Mohammed bin Zayed & Sarkozy launch Louvre Abu Dhabi

  May 27, 2009 at 3:27 am by

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His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and President Sarkozy inaugurated a preview experience of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first universal museum in the Middle East. The event took place at Emirates Palace as part of a celebration to mark the begin of construction of the museum. Sheikh Mohammed and President Sarkozy viewed … Continue reading

Will Queen Elizabeth II Attend the 2010 Winter Olympics?

  May 26, 2009 at 9:35 pm by

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It has been confirmed that HM Queen Elizabeth II has been invited to attend the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver as a guest of honour. As yet, there has been no official response to the invitation, however, if it is accepted, it is some sources suggest that HM would open the Olympic Games on February 12 2010. This is far from certain however, with other reports stating that while HM … Continue reading

Royal Ladies at QEC 2009 Luncheon

  May 26, 2009 at 2:45 pm by

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Queen Fabiola, Princess Mathilde, Princess Astrid and her husband, Archduke Lorenz, and Princess Claire had lunch today with the jury members of the Queen Elisabeth Competition – Violin, of which the semi-finals were performed yesterday evening. The lunch was hosted at the Royal Palace in Brussels. Queen Fabiola is the patron lady of the Competition. This year, members of the jury include Jaime Laredo and Martin Beaver. The Queen Elisabeth … Continue reading

Prince and Princess Akishino Returning Home from their European Tour

  May 26, 2009 at 11:01 am by

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On Saturday, Prince and Princess Akishino arrived back home from their tour to the Danube countries – Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania. In Romania, the fourth and last leg of their journey, the couple paid a courtesy visit to President Basescu on Wednesday and met with Chairman of the Romanian Senate Mircea Geoana and Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Roberta Anastase. On the programme of the four-day visit were … Continue reading

Countess Alexandra presents prizes to scientists

  May 26, 2009 at 10:55 am by

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Countess Alexandra, as Patron of the Danish Association of the Blind, yesterday handed out prizes to talented young researchers in the field of the prevention and cure of eye diseases of 1.5 million Danish kroner together with the Chairman of the Danish Blind Society, Thorkild Olesen. The Countess has been the patron of the organisation since 1996, one year after she became a Princess of Denmark, and the prizes have … Continue reading

Grand Duke Henri holds Audiences

  May 26, 2009 at 5:06 am by

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Today, Grand Duke Henri received in audience at the Grand-Ducal Palace in Luxembourg the organising committee of the centenary celebrations of the Fédération d’Aéronautique un d’Astronautique Luxembourgeoises and the senior members of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale. For more information, please see this thread.

Dutch Princesses Show ‘New’ Jewels During Chilean State Visit

  May 26, 2009 at 3:58 am by

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Last night princess Máxima and princess Margriet of The Netherlands surprised royalty watchers by their choice of jewelry during the gala dinner for Michelle Bachelet, president of Chile. Princess Máxima wore some new diamond earrings that were never seen before. She combined these earrings with older items like the rose cut bandeau and Queen Juliana’s diamond watch. Princess Margriet however had the biggest surprise of the night, she wore the … Continue reading

Queen Silvia attends Manila School 200th Anniversary

  May 26, 2009 at 1:45 am by

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Queen Silvia of Sweden attended the Manilla School’s jubilee celebrations today in Djurgården. Wearing a green and white patterned skirt-suit paired with beige accessories, Queen Silvia opened the school’s celebration week and then toured an exhibition entitled ‘Manila School 1809-2009′ which showcases the history of the school, founded by Pär Aron Borg. Students, who ranged from kindergarten to grade ten, told the Queen about the school’s history during the tour. … Continue reading

Short break for the Dutch Crown Princely family in Friesland

  May 25, 2009 at 8:57 pm by

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Prince Willem-Alexander, Princess Maxima and their daughters, Princesses Catharina-Amalia, Alexia and Ariane took a short holiday break at Friesland, at the region of Frisia. The region is a popular touristic area of the Netherlands, where people visit its lakes and islands of the Wadden Sea. The family seems to have opted to do just that, and is doing so aboard the Groene Draek, sailboat of HM Queen Beatrix. The yacht … Continue reading

Prince and Princess of Asturias to Visit Colombia and El Salvador

  May 25, 2009 at 7:17 pm by

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Tomorrow, May 26, Prince Felipe and Princess Letiza will leave Madrid to begin a four-day official visit to Colombia upon the invitation of its President, Alvaro Uribe. Their Royal Highnesses will arrive on Tuesday 4:00pm at Bogotá where President Uribe and his wife, Lina Moreno, will host a welcome dinner in their honour. During their stay, Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia, most of the time accompanied by the Presidential couple, … Continue reading

