Duke of Kent Dedicates RNLI Memorial

  September 4, 2009 at 4:21 pm by

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The Duke of Kent recently participated in a ceremony to unveil and dedicate a new memorial created to honor the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) members who have lost their lives while trying to save the lives of others. During the ceremony at the RNLI headquarters in Poole, Dorset, the Duke of Kent unveiled the 4.5 meter-high memorial. It was designed by Sam Holland ARBS. It shows a person in … Continue reading

Haakon and Mette visited Rogaland

  September 4, 2009 at 2:12 pm by

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Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit visited Rogaland on the Royal yacht “Norge” from September 1st to 3rd. On their first day the couple visited Utsira and it’s lighthouse. Later the day they visited Siratun, the Vindafjordtunet Care Centre, the Vindafjord millennium site and the Ølen Sports Centre. In the evening they attended an official dinner. During the other two days the Royal payed a visit to Gjesdal. They were seen … Continue reading

Grand Duke and Sons in America

  September 4, 2009 at 2:45 am by

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Grand Duke Henri and sons Prince Felix, Prince Louis and Prince Sebastien were in the United States early in August on a private visit to witness the dedication of the Luxembourg-America cultural centre with Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle and wife Jessica Doyle, along with various government officials from both Luxembourg and the USA. Following the ceremony, the Grand-Ducal family and Governor were given a private tour of the centre and … Continue reading

Prince Radu Duda drops bid for Presidency

  September 3, 2009 at 6:41 pm by

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Just days ago it emerged that the support ratings of Prince Radu’s presidential campaign hit double digits for the first time. That, however, was apparently not enough to keep the husband of Crown Princess Margarita of Romania in fight for Cotroceni Palace: yesterday, Prince Radu announced that his campaign is over. The Prince said he was very sad to make the decision but had ‘hopes for the future’. He maintained … Continue reading

Rwenzururu Prince to Be Crowned King in October

  September 2, 2009 at 7:10 pm by

Prince Charles Mumbere

The government of Uganda has officially recognized the Kingdom of Rwenzururu. The kingdom struggled for a while to gain recognition from the Ugandan government. President Musveni recently announced that the coronation of Prince Charles Mumbere will take place on October 19, according to an article from allafrica.com. The president’s announcement was greeted with celebration, turning the church service where the announcement was made into a jubilant atmosphere. Musveni’s statement was … Continue reading

Yelena Isinbaeva new Princess of Sport

  September 2, 2009 at 3:42 pm by

Yelena Isinbaeva

The jury for the 2009 Prince of Asturias Award for Sports, presided over by Juan Antonio Samaranch, President of the International Olympic Committee from 1980-2001, has bestowed the award to Russian athlete Yelena Isinbaeva. Members of the jury considered Isinbaeva’s life and work “one of those not only examples to others, but who have also reached new heights in man’s quest to surpass himself, and whose efforts have contributed to … Continue reading

Death of Princess Maria Cristina of Bourbon-Parma

  September 2, 2009 at 12:53 pm by

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Her Royal Highness Princess Maria Cristina of Bourbon-Parma died yesterday in Wien, aged 84. She was born in Wien on 7 June 1925, the eighth and youngest daughter of Prince Elias of Bourbon-Parma and his wife Maria Anna, née Archduchess of Austria. Her paternal grandparents were Roberto I, the last Duke of Parma, and his first wife Maria Pia, a daughter of King Ferdinando II of the Two Sicilies; her … Continue reading

Surgery for the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg

  September 2, 2009 at 1:59 am by

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The Luxembourg Grand Ducal court today announced that HRH The Grand Duchess of Luxembourg has undergone surgery. The Grand Duchess’ surgery took place at the University Saint Luc Hospital in Brussels, Belgium. It was performed under the supervision of Professor Doctor Jacques Donnez, a renowned gynecologist. The surgery has been scheduled for some time, and was completed without any complications. It is expected that the Grand Duchess will take several … Continue reading

Earl Mountbatten’s Grandson Speaks About the Murder of His Family Members

  September 1, 2009 at 9:51 pm by

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On the 27th of August 1979, Louis Mountbatten, the Earl Mountbatten was murdered along with his 14 year-old grandson, Nicholas Knatchbull, 15 year-old Paul Maxwell, and Baroness Brabourne, the 83 year-old mother in law of the Earl’s daughter. They were enjoying a leisurely holiday outing in the family’s boat on the waters off of Mullaghmore in County Sligo, Ireland, when a bomb placed on the boat was detonated by a … Continue reading

Prince Radu’s Support Ratings Hits Double Digits for First Time

  September 1, 2009 at 7:39 pm by

Prince Radu of Romania

According to a face-to-face survey ran by Gallup Romania, the support rating of Prince Radu Duda, the husband of Crown Princess Margarita of Romania, has hit double digits for the first time since he launched his presidential campaign in April 2009. Nearly 12% of the Romanians who took part in the survey said they plan to vote for Prince Radu in the 2009 Romanian Presidential Elections. In a separate survey, … Continue reading

