This Day in History – August 4

  August 4, 2009 at 8:38 pm by

August 4

August 4 is marked by all sorts of events, starting from the world’s first public smoking ban and the end of the Age of Chivalry in England, to the birth of ‘most dangerous woman in Europe’. If you want to learn what important things happened in the (Royal) History on August 4, read on. Edward I August 4, 1265 – The Battle of Evesham, one of the two most important … Continue reading

Dubai Ruler Wins Endurance Race, Gets Six Month Ban

  August 4, 2009 at 5:44 pm by

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid

His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, won the 120-km Euston Park Endurance ride which took place on Monday. Sheikh Mohammed completed the race in 5 hours 7 minutes and 47 seconds while the Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum won 2nd place. The royals competed against 118. The FEI has found … Continue reading

Sheikha Mozah on Vanity Fair’s Best-Dressed List

  August 4, 2009 at 5:02 pm by

Sheikha Mozah and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy

Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al Missnad has made the Vanity Fair 2009 International Best-Dressed List for the very first time. Sheikha Mozah has been on the international scene many times in Couture pieces as as Valentino, Jean Paul Gaultier, Stephan Rolland and Chanel which are just a few to name. Sheikha Mozah has also been seen in a number of shoes by the famous designer Christian Louboutin. She made a … Continue reading

Is the Georgian Dynastic Marriage Over?

  August 3, 2009 at 7:00 pm by

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In February of this year Georgia celebrated what most called “wedding of the century” for the country: the dynastic marriage of Prince David Bagration-Mukhrani and Princess Anna Bagration-Gruzinsky (see this blog entry). The marriage was celebrated in a ceremony at the Tbilisi Sameba Cathedral and was attended by practically all members of the Bagration Family, Government officials, foreign diplomats and members of the European Royal Families. Georgian media widely covered … Continue reading

100th Anniversary of the Historical Meeting of Nicholas II and Edward VII

  August 3, 2009 at 5:58 pm by

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Today is the 100th anniversary of the historical meeting between Emperor Nicholas II of Russia and King Edward VII of the United Kingdom. The meeting significantly improved the relationships between the two countries. The Russian Emperor, accompanied by his wife and all 5 children, arrived at the Isle of Wight on the Imperial Yacht Standart, which was escorted by Russian Cruisers and Destroyers. King Edward VII prepared a no-less impressive … Continue reading

Unlikely Union of Views: Russian Government and Opposition – “Monarchy may be what we need”

  August 3, 2009 at 10:21 am by

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One of the prominent Russian politicians recently disclosed that the Kremlin Administration is considering reinstatement of Monarchy (constitutional Monarchy) in Russia, akin to the British model. The Russian Government believes that the Monarch could be the person who would be able to unify the country and serve as an important symbol in troublesome times. Now, it appears that the Opposition has much the same views. It can now be revealed … Continue reading

First Patronage for Princess Marie

  August 3, 2009 at 2:56 am by

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The Tønder Festival was announced by the Danish Royal Court as the first patronage of HRH Princess Marie. The annual folk music festival, which takes place in the southern-Danish city of Tønder neighbouring Marie’s home at Schackenborg Castle, has been running since 1975. The festival traditionally runs on the last weekend of August each year, the dates for this year’s concert being August 27-30. As well as local Danish artists, … Continue reading

Royal Tributes to World War One Veteran, World’s Oldest Man – Henry Allingham

  August 2, 2009 at 11:43 pm by

Henry Allingham meeting Queen Elizabeth II

In the past week the last two surviving World War One veterans living in Britain have both passed away. Henry Allingham (image) died aged 113 on 18th July and a week later the last veteran Harry Patch also passed away. Earlier this year Bill Stone another WW1 veteran died. To mark the passing of the last of the Great War veterans a memorial service is planned for later in the … Continue reading

William & Harry to Pose for Rankin Portraits

  August 2, 2009 at 5:51 pm by

Queen Elizabeth II's Rankin potrait

After taking a striking photograph of Queen Elizabeth II, photographer Rankin will now aim his lenses at her two grandsons, Princes William and Harry. “I think that Prince William and Prince Harry are amazing,” he told the Telegraph. “I would absolutely love to photograph them. For me, it’s not about celebrity or the privilege into which you were born. They have an incredibly difficult life and I think they carry … Continue reading

Queen Fabiola attends memorial mass for King Baudouin

  August 2, 2009 at 8:33 am by

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On 31 July, Queen Fabiola attended the memorial mass for her late husband, King Baudouin I of Belgium. The mass is always organised at the special request of Queen Fabiola, on the anniversary of the King’s death, at the Church of Our Lady in Laeken. Queen Fabiola was accompanied by Prince Nicolas of Liechtenstein, the husband of her niece, Princess Margaretha. The Queen attended the mass in a wheelchair, and … Continue reading

