Rania lights Candles against Child Violence

  April 30, 2009 at 2:40 am by

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Dressed in a white short trench coat and a pair of light jeans, Her Majesty Queen Rania, chairperson of the JRF, joined more than 200 people at the Greater Amman Municipality square to light candels and express of violence against children. This comes after two young children died due to abuse and tourture. Her Majesty and participants signed a wall painting by artists and children. Queen Rania is a strong … Continue reading

Saudi Crown Prince arrives in Morocco

  April 30, 2009 at 2:14 am by

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Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, the Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General arrived in Morocco on Wednesday, coming from New York. Prince Sultan arrived in New York in early February to undergo surgery and a few tests. The Crown Prince was received at Agadir airport by Prince Moulay Rashid bin Al-Hasan of Morocco. Prince Sultan is accompinied by a few members of the Saudi ruling family.

Prince Henrik Presents African Art ahead of Exhibition Opening

  April 29, 2009 at 11:57 pm by

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Earlier today, Prince Henrik attended a press conference at the Gl Holtegaard Museum of Modern Art to present and talk about his private collection of African art that will go on exhibition between May 2 and July 26. There are over 200 pieces of exquisite art in the exhibition, all from the Prince’s collection and chosen for the exhibition by the Prince himself. The exhibition, entitled “To Gods, Spirits and … Continue reading

Crown Princess Mary launches “Turn Down the Sun” Campaign 2009

  April 29, 2009 at 11:51 pm by

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Yesterday, Crown Princess Mary donned her sun-smart hat to attend the launch of the Danish Cancer Society’s Sun Awareness Campaign for 2009 at the Technological Institute in Tostrup. The campaign has the theme, “Turn Down the Sun between 12 and 3pm.” Arriving at the event accompanied by her lady-in-waiting, Tanja Dorky, the Crown Princess viewed a quick fashion show to prove that being UV-safe doesn’t have to be unfashionable, with … Continue reading

Examining the Role of European Monarchy in the Modern World

  April 29, 2009 at 2:44 pm by

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In today’s world, where monarchies are the exception rather than the norm, the question of the relevancy of royalty often comes up. And just as the governments throughout the world are diverse in their styles of governing, so are the duties of the various royal families. Some serve as a figurehead, with minimal legislative duties, such as King Carl Gustaf of Sweden, while others exercise absolute rule over their kingdoms, … Continue reading

March 2009 Picture of the Month Winners!

  April 29, 2009 at 8:53 am by

Announcing the winners for the March 2009 Picture of the Month Polls: March 2009 Official Picture of the Month: First Place: Picture M- Sweden Second Place: Picture L- Denmark Third Place: Picture A- Norway March 2009 Informal Poll: Royal Coronation Pictures: First Place: Picture C- Iran Second Place: Picture F- Norway Third Place: Picture K- The Netherlands Thanks to all who voted, and congratulations to the Swedish Picture of the … Continue reading

Prince Harry Coming to U.S. in May

  April 29, 2009 at 8:40 am by

Prince Harry

Royal fever in the United States is going to be high pitch next month! That is because Prince Harry, the youngest son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, is going to be making his first official trip here. The third in the line to the British throne will be taking part in a New York polo match and will be doing a couple of engagements. One of them … Continue reading

David Starkey Attacks “A Snotty-Nosed Punk”

  April 29, 2009 at 8:06 am by

The Richmond Palace Gate House

A couple living in Richmond-upon-Thames for 40 years have incurred the wrath of Dr. David Starkey, Tudor historian. Planners at Richmond Council have approved the couple’s plans to build a solar powered, triple-glazed, two-story house near the former site of Richmond Palace, which was built by Henry VII. Starkey finds it a slap in the face to the founding Tudor’s son: “To give it planning permission almost to the day … Continue reading

Are Female Historians Destroying the Tudors?

  April 29, 2009 at 7:25 am by

David Starkey

Dr. David Starkey has been making, in my opinion, some rather strange comments about the biases of female historians. He criticizes some for zeroing in on the ‘soap opera’ of key figures’ love lives rather than their achievements or failures. The TV show “The Tudors” seems to have inspired these comments. Although Starkey is correct to criticize the TV show for its inaccuracies and its prurient emphasis (what Starkey describes … Continue reading

Princess Diana, Action Hero?

  April 29, 2009 at 7:08 am by

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Princess Diana will become a comic book hero in a series called “Female Force” which honors influential women. Publishers Diamond Comic Distributors (DCD) said, “The biography will look at the admirable British icon who won hearts around the world as a princess, public figure, philanthropist and parent.” Other women already honored include Michelle Obama, Hilary Clinton, Sarah Palin and Caroline Kennedy. The princess would be the first non-American featured. The … Continue reading

King and Queen of Spain support Madrid 2016

  April 29, 2009 at 6:32 am by

The Madrid 2016 Logo

Madrid is back as a candidate city to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain want to give all their “royal” support. With that aim, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia will preside over the Spanish delegation that will travel to Copenhagen, Denmark, on October 2nd, where the announcement of the 2016 host city will take place. Madrid will compete with … Continue reading

Who Stole Marie Antoinette’s Watch? And Then Brought It Back?

