Spanish Royals Award the Cervantes Prize 2008

  April 21, 2009 at 5:44 am by

Miguel de Cervantes

As per tradition, yesterday Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain, accompanied by the Prince and Princess of Asturias, hosted a lunch at the Royal Palace for representatives of the letter-writing world to commemorate the grant of the Cervantes Prize 2008. The Miguel de Cervantes Prize was founded in 1974 and it is awarded annually by the Ministry of Culture, whose main goal is to honour the lifetime achievement … Continue reading

Jordanian King’s Motorcycle Trip & Restaurant Stop

  April 21, 2009 at 1:42 am by

King Abdullah with the owner's of the cafe

King Abdullah II from Jordan and over ten diplomats stopped by the Country Cafe in Harper’s Ferry on Saturday morning. Cafe Owner, Lisa Edel said she was notified that the King would stop by a few days before it took place. “We had a table for ten set up for them and they just sort of had some drinks, coffees and teas and some bagels and they just talked among … Continue reading

Swedish State Visit to Holland Begins Today

  April 21, 2009 at 1:41 am by

Swedish Coat of Arms

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia will arrive in Holland later today to begin their three-day state visit to the nation. The visiting royals will visit the regions of Kudelstaart, Gronigen and The Hague. A jam-packed schedule awaits the King and Queen when they touch down in the Netherlands, which can be found in depth here. One of the main highlights of the visit will be the gala banquet … Continue reading

Astrid and Lorenz at Para-Equestrian Tournament

  April 20, 2009 at 2:21 pm by

Princess Astrid and Archduke Lorenz

Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz of Belgium attended the International Paralympic Competition organized by the non-profit-making association “Quadrille” in Moorsele on Sunday 19 April, at the riding school “Zilveren Spoor” (the Silver Spur). The Princess was very impressed with the rider’s performance. She and her husband enjoyed extensive talks with the athletes and spectators, and they also visited the stables. See here for a summary of Princess Astrid and Prince … Continue reading

Princess Claire at Télévie Rally

  April 20, 2009 at 2:02 pm by

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On Sunday 19 April, Princess Claire of Belgium attended the Télévie Rally in Charleroi. Télévie is organized every year by the commercial television RTL-TVI. It is an action in which attention is asked for cancer and leukemia, and through all sorts of actions funds are collected for research and social projects. The kick off of this year’s action was given at the Long Term parking lot of the Airport of … Continue reading

Countess Alexandra Celebrates International Parkinson’s Day

  April 20, 2009 at 3:39 am by

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Countess Alexandra, recently returned from a holiday in Hong Kong, celebrated International Parkinson’s Day on Saturday, releasing 1,000 balloons from Aarhus during a conference at Skejby Hospital. She also, as Patron of the Parkinson’s Association, celebrated the appointment of Anne-Mette Rasmussen as an ambassador for the association, saying that she was “… pleased that Anne-Mette has been named. I have met her many times and I think she will be … Continue reading

Dubai Ruler talks about Rumours & Crisis while Answering Questions

  April 20, 2009 at 3:38 am by

From the TRF Avatar Gallery

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Dubai’s ruler, responded to questions from the people and media which he also talked about the financial crisis and reports of his illness. For a few months there have been rumours that Sheikh Mohammed has fallen ill and some that he had been shot though there were tons of pictures and news of the ruler in the papers around the time. Is the Sheikh really … Continue reading

Katie Price, AKA Jordan, and Her New Royal Friend

  April 19, 2009 at 11:05 am by

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In a new article in the Daily Mail, Jordan, the British glamour model and equestrian enthusiast, has struck up another royal connection: Zara Phillips, the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth, and daughter of Princess Anne, the princess royal. According to Jordan, Zara Phillips has been her friend ever since the two met last year at the Burghley Horse Trials. This is not the first time that Jordan has mingled with royalty. … Continue reading

Jordanian Royals start Working Visit to the U.S.

  April 19, 2009 at 4:06 am by

King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan

His Majesty King Abdullah II meet with representatives of Arab and Muslim American organizations in the US capital. King Abdullah and the representatives discussed current efforts to relaunch of the Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations within the frame work of efforts to reach comprehensive Mideast settlement. King Abdullah also met with representative of the Jewish-American organizations. A few future events: Queen Rania is expected to attened the Global Philanthropy Forum’s 8th Annual … Continue reading

Want a Piece of Royal Wedding Cake?

  April 18, 2009 at 6:08 pm by

A slice of Princess Louise's wedding cake, which is 138 years old

For readers with a sweet tooth, a piece of Princess Louise’s 1871 wedding cake went up for auction at the Antiques for Everyone Fair in Birmingham, England this past week. The piece of cake is believed to be the only remaining portion of the wedding cake. Bids were set to begin at $215 (145 pounds). John Shepard, the antique dealer, purchased the piece from a descendant of a noble family … Continue reading

Was Henry VIII a Glorious Leader or the Saddam of His Generation?

