Prince Andrew at Natural Gas Plant Opening

  February 18, 2009 at 8:41 pm by

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The first liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Russia was opened in Sakhalin today, February 18, 2009. Present at the opening ceremony were Britain’s Prince Andrew, Japan’s Prime Minister Taro Aso, Russia’s President Dmitry  Medvedev, and the Netherlands’ Economics Minister Maria van der Hoeven. The Duke of York is the U.K.’s Special Representative for International Trade and Investment. The LNG project was a collaboration between the Russia, the U.K., the … Continue reading

A Trend for the Big Scarf?

  February 18, 2009 at 7:49 pm by

Letizia's Scarves

In recent months Princess Letizia has been sporting a new fashion accessory, the scarf. image1 (10th Decmber 2008) Besides her favourite pair of platform shoes, Letizia is rarely without the big scarf either on official engagements or private outings. Renowned for her frequent recycling, Letizia has been using her favourite accessorise to customise and brighten up her wardrobe during the cold winter months. There seem to be two current favourites … Continue reading

The Humble Grand Duchess: The Last Grand Duchess by Ian Vorres

  February 18, 2009 at 4:01 pm by

Grand Duchess Olga looking pensive

Ian Vorres’s kind neighbour, a rather charming, little old lady, often invited him in to have a cup of tea. Soon he found out that she was Grand Duchess Olga, the sister of the last Russian Tsar. It was destiny… Vorres, a writer, persuaded her to let him write her biography. Grand Duchess Olga’s life was so dramatic that it remains interesting even though Vorres’s writing is rather straightforward and … Continue reading

Interview with Prince Joachim

  February 18, 2009 at 11:45 am by

Prince Joachim of Denmark

Denmark’s Prince Joachim has given an interview to Astma-Allergie, in which he discusses his own allergies and why a focus on allergies is important. He is patron of the Asthma-Allergy Foundation. The Prince is allergic to grass, birch and cats – and should, in theory, be allergic to horses and dogs, but he’s never had any problems. He told how he was very aware, and perhaps slightly worried, about the … Continue reading

HM Queen Elizabeth II Receives Two New Ambassadors

  February 18, 2009 at 9:45 am by

An official portrait of Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen yesterday received two new Ambassadors to the United Kingdom from the Republic of Serbia and from Bosnia Herzegovina. As the Court Circular more formally referred to them, in diplomatic circles they are known as Ambassadors to the Court of St. James’. Diplomatic relations is a major ceremonial aspect of Her Majesty’s life. Letters of credence, letters of recall and the London Diplomatic List may seem far removed from … Continue reading

Frederik and Mary to Visit the United States

  February 18, 2009 at 5:56 am by

From the TRF Avatar Gallery

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark will pay an official visit to the United States of America between March 21 and 29 this year. A new portrait of the couple was issued on the website of the Embassy of Denmark Washington website to mark the visit. The pair will begin their visit in Chicago, where they will attend an energy and climate conference and view Danish art … Continue reading

Queen Rania Appeals for Aid for UNRWA

  February 18, 2009 at 1:52 am by

Queen Rania

Queen Rania of Jordan has made a public appeal for aid for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which is in urgent need of funds to enable it to continue its work in Gaza. During an extraordinary meeting of the UNRWA Advisory Council in Amman, Jordan, the Queen, who is herself of Palestinian ancestry, referred to the agency as “a lifeline to the people of Gaza.” She encouraged … Continue reading

Empress Michiko of Japan Receives Hillary Clinton for tea

  February 18, 2009 at 1:35 am by

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As part of an Asian tour that will also take her to Indonesia, South Korea and China, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is presently visiting Japan. She arrived on Feb. 17, 2009 at the imperial palace in Tokyo. Empress Michiko of Japan was giving a tea party for her and welcomed Ms Clinton with cordiality. The aquaintance of the two ladies dates already back to 1996 when Hillary Clinton … Continue reading

Little Princess Aiko of Japan Smiles at her Father’s Return

  February 18, 2009 at 1:08 am by

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15 February 2009: With happy faces Crown Princess Masako of Japan and her daughter Aiko welcomed their husband and father Naruhito back home from his trip to Vietnam. On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic ties between the countries, the heir to the Japanese throne visited Hanoi, Hue, Quang Nam, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City and Tien Giang. While in Ho Chi Minh City, Prince … Continue reading

Princess Anne Opens Health and Riding Facilities

  February 17, 2009 at 11:53 pm by

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Princess Anne, the Princess Royal attended two openings today, February 17, 2009. The Princess Royal was at Dundee for the official opening of The Brae center. The center is the first riding school that caters specifically to the handicapped. Princess Anne, who is the patron of the Riding for the Disabled Association, and an accomplished horsewoman, is keen to support such facilities and services. She toured the £500,000 facility, which … Continue reading

