Princess Mathilde Turns 40

  January 20, 2013 at 6:00 am by

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The Duchess of Brabant, Princess Mathilde, today celebrates her fortieth birthday. To mark her milestone birthday, the Belgian Royal Court issued a series of new portraits of Mathilde and her family. The portraits, which were taken shot by Michel Gronemberger, have been heavily criticized for their artificial appearance thanks to various lighting and post-production features. A commemorative stamp has also been issued; Princess Mathilde attended the official launch of the … Continue reading

Beatrice and Eugenie Represent Britain in Germany on Their First Official Foreign Visit

  January 19, 2013 at 3:03 pm by

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Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie undertook their first joint official foreign duty to help promote British business in Germany. The royal sisters were in Berlin on request from Prime Minister David Cameron for a two-day tour promoting the Britain as part of the GREAT Campaign – a global initiative to attract visitors, business and students to the UK. The sisters began the tour to Berlin and Hanover by driving a Mini … Continue reading

Royal Audiences At The Zarzuela Palace

  January 19, 2013 at 5:23 am by

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Members of the Spanish Royal Family held a series of audiences at a Reception Room of the Zarzuela Palace this week. On January 15th, The Prince of Asturias hosted an audience for the Secretary of Defense of the United States of America, Mr. Leon Edward Panetta. The following day Prince Felipe hosted audiences for the Real Sociedad Deportiva Alcala, the first International Congress of Digital Photography, The Chamber of Commerce … Continue reading

Madrid 2020 Olympic Delegation Meet Prince Felipe

  January 19, 2013 at 5:14 am by

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Members of the Madrid 2020 Olympic board of trustees were warmly received by His Royal Highness The Prince of Asturias at the Palacio de la Zarzuela on Thursday, January 17th. Also present was the Prince’s aunt, Her Royal Highness Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz who is also an Honorary Member of the International Olympic Committee. The Prince was presented with the Madrid 2020 Candidature file which they hope will lead to … Continue reading

2013 Is A Grey Start For Letizia Of Spain

  January 17, 2013 at 1:43 pm by

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Grey is the most-worn color in winter and the Crown Princess of Spain decided to start off the year in grey and only grey. The very first event for the Crown Princess was on January 6, attended the New Year’s Military Parade 2013 at the Royal palace in Madrid. Letizia wore a long dark charcoal skirt matched with a lighter color of grey under top and a very well fitted … Continue reading

Pope Benedict XVI meets the Prince and Princess of Monaco

  January 12, 2013 at 5:10 pm by

Prince Albert, Pope Benedict and Princess Charlene at the Vatican; 12-01-2013

January 12, 2013 – The Vatican The Prince and Princess of Monaco met with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday January 12th at the Vatican. Though Prince Albert has met with the Holy Father in the past, this was the first meeting and audience for Princess Charlène. The visit was said to have been of special importance to the Princely Couple, and the Pontiff congratulated Princess Charléne on her … Continue reading

Floris and Aimée Expecting Third Child

  January 12, 2013 at 3:35 pm by

Princess Aimée and Prince Floris

The Dutch Royal Court announced yesterday that Prince Floris, youngest son of Princess Margriet and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven, and his wife, Aimée, are expecting their third child. Princess Aimée is expected to give birth in mid-July. Floris and Aimée were married in 2005, and have two daughters: Magali, born in 2007, and Eliane, born in 2009.

Vote in the December 2012 Picture of the Month Polls!

  January 12, 2013 at 2:27 pm by

Please vote in the December 2012 Picture of the Month Polls! The Official Poll features pictures showing the official side of royalty. This month’s Informal Poll showcases Official Royal Pictures. The polls will remain open until January 30, 2013.

November 2012 Picture of the Month Winners

  January 12, 2013 at 2:26 pm by

Announcing the winners of the November 2012 Picture of the Month Polls: November 2012 Official Picture of the Month: First Place – Tie: Spain & The Netherlands Second Place – Tie: Belgium , Monaco & Norway Third Place – Tie: Jordan & Dubai Cute Royal Kids (November 2012 Informal Poll): First Place – Tie: Denmark & Sweden Second Place – Tie: Spain & The Netherlands Third Place – Tie: Norway … Continue reading

William and Kate’s Children to be Princes and Princesses

  January 9, 2013 at 1:19 pm by


The Queen issued the first Letters Patent of 2013 by granting all the future children of William and Kate the style of Royal Highness and titles of Princes and Princesses. The Letters Patent was issued on December 31, 2012 and made public on January 9, 2013 – the birthday of the Duchess of Cambridge. The text reads: “The Queen has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of … Continue reading

