We Go To Rio: Olympics Flashback – London 2012

  August 1, 2016 at 4:00 am by

Logo of the London 2012 Olympic Games

The Games of the XXXI Olympiad (Rio 2016) begin on Friday with the opening ceremony at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A number of royals will be making the trip to Rio to support their athletes, see here for all forum Rio discussion. As a warm-up to the Games, the TRF Blog will be looking back to the best royal moments of the most recent four Olympics. Let’s begin … Continue reading

A Family Dinner in Mallorca Kicks Off The Borbons’ Summer Holiday

  July 31, 2016 at 9:18 pm by

The Borbons in Palma

The Borbons spend a few weeks each summer in Palma de Mallorca, and this evening was the first occasion a large portion of the family was together for this year’s holiday. King Felipe and Queen Letizia with their two daughters, Leonor and Sofia, Infanta Elena and her two children Felipe and Victoria, and King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia were all seen leaving Flaningan Restaurante in Portals Nous after dinner. Earlier … Continue reading

King Abdullah II Presents Medals of Bravery

  July 31, 2016 at 5:05 pm by

King Abdullah

During a ceremony at the Al Husseiniya Palace in Amman today, King Abdullah II of Jordan presented two Rangers of the Jordanian Armed Forces with the Medal of Bravery and Rescue of the Second Class for their efforts in helping capture a suspected terrorist. Captain Faisal Adwan and Sergeant Ahmad Adwan were joined by their families as they received their medals from the King. They were involved, and Sergeant Adwan injured, … Continue reading

Joachim and Marie Arrive in Brazil Ahead of Rio Olympics

  July 31, 2016 at 4:30 pm by

Prince Joachim and family

Denmark’s Prince Joachim and Princess Marie have already arrived in Brazil ahead of next weekend’s Olympic Games opening ceremony, for a few official events and a spot of holidaying with their children. A photo was posted on Instagram of the couple with Princes Nikolai, Felix and Henrik and Princess Athena at the Iguaçu Falls which lie on the border between Brazil and Argentina. Hilsen fra Iguaçu-vandfaldene i Brasilien – på vej … Continue reading

Infanta Pilar of Spain Turns 80

  July 30, 2016 at 9:00 am by

Infanta Pilar

Her Royal Highness The Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz, Dowager Viscountess de la Torre celebrates her 80th birthday on July 30th. The elder sister of former King Juan Carlos was born in Cannes, France during the exile of the Spanish Royal Family and is the elder daughter of Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona and Princess María de las Mercedes de Borbón. Her baptism also took place in Cannes … Continue reading

Fancy A Spot of Seaweed Harvesting Sir? Prince Charles in the Highlands

  July 29, 2016 at 2:37 pm by

The Prince of Wales

Prince Charles has gone up to Scottish Highlands, and today spent part of his day learning about the process of harvesting edible seaweed from the coastlines of Caithness. During his visit to New Wave Foods, the Prince donned a white lab coat over his suit jacket and kilt for a tour of the factory that produces edible seaweed. Later it was into more appropriate attire as he was taken ‘into … Continue reading

Buena Suerte! Spain’s King and Queen See Athletes Off To Rio

  July 29, 2016 at 1:17 pm by

King Felipe and Queen Letizia with Spain's Rio athletes

The Spanish Olympic Team received a royal farewell as they departed for Rio de Janeiro today, with King Felipe and Queen Letizia heading up the farewell committee at the Adolfo Suarez Airport in Madrid. After speaking with the athletes and taking several selfies, King Felipe briefly addressed the team, saying that the whole of Spain was “convinced of your abilities in competition, but also your human qualities. When you are … Continue reading

King Harald Visits Sarpsborg To Mark City’s 1000th Anniversary

  July 29, 2016 at 11:40 am by

King Harald

Norway’s King Harald V today paid a visit to the city of Sarpsborg to help celebrate the 1000th anniversary of the city’s founding by St. Olav (or King Olaf II) in 1016. Arriving by boat, the King was tasked with unveiling a new 4.5m high sculpture entitled ‘Genesis’ that shows the head and shoulders of a youth emerging from a pool of water. It has been created by artist Finn Eirik … Continue reading

Flashback Friday: ‘The Wedding of the Century’

  July 29, 2016 at 4:30 am by

Lady Diana Spencer and the Prince of Wales on their wedding day

35 years ago, the Prince of Wales married Lady Diana Spencer in the ‘wedding of century’ at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. As the Archbishop of Canterbury (then Robert Runcie) presided over the wedding ceremony, 3,500 guests watched on as the bride and groom made their vows – though not without some mishaps! Lady Diana took ‘Philip Charles Arthur George’ to be her husband, mixing up the groom’s names, while the Prince … Continue reading

Prince Alois and Princess Sophie Attend Gala in Salzburg

  July 28, 2016 at 10:38 am by

Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie

Liechtenstein’s Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie were among the many attendees of Wednesday night’s International Salzburg Association gala that was held at Schloss Leopoldskron. The association brings together people who have an appreciation for the city.

