Pieter van Vollenhoven: Meter Caused Plane Crash

  March 4, 2009 at 12:23 pm by

Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven at the council

Prof. Mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven, bother-in-law of Dutch queen Beatrix, today announced that a faulty altitude meter probably is the cause of the crash of an airplane of Turkish Airways near Schiphol Airport one week ago. Nine people, including the three pilots, were killed when the Boeing 737-800 ploughed into a muddy field last Wednesday. Around 80 people got wounded, 28 of which are still in the hospital. Pieter van … Continue reading

Hamdan Awards name Sultan Distinguished Personality of the Year

  March 4, 2009 at 12:09 pm by

Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed

The Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Awards for Distinctive Academic Performance has named Supreme Council member and ruler of Sharjah, H. H. Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the Distinguished Personality of the Year in recognition of his initiatives to enhance and spread education and knowledge at local, Arab and international levels. Minister of Education and Chairman of the Award’s Board of Trustees Dr Hanif Hassan said: ”The … Continue reading

Queen Sofia Awards 2008

  March 4, 2009 at 6:31 am by

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Today, Her Majesty the Queen of Spain presented the 2008 Queen Sofia Awards for Disability Prevention and Universal Accessibility to the Municipalities, in a ceremony at Zarzuela Palace. The awards are organized by the Royal Board of Disability, of which the Queen is Honorary President. The mission of this charity is to encourage prevention of impairments, rehabilitation and social integration of people with disabilities. These issues were established some time … Continue reading

Separation of Prince Carl Philip and Emma Pernald

  March 4, 2009 at 4:56 am by

Emma Pernald and Prince Carl Philip

Today Emma Pernald, long term girlfriend of Prince Carl Phillip of Sweden, confirmed the separation rumors stating that she and the Prince are “taking a break” in their relationship and that it was their mutual decision in the Swedish newspaper Expressen. In August they would have been together for 10 years. First separation speculations by the media appeared in October 2008, but were disclaimed. New speculations about a possible break … Continue reading

Will the Emir dissolve Parliament?

  March 4, 2009 at 2:00 am by

Sheikh Sabah IV bin Al-Ahmad

Al Jazeera television reported on Tuesday that Kuwait’s ruler has decided to dissolve parliament after Islamist lawmakers asked to question the prime minister over his government’s handling of the economic crisis. Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Kuwait quoted parliamentary sources as saying Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, who has the last word in politics, would issue a decree to dissolve parliament. This is not the first time the emir dissolves a … Continue reading

French Prince And Fiancee Attend Charity Ball in Madrid

  March 3, 2009 at 11:59 pm by

Prince Jean and Philomena de Tornos y Steinhart

Prince Jean of France, duke of Vendôme and his fiancee Philomena de Tornos y Steinhart attended a charity ball in the Casino of Madrid. The ball was organised by the Spanish branch of the order of Malta and was attended by various members of the order The duke of Vendôme and Philomena de Tornos got engaged in November 2008. The is planning to marrying the cathedral of Senlis on May … Continue reading

Princess Máxima on Sustainable Banking

  March 3, 2009 at 5:04 pm by

Princess Máxima

Princess Máxima attended the seminar ‘Global Alliance for Banking on Values’ at the Triodos Bank in Zeist this morning.  The seminar was held to mark the foundation of a cooperation between 12 international, sustainable banks. Apart from princess Máxima , mr. A. Steiner, director-general of the UN environmental programme UNEP and vice secretairy general of the UN also held a speech. In her speech, princess Máxima spoke about the importance … Continue reading

Prince of Orange Visits Military Rehabilitation Center

  March 3, 2009 at 4:49 pm by

The Prince of Orange

The prince of Orange visited the military rehabilitation center (MRC) in Doorn. The prince spoke with soldiers that are rehabilitating, most of them got wounded in Afghanistan. After these talks he opened a new wing of the rehabilitation center. Willem-Alexander also spoke with specialists at the MRC, who demonstrated the innovative rehabilitation machine CAREN (Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment). With CAREN patients can practice their rehabilitation in a virtual world, which … Continue reading

Princess Mathilde at Conference “Women and sustainable development”

  March 3, 2009 at 2:33 pm by

Princess Mathilde of Belgium

Princess Mathilde attended the conference “Women and Sustainable Development” at the University of Leuven, Belgium. The conference was held in honour of International Women’s Day. The Princess is a valiant defender of women’s rights, and was very happy to show her support for this conference. The conference was organized by the “Collectif des Femmes”. (Photo 1, Photo 2)

UNICEF’s Executive Director Highlights Huge Impact of Madrasati

  March 3, 2009 at 12:38 pm by

Queen Rania of Jordan

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah met with United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman, on Tuesday. Ms Veneman is visiting Jordan as part of her tour in the region. During the meeting, Ms Veneman briefed Her Majesty about her visit to the Tumader School for Girls which is one of Madrasati’s schools. They also discussed ways to expand UNICEF projects in Jordan. Queen Rania who is … Continue reading