Chocolates no one would refuse…

  September 1, 2009 at 4:43 pm by

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The finest Swiss chocolates don’t need advertising. However, the box of chocolates a certain Meynell brought back to Britain with him is certainly worth a mention. Not because of their delicious taste but because of what was inside: instead of the usual crème and liquor, one would find diamonds and pearls worth a fortune. A newly-declassified top secret MI5 file on Francis Meynell reveals how in 1920 he smuggled gems … Continue reading

Polar Music Prize 2009

  September 1, 2009 at 11:48 am by

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Yesterday evening King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia and Crown Princess Victoria attended the annual Polar Music Prize. This year’s winners of the Prize were José Antonio Abreu & El Sistema Citation and Peter Gabriel Citation. You can read something about the winners at the official homepage of the Polar Music Prize, which can be found here: Polar Music Prize 2009 After the ceremony a banquet was hosted at Grand … Continue reading

Golden Wedding Anniversary Festivities

  August 31, 2009 at 3:21 pm by

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On 30 August, the Belgian King and Queen hosted a garden party to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary. At the same time, the wedding anniversaries of the other Belgian royals were commemorated, as this year is also the silver wedding anniversary of Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz, as well as the 10th wedding anniversary for Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde, and the 6th wedding anniversary for Prince Laurent and Princess … Continue reading

Spanish Royal Family finishes their vacations

  August 31, 2009 at 4:39 am by

The two little Infantas during their summer vacation

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia accompanied by the Prince and Princess of Asturias (the two gentlemen with a new look, btw), hosted Friday night, the traditional farewell dinner with representatives of the Baleares government, at Almudaina Palace. The Royal Family is in the habit of spending summer vacations in Marivent Palace at Mallorca , where they arrived at the beginning of August this year. As usual the Prince of … Continue reading

Diana’s Legacy

  August 31, 2009 at 3:48 am by

Diana, Princess of Wales

As the 12th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death approached, some of us were convinced that we would never again see such an outpouring of grief around the world. Well this past June we were proven wrong; when Pop Icon Michael Jackson died the world once again joined forces to mourn another of their beloved figures. The time once again approaches where I tend to stop and think about what we … Continue reading

Romanov Jewels worth 2 Million Euros found in Sweden

  August 28, 2009 at 9:45 am by

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Swedish news agencies report that a collection of jewels have surfaced in the Swedish Foreign Ministry’s storage rooms. The jewels are worth over 2 million Euros and belonged to the Russian Imperial Family. A confidant of Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna handed the valuable items to the Swedish Embassy in St. Petersburg for safekeeping after the 1917 revolution. The Grand Duchess died in France, apparently without telling her family about the … Continue reading

Morocco’s King asked to rest after digestive infection

  August 28, 2009 at 8:53 am by

King Mohammed VI of Morocco

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has been given orders by his doctor to rest for 5 days because of a rotavirus infection, which is casued in the stomach which causes digestive problems as well as dehydartion. “His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God assist him, suffers from an infection with digestive signs and an acute dehydration which has compelled him to rest for five days,” Abdelaziz Maaouni, the King’s private doctor … Continue reading

Saudi Prince escapes suicide bomb attack with few injuries

  August 28, 2009 at 8:21 am by

Saudi Coat of Arms

Deputy interior minister, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, has escaped with few injuries after a suicide bomber blew himself up in an attempt to assassinate the Prince, who is largely credited for Saudi Arabia’s anti-terrorism campaign. The attack took place at the Prince’s Ramadan gathering, when the militant had said he wanted to personally tell Prince Mohammed that he would give himself up. The Prince was taken to a local hospital … Continue reading

King and Queen mark Swedish-Finnish Bicentennial

  August 28, 2009 at 2:45 am by

King Carl Gustaf and President Halonen during the arrival ceremony

The King and Queen of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf and Silvia, have just undertaken an official visit to neighbouring Finland to mark the bicentennial of the two nation’s relations. The King and Queen were invited by President Tarja Halonen, who greeted the Royal Couple at her official summer residence Kultaranta upon their arrival on August 25th. The President’s husband, Dr Pentti Arajärvi, was also on hand for the welcoming ceremony. … Continue reading

Salary Increase for the Danish Royal Family

  August 25, 2009 at 5:51 am by

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According to politiken.dk, the Danish Royal Family will next year receive an increase in their allowances totalling 1.9 million kroner. The Queen’s husband Prince Henrik will receive a total budget of 7.1 million kroner, which is a rise of 200,000 kroner from last year, whilst Prince Joachim and Princess Marie will receive an increase of 100,000 kroner, for a total of 3.1 million. Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary … Continue reading

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