On 16 and 17 March, Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia visited New York, along with the Spanish Industry Minister, as part of the “Made in Spain/Made by Spain” initiative. On Monday 16 March they visited the Public Library of New York, where they met with importers and sellers of Spanish books, and attended a lunch held by the Spain-U.S. Chamber of Commerce at the Metropolitan Club, where Prince Felipe gave … Continue reading
Prince Jean of France, Duke of Vendôme today married Philomena de Tornos y Steinhart in a civil ceremony in Paris. The ceremony was sealed by the liberal mayor of the 7th arrondissiment of Paris, Rachida Dati. The ceremony was attended by a group of 60 to 70 relatives and friends. Among them the parents of the groom, the count of Paris and the duchess of Montpensier as well as his … Continue reading
King Albert and Queen Paola visited the European Astronaut Center in Cologne, Germany today. They were shown around by Belgian astronaut Frank De Winne. The King and Queen were very impressed by everything they saw, and enjoyed chatting with the astronauts and technicians at the EAC. Frank De Winne will go on his second trip to the ISS, and will be its first European commander. See here for the Belga … Continue reading
On March 15, Her Majesty Queen Noor received the 2009 Global Environmental Citizen Awards from Harvard Medical School’s Center for Health and the Global Environment. The Global Environmental Citizen Awards are presented annually by the Center for Health and the Global Environment to individuals who have been world leaders in protecting the global environment. In accepting the award, Her Majesty said “Our health, our welfare, and our children’s future depends … Continue reading
Wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein attended the Annual Concert “Message from the Past” which was presented by the Students and staff of Dubai Center for Special Needs. The concert started off with the Quran recital which was followed by several plays and musicals.
On Wednesday, Queen Margrethe handed out the “Queen’s Watch” award to guardsman Jens HÃ¸gild NÃ¸rgaard at a ceremony on the Rosenburg drill ground in Copenhagen. The “Queen’s Watch” award is a traditional award given out annually to a guardsman who has been nominated by his friends and officers. For more information, please see this thread.
On March 18th Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended the opening of a seminar on indigenous populations at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, had a guided tour to Sala Maya and Sala Mexica and attended the opening of the exhibition by ambassador Solem, over Sala Mexica. You can find a gallery here. Afterwards the couple travelled to Veracruz by car. They had lunch at the … Continue reading
A website has asked people from the Middle East and Africa (MEA) to nominate one out of five of the nominess whom they think most deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. The nominees have been chosen from different MEA countries: King Abdullah; Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Misned, Chairman of Qatar’s Board of Education, Science and Community Development and the wife of the Emir of Qatar; Dr. Albert Dagher, Professor of Economics … Continue reading
The Dutch Queen opened a flower exhibition yeterday in Lisse; and a similar engagement was undertaken by Sweden’s Queen Silvia. Queen Silvia inaugurated the ‘Viola’ Flower Show at Drottningholm Castle in Stockholm today, before touring the exhibition and admiring the flowers on display. More information can be found here.
Queen Beatrix yesterday opened the 60th edition of the International Flower Exhibition Keukenhof in Lisse. The Queen officially opened the event by baptising the new Spring Garden tulip. This year’s exhibition has the theme “USA, New Amsterdam: New York, 400″, in recognition of the 400th anniversary of the founding of the city now know as New York by Dutchman Henry Hudson. The theme is hoped to strengthen bonds of friendship … Continue reading
When I made my last visit to the library, I grabbed a copy of Book Page, “America’s Book Review.” And there’s a few new books that might be of interest to members of the Royal Forums. I haven’t read them and must rely on BP’s reviews, but three might be of interest to you. If you’re in the mood for humor and would like to broaden your knowledge of royal … Continue reading
Clarke describes Imperial Russia vividly and delves into the money trail meticulously. The first part of this book is the most interesting. Certain images stayed in my mind: beautiful Meriel Buchanan’s Russian admirer visiting her in a panic after the Revolution, the Tsar’s daughters enjoying their first dances and balls, and the final terrible journey and end of the Royal family. (NB) Reading how Clarke traced the money of the … Continue reading
According to Dr. David Starkey in the Sunday Times, Henry VIII was a real mama’s boy. Looking at handwriting comparisons (that of Henry, his mother, Elizabeth of York, and his younger sister Mary), Starkey draws the conclusion that he was emotionally dependent on women because of the close similarity of the samples. An exhibition opening in April at the British Museum will display the samples. The Times quoted Starkey as … Continue reading
Two weeks ago it became clear that the royal family had asked the city counsil of The Hague for permission to change the destination plan of the estate of Huis ten Bosch Palace, so that three extra guest houses could be built. The RVD stresses that there are no concrete plans to build anything though. Last week gossip magazine Prive claimed that one of the guest houses would be built … Continue reading
Prince William sat down for a rare interview for the CBBC’s Newsround, where a 10 year old cancer patient named Alice Marples asked him the questions. The Prince talked with Alice about how his mother inspired him, his “Harry Potter” scar, and how he would easily beat brother Harry in an arm-wrestling match. “It’s not even a contest. Obviously I’d win. Obviously. As the bigger brother you have that psychological … Continue reading
King Albert II of Belgium received the Belgian cyclocross riders who participated in the Cyclocross World Championship 2009 in Hoogerheide (NL). Among the riders also the World Champion Niels Albert, the coach of the Belgian team, the Vice President of the Belgian Cyclist federation. The audience took place at the Royal Palace in Brussels. For pictures of the event, see belga.
HH Gen. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Education Council, has instructed that Dh 4 million be given to students and undergraduates which will help them to purchase books from the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair which kicked off today in Abu Dhabi. Sheikh Mohammed’s grant will also include the distribution of 1,000 children’s bags that contain 10 newly published … Continue reading
On Day two of the visit to Portugal, King Abdullah opened on Tuesday a drug factory affiliated to Amman-based Hikma Pharmaceuticals. During the opening, King Abdullah was briefed by Hikma Vice Chairman Mazen Darwazah on the manufacturing process in the factory which rely on using advanced technologies. Later that day, King Abdullah met with the Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates to discuss bilateral cooperation and efforts to launch serious negotiations … Continue reading
On March 17th 2009 Princess Märtha Louise of Norway attended the opening ceremony of a light fountain at St. Olav square in Oslo. This was the the Princess’ first public engagement after her maternity leave. Märtha Louise gave birth to her third daughter, Emma Tallulah Behn, in September 2008. The Princess and her family have last been seen in January 2009 during the christening of Emma Tallulah. Pictures of Princess … Continue reading
Princess Madeleine of Sweden attended the charity auction “Min Stora Dag” (in English: “My great day”) at “Stockholm auction house” on March 17, 2009, in Sweden’s capital Stockholm. Stockholms “Auktionsverk” (Swedish for “Stockholm’s Auction House”) founded in 1674 in Sweden is the world’s oldest auction house. Pictures of the Princess during the auction can be found in this thread.