Mathilde voted most popular European princess by PdV

  April 22, 2009 at 2:28 pm by

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Princess Mathilde was voted the most popular and best future Queen Consort by a poll of the French royalty magazine Point de Vue. She received 47,8% of the votes, and led the poll by a large margin. Second in the poll was the Dutch Princess Máxima (21,1%), closely followed by Letizia, the Princess of Asturias (17,8%). Only 10% of the votes went to Mary of Denmark, and Mette-Marit of Norway … Continue reading

Jordan’s King meets Obama

  April 22, 2009 at 5:35 am by

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His Majesty King Abdullah and US President Barack Obama held talks on Tuesday at the Oval Office in the White House. The two leaders discussed about a comprehensive peace in the Middle East and resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the basis of the two-state solution. King Abdullah and Obama underlined the need to continue coordination and consultation at the highest levels to support efforts to move forward towards peace with … Continue reading

Queen Rania launches the Global Action Week

  April 22, 2009 at 4:48 am by

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On Tuesday, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan officially launched the April 20-26 Global Action Week which is organised by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) to fight illiteracy worldwide with 75 million children currently out of school. The event took place at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. The Queen called on millions around the world, including teachers, children, campaigners, adult learners and parents to take part in … Continue reading

State Visit from India to Spain Begins

  April 22, 2009 at 1:46 am by

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The Indian President, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil accompanied by her husband Dr. Devisingh Ramsingh Shekhawat, arrived this morning at Madrid Airport to begin, for the first time in Indian and Spanish history, a State Visit to Spain. The Indian President was welcomed by Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain in an official ceremony at Pardo Palace, the official residence of Head of States during State Visits. Among other … Continue reading

Prince Bernhard Undergoes Surgery

  April 22, 2009 at 1:34 am by

Prince Bernhard of Orange-Nassau

Prince Bernhard, a nephew of Queen Beatrix, has undergone intestinal surgery to remove benign tissue in his bowel. The surgery took place yesterday at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, and was performed by Dr WA Bemelmans. The RVD reported that the surgery went to plan, and the Prince is recovering. The Prince underwent a similar surgery in April last year, and is known to suffer from Crohn’s disease. More … Continue reading

Infanta Elena Promotes the Charity Campaign “A Toy, A Joy”

  April 21, 2009 at 3:20 pm by

Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo

On April 17th in Zarzuela Palace, Infanta Elena met with representatives of the organizers and collaborators of the caring campaign “Un Jugete, Una Ilusión” ( “A Toy, A Joy” in English) which is organized by the Crecer Jugando Foundation and Radio Nacional de España under the Honorary Presidency of H.R.H. Infanta Elena. The main intention of the campaign, created in 2000, is to send toys to developing countries, non-governmental organizations … Continue reading

Crown Princess Masako: One Big Step More on the Way Towards Recovery

  April 21, 2009 at 11:48 am by

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Last Sunday, Crown Princess Masako of Japan, who has suffered stress-induced illness while struggling to adjust to royal life, made her first public appearance outside of Tokyo in about 15 months. The princess attended the 20th national “Midori no Aigo” green conservation event at the Yokohama Animal Forest Park, along with her husband, Crown Prince Naruhito. After an address of the crown prince on the importance of greenery in attempts … Continue reading

Spanish Royals Award the Cervantes Prize 2008

  April 21, 2009 at 5:44 am by

Miguel de Cervantes

As per tradition, yesterday Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain, accompanied by the Prince and Princess of Asturias, hosted a lunch at the Royal Palace for representatives of the letter-writing world to commemorate the grant of the Cervantes Prize 2008. The Miguel de Cervantes Prize was founded in 1974 and it is awarded annually by the Ministry of Culture, whose main goal is to honour the lifetime achievement … Continue reading

Jordanian King’s Motorcycle Trip & Restaurant Stop

  April 21, 2009 at 1:42 am by

King Abdullah with the owner's of the cafe

King Abdullah II from Jordan and over ten diplomats stopped by the Country Cafe in Harper’s Ferry on Saturday morning. Cafe Owner, Lisa Edel said she was notified that the King would stop by a few days before it took place. “We had a table for ten set up for them and they just sort of had some drinks, coffees and teas and some bagels and they just talked among … Continue reading

Swedish State Visit to Holland Begins Today

  April 21, 2009 at 1:41 am by

Swedish Coat of Arms

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia will arrive in Holland later today to begin their three-day state visit to the nation. The visiting royals will visit the regions of Kudelstaart, Gronigen and The Hague. A jam-packed schedule awaits the King and Queen when they touch down in the Netherlands, which can be found in depth here. One of the main highlights of the visit will be the gala banquet … Continue reading

