Liechtenstein Prince Accused of Tax Evasion

  February 22, 2009 at 1:04 am by

Prince Maximilian and his wife, Princess Angela

Prince Maximilian (Max) of Liechtenstein, the second son of Ruling Prince Hans-Adam, has been accused by the German tax authorities of evading taxes on investment income while resident in Germany, where he has lived since 2001. It is alleged that the Prince owes taxes on income from a foundation set up by the Liechtenstein ruling family. Prince Max denies that he owes taxes to the German government but has pledged … Continue reading

Australian Journalist Pardoned in Thailand

  February 21, 2009 at 10:41 pm by

The Emblem of Thailand

The Australian journalist Harry Nicolaides, who was imprisoned last August and convicted last month under the strict lèse majesté laws in Thailand, has been pardoned by King Bhumibol according to his family. As mentioned in this blog entry, a pardon seemed likely once Nicolaides’ appeal of his sentence received the support of the Corrections Department. However, it was still possible that it would take several months for the appeal to … Continue reading

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh Make University Visit

  February 21, 2009 at 8:19 pm by

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HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh carried out a royal engagement at the Brentford Campus of Thames Valley University in Hounslow on February 20. The pair was on hand to open a new teaching facility for the university, which is renowned for its music programs and counts famous artists like Freddie Mercury, Pete Townshend, and Jay Kay among its alumni. The new facility will house, among other … Continue reading

Henry VIII Exhibit Contains Love Letter to Anne Boleyn

  February 21, 2009 at 5:31 pm by

Anne Boleyn

A new exhibit at the British Library beginning in April will feature a love letter from Henry VIII to his inamorata, Anne Boleyn. Never before exhibited, this letter has been hidden in the Vatican for centuries. Historians believe that the letter was stolen from Anne. The exhibit about Henry VIII is curated by Dr. David Starkey. Most Tudor fans will remember that Dr. Starkey wrote The Six Wives of Henry … Continue reading

Queen Mary’s Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

  February 21, 2009 at 5:21 pm by

Queen Mary wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

One of Queen Elizabeth’s favourite pieces of jewellery is the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara which is also referred to as “Granny’s Tiara”. It was a wedding gift to Elizabeth by her devoted grandmother Queen Mary in 1947 along with a number of other pieces. However the tiara had originally been given to Princess Mary of Teck (later Queen Mary) as a wedding present in 1893 by a … Continue reading

Princess Haya Joins Walkathon To Raise Awareness on Arthritis

  February 21, 2009 at 10:33 am by

Princess Haya during the 2009 walkathon

February 21, 2009 – HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE Ruler of Dubai joined almost 500 participants in the Emirates Arthritis Foundation’s (EAF) second annual walkathon in solidarity to raise public awareness on the disease. Princess Haya was dressed in a T-shirt and a cap with the foundation’s logo, walked with the participants at … Continue reading

Diana’s Letters To Remain Unpublished

  February 20, 2009 at 7:08 pm by

Diana, Princess of Wales

In 1993, the entertainment world battened down the hatches and prepared for the bitchiest onslaught in recent times as the Kenneth Williams Diaries were published, followed by the publication of his private correspondance to friends and fans. Even those who thought they’d be praised were suprised; Michael Parkinson was taken aback to find he’d been branded a “North country nit.” A similar wave of dread must have passed over the … Continue reading

Crown Princess Mary completes Home Guard Training

  February 20, 2009 at 6:46 am by

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Continuing and completing her training with the Danish Home Guard between February 17 and 19, Crown Princess Mary has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant in the Home Guard. She is now attached to the staff of Total Defence Region Copenhagen. Mary began her basic Home Guard training in January 2008, and continued with NGO training that November. She undertook a further officiers course this year between January 19 … Continue reading

Foreign Press Tab: Spanish royals featured on ABC News’ website

  February 20, 2009 at 6:36 am by

Spanish Coat of Arms

In a rare news event, one of the largest news agencies in the United States has written an article on the Spanish royal family and published it on their website. In ABCNews.com’s Travel section, Sonia Gallego “introduces” the “glamorous and popular” Borbón family in her article “Meet Spain’s Young Royals.” The article was published online last January. Not that there’s anything ground-breaking and revealing about this article, though. Despite running … Continue reading

Twelve Foundations Managed from Noordeinde Palace

  February 20, 2009 at 6:17 am by

Noordeinde Palace

Twelve foundations and trusts are listed on the adress Noordeinde 68, the asdress of Noordeinde Palace in the Hague. This was written in a letter by prime minister Mr. Dr. J. P. Balkenende to the second chamber of parliament.   Parliament asked for an overview after controversies arose about an article in the Volkskrant about the money of princess Christina, youngest sister of queen Beatrix. Her money is on a … Continue reading

