Frederik & Mary in the US – Day 1

  March 23, 2009 at 3:48 am by

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After their official visit got off to a delayed start before they’d even left Copenhagen, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary spent the day yesterday in Chicago. The pair kicked off their official visit to the United States with a architectural guided tour of the Windy City. Even though Frederik is on crutches after suffering a broken fibia while on holiday in Switzerland, he didn’t seem to phased as … Continue reading

The Royal Standard of HM Queen Elizabeth II

  March 22, 2009 at 5:58 pm by

The Personal Flag of Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen’s presence is, by long tradition, marked by the flying of Her Majesty’s Royal Standard. This flag is flown over a building in which The Queen is present, from a ship in which Her Majesty is travelling, from the roof of The Queen’s official cars and from Royal Aircraft when on the Ground. The Royal Standard is not flown from ecclesiastical buildings, with the exception of Westminster Abbey which … Continue reading

Philippe & Mathilde on economic mission to Mexico & Panama

  March 22, 2009 at 3:40 pm by

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Mexico is a popular place for royals this season. Mexican dignitaries have hardly finished saying goodbye to the Norwegian Crown Princely couple, and now they already have to prepare for yet another royal visit. Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium have started their visit to Mexico. The Prince leads an economic mission to Mexico and Panama. The Princess will attend only the part of the visit to Mexico. They … Continue reading

Mohammed bin Zayed attends Japanese tea ceremony

  March 22, 2009 at 3:01 pm by

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed

H.H. Gen. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, admired the commitment of the Japanes to their rich indigenous traditions despite the modern life. Sheikh Mohammed made his remarks as he attended a Japanese tea ceremony staged at Bahr Palace by the Japanese Embassy in association with Japan Oil Development Company Ltd (JODCO). Sheikh Mohammed drank a … Continue reading

Haya attends closing ceremony of Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

  March 22, 2009 at 1:25 pm by

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Under the patronage and in the presence of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) on Saturday March 21, marked the successful closing of its 2nd annual festival held under the theme ‘Together, We Add Colour to Life’. The closing ceremony which … Continue reading

80 years since Olav’s and Märtha’s Wedding

  March 22, 2009 at 11:02 am by

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Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Märtha, a Swedish Princess, were married 80 years ago, on March 21st 1929. Prince Olav and Princess Märtha met during the Olympic Games in Amsterdam in 1928. They took some time to explore the city together and get to know each other. By the time they returned to their respective homes, they were secretly engaged. The engagement was announced publicly in Stockholm a few … Continue reading

Prince Emanuele Filiberto Wins TV Dancing Competition

  March 22, 2009 at 6:55 am by

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Yesterday prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy, prince of Venice, won the television competition ‘Ballando Con Le Stelle, the Italian edition of ‘Dancing with the Stars’. The prince is the grand son of the last king of Italy and will succeed his father as (contested) head of the Italian royal family eventually. The prince and his dance teachter Natalia Titova, won the competition with 75 percent of the popular vote (1 … Continue reading

Dubai ruler visits Art Dubai & attends horse show

  March 22, 2009 at 5:36 am by

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The Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, visited this evening Art Dubai 2009. Sheikh Mohammed toured the different galleries that featured almost 2000 artworks by over 450 artists from the UAE and other countries. Sheikh Mohammed also viewed hand-made Persian rugs displayed at the exhibition. After the art exhibition, Sheikh Mohammed attended the final day of the … Continue reading

Danish Crown Princely Couple in Bomb Scare

  March 21, 2009 at 6:39 pm by

Copenhagen's Kastrup Airport

All passengers on a Scandinavian Airlines System flight from Copenhagen Airport to Chicago, which also carried Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, were evacuated yesterday as a passenger remarked that he had a bomb in his backpack. The person was removed immediately, followed by the evacuation of all the aircraft’s 943 occupants. The plane was then thoroughly searched by the bomb squad before passengers were allowed to return. Police … Continue reading

MADD Take Two

  March 21, 2009 at 6:17 pm by

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Saturday March 21st was Queen Beatrix’s day to step out and participate in Make A Difference Day. The Queen spent the day at the Kubes Foundation in Zeist, where she helped visually impaired people to create art. Queen Beatrix made sculptures with the members of the Foundation. And the people at the Kico Foundation in Scheerwolde got a surprise when Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien turned up to do their … Continue reading

