January 2008: 2007 in review
Happy New Year
2007 has been an interesting year, both for us and for the royals. The TRF moderating team have changed, and adapted to the growth of the forums, and we've added more main forums as well as more sub-forums, to ensure that people will have more space to discuss their favourite royals.
For the royals, it has been one event after another. Precisely as it should be. This newsletter deals with what has happened during 2007, with links to the event-threads, so you can go and have a look, and add your voice to the discussion if you missed it the first time around. It is difficult, at a forum this size, to be absolutely sure that you've included everything… but we've most certainly made an attempt to cover a lot of it.
As for what will happen in 2008: there is a wedding in Denmark on May 24th to look forward to, a baby in Belgium that is waiting to be born… and speculations in the Swedish forum run rampant as to whether or not the Swedes will finally get to host a royal wedding in 2008… actually, there is no stop to the royal related events and we hope to see you participating in the discussion of events in 2008, as you did in 2007.
We hope you, and yours, have a good 2008.
Happy New Year,
Avalon, Zonk and Norwegianne
The article editors are compiling a library of photos to use as illustrations for the articles. Since we are restricted to using photos for which we can get permission, our access to professional photos is severely limited. If any members have photos of royals which they took themselves and would like to add them to the article photo library, please contact Avalon.
The Admins are happy to announce that Tosca has joined the team to help out in the Italian forum. To see who is a member of the moderating team, at all times - please look here.
If you want to volunteer, or know of a member who would be a good moderator, please PM an admin. (Avalon, Elspeth, Ennyllorac Mandy, norwegianne, or Warren).
1 - Maria-Chiara of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (2005)
5 - Juan Carlos of Spain (b. 1938)
5 - Jean of Luxembourg (b. 1921)
5 - Tomohito of Mikasa (1946)
6 - Margarita Gomez-Acebo y Cejuela (1935)
10 - Lennart of Hohenzollern (2001)
11 - Archduke Karl of Austria (1961)
12 - Gustav zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (b. 1969)
13 - Marie Louise of Bulgaria (1933)
13 - Elisabeth-Anne de Massy (1947)
15 - Marie-Christine, Princess Michael of Kent (1945)
15 - Iñaki Urdangarin (b. 1968)
15 - Alexander Karađorđević (1982)
15 - Philip Karađorđević (1982)
15 - Archduke Philipp of Austria (2007)
17 - Farah of Iran (2004)
18 - Claire of Belgium (b. 1974)
18 - Marie Theresa von Lattorf (2004)
19 - Birgitta of Sweden, Princess of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (b. 1937)
19 - Kalina of Bulgaria (1972)
19 - Margriet of the Netherlands (1943)
20 - Mathilde of Belgium (b. 1973)
20 - Tassilo of Bulgaria (2002)
20 - Sophie, Countess of Wessex (1965)
21 - Ingrid Alexandra of Norway (b. 2004)
22 - Nayef of Jordan (1998)
23 - Caroline of Monaco, Princess of Hanover (b. 1957)
25 - Elisabeth Marie Angela Tatiana von Lattorf (2002)
27 - Carlos de Bourbon-Parma, Prince of Piacenza (1970)
28 - Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain (1950)
30 - Felipe of Asturias (b. 1968)
30 - Abdullah II of Jordan (b. 1962)
30 - Hashem of Jordan (b. 2005)
31 - Beatrix of the Netherlands (b. 1938)
Danish New Year's Court/Celebrations
6: Pascua Militar, Spain.
17-27: 32nd Annual Circus Festival of Monte Carlo
23-27: World Economic Forum, Davos
Haakon and Mette-Marit's Official visit to Chile
Avalon: "Diamond Wedding Anniversary of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Although I'd prefer more 'grand' celebrations, the event was still very special for me. Those 2 people have spent the lifetime together, always by each others' side. I thought the Thanksgiving service was very moving, and of course, the recreation of their engagement photograph, with precisely the same face expression and even outfits, was just too lovely.
The following meating of the Commonwealth heads of the States was quite special too, especially with the Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall dazzling in their jewels."
dazzling: "Presentation & Baptism of Infanta Sofia - Simply because Leonor was stealing the spotlight and parents seemed like loosing control but didnt want to make a big deal of it & at the baptism, Leonor was again in the spotlight and Letizia wanting her to behave :winkiss:"
GlitteringTiaras:"Babies and more babies. :alien::biggrin: The year was filled with nothing but baby news."
