“Becoming Queen” by Kate Williams

  March 23, 2009 at 9:19 pm by

Becoming Queen cover art

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

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

From the TRF Avatar Gallery

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

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