Mohammed attends final session of Dubai Policy Forum

  March 13, 2009 at 4:23 am by

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H. H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai attended part of the concluding session of the Dubai Policy Watch forum organised by Mohammad Bin Rashid Center for Leadership Development (MBRCLD). Also attending the forum was H.H. Sheikh Majed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and a few senior officials.

Emperor To Visit Canada and Hawaii in the Summer

  March 13, 2009 at 1:59 am by

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan

13 Feb 09. It was announced today that Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will carry out a two-week official tour of Canada and Hawaii in July. The trip is intended to foster international cooperation and friendship. After arriving in Ottawa on 3 July, the Emperor and Empress will begin their official tour on 6 July, covering Toronto, Victoria, and Vancouver. On 14 July the imperial couple will fly to Hawaii, … Continue reading

Danish Royal Family to Visit Vietnam

  March 13, 2009 at 1:41 am by

Danish Royal Family Coat of Arms

It was confirmed earlier this week that Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik will pay a state visit to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in November. Upon invitation from HE President Nguyen Minh Triet, the Queen and Prince Henrik will be accompanied by Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary for the five-day visit; beginning on November 2. The four will return to Denmark on November 9, following a three-day … Continue reading

Daniel’s Gala Debut

  March 13, 2009 at 12:40 am by

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Daniel Westling’s “Debut Day” as a royal fiancé began at noon with Crown Princess Victoria’s name day celebrations, followed the gala banquet for representatives hosted by the King and Queen later that evening. Daniel was in official attendance as King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia welcomed 160 representatives of the Swedish diplomatic corps, parliament and goverment, authorities, culture, sport and industry; along with representatives of American science at the Royal … Continue reading

Crown Princess Victoria Celebrates Name Day with Fiancé

  March 13, 2009 at 12:14 am by

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Crown Princess Victoria celebrated her first ‘Victoriadagen’ (Victoria Day) with her new fiancé, Daniel Westling, yesterday at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. As she does every year, Victoria exited the Palace into the courtyard at noon to greet well-wishers and accept flowers from the military band. The heir to the Swedish throne was accompanied by her fiancé and her mother, Queen Silvia. This is the final year that this particular … Continue reading

Renovated Ministry of Finance Receives Queen Beatrix

  March 12, 2009 at 6:25 pm by

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Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands today opened the renovated Dutch ministry of Finance in The Hague. The queen was dressed in a outfit and hat of different shades of blue, which she combined with some aquamarine jewelry. The building of the ministry of Finance has been renovated by the architect agency ‘Meyer & van Schooten’. A part of the original facade has been demolishd so the inner garden of the … Continue reading

Queen Paola and Princess Claire Visit Exhibition Together

  March 12, 2009 at 6:11 pm by

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Today queen Paola of the Belgians and her daughter-in-law, princess Claire, visited the exhibition ‘From van Dijck to Bellotto’ at the Palace of Fine Arts (Bozar) in Brussels. The exhibitions shows the collection of Flemish and Italian masters from the Galleria Sabauda in Turin, which was founded by the court of the house of Savoy. In 1860 the collection was donated to the Italian State. The queen and princess Claire … Continue reading

Princess Máxima in Washington DC

  March 12, 2009 at 6:10 pm by

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Princess Máxima of The Netherlands visited Washington DC today, to open the conference “Measurement, Promotion and Impact of Access to Financial Services” that was organised by the Worldbank in Washington DC. Princess Máxima spoke to an audience of academics, researchers and international policy makers about the need for accessibility to financial services. In her speech the princess ask for more attention for the structural collection of data. Reliable statistic information … Continue reading

Queen Silvia attends Drug Conference in Austria

  March 12, 2009 at 6:06 pm by

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Queen Silvia attended the start of the 52nd Session on Narcotic Drugs at the Vienna International Centre in Vienna yesterday, March 11. The conference was organised on behalf of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and was also attended by the UNODC’s Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa. You can read more about Silvia’s attendance and view more photos here.

Prince William Speaks About Mother’s Death at Bereavement Charity Lunch

  March 12, 2009 at 4:30 pm by

Prince William at the bereavement lunch

Prince William spoke openly about losing his mother, Princess Diana, at a lunch for The Child Bereavement Charity, which was once supported by Diana. Now her eldest son is its patron. “Losing a close family member is one of the hardest experiences that anyone can ever endure,” Prince William said. “Never being able to say the word ‘mummy’ again in your life sounds like a small thing. “However, for many, … Continue reading

Queen Rania wins the European Council on Human Rights Award

  March 12, 2009 at 2:43 pm by

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Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah has won the European Council on Human Rights award. The award will be awarded to Queen Rania in a ceremony which will be held in the premises of the Portuguese Parliament in Lisbon on March 16. Winning the award along with the Queen Rania was the former Portuguese President, Jorge Sampaio.

