Portrait of William & Harry Unveiled

  January 6, 2010 at 9:15 pm by

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Today at London’s National Portrait Gallery, a historic portrait of royal brothers Princes William and Harry was unveiled. Done by Nicky Philipps, the 54in by 58in oil painting depicts the two in military uniform, having a conversation before a supposed big event. Prince William is shown wearing a blue sash and star of the Order of the Garter and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal, while Prince Harry is depicted wearing … Continue reading

And Another One…

  January 6, 2010 at 8:41 am by

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After several death threats against Queen Fabiola in the last week, today the newspaper La Dernière Heure reports that last night another letter was found at the post sorting center in Anderlecht (Brussels). According to the newspaper the letter is identical to the one they received two days ago. The police of Brussels South picked up the letter and started an investigation. Meanwhile,the police says they tightened the security of … Continue reading

Neighbours Invite Queen Beatrix For Coffee

  January 5, 2010 at 9:42 pm by

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Dutch television programme RTL Boulevard has checked the neighbourhood of Queen Beatrix to see how well the neighbours know each other and the queen. During her Christmas message queen Beatrix mentioned that these days sometimes even neighbours are strangers for each other: ‘you speak to each other without a conversation, you look at each other without seeing’. The programme interviewed the neighbours of the queen, if they ever went for … Continue reading

Japenese Royals Start the New Year With Cheers

  January 5, 2010 at 9:09 pm by

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The Japanese Royal Family marked the new year in several ways. On January 1st the Imperial Household Agency released several family pictures that were taken earlier in December. The pictures show the emperor and the empress, surrounded by their sons Naruhito and Akishino with their families. On saturday the Imperial family appeared at the bullet proof balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, where they were cheered at by a … Continue reading

Photo Exposition About Queen Beatrix At Soestdijk Palace

  January 5, 2010 at 8:37 pm by

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This year Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands will celebrate her 30th year on the throne. To pay some special attention to the queen, palace Soestdijk will host a photo exposition from 5 January to 4 April of this year. The palace was the home where Beatrix grew up with her sisters. The website of the museums says: it was a home where they played, homework was made and where statesmen … Continue reading

Prince Laurent Calls Court Advisor ‘Rasputin’

  January 5, 2010 at 8:21 pm by

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In an interview with the newspaper ‘Het Laatste Nieuws’ on Thursday 31 December, prince Laurent of Belgium made another remarkable comment. In the interview he calls the chief advisor of his father, cabinet chef Jacques van Ypersele de Strihou ‘a Rasputin’. The prince reveals: ‘He interferes with everything, wants to decide everything. But in the end he does not solve anything. You know, every king has his Rasputin. However, such … Continue reading

Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling Visit Troops in Afghanistan

  January 5, 2010 at 8:04 pm by

Daniel Westling and Princess Victoria in Afghanistan

On Sunday Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and her fiance Daniel Westling paid an unannounced visit to the Swedish and Finnish troops in Afghanistan. Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reports that the spokes person of the palace, Nina Eldh told them that the visit was unannounced due to security reasons. The couple visited the militairy base Northern Light in Mazar-i-Sharif, where 500 Swedish troops are stationed. On the base the crown … Continue reading

Mohammed VI of Morocco sets up Advisory Committee on Regionalization

  January 5, 2010 at 7:48 pm by

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King Mohammed VI chaired on Sunday at the Royal Palace in Marrakech the ceremony of setting up the Advisory Committee on Regionalization.The Committee, whose chairmanship was entrusted to Omar Azzimane, is composed of 21 members. Its mission is to propose a general conception of regionalization, while bearing in mind its relevant dimensions and the role of competent constitutional institutions in its implementation. The sovereign called on the Regionalization Advisory Committee, … Continue reading

Lower Dotations for Belgian Royals

  January 5, 2010 at 12:45 pm by

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The economic crisis also hit the royal court in Brussels, as for the first time in the history of the Belgian royal family, the royal dotations will be lowered during the term of a present government. For 2010, the dotations of members of the royal family will decrease by 2,67%, for 2011 this number will be decreased by 4,01%. This means that next year prince Philippe will have 85.000 Euros … Continue reading

1,8 Million Viewers For ‘Bernhard, Scoundrel of Orange’

  January 5, 2010 at 12:33 pm by

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The first episode of the television series ‘Bernhard, schavuit van Oranje’ (Bernhard, Scoundrel of Orange), about the late prince Bernhard of The Netherlands attracted more than 1,8 million viewers yesterday. According to the scenario writer Tomas Ross, three other episodes will follow. In each episode another woman in the life of the prince will be highlighted. In the first episode it was the mother of the prince, Princess Armgard of … Continue reading

