Luxembourg State Visit from President McAleese

  October 17, 2009 at 4:24 am by

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Upon the invitation of HRH The Grand Duke, President Mary McAleese of the Republic of Ireland paid a state visit to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg this past Wednesday and Thursday. The President was welcomed by Grand Duke Henri and HRH Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume as she and husband Doctor Martin McAleese arrived in Luxembourg, before the delegation headed to the city for the official welcoming ceremony and a viewing … Continue reading

The Princess of Asturias – in Asturias

  October 16, 2009 at 11:55 pm by

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Today must have been a special day for Princess Letizia, as she returned to her homeland, Asturias. As you all surely remember, she was born in Oviedo, its capital. By the way, next Friday the Prince and the Princess of Asturias will be there again to attend the presentation ceremony of the 2009 Princes of Asturias Awards which is without doubt the major annual event they attend. Oviedo is already … Continue reading

Emperor & Empress at 50th Anniversary of Japanese Ex-Pat Convention

  October 16, 2009 at 6:42 pm by

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan

On October 14, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended a gathering in Tokyo to mark the 50th anniversary of a convention for Japanese people living abroad. Some 200 people of Japanese descent from 20 counties attended the assembly. The Emperor stressed the importance of immigrants for helping other countries understand Japan better. He reminded that the history of Japanese emigration had started 141 years ago, when the first Japanese immigrants … Continue reading

King Albert welcomes President Yushchenko

  October 16, 2009 at 5:49 pm by

President Yuschenko and King Albert II

King Albert received Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko at Laeken Royal Palace in Brussels on October 15. During the meeting, a great number of questions were discussed, including cultural and economical cooperation, bilateral relations, as well as European and Euro-Atlantic ambitions of Ukraine. President Yushchenko gave an interview, where he stressed Belgium’s importance for Ukraine, noting: “Belgium as a representative of an Old Europe is a special partner. Cooperation with Belgium … Continue reading

Queen Silvia receives ‘Courage Prize’

  October 16, 2009 at 5:31 pm by

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Today Queen Silvia of Sweden recieved the ‘Courage Prize’ in Bad Iburg, Germany. The Queen received the ‘Courage Prize’ for founding the ‘World Childhood Foundation’ in favour of abused and disadvantaged children in Bad Iburg the same day. The prize is endowed with 5,000 Euro. Silvia was awarded by Gerd Schoewing ; Chairman of the ‘Courage’ committee. Earlier in the day more then 600 people gathered around the city hall, … Continue reading

Bomb Scare for Swedish Princess

  October 16, 2009 at 1:53 am by

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A suspicious package caused the bomb squad to decend on the World Childhood Foundation headquarters in New York City on Tuesday, October 14th. The package, which was addressed to HRH Princess Madeleine, the youngest child of TM King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, was found to contain mix tapes, undergarments, a love letter to the Princess and a proposal – but no bomb. Anika Sonnerberg, a spokeswoman for the … Continue reading

October 2009 Newsletter: The 1980s

  October 16, 2009 at 12:28 am by

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This month’s newsletter focusses on the 1980′s, a decade of economic and social change. The fall of communism shifted into higher gear, with revolutions in Poland, Hungary, China Romania and Czechoslowakia, which resulted the end of the cold war in 1989. Multinationals started relocating their manufacturing processes to Asian countries, and the economy revived after a severe oil crisis. This was the decade of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, the … Continue reading

Sound of the Dynasty: music written by Romanovs to be performed for the first time

  October 15, 2009 at 12:24 pm by

Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich

Music written by members of the Romanov dynasty is to be performed for the first time on October 20, during the concert that will take place in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. Among the pieces to be performed are polkas, songs, marches, ballads and romances written by Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich and Grand Duchess Alexandra Iosifovna (wife of Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolayevich, second son of Nicholas I), … Continue reading

Queen Sofia and the Alzheimers Project

  October 14, 2009 at 7:05 am by

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Yesterday the Queen of Spain, as Executive Chairman of the Queen Sofia Foundation, attended a work meeting with the Minister of Science and Innovation, Carmen Garmendia, and directors of Instituto Carlos III at Zarzuela Palace. The main issue of the meeting was to inform the Queen on the Minister’s advances and projects in research of Alzheimer’s disease in Spain, as well as the plans which will allow Spain to join … Continue reading

Grand Duke Henri & Son at Government Reception

  October 14, 2009 at 6:34 am by

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Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg and his eldest son Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume gave a reception yesterday at the Grand-Ducal Palace in Luxembourg after the opening ceremony of the new term (2009/2010) of the Chamber of Deputies, Luxembourg’s parliament. Grand Duchess Mari­a Teresa was not in attendance, presumably due to a recent operation. For more information, please see this thread.

