Following in Grandpa’s Footsteps: Lady Louise Participates In Carriage Driving at RWHS

  May 14, 2017 at 8:06 am by

Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor

13-year-old Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor may look very much like her paternal grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II; but there is one interest she shares with her paternal grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh: carriage driving. On the final day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show this morning, Louise was seen at the helm of a one-horse carriage leading the Champagne Laurent-Perrier Meet of the British Driving Society into the arena. She was in a red … Continue reading

Palace Profile: Royal Palace of Brussels

  May 14, 2017 at 4:00 am by

Royal Palace of Brussels

The facade of the Royal Palace of Brussels at dusk Location: Brussels, Kingdom of Belgium Built: 1775-1783 (original buildings); 1820-1829 (renovation); 1903-1909 (expansion to current form) Architects: Louis Montoyer (original); Tilman-François Suys (renovation); Alphonse Balat and Henri Maque (expansion) Commissioned By: Willem I of the Netherlands (renovation); Leopold II of the Belgians (expansion) Style: Neoclassical Current Owner: The Belgian State Current Use: State events hosted by the Belgian Monarchy, offices of the Belgian Royal Family Fun Fact: Underneath the Palace lies … Continue reading

Party At The Palace: “Gardens Have Not Seen This Much Fun, Ever!”

  May 13, 2017 at 6:08 pm by

Prince Harry, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William

Over 850 children who have had a parent killed while they were serving in the British Armed Forces were invited to a special garden party at Buckingham Palace on Saturday afternoon. The event was hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Featuring face painting, cake and cookie decorating stalls, magicians, water balloons, science experiments and lots of music and dancing zones, Prince Harry declared that “the Buckingham … Continue reading

Family Day Out For The Wessexes and The Phillipses At Royal Windsor Horse Show

  May 13, 2017 at 5:44 pm by

Isla and Savannah Phillips

Three of the youngest descendants of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip enjoyed the fun and games set-up as part of the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Saturday, strapping themselves in for some rock climbing before hurling themselves down an inflatable slide. James, Viscount Severn played with Savannah and Isla Phillips throughout the afternoon, watched on by their parents. The trio – who are 10th, 14th and 15th in line to the … Continue reading

Queen Silvia Opens New Silviahemmet House

  May 13, 2017 at 3:57 pm by

Queen Silvia and King Carl Gustaf

A new Silviahemmet custom housing for suffers of dementia was opened by Queen Silvia today in Ekerö. This Silviahemmet – called SilviaBo – is different to others established by the organisation, as it consists of adapted apartments for couples that have one partner suffering from dementia, instead of the traditional nursing home set-up. “We live in an ageing society. More and more people live longer…it’s a fantastic development! But it also brings … Continue reading

Princess Beatrice Runs For Charity

  May 13, 2017 at 1:24 pm by

Princess Beatrice

Princess Beatrice took part in the 5k Lady Garden race which was held in Hyde Park. The 28 year old royal took part in the marathon to raise money for the Silent No More Gynaecological Cancer Fund. Around 500 people took part in the race. Princess Beatrice finished the marathon safely. She posed for a few pictures with other runners taking part. Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images … Continue reading

Princess Margriet and Princess Laurentien Attend ECF Princess Margriet Awards 2017

  May 13, 2017 at 9:35 am by

Princess Margriet and Princess Laurentien

Last Tuesday, May 9, Princess Margriet and Princess Laurentien was present at the European Cultural Foundation Princess Margriet Awards 2017 held at the music venue and cultural center Paradiso in Amsterdam. The laureates of the 2017 edition were: the literary writer and columnist Aslı Erdoğan from Istanbul; the novelist, orientalist scholar and journalist Navid Kermani from Cologne; the saxophonist and composer Luc Mishalle from Brussels and the visual artist Marina … Continue reading

On This Day: Maria Theresia Is Born

  May 13, 2017 at 8:00 am by

Maria Theresia of Austria

300 years ago today, the only female ruler of the Habsburg Monarchy was born at Homburg Palace in Vienna. Maria Theresia was the eldest daughter of Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor. Prior to her birth, Charles had issued a new act of succession to allow any daughters of his to succeed the throne ahead of his two nieces, the daughters of the previous ruler, Joseph I. As Maria Theresia was only … Continue reading

Guillaume and Stéphanie Visit Venice For 57th Biennale

  May 12, 2017 at 6:37 pm by

Stephanie and Guillaume of Luxembourg

The Hereditary Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg are making a brief trip to Italy today and tomorrow, where they will attend the opening of the 57th Biennial of Contemporary Art of Venice. On Friday, Guillaume and Stéphanie attended the preview of the Biennial, stopping in at the Luxembourg Pavilion where they viewed the set-up by Luxembourg’s representative artist, Mike Bourscheid, entitled ‘Thank you so much for the flowers’. The Biennial opens on Saturday … Continue reading

More Stepping Up: Prince William Meets Kenyan President, Holds Investiture

  May 12, 2017 at 2:43 pm by

Prince William

Continuing his recent increase in stately duties, the Duke of Cambridge today welcomed the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, to Buckingham Palace for an audience. Joining the pair was the Kenyan First Lady, Margaret Wnjiru Gakou. Later in the day, Prince William hosted an investiture at the Palace where he presented various honours to people from all sectors of Britain. Amongst them was Scottish skier Myrtle Simpson, who was the first woman to ski … Continue reading