Astrid and Lorenz at Para-Equestrian Tournament

  April 20, 2009 at 2:21 pm by

Princess Astrid and Archduke Lorenz

Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz of Belgium attended the International Paralympic Competition organized by the non-profit-making association “Quadrille” in Moorsele on Sunday 19 April, at the riding school “Zilveren Spoor” (the Silver Spur). The Princess was very impressed with the rider’s performance. She and her husband enjoyed extensive talks with the athletes and spectators, and they also visited the stables. See here for a summary of Princess Astrid and Prince … Continue reading

Princess Claire at Télévie Rally

  April 20, 2009 at 2:02 pm by

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On Sunday 19 April, Princess Claire of Belgium attended the Télévie Rally in Charleroi. Télévie is organized every year by the commercial television RTL-TVI. It is an action in which attention is asked for cancer and leukemia, and through all sorts of actions funds are collected for research and social projects. The kick off of this year’s action was given at the Long Term parking lot of the Airport of … Continue reading

Countess Alexandra Celebrates International Parkinson’s Day

  April 20, 2009 at 3:39 am by

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Countess Alexandra, recently returned from a holiday in Hong Kong, celebrated International Parkinson’s Day on Saturday, releasing 1,000 balloons from Aarhus during a conference at Skejby Hospital. She also, as Patron of the Parkinson’s Association, celebrated the appointment of Anne-Mette Rasmussen as an ambassador for the association, saying that she was “… pleased that Anne-Mette has been named. I have met her many times and I think she will be … Continue reading

Dubai Ruler talks about Rumours & Crisis while Answering Questions

  April 20, 2009 at 3:38 am by

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Dubai’s ruler, responded to questions from the people and media which he also talked about the financial crisis and reports of his illness. For a few months there have been rumours that Sheikh Mohammed has fallen ill and some that he had been shot though there were tons of pictures and news of the ruler in the papers around the time. Is the Sheikh really … Continue reading

Katie Price, AKA Jordan, and Her New Royal Friend

  April 19, 2009 at 11:05 am by

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In a new article in the Daily Mail, Jordan, the British glamour model and equestrian enthusiast, has struck up another royal connection: Zara Phillips, the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth, and daughter of Princess Anne, the princess royal. According to Jordan, Zara Phillips has been her friend ever since the two met last year at the Burghley Horse Trials. This is not the first time that Jordan has mingled with royalty. … Continue reading

Jordanian Royals start Working Visit to the U.S.

  April 19, 2009 at 4:06 am by

King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan

His Majesty King Abdullah II meet with representatives of Arab and Muslim American organizations in the US capital. King Abdullah and the representatives discussed current efforts to relaunch of the Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations within the frame work of efforts to reach comprehensive Mideast settlement. King Abdullah also met with representative of the Jewish-American organizations. A few future events: Queen Rania is expected to attened the Global Philanthropy Forum’s 8th Annual … Continue reading

Want a Piece of Royal Wedding Cake?

  April 18, 2009 at 6:08 pm by

A slice of Princess Louise's wedding cake, which is 138 years old

For readers with a sweet tooth, a piece of Princess Louise’s 1871 wedding cake went up for auction at the Antiques for Everyone Fair in Birmingham, England this past week. The piece of cake is believed to be the only remaining portion of the wedding cake. Bids were set to begin at $215 (145 pounds). John Shepard, the antique dealer, purchased the piece from a descendant of a noble family … Continue reading

Was Henry VIII a Glorious Leader or the Saddam of His Generation?

  April 18, 2009 at 4:28 pm by

King Henry VIII

With the upcoming 500th anniversary of his accession, Henry VIII continues to garner headlines in Britain. Marvin Gayford, the chief art critic for Bloomberg News, compares the English king to more recent tyrants like Saddam Hussein and North Korea’s Glorious Leader, Kim Jung Il. Gayford thinks that Henry may have been one of the most influential people in world history. Had Henry successfully fathered a son with Catherine of Aragon, … Continue reading

On the Trail of Henry VIII

  April 18, 2009 at 4:14 pm by

Hampton Court Palace

Dr. David Starkey says that we can learn much about the life of Henry VIII by visiting his residences, the most well-known of which is Hampton Court. Dr. Starkey is amazed by the Tudor royal’s “prodigious accumulation.” He is describing a neglected aspect of Henry’s reign: the number of houses and palaces he owned. When Henry became king in 1509, he had a mere 12 or 13 palaces and castles … Continue reading

40th Birthday of Former Princess Nori of Japan

  April 18, 2009 at 3:47 am by

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Sayako Kuroda, the former Princess Nori and only daughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan, is celebrating her 40th birthday today. As the princess left the Imperial Family and became a commoner on the day of her wedding to Yoshiki Kuroda in November 2005, no official birthday celebrations will be held. In all likeliness, though, the family is going to have a nice birthday party in private as … Continue reading

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