The Cambridge Lovers Knot Tiara

  July 17, 2009 at 2:31 am by

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The Cambridge Lovers Knot Tiara was made by Garrad in November 1913 for Queen Mary. The design was to copy that of a tiara which had been owned by Mary’s grandmother, Princess Augusta of Hesse, who was married to the Duke of Cambridge. Augusta of Hesse’s tiara had been made to a neo-classical design in early nineteenth century and was a popular design of the period with at least five … Continue reading

The Japanese Imperial Couple’s Three Day Visit to the Hawaiian Islands

  July 16, 2009 at 4:10 am by

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the wreath-laying ceremony at Punchbowl

It’s been fifteen years since Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited the Hawaiian Islands, and like their last visit the Imperial couple were greeted with much fanfare. Arriving at Hickam Air Force Base, the Emperor and Empress were officially welcomed by Gov. Linda Lingle, along with other local notables, who presented the couple with a traditional leis which were entwined with delicate local flowers and Maile leaves. Minutes later the … Continue reading

Queen Rania appointed Honorary Global Chair for the UNGEI

  July 15, 2009 at 11:12 pm by

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Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan has been appointed as Honorary Global Chair for The United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI). Queen Rania will continue to advocate on behalf of the girls who are denied an education. The appointment comes after Queen Rania’s work and efforts in promoting access, quality, and innovation in education both in Jordan and across the globe in places such as Argentina, Brazil, China, India, … Continue reading

Japanese Imperial Couple in British Columbia

  July 15, 2009 at 12:05 am by

The Emperor and Empress look at a photo album containing photos of the 1953 visit to Canada by the Emperor

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko spent three and half eventful days in British Columbia, Canada. Upon arriving in Richmond, the Emperor and Empress were escorted by Premier Gordon Campbell on a tour of the Olympic Oval built for the 2010 Winter Games. They were greeted by other dignitaries, athletes, and a few hundred well wishers. Outside the Olympic Oval, the royal couple watched a performance of “Field of Spirit” by … Continue reading

Victoria celebrates her 32nd Birthday

  July 14, 2009 at 3:00 pm by

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As every year Crown Princess Victoria celebrated her birthday, the “Victoria Day”, at the Solliden Palace in Borghol. Her parents, King Carl Gustav and Queen Silvia, and her fiancé Daniel Westling were also in attendance. This year’s celebrations were different compared to the usual ones. The Royal Watchers waited for hours with flowers in their hands to congratulate their Princess. Victoria received congratulations and little presents over an hour. She … Continue reading

King Albert Offers to Pay Part of Renovation Costs

  July 14, 2009 at 1:44 pm by

Royal Palace of Brussels

King Albert II of Belgium has offered the Belgian government to help them to pay for the renovation costs necessary to freshen up the Royal Palace in Brussels. The Palace will be used for the European-Asian Summit (ASEM) during the Belgian presidency of the European Union. The Belgian government will pay for the refurbishment of the Palace. Most of the works will be painting and brushing up other details. King … Continue reading

Bastille Day

  July 14, 2009 at 4:14 am by

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Even though the city of New York has already celebrated the French national day two days ahead, it’s officially on July 14th that you can crack open the champagne. Every year in France it’s the same schedule: from 8 AM to 12 PM, you get to see the military parade on TV (or for real if you happen to be on the Champs-Elysées in Paris). This défilé du 14 juillet … Continue reading

Vote in the June 2009 Picture of the Month Polls!

  July 13, 2009 at 5:57 pm by

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Please vote in the June 2009 Picture of the Month Polls! The Official Poll features pictures showing the official side of royalty. This month’s Informal Poll showcases Painted Royal Portraits. The polls will remain open until 30 July 2009.

Saudi King starts Busy Tour to launch Projects in Saudi Region

  July 13, 2009 at 7:13 am by

King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz

King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, began a tour to launch and lay stone foundations to a number of industrial and development projects in the Madina Region in Saudi Arabia on Sunday. The King launched a development project which involved investments of more than SR45 billion, inaugurate the new expansion of an airport. In the evening, King Abdullah meet with scholars, senior civil and military officials, and a … Continue reading

Albert II & Paola Dieting Together

  July 13, 2009 at 6:38 am by

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VTM reports that king Albert II and queen Paola of the Belgians are following a diet together. Pictures of the state visit to Romania, earlier this week, showed that the king and queen already lost weight. It is not a very strict diet, according to the palace they just eat a bit less and pay more attention to their health. During the state banquet on the first day of the … Continue reading

