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Greek Prince Wins School Drill

  February 28, 2016 at 3:19 pm by

Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece shared a photo of their eldest son Prince Constantine Alexios on instagram. A proud father revealed that the prince came 1st in a drill competition of Murray House at Wellington College. The boarding school is located in Berkshire, close to London. The school includes a golf course. The school was built to honour the Duke of Wellington. Queen Victoria opened the … Continue reading

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Discreet Spanish Royal Wedding

  February 28, 2016 at 2:31 pm by

Beltrán Gómez-Acebo y Borbón,  youngest son of Infanta Pilar of Spain, married his fiancée Andrea Pascual in a discreet ceremony this morning. The two married in the residence of Infanta Pilar in the Puarta de Hierro district of Madrid. The ceremony was kept small and only a few people attended. Among the guests were  the bride’s parents, Infanta Pilar, the Gómez-Acebo siblings and King Juan-Carlos, uncle of the groom. The … Continue reading

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Iñaki Testifies: “I Don’t Know”, “I Can’t Recall” and “I Suppose So”

  February 27, 2016 at 5:53 am by

Yesterday it was Iñaki’s turn to speak and defend himself. The borther-in-law of the Spanish King is facing trial for corruption. He and his business partner Diego Torres are suspectedof embazzling 6,2 million Euros. According to ‘El País’, Iñaki answered most questions with: “I don’t know”, “I can’t recall”or “I suppose so”. What he did remember and admit was that the real estate company Aizoon, owned by him and his … Continue reading

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Wedding Date and Location Set: June 18th at Beloeil Castle

  February 27, 2016 at 4:36 am by

According to the French blog ‘noblesse et royautés’, Princess Alix de Ligne and her fiancé Count Guillaume de Dampierre have set their wedding date. The religious wedding will be at June 18th 2016 at the bride’s family seat: Beloeil Castle close to Mons, Belgium. In an interview with French magazine ‘Point de Vue’, the Princess revealed that she will be wearing a dress from Belgian designer Gerald Watelet, a great … Continue reading

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Dracula’s Castle to Close Its Doors?

  February 26, 2016 at 7:29 pm by

The Romanian government has decided to end the lease of Bran Castle. The castle was once believed to be owned by Vlad III the Impaler, better known as ‘Dracula’. Bram Stoker uses the castle as the residence for his ‘Dracula’. In 1920 the castle became property of the Romanian royal family. It became a great favourite of Queen Marie, née Princess of Edinburgh. Her youngest daughter, princess Ileana inherited from … Continue reading

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Duke of Parma Did Want To Be In Touch With His Son After All

  February 26, 2016 at 6:51 pm by

The Duke of Parma, eldest son of Princess Irene of The Netherlands, will soon face his own son in court. The son, Carlos Hugo Klynstra (born in 1997), went to court to ask for a name change: he wants his father’s last name and title. Dutch Royalty magazine ‘Royalty’ made a reconstruction of the situation and came to some remarkable conclusions. Up to now it was generally assumed that Duke … Continue reading

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“Make Sure My Mother Won’t Be Forgotten”

  February 26, 2016 at 11:14 am by

Belgium’s King Albert II and Queen Paola received Jeannine Mottart at their private residence Belvédère in Laeken this week. The King spoke to Mottard about his mother Queen Astrid who died in a car accident in Küssnacht, Switzerland in 1935. This year Mrs . Mottard pays tribute to Astrid for the 7th time. After Mottard won her battle against cancer she decided to do something special. That is why she … Continue reading

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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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