Edward and Sophie – 19th June 1999

  June 19, 2009 at 3:50 pm by

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On the 6th January 1999 the long awaited engagement between Prince Edward and Miss Sophie Rhys Jones was finally announced. image The couple were presented to the press at St. James’s Palace gardens that day. Sophie’s diamond ring was one of the most expensive engagements rings ever in the British royal family. image The wedding took place at 5pm on Saturday 19th June 1999 in St George’s Chapel Windsor followed … Continue reading

Dutch-Russian Relations: a Tale of Two Disparate Cultures

  June 19, 2009 at 3:45 pm by

President Dmitry Medvedev of the Russian Federation

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, figurehead leader of the locked up Russian Federation, began a visit to one of the most liberal nations, The Netherlands, when he landed in Amsterdam today. In town at the invitation of Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende to discuss bilateral relations between the two nations, who have a strong trading partnership, Medvedev will also meet with Dutch Queen Beatrix, the majority shareholder in Koninklijke Shell, one … Continue reading

Norway’s Royal Couple visited Hordaland

  June 19, 2009 at 4:42 am by

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King Harald V and his wife Queen Sonja paid a visit to Hordaland between June 16th and 18th, 2009. The couple visited Tysnes, Austevoll, Fedje, Austrheim, Lindås and Radøy. There was already a visit planned to this region in 2005, but it was cancelled due to the King’s illness. Hordaland is the third largest county in Norway, after Askerhus and Oslo in population. You can read more about the region … Continue reading

Dutch Royals Unveil, Speak, Listen And More…

  June 18, 2009 at 7:37 pm by

Queen Beatrix unveiling the art

These last days queen Beatrix, her son prince Willem-Alexander and princess Máxima had several public activities. On Tuesday HM the Queen went to Slochteren (Groningen), where she celebrated the 50th anniversary of the drilling for gas in the province of Groningen. The queen unveiled an appropriate piece of art from Marc Ruygrok : a methane molecule of 8 meters high. On Wednesday attended the final ceremony of the anti racism … Continue reading

Ascot Fashion: Days One and Two

  June 18, 2009 at 4:36 pm by

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Every fashion watcher loves Royal Ascot and the opening two days of the annual race meeting did not disappoint. Tuesday and Wednesday witnessed one of the biggest numbers of British royals attending in recent years. Day One – Tuesday The carriage procession today included the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke of York, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and Princess Beatrice. The Queen wore a bright … Continue reading

Danish Princesses Dazzle During Prince Henrik’s 75th Birthday Celebrations

  June 18, 2009 at 3:23 pm by

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The royal birthday celebrations began with a luncheon aboard the royal yacht, Dannebrog. Even though the day was grey and the weather rainy, the two princesses dazzled Danish royal watchers who had gathered to see the guests board the yacht. First to arrive was Princess Marie, who gave birth just slightly over one month ago. She looked slim and elegant in a soft grey jacket, which she paired with crisp … Continue reading

Japan’s Emperor and Empress Plan Their Visit to Canada and Hawaii

  June 18, 2009 at 1:26 pm by

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko

Japan’s Emperor Akihito and his wife, Empress Michiko, will leave Tokyo on July 3 in order to pay an official visit to Canada and the US state of Hawaii that will last until July 17. The visit is meant to promote goodwill and friendship between Japan and Canada, the United States and Hawaii and will mark 80 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Canada. Diplomatic relations between Japan and … Continue reading

Golden Herring for Pieter van Vollenhoven

  June 18, 2009 at 12:17 pm by

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According to newspaper the ‘Telegraaf’ the best way to describe the annual National herring party at Castle the Nyenrode in Breukelen is to call it the Ascot of the Low Countries. No horses, stylish carriages or bowler hats though, but a lot of Atlantic herring. The ladies with hats might be the only thing it has in common with Ascot. Yesterday was the 68th edition of the party and the … Continue reading

Monstrous Carbuncles Just Keep on Coming

  June 18, 2009 at 12:14 pm by

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Twenty five years ago Prince Charles, in a fit of righteous indignation, condemned an architectural plan for being, in his words, “a monstrous carbuncle on the face of an old friend”, thus enraging the Royal Institute of British Architects, who angrily bit back at anyone having the temerity to question their architects’ view of the future. A future that seemed to be a cold, soulless, glass and concrete skyscraper jungle … Continue reading

Duchess of Gloucester Charms Exhibitors at Mobility Roadshow

  June 17, 2009 at 7:21 pm by

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Princess Birgitte, the Duchess of Gloucester, recently paid a visit to the annual Mobility Roadshow. The roadshow featured exhibits and information from manufacturers of wheelchairs and other devices designed to help with mobility. While at the exhibition, the Duchess was presented with a teddy bear from a young boy named Dillon, according to a report from This is West Country. The Duchess was so charmed by Dillon, and even named … Continue reading

