Rain Doesn’t Dampen the Windsors’ Spirits For Garden Party at Buckingham Palace

  May 11, 2016 at 4:11 am by

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The dour weather in London yesterday afternoon didn’t dampen any spirits as a garden party was hosted at Buckingham Palace. Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh were accompanied by the Duke of York, the Countess of Wessex, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra of Kent for the party, all bringing out the umbrellas with them as they mingled with guests. During the event, the Queen was … Continue reading

Was It Something I Said? David Cameron’s Blunder In Front of Queen

  May 11, 2016 at 4:00 am by

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Yesterday, Queen Elizabeth II hosted a reception for UK Parliament representatives on the occasion of her 90th birthday. In attendance were Prime Minister David Cameron, Speaker of the House John Bercow, Leader of the House Chris Grayling and The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. Whilst being led round the room by the Speaker of the House Her Majesty stumbles upon Mr Cameron and Chris Grayling, “the great axis of powers”. Mr Cameron … Continue reading

First Photo of Princess Gloria

  May 11, 2016 at 3:49 am by

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Prince Jaime and Princess Viktória of Bourbon-Parma, count and countess of Bardi have shared a first photo of their newborn daughter Gloria Irene. The baby was born in Rome yesterday and weighs 3355 grams. It is the second daughter of the prince and princess. In 2014 they already became the proud parents of Princess Zita of Bourbon-Parma. Princess Gloria is the 10th grandchild and 7th granddaughter of Princess Irene of … Continue reading

On This Day: The Ōtsu Incident

  May 11, 2016 at 3:26 am by

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On this day 125 years ago in 1891 a failed assassination attempt was made on Tsarevich Nicholas Alexandrovich of Russia -the future Tsar Nicholas II- during his visit to Japan. The Russian heir was invited to Japan to improve the relations between Japan and Russia which were under pressure as Russia’s militairy presence in the far East was growing rapidly. During the visit the Tsarevich tried to charm his hosts: … Continue reading

Umbrellas Out As Felipe and Letizia Visit La Rinconada

  May 11, 2016 at 2:39 am by

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King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain visited the town of La Rinconada, Seville yesterday. The couple needed to take their umbrella’s out as it was raining heavily. Despite the weather, a large and enthousiastic crowd turned out to catch a glimp of their monarchs. Many of them had waited for hours in the rain. Their patience was rewarded as the king and queen took their time to shake … Continue reading

Chilean President Visits Sweden

  May 10, 2016 at 10:13 pm by

The Swedish Royals with President Bachelet of Chile

Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet began a state visit to Sweden today, being greeted by King Carl Gustaf at the Royal Stables for a carriage procession to the Royal Palace, as is custom during state visits. The official welcoming ceremony took place in the courtyard, also attended by Queen Silvia in a fetching red suit, before a private lunch inside the Palace. Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip and … Continue reading

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa Brings Her Diamonds Along to Finland

  May 10, 2016 at 8:41 pm by

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa in Finland

Luxembourg’s lovely Grand Duchess didn’t let the small matter of her host being a republic stop her from donning a diamond tiara from the Nassau collection during this evening’s gala banquet in Finland. Maria Teresa wore the Diamond Vine Leaves Tiara to accessorise her grey beaded Elie Saab evening gown. The gown was a flattering choice for the Grand Duchess (let’s be honest, Elie Saab usually is for Maria Teresa!) while the … Continue reading

Celebrating 150 Years of the Romanian Royal House – Part III

  May 10, 2016 at 5:31 pm by

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For the final day or events celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Royal House of Romania, HRH Margarita, Custodian of the Crown issued a special filmed message to the people of Romania from the Elisabeta Palace.  HRH spoke of the “hardest and most blessed years” of Romania’s history when referring to when Prince Carol I swore an oath of faith to the country and later put in place the constitution … Continue reading

New Author For The Wilhelmus?

  May 10, 2016 at 1:44 pm by

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The oldest known national anthem in the world, the Dutch ‘Wilhelmus’, was written around 1570. For centuries it was thought that the author was Filips van Marnix, Lord of St. Aldegonde (1540-1598). Marnix van St. Aldegonde was a Flemish nobleman, mayor of Antwerp and some sort of a spin doctor of the house of Orange. However based on computer algorithms Dutch and Flemish scholars now come to a different conclusion. … Continue reading

Crown Princess Mette-Marit Talks At The Norad Policy Forum

  May 10, 2016 at 1:09 pm by

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway attended the Norad Policy Forum today which was titled “last billions” of people living in poverty. The Crown Princess was greeted upon arrival by the Norad director, Jon Lomøy. Princess Mette-Marit spoke to N Orad Communications Manager Eva Bratholm about her work on HIV / AIDS and the UN AIDS program and UNAIDS. She also spoke about her recent trip to Tanzania.

