Edward and Sophie Continue to Charm the People of Guernsey

  July 8, 2009 at 1:13 pm by

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During day 2 of their visit to Guernsey, the Earl and Countess of Wessex spent time meeting and greeting the locals. They arrived to Sark by boat, and were taken to the top of the Harbour Hill where many residents and tourists eagerly awaited their arrival. Franny Currie, a 14 year-old visitor from Oxford, had the chance to speak with Edward. “I was very excited. I’ve never met a member … Continue reading

Introducing Eliane van Vollenhoven

  July 8, 2009 at 6:34 am by

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Two official photos of the Dutch Royal Family’s latest edition, three-day-old Eliane van Vollenhoven, have been released by the RVD. The first image captures a heart-melting moment between the newborn and her 21-month-old sister Magali, while proud father Prince Floris looks on. Looking at the image clearly shows Magali’s opinion of her new sister, tenderly kissing Eliane’s forehead. And if those feelings were not clear enough, the second image cements … Continue reading

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko’s State Visit to Canada

  July 8, 2009 at 3:52 am by

The Emperor and Empress in Canada

The Imperial Couple landed in Ottawa on Friday afternoon to kick off their 12-day state visit that will also take them to Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria. The last time Akihito visited Canada, he was a 19-year-old Crown Prince on his way to attend the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953. Although this visit is to commemorate the 80th anniversary of formal diplomatic relations between the two countries, it is also … Continue reading

Commemorative Coins for Emperor’s Enthronement Anniversary

  July 8, 2009 at 12:45 am by

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The Japanese Finance Ministry announced on Friday that it will be issuing a set of commemorative coins to mark the 20th anniversary of the enthronement of Emperor Akihito in November next year. The coins are expected to be available later this year. A total of 100,000 solid-gold ¥10,000 (about $100) coins and 10 million nickel-brass ¥500 (about $5) coins will be issued. The gold coin will be just over an … Continue reading

Charles and Camilla Honour Terrorist Victims

  July 7, 2009 at 11:01 pm by

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Today is the fourth anniversary of the terrorist attacks in London on 7 July 2005, and the day when the memorial to the victims was unveiled in Hyde Park. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were present at the dedication ceremony, along with government officials and family members of the victims. The Prime Minister, the leaders of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties, and the Mayor of London were … Continue reading

Open House: Frederik and Mary’s Future Home to go Public

  July 7, 2009 at 10:45 pm by

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The future home of Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and their two children will be open to the public next year, so the public can view the recent renovations which have been taking place since 2004. Frederik VIII’s Palace, formerly Brockdorf’s Manor, in Amalienborg will be open to the public from February 28 to May 30. The Palaces and Properties Agency announced the news earlier this week, with BT … Continue reading

Earl and Countess of Wessex Visit Guernsey

  July 7, 2009 at 5:47 pm by

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Le Viaer Marchi, which translates as “the old market”, is an annual event on the island of Guernsey. It has been held for the past 30 years, but this year was a special year, as the event welcomed royal visitors, the Earl and Countess of Wessex. The Earl and Countess spent an evening at the fair, where they learned about traditional arts and crafts, and enjoyed the local cuisine. Earlier … Continue reading

Scandinavian Heads of State at 1000th Year Celebrations in Lithuania

  July 7, 2009 at 4:53 pm by

The royals in Lithuania

On Monday, July 6th 2009, Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II, Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and his wife Queen Silvia, and Norway’s King Harald V attended celebrations marking Lithuania’s millennium anniversary in Vilnius. The Baltic nation of Lithuania is bracing for a nationwide party as it prepares to mark its symbolic 1,000th birthday. Several other Heads of State also attended the celebrations:for example: President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson of Iceland, President Valdis … Continue reading

Belgian State Visit to Romania – Day 1

  July 7, 2009 at 3:20 pm by

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King Albert and Queen Paola of Belgium are on a three-day state visit to Romania, at the invitation of the Romanian President, Traian Basescu. The Belgian royals left from the military airport of Belgium this morning, and arrived in Bucharest in the early afternoon. They were welcomed by the Romanian President and his wife. The King and Queen first attended the ceremonial greeting of the guard, and had a first … Continue reading

Busy as Bees: A lineup of the Spanish Royal Siblings’ recent outings

  July 7, 2009 at 9:09 am by

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Summer may be just around the corner but the children of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia are still hard at work with their royal duties. A few days ago Prince Felipe was in Panama to attend the inauguration of the new President, Ricardo Martinelli. His wife Princess Letizia didn’t stay home while hubby was away; she had her own date with the people too. In just a day, the … Continue reading

