Abdullah & Rania at No 10

  June 22, 2009 at 4:47 pm by

The King and Queen with the Browns

His Majesty King Abdullah II held talks with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in London on July 22. They discussed efforts to launch serious negotiations to solve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the basis of the two-state solution. His Majesty said “Failure to reach peace and the continuation of the conflict threaten Israel, the Palestinians, Arab states as well as world peace and stability.” King Abdullah and Prime Minister also talked … Continue reading

Audiences with the Grand Duke and Duchess

  June 22, 2009 at 4:20 pm by

Audiences with the Grand Dukes

The Grand Duke this week has held three audiences, the first of which, on Tuesday, was with the Prime Minister of the Ukraine, Yulia Timochenko. He then recieved on Friday the recipients of the Order of Adolphe, a chivalric order officially known as the Ordre du Mérite Civil et Militaire d’Adolphe de Nassau that was originally created for members of the Duchy of Nassau, and has now passed on to … Continue reading

Will Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako Go to Copenhagen?

  June 22, 2009 at 11:12 am by

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In its presentation on Wednesday, Tokyo’s 2016 Olympic bid committee has promised to “leave the Olympic Movement with an incredible legacy to inspire future cities.” For that purpose, Tokyo is reportedly planning the most comprehensive youth program outreach ever: a national educational program has been created, in order to promote the values of the Olympic movement for schools, a measure which no candidate city has ever taken before. But this … Continue reading

Danish Royals mark Greenland’s New Self-Government Laws

  June 22, 2009 at 2:57 am by

Queen Margrethe II transfers self-government laws to the Chairman of Greenland’s Parliament

Members of the Danish Royal Family are currently in the Arctic nation of Greenland, where they marked the geographically large, populous small country’s new self-rule. Queen Margrethe II, Prince Henrik and Crown Princess Mary arrived on Friday June 19th, and were joined by Crown Prince Frederik on June 20th. The royals attended several events on Saturday, before yesterday’s ceremony in which the new self-governing laws were transferred to the Greenlandic … Continue reading

Spanish State Visit to New Zealand: Day 1

  June 22, 2009 at 1:16 am by

The King and Queen visit the Yacht Research Centre, University of Auckland

Their Majesties King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain today began a brief state visit to New Zealand. They arrived late Sunday evening (local time) in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city; this after a brief stop-over in Singapore en route from Spain. The royal couple is in New Zealand with a high-powered business delegation, including Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos and the Secretary of State for Trade Silvia … Continue reading

Princess Margriet Celebrates At Her Old Home

  June 21, 2009 at 5:58 pm by

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On Saturday morning princess Margriet did not have to travel far to her first official activity: she visited the neighbouring palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn. Here the princess attended the opening of the new terrace and the restaured ‘historical viewpoint’ in the garden of the palace. The opening also marked the 25th anniversary of palace Het Loo as a museum. Princess Margriet, her husband Pieter van Vollenhoven and their sons … Continue reading

Queen Beatrix Celebrates With Knights

  June 21, 2009 at 5:41 pm by

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On Saturday Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands went to the Grote Kerk in Naarden to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Dutch protestant Johanniter order. The Dutch branch of the ancient order was founded in 1909 by prince Hendrik, consort of queen Wilhelmina of The Netherlands. At the moment the order has over 3000 volunteers and 600 members, who all are active in helping others, like handicapped or lonely people. … Continue reading

Duke and Duchess of Gloucester Pay Tribute to Fallen Soldiers at Armed Forces Memorial

  June 21, 2009 at 5:30 pm by

The National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire

On Saturday, June 20, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester attended a memorial service dedicated to the 66 servicemen and women who lost their lives in 2008. The service was held at the Armed Forces Memorial in the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire. It was attended by the families of the deceased, the Duke and Duchess, and the Defense Minister, Baroness Ann Taylor, according to the BBC. The memorial … Continue reading

Deterioration of Former Royal Residence Causes Visit By Swazi King To Be Cancelled

  June 21, 2009 at 4:58 pm by

King Lobengula

Old Bulawayo, the last royal residence of King Lobengula, was named as Zimbabwe’s “first cultural theme park” in 2006, but has deteriorated so much in just three years that it prompted Zimbabwean officials to cancel King Mswati III’s planned visit to the site earlier this month. The site was rebuilt in a manner similar to King Zwelithini’s residence in South Africa in the hopes of attracting tourism to the Zimbabwe, … Continue reading

Hermitage Amsterdam Oficially Opened By Beatrix and Medvedev

  June 21, 2009 at 7:59 am by

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As mentioned in previous blog entries, Russian president Dmitri Medvedev and Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands opened the new Hermitage museum in Amsterdam on Friday evening. The queen was accompanied by her eldest son, the prince of Orange, and her daughter-in-law princess Máxima, who wore an eccentric purple furry outfit, her tutti fruti bracelet and earrings with purple precious stones. The president was accompanied by his wife. The festivities around … Continue reading

Mette-Marit and HIV/Aids events

  June 21, 2009 at 4:51 am by

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On Tuesday June 16th Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway started a campaign against prejudices against HIV in Oslo together with Roger Cassidy head of a HIV centre and the mayor of Oslo Fabian Stang. On Saturday June 19th the Princess was present when environmental minister Erik Solheim opened the “Access to Life” photo exhibition in Oslo, which is an AIDS photoexhibition at the Stenersen Museum. You can see some of … Continue reading

Is the long wait going to be over for another Royal Match?

