Republicanism in New Zealand

  May 8, 2009 at 6:48 pm by

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The question of the relevance of monarchies is one which seems to be being asked more and more frequently these days. Just recently, an American magazine ran an article about the Danish Crown Prince Couple, in a similar vein. Many constitutional monarchies are questioning whether they should turn republic, and New Zealand has been one of these. New Zealanders don’t seem to be able to make up our minds – … Continue reading

Dutch Royals Attend Memorial Service For Victims ‘Apeldoorn’

  May 8, 2009 at 4:56 pm by

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Queen Beatrix, the prince of Orange, Princess Máxima, Princess Margriet and Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven attended the memorial service for the victms of the Queen’s Day tragedy that was held tonight in the Orpheus theatre in Apeldoorn. Before the service the royals talked to victims and family of victims. This took so long that the service had to start 15 minutes behind scheduele. Apart from the royal family, 1200 other … Continue reading

Princess Beatrice d’Orleans Gives Interview to ‘Tiempo’

  May 8, 2009 at 3:16 pm by

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Princess Beatrice d’Orleans, countess of Évreux, gave an interview to the Spanish magazine ‘Tiempo’ this week. The princess was born as Beatrice Pasquier de Franclieu, daughter of Bruno de Pasquier de Franclieu, count de Pasquier de Franclieu and Jacqueline Térisse, born in 1941. She married prince Michel of Orleans in a low-key ceremony in Casablance, Morocco on 18 November 1967. Her husband’s father, the late count of Paris, was against … Continue reading

No Parking Ticket For Pieter van Vollenhoven

  May 8, 2009 at 2:59 pm by

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Volkskrant reports that two car-park attendents of the private company ‘Parkeercombinatie Holland’ wrote two fines for the two Audi cars that were wrongly parked at the pavement in front of the shop of ‘Oger’ in the PC Hooftstraat. The cars were transporting Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven, brother-in-law of queen Beatrix, who apparently had some suits to buy in the favourite shopping street of the Amsterdam nouveau riche. When the two … Continue reading

Monaco’s Prince Pierre Foundation Awards

  May 8, 2009 at 2:42 pm by

Peter Eotvos receives the award of Musical Creation by HRH Princess Caroline of Hanover

Her Royal Highness the Princess of Hanover, as the Foundation’s President, presided over awards for her grandfather’s memorial foundation, the Prince Pierre Foundation (Fondation Pronce Pierre in French) in Paris on May 7. His Serene Highness Prince Pierre, born Count Pierre de Polignac of Guidel, Morbihan, Brittany, France, assumed the surname Grimaldi and the title Prince of Monaco, Duke of Valentinois on his arranged marriage to Princess Charlotte of Monaco, … Continue reading

Grand Duke Receives Directors of De Verband Fédération Agricole Luxembourg

  May 8, 2009 at 10:27 am by

Grand Duke Henri during the audience

Today Grand Duke Henri received in audience members of the Board of Directors of De Verband Fédération Agricole Luxembourg SC, a company which specialises in agricultural machines rental, machines for horticulture and cattle feed. The Grand Duke has also received recently in audience the Director General of UNICEF, Madame Anne M. Veneman, the new Director General of MUDAM, the Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art, the Russian Minister of … Continue reading

Queen Beatrix, Calvin & Us

  May 8, 2009 at 7:37 am by

Yesterday Queen Beatrix opened the exposition ‘Calvin & us’ in the Grote Kerk in Gouda. The evening started with a speech by Ds. Selderhuis, about Calvin, Calvinism and the Netherlands.  Selderhuis also referred to the tragedy in Apeldoorn on April 30th. ‘What real calvinism is, we were able to witness last week. When on a bright day it became dark all of a sudden. Ramsey Nasr, national poet, opened the exhibition with a … Continue reading

Queen Silvia speaks for the First Time about Brother’s Death

  May 8, 2009 at 5:54 am by

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For the first time since her brother Jörg Sommerlath’s death in 2006, Queen Silvia has spoken about how palliative care assisted her brother in his final months. Jörg Sommerlath died of laryngeal cancer in early 2006, in the palliative care department of a German hospital, where the Queen spent those final months by his side. In an exclusive interview with Svenska Dagbladet, the Queen tells how much of a difference … Continue reading

Queen Paola And Princess Mathilde Attend Concert

  May 8, 2009 at 5:43 am by

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Queen Paola of the Belgians and her daughter-in-law princess Mathilde, yesterday attended a concert by José van Dam, the famous Belgian baritone. The concert was hold at the Flagey, a cultural and musical center in Brussels. The concert was organized because of the international breast cancer conference ‘Impakt’ that will be held from 7 to 9 May in Brussels. The conference has been organized by the Jules Bordet Institute and … Continue reading

Count Björn Bernadotte weds Sandra Angerer on Mainau Island

  May 8, 2009 at 1:47 am by

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Count Björn Bernadotte af Wisborg married his girlfriend of five years, Swiss-born Sandra Angerer, yesterday in a religious ceremony on his family’s estate on the island of Mainau, which sits in the middle of Germany’s Lake Constance. The Count proposed to Sandra last June, and a civil ceremony took place on April 25th. The religious ceremony took place at the estate’s Schlosskirche St Marien (St Marien’s Palace Church) in front … Continue reading

