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

King Hamad hold talks with Clinton and Mubarak

  March 3, 2009 at 4:31 am by

King Hamad

His Majesty King Hamad held talks yesterday with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Sharm El- Sheikh’s International Conference Hall in Egypt during the framework of the international Gaza donors’ conference. They reviewed bilateral relations in various fields as well as the latest regional and international developments. Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said in a statement that “The meeting was fruitful as it provided a platform … Continue reading

Janadriya Festival Opens Doors

  March 3, 2009 at 4:14 am by

King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz

The 24th Janadriya Culture and Heritage Festival will be opened by King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques on Wednesday the 4th. For the first time in the history of the Janadriya Festival, families will be allowed to visit the cultural and heritage event organized annually by the National Guard. At a press conference on Sunday, Dr.Abdulrahman Bin Subait Al-Subait, Undersecretary, National Guard and Executive Committee Chairman of the … Continue reading

Tiaras Designed by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria

  March 2, 2009 at 8:12 pm by

The Winterhalter portrait of the Royal Family in 1846

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha loved to design jewellery for his wife, Queen Victoria. Throughout their marriage he designed a number of key pieces which naturally became some of the most treasured possessions of Victoria. Of these jewels, Albert designed at least four tiaras for Victoria to wear – two of these were the diamond and emerald tiara and the sapphire and diamond tiara. Victoria gifted many of jewels … Continue reading

Toddler gets a royal lift

  March 2, 2009 at 4:36 pm by

Prince Charles with the Welsh two-year-old

Two year old Bronwen Giles of North Wales suprised Prince Charles on his recent tour of RAF Valley by demanding that he pick her up so she could show him pictures of the other children who attend the creche run by her mother. Earlier, she and her four year old sister had delighted him with a much practiced curtsey in honor of his visit. Prince Charles was visiting RAF Valley, … Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth Opens New British Legion Headquarters

  March 2, 2009 at 4:20 pm by

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HM The Queen visited south London on Friday, February 27, to open the new headquarters for the Royal British Legion. While at the new location, The Queen met with veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families who have been helped by the Legion. The Royal British Legion is a charitable organization that supplies aid to British military personnel who are serving or have served in branches … Continue reading

Crown Princess Victoria’s Engagement Press Conference Fashion

  March 2, 2009 at 12:15 pm by

Crown Princess Victoria's lovely dresses

On Tuesday, 24 February 2009, King Carl Gustav of Sweden made the announcement that many have been waiting for: Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling have become engaged. The wedding is scheduled to take place in the early summer of 2010. There were two appearances made by the couple during their announcement and press conference yesterday. During the initial announcement with the King and Queen, Crown Princess Victoria looked radiant … Continue reading

Who Will Pay for the Royal Wedding of the Year?

  March 2, 2009 at 2:32 am by

Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling

Last week’s announcement by the Swedish royal court that Crown Princess Victoria was engaged to her long-time boyfriend Daniel Westling brought much joy (and many cheers of “Finally!”) to the Swedes and royal-watchers around the globe. But in the aftermath of the announcement, the crucial question of who will pay for the royal wedding of 2010 has been brought up in the Swedish parliament. The current Swedish government has expressed … Continue reading

UAE Crown Prince meets US Envoy

  March 2, 2009 at 1:50 am by

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces meet with George Mitchell, the US Middle East peace envoy ahead of today’s international donor conference on the reconstruction of Gaza. Mr Mitchell briefed Sheikh Mohammed on his meetings which started Thursday with Palestinian and Israeli leaders and King Abdullah of Jordan. Sheikh Mohammed reiterated the UAE’s support of overtures towards a comprehensive … Continue reading

Crown Princess Mathilde of Belgium named ‘Most Elegant’

  March 1, 2009 at 3:40 pm by

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On Friday February 6, 2009, Crown Princess Mathilde of Belgium was named the ‘Most Elegant Woman’ by the magazine Elle Belgium. This is the second year for the Elle Style Awards, which were created to honor the achievements in fashion by Belgian designers and celebrities. The princess was unable to attend the awards, but must be delighted nonetheless to receive recognition of her truly elegant style. For more information about … Continue reading

