95th Birthday of Duke Carl von Croÿ

  October 11, 2009 at 10:02 am by

The Ducal Family of Croÿ Coat of Arms

Carl, 14th Duke of Croÿ celebrates his 95th birthday today. One of the oldest surviving Royals, Duke Carl is the Head of Princely House of Croÿ. He was born as Carl Emanuel Ludwig Petrus Eleonore Alexander Rudolf Engelbert Benno on October 11, 1914 to Karl Rudolf, 13th Duke of Croÿ and his wife Nancy Leishman, an American heiress and daughter of Pittsburgh industrialist John Leishman (former US Ambassador to Germany … Continue reading

Prince Constantijn Reaches the Big 4-0

  October 10, 2009 at 11:43 pm by

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To mark the fortieth birthday of HRH Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands, the Dutch Royal Court has released new portraits of the Prince and his family. The series features the Prince and his wife, HRH Princess Laurentien, and the couple’s three children: TE Countess Eloise, Count Claus-Casimir and Countess Leonore. There are also two individual portraits of the Prince, and in several of the images the facial similarites between Constantijn … Continue reading

Haya to Launch “Stand Up & Take Action” Campaign Against Poverty

  October 10, 2009 at 8:30 pm by

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Under the patronage of her role as UN Messenger of Peace and Chairperson of International Humanitarian City, Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, the wife of the UAE’s Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, will launch the “Stand Up & Take Action” campaign between October 16-18, 2009. The “Stand Up & Take Action” (SUTA campaign), which is organised in the UAE by the … Continue reading

75th Anniversary of King Alexander I of Yugoslavia’s Assassination

  October 10, 2009 at 6:13 pm by

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A memorial service was held today to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the assassination of King Alexander I of Yugoslavia. The ceremony was attended by members of the Yugoslavian (Serbian) Royal Family, including Crown Prince Alexander II, Crown Princess Katherine, Prince Philip, Prince Vladimir and Princess Brigitta. Also in attendance were Serbian President Boris Tadic and Minister of Defense Dragan Sutanovac. The remembrance service was followed by an exhibition dedicated … Continue reading

King Mohammed VI Officially Opens Moroccan Parliament

  October 10, 2009 at 3:56 pm by

King Mohammed VI of Morocco

Last Friday, King Mohammed VI officially opened the Moroccan Parliament. He began by addressing both houses of Parliament. In his speech, the King called for the creation of an economic and social council that would serve in an advisory role to the legislature and also to the executive branch of the Moroccan government. According to an article in Agence Maghreb Arabe Presse, the King stated that the council should be … Continue reading

Princess Leonida’s 95th birthday celebrated with release of new pictures

  October 10, 2009 at 3:40 pm by

Grand Duchess Leonida

The official website of the Russian Imperial House released new pictures to celebrate the 95th birthday of Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Leonida Georgievna. The pictures are rare opportunity to see Leonida Georgievna because she has largely withdrawn from public eyes following her husband’s death. Apart from the pictures, the message of congratulations from Kirill I, Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia was also released. The Patriarch congratulated Leonida Georgievna … Continue reading

Queen Victoria’s descendants suffered from ‘Christmas Disease’

  October 9, 2009 at 7:20 pm by

Tsarevich Alexei in 1912

“Science” journal published results of a study which found that some of Queen Victoria’s male descendants suffered from a severe form of blood clotting disorder Haemophilia B, also known as the Christmas Disease. Although it has already been known that the British Queen’s descendants were affected by Haemophilia, this is the first time the exact form of the disease was identified. The scientists examined DNA samples extracted from the remains … Continue reading

Throne of Qianlong Emperor Breaks Auction Records

  October 9, 2009 at 6:57 pm by

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The Throne of a Chinese Emperor from Qing Dynasty’s Qianlong period was sold at Sotheby’s for record-braking $11 million – the highest price for any Chinese piece of furniture ever sold. The frenzied bidding lasted 10 minutes, with 36 bids from all over the world. The winning bid by an unnamed Shanghai businessman considerably exceeded the highest estimate of $4 million. Nicolas Chow, Sotheby’s International Head of Chinese Ceramics and … Continue reading

Bulgaria’s former Tsar, Simeon Saxe-Coburg, in a whirlwind of controversies

  October 9, 2009 at 6:23 pm by

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Although his life was never controversy-free, Bulgaria’s former Tsar and Prime Minister found himself in the midst of not one but several allegations recently. Several Bulgarian officials threatened Simeon Saxe-Coburg with court actions because he had allegedly been given more than the double of compensation he was entitled to under the country’s restitution process. In 2003, the Bulgarian Parliament, which was controlled by Simeon’s party at the time, decided to … Continue reading

King Harald Opens Parliament

  October 9, 2009 at 1:47 pm by

King Harald during the 2009 opening of parliament

Today King Harald, Queen Sonja and Crown Prince Haakon attended the opening of the Norwegian Parliament, Stortinget, in Oslo. As every year the parliament was formally opened by the King , who also gave out the throne speech in Parliament. The throne speech was a review of the government’s work plans for the coming year. It contained no political news, but dealt with all the main points that the government … Continue reading