Frederik and Mary Visit Danish Minority in Flensburg

  May 8, 2009 at 1:46 am by

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On May 6th, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary visited the town of Flensburg in the state of Schleswig-Holstein, just below the Danish-German border. The aim of the royal couple’s visit was to visit the Danish minority living in the city. Spending five hours in Flensburg, Frederik and Mary began their visit at the Town Hall where hundreds of school-children waited outside waving Danish flags. Schleswig-Holstein’s Prime Minister Peter … Continue reading

Pieter van Vollenhoven Struggles With ‘Apeldoorn’

  May 7, 2009 at 3:45 pm by

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Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven, husband of princess Margriet of The Netherlands confessed to reporters that he struggles with the memories he has of the tragedy that happened on Queen’s Day in Apeldoorn. The professor was a guest speaker at Vrije Universiteit (Free University) in Amsterdam today. He was at the university to give a lecture to the students of social sciences. As chairman of the national safety commission he explained … Continue reading

Princess Mathilde Against Child Abuse

  May 7, 2009 at 3:21 pm by

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Princess Mathilde of Belgium participated in a meeting between Belgian youngsters and youngsters from Southern countries. The children met each other, in a meeting organized by ‘Plan Belgium’ to discuss the theme: daily violence against children from development countries. The meeting was held at the Bronks theatre in Brussels. According to the website of the Belgian royal family thinks it is valuable that youngsters can express themselves on issues that … Continue reading

King and Queen of Spain Baltic Tour: Last Day – Lithuania

  May 7, 2009 at 3:20 pm by

The welcoming ceremony in Vilnius

Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain arrived yesterday afternoon at Vilnius, capital of Lithuania, for a two-day State Visit. King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia were officially welcomed by the Lithuanian President, Valdas Adamkus, and the First Lady, Mrs. Alma Adamkienė, at the Presidential Palace. After the official welcome ceremony, the King and the President had a bilateral meeting where they discussed the European Union, NATO, bilateral cooperation … Continue reading

Sweden’s Victoria Inaugurates New Breeding Ground for Birds

  May 7, 2009 at 3:06 pm by

Princess Victoria at the inauguration

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden was in the southwestern part of Sweden Wednesday, to inaugurate a new breeding facility for Norden’s Ark. Nordern’s is foundation focused on saving wildlife and endangered species through breeding and reproduction programs, as well as research and studies. This time, the Ark was getting ready to work on birds, and Victoria was there to help them get started. In a brief speech, the Crown Princess … Continue reading

Death of Princess Barbara of Schleswig-Holstein

  May 7, 2009 at 3:06 pm by

Schleswig-Holstein Arms

Princess Barbara of Schleswig-Holstein died on April 28th 2009, she was only 47 years old. The princess was born as Barbara Beata Fertsch in Friedberg, Germany on 27 July 1961. She married prince Alexander of Schleswig-Holstein in a civil ceremony in Munich on 29 August 1994, the religious ceremony was in San Cabaneta, Mallorca on 3 September of the same year. The couple has two children: princess Elena (b. 1995) … Continue reading

Presentation of the Newborn Prince

  May 7, 2009 at 1:10 pm by

Prince Joachim and Princess Marie leave hospital with their newborn son

At 1pm today Princess Marie and Prince Joachim left Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen with their new baby son. As they walked out, balloons were realeased by the hospital workers to celebrate the baby’s birth. Although Princess Marie was a little hesitant in answering questions in Danish, understandably as she has not been learning the language for long, she did confirm that the baby’s name would be a secret for now and … Continue reading

King Abdullah holds talks in Germany

  May 7, 2009 at 4:43 am by

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On Wednesday His Majesty King Abdullah and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held talks discussing bilateral ties in different fields and efforts to bring peace in the region. King Abdullah pointed out the importance of the European role in launching such negotiations to resolve the conflict in the region. The Monarch also underlined the importance of Germany’s support for developing projects in the Kingdom and increasing Germany’s investments in infrastructure projects … Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth Marks 250th Anniversary of Kew Gardens

  May 6, 2009 at 6:53 pm by

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HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh visited The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on May 5 as a part of the gardens’ 250th annivesary celebrations. While at Kew, The Queen planted a Gingko tree, something both she and The Duke have done before. The tree that Prince Philip planted in 1959 still stands, but The Queen’s tree was washed away in 1987. The royal couple also viewed exhibits … Continue reading

William & Harry Join Charles on Saving Rainforests

  May 6, 2009 at 4:28 pm by

Screencap - Princes William and Harry in the rainforest video

Princes William and Harry joined their father, Prince Charles, in a 90 second video which aired on MySpace to encourage viewers to save the world’s rainforests. The video also included the Dalai Lama, Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig. But the big star of the video is a digitally animated frog, who sat with the three princes to discuss the need to save the environment. In the film the Prince of … Continue reading

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