Princely Family comes out to Celebrate National Day

  August 20, 2009 at 6:09 am by

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Last Saturday, August 15th, the Princely Family of Liechtenstein came out in the country’s capital Vaduz to celebrate National Day. HSH Prince Hans-Adam II, the sovereign of the tiny principality, and his wife HSH Princess Marie Aglaë were at the head of the festivities. The couple were joined by their eldest son, HSH Hereditary Prince Alois, and his family (wife HSH Hereditary Princess Sophie and three of their children Princess … Continue reading

Jordan Royal Family’s Summer Holiday

  August 19, 2009 at 4:42 pm by

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King Abdullah of Jordan, Queen Rania and their four children have been enjoying Italy and the South of France according to Rania’s twitter enteries and pictures. Queen Rania was spotted shopping and walking around Porto Cervo, Sardenia. Speaking about Italy, Queen Rania said on her twitter page “In Italy…gosh I hadn’t realized how much I’d missed it!” After Sardenia, the royal family went to the South of France. Queen Rania … Continue reading

Prince Harry Passes Helicopter Course

  August 18, 2009 at 8:16 pm by

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“Delighted,” is the word to describe Prince Harry these days. On Sunday, it was revealed that he passed his basic helicopter pilot course with flying colors. This, after he has completed the required 40 hours of the course, where he learned to land and take-off, as well as handling some emergencies. Now, the third in line to the throne could move on to learning to operate a military helicopter during … Continue reading

August 2009 Newsletter: The 1960s

  August 18, 2009 at 4:09 am by

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This month’s newsletter focuses on the Swinging Sixties, the age of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, the age of Pop Art and hippies. No less than 32 African countries gained independence, while African American communities mobilized to demand their civil rights to be acknowledged and respected. Student protests in Europe and the States immobilized those countries, while the Vietnam War was raging in the former Indochina. But even in … Continue reading

Mette-Marit and the “Coming-Out” Stories

  August 16, 2009 at 1:22 pm by

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Princess Mette-Marit has written the preface of a book about several ‘coming out’ stories of various Norwegians. The book is due to come out in August; and is entitled “Skapsprengerne” (in English: “Those who blow up the closet”). The book deals with tolerance and understanding for homosexuals. The book, which will be divided into two parts, presents new research on homosexuality directed at people working with youth, and 17 coming-out … Continue reading

Saudi Princess robbed worth $15.5mil from hotel in Italy

  August 16, 2009 at 6:05 am by

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A Saudi Princess, who was not named, has been robbed worth of $15.5million (11million Euros) in cash and jewellery while she was not in the room. The Saudi Princess was on her summer vacation staying in one of the world’s elite destinations in Porto Cervo, Sardinia. Italian media reports say that the thieves used a master key to enter the room before ripping a safe from the wall. “The thieves … Continue reading

These days in History – August 11-14

  August 15, 2009 at 12:57 am by

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Many interesting historical events happened on August 11 – 14: legendary battles, death of the most famous woman in history, first and last days for a number of Monarchs… If you want to learn what important things happened in (royal) History on these August days, read on. August 11, 2492 BC – The defeat of Bel by Hayk and founding of the Armenian nation The legend of Hayk, as typical … Continue reading

Vote in the July 2009 Picture of the Month Polls!

  August 14, 2009 at 11:14 am by

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Please vote in the July 2009 Picture of the Month Polls! The Official Poll features pictures showing the official side of royalty. This month’s Informal Poll showcases Royal Children and Candid Pictures. The polls will remain open until 30 August 2009.

Princess Haya continues European Tour for Children’s Hospital

  August 14, 2009 at 7:41 am by

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The wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Princess Haya bint Al Hussein has visited Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust and Evelina Children’s Hospital at Guys’ and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, which are two children’s hospitals in London. Princess Haya’s visit comes as part of a tour to visit children’s hospitals across … Continue reading

Carbuncles and Consequences

  August 13, 2009 at 11:37 pm by

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Well it’s two for two with Prince Charles versus ‘Monstous Carbuncles’ and, having successfully weathered the anger, spite, outright bile and downright slander of the vanquished, we now look to the future. A future in which the developers have drawn up a shortlist of ten architectural firms who have been asked to submit new master-planning plan for London’s Chelsea Barracks redevelopment site. Five of those firms have links to Prince … Continue reading

