Queen Margrethe and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark in the Traditional Clothing of Greenland

  June 23, 2009 at 7:55 pm by

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During the recent trip to Greenland, Queen Margrethe and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark showed their close ties to the newly-independent nation by wearing traditional Inuit clothing. The Daily Telegraph of Australia has featured a photo of the Queen and Princess in the clothing, and briefly mentions that it is a big departure from the typical attire that royals usually wear. It is indeed a big change from gala dresses … Continue reading

Grand Ducal Family Out in Force in Luxembourg City

  June 23, 2009 at 1:45 pm by

The Grand Ducal Family on National Day Eve 2009

The entire Grand Ducal family, minus Princess Alexandra who is busily studying for her exams, turned out in Luxembourg City after the day celebrations by the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess in Ell to see the traditional torchlit procession and firework display. This is also an occassion for the entire family to be ‘seen’ by the public, as they walk from their city residence the Grand Ducal Palace to the … Continue reading

National Day Celebrations Begin in Luxembourg

  June 23, 2009 at 1:09 pm by

The Grand Duke cuts the ribbon to officially open the building

The celebrations for Luxembourg’s National Day kicked off today in Ell with an official visit from the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess where, together with government officials and members of the community, they laid a wreath of flowers at the Monument des Mars before visiting the city council. They later visited the local school, where they watched a theatrical performance by pre-schoolers and then listened to speeches in the playground … Continue reading

New Titles for Grand-Ducal Family

  June 23, 2009 at 12:50 pm by

Luxembourg's Coat of Arms

During the celebrations of Luxembourg’s National day, Grand Duke Henri has announced that Tessy de Nassau, wife of Prince Louis, will now be styled as Princess of Luxembourg, and their two sons will be styled Prince Gabriel and Prince Noah de Nassau. His daughter Princess Alexandra has also received the position of a knight in the Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau, which is an order … Continue reading

Three-Day State Visit from Qatar to France

  June 23, 2009 at 4:45 am by

Sheikha Mozah and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy

Qatar Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and his wife Sheikha Mozah are on a 3 day state visit to France. The Emir was welcomed at the Elysee Palace in Paris yesterday by French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Emir of Qatar and President Sarkozy held talks on ways of boosting bilateral ties,and reviewed a set of regional and international issues. HH Sheikha Mozah Nasser al-Misnad met Carla Bruni, wife of the … Continue reading

New Speaker of the House of Commons Elected

  June 23, 2009 at 2:43 am by

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The House of Commons has just elected Tory MP John Bercow as the new Speaker of the House in an ancient balloting process to replace the outgoing Speaker Michael Martin, forced to resign over the MPs expenses scandal. He is the first Speaker in 300 years to be forced from office and his successor will have a tough job to reform the British parliament. The role of the Speaker will … Continue reading

Archduke Otto taken into hospital

  June 22, 2009 at 5:34 pm by

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Archduke Otto of Austria, the 96 years old eldest son of Emperor Karl I and Empress Zita, has been taken into hospital after a fall in his home, Villa Austria in Pöcking, Bavaria. The Archduke has seriously injured his head, so he has soon taken into hospital, where he’s recovering. Now, according to what his daughter Archduchess Michaela told on thursday to the press, he’s better, he is fully conscious … Continue reading

Abdullah & Rania at No 10

  June 22, 2009 at 4:47 pm by

The King and Queen with the Browns

His Majesty King Abdullah II held talks with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in London on July 22. They discussed efforts to launch serious negotiations to solve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the basis of the two-state solution. His Majesty said “Failure to reach peace and the continuation of the conflict threaten Israel, the Palestinians, Arab states as well as world peace and stability.” King Abdullah and Prime Minister also talked … Continue reading

Audiences with the Grand Duke and Duchess

  June 22, 2009 at 4:20 pm by

Audiences with the Grand Dukes

The Grand Duke this week has held three audiences, the first of which, on Tuesday, was with the Prime Minister of the Ukraine, Yulia Timochenko. He then recieved on Friday the recipients of the Order of Adolphe, a chivalric order officially known as the Ordre du Mérite Civil et Militaire d’Adolphe de Nassau that was originally created for members of the Duchy of Nassau, and has now passed on to … Continue reading

Will Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako Go to Copenhagen?

