Royals Say Goodbye to Vancouver

  March 2, 2010 at 2:13 am by

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The Vancouver Winter Olympic Games have finished, and the royals have all headed back home to continue with their yearly engagements. Here’s how they spent their final week in Vancouver: The Dutch Royals On February 20th, the Crown Princely Family was back at the Richmond Olympic Oval for more speed skating, and more Dutch gold. Mark Tuitert came in first place in the Men’s 1500m Speed Skating, while Willem-Alexander, Máxima … Continue reading

Queen Rania in Egypt

  March 2, 2010 at 12:07 am by

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Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah has delivered a speech/lecture at the American University in Cairo (AUC). The speech was to encourage people to look beyond themselves and find inspiration in the principles of civic engagement to work towards the good of their communities and transform the future of the Middle East. “Often, social progress doesn’t come from governments looking down, directing change. It comes from communities, families and individuals … Continue reading

Princess Sabika Opens Bahrain International Garden Show

  March 1, 2010 at 9:16 pm by

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Princess Sabika al Khalifa, the wife of HM King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa of Bahrain, attended the opening ceremony of the Bahrain International Gardens Show 2010 (BIGS) on Thursday February 25th. The event took place at the Bahrain International Exhibition Center. Princess Sabika, who is the Honorary President of BIGS was welcomed by Shaikha Maram bint Isa Al Khalifa, head of the BIGS Supreme Organising Committee. Shaikha Maram thanked … Continue reading

Count Ingolf & Countess Sussie Celebrate Milestone Birthdays

  March 1, 2010 at 4:25 am by

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Danish Count Ingolf and Countess Sussie of Rosenborg recently celebrated two milestone birthdays – their respective 70th and 60th – in a joint party. The “130th” birthday party was held at the Munkebjerg Hotel in Vejle, and amongst the guests were Ingolf’s elder sister Princess Elisabeth and younger brother Count Christian. Count Christian’s wife Anne-Dorthe was also present, as well as the couple’s daughter Countess Feodora. Countess Sussie spoke with … Continue reading

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal’s Rotana to Sell Stake to News Corp

  February 27, 2010 at 3:51 am by

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud

News Corp has agreed to buy a 9.09% stake in Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal’s Rotana television and media empire for $70m (£45m), marking its first major investment in the Middle East. Rotana, which hosts News Corp’s Fox channels in Saudi Arabia, owns the rights to more than 2,000 Arabic movies and the world’s largest Arabic language music library. News Corp has the option to increase its holding to … Continue reading

Queen Rania and Prince Talal Inaugurate AOU New Building

  February 26, 2010 at 7:41 am by

Queen Rania and Prince Talal inaugurate AOU new building

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah and HRH Prince Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud inaugurated the new building of the Arab Open University (AOU) on Wednesday in Tareq area in Amman. Queen Rania, co-chair of AOU’s board of trustees, along with Prince Talal, unveiled the plaque next to the new building which has been equipped with the latest technologies. During the ceremony, a short video about the University was shown … Continue reading

Infanta Cristina opens Spanish Exhibition in Washington

  February 25, 2010 at 11:50 pm by

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Yesterday Infanta Cristina of Spain officially opened the exhibition “The Sacred Made Real: Spanish Painting and Sculpture, 1600-1700″ at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. The exhibition is presented on the occasion of the Spanish Presidency of the European Union and it’s organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the London National Gallery, with the support of the Spanish Minitery of Culture and the USA-Spain Foundation. … Continue reading

Saudi Prince in Court Charged with Murder

  February 25, 2010 at 7:53 am by

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HRH Prince Saud Bin Abdulaziz Bin Nasir Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has been charged with murdering his aide at the five-star Landmark Hotel in London, Scotland Yard has said. The 33-year-old prince is accused of killing Saudi citizen Bandar Abdullah Abdulaziz last week. The prince had been in London for a four-week sightseeing trip. A bail application was adjourned for the prince to give the defence team more time to … Continue reading

Yemeni President Visits Saudi Arabia & Bahrain

  February 24, 2010 at 10:59 pm by

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President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen arrived Tuesday, February 23rd in the Bahraini capital, Manama, on a two-day state visit. He was received by HM King Hamad Al Khalifa, Prime Minister Prince Salman Al Khalifa, Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and a number of Bahraini ministers and officials at the airport. Then, the two leaders held a talk session dedicated to discussing means of reinforcing the two … Continue reading

Queen launches Youth: Work Jordan (YWJ)

