The Russians are coming…again

  March 7, 2009 at 12:33 am by

The Russian President and the Spanish King

The Russians are back in Spain with Russian president Dmitry Medvedev making his first state visit. The quick visit took place on March 2-3. President Medvedev was given military honors upon his arrival (photo) and, along with his wife Svetlana Medvedeva, were received by King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia, and the Prince and Princess of Asturias. The welcome was followed with a lunch at the Zarzuela Palace. March 2 was … Continue reading

The King’s Grace? Or Disgrace?

  March 6, 2009 at 9:26 pm by

The King's Grace cover

In her newest novel on the British Royals of the past, Anne Easter Smith chooses to delve into the theoretical existence of a bastard child of Edward IV, Grace, whom she chooses to tell the story of Perkin Warbeck, yet another theoretical child of Edward IV. Perkin Warbeck claimed to be Richard of Shrewsbury and was recognized as such by Margaret of Burgundy, sister to Edward IV, one of the … Continue reading

Royals Attend Princess Michael’s Book Presentation in Portugal

  March 6, 2009 at 6:38 pm by

Cover of The Serpent and the Moon

Princess Michael of Kent’s new book, The Serpent and the Moon, has had a presentation ceremony earlier this week in Portugal. The book was presented on March 3rd at the beautiful Palace of Fronteira, in Lisbon, and is now being published in Portugal by Civilização. It is a novel about the most famous love triangle in the French Court of the Renaissance, that of Henri II, Catherine de Medici and … Continue reading

Belgian Crown Princely Couple Celebrates International Women’s Day

  March 6, 2009 at 5:02 pm by

Belgian Coat of Arms

According to the website of the Belgian royal family, prince Philippe and his wife princess Mathilde today met several strong women at their palace of Laeken. The couple invited 13 succefull Belgian women for a lunch on the occassion of the International Woman’s Day. Among the guests were tennis player Justine Henin, the governor of the province of Antwerp, Cathy Berx and violinist Marie Hallinck. In previous years the crown … Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth to host President Obama

  March 6, 2009 at 4:03 pm by

The President of the United States, Barack Obama

Queen Elizabeth II is to meet the new Head of State from the country wth the largest debt in the world. While this is by no means the fault of the newest American president, it is now his job to dig the United States of America out of the hole that it currently finds itself in. And if this President has half the brains given to a billy goat, he … Continue reading

Prince William Inspects New London Police

  March 6, 2009 at 2:28 pm by

Prince William at the graduation ceremony

The second in line to the British throne congratulated 216 new policemen and women at the Metropolitan Police training college in Hendon, north London. Prince William told the new recruits today reminded him of his days at Sandhurst. “I have to say it is all a little too fresh in my mind – from being on your side of the fence at Sandhurst – for my knees not to be … Continue reading

Countess Alexandra on the Cover of Costume Magazine

  March 6, 2009 at 2:11 pm by

The Countess on the cover of 'Costume'

Countess Alexandra appears on the cover of the current issue of Costume magazine, in which she gives her second interview to the magazine; the first was in 2004, when she was still a Princess. The Countess wore a dress that had been specially designed by Jesper Høvring for the occasion, using 40 metres of fabric and taking three men two weeks to make. It was made of silk flown over … Continue reading

Infanta Elena Visits the Medinaceli Basilica

  March 6, 2009 at 1:20 pm by

Infanta Elena signs the guest book at the Basilica

Infanta Elena of Spain visited today the Christ of Medinaceli Basilica in Madrid to venerate the image of the Jesus Nazareno. With this visit Infanta Elena continues with the Royal Family’s tradition of paying homage to the image every first Friday of March, which has been held for three centuries now. Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia have also mage their homage back in 2004, shortly before they were married. The … Continue reading

Queen Sofia Pays Tribute to the Spanish Mass Media

  March 6, 2009 at 10:24 am by

Queen Sofia presents the award

Yesterday, Queen Sofia attended an event in Madrid, where the Help Against Drug-Addiction Foundation (FAD) paid tribute to the Spanish mass media, thanking them for their support and collaboration through the years. The FAD, of which Queen Sofia is Honorary President, is a non-profit private institution, whose principal mission is the prevention of drug consumption and its consequences. The collaboration between the FAD and the media began in 1986 when … Continue reading

Queen Silvia : “Daniel is a man with a lot of warmth!” “Very big heart!”