Continuing on Their Course toward Reconciliation between Japan and other Nations: Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko To Visit Pearl Harbour

  March 3, 2009 at 12:02 pm by

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko may visit Pearl Harbor, the scene of Japan’s surprise attack that ushered in the Pacific War, next July, following a visit to Canada. Such an event would symbolize the postwar reconciliation between Japan and the United States as no sitting Japanese prime minister has, to the present day, gone to Pearl Harbor. If this should come to pass it would be one important step more … Continue reading

Sheikh Mohammed to attend the opening of Dubai International Poetry Festival

  March 3, 2009 at 11:09 am by

United Arab Emirates Coat of Arms

The Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum will attend tomorrow the opening of the first edition of the Dubai International Poetry Festival 2009 which is being held between March 4-10. The festivel is being organised by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation. It promises to bring back to life the ancient Arab tradition of literary expression. … Continue reading

Crown Princess Masako Attends First Solo Public Visit In Three Years

  March 3, 2009 at 4:43 am by

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Crown Princess Masako visited an exhibition of devices invented by housewives at a Tokyo department store. Masako listened as her attendant explained the purpose of the items, ranging from a butter knife to a device that help disabled people write. Although the Crown Princess has attended several public duties with her husband, Crown Prince Naruhito, this was her first solo public function since 2006. Her appearance at the New Year … Continue reading

King Hamad hold talks with Clinton and Mubarak

  March 3, 2009 at 4:31 am by

King Hamad

His Majesty King Hamad held talks yesterday with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Sharm El- Sheikh’s International Conference Hall in Egypt during the framework of the international Gaza donors’ conference. They reviewed bilateral relations in various fields as well as the latest regional and international developments. Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said in a statement that “The meeting was fruitful as it provided a platform … Continue reading

Janadriya Festival Opens Doors

  March 3, 2009 at 4:14 am by

King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz

The 24th Janadriya Culture and Heritage Festival will be opened by King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques on Wednesday the 4th. For the first time in the history of the Janadriya Festival, families will be allowed to visit the cultural and heritage event organized annually by the National Guard. At a press conference on Sunday, Dr.Abdulrahman Bin Subait Al-Subait, Undersecretary, National Guard and Executive Committee Chairman of the … Continue reading

Tiaras Designed by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria

  March 2, 2009 at 8:12 pm by

The Winterhalter portrait of the Royal Family in 1846

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha loved to design jewellery for his wife, Queen Victoria. Throughout their marriage he designed a number of key pieces which naturally became some of the most treasured possessions of Victoria. Of these jewels, Albert designed at least four tiaras for Victoria to wear – two of these were the diamond and emerald tiara and the sapphire and diamond tiara. Victoria gifted many of jewels … Continue reading

Toddler gets a royal lift

  March 2, 2009 at 4:36 pm by

Prince Charles with the Welsh two-year-old

Two year old Bronwen Giles of North Wales suprised Prince Charles on his recent tour of RAF Valley by demanding that he pick her up so she could show him pictures of the other children who attend the creche run by her mother. Earlier, she and her four year old sister had delighted him with a much practiced curtsey in honor of his visit. Prince Charles was visiting RAF Valley, … Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth Opens New British Legion Headquarters

  March 2, 2009 at 4:20 pm by

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HM The Queen visited south London on Friday, February 27, to open the new headquarters for the Royal British Legion. While at the new location, The Queen met with veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families who have been helped by the Legion. The Royal British Legion is a charitable organization that supplies aid to British military personnel who are serving or have served in branches … Continue reading

Crown Princess Victoria’s Engagement Press Conference Fashion

  March 2, 2009 at 12:15 pm by

Crown Princess Victoria's lovely dresses

On Tuesday, 24 February 2009, King Carl Gustav of Sweden made the announcement that many have been waiting for: Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling have become engaged. The wedding is scheduled to take place in the early summer of 2010. There were two appearances made by the couple during their announcement and press conference yesterday. During the initial announcement with the King and Queen, Crown Princess Victoria looked radiant … Continue reading

Who Will Pay for the Royal Wedding of the Year?

  March 2, 2009 at 2:32 am by

Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling

Last week’s announcement by the Swedish royal court that Crown Princess Victoria was engaged to her long-time boyfriend Daniel Westling brought much joy (and many cheers of “Finally!”) to the Swedes and royal-watchers around the globe. But in the aftermath of the announcement, the crucial question of who will pay for the royal wedding of 2010 has been brought up in the Swedish parliament. The current Swedish government has expressed … Continue reading

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