Her_Majesty: " My favorite event of the year were the 70th Birthday celebrations of HM King Harald V of Norway!
My favorite scene of the Birthday was when King Harald and Queen Sonja entered the Ballroom hand in hand - the Queen bowed to the King- and the were swinging around the ballroom.
LadyK: "The Danish Babywatch. Everyone together on TRF waiting for the news that Mary had given birth. My other favorite was Infanta Sofia's presentation when Leonor stole the microphone covers!"
Marengo: "for me the 40th birthday of the Prince of Orange was probably the most memorable event of the year. The week around his birthday there were a lot of positive articles in newspapers about the prince being ´ready´ for the throne, and there was an interesting interview with the Prince, showing private moments with his family. It struck me how the tone of the media and public has changed in comparison to his 30th birthday when he was still regarded as ´Prince Pils´. The celebrations of the birthday in September was nice to watch too, though frustrating for me as I am fond of tiara´s while the Dutch Royal Family is not."
Danish New Year Celebrations
International homage to Princess Grace of Monaco
6: Pascua Militar 2007 - the Annual parage was presided by the Kings and the Princes of Asturias.
15: Birth of Archduke Philipp of Austria, the son of Archduke Simeon and Archduchess Maria Paloma (Princess of Bourbon-Two Sicilies).
18-29: 31st International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo
24-28: World Economic Forum: Annual Session in Davos - King Abdullah, Queen Rania of Jordan and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway were among the participants.
27-28: The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the American cities of Philadelphia and New York, where, among other things, the Duchess wowed the crowd with an elegant necklace, and the Prince showed his skills at basketball.
Announcement that Princess Alexandra, the Countess of Frederiksborg, would marry her boyfriend, Martin Jørgensen on March 3.
3: Christening of Countess Zaria - the granddaughter of Queen Beatrix was christened on February 3.
5:Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visited The Netherlands The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the Netherlands to celebrate the anniversary of the English reformed church in Amsterdam. Queen Beatrix acted as host.
5-6: King Juan Carlos of Spain visited Germany in February. Among other things, he met with the Chancellor and received The German Media Prize 2007.
5-9: Queen Sofia of Spain were to visit Indonesia and Cambodia as a sign of Spanish cooperation in the area. The trip was cut short, because of the family problems with the death of Letizia's sister, Erika.
7: Erika Ortiz, sister to the Princess of Asturias, passes away.
8-9: Russian State Visit to Spain - February 8 and 9, 2006. Russian President Vladimir Putin and the First Lady visit Spain. A Gala dinner was given in honour of the President.
11-14: State Visit from South-Korea to Spain: Feb. 11 - 14, 2007. President Roh-Moo-Hyun visited Spain in order to diversify the South Koren diplomacy.
12: 75th Birthday of Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner.
19-1 Mar: The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the Middle East. They visited the Gulf States of Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates.
21-25: 70th Birthday Celebrations of King Harald V of Norway Royals gathered in Oslo to celebrate the 70th birthday of the Norwegian King. The celebrations started with a service on King Harald's birthday, and continued with a celebration over the weekend. A gala at the palace and a day in the snow were among the things the invited royals enjoyed.
27-March 2 - Queen Beatrix, the Princes of Orange paid a State Visit to Turkey
28: Birth of Princess Khadija of Morocco. The first daughter of King Mohammed V and Lalla Salma.
3: Wedding of Princess Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg and Martin Jørgensen. After the wedding, the bride lost her honorific as Princess of Denmark, and became Alexandra Christina, Countess of Frederiksborg. The bride's son's from her previous marriage walked her down the aisle.
10: Wedding of Jaime de Borbon and Patricia Garcia de la Mata
12: Birth of Lord Culloden, first child of the Earl and Countess of Ulster.
13-15: King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia paid a state visit to Algeria.
20-22: State Visit from Luxembourg to Belgium - Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg paid a visit to their relatives in Belgium.
21: Sven O. Høiby, the, sometimes problematic, father of Mette-Marit of Norway passed away after a long period of sickness.
24: The Rose Ball in Monaco. The theme for 2007 was Gypsy. The proceeds from the ball go to the Princess Grace Foundation.
25-31: State Visit from Sweden to Japan - King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia visited the Imperial family and country of Japan.
26: Funeral of Mette-Marit's father. The King and Queen attended, to support their daughter-in-law.
26-30: Queen Sofia and King Juan Carlos visited Columbia prior to a state visit to El Salvador and Guatemala.
