Announcing the winners of the August 2013 Picture of the Month Poll of the Month Polls: August 2013 Official Picture of the Month Poll: First Place: The Netherlands Second Place: Monaco Third Place: Sweden and Norway Royal Summer Sports! (August 2013 Informal Picture of the Month Poll): First Place: The Netherlands Second Place: Sweden Third Place: Norway Congratulations to all winning teams!
The Government Information Service in the Netherlands has today revealed their plans should King Willem-Alexander pass away before his heir, daughter Catharina-Amalia, reaches the age of 18. In such an event, Queen Máxima would become the regent for the Princess of Orange until she turns 18 in December 2021. The Queen would have parental authority over her three children – Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane. She would also … Continue reading
King Juan Carlos is reported to be comfortable and in recovery following a successful temporary hip replacement, but will need further surgery in two months time. The 75 year old Spanish Monarch underwent the surgery last Tuesday at Madrid’s Quiron hospital. Over the past few days, the King has recieved family visits from the Queen and Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia with their daughters, Infantas Leonor and Sofia. Infanta Elena … Continue reading
September 30th, 2013 The Duke of Edinburgh was back in Norfolk today where he paid a visit to the Dersingham Bog Nature Reserve. The 92-year-old Prince was all smiles in the autumnal sunshine as he walked with the aid of a stick around the site. The Duke is patron of the Conservation Volunteers, who have been working on preserving this nature reserve site in Norfolk. Prince Philip recently flew up … Continue reading
As UNICEF’s first eminent advocate for children and also a member of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel (HLP), Queen Rania accompanied her husband King Abdullah II of Jordan during his visit to New York City last week to attend the 2013 UN General Assembly. The Queen’s first appearance was on September 23rd, when she attended the “Education Cannot Wait” conference which was organized to support the UN Secretary General’s … Continue reading
It has been revealed today the joint coat of arms for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Conjugal Coat of Arms was approved this year by HM The Queen earlier this year but it was not shown to the public till today. The coat of arms was designed by The College of Arms in London. The Conjugal Arms show the the separate shields of a royal husband and wife … Continue reading
It has been announced today that Prince George, the son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will be christened on October 23, 2013. The christening will take place at the Chapel Royal in St James’s Palace. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will perform the christening. Prince George was born at St Mary’s Hospital in London on July 22. For the discussion and latest details visit the christening thread.
FEI President, Princess Haya of Jordan, has announced that she will not be seeking a third term as president of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI). Princess Haya’s term ends in November 2014, she was elected in 2006. Currently, the FEI Presidents can only run for two terms, each term lasting four years. A few months ago, the FEI body announced that they would request to extend the presidency for an … Continue reading
On Tuesday September 24th, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde visited Hasselt in the Province of Limbourg. The Royal Couple arrived at 11 o’clock and were welcomed by Governor Herman Reynders in the Provincial House where they signed the Golden Book. After being presented to deputies, mayors and 120 invited guests, the King and the Queen met a delegation of Ford workers who are losing their job following the closure of the … Continue reading
Crown Princess Mary today officially named the newest container ship of the A.P. Møller-Mærsk fleet. The event took place at Langelinie, in the presence of Crown Prince Frederik, the Danish Interior and Economy Minister, Margrethe Vestager, and Ane Maersk McKinney Uggla, at ten in the morning. “I name you ‘Majestic Maersk’. I wish you safe navigation. May you and your crew have successful activities in the oceans, for the benefit of your crew, your … Continue reading
Last week, Queen Mathilde was in New York to attend the United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit, “Architects for a Better World”. On September 18th, the Queen participated in a side event co-hosted by UNICEF and Global Compact Belgium with the theme ‘Children’s rights are everyone’s business’. ”I am delighted to see that my country, Belgium, is a frontrunner in mobilising the business community on children’s rights”, she said in her … Continue reading
It has been confirmed that Prince Harry will be making an official visit to Australia at the beginning of October. The Prince will spend several days in Australia, attending several events in Sydney to mark the centenary of the Royal Australian Navy Fleet’s first entry into Sydney. One of the events will be viewing the International Fleet Review. Prince Harry first visited Australia in 2003, as part of his gap year. This … Continue reading
Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands has broken her cheekbone, the RVD (Government Information Service) announced today. The Princess underwent an operation to fix the break today. She will spend a few days recuperating in hospital, before returning to Huis ten Bosch Palace to recover. She suffered the break in a fall at her home, Huis ten Bosch.
Prince Félix of Luxembourg and his bride, Claire Lademacher, were yesterday wed in a religious ceremony at the Basilique Sainte Marie-Madeleine in Saint-Maximin-La-Sainte-Baume. The Roman Catholic wedding mass was celebrated by the Archbishop of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Hollerich; the Apostolic Nuncio of Guatemala, Archbishop Nicolas Thévenin; and the Bishop of Fréjus-Toulon, Dominique Rey. The couple chose to say their vows in two languages, French and German. Claire was stunning in a custom-made Elie Saab wedding gown, … Continue reading
Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser received the George Bush Award for Excellence in Public Service. Sheikha Mozah accepted the award in Washington DC by the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation on Thursday. The Award was presented to Sheikha Mozah by former President George Bush and Barbara Bush at the University of New England (UNE). The award was awarded to Her Highness for her “devoted promotion of peace and human … Continue reading
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands paid an introductory visit to the Kingdom of Spain on Wednesday September 18th. The Dutch King and Queen arrived for the one day visit at the Torrejon Air Base, where they were greeted by the Prince and Princess of Asturias. Their Majesties were accompanied by the Prince and Princess to the Zarzuela Palace outside Madrid, which is the residence of the King … Continue reading
The Spanish Royal Court has announced yesterday that King Juan Carlos will have to undergo more surgery. The aging Spanish Monarch has developed an infection near his left hip and the King will need to have the joint surgically replaced for a second time. The date of the surgery has of yet to be announced. This latest surgery comes less than a year after the King had his left hip … Continue reading
On Tuesday September 17th, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde visited Mons in the Province of Hainaut. Arriving in Mons at 11:00, the Royal Couple were welcomed at the Provincial Palace by the Mayor of Mons, Elio Di Rupo, the Governor of the Province of Hainaut, Tommy Leclercq and the Walloon Minister-President Rudy Demotte. At the Town Hall, the King and the Queen signed the Golden Book of the Province and … Continue reading
The official opening of parliament was celebrated on Tuesday in the Netherlands, the first Prinsjesdag for the new monarch, Willem-Alexander. King Willem-Alexander was joined by his wife, Queen Máxima, and brother and sister-in-law, Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien, for his inaugural speech from the throne. The royal party made their way to the Ridderzaal in horse-drawn carriages through the streets of The Hague. The King’s speech, in which he discussed the … Continue reading
The King of Swaziland, Mswati III, has revealed his intentions to marry for the fifteenth time. “I can confirm that the King has introduced to the nation a new liphovela [royal fiancee],” Mr Timothy Mtetwa, the governor of Ludzidzini Palace, told media outlets earlier this week. The introduction is believed to have taken place over the weekend at a traditional Reed Dance celebration. The bride-to-be, who will become the King’s wife only once … Continue reading