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Queen Beatrix Gets United In Freedom

  January 27, 2010 at 11:13 am by

On Monday, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands attended the meeting ‘In vrijheid verbonden’ (united in freedom) in Utrecht. The meeting was first organised during Queen beatrix’ 25th jubilee in 2005, to focus on the religious and cultural variety of The Netherlands. During Monday’s meeting six different religious groups asked for attention for tolerance and respect for the differences between people. Representatives from the Jewish community, Buddhism, Christianity, Hindoeism, Humanism and … Continue reading

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Grand Duke Jean Receives Award

  January 27, 2010 at 10:54 am by

On Monday, Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg received the award ‘Help for Nature 2009’. The award was handed over to him in the Museum of Natural History in Luxembourg City. The grand duke received the awards for his all the years that the grand duke was involved in the preservation of nature. On the official website of the Grand Ducal family it is said that the former monarch is a … Continue reading

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Gossip Magazine Corrects Rumours About Willem-Alexander’s Skating Tour

  January 27, 2010 at 10:33 am by

Dutch gossip magazine ‘Privé’ has to correct their article of last week in which they said that the prince did not skate the complete eleven city skating tour in 1986. Their source was a republican from Drachten, Mr. Lutzen Haak who was annoyed by the ‘hero status’ that the prince got from the tour. However, the two security men who skated the tour with the prince, Anne Folkertsma and Jantinus … Continue reading

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Death of Count Christian of Castell-Rüdenhausen

  January 27, 2010 at 10:17 am by

On January 21st Count Christian of Castell-Rüdenhausen passed away after a long illness at the age of 57. Count Christian will be burried tomorrow. Since 1982 the count lived in the castle of Twickel in Delden, The Netherlands. He inherited the castle from a great aunt, the last lady of Twicke, baroness Marie van Heeckeren van Wassenaer. She put the estate and the castle in a foundation, under the express … Continue reading

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No Marital Problems For Prince Laurent And Princess Claire

  January 27, 2010 at 9:50 am by

‘La Libre’ reports that the royal palace categorically denies the rumours about a seperation of prince Laurent and princess Claire, which are circulation in the Belgian press and on the internet. In last week’s editition of the Belgian ‘Paris Match’, Father Gilbert, the man who married Laurent and Claire, is interviewed. He tells the magazine that he is not allarmed at all and that the problems between Laurent and Claire … Continue reading

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Requiem Mass For King Louis XVI

  January 27, 2010 at 9:29 am by

On January 21st, it was exactly 216 years ago that King Louis XVI was guillotined in front of a cheering crowd at the place de la revolution (now place de la Concorde). To commemorate his death, a requiem mass was held in the church of Saint Germain l’Auxerrois by Monseigneur Renauld de Dinechin. The reqieum mass was attended by a lot of people, among them the count of Paris, pretender … Continue reading

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Prince Constantijn Will Start Working For Euro Commissioner Neelie Kroes

  January 27, 2010 at 8:49 am by

Prince Constantijn of The Netherlands, youngest son of Queen Beatrix, has a new job. The prince will be working for Euro Commissioner Neelie Kroes (Digital Agenda). He was hired for his experience in telecommunication and IT. At the moment the prince is the head of the Information Policy and Economics department of the RAND Institute. Here he mainly focusses on e-governance. Recently he published the report: ‘Towards a Digital Europe, … Continue reading

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Engagement For Duchess Tatiana of Oldenburg

  January 27, 2010 at 8:28 am by

Ten days ago the French newspaper ‘Le Figaro’ announced the engagement between Duchess Tatiana of Oldenburg and the French count Axel de Chavagnac. Duchess Tatiana is the youngest daughter of duke Johann of Oldenburg and countess Ilka of Ortenberg. Her elder sister Eilika married Archduke Georg of Austria in 1997. The Chavagnac’s are an old noble family from the Haute-Auvergne. A few years ago, Duchess Tatiana was engaged to prince … Continue reading

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And Another One…

  January 6, 2010 at 8:41 am by

After several death threats against Queen Fabiola in the last week, today the newspaper La Dernière Heure reports that last night another letter was found at the post sorting center in Anderlecht (Brussels). According to the newspaper the letter is identical to the one they received two days ago. The police of Brussels South picked up the letter and started an investigation. Meanwhile,the police says they tightened the security of … Continue reading

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Neighbours Invite Queen Beatrix For Coffee

  January 5, 2010 at 9:42 pm by

Dutch television programme RTL Boulevard has checked the neighbourhood of Queen Beatrix to see how well the neighbours know each other and the queen. During her Christmas message queen Beatrix mentioned that these days sometimes even neighbours are strangers for each other: ‘you speak to each other without a conversation, you look at each other without seeing’. The programme interviewed the neighbours of the queen, if they ever went for … Continue reading

