Queen Noor at the Women’s World Awards in Vienna

  March 6, 2009 at 4:43 am by

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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

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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

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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

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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

Sheikh Hamdan on official visit to Singapore and Indonesia

  March 5, 2009 at 12:05 pm by

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed

The UAE Deputy Prime Minister, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, will start an official visit to Singapore and Indonesia on Saturday, March 7. Sheikh Hamdan will meet with senior officials of the two South-East Asian countries to discuss with them ways to boost bilateral cooperation between the UAE and the two respective countries in the areas of politics, economy, and trade. Sheikh Hamdan is being accompanied on the … Continue reading

Prince of Orange With Environment Minister in Malmö

  March 5, 2009 at 11:40 am by

Prince Willem-Alexander

The Prince of Orange and the Dutch Environment Minister, Jacqueline Cramer, visited the Swedish city of Malmö today, reports GDP’s royalblog. The prince and the minister visited various spots in the city where projects of sustainable building have been realised. Among other thing, they visited the neighbourhood of Augustenburg where the group saw a botanical garden that was made on the roof of a building. In the afternoon they visited … Continue reading

Princess Máxima Visits Projects of “Her” Fund

  March 5, 2009 at 10:40 am by

Princess Máxima

Princess Máxima spent the day yesterday visiting projects of the Orange Fund, the fund that she and her husband received as a wedding present from the Dutch people. First the princess visited the programme “Aging Actively”, in the Seniors Hobby Center in Mill and St.Hubert. The programme was started two years ago tries to prevent seniors from getting lonely. Later the princess visited the foundation Boy-4-ever in the city of … Continue reading

Janadriya Festival Kicks Off with Colorful Start

  March 5, 2009 at 3:57 am by

King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah, yesterday inaugurated the National Heritage and Culture Festival at Janadriya village, 45 km north of Riyadh. In the first time of the Janadriya 25 year history, it has opened its doors to families, including women. The festival started with a camel race in which about 500 contestants took part in which King Abdullah handed prizes to the winners of the first … Continue reading

Princess Anne in Gibraltar

  March 5, 2009 at 3:10 am by

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The Princess Royal has arrived at Gibraltar for a three-day official visit, during which she is set to open a military hospital bearing her name, the Princess Royal Medical Centre, as well as visiting a school for children with special needs. The Spanish government, which claims that Gibraltar belongs to Spain, has protested the Princess’s visit. The Spanish Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs contacted the British Ambassador with a … Continue reading

Mohammed opens Poetry Festival

  March 5, 2009 at 2:41 am by

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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai opened the seven-day poetry festivel. The festivel is Dubai’s plan to bring different poets from across the globe to help build bridges of understanding across the great cultural divide. The festivel kicked off yesterday, Wednesday March 5 at World Trade Centre surrounded by well-known names in Arabic and international poetry … Continue reading

Rania praises the ambition of Arab women

  March 5, 2009 at 2:25 am by

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Queen Rania is a proud Arab women who is married to King Abdullah for ten years and has four children. In an interview with Britain’s Glamour magazine, Queen Rania praises the women of Jordan saying “When it comes to women in my region, we can’t be generalised. Women have jobs ranging from taxi drivers and hairdressers to pilots, plumbers, architects, CEOs, judges and government ministers.” Queen Rania went on saying … Continue reading

Prince Pieter-Christiaan Injured during Ski Trip

  March 4, 2009 at 9:59 pm by

Prince Pieter-Christiaan

Prince Pieter-Christiaan, the 36-year-old nephew of Queen Beatrix, injured himself during a skiing holiday in Seefeld, Austria, earlier this week. The Prince fell while skiing, and injured his ribs. He was flown via helicopter to the clinic in Innsbruck for treatment. Pieter-Christiaan returned to Holland on Tuesday to recover from his injuries.

The Spanish Tiaras

  March 4, 2009 at 5:12 pm by

Queen Sofia wearing six of the Spanish tiaras

The Shell Tiara, by Mellerio The Shell Tiara, made of platinum and diamonds forming shells with pear-shaped pearls dangling from their centres, dates back to Queen Isabella II who offered it to her daughter Infanta Maria Isabel on the occasion of her wedding to Prince Gaetano of Bourbon-Two Sicilies in 1868. The Shell Tiara was inherited by her nephew King Alfonso XIII who passed it on to his son Don … Continue reading

Philippe, Mathilde & family on winter holiday

  March 4, 2009 at 5:06 pm by

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Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde used last week’s school holiday to take their kids out to the snow. The family stayed in the Swiss Alps, in Verbier, where Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark have been frequent visitors. Princess Elisabeth and Prince Gabriel are already quite skillful on the skis, and they look very cute in helmets and red ski outfit. Thanks to royals.web-log.nl

Camilla’s Favourite Designer Robinson Valentine

  March 4, 2009 at 3:49 pm by

The Duchess of Cornwall in Robinson Valentine outfits

The Duchess of Cornwall has made a remarkable fashion transition since her wedding to the Prince of Wales in April 2005. With the help of her favourite design team of Robinson Valentine, milliner Philip Treacy and Linda Bennett (founder of the company L K Bennett), Camilla has ditched her country look for stylish ensembles befitting of the wife of the future King of England. Gone are the days of jeans … Continue reading

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