Is this the end of the line for the royal corgis?

  May 28, 2009 at 7:45 pm by

Queen Elizabeth as a young girl with one of her originals corgis

is reporting that the Queen has decided to stop breeding corgis. Recently, the Queen lost two corgis to cancer, and allegedly she is so devastated by the loss that she will not be replacing her dogs. There seems to be some discrepancy as to how many corgis and dorgis (corgi-dachshund crosses) that the Queen now owns; one article says that there are now seven dogs. Additionally, none of the other … Continue reading

A Reminder of John Brown

  May 28, 2009 at 7:04 pm by

John Brown, Queen Victoria's favoured servant

Few royal friendships have spawned controversy and even a movie a century later, but Queen Victoria’s attachment to her ghillie, John Brown, was exceptional. There were even rumors in their time that the depressed widow had married her wild Scotsman, earning her the nickname Mrs. Brown. In 1997 Dame Judi Dench and Billie Connolly reenacted the relationship in the movie Mrs. Brown. The Queen mourned when Brown, who had advanced … Continue reading

Citizens get land from the President

  May 28, 2009 at 2:20 pm by

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President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in his capacity as Ruler of Abu Dhabi has issued a decree granting 1,026 land plots to citizens in different areas of the emirate of Abu Dhabi. According to the decree, the land plots will be distributed as following, 763 plots in Abu Dhabi’s suburbs, 217 plots in Al Ain suburbs and 46 plots in different areas of the Western Region. … Continue reading

Jordan’s King: Undercover Visit to a Patients’ Affairs Department

  May 28, 2009 at 10:07 am by

King Abdullah II of Jordan

His Majesty King Abdullah made an undercover visit to the Health Ministry’s Patients’ Affairs Department on Wednesday. King Abdullah arrived at the department located in Shmeisani behind Le Meridien at about 10:00am, sat in the waiting area for a form which then was given to him by a front desk official. The king was dressed in a black traditional dress red and white kuffiyah and was sporting a black beard. … Continue reading

Prince of Orange and Simeon of Bulgaria meet at UNSGAB

  May 28, 2009 at 7:27 am by

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The Prince of Orange and former King Simeon II of Bulgaria caught up two days ago, at the 12th meeting of the UNSGAB board in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Prince of Orange attended the four-day meeting as the UNSG Advisory Board on Water Sanitation’s Chairman of the Board. He is deeply interested in water and sanitation, often attending events and working to improve the sanitation conditions of the world. One of … Continue reading

Prince and Princess of Asturias visit Colombia: Day Two

  May 28, 2009 at 7:02 am by

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Once the visit began, some media reported today about the Colombian expectations of this visit. The expectation is based on many factors. “One is for the ‘glamour’ which is seeing, from the Latin-American side, all that has to do with the European royal families, especially the Spanish ones, and because it is a visit in which the political content is not going to be absent, especially with the participation of … Continue reading

Kidney Transplant for Daniel Westling

  May 27, 2009 at 7:05 pm by

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It has been reported that Daniel Westling, the fiance of Crown Princess Victoria, underwent a kidney transplant today to treat a congenital (but apparently not hereditary) kidney disease. The donor kidney came from Mr Westling’s father. Both Daniel and his father are reported to be doing well. The surgery apparently was scheduled some time in advance and is not an emergency procedure. Crown Princess Victoria is currently in Greenland, along … Continue reading

Old photo of a young Princess Elizabeth comes to light

  May 27, 2009 at 2:14 pm by

The portrait of the Princess Elizabeth

A photograph taken in 1935 was found by chance by a museum curator, in a box of old photographs. The subject of the photograph is the then Princess Elizabeth, now Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who was sitting for a scupture commissioned by her parents, King George V and Queen Elizabeth (at the time Duke and Duchess of York). The picture was taken along with the sculpture of the nine … Continue reading

Prince Philippe at Soyuz Launch

  May 27, 2009 at 2:07 pm by

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Prince Philippe of Belgium travelled to the Kazach steppes, to Star City Baikonur, where he attended the launch of the Soyuz, which carries Russian Cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk and Belgian astronaut Frank De Winne. The Soyuz is supposed to arrive at the ISS in two days. Prince Philippe, who was also present when Frank De Winne came back from his previous space trip, attended the very last … Continue reading

Scandinavian Heirs’ Trip to Greenland

  May 27, 2009 at 1:09 pm by

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Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway are on a visit to Greenland. The Scandinavian Heirs are visiting Greenland to study the climate change. The Royal trip is scheduled from May 27th until June 1st. The official activities will include a meeting with international scientists drilling in Greenland’s ice sheet. There the Royals will learn more about how the planet’s climate … Continue reading

