Belgium’s Golden Couple – King and Queen’s 50th Wedding Anniversary

  July 2, 2009 at 5:01 pm by

Albert and Paola on their wedding day

Today, July 2nd, marks the fiftieth wedding anniversary of King Albert II and Queen Paola of the Belgians. The couple met at the inauguration of Pope John XXIII in the Vatican, in 1958. Albert, then Prince of Liège, was representing the Belgian Royal Family; while Paola, a Princess Ruffo di Calabria, was a member of the Italian nobility. When at last he returned to Belgium, Prince Albert had made up … Continue reading

New British Military Medal Named for Queen Elizabeth

  July 2, 2009 at 4:21 pm by

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For the first time since the George Cross in 1940, a new medal of honor for fallen British military men and women will be named for a reigning monarch. The Elizabeth Cross, named for HM The Queen, will be awarded to the families of British military men and women killed in active duty from World War II to the present. Those killed in terrorist attacks will also be eligible for … Continue reading

Duke of Gloucester Honors Men and Women of the Royal Air Force

  July 2, 2009 at 1:12 pm by

The Duke of Gloucester while visit the RAF

The Duke of Gloucester paid a visit to the RAF Oldham recently, where he honored several members of the Royal Air Force with medals, commendations, and awards for length of service. The Duke serves as the Honorary Commodore for the RAF station, and is known for his commitment to honoring the men and women of the British military. According to an article from This Is Hampshire, the Duke said to … Continue reading

Libyan President Honors King of Swaziland with Camels

  July 2, 2009 at 12:43 pm by

Camels similar to those given to King Mswati by President al-Gaddafi

King Mswati III of Swaziland was given a present of six camels by Libyan president Muammar al Gaddafi as a token of friendship yesterday. The camels were flown to Swaziland via cargo plane, where they were greeted by the royal veterinarians and the King’s private secretary, according to an article in The Swazi Observer. The camels will stay in quarantine for 30 days, where they will be regularly monitored by … Continue reading

Swedish Royals help to ring in Swedish EU Presidency

  July 2, 2009 at 8:13 am by

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King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia were on hand for national duty and pride yesterday morning, when they helped to kick off the six-month Swedish Presidency of the European Union. Ready for the photocall, Carl Gustaf and Silvia (dressed in a vibrant orange suit) tried to descend the staircase outside the Royal Palace of Stockholm, but found the stairs already occupied by multiple government members who had been invited. … Continue reading

Duke of Kent Helps to Modernize Wimbledon

  July 1, 2009 at 7:10 pm by

The Wimbeldon grounds

The scoreboards at Wimbledon have undergone a change. They are no longer listing the names of the players with “Miss” or “Mrs.” (or even Ms.). In the past, female players have been listed with “Mrs.” or “Miss” before their names on the scoreboards, but men have never had a title before their names. A spokesman for the prestigious tennis tournament said, “We decided to bring it in line with the … Continue reading

Investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales – 1 July 1969

  July 1, 2009 at 3:11 pm by

Prince Charles is invested as Prince of Wales in 1969

Today is the 40th anniversary of the investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales. The title Prince of Wales has been traditionally given to the heir apparent to the English (and then the British) monarch since it was first bestowed by Edward I on his infant son Edward of Caernarvon, later Edward II, in 1031 after the English conquest of Wales. Unlike the Dukedom of Cornwall, which automatically falls … Continue reading

Official Portraits Released of Newborn Danish Prince

  June 30, 2009 at 10:23 pm by

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Earlier this week, the Danish Royal Court released a series of ten images featuring the newborn son of Prince Joachim and Princess Marie. Prince Joachim’s eldest sons, Nikolai and Felix, also appear in the series. The image series, photographed at the couple’s Schackenborg Castle home by royal photographer Steen Brogaard; comprises of two photographs of the proud parents with their son, one of the nearly two-month-old prince with his parents … Continue reading

Wedding of Prince Michael of Kent and Baroness Marie-Christine von Reibnitz – 30th June 1978

  June 30, 2009 at 9:29 pm by

Prince and Princess Michael of Kent on their wedding day

The engagement between HRH Prince Michael of Kent and Baroness Marie-Christine von Reibnitz was announced on 30th May 1978. The official pictures were taken by Lord Lichfield. image The couple were unable to marry in an Anglican chuch because she was divorced and the Catholic Church also refused to recognise the union. The Queen had given her consent to the couple’s marriage and it was announced that Marie-Christine would become … Continue reading

Lady Helen Taylor and Giorgio Armani End Partnership

  June 30, 2009 at 8:52 pm by

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For the past 17 years, Lady Helen Taylor has been serving as the fashion ambassador and muse to designer Giorgio Armani. The partnership began in 1992, when Armani designed a wedding outfit for the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Kent, who was then known as Lady Helen Windsor. In addition to working as a fashion ambassador, Lady Helen was a constant presence at the many Armani runway shows … Continue reading