New Death Threats For Queen Fabiola

  January 5, 2010 at 11:48 am by

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It became clear yesterday, that Queen Fabiola received two more death threats in the last week, the newspapr La Dernière Heure and the television station VTM received new death threats adressed to the widow of the late king Baudouin. Yesterday the newspaper La Dernière Heure received a postcard on which a coffin was drawn, with the text “more than 7 months to live…” The card was sent in an envelope … Continue reading

Duchess of Württemberg Made a Knight in The Légion d’Honneur

  January 5, 2010 at 11:39 am by

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According to the blog ‘Noblesse & Royautés’, the Duchess of Württemberg has been made a knight in the Légion d’Honneur on January 1st 2010. According to the website the duchess was elevated into the ranks of the knights for 38 years of dedication to artistic and associative activities. The duchess of Württemberg was born as princess Diane Françoise Maria da Gloria of France and is the daughter of the late … Continue reading

Best Wishes for the New Year from the Duke of Vendôme

  January 5, 2010 at 11:16 am by

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On his forum for the association ‘Gens de France’, the duke of Vendôme, 2nd son of the pretender to the French throne, wishes everybody a happy 2010. He calls 2009 a year of great events: his engagement and wedding to the Spanish Philomena de Tornos y Steinhart, followed by the birth and baptism of his son prince Gaston. He also refers to the presentation of his book ‘Un Prince Français’. … Continue reading

Engagement of Princess Nathalie and Alexander Johannsmann

  January 4, 2010 at 6:58 pm by

The Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg Coat of Arms

The Danish Royal Court has today announced the engagement of HH Princess Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg to Mr Alexander Johannsmann. The statement read: Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte and His Highness Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg have the pleasure to announce that Her Highness Princess Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg has become engaged to Mr Alexander Johannsmann. Princess Nathalie is the youngest daughter of HRH Princess Benedikte of Denmark and HH Prince Richard zu … Continue reading

Laura Lopes Delivers Twin Boys

  January 3, 2010 at 8:21 am by

Harry and Laura Lopes on their wedding day

Laura Lopes, the daughter of the Duchess of Cornwall, gave birth to twin boys on December 30th. The newborns, Laura’s second and third children with husband Harry (daughter Eliza was born in January 2008), have been named Gus and Louis. Clarence House confirmed the news, adding that “mother and sons are doing well.” The spokesperson also said that the Duchess was “absolutely delighted” by the new additions, and that the … Continue reading

Jordan’s Royal Family Receive the Body of Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

  January 3, 2010 at 7:51 am by

Queen Rania and King Abdullah at the funeral

Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan, accompanied by other members of royal family, received the body of Captain Ali bin Zeid Al Oun, who was killed in an attack in Afghanistan on Wednesday December 30th, on Saturday January 2nd upon its arrival at the Queen Alia International Airport aboard an aircraft of the Royal Jordanian Air Force. After the ceremony King Abdullah II, the Crown Prince, … Continue reading

Vote in the December 2009 Picture of the Month Polls!

  January 3, 2010 at 5:00 am by

Please vote in the December 2009 Picture of the Month Polls! The Official Poll features pictures showing the official side of royalty. This month’s Informal Poll showcases candid royal pictures. The polls will remain open until 1 February 2010.

November 2009 Picture of the Month Winners!

  January 3, 2010 at 4:53 am by

Announcing the winners of the November 2009 Picture of the Month Polls: November 2009 Official Picture of the Month Poll: First Place: Picture M – The Netherlands Second Place: Picture B – Sweden Third Place: Picture E & G – Norway & Belgium November 2009 Informal Poll – Favourite Family Photo Shoot: First Place: Picture N – The Netherlands Second Place: Picture J – Denmark Third Place: Picture B & … Continue reading

Danish New Years Court for the Order of the Elephant

  January 2, 2010 at 4:23 am by

Prince Henrik and Queen Margrethe at the Court

The first event of the 2010 Danish calender took place last night in Copenhagen, the annual New Year’s Court for members of the Order of the Elephant (Denmark’s highest honour), the Danish government and the Royal Court. The members were received by HM Queen Margrethe II and HRH the Prince Consort at Christian VII’s Palace in Amalienborg, before a banquet took place attended also by TRH the Crown Prince and … Continue reading

Numbers and Facts to Finish 2009

  December 31, 2009 at 3:15 pm by

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In 2009, the members of royal family have attended a total of 716 activities, of which 439 took place within Spain and 277 abroad, reports the Household of The King in the annual balance of the royal family official engagements. According to the report we can conclude that Her Majesty the Queen Sofia is the hardest worker of the family; the 71 year old woman participated in 343 engagements during … Continue reading

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