Former King of Greece Recovering After Surgery

  May 31, 2009 at 5:51 pm by

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Constantine II, Former King of Greece, is recovering in a London hospital from a successful scheduled heart operation. An announcement on the family’s website, signed “Anne-Marie R” expresses gratitude for the well wishes and congratulations to the surgical team. “The messages of support, which we have been receiving from Greece and other parts of the world, have touched us all,” she notes. The announcement also includes a brief progress statement … Continue reading

Máxima’s Bold Fashion Choices during Chilean Visit

  May 31, 2009 at 10:29 am by

Princess Máxima's fashion during the Chilean State Visit

Crown Princess Maxima stepped out last week in a number of bold outfits when the President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, made a state visit to the Netherlands. The first day of the visit saw Máxima wear a sleeveless two-tone beige dress by Natan, her favourite Belgian designer. image The unusual headpiece was by Fabienne Delvigne and the outfit was finished off with a pair of peep-toe shoes. image For the … Continue reading

“Sculpture by the Sea” Exhibition to Open in Denmark

  May 31, 2009 at 4:38 am by

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Twelve years ago the “Sculpture by the Sea” exhibition began on the shores of Bondi Beach in Australia, it then expanded to Perth’s shores in 2004. This year for the first time, it will also run in Denmark. The exhibition will open outside of Australia for the first time in a little under a week, when it opens in Århus, Denmark on June 5 and will run until the 28th … Continue reading

Sheikha Mozah in Berlin for Talks

  May 31, 2009 at 2:49 am by

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HH Sheikha Mozah Nasser al-Misnad, chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development held talks with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin. The two discussed educational issues and a common mechanism investment in scientific research. Sheikha Mozah also held talks with German Minister of Economy and Technology where they talked about issues related to education and technology. Former German chancellor Gerhard Schroder, hosted a luncheon in honour … Continue reading

New Zealand Artist’s Work Featured in the Highgrove Florilegium

  May 30, 2009 at 8:03 pm by

The Prince of Wales

The Highgrove Florilegium was first produced in 2008 and this year a New Zealander’s work is to be included in the second volume. Susan Worthington is quick to emphasise that she is not a botanist, but that her water colour paintings are botanically correct. Less than 200 copies of the latest volume of the Highgrove Florilegium are to be printed, and will fetch a remarkable price tag – that of … Continue reading

Prince and Princess of Asturias Visit Colombia: Last Day

  May 30, 2009 at 4:49 pm by

The Princes with the Colombian President at the terrorism congress

On the last day of their visit to Colombia, May 29, Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia, accompanied by the Presidential Couple, traveled to Medellin to open the “V International Congress on Victims of Terrorism” which was attended by almost 2,000 people, including victims’ representatives from Spain, Ireland, Mexico, and Chile. Under the slogan “Colombia has right to the truth and to take memory” the congress’s main goal is to give … Continue reading

Lalla Salma opens Fez Music Festival

  May 30, 2009 at 10:37 am by

Princess Lalla Salma

Princess Lalla Salma, wife of king Mohammed VI, attended the opening ceremony of the 15th Fez Sacred Music Festival. This years concert is inspired by The Tree of Life which as the trees are the centre of the world and source of life. The festival runs through till June 6. The festival features jazz violinist Didier Lockwood, and Iranian percussionist Keyvan Chemirani, Sami Yusuf a singer who is influenced by … Continue reading

Prince Harry in New York – Day 1

  May 29, 2009 at 3:33 pm by

Prince Harry lays a wreath at Ground Zero in New York City

Prince Harry is in New York City for the next 36 hours. He arrived in the Big Apple earlier today. The third in line to the British throne is here to raise money for his charity, Sentebale, and pay his respects to those who died in the 9/11 terror attacks. The latter was the first event on Harry’s agenda for Friday. He stopped by Ground Zero, and met with New … Continue reading

Infanta Elena Opens Madrid Book Fair

  May 29, 2009 at 12:28 pm by

Infanta Elena

Today Infanta Elena opened the traditional Madrid book fair, a cultural event which is celebrated once a year during the last days of May, at Retiro Park. Every year, almost 300 stalls are set up, with hundreds of new and old books to sell. The fair was established by the Madrid booksellers on April 29, 1933 at Paseo de Recoletos. Entry to the enclosure is free and in the last … Continue reading

Unlucky 13 (Plus 100): The Coronation of the Last Russian Tsar

  May 29, 2009 at 9:31 am by

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The last Tsar of Russia, His Imperial Majesty Nicholas II The Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russians, was official crowned in an elaborate coronation which took place 113 years ago this past Tuesday in Moscow. After a suitable period of mourning for his father, the Late Tsar Alexander III (who died in 1894), the festivities celebrating the new Tsar could begin. And begin they did. The coronation celebration lasted … Continue reading