Prince Overboard – Frederik in Sydney for the WMG

  October 14, 2009 at 5:46 am by

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HRH Crown Prince Frederik ended up in the drink of Sydney Harbour earlier today, during his 35+ Tasar sailing competition at the 2009 World Masters Games in Sydney, Australia. The 13-16°C weather in Sydney today created a chilly experience for the Prince. Due to strong winds between Point Piper and Mosman Bay, Frederik and his partner Chris Meehan saw their boat, Nanoq, capsize before they had even competed. The pair … Continue reading

Azerbaijani President Meets Jordan’s King and Queen

  October 14, 2009 at 12:56 am by

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King Abdullah II and Queen Rania welcomed the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, and his wife in Amman on Monday. The President is visiting Jordan on a two-day visit in response to an invitation by His Majesty. King Abdullah and the Azeri President held talks on bilateral cooperation, the latest developments in the region as well as peace making efforts. The two leaders also discussed the possibility of benefiting from … Continue reading

King Albert and Queen Paola in a private audience with the Pope

  October 13, 2009 at 6:58 pm by

The King and Queen with the Pope

King Albert and Queen Paola were received in a private audience by Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday. As customary for a Catholic Queen, Paola wore a white veil (in contrast to other women, who have to wear black veil), while King Albert kneeled before the Pope. A note published by the press office of the Holy See reported: “In the course of the cordial discussions issues concerning Africa, international politics, … Continue reading

Birgit Nilsson Prize 2009

  October 13, 2009 at 4:11 pm by

King Carl Gustaf at the Birgit Nilsson Prize Ceremony

Today Swedish King Carl Gustaf awarded the Spanish opera tenor and conductor Placido Domingo with the first Birgit Nilsson Prize, created by late Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson. The Birgit Nilsson Prize was handed out during a ceremony at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm on October 13, 2009. Queen Silvia also attended the ceremony. The prize is worth 1 million dollars and is one of the biggest prizes in classical … Continue reading

President Welcomes Wrong King

  October 13, 2009 at 3:52 pm by

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Today King Harald V formally opened the 6th Sami Parliament. The King held an opening speech during the ceremony, that was also attended by Queen Sonja. The ceremony began with singing the King’s Song in Norwegian and Sami. After that the president of the Sami Parliament, Egil Ollie, held his welcome speech. During his speech he welcomed the wrong King! “On behalf of the Saami Parliament, I welcome His Majesty … Continue reading

Prince Albert II Gives Ronaldinho A Golden Foot

  October 13, 2009 at 6:29 am by

Prince Albert with Ronaldhino

Prince Albert II of Monaco was present at the Golden Foot Award yesterday. Here he presented the Brazilian soccer player Ronaldo de Assi­s Moreira, better known as Ronaldinho, with the Golden Foot 2009. The award honours a soccer player for his entire carreer, the player has to be above 29 years old. The player of AC Milan won with 43.755 votes. Second came Real madrid star Rául and the third … Continue reading

Duke of Vendôme Quarrels With Father

  October 13, 2009 at 6:07 am by

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A new classic Orleans feud has been made public in this weeks issue of Point de Vue. This time the heir to the dynasty, prince Jean, attacked his father, the count of Paris. The count is the head of the Orleans family and one of the pretenders to the French throne. The count recently married Micaela Cousiño in a religious ceremony in Arcangues. The couple married in a civil ceremony … Continue reading

Old News About Queen Paola’s Father Makes Headlines

  October 13, 2009 at 5:13 am by

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A new book about the father of Belgium’s Queen Paolo is set to hit bookstands in the coming weeks. In it, the authors ‘reveal’ that Paola’s father was a senator from 1934 till 1944, during the time Mussolini’s fascist party was in power. Don Fulco, who was a hero from WWI, was put on trial in 1945 and found guilty for co-responsibility for the crimes of Fascism. The authors presented … Continue reading

Racing Prince Bernhard Suspended

  October 13, 2009 at 4:50 am by

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‘De Telegraaf’ reports that Prince Bernhard of Orange-Nassau, second son of Princess Margriet of The Netherlands, has been punished on Sunday by the directors of the final races at the circuit of Zandvoort. The prince was suspended for the final race of the Tango Dutch GT4 Championship, in which he would participate together with Danny van Dongen in a Corvette C6. The reason for this was an incident at the … Continue reading

Royal Attendance in Monaco for Cancer Gala

  October 13, 2009 at 1:06 am by

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Last Friday, October 9th, members of several royal houses descended upon the tiny principality of Monaco to attend the European Organization for the Research and Treatment of Cancer gala. HSH Prince Albert II, the Sovereign Prince of Monaco played host to HRH The Crown Princess of Sweden, TRH Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz of Belgium, and TRH Prince Guillaume and Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg for the charity gala, which was … Continue reading

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