Margriet & Pieter inaugurate Aruban National Museum & Park

  August 1, 2009 at 10:01 am by

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Continuing with their official visit to Aruba, HRH Princess Margriet and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven inaugurated both the Aruba National Archeological Museum (MANA) and the Arikok National Park last Sunday, July 26th. First on the agenda was a trip to the Arikok National Park, which covers 18% of the island nation. The royal pair visited the park to inaugurate its new visitor’s centre, the final installment of the park’s three-year … Continue reading

10 years as King for Mohammed VI

  August 1, 2009 at 6:34 am by

King Mohammed VI of Morocco

King Mohammed VI, who is 45 years old, has been King of Morocco for the past 10 years, after his father passed away in 1999 after ruling for 38 years. To mark the anniversary of taking power, traditional ceremonies as well as parties and concerts took place all over the country. Marching bands and firework displays where the start of the four day celebration. King Mohammed VI had given a … Continue reading

Is the Kremlin planning to restore the Monarchy in Russia?

  July 31, 2009 at 7:36 pm by

House of Romanov (Russian Empire) Coat of Arms

Russia is positively buzzing with news about the Romanovs! The upcoming 400 years anniversary of the House combined with the unusually high level of activity of the members of the Romanov family, have resulted in a significant increase of coverage of Family. While the members of the Romanov Family discuss who is going to be the main representative of the Family during the celebrations, Russians are trying to understand what … Continue reading

Princess Madeleine awarded 400,000€ in win against German tabloids

  July 31, 2009 at 2:25 am by

Princess Madeleine of Sweden

HRH Princess Madeleine was yesterday awarded 400,000€ in damages by the Court of Hamburg. The case was against German company the Klambt Group, which owns several tabloid magazines. Those relevant to this case were Frau mit Herz and Welt der Frau. The Princess was awarded the money, which is believed to be going to a charitable organisation, for the false articles and stories the two magazines ran regarding the Princess’ … Continue reading

One Last Hurrah for the Urdangarin Family Before Their Big Move

  July 31, 2009 at 1:53 am by

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Infanta Cristina and her family are squeezing in as much fun and sun as they can in Spain before they head over to Washington, D.C. where Iñaki Urdangarin is set to take a new job this summer. The entire family was recently spotted at PortAventura, a theme park located in Tarragona, just an hour away from the family residence in Barcelona. PortAventura is a popular place frequented by families, kids, … Continue reading

Prince and Princess of Asturias visit Romania: Last Day

  July 30, 2009 at 2:50 pm by

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After two days of intense diplomatic activity, yesterday Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia had time to make cultural and charity visits and also met with others royals. They went to the National Museum of Bucharest where they visited an important medieval Exhibition. Afterwards they visited Centro San Marcelino Champanat of Los Hermanos Maristas, a center in Bucharest that developed a program to help children and youth. San Marcelino Champanat was … Continue reading

Jewels from Commonwealth on display at Buckingham Palace

  July 30, 2009 at 12:53 am by

The Queen wearing a Sri Lankan brooch

The summer opening of Buckingham Palace this year includes a exhibition of royal gifts from the Commonwealth countries. Included are a number of brooches and a necklace that have been gifts during the royal tours of the Commonwealth countries in the last 60 years. One of the first gifts the Queen received on a Commonwealth tour was the Flame Lily Brooch from Rhodesia. During a 1947 tour with her parents … Continue reading

“We may return to Russia, but we want no privileges” announces Prince Dimitri Romanov

  July 29, 2009 at 5:52 pm by

House of Romanov (Russian Empire) Coat of Arms

Some time ago, the spokesman for Maria Vladimirovna announced that, “The Imperial House intends to return to Russia. We don’t know when the time will be right, but we are certain that it will happen in near future, as it has already happened in many civilized countries, like Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania and Hungary. The former Royal Houses that returned to their countries of origin now actively take part in their … Continue reading

King of Morocco recognizes the Holocaust

  July 29, 2009 at 5:11 am by

King Mohammed VI of Morocco

The 45 year old King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, has formally admitted the Holocaust. King Mohammed declared the Nazi genocide of the Jews “one of the most tragic chapters of modern history” a few days after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian President, denied it had ever occurred. King Mohammed VI announced his support of the Aladdin Project, which is a Paris-based program run by the Foundation for the Memory of the … Continue reading

Prince and Princess of Asturias visit Romania: Day two

  July 29, 2009 at 4:01 am by

The Prince on day two in Romania

On their second day of their official visit to Romania, the Prince and Princess of Asturias began the day with a working breakfast with representatives of Spanish companies in Romania. Later on Prince Felipe had a meeting with Romanian Prime Minister, Emil Boc, at Victoria Palace, headquarters of the Prime Minister administration. Soon afterward the Princess of Asturias joined her husband in order to visit the Parliament where they met … Continue reading

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