March 1st, 2013 – Madrid Carrying on a 300 year old tradition in the Spanish Royal Family, Her Majesty the Queen paid a visit to the Basílica de Nuestro Padre Jesús de Medinaceli in Madrid. The Roman Catholic Basilica houses the shrine of the statue of Padre Jesús Nazareno, which dates from the 1680s. The Spanish Royal Family have a long history of devotion to this shrine and Statue of … Continue reading
Announcing the winners of the January 2013 Picture of the Month Poll of the Month Polls: January 2013 Official Picture of the Month Poll: First Place Tie: The Netherlands Second Place Tie: Denmark Third Place Tie: Brunei 2012 Picture of the Year (January 2013 Informal Picture of the Month Poll): First Place Tie: Sweden Second Place Tie: Great Britain Third Place Tie: Norway & The Netherlands & Dubai Congratulations to all winning teams!
February 23, 2013 – Twickenham, England The Prince and Princess of Monaco attended the Six Nations Rugby Match between France and England on Saturday February 23rd at Twickenham Stadium, outside London. The Monegasque royals were dressed warmly against the bitter winter weather, but looked relaxed and happy. England defeated France 23-13 in what was a very tense but entertaining game. The English victory means they have now won six of … Continue reading
The founder of the present Royal Danish Glücksburg Dynasty, King Christian IX was dubbed the “father-in-law of Europe”. He and Queen Louise (of Hesse–Kassel) had six children who all married into other dynasties. Their two eldest daughters rose to illustrious positions; Princess Alexandra was exported to England to become a popular Princess of Wales and eventually, Queen of the United Kingdom and the realms. Her younger sister, Princess Dagmar, was … Continue reading
February 23rd, 2013 – Palma de Mallorca Inaki Urdangarin, the husband of Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca was back in court in Palma de Mallorca on Saturday. A year after he was first summoned, a tired-looking Urdangarin made his way to the Balearic Islands Superior Court of Justice in Palma, capital of the Balearic Islands. The Duke Consort, who is the only son-in-law of King Juan Carlos, is … Continue reading
The Spanish Royal Court announced on February 21st that King Juan Carlos will undergo surgery on March 3rd for a herniated disc in his lumbosacral spine and a spinal stenosis. The surgery will be performed by Dr Manuel de la Torre Gutiérrez and his team at the Clínica La Milagrosa in Madrid. The aging Spanish Monarch underwent a medical examination on February 15th. This surgery will follow a recent operation … Continue reading
The Duchess of Cambridge returned to her official duties with a visit to Hope House, a residential treatment centre run by Action for Addiction, in Clapham. This was the Duchess’s second visit to the charity; her first was a private trip she made to learn more about the charity before becoming its Patron. Catherine was greeted by dozens of photographers and journalists upon her arrival, all eager to see the … Continue reading
Today, King Harald celebrates his 76th birthday. He was born on February 21st, 1937, at his parents’ home Skaugum (near Oslo), where the Crown Princely Family lives today. He is the youngest of three children and only son of then Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Märtha. His eldest sister, Princess Ragnhild, passed away last year on September 16th. Due to male precedence, he became King of Norway after his … Continue reading
On February 17, 2013 His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and Gen. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, opened the International Defence Exhibition and Conference, IDEX and the naval show, NAVDEX in Abu Dhabi. The opening started with playing of the UAE National … Continue reading
Once he succeeds the throne on April 30, the future King Willem-Alexander will pay his first official visit as the Dutch monarch to neighbouring Germany. Accompanied by his wife, then Queen Máxima, the visit will take place between June 3rd and 6th. It is expected the visit will begin in Berlin, as per custom, to visit the German President. Following this, a program possibly incorporating portions of an economic visit … Continue reading
The Spanish Royal Family received the Spanish Handball National Team at the Zarzuela Palace on Monday, February 11. Present at the reception were Their Majesties the King and Queen and the Prince and Princess of Asturias. The Spanish team are the current world handball champions, having beating Denmark at the tournament finals on January 27th. In a speech the King congratulated the entire team, their coaches and technical staff. His … Continue reading
After a televised request during the opening of the Government Summit just one week ago in Dubai, Mira asked Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai to visit her school. Sheikh Mohammed replied that his week was a busy but would find time in the following week. Mira has not mentioned which school she was attending, so Sheikh Mohammed has … Continue reading
In her first official act of 2013, Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo presided over the opening of the 21st AULA Exhibition at the Parque Ferial Juan Carlos I in Madrid. The AULA Educational Exhibition is according to the Europa Press ‘dedicated to improving the quality of teaching and guiding young people in their choice of studies’. The Duchess of Lugo was accompanied by the Spanish Minister for Education, Jose Ignacio … Continue reading
The Spanish Royal Family hosted a luncheon in honour of the official visit to Spain by the President of Guatemala and the First Lady at the Palacio Real in Madrid. The official visit from Guatemala took place between February 12th and 14th. The visit began with a private audience at the Zarzuela Palace between the King and the President, Mr.Fernando Perez Molina. Present at the luncheon at the magnificent Palacio … Continue reading
The Swedish Royal Court has released a series of new portraits of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia taken to mark the King’s fortieth year on the throne this coming September. Two sets – one in civilian attire and one in gala attire – were released of the King and Queen. The civilian series were photographed at the Royal Palace in Louisa Ulrika’s dining room by Alexis Daflos. The … Continue reading
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will pay official visits to Jordan, Qatar and Oman from March 11 to March 19, 2013. According to the Clarence House’s press release, “the tour will help to strengthen the United Kingdom’s bilateral relations with key partners in the region, relations which are underpinned by the close personal friendships that exist between Their Royal Highnesses and the Royal Families in each … Continue reading
The Royal Saudi Court announced on Tuesday the death of HRH Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz al Saud, the Governor of Riyadh. According to the statement, the late prince’s funeral will take place at the Emam Turki’s mosque in Riyadh City this Wednesday. Prince Sattam was born in 1941 as the son of King Abdulaziz al Saud and Princess Mudhi Al Sudairi. He was educated at the University of San Diego, … Continue reading
King Abdullah II of Jordan delivered yesterday his speech from the throne opening the 17th non-ordinary session of the Jordanian parliament. The King addressed the newly-elected lower house members and urged them to shoulder their responsibility towards the success of this historic transformation towards parliamentary government and its development. Upon his arrival to the parliament, the King was welcomed by the prime minister and senior officials. The ceremony was attended … Continue reading
Announcing the winners of the December 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 & Belgium Congratulations to all winning teams!
Please vote in the January 2013 Picture of the Month Polls! The Official Link features pictures showing the official side of royalty. This month’s Informal Poll showcases 2012 Picture of the Year. The polls will remain open until 28 February 2013.