King Albert opens doors for the homeless

  December 18, 2009 at 2:46 pm by

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Belgium is hit by the first winter cold and snow, which is always a difficult time for the homeless people in the country. The lack of available places for homeless people and asylum seekers is a hot political topic in the country. Recently, Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme said that he felt deeply for the affected people, and the government would try to solve the problem as best as they … Continue reading

Christmas Photos 2009

  December 18, 2009 at 8:59 am by

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Yesterday the Royal Family of Norway gathered together for the annual Christmas shooting at the Palace. In the Great Hall a giant gingerbread house was set up and decorated in the traditional way. King Harald and Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Prince Sverre Magnus and Marius took part in this year’s photo shooting. The gingerbread house was large enough so the children can actually … Continue reading

2009 Prince Claus Prize

  December 17, 2009 at 9:31 pm by

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The Dutch Royal Family yesterday attended the 2009 Prince Claus Prize awards ceremony. Attended by HM Queen Beatrix and TRH the Prince of Orange, Princess Máxima, Prince Constantijn (who presented the award as honorary chairman of the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development), Princess Laurentien, Prince Friso (also honorary chairman) and Princess Mabel; this year’s award went to Colombian architect Simón Vélez, who has been investigating how bamboo can … Continue reading

Princess Letizia presents the “Stela Poject” Awards

  December 17, 2009 at 9:02 pm by

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Yesterday, the Princess of Asturias attended the presentation of the “Stela Project” Awards in its 14th edition in Madrid. The Stela Project is an initiative created in 1995 and promoted by the Down Syndrome Foundation of Madrid, whose aim is to facilitate the incorporation to a normal environment of work to persons with Down Syndrome or an intellectual disability. It’s addressed to companies that bet for the full integration of … Continue reading

Jordan’s King & Queen Check on Latest Development

  December 16, 2009 at 9:50 pm by

King Abdullah and Queen Rania at the citadel

On Tuesday, Their Majesties King Abdullah and Queen Rania visited the Jabal Al Qalaa, which houses the Amman Citadel, the capital’s ancient heritage site. Jabal Al Qalaa is one of the oldest areas in Amman which has recently undergone rehabilitation by the Amman Municipality as part of its plans to revive the city centre. King Abdullah issued directives to provide the site with the infrastructure services needed to preserve its … Continue reading

Victoria & Daniel Set Up Wedding Foundation

  December 16, 2009 at 12:30 am by

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HRH Crown Princess Victoria and her fiancé, Daniel Westling, have set up their own wedding foundation – the ‘Kronprinsessparets Bröllopsstiftelse‘ (Crown Princess Couple’s Wedding Foundation). According to the press release issued today by the Royal Court, the foundation aims to “promote children and young people in Sweden, in order to combat exclusion and promote good health.” It’s initial objectives are to foster the care and upbringing of children and adolescents, … Continue reading

Prince William Gives Moving Speech to Military Heroes

  December 16, 2009 at 12:28 am by

Princes William and Harry speak with soldiers at the awards

Tuesday evening, British royal brothers, Princes William and Harry, attended the Sun Military Awards to pay tribute to the UK’s servicemen and women. The star-studded event was held at the Imperial War Museum, and was hosted by The Sun newspaper. William told the troops it was “a privilege and an honor” to wear the same uniform as them. “This country is blessed with its Armed Forces,” the future King said … Continue reading

Climate Exhibition in Copenhagen

  December 14, 2009 at 4:46 pm by

Princess Victoria and Prince Frederik at the event

On Saturday Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark attended a climate event in Copenhagen, Denmark. Crown Prince Haakon opened the Norwegian Pavilion at the climate technology exhibition “Bright Green”. At “Bright Green” hundreds of companies with a focus on environmental technology exhibit. The Expo is the greatest side-event at the UN Climate Change Conference COP15. During the opening Prince Haakon … Continue reading

Prince William is a “Redneck,” Says Pink

  December 13, 2009 at 8:34 pm by

US singer Pink

U.S. pop singer, Pink, is publicly badmouthing Britain’s Prince William for his stance on hunting animals. She recently told music bible, Q magazine, that she wrote the second in line to the throne a letter criticising him for the blood-sport. To her surprise, William responded. “I wrote to him to protest about fox hunting and I figured he would be this stuffy, privileged a**hole. But he’s like a red-neck from … Continue reading

December 2009 Newsletter: The New Millenium

  December 13, 2009 at 7:34 pm by

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The first decade of the new millenium is one of rapid and violent changes. Early on, the world is shocked by the 9/11 attacks, and many more would follow. The relative peace and quiet that had reigned the West was shattered, and the retaliating Allied Forces shook the fragile equilibriums in the Middle East. One energy crisis followed another, and the end of this decade is marked by a financial … Continue reading

