Prince William Uses Royal Charm Up and Down England

  May 11, 2009 at 4:28 pm by

Prince William in White Chapel

Prince William was out and about Monday, performing two engagements in two English cities. The first was a visit to London’s Whitechapel Gallery, where the prince opened a new center. The other was to the Kingshurst Sporting FC in Birmingham, where as president of the Football Association, William met with young football players. At Whitechapel, Prince William took the time to make a few jokes in his opening speech. “Before … Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Visit Northern Ireland

  May 11, 2009 at 3:59 pm by

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HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh made a three-day visit to Northern Ireland last week. The royal couple visited many locations during their tour, including the Lisneal College dental room in Londonderry, the Police Rehabilitation and Retaining Trust in Holywood, the Maritime and Coast Guard Agency in Bangor, and the McWilliam Gallery in Bainbridge. The Queen met at Hillsborough Castle with President Mary McAleese of Ireland, spurring … Continue reading

Monaco’s Prince Facing Mounting Criticism

  May 11, 2009 at 11:56 am by

Prince Albert II

Monaco’s 51 year old sovereign is only 4 years into his reign and, and he is already facing a “mutiny” in the face of mounting criticism of the his behavior. In the reign of Prince Albert II’s father, Prince Rainier III, it was very rare to see public criticism of the sovereign, but the Prince’s government and the people of Monaco seem to be concerned about their Prince’s priorities. When … Continue reading

Captain Laurent Attends Anniversary of Tienen & Military Divers

  May 11, 2009 at 9:22 am by

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Prince Laurent has attended the anniversary of the city of Tienen, where he spoke about military divers. According to the newspaper ‘Gazet van Tienen’ the prince looked tired and skinny. The prince listened to the official speeches at the city hall of Tienen, with admirable patience, the newspaper adds. After the official part was over, the prince took some time to talk to the press. He expressed his admiration for … Continue reading

Charlotte Casiraghi Wins in Spain

  May 11, 2009 at 8:51 am by

Casiraghi in Spain

Representing Monaco, Charlotte Casiraghi was in Valencia, Spain for the Global Champions Tour over the weekend. She won 125 Euros and a on her horse “GI-Joe” during a show jumping competition where she competed with the likes of Athina Onassis. Charlotte, the eldest daughter and middle child of Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover and her second husband, the late Stefano Casiraghi has been competing on a semi professional … Continue reading

Scandinavian Trio to Head to Greenland Later this Month

  May 11, 2009 at 8:05 am by

Frederik, Victoria and Haakon in Svalbard in 2008

The three heirs to the Scandinavian thrones of Denmark, Norway and Sweden will embark on a six-day trip to Greenland later this month, to gain insight into how climate change is affecting the nation and its people. Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden will travel aboard the HDMS Ejnar Mikkelsen ship from Kangerlussuaq, in south-western Greenland, through Disko Bay where … Continue reading

Five Years Ago: Prince Naruhito’s “Declaration of War” on the IHA

  May 11, 2009 at 7:47 am by

Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako

On May 10, 2004, Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan was scheduled for a news conference. Nobody expected anything spectacular or even especially interesting from this event. All public relations of the imperial family members are organized by the Imperial Household Agency (IHA) which sets up news conferences only on certain occasions, the most frequent being birthdays and visits of the royals to foreign countries. The journalists who are invited to … Continue reading

Monaco’s Garden Club Show Begins

  May 11, 2009 at 7:38 am by

Flower Show, Monaco

Monaco’s annual Garden Club event opened today to much fanfare. The Garden Club, begun in 1968 by Prince Albert and Princess Caroline’s mother, the late Princess Grace of Monaco, holds the show annually in Monaco to “promote the art of flower arrangement.” Princess Grace’s interest in arrangement started when she arrived in Monaco and assumed approval authority for the Palace’s arrangements. During the first few years, the Princess’s few arrangement … Continue reading

Prince Philippe’s Economic Mission To South Korea

  May 11, 2009 at 7:35 am by

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Another economic mission for prince Philippe of Belgium this week. From May 9th to May 15th the prince and a delegation of Belgian business(wo)men visit the republic of South Korea. The mission has been organized by the agency for foreign trade, in close participation with the export promoting services like Flanders Investment & Trade, Awex and Brussels Export. The minister of foreign affairs, karen De Gucht, will be esorting the … Continue reading

Maurits & Marilène Take Vermeer and Rembrandt To Vancouver

  May 11, 2009 at 7:19 am by

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Princess Marilène is currently in Vancouver, Canada. The princess was accompanied by her husband, prince Maurits of orange-Nassau, eldest son of princess Margriet of The Netherlands and Prof. Mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven. The princess opened the exhibition as she is working at the PR department of the Rijksmuseum. After the opening of the exhibion the couple also opened the ‘Dutch Masters Ball’, that was especially organized to mark the occassion. … Continue reading

