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Countess of Wessex Announces Upcoming Visit to Isle of Wight; Presents an Award to Top Chef

  June 16, 2009 at 6:04 pm by

Sophie Rhys-Jones, the Countess of Wessex, will visit the Isle of Wight in early July, according to an article in the County Press Online. Her visit will be short, but very busy. The Countess will visit St. Catherine’s school, where she will meet students who are in the speech therapy, learning, and training sessions offered by the school. She will also have the opportunity to see and learn about the … Continue reading

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Prince Michael of Kent Tours Alberta Aviation Museum

  June 13, 2009 at 9:40 am by

On Thursday, Prince Michael of Kent was invited to be the guest of honor at the Alberta Aviation Museum in Canada. It was a very special visit for the Prince, who also happens to be a pilot, and an enthusiastic fan of aviation history. During his tour, Prince Michael was able to practice his flying on a DC-6 flight simulator, which featured technology developed exclusively by the Alberta Aviation Museum. … Continue reading

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Duchess of Gloucester Gives Royal Send-off to British Warship

  June 11, 2009 at 6:40 pm by

HRH Princess Richard, who is better known as the Duchess of Gloucester, gave a royal send-off to warship the HMS Gloucester, in Portsmouth today. She was welcomed warmly by the sailors on the ship, according to an article in The News. The Duchess took the time to greet and speak with the sailors, providing what was referred to by Lieutenant Commander Douggie Ward as a “morale booster”. The HMS Gloucester … Continue reading

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Princess Alexandra of Kent Receives Royal Welcome In Cornwall

  June 9, 2009 at 7:11 pm by

Princess Alexandra of Kent, the Honourable Lady Ogilvy, received a warm welcome as she arrived at the Royal Cornwall Show last Saturday afternoon. This year is the 216th year of the agricultural show, and the fifth time that the princess has taken part in the festivities; her last visit was in 2005. The three day event covers nearly all aspects of agriculture, and has grown to include a motor fair, … Continue reading

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Countess of Wessex Continues To Shine During Official Visit to Canada

  June 7, 2009 at 2:59 pm by

During the past two days, Sophie Rhys-Jones, who is better known as the Countess of Wessex, has been very busy. She has participated in ceremonies honoring police and the military. Her whirlwind schedule continued today as she participated in church services at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, according to an article in the Edmonton Journal. The Countess read from the Book of Isaiah during the Sunday morning service. Shortly before the … Continue reading

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Princess Kiko of Japan Elegantly Combines Western and Traditional Styles During Danube Visit

  June 7, 2009 at 10:21 am by

Last month, Prince Akishino of Japan, and his wife Princess Kiko enjoyed a two-week visit to central and eastern Europe in honor of the 140th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan, Austria and Hungary. The prince and princess also traveled to Bulgaria and Romania, in honor of the 50 years of diplomacy between these two nations and Japan. The elegant 42 year-old princess was the very image … Continue reading

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Countess of Wessex Honors Veterans at D-Day Ceremony

  June 6, 2009 at 10:01 pm by

During day 2 of her Canadian visit, Sophie Rhys-Jones, the Countess of Wessex, visited with World War II veterans at the an event honoring the 65th anniversary of D-Day at the Military Museum in Calgary. The Countess is currently visiting Canada with her husband, Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex. She has been busy with engagements of her own, including today’s event at the museum, which was attended by over … Continue reading

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Meet the Stylists Who Help Crown Princess Mary Shine

  June 6, 2009 at 8:29 pm by

From the moment that her engagement to Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark was announced, Mary Donaldson has evolved from a sporty Tasmanian girl into one of the most elegant women in the world. She is known for her glamourous, beautiful style that often involves very tailored and streamlined clothing. As the patron of Danish fashion, Crown Princess Mary favors Danish designers such as By Malene Birger, Heartmade, Stories by Rikke … Continue reading

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King Mswati III of Swaziland Wraps Up Visit to Zimbabwe

  June 6, 2009 at 3:30 pm by

King Mswati III of Swaziland ended his three-day visit to Zimbabwe with visits to a dairy plant and a vehicle factory. He was in Zimbabwe in an effort to strengthen ties and friendship between the two African nations. During his visit, he met with Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, and called for an end to what he termed, “illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by some western countries”, according to Zimbabwean newspaper, … Continue reading

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Countess of Wessex Honors Police, Military During Royal Visit to Canada

  June 6, 2009 at 2:50 pm by

Sophie Rhys-Jones, who is better known as the Countess of Wessex, is currently enjoying a whirlwind visit to Canada with her husband, Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex. While her husband has been very busy with several engagements, Sophie hasn’t exactly been sitting around. Yesterday, she presented OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino a certificate of registration for an official tartan for the police force, according to an article in the Toronto … Continue reading

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King Mswati III of Swaziland Visits Zimbabwe

  June 4, 2009 at 6:33 pm by

King Mswati III of Swaziland is currently on a visit to Zimbabwe in an effort to strengthen relations between the two African nations. The king, along with his wife and Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, toured a farm that is the site of a new silo project, according to a report in Zimbabwean newspaper, The Herald. President Mugabe praised the king’s visit, saying that it was “rare and historic”, while also … Continue reading

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Pressure From Loyalists to Drop Newspaper Column?

