Protocol of A State Visit

  March 30, 2009 at 4:53 am by

Buckingham Palace

This morning The Queen will welcome The President of Mexico to The UK at the start of his State Visit. A state visit (especially where a Monarch is involved) is one of the most formal royal events, full of ceremonial and protocol. Queen Elizabeth II has maintained the traditions of the Edwardian Court and continues to entertain state visitors in a manner more suitable of the 1900′s. Nevertheless these great … Continue reading

Prince Nayef named Second Deputy PM

  March 30, 2009 at 2:58 am by

Prince Nayef of Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Interior Minster Prince Nayef has been appointed as second Deputy Prime Minister, third in the political hierarchy after King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and his brother and Defence Minister Prince Sultan. Prince Sultan was then named first Deputy Prime Minister. King Abdullah, who is in his mid-eighties, is also the Prime Minister. Prince Nayef has been elevated to the post which has been open since the death of death … Continue reading

Is Japan’s Monarchy Anti-Democratic?

  March 29, 2009 at 8:50 pm by

Emperor Hirohito of Japan

“The monarchy is a brake on any hopes of deepening Japanese democracy and making it real. As long as it exists, democracy has quotes around it.” This is the opinion of Herbert Bix who has written a book about Emperor Hirohito that won the Pulitzer-prize. As Bix is an expert concerning the Japanese monarchy, his words are certainly well worth to be taken into careful consideration, disagreeable as their implications … Continue reading

Mary hits the right fashion note on US tour

  March 29, 2009 at 8:01 pm by

Mary and Frederik in Chicago

Over a week after the Spanish visit, Prince Frederick and Princess Mary made a 6 day visit to the US. To mark the trip a new picture was released of the couple (image1) in which Mary wore a simple grey tiered dress teamed with a cardigan by Missoni. The first engagement in Chicago (22 March) Mary wore a recycled Prada coat (image2) which was classic and understated. For an engagement … Continue reading

Dubai ruler’s two day visit to Moscow starts Monday

  March 29, 2009 at 9:21 am by

From the TRF Avatar Gallery

Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, will leave Monday morning for Moscow, heading a UAE delegation on a two-day visit to Russia in honour of an official invitation from Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin. During the visit, Sheikh Mohammed will hold talks with Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev, on bilateral relations between the UAE and Russia and discuss new … Continue reading

Gulf Royals at $6 million Dubai World Cup

  March 29, 2009 at 3:03 am by

Birds-eye view of the event

The Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, watched the 14th edition of the horse racing Dubai World Cup which was launched at Nad al-Sheba racecourse on Saturday. H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al-Maktoum presented, the owner of the winner horse Well Armed horse and owners of Kentucky’s WinStar Farms with the 2009 Dubai World Cup in presence … Continue reading

The Issa Label and the Young British Royals

  March 28, 2009 at 7:31 pm by

Issa designs on Kate and Pippa Middleton, and the York sisters

Daniella Issa Helayel, Brazilian designer who created the fashion label Issa has become one of the main designers used by Kate Middleton. image1 Whilst Kate may not yet be a royal, the Issa label is also a favourite of Prince William’s cousins Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York as well as many other celebrities. Issa is known for its collection of beautiful silk patterned wrap dresses in bold prints (image2) … Continue reading

Princess Astrid on RBM tour

  March 28, 2009 at 6:18 pm by

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On 27 March, Princess Astrid, Special Representative for Roll Back Malaria, left on a visit around Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to raise consciousness in these countries about the devastating consequences of malaria, and how this disease can easily be prevented. She is accompanied by Prof. Dr. Awa Coll-Seck. On her first day, she met with Saudi Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, President of the Saudi … Continue reading

Crown Princess Margarita Surprised On Her 60th Birthday

  March 28, 2009 at 5:49 pm by

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Crown Princess Margarita of Romania celebrated her 60th birthday on March 26th in grand style. The princess was surprised by her husband, prince Radu. The prince has organised a dinner at the Cece palace in Bucharest that was attended by the family and many friends of the princess. Among them the crown prince of Serbia, his wife crown princess Katherine, archduke Domenic of Austria-Tuscany and archdukes Martin and Lorenz of … Continue reading

Busy Belgians

  March 28, 2009 at 5:09 pm by

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It has been a busy time for the Belgian Royals these past few days. While Princess Mathilde returned from the economic mission in Mexico, Prince Philippe travelled on to Panama for the second part of the mission. On 26 March he met Panama’s President Martin Torrijos at the Presidential Palace in Panama City. On his second and last day in Panama, the Prince visited an energy plant in Colon City, … Continue reading

