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Duke of Parma Gives Daughters New Titles

  September 30, 2017 at 8:10 am by

The Duke of Parma granted his two daughters, Princesses Luisa and Cecilia, new titles on Friday. Princess Luisa is now the Marchioness of Castell’Arquato, whilst her sister Princess Cecilia is the Countess of Barceto. The titles were given to the two young princesses during a mass for the Knights Cavalieri degli Ordini Dinastici at the Staccata Basilica in Parma. The Count and Countess of Bardi as well as the Duchess of … Continue reading

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Albert and Charlène Attend Environmental Gala At Casino de Monte-Carlo

  September 28, 2017 at 8:27 pm by

Thursday evening saw a glittering gala take place in the Salle Garnier at the Casino de Monte-Carlo, honouring actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s commitment to the preservation of the environment, with Prince Albert and Princess Charlène of Monaco in attendance. Prince Albert and Princess Charlène, in a lovely strapless evening gown with intricate gold, white and silver beading on the bodice, posed for photographs upon their arrival at the Monte-Carlo Gala for The Global Ocean, … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima Dons Floaty Florals For Children’s Cancer Centre Benefit Gala

  September 5, 2017 at 8:16 pm by

The Queen of the Netherlands this evening attended a dinner and concert at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw held to raise money for the Princess Máxima Centre for Child Oncology.  Wearing a blue and white floral printed evening gown from Luisa Beccaria, Queen Máxima joined the audience for performances by Ali B, and Arthur and Lucas Jussen. The Queen also gave a speech during the event. Also attending was Princess Margarita of Bourbon-Parma and her … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Yugoslav Royal Twins Baptised in France

  June 30, 2017 at 4:00 am by

June 30, 1958: Family members pose with newborn Princes Dimitri and Michael of Yugoslavia following their christening. The two infants were born on June 18 to Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia and his first wife, Princess Maria Pia of Savoy. In the photograph below can be seen: Front Row (L-R): Prince Jacques and Prince Michel of Orléans, godfathers. Second Row (L-R): Queen Marie José of Italy (maternal grandmother), godmothers Princess Maria Gabriella of … Continue reading

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Dutch-Italian State Visit Heads To Palermo

  June 21, 2017 at 7:22 pm by

On their second day of their state visit to Italy, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima went to Palermo, Sicily, in the south of the country. Upon their arrival the Royal Couple was received by the Mayor of Palermo, Leoluca Orlando, in Quattro Canti, an octagonal Baroque square in the city centre. Then, walking through the street of the city, the King and Queen, accompanied by the Mayor, visited Palazzo delle Acquile, … Continue reading

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Dutch King and Queen Kick-Off Italian State Visit

  June 20, 2017 at 8:10 pm by

At the invitation of the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of The Netherlands, started today, Tuesday June 20, a four-day state visit to Italy along with Bert Koenders, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development. Upon their arrival at the airport of Ciampino, the King and Queen were officially welcomed by President Mattarella and his … Continue reading

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Royals Express Sorrow Over Manchester Attack

  May 23, 2017 at 7:36 am by

Europe’s heads of state have this morning expressed their sorrow and solidarity following the terrorist attack in Manchester last night, which killed 22 people when a bomb went off as people were leaving an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena. Over 50 people were injured in the attack. Other royals also shared their messages of support on social media. Queen Elizabeth II this morning issued a message to the Lord-Lieutenant … Continue reading

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Palace Profile: Royal Palace of Caserta

  April 23, 2017 at 4:00 am by

Italian unions criticise museum chief of Royal Palace of Caserta for working too hard https://t.co/XSFzGMqoi4 pic.twitter.com/5hDITviPan — The Telegraph (@Telegraph) March 6, 2016 Location: Province of Caserta, Campania, the Italian Republic Built: 1752-1773 Architect: Luigi Vanvitelli Commissioned By: Carlos VII of Naples (later Carlos III of Spain) Style: Late Baroque / Early Neoclassical Rooms: 1,200 On The Palace Grounds: Theatre, Palatine Chapel, Palace Gardens with the Grand Cascade, Aqueduct Carolino Current Owner: Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali … Continue reading

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State Visit from Argentina to The Netherlands: Last Day

  March 28, 2017 at 9:34 pm by

The second and last day of the State Visit from Argentina started today, Tuesday March 28, with separate events for President Macri and his wife Juliana Awada, who had a busy schedule with Her Majesty Queen Máxima. The first event for the Queen and First Lady was a working visit to the Oranje Huis (Orange House) in Amsterdam. The Orange House is a women’s shelter for combating domestic violence created by … Continue reading

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Death of Infanta Alicia, Dowager Duchess of Calabria

  March 28, 2017 at 4:56 pm by

The Dowager Duchess of Calabria, born a Princess of Bourbon-Parma in 1917, died on March 28 in Madrid. She was 99 years old. Infanta Alicia was the wife of the Infante Alfonso, Duke of Calabria, whom she married in 1936. The couple had three children: Princess Teresa María, Infante Carlos, Duke of Calabria, and Princess Inés María. The Infanta outlived her husband by 53 years, and her only son by 17 months. … Continue reading

