May 2005 Newsletter
THE ROYAL FORUMS NEWSLETTER
In May we celebrate two first-year wedding anniversaries, Frederik and Mary of Denmark and Felipe and Letizia of Spain. Throughout the year, we watched each couple work together, laugh together and grow together. We witnessed the deepening bonds of love and friendship bring two individuals closer together as a couple. The two Princes, we knew well, but the young Princesses were enigmas. They soon surprised us with their intelligence, poise, maturity and beauty like two beautiful butterflies emerging from their cocoons.
Though some people believe these princesses live fairy-tale lives, we know otherwise. It takes hard work and discipline being crown princesses (crown princes too), but their rewards can be infinite. Happy anniversary to both couples.
Happy anniversary to Felipe and Letizia thread… May Newsletter: Felipe and Letizia
Happy anniversary to Frederik and Mary thread… May Newsletter: Frederik and Mary
Royal Forums Newsletter Editor
PROFILE OF THE MONTH
The profile of the month will be posted this weekend.
THE ROYAL CALENDAR
Pauline Ducruet (4 May 1994)
HRH Crown Prince Moulay Al-Hassan of Morocco (8 May 2003)
HRH Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco née Bennani (10 May 1978)
RH Carl Philip Prince of Sweden, Duke of Värmland (13 May 1979)
Zara Phillips (15 May 1981)
HSH Maximilian Prince of Liechtenstein (16 May 1969)
HRH Máxima Princess of the Netherlands née Zorreguieta (17 May 1971)
HSH Alfons Prince of Liechtenstein (18 May 2001)
HSH Joseph Wenzel Prince of Liechtenstein (24 May 1995)
HRH Laurentien Princess of The Netherlands née Brinkhorst(25 May 1966)
HRH Frederik Crown Prince of Denmark (26 May 1968)
HSH Moritz Prince of Liechtenstein (27 May 2003)
Wedding anniversary of HM Juan Carlos I King of Spain and HRH Sofia Princess of Greece and Denmark (14 May1962)
Wedding anniversary of HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Mary Donaldson (14 May 2004)
Wedding anniversary of HRH Constantijn Prince of The Netherlands and Laurentien Brinkhorst (19 May 2001)
Wedding anniversary of HRH Felipe Prince of Asturias and Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano (22 May 2004)
Wedding anniversary of Ari Behn and Märtha Louise Princess of Norway (24 May 2002)
OTHER DATES AND EVENTS OF NOTE
Norway National Day, May 17th
Japanese State Visit to Norway May 10th to 13th
Monaco Anual Grand Prix Formula One
Queen Elizabeth II's will visit Canada (Saskatchewan and Alberta) May 17th – 25th
Jordan Independence Day Celebrations May 25th
ROYAL QUICK HITS
April 25 officially marked a baby boom amongst the European royal houses with not one, but two official announcements of great expectations from the Danish and Norwegian royal courts. In Denmark, just a few weeks shy of their first wedding anniversary, it was announced that Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary would be expecting their first child in October. For the official announcement and discussions of this news, visit http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5771&page=1.
Crown Princess Mary’s first official act since the announcement will take place May 5. No doubt we can expect a belly shot or two, which can be viewed here in the Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary sub-forum: http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=32. Possible baby names for the little prince or princess who will be second in line to the Danish throne can be made here: http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2374&page=1. From the Norwegian court, it was announced that Crown Prince Haakon, who is acting as regent at present while his father recuperates from heart surgery, and his wife Crown Princess Mette-Marit are expecting their second child this December. Some changes have been made to Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s schedule as she is experiencing a difficult first trimester. The official announcement and discussions about the baby can be found here: http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5773&page=1. Cast your vote for whether Marius and Princess Ingrid Alexandra will become a big brother and big sister to a baby boy or girl at http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5775, as well as make suggestions for possible names for the new baby.
Both the Danish and Norwegian Crown Princess pregnancies, as well as the Crown Princess pregnancies in Belgium and Denmark, mean lots of glamorous maternity wear. To see royal maternity fashion past and present, visit http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=341&page=1.
With all the royal births on the horizon, most of the present Kings and Queens (and King and Queen consorts) are now grandparents. To mark this special relationship between (royal) grandparents and their grandchildren, please visit http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums/showthread.php?p=205330#post205330.
This month we also mark five wedding anniversaries:
King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain mark 43 years of wedded bliss; to see pictures and for information on their wedding, visit http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=155&highlight=juan+carlos.
Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands mark four years of holy matrimony; you can learn more about their wedding here: http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=125&page=1.
Princess Martha Louise and Ari Behn of Norway, who became new parents for the second time last month, ring in three years of matrimonial bliss; you can see more of their wedding festivities at http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=163&page=1.
First time parents to be this fall, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, celebrate their first anniversary with not only wedded joy but also baby joy; you can re-live the Danish Crown Princely pre-wedding festivities at this thread: http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2212&page=1, and the wedding itself at http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2280&page=1.
The Prince and Princess of Asturias also mark their first anniversary together, a year which has been marked with numerous trips abroad and a busy schedule of royal engagements within Spain; the couple’s pre-wedding festivities can be seen at http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5466&page=1, while their wedding can be seen here: http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1997&page=1.
April 30 marks a very special day for the Dutch royal family and the Dutch people: It was 25 years ago on this day that then Princess Beatrix succeeded her mother Queen Juliana as Queen of the Netherlands. A special thread to mark Queen Beatrix’s Silver Jubilee can be found at http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2409&page=1.
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