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

Queen Margrethe at Press Conference for New Film

  March 20, 2009 at 11:20 am by

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Queen Margrethe today attended the press conference for the film version of “Wild Swans”, a Hans Christian Andersen fairytale. The Queen worked on the set and the costumes, as well as writing the script and made eighty collages for the film. The Queen herself is a great fan of Andersen, and loves his works as he is “…so rich in his many different expressions” Although Stine Fischer Christensen, who plays … Continue reading

Death Anniversaries of Queen Juliana And Queen Emma

  March 20, 2009 at 6:35 am by

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Five years ago, on 20 March 2004, queen Juliana of The Netherlands passed away at the age of 94 at Soestdijk Palace in Baarn. The queen reigned The Netherlands for nearly 32 years, from 1948 until her abdication in favor of her eldest daughter Beatrix in 1980. Juliana married in 1936 to prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld. Together they got four daughters: Beatrix, Irene, Margriet and Christina. During her reign the … Continue reading

Royal Invitations

  March 20, 2009 at 5:57 am by

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award emblem

Next Thursday I am attending a Presentation of Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards in St. James’s Palace, London as a member of Staff, I recently received my invitation card for the event so I decided to write the following blog on Royal invitations. Invitations from Buckingham Palace are an exciting item of post which often the leaves the recipient confused and bewildered. It requires a precise form of reply and … Continue reading

‘Queen Beatrix Interferes With Appointment Officials’

  March 20, 2009 at 5:43 am by

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Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands regularly interfered with the appointment of Dutch officials in the past. This is claimed by Henk Koning, Ben Bot and Pieter Kooijmans, three former government officials in the KRO programme Reporter, that will be broadcasted on Sunday.   The old politicians do not see a problem in that interferance though, in the end the minister stays responsible for the appointment. In 1991 the queen was … Continue reading

Prince Leopold of Bavaria At BMW Presentation

  March 20, 2009 at 5:23 am by

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Yesterday Prince Leopold “Poldi” of Bavaria attended the BMW presentation of the new Z4 Roadster at the BMW Pavillon in Munich, Germany. The prince is known for his passion for cars and racing, something he developped in his youth already. He started his career with rallying and in 1969 he moved to touring car racing, winning the North American Championships for Porsche in 1972. In 1984 he also took part … Continue reading

Princess Laurentien Writes Children’s Book

  March 20, 2009 at 5:10 am by

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  Princess Laurentien is writing a childrens book. According to Querido the intention is to publish a collection of children’s books. Mr. Finney is an idea of the princess herself and is meant for children from the age of four to eight. The authors will try to convey non moralising questions to children about how we use the planet. In 2004 Princess Laurentien founded the foundation ‘Lezen & Schrijven’ (Reading … Continue reading

Crown Princess Mary’s Interview with HJV Magazine

  March 20, 2009 at 4:34 am by

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Crown Princess Mary has given an interview to Danish magazine HJV. In the interview, Mary was asked about why she decided to train with the Home Guard, her experience with the training and what she sees the Home Guard’s role in society as. An excerpt of some of the interview is below. On why she chose to join the Home Guard: “There have always been close ties between the Danish … Continue reading

Sweden’s King and Queen visit Gavleborg County

  March 20, 2009 at 12:43 am by

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Yesterday, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia paid a day-long visit to the county of Gavleborg. During the visit, the pair met with a chimpanzee named Selma at the zoo in Gävle, Gävleborg County’s main city. At the zoo, Carl Gustaf and Silvia also saw some orangutans, and viewed the new primate research station. Queen Silvia then visited the Björn and Berries perfume factory, where she was presented with … Continue reading

Pieter van Vollenhoven presents “Gelders Newsphoto” Award

  March 20, 2009 at 12:42 am by

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On March 18th, Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven presented the ‘Gelders Newsphoto 2008′ award at the Provinical House in Arnhem. The Professor chairs the jury which decides on the winner. There were 30 photos that were nominated for the prize, all of which must have been in the news last year and feature Gelders as a subject. All the nominated photos are displayed in an exhibition at the Provincial House and … Continue reading

Letizia’s Fashion Choices Shine on US Tour

  March 19, 2009 at 11:38 pm by

In New York City

Visits to foreign countries usually means that Royals bring out their best outfits for the occasion and Princess Letizia’s recent 3 day visit with her husband to New York and Washington was no different. Although only a brief visit to promote economic relations between the US and Spain, their schedule was packed with numerous engagements. On Monday 16th March, the couple first visited the New York Public Library where Letizia … Continue reading

Felipe and Letizia in New York

  March 19, 2009 at 9:31 pm by

The Asturias couple in New York

On 16 and 17 March, Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia visited New York, along with the Spanish Industry Minister, as part of the “Made in Spain/Made by Spain” initiative. On Monday 16 March they visited the Public Library of New York, where they met with importers and sellers of Spanish books, and attended a lunch held by the Spain-U.S. Chamber of Commerce at the Metropolitan Club, where Prince Felipe gave … Continue reading

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