The Dutch Royal Court announced yesterday that Prince Floris, youngest son of Princess Margriet and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven, and his wife, Aimée, are expecting their third child. Princess Aimée is expected to give birth in mid-July. Floris and Aimée were married in 2005, and have two daughters: Magali, born in 2007, and Eliane, born in 2009.
Please vote in the December 2012 Picture of the Month Polls! The Official Poll features pictures showing the official side of royalty. This month’s Informal Poll showcases Official Royal Pictures. The polls will remain open until January 30, 2013.
Announcing the winners of the November 2012 Picture of the Month Polls: November 2012 Official Picture of the Month: First Place – Tie: Spain & The Netherlands Second Place – Tie: Belgium , Monaco & Norway Third Place – Tie: Jordan & Dubai Cute Royal Kids (November 2012 Informal Poll): First Place – Tie: Denmark & Sweden Second Place – Tie: Spain & The Netherlands Third Place – Tie: Norway … Continue reading
The Queen issued the first Letters Patent of 2013 by granting all the future children of William and Kate the style of Royal Highness and titles of Princes and Princesses. The Letters Patent was issued on December 31, 2012 and made public on January 9, 2013 – the birthday of the Duchess of Cambridge. The text reads: “The Queen has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of … Continue reading
Madrid – January 6th, 2013 Members of the Spanish Royal Family presided over the annual Pascua Militar Celebrations in Madrid on January 6th, 2013 – the Roman Catholic Feast of the Epiphany. The traditional ceremony started at noon and took place at The Palacio Real in Madrid. In attendance this year were the King, Queen and the Prince and Princess of Asturias. His Majesty the King, despite still being on … Continue reading
Madrid – January 5th, 2013 His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain celebrated his 75th birthday on Saturday January 5th. The Spanish Monarch was born in Rome, the eldest son of Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona and Princess María de las Mercedes, during the Royal Family’s exile. His Majesty has been King of Spain since November 1975, and to mark his 75th birthday, he granted a rare television interview. … Continue reading
January 1, 2013 – Monte Carlo The Prince of Monaco delivered his annual New Years Message from the Princes Palace in Monaco. Towards the end of the address, the Princess of Monaco also delivered a short 2013 New Years message. The New Years message is available to view on The Prince’s Palace of Monaco Facebook page and also at the Prince’s Palace of Monaco official page. View the video here.
What can we look forward to, Royalty wise that is, in 2013? First, the already announced Royal births. 2013 is a year in which several Royal couples are becoming first-time parents. Andrea Casiraghi [the oldest son of the Princess of Hanover, Hereditary Princess Caroline of Monaco] and his fiancée, Tatiana Santo Domingo, are expecting their first child in January 2013. The Prince and Princess of Prussia are expecting their first … Continue reading
In January, Count Carl Johan Bernadotte of Wisborg married Gunilla Stenfors and Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein of Jordan married Basma Bani Ahmad. It was announced on 4 January, that the Duchess of Cambridge had taken on 4 patronages, her first. The Danish Royal Court released new official pictures of Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine and their parents and older siblings, to celebrate the first birthday of the twins. Princess Margriet of the … Continue reading
This is the monthly blog entry with news from the Royal genealogy threads. This time it’s a blog entry with news from December 2012. As always, a big thank you goes out to the contributors of the Genealogy threads. Royal births and pregnancies The British Royal Court announced on 3 December that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their first child. Hereditary Count Ignatius and Hereditary Countess Robinia of Toerring-Jettenbach … Continue reading
December 24th – Zarzuela Palace, Madrid On Christmas Eve, His Majesty The King delivered his annual televised Christmas address from the Zarzuela Palace. The traditional message on this the 37th year of His Majesty’s reign is now available to view on the newly launched casareal YouTube channel. You can view the King’s Christmas Message below: Mensaje de Navidad de S.M. el Rey – 2012 – YouTube
Madrid – December 22nd Members of the Spanish Royal family attended the Sound of Music at the Teatro Coliseum de Madrid on December 22nd. Present were Queen Sofia, Princess Letizia, Infantas Leonor and Sofia, Infanta Elena, Don Felipe Juan, Doña Victoria Federica, and Infanta Cristina with her four children, Don Juan Valentín, Don Pablo Nicolás, Don Miguel and little Doña Irene Urdangarín. Absent from this family gathering were The King, … Continue reading
The Prince of Wales donated £150,000 to aid those struggling through the winter months. The announcement was made following a meeting called by the Prince of Wales with the leaders of farm charities. The money will come from The Prince’s Countryside Fund and constitutes the entirety of its emergency fund. Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster – the richest person in Britain – has already pledged to donate the … Continue reading
The Swedish Royal Court has announced the date on which Princess Madeleine and Mr Chris O’Neill will marry next year. The couple, who became engaged in October, will wed on June 8th, in a ceremony taking place at the Palace Chapel of the Royal Palace of Stockholm. The chapel’s previous high-profile event was the May christening of the bride’s niece, Princess Estelle. No further information was given, however, it is … Continue reading
Today marks the 40th anniversary of King Hussein of Jordan’s wedding to Alia Toukan. The wedding was a surprise to the people, because the Royal Court didn’t make an official announcement of the engagement. In addition to that, King Hussein had only gotten divorced from his second wife, the English born Princess Muna, a few weeks earlier. Alia Toukan was the daughter of a Jordanian diplomat, Baha Uddin Toukan, and … Continue reading
December 20th, 2012 Infanta Elena of Spain, Duchess of Lugo celebrated her 49th birthday on December 20th. The Infanta is the eldest child of King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia, and is currently fourth in the line to the Spanish throne. Despite it being her birthday, Infanta Elena attended the General Assembly of the Spanish Paralympic Committee in Madrid. Her Royal Highness is the Honorary President of the Spanish … Continue reading
The Royal Hashemite Court announced on Thursday the engagement of Princess Iman bint al Hussein of Jordan to Mr Zaid Azmi Mirza. According to the official statement, the Fatiha ceremony was held in presence of King Abdullah II, Queen Rania and Queen Noor, and took place at Bab Al-Salam Palace, the residence of the Princess’s parents, the late King Hussein and Queen Noor. It was attended by Hashemite royal family … Continue reading
The Foreign Office today announced part of the British Antarctic Territory was to be named “Queen Elizabeth Land” in honour of Her Majesty. The territory makes up almost a third of Britain’s claim on the continent and covers 169,000 sq miles – almost twice the size of the United Kingdom. In future, all British maps will bear the new name although other countries will have the freedom to decide … Continue reading
Queen Elizabeth attended a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street, as part of her Jubilee celebrations. The visit was a historic one for, as David Cameron revealed, it marked the first time the Head of State attended such a meeting in over 230; the last British Monarch to be present at a peace-time cabinet meeting was George III in 1781, although the Queen’s father, George VI, attended a war … Continue reading
Letters by the last Russian Tsar written during World War I sold for a record $130,000 at a Swiss auction house. They were initially estimated to fetch in the region of $15,000 but a private Russian collector paid nearly ten times the price to acquire the historical documents. The letters were sold by Prince Nicholas Romanov, a second cousin of the late Tsar and one of the claimants of the … Continue reading