Prince Radu’s Support Ratings Hits Double Digits for First Time

  September 1, 2009 at 7:39 pm by

Prince Radu of Romania

According to a face-to-face survey ran by Gallup Romania, the support rating of Prince Radu Duda, the husband of Crown Princess Margarita of Romania, has hit double digits for the first time since he launched his presidential campaign in April 2009. Nearly 12% of the Romanians who took part in the survey said they plan to vote for Prince Radu in the 2009 Romanian Presidential Elections. In a separate survey, … Continue reading

Chocolates no one would refuse…

  September 1, 2009 at 4:43 pm by

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The finest Swiss chocolates don’t need advertising. However, the box of chocolates a certain Meynell brought back to Britain with him is certainly worth a mention. Not because of their delicious taste but because of what was inside: instead of the usual crème and liquor, one would find diamonds and pearls worth a fortune. A newly-declassified top secret MI5 file on Francis Meynell reveals how in 1920 he smuggled gems … Continue reading

Polar Music Prize 2009

  September 1, 2009 at 11:48 am by

Homepage of the Polar Music Prize

Yesterday evening King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia and Crown Princess Victoria attended the annual Polar Music Prize. This year’s winners of the Prize were José Antonio Abreu & El Sistema Citation and Peter Gabriel Citation. You can read something about the winners at the official homepage of the Polar Music Prize, which can be found here: Polar Music Prize 2009 After the ceremony a banquet was hosted at Grand … Continue reading

Golden Wedding Anniversary Festivities

  August 31, 2009 at 3:21 pm by

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On 30 August, the Belgian King and Queen hosted a garden party to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary. At the same time, the wedding anniversaries of the other Belgian royals were commemorated, as this year is also the silver wedding anniversary of Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz, as well as the 10th wedding anniversary for Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde, and the 6th wedding anniversary for Prince Laurent and Princess … Continue reading

Spanish Royal Family finishes their vacations

  August 31, 2009 at 4:39 am by

The two little Infantas during their summer vacation

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia accompanied by the Prince and Princess of Asturias (the two gentlemen with a new look, btw), hosted Friday night, the traditional farewell dinner with representatives of the Baleares government, at Almudaina Palace. The Royal Family is in the habit of spending summer vacations in Marivent Palace at Mallorca , where they arrived at the beginning of August this year. As usual the Prince of … Continue reading

Diana’s Legacy

  August 31, 2009 at 3:48 am by

Diana, Princess of Wales

As the 12th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death approached, some of us were convinced that we would never again see such an outpouring of grief around the world. Well this past June we were proven wrong; when Pop Icon Michael Jackson died the world once again joined forces to mourn another of their beloved figures. The time once again approaches where I tend to stop and think about what we … Continue reading

Romanov Jewels worth 2 Million Euros found in Sweden

  August 28, 2009 at 9:45 am by

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Swedish news agencies report that a collection of jewels have surfaced in the Swedish Foreign Ministry’s storage rooms. The jewels are worth over 2 million Euros and belonged to the Russian Imperial Family. A confidant of Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna handed the valuable items to the Swedish Embassy in St. Petersburg for safekeeping after the 1917 revolution. The Grand Duchess died in France, apparently without telling her family about the … Continue reading

Morocco’s King asked to rest after digestive infection

  August 28, 2009 at 8:53 am by

King Mohammed VI of Morocco

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has been given orders by his doctor to rest for 5 days because of a rotavirus infection, which is casued in the stomach which causes digestive problems as well as dehydartion. “His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God assist him, suffers from an infection with digestive signs and an acute dehydration which has compelled him to rest for five days,” Abdelaziz Maaouni, the King’s private doctor … Continue reading

Saudi Prince escapes suicide bomb attack with few injuries

  August 28, 2009 at 8:21 am by

Saudi Coat of Arms

Deputy interior minister, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, has escaped with few injuries after a suicide bomber blew himself up in an attempt to assassinate the Prince, who is largely credited for Saudi Arabia’s anti-terrorism campaign. The attack took place at the Prince’s Ramadan gathering, when the militant had said he wanted to personally tell Prince Mohammed that he would give himself up. The Prince was taken to a local hospital … Continue reading

King and Queen mark Swedish-Finnish Bicentennial

  August 28, 2009 at 2:45 am by

King Carl Gustaf and President Halonen during the arrival ceremony

The King and Queen of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf and Silvia, have just undertaken an official visit to neighbouring Finland to mark the bicentennial of the two nation’s relations. The King and Queen were invited by President Tarja Halonen, who greeted the Royal Couple at her official summer residence Kultaranta upon their arrival on August 25th. The President’s husband, Dr Pentti Arajärvi, was also on hand for the welcoming ceremony. … Continue reading

