King Juan Carlos Turns 75

  January 6, 2013 at 1:01 pm by

King Juan Carlos I of Spain

Madrid – January 5th, 2013 His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain celebrated his 75th birthday on Saturday January 5th. The Spanish Monarch was born in Rome, the eldest son of Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona and Princess María de las Mercedes, during the Royal Family’s exile. His Majesty has been King of Spain since November 1975, and to mark his 75th birthday, he granted a rare television interview. … Continue reading

New Year’s Message for 2013 from Prince Albert II

  January 3, 2013 at 11:47 am by

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene at the 2010 wedding of Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria

January 1, 2013 – Monte Carlo The Prince of Monaco delivered his annual New Years Message from the Princes Palace in Monaco. Towards the end of the address, the Princess of Monaco also delivered a short 2013 New Years message. The New Years message is available to view on The Prince’s Palace of Monaco Facebook page and also at the Prince’s Palace of Monaco official page. View the video here.

Looking Forward to a Royal 2013

  January 1, 2013 at 12:03 am by

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What can we look forward to, Royalty wise that is, in 2013? First, the already announced Royal births. 2013 is a year in which several Royal couples are becoming first-time parents. Andrea Casiraghi [the oldest son of the Princess of Hanover, Hereditary Princess Caroline of Monaco] and his fiancée, Tatiana Santo Domingo, are expecting their first child in January 2013. The Prince and Princess of Prussia are expecting their first … Continue reading

A Look Back at a Royal 2012

  January 1, 2013 at 12:02 am by

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In January, Count Carl Johan Bernadotte of Wisborg married Gunilla Stenfors and Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein of Jordan married Basma Bani Ahmad. It was announced on 4 January, that the Duchess of Cambridge had taken on 4 patronages, her first. The Danish Royal Court released new official pictures of Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine and their parents and older siblings, to celebrate the first birthday of the twins. Princess Margriet of the … Continue reading

From the Royal Genealogy threads – December 2012

  January 1, 2013 at 12:01 am by

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This is the monthly blog entry with news from the Royal genealogy threads. This time it’s a blog entry with news from December 2012. As always, a big thank you goes out to the contributors of the Genealogy threads. Royal births and pregnancies The British Royal Court announced on 3 December that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their first child. Hereditary Count Ignatius and Hereditary Countess Robinia of Toerring-Jettenbach … Continue reading

The King’s Christmas Message 2012

  December 29, 2012 at 11:00 am by

December 24th – Zarzuela Palace, Madrid On Christmas Eve, His Majesty The King delivered his annual televised Christmas address from the Zarzuela Palace. The traditional message on this the 37th year of His Majesty’s reign is now available to view on the newly launched casareal YouTube channel. You can view the King’s Christmas Message below: Mensaje de Navidad de S.M. el Rey – 2012 – YouTube

The Royal Family attends Sound of Music Concert in Madrid

  December 29, 2012 at 10:57 am by

The family following the concert

Madrid – December 22nd Members of the Spanish Royal family attended the Sound of Music at the Teatro Coliseum de Madrid on December 22nd. Present were Queen Sofia, Princess Letizia, Infantas Leonor and Sofia, Infanta Elena, Don Felipe Juan, Doña Victoria Federica, and Infanta Cristina with her four children, Don Juan Valentín, Don Pablo Nicolás, Don Miguel and little Doña Irene Urdangarín. Absent from this family gathering were The King, … Continue reading

Prince Charles and The Duke of Westminster Come To Farmers’ Aid

  December 25, 2012 at 10:46 am by

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  The Prince of Wales donated £150,000 to aid those struggling through the winter months. The announcement was made following a meeting called by the Prince of Wales with the leaders of farm charities. The money will come from The Prince’s Countryside Fund and constitutes the entirety of its emergency fund. Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster – the richest person in Britain – has already pledged to donate the … Continue reading

Date Set for Swedish Royal Wedding

  December 24, 2012 at 5:02 pm by

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The Swedish Royal Court has announced the date on which Princess Madeleine and Mr Chris O’Neill will marry next year. The couple, who became engaged in October, will wed on June 8th, in a ceremony taking place at the Palace Chapel of the Royal Palace of Stockholm. The chapel’s previous high-profile event was the May christening of the bride’s niece, Princess Estelle. No further information was given, however, it is … Continue reading

40th Wedding Anniversary of King Hussein and Queen Alia

  December 24, 2012 at 7:12 am by

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Today marks the 40th anniversary of King Hussein of Jordan’s wedding to Alia Toukan. The wedding was a surprise to the people, because the Royal Court didn’t make an official announcement of the engagement. In addition to that, King Hussein had only gotten divorced from his second wife, the English born Princess Muna, a few weeks earlier. Alia Toukan was the daughter of a Jordanian diplomat, Baha Uddin Toukan, and … Continue reading

Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo Turned 49

  December 23, 2012 at 2:43 pm by

Infanta Elena at the general meeting of the Spanish Paralympic Commitee; 20-12-2012

December 20th, 2012 Infanta Elena of Spain, Duchess of Lugo celebrated her 49th birthday on December 20th. The Infanta is the eldest child of King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia, and is currently fourth in the line to the Spanish throne. Despite it being her birthday, Infanta Elena attended the General Assembly of the Spanish Paralympic Committee in Madrid. Her Royal Highness is the Honorary President of the Spanish … Continue reading

Princess Iman of Jordan Engaged to Zaid Mirza

  December 20, 2012 at 4:18 pm by

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The Royal Hashemite Court announced on Thursday the engagement of Princess Iman bint al Hussein of Jordan to Mr Zaid Azmi Mirza. According to the official statement, the Fatiha ceremony was held in presence of King Abdullah II, Queen Rania and Queen Noor, and took place at Bab Al-Salam Palace, the residence of the Princess’s parents, the late King Hussein and Queen Noor. It was attended by Hashemite royal family … Continue reading

UK to Name Part of Antarctica “Queen Elizabeth Land”

  December 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm by

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  The Foreign Office today announced part of the British Antarctic Territory was to be named “Queen Elizabeth Land” in honour of Her Majesty. The territory makes up almost a third of Britain’s claim on the continent and covers 169,000 sq miles – almost twice the size of the United Kingdom. In future, all British maps will bear the new name although other countries will have the freedom to decide … Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth Becomes the First Monarch in 231 Years to Attend a Cabinet Meeting

  December 20, 2012 at 3:57 pm by

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  Queen Elizabeth attended a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street, as part of her Jubilee celebrations. The visit was a historic one for, as David Cameron revealed, it marked the first time the Head of State attended such a meeting in over 230; the last British Monarch to be present at a peace-time cabinet meeting was George III in 1781, although the Queen’s father, George VI, attended a war … Continue reading

Letters Written by Nicholas II Sell For a Record Price

  December 17, 2012 at 11:52 am by

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Letters by the last Russian Tsar written during World War I sold for a record $130,000 at a Swiss auction house. They were initially estimated to fetch in the region of $15,000 but a private Russian collector paid nearly ten times the price to acquire the historical documents. The letters were sold by Prince Nicholas Romanov, a second cousin of the late Tsar and one of the claimants of the … Continue reading

The Duchess of Cambridge at Sports Personality of the Year Awards

  December 17, 2012 at 11:37 am by

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The Duchess of Cambridge made her first formal appearance since announcing her pregnancy to attend the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award ceremony in London where she presented two awards. The first one was a Lifetime Achievement Award to Lord Sebastian Coe; Lord Coe was the chairman of the London Organising Committee and is widely credited as being instrumental at securing the London will host the 2012 games, as … Continue reading

Baby Girl for Prince Aimone and Princess Olga

  December 16, 2012 at 3:42 am by

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The Duke and Duchess of Apulia welcomed their first daughter on December 14, 2012. The baby girl was born at 9:00 in Paris; she is the first daughter and third child of Prince Aimone and Princess Olga. The newborn Princess joins her elder brothers, Umberto and Amedeo. According to the press release from the House of Savoy, both mother and baby Princess are doing well. Prince Aimone, Duke of Apulia … Continue reading

Prince Félix Engaged to Claire Lademacher

  December 13, 2012 at 9:50 am by

Prince Félix and Claire Lademacher in 2011

The Grand Ducal Court of Luxembourg has announced the engagement of Prince Félix, second son of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, to Miss Claire Lademacher. A brief statement announcing the news, along with the Grand Ducal Couple’s “great joy”, was accompanied by a series of private photos of the couple over the years, and a biography of the new royal fiancé (available in French here). Prince Félix … Continue reading

Nobel Prize Ceremony in Stockholm

  December 11, 2012 at 9:08 am by

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Just hours after the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded in Oslo, it was Stockholm’s turn to initiate several individuals into the Nobel family. The 2012 awards ceremony took place, as it does annually, at the Stockholm Concert Hall, before a gala banquet was held at Stockholm’s City Hall. The Nobel Prizes are awarded in five categories (excluding the Peace Prize) each year: physics, chemistry, physiology/medicine, literature and economic sciences. This … Continue reading

Nobel Peace Prize 2012

  December 11, 2012 at 8:34 am by

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On December 10th – the day Alfred Nobel died in 1896 – the Nobel Peace Prize 2012 was awarded to the European Union in Oslo City Hall. King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended the award ceremony. The three presidents of the EU – the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and the President … Continue reading

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