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Sophie’s PR Firm Debts Officially Written Off

  July 19, 2009 at 11:44 am by

The ending of what has been a royal headache and unwanted negative attention has finally arrived. The Daily Mail is reporting that last week, the former RJ-H Public Relations company was officially ended, despite the more than £1.7 million in unpaid debts. RJ-H PR was founded in 1997 by Sophie Rhys-Jones, now the Countess of Wessex and wife of Prince Edward, the youngest son of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, … Continue reading

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King Mswati III Pays a Visit to Zambia

  July 18, 2009 at 12:01 pm by

King Mswati III of Swaziland has arrived in Zambia for a three-day visit. He is being hosted by the President of Zambia, Rupiah Banda, and the First Lady of Zambia, Thandiwe. Among the events planned for this official visit, is a tour of the Kansashi Copper Mines, according to a report from the Zambia Daily Mail. In addition to the tour of the copper mines, the King and the President … Continue reading

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Earl and Countess of Wessex Attend Opening of 80th Annual Kent County Show

  July 17, 2009 at 5:09 pm by

Despite the threat of rains, the annual Kent County Show opened today. The event was even more exciting this year, due to the visit from royalty. The Earl and Countess of Wessex arrived at the showgrounds at 10:00 this morning, where they were greeted by farmers and royal fans. The Wessexes were welcomed by George Jessel, the Deputy Lieutenant and Chair of the Kent County Agricultural Society. According to a … Continue reading

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Journalists in Swaziland Harassed

  July 17, 2009 at 4:40 pm by

The International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) has stated that journalists working for the Swazi Observer are being harassed by government authorities due to reports they wrote about the criminal behavior of the son of a prominent bishop, who happens to be an advisor to King Mswati III. In December 2008, the editor of the Swazi Observer was beaten and stabbed by the bishop’s son. Reporters from the Observer reported … Continue reading

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Countess of Wessex Visits Isle of Wight

  July 10, 2009 at 4:44 pm by

Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, visited the Isle of Wight on Thursday. She met with ambulance operators and volunteers, who provide first-aid support for the island’s residents. Young volunteers, who are known as Badgers and Cadets, demonstrated their knowledge of first-aid, radio and computer skills for the Countess. The Countess serves as Grand President of St. John’s Ambulance. The charity has centers all over the island, but only two ambulances … Continue reading

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Edward and Sophie Continue to Charm the People of Guernsey

  July 8, 2009 at 1:13 pm by

During day 2 of their visit to Guernsey, the Earl and Countess of Wessex spent time meeting and greeting the locals. They arrived to Sark by boat, and were taken to the top of the Harbour Hill where many residents and tourists eagerly awaited their arrival. Franny Currie, a 14 year-old visitor from Oxford, had the chance to speak with Edward. “I was very excited. I’ve never met a member … Continue reading

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Earl and Countess of Wessex Visit Guernsey

  July 7, 2009 at 5:47 pm by

Le Viaer Marchi, which translates as “the old market”, is an annual event on the island of Guernsey. It has been held for the past 30 years, but this year was a special year, as the event welcomed royal visitors, the Earl and Countess of Wessex. The Earl and Countess spent an evening at the fair, where they learned about traditional arts and crafts, and enjoyed the local cuisine. Earlier … Continue reading

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Countess of Wessex’s PR Firm Debt Not Fully Paid

  July 2, 2009 at 9:48 pm by

Documents have been released that show that Sophie Rhys-Jones, the Countess of Wessex, has paid only £5000 of the £1.7 million owed to creditors by her former public relations firm, according to a recent report in The Sun. Liquidators will officially close R-JH Public Relations by the end of this month. The firm owed £30,000 to HM Revenue and Customs, which will be written off. All outstanding debts will be … Continue reading

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Duke of Gloucester Honors Men and Women of the Royal Air Force

  July 2, 2009 at 1:12 pm by

The Duke of Gloucester paid a visit to the RAF Oldham recently, where he honored several members of the Royal Air Force with medals, commendations, and awards for length of service. The Duke serves as the Honorary Commodore for the RAF station, and is known for his commitment to honoring the men and women of the British military. According to an article from This Is Hampshire, the Duke said to … Continue reading

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Libyan President Honors King of Swaziland with Camels

  July 2, 2009 at 12:43 pm by

King Mswati III of Swaziland was given a present of six camels by Libyan president Muammar al Gaddafi as a token of friendship yesterday. The camels were flown to Swaziland via cargo plane, where they were greeted by the royal veterinarians and the King’s private secretary, according to an article in The Swazi Observer. The camels will stay in quarantine for 30 days, where they will be regularly monitored by … Continue reading

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Duke of Kent Helps to Modernize Wimbledon

