King Abdullah holds talks in Germany

  May 7, 2009 at 4:43 am by

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On Wednesday His Majesty King Abdullah and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held talks discussing bilateral ties in different fields and efforts to bring peace in the region. King Abdullah pointed out the importance of the European role in launching such negotiations to resolve the conflict in the region. The Monarch also underlined the importance of Germany’s support for developing projects in the Kingdom and increasing Germany’s investments in infrastructure projects … Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth Marks 250th Anniversary of Kew Gardens

  May 6, 2009 at 6:53 pm by

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HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh visited The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on May 5 as a part of the gardens’ 250th annivesary celebrations. While at Kew, The Queen planted a Gingko tree, something both she and The Duke have done before. The tree that Prince Philip planted in 1959 still stands, but The Queen’s tree was washed away in 1987. The royal couple also viewed exhibits … Continue reading

William & Harry Join Charles on Saving Rainforests

  May 6, 2009 at 4:28 pm by

Screencap - Princes William and Harry in the rainforest video

Princes William and Harry joined their father, Prince Charles, in a 90 second video which aired on MySpace to encourage viewers to save the world’s rainforests. The video also included the Dalai Lama, Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig. But the big star of the video is a digitally animated frog, who sat with the three princes to discuss the need to save the environment. In the film the Prince of … Continue reading

Princess Astrid Opens Clinic At St. Peter Hospital

  May 6, 2009 at 1:59 pm by

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Princess Astrid of Belgium is known for her dedication to health care. She was therefore the most suitable person to open the new pudendal nerve entrapment clinic of the St. Peter hospital in Brussels. The clinic will be dedicated to problems of the lower pelvis only. One out of three women have problems with their pelvis, sometimes caused by female genital cutting or after a woman gives birth. ‘Over 90 … Continue reading

A New Puppy to Comfort Princess Aiko

  May 6, 2009 at 11:50 am by

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Last weekend, on a trip to the imperial ranch outside Tokyo, Princess Aiko, only daughter of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan, happily showed her new puppy, Yuri, to the public. Princess Aiko entered the second grade at Gakushuin Primary School this April. Sometime this year, Mari, one of the two dogs of the crown prince’s family, died. The dogs Mari and Pippi had already been living … Continue reading

King and Queen of Spain Baltic Tour: Day Two – Latvia

  May 6, 2009 at 10:51 am by

Gala Dinner in Latvia

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia are visiting Latvia, the second stop on their Baltic tour. Their Majesties arrived at its capital, Riga, yesterday afternoon. Never before has a Spanish Head of State visited this country. The King and Queen were welcomed by the President of Latvia, Valdis Zatlers, and his wife, Lilita Zatlere, at Riga Castle. In order to mark their state visit King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia … Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth Gets Another Horse From The Mounties

  May 6, 2009 at 12:40 am by

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are to present another horse to Queen Elizabeth II on May 16th, the anniversary of the presentation of Burmese to the Queen. Burmese was the first of three horses that were trained in the world-famous Musical Ride program. George has been participating in the Musical Ride for three years. He is totally black except for a small white patch between the eyes. He is bold … Continue reading

Princess Margaret’s Wedding Fashion

  May 6, 2009 at 12:37 am by

Princess Margaret on her wedding day

On 6th May 1960, Princess Margaret married Anthony Armstrong-Jones in Westminster Abbey. It was the first-ever televised royal wedding with estimates of over 300 million people watching the event worldwide. The Princess choose one of her favourite designers, Norman Hartnell, to design her wedding dress. Hartnell was also a favourite of the Queen and the Queen Mother and had been responsible for the Coronation dresses and Princess Elizabeth’s wedding dress. … Continue reading

Cheers for Queen Beatrix and Pieter van Vollenhoven As They Attend Liberation Day Concerts

  May 5, 2009 at 4:52 pm by

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Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands and Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven attended two different concerts to commemorate Liberation Day, the day the Dutch celebrate that they were liberated from the Nazis on May 5th 1945. Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven attended a concert in Wageningen this morning at the Johannes church. He was escorted by the commissionair of the queen in the province of Guelders, Clemens Cornielje and by former Justice minister … Continue reading

Coins For Albert II And Queen Paola’s Golden Wedding

  May 5, 2009 at 4:24 pm by

The King and Queen of the Belgians' wedding anniversary coin

On July 2nd 1959 Prince Albert of Belgium, prince of Liège married the Italian aristocrat Donna Paola Ruffo di Calabria in Brussels. To commemorate this wedding anniversary, the Belgian mint decided to release a commemorative coin. And who could better make the first one than the golden couple themselves? So today king Albert II and queen Paola visited the royal mint today in Brussels to do exactly that. The king … Continue reading

