Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary, Margrethe and Henrik!

  June 10, 2017 at 2:00 am by

Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik on their wedding day

Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik, the Prince Consort today celebrate their golden wedding anniversary (50 years of marriage) – tillykke! The couple were married on June 10, 1967 at the Holmens Kirke in Copenhagen after getting engaged the previous October. The Bishop of Aalborg, Erik Jenson, led the wedding ceremony, which was attended by dozens of royals and nobles from around Europe (notably absent was the bride’s youngest sister, Queen Anne-Marie … Continue reading

Abdication Law Approved By Japanese Parliament

  June 9, 2017 at 11:03 pm by

Emperor Akihito

The Upper House of the Japanese Parliament on Friday approved a special law that will allow Emperor Akihito, 83, to abdicate within the next three years. It was the final step in granting the Emperor’s wish to retire, after he made his desire known in a television broadcast last August. It is expected the Emperor’s abdication will be set for December 2018, to coincide with his 85th birthday. It will … Continue reading

King of Morocco Promotes Sister-in-Law To ‘Royal Highness’

  June 9, 2017 at 10:57 pm by

Lalla Oum Keltoum

An official bulletin published by the Moroccan Royal Court on June 8th has announced that King Mohammed VI has promoted his sister-in-law, Lalla Oum Keltoum, to the style of Royal Highness. The change in her title was made in a Dahir (Royal Decree) dated March 14. The Dahir states the King wished to grant “the proper protocol position” to his sister-in-law. Princess Lalla Oum Keltoum is the wife of the King’s only brother, Prince Moulay Rachid. … Continue reading

King Felipe Confirms Posthumous Order of Civil Merit To Spanish London Attack Victim

  June 9, 2017 at 6:11 pm by

King Felipe

At the Spanish Embassy in Kazakhstan on Friday, King Felipe VI signed a Royal Decree confirming the posthumous awarding of the Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit to Ignacio Echeverría, the Spanish victim of last Saturday’s terrorist attack in London. Mr Echeverría, who worked for HBSC in London, was given the honour by the Spanish Government on recommendation by Prime Minster Mariano Rajoy to recognise his “heroic and exemplary act” … Continue reading

A Royal Guard Inspection At Huseby Leir

  June 9, 2017 at 3:36 pm by

King Harald

In the drizzling rain, King Harald V inspected the Hans Majestet Kongens Garde at their Oslo barracks, Huseby Leir, on Friday. He was accompanied by Crown Prince Haakon. The King went on to present annual awards to two guards. The Guard’s Watch, given to the ‘best guard of the year’, was awarded to Leading Private Siri Karine Borge Thøgersen, who is the first female to receive the honour since its inception in 1934. Lieutenant Even … Continue reading

Queen of Bhutan Opens Bhutan-Thailand Festival

  June 9, 2017 at 11:31 am by

Queen Jetsun Pema

Bhutan’s Queen Jetsun Pema has attended the opening day of the first Bhutan-Thailand Festival at the Youth Development Fund Multipurpose Hall in Thimphu on Friday. The Queen was given a tour of the festival, which is being held to celebrate the friendships and “shared common spiritual heritage” between Bhutan and Thailand. Several of the festival’s exhibitions have been designed to focus on areas of cooperation between the two countries. Among the … Continue reading

Countess of Wessex Visits Girlguiding Headquarters

  June 9, 2017 at 7:56 am by

The Countess of Wessex

On Thursday evening, the Countess of Wessex was present at a reception hosed by Girlguiding UK at their headquarters in London. Wearing a lovely deep blue peplum top and black skirt, Sophie chatted with Girlguiding advocates and staff about their work, and how girlguiding helps young women achieve their goals. Sophie has been the organisation’s President since 2003. The Countess of Wessex, President of @Girlguiding, has attended a reception at … Continue reading

Flashback Friday: Japan Gains A New Crown Princess

  June 9, 2017 at 4:00 am by

Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako

On June 9, 1993, Japan gained a new Crown Princess as the country’s Crown Prince Naruhito married his long-time love, Masako Owada, in a traditional Shinto ceremony at the Kashikodokoro shrine in the Tokyo Imperial Palace. The newlywed couple, after changing from traditional Japanese wedding robes, then reported their marriage to Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, the groom’s parents, who in accordance with tradition did not attend the actual ceremony. … Continue reading

Princess Marie Presents ‘Prix littéraire des Ambassadeurs’

  June 9, 2017 at 2:10 am by

Princess Marie

As patron, Denmark’s Princess Marie presented the ‘Prix littéraire des Ambassadeurs’ on Thursday at the French Embassy in Copenhagen. This year’s prize went to Rwandan author Scholastique Mukasonga, for her novel Our Lady of the Nile (Nilens Vor-Frue in its Danish publication).  The Prix littéraire des Ambassadeurs is presented annually to promote knowledge in Denmark of the culture of French-speaking countries. Princess Marie of Denmark presented 2017 "Prix litteraire des Ambassadeurs" award with a … Continue reading