  May 3, 2009 at 11:02 am by

A popular weekly column in the Times of Swaziland newspaper has recently been dropped. The column was written by Mfomfo Nkambule, and often included criticism of the government and the rule of King Mswati III, the last absolute monarch in Africa. The managing editor, Martin Dlamini, denies this and states that the reason for the column’s removal is that the paper is in the process of “structural adjustments of its … Continue reading

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New Trend at the Kentucky Derby: Recycling

  May 2, 2009 at 10:34 am by

Each year, on the first Saturday in May, thousands of people pour into Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, to see the Kentucky Derby. Millions of people throughout the world will watch the race on television. It is often dubbed, “the most exciting two minutes in sports”. This event is perhaps the most prestigious and well-known in US horse racing. In addition to the beautiful horses, the event is typically associated … Continue reading

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Marie-Chantal of Greece Opens New Boutique

  April 30, 2009 at 7:34 pm by

Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece opened a new boutique in Beverly Hills earlier this week. This is the third US boutique for the talented children’s clothing designer, who has three other boutiques in London and Greece. The event was quite the star-studded occasion, drawing celebrities Minnie Driver and Sharon Stone, according to a new article in Hello! Magazine. The night before the boutique opening, a dinner was given in honor … Continue reading

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Examining the Role of European Monarchy in the Modern World

  April 29, 2009 at 2:44 pm by

In today’s world, where monarchies are the exception rather than the norm, the question of the relevancy of royalty often comes up. And just as the governments throughout the world are diverse in their styles of governing, so are the duties of the various royal families. Some serve as a figurehead, with minimal legislative duties, such as King Carl Gustaf of Sweden, while others exercise absolute rule over their kingdoms, … Continue reading

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The Princess Royal Attends Charity Lunch in Wales

  April 26, 2009 at 3:57 pm by

Anne, the Princess Royal attended the annual charity lunch for Save the Children, a 90 year-old children’s charity in Cardiff, Wales, where she spoke to 500 guests, according to Walesonline.co.uk. The princess recognized the hard work that has been done by the many supporters of Save the Children. The other speaker at the event was Victor Spinetti, an Italian immigrant who walked to Wales in search of employment. One of … Continue reading

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New Cooperation Between Swaziland and Ethiopia

  April 26, 2009 at 11:51 am by

King Mswati III of Swaziland recently met with the Ethiopian ambassador, who hopes to strengthen the relationship between the two countries, according to Waltainfo.com. The king hopes that the two countries will sign an economic agreement that will solidify Swaziland and Ethiopia’s desire to work together to promote tourism and other interests. This might seem like an odd pairing, especially since the two countries are nowhere near each other geographically, … Continue reading

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Katie Price, AKA Jordan, and Her New Royal Friend

  April 19, 2009 at 11:05 am by

In a new article in the Daily Mail, Jordan, the British glamour model and equestrian enthusiast, has struck up another royal connection: Zara Phillips, the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth, and daughter of Princess Anne, the princess royal. According to Jordan, Zara Phillips has been her friend ever since the two met last year at the Burghley Horse Trials. This is not the first time that Jordan has mingled with royalty. … Continue reading

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King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie Visit Crete

  April 17, 2009 at 10:50 pm by

Last Thursday, the former king and queen of Greece paid a visit to the isle of Crete, where they caught up with friends, and enjoyed the beauty of the the island. It has been 40 years since Constantine’s last visit to Crete, and he reminisced about his previous visit, while taking a keen interest in seeing how the island had changed. In addition to sightseeing, Constantine and Anne-Marie enjoyed spending … Continue reading

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Princess Claire of Belgium: Six years of royal style

  April 11, 2009 at 11:40 am by

In April 2003, Prince Laurent of Belgium married Miss Claire Coombs, a British-born surveyor, who has been living in Belgium since the age of three. Since her engagement and wedding to Prince Laurent, Princess Claire has shown that she is partial to a relaxed, yet elegant style. She is a low-key, yet beautiful princess who seems happiest when she is with her family. Congratulations to Laurent and Claire on their … Continue reading

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