Fifty Years Ago: Imperial Happy Ending

  April 10, 2009 at 1:18 am by

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In 1957, twenty-three-year-old Crown Prince Akihito of Japan felt sad and pessimistic. For nearly six years now, the Imperial Household Agency (IHA) had been busy to find him a bride – and prospects were bad. After putting together a list of 860 eligible candidates, young ladies descendant from families of the Japanese former nobility, the IHA had set to work and checked their past and pedigree. But up until now, … Continue reading

Jewels on Display at Buckingham Palace

  April 9, 2009 at 6:29 pm by

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The summer opening of Buckingham Palace this year includes a special exhibition to mark 60 years of the Commonwealth. Part of the exhibition will include a display of over 100 gifts given to the Queen and Prince Philip from their travels to the Commonwealth countries. Sometimes the Queen receives beautiful jewels as gifts which often have a symbolic reference to the country she is visiting. Two fantastic brooches will form … Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, Seven Years On

  April 9, 2009 at 4:02 pm by

The Queen Mother's coffin rests in Westminster Abbey during her funeral service

The Death of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother seven years ago did not come as a shock. Her late Majesty was in her 102nd year, and had been in declining health since the death of her younger daughter, Her late Royal Highness The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon in February. Queen Elizabeth’s funeral took place seven years ago today amid much pomp and ceremony in one of the largest funerals … Continue reading

HM Queen Elizabeth II marks Maundy Thursday

  April 9, 2009 at 10:11 am by

The Queen at the 2009 Maundy Service

Her Majesty The Queen today took part in one of the oldest of Royal ceremonies. The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, attended the Office of the Royal Maundy at St. Edmundsbury Cathedral. During the service Her Majesty distributed specially minted Maundy Money to 83 men and 83 women (83 being the years of The Queen’s age).These silver coins are gifts to the “poor” of the Dioceses as Her … Continue reading

Old Style Queen’s Day to Mark Queen Juliana’s 100th Birthday

  April 9, 2009 at 3:53 am by

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To mark the 100th anniversairy of Queen Juliana of The Netherlands, the traditional defilé will return on Queen’s Day (Koninginnedag). April 30th is the official birthday of Queen Beatrix, which she celebrates on the date of her mother’s birthday. When queen Juliana was still reigning this day was traditionally celebrated with a defilé at Soestdijk Palace. During the defilé, a  colorful parade of people representing various aspects of Dutch society … Continue reading

Jogger arrested near Villa Eikenhorst

  April 9, 2009 at 3:27 am by

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A jogger was arrested recently near Villa Eikenhorst, home of the prince of Orange and his family. The jogger wanted to lock his bicycle to one of the fences of the private estate, so he could jog in part of the estate ‘De Horsten’ that is open to the public. The place where van Zijll de Jong stored his car is however a forbidden area. When the jogger and his … Continue reading

Royals Attend Charity Gala for Uzbekistan

  April 9, 2009 at 3:09 am by

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The Duchess of Württemberg yesterday attended a gala dinner for the launch of the charity fund ‘Uzbekistan 2020′ dedicated to developing cultural, intellectual and human exchanges between Western Europe and Uzbekistan, at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris. Other royal guests were princess Léa of Belgium, prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy, prince of Venice and Piedmont, and Princess Helene of Yugoslavia. Other guests were Bernadette Chirac, wife of the … Continue reading

British Royals Top List of Hottest Young Royals

  April 8, 2009 at 11:08 pm by

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The young Windsors sweep the top three positions in the latest ranking of the hottest young royals by Forbes. Brothers Prince William and Prince Harry are #1 and #2, followed by their cousin Zara Phillips. The list is compiled according to the royals’ international Web and media presence and family wealth, and is limited to those who are 18 to 25 years old. The hottest young royals of 2009 are: … Continue reading

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg: 28 years of style

  April 8, 2009 at 4:18 pm by

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In February 2009, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary. The former Maria Teresa de Mestre of Cuba is clearly partial to color and floral prints. Her lovely smile and warm personality are the perfect accompaniments to her fashionable wardrobe. Something even more beautiful than her wardrobe is the love that she and Grand Duke Henri still have for each other, 28 … Continue reading

Katie Price, AKA Jordan, Declines Royal Invitation

  April 8, 2009 at 2:51 pm by

Katie Price

Glamour model Katie Price, who is better known as Jordan, recently turned down an opportunity that many people dream of: lunch at Buckingham Palace. The Telegraph reports that Price, who is best-known for her appearance and style, is not exactly the sort of person one would imagine Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, spending time with. While she was honored to receive the invitation, Price stated that she was disappointed to have … Continue reading