Thai King checks into hospital for check-ups

  March 12, 2009 at 12:27 pm by

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Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej has checked into Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital for a few check-up which is scheduled to start today Thursday, said a hospital official. The official did not say how long the 81-year-old king will stay in hospital. The King checked into hospital late Wednesday. He was accompanied by Queen Sirikit and a few members of the royal family. “This is a personal visit by His Majesty to the … Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth II to visit Cheltenham Race Meeting on Gold Cup Day, March 13th 2009

  March 12, 2009 at 9:23 am by

The Queen at the 2003 Cheltenham races

For the first time since 2003, when she unveiled a bronze bust of her late mother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, HM will make an appearance at Cheltenham Racecourse on Gold Cup Day. The Queen Mother, a jump racing fanatic, attended the Cheltenham meeting for many years, a tradition kept alive by following generations, most notably The Princess Royal and her daughter Zara Phillips, Prince Charles, Camilla, Dutchess of Cornwall, … Continue reading

King Carl Gustaf attends Skiing World Cup

  March 11, 2009 at 11:54 pm by

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King Carl XVI Gustaf attended the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals in Åre today. The King presented the winner of the ladies’ downhill competition, American Lindsey Vonn, with her trophy. The competition is something that the King has attended in the past, sometimes accompanied by his wife Queen Silvia and eldest daughter Victoria. More about Carl Gustaf’s attendance at the event can be found here.

Report: Prince William to Marry Kate Middleton

  March 11, 2009 at 8:12 pm by

Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2009

It’s happening again: reports are going around that Britain’s Prince William will announce his engagement to long time love Kate Middleton at the end of this March. But this recent report is not coming from the usual gossip magazines. It’s from the French publication Pointe de Vue, which claims to have reliable sources in all the royal houses in the world. According to Pointe de Vue, William likely purposed to … Continue reading

Charles and Camilla Visit an Organic Farm in Chile

  March 11, 2009 at 7:49 pm by

The Emiliana Vineyard in Chile

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, who are currently in the midst of a ten day tour of South America, paid a visit to an organic farm in rural Chile today. TRH visited the Emiliana vineyard outside the Chilean capital of Santiago. The vineyard, owned and operated by Rafael and Jose Guilisasti, focuses on the development of organic wine production in Chile. For more information, on the … Continue reading

Concert “In Memoriam”

  March 11, 2009 at 6:52 pm by

The Prince and Princess of Asturias attend the memorial concert

Today is the fifth anniversary of Spain’s worst terrorist attacks. On the occasion, the Prince and the Princess of Asturias attended the Concert “In Memoriam” in honor of the victims. The concert was organized by Fundacion Victimas del Terrorismo (Victims of Terrorism Foundation) and was performed by the Orchestra of the Community of Madrid, directed by Jose Ramon Encinar. On the morning of March 11, 2004 (two months before the … Continue reading

Queen Beatrix and ‘The Girls of Verkade’

  March 11, 2009 at 6:39 pm by

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Queen Beatrix has opened the Verkande Pavillion at the museum in Zaandam. Her Majesty was welcomed by three ‘girls of Verkade’, who according to the old commercials of Verkade, make all the chocolate. Queen Beatrix was dressed in chocolate brown colors to mark the occassion and was accompanied by Mienthe Boelaard, one of her ladies-in-waiting. The girls of Verkade, who were dressed in the oldfashioned yellow company clothing explained the … Continue reading

Princess Mathilde Visits School and Hospital

  March 11, 2009 at 6:05 pm by

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Princess Mathilde has visited a school in Blankenberge. The princess listened to the reading of the story ‘Pepijn and the Dark Perfume’ (Pepijn en het duistere parfum) by Katie Velghe. The princess also visited a project of ‘t Jolletje, that coordinates homework with the students of the school, she also attended several workshops. Mathilde thinks reading to children is “important for their development,” says the official website of the Belgian … Continue reading

DNA Testing Ends Romanov Mystery

  March 11, 2009 at 5:47 pm by

Tsar Nicholas II and his family

The mystery of the murder on Russia’s last emperor and his family has finally been resolved due to DNA testing. The DNA analysis fragments of the bones of has proven that none of the children of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra survived and all died in Yekatherineburg in 1918. The remains of the Tsar and his family had been found in 1991 but two bodies were missing, that of … Continue reading

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