Happy Birthday Ma’am (again)

  June 13, 2009 at 11:25 am by

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It’s been a day of celebration for the Windsor clan as Her Majesty The Queen marked her official birthday today, several weeks after her actual birthday in April. The 83 year old monarch was treated to the stunning pageantry of the Trooping the Colour, an annual ceremony first performed in the reign of King Charles II. This year was the turn of the Irish guards who proudly displayed their new … Continue reading

Prince Michael of Kent Tours Alberta Aviation Museum

  June 13, 2009 at 9:40 am by

The Alberta Aviation Museum

On Thursday, Prince Michael of Kent was invited to be the guest of honor at the Alberta Aviation Museum in Canada. It was a very special visit for the Prince, who also happens to be a pilot, and an enthusiastic fan of aviation history. During his tour, Prince Michael was able to practice his flying on a DC-6 flight simulator, which featured technology developed exclusively by the Alberta Aviation Museum. … Continue reading

June 2009 Newsletter: The 1940s

  June 12, 2009 at 12:30 pm by

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The 1940s were again a difficult time. It was the decade which would influence the future of the entire world. This decade did not only lay the foundations for the establishment of organizations which promote peace, like NATO or the EU, unfortunately it was also the beginning of communist reign in most of Eastern Europe, and the beginning of the Cold War, which would keep the entire world into its … Continue reading

Approval Ratings Down for Henrik and Joachim

  June 12, 2009 at 5:45 am by

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New approval ratings for the Danish Royal Family have shown that while all the royal family has dropped in approval ratings, it is Queen Margrethe II’s husband and younger son who have dropped their approval ratings dramatically since 2004. The stats, released yesterday, show that the Danish public have lost confidence in how the two men handle their public roles. Henrik’s approval rating is down 12%, from 41.8% in 2004 … Continue reading

Farfar Henrik wished a Happy Birthday by his Grandchildren

  June 11, 2009 at 8:32 pm by

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June 11th is the 75th birthday of Prince Henrik, and the celebrations kick-started yesterday with a lunch and a concert. Earlier this morning, the Crown Prince Couple and their two children gathered outside Fredensborg Palace to begin celebrating once more. Here, the group waited for Henrik to appear in one of the palace windows. The birthday boy opened the window accompanied by Queen Margrethe II, and smiled and waved broadly … Continue reading

Duchess of Gloucester Gives Royal Send-off to British Warship

  June 11, 2009 at 6:40 pm by

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HRH Princess Richard, who is better known as the Duchess of Gloucester, gave a royal send-off to warship the HMS Gloucester, in Portsmouth today. She was welcomed warmly by the sailors on the ship, according to an article in The News. The Duchess took the time to greet and speak with the sailors, providing what was referred to by Lieutenant Commander Douggie Ward as a “morale booster”. The HMS Gloucester … Continue reading

Photo of Princess Kako leaked onto Internet

  June 11, 2009 at 11:41 am by

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A former classmate of Princess Kako at Gakushuin Primary School apparently posted an unauthorized photograph of the princess in a diary on the member-based social networking site Mixi. In the following days, the photo was leaked over the Internet. Fourteen-year-old Princess Kako is the second daughter of Prince Akishino, the younger son of Japan’s Emperor Akihito, and his wife, Princess Kiko. According to the source, the photo showed Princess Kako … Continue reading

Mette-Marit opened exhibition of graduating students

  June 11, 2009 at 7:12 am by

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Norway’s Crown Princess Mette-Marit opened the annual exhibition of graduating students by the department for product design at Akershus University College, June 8th 2009. There she met the lecturer Gunnar H. Gundersen and director Per Winge. The exhibition shows complementary works of 45 students of productdesign who made their Bachelor or Master in 2009. The Crown Princess was really interested in the projects, she spoke to the students and asked … Continue reading

Pouring Rain to Kick-Start Henrik’s 75th Birthday Celebrations

  June 11, 2009 at 12:57 am by

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Denmark’s Prince Consort, Prince Henrik, yesterday began the celebrations to mark his 75th birthday. The whole Danish royal family was invited; as well as Prince Gustav zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, his partner Carina Axelsson, sister Princess Alexandra, and the birthday boy’s brother Jean Baptiste and his wife Jill. As the royal party arrived at the Nordre Toldbod on Copenhagen Harbour, the heavens opened their doors and umbrellas were quickly found so that … Continue reading

The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay: One Day, Two Very Different Ways

  June 10, 2009 at 7:15 pm by

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Earlier this month on a on a visit to Scotland the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay conducted two very different engagements in one day with projects dear to their hearts. At the launch of an eco friendly education centre Charles took the opportunity to share the difficulties of being an unwitting trailblazing eco warrior. Long before most of us (Boomers) had given a passing thought to the ramifications of oodles … Continue reading

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh Turns Eighty-Eight

  June 10, 2009 at 1:19 pm by

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Happy birthday to HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who turns 88 years old today! Prince Philip was born HRH Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark on the Greek island of Corfu on June 10, 1921. His entrance into the world was rather unusual for a royal prince: he was born on a kitchen table at the Mon-Repos Palace. Not long after his birth, his family fled from Greece … Continue reading

Vote in the May 2009 Picture of the Month Polls!

