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

Four Royals In Capes

  February 5, 2013 at 5:06 am by

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Is capes the new royal fashion trend? One could say so. In just four days, four royals in four different countries have been seen in capes. The first to wear a cape is expectant mother-to-be, The Duchess of Cambridge, who wore a tartan print cape while out in London see here. The next day, Crown Princess Maxima wore a printed cape looking jacket to a workshop event see here. That same day, … Continue reading

From the Royal Genealogy threads – January 2013

  February 1, 2013 at 12:01 am by

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This is the monthly blog entry with news from the Royal genealogy threads. This time it’s a blog entry with news from January 2013. As always, a big thank you goes out to the contributors of the Genealogy threads. Royal births and pregnancies The Dutch Royal Court announced on 11 January that Prince Floris, the youngest son of Princess Margriet and Pieter van Vollenhoven, and his wife, Princess Aimée, are … Continue reading

Father And Son Celebrate Joint Birthday

  January 30, 2013 at 11:17 am by

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It’s a double celebration for His Majesty King Abdullah II and his son Prince Hashem as they celebrate today their birthdays. Born on January 30, 1962, King Abdullah turns 51 years old. His son, Prince Hashem turns 8 years old. He was born January 30, 2005 and is the youngest of four children and second son to King Abdullah and Queen Rania. King Abdullah is married to Queen Rania and … Continue reading

Prince Albert II attends Sainte-Dévote Celebrations

  January 30, 2013 at 5:19 am by

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Prince Albert II attended the annual Sainte-Dévote Celebrations in Monaco on Saturday, January 26th. The feast of Sainte-Dévote has a long tradition of devotion with the Monégasques Princely Family. The 4th century Christian martyr is the Patron Saint of both Monaco and Corsica. The Prince attended the traditional religious procession on his own this year. Last year he was accompanied by his wife and elder sister. At the end of the … Continue reading

Prince Felipe of Spain turns 45

  January 30, 2013 at 5:13 am by

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His Royal Highness, The Prince of Asturias turns 45 years old on Wednesday, January 30th. The heir apparent to the Spanish throne was born in Madrid to the then Prince Juan Carlos and Princess Sofia. The Prince has two older sisters, Infantas Elena and Cristina of Spain. In January 1977 he was created Prince of Asturias, the historic title held by the heir to the Spanish throne. In May 2004, Felipe … Continue reading

Queen Beatrix Announces Abdication

  January 28, 2013 at 2:17 pm by

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Queen Beatrix has announced today, 28 January 2013, that she will abdicate on 30 April 2013 in favor of her oldest son, the Prince of Orange, Prince Willem-Alexander. The Prince is married to Princess Máxima and they have three daughters, Princesses Amalia, Alexia and Ariane. Once the Prince becomes the King, the line in succession will change. 1. Princess Amalia, Princess of Orange, 1st daughter of the King 2. Princess Alexia, 2nd … Continue reading

State Visit to Singapore: January 24-25

  January 27, 2013 at 2:49 am by

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On January 24, after leaving Brunei, Queen Beatrix along with the Crown Prince Couple arrived in Singapore for a two day State Visit. The Dutch Royals were officially welcomed at the Istana Presidential Palace by President Tony Tan Keng Yam and his wife Mary Tan. The national anthems were played. Following the ceremony, the Queen had meetings with the President and the Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. In the afternoon Queen … Continue reading

Spanish Royal Family host Diplomatic Corps Reception

  January 24, 2013 at 7:00 pm by

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January 23rd – Madrid King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia hosted the annual New Years reception given to the diplomatic corps accredited in Spain at the Palacio Real in Madrid. Their Majesties were accompanied by the Prince and Princess of Asturias, and the Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, who was joined by his wife. This year’s reception saw the number of invited guests reduced from last year’s 300 to around … Continue reading

Dutch State Visit to Brunei: January 21-22

  January 24, 2013 at 6:13 pm by

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At the invitation of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan, Queen Beatrix started on January 21 a two-day state visit to Brunei, along with the Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima. On Monday, upon their arrival at the airport, the Dutch Royals and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade were welcomed by Crown Prince Billah and Crown Princess Sarah. The Queen and the Crown Prince Couple moved … Continue reading

Princess Caroline Turns 56

  January 24, 2013 at 12:04 am by

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January 23rd, 2013 Her Royal Highness Caroline, Princess of Hanover, Hereditary Princess of Monaco turned 56 on January 23rd. The ever-popular Princess is the eldest child of the late Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace, she is also the elder sister of the present Sovereign Prince, Albert II. The Princess was born at the Prince’s Palace in Monaco, and was christened Caroline Louise Marguerite Grimaldi. Currently, the Princess is the … Continue reading

Twin Sons for the Prussians

  January 22, 2013 at 8:45 pm by

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The Prince and Princess of Prussia, Georg Friedrich and Sophie, have welcomed twin sons. Prince Carl Friedrich and Prince Louis Ferdinand were born on January 20th, in Bremen, Germany. In an announcement full of “joy and gratitude” posted on Prince Georg Friedrich’s official website, he said that both his wife and infant sons were doing well. The elder of the twins, Prince Carl Friedrich, is the heir apparent to the … Continue reading

Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s 9th Birthday

  January 22, 2013 at 8:08 pm by

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Yesterday, Princess Ingrid Alexandra celebrated her 9th birthday. She was born on January 21st, 2004, at Rikshospitalet University Hospital in Oslo as eldest child of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. She is second in line of succession to the throne after her father Crown Prince Haakon. She has a younger brother, 7-year-old Prince Sverre Magnus, and a half-brother, Marius Borg Høiby, son of Crown Princess Mette-Marit from a … Continue reading

Princess Mathilde Turns 40

  January 20, 2013 at 6:00 am by

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The Duchess of Brabant, Princess Mathilde, today celebrates her fortieth birthday. To mark her milestone birthday, the Belgian Royal Court issued a series of new portraits of Mathilde and her family. The portraits, which were taken shot by Michel Gronemberger, have been heavily criticized for their artificial appearance thanks to various lighting and post-production features. A commemorative stamp has also been issued; Princess Mathilde attended the official launch of the … Continue reading

Beatrice and Eugenie Represent Britain in Germany on Their First Official Foreign Visit

  January 19, 2013 at 3:03 pm by

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Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie undertook their first joint official foreign duty to help promote British business in Germany. The royal sisters were in Berlin on request from Prime Minister David Cameron for a two-day tour promoting the Britain as part of the GREAT Campaign – a global initiative to attract visitors, business and students to the UK. The sisters began the tour to Berlin and Hanover by driving a Mini … Continue reading

Royal Audiences At The Zarzuela Palace

  January 19, 2013 at 5:23 am by

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Members of the Spanish Royal Family held a series of audiences at a Reception Room of the Zarzuela Palace this week. On January 15th, The Prince of Asturias hosted an audience for the Secretary of Defense of the United States of America, Mr. Leon Edward Panetta. The following day Prince Felipe hosted audiences for the Real Sociedad Deportiva Alcala, the first International Congress of Digital Photography, The Chamber of Commerce … Continue reading

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