Princess Anita of Orange-Nassau turns 40

  October 27, 2009 at 4:57 am by

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HH Princess Anita of Orange-Nassau, the wife of HH Prince Pieter-Christiaan, today celebrates her fortieth birthday. Princess Anita was born Anita Theodora van Eijk on October 27th, 1969, to Leonardus Antonius and J.C.M. van Eijk. Anita was born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland and has an older sister and brother (her brother passed away when Anita was 16 years of age). From her birth, Anita was a ‘citizen of the world’. She … Continue reading

Prince Hassan participates in WANA Conference

  October 26, 2009 at 8:00 pm by

Prince Hassan bin Talal in 2006

Prince Hassan bin Talal on Sunday participated at the first WANA Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Recovery Consultation in Amman, Jordan. In his speech, the Prince called for a road map for human security in the West Asia and North Africa region, he said it is useless to talk about human, economic and natural resources without talking about the ‘carrying capacity’ of the region, which consequently leads to recovery capacity. He also … Continue reading

Magnificent 2009 Prince of Asturias Awards Presentation Ceremony

  October 26, 2009 at 7:50 pm by

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On Friday 23rd, the 2009 Prince of Asturias Awards took place at Campoamor Theatre in Oviedo, Asturias. At 18:25, the Prince and Princess of Asturias arrived at theatre to preside over the ceremony. They were accompanied by Her Majesty Queen Sofia, who always attends the ceremony, and by HRH Princess Alia of Jordan, a special guest who for the first time attended the event. Both watched the ceremony form the … Continue reading

Queen Rania’s Fashion on 3-Day State Visit to Italy

  October 26, 2009 at 7:34 pm by

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King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan just ended a three-day state visit to Italy. The couple had a busy schedule with different events, from daytime to gala dinners. At each event, Queen Rania turned up wearing a different outfit. As Queen Rania arrived in Rome, she was seen wearing a lovely navy/royal blue velvet jacket, skirt and a ruffled top matched with a wide belt picture. As the … Continue reading

Princess Ashraf Pahlavi turns 90

  October 26, 2009 at 3:15 pm by

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Her Imperial Highness Princess Ashraf Pahlavi turns 90 years old today. She was born on 26 October 1919, the second daughter and third child of the then Reza Khan Mirpanj and his wife, née Nimtaj Khanum; when Ashraf was 6, her father became Shahanshah Reza Pahlavi, Emperor of Iran, and her mother became the Queen Consort Tadj ol-Molouk. Ashrafâ’s siblings were an older sister, Princess Shams, a twin-brother, Shahanshah Mohammed … Continue reading

Posthumous Fashion Award for Princess Grace

  October 26, 2009 at 5:14 am by

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HSH the late Princess Grace of Monaco was posthumously presented with the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award last Thursday, October 22nd in a ceremony in Beverly Hills. The Princess’ son, Prince Albert II, was on hand to accept the award on behalf of his mother. During the awards ceremony and following cocktail party, which benefited the Princess Grace Foundation-USA and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Prince Albert … Continue reading

Princess Sana Asem inaugurates Game Room for Children

  October 26, 2009 at 5:05 am by

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HRH Princess Sana Asem, the Honorary President for Family and Child Care, inaugurated a Game Room for Children at the Queen Rania Al Abdullah Hospital in Petra yesterday. During the visit, Princess Sana, accompanied by the Petra District Governor Ibrahim Assaf, visited the children’s section of the hospital where she spoke with sick children and their parents, and distributed gifts. This is the eighth hospital in the Kingdom which collaborates … Continue reading

King Bhumibol Steps Out

  October 25, 2009 at 7:49 pm by

King Bhumibol yesterday at the hospital

HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who has been hospitalised for a month in Bangkok, made a surprise public appearance on Friday in the garden of the Siriraj Hospital where he is being treated. The King was wheeled down from his suite in an electric wheelchair, and raised his arm in response to greetings on the way down and in the garden. He appeared no worse than he has in the past, … Continue reading

1929-2009 Engagement of Prince Umberto and Princess Marie José

  October 24, 2009 at 4:35 am by

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80 years ago the engagement was announced between HRH Prince Umberto of Savoy, Prince of Piedmont, and HRH Princess Maria José of Belgium. The union between the 25-years-old son and heir of King Vittorio Emanuele III and Queen Elena of Italy and the 23-years-old daughter of King Albert I and Queen Elisabeth of the Belgians was planned since the two Princes were only children – probably during the First World … Continue reading

Imperial Family Welcomes Guests to Garden Party, Celebrates Anniversaries

  October 23, 2009 at 2:18 pm by

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko welcomed 1,699 distinguished guests to their annual Autumn Garden Party at the Akasaka Gyoen garden. Prince Akishino, Princess Kiko, Princess Takamado and Princess Akiko of Mikasa attended the party as well. The guests included actress Mitsuko Mori, astronaut Koichi Wakata and director Yojiro Takita. The Emperor broke the rule of never inquiring about a lady’s age and asked Mitsuko Mori: “You’re almost 90, aren’t you?” … Continue reading