Sheikh Mohammed and Princess Haya The Open Arab Media Forum

  May 10, 2016 at 12:19 pm by

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The Arab Media Forum (AMF) themed “Media for Good” was opened today by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Attending the event was Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, UN Messenger of Peace and Chairperson of the International Humanitarian City who gave the keynote speech. Dressed in white and red, Princess Haya said “amidst the political and social disturbances, the … Continue reading

Celebrating 150 Years of the Romanian Royal House – Part II

  May 10, 2016 at 11:11 am by

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Events continued yesterday in connection with the 150th Anniversary of the establishment of the Royal House of Romania. Although Romania is a republic, the royal family continue to have a public role in Romanian society.  This “semi-official” status certainly allows avid royal watchers a chance to see less well known royal families carrying out engagements, visiting interesting places and attending official events in the same way they do in monarchies! So, … Continue reading

Cycling Sophie Announces Her ‘Duke of Ed’ Diamond Anniversary Challenge

  May 10, 2016 at 8:57 am by

The Countess of Wessex announces her Duke of Edinburgh's Award Diamond Challenge

The Countess of Wessex has announced that she will be undertaking her own ‘Diamond Challenge’ as part of the 60th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. In September, Sophie will cycle 716km from the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh to Buckingham Palace in London. She will be accompanied by servicemen and women from the military regiments she is associated with: the 5th Battalion The Riffles, RAF Wittering, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army … Continue reading

Harry Cheers On Champions, Presents Medal at Invictus Games

  May 10, 2016 at 8:43 am by

Prince Harry at the Invictus Games

After the inspiring opening ceremony on Sunday night, Prince Harry was up bright and early yesterday to attend the first official events day of the Invictus Games. The Prince spent time at the powerlifting, the cycling and the indoor rowing throughout the day, and presented medals in at the powerlifting and cycling. Britain won its first gold medal of the Games in the men’s lightweight powerlifting. They also won gold in the … Continue reading

Celebrating 150 Years of the Romanian Royal House – Part I

  May 10, 2016 at 7:53 am by

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Today marks the 150th Anniversary of the establishment of Romania’s Royal House with a number of events attended by members of the royal family being held to mark this auspicious occasion – including a special message from Crown Princess Margarita, Custodian of the Crown of Romania (more of that in Part II!). It is well known that Romania was a monarchy between 1881 until the abdication of King Mihai in … Continue reading

On This Day: Wedding of Archduke Otto and Princess Regina

  May 10, 2016 at 7:12 am by

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Sixty-five years ago royal Europe gathered on May 10th 1951 in Nancy, France, to witness the wedding of Archduke Otto of Austria, head of the imperial family, to Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen. The couple married in the Franciscan church of The Cordeliers, where 20 generations of the dukes of Lorraine, anscestors of Archduke Otto, are burried. The bride was wearing an ivory-white dress by the Parisian designer Jean Desses. The … Continue reading

Second Daughter For Prince Jaime and Princess Viktória

  May 10, 2016 at 6:39 am by

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Prince Jaime and Princess Viktória of Bourbon-Parma announced the birth of their second daughter, which they named Gloria Irene. The baby was born yesterday in Rome and weighs 3355 grams. The couple already had one daughter, Princess Zita Clara, who was born in Amsterdam on February 21st 2014.  Princess Gloria is the 10th grandchild of Princess Irene of The Netherlands and the late Duke Carlos-Hugo of Parma. Prince Jaime is … Continue reading

Four State Visits Not To Be Missed

  May 10, 2016 at 1:31 am by

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Missing all the lavish welcoming ceremonies, dinners and the royal ladies in their crowns and ball gowns? No worries, there are four upcoming state visits starting today which the royal watchers will certainly enjoy. Here are the dates for the upcoming visits with a link to their threads. State Visit from Chile to Sweden, May 10-12, 2016 – Thread Luxembourg State Visit to Finland: May 10-12, 2016 – Thread State Visit from … Continue reading

Princess Lilly’s Mother’s Day Surprise: “A Mother Can Hardly Wish For More”

  May 9, 2016 at 5:47 pm by

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Schloss Bückeburg, the fairytale-like seat of the Schaumburg-Lippe family, never looked better than yesterday, when the sympathetic Fürst Alexander (aka “Schaumi”) celebrated the opening of the restaurant in the park of the castle. The party was attended by the Fürst’s sparkly ex-wife, Princess Marie-Louise ‘Lilly’ of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and their son Hereditary Prince Heinrich Donatus (b. 1994).  Princess Lilly’s presence was not a coinsidence: the restaurant is re-named ‘Lilly’s’. It was … Continue reading

Queen Mathilde Takes Youngest Daughter Along To Piano Semi-Finals

  May 9, 2016 at 4:12 pm by

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Belgium’s Queen Mathilde and her youngest daughter Princess Eléonore went to the Flagey building in Elsene, Brusels this afternoon to listen to the semi-finalists on the piano of the annual Queen Elisabeth Music Competition. The first round of the piano was last week. Of the 76 finalists only 24 made it to the semi-finals. The young musicians have to perform twice for an international jury. Each afternoon there will be … Continue reading

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