Prince Carl Philip Turns Game Tester During Visit To EA Development Studios

  May 12, 2017 at 2:33 pm by

Prince Carl Philip

During his visit today to DICE, the Stockholm game development studio of Electronic Arts (EA), Prince Carl Philip was given the opportunity to test some of their development technology, including the race car simulators. “It’s fascinating what you can do. It’s almost hard to know if you are in reality or in the game,” the Prince said as he assisted in filming human movement shots for an upcoming Star Wars video game. … Continue reading

Sheikha Al Jalila Learns To Snowboard

  May 12, 2017 at 11:26 am by

Sheikha Al Jalila

Despite the desert climate of her home country, Sheikha Al Jalila bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is learning to snowboard. Photos posted on the Instagram account of her mother, Princess Haya bint Hussein of Jordan, earlier today show the nine-year-old posing with a snowboard and during her snowboarding lesson at an indoor snow centre in Dubai. من قال بأنها لا تثلج في دبي! #الثلج #التزلّج #التعلّم #دبي Who says … Continue reading

On This Day: Coronation of George VI of the United Kingdom

  May 12, 2017 at 6:00 am by

George VI of the United Kingdom on his day of coronation

Eighty years ago, King George VI of the United Kingdom was crowned in an elaborate coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey. He had taken the throne the previous December, upon the abdication of his elder brother, Edward VIII. The date was originally scheduled for the abdicated King’s coronation, but after the abdication was kept for the new King. Little was changed to the centuries-old coronation service, except for the Coronation Oath … Continue reading

Flashback Friday: The Romanians Make a State Visit to Britain

  May 12, 2017 at 4:00 am by

Queen Marie and King Ferdinand of Romania

May 12, 1924: Romania’s King Ferdinand and Queen Marie (born a Princess of Edinburgh)  upon their arrival to the Port of Dover for their state visit to the United Kingdom, as part of a diplomatic tour of Western Europe. They were guests of Marie’s first cousin, King George V.

Funeral of Baron Niclas Silfverschiöld

  May 11, 2017 at 5:28 pm by

The funeral of Baron Niclas Silvfverschiöld

At the Erska Church in Sollebrunn on Thursday, Baron Niclas Silfverschiöld was farewelled by his family and close friends. Princess Désirée, the late Baron’s wife, was joined by the couple’s children and grandchildren, as well as King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, the Crown Princess Couple, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia, and her three sisters. From Denmark, Princess Benedikte and her son Gustaf, Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg attended; from Norway … Continue reading

The Duchess of Cambridge Visits Luxembourg For Treaty of London Anniversary

  May 11, 2017 at 5:09 pm by

The Duchess of Cambridge and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie

The 1867 Treaty of London was commemorated yesterday in Luxembourg City, with members of the Grand Ducal Family in attendance, along with the Duchess of Cambridge. Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie and Prime Minister Xavier Bettel joined Kate at the Luxembourg City Museum for a tour of a new exhibition showcasing the history of the tiny country in honour of the anniversary. The 1867 Treaty was confirmation of … Continue reading

On To The Netherlands: Costa Rican President Continues Europe Tour

  May 11, 2017 at 2:37 pm by

Queen Maxima, the President of Costa Rica, King Willem-Alexander

President Luis Guillermo Solís of Costa Rica continued his European tour in the Netherlands this week (he was previously in Spain before heading north Wednesday), where he and his wife were welcomed to Noordeinde Palace by the King and Queen on Thursday afternoon. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima held a luncheon in honour of President Solís and First Lady Mercedes Peñas Domingo, which followed a private audience. The two couples posed for a group photograph … Continue reading

Recycled H&M Skirt For Princess Mary At Copenhagen Fashion Summit

  May 11, 2017 at 2:07 pm by

Crown Princess Mary

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark today attended the Copenhagen Fashion Summit conference at the DR Concert Hall. Wearing a repeated black, cream and burgundy floral skirt from H&M with a burgundy blouse, Mary was in the audience with over 800 leaders from the worldwide fashion sector for several panel debates. Later in the evening, the Princess – who is patron of the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, an “international conference focusing on sustainable fashion” … Continue reading

Queen Letizia Visits Seville For World Red Cross Day Celebration

  May 11, 2017 at 10:30 am by

Queen Letizia

The Queen of Spain was in Seville on Thursday where she attended the annual conference at the Teatro de la Maestranza hosted by the Spanish Red Cross to mark World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. Held this year with the theme ‘Women, Commitment and Solidarity’, hundreds of individuals associated with the organisation from across the country were present. Queen Letizia – wearing a repeated grey embellished Carolina Herrera dress – gave … Continue reading

Princess Irene of Greece Turns 75

  May 11, 2017 at 4:00 am by

Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark

Today is the 75th birthday of Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark, the younger daughter of the late Paul I of Greece and Frederica of Hanover. Irene was born in Cape Town, South Africa during the Royal Family’s exile during the Second World War. She was named after her paternal aunt, the Duchess of Aosta; the name meaning ‘peace’ in Greek. Along with her parents and siblings (Constantine and Sofia), Princess … Continue reading

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