A Busy Day in Bergen

  November 27, 2009 at 8:48 am by

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On Wednesday Crown Princess Mette-Marit visited Bergen where she had a busy day. In the morning, the Princess visited the Bergen Red Cross where she made an hour long visit. The Red Cross in Bergen was established in 1894 and has 4000 members. Afterwards Mette-Marit visited the Robin Hood house. This is a meeting place in downtown for people who are struggling with poverty. There the Princess took her time … Continue reading

State Visit to South Africa

  November 27, 2009 at 8:26 am by

King Harald and President Zuma

Their Majesties King Harald V of Norway and Queen Sonja paid a three-day State Visit to South Africa. The Royal couple traveled with a delegation of representatives of Norwegian leadership, culture and business. The King and Queen were welcomed by President Jacob Zuma and Mrs. Zuma with a solemn welcome ceremony at the Union Buildings. After the welcoming ceremony, there were bilateral talks between the Royal Couple and the President … Continue reading

The Duke and Duchess of Lugo announce their Divorce

  November 26, 2009 at 8:53 am by

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Yesterday the end of the marriage of Infanta Elena and Jaime de Marichalar was announced, in an official statement by the couple’s lawyers. In the statement, the lawyers declared that Infanta Elena and Jaime have and will always have a good relation as parents for the well being of their childern. On 13 November 2007, Infanta Elena and Jaime announced the “end of their conjugal living.” Jaime will be no … Continue reading

King of Spain visits Malta for First Time

  November 26, 2009 at 8:48 am by

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Yesterday afternoon King Juan Carlos of Spain arrived at Malta’s International Airport to start a two-day official visit. This is the first time that a Spanish Head of State visits the country. It was expected that Queen Sofia would be accompanying the King in this journey, however she cancelled at the last minute due an indisposition. His Majesty was welcomed by the President of the Republic of Malta, Dr. George … Continue reading

HGD Guillaume visits the US

  November 26, 2009 at 12:02 am by

Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg

Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume was recently on a working visit to the United States. The four-day visit took place between November 16th and 19th. HRH paid visits to the states of Delaware, Michigan and Ohio where he visited various industrial businesses. Guillaume visited the corporate headquarters of DuPont de Nemours in Wilmington, DE, the Guardian Industries and Delphi Automotive in Auburn Hills and Troy, MI respectively and the Goodyear Tire … Continue reading

Mette-Marit opens the world’s first Salt Power Generator

  November 25, 2009 at 3:48 pm by

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On November 24th, Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway was in Tofte, in the south of Oslo, to attend the official opening of the world’s first salt power generator. The Norwegian energy company Statkraft opened the world’s first salt power generator. It’s a system which harnesses the energy that is produced when fresh water and sea water mix. The Minister of Oil and Energy, Terje Riis-Johansen and Chairman of the Board, … Continue reading

New Property in Argentina for Willem-Alexander and Máxima

  November 25, 2009 at 3:24 pm by

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Dutch media is reporting that the prince of Orange and his wife have bought a new property in Argentina. The couple bought two acres of land on a villa park in the area of Patagonia in Argentina. Last week the prince and princess announced that they intend to sell the property that they are building on the Machangulo peninsula in Mozambique after it is completed. The project has met with … Continue reading

King Abdullah Dissolves Parliament

  November 25, 2009 at 7:55 am by

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King Abdullah of Jordan dissolved on Monday the lower house of Parliament and called for early elections. The 110-seat parliament had completed half of its four-year term after elections held in November 2007 under a controversial electoral law that reduced the representation of the main cities in favour of rural and bedouin areas. During these two years the Jordanian press has criticised the ineffectiveness of Parliament and has denounced cases … Continue reading

Felipe and Letizia in London to Award the International Media

  November 25, 2009 at 7:51 am by

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TRH the Prince and Princess of Asturias were last night in London, United Kingdom, to attend the presentation ceremony of the 2009 Foreign Press Association Media Awards, which are held by the Foreign Press Association in London (FPA). The FPA, which was founded in 1888, is an association of journalists working in the United Kingdom for overseas media. It’s one of the oldest clubs for foreign correspondents in the world, … Continue reading

Rania visits Old Shopping Markets

  November 24, 2009 at 7:53 am by

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Her Majesty Queen Rania toured Al Bokharyeh and Al Balabseh souks, which are the two of the oldest markets in downtown Amman. Queen Rania’s visit to the two souks comes as the Eid Al Adha holiday season begins. Queen Rania spoke with several shopkeepers and salespeople to check on their situations. Queen Rania also asked for the quick renovation on a few shops which were damaged by a fire in … Continue reading