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Japenese Royals Start the New Year With Cheers

  January 5, 2010 at 9:09 pm by

The Japanese Royal Family marked the new year in several ways. On January 1st the Imperial Household Agency released several family pictures that were taken earlier in December. The pictures show the emperor and the empress, surrounded by their sons Naruhito and Akishino with their families. On saturday the Imperial family appeared at the bullet proof balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, where they were cheered at by a … Continue reading

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Photo Exposition About Queen Beatrix At Soestdijk Palace

  January 5, 2010 at 8:37 pm by

This year Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands will celebrate her 30th year on the throne. To pay some special attention to the queen, palace Soestdijk will host a photo exposition from 5 January to 4 April of this year. The palace was the home where Beatrix grew up with her sisters. The website of the museums says: it was a home where they played, homework was made and where statesmen … Continue reading

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Prince Laurent Calls Court Advisor ‘Rasputin’

  January 5, 2010 at 8:21 pm by

In an interview with the newspaper ‘Het Laatste Nieuws’ on Thursday 31 December, prince Laurent of Belgium made another remarkable comment. In the interview he calls the chief advisor of his father, cabinet chef Jacques van Ypersele de Strihou ‘a Rasputin’. The prince reveals: ‘He interferes with everything, wants to decide everything. But in the end he does not solve anything. You know, every king has his Rasputin. However, such … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling Visit Troops in Afghanistan

  January 5, 2010 at 8:04 pm by

On Sunday Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and her fiance Daniel Westling paid an unannounced visit to the Swedish and Finnish troops in Afghanistan. Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reports that the spokes person of the palace, Nina Eldh told them that the visit was unannounced due to security reasons. The couple visited the militairy base Northern Light in Mazar-i-Sharif, where 500 Swedish troops are stationed. On the base the crown … Continue reading

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Lower Dotations for Belgian Royals

  January 5, 2010 at 12:45 pm by

The economic crisis also hit the royal court in Brussels, as for the first time in the history of the Belgian royal family, the royal dotations will be lowered during the term of a present government. For 2010, the dotations of members of the royal family will decrease by 2,67%, for 2011 this number will be decreased by 4,01%. This means that next year prince Philippe will have 85.000 Euros … Continue reading

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1,8 Million Viewers For ‘Bernhard, Scoundrel of Orange’

  January 5, 2010 at 12:33 pm by

The first episode of the television series ‘Bernhard, schavuit van Oranje’ (Bernhard, Scoundrel of Orange), about the late prince Bernhard of The Netherlands attracted more than 1,8 million viewers yesterday. According to the scenario writer Tomas Ross, three other episodes will follow. In each episode another woman in the life of the prince will be highlighted. In the first episode it was the mother of the prince, Princess Armgard of … Continue reading

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New Death Threats For Queen Fabiola

  January 5, 2010 at 11:48 am by

It became clear yesterday, that Queen Fabiola received two more death threats in the last week, the newspapr La Dernière Heure and the television station VTM received new death threats adressed to the widow of the late king Baudouin. Yesterday the newspaper La Dernière Heure received a postcard on which a coffin was drawn, with the text “more than 7 months to live…” The card was sent in an envelope … Continue reading

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Duchess of Württemberg Made a Knight in The Légion d’Honneur

  January 5, 2010 at 11:39 am by

According to the blog ‘Noblesse & Royautés’, the Duchess of Württemberg has been made a knight in the Légion d’Honneur on January 1st 2010. According to the website the duchess was elevated into the ranks of the knights for 38 years of dedication to artistic and associative activities. The duchess of Württemberg was born as princess Diane Françoise Maria da Gloria of France and is the daughter of the late … Continue reading

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Best Wishes for the New Year from the Duke of Vendôme

  January 5, 2010 at 11:16 am by

On his forum for the association ‘Gens de France’, the duke of Vendôme, 2nd son of the pretender to the French throne, wishes everybody a happy 2010. He calls 2009 a year of great events: his engagement and wedding to the Spanish Philomena de Tornos y Steinhart, followed by the birth and baptism of his son prince Gaston. He also refers to the presentation of his book ‘Un Prince Français’. … Continue reading

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Dom Duarte: ‘Portugal is Sick and Abused’

  December 1, 2009 at 1:43 pm by

On December 1st, Portugal celebrates the day the country becoming independent from Spain again in 1640, the day the Habsburg monarch was desposed and replaced by the duke of Bragança, who became King of Portugal. Today, 369 years later, the present Duke of Bragança uses this day to write a message to the country that his anscestors ruled. In his message, the Duke says among other things that Portugal is … Continue reading

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