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Lord Frederick Windsor marries Sophie Winkleman

  September 12, 2009 at 10:07 pm by

Lord Frederick Windsor, the son of the Queen’s cousin Prince Michael of Kent, was married today to actress Sophie Winkleman. The wedding took place at the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace, with a reception in the palace’s Great Hall. Princess Eugenie was the only senior royal attending the ceremony, but most of the extended Kent family were present, including the Duchess of Kent, who is rarely seen in public. … Continue reading

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Princess Madeleine Engagement

  August 11, 2009 at 2:19 am by

It has been announced by the Swedish Court that Princess Madeleine is engaged to be married to her long-time boyfriend Jonas Bergström. After rumours of the engagement were published in some Swedish media outlets over the last few days, the news has become official with the announcement on the Swedish royal family website. It has been reported that the families of the couple had a celebratory dinner together on Sunday, … Continue reading

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Commemorative Coins for Emperor’s Enthronement Anniversary

  July 8, 2009 at 12:45 am by

The Japanese Finance Ministry announced on Friday that it will be issuing a set of commemorative coins to mark the 20th anniversary of the enthronement of Emperor Akihito in November next year. The coins are expected to be available later this year. A total of 100,000 solid-gold ¥10,000 (about $100) coins and 10 million nickel-brass ¥500 (about $5) coins will be issued. The gold coin will be just over an … Continue reading

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Charles and Camilla Honour Terrorist Victims

  July 7, 2009 at 11:01 pm by

Today is the fourth anniversary of the terrorist attacks in London on 7 July 2005, and the day when the memorial to the victims was unveiled in Hyde Park. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were present at the dedication ceremony, along with government officials and family members of the victims. The Prime Minister, the leaders of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties, and the Mayor of London were … Continue reading

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President Patil To Pay State Visit to Britain in October

  July 5, 2009 at 9:44 pm by

President Pratibha Patil of India has been invited to pay a state visit to Britain and will be visiting the Queen at Windsor from 27 to 29 October of this year. As is customary for visiting heads of state, President Patil will also meet with the Prime Minister and other senior government ministers. In all the years of the Queen’s reign, President Patil is only the fourth female head of … Continue reading

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Investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales – 1 July 1969

  July 1, 2009 at 3:11 pm by

Today is the 40th anniversary of the investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales. The title Prince of Wales has been traditionally given to the heir apparent to the English (and then the British) monarch since it was first bestowed by Edward I on his infant son Edward of Caernarvon, later Edward II, in 1031 after the English conquest of Wales. Unlike the Dukedom of Cornwall, which automatically falls … Continue reading

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The Earl of Wessex Visits Calgary

  June 8, 2009 at 10:32 pm by

The Earl of Wessex is currently on an official visit to Canada, and has stopped in Calgary. On Saturday Prince Edward visited Simon Fraser Junior High School in Calgary to meet students involved in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme and other leadership schemes. On Sunday morning the Prince handed out awards to 100 Gold Award recipients at the Palliser Hotel in Calgary. He told the students that they could … Continue reading

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Prince Charles Represents Queen Elizabeth at D-Day Commemoration

  June 7, 2009 at 10:15 pm by

The Prince of Wales has attended the D-Day Commemorative service in France, on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II. President Obama, President Sarkozy, Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, and Prime Minister Gordon Brown also attended. As reportedly planned by President Sarkozy, the commemoration was largely a Franco-American affair, with the contributions of the British and Canadian troops downplayed. At the official commemoration at the Normandy American cemetary near Colleville-sur-Mer (Omaha … Continue reading

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Kidney Transplant for Daniel Westling

  May 27, 2009 at 7:05 pm by

It has been reported that Daniel Westling, the fiance of Crown Princess Victoria, underwent a kidney transplant today to treat a congenital (but apparently not hereditary) kidney disease. The donor kidney came from Mr Westling’s father. Both Daniel and his father are reported to be doing well. The surgery apparently was scheduled some time in advance and is not an emergency procedure. Crown Princess Victoria is currently in Greenland, along … Continue reading

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Lady Louise Steals the Show

  May 17, 2009 at 8:59 pm by

Windsor Castle has been hosting the Royal Windsor Horse Show and the Windsor Castle Royal Tattoo this week. The Royal Windsor Horse Show has been held annually since 1943 and is a favourite of the Queen’s, who regularly puts in an appearance. This year was no exception, and the Queen braved the weather to attend several times. Prince Philip helped out with judging and with presentation of prizes. On Saturday … Continue reading