Lalla Salma Chairs Ceremonies In Honor of Morocco’s National Day to Fight Cancer

  November 23, 2009 at 6:03 pm by

Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco

Lalla Salma, along with Jordanian Princesses Ghida Talal and Dina Mired, presided over several ceremonies during Morocco’s National Day to Fight Cancer. Among the events was the signing of a partnership agreement between Morocco’s Anti-Cancer Association (ALSC), and the Vaudois University Hosptial Center. According to an article in the Agence Maghreb Arabe Presse, the agreement will create training, internships, expertise, and will facilitate research in the field of cancer. Lalla … Continue reading

Princess Lalla Asma opens the Diplomatic Club Charity Bazaar

  November 22, 2009 at 10:18 pm by

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Princess Lalla Asma, sister of King Mohammed VI, chaired on Saturday the opening ceremony of the Charity Bazaar of Rabat’s Diplomatic Club, organized by the spouses of ambassadors accredited to Morocco under the patronage of King Mohammed VI. The Princess visited various stands of the bazaar. On this occasion Mrs Humera Mahmood President of the Diplomatic Club and spouse of Pakistan’s Ambassador paid glowing tribute to Princess Lalla Asma for … Continue reading

November 2009 Newsletter: The 1990s

  November 21, 2009 at 7:27 pm by

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The decade that began on January 1, 1990 and ended on December 31, 1999 was a continuation of the decade that preceded it. The decade is noted for the growth of capitalism and multi-national economies that it begat. Many companies experienced a steady economic growth that began to falter by the end of the decade. The world power structure was forever altered by the birth of the European Union, the … Continue reading

20th Anniversary of the United Nations’ Rights of the Child Celebrated in Stockholm

  November 21, 2009 at 6:09 am by

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Various royals flocked to Stockholm these past two days, to attend events to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the United Nations’ Rights of the Child convention. A private seminar on the celebration was held at the Royal Palace of Stockholm early on Thursday November 19th, and was attended by a large group of royal women: Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Madeleine, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Queen Paola … Continue reading

Archduke Otto turns 97

  November 20, 2009 at 2:12 pm by

Archduke Otto of Habsburg, in 2007

Archduke Otto of Austria, Royal Prince of Hungary and Bohemia, former Head of the Austrian Imperial Family from 1922 until his abdication in 2007, turns 97 years old today. He was born on 20 November 1912 at Villa Wartholtz in Reichenau, the eldest child of Archduke Karl and Archduchess Zita. Archduke Karl (1887-1922) was the eldest son of Archduke Otto (1865-1906, nephew of Emperor Franz Josef) and Archduchess Maria Josepha … Continue reading

Book about Royal Arctic Expedition

  November 19, 2009 at 2:06 pm by

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The experiences the Scandinavian heirs made during the travel to Svalbard and Greenland will be published in a book. Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Victoria and Crown Prince Frederik have written an own chapter about the impressions they got during the journeys. In summer 2008 the 3 Scandinavian heirs visited Svalbard. They went aboard an icebreaker to get better impressions of the climate change in the Arctic. In summer 2009 … Continue reading

Baby Joy for the Duke and Duchess of Vendôme

  November 19, 2009 at 8:06 am by

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Prince Jean and Princess Philomena, Duke and Duchess of Vendôme, welcomed a son today. The baby’s first (and so far, the only-known) name is Gaston. The little Prince is the first child for the Duke and Duchess of Vendôme, who were married earlier this year (civilly, on March 19 and religiously, on May 2). Princess Philomena’s pregnancy was announced in July. Gaston is the 8th grandchild of the Count of … Continue reading

Serbian Royals deeply saddened by the death of Patriarch Pavle

  November 18, 2009 at 3:50 pm by

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Crown Prince Alexander II, Crown Princess Katherine, Hereditary Prince Peter, Prince Philip and Prince Alexander all expressed their deepest sorrow at the passing of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle. They sent their sincere condolences to the Serbian Orthodox Church and its followers in Serbia and Worldwide. The Royal Palace released the following statement from the Crown Prince: “I am deeply, deeply saddened to learn that His Holiness has surrendered his soul … Continue reading

Sheikha Mozah launches First World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE)

  November 17, 2009 at 8:40 pm by

Sheikha Mozah at the opening

On November 16, Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, chair of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, launched the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) which is an initiative of Qatar Foundation. Addressing the Guest of Honour, Irina Bokova, newly elected UNESCO Director-General, and 1,000 opinion leaders from 120 countries, Sheikha Mozah said in her speech “Innovation in education, which is the focus of this Summit … Continue reading

Jordan’s King opens New Deaf Institute Premises

  November 17, 2009 at 8:37 pm by

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King Abdullah of Jordan opened on Tuesday the new premises of The Holy Land Institute for the Deaf in Salt (northwest of Amman). The Institute, which was opened by the late King Hussein in 1964, is a residential school providing education, rehabilitation and vocational training for hearing and visually impaired children and young people. During a tour of the new premises the Monarch met with students and he was briefed … Continue reading

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