Belgian Feast Year 2009

  March 1, 2009 at 2:41 pm by

Belgian Coat of Arms

It will be an especially festive year for the Belgian Royal family. The festivities started with the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of King Albert I’s death, and the 100th anniversary of his accession to the throne, on February 17. Then there is the golden wedding anniversary of King Albert II and Queen Paola on 2 July. As everyone knows, this marriage knew its ups and downs. Both spouses had … Continue reading

Sultan Qaboos and President Suleiman hold talks

  March 1, 2009 at 2:21 am by

Sultan Qaboos of Oman

Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said on Saturday met with President Michel Suleiman of Lebanon, who is on a two-day official visit to Oman. The two leaders held talks which discussed ties between their countries and bilateral relations and ways to improve them in all aspects. The two leaders hoped Suleiman’s visit to Oman would lead to more “cooperation, coordination and activation of bilateral agreements and finding ways to encourage mutual … Continue reading

Lalla Khadija’s 2nd birthday

  February 28, 2009 at 3:07 am by

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Today, Lalla Khadijah celebrates her 2nd birthday along with the royal family and the Moroccan people. Lalla Khadija was born on February 28, 2007 and is the second child of King Mohammed and Lalla Salma. Lalla Khadijah has one brother who is Crown prince Moulay El Hassan who was born in May 2003.

The Two Carls attend Agriculture and Gardening Conference

  February 27, 2009 at 10:11 pm by

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Yesterday, February 26, Sweden’s two Carls – King Carl XVI Gustaf and Prince Carl Philip – had a joint engagement. The father and son duo attended the inauguration of the agriculture and gardening conference at the University of Agricultural Studies in the Swedish village of Alnarp. Prince Carl Philip is currently studying at Alnarp University.

Pieter van Vollenhoven attends Book Presentation

  February 27, 2009 at 9:54 pm by

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Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven yesterday was presented with the first copy of a new book regarding the history of Soestdijk Palace; “Paleis Soestdijk – Drie eeuwen huis van Oranje’ (‘Soestdijk Palace – Three Centuries of the House of Orange’). The presentation took place, fittingly, at Soestdijk Palace in Baarn. According to the book’s publisher, Waanders Publishers, the book focuses on the past life of the Palace, as well as looking … Continue reading

Princess Marie and Prince Joachim in Tønder

  February 27, 2009 at 4:41 pm by

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Princess Marie and Prince Joachim attended the opening of the Garden and Consumer Fair in Tønder. This is actually one of Princess Marie’s first activities in her ‘home’ municipality. Princess Marie’s first solo event in Denmark has also been announced (she was not accompanied by Joachim when she went to Morocco, but has never done a solo event in Denmark before, possibly due to language difficulties), on the 5th March; … Continue reading

State visit to Thailand from Malaysia

  February 27, 2009 at 12:18 pm by

The Emblem of Thailand

Starting March 9th to the 12th, Malaysian King Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin will start a state visit to Thailand the spokesman of the Thai Foreign Ministry said Friday. Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya assured the Malaysians that Thailand has been fully prepared to receive the King of Malaysia during the state visit, a spokesman of the Thai Foreign Ministry said.

A True Fighter Will Never Give Up: Emperor Akihito of Japan and His Sense of Duty

  February 26, 2009 at 6:31 pm by

Emperor Akihito on January 2, 2009 celebrating the New Year

The Imperial Household Agency disclosed last month that it intends to lessen the burden on Emperor Akihito of Japan by reducing his duties throughout the year. There is apparently good reason in this measure: 75-year-old Akihito is shouldering a workload that surpasses that of his father, Emperor Showa, in considerable measure. Emperor Showa, at age 74, met foreign dignitaries and ambassadors on 75 occasions in one year, his son did … Continue reading

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