May 2009 Picture of the Month Winners!

  July 5, 2009 at 2:28 pm by

Announcing the winners for the May 2009 Picture of the Month Polls: May 2009 Official Picture of the Month: First Place: Picture B- Sweden Second Place: Picture E- Denmark Third Place: Picture C- Norway May 2009 Informal Poll: Royal Christening Pictures: First Place: Picture I- Denmark Second Place: Picture L- Monaco Third Place: Picture E- Belgium Thanks to all who voted, and congratulations to the Swedish and Danish Picture of … Continue reading

Second Daughter for Floris and Aimée

  July 5, 2009 at 12:18 pm by

Standard of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands

The Dutch Royal Family has grown today, with Princess Aimée giving birth to her second child. Aimée and husband Prince Floris welcomed their second daughter at 14:50 local time. The newborn weighed in at a healthy 4050 grams (8.9 pounds), and was named Eliane Sophia Carolina. The birth took place at the VU Hospital in Amsterdam, the same hospital where the couple’s first child, Magali van Vollenhoven, was born in … Continue reading

Belgian Dotation System Revised

  July 4, 2009 at 2:41 pm by

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The Belgian government had appointed a parliamentary commission to discuss the dotation system of the Belgian royals. Every now and then, word came out that the commission wanted to strip Princess Astrid and Prince Laurent of their dotation, but up until now there had been no formal declaration regarding the matter. On July 2, the commission finally came up with a final compromise. The current system of dotations will be … Continue reading

Norwegian Summer Photo Session with New Puppy

  July 3, 2009 at 3:05 pm by

The Norwegian Crown Princely Family and their new puppy

Today 13 new pictures of the Crown Princely family were published at kongehuset.no. It shows Prince Haakon, his wife Mette-Marit, the three children Marius, Ingrid Alexandra and Sverre Magnus and family’s new puppy. The pictures for this year’s summer session were taken on Saturday, June 27th at Bygdø, the royal summer residence of King Harald. The family’s new dog, a 4 months old labradoodle, is named Milly Kakao. You can … Continue reading

New Crown Prince Named for Jordan

  July 3, 2009 at 2:30 pm by

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Jordan’s King Abdullah II issued a decree on Thursday naming his eldest son, Hussein, 15 years old, as crown prince. In a palace statement that was released yesterday said “immediately assume the title and privileges of his post”. The post of heir apparent has been un-named since 2004 when King Abdullah removed the crown prince title from his half brother, Hamzeh. King Abdullah became King in 1999. Queen Rania is … Continue reading

Religious Wedding of Bernardo Guillermo to take place in September

  July 3, 2009 at 7:36 am by

Bernardo Guillermo

Bernardo Guillermo, the 32-year-old son of Princess Christina of the Netherlands, will wed in a religious capacity this coming September in New York City. He will marry Eva Prinz-Valdes. The pair, Bernardo a furniture designer and Eva an editor, married in a civil service in March. They welcomed their first child, a daughter named Isabel Christina, on April 13th. The family currently resides in Manhattan. Bernardo is the first child … Continue reading

Countess of Wessex’s PR Firm Debt Not Fully Paid

  July 2, 2009 at 9:48 pm by

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Documents have been released that show that Sophie Rhys-Jones, the Countess of Wessex, has paid only £5000 of the £1.7 million owed to creditors by her former public relations firm, according to a recent report in The Sun. Liquidators will officially close R-JH Public Relations by the end of this month. The firm owed £30,000 to HM Revenue and Customs, which will be written off. All outstanding debts will be … Continue reading

Belgium’s Golden Couple – King and Queen’s 50th Wedding Anniversary

  July 2, 2009 at 5:01 pm by

Albert and Paola on their wedding day

Today, July 2nd, marks the fiftieth wedding anniversary of King Albert II and Queen Paola of the Belgians. The couple met at the inauguration of Pope John XXIII in the Vatican, in 1958. Albert, then Prince of Liège, was representing the Belgian Royal Family; while Paola, a Princess Ruffo di Calabria, was a member of the Italian nobility. When at last he returned to Belgium, Prince Albert had made up … Continue reading

New British Military Medal Named for Queen Elizabeth

  July 2, 2009 at 4:21 pm by

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For the first time since the George Cross in 1940, a new medal of honor for fallen British military men and women will be named for a reigning monarch. The Elizabeth Cross, named for HM The Queen, will be awarded to the families of British military men and women killed in active duty from World War II to the present. Those killed in terrorist attacks will also be eligible for … Continue reading