Liechtenstein Addresses Tax Haven Status

  March 21, 2009 at 2:54 pm by

LGT Group, owned by the Liechtenstein Princely Family

Liechtenstein has agreed to address its tax haven status by adopting international standards on tax cooperation. The Prime Minister and Ruling Prince have agreed to talks with other countries in an attempt to remove the distinction between tax fraud and tax evasion. Hereditary Prince Alois confirmed that this decision had been agreed to between the government, business leaders and the royal family. The princely House of Liechtenstein owns the LGT … Continue reading

Charles’s Detox Saga continues…

  March 21, 2009 at 11:45 am by

Duchy Originals logo

… as the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have upheld complaints from the public on the herbal medicine additions to the Prince of Wales’s Duchy brand. The Duchy Herbals line includes ‘Echina-Relief Tincture’, ‘Hyperi-Lift Tincture’ and the ‘Detox Tincture’ which was branded ‘outright quackery’ by the UK’s leading complementary medicine professor Edzard Ernst. Though the MHRA gave Duchy Originals a license to sell the tinctures, the regulatory body … Continue reading

Prince Jean of Luxembourg Weds

  March 21, 2009 at 5:31 am by

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Grand Duke Henri’s younger brother, Prince Jean of Luxembourg, wed for the second time last Wednesday in Roermondm, Holland. The bride was Jean’s long-time partner, Diane de Guerre. The civil wedding ceremony took place at the Roermondm City Hall, and was performed by the town’s Mayor, Mr H. van Beers. Relatives of the bride and groom attended the small ceremony, but the only member of the Luxembourg Grand Ducal family … Continue reading

Mohammed launches website

  March 21, 2009 at 5:02 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, the official website of the Prime Minister of the UAE has been developed to open all communication channels with everyone. The website was launched on Friday by Shaikh Mohammad. The website will not only represents the official source of all information related to the prime minister, but also provides an effective … Continue reading

The Cullinan Diamond

  March 20, 2009 at 10:23 pm by

The rough Cullinan Diamond before it was cut down

The Cullinan Diamond was found by Captain Frederick Wells in a mine in Pretoria, South Africa, on 25th January 1905. The diamond was named after Sir Thomas Cullinan who owned the mine. The stone weighed one and half pounds and measured about 3,106 carats. It is the largest rough gem-quality diamond ever found. It was presented to Edward VII, for his 66th brithday, by the Transvaal governemnt. The Cullinan diamond … Continue reading

Dutch Royals Participate in MADD

  March 20, 2009 at 6:28 pm by

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Today, March 2oth, several members of the Dutch Royal Family participated in the first day of Make A Difference Day in Holland. The royal family volunteer their time for this event every year, and it brings out the majority of members of the family. The Prince of Orange and his wife Princess Máxima were helping to fix the De Gagel playground in Utrecht, where the heir to the throne helped … Continue reading

Emperor Akihito’s tuberculosis battle

  March 20, 2009 at 1:15 pm by

Emperor Akihito in his youth

At an event celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association in Tokyo on Wednesday, Emperor Akihito of Japan revealed that he had, in his youth, been battling for four years with tuberculosis. Akihito said he was diagnosed with the infectious illness in December 1953, just days before his 20th birthday. After taking new medicines, such as streptomycin and hydrazide, he finally recovered in September 1957. The fact that … Continue reading

Haakon’s and Mette-Marit’s 4th day in Mexico

  March 20, 2009 at 12:22 pm by

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During the 4th day in Mexico, March 19th, the Norwegian Crown Princess Mette-Marit visited the house of culture in Veracruz. Later Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit posed for the media at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City with Mexican President Felipe Calderon Hinojosa and his wife Margarita Zavala where they attended an official dinner. More events the Crown Princely couple attended were the Crown Prince’s visit to a Floating Production Storage … Continue reading

Sheikha Mozah at the UN

  March 20, 2009 at 12:05 pm by

The United Nations

Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann, president of the UN General Assembly, lauded the efforts of H H Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned in helping Palestinian schoolchildren saying “As you may know, she has been working tirelessly to restore as quickly as possible the scores of UN-sponsored schools that were damaged during the horrific invasion of the Palestinian territory of Gaza two months ago.” At the assembly, Sheikha Mozah said she would … Continue reading

Abdullah & Rania at JRF charity event

  March 20, 2009 at 11:41 am by

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His Majesty King Abdullah II and Queen Rania Al-Abdullah attended the annual charity event of Jordan River Foundation (JRF) on Thursday. Event was held at the King Hussein Convention Center at the Dead Sea area and dedicated to raise funds for JRF’s different childhood, rehabilitation and development programmes. The JRF was established in 1995 and is chaired by Queen Rania. It is a non-profit Jordanian non-governmental organization which seeks to … Continue reading

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