Brussels Royal Palace Open to the Public

  July 26, 2009 at 3:47 pm by

Royal Palace of Brussels

The Royal Palace of Brussels is open to the public from 26 July to 13 September. Every year, when the Belgian royals leave on holiday after the National Day, the Brussels Palace is opened for the public, and people can take a look inside the Palace which houses the King’s office. A tour takes you through the beautiful ballrooms, past the official state portraits of the various Kings and Queens … Continue reading

Christening of Prince Henrik in Møgeltønder

  July 26, 2009 at 2:28 pm by

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Today was the christening of Prince Henrik Carl Joachim Alain, the son of Prince Joachim and Princess Marie in Møgeltønder. The Prince is Henrik after his paternal grandfather, Carl after an old king, Joachim after his father and Alain after his maternal grandfather. The names have been kept secret in accordance with tradition, known only to the family and Bishop of Copenhagen. The christening took place at 5:30 this afternoon, … Continue reading

Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna’s visit to Belarus

  July 26, 2009 at 10:11 am by

Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna in Belarus

Upon invitation, Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna paid a visit to Belarus from July 16 to July 22. It was the first official visit of a member of the Imperial Family to Belarus after the collapse of the Russian Empire. Maria Vladimirovna visited several cities in Belarus, including Brest and Minsk, as well as several villages. Members of the Grand Duchess’s delegation made sure the protocol is strictly followed: all those … Continue reading

Princess Margriet Opens Kingdom Games in Aruba

  July 26, 2009 at 5:18 am by

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HRH Princess Margriet and her husband Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven have travelled to Aruba for an official visit to the island nation. On their first day in Aruba, HRH was responsible for opening the bi-annual Kingdom Games in Oranjestad, Aruba’s capital. Accompanied by the Professor and Aruban Prime Minister Nelson Oduber, the Princess opened the games at the Complejo Deportivo Guillermo Prospero Trinidad Stadium (formerly the Queen Wilhelmina Stadium until … Continue reading

Prince Christian zu Schaumburg-Lippe Weds

  July 26, 2009 at 4:04 am by

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Yesterday July 25th, HSH Prince Christian zu Schaumburg-Lippe wed his fiancée, Lena Giese, in a religious ceremony at Glücksburg Castle in Germany. The pair had previously been married in a civil ceremony on Friday. The groom’s six-year-old niece Tatiana, the daughter of Princess Desiree of Schaumburg-Lippe, presented the couple with their wedding rings during the ceremony; a moment which the Prince later described as “a beautiful and unique moment.” Among … Continue reading

King and Queen of Spain inaugurate Largest Telescope in the World

  July 25, 2009 at 9:30 pm by

The telescope

On Friday, July 24, the King and Queen of Spain officially inaugurated the GTC (Gran Telescopio Canarias) or Grantecan, which is consider the most powerful and advanced telescope with which to observe the universe. The new “Crown Jewel” is situated at 2,400 meters above sea-level, in one of the top astronomical sites in the Northern Hemisphere: Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (RMO), on La Palma Island, a declared World Biosphere … Continue reading

Dubai Ruler buys £45m Mansion

  July 25, 2009 at 3:53 pm by

Dalham Hall

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, has spent £45million on a country estate once owned by diamond magnate and colonial adventurer Cecil Rhodes. The mansion is Dalham Hall, which is located near Newmarket in Suffolk and runs across 3,300-acres of land including 39 houses, woods, parklands and woodlands. Dalham Hall is an 18th century mansion and it’s a grade II-listed house. Sheikh Mohammed already owns the 3,000 … Continue reading

Prince William Hikes for Charity

  July 24, 2009 at 2:43 pm by

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Prince William went hiking through England’s countryside Friday, in the name of charity. Six teenagers from Centrepoint, an organization which helps homeless youths, and members of Mountain Rescue, a volunteer run charity, joined the future King in a trek up Helvellyn, a mountain in the Cumbria region of northeastern England. Prince William did this to help the teens get a different view of life. “A lot of these guys have … Continue reading

Grand Duke Henri Swears In His New Government

  July 24, 2009 at 6:12 am by

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Grand Duke Henri yesterday swore in the new Luxembourg government at the Château de Berg. The Grand Duke spent the morning in audience with outgoing members of the government, thanking them for their “good and loyal service.” He also awarded the members of the government who had already served a first term the Order of Civil Merit of Adolphe. In the afternoon, at 2:30, the Grand Duke, as Head of … Continue reading

Saudi CP gets a visit from the Saudi King in Morocco

  July 24, 2009 at 5:14 am by

King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Al Saud, arrived in Morocco on Thursday to check up on his brother’s health, Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General. King Abdullah was met at the airport by the crown prince who held a lunch in the honor of King Abdullah at his residence in Casablanca. King Abdullah left Casablanca after a … Continue reading