King Abdullah of Jordan in Saudi Arabia

  February 20, 2009 at 5:37 am by

The Two Kings

February 19, 2009 – Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdelaziz meet with Jordan King Abdullah in Riyadh to discussed ways to address current challenges in the region that would best serve joint Arab interests. During the meeting the two leaders discussed the importance of international and Arab efforts to launch serious and effective negotiations to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the basis of the two-state solution and in pursuance of the … Continue reading

An Investiture at Buckingham Palace

  February 20, 2009 at 4:58 am by

Queen Elizabeth II performing a knighting

Wednesday saw The Queen hold one of her favourite ceremonies: An investiture. The form has remained the same since at least the 1910s and is a delightful morning affair. The ceremony allows those who have received honours form the Crown to have them bestowed by the Sovereign of the Order, following the announcement of the honour in either the New Years list in January or The Queen’s Birthday Honours in … Continue reading

King Carl XVI Gustaf in Thailand

  February 20, 2009 at 1:44 am by

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King Carl XVI Gustaf has returned home following a three day visit, between February 17 and 19, to Thailand to attend the Baden-Powell Followship’s event. The event was on the February 17; and the following day, the King officially launched a new scout group at a school in Pattaya for visually impaired children. Carl XVI Gustaf presented the new scouts with scout neckerchiefs, as member of several Swedish scouting organisations.

Princess Diana Exhibition in Budapest

  February 20, 2009 at 1:31 am by

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Admirers of Princess Diana who happen to be traveling near Budapest, Hungary might be interested in visiting an exhibit of her mementos, which appear to be taken from the display at Althorp. Earl Spencer arranged the tribute to his sister. As he has done at Althorp, he has chosen to omit the controversial aspects of her life, concentrating on the positive and the items that people most want to see. … Continue reading

Caribbean Tour by the King and Queen of Spain

  February 19, 2009 at 7:24 pm by

The King and Queen of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago

This week King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain are making State visits to Trinidad and Tobago and to Jamaica. The King and Queen began this week by travelling to Trinidad and Tobago. On their arrival at Port-of-Spain their Majesties were welcomed by the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Patrick Manning, and later they met with Professor George Maxwell Richards, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, … Continue reading

Queen Paola attends ICMEC meeting in Cairo

  February 19, 2009 at 4:34 pm by

Queen Paola at the ICMEC meeting in Cairo

Invited by Mrs. Mubarak, Queen Paola of Belgium attended the meeting of the Honorary Board of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children in Cairo on 19 February 2009. In her speech, the Queen emphasised that children all over the world are in need, but that the only way to help them is to mobilize the community. “Please save the innocence of our children”, she implored her audience. She … Continue reading

Princess Marie of Denmark Maternity Fashion Part 2: Vacations and Danish Events

  February 19, 2009 at 2:59 pm by

Princess Marie's Maternity Fashions

After their travels last fall, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie began to enjoy a busy holiday season in Denmark. On December 14, Princess Marie looked very chic in a chocolate brown dress at a ballet choreographed by Queen Margarethe. Marie showed her bump in a lovely plum-colored coat during a church service on Christmas Eve, and on Christmas Day, another lovely coat (photo 3). Marie looked every inch the princess … Continue reading

Princess Marie of Denmark Maternity Fashion Part 1: Royal Travels

  February 19, 2009 at 2:44 pm by

Princess Marie's maternity fashion

Since announcing her pregnancy in the fall of 2008, Princess Marie of Denmark has made several lovely appearances, showcasing not only her maternity style, but also her radiant, mother-to-be glow. Princess Marie has been very busy since the announcement of her pregnancy. In fact, not long making the announcement, Princess Marie began to travel. In November 2008, Marie made her first solo visit abroad as a Danish princess to Morocco. … Continue reading

“Matchmaker” to Beatrix and Claus Passed Away

  February 19, 2009 at 10:46 am by

The funeral of Count Caspar

The man who introduced Queen Beatrix to her future husband, Count Caspar von Oeynhausen-Sierstorpff, has passed away.   On new year’s eve 1962, crown princess Beatrix of the Netherlands first met Claus von Amsberg, who she would marry in 1966. Both Beatrix as Claus were related to the count, in Beatrix’s case through a sister of her paternal grandmother, Princess Armgard of Lippe-Biesterfeld, born Baroness of Sierstorpff-Cramm. The count also … Continue reading

King Abdullah in Bahrain for talks

  February 19, 2009 at 7:08 am by

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February 18, 2009 – His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan is in Bahrain to hold talks with King Hamad Ben Isa Al Khalifa. The two leaders held talks which discussed the need of launching effective and serious Palestinian-Israeli negotiations and to achieve Arab solidarity to reach a unified Arab position in the face of dangers and challenges threatening the nation. Later that evening, King Hamad held a dinner banquet in … Continue reading

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