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“Matchmaker” to Beatrix and Claus Passed Away

  February 19, 2009 at 10:46 am by

The man who introduced Queen Beatrix to her future husband, Count Caspar von Oeynhausen-Sierstorpff, has passed away.   On new year’s eve 1962, crown princess Beatrix of the Netherlands first met Claus von Amsberg, who she would marry in 1966. Both Beatrix as Claus were related to the count, in Beatrix’s case through a sister of her paternal grandmother, Princess Armgard of Lippe-Biesterfeld, born Baroness of Sierstorpff-Cramm. The count also … Continue reading

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Future of Soestdijk Palace Still Unclear

  February 14, 2009 at 7:36 pm by

  Newspaper De Telegraaf claims that they have secret information about the future of Soestdijk. In the secret report ‘Royal Heritage as Example’ of the Rijksgebouwendienst (RGD) it says that the costs of restauration and conservation of the palace will be very high, which makes it impossible to turn the palace into a museum, instead the advice is that the palace will transform to a conference center for topics like … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Mathilde Visits Hospital

  February 11, 2009 at 8:05 pm by

02/10/2009 Belgium’s crown princess Mathilde visited the university rehabilitation hospital ‘Léonard da Vinci’ in Montigny-le-Tilleul, near the Wallonian city of Charleroi. The hospital has 150 beds for neurological, locomotor and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. As the princess has a degree in speech therapy and psychology she was interested in getting acquainted with the care programmes of the hospital, claims the website of the Belgian royal family. According to La Nouvelle Gazette, the … Continue reading

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Willem-Alexander and Máxima To Buy Argentinian Ranch?

  February 11, 2009 at 3:45 pm by

According to the Argentinian press the Dutch crown princely couple bought a farm called Estancia Pilpilcura in Pilcaniyeu, Argentina, for the amount of 3,5 million dollars. The rumours are not denied by the RVD. The farm is located in the region Patagonia, and close to Bariloche where the Zorreguieta family enjoy to ski and where princess Máxima’s brother Martin has a restaurant. The RVD denied that the prince and princess … Continue reading

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Serbian Crown Prince Attends Unveiling of Memorial Plaque

  February 11, 2009 at 10:08 am by

02/10/2009 Belgrade, Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia attended a ceremony for the unveiling of a memorial plaque dedicated to the students and assistant of the Mining Geology Faculty who died in an accident at the Ravanica Cave in 2007. On 30 April the three Belgrade university students and their lecturer died of suffocation after they tried to dive through water-filled pockets of the cave. There has been some confusion of … Continue reading

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From Punk Princess to Princess Carnival

  February 10, 2009 at 7:34 pm by

02/09/2009 Fürstin Gloria of Thurn und Taxis attended the annual ceremony of the Aachen Carnival Association (AKV) where actor Mario Adorf was presented as this years ‘knight’ in the order of ‘Wider den Tierischen Ernst’. Last year this honour fell to the former punk princess, due to ‘her charm, wit and her fantastic laugh’ according to AKV’s president Horst Wollgarten. To welcome this year’s new knight, Gloria held a comical … Continue reading

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Prince Bernhard Also Lobbied for the F16 Fighter

  February 10, 2009 at 7:24 pm by

Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, consort to Queen Juliana wasn’t only involved in promoting American aeronautics Company Lockheed with the Dutch air force; in 1975 he also lobbied for the acquisition of the F16 fighter. This was revealed in the dissertation of Bert Kreemers, which will be presented today at the University of Leiden. First Bernhard lobbied for the Cobra of Northrop, the president of the company, Thomas V. Jones … Continue reading

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Saudi Princess Wants To Drive

  February 10, 2009 at 1:54 pm by

Princess Amira al-Taweel is ready to drive in her homeland, Saudi Arabia, according to a recent interview. She is the wife of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a nephew of the Saudi king Abdullah. “Certainly, I am ready for it, I have an international driver’s license and I drive in every country I travel to,” the princess told the newspaper. In Saudi Arabia it is however forbidden for women to drive … Continue reading

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European Royalty Enjoy Keelboat Races in Monaco

  February 9, 2009 at 2:53 pm by

To celebrate the 80th anniversery of the Dragon Class on the first weekend of the 25th Primo Cup keelboat racing, prince Albert II invited other royals like prince Henrik of Denmark, prince Serge of Yugoslavia and prince Charles of Bourbon-Two-Sicilies, duke of Castro. “A big thank you to the Yacht Club de Monaco for this initiative to celebrate 80 years of the Dragon, a series close to my heart, by … Continue reading

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Royal Wedding Bells in Tbilisi

  February 9, 2009 at 1:09 pm by

02/08/2009 Royalists in Georgia rejoice as two branches of the dynasty that once ruled Georgia are joining forces by the marriage of Prince David Bagration-Mukhransky (32) and Princess Anna Bagration-Gruzinsky (31). The wedding was celebrated on February 8th, the day Georgia commemorates King David the Builder, who ruled from 1089 to 1125 and is considered Georgia’s greatest king. The couple married in Tbilisi’s Trinity Cathedral in front of 3000 guests … Continue reading

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A Boy for Brazilian Princess

  February 1, 2009 at 2:14 pm by

On 30 January the Brazilian princess Maria Pia of Orléans-Bragança and her husband Rodrigo Broglia Mendes became parents of a boy, who they named Pedro. The child was born in São Paulo. The couple married in 2001 and in 2004 their first child Antonio was born. Princess Maria Pia is a descendant of Brazil’s last emperor Pedro II. Princess Maria Pia is the eldest of the five children of prince … Continue reading

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