Marie-Chantal of Greece Opens New Boutique

  April 30, 2009 at 7:34 pm by

The 'Marie-Chantal' logo

Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece opened a new boutique in Beverly Hills earlier this week. This is the third US boutique for the talented children’s clothing designer, who has three other boutiques in London and Greece. The event was quite the star-studded occasion, drawing celebrities Minnie Driver and Sharon Stone, according to a new article in Hello! Magazine. The night before the boutique opening, a dinner was given in honor … Continue reading

Is Dr. David Starkey Channelling Henry VIII?

  April 30, 2009 at 4:40 pm by

David Starkey

A recent article in The Times made some interesting observations about Dr. David Starkey and the object of his affections, King Henry VIII. The historian and the king share several characteristics, some of which Dr. Starkey addressed. A few weeks ago I wrote a blog entry about Starkey’s analysis of the king’s handwriting and that of his mother and a sister. While doing research Starkey observed that Henry VIII had … Continue reading

Prince of Wales To Discuss Battenberg Grandmother in a Film

  April 30, 2009 at 4:28 pm by

Princess Andrew of Greece

The Prince of Wales is set to recall his other, often-overlooked, grandmother, the late Princess Andrew of Greece, born Princess Alice of Battenberg. In royal photographs Princess Andrew is the mysterious lady seen wearing a somber nun’s habit, as she did at the coronation of her daughter-in-law in 1953. The Prince will appear in a film, The Rescuers: Heroes of the Holocaust, that will tell the stories of 12 people … Continue reading

Queen Paola and Princess Claire visit Charles the Bold Exhibition

  April 30, 2009 at 4:22 pm by

Queen Paola and Princess Claire

Queen Paola and Princess Claire of Belgium visited the “Charles the Bold – Splendour in Burgundy” exhibition at the Groeninge Museum in Bruges today. Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz attended the opening of the exhibition about a month ago, and they must have been very impressed with what they saw, because they convinced two others from their family to pay an official visit. The exhibition really is unique, as it … Continue reading

Princess Mathilde at Inbev-Baillet Latour prize awards

  April 30, 2009 at 3:36 pm by

Princess Mathilde with one of the grant winners

Today Princess Mathilde attended the awards ceremony of theyearly Inbev-Baillet Latour Health Prizes. These awards honour postdoctoral clinical research in Belgium, and grant a nice sum to the winner(s). This year, Dr. Laurence de Leval was awarded the ‘clinical research’ prize for her research in the cardio-vascular field. The ‘Health’ prize was awarded to Finish Kari Alttalo (L) and Seppo Yla-Herttuala (R). The prize is named after a noble family … Continue reading

Norwegian State Visit from Canada

  April 30, 2009 at 3:27 pm by

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On Tuesday their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja welcomed Michaëlle Jean, the Governor General of Canada, and her husband Jean-Daniel Lafond, to Norway. The Crown Princely couple also took part in the official reception on the Palace Square. Michaëlle Jean paid a visit to the Storting where she met the Vice President of the Storting and in the afternoon she met with Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. In the … Continue reading

Car Crashes into the Crowd at Queen Beatrix’s Parade

  April 30, 2009 at 12:47 pm by

The royals look on in horror as a car ploughs through the crowd

A car crash, which is being seen as a deliberate attack, disrupted the celebrations of the Dutch Queen’s Day on April 30, 2009 in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and her family were on an open-top bus during the motorcade, when a black car broke through the police fences and hit several parade watchers. The car, which was going at full-speed, then crashed into a memorial on … Continue reading

Did Anne Boleyn Cheat on Her Husband? Judge for Yourself

  April 30, 2009 at 9:33 am by

Anne Boleyn

The National Archives has digitized and created an online exhibition of parchments from the reign of Henry VIII. A collection of “top secret” documents, part of the “Bag of Secrets”, tells the story of the beginning of Anne Boleyn’s trial in 1536. Anne had been accused, with her brother George Boleyn, of high treason and incest. Among the allegations against the Boleyns was that they had French kissed each other, … Continue reading

Charles and Camilla Enlarge Their Racing String

  April 30, 2009 at 9:11 am by

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at their 2005 wedding

Charles and Camilla have increased the size of their racing string. The couple now have a yearling and a foal to add to their original filly, Royal Superlative. Joe Grimwade, the manager of the Royal Studs, was recently interviewed. He said that the foal is unnamed and was the result of the royals breeding their mare, Supereva, with a stallion called Dansili. The royals had not seen their new foal, … Continue reading

Prince and Princess Akishino to Visit Austria and Bulgaria

  April 30, 2009 at 8:34 am by

Click here to read an article about the couple's visit to Bulgaria

On May 10, Prince and Princess Akishino are expected in Austria for a four-day visit. They are scheduled to visit there Klosterneuburg diocese, Vienna’s Schönbrunn Castle, the Neusiedler Lake National Park in the province of Burgenland as well as the Japanese school of Vienna and the capital’s Museum for Natural History. Princess Akishino’s stay in the European country will probably remind the Japanese princess of happy times, as the former … Continue reading

