G’day mate! Spanish Monarchs Say Hello from Down Under

  June 28, 2009 at 2:17 am by

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The opening of Australia’s first Instituto Cervantes center was among the key highlights of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofi­a’s latest state visit to Australia. The visit comes at the heels of the King and Queen’s state visit to neighboring New Zealand, which ended just a day before they arrived in Oz. They were greeted by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Australian opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull, and Governor-General Quentin Bryce as … Continue reading

Calls To Extend Public Access to Buckingham Palace: Update

  June 27, 2009 at 7:48 pm by

Buckingham Palace

Early this month we wrote about a proposal to open Buckingham Palace to the public beyond the two months it is currently open, in a bid to raise funds for urgent repairs needed, the bill running to the many millions of pounds. The Telegraph is now reporting that this proposal (by MPs) has been turned down because the palace is a place of work for the royal family, who use … Continue reading

Duke and Duchess of Gloucester Honor Veterans, Active Military During Armed Forces Day

  June 27, 2009 at 10:53 am by

Troops march on the inaugural Armed Forces Day

Today, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, along with Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and his wife, Sarah, attended the very first Armed Forces Day celebrations at the Historic Dockyard, in Chatham, Kent. This is not the first time that Great Britain has honored the military; the event was previously known as Veteran’s Day. The name has been changed to Armed Forces Day, in order to include the thousands of men … Continue reading

A New Royal Joins Facebook

  June 27, 2009 at 5:33 am by

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has joined the social networking site Facebook. Sheikh Mohammed has two photo albums which are divided into two parts; My Family and Everyday Encounters, as well as an Activities section where the Sheikh talks about his love of poems. “I am passionate about sports, particularly endurance racing. I enjoy and … Continue reading

I Scream, You Scream, The Queen gets some Ice Cream

  June 26, 2009 at 2:58 pm by

Tubs of Mackie's ice cream, a gift to the Queen

Agricultural shows are all part and parcel of the Windsors’ working lives but today Her Majesty got a special treat that will surely go down well in the heat-wave the UK is currently enjoying: a year’s supply of ice cream. The gift was given by Maitland Mackie at the Royal Highland Show near Edinburgh. Mackie’s is a well-established brand and can be found in almost all British supermarkets alongside Walls … Continue reading

Ascot Fashion – Days 3, 4 & 5

  June 26, 2009 at 7:11 am by

Collage by TheTruth

Day 3 – Thursday ‘Ladies Day’ Ladies Day at Royal Ascot saw a large turnout in the carraige procession including the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum , the Duke of York, The Princess Royal, Princess Haya of Jordan, Princess Eugenie and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. The Queen wore a matching dress and coat by her in-house designer Angela Kelly. The outfit of … Continue reading

Haya calls on supporters to help UN

  June 26, 2009 at 3:57 am by

UN High Commissioner for Refugees logo

HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan, a United Nations Messenger of Peace, has called in a televised message to the public to give donations to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The call comes to help hundreds of thousands of people in Pakistan who live in shelters who have escaped from conflicts between Government forces and militants in the North West Frontier Province. “Millions have been forced … Continue reading

Senior Royals Miss Inaugural Armed Forces Day

  June 26, 2009 at 3:35 am by

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester

There will be no ‘senior royals’ attending the inaugural Armed Forces Day in Kent, according to the British media. The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester will attend the event, and one Buckingham Palace spokesman has referred to the couple as ‘senior royals’, although this does not seem to match the call from the public. The palace official pointed out the Duke and Duchess’s multiple visits to the Middle East, including … Continue reading

Magazine editor who criticized King questioned

  June 26, 2009 at 2:38 am by

King Mohammed VI of Morocco

A Moroccan magazine that criticized the Moroccan King Mohammed has been stopped by the government. The editor of the magazine was called in for questioning by police under orders of the judiciary and the Interior Ministry. The editor questioned usefulness of the parliamentary elections in a country where the monarchy wields ultimate power. He also published an article questioning the Prophet Mohammad. “The prime minister expresses … his profound indignation … Continue reading

Princess Alexia Starts School On Monday

  June 25, 2009 at 5:58 pm by

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Princess Alexia of The Netherlands, second daughter of the prince of Orange and princess Máxima, will have her first day on school on monday. This Friday the Princess will become four years old, according tgo newspaper ‘Telegraaf’ she hopes for a ‘cool’ backpack, that she can use. This was said in a private meeting between members of the press and the prince of Orange and his wife. Like her sister … Continue reading

