December 20, 2017 at 2:17 pm by

In the courtyard of the Prince’s Palace of Monaco on Wednesday, around 500 children from the Principality were welcomed by Prince Albert and Princess Charlène for an afternoon of fun at the Palace. Santa Claus was on hand to assist the Princely Couple, who were accompanied by Louis Ducruet and Camille Gottlieb, in distributing Christmas gifts to the children, before everyone headed to the Throne Room for afternoon tea and a … Continue reading

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A Daughter for Archduchess Gabriella and Prince Henri

  December 20, 2017 at 8:38 am by

Some surprising news comes out of Luxembourg today, as it was announced that Archduchess Gabriella of Austria, the younger daughter of Archduke Carl Christian and Archduchess Marie Astrid, welcomed her first child back in October. The 23-year-old Archduchess gave birth to a healthy baby girl on October 30th. Gabriella and her fiance, Prince Henri of Bourbon-Parma – youngest son of Prince Erik of Bourbon-Parma and Countess Lydia af Holstein-Ledreborg – have named … Continue reading

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Romania’s Last King, Mihai I, Passes Away Aged 96

  December 5, 2017 at 8:26 am by

The Romanian Royal Family has announced a short time ago the death of former King Mihai I. He was 96. King Mihai passed away today at his home in Aubonne, Switzerland, at 1pm Romanian local time. His youngest daughter, Princess Maria, was at his bedside. The former King – one of only three living World War II heads of state – had been in ill health for some time. He … Continue reading

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Princess Marie Brings Henrik and Athena to World AIDS Day Remembrance Event

  December 1, 2017 at 7:58 pm by

On Friday evening, Princess Marie of Denmark took her two children, Prince Henrik and Princess Athena, with her as she attended the annual remembrance event held on World AIDS Day in Copenhagen’s Old Square. The trio lit candles alongside other representatives of the AIDS Foundation and Positive Group, who arrange the event where candles are lit for every person who has lost their life because of AIDS in Denmark. Marie became … Continue reading

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Sweden’s Prince Gabriel Christened at Drottningholm

  December 1, 2017 at 9:07 am by

The youngest member of the Bernadotte clan, Prince Gabriel, was christened today at the Royal Chapel at Drottningholm Palace by Archbishop Emeritus Anders Wejryd, who was assisted by the Chief Court Chaplain, Bishop Johan Dalman, and Pastor of the Royal Court Parish, Michael Bjerkhagen. Prince Gabriel arrived in the arms of his mother, Princess Sofia, alongside his father, Prince Carl Philip, and older brother Alexander. The infant’s godparents were announced yesterday as Princess Madeleine (paternal aunt), … Continue reading

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The Duke of York Appointed Colonel of the Grenadier Guards

  December 1, 2017 at 8:25 am by

Buckingham Palace announced this morning that Queen Elizabeth has appointed The Duke of York as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, the most senior regiment of infantry in the British Army. The Duke takes over the role from his father, The Duke of Edinburgh, who held the post from 1975. The Queen was also Colonel of the Grenadier Guards from 1942 until her accession, when she became Colonel-in-Chief. Previous royals who were … Continue reading

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Emperor Akihito To Abdicate In April 2019

  December 1, 2017 at 5:42 am by

Following a meeting of the Imperial Household Council on Friday morning, the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, has announced that Emperor Akihito will abdicate the throne on April 30, 2019. His son, Crown Prince Naruhito, will succeed the throne the following day, May 1. Emperor Akihito, who will be 85 when his abdication comes around, announced his wish to abdicate in a video broadcast to the Japanese people in August 2016. … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Mary Hosts Christmas Reception For The Mary Foundation

  November 30, 2017 at 5:03 pm by

Dressed in a colour-apt frock, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark hosted a Christmas reception at Amalienborg on Thursday afternoon for staff and collaborators of The Mary Foundation. The Crown Princess used the event to thank those who have contributed to the work of the Foundation, which she launched in September 2007, over the past year. Earlier in the day, Mary had visited Frederiksberg where she attended a tennis day hosted … Continue reading

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Red Cross Volunteer House Opened By Denmark’s Crown Prince