Zara Phillips appears with some unfamiliar (and familiar) faces

  May 25, 2009 at 12:14 pm by

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This week was an eventful one for Zara Phillips, daughter of the Princess Royal. Fans who were used to seeing Zara on Toytown or Ardfield Magic Star were surprised on Thursday to see Zara with some new faces at the Lackham horse trials in Wiltshire, England. This was followed by a rousing win at the racetrack on Saturday of a Zara-trained horse at Bredawardine. Racehorse owner and proud mum, Princess … Continue reading

Prince Hubertus Weds American In Coburg

  May 25, 2009 at 4:52 am by

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Hereditary prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha married the American investment banker Kelly Jeanne Rondestvedt this weekend in Coburg, Germany. The couple was married in a civil ceremony on 21 May. On friday night there was a party with a German-American thee in a tent net to Castle Callenberg, the residence of the dukes of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. On saturday 23 May at 12 PM the religious ceremony started at … Continue reading

Big Brother For Dutch Royals?

  May 25, 2009 at 4:10 am by

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According to a new proposal from the Netherlands’ largest opposition party SP (Socialist Party), the members of the royal family have to explain precisely how they spend their days and what they are doing with the 119 million Euros that the royal family costs each year. Newspaper ‘De Telegraaf’ reports that SP parlamentarian Ronald van Raak will ask the minister of internal affairs, Guusje Ter Horst for a annual report … Continue reading

Qatar’s Crown Prince in South Korea

  May 25, 2009 at 3:07 am by

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Qatar’s Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani is in South Korea for a two-day official visit to boost diplomatic and economic ties. Sheikh Tamim is scheduled to hold talks with President Lee Myung-bak, Prime Minister Han Seung-soo to discuss ways to strengthen ties in various fields from politics to culture, Sheikh Tamim will also meet with other government officials. Qatar is the world’s largest supplier of liquefied natural … Continue reading

May 2009 Newsletter: The 1930s

  May 24, 2009 at 3:06 pm by

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This newsletter focuses on the 1930s, a transitional period for monarchies, with republics having been established in previously long-term monarchies such as Russia and Germany. The world was in a postwar depression, and Germany was rearming and showing signs of aggression toward its European neighbours. Japan was pursuing its policy of dominance throughout East Asia, and Britain and France were trying to recover from World War I. By the end … Continue reading

Presentation of the Charlemagne Prize & Audiences

  May 24, 2009 at 5:15 am by

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Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa attended the International Charlemagne Prize ceremony at the Hotel de Ville of Aix-la-Chapelle, which was presented to Dr. Andrea Riccardi, historian and founder of the Community of Sant’Egidio. For more information, please see this thread. The Grand Duke also received this week in audience the Secretary-General of NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, HE Mr. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, during his official visit … Continue reading

Princess Märtha opens “VIVIL-games”

  May 24, 2009 at 3:28 am by

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On May 23rd Princess Märtha Louise atteneded the traditional VIVIL-games at Nadderud Stadium in Stabekk outside Oslo. More then 640 people took part in the games which contained of sports like boccia, handball, football or swimming. The “Vivil-games” celebrate their 30th jubilee this year. Princess Märtha openened this year’s games. You can find her opening speech here. Some more information about the games can be found here. Here you can … Continue reading

Saudi King To Open Forum

  May 23, 2009 at 3:54 pm by

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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Al Saud on Sunday evening will open the the first Cooperative Societies Forum in the capital city Riyadh. The three-day forum will look at development of cooperative societies and use of information technology work in the Kingdom. A few representatives from East and South Asia as well as the Middle East and the Gulf will participate and will relate their countries experience … Continue reading

Monaco Grand Prix Begins With Charity Match

  May 23, 2009 at 6:13 am by

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The roar of practice races through the streets of Monaco and high priced tickets mean the beginning of the F1 Grand Prix de Monaco is near. This year’s 67th Grand Prix, is scheduled to officially begin today. To start the events, Monaco’s sporting mad Prince hosted his annual pre-F1 soccer match in Monaco’s Louis II Stadium. The friendly match pits members of the F1 racing teams as “Nazionale Piloti” against … Continue reading

Te Puea Hèrangi, A Māori Princess

  May 22, 2009 at 1:05 pm by

Te Puea Hèrangi, Māori Princess

Te Puea Hèrangi was born the granddaughter of the second Māori King, Tawhiao, in 1883. Te Puea is recognised as having been a famous and influential leader for Māori, with many great achievements throughout her life. One of the most notable occasions where she was a rallying point for Māori people was during World War I, when she objected to conscription. Te Puea made her farm available to those escaping … Continue reading

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