  April 29, 2009 at 5:17 am by

Queen Marie Antoinette's watch

It was a crime worthy of a 007 spy or a Pink Panther villain. On Friday, April 15 1983, the LA Mayer Museum for Islamic Art in Jerusalem, Israel, closed early for the Sabbath. It was scheduled to open the next day. The guards on duty locked the building and settled in for a long night. The next morning they discovered that a gallery containing a collection of antique watches … Continue reading

Happy 70th Birthday, Dear Pieter!

  April 29, 2009 at 4:51 am by

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The extended Dutch Royal Family was out in force last night, to celebrate the upcoming 70th birthday of one of the family’s much beloved members, Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven. While the Professor’s birthday is not until tomorrow, due to Koninginnedag the celebrations for his milestone birthday were held two days early. Utrecht’s Beatrix Theatre was the venue for the event; which saw 1200 guests join the Professor, his wife Princess … Continue reading

Jordan’s King & Queen lay Stone on Eco-Friendly Project

  April 29, 2009 at 2:47 am by

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His Majesty King Abdullah and Her Majesty Queen Rania laid the cornerstone of the JD50 million Munya tourism resort in the Dibbeen forest in Jerash Governorate on Tuesday. The Munya tourism resort is considered the first investment tourism project in the north of the Kingdom. At the site, Their Majesties watched a documentary on the phases of the project and which is expected to promote tourism in the Kingdom. Munya … Continue reading

Crown Princess Victoria awards Scholarship

  April 29, 2009 at 2:22 am by

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Yesterday, Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria attended the Sweden-America Foundation’s ninetieth anniversary celebrations in Stockholm. She awarded the Foundation’s annual scholarship and awards during the celebrations, as she does each year. The Crown Princess is the honorary chairman of the Foundation. The previous royal to hold that position was Prince Bertil, who was the chairman from 1950 until his 1997 death. The “Prince Bertil’s Fellowship” award was created by the Foundation … Continue reading

Was Emperor Hirohito Born Out of Wedlock?

  April 29, 2009 at 12:56 am by

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According to the Imperial Household Agency, Prince Yoshihito (who was to become Emperor Taisho afterwards) and Princess Sadako were married in a small ceremony at eight o’clock in the morning on May 10, 1900; at the Imperial Shrine on the palace grounds in Tokyo. Only members of their immediate families attended the rites, and on April 29, 1901; nearly one year after the wedding, their first son, Hirohito, was born. … Continue reading

Charles and Camilla Visit the Pope

  April 28, 2009 at 4:35 pm by

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall with the Pope

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall met with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican on Monday. The Prince and the Duchess had a 15-minute audience with the Pope, followed by a meeting with the secretary of state for the Prince and a tour of the Vatican buildings for Camilla. Unusually, the Duchess was present throughout the entire meeting with the Pope; wives of visiting dignitaries are generally admitted only … Continue reading

Infanta Cristina Introduces New Charity Project

  April 28, 2009 at 3:44 pm by

Infanta Cristina at the prison

Today Infanta Cristina, long-time director of the Social Area of La Caixa Foundation, visited the prison of Villalbona to introduce a new project whereby new technologies are taught to the prisoners. Since March, ten members of the Asturians Older People Voluntary Computing Association have taught 72 inmates some of the new technologies. The project, which is part of the campaign “CiberCaixa Solidaria”, is a pioneering project focused on rehabilitation of … Continue reading

Royals Attend Michael Kors London Store Opening

  April 28, 2009 at 3:12 am by

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Project Runway judge Michael Kors opened his first London store with the help of several royal attendees on April 27. The flagship store, reportedly the first of 25, is located on London’s posh New Bond Street. The “after party” opening of the store was preceded by a private dinner at a local hotel. Among the celebrity guests were King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie’s middle son, His Royal Highness Prince Nikolaos … Continue reading

Rania learns about the “Knowledge is Power Programme”

  April 27, 2009 at 2:42 am by

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On Friday, Her Majesty Queen Rania visited the LEAP Academy in Washington, DC to learn about the “Knowledge is Power Programme”. The KIPP programme has helped children make significant academic gains and reach the highest test scores of any public school network in the US.Queen Rania was briefed by KIPP DC Executive Director Susan Schaeffler. Queen Rania toured the school and meet with teachers. Her Majesty also meet with a … Continue reading

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