Haya speaks at Global Humanitarian Forum

  June 25, 2009 at 3:44 pm by

Picture from the database gallery

Princess Haya joined a panel of experts where she talked about the struggles poor women face and the need to reach out to women to influence policy. Princess Haya also highlighted the need to use women to make a change through the existing routes which are established by UN agencies on other programmes. “Women are at the heart of poverty and account for 70 percent of those most affected by … Continue reading

Haakon, Mette-Marit and Young Leaders Summit II

  June 25, 2009 at 1:33 pm by

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During the last 2 days the Crown Princely Couple of Norway attended several events related to the “Young Leaders Summit 2009″ Conference. Tuesday morning, 23-06-2009, Prince Haakon, Princess Mette-Marit, Environment and Development minister Erik Solheim and Andres Lekanger attended the AIDS Conference Young Leader Summit II at Losby Gods. You can find a gallery here. In the evening the Crown Princely couple attended the Aksept Open air concert held during … Continue reading

Lalla Salma attends meeting in Tunis

  June 25, 2009 at 1:01 pm by

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Princess Lalla Salma attended and spoke at the 4th meeting of the Higher Council of the Arab Women which is being held in Tunis this year. Speaking on Thursday at the meeting, Lalla Salma spoke about women empowerment in Morocco saying that the Kingdom has gone along way in gender equality and enhancing women’s participation in the management of public affairs, in central and local government, in parliament, as well … Continue reading

Mozah is new member of the Academie des Beaux-Arts

  June 25, 2009 at 4:23 am by

Sheikha Mozah during the visit

In a ceremony held yesterday for Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al-Misnad upon becoming a permanent member of the prestigious Academy of Fine Arts of Institute de France in Paris, Sheikha Mozah gave a speech where she spoke about education and civilisations. The event was attended by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, and a few Qatar and French ministers. The Emir and his wife are on a … Continue reading

Organic Garden Blossoming at Buckingham Palace

  June 24, 2009 at 3:37 pm by

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Back when HM The Queen was still just HRH The Princess Elizabeth, Buckingham Palace sported its own “victory” vegetable garden allotment as a way to economize during the rationing days of the Second World War. Now, following in the footsteps of American First Lady Michelle Obama’s White House garden, a new vegetable patch has been planted at Buckingham Palace. The allotment is located in the “Yard Bed” section of the … Continue reading

National Day Celebrations Wrap Up in Luxembourg

  June 24, 2009 at 1:00 pm by

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The final half of the celebrations for Luxembourg’s national day began with the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess, Prince Sébastien, Prince Louis and Princess Tessy, Prince Félix and Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume attending the Te Deum laudamus with military and public officials and the heads of the various diplomatic missions to the Grand Duchy. The service was followed by a salute of 101 cannon shots at Fetschenhaff. As is normal, … Continue reading

Fashion for a True Cause: Princess Letizia Attends Fashion Event for the Disabled

  June 24, 2009 at 12:18 pm by

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It could have easily been any other show, but Princess Letizia’s latest outing was not what others would expect of a fashion event. Nearly two weeks ago the Princess of Asturias inaugurated the II Jornada sobre Moda y Necesidades Especiales, an event organized by the Asociación Nacional Discapacidad y Medios de Comunicación (Adimeco) in collaboration with the Sociedad Estatal para el Diseño. This event is a unique one, for it … Continue reading

Leopold II Wanted To Invade The Netherlands

  June 24, 2009 at 8:50 am by

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New reports have revealed that King Leopold II of the Belgians (1835-1909) had plans to invade The Netherlands. These plans were found in the royal archives in Brussels by the Flemish journalist and historian Kris Clerckx. The king sent an espionage missions to get information about the strength of the Dutch army, made plans for the invasion and sent a high diplomat to France to get the support of emperor … Continue reading

Fiftieth Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s 1959 Trip to Canada

  June 24, 2009 at 3:31 am by

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Last week marked the fiftieth anniversary of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s visit to Canada in 1959. The Georgian newspaper interviewed people who were there during the Queen’s visit. To read some some interesting anecdotes click here. The Royal Couple was received by the Prime Minister John Diefenbaker and Governor General Vincent Massey and other dignitaries when they arrived in Gander. A pretty little girl handed HM a bouquet and … Continue reading

Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research

  June 24, 2009 at 2:30 am by

Emblem of the Prince of Asturias Foundation

On Wednesday 17 in Oviedo, the jury of the Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research has officially announced their decission to bestow the award to Martin Cooper, discover of the the first handheld mobile telephone and to Raymond Samuel Tomlinson, the man who chose the @ sign to separate local from global e-mails in the mail address. The jury considers that these two discoveries are among the … Continue reading

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