Salary Increase for the Danish Royal Family

  August 25, 2009 at 5:51 am by

Danish Coat of Arms

According to politiken.dk, the Danish Royal Family will next year receive an increase in their allowances totalling 1.9 million kroner. The Queen’s husband Prince Henrik will receive a total budget of 7.1 million kroner, which is a rise of 200,000 kroner from last year, whilst Prince Joachim and Princess Marie will receive an increase of 100,000 kroner, for a total of 3.1 million. Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary … Continue reading

Greek Royals Attend Athens and Epidaurus Festival

  August 24, 2009 at 7:23 pm by

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On Friday August 21, King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie, along with their son Crown Prince Pavlos and his wife, Crown Princess Marie-Chantal, and their daughter Princess Alexia and her husband Carlos Morales, attended the Athens and Epidaurus Festival in Greece. The Athens and Epidaurus Festival is a long-running festival that celebrates the arts. The Athens Festival has been running for 52 summers in the Greek capital. It features theatre, … Continue reading

Rania launches Hal Hilalak Tent for disadvantaged children

  August 24, 2009 at 5:50 pm by

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On Monday, Her Majesty Queen Rania launched this year’s Hal Hilalak tent in Irbid to provide activities for disadvantaged children across the Kingdom during the holy month of Ramadan. During the visit to Irbid, Queen Rania toured the King Hussein Charity Society and inspected a few new facilities at the society which provides services to to orphaned girls aged between 12 and 18. The Hal Hilalak tent features clowns, magicians … Continue reading

Swedish Archbishop to Preside over the Crown Princely Wedding

  August 24, 2009 at 5:06 am by

The Royal Wedding Monogram

The Swedish Royal Court has announced the names of the four bishops who will preside over the wedding of HRH Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling in June 2010. Archbishop Anders Wejryd will officiate the ceremony, which will take place at Storkyrkan in Gamla Stan. He will be assisted by Bishop Emeritus Lars-Göran Lönnermark, Bishop Antje Jackelén and Dean [Vicar] Åke Bonnier. According to the press release, each Bishop was … Continue reading

Queen Margrethe visits Germany, Day Two

  August 24, 2009 at 3:36 am by

Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik with a bust of Christian IV

Continuing with her two-day visit to Germany, HM Queen Margrethe II yesterday was still in Dresden. She and her sister, Princess Benedikte, first attended a luncheon at Eckberg Palace. This was also attended by the Saxon Governor Stanislaw Tillich, and his wife Veronika. The two sisters then opened an art exhibition at the Princes Gallery of Dresden Castle, entitled “With Fortuna Over the Sea. Saxony and Denmark Marriages and Alliances … Continue reading

Crown Princely Villa in Mozambique: ‘A Royal Mess’

  August 23, 2009 at 7:26 pm by

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The holiday villa of the prince of Orange in Mozambique is causing more problems than expected by the prince and his wife. As newspaper ‘De Volkskrant’ reported on Saturday, that many things went wrong with the Crown Princely family’s building project in nature area Machangulo, on a peninsula in Mozambique. The project has now turned into such a mess that the Dutch prime minister J.P. Balkenende advised the prince to … Continue reading

Princess Mary awards Danish Heart Association Grants

  August 23, 2009 at 4:19 am by

Princess Mary at the Danish Heart Association's research grants presentation

Crown Princess Mary yesterday was at Danfoss University, handing out the Danish Heart Association’s research grants for 2009. Wearing a crisp white and beige outfit, the Princess did so in her capacity as patron of the Heart Association, and awarded three grants of 456,000DKK to three Danes in the field of health: Kirsten Hanehøj from the National Institute of Public Health, who is investigating the consequences of congenital heart defects … Continue reading

Queen Margrethe visits Germany, Day One

  August 22, 2009 at 9:10 pm by

Queen Margrethe at the Frauenkirke

Queen Margrethe II is currently on a two-day visit to Germany, where she met with German President Köhler. The pair had a brief meeting before the Queen had her first engagement. A move to Dresden and the city’s Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) was the site of this engagement, and Margrethe was fascinated by the church’s beauty. She spoke with HE Jochen Bohl, the State Bishop of Saxony, and pointed … Continue reading

Rania on Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women List

  August 21, 2009 at 5:37 pm by

Queen Rania of Jordan

Her Majesty Queen Rania has made Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women list, ranking at number 75 and number one from the Middle East. The list is not about celebrity or popularity but about influence one makes, Forbes said in assembling the list it “looked for women who run countries, big companies or influential nonprofits”. Forbes noted that Queen Rania for example is “perhaps the most listened-to woman in the Middle … Continue reading

Reopening of the Palace of Oscarshall

  August 21, 2009 at 4:40 am by

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In 2005, the renovations of the Palace of Oscarshall started. In autumn 2006 it was closed for the public. The palace will be reopened for visitors on august 26th. The King and Queen of Norway already attended the official opening of the castle on August 20th. The Palace of Oscarshall is situated on the peninsula of Bygdøy, in Oslo. The palace is built on a rise, with a garden sloping … Continue reading

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