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
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
The book “Van de prins geen kwaad” by Geert Aalders has been released last week. The book combines the various columns that Aalders wrote about Prince Bernhard for the republican magazine ‘ Republikein’. The author calls the prince a charlatan and wonders how Bernhard could have been so extremely popular while he, in the author’s own words: ‘lied, made u-turns, took bribes, cheated on his wife, only pursued his own … Continue reading
The mayor of Apeldoorn, where this year’s Queen’s Day will be held, has selected eight girls to hand over flowers to the Dutch royal ladies. The mayor started a competition in which school children could send in anything related to the theme ‘Queen Beatrix and Apeldoorn’. Of the 560 creations that were received, the seven best were picked, they werte made by: Noa (8), Anna (7), Demi (7), Sophie (9), … Continue reading
Less than a month to go for the religious wedding ceremony of pince Jean of France and the Spanish Philomena de Tornos y Steinhart. The couple married in a civil ceremony on March 19th of this year, the religious wedding will be on May 2nd in Senlis. To mark the occassion German boulevard magazine Bunte has this small video with clips of the couple. It shows their engagement in Chantilly, … Continue reading
April started with a busy agenda for Prof. Mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven, husband of Princess Margriet of The Netherlands. On April 3rd Van Vollenhoven went to militairy airbase Gilze-Rijen where he received a special decoration. Pieter received the number 40, that goes with the officers cross that he reiceived 25 years ago. Pieter van Volenhoven has been a reserve officer for 40 years now, hence the number. A day later, … Continue reading
With the arrival of the sad anniversary of the death of His Serene Highness Prince Rainier III, his son His Serene Highness Prince Albert II, has now been sovereign of Monaco for four years. For years, reporters questioned the type of monarch the very “American” educated Prince would be. One reporter even noted that he was too “nice” to rule. The Prince was born to rule and as the saying … Continue reading
The Daily Mail recently published photos of 27 year-old Lady Gabriella Windsor leaving the Connaught Hotel in London with 40 year-old Guy Ritchie, a film director, most famously known as Madonna’s ex-husband. Photos show Lady Gabriella trying to avoid the cameras as she exits the hotel and drives off in Richie’s car. Lady Gabriella broke up with her boyfriend, Aatish Taseer, in December. Guy Ritchie and Madonna divorced in 2008. … Continue reading
Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece has been named number five on Tatler Magazine’s Annual Best-Dressed List. She joins other fashionable women such as Cheryl Cole and Natalie Portman on the fashion magazine’s tribute to the most stylish women in the world. Of course, Marie-Chantal is no stranger to the world of fashion magazines. In previous years, she has been featured in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and W magazines as well as … Continue reading
Yesterday, Queen Margrethe II named Lars Løkke Rasmussen as the 40th Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Denmark, the fifth in her reign. The decision came after the previous Prime Minster, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, handed her his resignation to become the Secretary General of NATO. Prime Minister Løkke Rasmussen heads the Liberal-Conservative Coalition, which holds the parliamentary majority, enabling them to head to November 2011 without holding a general election. … Continue reading
Crown Princess Victoria has completed an official visit to Brazil, a visit which focused on the 2009 Volvo Ocean Race in Rio de Janeiro. On her first official day in Brazil, April 1st, the Crown Princess attended a seminar called “Children with Disabilities and an Independent Life” in the country’s capital. Later that day, Victoria visited the Grael Foundation. The foundation focuses on children and young adults in need to … Continue reading
Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg visited the exhibition “Lebensbilder” at the Rencontre Abbaye de Neumünste Cultural Centre with Luxembourgish artist Madeleine Weiss-Bauler. This exhibition was the first exhibition to show the complete catalgoue of works of this local artist. For more information, please see this thread.
Yesterday, Princess Laurentien travelled to Rotterdam to attend the Society to Benefit General Education’s 225th anniversary celebration. The event took place at Rotterdam’s National Museum, where the Princess was presented with the first copy of the Society’s jubilee book. Laurentien toured the museum and viewed the exhibition celebrating the Society’s 225 years. The exhibition features original 19th century prints showing the Society’s work. For over two centuries, the Society to … Continue reading
Earlier today, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume awarded Work Promotion 2008/2009 diplomas. The event took place at the Grand-Théâtre de la Ville, and Guillaume awarded the dilpomas to young master craftsmen and those who were awarded with the Work Promotion 2008/2009 diplomas. A picture gallery of the event can be found here. The HGD’s current events thread can be found here.
HH Sheikha Mozah Nasser al-Misnad, member of the High Level Group of the UN Alliance of Civilisations (UNAOC), will participate in the Second Forum of the Alliance in Istanbul on April 6. The alliance’s broad mission is to advance intercultural understanding. “HH Sheikha Mozah is committed since she was invited to serve at the UNAOC High Level Group in 2005, to enhance the role of Qatar in support of the … Continue reading
The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima attended the premiere of the theatre production ‘MAPENZI Tamu’ (‘Sweet Love’) at the RAI Theatre in Amsterdam last night. The production is an initative of the AMREF Flying Doctors, of which the Prince is patron. The cast is compiled of former Kenyan street children, all of whom come from Nairobi. ‘MAPENZI Tamu’ shows how that even in a country where teenage pregnancy and … Continue reading
Saturday April 4th was a fun-filled day for Crown Princess Mary, as she undertook two engagements in different cities. Mary’s first engagement was the acceptance of a donation for the Christmas Seal Foundation (Julemærkefonden). As patron of the foundation, Mary accepted the 250,000DKK collected in 2008 to go towards the Christmas Seal Homes for children, the four in Denmark currently deal with obesity. The Christmas Seal Foundation has been raising … Continue reading
King Abdullah II of Jordan will begin on Tuesday a one-day official visit to Slovakia at the invitation of President Ivan Gasparovic, reported the Slovak President’s Office on Friday. On his visit, The King will meet Gasparovic, Premier Robert Fico and Parliamentary Chairman Pavol Paska. This is the first visit for King Abdullah to Slovakia. King Abdullah’s 1-day official visit to Slovakia thread can be found here
Princess Eugenie of York is apparently finding it harder to quit smoking than she thought it would be. The young princess was seen lighting up as she wandered the shops of Sydney this week. The princess is on her gap year after earning top grades in her classes. She is on vacation in Australia with a group of friends, looking just like any other student on break, except for her … Continue reading
Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and US President Barack Obama held talks on Thursday on the sidelines of a G-20 summit. Reuters reports that the two leaders”reaffirmed the long-standing, strong relationship between the two countries” and they also talked about “international cooperation regarding the global economy, regional political and security issues, and cooperation against terrorism,” the White House said, according to Reuters.