Charles and Camilla Enjoy Annual Visit to Sandringham Flower Show

  July 27, 2016 at 4:29 pm by

Prince Charles and Camilla at the Sandringham Flower Show

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have paid their annual visit to the Sandringham Flower Show today, as the show marks its 135th year. Spending over two hours touring stalls and chatting with exhibitors, the couple appeared in high spirits as they sampled ales and some food items before Camilla purchased a crochet toy elephant from the craft marquee. Charles and Camilla also viewed an exhibition put … Continue reading

Autumn Visit to Canada Announced For William and Kate

  July 27, 2016 at 10:21 am by

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Canada, July 2011

Kensington Palace has confirmed today that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be touring Canada this autumn, on the invitation of the Canadian Government. The pair are “delighted to be returning to Canada” and are “really looking forward to seeing other parts of this beautiful country”. William and Kate first visited Canada in the middle of 2011, on their first overseas tour as a married couple. This tour will see the … Continue reading

Duchess of Cornwall Meets Military Wives, Honours Commonwealth Soldiers

  July 26, 2016 at 5:56 pm by

The Duchess of Cornwall

The Countess of Wessex was not the only royal in Brockenhurst today – the Duchess of Cornwall also paid a visit. Her engagements included a visit to St Nicholas’ Church where she laid a bouquet of flowers at the Commonwealth War Graves in the church cemetery. 100 graves – 93 New Zealander soldiers, 3 Indian soldiers and 3 Belgian civilians – lie in the New Zealand plot of the cemetery. The Duchess also … Continue reading

White Hot: Queen Letizia Attends Awards Celebrating Spain’s Professional Women

  July 26, 2016 at 4:26 pm by

Queen Letizia

The Queen of Spain was stunning in a white fit and flare dress from Carolina Herrera as she attended the 25th Annual FEDEPE Awards (Spanish Federation of Women Directors, Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs) at the Parque del Retiro in Madrid. Paired with a pair of snakeskin print pumps, white clutch and a floral drop earrings, Letitia’s look was a perfect summer’s day outfit. In her speech at the event, which honours women … Continue reading

A Farmy Day For Sophie As She Visits New Forest Show

  July 26, 2016 at 3:53 pm by

The Countess of Wessex

The Countess of Wessex has enjoyed a day at the New Forest and Hampshire County Show in Brockenhurst, meeting locals, touring stalls and patting sheep. She also was shown how to make candles, before spending time with 5-year-old Arthur Jones who showed the Countess his show sheep named Bubbles. During her time at the show, Sophie presented the Supreme Cattle Championship Cup and cheered on a duck race. Sophie, who is the … Continue reading

Jacques and Gabriella Join Parents At Reception for South African Red Cross

  July 25, 2016 at 4:35 pm by

Princess Gabriella with Princess Charlene

Young Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella of Monaco were surprise guests at a reception on July 22 where their mother, Princess Charlène, officially became patron of the South African Red Cross Society. Dressed in swimsuits and sunhats, it appeared the nineteen-month-old twins were heading off for a swimming lesson afterwards. They calmly sat in their parents’ arms as officials from the charity spoke to them. Princess Charlène, wearing a lovely … Continue reading

Prince Harry Hosts BBQ, Says He ‘Regrets’ Not Speaking of Mother’s Death Earlier

  July 25, 2016 at 10:26 am by

Prince Harry

As part of the Heads Together mental health campaign, Prince Harry has hosted a BBQ in the gardens of Kensington Palace with a number of British sports stars in attendance who have experience with mental health battles. After flipping burgers and sausages with sprinter Iwan Thomas, Harry spoke with football star Rio Ferdinand about the grief of losing a parent at a young age (Ferdinand’s wife passed away last year … Continue reading

Princess Maria Olympia Turns 20

  July 25, 2016 at 1:00 am by

Princess Maria Olympia

Happy 20th Birthday to Princess Maria Olympia. Born on July 25, 1996 in New York to parents Crown Prince Pavlos, and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece. She is the eldest child out of 5 and the only daughter. Princess Maria Olympia studied in London and Switzerland. At 17 years old, she interned at Christian Dior’s couture department. In 2015, she started attending Parsons School of Design in New York. The … Continue reading

William and Kate Cheer on Land Rover BAR During Portsmouth Leg of America’s Cup World Series

  July 24, 2016 at 1:22 pm by

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watched on from the choppy waters as the Land Rover BAR team led by Sir Ben Ainslie took home the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth title for the second year in a row, and placed themselves on top of the leaderboard for the overall World Series. William and Kate – both wearing official team shirts and jumpers – then presented the team with … Continue reading

Lovely in Lilac: Princess Charlène and Prince Albert Attend Red Cross Ball

  July 23, 2016 at 7:37 pm by

Princess Charlene and Prince Albert

The Prince and Princess of Monaco this evening attended the 68th annual Red Cross Ball at the Monte-Carlo Sporting Club. In honour of last week’s terrorist attack in Nice, the traditional dancing and fireworks display portions of the evening were cancelled. Princess Charlène looked stunning in a strapless evening gown of lilac-toned chiffon, with a pair of dazzling five-strand diamond drop earrings her statement piece of jewellery. She was presented with … Continue reading

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