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Happy National Day Bhutan! Royal Family Celebrate in Trongsa

  December 17, 2016 at 5:03 pm by

Bhutan has celebrated its 109th National Day today with festivities in the town of Trongsa, located in the centre of the country. The Royal Family were present, with King Jigme Khesar leading the celebration. “We may be a very small country with a small population, but our people have always been strong, intelligent and capable. But since that alone does not suffice in this day and age, we have also worked … Continue reading

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The Family Wessex Enjoy A Day at the Races As James Turns Nine

  December 17, 2016 at 4:38 pm by

The Queen’s youngest grandchild, James, Viscount Severn, celebrates his ninth birthday today; and spent the day with his family at Ascot Racecourse for the annual Christmas Meeting. He was seen cheering on the horses from the stands alongside his sister, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, with a betting slip clutched firmly in his hand. Earlier, James and Louise walked through the parade ring with their parents – the Earl and Countess of Wessex … Continue reading

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The Duchess of Cornwall Attends The Sovereign’s Parade

  December 16, 2016 at 12:45 pm by

Representing Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Duchess of Cornwall has attended the Sovereign’s Parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst today. Wearing a dark green double-breasted military-style coat with fur trim, Camilla inspected the 156 Officer Cadets who were passing out at the end of the term having completing their Commissioning Course. The Duchess delivered a speech during the ceremony, in which she congratulated the graduating officers (and their … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Dutch Prince Announces Engagement

  December 16, 2016 at 7:00 am by

On December 16, 2000, the engagement between Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands – youngest son of Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus – and Laurentien Brinkhorst was announced. The couple had a brief press conference at Huis ten Bosch alongside the groom’s parents, as well as the Brinkhorsts, Laurens-Jan and Jantien. They married in May 2001, and have three children: Eloise, Claus-Casimir and Leonore.

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Princess Alexandra Makes Annual Visit To St Christopher’s Hospice

  December 15, 2016 at 4:22 pm by

Princess Alexandra of Kent today visited St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham, south-east London, continuing a long-standing tradition of paying a pre-Christmas visit to the centre. She was given a tour of the centre, meeting patients and their families; before joining supporters of St Christopher’s from various businesses for afternoon tea. Alexandra was also shown the float the hospice will enter into the London New Year’s Day Parade, which has been designed to … Continue reading

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Duchess of Cambridge Helps Mark Centenary of Cub Scouts

  December 14, 2016 at 7:03 pm by

This evening in Kings Lynn, the Duchess of Cambridge attended a special Cub Scout pack meeting to help celebrate 100 years of Cubs. Wearing a simple oatmeal-coloured jumper over jeans accessorised with a Cub neckerchief, Kate joined the children in games and activities designed to build teamwork, and ‘looking after yourself and others physically and emotionally’. Kate helped decorate cupcakes, write positive messages, and offered herself as a dummy for one … Continue reading

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Camilla Continues Christmas Tradition Inviting Children To Decorate Clarence House Tree

  December 14, 2016 at 4:38 pm by

For the eighth year, the Duchess of Cornwall has invited children supported by one of her patronages – the Helen & Douglas House – to Clarence House to decorate the building’s Christmas tree. The five children from Helen & Douglas House, which provides support to children with life-shortening illnesses offering them respite care, were joined by five children supported by Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. They helped the Duchess – wearing … Continue reading

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Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie Visits Exhibition in Belgium

  December 14, 2016 at 2:11 pm by

Luxembourg’s Hereditary Grand Duchess made a trip to Belgium today, where she visited the ’21, rue La Boétie’ exhibition in Liège. Accompanied by Guy Arendt, Luxembourg’s Secretary of State for Culture, Stéphanie was given a tour of the exhibition by Anne Sinclair, the author who wrote the book of the same name the exhibition is based on. ’21, rue La Boétie’ tells the life of Paul Rosenberg, one of the early … Continue reading

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Now It’s Really Christmas! Princess Estelle Joins Mama To Receive Christmas Trees

  December 14, 2016 at 10:21 am by

This morning at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, young Princess Estelle gleefully helped her mama, Crown Princess Victoria, officially receive the palace Christmas trees. Forestry students from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences delivered six King Spruce and a Norwegian Red Spruce trees to the Palace as a gift to the Royal Family, in a tradition that began in the late 1960s. Princess Estelle – wearing a festive mint green dress … Continue reading

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Danes Host Christmas Reception For Their Households

  December 14, 2016 at 7:14 am by

The Danish Royal Family hosted Tuesday a Christmas reception for their household staff at Christiansborg Palace. Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik (who wore the most eye-catching accessory of the day, a tie decorated with the Seven Dwarves) led the family in the celebrations in the Great Hall, which included a ballet performance from Tivoli’s Pantomime Theatre production of Cinderella. The Crown Prince Couple brought along their four children, while Prince … Continue reading

