Mathilde and Maxima open Museum “M” in Leuven

  September 20, 2009 at 2:21 pm by

Princess Mathilde and Máxima open the "M" Museum

Today Princess Mathilde and her Dutch colleague, Princess Maxima, officially opened the new Museum M, the renovated city museum of Leuven, one of the oldest cities in the Low Countries, which hosts one of the oldest universities of Europe. The Princesses, whose names start with an M, like the name of the museum, took the time to talk to the people who had turned up to greet them. As usual … Continue reading

Haakon “Rescued” by Air Ambulance

  September 20, 2009 at 11:08 am by

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On Sunday Prince Haakon attended a demonstration of rescue by helicopter which took place during the annual Semiaden in Asker. Among the watchers were his children, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus. The Norwegian Air Ambulance demonstrated a rescue operation. The aim was to rescue a person, the Crown Prince, who had fallen into the water. After beeing in the water a little while, he was “rescued” by air … Continue reading

New African King Is A Female Secretary From Washington, D.C.

  September 19, 2009 at 7:03 pm by

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Nearly 15 months ago, Washington, D.C.-based secretary Peggielene Bartels received a phone call that would change her life forever. Early one morning, at 4:00 AM to be exact, a phone call came that woke Bartels from her sleep. The call came from Otuam, a seaside town in the African nation of Ghana. The caller addressed Bartels as “Nana”, which is a term Ghanians use to refer to people of high … Continue reading

September 2009 Newsletter: The 1970s

  September 19, 2009 at 5:43 am by

At first, the 1970’s seemed that it was going to be more of the same of the 1960’s…..opposition to the Vietnam War continued, and the threat of a nuclear war still existed. But more and more people were becoming disenchanted with their governments and the changes that the Free Decade of the 1960’s brought forth. During the 1970’s, many countries experienced an economic recession partly due to the oil embargos … Continue reading

“Be Proud”

  September 18, 2009 at 1:48 pm by

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Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit visited the youth project “Be proud” of Holmlia in Oslo on Thursday. “Be proud” is one of the two youth projects that were awarded by this year’s funding of the crown princely “Humanitarian Fund”. In Holmlia the Crown Prince and Princess met youth representatives of the “Be proud” sub-projects. After cultural elements and an international dinner the Crown Prince and Princess got the … Continue reading

Vote in the August 2009 Picture of the Month Polls!

  September 18, 2009 at 1:20 pm by

Please vote in the August 2009 Picture of the Month Polls! The Official Poll features pictures showing the official side of royalty. This month’s Informal Poll showcases Royals going to school. The polls will remain open until 8 October 2009.

July 2009 Picture of the Month Winners!

  September 18, 2009 at 1:17 pm by

Announcing the winners for the July 2009 Picture of the Month Polls: July 2009 Official Picture of the Month: First Place:  Picture B- Sweden Second Place: Picture G- Britain Third Place: Picture M- Belgium Informal Poll- Favorite Children’s or Candid Picture: First Place: Picture O- Norway Second Place: Picture G- The Netherlands Third Place: Picture E- Spain Thanks to all who voted, and congratulations to the Swedish and Norwegian Picture … Continue reading

Princess Mary attends WHO Regional Conference Events

  September 18, 2009 at 3:25 am by

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Earlier this week, in her role as patron of the World Health Organisation’s Regional Office for Europe, HRH Crown Princess Mary attended several events in conjunction with the 59th WHO Regional Committee meeting in Copenhagen. On Monday, HRH attended the opening of the annual conference at the WHO building in Copenhagen. Here, Princess Mary spoke to those in attendance about her involvement with WHO. “My primary focus has been on … Continue reading

Dutch Royals Celebrate Prinsjesdag 2009

  September 18, 2009 at 2:31 am by

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This past Tuesday, September 15th, the Dutch Royal Family attended the annual opening of parliament, Prinsjesdag. The event took place at The Hague’s 13th century Ridderzal (Hall of Knights), where HM Queen Beatrix addressed the Dutch parliament from the throne. Accompanied by TRH the Prince of Orange, Princess Máxima, Prince Constantijn, Princess Laurentien, Princess Margriet and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven, the Dutch monarch arrived at the Ridderzal in a golden … Continue reading

September 1859, the Failed Plot in Naples Court

  September 17, 2009 at 3:45 pm by

King Francesco II and Queen Maria Sofia of The Kingdom of Two Sicilies, 1859

150 years ago, the Italian peninsula was divided in several States; one of them, the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, was ruling over all the south of Italy and the Sicily; another one, the Kingdom of Sardinia, was beginning to expand itself and to conquer several other Italian regions. On 22 May 1859, King Ferdinando II of the Two Sicilies died in Caserta. His very reactionary politic, fully supported by … Continue reading

