Tens of thousands of well-wishers lined the streets of Tokyo on Thursday to mark the 20th anniversary of Emperor Akihito’s accession to the throne. On November 12, 1990 Emperor Akihito performed the Sokuirei (Ceremony of Enthronement), which marked the official beginning of his reign. Parades, concerts and speeches by politicians, dignitaries, businessmen, leading athletes and actors marked the colourful festivities that lasted most of the day. The celebrations started with … Continue reading
Fürst Franz Josef II von und zu Liechtenstein died 20 years ago, on 13 November 1989; he has been the Head of State of the small Principality for 51 years, from 1938 to 1989, leading it during its evolution from a poor agricultural Country to one of the richest Nations in the World. Prince Franz Josef was born in Schloss Frauenthal, Austria, on 16 August 1906, the eldest of the … Continue reading
The Prince and the Princess of Asturias, on Monday, began a two day visit to India in order to attend the opening of the new Instituto Cervantes and to support the presence of Spanish enterprises in India. On Tuesday Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia began their official engagements with a meeting with Spanish businessmen participants in the business conference Spain-India. Prior the conference, the Prince and Princess had a brief … Continue reading
On November 10th Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf , his wife Silvia and Hamburg’s Mayor Ole von Beust were seen during a gala in Hamburg. Sweden’s Royal couple visited Germany to mark the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Swedish chamber of commerce in Germany. A video can be seen here (in German). One day later, on November 11th, Queen Silvia attended a congress of her “World Childhood Foundation” … Continue reading
Please vote in the October 2009 Picture of the Month Polls! The Official Poll features pictures showing the official side of royalty. This month’s Informal Poll showcases the funny faces of Royals. The polls will remain open until 2 December 2009.
Announcing the winners of the September 2009 Picture of the Month Polls: September 2009 Official Picture of the Month Poll: First Place: Picture D – The Netherlands Second Place: Picture A – Sweden Third Place: Picture F- Britain September 2009 Informal Poll- Royal Vacations: First Place: Picture B- Spain Second Place: Picture E- The Netherlands Third Place: Picture H- Norway Congratulations to the Dutch and Spanish teams, and don’t forget … Continue reading
Crown Prince Alexander, Crown Princess Katherine, Hereditary Prince Peter, Prince Philip and Prince Alexander of Serbia attended a charity banquet at the ‘Place de la Musique’ in Chicago. Also present were Crown Princess Katherine’s grandchildren, Amanda and Stephanie. The brunch, organized by Lifeline Organization, is part of the Breast Cancer Campaign. The cause is important for the Crown Princess: The Crown Princess Katherine Foundation is actively supporting breast cancer awareness … Continue reading
King Albert II led the Royal Family and Government officials in solemn commemoration ceremonies in Brussels today. The King, Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy and Belgian veterans placed wreaths at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Thousands turned out to pay their respects to the fallen heroes. At exactly 11:00, people paused for two minutes silence to mark the 91st anniversary of the end of The Great War. His Majesty … Continue reading
Last week Prince Reza Pahlavi, Iran’s former Crown Prince, gave an interview to British newspaper The Daily Telegraph. Reza Pahlavi backed a campaign of “civil disobedience and non-violence” to change the Iran’s government. He called on Western support and said to the journalist, Simon Heffer, that “he can’t sit and say nothing as Iran suffers.” To read the full interview click here.
Princess Lalla Hasna, sister of King Mohammed VI and Chairwoman of the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, presided on Sunday over the ‘2009 Clean Beaches’ Trophy Awards Ceremony. During this ceremony,which marks the 10th anniversary of “Clean Beaches” programme, Princess Lalla Hasnaa read a message addressed by HM King Mohammed VI, in which the Sovereign praised the work carried out by the Foundation. On the same … Continue reading
On November 8th Crown Prince Haakon, Princess Mette-Marit and their children Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus attended the Norwegian Football Cup Final at Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo, cheering. After the game the little heir to the throne Ingrid Alexandra helped her mom and the team president Sondre Kåfjord to hand out trophies to the football heroes. The 5-year-old Princess smiled and shook the players’ hands. She showed that … Continue reading
Indian princess Gayatri Devi could have just relaxed in her life of luxury. Instead she won three elections, ran a stud farm and started schools for girls. She was also a campaigner for democracy and women’s rights. The princess died aged 90 on July 29 this year. Raised in an opulent palace with 500 servants, she spent holidays in London and Europe. There her family mixed with the British Royal … Continue reading
His Majesty King Abdullah II was interviewed by the London-based Al Hayat Newspaper’s Editor-in-Chief, Ghassan Charbel, on Monday where the King talks about peace, the Israeli occupation and the Palestinian state. The interview is being published in two parts. The first part was published today and the second will be published tomorrow. To read the full interview click here.
HRH Prince Ra’ad bin Zein, Chief Chamberlain, attended a ceremony at the Amman Martyrs Site on Monday, marking the fourth anniversary of the Amman bombings. Also attended the ceremony a number of ambassadors, survivors of terrorist attacks around the World and Deputy Mayor of Amman, Amer Al Bashir. The Amman bombings were a series of coordinated bomb attacks on three hotels in Amman, which claimed the lives of 87 people, … Continue reading
Two Royal Nonagenarians – Count Carl Johan Bernadotte of Wisborg and Emmanuelle de Dampierre, Duchess of Segovia – celebrated their respective 93rd and 96th birthdays recently. Count Carl Johan Bernadotte was born as Prince Carl Johan Arthur of Sweden, Duke of Dalarna, on October 31, 1916 as the fifth and youngest child of Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf (later King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden) and Crown Princess Margaret of Connaught. … Continue reading
The Royal Court announced yesterday that the King and Queen of Jordan flew to London on Sunday for a working visit to Britain, which is due to last several days. During the visit His Majesty, accompanied by Queen Rania, will meet with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. According a Royal Court statement the two leaders will talk about “latest developments in the Middle East, particularly efforts being made to establish … Continue reading
Several days ago, “De Morgen” newspaper announced the death of Queen Fabiola on their website. The announcement read: “Sixteen years after the death of her husband King Baudouin, Her Majesty passed away at the age of 81. Her health has been frail in the last few years and the pneumonia she suffered from recently proved fatal.” The Royal Palace was quick to deny the news and the “De Morgen” apologized … Continue reading
Under the watchful eye of British veterans and their families, the British Royal family, led by Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh, remembered Britain’s war dead during the annual Remembrance Day ceremony at the Centopah in Whitehall. At exactly 11 AM, two minutes of silence were observed in memory of those who died for Queen (as well as King) and Country. Following the Queen and the Duke who placed … Continue reading
General H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, launched a nation wide campaign to combat the swine flu (H1N1) pandemic on Saturday November 7. Sheikh Mohammed said, “The healthy citizen is more capable to contribute in the implementation of the comprehensive development plans and in shaping the better tomorrow for our country.” The campaign is to … Continue reading
Grand Duke Henri received in audience Dr Bertrand Piccard, a psychiatrist, balloonist, lecturer, UN Goodwill Ambassador and the President of the charity ‘Wings of Hope’, which fights against childhood disease noma, in the Grand-Ducal Palace yesterday. Originally from Lausanne in Switzerland, Dr. Piccard is visiting Luxembourg to attend the conference ‘Innovation for Sustainable Performance’. For more information, please see this thread.