“Gigante Nadal”: King Juan Carlos Watches On As Rafa Makes History

  June 11, 2017 at 11:17 pm by

King Juan Carlos and Rafael Nadal

The former King of Spain, Juan Carlos I, was in the stands at Roland Garros on Sunday afternoon to watch his countryman, Rafael Nadal, make tennis history as he became the first player in the Open era to win the same Grand Slam tournament a staggering ten times. Mr Nadal defeated Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka in straight sets, 6-2 6-3 6-1, to take home the historic French Open trophy. The Spanish Royal Court issued … Continue reading

The Duke of York Joins Falklands War Commemoration Service

  June 11, 2017 at 5:49 pm by

The Duke of York

The Duke of York was present today at the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel at Pangbourne College in Berkshire for a service commemorating the 35th anniversary of the end of the Falklands War. He joined over 800 veterans and their families for the service, during which he gave a reading. Prince Andrew served in the Falklands War aboard the HMS Invincible, an aircraft carrier where he was a Sea King helicopter pilot. Argentina surrendered on June … Continue reading

Keep Up! Mia Tindall Enjoys Day at Polo With Cousins

  June 11, 2017 at 5:33 pm by

Mia Tindall and Prince William

Today, Zara and Mike Tindall with their three-year-old daughter Mia, as well as the Duke of Cambridge, were seen at a polo match at the Beaufort Polo Club. Little Mia proved to be quite the handful as she was chased her cousin Prince William across the field. Mia is already said to have “quite a personality”. Mike has also said that Mia loves being active outdoors and started horse riding last … Continue reading

On This Day: Abdication of Greece’s Constantine I

  June 11, 2017 at 5:00 am by

King Constantine I of the Hellenes

One hundred years ago today, the first reign of King Constantine I of the Hellenes came to an end as he was forced into exile by the British and French Allied forces. Constantine, who had ascended the throne in March 1913, was determined to keep Greece neutral during the First World War – a stance that was not agreeable to either the Allied or the Central Powers; nor the Greek Prime … Continue reading

Palace Profile: Neuschwanstein Castle

  June 11, 2017 at 4:00 am by

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein above the village of Hohenschwangau Location: Hohenschwangau, Bavaria, Federal Republic of Germany Built: 1868-1892 Architect: Eduard Riedel Commissioned By: Ludwig II of Bavaria Style: Romanesque Revival Rooms: 15 Current Owner: Bayerische Verwaltung der staatlichen Schlösser, Gärten und Seen for the Bavarian State Current Use: Tourist attraction Fun Fact: Despite the large amount of time and money Ludwig III spent on the Castle’s construction, he only spent eleven nights there before he died A full list of … Continue reading

Margrethe and Henrik Celebrate Golden Wedding Aboard The Dannebrog

  June 10, 2017 at 10:03 pm by

Prince Henrik and Queen Margrethe

The Queen and Prince Consort of Denmark have celebrated their golden wedding anniversary privately abroad the Danish royal yacht Dannebrog today. A few photographs of the couple were released on Saturday, as they relaxed on the ship and presented the Dannebrog crew with commemorative medals minted to mark the anniversary. All members of the royal family and the royal court have also received the medal.

On Your Marks: Princess Mary At The Free From Bullying Relay

  June 10, 2017 at 2:32 pm by

Crown Princess Mary

As she does each year, Crown Princess Mary was present for the Free From Bullying Children’s Relay in Copenhagen’s Fælled Park on Saturday.  The Princess joined the over 1,800 children participating in a warm-up before starting the race, and then handed out medals to the children as they crossed the finish line. The purpose of the relay is to bring children together into one community, which “everyone is entitled to a place … Continue reading

Duke of Cambridge Reviews Irish Guards Ahead of Trooping

  June 10, 2017 at 11:05 am by

The Duke of Cambridge

At Horse Guards Parade today in London, the Duke of Cambridge took the Colonel’s Review ahead of next week’s Trooping the Colour, the official celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday. Prince William, astride his mount Wellesley, inspected the troops of the Irish Guards, the regiment of which he is Royal Colonel. He then joined the 1,400 troops from across the Household Division that will be taking part in Trooping the Colour … Continue reading

Abdullah and Rania Celebrate 24 Years of Marriage

  June 10, 2017 at 5:57 am by

Queen Rania and King Abdullah

Saturday June 10th marks the twenty-fourth wedding anniversary of King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan. The couple were married in a lavish ceremony held at Zahran Palace in 1993. On February 7, 1999 King Abdullah II ascended the throne following the death of his father, the late King Hussein. He named his wife Rania as Queen in a Royal Decree issued in March the same year. The couple have … Continue reading

Princess Madeleine of Sweden At 35: Her Top Five Fashion Moments

  June 10, 2017 at 3:00 am by

Princess Madeleine

Sweden’s Princess Madeleine today celebrates her thirty-fifth birthday. Her fashion choices over the years she has been undertaking royal engagements have been influenced by their time period (like the multitude of shiny satin evening gowns she and her sister Victoria wore in the mid-2000s), but in recent years, Madeleine has really hit her fashion stride. 5. The fact she was literally days away from giving birth did nothing to take away … Continue reading

Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary, Margrethe and Henrik!