Buckingham Palace Security under Review after Breach

  May 27, 2009 at 9:43 am by

Buckingham Palace

The security of Buckingham Palace has been questioned following the revelation that several media personnel have been able to gain access to the palace. One journalist was even employed by the Palace a few years ago, while another two are reputed to have gained entry to the palace in return for a £1,000 bribe. The latter journalists toured the royal family’s fleet of cars, including those personally used by HM … Continue reading

Prince of Wales Provides Input into London Redevelopment Process

  May 27, 2009 at 8:19 am by

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Using a bit of royal-to-royal pull, and acting via his Foundation for the Built Environment, The Prince of Wales has been heard in his vocal objections to a modern design for a London redevelopment site. Developer Qatari Diar plans to build 552 flats in 17 blocks on the former Chelsea Barracks site in west London. Qatari Diar is owned by the Qatari Investment Authority, the investment arm of the sovereign … Continue reading

World Health Organization, 2009 Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation

  May 27, 2009 at 8:13 am by

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The second of the eight Prince of Asturias Award has been announced today in Oviedo. It goes to the World Health Organization. The jury, presided over by Antonio Garrigues Walker, has agreed to bestow the 2009 Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation to the World Health Organization, due to it being considered one of the most respected international institutions “for its efforts towards the coordination and cooperation between countries … Continue reading

Prince and Princess of Asturias visit Colombia: Day One

  May 27, 2009 at 8:06 am by

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Yesterday afternoon Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia arrived at the Catam Airport, Bogotá, where they were welcomed by the Colombian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jaime Bermúdez, for a four-day official visit. In the evening Colombian President, Alvaro Uribe, and his wife, Lina Moreno, hosted a welcome dinner in honour of Their Royal Highnesses at Nariño’s House. Today, May 27, an official welcome ceremony will take place, and later the Prince … Continue reading

By Appointment to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

  May 27, 2009 at 7:41 am by

The Royal Warrant Holders Association logo

One often notices, when out shopping, that many items carry the Royal Coat of Arms and the legend “By Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen….” These companies are holders of a Royal Warrant to indicate that the Royal Household uses their produce; it is the greatest honour a UK business can have. From Smythson of Bond Street, Barbour and Fortnum & Mason to Heinz, Silver Spoon Sugar and McIlhenny Company … Continue reading

Saudi King & Obama to hold talks on June 3

  May 27, 2009 at 4:14 am by

The President of the United States, Barack Obama

The White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs, said on Tuesday that President Obama will be heading to Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh to hold talks with the Saudi King Abdullah Al-Saud on June 3. The two leaders are to talk about Middle East peace and nuclear standoff with Iran. President Obama will have no public events in Riyadh except a private dinner with the Saudi king. President Obama will be in … Continue reading

‘Women Empowerment in Jordan’ Conference Starts Today

  May 27, 2009 at 3:58 am by

Queen Rania of Jordan

Under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania, a two-day event on women empowerment in Jordan will start today. Business and professional women from across the Kingdom will take part in the conference to discuss the challenges of women empowerment in Jordan. The conference will also address several issues including professional and labour legislations, difficulties that face businesswomen and their participation in the decision-making process.

Mohammed bin Zayed & Sarkozy launch Louvre Abu Dhabi

  May 27, 2009 at 3:27 am by

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His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and President Sarkozy inaugurated a preview experience of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first universal museum in the Middle East. The event took place at Emirates Palace as part of a celebration to mark the begin of construction of the museum. Sheikh Mohammed and President Sarkozy viewed … Continue reading

Will Queen Elizabeth II Attend the 2010 Winter Olympics?

  May 26, 2009 at 9:35 pm by

Vancouver 2010 logo

It has been confirmed that HM Queen Elizabeth II has been invited to attend the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver as a guest of honour. As yet, there has been no official response to the invitation, however, if it is accepted, it is some sources suggest that HM would open the Olympic Games on February 12 2010. This is far from certain however, with other reports stating that while HM … Continue reading

Royal Ladies at QEC 2009 Luncheon

  May 26, 2009 at 2:45 pm by

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Queen Fabiola, Princess Mathilde, Princess Astrid and her husband, Archduke Lorenz, and Princess Claire had lunch today with the jury members of the Queen Elisabeth Competition – Violin, of which the semi-finals were performed yesterday evening. The lunch was hosted at the Royal Palace in Brussels. Queen Fabiola is the patron lady of the Competition. This year, members of the jury include Jaime Laredo and Martin Beaver. The Queen Elisabeth … Continue reading

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