Princess Haya meets with Sierra Leone Registrar of the Special Court

  March 26, 2009 at 5:32 am by

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HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE, Ruler of Dubai, met yesterday with the Registrar of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, Mr. Herman von Hebel, as part of an advocacy tour in the region by representatives of the Special Court for Sierra Leone. During the meeting, Mr. Herman explained the Special Court’s unique model … Continue reading

Constantijn & Laurentien attend ‘Reader’ Premiere

  March 25, 2009 at 10:54 pm by

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Earlier tonight, Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien attended the Dutch premiere of The Reader, starring Kate Winslett, in Breda. The film was the opening film of the Breda International Film Festival. The film is based on the book by Bernhard Schlink. According to the RVD’s press release, the film in conjunction with the Breda International Film Festival has formed a partnership with the Stichting Lezen & Schrijven (Reading and Writing … Continue reading

Princess Alexandra attends Basketball Final

  March 25, 2009 at 10:41 pm by

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Luxembourg’s Princess Alexandra attended the final of the Luxembourg Men’s Basketball Cup 2009. The event was held at the National Sports and Cultural Center in Coque on March 21st. T71 Diddeleng defeated AB Contern 78-60 to take home the trophy, presented by Princess Alexandra. Click here to see more pictures and information.

King Albert II and Prince Laurent in action

  March 25, 2009 at 4:17 pm by

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The theme of the engagements for the Belgian royals still present in the country these days seems to be (un)employment. Today, 25 March, King Albert II attended the second day of the international colloquium “20 Years Actiris” at the Egmont Palace in Brussels. Actiris is the Brussels regional department for employment. Only yesterday, Prince Laurent was present at the opening of Hanger S in Mechelen, Belgium. Hanger S will house … Continue reading

Prince and Princess of Asturias Celebrates Larra’s Bicentenary

  March 25, 2009 at 2:44 pm by

The Prince and Princess of Asturias at the celebrations

Yesterday evening in Madrid the Prince and Princess of Asturias presided over the opening of the activities to commemorate the Bicentenary of the birth of Spanish writer and journalist Mariano José de Larra. Among other activities, there will be a cycle of conferences in the Cultural club of Madrid, a meeting about Larra at the International University Menéndez Pelayo of Santander, and exhibitions, round tables, and a congress about mass … Continue reading

Philippe & Mathilde in Mexico – Day 3

  March 25, 2009 at 2:39 pm by

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On 24 March, the third day in Mexico (the second day of official activities – just to keep things simple), Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium attended the opening of the exposition “Belgica-Mexico, encuentro y reencuentro” at the Mexican Parliament, during which they took the time to talk to the children who were present. They met with Cesar Duarte, chairman of the chambers of deputy. Later, they also attended … Continue reading

Duchess of Cadaval Writes Book

  March 25, 2009 at 7:37 am by

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Princess Diane d’Orleans,duchess of Anjou and in her own right duchess of Cadaval is writing a historical novel about a Portuguese queen. In an interview with Portuguese boulevard magazine CARAS she revealed this, though she did not want to say which queen she is writing about at this stage. The book will be available in book shops next year. The duchess also started as a special reporter for the magazine, … Continue reading

King Albert II And Queen Paola’s Golden Wedding Details

  March 25, 2009 at 7:14 am by

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King Albert II and Queen Paola of The Belgians will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on 2 June 2009. The couple married in 1959 and want to organise a special event to mark the occassion. In style with the Belgian royal court this will not be a celebration that includes a glittering parade of foreign royals, instead they usually opt for a celebration with other Belgians, like last year when … Continue reading

Frederik & Mary Visit the US – Day 3

  March 24, 2009 at 11:55 pm by

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The Danish royal visit continued today, with Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary visiting the Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. Crown Prince Frederik gave a speech at the university, where he mentioned how proud he and Mary were to carry on the tradition of Danish Royal Family members visiting the university. Frederik’s grandparents, King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid, visited Grand View in 1939; and his mother, … Continue reading

Princess Laurentien Special UNESCO Envoy

  March 24, 2009 at 5:32 pm by

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Princess Laurentien will be active in fighting illiteracy and ‘low’ literacy on a global scale. She will ask for a broad plan of action for the matter: to prevent it with children and to help low/illiterate adults improving their reading and writing skills. The princess has been asked for this position because of her long and passionate involvement in the fight against illiteracy, both national and international. Among other things, … Continue reading