Prince Willem-Alexander And Princess Máxima Visit Victims’ Families

  May 5, 2009 at 4:05 pm by

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Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima of The Netherlands visited the families of four of the six people who died at the Apeldoorn tragedy on April 30th. The prince emphasized to the families that he visited them on behalf of the entire royal family. This way the royal family again shows their support for the victims of the Queen’s Day car crash. According to newspaper ‘Telegraaf’ a sister of one of … Continue reading

Religious Wedding For The Dauphin and Dauphine

  May 5, 2009 at 3:51 pm by

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On May 2nd Prince Jean of Orléans, Duke of Vendôme married the Spanish Philomena de Tornos y Steinhart in a religious ceremony at the Our Lady Cathedral in Senlis. The couple married in a civil ceremony in Paris on March 19th. The father of prince Jean is the head of the French royal family: prince Henri of Orléans, count of Paris [Prince Jean is his heir and as the website … Continue reading

Princess Mathilde Attends Meeting For Development and Cooperation

  May 5, 2009 at 3:22 pm by

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Princess Mathilde of Belgium attends the ‘Development Cooperation Assises’, a forum of Belgian development cooperation policy makers and actors, NGO’s, parlementarians and academics, at the Egmont Palace in Brussels. The theme of this year’s second assises is ‘The impact of the financial and economic crisis on low-income African countries. Another topic of the forum was to make a balace of realizing the milenium goals set by the United Nations. In … Continue reading

‘Prince Laurent Wanted To Become A Muslim’

  May 5, 2009 at 3:07 pm by

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Belgium’s prince Laurent never ceases to amaze people. This time the Flemish royalty author Jan van den Berghe, claims in his new book ‘God in Laken, het Belgische koningshuis en het katholicisme’ (God at Laeken, the Belgisan royal family and catholicism) that prince Laurent wanted to become a muslim and that he wanted to marry a woman from Mauretania. The magazine ‘Knack’ was able to read Van den Berghe’s book … Continue reading

Applause for Queen Beatrix at Remembrance Day

  May 5, 2009 at 2:51 pm by

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Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands was applauded during the national remembrance ceremony on Dam square yesterday. The queen, the prince of Orange and princess Maxima were present at the annual ceremony to commemorate the victims of WWII. In the New Church, where the ceremony started, Wim de Bie held a speech about his memories from the war. After that, the royals walked to the memorial statue on Dam square, escorted … Continue reading

The King and Queen of Spain start Baltic Tour: Day One – Estonia

  May 5, 2009 at 2:08 pm by

The Royal Couple are welcomed by the Estonian President and First Lady

Yesterday, May 5, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia began a tour of the Baltic states in Estonia, marking their first state visit to this country, although the Estonian President made a state visit to Spain in July 2007. Their Majesties arrived on Monday at Tallin, where they were welcomed by the President of Estonia, Mr. Toomas Hendrik Ilves, and his wife, Evelin Ilves. After a brief meeting in the … Continue reading

A Big Day Out for “Aunty Mary”

  May 5, 2009 at 1:09 am by

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It was a big day yesterday for the Danish Royal Family. Princess Marie gave birth to a son early in the morning; while Crown Princess Mary was also out and about, performing two official engagements. Mary first attended the baptism of a new tulip, the ‘Kronprinsesse Mary Tulipan’ (Crown Princess Mary Tulip), at Gavnø Castle, south of Copenhagen. Accompanied by her close friend and the lady of the castle, Baroness … Continue reading

Former King of Greece Scheduled for Heart Surgery

  May 4, 2009 at 7:31 pm by

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In a surprising announcement this morning, King Constantine’s London office announced via the family’s website that King Constantine II, Former King of Greece, will be undergoing ‘elective’ heart surgery on May 29 at Wellington Hospital, London. The announcement stated: His Majesty King Constantine [Former King of Greece] is scheduled to undergo elective cardiac surgery for calcific aortic stenosis with valve replacement using a bioprosthesis and a single-vessel bypass…and will be … Continue reading

It’s a Boy for Princess Marie!

  May 4, 2009 at 1:27 am by

Danish Royal Family Coat of Arms

It has been announced today that Princess Marie has given birth to a boy at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen. The baby was born at 4.57 a.m. local time, weighed 3032 grams, and measured 49 cm in length. Congratulations to Princess Marie and family! For more information, please see this thread.

Pressure From Loyalists to Drop Newspaper Column?

  May 3, 2009 at 11:02 am by

King Mswati III of Swaziland

A popular weekly column in the Times of Swaziland newspaper has recently been dropped. The column was written by Mfomfo Nkambule, and often included criticism of the government and the rule of King Mswati III, the last absolute monarch in Africa. The managing editor, Martin Dlamini, denies this and states that the reason for the column’s removal is that the paper is in the process of “structural adjustments of its … Continue reading

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