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

Swedish Coat of Arms

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

Prince Philippe visits Fire-Struck Nursing Home

  August 8, 2009 at 1:50 pm by

Prince Philippe arrives at the nursing home

Prince Philippe returned from his holiday in France to visit the nursing home which was struck by a terrible fire last Thursday evening. Nine of the residents died in the fire, which was probably caused by a short circuit in a television or an electrical fan. First, the Prince went to the mortuary to greet the bodies of the nine victims. He sympathised with the families, who were also present. … Continue reading

Danish Princesses Support the Danish Fashion Industry

  August 8, 2009 at 9:47 am by

Princess Mary admires a necklace at CIFF, August 2009

Denmark’s two princesses, Mary and Marie, have both been out this week to support the Danish fashion industry. The pair have attended several fashion shows and events connected to Copenhagen Fashion Week, and for Crown Princess Mary, her patronage of the Copenhagen International Fashion Festival (CIFF). Crown Princess Mary’s first Fashion Week event was on Wednesday the 5th, when she attended the Ole Yde fashion show at the Copenhagen Town … Continue reading

Qaboos’ 3 Day Visit to Tehran

  August 8, 2009 at 8:49 am by

Sultan Qaboos of Oman

Omani Sultan Qaboos bin Said al-Said arrived on Tuesday morning in Tehran; where he met with the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He was welcomed by the president at the presidential office. The two leaders discussed developing bilateral relations, expanding cooperation in different fields, as well as exchanging points of views towards a number of regional and international issues. Oman … Continue reading

Bahrain PM’s Official Visit to Thailand

  August 7, 2009 at 6:56 pm by

Bahraini Coat of Arms

The Prime Minister of Bahrain, Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, will pay a visit to Thailand starting August 9-11 by the invitation of the Thai government, according to Vimon Kidchob who is Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Department of Information. Sheikh Khalifa will meet with His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and with Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to discuss bilateral … Continue reading

Duchess of Kent Honors Young Musicians

  August 7, 2009 at 2:14 pm by

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The Duchess of Kent was treated to a special concert at the Ryedale Festival tea party. Young musicians from the Future Talent Champions charity played a concert for over 100 people at the Kirkby Misperton Village Hall. Ken Overton, who is the festival’s chairperson told the Gazette Herald, “the concert was fantastic and very emotional. Each of the young people who played have started to achieve, but haven’t reached the … Continue reading

Christening of Prince Aristides Stavros

  August 7, 2009 at 5:00 am by

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The long-awaited christening of Prince Aristides Stavros, the youngest son of Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie Chantal, took place on August 6. The baby Prince, who is the youngest grandchild of King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, was christened in Aghioi Anargiroi monastery near the town of Ermioni. Members of the Greek Royal Family and some of their closest relatives from other Royal Families, including Queen Sofia … Continue reading

Willem-Alexander & Máxima to sue Associated Press

  August 7, 2009 at 4:21 am by

The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands

TRH the Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima have launched legal action against American media outlet Associated Press (AP). The action comes after AP published several photos of the couple and their three daughters – Princesses Catharina-Amalia, Alexia and Ariane – taken at the luxury Villa La Angostura ski resort in Argentina, where the family is currently holidaying. The RVD (Government Information Agency) sent a letter to the AP headquarters … Continue reading

King of Bahrain’s Mother Passes Away

  August 6, 2009 at 11:21 pm by

Bahraini Coat of Arms

The Royal Court of Bahrain announced that Shaikha Hessa bint Salman Al Khalifa, the King of Bahrain’s mother, had passed away. King Hamad was at the forefront of the funeral prayers this morning along with His Highness Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander, Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa as well as senior members of the royal family.