Parliament Wants Prince of Orange to Quit the Dutch Bank

  June 30, 2009 at 6:24 pm by

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During the television programme Eén Vandaag, it became clear that a majority of parliament wants that the prince of Orange to quit his position as a member of the supervisory board of the Dutch Bank (DNB). The parties fear that the prince will come in a vulnerable position due to the credit crunch and the parlementairy research commission after the crisis and the role of the Dutch Bank. The programme … Continue reading

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince sets up Board of Directors

  June 30, 2009 at 2:42 pm by

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed

HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces and chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, has issued a decision setting up the board of directors of the Abu Dhabi Centre for Houses and Utilities Development. Sheikh Mohammed appointed a few people today as executive directors of lands, properties, support services and regional services at the … Continue reading

First Day at Kindergarten for Alexia

  June 30, 2009 at 5:48 am by

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Yesterday morning princess Alexia of The Netherlands started her first day in kindergarten. She arrived in the company of her parents, and her older sister princess Amalia at the Bloemcamp school in Wassenaar, where she will start in group 1A. Her teachers Carla Buijs (monday) and Yvonne van Veen (tuesday-friday) welcomed the princess in the class room, which was decorated with yellow, purple and green kites. Outside the class room, … Continue reading

Abdullah and President of Turkmenistan hold talks

  June 30, 2009 at 4:12 am by

King Abdullah II of Jordan

His Majesty King Abdullah II and Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov held talks in Amman, which continued over a lunch banquet which was held by His Majesty in honour of the Turkmenistan president and his accompanying delegation. King Abdullah and the Turkmenistan President discussed cooperation in the fields of education, culture, health, trade and investment. They also talked about efforts on how to achieve permanent and comprehensive peace in the Middle … Continue reading

UAE VP Launches New Excellence Programme

  June 30, 2009 at 3:43 am by

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has launched the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Government Excellence Programme. The programme is in the policies of the UAE Prime Minister to identify talented and local cadres to further train them to earn responsibilities. Sheikh Mohammed stressed that the programme is to boost the performance and excellence at the … Continue reading

Duke and Duchess of Gloucester’s South Pacific Visit Costs Revealed

  June 29, 2009 at 6:23 pm by

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester

Last August, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester took a trip to the nation of Tonga in order to be present for the coronation ceremony of King George Tupou V. They also visited the Solomon Islands. It is now revealed that the cost to fly the Duke and Duchess to the South Pacific was £149,413, according to an article by the Press Association. The information was revealed in a report … Continue reading

Ismaíl Kadaré, 2009 Prince of Asturias Award for Letters

  June 29, 2009 at 2:26 pm by

Ismaíl Kadaré

Six of the eight Awards which are presented annually by the Prince of Asturias Foundation have been bestowed already; the awards for sport and concord will be announced in September. The Award for Letters was officially announced on Wednesday 24 June and goes to Albanian writer Ismaíl Kadaré. The Jury considers his work to be full of beauty and profound commitment. “Using everyday language which is nonetheless full of lyricism, … Continue reading

King & Queen honour Ahel Al Himmeh winners

  June 29, 2009 at 1:50 pm by

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King Abdullah and Queen Rania honoured the 10 Ahel Al Himmeh winners in a ceremony at the Roman Amphitheatre in Amman Sunday evening. Queen Rania launched the Queen Rania award in March for for Community Champion which was to to celebrate the 10th anniversary of King Abdullah’s accession to the Throne. The initiative had received about 45,000 nominations from across the country. The committee then choose 30 finalists one. On … Continue reading

69p Queen

  June 29, 2009 at 12:45 pm by

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First it was Charles, now it’s the entire clan. The annual Civil List report has been published with the usual arguments surfacing about the role of the monarchy as an accompaniment. But let’s look at the facts first. The Royal Family cost the UK taxpayer 69p each in the 2008/9 financial year, a 3p rise on the 2007/8 financial year with the total cost rising by £1.5m to £41.5m. The … Continue reading

Prince of Orange celebrates Veterans Day 2009

  June 28, 2009 at 11:17 pm by

The Prince of Orange, Veteran's Day 2009

On Saturday June 27th, HRH the Prince of Orange attended the Veterans Day 2009 celebrations in The Hague. He was accompanied by the Dutch Prime Minister, Jan Peter Balkenende. Upon arriving at the Ridderzaal, the Prince and the Prime Minister met before Balkenende delivered a solemn speech. The party then moved to the Binnenhof; where HRH, PM Balkenende, the Defence Minister (E Van Middelkoop) and the Commander of the Armed … Continue reading

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