Possible Visit to Australia in 2010 in the Works for Prince William

  July 7, 2009 at 8:54 am by

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A visit to Australia, with Melbourne in particular, is believed to be in the works for the second-in-line to the British throne, Prince William. While nothing has been confirmed by Clarence House, the Prince himself spilled the beans during a recent visit to the Tower of London. Speaking and posing for photos with two Australian teens and their mother, Prince William asked where the trio was from. Upon receiving the … Continue reading

President Patil To Pay State Visit to Britain in October

  July 5, 2009 at 9:44 pm by

President Patil of India

President Pratibha Patil of India has been invited to pay a state visit to Britain and will be visiting the Queen at Windsor from 27 to 29 October of this year. As is customary for visiting heads of state, President Patil will also meet with the Prime Minister and other senior government ministers. In all the years of the Queen’s reign, President Patil is only the fourth female head of … Continue reading

May 2009 Picture of the Month Winners!

  July 5, 2009 at 2:28 pm by

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Announcing the winners for the May 2009 Picture of the Month Polls: May 2009 Official Picture of the Month: First Place: Picture B- Sweden Second Place: Picture E- Denmark Third Place: Picture C- Norway May 2009 Informal Poll: Royal Christening Pictures: First Place: Picture I- Denmark Second Place: Picture L- Monaco Third Place: Picture E- Belgium Thanks to all who voted, and congratulations to the Swedish and Danish Picture of … Continue reading

Second Daughter for Floris and Aimée

  July 5, 2009 at 12:18 pm by

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The Dutch Royal Family has grown today, with Princess Aimée giving birth to her second child. Aimée and husband Prince Floris welcomed their second daughter at 14:50 local time. The newborn weighed in at a healthy 4050 grams (8.9 pounds), and was named Eliane Sophia Carolina. The birth took place at the VU Hospital in Amsterdam, the same hospital where the couple’s first child, Magali van Vollenhoven, was born in … Continue reading

Belgian Dotation System Revised

  July 4, 2009 at 2:41 pm by

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The Belgian government had appointed a parliamentary commission to discuss the dotation system of the Belgian royals. Every now and then, word came out that the commission wanted to strip Princess Astrid and Prince Laurent of their dotation, but up until now there had been no formal declaration regarding the matter. On July 2, the commission finally came up with a final compromise. The current system of dotations will be … Continue reading

Norwegian Summer Photo Session with New Puppy

  July 3, 2009 at 3:05 pm by

The Norwegian Crown Princely Family and their new puppy

Today 13 new pictures of the Crown Princely family were published at kongehuset.no. It shows Prince Haakon, his wife Mette-Marit, the three children Marius, Ingrid Alexandra and Sverre Magnus and family’s new puppy. The pictures for this year’s summer session were taken on Saturday, June 27th at Bygdø, the royal summer residence of King Harald. The family’s new dog, a 4 months old labradoodle, is named Milly Kakao. You can … Continue reading

New Crown Prince Named for Jordan

  July 3, 2009 at 2:30 pm by

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Jordan’s King Abdullah II issued a decree on Thursday naming his eldest son, Hussein, 15 years old, as crown prince. In a palace statement that was released yesterday said “immediately assume the title and privileges of his post”. The post of heir apparent has been un-named since 2004 when King Abdullah removed the crown prince title from his half brother, Hamzeh. King Abdullah became King in 1999. Queen Rania is … Continue reading

Religious Wedding of Bernardo Guillermo to take place in September

  July 3, 2009 at 7:36 am by

Bernardo Guillermo

Bernardo Guillermo, the 32-year-old son of Princess Christina of the Netherlands, will wed in a religious capacity this coming September in New York City. He will marry Eva Prinz-Valdes. The pair, Bernardo a furniture designer and Eva an editor, married in a civil service in March. They welcomed their first child, a daughter named Isabel Christina, on April 13th. The family currently resides in Manhattan. Bernardo is the first child … Continue reading

Countess of Wessex’s PR Firm Debt Not Fully Paid

  July 2, 2009 at 9:48 pm by

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Documents have been released that show that Sophie Rhys-Jones, the Countess of Wessex, has paid only £5000 of the £1.7 million owed to creditors by her former public relations firm, according to a recent report in The Sun. Liquidators will officially close R-JH Public Relations by the end of this month. The firm owed £30,000 to HM Revenue and Customs, which will be written off. All outstanding debts will be … Continue reading

Belgium’s Golden Couple – King and Queen’s 50th Wedding Anniversary

  July 2, 2009 at 5:01 pm by

Albert and Paola on their wedding day

Today, July 2nd, marks the fiftieth wedding anniversary of King Albert II and Queen Paola of the Belgians. The couple met at the inauguration of Pope John XXIII in the Vatican, in 1958. Albert, then Prince of Liège, was representing the Belgian Royal Family; while Paola, a Princess Ruffo di Calabria, was a member of the Italian nobility. When at last he returned to Belgium, Prince Albert had made up … Continue reading

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