Lalla Salma opens Fez Music Festival

  May 30, 2009 at 10:37 am by

Princess Lalla Salma

Princess Lalla Salma, wife of king Mohammed VI, attended the opening ceremony of the 15th Fez Sacred Music Festival. This years concert is inspired by The Tree of Life which as the trees are the centre of the world and source of life. The festival runs through till June 6. The festival features jazz violinist Didier Lockwood, and Iranian percussionist Keyvan Chemirani, Sami Yusuf a singer who is influenced by … Continue reading

Prince Harry in New York – Day 1

  May 29, 2009 at 3:33 pm by

Prince Harry lays a wreath at Ground Zero in New York City

Prince Harry is in New York City for the next 36 hours. He arrived in the Big Apple earlier today. The third in line to the British throne is here to raise money for his charity, Sentebale, and pay his respects to those who died in the 9/11 terror attacks. The latter was the first event on Harry’s agenda for Friday. He stopped by Ground Zero, and met with New … Continue reading

Infanta Elena Opens Madrid Book Fair

  May 29, 2009 at 12:28 pm by

Infanta Elena

Today Infanta Elena opened the traditional Madrid book fair, a cultural event which is celebrated once a year during the last days of May, at Retiro Park. Every year, almost 300 stalls are set up, with hundreds of new and old books to sell. The fair was established by the Madrid booksellers on April 29, 1933 at Paseo de Recoletos. Entry to the enclosure is free and in the last … Continue reading

Unlucky 13 (Plus 100): The Coronation of the Last Russian Tsar

  May 29, 2009 at 9:31 am by

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The last Tsar of Russia, His Imperial Majesty Nicholas II The Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russians, was official crowned in an elaborate coronation which took place 113 years ago this past Tuesday in Moscow. After a suitable period of mourning for his father, the Late Tsar Alexander III (who died in 1894), the festivities celebrating the new Tsar could begin. And begin they did. The coronation celebration lasted … Continue reading

Prince and Princess of Asturias visit Colombia: Day Three

  May 29, 2009 at 9:27 am by

The Princes in Colombia

On their third day in Bogotá, Prince Felipe, Princess Letizia and President Uribe and his wife, Lina Moreno, attended the official Opening of the “II Forum of Investments and Managerial Cooperation Spain – Colombia” at the El Nogal Club. In his speech Prince Felipe declared that Colombia is a country that has  good economic health and is deservedly considered one of the more stable states of the region. During the … Continue reading

Haya accepts new Honorary Presidency role

  May 29, 2009 at 1:44 am by

From TRF avatar gallery HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, accepted the Honorary Presidency of the Dubai Business Women Council (DBWC) said Raja Easa Al Gurg, President of the DBWC who expressed deep thanks and appreciation. DBWC role is to raise awareness of the importance of participation of women … Continue reading

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

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