10: Birth of Ariane Wilhelmina Máxima Ines of the Netherlands - the third daughter of Willem-Alexander and Maxima.
16-18: State Visit from Spain to Luxembourg. It was the second state visit to Luxembourg for the Spanish king and queen. Their first was 27 years ago.
17-19: State visit from Austria to Norway Dr. Heinz Fischer and his wife visited the Norwegian royals.
20: Ari Behn, husband of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, emerges as a designer of china tableware and glassware.
21: Crown Princess Mary of Denmark gave birth to a girl. As per the Danish royal traditions, the little princess of Denmark was not named until her christening. Mary and Frederik's nickname for her - Lillepigen - was also what she was known as in the press and here on the forums.
23-25 State visit from Belgium to Latvia. King Albert II and Queen Paola met with Latvian president Vaira Vike-Freiberga.
29: On April 29, Princess Letizia was admitted to Hospital and later the day gave birth to her second daughter, named Sofia. When asked about the name, the Princess of Asturias explained that it was her name choice, and the baby was named after the Queen, who the princess has 'immense respect and admiration for'.
30: The Queen's Day The royal family of the Netherlands was out in full force - minus Maxima, who'd just given birth - to celebrate the Queen.
Easter Vacations 2007 - The whole Spanish Royal Family, including the Infantas with their families, spent the Easter Vacations in Palma de Mallorca.
Easter holiday for the Norwegian royal family
4: The official presentation of Infanta Sofia, the second daughter of the Princes of Asturias, took place on May 4, 2007.
3-8: State visit from Britain to the United States
8-11: Official Visit from Norway to South Korea. Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit visited Seoul and Busan in South Korea. This was the first time Norwegian royals visited the country.
9-11: State Visit from Sweden to Denmark. The visit included the royals traveling by Metro from the newer part of Copenhagen, Ørestad, to Kongens Nytorv. The farewell dinner was given on Swedish soil, in Malmö.
13: The Closing of the Octave of Our Lady of Luxembourg. Large parts of the royal family participated, and pictures of Tessy de Nassau were discussed with regards to an eventual new pregnancy, which was later confirmed.
15-16: Petra III: Conference of Nobel Laureates.
17: The National day of Norway. King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, and Princess Ingrid Alexandra appeared on the Palace balcony to greet the Children's parade.
18-20: World Economic Forum on the Middle East
21-23: State Visit from the Netherlands to Slovakia. Queen Beatrix met with, among others, the Slovak Prime Minister, Robert Fico.
22: The Princes of Asturias celebrated their Third Wedding Anniversary on May 22. 2007.
22-23: Official visit from Japan to Sweden. The Japanese Emperor and Empress visited Sweden on the occasion of the Linné anniversary.
22-27: 65th Grand Prix de Monaco. Pierre Casiraghi, son of HRH Princess Caroline of Monaco, participated in the traditional charity football match before the races, on the Monaco team against the racing drivers.
24-27: The Japanese emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko paid a state visit to the Baltic countries, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. It was their first visit to the former Soviet republics.
27-29: Official visit from Japan to Britain. The Emperor gave a speech at the Linnean Society on 29 May.
29-31: State Visit from Spain to Hungary
1-15: Engagement and Wedding of Princess Majeedah of Brunei and Awangku Khairul Khalil.
4: Prince Albert II of Monaco opened the 12th games of the Small States of Europe. Athletes from Andorra, Cyprus, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco and San Marino competed against each other from 4-9 June.
5-7: Norwegian State Visit to Finland - King Harald and Queen Sonja visited Helsinki, Turku and Espoo
6: The National Day of Sweden. The royal family participated in events all over Sweden.
8-10: State Visit from the People's Republic of China to Sweden.
16: Trooping the Colour ceremony, or as it also is known: The Queen's Birthday Parade.
18: Service of Order of the Garter, UK, at St. George's Chapel, Windsor.
18-20: Official visit of the King Abdulá bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia. June 18-20. The visit of King Abduallah was meant strengthem ties between 2 countries, especially economic.
19: Royal Ascot races.
23: National Day of Luxembourg.
24-29: The Spanish King and Queen paid a state visit to the People's Republic of China.
26: The family of the Prince of Orange gathered for a photoshoot on the occasion of the second birthday of Princess Alexia.
30: Wedding of Prince Alexander zu Schaumburg-Lippe and Nadja Anna Zsoeks
1: Mary and Frederik's daughter was christened, and received the four names Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe. Princess Isabella of Denmark is third in line to the throne. The godparents were: Mathilde of Belgium, Alexia of Greece and Denmark, Nadine Johnston, Christian Buchwald, Peter Heering and Marie Louise Skeel.