  June 20, 2009 at 11:07 pm by

Kate Middleton and Prince William at the Cheltenham Festival in March 2007

It’s 2-1 odds at some British bookies this weekend, after reports that Kate Middleton has been formally invited to meet the Queen at Balmoral during the August Bank Holiday, that there will be an engagement announced this year. While Middleton has met the Queen previously, this will be the first time that she has been to the Scottish home of the Queen. In the minds of many, it’s about damn … Continue reading

Policing the World?

  June 20, 2009 at 11:04 pm by

King Abdullah II of Jordan

After writing yesterday that Jordan’s King Abdullah was serious about finding a solution to the Israeli – Palestinian conflict, I was disappointed today to read that King Abdullah is putting the onus on the USA to head a solution to the conflict. King Abdullah, in speaking with US President Barack Obama today, told the US President that the US must take a more forceful role in spurring the peace process. … Continue reading

Friso & Mabel attend AmsterdamDiner

  June 20, 2009 at 10:05 pm by

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Earlier today, Prince Friso and Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau attend the 17th Annual AmsterdamDiner at the Heineken Music Hall. At the gala, Friso and Mabel mingled with various people from the Dutch business and entertainment sectors. Wearing a floor-length, cap-sleeve dark green evening gown; Mabel chatted and posed for photos with Dutch designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, of label Viktor&Rolf (yes, the ones who designed the Bow Disaster of … Continue reading

The Glamorous Grand Duke

  June 20, 2009 at 7:49 pm by

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Legend has it that Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovitch and Chanel met on a beach, although they may have been introduced to each other by Dmitri’s sister, Marie Pavlovna. One wonders what the dark and handsome Dmitri and the petite Chanel first said to each other! They soon became lovers. The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess certainly had a strong influence on Chanel’s fashion career. Dmitri introduced her to the former … Continue reading

Memories of Marina and Wimbledon

  June 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm by

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With the 2009 Wimbledon Championship starting on Monday, all eyes are firmly focussed on Andy Murray but Royal watchers will be surveying the scene for the odd Prince and Princess (and let’s face it there’s quite a few odd ones about these days). Years ago, there was no question of a Royal-less Wimbledon as the long-time President of Wimbledon All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club did her duty by … Continue reading

Japan’s Prince and Princess Hitachi Visit Okinawa (Bolivia)

  June 20, 2009 at 1:08 pm by

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Following their visit to Peru, Japan’s Prince and Princess Hitachi have continued their Latin American tour by travelling to Bolivia. After arriving in the Bolivian capital La Paz on Monday night, the royal couple headed to the rural district of Colonia Okinawa on Tuesday where they had lunch with Japanese migrants and their descendants. Colonia Okinawa is a prosperous agricultural centre that was founded by Japanese immigrants. The area was … Continue reading

Countess Alexandra will not be on ‘Vild med Dans’

  June 20, 2009 at 7:27 am by

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Countess Alexandra of Frederiksborg, former wife of Prince Joachim, has refused an invitation to participate in the Danish version of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, a show which sees minor celebrities and would-be celebrities dance in competition with each other to win the competition with their dancing, and perhaps get their ’15 minutes of fame’. Alexandra was allegedly also offered a position on the show two years ago, which she politely refused. … Continue reading

Peaceful Hopes and Economic Dreams

  June 20, 2009 at 1:20 am by

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HM King Abdullah is in Belgium this week, meeting with the heads of NATO in the hopes of finally finding a solution to the never ending Israeli – Palestinian Conflict. As head of the most forward thinking nation in the region, and one of the most respected and well known Heads of State in the Arab world, King Abdullah is serious about finding a peaceful solution to the conflict. Not … Continue reading

Freedom of Faith and Discerning Dialogue

  June 20, 2009 at 12:57 am by

King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz

In an uncharacteristic move, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has advocated and in fact urged for leaders of the three largest faiths in the world, Christianity, Judaism and Islam, to come together and work towards a peace among the religions in the region. In a scene straight from the middle ages, and unfortunately still true today, these three monotheistic faiths are still, as they have always been, at war of … Continue reading

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