Countess of Wessex Christens HMS Daring

  July 23, 2009 at 10:20 pm by

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Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, christened the HMS Daring, the Royal Navy’s newest warship, in Portsmouth today. Even though the weather was grey and cloudy, many people came out to celebrate the ship’s christening, and to hear the Countess speak. The countess is the patron of the ship, and was present when the ship first launched in 2006, according to The News of Portsmouth. “It is an enormous pleasure to … Continue reading

The ‘Lille Prins’ Goes Sailing

  July 23, 2009 at 3:40 pm by

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Earlier today, the Queen and Prince Henrik were joined by Prince Joachim and his family as they sailed into Haderslev aboard the Dannebrog, ahead of tomorrow’s christening of the newborn son of Prince Joachim and Princess Marie. Princes Nikolai and Felix, Joachim’s elder sons, were also with their family. The christening will take place at 17:30, with two hundred guests attending and is likely to be a relatively informal affair, … Continue reading

July 2009 Newsletter: The 1950s

  July 23, 2009 at 5:00 am by

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This month’s newsletter focuses on the 1950s, a decade marked by the Korean War and the beginning of the Cold War, which didn’t alleviate the political tension in which the world had been held since WWI. Many royal families suffered the consequences of the war from the previous decade. Some became immensely popular, while others were on the brink of losing their position as reigning families, or trying to get … Continue reading

Duchess of Gloucester Opens New Military Barracks

  July 22, 2009 at 7:50 pm by

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Last Saturday, over 200 people attended the grand opening of the Edward Brooks military barracks in Oxfordshire. The new barracks cost £4 million to build, and were officially opened by the Duchess of Gloucester. The Oxford Mail reports that the barracks have been named for Edward Brooks, who was a local Territorial Army hero during World War I. Brooks was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1917. Many members of Sargent … Continue reading

Ninety Years Ago: Murder of Tsar Nicholas II and his Family

  July 21, 2009 at 10:20 pm by

The Romanov Imperial Family

On July 25, 1918 The White forces entered Yekaterinburg and immediately headed to free the Emperor but found the Ipatyev house (where the Imperial Family was kept) empty. Gripped with grim predictions, they started searching for clues to what could have happened: the house looked as though it was left in a hurry and although they didn’t find any clothing or jewellery, a lot of personal belongings of the family … Continue reading

Belgian royals out in full force to celebrate National Day

  July 21, 2009 at 2:27 pm by

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The Belgian royal family was out in full force to celebrate this year’s National Day. On the evening of June 20, King Albert, Queen Paola, Queen Fabiola, Prince Philippe, Princess Mathilde, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz, Prince Laurent and Princess Claire attended the concert “Preludium to the National Day”, organized at the Palace of Fine Arts by the Natiolan Belgian Orchestra. The royal ladies were at their best, as usual. Princess … Continue reading

The Swan Upping 2009

  July 21, 2009 at 6:30 am by

Swan Upping on Thames

Yesterday Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Seigneur of the Swans, observed for the first time the Swan Upping from a launch on the River Thames. The Queen owns all unmarked mute swans in the United Kingdom, but today Her Majesty only exercises this right in the area of the Thames. Each year, in the third week of July, the annual swan census is carried out by Her Majesty’s Swan Marker … Continue reading

Triple Treat: Dutch Photo Session by the Sea

  July 21, 2009 at 2:40 am by

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A trio of blonde-haired, denim-clad little girls frolicked on a Wassenaar beach yesterday, with a protective eye cast over them by their parents. This could describe any normal family, but with a pack of approximately ninety photographers, videographers and reporters watching their every move; it is clear that normal this family is not. The Prince of Orange, Willem-Alexander, and his wife Princess Máxima arranged a photo session with their three … Continue reading

The Origins of the Tongan Monarchy

  July 21, 2009 at 2:22 am by

George Tupou I of Tonga

The Tongan monarchy is reported to have held the most power in the 13th century. By the next century, there were three royal lines in Tonga. This arose when the King retained his spiritual authority, but delegated all other power to his brother; this happened again later with the second royal line, creating the third. Day-to-day ruling was carried out by Tu’i Ha’atakalaua and Tu’i Kanokupolu lines; it was the … Continue reading

Saudi Princess given UK Asylum

  July 21, 2009 at 1:47 am by

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An un-named Saudi Princess has been granted asylum in Britian after having an illegitimate child with a British man. The Saudi Princess was given asylum after she claimed she would face the death penalty if she returned to Saudi Arabia. The Princess claims that she met her non-Muslim boyfriend while visiting Britian and got pregnant a year later. The Princess was married to an elder man who is from the … Continue reading

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