The Queen Mother’s Memorial

  February 24, 2009 at 12:35 pm by

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

And so at last London gets a memorial of the Queen Mother that’s more than a few wirey gates, dented from an argument with a lorry. As well as the new statue of a young Queen Elizabeth, there’ll be bronze reliefs showing scenes from the Queen Mother’s life placed alongside it, depicting both the war role the Queen Mother played and her later years as Grandmother of the nation. The … Continue reading

Crown Princess Victoria Engaged!

  February 24, 2009 at 8:19 am by

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Today at 2 pm, the Swedish Court formally announced the engagement of Crown Princess Victoria, 31, with Daniel Westling, 35, her boyfriend since 2002. The couple met in 2001, at Daniel’s fitness center. After the wedding, Daniel will be known as Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland. One Swedish tabloid reported this morning that there would be a “konsilj” at the Palace, to discuss and formally announce the engagement, and the … Continue reading

Saudi crown prince has ‘successful’ operation

  February 24, 2009 at 5:50 am by

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According to the Saudi royal court,Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz underwent a successful operation in New York on Monday for an undisclosed health problem after arriving in New York three days ago. The Saudi Embassy nor the Saudi court gave any details of the medical condition of Prince Sultan, who is thought to be 84, but said “The treatment received by his highness has been successful, thank God,” the … Continue reading

Rumors of a Royal Engagement in Sweden

  February 24, 2009 at 4:44 am by

Swedish Coat of Arms

24/2/09. Some Swedish news outlets are reporting that a meeting of the entire Cabinet is being called for 1 pm Tuesday in order for the King to announce the engagement of Crown Princess Victoria to her long-term boyfriend Daniel Westling. There have been on-and-off rumors of an impending engagement between the Princess, who is 31, and 35-year-old Westling, a gym owner born in Örebro who has been the Princess’s boyfriend … Continue reading

Prince Naruhito Refuses To Comment on Internal Family Matters to the Press

  February 23, 2009 at 8:47 pm by

Prince Naruhito

Crown Prince Naruhito, the next heir to the Chrysanthemum throne, is celebrating his 49th birthday today. On this occasion he has given a news conference last Friday in his Tokyo residence. The Crown Prince expressed his concern for his overworked father´s burden and promised to do all he could to help alleviating it. Concerning his ailing wife, Crown Princess Masako, the Prince said that he does not expect her to … Continue reading

Belgian Royals attend Mass in remembrance of the deceased family members

  February 23, 2009 at 3:20 pm by

Princess Mathilde and Prince Philippe at the mass

On 17 February, the Belgian Royal family gathered at the Church of Laeken to attend the annual Mass in honour of all deceased family members. Not only the King and Queen were present, but also Prince Philippe, Princess Mathilde, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz and Princess Claire. This year, the mass was held especially in commemoration of King Albert I, who died 75 years ago. They also visited the Royal Crypt … Continue reading

Sheikha Mozah opens CMU-Q Campus

  February 23, 2009 at 1:50 pm by

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Feb 22, 2009 – Emir HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and HH Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, chairperson of the Qatar Foundation officially opened the Carnegie Mellon University – Qatar (CMU-Q). Sheikha Mozah, along with the CMU-Q student body, CMU-Q dean Charles Thorpe and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) president Jared Cohon, cut the ceremonial ribbon onstage. The Emir & Sheikha Mozah honoured guests that had gathered at … Continue reading

Prince Felix at a Carnival Party

  February 23, 2009 at 11:58 am by

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Prince Felix today attended a carnival party at his school, where he was accompanied by his mother, Countess Alexandra, his stepfather, Martin Joergensen, his brother Prince Nikolai and his father Prince Joachim. This once again proves, if there was ever any doubt, that Alexandra and Joachim are still on good terms; they both always come together to take the children to school on their first day, to take them to … Continue reading

Prince William Accused of Not Doing Enough

  February 23, 2009 at 10:59 am by

Prince William

A Channel 4 documentary says the second in line to the throne is “doing almost nothing” in terms of royal engagements. The program, The Problem Princes – which airs Monday, February 23rd, takes a look at the British princes William and Harry, and how they spend their time and money. The documentary said in 2007, Prince William did only 14 engagements, which were mostly football and rugby matches appearances. Comparing … Continue reading

