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

Prince Ernst August on Trial for Assault in Germany

  June 15, 2009 at 10:36 am by

Prince Ernst August V of Hanover

Princess Caroline of Monaco’s husband, Prince Ernst August of Hannover, is currently on trial in Germany for the January 2000 beating of a Kenyan hotel owner. This trial, a retrial of a 2004 verdict, is expected to last 11 days and may include testimony by Princess Caroline, a witness to the reported beating. Although the reported attack occurred in Kenya, the trial is being held in Germany under special laws … Continue reading

Mary Continues Anti-Bullying Program at Kids’ Relay

  June 15, 2009 at 4:12 am by

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Crown Princess Mary has continued with her anti-bullying program by attending a children’s baton relay to promote the cause. The baton relay, which saw thousands of children and their parents head to Copenhagen’s Fælledparken, took place yesterday, with Mary presenting medals to all teams who completed the one kilometre long circuit. While she did not participate in the actual relay, Mary spent time to warm up and stretch with the … Continue reading

A Busy Week for Haakon

  June 14, 2009 at 11:35 am by

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In the beginning of the week, Tuesday June 9th , Crown Prince Haakon and his father King Harald V attend a ceremony at the synagogue in Oslo. Rabbi Joav Melchior welcomed the Royals to his synagogue and underlined the symbolic meaning of this visit to support the dialogue between the Jews and Christians. You can find a gallery of the visit here. On June 11th Haakon attended a conference about … Continue reading

Queen Beatrix Reopens the Royal Palace in Amsterdam

  June 14, 2009 at 7:00 am by

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Yesterday queen Beatrix reopened the royal palace on Dam square in Amsterdam. The palace was closed for 3,5 years as the interior was adapted. The palace, that was originally built as a city hall in 1648, got new kitchens and bathrooms, furniture was restaured, 45.000 kilo of asbestos was removed and the chandeliers that were found on the attic were restaured and used in several rooms of the palace. The … Continue reading

Sheikh Hamdan as President’s Representative

  June 14, 2009 at 5:31 am by

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed, former deputy prime minister of the UAE, has been appointed by Sheikh Khalifa, President of the UAE, as his representative in the Western Region according to a decree issued by Sheikh Khalifa. Sheikh Hamdan is also chairman of the UAE Red Crescent Authority, chairman of the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi and chairman of the UAE Foreign Aid Coordination Office. He had previously served as Minister of … Continue reading

Queen Rania meets Young Entrepreneurs

  June 14, 2009 at 5:20 am by

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On Wednesday June 10, Her Majesty Queen Rania met with young people participating in the Global Business Opportunities Programme from Jordan, Argentina and South Africa. She said that young people should practise teamwork and learn from other cultures to implement successful business projects. Queen Rania also said that people have to benefit from the experience and knowledge of global communities in order to implement their own projects. Queen Rania listened … Continue reading

Busy Week For Queen Beatrix…

  June 13, 2009 at 4:19 pm by

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Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands had a busy week with a lot of public engagements. On wednesday HM visited the RIVM (National Institute for Health and Environment) in Bilthoven, on the occasion of it’s 100th anniversary. She met the director of the institute, Roel Coutinho, and several other employees. The RIVM started as a small laboratory for health care inspectors but in 100 years it developed into a knowledge institute … Continue reading

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

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