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Prince Alexis zu Windisch-Graetz Tragically Died

  February 10, 2010 at 6:01 am by

HSH Prince Alexis zu Windisch-Graetz has died yesterday in San Sebastiano Hospital in Caserta, Italy, for the injuries suffered in a car crash he was involved in one week ago. The 18-years-old Prince was driving his car in a street near to Sant’Angelo di Alife, a small town where his family owns a palace, the night of Thursday 4 February; due to the slippery road conditions, the driver of another … Continue reading

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Funeral of Archduchess Regina

  February 10, 2010 at 5:31 am by

The funeral of HI&RH Archduchess Regina of Austria, Princess of Hungary, took place yesterday morning, at 10.30am, at the Parish Church of St. Pius in Pöcking, Bavaria. The Archduchess died last Wednesday in Villa Austria, in Pöcking, the home where she lived since 1954 with her husband, Archduke Otto, the eldest son and heir of Emperor Karl I and Empress Zita of Austria. The ceremony was attended by the seven … Continue reading

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Archduchess Regina Will Be Burried In Veste Heldburg

  February 4, 2010 at 8:14 am by

Newspaper ‘Die Presse’ has released some more details about the upcoming funeral of Archduchess Regina of Austria, who died yesterday morning in Pöcking, Bavaria at the age of 85. From Saturday February 6th to Monday February 8th archduchess Regina will lie in state in the church of Sankt Ulrich in Pöcking. On Tuesday Walter Mixa, the bishop of Augsburg, will hold a Requiem in Pöcking, in the memory of the … Continue reading

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Archduchess Regina Passed Away

  February 3, 2010 at 7:44 am by

Archduchess Regina of Austria, wife of the head of the Austrian imperial family, Archduke Otto, has died this morning in the family house in Pöcking near the Lake Starnberg in Bavaria, Germany.  The 85 year old archduchess died peacefully at 08.40 AM, with several members of the family present, according to a spokesperson of the family. Her eldest son, archduke Karl comments: ‘My mother was an example to all of … Continue reading

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Princess Astrid Takes Over Aunt’s Charity

  January 27, 2010 at 11:25 am by

Earlier this month, Queen Fabiola of the Belgians gave up her patronage of the the ‘Damiaanactie’ as her health prevents her from getting actually involved with the cause. The queen was involved with the Damiaanactie since 1965. On Monday the palace announced that Princess Astrid will be taking over the patronage from her aunt, and that the princess will become the charity’s new honorairy chairwoman. The upcoming weekend the annual … 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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Archduchess Fransesca Receives Golden Order of Merit

  December 1, 2009 at 1:29 pm by

On November 25th, Archduchess Francesca of Austria (née baroness Thyssen-Bornemisza) was honored with the order of Golden Merit of the province of Vienna, Austria. The Archduchess who is married to the heir of the cheif of the House of Habsburg, Austria’s former Imperial family, received the order from the Andreas Mailath-Pokorny. She recveived the order for her work with the foundation “Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary”. Apart from her husband Karl, their … Continue reading

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Archduke Otto turns 97

  November 20, 2009 at 2:12 pm by

Archduke Otto of Austria, Royal Prince of Hungary and Bohemia, former Head of the Austrian Imperial Family from 1922 until his abdication in 2007, turns 97 years old today. He was born on 20 November 1912 at Villa Wartholtz in Reichenau, the eldest child of Archduke Karl and Archduchess Zita. Archduke Karl (1887-1922) was the eldest son of Archduke Otto (1865-1906, nephew of Emperor Franz Josef) and Archduchess Maria Josepha … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals gather for The King’s Feast

  November 16, 2009 at 1:02 pm by

Belgian Royals celebrated The King’s Feast (Koningsfeest in Dutch and Féte du Roi in French) on November 15 – a day that has been marked by celebrations in honour of the Belgian Monarch since 1866. Crown Prince Philippe, Princess Mathilde, Prince Laurent, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz and Queen Fabiola were all present. The celebrations started with a Service at Brussels Cathedral, which was attended by all members of the Royal … Continue reading

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Members Belgian Royal Family attend the Autumn Concert

  October 29, 2009 at 8:35 pm by

The King, the Queen, Princess Astrid, Prince Laurent and Princess Claire attended the Autumn Concert at the Royal Palace in Brussels yesterday. The Autumn Concert is organized in collaboration with the Festival of Flanders and the Festival of the Walloon Region. The Festival of the Walloon Region (Festival de Wallonie) is an annual event that offers 70 concerts in 4 parts of the Walloon Region and in Brussels. The common … Continue reading

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Queen Paola With Grand Children To the Circus