Spanish Royal Family Preside Over Pascua Militar Celebrations

  January 8, 2013 at 1:12 pm by


Madrid – January 6th, 2013 Members of the Spanish Royal Family presided over the annual Pascua Militar Celebrations in Madrid on January 6th, 2013 – the Roman Catholic Feast of the Epiphany. The traditional ceremony started at noon and took place at The Palacio Real in Madrid. In attendance this year were the King, Queen and the Prince and Princess of Asturias. His Majesty the King, despite still being on … Continue reading

King Juan Carlos Turns 75

  January 6, 2013 at 1:01 pm by

King Juan Carlos I of Spain

Madrid – January 5th, 2013 His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain celebrated his 75th birthday on Saturday January 5th. The Spanish Monarch was born in Rome, the eldest son of Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona and Princess María de las Mercedes, during the Royal Family’s exile. His Majesty has been King of Spain since November 1975, and to mark his 75th birthday, he granted a rare television interview. … Continue reading

New Year’s Message for 2013 from Prince Albert II

  January 3, 2013 at 11:47 am by

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene at the 2010 wedding of Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria

January 1, 2013 – Monte Carlo The Prince of Monaco delivered his annual New Years Message from the Princes Palace in Monaco. Towards the end of the address, the Princess of Monaco also delivered a short 2013 New Years message. The New Years message is available to view on The Prince’s Palace of Monaco Facebook page and also at the Prince’s Palace of Monaco official page. View the video here.

Looking Forward to a Royal 2013

  January 1, 2013 at 12:03 am by

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What can we look forward to, Royalty wise that is, in 2013? First, the already announced Royal births. 2013 is a year in which several Royal couples are becoming first-time parents. Andrea Casiraghi [the oldest son of the Princess of Hanover, Hereditary Princess Caroline of Monaco] and his fiancée, Tatiana Santo Domingo, are expecting their first child in January 2013. The Prince and Princess of Prussia are expecting their first … Continue reading

A Look Back at a Royal 2012

  January 1, 2013 at 12:02 am by

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In January, Count Carl Johan Bernadotte of Wisborg married Gunilla Stenfors and Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein of Jordan married Basma Bani Ahmad. It was announced on 4 January, that the Duchess of Cambridge had taken on 4 patronages, her first. The Danish Royal Court released new official pictures of Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine and their parents and older siblings, to celebrate the first birthday of the twins. Princess Margriet of the … Continue reading

From the Royal Genealogy threads – December 2012

  January 1, 2013 at 12:01 am by

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This is the monthly blog entry with news from the Royal genealogy threads. This time it’s a blog entry with news from December 2012. As always, a big thank you goes out to the contributors of the Genealogy threads. Royal births and pregnancies The British Royal Court announced on 3 December that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their first child. Hereditary Count Ignatius and Hereditary Countess Robinia of Toerring-Jettenbach … Continue reading

The King’s Christmas Message 2012

  December 29, 2012 at 11:00 am by

December 24th – Zarzuela Palace, Madrid On Christmas Eve, His Majesty The King delivered his annual televised Christmas address from the Zarzuela Palace. The traditional message on this the 37th year of His Majesty’s reign is now available to view on the newly launched casareal YouTube channel. You can view the King’s Christmas Message below: Mensaje de Navidad de S.M. el Rey – 2012 – YouTube

The Royal Family attends Sound of Music Concert in Madrid

  December 29, 2012 at 10:57 am by

The family following the concert

Madrid – December 22nd Members of the Spanish Royal family attended the Sound of Music at the Teatro Coliseum de Madrid on December 22nd. Present were Queen Sofia, Princess Letizia, Infantas Leonor and Sofia, Infanta Elena, Don Felipe Juan, Doña Victoria Federica, and Infanta Cristina with her four children, Don Juan Valentín, Don Pablo Nicolás, Don Miguel and little Doña Irene Urdangarín. Absent from this family gathering were The King, … Continue reading

Prince Charles and The Duke of Westminster Come To Farmers’ Aid

  December 25, 2012 at 10:46 am by

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  The Prince of Wales donated £150,000 to aid those struggling through the winter months. The announcement was made following a meeting called by the Prince of Wales with the leaders of farm charities. The money will come from The Prince’s Countryside Fund and constitutes the entirety of its emergency fund. Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster – the richest person in Britain – has already pledged to donate the … Continue reading

Date Set for Swedish Royal Wedding

  December 24, 2012 at 5:02 pm by

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The Swedish Royal Court has announced the date on which Princess Madeleine and Mr Chris O’Neill will marry next year. The couple, who became engaged in October, will wed on June 8th, in a ceremony taking place at the Palace Chapel of the Royal Palace of Stockholm. The chapel’s previous high-profile event was the May christening of the bride’s niece, Princess Estelle. No further information was given, however, it is … Continue reading

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