Rania launches Hal Hilalak Tent for disadvantaged children

  August 24, 2009 at 5:50 pm by

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On Monday, Her Majesty Queen Rania launched this year’s Hal Hilalak tent in Irbid to provide activities for disadvantaged children across the Kingdom during the holy month of Ramadan. During the visit to Irbid, Queen Rania toured the King Hussein Charity Society and inspected a few new facilities at the society which provides services to to orphaned girls aged between 12 and 18. The Hal Hilalak tent features clowns, magicians … Continue reading

Swedish Archbishop to Preside over the Crown Princely Wedding

  August 24, 2009 at 5:06 am by

The Royal Wedding Monogram

The Swedish Royal Court has announced the names of the four bishops who will preside over the wedding of HRH Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling in June 2010. Archbishop Anders Wejryd will officiate the ceremony, which will take place at Storkyrkan in Gamla Stan. He will be assisted by Bishop Emeritus Lars-Göran Lönnermark, Bishop Antje Jackelén and Dean [Vicar] Åke Bonnier. According to the press release, each Bishop was … Continue reading

Queen Margrethe visits Germany, Day Two

  August 24, 2009 at 3:36 am by

Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik with a bust of Christian IV

Continuing with her two-day visit to Germany, HM Queen Margrethe II yesterday was still in Dresden. She and her sister, Princess Benedikte, first attended a luncheon at Eckberg Palace. This was also attended by the Saxon Governor Stanislaw Tillich, and his wife Veronika. The two sisters then opened an art exhibition at the Princes Gallery of Dresden Castle, entitled “With Fortuna Over the Sea. Saxony and Denmark Marriages and Alliances … Continue reading

Crown Princely Villa in Mozambique: ‘A Royal Mess’

  August 23, 2009 at 7:26 pm by

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The holiday villa of the prince of Orange in Mozambique is causing more problems than expected by the prince and his wife. As newspaper ‘De Volkskrant’ reported on Saturday, that many things went wrong with the Crown Princely family’s building project in nature area Machangulo, on a peninsula in Mozambique. The project has now turned into such a mess that the Dutch prime minister J.P. Balkenende advised the prince to … Continue reading

Princess Mary awards Danish Heart Association Grants

  August 23, 2009 at 4:19 am by

Princess Mary at the Danish Heart Association's research grants presentation

Crown Princess Mary yesterday was at Danfoss University, handing out the Danish Heart Association’s research grants for 2009. Wearing a crisp white and beige outfit, the Princess did so in her capacity as patron of the Heart Association, and awarded three grants of 456,000DKK to three Danes in the field of health: Kirsten Hanehøj from the National Institute of Public Health, who is investigating the consequences of congenital heart defects … Continue reading

Queen Margrethe visits Germany, Day One

  August 22, 2009 at 9:10 pm by

Queen Margrethe at the Frauenkirke

Queen Margrethe II is currently on a two-day visit to Germany, where she met with German President Köhler. The pair had a brief meeting before the Queen had her first engagement. A move to Dresden and the city’s Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) was the site of this engagement, and Margrethe was fascinated by the church’s beauty. She spoke with HE Jochen Bohl, the State Bishop of Saxony, and pointed … Continue reading

Rania on Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women List

  August 21, 2009 at 5:37 pm by

Queen Rania of Jordan

Her Majesty Queen Rania has made Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women list, ranking at number 75 and number one from the Middle East. The list is not about celebrity or popularity but about influence one makes, Forbes said in assembling the list it “looked for women who run countries, big companies or influential nonprofits”. Forbes noted that Queen Rania for example is “perhaps the most listened-to woman in the Middle … Continue reading

Reopening of the Palace of Oscarshall

  August 21, 2009 at 4:40 am by

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In 2005, the renovations of the Palace of Oscarshall started. In autumn 2006 it was closed for the public. The palace will be reopened for visitors on august 26th. The King and Queen of Norway already attended the official opening of the castle on August 20th. The Palace of Oscarshall is situated on the peninsula of Bygdøy, in Oslo. The palace is built on a rise, with a garden sloping … Continue reading

Hans-Adam II Angers the Jewish with Comments about Holocaust

  August 21, 2009 at 2:51 am by

Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein

Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein has angered the Jewish community with his comments regarding the Holocaust in an interview with the Liechtensteiner Volksblatt. The 64-year-old Prince stated that it was the tiny alpine nation’s banking secrecy laws which allowed “some Jews to buy their safety during the Holocaust by using money they had deposited in Liechtenstein or Switzerland.” He also claimed that the laws helped citizens of Europe’s former communist … Continue reading

Rania Helps in launching Education for All Campaign

  August 20, 2009 at 4:57 pm by

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Queen Rania of Jordan helped launch the 1GOAL: Education for All campaign, along with football’s world governing body FIFA and footballers from across the globe, on Thursday. The campaign will try to ensure all children receive an education, the 1GOAL: Education for All is linked to next year’s World Cup in South Africa. 1GOAL has one purpose and that is to ensure that 75 million children out of school in … Continue reading

Charles Under Fire

  August 20, 2009 at 12:09 pm by

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“Unfortunately we also await the inevitable uninformed drubbing of Prince Charles, his foundation and all five connected firms.” I penned those words in the full expectation that there would be “Consequences” for Charles continued advocacy of architecture as a living environment as opposed to the prevailing position of architecture as “Art”! But even I was totally unprepared for the blistering barrage of bile and sheer bloody-minded spite. The first salvo … Continue reading

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

Prince Harry

“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

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

Saudi Coat of Arms

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

August 2009

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 … Continue reading

Vote in the July 2009 Picture of the Month Polls!

  August 14, 2009 at 11:14 am by

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

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