Princess Astrid on RBM Tour – Part 3

  April 1, 2009 at 4:30 pm by

Princess Astrid in the UAE

Princess Astrid, Special Representative of the Roll Back Malaria programme of the UN, is on a week-long visit to Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar. Today, 1 April, the Princess left Saudi Arabia and moved on to the UAE. She started her visit in Abu Dhabi, with a visit to Minister of Health, Humaid Mohammed Obaid al Qattami, to discuss the UAE’s strategy in eradicating the disease. Princess Astrid praised the … Continue reading

Victoria visits Rio de Janeiro

  April 1, 2009 at 2:21 pm by

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden visits Rio de Janeiro from April 1st to 4th. The Princess will attend the seminar “Children with disabilities and an independent life” . Ericsson will host a visit to the Grael Foundation which focuses on enabling children and young adults in need from age nine get the opportunity to learn how to sail, swim and learn seamanship with the purpose to creating a better future. … Continue reading

Princess Astrid on RBM Tour – Part 2

  April 1, 2009 at 2:11 pm by

Prince Alwaleed and Princess Astrid

Princess Astrid of Belgium, Special Representative to Roll Back Malaria (RBM) is on a tour of a week in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE, to promote consciousness of malaria and how it can be prevented. Last Sunday, 29 March, the Princess met with Prince Alwaleed and his wife, Princess Amira at his office in the Kingdom Tower in Riyadh. Prince Alwaleed and Princess Amira hosted a luncheon for the … Continue reading

Queen Beatrix Meets President Karzai

  April 1, 2009 at 5:07 am by

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Yesterday Queen Beatrix reived president Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan at an audience in Huis ten Bosch palace, The Hague. The president visited The Hague as he attended the special Afghanistan summit in the World Forum. Other attendees were US secretary of state Hillary Clinton and UN secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The latter stayed with the queen at Huis ten Bosch Palace. Earlier that day the queen visited an elementary school … Continue reading

Prince Constantijn Supervises Stedelijk Museum

  April 1, 2009 at 4:52 am by

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Queen Beatrix’s youngest son, prince Constantijn, will become a member of the supervisory board of the ‘Stedelijk Museum’ (City Museum) in Amsterdam. According to a spokesperson of the museum, Prince Constantijn has great affinity with modern and contemporary art. And the prince’s “sharp analytical skills, his international experience and his knowledge of European and international governance” has been the reason to appoint him in this function. The board also gets … Continue reading

Albert & Paola in Waregem

  March 31, 2009 at 3:13 pm by

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This morning, 31 March, King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium visited thecity of Waregem. They started the visit at the city hall, signing the obligatory documents, and then went around the market to greet the people gathered there. The sunny weather had persuaded many people to come out to see the monarchs. Around 11 o’clock the King visited Thermote & Vanhalst, a company for forklift trucks, aerial platforms … Continue reading

Spain National Awards for Sports

  March 31, 2009 at 3:12 pm by

The royal family at the awards

Yesterday, the Spanish Royal Family attended at the Royal Palace the official ceremony of delivery of National Sports for Awards 2009. The awards are hosted by the National Council for Sports, whose principal intention is to reward the more outstanding Spanish sportsman, associations and sports institutions of the year. Among others winners, this year the “Queen Sofia Award” goes to tennis players Virginia Ruano and Ana Isabel Medina, who won … Continue reading

Mohammed’s 2-day visit to Moscow

  March 31, 2009 at 10:34 am by

Prime Minister Putin and Sheikh Mohammed

Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, was in Moscow on a 2-day visit which came by invitation of Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin. Sheikh Mohammed met with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. They discussed on expanding base of cooperation to increase the trade exchange in line with growing friendship relations, described by the Russian President as historic. Sheikh Mohammed … Continue reading

‘I Felt The Need To Defend Queen Juliana’

  March 31, 2009 at 6:08 am by

A new book on the late Queen Juliana (Juliana: an underestimated queen) will be available in stores tomorrow. The author tells in an interview with athe Reformatorisch Dagblad that he felt the need to defend queen Juliana after the book that was published half a year ago by Prof. C. Fasseur about the crisis at the Dutch court with faith healer Greet Hofmans in the fifties. Fasseur has been critisized for being biased and for only … Continue reading

Biography of Princess Máxima: ‘Bridget Jones Revisited’

  March 31, 2009 at 5:46 am by

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Almost a year ago it was announced that two Argentinian journalists, Gonzalo Alvarez Guerrero and Soledad Ferrari, promised a ‘revealing book abour princess Máxima of The Netherlands. They promissed to give new facts about the years that princess Máxima still lived in Argentina, about her childhood and about her love life. The princess herself didn’t seem too nervous about it: ‘My life is an open book’, she commented. Her husband … Continue reading

