Emperor Akihito Addresses the Nation

  August 8, 2016 at 6:00 am by


His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan has made a televised address to the people of Japan in connection with his personal views relating to his role as Emperor. The address was pre-recorded before being televised throughout Japan earlier today.  It was only the second such address he has made since ascending the Chrysanthemum Throne 28 years ago – the first being in 2011 when the Emperor sought to give reassurance and … Continue reading

King Abdullah & Queen Rania Attend Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

  August 7, 2016 at 7:03 pm by

King Abdullah and Queen Rania

Accompanied by his wife Queen Rania and as the guest of honour, King Abdullah II of Jordan attended on Sunday the 2016 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo which took place at the UK’s historic Edinburgh Castle in Scotland. During the event the couple watched a number of tattoos performed by military bands from different part of the world including the Jordanian bands: the Royal Jordanian Honora Guard – Silent Drill Team, the Jordanian … Continue reading

Let The Games Begin! Rio Olympics Kick Off With Colourful Opening Ceremony

  August 5, 2016 at 9:57 pm by

The Rio Olympic Cauldron

The Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games has gone off in a sea of colour at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, with several royals in attendance cheering on their country’s athletes as they entered the stadium. Showcasing Brazil’s long and diverse history, the ceremony took the audience on a journey of the country’s development, with large amounts of the music and colour that Brazil is known globally … Continue reading

Some Niece-ly Support for Zara Tindall At Festival of British Eventing

  August 5, 2016 at 6:34 pm by

Savannah and Isla Phillips

Zara Tindall is competing in the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park this weekend, and her two nieces – Savannah and Isla Phillips – were on hand to cheer on their aunt in today’s dressage stage. The two youngster, both wearing simple summer dresses, kept themselves entertained during breaks in the competition, before sitting atop the bonnet of a SUV as Zara took to the course on High Kingdom.

Frederik and Mary Visit Danish – And Aussie – Athletes In Olympic Village

  August 5, 2016 at 5:29 pm by

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary

Denmark’s Crown Prince and Princess continued their rounds of meeting Danish athletes at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games today, stopping at the Olympic Village. Here they spent time chatting and posing for photos with various Danish athletes, who appreciated the support of their royals. Frederik and Mary also joined in a quick bike ride with the Danes including wrestler Mark O. Madsen and Another Royal visit. This time not only got … Continue reading

King Felipe Visits The ‘Aifos’ During Copa Del Rey

  August 5, 2016 at 3:08 pm by

King Felipe

King Felipe VI paid a visit to the crew manning his yacht, Aifos, in this year’s Copa Del Rey Mafre Sailing Cup. Although the day’s race did not go ahead due to strong winds, the King instead spent his time speaking with the crew and officials from the Royal Yacht Club de Palma. King Felipe has this year been unable to participate in the race himself, as he usually does, due to … Continue reading

After 14 Years, Princess Märtha Louise And Ari Behn Divorce

  August 5, 2016 at 1:00 pm by

Princess Martha and Ari

Princess Märtha Louise and Ari Behn are divorcing after 14 years of marriage. The shocking news was released in a statement by the couple earlier today by the royal house. “Life does not go smoothly. It has both Ari and I experienced,” says Princess Martha Louise. “But most clearly is that now, when life has made some antics we had never envisaged. In these days goes namely we two apart. … Continue reading

Flashback Friday: Princess Irene’s 9th Birthday

  August 5, 2016 at 9:00 am by

The Dutch Royal Family in 1948

August 5, 1948: Princess Juliana and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands with their four daughters – Beatrix, Irene, Margriet and Christina – attend a photo call at Soestdijk Palace on Princess Irene’s 9th birthday.

Royals Attend IOC President’s Dinner in Rio

  August 4, 2016 at 9:26 pm by

Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik

The President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, this evening hosted a dinner for IOC members at the Oceanico Convention Centre in Rio de Janeiro. Attending were Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and his wife Crown Princess Mary (who wore a recycled printed dress from Hugo Boss), King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Prince Albert II of Monaco. The Olympic Games officially begin tomorrow evening, with the opening ceremony … Continue reading

Spanish Summer Photo Session At Marivent Palace

  August 4, 2016 at 7:50 pm by

King Felipe, Queen Letizia and their daughters

King Felipe, Queen Letizia and their two daughters, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia, this evening had their annual summer photo session at Marivent Palace, their residence on the island of Palma de Mallorca. Posing for photos in the Palace gardens, the family colour-coordinated in blues and whites: while trousers and a white and navy stripped blouse for the Queen, white trousers and a blue shirt for the King and cream … Continue reading

Grand Duke Henri Marks Luxembourg Team Arrival in Rio

  August 4, 2016 at 5:34 pm by

Grand Duke Henri

As the Luxembourg Olympic Team arrived at the athlete’s village in Rio de Janeiro tonight for their official welcome, they were accompanied by Grand Duke Henri for the reception that followed. Brazilian dancers provided entertainment to welcome the latest teams to the village, ahead of the raising of the Luxembourg flag. Grand Duke Henri chatted with his country’s ten athletes during the reception. The Grand Duke is a member of … Continue reading