1: The Concert for Diana was held at Wembley Stadium in London.
4-7: Queen Sonja of Norway turned 70 years on the 4th of July. The day was celebrated in Stavanger with a walk-about, and then later in the day, with royal guests at a local island restaurant. The celebrations ended with a three-day long cruise along the southern coast of Norway.
2-12: Queen Sirikit of Thailand visited Russia for a ten day visit. The occasion was the celebration of 110 years of diplomatic relations between Russia and Thailand.
9-11: Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and First Lady paid a state Visit to Spain. The visit was to establish more solid relationships with Spain.
15: The second daughter of the Princes of Asturias was Christened on July 15th 2007
17-20: The Princes of Asturias paid an Official Visit to Mexico on July 17 to 20, 2004. They had various activities there, including cultural and economical.
27: the Annual Red Cross Ball in Monaco. The Monegasque royals were out in full force.
28: The engagement of Peter Phillips, son of Princess Anne, and Autumn Kelly was announced.
Summer Vacations in Palma de Mallorca 2007 - loyal to the annual habit, the Spanish Royal Family spent their summer vacations in Palma de Mallorca. Among other things, the Royal Watchers were delighted to see the new addition to the family of the Princes of Asturias, Infanta Sofia, again.
The banning of El Jueves Magazine - One particular caricature on the Princes of Asturias enraged the Spanish public and the El Jueves Magazine was banned. The Royal Family did not file any complain, but rather it was judges and politicians, who decided it was 'way too much'.
3: The Annual photoshoot at Gråsten Palace. Prince Christian showed off his waving hand, and while Christian's mother, Crown Princess Mary, showed off her marching skills - Prince Gustav of Berleburg showed off his girlfriend, Carina.
7: Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik held their annual press conference and holiday in Cahors, France. They noted that they had indeed met their son's girlfriend, Marie Cavallier, but were otherwise tight-lipped on the subject. This, of course, caused speculation in the Danish press, that an engagement was forthcoming as it was the same procedure with Frederik and Mary.
12-18: The World Water Week in Stockholm. The Prince of Orange, the Crown Princess of Sweden and King Carl Gustav attended.
15: National Day of Liechtenstein
17: Trouble in Belgium: Talks of a new government fell through, and King Albert had to return from his holiday in France to get things started again. The discussions lasted until December, when a temporary government was put in place, to serve Belgium for three months.
18: Remarriage of the parents of Ari Behn.
24: News began to surface that a Russian archeologist might have found the missing two members of the Russian Imperial family.
25-29: Haakon and Mette-Marit visit Troms County in Norway. They handed out grants from their Humanitarian foundation in Tromsø, before continuing the visit to the county, and getting to meet the people who live in the north of Norway.
31: A memorial service for Diana Princess of Wales was held at the Guards Chapel, London, on the 10th anniversary of Diana's death.
Summer vacation of the royals from Jordan in Italy
Belgian royals vacationed in Indonesia
1: Willem-Alexander's 40th birthday celebrations - The original birthday was overshadowed by the birth of his youngest daughter, so the celebrations were postponed to September. Many royals gathered in the Netherlands to celebrate the birthday boy.
1-2: Unite for a Better World, Monaco - Prince Albert II hosted a fundraiser over two days that benefited the Amade Mondiale, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, and The Mandela Rhodes Foundation.
2: Birthday celebrations of Queen Paola. The Queen of the Belgians turned 70 on September 11, 2007, and celebrated the birthday early. 800 Belgians were invited to the party.
2-4: The Prince of Orange and Princess Maxima paid an official visit to Slovenia.
3: Photo shoot at Skaugum, Norway. Highlights included Crown Princess Mette-Marit's son Marius teaching his younger brother how to ride a bike, and Princess Ingrid Alexandra making faces at the photographers.
4-7: Queen Rania of Jordan visited China. She brought her daughter, Iman, with her.
7: Infanta Leonor of Spain started school
8: Wedding of Princess Marie-Anna of Bavaria & Dr. Klaus Runow
9: Wedding of Princess Vanessa of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg & Pieter Haitsma.
11: The Mary Foundation: Crown Princess Mary of Denmark established the Mary Foundation.
11-12: State Visit from Brazil to Sweden. The Brazilian president visited Sweden on his tour of Europe.