Princess Margriet Plays With LEGO

  March 31, 2009 at 5:11 am by

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During her visit to the ‘Zorg in Friesland’ conference, princess Margriet of the Netherlands shortly took her chance when she saw the blocks of LEGO and added some of them together during a workshop. The princess visited the Abe Lenstra stadium in Heerenveen this morning, to attend the conference of people in health care in Friesland. During the conference various people who are involved with health care at home in … Continue reading

Princess Mathilde Keeps Her Promise

  March 31, 2009 at 5:00 am by

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Princess Mathilde of Belgium has visted ‘t Goteringenhof, a social project for children and seniors in Gooik, Kester. The farm is owned by Dirk Decoster and Anita Baeyens. Last year the princess was unable to attend the agricultural fair ‘Agriflanders’ and she asked if it was possible to visit the farm at another date, which was yesterday. ‘t Goteringenhof is not just an ordinairy dairy farm as they have 100 … Continue reading

Italy’s Dancing Prince Struck Gold

  March 31, 2009 at 4:30 am by

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Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy (36) who won the Italian version of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ 10 days ago, has struck gold with his decision to join the competition. The prince who struggled to be taken seriously for years has now received several interesting offers, among them some from political parties who want him as their candidate for the European elections in June. The grandson of Italy’s last king Umberto … Continue reading

Princess Anne Visits The Falklands and South Georgia

  March 31, 2009 at 2:36 am by

The Princess Royal

31 March 2009. Princess Anne, accompanied by Vice Admiral Laurence, is visiting the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, a part of the world she last visited in 2007. She was invited by the South Georgia Heritage Trust, an organisation of which she is Patron. In the Falkland Islands, the Princess has carried out a series of engagements similar to those she might perform in Britain, visiting a police station, a … Continue reading

Mexican President Calderón Makes State Visit to Britain

  March 30, 2009 at 3:17 pm by

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President Calderón of Mexico, and his wife, Margarita Zavala, have arrived to Buckingham Palace today for a state visit ahead of the upcoming G20 Summit in London. The Queen and Prince Philip greeted their visitors in style with a pomp-filled parade at Horseguards near the Mall. President Calderón’s state visit is the first by a Mexican head of state to Britain in almost 25 years; President Miguel de la Madrid’s … Continue reading

Protocol of A State Visit

  March 30, 2009 at 4:53 am by

Buckingham Palace

This morning The Queen will welcome The President of Mexico to The UK at the start of his State Visit. A state visit (especially where a Monarch is involved) is one of the most formal royal events, full of ceremonial and protocol. Queen Elizabeth II has maintained the traditions of the Edwardian Court and continues to entertain state visitors in a manner more suitable of the 1900′s. Nevertheless these great … Continue reading

Prince Nayef named Second Deputy PM

  March 30, 2009 at 2:58 am by

Prince Nayef of Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Interior Minster Prince Nayef has been appointed as second Deputy Prime Minister, third in the political hierarchy after King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and his brother and Defence Minister Prince Sultan. Prince Sultan was then named first Deputy Prime Minister. King Abdullah, who is in his mid-eighties, is also the Prime Minister. Prince Nayef has been elevated to the post which has been open since the death of death … Continue reading

Is Japan’s Monarchy Anti-Democratic?

  March 29, 2009 at 8:50 pm by

Emperor Hirohito of Japan

“The monarchy is a brake on any hopes of deepening Japanese democracy and making it real. As long as it exists, democracy has quotes around it.” This is the opinion of Herbert Bix who has written a book about Emperor Hirohito that won the Pulitzer-prize. As Bix is an expert concerning the Japanese monarchy, his words are certainly well worth to be taken into careful consideration, disagreeable as their implications … Continue reading

Mary hits the right fashion note on US tour

  March 29, 2009 at 8:01 pm by

Mary and Frederik in Chicago

Over a week after the Spanish visit, Prince Frederick and Princess Mary made a 6 day visit to the US. To mark the trip a new picture was released of the couple (image1) in which Mary wore a simple grey tiered dress teamed with a cardigan by Missoni. The first engagement in Chicago (22 March) Mary wore a recycled Prada coat (image2) which was classic and understated. For an engagement … Continue reading

Dubai ruler’s two day visit to Moscow starts Monday

  March 29, 2009 at 9:21 am by

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Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, will leave Monday morning for Moscow, heading a UAE delegation on a two-day visit to Russia in honour of an official invitation from Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin. During the visit, Sheikh Mohammed will hold talks with Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev, on bilateral relations between the UAE and Russia and discuss new … Continue reading

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