President of Colombia’s Working Visit to Spain

  April 30, 2009 at 4:05 am by

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After the state visit of President Nicholas Sarkozy, yesterday the King of Spain welcomed the President of Colombia, Alvaro Uribe, for a two-day official visit to Spain, although his visit was outshone by the French state visit. President Uribe arrived in Spain on Tuesday, and while the Royal Family farewelled their French guests, Uribe meet with the Spanish Prime Minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, at Moncloa Palace, where they talked … Continue reading

Rania lights Candles against Child Violence

  April 30, 2009 at 2:40 am by

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Dressed in a white short trench coat and a pair of light jeans, Her Majesty Queen Rania, chairperson of the JRF, joined more than 200 people at the Greater Amman Municipality square to light candels and express of violence against children. This comes after two young children died due to abuse and tourture. Her Majesty and participants signed a wall painting by artists and children. Queen Rania is a strong … Continue reading

Saudi Crown Prince arrives in Morocco

  April 30, 2009 at 2:14 am by

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Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, the Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General arrived in Morocco on Wednesday, coming from New York. Prince Sultan arrived in New York in early February to undergo surgery and a few tests. The Crown Prince was received at Agadir airport by Prince Moulay Rashid bin Al-Hasan of Morocco. Prince Sultan is accompinied by a few members of the Saudi ruling family.

Prince Henrik Presents African Art ahead of Exhibition Opening

  April 29, 2009 at 11:57 pm by

Click to read the article from Billed Bladet

Earlier today, Prince Henrik attended a press conference at the Gl Holtegaard Museum of Modern Art to present and talk about his private collection of African art that will go on exhibition between May 2 and July 26. There are over 200 pieces of exquisite art in the exhibition, all from the Prince’s collection and chosen for the exhibition by the Prince himself. The exhibition, entitled “To Gods, Spirits and … Continue reading

Crown Princess Mary launches “Turn Down the Sun” Campaign 2009

  April 29, 2009 at 11:51 pm by

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Yesterday, Crown Princess Mary donned her sun-smart hat to attend the launch of the Danish Cancer Society’s Sun Awareness Campaign for 2009 at the Technological Institute in Tostrup. The campaign has the theme, “Turn Down the Sun between 12 and 3pm.” Arriving at the event accompanied by her lady-in-waiting, Tanja Dorky, the Crown Princess viewed a quick fashion show to prove that being UV-safe doesn’t have to be unfashionable, with … Continue reading

Examining the Role of European Monarchy in the Modern World

  April 29, 2009 at 2:44 pm by

Click Here to Read the Article from The Independent

In today’s world, where monarchies are the exception rather than the norm, the question of the relevancy of royalty often comes up. And just as the governments throughout the world are diverse in their styles of governing, so are the duties of the various royal families. Some serve as a figurehead, with minimal legislative duties, such as King Carl Gustaf of Sweden, while others exercise absolute rule over their kingdoms, … Continue reading

March 2009 Picture of the Month Winners!

  April 29, 2009 at 8:53 am by

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Announcing the winners for the March 2009 Picture of the Month Polls: March 2009 Official Picture of the Month: First Place: Picture M- Sweden Second Place: Picture L- Denmark Third Place: Picture A- Norway March 2009 Informal Poll: Royal Coronation Pictures: First Place: Picture C- Iran Second Place: Picture F- Norway Third Place: Picture K- The Netherlands Thanks to all who voted, and congratulations to the Swedish Picture of the … Continue reading

Prince Harry Coming to U.S. in May

  April 29, 2009 at 8:40 am by

Prince Harry

Royal fever in the United States is going to be high pitch next month! That is because Prince Harry, the youngest son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, is going to be making his first official trip here. The third in the line to the British throne will be taking part in a New York polo match and will be doing a couple of engagements. One of them … Continue reading

David Starkey Attacks “A Snotty-Nosed Punk”

  April 29, 2009 at 8:06 am by

The Richmond Palace Gate House

A couple living in Richmond-upon-Thames for 40 years have incurred the wrath of Dr. David Starkey, Tudor historian. Planners at Richmond Council have approved the couple’s plans to build a solar powered, triple-glazed, two-story house near the former site of Richmond Palace, which was built by Henry VII. Starkey finds it a slap in the face to the founding Tudor’s son: “To give it planning permission almost to the day … Continue reading

Are Female Historians Destroying the Tudors?

  April 29, 2009 at 7:25 am by

David Starkey

Dr. David Starkey has been making, in my opinion, some rather strange comments about the biases of female historians. He criticizes some for zeroing in on the ‘soap opera’ of key figures’ love lives rather than their achievements or failures. The TV show “The Tudors” seems to have inspired these comments. Although Starkey is correct to criticize the TV show for its inaccuracies and its prurient emphasis (what Starkey describes … Continue reading

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