12-13: State visit from Brazil to Denmark. The Brazilian President visited Denmark on his tour of Europe.
13-14: State Visit from Brazil to Norway. After visiting Denmark, the Brazilian president continued to Norway, where King Harald reminisced about his own state visit to Brazil, and what progress had been made between the two countries in trade.
17-21: The Danish Crown Prince and Princess visited New York. They traveled with a Danish trade delegation.
18: Opening of Parliament in Sweden.
19: Presentation of the Infanta Sofia to the Virgin of Atocha.
21: Noah de Nassau was born. The second son of Prince Louis of Luxembourg and his wife, Tessy de Nassau.
22: Birth of Albert Windsor, first child of Lord and Lady Nicholas Winsdor.
Ramadan 2007 - the thread for the activities of the Jordan royal family during Ramadan.
1-4: Princess Astrid of Belgium visited Tanzania. The Princess is a special representative for the organization Roll Back Malaria.
2: Opening of the Norwegian parliament, Stortinget.
2: Opening of the Danish Parliament: Folketinget.
2: Opening of the inquest into the death of Diana Princess of Wales
3: Engagement of Prince Joachim of Denmark and Marie Cavalier was announced. The wedding date was later announced to be May 24, 2008.
4: The Belgian court announced that Princess Mathilde is pregnant. The child is due in spring, 2008. Visit the threads to join in the guessing of the name and the sex of the unborn child.
4-5: Queen Sofia of Spain visited El Salvador
5: Queen Silvia of Sweden visited Estonia.
5 and 10: Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner visited the Norwegian Harvest Festivals in Minnesota and North Dakota.
5-12: Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and the Prince Consort paid a state visit to South Korea. The visit was covered by the fact that the Prince Consort fell ill, and the couple, who had planned to extend their state visit with a private holiday in Asia, cut the trip short.
8-9: Visit to Romania - Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark visited Romania
8-10: Belgian state visit to the Republic of Ireland.
8-10: State Visit from Germany to the Netherlands.
9: Magali Margriet Eleonoor van Vollenhaven was born as the daughter of Prince Floris and Princess Aimée.
9-11: State visit to Sweden from Bulgaria. It was a response to the state visit the King and Queen paid to Bulgaria in 2000.
12: Spanish National Day - 2007. Every year on October 12, His Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain leads the celebrations of the Spanish National Day.
14-16: Princess Anne visited the Czech Republic
15: The Princes of Asturias paid a visit to Portugal on October 15th, 2007. Their agenta including visiting Spanish Centres and Centres for Spanish writers living in Portugal.
15-17: State Visit from Norway to Germany. King Harald and Queen Sonja paid a visit to Berlin, Düsseldorf and Essen.
15-18: Queen Sofia of Spain, née Sophia of Greece and Denmark, visited Greece. The visit was mainly cultural in content.
20: Baptism of Princess Ariane of the Netherlands. The Godparents were: Valeria Delger, Ines Zorreguieta, Guillaume of Luxembourg, Tijo Baron Collot d’Escury and Anton Friling.
22-24: State Visit from Slovakian Republic. October 22th to 24th, 2007. The King, the Queen and the Princes of Asturias hosted a lunch in honour of the Slovakian President.
23: Party of the Banderita-2007 - The leading Ladies of Spain, The Queen, The Princess of Asturias, Infanta Elena and Infanta Cristina joined the party of Banderita.
23-26: Queen Rania of Jordan visited the US where she received the Global Humanitarian Action Award.
24: The city of Oviedo delivered the Title of Favorite Daughter of Oviedo to the Princess of Asturias.
24-27: Dutch State Visit to India. Queen Beatrix accompanied by the Prince of Orange and Princess Maxima visited India.
25: The 25th anniversary of the Princess Grace awards
25: The King's gala for Stortinget - King Harald hosted a gala dinner for the members of the Norwegian parliament, Stortinget.
26: Alexia of Greece gave birth to a daughter. Amelia Morales Grecia.
27: Baptism of Noah de Nassau. Godparents were his paternal uncle Guillaume of Luxembourg, and his maternal aunt, Patty Antony.
27: Wedding of Princess Marie Therese von Hohenburg and Anthony Bailey
28-30: The Prince of Orange and Princess Maxima visited Bhutan
29-1 Nov: Crown Prince Haakon of Norway visits Burundi for the UNDP.
30-2 Nov: State visit from Saudi Arabia to Britain
30: The Princes of Asturias visit Marrakesh, 30 October 2007
31: Infanta Leonor celebrater her second birthday on October 31, 2007.
