Princess Lalla Amina Passes Away

  August 18, 2012 at 6:30 am by

Princess Lalla Amina of Morocco

Princess Lalla Amina, aunt of King Mohammed VI and daughter of the late King Mohammed V, passed away on Thursday August 16th after suffering from disease for several months, a communiqué from the Ministry of the Royal Household Protocol and Chancellery said. Lalla Amina was born in Madagascar on April 8th, 1954 while the royal family was in exile. She is the daughter of Mohammed V and his third wife, … Continue reading

King Juan Carlos Hosts Dinner for Balearic Authorities

  August 17, 2012 at 9:59 am by

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia before the dinner; 08-08-2012

August 8th,2012 – Palma de Mallorca His Majesty the King hosted the annual dinner for the Balearic Islands’ authorities at the the Royal Palace of La Almudaina in Palma de Mallorca. King Juan Carlos was joined by the Queen and the Prince and Princess of Asturias. Notably absent was Infanta Elena and her younger sister, Infanta Cristina and her husband, who have all been present over the past few years. … Continue reading

Prince William Leads Rescue Mission at Cymyran Beach

  August 16, 2012 at 7:05 pm by

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Prince William today led a rescue operation of two young girls swept out to sea off the Anglesey coast. The Royal Air Force described the mission as one of the “fastest and shortest” operations, with the helicopter, captained by Prince William, taking only 38 seconds to arrive after the distress call was received. The younger of the girls, aged just 13, got caught in on a riptide while body-boarding: her … Continue reading

Prince Philip Admitted to Hospital Again

  August 15, 2012 at 5:03 pm by

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The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to hospital again today. According to Buckingham Palace spokesman, Prince Philip travelled to the Scottish hospital, about 40 miles away from Balmoral where the Duke and the Queen are staying, as a “precautionary measure”. The Prince appears to be suffering from recurrence of the bladder infection that saw him hospitalised back in June. Prince Philip is likely to remain in hospital for the next … Continue reading

The Princess Royal Celebrates 62nd Birthday

  August 15, 2012 at 5:02 pm by

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Princess Anne was born on 15 August 1950 at Clarence House, as the only daughter and second child of then Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh. At the time of her birth, she was third in the Line of Succession, after her mother and elder brother. She was baptised at the Buckingham Palace by the Archbishop of York two months after her birth. The Princess’s Godparents were: Queen Elizabeth … Continue reading

Happy Name Day, Estelle!

  August 15, 2012 at 8:44 am by

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Today, August 15th, is the name day of Princess Estelle of Sweden. To celebrate the infant’s first name day, the Swedish Royal Court published a new photograph of Estelle with her parents, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel. The image was taken at Haga Palace by Kate Gabor, the photographer who took the first official photographs of the Crown Princess Family. Each day of the year, except for six (seven … Continue reading

Closing Ceremony of London 2012 Olympic Games

  August 13, 2012 at 9:13 am by

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After fantastic two weeks, London 2012 came to end with the traditional Closing Ceremony – and what a ceremony it was! The night’s spectacle was led by Prince Harry, who was tasked with the role of Her Majesty’s official representative; other British and foreign royals, including the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Anne, Prince Albert of Monaco, were present as well. The magnificent ceremony satisfied even the most demanding, providing a … Continue reading

Sheikha Mozah Registers As An Organ Donor

  August 13, 2012 at 9:00 am by

Sheikha Mozah at the opening

Sheikha Mozah, who is patron of Qatar’s organ donation and transplantation organisation, has visited the Qatar Organ Donation Centre at the Hamad Medical Corporation. During her visit, Sheikha Moza met with organ donors and recipients of transplanted organs who shared their experience and how the program changed their lives. Sheikha Mozah, along with the dignitaries accompanying her, added their names to the donation list. Sheikha Mozah said, “The Qatar Organ … Continue reading

Infantas Leonor and Sofia In Mallorca

  August 13, 2012 at 3:06 am by

The Asturias family in Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca – August 2012 The Prince of Asturias and his two daughters, the Infantas Leonor and Sofia, arrived at Palma de Mallorca Airport during the afternoon of August 3rd. The Prince and his 2 daughters then travelled onto the Marivent Palace in Palma de Mallorca where they joined Queen Sofia, Infanta Elena and her children, Don Felipe Juan and Doña Victoria Federica. The Princess of Asturias arrived a … Continue reading

Queen Sirikit Celebrates 80th Birthday

  August 12, 2012 at 12:01 pm by

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Queen Sirikit of Thailand, née Mom Rajawongse Sirikit Kitiyakara, celebrates her 80th birthday today, 12 August. The Queen was born as the oldest daughter and third child of Prince Nakkhatra Mangkala Kitiyakara, Prince of Chanthaburi, and Mom Luang Bua Sanidvongs. Her siblings are the late Mom Rajawongse Galyanakit Kitiyakara, Mom Rajawongse Adulyakit Kitiyakara and Mom Rajawongse Busba Kitiyakara. On 28 April 1950, the Queen married King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. The … Continue reading

