Abu Dhabi Crown Prince sets up Board of Directors

  June 30, 2009 at 2:42 pm by

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed

HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces and chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, has issued a decision setting up the board of directors of the Abu Dhabi Centre for Houses and Utilities Development. Sheikh Mohammed appointed a few people today as executive directors of lands, properties, support services and regional services at the … Continue reading

First Day at Kindergarten for Alexia

  June 30, 2009 at 5:48 am by

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Yesterday morning princess Alexia of The Netherlands started her first day in kindergarten. She arrived in the company of her parents, and her older sister princess Amalia at the Bloemcamp school in Wassenaar, where she will start in group 1A. Her teachers Carla Buijs (monday) and Yvonne van Veen (tuesday-friday) welcomed the princess in the class room, which was decorated with yellow, purple and green kites. Outside the class room, … Continue reading

Abdullah and President of Turkmenistan hold talks

  June 30, 2009 at 4:12 am by

King Abdullah II of Jordan

His Majesty King Abdullah II and Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov held talks in Amman, which continued over a lunch banquet which was held by His Majesty in honour of the Turkmenistan president and his accompanying delegation. King Abdullah and the Turkmenistan President discussed cooperation in the fields of education, culture, health, trade and investment. They also talked about efforts on how to achieve permanent and comprehensive peace in the Middle … Continue reading

UAE VP Launches New Excellence Programme

  June 30, 2009 at 3:43 am by

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has launched the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Government Excellence Programme. The programme is in the policies of the UAE Prime Minister to identify talented and local cadres to further train them to earn responsibilities. Sheikh Mohammed stressed that the programme is to boost the performance and excellence at the … Continue reading

Duke and Duchess of Gloucester’s South Pacific Visit Costs Revealed

  June 29, 2009 at 6:23 pm by

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester

Last August, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester took a trip to the nation of Tonga in order to be present for the coronation ceremony of King George Tupou V. They also visited the Solomon Islands. It is now revealed that the cost to fly the Duke and Duchess to the South Pacific was £149,413, according to an article by the Press Association. The information was revealed in a report … Continue reading

Ismaíl Kadaré, 2009 Prince of Asturias Award for Letters

  June 29, 2009 at 2:26 pm by

Ismaíl Kadaré

Six of the eight Awards which are presented annually by the Prince of Asturias Foundation have been bestowed already; the awards for sport and concord will be announced in September. The Award for Letters was officially announced on Wednesday 24 June and goes to Albanian writer Ismaíl Kadaré. The Jury considers his work to be full of beauty and profound commitment. “Using everyday language which is nonetheless full of lyricism, … Continue reading

King & Queen honour Ahel Al Himmeh winners

  June 29, 2009 at 1:50 pm by

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King Abdullah and Queen Rania honoured the 10 Ahel Al Himmeh winners in a ceremony at the Roman Amphitheatre in Amman Sunday evening. Queen Rania launched the Queen Rania award in March for for Community Champion which was to to celebrate the 10th anniversary of King Abdullah’s accession to the Throne. The initiative had received about 45,000 nominations from across the country. The committee then choose 30 finalists one. On … Continue reading

69p Queen

  June 29, 2009 at 12:45 pm by

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First it was Charles, now it’s the entire clan. The annual Civil List report has been published with the usual arguments surfacing about the role of the monarchy as an accompaniment. But let’s look at the facts first. The Royal Family cost the UK taxpayer 69p each in the 2008/9 financial year, a 3p rise on the 2007/8 financial year with the total cost rising by £1.5m to £41.5m. The … Continue reading

Prince of Orange celebrates Veterans Day 2009

  June 28, 2009 at 11:17 pm by

The Prince of Orange, Veteran's Day 2009

On Saturday June 27th, HRH the Prince of Orange attended the Veterans Day 2009 celebrations in The Hague. He was accompanied by the Dutch Prime Minister, Jan Peter Balkenende. Upon arriving at the Ridderzaal, the Prince and the Prime Minister met before Balkenende delivered a solemn speech. The party then moved to the Binnenhof; where HRH, PM Balkenende, the Defence Minister (E Van Middelkoop) and the Commander of the Armed … Continue reading

Michael Jackson Promised King Mswati III a Disney-style Theme Park for Swaziland

  June 28, 2009 at 4:16 pm by

Michael Jackson

In 1998, pop star Michael Jackson visited the Kingdom of Swaziland on a business trip, where he filmed a video. During the visit, the now-deceased Jackson met with King Mswati III and the Swazi royal family. Among other things, one of the ideas discussed during the visit was a Disneyland-style theme park that Jackson would build in Swaziland, according to an article in the Times of Swaziland. The theme park … Continue reading