Belgian Royals open ‘Son of Heaven’ Exhibition

  October 9, 2009 at 11:22 am by

Princess Mathilde and Princess Maria Laura at the exhibition

On October 8, the royal family, including Princess Maria Laura, daughter of Princess Astrid, attended the opening of the prestigious “Son of Heaven” exhibition at the Palace of the Fine Arts in Brussels. It is the opening exhibition of the cultural festival Europalia China. The King and Queen opened the exhibition in the presence of the Vice President of China, Xi Jinping. Prince Philippe, Princess Mathilde, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz, … Continue reading

Princess Ariane Hospitalised with Respiratory Problems

  October 9, 2009 at 8:56 am by

Princess Ariane of the Netherlands

The Dutch Royal Court today revelead that HRH Princess Ariane, the youngest daughter of TRH The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima, was admitted to hospital yesterday with respiratory problems resulting from an infection to her upper breathing system. In the press release, the RVD stated that Princess Máxima spent the night at the hospital with her daughter, and that the two-year-old will be released Friday morning, Dutch time. This … Continue reading

Crown Prince Frederik Elected to IOC

  October 9, 2009 at 8:27 am by

Crown Prince Frederik at the conference

Crown Prince Frederik has been elected to the International Olympic Committee, as the representative for Denmark. The Prince was elected by a majority vote of 77 to 9, plus six absentee ballots. The election took place in Copenhagen at the 121st IOC Congress. His election has already been celebrated in Denmark, with the President of the Danish National Olympic Committee, Nils Nygaard, congratulating the Prince and stating what this means … Continue reading

Felipe and Letizia in USA

  October 9, 2009 at 7:57 am by

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The Prince and Princess of Asturias arrived on Sunday in the USA to start a three-day visit to New Mexico and Chicago. Their Royal Highnesses visited on Monday the new facilities of the National Hispanic Cultural Centre in Albuquerque, and the Cervantes Institute, which was inaugurated by the Prince and Princess in their visit in 2004. Afterward they went to New Mexico Univiersity (they already visited in 2004) where they … Continue reading

Winners of the Nobel Prize 2009

  October 9, 2009 at 5:45 am by

Emblem of the Nobel Prize

During the week, the Nobel Prize committee in Stockholm announced the winners of the Nobel Prizes in Medicine, Physics, Chemistry and Literature. On Monday, the winners of the Nobel Prize in Medicine were announced. The prize is shared by Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak for “the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase”. Medicine 2009 On Tuesday, the winners of … Continue reading

Barack Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize 2009

  October 9, 2009 at 5:31 am by

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Today the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced that the Nobel Peace Prize 2009 goes to US President Barack Obama. He recieves the prize “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”. You can read the official announcement here: Nobel Peace Prize 2009. The Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony will take place in Norway’s capital Oslo on December 10th. The prize is annually handed out by King Harald V … Continue reading

“Victoria – Queen of the Time”

  October 8, 2009 at 11:33 am by

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In November, the book “Victoria – rottning med tiden” (Victoria – Queen of the time) will be released. Author Herman Lindqvist takes the readers to a journey through the life of Sweden’s next Queen: Crown Princess Victoria. The book also deals with her struggle for love, the secret meetings and Daniel Westling’s illness and about her starting a family. Herman Lindqvist was Victoria’s private history teacher and the Royal Family … Continue reading

Queen Sofia Returns to Greece

  October 8, 2009 at 4:33 am by

Queen Sofia at the exhibition

After her private visit to attend the baptism of Prince Pavlos and Princess Marie Chantal’s fifth child, Queen Sofia arrived yesterday at Thessaloniki from Athens, where she was since Monday, to attend the official inauguration of “El Miró de Mallorca” exhibition. The exhibition, which will run until February 5 2010, is organized by the Teloglio Foundation and Pilar i Joan Miro of Mallorca, and shows more than 400 works made … Continue reading

New Portraits Mark Nine Years of Grand Duke’s Reign

  October 7, 2009 at 11:10 pm by

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The Court of the Luxembourg Grand Ducal Family today released a series of new family portraits to mark the ninth anniversary of HRH Grand Duke Henri’s accession to the throne. The set of fourteen photos features the entire Grand Ducal Family; and for the first time included Princess Tessy, the wife of Prince Louis, and the couple’s two sons, Gabriel and Noah, in an official photo with the whole family. … Continue reading

Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Parma To Marry Dutch Journalist

  October 7, 2009 at 12:46 pm by

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Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Parma, the eldest son of the Duke of Parma and Princess Irene of The Netherlands, will get married. The family announced today that the prince will marry Annemarie Gualthérie van Weezel next year. Prince Carlos Javier Bernardo of Bourbon-Parma, Prince of Piacenza, was born in Nijmegen on 27 January 1970. He studied Economy, History and Political Sciences at the Wesleyan University in Connecticut and Demographics and Philosophy … Continue reading

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