President Lee visits Sweden

  July 12, 2009 at 1:17 pm by

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Today, July 12 2009, Sweden’s royal family received South Korea’s President Lee Myung-Bak with First Lady Kim Yoon-ok at Sollidens castle, on the island of Oeland. Crown Princess Victoria’s fiancé Daniel Westling was also attending the event. It was his first official appearance after the kidney transplantation. Yesterday the South Korean President visited the small eco-friendly Swedish city Hammarby. Lee flew to Stockholm earlier in the day from Italy. There … Continue reading

Swedish Royal Wedding Souvenirs Hit the Shelves

  July 12, 2009 at 7:06 am by

One of the tea towels on sale

The first souvenirs to mark the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling have gone on sale. The current souvenir hot-cake is a ‘Victoria and Daniel’ dish towel, flying out the doors of Swedish stores and off of the internet store Kitsch Sweden. The towel features an image of the engaged pair from the engagement press conference, surrounded by flowers and a dove carrying two rings. A spokesperson for … Continue reading

Abdullah participates in an Economic Conference in the US

  July 11, 2009 at 6:25 pm by

Queen Rania and King Abdullah II at the anniversary celebrations

King Abdullah II and Queen Rania Al Abdullah are in the United States on a few day visit. On Friday, King Abdullah participated in an economic conference held in US state of Idaho, which was attended by Queen Rania and Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah. At the conference, King Abdullah talked about the need a two-state solution to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the need to relaunch Palestinian-Israeli negotiations. “This … Continue reading

Japanese State Visit to Canada – Now in Toronto

  July 11, 2009 at 12:24 pm by

The Imperial Couple in Toronto

The Emperor and Empress of Japan have moved their state visit to Canada to the city of Toronto. They visited a hospital in the morning, before meeting with Lt.-Gov. David Onley at the his residence and then with Premier Dalton McGuinty at the Ontario Legislature. They visited the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre on Thursday evening and a seniors’ home on Friday morning before leaving for British Columbia where they may … Continue reading

Countess of Wessex Visits Isle of Wight

  July 10, 2009 at 4:44 pm by

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Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, visited the Isle of Wight on Thursday. She met with ambulance operators and volunteers, who provide first-aid support for the island’s residents. Young volunteers, who are known as Badgers and Cadets, demonstrated their knowledge of first-aid, radio and computer skills for the Countess. The Countess serves as Grand President of St. John’s Ambulance. The charity has centers all over the island, but only two ambulances … Continue reading

Prime Minister Key Visits Tonga, Meets with King

  July 10, 2009 at 9:31 am by

Prime Minister Key and King George Tupou V

On July 7 New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key began a series of official visits to Tonga, Samoa, Niue, and the Cook Islands. During the visit, Key will meet with all four Prime Ministers; he will also meet King George Tupou V of Tonga. The visits will last until July 10. The meeting (in fact meetings, plural) with the King took place on the 7th, the first being an audience … Continue reading

Knighthood for Sir Don McKinnon

  July 10, 2009 at 9:20 am by

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HM Queen Elizabeth II today knighted former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Don McKinnon, as Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order in recognition of his 2000-2008 (two terms) “outstanding” service as Secretary-General. Today is Commonwealth Day, a fitting day for his knighting. Sir Don McKinnon was also New Zealand’s longest serving Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade and Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand. He is also a member … Continue reading

Belgian State Visit to Romania – Day 3

  July 9, 2009 at 3:12 pm by

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King Albert and Queen Paola concluded their State Visit to Romania with a visit to Sibiu, one of the economically strong regions of Romania. They were welcomed with a folklorist dance spectacle on the main square, after they had been welcomed at the City Hall. They also visited a little village near Sibiu, called Cristian, which has a very close cooperation programme with the city of Leuven. They attended a … Continue reading

Prince William Made Honorary Barrister

  July 9, 2009 at 2:57 pm by

Prince William of Wales

The second-in-line to the British throne was called to the bench on Monday. Prince William went to London’s Middle Temple, where he was made an honorary barrister. He is the sixth member of the royal family to be made a member of the bar. The list also includes his great-grandmother, the Queen Mother, and his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. The Prince told a little about himself in an … Continue reading

Belgian State Visit to Romania – Day 2

  July 8, 2009 at 4:14 pm by

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King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium are on a three-day state visit to Romania. Today is their second day, and they went through a pretty full schedule. They visited the Revolution Square in Bucharest with the Romanian Minister of Culture, Theodor Paleologu. Later today, they also paid tribute to the Memorial of Danny Huwe, a Belgian journalist from the Flemish commercial channel, who was killed during the Revolution … Continue reading

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