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Royals, Nobles and Celebrities In Ivory Coast

  March 14, 2016 at 10:53 am by

The Duke of Anjou and his wife the Duchess of Cadaval are in the Ivory Coast to visit a project of the ‘Children of Africa’ fund. The Duke posted several pictures on his Facebook page. They were not the only royals who visited the project: the socialite Princess Ira von Fürstenberg is also in Africa, as are Prince Edouard and Princess Isabella de Ligne de La Trémoïlle. The group was also … Continue reading

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Drinking and Dining for Charity

  March 14, 2016 at 10:34 am by

Princess Léa of Belgium, widow of Prince Alexandre, organised a charity dinner in Brussels city hall to raise money for her and her late husband’s foundation. The money that was raised during the dinner benifits a project of the  ‘Prince et Princesse Alexandre de Belgique’ foundation. The project will help the blind people of Belgium. The dinner wasn’t only attended by Princess Léa. Also present were Princess Maria Gabriella of … Continue reading

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Duke of Parma Loses Legal Battle Against Son

  March 14, 2016 at 10:22 am by

Minister Ard van der Steur (Justice) rejected the objection that the Duke of Parma filed. The duke wanted to prevent his illigitemate son, (Carlos) Hugo Klynstra, to be incorperated into the Dutch nobility with the title Prince de Bourbon de Parme. The duke can still go to the court of appeal to challenge the decision of the minister. Hugo Klynstra was born in 1997 to Prince Carlos Xavier of Bourbon-Parma, … Continue reading

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Maria Teresa Speaks Out: ‘It Is Unethical To Solve Our Problems With Taxpayers Money’

  March 4, 2016 at 1:45 pm by

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa gave an interview to French press agency AFP today. The Grand Duchess was rather open and also used the interview for some critical self reflection and talked about her dream to return to Cuba. The Garnd Duchess said that the Luxembourg monarchy has to become more authentic and transparent. She supports her husband’s initiative to reorganise the Luxembourg court. This openess also comes with a price: the … Continue reading

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Cristina Stands By Iñaki: “I Am Convinced of My Husband’s Innocence”

  March 4, 2016 at 5:47 am by

Yesterday afternoon it was Infanta Cristina’s time to be heard during the Nóos trial. The Infanta and her husband are facing charges of corruption for embazzling 4,5 million Euros of public money. The Princess said that she has full confidence in her husband and his innocence. She also distanced herself again from the running of the company Aizoon, of which she was co-owner. She said that it was her husband … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde Celebrates Women’s Day In Advance

  March 4, 2016 at 5:35 am by

Belgium’s Queen Mathilde appropriately marked Women’s Day by meeting … women. The Queen went to Brugges in West Flanders to meet several outstanding women of the province. Although International Women’s Day is only on March 8th, the Queen schedueled this event for yesterday. During a lunch she spoke with outstanding women from the province of West Flanders. According to the Belgian palace, the queen wanted to give special attention to … Continue reading

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Princess Irene Sells Villa

  March 4, 2016 at 5:25 am by

Princess Irene of The Netherlands sold her villa Marienhoeve in Wijk bij Duurstede. The house was only for sale for a few months. The princess wanted to live closer to her children and grand children and has moved to Wassenaar near The Hague. Her daughter Margarita lives in the same town while her eldest son, the duke of Parma, lives in The Hague. The asking price for the villa was … Continue reading

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Letizia at Rare Diseases World Day

  March 4, 2016 at 5:08 am by

Queen Letizia of Spain attended the Rare Diseases World Day at CSIC headquarters on March 3, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. The Queen is the honorary president for the Spanish federation of rare diseases. In her speech she emphasized the importance of more research about rare diseases. According to the queen there are 3 million people who suffer from a rare disease: “it is important that all of them feel welcome … Continue reading

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Te Deum and Congratulations For Prince Oscar

  March 3, 2016 at 11:30 pm by

The birth of prince Oscar has lead to a stream of congratulations for his parents and his big sister. In the afternoon there was a gun salute of 21 canon shots in Stockholm. The royal family went to a Te Deum, a service of thanksgiving. The Crown Princess and her newborn son were absent from the service, but most other adult members of the royal family attedend the event. Also present … Continue reading

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Praise for King Mihai

  March 3, 2016 at 1:22 pm by

Former King Mihai received a lot of praise in Romania today. Yesterday the king announced that he has health problems and that he would withdraw from public life and hand over his public responsibilities to his eldest daughter Crown Princess Margarita. Romania’s president Klaus Iohannis issued a statement in which he said he heard the news about the king’s health with worry and he hopes that the kill will find … Continue reading

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Iñaki Denies Involvement of Cristina and Juan Carlos