Princess Irene at 70: “I Struggled with my Royal Status”

  August 6, 2009 at 1:04 am by

Princess Irene of the Netheralnds

In an exclusive interview to celebrate her 70th birthday, HRH Princess Irene of the Netherlands has spoken of her struggle to accept her royal status. During the interview/documentary which was aired on Tuesday night in Holland on Nederland 2, Irene told how she couldn’t cope with the separation between herself and the people her royal title and family brought. “I always wanted to be a normal human being,” the Princess … Continue reading

Death of Princess Felicitas von Preussen

  August 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm by

German Empire (Prussian Imperial) Coat of Arms

Princess Felicitas, the eldest great-granddaughter of Kaiser Wilhelm II, passed away on Saturday (01.08.09), at the age of 75. Her family made the announcement of her death yesterday, on the Royal Family’s website, but did not reveal the cause of death.   Princess Felicitas was fifth in an unbroken line of first-born children starting with Victoria, Princess Royal (Queen Victoria’s eldest child). The line continues with her own eldest daughter, … Continue reading

Mette-Marit at the opening of the Hamsun center

  August 5, 2009 at 3:44 pm by

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Yesterday, August 4th, Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended the opening of the Hamsun center at Hamarøy. The opening of the Hamsun Centre in his childhood home place Hamarøy, is part of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Norwegian author Knut Hamsun. About 2000 visitors attended the opening of the center. Princess Mette-Marit, who is the patron of the Hamsun year, opened the building. The museum is … Continue reading

This Day in History – August 4

  August 4, 2009 at 8:38 pm by

August 4

August 4 is marked by all sorts of events, starting from the world’s first public smoking ban and the end of the Age of Chivalry in England, to the birth of ‘most dangerous woman in Europe’. If you want to learn what important things happened in the (Royal) History on August 4, read on. Edward I August 4, 1265 – The Battle of Evesham, one of the two most important … Continue reading

Dubai Ruler Wins Endurance Race, Gets Six Month Ban

  August 4, 2009 at 5:44 pm by

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid

His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, won the 120-km Euston Park Endurance ride which took place on Monday. Sheikh Mohammed completed the race in 5 hours 7 minutes and 47 seconds while the Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum won 2nd place. The royals competed against 118. The FEI has found … Continue reading

Sheikha Mozah on Vanity Fair’s Best-Dressed List

  August 4, 2009 at 5:02 pm by

Sheikha Mozah and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy

Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al Missnad has made the Vanity Fair 2009 International Best-Dressed List for the very first time. Sheikha Mozah has been on the international scene many times in Couture pieces as as Valentino, Jean Paul Gaultier, Stephan Rolland and Chanel which are just a few to name. Sheikha Mozah has also been seen in a number of shoes by the famous designer Christian Louboutin. She made a … Continue reading

Is the Georgian Dynastic Marriage Over?

  August 3, 2009 at 7:00 pm by

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In February of this year Georgia celebrated what most called “wedding of the century” for the country: the dynastic marriage of Prince David Bagration-Mukhrani and Princess Anna Bagration-Gruzinsky (see this blog entry). The marriage was celebrated in a ceremony at the Tbilisi Sameba Cathedral and was attended by practically all members of the Bagration Family, Government officials, foreign diplomats and members of the European Royal Families. Georgian media widely covered … Continue reading

100th Anniversary of the Historical Meeting of Nicholas II and Edward VII

  August 3, 2009 at 5:58 pm by

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Today is the 100th anniversary of the historical meeting between Emperor Nicholas II of Russia and King Edward VII of the United Kingdom. The meeting significantly improved the relationships between the two countries. The Russian Emperor, accompanied by his wife and all 5 children, arrived at the Isle of Wight on the Imperial Yacht Standart, which was escorted by Russian Cruisers and Destroyers. King Edward VII prepared a no-less impressive … Continue reading

Unlikely Union of Views: Russian Government and Opposition – “Monarchy may be what we need”

  August 3, 2009 at 10:21 am by

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One of the prominent Russian politicians recently disclosed that the Kremlin Administration is considering reinstatement of Monarchy (constitutional Monarchy) in Russia, akin to the British model. The Russian Government believes that the Monarch could be the person who would be able to unify the country and serve as an important symbol in troublesome times. Now, it appears that the Opposition has much the same views. It can now be revealed … Continue reading

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