King Juan Carlos Suffers Another Fall

  August 5, 2012 at 7:52 am by

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Madrid – August 2nd, 2012 His Majesty King Juan Carlos suffered another fall yesterday while on a visit to the Defence Headquarters in Madrid. It appears that the King stumbled on a step having inspected and saluted a guard of honour and fell. The King immediately got back up and suffered nothing more than a few cuts and bruises to his chin and nose. The King later continued his visit … Continue reading

From the Royal Genealogy threads – July 2012

  August 1, 2012 at 12:01 pm by

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This is the monthly blog entry with news from the Royal genealogy threads. This time it’s a blog entry with news from July 2012. As always, a big thank you goes out to the contributors of the Genealogy threads. Royal births and pregnancies Prince Pawel and Princess Eloise Radziwill had their fourth child and first daughter, Princess Willow, on 3 July. A sister for Princes Barnaby, Alexei and Felix. The … Continue reading

London 2012: Dutch Royals Bring Nieces to Cheer on Holland

  July 31, 2012 at 9:49 am by

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When the Oranjes turned up to watch the women’s hockey match between the Netherlands and Belgium on July 29th, royal watchers had to pause and re-count the number of little blonde heads sitting with Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima. Along with the couple’s three daughters – Princesses Amalia, Alexia and Ariane – were Countesses Luana and Zaria, the two young daughters of the Prince’s brother, Friso, and his wife Mabel. … Continue reading

Spanish Summer Holidays 2012 Begin

  July 31, 2012 at 9:17 am by

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Members of the Spanish Royal Family have arrived on the Balearic Island of Mallorca to begin their traditional Summer Holiday on the island. On Sunday, Her Majesty the Queen arrived at the Marivent Palace in Palma de Mallorca, where she was joined by Infanta Elena and her children, Felipe Juan Froilan and Victoria, and also the four children of Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca – Juan, Pablo, Miguel … Continue reading

London 2012: Silver Team Medal for Zara Phillips

  July 31, 2012 at 9:11 am by

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The British eventing equestrian team has taken home a silver medal, following the completion of the three stages in the eventing tournament. Zara Phillips, Tina Cook, Mary King, William Fox-Pitt and Nicola Wilson placed second behind Germany after today’s show jumping at Greenwich Park. Unfortunately for Phillips, she incurred both a fence and time penalty during her ride, which left her with combined penalties of 53.10. Zara admitted that “[she] … Continue reading

Infanta Pilar Turns 76

  July 31, 2012 at 8:53 am by

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July 30th, 2012 Her Royal Highness Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz, Grandee of Spain, Dowager Viscountess de la Torre turned 76 yesterday. The Infanta is the elder sister of King Juan Carlos of Spain and also has a younger sister, Infanta Margarita. Infanta Pilar was born in Cannes, France on July 30th, 1936 during the exile of the Spanish Royal Family. Her full name is María del Pilar … Continue reading

Prince Hans Adam II and Princess Marie Celebrate Sapphire Wedding Anniversary

  July 30, 2012 at 12:01 pm by

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Prince Hans Adam II and Princess Marie of Liechtenstein, née Countess Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau, are celebrating their sapphire wedding anniversary (aka 45 years) today, 30 July 2012. The couple now has 3 sons and 1 daughter, and 9 grandsons and 8 granddaughters. (See below) Prince Hans Adam was born on 14 February 1945 as the 1st child of Prince Franz Joseph II and Princess Gina, née Countess of … Continue reading

London 2012: A perfect round from Zara in cross-country

  July 30, 2012 at 12:01 pm by

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Zara Phillips continued her quest for an Olympic medal with a highly successful result in the difficult cross-country portion of eventing. The Queen’s eldest granddaughter finished well inside the time frame with a final result of 9 minutes and 55.11 seconds, to the delight of the cheering crowd. Zara was also one of the few riders to go through the 5.7-kilometer course dotted with 28 obstacles without a single penalty. … Continue reading

London 2012: Swimming Draws the Royals In

  July 29, 2012 at 11:47 pm by

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As it usually is, the Olympic swimming competition has been the place for royal spotting. Yesterday saw members of the Danish, Dutch, Luxembourgish, Norwegian and Greek royal families in the stands for the morning heats. Sitting together in the VIP section, it was a kin to a family reunion of sorts. Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and Princess Benedikte of Denmark were on hand to cheer Jeanette … Continue reading

London 2012: Zara Phillips Makes Olympics Debut

  July 29, 2012 at 10:32 pm by

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Zara Phillips, daughter of Princess Anne, made her Olympic debut today, competing in the second day of the individual dressage at Greenwich Park. Riding High Kingdom, she scored 46.1 penalty points during her dressage routine before lunchtime, which left her in twenty-fourth place following the conclusion of the day’s competition. In the team eventing, Great Britain – comprising of Phillips, Nicola Wilson, Mary King, Kristina Cook and William Fox-Pitt – … Continue reading

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