Duke of Gloucester Honors Men and Women of the Royal Air Force

  July 2, 2009 at 1:12 pm by

The Duke of Gloucester while visit the RAF

The Duke of Gloucester paid a visit to the RAF Oldham recently, where he honored several members of the Royal Air Force with medals, commendations, and awards for length of service. The Duke serves as the Honorary Commodore for the RAF station, and is known for his commitment to honoring the men and women of the British military. According to an article from This Is Hampshire, the Duke said to … Continue reading

Libyan President Honors King of Swaziland with Camels

  July 2, 2009 at 12:43 pm by

Camels similar to those given to King Mswati by President al-Gaddafi

King Mswati III of Swaziland was given a present of six camels by Libyan president Muammar al Gaddafi as a token of friendship yesterday. The camels were flown to Swaziland via cargo plane, where they were greeted by the royal veterinarians and the King’s private secretary, according to an article in The Swazi Observer. The camels will stay in quarantine for 30 days, where they will be regularly monitored by … Continue reading

Swedish Royals help to ring in Swedish EU Presidency

  July 2, 2009 at 8:13 am by

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King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia were on hand for national duty and pride yesterday morning, when they helped to kick off the six-month Swedish Presidency of the European Union. Ready for the photocall, Carl Gustaf and Silvia (dressed in a vibrant orange suit) tried to descend the staircase outside the Royal Palace of Stockholm, but found the stairs already occupied by multiple government members who had been invited. … Continue reading

Duke of Kent Helps to Modernize Wimbledon

  July 1, 2009 at 7:10 pm by

The Wimbeldon grounds

The scoreboards at Wimbledon have undergone a change. They are no longer listing the names of the players with “Miss” or “Mrs.” (or even Ms.). In the past, female players have been listed with “Mrs.” or “Miss” before their names on the scoreboards, but men have never had a title before their names. A spokesman for the prestigious tennis tournament said, “We decided to bring it in line with the … Continue reading

Investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales – 1 July 1969

  July 1, 2009 at 3:11 pm by

Prince Charles is invested as Prince of Wales in 1969

Today is the 40th anniversary of the investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales. The title Prince of Wales has been traditionally given to the heir apparent to the English (and then the British) monarch since it was first bestowed by Edward I on his infant son Edward of Caernarvon, later Edward II, in 1031 after the English conquest of Wales. Unlike the Dukedom of Cornwall, which automatically falls … Continue reading

Official Portraits Released of Newborn Danish Prince

  June 30, 2009 at 10:23 pm by

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Earlier this week, the Danish Royal Court released a series of ten images featuring the newborn son of Prince Joachim and Princess Marie. Prince Joachim’s eldest sons, Nikolai and Felix, also appear in the series. The image series, photographed at the couple’s Schackenborg Castle home by royal photographer Steen Brogaard; comprises of two photographs of the proud parents with their son, one of the nearly two-month-old prince with his parents … Continue reading

Wedding of Prince Michael of Kent and Baroness Marie-Christine von Reibnitz – 30th June 1978

  June 30, 2009 at 9:29 pm by

Prince and Princess Michael of Kent on their wedding day

The engagement between HRH Prince Michael of Kent and Baroness Marie-Christine von Reibnitz was announced on 30th May 1978. The official pictures were taken by Lord Lichfield. image The couple were unable to marry in an Anglican chuch because she was divorced and the Catholic Church also refused to recognise the union. The Queen had given her consent to the couple’s marriage and it was announced that Marie-Christine would become … Continue reading

Lady Helen Taylor and Giorgio Armani End Partnership

  June 30, 2009 at 8:52 pm by

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For the past 17 years, Lady Helen Taylor has been serving as the fashion ambassador and muse to designer Giorgio Armani. The partnership began in 1992, when Armani designed a wedding outfit for the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Kent, who was then known as Lady Helen Windsor. In addition to working as a fashion ambassador, Lady Helen was a constant presence at the many Armani runway shows … Continue reading

Parliament Wants Prince of Orange to Quit the Dutch Bank

  June 30, 2009 at 6:24 pm by

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During the television programme Eén Vandaag, it became clear that a majority of parliament wants that the prince of Orange to quit his position as a member of the supervisory board of the Dutch Bank (DNB). The parties fear that the prince will come in a vulnerable position due to the credit crunch and the parlementairy research commission after the crisis and the role of the Dutch Bank. The programme … Continue reading

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

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