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Princess Anne in Gibraltar

  March 5, 2009 at 3:10 am by

The Princess Royal has arrived at Gibraltar for a three-day official visit, during which she is set to open a military hospital bearing her name, the Princess Royal Medical Centre, as well as visiting a school for children with special needs. The Spanish government, which claims that Gibraltar belongs to Spain, has protested the Princess’s visit. The Spanish Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs contacted the British Ambassador with a … Continue reading

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Duchess of Cornwall Visits Schoolgirls Raising Funds for Charity

  February 25, 2009 at 10:15 pm by

The Duchess of Cornwall today visited The Royal School Hampstead, of which she is patron, to meet pupils who are taking part in fundraising for the National Osteoporosis Society. Camilla has been President of the National Osteoporosis Society since 2001 and takes a very personal interest in the work of the charity since her mother, Rosalind Shand, died of the disease in 1994 aged 72. The pupils at The Royal … Continue reading

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Rumors of a Royal Engagement in Sweden

  February 24, 2009 at 4:44 am by

24/2/09. Some Swedish news outlets are reporting that a meeting of the entire Cabinet is being called for 1 pm Tuesday in order for the King to announce the engagement of Crown Princess Victoria to her long-term boyfriend Daniel Westling. There have been on-and-off rumors of an impending engagement between the Princess, who is 31, and 35-year-old Westling, a gym owner born in Örebro who has been the Princess’s boyfriend … Continue reading

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Princess Anne Attends Memorial for Australian Bushfire Dead

  February 22, 2009 at 3:39 am by

Princess Anne today joined the mourners at a memorial service in Melbourne to honour the 209 people who died during the bushfires earlier this month. The Princess Royal was representing her mother Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia, in commemorating the victims of the worst fires for many decades, which left tens of thousands of people homeless. The Princess read a message from the Queen during the service. The Princess, … Continue reading

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Liechtenstein Prince Accused of Tax Evasion

  February 22, 2009 at 1:04 am by

Prince Maximilian (Max) of Liechtenstein, the second son of Ruling Prince Hans-Adam, has been accused by the German tax authorities of evading taxes on investment income while resident in Germany, where he has lived since 2001. It is alleged that the Prince owes taxes on income from a foundation set up by the Liechtenstein ruling family. Prince Max denies that he owes taxes to the German government but has pledged … Continue reading

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Australian Journalist Pardoned in Thailand

  February 21, 2009 at 10:41 pm by

The Australian journalist Harry Nicolaides, who was imprisoned last August and convicted last month under the strict lèse majesté laws in Thailand, has been pardoned by King Bhumibol according to his family. As mentioned in this blog entry, a pardon seemed likely once Nicolaides’ appeal of his sentence received the support of the Corrections Department. However, it was still possible that it would take several months for the appeal to … Continue reading

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Queen Rania Appeals for Aid for UNRWA

  February 18, 2009 at 1:52 am by

Queen Rania of Jordan has made a public appeal for aid for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which is in urgent need of funds to enable it to continue its work in Gaza. During an extraordinary meeting of the UNRWA Advisory Council in Amman, Jordan, the Queen, who is herself of Palestinian ancestry, referred to the agency as “a lifeline to the people of Gaza.” She encouraged … Continue reading

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Pardon Likely for Australian Journalist Imprisoned for Insulting Thai Monarchy

  February 17, 2009 at 1:35 pm by

Australian novelist Harry Nicolaides has been recommended for a royal pardon after being convicted in January under Thailand’s notorious lèse majesté laws. Nicolaides was sentenced to three years in prison on 19 January for allegedly insulting the Thai monarchy in a 2005 self-published novel, Verisimilitude, in which a fictional crown prince was mentioned. Thailand has lèse majesté laws which place strict limits on what may be said about the king … Continue reading

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Lord Frederick Windsor Gets Engaged on Valentine’s Day

  February 15, 2009 at 10:11 pm by

It was announced today from Kensington Palace that Lord Frederick Windsor, son of the Queen’s cousin Prince Michael of Kent, had become engaged to his long-time girlfriend, the actress Sophie Winkleman, on Valentine’s Day. The wedding date has not been announced, but it is being reported that they’ll tie the knot sometime in September. Lord Frederick is 31st in the line of succession to the throne, and has a reputation … Continue reading

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Saudi-Chinese Friendship Park

  February 12, 2009 at 5:32 pm by

President Hu Jintao of China has just ended a three-day offiicial visit to Saudi Arabia (on 12 February) and is on his way to meet with the leaders of several African countries. The Saudi visit is aimed at fostering cooperation between China in the fields of education and culture as well as commerce and strategic relations. During his visit the President met with the Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation … Continue reading

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President Sarkozy’s Middle East Trip

  February 12, 2009 at 1:36 am by

After an unexpected visit to Baghdad on 10 February, President Nicholas Sarkozy of France visited the Gulf States of Oman, Bahrain, and Kuwait to confer with the rulers of those countries on both military and civilian issues. This visit follows visits by the President in 2008 to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the UAE, which also led to agreemements, most significantly an agreement for France to set up a military base … Continue reading

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New Year’s Waka Poetry Reading Ceremony

  January 17, 2009 at 12:16 am by

On 15 January the annual New Year’s waka poetry reading ceremony (utakai hajime) took place at the Imperial Palace in the presence of Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito, and other members of the Imperial family. Although Crown Princess Masako, who has been suffering from adjustment disorder, submitted a poem, she did not attend. Waka is an ancient form of poetry. The poems have five lines consisting of 31 … Continue reading

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