Queen Noor Attends Dubai International Film Festival

  December 13, 2009 at 7:08 pm by

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Jordan’s Queen Noor, widow of late King Hussein, attended the 6th Annual Dubai International Film Festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex. Yesterday, Her Majesty, delivered a speech during DIFF 2009 Cultural Bridge Panel, accompanied by Julia Bacha, director of the Cultural Bridge Gala Film Budrus – which was screened immediately prior to the panel discussion-, Hollywood Producer, Mike Medavoy, and MIT Professor, Rebecca Saxe. Last Wednesday Queen Noor was … Continue reading

2009 Royal Variety Performance

  December 13, 2009 at 7:11 am by

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HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh attended the 2009 Royal Variety Performance on December 7th, in Blackpool. The star-studded bash, hosted by comedian Peter Kay, included performances by Bette Midler, Canadian crooner Michael Bublé, singer Mika and the winner of X-Factor Alexandra Burke. But it was two American starlets who stole the show, through their risqué and “outlandish” performances – Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga. While … Continue reading

Wyclef Jean: “Where’s the Princess?”

  December 13, 2009 at 6:23 am by

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On Friday night the Crown Princely couple of Norway and Mette-Marit’s son Marius attend the Nobel Peace Prize concert at Oslo Spektrum. The artists from celebrated Barack Obama- this year’s winner of the Nobel Peace Prize- and wanted to spread a message of peace. The Nobel Concert was hosted for the eleventh time and was presented by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. Among the artists were Alexander Rybak ,this … Continue reading

Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony 2009

  December 11, 2009 at 11:20 pm by

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The awards ceremony for the 2009 Nobel Prize Awards took place at the Stockholm Concert Hall last night, Thursday December 10th. The awards were presented by HM King Carl XVI Gustaf, as he does each year. The entire Swedish Royal Family was also in attendance. Although meant to begin at 16:30 local time, the Swedish royals were running a little behind schedule, and as such, the ceremony was delayed a … Continue reading

Nobel Peace Prize 2009

  December 10, 2009 at 1:00 pm by

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Today the members of the Norwegian Royal House attended the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony at Oslo City Hall, at which US President Barack Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009. Barack Obama was awarded for his efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Norwegian Nobel Committee accentuated the importance of the President’s vision “Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured … Continue reading

Watch the Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony Live!

  December 10, 2009 at 6:14 am by

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On December 10th, the 2009 Nobel Prizes will be awarded to this year’s recipients. In Norway, US President Barack Obama will be presented with the Nobel Peace Prize at 13:00 local time, in the presence of the Norwegian Royal Family. In Sweden, King Carl XVI Gustaf will present the five Nobel Prizes of Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, Literature and Economic Sciences to twelve laureates at 16:30 local time. Each ceremony may … Continue reading

Jordan’s Prince Among Six Proposed New IOC Members

  December 9, 2009 at 8:09 pm by

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Prince Faisal of Jordan was nominated by the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday for election at the IOC general assembly in Vancouver in February. Faisal is the younger brother of King Abdullah II of Jordan and he is the President of Jordan’s Olympic Committee. His half-sister, Princess Haya, is already an IOC member and head of the International Equestrian Federation. Also nominated were the secretary general of the New Zealand … Continue reading

Dutch Royals attend CLAUS! Play

  December 9, 2009 at 6:44 am by

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Queen Beatrix, Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien attended a play in honour of their late husband and father, Prince Claus, on December 6th. The play, entitled CLAUS!, showcased the late Prince’s love of Africa, and his relationship with the Dutch Antilles and Suriname. CLAUS! was produced by the Stichting Julius Lives! foundation, under the initiative of Dutch MP John Leerdam. The play was completely sold-out, which is a wonderful demonstration … Continue reading

Crown Princess Mary visits Afghanistan

  December 9, 2009 at 6:12 am by

Princess Mary speaks with a soldier in Afghanistan

Crown Princess Mary has recently returned from a secret visit to Danish troops serving in Afghanistan. The visit took place on November 29 and 30. Visiting the province of Helmand in southern Afghanistan, Mary was joined by the President of the Folketinget, Thor Pedersen, and the Danish Defence Minister, Soren Gade. The group arrived at Camp Bastion in Helmand on Sunday November 29th. From there, they visited the Danish army … Continue reading

A Monogram for Victoria & Daniel

  December 8, 2009 at 3:50 pm by

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Today we got to know how Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling’s monogram will look. The monogram was designed by Vladimir A. Sager Lund. He works as a heraldic artist at the National Archives and began to work at the monogram last summer. The future Crown Princely Couple’s monogram consists of a V which intertwine in two slightly inclined Ds, and a crown. The monogram will be used on special occasions, … Continue reading

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