1: Prince Carl Philip inaugurated a photo exhibit of his own photography in Helsinki, Finland.
1-9: The Duke of York visited North Africa
3: Make a Difference day in the Netherlands. Queen Beatrix and her sister, Princess Margriet, volunteered their cooking and serving skills at a farm for young adults with mental handicaps, Princess Maxima volunteered at a hospital and Prince Maurits and Princess Marilene volunteered for the organization Laluz. Professor Pieter van Vollenhaven volunteered at a rescue ship - watch the video YouTube video.
3-8: Crown Prince Philippe and Crown Princess Mathilde of Belgium went on a trade mission to Qatar and Bahrain. Crown Princess Mathilde only visited Qatar.
5-6: King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia Visited the Cities of Ceuta and Melilla.
5-7: Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway visited Nicaragua as a special representative for UNAIDS. While there, she took part in the 5th AIDS conference called CONCASIDA.
5-8: The ISAF Conference in Portugal (see from post ten in thread) pulled together royals such as King Harald of Norway, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Ex-King Constantine of the Hellenes and his wife.
5-9: Queen Silvia of Sweden visited Columbia on an official visit.
6-7: Princess Stephanie of Monaco visited Madagascar in cooperation with UNAIDS.
8-10: The King and Queen of Spain took part in the XVII Ibero-American Summitn Summit of Heads of State and Government, in Santiago, Chile. The sound-bite that went around the world, was when the Spanish king asked the Venezuelan President to shut up, after the president had interrupted the current Spanish Prime Minister to call a former Spanish Prime Minister a fascist.
13: The oldest daughter of the Spanish king, Infanta Elena, announced that she and her husband were separating to think about their marital future.
15: The King's Feast, a ceremony held by the Belgian parliament in honour of the king. The royal family, with the exception of the King and Queen, were present.
14-16: The Princes of Asturias started their Official trip to China on November 14, 2007.
17: Engagement of Lady Rose Windsor and George Gilman. Lady Rose is the younger daughter of the Queen's cousin the Duke of Gloucester.
19: National Day in Monaco
20: Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary, the first time a British monarch has done so.
20-22: State Visit from Sweden to Austria.
20-24: Visit to Malta and Uganda by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. The visit to Uganda was a state visit followed by attendance at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall also attended the meeting.
22-23: The Luxembourg Grand Ducal couple paid a State Visit to Chile
25-30: The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited Turkey.
26-28: State Visit from Romania: November 26-28, 2007 - The Romanian President and First Lady paid visit to Spain. The King and the Queen, as well as the princes of Asturias, hosted a lunch in their honour.
26-29: Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa paid a state visit to Brazil.
The Dukes of Lugo announced separation - Infanta Elena and Don Jaime Marichalar announced their separation, although there are no talks of divorce yet.
2: Birth of Sheikha Aljalila of Dubai. The first mutual daughter of Sheikh Mohammed and Princess Haya.
3-5: State Visit from the Philippines: December 3-5, 2007. King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia and the Princes of Asturias welcomed Gloria Arroyo in the El Prado palace.
4: Princess Mathilde and Princess Maxima received the overview of the art at the Municipal Museum, The Hague.
5: The city of Ribadsella Delivered the title of adoptive daughter of Ribadsella to Princess Letizia. This was the second honour of the kind for the Princess, who had previously received the title of the Favourite daughter of Oviedo.
9-11: Prince of Asturias paid a visit to Argentina. The visit commenced on December 9 and lasted 2 days. During the trip, the Prince met Spaniards living in Argentine and promoted Spain, Spanish language and culture in the country.
10: Princess Catharina-Amalia had her first day of school.
10: The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded in Oslo. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and former US vice-President, Al Gore, were the recipients.
10: The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, The Nobel Prize in Physics, The Nobel Prize in Chemistry, The Nobel Prize in Literature, and The Bank of Sweden's Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel were awarded in Stockholm.
17: The Countess of Wessex gave birth to the Viscount Severn, 8th grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II.
20: Christmas Concert in Belgium - attended by the adults of the royal family.
25: Queen Elizabeth II uses a new medium to get her Christmas Speech out to the People.
Christmas in Argentina for the Prince of Orange and his family.
Christmas in Aarhus for the Danish royals. Prince Joachim's fiancé, Marie, had her first Christmas with the family.
Christmas at Sandringham for the British Royals
Norwegian Royal Christmas 2007
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