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Beatrice Borromeo Makes First Official Appearance Since Birth of Baby Stefano

  March 18, 2017 at 11:06 pm by

She may have given birth to her first child, son Stefano, just three weeks ago, but Beatrice Borromeo looked lovely in a navy sequinned evening gown as she stepped out this evening to support the Princess Grace Foundation at the 63rd Annual Bal de la Rose. Beatrice joined her husband, Pierre Casiraghi, and his mother and sister, Princess Caroline and Charlotte Casiraghi (who was wearing a dress borrowed from her mother), for … Continue reading

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The Castros Visit Exhibition on Royal Order in Madrid

  December 2, 2016 at 4:49 pm by

The Duke and Duchess of Castro today visited the ‘Virtuti et Merito’ exhibition at the Royal Mint Museum in Madrid that is being held to commemorate three centuries since the birth of Spanish King Carlos III. Accompanying the Dukes were their two daughters, Princesses Maria Carolina and Maria Chiara. The family spent time touring the exhibition, which features over 400 pieces related to the Royal and Distinguished Spanish Order of Carlos … Continue reading

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A Royal Double Act At The Vatican: Silvia and Beatrix Open New Exhibition

  November 23, 2016 at 2:03 pm by

The exhibition ‘Rembrandt at the Vatican: Images from Heaven and Earth’ was opened today at the Vatican Museums by Sweden’s Queen Silvia with Dutch Princess Beatrix in attendance.  Both ladies were given a tour of the exhibition, which features a number of the painter’s pieces from the Zorn Museum in Sweden, along with a painting from the Kremer Collection in the Netherlands. It is the first exhibition of Rembrandt pieces … Continue reading

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Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Parma Baptised in Italy

  September 25, 2016 at 2:39 pm by

Prince Carlos Enrico Leonardo of Bourbon-Parma, son and heir of the Duke of Parma, has been baptised this Sunday in the Cathedral of Parma. The ceremony was held by the Bishop of Parma, Mgr. Enrico Solmi, with the University of Parma choir performing a number of choral pieces, including ‘Verleih uns Frieden” by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. The little prince was carried into the church by one of his godfathers, King … Continue reading

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The Duke and Duchess of Parma Present Their Son During Mass in Piacenza

  September 23, 2016 at 3:37 pm by

During a mass today in Piacenza, the Duke and Duchess of Parma presented for the first time their infant son, Prince Carlos, to the people of the Duchy the family used to rule over. Prince Carlos, who is the couple’s third child, is the heir to the Headship of the House of Bourbon-Parma and as such will one day become the titular Duke of Parma and Piacenza. The visit to Piacenza, in … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: A Hesse-Savoy Royal Wedding

  September 23, 2016 at 8:30 am by

September 23, 1925: A royal wedding takes place at the Royal Castle of Racconigi in north-western Italy, when Princess Mafalda of Savoy – second eldest daughter of King Vittorio Emanuele III of Italy – marries Prince Philipp of Hesse-Kassel, the future Landgrave. The couple had four children – Moritz, Heinrich, Otto and Elisabeth – before the Second World War tore the family apart: while Philipp was a member of Nazi party and … Continue reading

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Princess Gloria of Bourbon-Parma Baptised in Apeldoorn

  September 17, 2016 at 1:43 pm by

The younger daughter of Prince Jaime and Princess Viktória of Bourbon-Parma was baptised today at the Onze Lieve Vrouw ten Hemelopnemingkerk in Apeldoorn. Princess Gloria, who was born on May 9, wore a christening gown made by Claes Iversen for the ceremony that was conducted by Father Tjeerd Jansen S.J. Her godparents are her paternal aunt, Princess Carolina of Bourbon-Parma, and friends of her parents, Barbara Bühlmann, Pieter Kraan and Daniël Povel. Princess … Continue reading

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Farewell Beloved Queen

  August 14, 2016 at 8:32 am by

The funeral of Her Majesty Queen Anne of Romania took place yesterday outside the former Royal Palace in Bucharest and attended by members of the Romanian Royal Family, members and representatives of foreign Royal Families, members of the Romanian Government and State Institutions and a large number of other dignitaries. Not least of all, the funeral was also witnessed by the people of Romania, thousands of whom joined the solemn gathering … Continue reading

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Mourners At the Royal Palace in Bucharest

  August 12, 2016 at 1:20 pm by

On Wednesday evening, the body of Her Majesty Queen Anne of Romania was moved in Military Ceremony from the Hall of Honour at Peles Caste to the Throne Room of the former Royal Palace in Bucharest ahead of Her Majesty’s funeral tomorrow. In attendance were Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Margareta, Prince Radu, Princess Elena and her husband, Princess Marie and Princess Sofie who has throughout these last days been … Continue reading

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Her Majesty Queen Anne Returns To Romania

  August 10, 2016 at 6:44 am by

Military and religious ceremonies have marked the return of the body of Queen Anne back to Romanian soil yesterday afternoon as Her Majesty’s coffin arrived at Otopeni Airport in Bucharest in preparation for her funeral on Saturday.  The occasion was as solemn and dignified as it could ever be – and it was also as fitting and appropriate as the much loved wife of Romania’s former monarch, King Michael, could … Continue reading

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