State Visit from India to Spain Announced

  April 14, 2009 at 3:16 pm by

Spanish Coat of Arms

Upon invitation by Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain, the President of the Republic India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil and her husband, Devisingh Ramsingh Shekhawat will pay a State Visit to Spain between 21-22, April 2009. Smt. Patil is the 12th President of India, she was elected on July 25, 2007. She is the first woman to have been elected as President of India. For more info visit … Continue reading

Infanta Elena opens new Headquarters of FIAPAS

  April 14, 2009 at 3:08 pm by

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Today Her Royal Highness Infanta Elena attended the opening of the new head office of the Spanish Confederation of Families of Deaf Persons (FIAPAS in Spanish). The mission of FIAPAS is to represent and defend the rights and global interests of persons with auditory disability and their families, both national and international, to the society, administrations and other institutions. During her visit to the new head office, Infanta Elena, accompanied … Continue reading

New biography for Albert II of Belgium

  April 11, 2009 at 2:33 pm by

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This June, King Albert II of Belgium will celebrate his 75th birthday, and about one month later, The King and Queen of the Belgians have their golden wedding anniversary. To celebrate these festivities, a new biography about King Albert is published, “Albert II. De vorst met de glimlach” (Albert II, King with the smile). The biography was written by Erik Wellens, renowned copywriter for celebrity books and biographer. The book … Continue reading

Emperor Akihito thoughtfully looking back on fifty years of marriage

  April 11, 2009 at 12:13 pm by

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In a press conference on occasion of Emperor Akihito’s and Empress Michiko’s 50th wedding anniversary, the emperor said that while feeling true joy and being deeply appreciative of the congratulations of so many people, he could not help receiving them still “with a heavy heart” because of the severe economic situation in Japan and the world. He remembered that, at the time of his wedding, the country had been rising … Continue reading

Princess Claire of Belgium: Six years of royal style

  April 11, 2009 at 11:40 am by

Princess Claire's fashion

In April 2003, Prince Laurent of Belgium married Miss Claire Coombs, a British-born surveyor, who has been living in Belgium since the age of three. Since her engagement and wedding to Prince Laurent, Princess Claire has shown that she is partial to a relaxed, yet elegant style. She is a low-key, yet beautiful princess who seems happiest when she is with her family. Congratulations to Laurent and Claire on their … Continue reading

Dubai ruler to answer citizens and media via internet

  April 11, 2009 at 8:14 am by

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His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai will answer questions from the media and people on April 18. Questions from the citizens, Arab and foreign journalists will be answered directly by Sheikh Mohammed. The question page will open today and last till April 18 and that when all questions will be answered. This step comes as a result … Continue reading

Hamdan attends son’s graduation from Sandhurst

  April 11, 2009 at 8:00 am by

Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister on Thursday attended his son, Sheikh Zayed Bin Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan graduation from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) in the UK. Sheikh Hamdan and the guests were received by Rt Hon John Hutton, UK Secretary of State for Defence, and the Representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the ceremony, and the Commander of the Royal Military … Continue reading

Marie-Chantal of Greece: the image of American high society

  April 10, 2009 at 6:51 pm by

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Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece has been featured on the cover of a new book by British author Nick Foulkes. The book, High Society: the history of America’s Upper-Class, was recently published, and covers American society from the 17th century to the present. Marie-Chantal is a daughter of Robert Miller, who founded the hugely successful Duty Free Shops. The cover photo features Marie-Chantal, with her two sisters, Pia and Alexandra. The … Continue reading

Grand Duke Opens Grünewald Forest to the Public

  April 10, 2009 at 1:42 pm by

Grünewald Forest

Grand Duke Henri yesterday opened the forest of Grünewald to the public, following an agreement made on January 16th between the State of Luxembourg and the Grand Duke that the forest would be put at the disposal of the state and its people during certain times of the year and that the state would pay for a portion of the maintenance and upkeep of the Grünewald. As part of the … Continue reading

Qatar Royals To Visit Bulgaria

  April 10, 2009 at 11:28 am by

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Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and his wife Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned have accepted an invitation of Bulgaria’s president Georgi Parvanov. The visit is scheduled for next week. The royal couples will meet with President Georgi Parvanov, Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev and Georgi Pirinski, Chairman of Bulgaria’s Parliament. Its is also expected that Bulgaria’s First Lady Zorka Parvanova and Sheikha Mozah will visit the … Continue reading

