Sheikh Mohammed, Moulay Rachid Lay Foundation Stone in Rabat

  May 13, 2009 at 8:52 am by

Digitalised image of what the hotel will look like

H.H General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and HRH Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco laid the foundation stone of the Bab al-Bahar, a mega development in the Moroccon capital Rabat. At the laying stone ceremony, Sheikh Mohammed and Prince Moulay Rachid viewed a presentation on the different phases of the project. It is being constructed … Continue reading

Rania Honours 30 Ahel Al Himmeh Finalists

  May 13, 2009 at 8:46 am by

Queen Rania of Jordan

Her Majesty Queen Rania honoured 30 finalists in the the Ahel Al Himmeh award’s on Tuesday. The event which took place at Yarmouk University. Her Majesty said in a speech “Warm congratulations to our 30 finalists. You are all winners. Now that we have finished this difficult task, you have to select the final 10.” She added “By nominating an individual, you are acknowledging and appreciating the traits that make … Continue reading

History of the Māori Kings of New Zealand

  May 12, 2009 at 10:19 pm by

King Potatau Te Wherowhero

New Zealand was first settled by the Māori, and they were later followed (in the early 1800s) by European whalers and sealers, before gradually missionaries and traders arrived. On February 6 1840 the Treaty of Waitangi was signed; in the Treaty Māori ceded ‘sovereignty’ or ‘guardianship’ to HM The Queen of England, and in return they were granted the status of her citizens. Later, problems began to arise as it … Continue reading

Prince and Princess Akishino Visiting Austria

  May 12, 2009 at 12:39 pm by

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Japan’s Prince Akishino met yesterday with Austrian President Heinz Fischer at the Hofburg Imperial Palace, the seat of the presidency in Vienna, at the start of a four-day visit to Austria. Princess Akishino (informally Princess Kiko) is accompanying her husband on a two-week tour of Europe that also includes Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania. The prince and princess will return to Japan on May 23 after a brief stopover in Paris. … Continue reading

Jordan’s King & Queen welcome Pope

  May 12, 2009 at 3:15 am by

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Pope Benedict XVI began his first four-day trip to Jordan on Friday. The Pope was given a red-carpet welcome by the Jordanian King Abudllah and his wife Queen Rania. The Pope is in the region to promote peace and dialogue between Christians and Muslims, Benedict said “My visit to Jordan gives me a welcome opportunity to speak of my deep respect for the Muslim community, and to pay tribute to … Continue reading

Swedish King and Saudi Prince Present Donation for Scout Foundation

  May 12, 2009 at 2:38 am by

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HM King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and HH Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed of Saudi Arabia attended the World Scout Foundation meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, on Friday May 8th. Here, the King of Sweden, who is the Honorary Chairman of the foundation, and Prince Faisal, the Saudi Minister for Education and President of the Saudi Arabian Boy Scouts Association, announced the $US3,000,000 donation to the Foundation’s peace initiative … Continue reading

Prince Frederik visits Svendborg to Celebrate ‘Sport Community of the Year’

  May 12, 2009 at 1:29 am by

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Crown Prince Frederik yesterday paid a visit to the Helse School in Svendborg, 190km south-west of Copenhagen. The visit was part of the municipality being awarded the ‘The Year’s Sports Community’ for 2008. At the school, Frederik was shown various sporting activities that the school has implemented to improve the health and physical activity of its pupils. The school participates in a research project, where the students do around five-six … Continue reading

Princess Benedikte Awarded Her Own Trophy

  May 11, 2009 at 6:02 pm by

Princess Benedikte (R) with her daughter, Nathalie (L) at the ceremony

Royals usually give out the trophies not receive them, but how unusual must it be to receive a trophy in your own name? Princess Benedikte, sister of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, had this unique experience when she was awarded her own Challenge Trophy by the Danish Warmblood Society this past March. The Danish Warmblood Society, of which the Princess is patron, is the pre-eminent Danish association for breeders of … Continue reading

Camilla Bowls Them Over

  May 11, 2009 at 5:09 pm by

The Duchess of Cornwall

I’m fairly used to the sight of white-clad golden oldies showing their ball skills on a perfectly mowed lawn (I live near a Bowls club you see), but never did it cross my mind that bowls would become the sport of Kings. Or rather future Queens. Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall showed her flair for the game today on a visit to the village of Box in Wiltshire … Continue reading

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

Click on image to see photo at Het Nieuwsblad

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

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