Queen Rania launches the Tourism Paths Initiative

  June 17, 2009 at 4:38 am by

The logo of the Jordan River Foundation

Her Majesty Queen Rania on Tuesday launched the Tourism Paths Initiative and inspect community empowerment projects designed to take advantage of the area’s unique heritage and natural resources in the village of Rasoun in the Ajloun Governorate. During the visit, Queen Rania also toured the Tourism Path in Rasoun which is part of an initiative sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities which takes you through a thousand-year-old olive … Continue reading

Crown Princess Mary’s Day Visit to London

  June 17, 2009 at 2:21 am by

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Crown Princess Mary spent the day yesterday in London, undertaking three official engagements which were all related to Denmark. Wearing a red and white summer dress by Strenesse, recycled from last year’s Olympic Games in Beijing and her September 2008 visit to Bulgaria with husband Frederik, and a blue-grey jacket; Mary’s first engagement was a luncheon hosted by the Ambassador to Denmark, Birger Riis-Jørgensen, at the Embassy of Denmark on … Continue reading

Princess Alexia’s Husband Under Investigation

  June 17, 2009 at 12:11 am by

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Former King Constantine II’s son-in-law, Carlos Morales Quintana, is under investigation in Spain for bribery and corruption. Morales Quintana, a Spanish architect from the Canary Islands in Spain, faces up to 4 years in prison if charged and convicted. Under Spanish law, Morales Quintana is only a “person of interest” in an ongoing investigation. He has not been formally charged in the scandal. However, his offices have been searched and … Continue reading

Countess of Wessex Announces Upcoming Visit to Isle of Wight; Presents an Award to Top Chef

  June 16, 2009 at 6:04 pm by

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Sophie Rhys-Jones, the Countess of Wessex, will visit the Isle of Wight in early July, according to an article in the County Press Online. Her visit will be short, but very busy. The Countess will visit St. Catherine’s school, where she will meet students who are in the speech therapy, learning, and training sessions offered by the school. She will also have the opportunity to see and learn about the … Continue reading

King Albert visits Google and Microsoft

  June 16, 2009 at 3:17 pm by

King Albert (C) visits Microsoft in Walloon on June 10, 2009

King Albert II of Belgium went on an IT tour along the most important IT sites in the Walloon region. He visited the Google Data centre, which is being built in Saint Ghislain, and afterwards he went to the Microsoft Innovation Center in Mons. The King was allowed to experiment with some new features Google is developing, among them a new type of chess board. The King was also interested … Continue reading

Recycled Fashion on Parade

  June 16, 2009 at 3:01 pm by

Fashions at the Trooping of the Colour and the Garter Ceremony

Recycling old outfits was the order of the day for the royal ladies at both Saturday’s Trooping the Colour and at Monday’s Garter Day. The Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall both wore similar shades of turquoise. The Queen’s turquoise and red outfit has been seen many times in the past few years. image Her Majesty always likes to wear bright colours so that the public can identify her on … Continue reading

Japanese Royals Attend Japanese Emigration Anniversary in Peru and Bolivia

  June 16, 2009 at 12:25 pm by

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On the occasion of the 110th anniversary of Japanese immigration to Peru as well as the 20th anniversary of the Peruvian immigration to Japan, Japan’s Prince Hitachi, along with his wife Hanako, left on Friday for an official visit to Peru. The following day, the couple met with Peru’s Justice Minister Rosario Fernandez and other government and municipal authorities in front of the Japanese Immigration Centennial Monument, where the names … Continue reading

Rania opens Queen Rania Teachers Academy

  June 16, 2009 at 6:30 am by

Queen Rania speaks at the opening

Her Majesty Queen Rania inaugurating the Queen Rania Teachers Academy (QRTA) on Wednesday at the US Columbia University Global Center in Amman. The academy will aim to train professionals in Jordan and the region through a partnership with Columbia University in the United States on modern and innovative teaching methods. Queen Rania in her speech said “Today, as boundaries blur and travel increases, a son of Jordan not only competes … Continue reading

Moroccan Crown Prince Completes 1st Grade

  June 16, 2009 at 5:10 am by

Prince Moulay Hassan of Morocco

The Crown Prince of Morocco, Moulay El Hassan, finished his first school year at the Royal Palace’s Ecole Princière in Rabat. King Mohammed VI, his wife Princess Lalla Salma and daughter Princess Lalla Khadija attended an end of year ceremony at the school. Prince Moulay El Hassan gave a speech at the begining of the ceremony, which was followed by songs and plays in four languages: Arabic, English, Spanish and … Continue reading

Archeologists Discover Tomb of Legendary Japanese Queen Himiko

  June 15, 2009 at 12:35 pm by

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According to a report in the Asahi Shimbun, a team of archaeologists have examined artifacts from near Hashihaka, a 280-meter key-hole shaped burial mound, and have discovered evidence that the ancient tomb may belong to Himiko or, in Chinese: Pimiko, the legendary third-century shaman queen of the Yamatai kingdom in Japan. Using radiocarbon dating, the researchers found out that clay fragments from the rim of the mound were made between … Continue reading

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