Inauguration of Princess Elisabeth Base Antarctica

  February 15, 2009 at 5:31 am by

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  The little Princess Elisabeth herself, whose name the polar station so proudly bears, visited the International Polar Foundation in Brussels on the occasion of the inauguration last Friday, together with her father, Prince Philippe. They recorded a video message for the scientists who are stationed in Antarctica, in which the little Princess wished them good luck, in perfect Dutch and French. For more pictures of the event, see belga. … Continue reading

Future of Soestdijk Palace Still Unclear

  February 14, 2009 at 7:36 pm by

Soestdijk Palace

  Newspaper De Telegraaf claims that they have secret information about the future of Soestdijk. In the secret report ‘Royal Heritage as Example’ of the Rijksgebouwendienst (RGD) it says that the costs of restauration and conservation of the palace will be very high, which makes it impossible to turn the palace into a museum, instead the advice is that the palace will transform to a conference center for topics like … Continue reading

Princess Elizabeth’s Engagement Fashion

  February 14, 2009 at 5:15 pm by

The Engagement Fashions of The Princess Elizabeth (1947)

On 9th July 1947 an official statement from Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten. A photo call of the couple was arranged for 10th July followed by the couple carrying out a number of engagements including attending one of the annual Garden parties and the unveiling of Battle of Britain memorial. A beautiful Princess Elizabeth emerged in a very simple dress typical of the 1940s … Continue reading

Grand Duke Henri Cancels Engagements

  February 14, 2009 at 2:55 pm by

Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg

Luxembourg’s Grand Duke has cancelled all upcoming engagements due to being seriously ill with broncho-pneumonia, the same disease for which his aunt, Queen Fabiola of Belgium, was hospitalised in Brussels. The Grand Duke said in a statement issued by the Grand-Ducal Palace that he hopes to resume his duties “as soon as possible.” The last public engagement he carried out was ten days ago, an audience with the President of … Continue reading

Crown Princess Mary’s Engagement Fashion

  February 14, 2009 at 11:50 am by

The Engagement Fashions of Mary Donaldson

From the moment she was officially presented to the world as Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark’s fiancee, Mary Donaldson has captured the attention of people everywhere. This middle-class girl from Tasmania has transformed into one of the most elegant royals in the world. Her appearance at their official press conference showed that she was well on her way to becoming a regal princess: After the conference, Mary continued to shine … Continue reading

Frederik Opens Track Cycling World Cup Final

  February 13, 2009 at 7:42 pm by

Prince Frederik at the track cycling event

Pulling the trigger for the women’s 200m sprint on February 13, Crown Prince Frederik officially opened the 2009 Track World Cup Final at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen. Frederik told reporters at the event: “I see it as a goal to attract international events in different sports to the country and I think it is a good idea inviting the world of sport. Sport is a universal language.” Frederik … Continue reading

Grand Duke Henri Postpones State Visit

  February 13, 2009 at 1:09 pm by

Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg

It has been announced that the Grand Duke of Luxembourg has postponed his state visit to Vietnam, which was originally scheduled for the 12th-15th February. In a statement yesterday, the Foreign Ministry said that the visit was being postponed due to health reasons, but that the Grand Duke hoped to make the visit as soon as possible.

The Duke of Edinburgh Resumes Royal Duties in Cambridge

  February 13, 2009 at 1:04 pm by

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HRH The Duke of Edinburgh went on his first royal engagements yesterday since injuring his back in a carriage-driving accident. Prince Philip looked much recovered as he carried out various engagements throughout Cambridge. Over the course of his visit to the university town, The Duke christened a new rowing boat, unveiled a statue of Charles Darwin (who was celebrating his 200th birthday), and named a train. The Duke of Edinburgh … Continue reading

Prince of Monaco in Brussels for “Peace with Water”

  February 13, 2009 at 1:19 am by

Prince Albert II in Brussels

Prince Albert II has attended the “Peace with Water” forum in Brussels, Belgium at the EU Parliament on February 12 and 13, 2009. The Prince served as a member of the organizing committee for the conference. The forum is organized by the World Political Forum and is currently drafting a memorandum detailing a world protocol for water resources, as first suggested by the European Institute of Research on Water Policy … Continue reading

Princess Máxima Visits Oss

  February 13, 2009 at 12:23 am by

Princess Máxima in Oss

Princess Máxima visited the Dutch town of Oss on February 12. The Princess visited ‘The Inner’ cultural centre where she was informed of project work in the community, before awarding the town with a prize for their participation and citizenship in 2008. The town won the prize for the manual their residents developed on initiatives they are making in their town.