Problems Crop Up with The Queen’s New Website

  February 17, 2009 at 9:58 pm by

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There are some glitches in the new website of HM The Queen and the British royal family. Users have complained that the dates for official engagements listed in the royal diary are often inaccurate and that the page is difficult to navigate. The site is also incompatible with systems like Linux, and it is not optimized for search engines like Google, which makes it difficult for potential visitors to find. … Continue reading

Pardon Likely for Australian Journalist Imprisoned for Insulting Thai Monarchy

  February 17, 2009 at 1:35 pm by

Verisimilitude - the book which caused all the trouble

Australian novelist Harry Nicolaides has been recommended for a royal pardon after being convicted in January under Thailand’s notorious lèse majesté laws. Nicolaides was sentenced to three years in prison on 19 January for allegedly insulting the Thai monarchy in a 2005 self-published novel, Verisimilitude, in which a fictional crown prince was mentioned. Thailand has lèse majesté laws which place strict limits on what may be said about the king … Continue reading

Princess Haya Opens World Pearl Forum

  February 17, 2009 at 1:07 pm by

Princess Haya

February 17, 2009 – Held under the patronage of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, HRH Princess Haya opened the World Pearl Forum at the Atlantis Hotel, Palm Jumeirah. Princess Haya praised the role of the pearl divers that once was the foundation of Dubai’s economy, adding that this … Continue reading

Prince Charles: Green Hero or Hypocrite?

  February 17, 2009 at 11:56 am by

The Prince of Wales

In March the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, together with a 14-strong entourage, will visit Chile, Brazil and Ecuador on an official tour. The visit will focus on the key issues of environmental sustainability and climate change. The Prince has decided to take a private jet for the 16.000-mile trip. The plane will be an Airbus 319 which seats 29. At the flight to South America the … Continue reading

Grand Duke Jean Attends Concert

  February 17, 2009 at 6:31 am by

Grand Duke Jean at the Concert

Luxembourg’s Grand Duke Jean, father of Grand Duke Henri, attended the concert “OPL meets UGDA, music through time and space”; organised by the Union Grand-Duc Adolphe. This is his first public engagement of 2009. Read more about Grand Duke Jean in this thread.

Televisión Española Rekindles King Juan Carlos’ “Most Difficult Day”

  February 17, 2009 at 3:36 am by

King Juan Carlos I on February 23, 1981

It is the event that would probably what many Spaniards attribute as King Juan Carlos’ most outstanding action as a monarch. On the 23rd of February 1981, some 200 members of the Guardia Civil stormed the Congreso de los Diputados and staged a coup while Congress was in the process of electing a new Prime Minister. The coup was a failure however, as King Juan Carlos, dressed in his uniform … Continue reading

Death of the Soldier King

  February 17, 2009 at 12:05 am by

Albert I of the Belgians

Seventy-five years ago, on 17 February 1934, King Albert I of Belgium fell off the Roche du Vieux Bon Dieu, at Marches-Les-Dames, while mountaineering. He did not survive his fall, and, as quickly as that, Belgium lost its third King. King Albert I was the second son of Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders and brother of King Leopold II, and Princess Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. Albert was not meant to become … Continue reading

Dutch Photo Session in Lech

  February 16, 2009 at 5:23 pm by

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Today, the main members of the Dutch royal family participated in their annual photo session in the exclusive Austrian ski resort of Lech am Arlberg, in Vorarlberg. Queen Beatrix was joined by her eldest and youngest sons, Princes Willem-Alexander and Prince Constantijn; along with their respective wives – Princesses Máxima and Laurentien – and their gaggle of adorable children for the winter holiday. 4-year-old Count Claus-Casimir was outnumbered amongst his … Continue reading

Anni-Frid Lyngstad: from ABBA Pop Star to Princess

  February 16, 2009 at 4:58 am by

Anni-Frid, Princess Reuss of Plauen

“I am in fact very up and down. I am very different from day to day. I am a serious person. But I have a fright in me which is very difficult to forget. I thought that it would be better when I would be older, but it seems to be worse and worse…” Anni-Frid Lyngstad Frida Lyngstad became successful worldwide as a member of the Swedish pop group ABBA. … Continue reading

Princess Haya Receives the Wife of Vietnam PM

  February 16, 2009 at 2:11 am by

Princess Haya

February 17, 2009 – HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai meet with Mrs. Tarn Thanh Kienn, wife of the Prime Minster of Vietnam who are currently on a 3-day official visit to the United Arab Emirates. During the meeting Princess Haya and Mrs. Kienn discussed issues concerning the UAE … Continue reading

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