Princess Anne in Gibraltar

  March 5, 2009 at 3:10 am by

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The Princess Royal has arrived at Gibraltar for a three-day official visit, during which she is set to open a military hospital bearing her name, the Princess Royal Medical Centre, as well as visiting a school for children with special needs. The Spanish government, which claims that Gibraltar belongs to Spain, has protested the Princess’s visit. The Spanish Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs contacted the British Ambassador with a … Continue reading

Mohammed opens Poetry Festival

  March 5, 2009 at 2:41 am by

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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai opened the seven-day poetry festivel. The festivel is Dubai’s plan to bring different poets from across the globe to help build bridges of understanding across the great cultural divide. The festivel kicked off yesterday, Wednesday March 5 at World Trade Centre surrounded by well-known names in Arabic and international poetry … Continue reading

Rania praises the ambition of Arab women

  March 5, 2009 at 2:25 am by

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Queen Rania is a proud Arab women who is married to King Abdullah for ten years and has four children. In an interview with Britain’s Glamour magazine, Queen Rania praises the women of Jordan saying “When it comes to women in my region, we can’t be generalised. Women have jobs ranging from taxi drivers and hairdressers to pilots, plumbers, architects, CEOs, judges and government ministers.” Queen Rania went on saying … Continue reading

Prince Pieter-Christiaan Injured during Ski Trip

  March 4, 2009 at 9:59 pm by

Prince Pieter-Christiaan

Prince Pieter-Christiaan, the 36-year-old nephew of Queen Beatrix, injured himself during a skiing holiday in Seefeld, Austria, earlier this week. The Prince fell while skiing, and injured his ribs. He was flown via helicopter to the clinic in Innsbruck for treatment. Pieter-Christiaan returned to Holland on Tuesday to recover from his injuries.

The Spanish Tiaras

  March 4, 2009 at 5:12 pm by

Queen Sofia wearing six of the Spanish tiaras

The Shell Tiara, by Mellerio The Shell Tiara, made of platinum and diamonds forming shells with pear-shaped pearls dangling from their centres, dates back to Queen Isabella II who offered it to her daughter Infanta Maria Isabel on the occasion of her wedding to Prince Gaetano of Bourbon-Two Sicilies in 1868. The Shell Tiara was inherited by her nephew King Alfonso XIII who passed it on to his son Don … Continue reading

Philippe, Mathilde & family on winter holiday

  March 4, 2009 at 5:06 pm by

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Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde used last week’s school holiday to take their kids out to the snow. The family stayed in the Swiss Alps, in Verbier, where Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark have been frequent visitors. Princess Elisabeth and Prince Gabriel are already quite skillful on the skis, and they look very cute in helmets and red ski outfit. Thanks to royals.web-log.nl

Camilla’s Favourite Designer Robinson Valentine

  March 4, 2009 at 3:49 pm by

The Duchess of Cornwall in Robinson Valentine outfits

The Duchess of Cornwall has made a remarkable fashion transition since her wedding to the Prince of Wales in April 2005. With the help of her favourite design team of Robinson Valentine, milliner Philip Treacy and Linda Bennett (founder of the company L K Bennett), Camilla has ditched her country look for stylish ensembles befitting of the wife of the future King of England. Gone are the days of jeans … Continue reading

Pieter van Vollenhoven: Meter Caused Plane Crash

  March 4, 2009 at 12:23 pm by

Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven at the council

Prof. Mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven, bother-in-law of Dutch queen Beatrix, today announced that a faulty altitude meter probably is the cause of the crash of an airplane of Turkish Airways near Schiphol Airport one week ago. Nine people, including the three pilots, were killed when the Boeing 737-800 ploughed into a muddy field last Wednesday. Around 80 people got wounded, 28 of which are still in the hospital. Pieter van … Continue reading

Hamdan Awards name Sultan Distinguished Personality of the Year

  March 4, 2009 at 12:09 pm by

Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed

The Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Awards for Distinctive Academic Performance has named Supreme Council member and ruler of Sharjah, H. H. Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the Distinguished Personality of the Year in recognition of his initiatives to enhance and spread education and knowledge at local, Arab and international levels. Minister of Education and Chairman of the Award’s Board of Trustees Dr Hanif Hassan said: ”The … Continue reading

Queen Sofia Awards 2008

  March 4, 2009 at 6:31 am by

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Today, Her Majesty the Queen of Spain presented the 2008 Queen Sofia Awards for Disability Prevention and Universal Accessibility to the Municipalities, in a ceremony at Zarzuela Palace. The awards are organized by the Royal Board of Disability, of which the Queen is Honorary President. The mission of this charity is to encourage prevention of impairments, rehabilitation and social integration of people with disabilities. These issues were established some time … Continue reading

Separation of Prince Carl Philip and Emma Pernald

  March 4, 2009 at 4:56 am by

Emma Pernald and Prince Carl Philip

Today Emma Pernald, long term girlfriend of Prince Carl Phillip of Sweden, confirmed the separation rumors stating that she and the Prince are “taking a break” in their relationship and that it was their mutual decision in the Swedish newspaper Expressen. In August they would have been together for 10 years. First separation speculations by the media appeared in October 2008, but were disclaimed. New speculations about a possible break … Continue reading

Will the Emir dissolve Parliament?

