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Under The Hammer II: Napoleontic Collection of US Billionaire

  February 26, 2016 at 5:10 am by

US billionaire Christopher Forbes, Vice President of Forbes publishing company, has been an avid collector of art and items related to Emperor Napoleon III, Empress Eugenie and the Second Empire. It all started when Forbes’ father gave him a portrait of Napoleon III when he was in his teens. On 5 and 6 March 2016 Mr. Forbes will sell the collection which took him years to acquire. Forbes decided to … Continue reading

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Dutch King Returns From Winter Vacation To Commemorate Unique Strike

  February 25, 2016 at 6:27 pm by

King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands cut his winter vacation in Lech, Austria short to attend the 75th Anniversary of the Strike of February 1941. The commemoration took place at the statue of the docker at the Jonas Daniël Meijer Square, close to the two oldest synagogues of Amsterdam. The February strike that took place on February 25th and 26th 1941 was the only strike of non-Jews in Europe under Nazi … Continue reading

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Princess Esmeralda Meets Humanitarian Who Saved 20,000 Children

  February 25, 2016 at 5:42 pm by

Princess Esmeralda, aunt of King Philippe of Belgium, twittered a photo of herself with the ‘tireless and courageous’ humanitarian worker Marguerite Barankitse. Barankitse began providing food and shelter to 25 children on October 25, 1993, one of the worst days of the civil war in Burundi. She used her network in Europe and Burundi to extendher help efforts. In 1994 she converted a former school into a shelter for children. … Continue reading

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Carl XVI Gustaf’s 70th Birthday Bash: Palace Releases Programme

  February 25, 2016 at 1:09 pm by

The Royal Palace in Stockholm has released the programme of King Carl XVI Gustav’s 70th birthday celebration. The celebrations will go on for 5 days, with the main celebrations on Friday 29 April and Saturday 30 April. TRF member LadyFinn provided the following time table: Monday, April 25 The Royal Academies organize a Baltic Sea Seminar Location: The Royal Dramatic Theatre Time: 19:00 Tuesday, April 26 The Military Bands give … Continue reading

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Felipe and Letizia Open Contemporary Art Fair (Updated)

  February 25, 2016 at 12:56 pm by

Today King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain opened Arco 2016 in Madrid. The international contemporary art fair celebrated its 35th anniversary this year, a good reason for both the king and queen to mark the occassion with a joint appearance. The queen dressed in a colourful pink jacket, a white blouse and some interesting black pants made of leather. The king wore his usual outfit: a striped suit. … Continue reading

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RVD Releases Programme for Dutch State Visit to France

  February 25, 2016 at 4:57 am by

The Dutch Government Information Service (RVD) released the programme of the Dutch state visit to France, which will be on March 10-11 2016. The visit will build on the ‘positive impuls’ that the official visit of President Hollande to The Hague gave to the bilateral relation between the countries. The visit will be focussed on economic, cultural and European cooperation and shared history and values will be highlighted. Apart from … Continue reading

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Decadence and Downfall: The Shah of Iran’s Ultimate Party

  February 24, 2016 at 5:23 pm by

Last week the BBC aired a documentary about the celebrations in Persepolis in 1971, where the ‘King of King’s’ Shah Mohammad Reza of Iran celebrated 2500th anniversary of the Persian Empire. Central question in the documentary is if the grandiose celebrations hastened the downfall of the Imperial regime and the start of the Iranian revolution. The celebrations were described as ‘the biggest party the world has ever seen’. Ayatollah Khomenei … Continue reading

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The Habsburg Effect

  February 24, 2016 at 4:59 pm by

The newspaper ‘Independent’ dedicated an article to a remarkable study. Researchers suggest that the Habsburg’s ability to instill obedience in their subjects still has its effect today, several generations onwards. People who live within the borders of the old Habsburg Empire have significantly more trust in their country’s justice system than those who live outside of it. The researchers have described the phenomenon as the ‘Habsburg effect’. They claim that … Continue reading

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Cookies For Princess Beatrice

  February 24, 2016 at 4:33 pm by

Princess Beatrice of York dressed preppy for a benefit in New York City, which she attended yesterday. The princess used a navy jumper and a navy skirt for the  Cookies For Kid’s Hosts 3rd Annual Chefs For Kid’s Cancer Benefit’ . The princess still had her henna tattoo on her hand and also wore a small silver bracelet. During the evening 25 chefs cooked four different meals for the guests. … Continue reading

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New Stamps To Mark Swedish Anniversaries

  February 24, 2016 at 3:59 pm by

The Swedish court released three special stamps to mark their two special celebrations of 2016. The king and queen will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary this year and on April 30th the king will celebrate his 70th birthday. The stamps feature King Carl XVI Gustav, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Estelle. Pince Daniel has not been included for some reason. The stamps were designed Daniel Bjugard, with the … Continue reading

