Princess Mathilde talks at women congress

  March 14, 2009 at 4:55 pm by

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Princess Mathilde talked at a Women’s Congress at the Flemish Parliament, organized by “Steunpunt Allochtone Meisjes en Vrouwen”, an organization which is dedicated to helping immigrant women to emancipate and participate in . In her speech, the princess said it was important to help women everywhere to become independent and emancipated – “Investing in the girls of today, is investing in the women of tomorrow”. The congress was widely attended … Continue reading

Where’s Victoria’s Engagement Ring?

  March 14, 2009 at 2:28 pm by

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Many royalty watchers started to wonder why Crown Princess Victoria didn’t wear her engagement ring during recent events. According to Swedish newspaper “Expressen” Victoria’s engagement ring was too big and is now being fixed. That’s why Victoria didn’t wear it at the gala dinner and at the icehockey match yesterday. Daniel Westling didn’t know the exact size of Victoria’s rings and the court jeweller Bohlin advised Daniel to buy the … Continue reading

Charles and Camilla To Meet Pope

  March 14, 2009 at 1:34 pm by

Pope Benedict XVI

It’s been announced that the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are to meet with Pope Benedict on a visit to the Vatican this April. Before their audience, they’ll pay an official visit to Italy. It’s believed that Their Royal Highnesses will carry with them an invitation to the Pope to visit Great Britain though such an invitation was apparantly offered by Gordon Brown when he visited the … Continue reading

Austria’s Last Empress Died 20 Years Ago

  March 14, 2009 at 10:35 am by

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On 14 March 1989 Austria’s last empress died in Ziziers, Switzerland. She was born on 9 May 1892 in Pianore, Italy as Princess Zita Maria della Grazie Adelgonda Micaela Raffaela Gabriella Giuseppina Antonia Luisa Agnese of Bourbon-Parma, one of the 24 children of Roberto I, the last reigning Duke of Parma by his second wife Princess Antonia of Portugal. In 1911 she married Archduke Charles (Karl) of Austria, heir to … Continue reading

Princess Astrid continues to represent Roll Back Malaria Partnership

  March 14, 2009 at 6:18 am by

Roll Back Malaria

The Belgian Royal Family is proud to announce on their website that Princess Astrid, only daughter of King Albert II, will continue to be a Goodwill Ambassador for the Roll Back Malaria programme of the WHO, UNICEF and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Her term will be extended with another two years – so the Princess said herself last Friday. Her new term will begin at the end of … Continue reading

Princess Mathilde Visits Children’s Cancer Hospital

  March 14, 2009 at 3:44 am by

Princess Mathilde of Belgium

On Wednesday 11 March, Princess Mathilde visited the Children’s cancer department of the University Hospital in Ghent. The Princess talked to children and parents, and was visibly impressed with the courage of the children to face and fight the disease. In a video caption, provided by VRT on Friday 13 March, we can follow the conversation of the Princess with a young cancer patient and her parents. The princess was … Continue reading

Prince Albert II of Monaco is 51

  March 14, 2009 at 2:54 am by

Prince Albert II

No official celebrations for his birth are expected in Monaco until National Day, but the small country’s Sovereign is celebrating his 51st birthday today. Since he was photographed leaving Nice via private jet and his schedule notes no engagements until he is expected in Istanbul March 16, he is believed to be celebrating in private outside of Monaco. Official celebrations will take place in November. Much like the British Sovereign, … Continue reading

Grand Duke and Duchess in Esch-sur-Sure

  March 13, 2009 at 3:24 pm by

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The Grand Duke and Duchess paid a joint visit to the dam of Esch-sur-Sure, and then attended the academic session at the Cultural Center Heiderscheid. The visit was part of the festivities of the 50th anniversary of the Lac de la Haute-Sûre and the 10th anniversary of the Parc Naturel de la Haute. For more information, please see this thread

Queen Elizabeth II in Cheltenham on Gold Cup Day, March 13th 2009

  March 13, 2009 at 11:32 am by

The Cheltenham Festival

Today, on Day 4 of the Cheltenham Festival, HM Queen Elizabeth II paid a visit to the prestigious race meeting to witness her horse Barbers Shop running in the main race of the day, the Gold Cup. Odds were being offered on what colour hat HM would wear for Gold Cup Day, with blue the hot favourite, but it turned out to be a dark red outfit with matching hat. … Continue reading

German President Visits Spain

  March 13, 2009 at 7:47 am by

German Presidential Visit to Spain

The President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Horst Köhler and his wife Eva Luise Köhler, recently went on an official visit to Spain on the occasion of the celebration of the 5th Hispanic – German Forum which was organised by the Official Credit Institute. The first day of the visit, March 12th, was spent with King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia and The Prince and Princess of Asturias where … Continue reading

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

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