  June 10, 2017 at 2:00 am by

Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik on their wedding day

Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik, the Prince Consort today celebrate their golden wedding anniversary (50 years of marriage) – tillykke! The couple were married on June 10, 1967 at the Holmens Kirke in Copenhagen after getting engaged the previous October. The Bishop of Aalborg, Erik Jenson, led the wedding ceremony, which was attended by dozens of royals and nobles from around Europe (notably absent was the bride’s youngest sister, Queen Anne-Marie … Continue reading

Abdication Law Approved By Japanese Parliament

  June 9, 2017 at 11:03 pm by

Emperor Akihito

The Upper House of the Japanese Parliament on Friday approved a special law that will allow Emperor Akihito, 83, to abdicate within the next three years. It was the final step in granting the Emperor’s wish to retire, after he made his desire known in a television broadcast last August. It is expected the Emperor’s abdication will be set for December 2018, to coincide with his 85th birthday. It will … Continue reading

King of Morocco Promotes Sister-in-Law To ‘Royal Highness’

  June 9, 2017 at 10:57 pm by

Lalla Oum Keltoum

An official bulletin published by the Moroccan Royal Court on June 8th has announced that King Mohammed VI has promoted his sister-in-law, Lalla Oum Keltoum, to the style of Royal Highness. The change in her title was made in a Dahir (Royal Decree) dated March 14. The Dahir states the King wished to grant “the proper protocol position” to his sister-in-law. Princess Lalla Oum Keltoum is the wife of the King’s only brother, Prince Moulay Rachid. … Continue reading

King Felipe Confirms Posthumous Order of Civil Merit To Spanish London Attack Victim

  June 9, 2017 at 6:11 pm by

King Felipe

At the Spanish Embassy in Kazakhstan on Friday, King Felipe VI signed a Royal Decree confirming the posthumous awarding of the Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit to Ignacio Echeverría, the Spanish victim of last Saturday’s terrorist attack in London. Mr Echeverría, who worked for HBSC in London, was given the honour by the Spanish Government on recommendation by Prime Minster Mariano Rajoy to recognise his “heroic and exemplary act” … Continue reading

A Royal Guard Inspection At Huseby Leir

  June 9, 2017 at 3:36 pm by

King Harald

In the drizzling rain, King Harald V inspected the Hans Majestet Kongens Garde at their Oslo barracks, Huseby Leir, on Friday. He was accompanied by Crown Prince Haakon. The King went on to present annual awards to two guards. The Guard’s Watch, given to the ‘best guard of the year’, was awarded to Leading Private Siri Karine Borge Thøgersen, who is the first female to receive the honour since its inception in 1934. Lieutenant Even … Continue reading

Queen of Bhutan Opens Bhutan-Thailand Festival

  June 9, 2017 at 11:31 am by

Queen Jetsun Pema

Bhutan’s Queen Jetsun Pema has attended the opening day of the first Bhutan-Thailand Festival at the Youth Development Fund Multipurpose Hall in Thimphu on Friday. The Queen was given a tour of the festival, which is being held to celebrate the friendships and “shared common spiritual heritage” between Bhutan and Thailand. Several of the festival’s exhibitions have been designed to focus on areas of cooperation between the two countries. Among the … Continue reading

Countess of Wessex Visits Girlguiding Headquarters

  June 9, 2017 at 7:56 am by

The Countess of Wessex

On Thursday evening, the Countess of Wessex was present at a reception hosed by Girlguiding UK at their headquarters in London. Wearing a lovely deep blue peplum top and black skirt, Sophie chatted with Girlguiding advocates and staff about their work, and how girlguiding helps young women achieve their goals. Sophie has been the organisation’s President since 2003. The Countess of Wessex, President of @Girlguiding, has attended a reception at … Continue reading

Flashback Friday: Japan Gains A New Crown Princess

  June 9, 2017 at 4:00 am by

Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako

On June 9, 1993, Japan gained a new Crown Princess as the country’s Crown Prince Naruhito married his long-time love, Masako Owada, in a traditional Shinto ceremony at the Kashikodokoro shrine in the Tokyo Imperial Palace. The newlywed couple, after changing from traditional Japanese wedding robes, then reported their marriage to Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, the groom’s parents, who in accordance with tradition did not attend the actual ceremony. … Continue reading

Princess Marie Presents ‘Prix littéraire des Ambassadeurs’

  June 9, 2017 at 2:10 am by

Princess Marie

As patron, Denmark’s Princess Marie presented the ‘Prix littéraire des Ambassadeurs’ on Thursday at the French Embassy in Copenhagen. This year’s prize went to Rwandan author Scholastique Mukasonga, for her novel Our Lady of the Nile (Nilens Vor-Frue in its Danish publication).  The Prix littéraire des Ambassadeurs is presented annually to promote knowledge in Denmark of the culture of French-speaking countries. Princess Marie of Denmark presented 2017 "Prix litteraire des Ambassadeurs" award with a … Continue reading

Arise, Sir Leek! Camilla’s Day of Fun at The South of England Show

  June 8, 2017 at 6:54 pm by

The Duchess of Cornwall

The Duchess of Cornwall had an intriguing day at the South of England Show on Thursday, what with all the knighting farm folk and petting stick insects she did. During her rounds of the show grounds, the Duchess came across Farmer Giles (actor Callum Arnott) who all but demanded the Duchess knight him – which she quickly did, with a leek. “‘Is that it? Just on the one shoulder? Oh, you’re not the … Continue reading

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