  June 22, 2009 at 11:12 am by

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In its presentation on Wednesday, Tokyo’s 2016 Olympic bid committee has promised to “leave the Olympic Movement with an incredible legacy to inspire future cities.” For that purpose, Tokyo is reportedly planning the most comprehensive youth program outreach ever: a national educational program has been created, in order to promote the values of the Olympic movement for schools, a measure which no candidate city has ever taken before. But this … Continue reading

Danish Royals mark Greenland’s New Self-Government Laws

  June 22, 2009 at 2:57 am by

Queen Margrethe II transfers self-government laws to the Chairman of Greenland’s Parliament

Members of the Danish Royal Family are currently in the Arctic nation of Greenland, where they marked the geographically large, populous small country’s new self-rule. Queen Margrethe II, Prince Henrik and Crown Princess Mary arrived on Friday June 19th, and were joined by Crown Prince Frederik on June 20th. The royals attended several events on Saturday, before yesterday’s ceremony in which the new self-governing laws were transferred to the Greenlandic … Continue reading

Spanish State Visit to New Zealand: Day 1

  June 22, 2009 at 1:16 am by

The King and Queen visit the Yacht Research Centre, University of Auckland

Their Majesties King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain today began a brief state visit to New Zealand. They arrived late Sunday evening (local time) in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city; this after a brief stop-over in Singapore en route from Spain. The royal couple is in New Zealand with a high-powered business delegation, including Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos and the Secretary of State for Trade Silvia … Continue reading

Princess Margriet Celebrates At Her Old Home

  June 21, 2009 at 5:58 pm by

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On Saturday morning princess Margriet did not have to travel far to her first official activity: she visited the neighbouring palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn. Here the princess attended the opening of the new terrace and the restaured ‘historical viewpoint’ in the garden of the palace. The opening also marked the 25th anniversary of palace Het Loo as a museum. Princess Margriet, her husband Pieter van Vollenhoven and their sons … Continue reading

Queen Beatrix Celebrates With Knights

  June 21, 2009 at 5:41 pm by

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On Saturday Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands went to the Grote Kerk in Naarden to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Dutch protestant Johanniter order. The Dutch branch of the ancient order was founded in 1909 by prince Hendrik, consort of queen Wilhelmina of The Netherlands. At the moment the order has over 3000 volunteers and 600 members, who all are active in helping others, like handicapped or lonely people. … Continue reading

Duke and Duchess of Gloucester Pay Tribute to Fallen Soldiers at Armed Forces Memorial

  June 21, 2009 at 5:30 pm by

The National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire

On Saturday, June 20, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester attended a memorial service dedicated to the 66 servicemen and women who lost their lives in 2008. The service was held at the Armed Forces Memorial in the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire. It was attended by the families of the deceased, the Duke and Duchess, and the Defense Minister, Baroness Ann Taylor, according to the BBC. The memorial … Continue reading

Deterioration of Former Royal Residence Causes Visit By Swazi King To Be Cancelled

  June 21, 2009 at 4:58 pm by

King Lobengula

Old Bulawayo, the last royal residence of King Lobengula, was named as Zimbabwe’s “first cultural theme park” in 2006, but has deteriorated so much in just three years that it prompted Zimbabwean officials to cancel King Mswati III’s planned visit to the site earlier this month. The site was rebuilt in a manner similar to King Zwelithini’s residence in South Africa in the hopes of attracting tourism to the Zimbabwe, … Continue reading

Hermitage Amsterdam Oficially Opened By Beatrix and Medvedev

  June 21, 2009 at 7:59 am by

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As mentioned in previous blog entries, Russian president Dmitri Medvedev and Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands opened the new Hermitage museum in Amsterdam on Friday evening. The queen was accompanied by her eldest son, the prince of Orange, and her daughter-in-law princess Máxima, who wore an eccentric purple furry outfit, her tutti fruti bracelet and earrings with purple precious stones. The president was accompanied by his wife. The festivities around … Continue reading

Mette-Marit and HIV/Aids events

  June 21, 2009 at 4:51 am by

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On Tuesday June 16th Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway started a campaign against prejudices against HIV in Oslo together with Roger Cassidy head of a HIV centre and the mayor of Oslo Fabian Stang. On Saturday June 19th the Princess was present when environmental minister Erik Solheim opened the “Access to Life” photo exhibition in Oslo, which is an AIDS photoexhibition at the Stenersen Museum. You can see some of … Continue reading

Is the long wait going to be over for another Royal Match?

  June 20, 2009 at 11:07 pm by

Kate Middleton and Prince William at the Cheltenham Festival in March 2007

It’s 2-1 odds at some British bookies this weekend, after reports that Kate Middleton has been formally invited to meet the Queen at Balmoral during the August Bank Holiday, that there will be an engagement announced this year. While Middleton has met the Queen previously, this will be the first time that she has been to the Scottish home of the Queen. In the minds of many, it’s about damn … Continue reading

Policing the World?

  June 20, 2009 at 11:04 pm by

King Abdullah II of Jordan

After writing yesterday that Jordan’s King Abdullah was serious about finding a solution to the Israeli – Palestinian conflict, I was disappointed today to read that King Abdullah is putting the onus on the USA to head a solution to the conflict. King Abdullah, in speaking with US President Barack Obama today, told the US President that the US must take a more forceful role in spurring the peace process. … Continue reading

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