Tough Empress Michiko Obliged To Surrender at Last

  March 28, 2009 at 4:55 pm by

Empress Michiko of Japan

As the Imperial Household Agency revealed on Tuesday, already in early February of this year Empress Michiko of Japan sustained a ligament injury in her left knee when she fell while playing tennis at the Imperial Palace. Although she admits that from that moment the knee has never stopped hurting she did not see a doctor about it until last Monday. Empress Michiko has been living through tough times for … Continue reading

Monaco’s Annual Rose Ball celebrates Rock’n Roll

  March 28, 2009 at 3:37 pm by

The Princess of Hannover and Prince Albert II at the Rose Ball

The 59th annual ‘Bal de la Rose’ (Rose Ball) was held Saturday evening in Monaco’s Salle des Etoiles – Sporting. This year’s theme, Rock’n Roll was truly inspired. Entertainment was provided by The Fratellis, a Scottish alternative rock band, and Chuck Berry. As the start of the Monaco social season, the event is always well attended by celebrities and socialites alike, even with a 1,500 US ticket cost for the … Continue reading

February 2009 Picture of the Month Winners!

  March 28, 2009 at 9:07 am by

The Royal Forums Logo

Announcing the winners for the February 2009 Picture of the Month Polls: February 2009 Official Picture of the Month: First Place: Picture A- Sweden Second Place: Picture G- Spain Third Place: Picture F- Belgium February 2009 Informal Poll: Historical Royal Portraits: First Place: Picture L- The Netherlands Second Place: Picture J- Iran Third Place: Picture O- Norway Thanks to all who voted, and congratulations to the Swedish and Dutch Picture … Continue reading

Princess Haya attends Polo event

  March 28, 2009 at 4:57 am by

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Under the patronage of and attended by HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE Ruler of Dubai, the year’s most prestigious and celebrated polo tournament in the desert took place on Friday March 27th, 2009 at the prominent Desert Palm Hotel. Princess Haya graced the event with her presence and presented the winning team with … Continue reading

Queen Rania in South Africa, Day 2

  March 28, 2009 at 4:36 am by

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On March 27, 2009, Queen Rania announced her role as Honorary Chair of the Global Action Week on Education in anticipation of the “Big Read” event organized by the Global Campaign for Education. Queen Rania addressed the need to provide “Education for All” by calling on millions to join the “Big Read” campaign at the Sandton Public Library in Johannesburg. After the announcement, the Queen started to read the short … Continue reading

Frederik & Mary visit the US – Days 5 & 6

  March 28, 2009 at 4:15 am by

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Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary remained in Colorado on Thursday, with the Crown Prince attending the Sportaccord 2009 conference in Denver. Frederik praised Sportaccord’s success in creating a world-known conference, stating in his speech: “You have made Sportaccord into a widely recognized event, which annually brings together the World of Sport and enhances new initiatives.” Watch a video of Frederik’s speech here. While Frederik was at the conference, … Continue reading

How much for cutlery designed by a Prince? Quite alot!

  March 28, 2009 at 3:32 am by

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In a press conference yesterday, Prince Carl Philip introduced a line of silvery cutlery he has design for the Swedish company Mema/GAB. The cutlery line, which has been named CPB 2091, is made of silver and a set of five pieces (knife, fork, spoon, dessert spoon, coffee spoon) can be purchased from goldsmith stores around Sweden for 999 Swedish kroner (approximately 95 Euros). The Prince, who studied design at the … Continue reading

Monaco’s Rose Ball Scheduled for Saturday

  March 27, 2009 at 12:45 pm by

Pierre and Charlotte Casiraghi at a past Rose Ball

Monaco’s annual Rose Ball (Bal de la Rose), benefiting the Princess Grace Foundation Monaco, is scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 9:00 PM at the Salle des Etoiles – Sporting in Monte-Carlo. Monaco’s annual Rose Ball (Bal de la Rose), the primary fund raiser held to benefit the Princess Grace Foundation, is believed to be first held in 1964. The Ball exclusively benefits the Monaco branch of the foundation … Continue reading

Prince Ernst August of Hanover Injured

  March 27, 2009 at 12:24 pm by

Prince Ernst August V of Hanover

It has been reported by the Austrian and foreign press agencies that HRH Prince Ernst August of Hanover, husband of Princess Caroline of Monaco, is in good condition after suffering an injury to a knee ligament following a fall on Thursday in Schruns, Vorarlberg, Austria. The Prince is currently in the hospital recovering from surgery after suffering from a “laceration of his quadriceps knee ligament as well as a bruising … Continue reading

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Gold Award Presentations

  March 27, 2009 at 6:28 am by

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award emblem

Yesterday, I had the pleasant task of helping at Gold Award Presentations in St. Jamess Palace in London. The Morning Presentation was attended by His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness presented over 350 young people with their Gold Awards and spoke to them about their wonderful achievement. The Duke of Edinburgh was assisted in presenting the Awards by television and sporting world personalities and … Continue reading

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