Prince and Princess of Asturias visit Colombia: Day Three

  May 29, 2009 at 9:27 am by

The Princes in Colombia

On their third day in Bogotá, Prince Felipe, Princess Letizia and President Uribe and his wife, Lina Moreno, attended the official Opening of the “II Forum of Investments and Managerial Cooperation Spain – Colombia” at the El Nogal Club. In his speech Prince Felipe declared that Colombia is a country that has  good economic health and is deservedly considered one of the more stable states of the region. During the … Continue reading

Haya accepts new Honorary Presidency role

  May 29, 2009 at 1:44 am by

From TRF avatar gallery HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, accepted the Honorary Presidency of the Dubai Business Women Council (DBWC) said Raja Easa Al Gurg, President of the DBWC who expressed deep thanks and appreciation. DBWC role is to raise awareness of the importance of participation of women … Continue reading

Is this the end of the line for the royal corgis?

  May 28, 2009 at 7:45 pm by

Queen Elizabeth as a young girl with one of her originals corgis

is reporting that the Queen has decided to stop breeding corgis. Recently, the Queen lost two corgis to cancer, and allegedly she is so devastated by the loss that she will not be replacing her dogs. There seems to be some discrepancy as to how many corgis and dorgis (corgi-dachshund crosses) that the Queen now owns; one article says that there are now seven dogs. Additionally, none of the other … Continue reading

A Reminder of John Brown

  May 28, 2009 at 7:04 pm by

John Brown, Queen Victoria's favoured servant

Few royal friendships have spawned controversy and even a movie a century later, but Queen Victoria’s attachment to her ghillie, John Brown, was exceptional. There were even rumors in their time that the depressed widow had married her wild Scotsman, earning her the nickname Mrs. Brown. In 1997 Dame Judi Dench and Billie Connolly reenacted the relationship in the movie Mrs. Brown. The Queen mourned when Brown, who had advanced … Continue reading

Citizens get land from the President

  May 28, 2009 at 2:20 pm by

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President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in his capacity as Ruler of Abu Dhabi has issued a decree granting 1,026 land plots to citizens in different areas of the emirate of Abu Dhabi. According to the decree, the land plots will be distributed as following, 763 plots in Abu Dhabi’s suburbs, 217 plots in Al Ain suburbs and 46 plots in different areas of the Western Region. … Continue reading

Jordan’s King: Undercover Visit to a Patients’ Affairs Department

  May 28, 2009 at 10:07 am by

King Abdullah II of Jordan

His Majesty King Abdullah made an undercover visit to the Health Ministry’s Patients’ Affairs Department on Wednesday. King Abdullah arrived at the department located in Shmeisani behind Le Meridien at about 10:00am, sat in the waiting area for a form which then was given to him by a front desk official. The king was dressed in a black traditional dress red and white kuffiyah and was sporting a black beard. … Continue reading

Prince of Orange and Simeon of Bulgaria meet at UNSGAB

  May 28, 2009 at 7:27 am by

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The Prince of Orange and former King Simeon II of Bulgaria caught up two days ago, at the 12th meeting of the UNSGAB board in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Prince of Orange attended the four-day meeting as the UNSG Advisory Board on Water Sanitation’s Chairman of the Board. He is deeply interested in water and sanitation, often attending events and working to improve the sanitation conditions of the world. One of … Continue reading

Prince and Princess of Asturias visit Colombia: Day Two

  May 28, 2009 at 7:02 am by

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Once the visit began, some media reported today about the Colombian expectations of this visit. The expectation is based on many factors. “One is for the ‘glamour’ which is seeing, from the Latin-American side, all that has to do with the European royal families, especially the Spanish ones, and because it is a visit in which the political content is not going to be absent, especially with the participation of … Continue reading

Kidney Transplant for Daniel Westling

  May 27, 2009 at 7:05 pm by

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It has been reported that Daniel Westling, the fiance of Crown Princess Victoria, underwent a kidney transplant today to treat a congenital (but apparently not hereditary) kidney disease. The donor kidney came from Mr Westling’s father. Both Daniel and his father are reported to be doing well. The surgery apparently was scheduled some time in advance and is not an emergency procedure. Crown Princess Victoria is currently in Greenland, along … Continue reading

Old photo of a young Princess Elizabeth comes to light

  May 27, 2009 at 2:14 pm by

The portrait of the Princess Elizabeth

A photograph taken in 1935 was found by chance by a museum curator, in a box of old photographs. The subject of the photograph is the then Princess Elizabeth, now Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who was sitting for a scupture commissioned by her parents, King George V and Queen Elizabeth (at the time Duke and Duchess of York). The picture was taken along with the sculpture of the nine … Continue reading

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