  November 30, 2017 at 11:26 am by

On Thursday November 30, Crown Prince Frederik performed the inauguration of the new Red Cross Volunteer House in Copenhagen. He joined volunteer Jonna Møllemand in a unique ‘ribbon-cutting’ ceremony to mark the opening – instead of physically cutting a ribbon as is usual custom, the pair instead worked together to tie a bow in the ribbon, to symbolise the Red Cross’s ability to “tie people together”. Prince Frederik was later given … Continue reading

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Grand Duke Jean Joined By Next Generation At Joséphine-Charlotte Memorial Concert

  November 30, 2017 at 5:05 am by

At the Philharmonie Luxembourg on Wednesday evening, the 12th annual concert arranged in the memory of Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte was held. The 96-year-old Grand Duke Jean was present, accompanied by his grandson, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, with his wife Stéphanie. The concert was performed by the Orchestra des Champs Elysées, conducted by Philippe Herreweghe. Grand Duke Jean,Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie attended the 12th concert organized in … Continue reading

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Harry, Meghan To Wed In May At St George’s Chapel

  November 28, 2017 at 6:10 pm by

Kensington Palace has announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding will take place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor next May. The exact date of the wedding has yet to be confirmed. The couple are “grateful to the Queen for granting permission for the use of the Chapel”, with Windsor being a “very special place for Prince Harry”. The couple have “regularly spent time there” during their courtship, palace spokesperson Jason … Continue reading

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Princess Marie Attends DanChurchAid Christmas Concert

  November 28, 2017 at 3:45 pm by

As patron, Princess Marie of Denmark attended on Tuesday DanChurchAid’s annual Christmas concert. This year it was held at the Chapel of Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød, in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, as well as the 400th anniversary of the consecration of the Chapel. Music and hymns were performed across the afternoon by the Frederiksborg Baroque Ensemble, ahead of a reception for DanChurchAid’s ambassadors and staff. Princess Marie became … Continue reading

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The Duchess of Cambridge Visits The Foundling Museum

  November 28, 2017 at 3:00 pm by

On Tuesday morning, the Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to the Foundling Museum in Bloomsbury, London. Catherine – wearing a printed Kate Spade frock – was shown around the Museum’s exhibitions that highlight the history of the Foundling Hospital, which was established in 1739 to provide care for abandoned babies and children (known as ‘foundlings’). It was the first children’s charity in the United Kingdom. Among the exhibits she … Continue reading

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German President Lunches With Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace

  November 28, 2017 at 2:28 pm by

Queen Elizabeth II was joined by the Duke of Cambridge on Tuesday as she welcomed the President of Germany to Buckingham Palace for a private luncheon. The Queen and her grandson greeted President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Büdenbender in the Grand Entrance, before lunch in the 1844 Room. Later in the day, the Queen received the French and Jordanian ambassadors.

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Danish Crown Princely Family To Celebrate Christmas in Australia

  November 28, 2017 at 11:05 am by

The Danish Royal Court announced the family’s 2017 Christmas plans on Tuesday, confirming that the Crown Princely Family will be spending the holiday season in Crown Princess Mary’s native Australia. Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary will travel with their four children for a summer Christmas, as they did in 2015. Prince Joachim and Princess Marie with their two children, Prince Henrik and Princess Athena, will also spend the … Continue reading

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Meghan’s Right Royal Seal of Approval…From The Queen’s Corgis!

  November 27, 2017 at 7:10 pm by

To conclude their engagement day, Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle sat down with the BBC’s Mishal Husain on Monday afternoon for their official engagement interview. During the interview, the couple discussed their relationship over the past eighteen months, what they are looking forward to in the future, and their respective families’ reactions to their relationship – and disclosed what may have been an important moment in gaining Queen Elizabeth’s … Continue reading

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Luxembourg’s Grand Duke Begins State Visit to Japan

  November 27, 2017 at 7:04 pm by

Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg began a four-day state visit to Japan on Monday, accompanied by his daughter, Princess Alexandra. The visit’s purpose is to mark the 90th anniversary of bilateral relations between Luxembourg and Japan. The pair were welcomed at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, with whom they had a fifteen-minute audience after the Grand Duke reviewed the traditional military guard of honour … Continue reading

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