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Haakon and Mette-Marit Lend A Hand At Church Mission Breakfast

  December 12, 2016 at 4:12 pm by

Norway’s Crown Prince Couple this morning volunteered at the Church City Mission in Oslo, helping to serve breakfast to the homeless. The church provides breakfast for those in need every Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Many of the people who were served food are migrant workers from around Europe that have come to Norway looking for work, but have been unable to find anything. “It is a big challenge. When Europe is … Continue reading

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The Borbons Release 2016 Christmas Cards

  December 12, 2016 at 3:45 pm by

The Spanish Royal Court has today released the official Christmas card from the King and his family. It features a new photograph of King Felipe and Queen Letizia with their two daughters, the Princess of Asturias and Infanta Sofia. The family wear festive red in the photo, except for Infanta Leonor, who instead wears a grey jumper with a yellow reindeer design. Also released was the card sent out by … Continue reading

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King Felipe Meets Children Taking Part In ‘What Is A King’ Competition

  December 12, 2016 at 11:30 am by

At the El Pardo Palace today, King Felipe VI received a number of school children who have participated in the thirty-fifth edition of the ‘What Is A King For You?’ competition. 21 winners from around Spain came to the Palace with the art pieces, writings, or multimedia presentations that they had entered for the competition. After personally speaking with the children, King Felipe was then shown each of the winning … Continue reading

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More Tiaras In Sweden For King’s Nobel Prize Dinner

  December 11, 2016 at 8:21 pm by

The King of Sweden this evening hosted his annual dinner for the year’s Nobel Prize laureates at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. And, as the dinner has a white tie dress code, all the royal ladies delved into their jewellery boxes for some tiaras to complete their outfits. THE KING"S DINNER Sunday night #KingCarlGustaf & his family gave #dinner for the #Nobel laureates at #Palace #royals pic.twitter.com/cU1t7OaqWQ — Kjell Arne … Continue reading

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Princess Mary Takes Children Along To Christmas Concert

  December 11, 2016 at 5:55 pm by

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark brought along her husband and four children today as she attended the Christmas concert of the Royal Danish Academy of Music Children’s Choir. Dressed warmly against the winter chill, the family arrived at the Esajas Church ahead of the concert, with Mary – who is the patron of the choir – receiving a bouquet of purple and green flowers (which Princess Josephine promptly claimed as … Continue reading

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King Carl Gustaf Presents 2016 Nobel Prizes

  December 10, 2016 at 8:51 pm by

The 2016 Nobel Prizes were presented this evening at Stockholm’s Concert Hall by King Carl XVI Gustaf. In front of the Royal Family, the Nobel Committee and hundreds of esteemed guests, the King presented the Nobel Prize in Physics to David J. Thouless, F. Duncan M. Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz; in Chemistry to Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L. Feringa; in Medicine to Yoshinori Ohsumi; in Literature to Bob Dylan in … Continue reading

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Colombian President Awarded Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo

  December 10, 2016 at 5:05 pm by

In front of Norway’s King Harald V and other members of the royal family, Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos was presented with this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for his role in helping end the Colombian civil war. The royals – King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit – sat in the centre of the Oslo Town Hall as President Santos received the award and delivered a … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: A Tongan Prince Graduates From Sandhurst

  December 9, 2016 at 8:00 am by

December 9, 1968: Prince George Tupou of Tonga, heir to the Tongan throne, graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. His passing out ceremony was attended by his parents, King Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV and Queen Halaevalu Mata’aho ʻAhomeʻe. Among Prince George Tupou’s fellow cadets was the son of the first Zambian President, Kenneth Kaunda. According to an article in The Telegraph, George Tupou credited his time at Sandhurst for teaching him “the invaluable lesson … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth II Hosts Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace

  December 8, 2016 at 7:46 pm by

The Duchess of Cambridge joined senior members of the Royal Family on Thursday night at the annual Buckingham Palace diplomatic reception, wearing Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara. Catherine first wore the diamond and pearl piece at last year’s reception; this year pairing it was a repeated red evening gown from Jenny Packham. Over 1,000 guests from the diplomatic community – many wearing the traditional outfits of their nations – attended … Continue reading

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Prince Harry Hits The Trading Floor As Part of ICAP Charity Day

  December 7, 2016 at 2:00 pm by

Fresh from his tour of the Caribbean (and a brief stopover in Toronto), Prince Harry today helped raise funds for his charity Sentebale during the annual ICAP Charity Day at the brokers’ headquarters in London. Walking the floors filled with brokers dressed in fancy dress instead of their usual suit and tie combination, Harry took in their attire with a grin before hitting the phones himself – including closing deals … Continue reading

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