  March 6, 2009 at 5:47 am by

Queen Silvia

Yesterday March 5, 2009, Queen Silvia of Sweden was seen on her way to a Silvia Home event in Stockholm. The Queen told an Expressen reporter that she was very happy with the engagement of Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Wrestling that was announced last week, February 24th. “Daniel is a man with a lot of warmth. Much warmth. Very big heart. Great sympathy for others.”, the Queen said. “I … Continue reading

Queen’s Day Will Cost 645.000 Euros

  March 6, 2009 at 5:29 am by

Princess Marilene and Pieter van Vollenhoven at the 2008 Koninginnedag

The mayor and aldermen of the city of Apeldoorn announced that the total costs of Queen’s Day (Koninginnedag) that will be celebrated in Apeldoorn this year, will be 645.000 euros. Of this amount 377.000 euros will be used for the festivities themselves and for communication and PR around the visit of the royal family to Apeldoorn. The remaining 268.000 euro will be used for extra duties like regulating traffic and … Continue reading

Queen Noor at the Women’s World Awards in Vienna

  March 6, 2009 at 4:43 am by

Click on image to view event gallery at daylife.com

On March 5, Queen Noor of Jordan attended the Women’s World Awards in Vienna, Austria. This year’s awards was presented to the winners by Queen Noor of Jordan in the “Style” category. Queen Noor who was the recipient of the foundation’s Tolerance Award in 2006. The Women’s World Awards are presented by the World Award foundation in 12 different categories to “extraordinary women from throughout the world whose achievements contribute … Continue reading

Dutch Government Remains Silent About Queen Beatrix’s Nationality

  March 5, 2009 at 5:36 pm by

From the TRF Avatar Collection

The Dutch government refuses to say anything about a possible double nationality of Queen Beatrix. This becomes clear in a letter of minister Eberhard van der Laan (Labour) to Green-Left parliamentarian Tofik Dibi. Dibi asked the minister if he was aware of the possibility that queen Beatrix has a double nationality. In his letter the minister replied that the queen has the Dutch nationality, not answering if she has more … Continue reading

Grand Duke Henri Returns to Work

  March 5, 2009 at 4:59 pm by

Grand Duke Henri

Grand Duke Henri, after cancelling his most recent engagements due to a bout of broncho-pnuemonia, today returned to work, attending a presentation about the proposed extension of central storage pumping in Vianden. This extension will include the construction of a pump-turbine of 200MW and additional expansion of the upper and lower reservoirs of the order of 500.000m³. It is not known when the cancelled engagements, including a state visit to … Continue reading

Princess Mathilde visits RITS

  March 5, 2009 at 4:48 pm by

Click on the image to see the entire picture at belga.

On 5 March Princess Mathilde visited the RITS, a Dutch language college for audiovisual and dramatic arts in Brussels. The students not only learn how to direct movies, there are also courses about the more technical side of the job. One of the departments the Princess visited was the animation department. She took the time to talk with students and lecturers while she was there. The Princess is very interested … Continue reading

Princess Marie’s Début in Danish

  March 5, 2009 at 3:32 pm by

Princess Marie of Denmark

Today Princess Marie made her début speech in Danish when she was opening the UNESCO “Images of the Future” exhibition and gave a welcoming speech. Billed Bladet, a Danish magazine, gushed about her Danish skills, declaring her to have “really captured the Danish tone” and saying that she spoke with a “clear and soft pronunciation” and declared that now “no-one can be in any doubt that she will be fluent … Continue reading

Princess Masako at last Coming Back to her Former Self

  March 5, 2009 at 3:23 pm by

Princess Masako before she married the Japanese heir to the throne

As already reported in this blog, Crown Princess Masako of Japan made on Tuesday her first solo public appearance outside the palace walls in three years. And the good news is that this seems to be part of a series: the Princess this year played a full part in the traditional New Year greetings at the palace in central Tokyo. Last autumn, she made her first public appearance after 5 … Continue reading

Sale of Salem Castle Will Be Signed On 19 March

  March 5, 2009 at 2:45 pm by

Schloss Salem

Tuesday it was announced that the renovation of Schloss Salem will cost 47 million euros. The costs will however be spread over a period of 25 years. In the upcoming 10 years the costs will be 20 million euros. Last year the former Grand Ducal family of Baden announced their intention to sell the castle, that is located near the Bodensee in Southern Germany. After a few unsuitable potential buyers … Continue reading

Princess Mathilde’s Family Ends Feud

  March 5, 2009 at 1:00 pm by

Count Henri d'Udekem d'Acoz, uncle of Belgian Princess Mathilde

“Life is too short to be fighting,” count Henri d’Udekem d’Acoz, uncle of Belgium’s crown princess Mathilde, tells the Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad. Mathilde’s father, the late count Patrick d’Udekem d’Acoz was involved in a fight with his brothers Henri and Raoul for years, mainly about a property in Westbroek. The fight was covered in the press and even the court tried to mediate. The stroke and death of count … Continue reading

Princess of Asturias visits the National Heritage’s Workshops

  March 5, 2009 at 12:40 pm by

Click here to see the photo at Belga

Princess Letizia visited today the National Heritage’s School Workshops and Workshops of Employment. The Spanish National Heritage started, in 1985, a program in which they could help unemployed people. With that intention these workshops were created, to train people in crafts that were at risk of disappearing, and that were essential for the restoration and maintenance of the Spanish artistic heritage. The school workshops are intended to attract young people … Continue reading

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