Arise, Sir Leek! Camilla’s Day of Fun at The South of England Show

  June 8, 2017 at 6:54 pm by

The Duchess of Cornwall

The Duchess of Cornwall had an intriguing day at the South of England Show on Thursday, what with all the knighting farm folk and petting stick insects she did. During her rounds of the show grounds, the Duchess came across Farmer Giles (actor Callum Arnott) who all but demanded the Duchess knight him – which she quickly did, with a leek. “‘Is that it? Just on the one shoulder? Oh, you’re not the … Continue reading

Cool Blue: Infanta Elena Presents Children’s Painting Prizes

  June 8, 2017 at 6:30 pm by

Infanta Elena

Infanta Elena was fresh in shades of blue on Thursday as she presented the twenty-sixth annual National Heritage Child and Youth Painting Contest at the Palacio Real de El Pardo. The contest is aimed at primary and secondary school children, with the aim of helping them learn about locations important to Spain’s national heritage and the Spanish Crown. The artwork the students create must “reflect the interiors or exteriors” of these locations. … Continue reading

Queen Máxima Visits The Winner Of The King Willem I Prize 2016

  June 8, 2017 at 4:55 pm by

Queen Maxima

Queen Máxima paid a visit today to TOBROCO, the winner of the King Willem I Prize 2016 in the category of small and medium-sized enterprises. Queen Máxima toured the company’s warehouse and was given a detailed brief of the company. She also got to see how some of the machinery worked. TOBROCO was founded in 1996 and manufacture machines used in agriculture, road construction and field maintenance. The Queen is Honorary … Continue reading

Crown Princess Mary’s Busy Day

  June 8, 2017 at 4:45 pm by

crown princess mary board

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark just got back from a two day trip to Paris, but was back to work with a busy day on Thursday. First event of the day, the Crown Princess attended a social exclusion conference held by both The Mary Foundation and the Tryg Foundation. She arrived at the event wearing a red dress matched with a tweed jacket, orange pumps and a nice Prada bag, and gave a speech where … Continue reading

Battle of Messines Centenary Commemorated by Prince William and Princess Astrid

  June 7, 2017 at 5:18 pm by

The Duke of Cambridge and Princess Astrid of Belgium

At the Island of Ireland Peace Park in Messines, Belgium on Wednesday, the Duke of Cambridge and Princess Astrid of Belgium commemorated 100 years of the Battle of Messines Ridge. The Taoiseach of Ireland, Enda Kelly, was also present. The Battle was the first where Irish soldiers from both the Unionist and Nationalists sides fought side-by-side. Prince William and Princess Astrid attended the commemoration service, before laying wreaths at the Round Tower in memory of … Continue reading

Queen Mathilde Attends European Development Days 2017

  June 7, 2017 at 1:07 pm by

Queen Mathilde

Today, Wednesday June 7, Queen Mathilde was present at the opening ceremony of European Development Days (EDD) 2017 at the cultural center Tour & Taxis in Brussels. The theme of the 11th edition of European Development Days is “Investing in Development”. The forum, organized by the European Commission, aims to bring together the development community with debates, panels, and special events in order to share ideas, experiences, innovative solutions to the world … Continue reading

“It’s Game On, Down Under!” Prince Harry Launches 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney

  June 7, 2017 at 7:12 am by

Prince Harry

Prince Harry jokingly threw down the gauntlet today as he launched the 2018 Invictus Games at Admiralty House in Sydney, telling the Australian team that “it’s game on, down under” as they prep for both this year’s games and the next. In his speech, the Prince described the guilt he felt at being withdrawn from the front line in Afghanistan in February 2008 after his presence was revealed by an … Continue reading

On This Day: Death of Lilian, Princess of Réthy

  June 7, 2017 at 4:00 am by

Lilian, Princess de Rethy

Today is the fifteenth anniversary of the death of Lilian, Princess of Réthy, second wife of Belgium’s King Leopold III. She died at the age of 85 at the home she had shared with her husband, Domaine d’Argenteuil, in Waterloo. Her funeral a week later was held at the Church of Our Lady in Laeken, after which the Princess was interred – against her wishes – into the Royal Crypt there, beside King … Continue reading

Swedish Royal Family Celebrate National Day

  June 6, 2017 at 6:43 pm by

The Swedish Royal Family

The Swedish Royal Family have today celebrated the country’s National Day with the usual celebrations in several cities. Prince Carl Philip kicked off the day in Stockholm, opening the doors to the Royal Palace for the traditional open day to the Palace where members of the public can visit for free. King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia were meanwhile in Kronberg, where they visited Kosta Boda to mark its 275th anniversary … Continue reading

Denmark’s Crown Princess Visits Paris For OECD Forum

  June 6, 2017 at 5:15 pm by

Crown Princess Mary

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark spoke at the OECD Forum in Paris on Tuesday, an annual forum hosted by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.  “We need to find the opportunities in the challenges, take a longer view, and use more of the resources available to us. Our answer to these challenges cannot simply be more of the same. We are at the beginning of a new era of development … Continue reading

Charles and Camilla Praise Work of Emergency Services Following London Attacks

  June 6, 2017 at 2:20 pm by

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall made unannounced visits to the Metropolitan Police’s Central Communications Command and the Royal London Hospital on Tuesday where they met first responders and victims of Saturday night’s terrorist attack in London. Charles and Camilla heard about police officers’ valiant efforts in the immediate aftermath of the attack, which left seven people dead and dozens wounded, as they rushed to the scene on London … Continue reading

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