Charles: Tree-hugging and those pesky Grey Squirrels

  June 4, 2009 at 7:21 am by

A grey squirrel

It is a little difficult for many to reconcile the picture of Prince Charles the “Conservationist” with Prince Charles the “Dalek” . . . . . . Exterminate . . . . . . exterminate, well you get the picture.  Yet we live in a world where the delicate balance of our eco-systems are at war with man, and man’s strokes of sheer genius in pursuit of greater excellence often … Continue reading

Queen Sofia Talks about Drugs in Barcelona

  June 3, 2009 at 10:47 pm by

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Today, Queen Sofia of Spain attended in Barcelona the Congress, “Let’s talk about drugs. Families and Youth united for Prevention,” hosted by La Caixa Foundation and the Help against Drug Addiction Foundation (FAD), of which her Majesty is Honorary President. The congress’s main goal is to be a reflection forum which may help professionals to check, in a critical way, the prevention of the problems related the drugs. Also their … Continue reading

Prince Charles To Attend D-Day Ceremony in France

  June 3, 2009 at 5:50 pm by

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There has been a circus surrounding the preparations for the D-Day 65th anniversary this weekend, as no member of the British Royal Family was invited; and the situation has received media coverage globally. The anniversary will be attended by Presidents Sarkozy and Obama, but questions were raised when no member of the British Royal Family was announced as attending. The royal household initially stated that no royal was attending as … Continue reading

Princess Eugenie on Football Charity Outing

  June 3, 2009 at 2:52 pm by

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HRH Princess Eugenie of York returned to royal duties after her gap year travels last week, conducting a day of football-themed charitable engagements. Eugenie partnered with Sir David Tang, a family friend, to bring young members of the Hong Kong Down’s Syndrome Association’s Dragon Football Team to Chelsea Football Club’s Stamford Bridge. On the pitch, the young football enthusiasts met with one of England’s most famous players, midfielder Frank Lampard. … Continue reading

Haakon and Mette-Marit meet Bill and Melinda Gates

  June 3, 2009 at 2:52 pm by

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June 3rd 2009: Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and Melinda Gates were received by the Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon and his wife Crown Princess Mette-Marit at the Royal Palace in Oslo on Wednesday. Bill Gates and his wife were in Norway to attend a conferance about international poverty, and how the financial crisis hits the poorest people in the world. The conference took place in the Opera House in Oslo. There … Continue reading

Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako To Represent Tokyo Olympic Bid Campaign?

  June 3, 2009 at 1:54 pm by

Crown Prince Naruhito is seen off by his wife, Crown Princess Masako

Tokyo’s Olympic bid committee will be soliciting help from Japan’s imperial royal family for its bid campaign that was launched last month by Prime Minister Taro Aso. The final decision about the Olympic host 2016 will be taken by the International Olympic Committee on October 2nd. Tokyo’s committee will make a formal request through the government for Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako to present the city’s bid on … Continue reading

Queen Sonja: Operation in June

  June 3, 2009 at 11:57 am by

Queen Sonja of Norway

Queen Sonja will be operated on her foot again. The 71 years old Queen-consort had problems with her feet for quite a while now. The surgery is scheduled for June 22nd in the “Rikshospitalet” in Oslo. It will be the Queen’s 4th surgery on her feet: she had already been operated in 2000, 2002 and 2004. The Queen’s engagements for late June and early July have been cancelled by the … Continue reading

Jordan King holds talks with UAE President

  June 3, 2009 at 3:00 am by

King Abdullah II of Jordan

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan held talks with His Majesty King Abdullah on Tuesday. The two leaders discussed bilateral relations and means to develop and bolster them in all fields and views on current Arab and international developments. The meeting was attended by General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Sheikkhs and senior officials. … Continue reading

Crown Princess Victoria awards ALMA Award

  June 3, 2009 at 2:30 am by

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After spending several days in Greenland last week with Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Crown Princess Victoria jumped straight into official duties on June 2nd. She presented the 2009 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award at Stockholm’s Concert Hall. The literary award, presented annually, this year went to the Tamer Institute for Community Education in Palestine. The Crown Princess presented the award to Arham A Damen … Continue reading

Abdullah & Rania Watch Daughter win Fourth Place

  June 3, 2009 at 1:24 am by

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Their Majesties King Abdullah and Queen Rania attended the King Abdullah II Award for Physical Fitness awards which took place on Sunday evening. Their daughter, 12 year old Princess Iman, took part in the competitions and won fourth place overall in her age group. King Abdullah and Queen Rania’s youngest son, Prince Hashem, was watching his eldest sisiter participate while sitting on his mother’s lap throughout the ceremony. Over 305,000 … Continue reading