Philippe & Mathilde in Mexico – day 2

  March 24, 2009 at 3:50 pm by

The Prince and Princess in Mexico, day 2

Monday was the second day for the Belgian Prince and Princess in Mexico. In the morning, they visited the Mexican President, Felipe Calderón, and his wife, Mexican First Lady Margarita Zavala, at the official Presidential residence Los Pinos in Mexico City. The couple also laid a wreath at the Chapultepec monument. After that, the Presidential and Royal couples visited the Castle of Chapultepec, which was the residence of Emperor Maximilian … Continue reading

2008 Award of Castillia and León in Economics “Infanta Crisitina”

  March 24, 2009 at 3:46 pm by

Infanta Cristina at the awards ceremony

Her Royal Highness Infanta Cristina attended the XIV edition of the 2008 Award of Castillia and León in Economics, which took place today in Burgos. This award was created in 1995 by the Council of Castilla y Leon to honour the research labour of individuals or institutions in the field of economics because of the importance of the economy to every aspect of society. This year’s award goes to the … Continue reading

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia in Italy

  March 24, 2009 at 2:46 pm by

The Swedish King and Queen in Italy

The King and Queen of Sweden are currently on a state visit to Italy. After a private lunch, the Swedish royals got started with their state visit. First, King Carl XVI Gustaf visited the Italian Senate and the Chamber of Deputies. While he did that, his wife, Queen Silvia, went to a conference at the Fatebenefratelli Hospital, a place for deaf and disabled children. There, the Queen received an award … Continue reading

Bavarian Princess and Austrian Prince To Wed

  March 24, 2009 at 5:07 am by

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As is reported on the royalty page of Netty Leistra: princess Alice of Bavaria will marry the Austrian prince Lukas of Auersperg on August 29 2009. Princess Alice is the second of the five children of prince Luitpold of Bavaria and Beatrix Wiegland. Her father is second in the Bavarian succession, after duke Max in Bavaria. Prince Lukas is the eldest of the four children of prince Andreas of Auersperg … Continue reading

Frederik & Mary in the US – Day 2

  March 23, 2009 at 11:49 pm by

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Still in Chicago earlier today, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary kicked the day off early, attending the 9:45am call for the Climate and Energy Conference arranged by the City of Chicago and the Royal Danish Embassy of Washington DC. Frederik gave the opening remarks at the conference, before he and his wife moved on to a presentation of the green intiatives of Chicago with the Mayor and his … Continue reading

“Becoming Queen” by Kate Williams

  March 23, 2009 at 9:19 pm by

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Picture this. The Prince and Princess of Wales are feuding, much to their families’ dismay. It is quite clear that the marriage has ended, although, thank goodness, the succession is secure. They have produced an heir. But then tragedy strikes in a “King Ralph” moment and the heir is dead. What’s a royal family to do? I’m not talking about the misadventures of Charles and Diana, but about the tragedy … Continue reading

Princess Victoria Names the Day

  March 23, 2009 at 6:13 pm by

Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling

Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria and her fiancé, Daniel Westling, have chosen June 19th, 2010 as their wedding day. The date is King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia’s 34th wedding anniversary. This is also the day when Crown Prince Oskar married Princess Joséphine of Leuchtenberg in 1823 and when Crown Prince Carl married Princess Louise of The Netherlands in 1850. The wedding, which will be attended by royals from all over … Continue reading

Philippe & Mathilde in Mexico – Day 1

  March 23, 2009 at 2:05 pm by

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Belgian Prince Philippe leads an economic mission to Mexico and Panama, and Princess Mathilde accompanies him during official engagements. While her husband is working on strengthening the economic ties between Mexico and Belgium, Princess Mathilde will concentrate on a more social agenda. On their first day in Mexico, 22 March, the Duke and Duchess of Brabant used their free Sunday to enjoy a taste of the local culture. After a … Continue reading

Grand Duchess Presents Awards to Blood Donors

  March 23, 2009 at 1:45 pm by

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Today Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, as President of the Red Cross, presented decorations and congratulations to blood donors who had provided 20, 40 and 80 blood donations at the Cultural Center of Prince Henri Walferdange. The Grand Duchess is also celebrating her 53rd birthday today; she was born in 1956 in Havana, Cuba. For more information, please see this thread. To offer a birthday message for the Grand … Continue reading

Bowing and Curtseying

  March 23, 2009 at 5:44 am by

The Princess of Wales performs a court curtsey at her wedding

Meeting a member of any Royal Family can be a nerve wrecking experience for even the most seasoned Royal watcher. The questions of what to wear, say and do can be mind boggling and then there is the major question – should I bow / curtsey. In days gone by it was an obligatory act of deference to ones Sovereign, today it is optional. Buckingham Palace state only that many … Continue reading

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