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

Saudi Coat of Arms

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

Christening of Prince Umberto of Savoy

  July 20, 2009 at 5:04 pm by

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HRH Prince Umberto of Savoy, Prince of Piedmont, has been baptized on Saturday, 18 July 2009. The ceremony took place in Giuggianello, near Lecce, in Apulia, the Italian region Umberto’s father is Duke of. The godparents of the little Prince are HRH Princess Maria Gabriella of Savoy, for whom Princess Bianca, Countess Arrivabene-Valenti-Gonzaga stood proxy, and Count Carlo Radicati di Primeglio; Prince Umberto has been christened by his distant cousin, … Continue reading

TV Movie about Queen Sofia to be Made

  July 20, 2009 at 8:06 am by

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Spanish production company Sagrera Audiovisual and television channel Antena 3 will shortly begin filming a miniseries about the lesser-known life moments of Queen Sofia of Spain. According to El Mundo newspaper, the casting to choose the actors will take place next month and it is still unknown the name of the actress that will play the role of Queen Sofia. It’s also been reported that the filming will begin in … Continue reading

President Banda of Zambia Hopes that Swazi King Can Help Attract Investors

  July 19, 2009 at 9:47 pm by

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King Mswati III of Swaziland toured the Kanasashi Copper Mine while on a three-day visit to Zambia. After the tour, the president of Zambia, Rupiah Banda stated that the Swazi king “would use his clout to convince big investors who have developed the tourism and sugar industries in Swaziland to come to Zambia”, according to the Lusaka Times. King Mswati said that he is in Zambia for the purpose of … Continue reading

Haakon celebrates 36th birthday

  July 19, 2009 at 3:25 pm by

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Today the Crown Princely couple and their children were seen during a photo session to mark Prince Haakon’s birthday. The Prince will turn 36 on monday. The pictures of the family were taken at Risoerflekken. The Crown Princely family is enjoying the holidays at the cabin in Flatholmen this week. The whole family will celebrate the Prince’ birthday there tomorrow; privately. During the photosession, Ingrid and Magnus were blinded by … Continue reading

Summer Photo Shoot with Belgian Crown Princely Family

  July 19, 2009 at 2:42 pm by

The Belgian Crown Princely Family, July 2009

Today, Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde kept a their yearly appointment with the press for a summer photo shoot with their family. This year, they took their children to an animal park called Parc Paradisio. Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel and Princess Eléonore enjoyed seeing the animals from close up, which of course brought about a load of cute pictures of the young Princes and Princesses with birds, monkeys … Continue reading

Sophie’s PR Firm Debts Officially Written Off

  July 19, 2009 at 11:44 am by

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The ending of what has been a royal headache and unwanted negative attention has finally arrived. The Daily Mail is reporting that last week, the former RJ-H Public Relations company was officially ended, despite the more than £1.7 million in unpaid debts. RJ-H PR was founded in 1997 by Sophie Rhys-Jones, now the Countess of Wessex and wife of Prince Edward, the youngest son of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, … Continue reading

Second Murder Threat for Queen Fabiola

  July 18, 2009 at 1:47 pm by

Queen Fabiola of Belgium

On Wednesday, the redaction of the newspaper La Dernière Heure received a new letter containing a murder threat aimed at Queen Fabiola of Belgium, the second letter in two months. The letter was dated 2 July, but since Emanuelle Preat, the one at whom the letter was adressed, had been absent, it hasn’t been read before Wednesday. Again the letter was written in bad French, full of spelling mistakes. The … Continue reading

King Mswati III Pays a Visit to Zambia

  July 18, 2009 at 12:01 pm by

King Mswati III of Swaziland

King Mswati III of Swaziland has arrived in Zambia for a three-day visit. He is being hosted by the President of Zambia, Rupiah Banda, and the First Lady of Zambia, Thandiwe. Among the events planned for this official visit, is a tour of the Kansashi Copper Mines, according to a report from the Zambia Daily Mail. In addition to the tour of the copper mines, the King and the President … Continue reading

Wedding of The Lady Helen Windsor and Tim Taylor – 18th July 1992

  July 18, 2009 at 6:15 am by

Collage by TheTruth

The engagement between The Lady Helen Marina Lucy Windsor and Timothy Taylor was announced on 8th January 1992. image Tim gave Lady Helen an art deco ring of a square cut emerald surrounded by diamonds. The couple married on 18th July 1992 in St George’s Chapel Windsor. image A reception was held at the Kent family’s country home of Cocker End House in Nettlebed Oxfordshire. image Lady Helen’s wedding dress … Continue reading

Queen Margrethe discusses Designs for ‘Swineherd’ Ballet

  July 18, 2009 at 6:10 am by

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On July 15th, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II attended a press conference at the Pantomime Theatre in the Tivoli amusement park to discuss the costumes and scenography she designed for the ballet ‘The Swineherd’. During the press conference, which took place after a dress rehearsal of the ballet, Queen Margrethe said that she took inspiration from royal caricatures when designing the costumes. Using colours like acid green, pink and purple; … Continue reading

Earl and Countess of Wessex Attend Opening of 80th Annual Kent County Show

  July 17, 2009 at 5:09 pm by

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Despite the threat of rains, the annual Kent County Show opened today. The event was even more exciting this year, due to the visit from royalty. The Earl and Countess of Wessex arrived at the showgrounds at 10:00 this morning, where they were greeted by farmers and royal fans. The Wessexes were welcomed by George Jessel, the Deputy Lieutenant and Chair of the Kent County Agricultural Society. According to a … Continue reading

Journalists in Swaziland Harassed

  July 17, 2009 at 4:40 pm by

King Mswati III of Swaziland

The International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) has stated that journalists working for the Swazi Observer are being harassed by government authorities due to reports they wrote about the criminal behavior of the son of a prominent bishop, who happens to be an advisor to King Mswati III. In December 2008, the editor of the Swazi Observer was beaten and stabbed by the bishop’s son. Reporters from the Observer reported … Continue reading

Royals among the world’s 50 most influential Arabs

  July 17, 2009 at 1:49 pm by

Queen Rania of Jordan made the list

Selecting the most influential people in the Middle East wasn’t easy, but so to were people from around the world approached and asked to name five people and explain in a couple of sentences why they chose them. The list isn’t about the rich or powerful, but about who has an influence. Making the list were Queen Rania of Jordan, who campaigns for children’s and women’s rights around the world; … Continue reading

Prince Jean and Princess Philomena Expecting Their First Child

  July 17, 2009 at 12:31 pm by

Prince Jean and Philomena de Tornos y Steinhart

It has been confirmed that Prince Jean and Princess Philomena d’Orleans, Duke and Duchess of Vendome, are expecting their first child together. The child is expected to arrive later this year. Prince Jean is the second son of the Count of Paris and his former wife, the Duchess of Montpensier; he married Dona Philomena de Tornos y Steinhart on 2 May 2009 in Senlis. The pregnancy of the Princess has … Continue reading

Dubai’s Ruler is on Twitter

  July 17, 2009 at 6:53 am by

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai has joined twitter and has 1,208 followers. The ruler joined twitter in June that was confirmed by twitter’s administrators as The National reports. Sheikh Mohammed’s name on twitter is HHShkMohd and last posted on July 10. In June, Sheikh Mohammed created a Facebook account.

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

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