Five years ago, on 20 March 2004, queen Juliana of The Netherlands passed away at the age of 94 at Soestdijk Palace in Baarn. The queen reigned The Netherlands for nearly 32 years, from 1948 until her abdication in favor of her eldest daughter Beatrix in 1980. Juliana married in 1936 to prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld. Together they got four daughters: Beatrix, Irene, Margriet and Christina. During her reign the … Continue reading
Next Thursday I am attending a Presentation of Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards in St. James’s Palace, London as a member of Staff, I recently received my invitation card for the event so I decided to write the following blog on Royal invitations. Invitations from Buckingham Palace are an exciting item of post which often the leaves the recipient confused and bewildered. It requires a precise form of reply and … Continue reading
Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands regularly interfered with the appointment of Dutch officials in the past. This is claimed by Henk Koning, Ben Bot and Pieter Kooijmans, three former government officials in the KRO programme Reporter, that will be broadcasted on Sunday. The old politicians do not see a problem in that interferance though, in the end the minister stays responsible for the appointment. In 1991 the queen was … Continue reading
Yesterday Prince Leopold “Poldi” of Bavaria attended the BMW presentation of the new Z4 Roadster at the BMW Pavillon in Munich, Germany. The prince is known for his passion for cars and racing, something he developped in his youth already. He started his career with rallying and in 1969 he moved to touring car racing, winning the North American Championships for Porsche in 1972. In 1984 he also took part … Continue reading
Princess Laurentien is writing a childrens book. According to Querido the intention is to publish a collection of children’s books. Mr. Finney is an idea of the princess herself and is meant for children from the age of four to eight. The authors will try to convey non moralising questions to children about how we use the planet. In 2004 Princess Laurentien founded the foundation ‘Lezen & Schrijven’ (Reading … Continue reading
Crown Princess Mary has given an interview to Danish magazine HJV. In the interview, Mary was asked about why she decided to train with the Home Guard, her experience with the training and what she sees the Home Guard’s role in society as. An excerpt of some of the interview is below. On why she chose to join the Home Guard: “There have always been close ties between the Danish … Continue reading
Yesterday, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia paid a day-long visit to the county of Gavleborg. During the visit, the pair met with a chimpanzee named Selma at the zoo in Gävle, Gävleborg County’s main city. At the zoo, Carl Gustaf and Silvia also saw some orangutans, and viewed the new primate research station. Queen Silvia then visited the Björn and Berries perfume factory, where she was presented with … Continue reading
On March 18th, Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven presented the ‘Gelders Newsphoto 2008′ award at the Provinical House in Arnhem. The Professor chairs the jury which decides on the winner. There were 30 photos that were nominated for the prize, all of which must have been in the news last year and feature Gelders as a subject. All the nominated photos are displayed in an exhibition at the Provincial House and … Continue reading
Visits to foreign countries usually means that Royals bring out their best outfits for the occasion and Princess Letizia’s recent 3 day visit with her husband to New York and Washington was no different. Although only a brief visit to promote economic relations between the US and Spain, their schedule was packed with numerous engagements. On Monday 16th March, the couple first visited the New York Public Library where Letizia … Continue reading
On 16 and 17 March, Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia visited New York, along with the Spanish Industry Minister, as part of the “Made in Spain/Made by Spain” initiative. On Monday 16 March they visited the Public Library of New York, where they met with importers and sellers of Spanish books, and attended a lunch held by the Spain-U.S. Chamber of Commerce at the Metropolitan Club, where Prince Felipe gave … Continue reading
Prince Jean of France, Duke of Vendôme today married Philomena de Tornos y Steinhart in a civil ceremony in Paris. The ceremony was sealed by the liberal mayor of the 7th arrondissiment of Paris, Rachida Dati. The ceremony was attended by a group of 60 to 70 relatives and friends. Among them the parents of the groom, the count of Paris and the duchess of Montpensier as well as his … Continue reading
King Albert and Queen Paola visited the European Astronaut Center in Cologne, Germany today. They were shown around by Belgian astronaut Frank De Winne. The King and Queen were very impressed by everything they saw, and enjoyed chatting with the astronauts and technicians at the EAC. Frank De Winne will go on his second trip to the ISS, and will be its first European commander. See here for the Belga … Continue reading
On March 15, Her Majesty Queen Noor received the 2009 Global Environmental Citizen Awards from Harvard Medical School’s Center for Health and the Global Environment. The Global Environmental Citizen Awards are presented annually by the Center for Health and the Global Environment to individuals who have been world leaders in protecting the global environment. In accepting the award, Her Majesty said “Our health, our welfare, and our children’s future depends … Continue reading
Wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein attended the Annual Concert “Message from the Past” which was presented by the Students and staff of Dubai Center for Special Needs. The concert started off with the Quran recital which was followed by several plays and musicals.
On Wednesday, Queen Margrethe handed out the “Queen’s Watch” award to guardsman Jens HÃ¸gild NÃ¸rgaard at a ceremony on the Rosenburg drill ground in Copenhagen. The “Queen’s Watch” award is a traditional award given out annually to a guardsman who has been nominated by his friends and officers. For more information, please see this thread.
On March 18th Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended the opening of a seminar on indigenous populations at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, had a guided tour to Sala Maya and Sala Mexica and attended the opening of the exhibition by ambassador Solem, over Sala Mexica. You can find a gallery here. Afterwards the couple travelled to Veracruz by car. They had lunch at the … Continue reading
A website has asked people from the Middle East and Africa (MEA) to nominate one out of five of the nominess whom they think most deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. The nominees have been chosen from different MEA countries: King Abdullah; Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Misned, Chairman of Qatar’s Board of Education, Science and Community Development and the wife of the Emir of Qatar; Dr. Albert Dagher, Professor of Economics … Continue reading
The Dutch Queen opened a flower exhibition yeterday in Lisse; and a similar engagement was undertaken by Sweden’s Queen Silvia. Queen Silvia inaugurated the ‘Viola’ Flower Show at Drottningholm Castle in Stockholm today, before touring the exhibition and admiring the flowers on display. More information can be found here.
Queen Beatrix yesterday opened the 60th edition of the International Flower Exhibition Keukenhof in Lisse. The Queen officially opened the event by baptising the new Spring Garden tulip. This year’s exhibition has the theme “USA, New Amsterdam: New York, 400″, in recognition of the 400th anniversary of the founding of the city now know as New York by Dutchman Henry Hudson. The theme is hoped to strengthen bonds of friendship … Continue reading
When I made my last visit to the library, I grabbed a copy of Book Page, “America’s Book Review.” And there’s a few new books that might be of interest to members of the Royal Forums. I haven’t read them and must rely on BP’s reviews, but three might be of interest to you. If you’re in the mood for humor and would like to broaden your knowledge of royal … Continue reading