  April 18, 2009 at 4:28 pm by

King Henry VIII

With the upcoming 500th anniversary of his accession, Henry VIII continues to garner headlines in Britain. Marvin Gayford, the chief art critic for Bloomberg News, compares the English king to more recent tyrants like Saddam Hussein and North Korea’s Glorious Leader, Kim Jung Il. Gayford thinks that Henry may have been one of the most influential people in world history. Had Henry successfully fathered a son with Catherine of Aragon, … Continue reading

On the Trail of Henry VIII

  April 18, 2009 at 4:14 pm by

Hampton Court Palace

Dr. David Starkey says that we can learn much about the life of Henry VIII by visiting his residences, the most well-known of which is Hampton Court. Dr. Starkey is amazed by the Tudor royal’s “prodigious accumulation.” He is describing a neglected aspect of Henry’s reign: the number of houses and palaces he owned. When Henry became king in 1509, he had a mere 12 or 13 palaces and castles … Continue reading

40th Birthday of Former Princess Nori of Japan

  April 18, 2009 at 3:47 am by

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Sayako Kuroda, the former Princess Nori and only daughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan, is celebrating her 40th birthday today. As the princess left the Imperial Family and became a commoner on the day of her wedding to Yoshiki Kuroda in November 2005, no official birthday celebrations will be held. In all likeliness, though, the family is going to have a nice birthday party in private as … Continue reading

King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie Visit Crete

  April 17, 2009 at 10:50 pm by

Click here to read more at La Familia Real de Grecia (in Spanish)

Last Thursday, the former king and queen of Greece paid a visit to the isle of Crete, where they caught up with friends, and enjoyed the beauty of the the island. It has been 40 years since Constantine’s last visit to Crete, and he reminisced about his previous visit, while taking a keen interest in seeing how the island had changed. In addition to sightseeing, Constantine and Anne-Marie enjoyed spending … Continue reading

Princess Marie Cancels Engagement

  April 17, 2009 at 4:07 pm by

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Princess Marie has cancelled her engagement on the 26th at the Royal Theatre in order to clear her calender for her baby. Her midwife and doctor are currently “on standby” as she waits in Copenhagen for the baby to arrive. The event at the theatre will, however, still be attended by Prince Joachim. For more information, please see this thread.

Engagement Reception for Victoria & Daniel

  April 17, 2009 at 2:33 pm by

Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling

Daniel Westling, the fiance to Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria, has been formally introduced to the Swedish government on Friday. 180 special invited guests had the opportunity to congratulate the couple on their betrothal. Representatives of the parliament, government, authorities, land chiefs, representatives from the news industry and various organizations had been invited to the Bernadotte Hall at the royal palace. They all first met Victoria and Daniel before moving on … Continue reading

Royal Greenhouses in Laeken open to the public

  April 17, 2009 at 2:13 pm by

Click to see the full image at Belga

From today the Royal Greenhouses in Laeken are open to the public again, for about three weeks (17 April to 10 May). As usual, the first day of opening is reserved for the press only, who are allowed to marvel at the exotic flowers, which are in full bloom now. The Royal Greenhouses were built under the reign of Leopold II by Alphonse Balat, a famous Belgian architect who was … Continue reading

Sultan of Brunei State Visit to Kuwait and Oman

  April 17, 2009 at 9:13 am by

The Al-Alam Guest Palace

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei began a three day statevisit to Kuwait on April 13 which he held talks with Emir of Kuwait. The leaders underlined the warm and friendly relations between the two countries and expressed commitment to further promote bilateral ties. After the meeting, the Emir hosted banquet in honour of the monarch’s visit. On April 16, His Majesty visited Oman. Arriving at the … Continue reading

Japanese royals attending exhibition

  April 16, 2009 at 12:54 pm by

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Numerous events were scheduled to mark the golden wedding anniversary of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan on April 10. There was the evening party, a private family dinner and visits with government officials. People formed a long line in front of the imperial palace on Friday morning to express their congratulations on the occasion of the wedding anniversary by signing their names in well-wishers books. And there was … Continue reading

Queen Margrethe II celebrates 69th Birthday

  April 16, 2009 at 5:00 am by

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Queen Margrethe celebrated her 69th birthday today, April 16, surrounded by her ever-growing family on the balcony of Christian IX’s Palace at Amalienborg Palace. As she does every year, the Danish Queen stepped out on to the balcony at noon to greet the crowd of well-wishers which gathered below. Joined by her husband Prince Henrik, sons Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim, daughters-in-law Crown Princess Mary and Princess Marie, and … Continue reading

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