Clarke describes Imperial Russia vividly and delves into the money trail meticulously. The first part of this book is the most interesting. Certain images stayed in my mind: beautiful Meriel Buchanan’s Russian admirer visiting her in a panic after the Revolution, the Tsar’s daughters enjoying their first dances and balls, and the final terrible journey and end of the Royal family. (NB) Reading how Clarke traced the money of the … Continue reading
According to Dr. David Starkey in the Sunday Times, Henry VIII was a real mama’s boy. Looking at handwriting comparisons (that of Henry, his mother, Elizabeth of York, and his younger sister Mary), Starkey draws the conclusion that he was emotionally dependent on women because of the close similarity of the samples. An exhibition opening in April at the British Museum will display the samples. The Times quoted Starkey as … Continue reading
Two weeks ago it became clear that the royal family had asked the city counsil of The Hague for permission to change the destination plan of the estate of Huis ten Bosch Palace, so that three extra guest houses could be built. The RVD stresses that there are no concrete plans to build anything though. Last week gossip magazine Prive claimed that one of the guest houses would be built … Continue reading
Prince William sat down for a rare interview for the CBBC’s Newsround, where a 10 year old cancer patient named Alice Marples asked him the questions. The Prince talked with Alice about how his mother inspired him, his “Harry Potter” scar, and how he would easily beat brother Harry in an arm-wrestling match. “It’s not even a contest. Obviously I’d win. Obviously. As the bigger brother you have that psychological … Continue reading
King Albert II of Belgium received the Belgian cyclocross riders who participated in the Cyclocross World Championship 2009 in Hoogerheide (NL). Among the riders also the World Champion Niels Albert, the coach of the Belgian team, the Vice President of the Belgian Cyclist federation. The audience took place at the Royal Palace in Brussels. For pictures of the event, see belga.
HH Gen. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Education Council, has instructed that Dh 4 million be given to students and undergraduates which will help them to purchase books from the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair which kicked off today in Abu Dhabi. Sheikh Mohammed’s grant will also include the distribution of 1,000 children’s bags that contain 10 newly published … Continue reading
On Day two of the visit to Portugal, King Abdullah opened on Tuesday a drug factory affiliated to Amman-based Hikma Pharmaceuticals. During the opening, King Abdullah was briefed by Hikma Vice Chairman Mazen Darwazah on the manufacturing process in the factory which rely on using advanced technologies. Later that day, King Abdullah met with the Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates to discuss bilateral cooperation and efforts to launch serious negotiations … Continue reading
On March 17th 2009 Princess Märtha Louise of Norway attended the opening ceremony of a light fountain at St. Olav square in Oslo. This was the the Princess’ first public engagement after her maternity leave. Märtha Louise gave birth to her third daughter, Emma Tallulah Behn, in September 2008. The Princess and her family have last been seen in January 2009 during the christening of Emma Tallulah. Pictures of Princess … Continue reading
Princess Madeleine of Sweden attended the charity auction “Min Stora Dag” (in English: “My great day”) at “Stockholm auction house” on March 17, 2009, in Sweden’s capital Stockholm. Stockholms “Auktionsverk” (Swedish for “Stockholm’s Auction House”) founded in 1674 in Sweden is the world’s oldest auction house. Pictures of the Princess during the auction can be found in this thread.
On the 2nd day of the 4 day visit to Mexico Princess Mette-Marit visited the HIV/AIDS center clinica in Condesa. Later the crown princely couple held a speech to students in the auditorium Alfonso Caso. The couple visited Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, where the Crown Prince gave a lecture, and the Crown Princess opened an architecture exhibition by Kristin Jarmund. In the evening there has been an official reception … Continue reading
The Prince of Orange has spoken at the 5th World Water Forum. The forum began on Monday, March 16th, when a summit meeting for heads of state was held at Istanbul’s Ciragan Palace. The Forum is held every three years, and this year’s key themes are sanitation, climate change and increasing demand for water. Prince Willem-Alexander is the Chairman of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Board for Water and Sanitation. … Continue reading
The Luxembourg Government passed an amendment to Article 34 of the Luxembourg Constitution on March 12th, removing Grand Duke Henri’s power to vote on parliamentary matters. The Grand Duke now has a more ceremonial role in the Government; while he must sign the acts and bills of parliament, he does not enact them. This is much like the role of several of Henri’s European counterparts. The issue of the Grand … Continue reading
His Majesty King Constantine II, Former King of Greece, Queen Anne-Marie and Princess Irene held a private memorial service for King Paul and Queen Frederika of Greece on March 15 at the royal family’s former estate of Tatoi. King Pavlos and Queen Frederika had three children, King Constantine, Queen Sophia of Spain and Princess Irene. Members of the both the Spanish and Greek sides of the royal family attended a … Continue reading
This evening the Queen, Prince Henrik, Crown Prince Frederik (on crutches), Crown Princess Mary, Princess Benedikte, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie attended a ball hosted by the Queen for over four hundred distinguished musicians, artists, architects, instructors and sportspeople, including Henning Larsen and Bent Fabricius-Bjerre, at Christianborg Slot. Also invited are various Danish dignitaries, such as the Prime Minister, Fogh Rasmussen, the Minister of Trade and the Minister of Cultural … Continue reading
Yesterday Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg received in an audience the Director General of the Grand-Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art (MUDAM), Marie-Claude Beaud at Chateau Berg, a private residence of the Grand-Ducal Family situated about 30 kilometres from Luxembourg City. For more information, please see this thread.
The Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, has accepted the resignation the prime minister and his cabinet, Kuwaiti official Television reported on Monday. Kuwait’s government resignation comes after the Islamist lawmakers submitted three requests to question Prime Minister Sheikh Naser Mohammed Al Ahmad Al Sabah on political crisis. It is the fourth time the cabinet has resigned in two years. The last cabinet resigned in November after … Continue reading
At the opening of the 5th World Water Forum (WWF) on Monday in Istanbul, Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito said in his keynote speech that he hopes the international community will increase its efforts to tackle the issue of global warming as it is closely related to water-related issues in the world. The prince especially stressed the significance of a free and open discussion of global water issues. Government ministers from … Continue reading
Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit of Norway arrived in Mexico City on 15th of march. The official programme of the royal couple started on 16 March. On their first day the crown princely couple lay a wreath at the National Monument Ninos Heroes, payed a visit to the Frida Kahlo Museum and were welcomed by at Los Pinos by President Calderon. The Crown Prince and his wife are received by … Continue reading
Her Majesty Queen Rania on Monday received the Council of Europe’s (COE) North-South Prize in recognition of her concerted efforts to increase public awareness on global interdependence issues and foster inter-cultural dialogue between Eastern and Western cultures. Queen Rania gave a speech at the Portuguese parliament after beeing awarded the 2008 edition of the North-South Prize. The North-South Prize is awarded to those who contribute to the defense and promotion … Continue reading
On March 14th, Prince Felix attended the final of the Coupe de Luxembourg des dames (LaLux Ladies Cup). At the end of the game, Felix presented the winning team – Residence – with the trophy. The Prince attended the event as patron for the Luxembourg Basketball Federation. More information can be found in this thread.