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Who Stole Marie Antoinette’s Watch? And Then Brought It Back?

  April 29, 2009 at 5:17 am by

It was a crime worthy of a 007 spy or a Pink Panther villain. On Friday, April 15 1983, the LA Mayer Museum for Islamic Art in Jerusalem, Israel, closed early for the Sabbath. It was scheduled to open the next day. The guards on duty locked the building and settled in for a long night. The next morning they discovered that a gallery containing a collection of antique watches … Continue reading

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Astrid and Lorenz at Para-Equestrian Tournament

  April 20, 2009 at 2:21 pm by

Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz of Belgium attended the International Paralympic Competition organized by the non-profit-making association “Quadrille” in Moorsele on Sunday 19 April, at the riding school “Zilveren Spoor” (the Silver Spur). The Princess was very impressed with the rider’s performance. She and her husband enjoyed extensive talks with the athletes and spectators, and they also visited the stables. See here for a summary of Princess Astrid and Prince … Continue reading

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Princess Astrid on RBM Tour – Part 3

  April 1, 2009 at 4:30 pm by

Princess Astrid, Special Representative of the Roll Back Malaria programme of the UN, is on a week-long visit to Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar. Today, 1 April, the Princess left Saudi Arabia and moved on to the UAE. She started her visit in Abu Dhabi, with a visit to Minister of Health, Humaid Mohammed Obaid al Qattami, to discuss the UAE’s strategy in eradicating the disease. Princess Astrid praised the … Continue reading

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Princess Astrid on RBM Tour – Part 2

  April 1, 2009 at 2:11 pm by

Princess Astrid of Belgium, Special Representative to Roll Back Malaria (RBM) is on a tour of a week in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE, to promote consciousness of malaria and how it can be prevented. Last Sunday, 29 March, the Princess met with Prince Alwaleed and his wife, Princess Amira at his office in the Kingdom Tower in Riyadh. Prince Alwaleed and Princess Amira hosted a luncheon for the … Continue reading

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Princess Astrid on RBM tour

  March 28, 2009 at 6:18 pm by

On 27 March, Princess Astrid, Special Representative for Roll Back Malaria, left on a visit around Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to raise consciousness in these countries about the devastating consequences of malaria, and how this disease can easily be prevented. She is accompanied by Prof. Dr. Awa Coll-Seck. On her first day, she met with Saudi Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, President of the Saudi … Continue reading

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Busy Belgians

  March 28, 2009 at 5:09 pm by

It has been a busy time for the Belgian Royals these past few days. While Princess Mathilde returned from the economic mission in Mexico, Prince Philippe travelled on to Panama for the second part of the mission. On 26 March he met Panama’s President Martin Torrijos at the Presidential Palace in Panama City. On his second and last day in Panama, the Prince visited an energy plant in Colon City, … Continue reading

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Bavarian Princess and Austrian Prince To Wed

  March 24, 2009 at 5:07 am by

As is reported on the royalty page of Netty Leistra: princess Alice of Bavaria will marry the Austrian prince Lukas of Auersperg on August 29 2009. Princess Alice is the second of the five children of prince Luitpold of Bavaria and Beatrix Wiegland. Her father is second in the Bavarian succession, after duke Max in Bavaria. Prince Lukas is the eldest of the four children of prince Andreas of Auersperg … Continue reading

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Austria’s Last Empress Died 20 Years Ago

  March 14, 2009 at 10:35 am by

On 14 March 1989 Austria’s last empress died in Ziziers, Switzerland. She was born on 9 May 1892 in Pianore, Italy as Princess Zita Maria della Grazie Adelgonda Micaela Raffaela Gabriella Giuseppina Antonia Luisa Agnese of Bourbon-Parma, one of the 24 children of Roberto I, the last reigning Duke of Parma by his second wife Princess Antonia of Portugal. In 1911 she married Archduke Charles (Karl) of Austria, heir to … Continue reading

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Princess Astrid continues to represent Roll Back Malaria Partnership

  March 14, 2009 at 6:18 am by

The Belgian Royal Family is proud to announce on their website that Princess Astrid, only daughter of King Albert II, will continue to be a Goodwill Ambassador for the Roll Back Malaria programme of the WHO, UNICEF and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Her term will be extended with another two years – so the Princess said herself last Friday. Her new term will begin at the end of … Continue reading

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Princess Astrid and prince Laurent Keep Their Donation – For Now

  March 10, 2009 at 5:29 pm by

The chairman of the Belgian senate, Armand de Decker (Walloon liberals), who is a member of the commission of parliamentarians who are researching the donation of the Belgian royal family, denies that princess Astrid and prince Laurent will not receive a donation anymore. Newspaper De Standaard reports that he also is critical of Pol van den Driessche, a Flemish Christian democrat who also is a member of the commission that … Continue reading

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Belgian Feast Year 2009

  March 1, 2009 at 2:41 pm by

It will be an especially festive year for the Belgian Royal family. The festivities started with the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of King Albert I’s death, and the 100th anniversary of his accession to the throne, on February 17. Then there is the golden wedding anniversary of King Albert II and Queen Paola on 2 July. As everyone knows, this marriage knew its ups and downs. Both spouses had … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals attend Mass in remembrance of the deceased family members

  February 23, 2009 at 3:20 pm by

On 17 February, the Belgian Royal family gathered at the Church of Laeken to attend the annual Mass in honour of all deceased family members. Not only the King and Queen were present, but also Prince Philippe, Princess Mathilde, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz and Princess Claire. This year, the mass was held especially in commemoration of King Albert I, who died 75 years ago. They also visited the Royal Crypt … Continue reading

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