  October 29, 2009 at 7:41 am by

Yesterday Queen Paola of the Belgians took four of her grand children to the circus Bouglione (near the Anatomium) in Brussels to celebrate the 50th anniversary of “L’Oeuvre des Berceaux Princesse Paola / Het Werk Der Wiegjes Prinses Paola” . The queen, accompanied by her daughter princess Astrid and her daughter-in-law princess Claire, took four of her grand children along: princess Laeticia Marie (daughter of princess Astrid) and princess Louise, … Continue reading

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Elderly Grand Duke attends Concert with Children

  October 28, 2009 at 11:03 pm by

Grand Duke Jean yesterday attended a concert held by the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra. The 88-year-old Grand Duke was accompanied by his five children: HRH The Grand Duke of Luxembourg, HIRH Archduchess Marie Astrid of Austria, HRH Prince Jean, HRH Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein and HRH Prince Guillaume. The concert was held in homage to HRH the late Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte, Grand Duke Jean’s wife. The Grand Duchess died in January … Continue reading

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Archduchess Gabriela appointed as Georgian Ambassador

  October 28, 2009 at 5:53 pm by

Archduchess Gabriela of Austria will be appointed as Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Germany by the Georgian President Mikhael Saakachvili; now her appointment has to be approved by the Georgian Parliament. The Archduchess, who is a Georgian citizen since 2007, will replace the present Ambassador Levan Duchidze. The reasons of the appointment of Archduchess Gabriela have been explained by Akaki Minashvili, Georgian Member of the Parliament and Chairman of Committee … Continue reading

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Royal Attendance in Monaco for Cancer Gala

  October 13, 2009 at 1:06 am by

Last Friday, October 9th, members of several royal houses descended upon the tiny principality of Monaco to attend the European Organization for the Research and Treatment of Cancer gala. HSH Prince Albert II, the Sovereign Prince of Monaco played host to HRH The Crown Princess of Sweden, TRH Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz of Belgium, and TRH Prince Guillaume and Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg for the charity gala, which was … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals open ‘Son of Heaven’ Exhibition

  October 9, 2009 at 11:22 am by

On October 8, the royal family, including Princess Maria Laura, daughter of Princess Astrid, attended the opening of the prestigious “Son of Heaven” exhibition at the Palace of the Fine Arts in Brussels. It is the opening exhibition of the cultural festival Europalia China. The King and Queen opened the exhibition in the presence of the Vice President of China, Xi Jinping. Prince Philippe, Princess Mathilde, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz, … Continue reading

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Princess Mathilde launches European Cancer Prevention Plan

  September 29, 2009 at 3:35 pm by

Princess Mathilde attended the launch of the European Partnership to Fight Cancer in the period 2009-2013, today in Brussels, at the invitation of José Manuel Barrosso, the President of the European Commission. She was welcomed to the convention by the Commissioner for Health, Androulla Vassiliou. At the meeting, the Princess gave a speech, in which she emphasised that cancer is a widespread disease, which is very difficult to fight, but … Continue reading

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Archduke Rudolph turns 90

  September 5, 2009 at 3:39 am by

His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Rudolph of Austria turns 90 years old today. He was born in Nyon, in Switzerland, where his family was living in exile after the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, on 5th September 1919, the sixth child and fifth son of Emperor Karl I of Austria and his wife Empress Zita, born Princess of Bourbon-Parma. Archduke Rudolph married firstly in 1953 in New York Countess … Continue reading

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These days in History – August 11-14

  August 15, 2009 at 12:57 am by

Many interesting historical events happened on August 11 – 14: legendary battles, death of the most famous woman in history, first and last days for a number of Monarchs… If you want to learn what important things happened in (royal) History on these August days, read on.   August 11, 2492 BC – The defeat of Bel by Hayk and founding of the Armenian nation The legend of Hayk, as … Continue reading

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Belgian royals out in full force to celebrate National Day

  July 21, 2009 at 2:27 pm by

The Belgian royal family was out in full force to celebrate this year’s National Day. On the evening of June 20, King Albert, Queen Paola, Queen Fabiola, Prince Philippe, Princess Mathilde, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz, Prince Laurent and Princess Claire attended the concert “Preludium to the National Day”, organized at the Palace of Fine Arts by the Natiolan Belgian Orchestra. The royal ladies were at their best, as usual. Princess … Continue reading

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Belgian Dotation System Revised

  July 4, 2009 at 2:41 pm by

The Belgian government had appointed a parliamentary commission to discuss the dotation system of the Belgian royals. Every now and then, word came out that the commission wanted to strip Princess Astrid and Prince Laurent of their dotation, but up until now there had been no formal declaration regarding the matter. On July 2, the commission finally came up with a final compromise. The current system of dotations will be … Continue reading

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