  March 4, 2009 at 2:00 am by

Sheikh Sabah IV bin Al-Ahmad

Al Jazeera television reported on Tuesday that Kuwait’s ruler has decided to dissolve parliament after Islamist lawmakers asked to question the prime minister over his government’s handling of the economic crisis. Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Kuwait quoted parliamentary sources as saying Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, who has the last word in politics, would issue a decree to dissolve parliament. This is not the first time the emir dissolves a … Continue reading

French Prince And Fiancee Attend Charity Ball in Madrid

  March 3, 2009 at 11:59 pm by

Prince Jean and Philomena de Tornos y Steinhart

Prince Jean of France, duke of Vendôme and his fiancee Philomena de Tornos y Steinhart attended a charity ball in the Casino of Madrid. The ball was organised by the Spanish branch of the order of Malta and was attended by various members of the order The duke of Vendôme and Philomena de Tornos got engaged in November 2008. The is planning to marrying the cathedral of Senlis on May … Continue reading

Princess Máxima on Sustainable Banking

  March 3, 2009 at 5:04 pm by

Princess Máxima

Princess Máxima attended the seminar ‘Global Alliance for Banking on Values’ at the Triodos Bank in Zeist this morning.  The seminar was held to mark the foundation of a cooperation between 12 international, sustainable banks. Apart from princess Máxima , mr. A. Steiner, director-general of the UN environmental programme UNEP and vice secretairy general of the UN also held a speech. In her speech, princess Máxima spoke about the importance … Continue reading

Prince of Orange Visits Military Rehabilitation Center

  March 3, 2009 at 4:49 pm by

The Prince of Orange

The prince of Orange visited the military rehabilitation center (MRC) in Doorn. The prince spoke with soldiers that are rehabilitating, most of them got wounded in Afghanistan. After these talks he opened a new wing of the rehabilitation center. Willem-Alexander also spoke with specialists at the MRC, who demonstrated the innovative rehabilitation machine CAREN (Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment). With CAREN patients can practice their rehabilitation in a virtual world, which … Continue reading

Princess Mathilde at Conference “Women and sustainable development”

  March 3, 2009 at 2:33 pm by

Princess Mathilde of Belgium

Princess Mathilde attended the conference “Women and Sustainable Development” at the University of Leuven, Belgium. The conference was held in honour of International Women’s Day. The Princess is a valiant defender of women’s rights, and was very happy to show her support for this conference. The conference was organized by the “Collectif des Femmes”. (Photo 1, Photo 2)

UNICEF’s Executive Director Highlights Huge Impact of Madrasati

  March 3, 2009 at 12:38 pm by

Queen Rania of Jordan

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah met with United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman, on Tuesday. Ms Veneman is visiting Jordan as part of her tour in the region. During the meeting, Ms Veneman briefed Her Majesty about her visit to the Tumader School for Girls which is one of Madrasati’s schools. They also discussed ways to expand UNICEF projects in Jordan. Queen Rania who is … Continue reading

Continuing on Their Course toward Reconciliation between Japan and other Nations: Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko To Visit Pearl Harbour

  March 3, 2009 at 12:02 pm by

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko may visit Pearl Harbor, the scene of Japan’s surprise attack that ushered in the Pacific War, next July, following a visit to Canada. Such an event would symbolize the postwar reconciliation between Japan and the United States as no sitting Japanese prime minister has, to the present day, gone to Pearl Harbor. If this should come to pass it would be one important step more … Continue reading

Sheikh Mohammed to attend the opening of Dubai International Poetry Festival

  March 3, 2009 at 11:09 am by

United Arab Emirates Coat of Arms

The Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum will attend tomorrow the opening of the first edition of the Dubai International Poetry Festival 2009 which is being held between March 4-10. The festivel is being organised by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation. It promises to bring back to life the ancient Arab tradition of literary expression. … Continue reading

Crown Princess Masako Attends First Solo Public Visit In Three Years

  March 3, 2009 at 4:43 am by

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Crown Princess Masako visited an exhibition of devices invented by housewives at a Tokyo department store. Masako listened as her attendant explained the purpose of the items, ranging from a butter knife to a device that help disabled people write. Although the Crown Princess has attended several public duties with her husband, Crown Prince Naruhito, this was her first solo public function since 2006. Her appearance at the New Year … Continue reading

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