The Fall and Rehabilitation of Princess Thyra

  February 26, 2013 at 3:00 am by

Thrya, Duchess of Cumberland

The founder of the present Royal Danish Glücksburg Dynasty, King Christian IX was  dubbed the “father-in-law of Europe”.  He and Queen Louise (of Hesse–Kassel) had six children who all married into other dynasties. Their two eldest daughters rose to illustrious positions; Princess Alexandra was exported to England to become a popular Princess of Wales and eventually, Queen of the United Kingdom and the realms. Her younger sister, Princess Dagmar, was … Continue reading

The Duke of Palma Back in Court

  February 25, 2013 at 10:00 am by

Inaki Urdangarin on his way to court; 23-02-2013

February 23rd, 2013 – Palma de Mallorca Inaki Urdangarin, the husband of Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca was back in court in Palma de Mallorca on Saturday. A year after he was first summoned, a tired-looking Urdangarin made his way to the Balearic Islands Superior Court of Justice in Palma, capital of the Balearic Islands. The Duke Consort, who is the only son-in-law of King Juan Carlos, is … Continue reading

More Surgery for King Juan Carlos

  February 25, 2013 at 9:35 am by

Spain's King Juan Carlos

The Spanish Royal Court announced on February 21st that King Juan Carlos will undergo surgery on March 3rd for a herniated disc in his lumbosacral spine and a spinal stenosis. The surgery will be performed by Dr Manuel de la Torre Gutiérrez and his team at the Clínica La Milagrosa in Madrid. The aging Spanish Monarch underwent a medical examination on February 15th. This surgery will follow a recent operation … Continue reading

The Duchess of Cambridge Visits Action on Addiction’s Hope House

  February 22, 2013 at 3:24 am by

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The Duchess of Cambridge returned to her official duties with a visit to Hope House, a residential treatment centre run by Action for Addiction, in Clapham. This was the Duchess’s second visit to the charity; her first was a private trip she made to learn more about the charity before becoming its Patron. Catherine was greeted by dozens of photographers and journalists upon her arrival, all eager to see the … Continue reading

King Harald’s 76th Birthday

  February 21, 2013 at 12:00 pm by

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Today, King Harald celebrates his 76th birthday. He was born on February 21st, 1937, at his parents’ home Skaugum (near Oslo), where the Crown Princely Family lives today. He is the youngest of three children and only son of then Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Märtha. His eldest sister, Princess Ragnhild, passed away last year on September 16th. Due to male precedence, he became King of Norway after his … Continue reading

Dubai’s Ruler & Sheikhs Open IDEX 2013

  February 21, 2013 at 11:02 am by

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On February 17, 2013 His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and Gen. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, opened the International Defence Exhibition and Conference, IDEX and the naval show, NAVDEX in Abu Dhabi. The opening started with playing of the UAE National … Continue reading

First Official Visit Announced for Willem-Alexander

  February 18, 2013 at 11:06 am by

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Once he succeeds the throne on April 30, the future King Willem-Alexander will pay his first official visit as the Dutch monarch to neighbouring Germany. Accompanied by his wife, then Queen Máxima, the visit will take place between June 3rd and 6th. It is expected the visit will begin in Berlin, as per custom, to visit the German President. Following this, a program possibly incorporating portions of an economic visit … Continue reading

Spanish Royal Family Receive National Handball Team

  February 18, 2013 at 9:41 am by

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The Spanish Royal Family received the Spanish Handball National Team at the Zarzuela Palace on Monday, February 11. Present at the reception were Their Majesties the King and Queen and the Prince and Princess of Asturias. The Spanish team are the current world handball champions, having beating Denmark at the tournament finals on January 27th. In a speech the King congratulated the entire team, their coaches and technical staff. His … Continue reading

School Girl’s Dream Comes True Thanks To Dubai Ruler

  February 18, 2013 at 5:04 am by

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After a televised request during the opening of the Government Summit just one week ago in Dubai, Mira asked Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai to visit her school. Sheikh Mohammed replied that his week was a busy but would find time in the following week. Mira has not mentioned which school she was attending, so Sheikh Mohammed has … Continue reading

Infanta Elena attends the Opening of the 21st AULA Exhibition

  February 18, 2013 at 4:57 am by

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In her first official act of 2013, Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo presided over the opening of the 21st AULA Exhibition at the Parque Ferial Juan Carlos I in Madrid. The AULA Educational Exhibition is according to the Europa Press ‘dedicated to improving the quality of teaching and guiding young people in their choice of studies’. The Duchess of Lugo was accompanied by the Spanish Minister for Education, Jose Ignacio … Continue reading

