Diana’s Legacy

  August 31, 2009 at 3:48 am by

Diana, Princess of Wales

As the 12th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death approached, some of us were convinced that we would never again see such an outpouring of grief around the world. Well this past June we were proven wrong; when Pop Icon Michael Jackson died the world once again joined forces to mourn another of their beloved figures. The time once again approaches where I tend to stop and think about what we … Continue reading

Romanov Jewels worth 2 Million Euros found in Sweden

  August 28, 2009 at 9:45 am by

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Swedish news agencies report that a collection of jewels have surfaced in the Swedish Foreign Ministry’s storage rooms. The jewels are worth over 2 million Euros and belonged to the Russian Imperial Family. A confidant of Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna handed the valuable items to the Swedish Embassy in St. Petersburg for safekeeping after the 1917 revolution. The Grand Duchess died in France, apparently without telling her family about the … Continue reading

Morocco’s King asked to rest after digestive infection

  August 28, 2009 at 8:53 am by

King Mohammed VI of Morocco

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has been given orders by his doctor to rest for 5 days because of a rotavirus infection, which is casued in the stomach which causes digestive problems as well as dehydartion. “His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God assist him, suffers from an infection with digestive signs and an acute dehydration which has compelled him to rest for five days,” Abdelaziz Maaouni, the King’s private doctor … Continue reading

Saudi Prince escapes suicide bomb attack with few injuries

  August 28, 2009 at 8:21 am by

Saudi Coat of Arms

Deputy interior minister, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, has escaped with few injuries after a suicide bomber blew himself up in an attempt to assassinate the Prince, who is largely credited for Saudi Arabia’s anti-terrorism campaign. The attack took place at the Prince’s Ramadan gathering, when the militant had said he wanted to personally tell Prince Mohammed that he would give himself up. The Prince was taken to a local hospital … Continue reading

King and Queen mark Swedish-Finnish Bicentennial

  August 28, 2009 at 2:45 am by

King Carl Gustaf and President Halonen during the arrival ceremony

The King and Queen of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf and Silvia, have just undertaken an official visit to neighbouring Finland to mark the bicentennial of the two nation’s relations. The King and Queen were invited by President Tarja Halonen, who greeted the Royal Couple at her official summer residence Kultaranta upon their arrival on August 25th. The President’s husband, Dr Pentti Arajärvi, was also on hand for the welcoming ceremony. … Continue reading

Salary Increase for the Danish Royal Family

  August 25, 2009 at 5:51 am by

Danish Coat of Arms

According to politiken.dk, the Danish Royal Family will next year receive an increase in their allowances totalling 1.9 million kroner. The Queen’s husband Prince Henrik will receive a total budget of 7.1 million kroner, which is a rise of 200,000 kroner from last year, whilst Prince Joachim and Princess Marie will receive an increase of 100,000 kroner, for a total of 3.1 million. Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary … Continue reading

Greek Royals Attend Athens and Epidaurus Festival

  August 24, 2009 at 7:23 pm by

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On Friday August 21, King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie, along with their son Crown Prince Pavlos and his wife, Crown Princess Marie-Chantal, and their daughter Princess Alexia and her husband Carlos Morales, attended the Athens and Epidaurus Festival in Greece. The Athens and Epidaurus Festival is a long-running festival that celebrates the arts. The Athens Festival has been running for 52 summers in the Greek capital. It features theatre, … Continue reading

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

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