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Charles and Camilla Visit Royal Ballet School

  May 15, 2009 at 7:20 pm by

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the Royal Ballet School at White Lodge in Richmond Park on Wednesday to attend the school’s Royal Gala Performance. In the spirit of the occasion, Camilla was dressed in a long pale-blue dress and coat with a ballet-dancer brooch. The Lower School (teaching pupils aged 11 to 16) is based at White Lodge, an 18th-century house originally built as a hunting lodge … Continue reading

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Prince Charles Gives Speech on Architecture

  May 13, 2009 at 7:43 pm by

Prince Charles gave a speech at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) last night to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the organisation. He has a long history of controversial ideas about architecture, particularly modern architecture, going back to his comment in the early 1980s that the winning design for a proposed addition to the National Gallery was akin to “a monstrous carbuncle on the face of an elegant and … Continue reading

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Charles and Camilla Visit the Pope

  April 28, 2009 at 4:35 pm by

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall met with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican on Monday. The Prince and the Duchess had a 15-minute audience with the Pope, followed by a meeting with the secretary of state for the Prince and a tour of the Vatican buildings for Camilla. Unusually, the Duchess was present throughout the entire meeting with the Pope; wives of visiting dignitaries are generally admitted only … Continue reading

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Princess Anne Visits The Falklands and South Georgia

  March 31, 2009 at 2:36 am by

31 March 2009. Princess Anne, accompanied by Vice Admiral Laurence, is visiting the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, a part of the world she last visited in 2007. She was invited by the South Georgia Heritage Trust, an organisation of which she is Patron. In the Falkland Islands, the Princess has carried out a series of engagements similar to those she might perform in Britain, visiting a police station, a … Continue reading

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Princess Victoria Names the Day

  March 23, 2009 at 6:13 pm by

Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria and her fiancé, Daniel Westling, have chosen June 19th, 2010 as their wedding day. The date is King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia’s 34th wedding anniversary. This is also the day when Crown Prince Oskar married Princess Joséphine of Leuchtenberg in 1823 and when Crown Prince Carl married Princess Louise of The Netherlands in 1850. The wedding, which will be attended by royals from all over … Continue reading

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Felipe and Letizia in New York

  March 19, 2009 at 9:31 pm by

On 16 and 17 March, Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia visited New York, along with the Spanish Industry Minister, as part of the “Made in Spain/Made by Spain” initiative. On Monday 16 March they visited the Public Library of New York, where they met with importers and sellers of Spanish books, and attended a lunch held by the Spain-U.S. Chamber of Commerce at the Metropolitan Club, where Prince Felipe gave … Continue reading

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Emperor To Visit Canada and Hawaii in the Summer

  March 13, 2009 at 1:59 am by

13 Feb 09. It was announced today that Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will carry out a two-week official tour of Canada and Hawaii in July. The trip is intended to foster international cooperation and friendship. After arriving in Ottawa on 3 July, the Emperor and Empress will begin their official tour on 6 July, covering Toronto, Victoria, and Vancouver. On 14 July the imperial couple will fly to Hawaii, … Continue reading

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Crown Prince Frederik Has Surgery

  March 10, 2009 at 5:54 pm by

It has been reported that Crown Prince Frederik has undergone surgery to repair a fractured leg. He sustained the injury during the family’s skiing holiday in Switzerland a few weeks ago. Apparently he injured his leg while riding on a sled with his children, but was unaware of the injury for a while after it happened. There were no reports at the time of any sledding accidents, and Prince Christian … Continue reading

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Commonwealth Day Observance

  March 9, 2009 at 11:03 pm by

9 March 2009: Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip today attended a special service at Westminster Abbey to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Commonwealth. In her Commonwealth Day message, the Queen emphasised the importance of young people to the Commonwealth, noting that one billion members of Commonwealth countries are under the age of 25. According to polls carried out in Britain, however, many young people do not … Continue reading

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New Zealand To Restore Titles

  March 8, 2009 at 9:40 pm by

The Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key, has announced the restoration of Knight and Dame titles, which were dropped by the previous Labour government in 2000. It was widely believed at the time that the replacement of these titles, which are linked to the British honours system, was a step down the road to eventual republicanism and separation from Britain. The Knight and Dame titles were replaced by the … Continue reading

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