Spanish Royal Family’s Luncheon for President of Guatemala

  February 18, 2013 at 4:52 am by

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The Spanish Royal Family hosted a luncheon in honour of the official visit to Spain by the President of Guatemala and the First Lady at the Palacio Real in Madrid. The official visit from Guatemala took place between February 12th and 14th. The visit began with a private audience at the Zarzuela Palace between the King and the President, Mr.Fernando Perez Molina. Present at the luncheon at the magnificent Palacio … Continue reading

New Portraits Released to Mark Swedish Jubilee

  February 15, 2013 at 5:38 am by

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The Swedish Royal Court has released a series of new portraits of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia taken to mark the King’s fortieth year on the throne this coming September. Two sets – one in civilian attire and one in gala attire – were released of the King and Queen. The civilian series were photographed at the Royal Palace in Louisa Ulrika’s dining room by Alexis Daflos. The … Continue reading

Charles and Camilla to visit Jordan, Qatar and Oman

  February 14, 2013 at 7:03 am by

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The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will pay official visits to Jordan, Qatar and Oman from March 11 to March 19, 2013. According to the Clarence House’s press release, “the tour will help to strengthen the United Kingdom’s bilateral relations with key partners in the region, relations which are underpinned by the close personal friendships that exist between Their Royal Highnesses and the Royal Families in each … Continue reading

Prince Sattam Al Saud Passes Away

  February 13, 2013 at 10:06 am by

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The Royal Saudi Court announced on Tuesday the death of HRH Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz al Saud, the Governor of Riyadh. According to the statement, the late prince’s funeral will take place at the Emam Turki’s mosque in Riyadh City this Wednesday. Prince Sattam was born in 1941 as the son of King Abdulaziz al Saud and Princess Mudhi Al Sudairi. He was educated at the University of San Diego, … Continue reading

Jordan’s King Opens New Parliament Session

  February 12, 2013 at 9:00 am by

King Abdullah II of Jordan

King Abdullah II of Jordan delivered yesterday his speech from the throne opening the 17th non-ordinary session of the Jordanian parliament. The King addressed the newly-elected lower house members and urged them to shoulder their responsibility towards the success of this historic transformation towards parliamentary government and its development. Upon his arrival to the parliament, the King was welcomed by the prime minister and senior officials. The ceremony was attended … Continue reading

December 2012 Picture of the Month Winners!

  February 10, 2013 at 5:36 am by


Announcing the winners of the December 2012 Picture of the Month Polls: November 2012 Official Picture of the Month: First Place Tie: Spain & The Netherlands Second Place Tie: Belgium , Monaco & Norway Third Place Tie: Jordan & Dubai Cute Royal Kids (November 2012 Informal Poll): First Place Tie: Denmark & Sweden Second Place Tie: Spain & The Netherlands Third Place Tie: Norway & Belgium Congratulations to all winning teams!

Vote in the January 2013 Picture of the Month Polls!

  February 10, 2013 at 5:32 am by


Please vote in the January 2013 Picture of the Month Polls! The Official Link features pictures showing the official side of royalty. This month’s Informal Poll showcases 2012 Picture of the Year. The polls will remain open until 28 February 2013.

Crown Prince Haakon Celebrates Sami People’s Day in Kirkenes

  February 7, 2013 at 4:27 am by

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Crown Prince Haakon has been to Kirkenes, a town in the north of Norway at the border to Russia in the county of Finnmark, from February 5th to 6th, 2013. On the first day, Crown Prince Haakon attended Kirkenes Conference, which is one of the region’s most important venues for political discussion. Later that day, he visited the Norwegian Barents Secretariat. Their aim is to improve the Norwegian-Russian relations and … Continue reading

Jordan’s Queen Visits Elderly Home-Care Center

  February 6, 2013 at 9:20 am by

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Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah paid a visit to the elderly home care center at Al Asirra Al Bayda’a Society. During the visit, Queen Rania met with volunteers from the Jordan Volunteers group who provide psychological, social and medical services to the elderly. A short meeting was held at the center where she was briefed on the society. Queen Rania thanked all the volunteers for their hard work and … Continue reading

Sheikha Latifa Wins Grand Prix FEI World Cup Qualifier

  February 5, 2013 at 11:01 am by

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After a clear round and beating the time, Sheikh Latifa Al Maktoum won the Emirates Airline Dubai Grand Prix FEI World Cup Qualifier, which was held in Dubai, UAE. Sheikha Latifa, riding her horse Peanuts de Beaufour, competed against 33 riders and finished 3 seconds ahead of her runner up at 48.48 seconds. Sheikha Latifa, who is just 27 years old, said “I’m really happy with the mare because she’s … Continue reading

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