  July 1, 2009 at 7:10 pm by

The scoreboards at Wimbledon have undergone a change. They are no longer listing the names of the players with “Miss” or “Mrs.” (or even Ms.). In the past, female players have been listed with “Mrs.” or “Miss” before their names on the scoreboards, but men have never had a title before their names. A spokesman for the prestigious tennis tournament said, “We decided to bring it in line with the … Continue reading

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Lady Helen Taylor and Giorgio Armani End Partnership

  June 30, 2009 at 8:52 pm by

For the past 17 years, Lady Helen Taylor has been serving as the fashion ambassador and muse to designer Giorgio Armani. The partnership began in 1992, when Armani designed a wedding outfit for the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Kent, who was then known as Lady Helen Windsor. In addition to working as a fashion ambassador, Lady Helen was a constant presence at the many Armani runway shows … Continue reading

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Duke and Duchess of Gloucester’s South Pacific Visit Costs Revealed

  June 29, 2009 at 6:23 pm by

Last August, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester took a trip to the nation of Tonga in order to be present for the coronation ceremony of King George Tupou V. They also visited the Solomon Islands. It is now revealed that the cost to fly the Duke and Duchess to the South Pacific was £149,413, according to an article by the Press Association. The information was revealed in a report … Continue reading

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Michael Jackson Promised King Mswati III a Disney-style Theme Park for Swaziland

  June 28, 2009 at 4:16 pm by

In 1998, pop star Michael Jackson visited the Kingdom of Swaziland on a business trip, where he filmed a video. During the visit, the now-deceased Jackson met with King Mswati III and the Swazi royal family. Among other things, one of the ideas discussed during the visit was a Disneyland-style theme park that Jackson would build in Swaziland, according to an article in the Times of Swaziland. The theme park … Continue reading

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Duke and Duchess of Gloucester Honor Veterans, Active Military During Armed Forces Day

  June 27, 2009 at 10:53 am by

Today, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, along with Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and his wife, Sarah, attended the very first Armed Forces Day celebrations at the Historic Dockyard, in Chatham, Kent. This is not the first time that Great Britain has honored the military; the event was previously known as Veteran’s Day. The name has been changed to Armed Forces Day, in order to include the thousands of men … Continue reading

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Queen Margrethe and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark in the Traditional Clothing of Greenland

  June 23, 2009 at 7:55 pm by

During the recent trip to Greenland, Queen Margrethe and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark showed their close ties to the newly-independent nation by wearing traditional Inuit clothing. The Daily Telegraph of Australia has featured a photo of the Queen and Princess in the clothing, and briefly mentions that it is a big departure from the typical attire that royals usually wear. It is indeed a big change from gala dresses … Continue reading

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Duke and Duchess of Gloucester Pay Tribute to Fallen Soldiers at Armed Forces Memorial

  June 21, 2009 at 5:30 pm by

On Saturday, June 20, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester attended a memorial service dedicated to the 66 servicemen and women who lost their lives in 2008. The service was held at the Armed Forces Memorial in the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire. It was attended by the families of the deceased, the Duke and Duchess, and the Defense Minister, Baroness Ann Taylor, according to the BBC. The memorial … Continue reading

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Deterioration of Former Royal Residence Causes Visit By Swazi King To Be Cancelled

  June 21, 2009 at 4:58 pm by

Old Bulawayo, the last royal residence of King Lobengula, was named as Zimbabwe’s “first cultural theme park” in 2006, but has deteriorated so much in just three years that it prompted Zimbabwean officials to cancel King Mswati III’s planned visit to the site earlier this month. The site was rebuilt in a manner similar to King Zwelithini’s residence in South Africa in the hopes of attracting tourism to the Zimbabwe, … Continue reading

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Danish Princesses Dazzle During Prince Henrik’s 75th Birthday Celebrations

  June 18, 2009 at 3:23 pm by

The royal birthday celebrations began with a luncheon aboard the royal yacht, Dannebrog. Even though the day was grey and the weather rainy, the two princesses dazzled Danish royal watchers who had gathered to see the guests board the yacht. First to arrive was Princess Marie, who gave birth just slightly over one month ago. She looked slim and elegant in a soft grey jacket, which she paired with crisp … Continue reading

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Duchess of Gloucester Charms Exhibitors at Mobility Roadshow

  June 17, 2009 at 7:21 pm by

Princess Birgitte, the Duchess of Gloucester, recently paid a visit to the annual Mobility Roadshow. The roadshow featured exhibits and information from manufacturers of wheelchairs and other devices designed to help with mobility. While at the exhibition, the Duchess was presented with a teddy bear from a young boy named Dillon, according to a report from This is West Country. The Duchess was so charmed by Dillon, and even named … Continue reading

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