Jordanian Royals State Visit to Italy, Day 3

  October 23, 2009 at 11:28 am by

Jordanian Coat of Arms

Day 3 was their Majesties’ last day of the 3 day State Visit to Italy. On the last day King Abdullah, Queen Rania and Princess Zein attended the Jordanian-Italian Business Forum in Milan. Giving a speech at the forum, King Abdullah said Jordan is qualified to serve as a gateway into the region for foreign investors, he also underlined the need to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. After the forum, Queen … Continue reading

Watch the 2009 Prince of Asturias Awards Ceremony

  October 23, 2009 at 8:46 am by

Emblem of the Prince of Asturias Foundation

This evening the 2009 Prince of Asturias Award grand presentation ceremony will take place. More than a thousand journalists from more than a hundred media stations worldwide are accredited to cover the XXIX Prince of Asturias Awards. For those interested in watching the whole ceremony, it will be broadcast live on La 1 TV, and the 24 Hour Channel of TVE. Also foreign medias will broadcast it to their countries, … Continue reading

Jordanian Royals State Visit to Italy, Day 2

  October 22, 2009 at 10:09 pm by

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Day 2 of the state visit to Italy was quite busy for the royals. Their Majesties King Abdullah and Queen Rania visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Rome, where His Majesty laid a wreath on the monument. King Abdullah and Queen Rania were received by the Italian Defence Minister, Ignazio La Russa, and a number of senior Italian military officials. After the visit to the tomb, King Abdullah … Continue reading

Gala for Stortinget 2009

  October 22, 2009 at 4:40 pm by

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Today HM King Harald and HM Queen Sonja invited the Parliament’s representatives to dinner at the Palace. Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Princess Astrid also attended the gala. The gala for Stortinget is part of an over 100 year old tradition. In 1906 King Haakon first invited the members of the Parliament to a gala dinner. It was held every year since then and only interrupted by the … Continue reading

150th Birth Anniversary of Prince Ludwig Ferdinand of Bavaria

  October 22, 2009 at 10:28 am by

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Prince Ludwig Ferdinand of Bavaria was born 150 years ago, on 22 October 1859, in the Royal Palace in Madrid. He was the eldest son of Prince Adalbert of Bavaria (1828-1875) and his wife Princess Amalia, née Infanta of Spain (1834-1905); his paternal grandparents were King Ludwig I and Queen Therese of Bavaria, while his maternal grandparents were Infante Francisco de Paula and Infanta Luisa Carlotta of Spain; among his … Continue reading

Queen Silvia & Princess Madeleine at WCF Gala in NYC

  October 22, 2009 at 5:02 am by

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HM Queen Silvia and HRH Princess Madeleine attended the gala held to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the World Childhood Foundation USA yesterday evening in New York City. The mother-daughter duo arrived just after 6pm local time and made their entrance along the red-carpet at The Harvard Club on 35 West 44th Street in red and blue evening gowns, respectively. The two women were accompanied by Madeleine’s fiance, Jonas Bergström, … Continue reading

Concerns for Queen Fabiola’s Health

  October 22, 2009 at 12:32 am by

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The Palace announced that Queen Fabiola will not attend any of the activities of the Royal Family in near future. This, as the announcement reads, is because Her Majesty is currently recovering from pneumonia; she feels exhausted and needs rest. The Palace spokesman hastened to add that there is nothing wrong with the Queen: “She walks and moves, but she is tired and needs rest. She cannot take long walks.” … Continue reading

Crown Princess Margarita is made a Knight of Légion d’honneur

  October 21, 2009 at 11:07 pm by

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In an official ceremony which took place on Monday at the residence of Henry Paul, French Ambassador to Romania, Princess Margarita was awarded LTgion d’honneur (Legion of Honour) of the French Republic with the rank of “Knight”. Their Majesties King Michael and Queen Anne, as well as Prince Radu of Romania, were present during the ceremony. The honour was conferred by President Nicolas Sarkozy in a decree of July 8, … Continue reading

Empress Michiko’s birthday wish – a nuclear-free world

  October 21, 2009 at 10:05 pm by

Empress Michiko of Japan at 75; October 2009

On her 75th birthday, Empress Michiko issued a call for the abolition of atomic weapons and expressed hope that one day we’ll all live in a nuclear-free world. The Empress noted: “The horrors of nuclear weapons are not only the magnitude of their destruction but also the serious and tragic effects of radiation that leaves victims suffering long. I think Japan, the country that has been hit by atomic bombs, … Continue reading

Royal Court Denies Queen will Abdicate Next Year

  October 21, 2009 at 6:24 am by

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark

A new book, Royal Travels – Behind the Scenes with the Monarchy, has reported that HM Queen Margrethe II will abdicate next April 16th – the day of her 70th birthday. Written by journalist and royal expert John Lindskog, the book claims the Queen will abdicate next year to “follow her husband to his beloved home Chateau de Cayx.” Her husband, HRH Prince Henrik, is a native Frenchman and has … Continue reading

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