January 23rd – Madrid King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia hosted the annual New Years reception given to the diplomatic corps accredited in Spain at the Palacio Real in Madrid. Their Majesties were accompanied by the Prince and Princess of Asturias, and the Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, who was joined by his wife. This year’s reception saw the number of invited guests reduced from last year’s 300 to around … Continue reading
At the invitation of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan, Queen Beatrix started on January 21 a two-day state visit to Brunei, along with the Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima. On Monday, upon their arrival at the airport, the Dutch Royals and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade were welcomed by Crown Prince Billah and Crown Princess Sarah. The Queen and the Crown Prince Couple moved … Continue reading
January 23rd, 2013 Her Royal Highness Caroline, Princess of Hanover, Hereditary Princess of Monaco turned 56 on January 23rd. The ever-popular Princess is the eldest child of the late Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace, she is also the elder sister of the present Sovereign Prince, Albert II. The Princess was born at the Prince’s Palace in Monaco, and was christened Caroline Louise Marguerite Grimaldi. Currently, the Princess is the … Continue reading
The Prince and Princess of Prussia, Georg Friedrich and Sophie, have welcomed twin sons. Prince Carl Friedrich and Prince Louis Ferdinand were born on January 20th, in Bremen, Germany. In an announcement full of “joy and gratitude” posted on Prince Georg Friedrich’s official website, he said that both his wife and infant sons were doing well. The elder of the twins, Prince Carl Friedrich, is the heir apparent to the … Continue reading
Yesterday, Princess Ingrid Alexandra celebrated her 9th birthday. She was born on January 21st, 2004, at Rikshospitalet University Hospital in Oslo as eldest child of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. She is second in line of succession to the throne after her father Crown Prince Haakon. She has a younger brother, 7-year-old Prince Sverre Magnus, and a half-brother, Marius Borg Høiby, son of Crown Princess Mette-Marit from a … Continue reading
The Duchess of Brabant, Princess Mathilde, today celebrates her fortieth birthday. To mark her milestone birthday, the Belgian Royal Court issued a series of new portraits of Mathilde and her family. The portraits, which were taken shot by Michel Gronemberger, have been heavily criticized for their artificial appearance thanks to various lighting and post-production features. A commemorative stamp has also been issued; Princess Mathilde attended the official launch of the … Continue reading
Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie undertook their first joint official foreign duty to help promote British business in Germany. The royal sisters were in Berlin on request from Prime Minister David Cameron for a two-day tour promoting the Britain as part of the GREAT Campaign – a global initiative to attract visitors, business and students to the UK. The sisters began the tour to Berlin and Hanover by driving a Mini … Continue reading
Members of the Spanish Royal Family held a series of audiences at a Reception Room of the Zarzuela Palace this week. On January 15th, The Prince of Asturias hosted an audience for the Secretary of Defense of the United States of America, Mr. Leon Edward Panetta. The following day Prince Felipe hosted audiences for the Real Sociedad Deportiva Alcala, the first International Congress of Digital Photography, The Chamber of Commerce … Continue reading
Members of the Madrid 2020 Olympic board of trustees were warmly received by His Royal Highness The Prince of Asturias at the Palacio de la Zarzuela on Thursday, January 17th. Also present was the Prince’s aunt, Her Royal Highness Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz who is also an Honorary Member of the International Olympic Committee. The Prince was presented with the Madrid 2020 Candidature file which they hope will lead to … Continue reading
Grey is the most-worn color in winter and the Crown Princess of Spain decided to start off the year in grey and only grey. The very first event for the Crown Princess was on January 6, attended the New Year’s Military Parade 2013 at the Royal palace in Madrid. Letizia wore a long dark charcoal skirt matched with a lighter color of grey under top and a very well fitted … Continue reading
January 12, 2013 – The Vatican The Prince and Princess of Monaco met with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday January 12th at the Vatican. Though Prince Albert has met with the Holy Father in the past, this was the first meeting and audience for Princess Charlène. The visit was said to have been of special importance to the Princely Couple, and the Pontiff congratulated Princess Charléne on her … Continue reading
The Dutch Royal Court announced yesterday that Prince Floris, youngest son of Princess Margriet and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven, and his wife, Aimée, are expecting their third child. Princess Aimée is expected to give birth in mid-July. Floris and Aimée were married in 2005, and have two daughters: Magali, born in 2007, and Eliane, born in 2009.
Please vote in the December 2012 Picture of the Month Polls! The Official Poll features pictures showing the official side of royalty. This month’s Informal Poll showcases Official Royal Pictures. The polls will remain open until January 30, 2013.
Announcing the winners of the November 2012 Picture of the Month Polls: November 2012 Official Picture of the Month: First Place – Tie: Spain & The Netherlands Second Place – Tie: Belgium , Monaco & Norway Third Place – Tie: Jordan & Dubai Cute Royal Kids (November 2012 Informal Poll): First Place – Tie: Denmark & Sweden Second Place – Tie: Spain & The Netherlands Third Place – Tie: Norway … Continue reading
The Queen issued the first Letters Patent of 2013 by granting all the future children of William and Kate the style of Royal Highness and titles of Princes and Princesses. The Letters Patent was issued on December 31, 2012 and made public on January 9, 2013 – the birthday of the Duchess of Cambridge. The text reads: “The Queen has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of … Continue reading
Madrid – January 6th, 2013 Members of the Spanish Royal Family presided over the annual Pascua Militar Celebrations in Madrid on January 6th, 2013 – the Roman Catholic Feast of the Epiphany. The traditional ceremony started at noon and took place at The Palacio Real in Madrid. In attendance this year were the King, Queen and the Prince and Princess of Asturias. His Majesty the King, despite still being on … Continue reading
Madrid – January 5th, 2013 His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain celebrated his 75th birthday on Saturday January 5th. The Spanish Monarch was born in Rome, the eldest son of Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona and Princess María de las Mercedes, during the Royal Family’s exile. His Majesty has been King of Spain since November 1975, and to mark his 75th birthday, he granted a rare television interview. … Continue reading
January 1, 2013 – Monte Carlo The Prince of Monaco delivered his annual New Years Message from the Princes Palace in Monaco. Towards the end of the address, the Princess of Monaco also delivered a short 2013 New Years message. The New Years message is available to view on The Prince’s Palace of Monaco Facebook page and also at the Prince’s Palace of Monaco official page. View the video here.
What can we look forward to, Royalty wise that is, in 2013? First, the already announced Royal births. 2013 is a year in which several Royal couples are becoming first-time parents. Andrea Casiraghi [the oldest son of the Princess of Hanover, Hereditary Princess Caroline of Monaco] and his fiancée, Tatiana Santo Domingo, are expecting their first child in January 2013. The Prince and Princess of Prussia are expecting their first … Continue reading
In January, Count Carl Johan Bernadotte of Wisborg married Gunilla Stenfors and Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein of Jordan married Basma Bani Ahmad. It was announced on 4 January, that the Duchess of Cambridge had taken on 4 patronages, her first. The Danish Royal Court released new official pictures of Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine and their parents and older siblings, to celebrate the first birthday of the twins. Princess Margriet of the … Continue reading