Haya’s Fashion at Ascot 2009

  June 28, 2009 at 4:07 pm by

Princess Haya on day four of Royal Ascot 2009

HRH Princess Haya Al Hussein of Jordan attended the annual Royal Ascot Race along with her husband and goldolphin owner Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Dubai Ruler. Princess Haya and her husband have been seen at the race course for the past few years. Princess Haya attended all five days in different outfits and large fashionable hats. Day one Princess Haya wore a sky blue trench coat over a … Continue reading

G’day mate! Spanish Monarchs Say Hello from Down Under

  June 28, 2009 at 2:17 am by

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The opening of Australia’s first Instituto Cervantes center was among the key highlights of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofi­a’s latest state visit to Australia. The visit comes at the heels of the King and Queen’s state visit to neighboring New Zealand, which ended just a day before they arrived in Oz. They were greeted by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Australian opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull, and Governor-General Quentin Bryce as … Continue reading

Calls To Extend Public Access to Buckingham Palace: Update

  June 27, 2009 at 7:48 pm by

Buckingham Palace

Early this month we wrote about a proposal to open Buckingham Palace to the public beyond the two months it is currently open, in a bid to raise funds for urgent repairs needed, the bill running to the many millions of pounds. The Telegraph is now reporting that this proposal (by MPs) has been turned down because the palace is a place of work for the royal family, who use … Continue reading

Duke and Duchess of Gloucester Honor Veterans, Active Military During Armed Forces Day

  June 27, 2009 at 10:53 am by

Troops march on the inaugural Armed Forces Day

Today, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, along with Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and his wife, Sarah, attended the very first Armed Forces Day celebrations at the Historic Dockyard, in Chatham, Kent. This is not the first time that Great Britain has honored the military; the event was previously known as Veteran’s Day. The name has been changed to Armed Forces Day, in order to include the thousands of men … Continue reading

A New Royal Joins Facebook

  June 27, 2009 at 5:33 am by

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has joined the social networking site Facebook. Sheikh Mohammed has two photo albums which are divided into two parts; My Family and Everyday Encounters, as well as an Activities section where the Sheikh talks about his love of poems. “I am passionate about sports, particularly endurance racing. I enjoy and … Continue reading

I Scream, You Scream, The Queen gets some Ice Cream

  June 26, 2009 at 2:58 pm by

Tubs of Mackie's ice cream, a gift to the Queen

Agricultural shows are all part and parcel of the Windsors’ working lives but today Her Majesty got a special treat that will surely go down well in the heat-wave the UK is currently enjoying: a year’s supply of ice cream. The gift was given by Maitland Mackie at the Royal Highland Show near Edinburgh. Mackie’s is a well-established brand and can be found in almost all British supermarkets alongside Walls … Continue reading

Ascot Fashion – Days 3, 4 & 5

  June 26, 2009 at 7:11 am by

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Day 3 – Thursday ‘Ladies Day’ Ladies Day at Royal Ascot saw a large turnout in the carraige procession including the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum , the Duke of York, The Princess Royal, Princess Haya of Jordan, Princess Eugenie and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. The Queen wore a matching dress and coat by her in-house designer Angela Kelly. The outfit of … Continue reading

Haya calls on supporters to help UN

  June 26, 2009 at 3:57 am by

UN High Commissioner for Refugees logo

HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan, a United Nations Messenger of Peace, has called in a televised message to the public to give donations to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The call comes to help hundreds of thousands of people in Pakistan who live in shelters who have escaped from conflicts between Government forces and militants in the North West Frontier Province. “Millions have been forced … Continue reading

Senior Royals Miss Inaugural Armed Forces Day

  June 26, 2009 at 3:35 am by

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester

There will be no ‘senior royals’ attending the inaugural Armed Forces Day in Kent, according to the British media. The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester will attend the event, and one Buckingham Palace spokesman has referred to the couple as ‘senior royals’, although this does not seem to match the call from the public. The palace official pointed out the Duke and Duchess’s multiple visits to the Middle East, including … Continue reading

Magazine editor who criticized King questioned

  June 26, 2009 at 2:38 am by

King Mohammed VI of Morocco

A Moroccan magazine that criticized the Moroccan King Mohammed has been stopped by the government. The editor of the magazine was called in for questioning by police under orders of the judiciary and the Interior Ministry. The editor questioned usefulness of the parliamentary elections in a country where the monarchy wields ultimate power. He also published an article questioning the Prophet Mohammad. “The prime minister expresses … his profound indignation … Continue reading

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