  June 10, 2009 at 12:30 pm by

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Please vote in the May 2009 Picture of the Month Polls! The Official Poll features pictures showing the official side of royalty. This month’s Informal Poll showcases Royal Christenings. The polls will remain open until 30 June 2009.

The University of Mexico, 2009 Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities

  June 10, 2009 at 7:56 am by

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Today in Oviedo, the jury for the 2009 Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities has decided to bestow the prize to the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The jury considers that “throughout the hundred years of its existence, the National Autonomous University of Mexico has been the academic and educational model for numerous generations of students from diverse countries and has provided the Ibero-American sphere with the most … Continue reading

Jordan Royals attend 10th anniversary celebration

  June 10, 2009 at 3:11 am by

Queen Rania and King Abdullah II at the anniversary celebrations

Their Majesties King Abdullah and Queen Rania were greeted with thousands of Jordanians who gathered on the Royal motorcade’s route, holding Jordanian flags and pictures of the King, singing national songs and dancing on the capital’s streets on Tuesday as their Majesties headed to Amman’s Stadium to attend a major event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the King’s accession to the Throne. Around 15,000 Jordanians from all ages attended … Continue reading

Princess Alexandra of Kent Receives Royal Welcome In Cornwall

  June 9, 2009 at 7:11 pm by

Princess Alexandra in Cornwall

Princess Alexandra of Kent, the Honourable Lady Ogilvy, received a warm welcome as she arrived at the Royal Cornwall Show last Saturday afternoon. This year is the 216th year of the agricultural show, and the fifth time that the princess has taken part in the festivities; her last visit was in 2005. The three day event covers nearly all aspects of agriculture, and has grown to include a motor fair, … Continue reading

Letizia, Cristina and Máxima lunch in Barcelona

  June 9, 2009 at 5:12 am by

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Princess Letizia, Infanta Cristina and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands had a private meeting yesterday in Barcelona, the city where Infanta Cristina lives. Princess Letizia was in Barcelona to attend the presentation of the first oncology research grant in Cosmocaixa. Princesss Máxima travelled to Barcelona with a delegation of the Council for Microcredits of the Netherlands to learn about The Caixa MicroBank; the social bank of the Catalan entity; and … Continue reading

Fighting for a Dream to Come True – 16th Wedding Anniversary of Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako of Japan

  June 9, 2009 at 12:07 am by

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Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan met his future bride Masako Owada first on October 18, 1986. A party had been arranged to celebrate the visit of Princess Elena of Spain; but it was also a way of enabling the heir to the throne to meet a selection of forty eligible young women, among them Masako. The prince was immediately smitten: Masako, a charming, attractive and intelligent Harvard-graduate, had only recently … Continue reading

The Earl of Wessex Visits Calgary

  June 8, 2009 at 10:32 pm by

The Earl of Wessex presents the dog to the RCMP

The Earl of Wessex is currently on an official visit to Canada, and has stopped in Calgary. On Saturday Prince Edward visited Simon Fraser Junior High School in Calgary to meet students involved in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme and other leadership schemes. On Sunday morning the Prince handed out awards to 100 Gold Award recipients at the Palliser Hotel in Calgary. He told the students that they could … Continue reading

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, Marries Katharine Worsley, June 1961

  June 8, 2009 at 1:25 pm by

The Duke of Kent and Miss Katharine Worsley on their wedding day

On the 8th June 1961, Miss Katharine Lucy Worsley married Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent in York Minster. It was the first royal wedding to take place there for over six hundred years when King Edward III had married in 1328. The bride, who had been born in 1933, was the only daughter of the late Sir William Worsley of Hovingham Hall. The couple had met in 1956 whilst … Continue reading

Royals Vote In European Elections

  June 8, 2009 at 6:05 am by

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Over the last few days all member states of the European Union organised elections for the European parlament. Belgium’s royal family set a good example and all adult members of the royal family were pictured while visiting the polling stations. The duke and duchess of Brabant voted at a polling station in Laeken, as did princess Astrid, her husband Lorenz and their two eldest children prince Amedeo and princess Maria … Continue reading

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