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

Princess Beatrice d’Orleans Gives Interview to ‘Tiempo’

  May 8, 2009 at 3:16 pm by

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Princess Beatrice d’Orleans, countess of Évreux, gave an interview to the Spanish magazine ‘Tiempo’ this week. The princess was born as Beatrice Pasquier de Franclieu, daughter of Bruno de Pasquier de Franclieu, count de Pasquier de Franclieu and Jacqueline Térisse, born in 1941. She married prince Michel of Orleans in a low-key ceremony in Casablance, Morocco on 18 November 1967. Her husband’s father, the late count of Paris, was against … Continue reading

No Parking Ticket For Pieter van Vollenhoven

  May 8, 2009 at 2:59 pm by

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Volkskrant reports that two car-park attendents of the private company ‘Parkeercombinatie Holland’ wrote two fines for the two Audi cars that were wrongly parked at the pavement in front of the shop of ‘Oger’ in the PC Hooftstraat. The cars were transporting Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven, brother-in-law of queen Beatrix, who apparently had some suits to buy in the favourite shopping street of the Amsterdam nouveau riche. When the two … Continue reading

Monaco’s Prince Pierre Foundation Awards

  May 8, 2009 at 2:42 pm by

Peter Eotvos receives the award of Musical Creation by HRH Princess Caroline of Hanover

Her Royal Highness the Princess of Hanover, as the Foundation’s President, presided over awards for her grandfather’s memorial foundation, the Prince Pierre Foundation (Fondation Pronce Pierre in French) in Paris on May 7. His Serene Highness Prince Pierre, born Count Pierre de Polignac of Guidel, Morbihan, Brittany, France, assumed the surname Grimaldi and the title Prince of Monaco, Duke of Valentinois on his arranged marriage to Princess Charlotte of Monaco, … Continue reading

Grand Duke Receives Directors of De Verband Fédération Agricole Luxembourg

  May 8, 2009 at 10:27 am by

Grand Duke Henri during the audience

Today Grand Duke Henri received in audience members of the Board of Directors of De Verband Fédération Agricole Luxembourg SC, a company which specialises in agricultural machines rental, machines for horticulture and cattle feed. The Grand Duke has also received recently in audience the Director General of UNICEF, Madame Anne M. Veneman, the new Director General of MUDAM, the Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art, the Russian Minister of … Continue reading

Queen Beatrix, Calvin & Us

  May 8, 2009 at 7:37 am by

Yesterday Queen Beatrix opened the exposition ‘Calvin & us’ in the Grote Kerk in Gouda. The evening started with a speech by Ds. Selderhuis, about Calvin, Calvinism and the Netherlands.  Selderhuis also referred to the tragedy in Apeldoorn on April 30th. ‘What real calvinism is, we were able to witness last week. When on a bright day it became dark all of a sudden. Ramsey Nasr, national poet, opened the exhibition with a … Continue reading

Queen Silvia speaks for the First Time about Brother’s Death

  May 8, 2009 at 5:54 am by

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For the first time since her brother Jörg Sommerlath’s death in 2006, Queen Silvia has spoken about how palliative care assisted her brother in his final months. Jörg Sommerlath died of laryngeal cancer in early 2006, in the palliative care department of a German hospital, where the Queen spent those final months by his side. In an exclusive interview with Svenska Dagbladet, the Queen tells how much of a difference … Continue reading

Queen Paola And Princess Mathilde Attend Concert

  May 8, 2009 at 5:43 am by

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Queen Paola of the Belgians and her daughter-in-law princess Mathilde, yesterday attended a concert by José van Dam, the famous Belgian baritone. The concert was hold at the Flagey, a cultural and musical center in Brussels. The concert was organized because of the international breast cancer conference ‘Impakt’ that will be held from 7 to 9 May in Brussels. The conference has been organized by the Jules Bordet Institute and … Continue reading

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