Rachel Trevor Morgan: Royal Milliner

  April 8, 2009 at 2:22 pm by

Queen Elizabeth in some Rachel Trevor Morgans designs

Rachel Trevor Morgan was appointed as one of the Queen’s milliners in 2006 and has gone on to create hats worn at many key occasions. Morgan learnt her trade with two of the top milliners in London, Graham Smith and Philip Somerville, both of whom coincidently have designed hats for British royals, most notably the Queen and the late Princess of Wales. She works closely alongside a number of British … Continue reading

March 2009 Picture of the Month Polls

  April 8, 2009 at 9:55 am by

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Please vote in the March 2009 Picture of the Month Polls! The Official Poll showcases pictures showing the official side of royalty. This month’s Informal Poll features pictures of royal coronations, enthronements, pronouncements, and investitures. The polls will remain open until April 22, 2009.

Prince Emanuele Filiberto and Princess Clothilde Visit Earthquake Victims

  April 8, 2009 at 4:59 am by

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Yesterday morning Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Italy and his wife princess Clothilde went to Aquila, the city hit by last monday’s earthquake. The couple visited a field hospital and some tent camps in order to show their solidarity with the people affected by the quake. The prince of Venice said he feels devastated but at the same time he is proud of all the Italians who are show that they … Continue reading

April 2009 Newsletter: The Roaring 1920s

  April 7, 2009 at 8:56 pm by

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Following the turbulent events of the previous decade (wars, major health epidemics and the fall of many royal empires), the 1920′s were welcomed with a sigh of relief. This decade saw great technological advances (first trans-Atlantic flight, the creation of the talking movie), the relaxation of some social norms (flappers!) and widespread economic prosperity in many nations. The 1920′s also experienced the rise of fascism in Europe. But it couldn’t … Continue reading

Queen & Bollywood actor watch a cricket match

  April 7, 2009 at 2:12 pm by

Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty

Queen Rania of Jordan has accepted an invitation from Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty to watch a cricket match between South Africa and Australia while Queen Rania was in South Africa last month. “While at the hotel I was staying in at Johannesburg, I got to know that Her Highness Queen Rania of Jordan was staying there too. I invited her for a match. Queen Rania was kind enough to accept … Continue reading

Sheikh Mohammed opens an investigation on his own horses

  April 7, 2009 at 2:10 pm by

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During routine post-competition last week, two of Sheikh Mohammed’s horses, one which was ridden by the Sheikh, tested positive to banned substances during competition. A statement issued last night on behalf HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Bin Rashid Al Maktoum said the ruler of Dubai had offered the “highest level of cooperation to the International Equestrian Federation (FEI)”. The statement also said that: “His highness immediately requested his representative contact … Continue reading

Princess Marie of Denmark Maternity Fashion Part 3: Third Trimester

  April 7, 2009 at 12:21 pm by

Princess Marie's maternity fashion

Princess Marie has continued to shine as her pregnancy enters its final stages. She has shown that just because a woman is pregnant, it doesn’t mean that she can’t be fashionable. The Danish princess clearly loves her new curves, and isn’t afraid to show them off. She seems very comfortable in her skin, and her positive attitude and lovely glow are beautiful to see.

Breakfast With Prince Georg Friedrich

  April 7, 2009 at 11:35 am by

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Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia opened the exhibition “Déjeuner Royal – Frühstücks- Service aus vier Jahrhunderten” (Royal breakfast – breakfast service from four centuries) on April 5. The exhibition will run from April 6 till June 28 at the tower of castle of Hohenzollern. Two tables with china wear will be displayed as well as various other items from the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th century. A set of travel … Continue reading

Queen Beatrix Attends ‘Granida’

  April 7, 2009 at 11:07 am by

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Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands yesterday attended the premiere of the opera ‘Granida’ in the Stadschouwburg on the Leidse square in Amsterdam. The queen was welcomed by Job Cohen, mayor of Amsterdam. The opera is based on a theater play of P.C. Hooft (1581 – 1647), a playright from the Dutch golden age. The play is about the love between the Persian shepard Daifilo and princess Granida. For decades it … Continue reading

Serbian Crown Prince Opens Summit of Cardiologists

  April 7, 2009 at 11:04 am by

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On 5 April crown prince Alexander II of Serbia opened the 5th international summit of interventional cardiologists in the Hotel M Bern Western in belgrade. The conference will last until 8 April. In his speech at the conference, the crown prince said: ‘I am proud that my wife, crown princess Katherine is member of the board of the Foundation ‘For Your Heart’ which will help reduce the number of deaths … Continue reading

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