A New Biography of Queen Sonja

  February 12, 2009 at 11:48 pm by

Queen Sonja of Norway

Ingar Sletten Kolloen has been selected as the man to write a new biography on Queen Sonja of Norway. The biography, due for release in Autumn 2011, will examine the Queen’s whole life – from her childhoold in Oslo, her study as a young woman, her relationship with Crown Prince Harald , her marriage, her role as Crown Princess, Queen, mother, mother-in-law and grandmother. More information can be found here. … Continue reading

Saudi-Chinese Friendship Park

  February 12, 2009 at 5:32 pm by

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President Hu Jintao of China has just ended a three-day offiicial visit to Saudi Arabia (on 12 February) and is on his way to meet with the leaders of several African countries. The Saudi visit is aimed at fostering cooperation between China in the fields of education and culture as well as commerce and strategic relations. During his visit the President met with the Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation … Continue reading

Crown Prince Naruhito in Vietnam Alone

  February 12, 2009 at 1:47 pm by

Crown Prince Naruhito is seen off by his wife, Crown Princess Masako

Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan is presently visiting Vietnam. He left Tokyo on the 9th February and will stay in Vietnam until the 15th. The prince is going to attend welcoming ceremonies and meet with top officials in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi before heading down to the ancient capital of Hue, the southern business center of Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong River. The heir to the Japanese … Continue reading

Wedding Celebrations in Fujairah

  February 12, 2009 at 1:50 am by

The groom with his father and father-in-law

His Highness Shaikh Hamad Bin Mohammad Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah hosted a lunch banquet to celebrate the wedding of his son, Shaikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Bin Mohammad Al Sharqi, the Crown Prince of Fujairah to Sheikha Latifa, daughter of Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The lunch was attended by President His Highness Shaikh … Continue reading

President Sarkozy’s Middle East Trip

  February 12, 2009 at 1:36 am by

President Sarkozy on his trip

After an unexpected visit to Baghdad on 10 February, President Nicholas Sarkozy of France visited the Gulf States of Oman, Bahrain, and Kuwait to confer with the rulers of those countries on both military and civilian issues. This visit follows visits by the President in 2008 to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the UAE, which also led to agreemements, most significantly an agreement for France to set up a military base … Continue reading

President Cristina Kirchner Meets Spanish Royals

  February 11, 2009 at 10:19 pm by

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His Majesty the King received the President on Monday 9 February in an official ceremony at Pardo Palace. Later Ms. Fernandez had a private lunch in Zarzuela Palace hosted by the King and his family, and in the evening the King and Queen hosted a gala dinner in her honor. As is traditional in a state visit, the President visited the Spanish Parliament, where she give a short speech, and … Continue reading

The British Monarchy Website Gets a Modern Makeover

  February 11, 2009 at 8:24 pm by

British Coat of Arms

The official website of the British monarchy is getting a royal revamp — and it’s including some new, modern touches. Along with a redesigned layout and a host of new documents and photos for public perusal, the website will now include a tracking feature from Google Maps that will allow anyone to see what HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh are up to at any given moment. … Continue reading

Crown Princess Mathilde Visits Hospital

  February 11, 2009 at 8:05 pm by

Princess Mathilde at the hospital

02/10/2009 Belgium’s crown princess Mathilde visited the university rehabilitation hospital ‘Léonard da Vinci’ in Montigny-le-Tilleul, near the Wallonian city of Charleroi. The hospital has 150 beds for neurological, locomotor and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. As the princess has a degree in speech therapy and psychology she was interested in getting acquainted with the care programmes of the hospital, claims the website of the Belgian royal family. According to La Nouvelle Gazette, the … Continue reading

Willem-Alexander and Máxima To Buy Argentinian Ranch?

  February 11, 2009 at 3:45 pm by

Pilcaniyeu, Argentina

According to the Argentinian press the Dutch crown princely couple bought a farm called Estancia Pilpilcura in Pilcaniyeu, Argentina, for the amount of 3,5 million dollars. The rumours are not denied by the RVD. The farm is located in the region Patagonia, and close to Bariloche where the Zorreguieta family enjoy to ski and where princess Máxima’s brother Martin has a restaurant. The RVD denied that the prince and princess … Continue reading

Winter Holiday for Prince Joachim and His Family

  February 11, 2009 at 1:32 pm by

Princess Marie with Princes Felix and Nikolai

Princes Joachim, Nikolai and Felix, along with their stepmother Princess Marie and members of her family have been spending the past few days on a skiing holiday in Villars-sur-Ollon. Although Marie herself didn’t take part due to her pregnancy, Nikolai and Felix have been having a ball with Joachim on the slopes. It was in Villars-sur-Ollon that the press got the first view of Marie with the two princes, who … Continue reading

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