Abdullah & Rania visit Syria

  September 17, 2009 at 3:26 pm by

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Their Majesties King Abdullah and Queen Rania visited Syria on an invitation from Syrian President Bashar Assad and his wife Asma Assad. King Abdullah and President Bashar held a meeting where they discussed bilateral relations and regional and international issues. Syrian president and his wife held an iftar banquet in honor of their majesties. The royals took their two youngest children Princess Salma and Prince Hashem on the short visit … Continue reading

Silvia, Madeleine & World Childhood Foundation

  September 17, 2009 at 2:11 pm by

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Queen Silvia and Princess Madeleine attended the seminar “Children and the world wide web”, organized by Silvia’s World Childhood Foundation, in Stockholm today. The seminar aimed to build a positive perspective. It also discussed how the internet can be used to reach and support children. Princess Madeleine will continue to step into her mother’s footsteps and get involved with the World Childhood Foundation. Queen Silvia was co-founded this organization in … Continue reading

Queen Rania’s Loyalty to Elie Saab Fashion

  September 16, 2009 at 5:29 pm by

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  Since Queen Rania became Queen of Jordan in 1999, she has been seen in many dresses by the international Lebenese designer Elie Saab, who has dressed royalty and celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Haly Berry. Queen Rania has worn varioues dresses, mostly which come down the Haute Couture runway, and recently seen in his Ready-to-Wear line. Dresses have been worn on state visits, official and private events, as well … Continue reading

20th Wedding Anniversary of Prince Kyrill and Rosario Nadal

  September 15, 2009 at 6:58 pm by

Prince and Princess Preslav

Kyrill, Prince of Preslav married Doña Maria del Rosario Nadal in Palma de Mallorca on September 15, 1989. The wedding took place in Almudania’s Saint Anne Chapel: some 400 guests were invited to the wedding but only 125 could be present during the religious ceremony because of the Chapel’s small size. The guests included the entire Bulgarian Royal Family, the King and Queen of Spain, Infantas Elena and Cristina, the … Continue reading

Opening of the Swedish Parliament 2009

  September 15, 2009 at 4:35 pm by

Queen Silvia and King Carl Gustaf arrive for the opening of parliament

Today the Royal Family of Sweden attended the annual opening of the House of the Parliament in Stockholm. It was opened shorty after two o’clock in the afternoon. The men attended the opening in dark suits and ties, the women in dark dresses and hats. The Royal woman are always dressed in dark colours, in an intentional homage to the old court dress, which was worn until 1974 and was … Continue reading

Emperor Akihito takes his grandson for a little sea excursion

  September 15, 2009 at 4:18 pm by

The Japanese Imperial Seal

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko invited Princess Kiko and little Prince Hisahito to join them for a little sea excursion near the Imperial Villa in the town of Hayama, south of Tokyo. The Imperial Family took a small boat they rowed themselves for the excursion; the boat had been used by Emperor Showa for his research of sea creatures. After they returned, the family proudly watched as 3-years-old Prince Hisahito … Continue reading

Crown Prince Alexander lays wreath at the Monument of Unknown Hero

  September 15, 2009 at 3:49 pm by

Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia

On September 15, Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia laid a wreath at a Monument of Unknown Hero on Avala Mountain near Belgrade on the 91st anniversary of the breach of the Thessaloniki Front in 1918. During the traditional ceremony and military parade organized by Association of the descendants of Serbian Soldiers, the Crown Prince said: “I sincerely believe that our generation has an obligation to make a better and more … Continue reading

Prince William Holds Breath – and Large Tarantula

  September 14, 2009 at 8:11 pm by

Prince William holding Sarah at the Darwin Centre opening

Prince William showed enthusiasm today as he opened the Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum. He did, however, seem less than enthusiastic when asked to hold a large, hairy tarantula just before the official opening. The arachnid, an eight-inch wide Mexican Red Kneed named Sarah, was being shown to children at the Attenborough Studio when its minders politely asked the Prince if he would like to hold her. “Ooh, … Continue reading

The Ambassador Princess

  September 14, 2009 at 7:53 pm by

Chrifa Lalla Joumala Alouin

Chrifa Lalla Joumala Alouin, cousin of King Mohammed VI of Morocco, joined the diplomatic circle when she was appointed by the King in January 2009 as the Moroccan Ambassador to the UK and Northern Ireland. Lalla Joumala was born in 1962. She first studied at a French-speaking school in Morocco, then went on to study politics and history at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Growing up … Continue reading

Countess Alexandra in UNICEF Charity Auction

  September 14, 2009 at 11:27 am by

Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg

Countess Alexandra of Frederiksborg, the former wife of Prince Joachim, will be selling two of her most ‘delicious’ bags, one by Burberry and one by Versace, on trendsales.dk to benefit UNICEF. Other participating in the celebrity auction include Crown Princess Mary’s stylist Anja Camilla Alajdi and Marianne Dulong. Going on sale on October 5th, the starting price is DKK0, but it is hoped that plenty of money will be raised … Continue reading

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