Wisdom from Ancient Tradition and the 21st Century’s Vitality to be Unified: the Difficult Mission of Japan’s Heir

  February 23, 2009 at 10:46 am by

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The life of Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan, who is celebrating his 49th birthday today; has, right from the beginning, been formed by extremes. His birth, only 9 months after his parents’ wedding on April 10, 1959 (see video) had of course been welcomed by a huge wave of national joy and pride: “It is a boy!” But this warm reception would not guarantee the new baby an easy life, … Continue reading

The Princess Royal visits Fire-Ravaged Towns in Victoria

  February 23, 2009 at 4:03 am by

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As Queen Elizabeth II’s representative, the Princess Royal today visited survivors of the Black Saturday bushfires in Wandong, north of Melbourne. Anne visited Wandong’s fire station, primary school and a relief centre where she spoke with those who lost their homes in the fires, along with the brave CFA firefighters who helped to extinguish the inferno. Following her visit to Wandong, Princess Anne was scheduled to visit one of the … Continue reading

President Opens Defence Show

  February 23, 2009 at 1:59 am by

Sheikh Khalifa

February 22, 2009 – UAE president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed opened the ninth International Defence Exhibition and Conference Idex 2009. Sheikh Khalifa was joined by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE. Attending the grand opening ceremony were also Their Highnesses Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates, Crown Princes and Deputies of Rulers. The launch event featured a fly-by performed by Emirati F-16 fighter jets, armoured … Continue reading

Countess Feodora of Rosenborg welcomes a Daughter

  February 23, 2009 at 1:20 am by

Danish Royal Family Coat of Arms

Countess Feodora of Rosenborg, the youngest daughter of Queen Margrethe’s first cousin Count Christian of Rosenborg, has introduced her three-week-old baby daughter to Danish magazine Billed Bladet. Little Caroline-Mathilde Margrethe Rønnow was born on February 1st via Caesarean section, and is Feodora’s first child with her second husband Morten Rønnow. Caroline-Mathilde is named after Feodora’s paternal grandmother, Princess Caroline-Mathilde of Denmark. Feodora and Morten married on September 8th last year … Continue reading

Airmiles Andy Strikes Again

  February 23, 2009 at 12:44 am by

Prince Andrew, the Duke of York

What’s the difference between the Duke of York and a mango? A mango is flown thousands of miles and people actually want to see it when it gets there. Yes, Airmiles Andy is at it again with a little helicopter trip to open a bridge. Members of the Royal Family use helicopters a lot of course, but when their destination is only 70 miles away surely a car is the … Continue reading

Spanish King and Queen Visit Florida

  February 22, 2009 at 7:44 pm by

King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain

After their state visit to Jamaica King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia headed to Pensacola and Miami in Florida, USA. The visit started on February 18, when their Majesties attended the commemorative events marking the 450th anniversary of the founding of the Santa María settlement, the first Spanish settlement in the US, in Pensacola Bay by Tristán de Luna y Arellano. The next day, the King and Queen met with … Continue reading

Princess Anne Attends Memorial for Australian Bushfire Dead

  February 22, 2009 at 3:39 am by

The Princess Royal

Princess Anne today joined the mourners at a memorial service in Melbourne to honour the 209 people who died during the bushfires earlier this month. The Princess Royal was representing her mother Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia, in commemorating the victims of the worst fires for many decades, which left tens of thousands of people homeless. The Princess read a message from the Queen during the service. The Princess, … Continue reading

Saudi crown prince in New York for tests

  February 22, 2009 at 3:33 am by

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Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz is in New York for medical tests according to the Saudi press agency. Prince Sultan, who is in his eighties, has been in Morocco for the past six weeks before heading to New York. In 2004, Prince Sultan had an operation to remove a cancerous growth from his stomach and in April 2008 he visited the Swiss city of Geneva for what were described as … Continue reading

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

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