Calls To Extend Public Access to Buckingham Palace

  June 2, 2009 at 8:42 pm by

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is to many an emblem of the British Monarchy. According to reports however, it is also a palace in need of some serious renovations. It is argued that the palace should open its doors to the public more often to fund the repairs and renovations. In total, renovations needed for the royal estate (not just Buckingham Palace) are expected to amount to £32 million, more than double the … Continue reading

Haya hosts Derby Party in London

  June 2, 2009 at 4:03 pm by

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HRH Princess Haya of Jordan hosted a Derby Festival in support of the Starlight Children’s Foundation on May 12th. The event took place at the Kensington Roof Gardens with 350 people attending. The party is one of the most prestigious events in the summer sporting and social calendar. It was also held in support of this year’s official Investec Derby Festival charity The Starlight Children’s Foundation. Starlight is the UK’s … Continue reading

Queen Sofia visits her Brother in Hospital

  June 2, 2009 at 3:16 pm by

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Last Sunday, May 31, Queen Sofia and her sister Princess Irene of Greece flew from Santander, where the Queen was attending the celebration of the Spanish Armed Forces Day, to London on board a Ryanair flight to visit their brother Constantine II, Former King of Greece. King Constantine is recovering from a heart operation in the Intensive Care Unit at Wellington hospital.

Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia Visit El Salvador

  June 2, 2009 at 3:08 pm by

The Prince of Asturias and President-Elect Funes

On May 30, the Prince and the Princess of Asturias arrived at San Salvador, El Salvador, to visit the President elect, Mauricio Funes. In the afternoon, Prince Felipe and Princess Letzia inaugurated the Spanish Agency of Cooperation’s Tecnic office. During their visit to the new office the Prince and the Princess were informed about the different cooperation projects in El Salvador. On Saunday Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia had a … Continue reading

Prince Philippe not prepared?

  June 2, 2009 at 2:21 pm by

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In a new book about King Albert and Queen Paola and their 50-year long marriage, Belgian Royalty-watcher (and -presenter) Kathy Pauwels claims that Prince Philippe feels like his father does not prepare him enough for the throne. In neighbouring countries, we see the monarchs taking their heirs along when they have functions to perform, such as Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and Prince Willem-Alexander, or Queen Elizabeth II and the … Continue reading

Queen Margrethe & Prince Henrik’s Summer Cruise

  June 2, 2009 at 9:54 am by

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Queen Margrethe of Denmark and Prince Henrik started their annual summer cruise on the royal yacht ‘Dannebrog’ with a visit to Nyborg on the island of Funen. Welcomed by a crowd of children waving Danish flags and beautiful weather, the Queen and Prince Henrik carried out a number of engagements, starting with a crriage ride to the Town Hall, where they were officially welcomed by Mayor Jørn Terndrup and his … Continue reading

Prince Harry in New York – Day 2

  June 2, 2009 at 9:43 am by

Prince Harry during the polo match in New York

Prince Harry spent his second and final day in New York doing more fun events than on Friday, where he laid a wreath at Ground Zero and met with war veterans. Saturday however saw him mingle with Harlem students and participate in the sport of kings – polo. In the morning, Prince Harry went up to Harlem with fellow royal Prince Seeiso of Lesotho to the Harlem Children’s Zone. The … Continue reading

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa in Burundi

  June 2, 2009 at 8:04 am by

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Yesterday was the first day of Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg’s five-day visit to Kenya and Burundi. She is in Burundi from 31st May to 3rd June and Kenya on 4th and 5th June in her role as “Eminent Advocate for Children”, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the International Convention on Child Rights. The Grand Duchess yesterday visited projects for the reintegration of child soldiers and young girls who … Continue reading

Coronation Day

  June 2, 2009 at 4:33 am by

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Today is one of the Days on which it is commanded by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that the Union Flag be flown on all UK Government Buildings, Gun Salutes will be fired, at St. George’s Chapel and Westminster Abbey the bells will be rung and in the Abbey evensong will feature Byrd’s “O Lord Make thy servant Elizabeth our Queen”. These celebrations are all in honour of Coronation Day, … Continue reading

Prince Pedro Luí­z on Doomed Air France Flight

  June 1, 2009 at 3:35 pm by

Brazilian Imperial Standard

Relatives confirmed that prince Pedro Luíz of Orleans-Bragança (26), descendant of the last emperor of Brazil, is a passenger on the Airbus of Air France that disappeared above the Atlantic Ocean today. The Airbus was on its way from Rio de Janeiro to Paris when it disappeared from the radar. On board were 228 people, among them prince Pedro Luíz. Prince Pedro Luíz is the son of prince Antonio of … Continue reading

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