The Battle of Britain Begins

  August 13, 2009 at 3:04 pm by

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The Battle of Britain (the “Eagle Day”) began on August 13, 1940 with the Luftwaffe launching a series of attacks on British fighter bases and radar installations. Shortly before the Battle was to commence, Winston Churchill gave one of his most famous morale-boosting speeches (during the Battle of France) where he braced the nation for the war, saying: “…that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand … Continue reading

King Albert buys New Yacht

  August 13, 2009 at 11:43 am by

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New controversy hits Belgium while the royals are enjoying their holiday. It has become known that King Albert II of Belgium has bought a new yacht, the “Alpa” of 27 m long, 6.3 m wide, and capable of going up to 30 knots. According to the website of deredactie.be, the yacht is a “Technema 90″, built by the shipyard Rizzardi. Research of Soir Magazine has revealed that the catalogue price … Continue reading

Hidden Treasures of the Romanovs: Saving the Royal Jewels

  August 13, 2009 at 10:38 am by

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William Clarke has written a book (due to be published in England in September), where he tells the story of how some of the Romanov Jewels were saved. William Clarke is by no means a novice when it comes to researching the history of Russian Imperial Jewels. Former financial editor of the London Times, Clarke has already explored a similar theme in his book “The Lost Fortune of the Tsars”, … Continue reading

On August 12, 1904 Tsarevich Alexei was born

  August 13, 2009 at 9:08 am by

Tsarevich Alexei in 1912

Exactly 105 years ago, in 1904, the only son of Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra was born. The Emperor wrote in his diary: “An unforgettable great day for us, during which we were clearly visited by the grace of God. At 1.15 during the day Alix gave birth to a son, whom in prayer we have named Alexei.” The great joy he brought into the lives of his family members … Continue reading

Tongan King’s Foreign Trip after Ferry Tragedy

  August 13, 2009 at 4:39 am by

King George Tupou V of Tonga

There has been criticism in the New Zealand media of the Tongan King’s trip to Scotland recently. The criticism has arisen as Tonga has recently suffered the tragic sinking of a ferry, with many people perishing. At least 149 people were on board, with 54 survivors having being found, and 2 bodies. The number dead is unconfirmed. The ferry was in a questionable condition at the time, and for many … Continue reading

Head of Decapitated King Returned to Ghana

  August 12, 2009 at 3:18 pm by

King Nana Badu Bonsu II

After nearly two centuries in the Netherlands, the head of King Nana Badu Bonsu II has been returned to Ghana. In the 1830s, the Ahanta King allegedly ambushed and killed the Dutch colonial soldiers who occupied the region, during an exchange of hostilities, according to the Ghana News Agency. The attack on the Dutch soldiers was a grave offense to the Dutch, who colonized the area that is now known … Continue reading

Thai People Celebrate Queen’s 77th Birthday

  August 12, 2009 at 6:11 am by

Queen Sirikit of Thailand

The world’s longest serving consort of a monarch, HM Queen Sirikit of Thailand, celebrates her 77th birthday today. Several festivels will today will mark the Queen’s Birthday throughout Phuket. A mothers and daughters fashion show entitled ‘My mom is beautiful’, candle-lighting ceremony later this evening and Phuket Rajabhat University will host a variety of activities. August 12 is also marked as Mother’s Day in Thailand.

Prince Laurent in Hospital

  August 12, 2009 at 3:46 am by

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Prince Laurent has been admitted to the Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, in Brussels, since last Sunday, due to pneumonia. The Prince was on holiday in Sardinia, visiting friends, when he suddenly realized he was getting feverish. Fearing that he had the H1N1 variant of the flu, he insisted on being treated in Belgium as soon as possible. The family was flown back to Brussels and the Prince was admitted to a … Continue reading

Madeleine & Jonas – Engagement Interview

  August 11, 2009 at 3:40 pm by

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The engagement of Princess Madeleine and her fiance Jonas Bergström was announced this morning by the Royal Court. Later the newly engaged couple gave a press conference at the Soliden Palace at the island of Oland. You can find a video of the press conference here. During the interview we got to know that Jonas proposed to Madeleine in Capri, on June 12th. There has not been chosen a date … Continue reading

Princess Madeleine Engagement

  August 11, 2009 at 2:19 am by

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It has been announced by the Swedish Court that Princess Madeleine is engaged to be married to her long-time boyfriend Jonas Bergström. After rumours of the engagement were published in some Swedish media outlets over the last few days, the news has become official with the announcement on the Swedish royal family website. It has been reported that the families of the couple had a celebratory dinner together on Sunday, … Continue reading

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