  March 3, 2016 at 1:09 pm by

Iñaki Urdangarin, husband of Infanta Cristina of Spain, had to testify in court again today. The former duke of Palma de Mallorca is a suspect in a fraud scandal. He and his business partner Diego Torres are accused of misusing public funds for their Nóos foundation. Iñaki denied that either his wife or his father-in-law knew about the embazzlements. He told them little about his business, only about a business … Continue reading

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It’s A Boy for Victoria and Daniel: HRH Prince Oscar Carl Olof, Duke of Skåne

  March 3, 2016 at 6:34 am by

Crown Princess Victoria has given birth to a baby boy yesterday. The baby was born at 20:28 at the Karolinska Institut in Solna. The small prince weighs 3,655 kg. Prince Daniel gave a press conference in the evening. He told the assembled press that mother and child were doing well. This morning the family already left the hospital. Crown Princess Victoria was looking great while a proud prince Daniel carried … Continue reading

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King Mihai Withdraws From Public Life

  March 2, 2016 at 3:20 pm by

Former King Mihai of Romania (94)  will withdraw from public life and  will transfer his duties to his eldest daughter, Crown Princess Margaretha (66). The king announced this in a writter statement today, he also added that he hopes that his daughter will “find the wisdom and strength to represent me and fulfill my public duties.” King Michael has recently undergone surgery, after which he has been diagnosed with metastatic … Continue reading

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Royal Glasshouses in Laeken Open to Raise Money For Queen’s Fund

  March 2, 2016 at 5:07 am by

The beautiful royal glasshouses of Laeken Palace, Brussels will be opened from April 15th to May 6th. A visit will cost 2,50 Euros. The proceeds will go to the Queen’s Fund, a foundation that helps Belgian families in need. Queen Fabiola left her entire estate to this fund, as became clear last month. The glasshouses were built by king Leopold II and store a remarkable collection of exotic plants and flowers. … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima Poses With Her Ladies

  March 2, 2016 at 4:55 am by

Queen Máxima of The Netherlands posed at her home, Villa Eikenhorst in Wassenaar, with her four ladies-in-waiting for  a special picture.  Since 2013 the number of ladies-in-waiting has been reduced as Queen Beatrix – as reigning monarch- needed more of them. King Willem-Alexander also posed for a photo with his 14 chambarlains. The ladies are, from left to right: Baroness M.L.A. (Bibi) van Zuylen van Nijevelt, née Jonkvrouwe den Beer … Continue reading

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Duke of Anjou and Duchess of Cadaval Take Daughter on First Ski Vacation

  March 2, 2016 at 4:29 am by

Prince Charles-Philippe d’Orléans, Duke of Anjou and his wife Diane, Duchess of Cadaval shared some phots of their skiing trip on social media. The Duke said it is the first time their daugher Princess Isabelle is learning to ski. The family went to the ski resort of Baqueira-Beret, in the Spanish Pyrenees. Although there was a lot of snow, the winter sun failed to get through. The duke, duchess and … Continue reading

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Mathilde Looks Lovely in Pink During Hospital Visit

  March 2, 2016 at 4:29 am by

Queen Mathilde of Belgium visited the Queen Astrid Military Hospital of Neder-over-Heembeek near Brussels. The Queen looked lovely in a pale pink outfit, probably by her favourite designer Natan. The 7th Queen of the Belgians got a tour of the hopital, mainly focussing on a center of burn wounds and a center for phychological care. The latter must have been interesting for the Queen, who studied psychology at the Catholic … Continue reading

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Haakon and Mette-Marit Visit Alna

  March 1, 2016 at 5:31 pm by

Crown Prince Haakon and  Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway visited the city of Alna today. They went to this city close to the Norwegian capital to open a new library and activity center. The couple met with toddlers from a local school, with whom they talked about books. The Crown Princess told the press she was impressed with the new library. She also added that she herself only became interested … Continue reading

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Princess Alexia Released From Hospital

  March 1, 2016 at 3:18 pm by

King Willem-Alexander posted some good news about his second daughter on Facebook: Princess Alexia has been released from hospital in Austria. He added she will now have to work on her rehabilitation and that she will be walking with the help of crutches for a while. The King also thanked everybody who shared their well wishes. The princess broke her leg last saturday during the family winter sport vacation in  … Continue reading

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Controversy Around Beatrix Sailboat Coninues: Costs Estimated at 1,5 Million Euros

  March 1, 2016 at 11:11 am by

The controversy around the maintenance costs of Princess Beatrix’s sail boat, the ‘Groene Draeck’ (Green Dragon), continues. Beatrix received the boat for her 18th birthday in 1957 from the Dutch state. The gift consisted of two parts: the boat itself and the promise to maintain the boat. Since a few years members of parliament have started to question the maintenance costs of the boat. They were considered too high and … Continue reading

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