Pastel Princess: Sofia Attends ‘Industry Day’ in Båstad

  August 4, 2016 at 11:18 am by

Princess Sofia

Swedish Princess Sofia today was present at a series of business seminars ‘A Sustainable Tomorrow’ at the Hotel Skansen in Båstad, in conjunction with the recent partnership announcement between her charity, Project Playground and Gränslösa Möten (Boundless Meetings). Wearing a very nice pastel pink and grey pleated blouse from Hugo Boss with simple black trousers, the Princess joined 300 others in listening to speakers including former Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, who discussed … Continue reading

William, Kate and Harry Send TeamGB Good Luck As Princess Anne Attends Reception in Rio

  August 4, 2016 at 8:46 am by

Kate, William and Harry at the London 2012 olympics

A video of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry sending their support to TeamGB’s athletes in Rio has been released this morning. “We have some of the most passionate supporters in the world, and can’t wait to cheer on our athletes together this time in Rio,” Prince William says, while Harry calls the British athletes an “inspiration to us all” and encourages TeamGB to “top 2012”. Kate … Continue reading

We Go To Rio: Olympics Flashback – Sydney 2000

  August 4, 2016 at 8:00 am by

Sydney 2000

The first Olympics of the new millennium were held in Sydney, Australia and several royals made the trek “Down Under” for the event (one even managed to find a wife – while another’s was in the pool!). Vamos!: Prince Felipe cheers on Spain’s men’s handball team during a match against Sweden. Also present are Queen Sofia, a pregnant Infanta Cristina and her eldest son Juan (starring wide-eyed at his uncle’s antics) … Continue reading

Princess Mary Hands Out LEGO, Visits Danish Swimmers In Rio

  August 3, 2016 at 6:14 pm by

Crown Princess Mary

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark had a few events in today in Rio de Janeiro, first distributing LEGO to children at the EDI Institute for Child Development. 5,000 boxes of LEGO have been donated to 300 Brazilian schools as part of the VisitDenmark campaign and the Danish Business and Growth Ministry’s promotion. The Institute for Child Development runs the ‘Schools of Tomorrow’ program within Rio which provides children in the … Continue reading

Prince Hisahito Joins Parents On Visit To Niigata Prefecture

  August 3, 2016 at 3:04 pm by

Prince Akishino, Prince Hisahito and Princess Kiko

Japan’s 9-year-old Prince Hisahito has joined his parents, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, on a three-day visit to the Niigata Prefecture in the centre of the country. They paid a visit to the Niigata Prefectural Museum, where they were shown exhibitions focusing on the snowy life and culture of the prefecture, and got to inspect Jōmon period (12,000 BC-300BC) artefacts. The museum’s purpose is to teach visitors about the prefecture’s “anthropology, archaeology, folklore and history.” … Continue reading

King Abdullah Meets with King Salman in Morocco

  August 3, 2016 at 2:45 pm by

King Abdullah and King Salman

Jordan’s King Abdullah II departed on a working visit to both Morocco and Scotland today, and he has met with the King of Saudi Arabia during his stop in Tangier. The two leaders spoke of bilateral relations and the most recent developments in the Middle East. Afterwards, King Salman hosted a lunch in honour of his guest. King Abdullah will now head to Scotland, where he will be a special guest at … Continue reading

We Go To Rio: Olympics Flashback – Athens 2004

  August 3, 2016 at 9:00 am by

Athens 2004

The 2004 Summer Olympic Games returned to their home country of Greece for the first time in over 100 years. Spain’s Queen Sofia shows off her snaps to former Tsar Simeon and Queen Margarita of the Bulgarians during the Opening Ceremony. Princess Anne brings her trusty sports uniform to Greece – a Team GB bucket hat and wrap-around sunglasses – as she watches the slalom canoe final. The Danes – Prince Henrik, Queen … Continue reading

Another Big 3-0: Charlotte Casiraghi

  August 3, 2016 at 7:00 am by

Charlotte Casiraghi

A second royal celebrates their milestone thirtieth birthday today, Monaco’s Charlotte Casiraghi. Born to Princess Caroline of Monaco and her second husband Stefano Casiraghi, Charlotte has two brothers and one half-sister. After father was killed in a boating accident when she was four, Charlotte grew up in the small French village of  Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. She has long been a budding equestrienne, competing for several years in show jumping competitions. She has also worked as … Continue reading

Luxembourg’s Prince Louis Turns Thirty

  August 3, 2016 at 6:00 am by

Prince Louis of Luxembourg

Prince Louis of Luxembourg, the third son of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, today celebrates his thirtieth birthday. He was born at the Maternité Grande- Duchesse Charlotte Hospital, and was educated in Luxembourg, Switzerland and the US before attending Richmond, the American International University in London, where he graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art in Communications. In September 2006, Louis married Tessy Antony – their … Continue reading

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