Countess Alexandra & Family in Hong Kong

  April 10, 2009 at 6:15 am by

Martin Jørgensen and Countess Alexandra in Hong Kong

Countess Alexandra, her husband and two sons Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix have been spending the last month on holiday in Hong Kong, where Alexandra was born. If possible, Alexandra tries to take her children to Hong Kong every year to see her sister Nicola and her three children, who are the only ones now of her family who still live in HK (her parents live in Vienna, and her … Continue reading

Princess Catharina-Amalia Will Leave Kindergarten One Year Early

  April 10, 2009 at 3:02 am by

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Princess Catharina-Amalia of The Netherlands, eldest daughter of the prince of Orange and princess Maxima, will leave kindergarten after the summer break, to go to the 1st grade of the elementary school. Recently the princess and a few classmates went to the 2nd grade of kindergarten. The princess will leave kindergarten one year early as she is advanced for her age, this is a common procedure in Dutch schools and … Continue reading

Fifty Years Ago: Imperial Happy Ending

  April 10, 2009 at 1:18 am by

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In 1957, twenty-three-year-old Crown Prince Akihito of Japan felt sad and pessimistic. For nearly six years now, the Imperial Household Agency (IHA) had been busy to find him a bride – and prospects were bad. After putting together a list of 860 eligible candidates, young ladies descendant from families of the Japanese former nobility, the IHA had set to work and checked their past and pedigree. But up until now, … Continue reading

Jewels on Display at Buckingham Palace

  April 9, 2009 at 6:29 pm by

Buckingham Palace

The summer opening of Buckingham Palace this year includes a special exhibition to mark 60 years of the Commonwealth. Part of the exhibition will include a display of over 100 gifts given to the Queen and Prince Philip from their travels to the Commonwealth countries. Sometimes the Queen receives beautiful jewels as gifts which often have a symbolic reference to the country she is visiting. Two fantastic brooches will form … Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, Seven Years On

  April 9, 2009 at 4:02 pm by

The Queen Mother's coffin rests in Westminster Abbey during her funeral service

The Death of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother seven years ago did not come as a shock. Her late Majesty was in her 102nd year, and had been in declining health since the death of her younger daughter, Her late Royal Highness The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon in February. Queen Elizabeth’s funeral took place seven years ago today amid much pomp and ceremony in one of the largest funerals … Continue reading

HM Queen Elizabeth II marks Maundy Thursday

  April 9, 2009 at 10:11 am by

The Queen at the 2009 Maundy Service

Her Majesty The Queen today took part in one of the oldest of Royal ceremonies. The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, attended the Office of the Royal Maundy at St. Edmundsbury Cathedral. During the service Her Majesty distributed specially minted Maundy Money to 83 men and 83 women (83 being the years of The Queen’s age).These silver coins are gifts to the “poor” of the Dioceses as Her … Continue reading

Old Style Queen’s Day to Mark Queen Juliana’s 100th Birthday

  April 9, 2009 at 3:53 am by

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To mark the 100th anniversairy of Queen Juliana of The Netherlands, the traditional defilé will return on Queen’s Day (Koninginnedag). April 30th is the official birthday of Queen Beatrix, which she celebrates on the date of her mother’s birthday. When queen Juliana was still reigning this day was traditionally celebrated with a defilé at Soestdijk Palace. During the defilé, a  colorful parade of people representing various aspects of Dutch society … Continue reading

Jogger arrested near Villa Eikenhorst

  April 9, 2009 at 3:27 am by

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A jogger was arrested recently near Villa Eikenhorst, home of the prince of Orange and his family. The jogger wanted to lock his bicycle to one of the fences of the private estate, so he could jog in part of the estate ‘De Horsten’ that is open to the public. The place where van Zijll de Jong stored his car is however a forbidden area. When the jogger and his … Continue reading

Royals Attend Charity Gala for Uzbekistan

  April 9, 2009 at 3:09 am by

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The Duchess of Württemberg yesterday attended a gala dinner for the launch of the charity fund ‘Uzbekistan 2020′ dedicated to developing cultural, intellectual and human exchanges between Western Europe and Uzbekistan, at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris. Other royal guests were princess Léa of Belgium, prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy, prince of Venice and Piedmont, and Princess Helene of Yugoslavia. Other guests were Bernadette Chirac, wife of the … Continue reading

British Royals Top List of Hottest Young Royals

  April 8, 2009 at 11:08 pm by

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The young Windsors sweep the top three positions in the latest ranking of the hottest young royals by Forbes. Brothers Prince William and Prince Harry are #1 and #2, followed by their cousin Zara Phillips. The list is compiled according to the royals’ international Web and media presence and family wealth, and is limited to those who are 18 to 25 years old. The hottest young royals of 2009 are: … Continue reading

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