  February 24, 2010 at 10:47 pm by

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Her Majesty Queen Rania attended the launch of the Youth: Work Jordan (YWJ) programme, which is an initiative to support the long-term development of young Jordanians. Launched under the Patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania, the program is a community-based initiative which is aimed at improving livelihoods and bridging the gap with the labour market by providing life, technical and entrepreneurial skills to young Jordanians. Queen Rania and about 300 … Continue reading

How the Royals Spent the First Week of Vancouver 2010

  February 23, 2010 at 4:45 am by

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A number of royals are currently in Vancouver, Canada for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Those who are members of the International Olympic Committee had already been out and about in Vancouver before the Games started. Here is how they all spent the first week of the Games. Friday February 12th – Opening Ceremony Royals are a regular fixture at opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games, beginning their support of … Continue reading

Queen Rania Attends San Remo Festival

  February 22, 2010 at 1:37 am by

Queen Rania of Jordan

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah attended the San Remo Music Festival at the Ariston Theater in San Remo, Italy on February 17, 2010 to rally support for the 1GOAL global education campaign. Looking fabulous in a evening gown in black and white designed by Giorgio Armani Privé, Jordan’s Queen Rania was the guest of honour of the Festival. During an exclusive live interview with San Remo host Antonella Clerici, … Continue reading

Crown Prince Moulay Hassan at the Casablanca International Book Fair

  February 19, 2010 at 10:21 pm by

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Crown Prince Moulay Hassan visited on Thursday the 16th, the International Book Fair of Casablanca. On this visit Moulay Hassan was accompanied by his schoolmates, some of his teachers and the Minister of Culture Bensalem Himmich, the Wali (governor) of Casablanca Mohamed Halab and the mayor of the city Mohamed Sajid. The Crown Prince toured the different areas of the fair and stopped by some of the children books editing … Continue reading

King Juan Carlos meets President Obama

  February 19, 2010 at 10:19 pm by

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On Wednesday, His Majesty the King of Spain travelled to attend a private meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House. President Obama hosted a lunch in honour of King Juan Carlos that was attended by the State Secretary Hillary Clinton, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs Miguel Angel Moratinos, US National Security Advisor General James L. Jones and the Head of the Household of His Majesty, Alberto Aza. According … Continue reading

Royals in Vancouver Ahead of Games Opening

  February 12, 2010 at 3:26 pm by

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The Princess Royal, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and the Prince of Orange have all flown to Canada ahead of today’s Winter Olympic Games. The three royals are each members of the International Olympic Committee, and thus arrived earlier this week to attend the 122nd IOC Session prior to the Games’ Opening Ceremony. Princess Anne was seen yesterday attending the British flag raising ceremony at the Athlete’s Village, as well … Continue reading

King Juan Carlos Pays an Official Visit to Lebanon

  February 11, 2010 at 5:44 am by

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Following an official visit by the President of Lebanon to Spain in October 2009, this week King Juan Carlos arrived at Rafik Hariri’s Beirut International Airport to start a two-day visit to Lebanon. The King, accompanied by the Spanish Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defence, was welcomed by H.E. the President of Lebanon, Michel Suleiman. King Juan Carlos and President Suleiman went to the Baabda Presidential Palace in order to … Continue reading

King Abdullah and Prince Ali Visit the Tomb of Late Queen Alia

  February 10, 2010 at 7:15 am by

King Abdullah and Prince Ali

Yesterday, King Abdullah and Prince Ali visited the tomb of the late Queen Alia, on the anniversary of her death. At the tomb, they laid wreaths and recited verses from the Holy Quran. Queen Alia Al Hussein died in a tragic helicopter accident on February 9th, 1977. Queen Alia, born Alia Baha Uddin Toukan, married King Hussein in December 1972. They had two children: Princess Haya and Prince Ali. In … Continue reading

Prince Alexis zu Windisch-Graetz Tragically Died

  February 10, 2010 at 6:01 am by

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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

Funeral of Archduchess Regina

  February 10, 2010 at 5:31 am by

Archduchess Regina's coffin is carried from the church, with two of her grandsons carrying her royal orders leading the way

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

Abdullah & Rania Inaugurate First Children’s Hospital in Jordan

  February 9, 2010 at 8:41 am by

King Abdullah and Queen Rania at the inauguration of the Queen Rania Al Abdullah Paediatrics Hospital

Their Majesties King Abdullah and Queen Rania inaugurated the country’s first hospital for children with paediatric specialties, the Queen Rania Al Abdullah Paediatrics Hospital. The hospital will cater to children from the age of 1 day old to 16 years. The hospital will co-ordinate with other hospitals in the US and the UK for consultations and cooperation. Their Majesties also inaugurated the launch of the Al Hussein Medical Centre development … Continue reading

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