‘Palace Killed Laurent’s Acting Career’

  May 11, 2009 at 7:02 am by

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Het Nieuwsblad reports that the protocol services of the royal palace in Brussels have prevented prince Laurent from starting an acting carreer in 1995. When Belgian film director Rob Van Eyck was making the short move ‘Berncastel’, with Wendy van Wanten as a woman who commits suicide, he got to know prince Laurent. The prince called actress Wendy van Wanten so frequently that the director once answered the phone instead … Continue reading

Queen Beatrix At International Art Manifestation

  May 11, 2009 at 7:01 am by

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On saturday, queen Beatrix of The Netherlands attended the international Art manifestation ”Open Source” in the Bijlmer in Amsterdam. The queen looked at sixteen pieces of art that are displayed between a 3 kilometer route between the subway stations Bijlmer-Arena and Kraaiennest. During her walk the queen talked to the artists and she was surrounded by many people from the neighbourhood, who all wanted to take a picture of their … Continue reading

William Cozies Up With Kate After Polo Match

  May 10, 2009 at 7:38 pm by

Prince William and Kate Middleton

To all the naysayers who firmly believe that the relationship between Prince William and Kate Middleton is over, or at least on the rocks – think again! After weeks of not being photographed together, Wills and Kate appeared at the Audi Polo Challenge this Sunday. Kate watched as her prince played for charity, along with his brother, Prince Harry. Once the game was over, Prince William walked up to his … Continue reading

Sunday Times hails Letizia the “Style Queen”

  May 10, 2009 at 3:32 pm by

The Princess of Asturias (L) and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy (R)

Ever since that state visit to Spain by President Sarkzoy, the British press have suddenly taken notice of Crown Princess Letizia. Her fashion choices have featured on front pages of newspapers and in magazines across Britain and further afield. While we at the Royal Forums may be familiar with the Spanish royals, many are not. The attention that Letizia has received in Britain since the French visit has been quite … Continue reading

Zara Phillips Crashes Spectacularly Out of Badminton

  May 10, 2009 at 3:21 pm by

Zara Phillips during the competition

The reigning world champion 3 day eventer, Zara Phillips, granddaughter of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, had a cruel disappointment at the famed Badminton Horse Trials this weekend. Her father, Capt. Mark Phillips, had won 4 prestigious titles here but for Zara the trials represented only heartache. Her first horse Ardfield Magic Star was unnerved by the spectators during the dressage phase. Zara lost her ordinary cool when she yelled … Continue reading

Haakon and Mette-Marit at “Holmenkollen Relay”

  May 10, 2009 at 1:32 pm by

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Yesterday CP Haakon, CP Mette-Marit of Norway and their staff took part in the “Holmenkollen Relay”. Their team was called “The Crown Prince Couple’s Court”. Among the participants in the relay were also the Prime Minister and the Minister of foreign affairs. The CP couple’s team finished as 123 out 227 in their class. All in all 20 000 people took part in the competition. Each team consisted of 15 … Continue reading

Queen Fabiola in Public Again At The Queen Elisabeth Concours

  May 9, 2009 at 5:56 pm by

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Today Queen Fabiola of the Belgians performed her first official duty since her stay in hospital earlier this year. The 80 year old queen was admitted to the hospital in January due to a pneumonia. She left the St. John’s hospital in Brussels on February 20th. The queen attended a concert of the annual queen Elisabeth concours, at the conservatorium in Brussels. The queen received a warm applause when she … Continue reading

Jordan’s Queen joins Twitter & talks about Pope’s visit

  May 9, 2009 at 10:45 am by

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Jordan Queen Rania Al-Abdullah has reportedly registered on the the popular social networking twitter to talk about the Pope Benedict XVI’s first visit to the Middle East. In one of the Queen’s posts she say’s “Just choppered to airport to receive the Pope. Husband piloting, he got acrobatic to quiet butterflies in stomach – told u he was action man.” The Queen’s twitter address according to a statement by the … Continue reading

Republicanism in New Zealand

  May 8, 2009 at 6:48 pm by

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The question of the relevance of monarchies is one which seems to be being asked more and more frequently these days. Just recently, an American magazine ran an article about the Danish Crown Prince Couple, in a similar vein. Many constitutional monarchies are questioning whether they should turn republic, and New Zealand has been one of these. New Zealanders don’t seem to be able to make up our minds – … Continue reading

Dutch Royals Attend Memorial Service For Victims ‘Apeldoorn’

  May 8, 2009 at 4:56 pm by

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Queen Beatrix, the prince of Orange, Princess Máxima, Princess Margriet and Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven attended the memorial service for the victms of the Queen’s Day tragedy that was held tonight in the Orpheus theatre in Apeldoorn. Before the service the royals talked to victims and family of victims. This took so long that the service had to start 15 minutes behind scheduele. Apart from the royal family, 1200 other … Continue reading

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