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Infanta Cristina on Forced Leave From Job While Palace Is Linked To Nóos Case

  February 24, 2016 at 5:22 am by

Infanta Cristina has been forced to take an unpaid leave by her employer, the La Caixa Foundation, for which she has been working since 1992. The last few years the Princess worked for their international events department in Geneva, Switzerland. Iñaki Urdangarin is also without a job since he was forced to leave Telefónica due to the Nóos trial. The Nóos case continues in Mallorca. Yesterday Iñaki’s business partner Diego … Continue reading

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Chapeaux! The Hats of Princess Beatrix

  February 24, 2016 at 4:29 am by

The hats of former Queen Beatrix are legendary. They come in all sorts, colors and sizes, often resembling birds nests, cheeses or cakes. And how many does she have? This question was asked by the Finnish press during the 1995 state visit. There is even a carnival song written about her hats, in which the singer fails to find out how many hats she has. In February 2017 National Museum … Continue reading

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Princess Madeleine Hosts Lots of Princesses and Princes

  February 23, 2016 at 4:59 am by

Princess Madeleine of Sweden and her daughter Princess Leonore attended a very special meeting in Stockholm yesterday. In the royal palace they received a lot of small princesses and princes. All children wrote to the Swedish Make A Wish Foundation (Min Stora Dag) and wanted to spend the day with the princess. Princess Madeleine treated the children on a special party in one of the grandest rooms of the palace. … Continue reading

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Queen Letizia Marks Special Anniversary

  February 23, 2016 at 4:40 am by

Queen Letizia of Spain visited the school ‘Niño Jesus’ in Madrid yesterday to mark the 50th anniversary of the school. The school is part of the Children’s University hospital in Madrid and offers lessons to children that are being treated in the hospital. A cheerful and relaxed looking Queen Letizia seemed well at ease with the students, while they explained their lessons. The Spanish Queen looked wonderful in a recycled … Continue reading

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A Kiss For A Princess

  February 22, 2016 at 5:20 pm by

On saturday night Princess Léa of Belgium attended the charity event ‘La Nuit des Neiges’ in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. The widow of Prince Alexandre of Belgium looked smashing in a pale pink outfit paired with diamond jewels. The princess was escorted by Alain Zenner, a well known barrister from Belgium. Mister Zenner was also senator in the Wallonian parlament and later in the Belgian one in the early 2000s. It is … Continue reading

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‘Look Here, No Here’, Dutch Royals Pose For Press in Lech

  February 22, 2016 at 5:00 pm by

This morning the Dutch Royal Family posed for the press during their traditional winter holidays in Lech, Austria. The King and his family were accompanied by Princess Beatrix and by Prince Constantijn and his family. Princess Mabel and her daughters were missing, they enjoyed their ski holiday in Lech last week and have returned to London, where schools have started again. The family had instructed the children well, as they … Continue reading

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Where is Ernst August? German Press Searching for Prince

  February 22, 2016 at 4:10 pm by

The German magazine Bunte has been searching for prince Ernst August of Hanover, who has not been seen in public since october 2014. According to Bunte, the prince disappeared completely since his break-up with his girlfriend Simona, a prostitute from Romania. The prince has even not been seen at family events. When Princess Eilika of Leiningen was burried earlier this year, he was represented by his two sons. According to … Continue reading

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Banned Documentary Reveals Juan Carlos Has Dyslexia

  February 21, 2016 at 4:28 am by

This week French television station France 3 aired the Spanish documentary ‘Yo, Juan Carlos I, Rey de Espanã (I, Juan Carlos I, King of Spain). The documentary was written by Miguel Courtois. Together with Laurence Debray, biographer of the king, he also wrote the script. The documentary reviews the last 40 years of Spain’s history through the eyes of Juan Carlos. The documentary was made in co-production with the Spanish … Continue reading

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Politicians Want Openness About Costs Golden Coach

  February 20, 2016 at 5:53 am by

The Dutch Golden Coach is under restoration, which will take three years. The king is paying thee restoration from his own budget, with no additional costs for the tax payer.  A good deal one would think. In parlament the usual suspects still found a reason to complain, as royal issues can usually count on media exposure for MP’s. Already in December parlament asked Prime Minister Marc Rutte about more openness … Continue reading

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Much Ado About … Travel Costs

  February 20, 2016 at 5:31 am by

The total sum of air travel costs of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde has been critisized in Belgian parliament. In 2015 the ministery of Defence has paid 143.138 euro for 26 flights. An MP for the seperatist party ‘Vlaams Belang’ asked the minister for a specification of the costs. She pointed out that the king and queen already receive more than 11 million euro per year already. The Belgian king … Continue reading

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