From Punk Princess to Princess Carnival

  February 10, 2009 at 7:34 pm by

Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis

02/09/2009 Fürstin Gloria of Thurn und Taxis attended the annual ceremony of the Aachen Carnival Association (AKV) where actor Mario Adorf was presented as this years ‘knight’ in the order of ‘Wider den Tierischen Ernst’. Last year this honour fell to the former punk princess, due to ‘her charm, wit and her fantastic laugh’ according to AKV’s president Horst Wollgarten. To welcome this year’s new knight, Gloria held a comical … Continue reading

Prince Bernhard Also Lobbied for the F16 Fighter

  February 10, 2009 at 7:24 pm by

Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands

Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, consort to Queen Juliana wasn’t only involved in promoting American aeronautics Company Lockheed with the Dutch air force; in 1975 he also lobbied for the acquisition of the F16 fighter. This was revealed in the dissertation of Bert Kreemers, which will be presented today at the University of Leiden. First Bernhard lobbied for the Cobra of Northrop, the president of the company, Thomas V. Jones … Continue reading

New Jewels Keeper Appointed by Queen Elizabeth

  February 10, 2009 at 6:58 pm by

The Imperial State Crown

Today, February 10th, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth appointed the 159th Constable of the Tower of London and thus the new Keeper of the Crown Jewels. The lucky man is Sir Richard Dannatt, and he is an Army General. The formal ceremony will take place later this year. The position itself dates back to 1207, and the Keeper was actually responsible for much more than the jewels–but in 1485 the roles … Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth To Contribute To Help Australia’s Wildfire Victims

  February 10, 2009 at 6:30 pm by

An official portrait of Queen Elizabeth II

HM The Queen has expressed sadness over the tragic wildfires in Australia and will make a personal donation to the Australian Red Cross’s Victorian Bushfire Fund to help aid the fire victims. Buckingham Palace has announced that the monarch will make the donation from her own private funds, but the spokesperson did not reveal how much money The Queen is planning to contribute. The Queen, who is also the Queen … Continue reading

Saudi Princess Wants To Drive

  February 10, 2009 at 1:54 pm by

Princess Amira

Princess Amira al-Taweel is ready to drive in her homeland, Saudi Arabia, according to a recent interview. She is the wife of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a nephew of the Saudi king Abdullah. “Certainly, I am ready for it, I have an international driver’s license and I drive in every country I travel to,” the princess told the newspaper. In Saudi Arabia it is however forbidden for women to drive … Continue reading

Preparations for the Prince of Asturias Awards 2009 Have Begun

  February 10, 2009 at 12:04 pm by

Emblem of the Prince of Asturias Foundation

The call for the 2009 Prince of Asturias Awards is now open. The Foundation has begun distributing the pamphlet containing the official announcement for candidatures and rules for the Prince of Asturias Awards 2009. There are eight awards: Communication and Humanities, Arts, Letters, Social Sciences, Technical and Scientific Research, International Cooperation, Sports, and Concord. Each of the eight recipients is awarded 50,000 euros, a sculpture by Joan Miro, a diploma, … Continue reading

The Prince of Wales Meets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

  February 9, 2009 at 10:01 pm by

President Abbas of Palestine and the Prince of Wales

February 6, 2009. The Palestinian President was in London this week and met The Prince of Wales on Friday at Clarence House. After weeks of a cruel war in the Gaza Strip this visit of Mahmoud Abbas in London was something everybody was talking about and so the meeting with The Prince of Wales seemed to be more than daily routine. The two men posed for a official pic at … Continue reading

Queen Fabiola in the Hospital for Almost Four Weeks

  February 9, 2009 at 3:50 pm by

Queen Fabiola of the Belgians

The New Year has not treated the Dowager Queen of Belgium so kindly. In the beginning of the year, Her Majesty has undergone surgery of the thyroid gland (while under hypnosis). Not even one week later, on 17 January, Fabiola was admitted to the Hospital of St. John, this time with a severe case of pneumonia (or more correctly, bronchopneumonia). The Queen spent more than three weeks at the Intensive … Continue reading

European Royalty Enjoy Keelboat Races in Monaco

  February 9, 2009 at 2:53 pm by

25th Primo Cup Keelboat Racing

To celebrate the 80th anniversery of the Dragon Class on the first weekend of the 25th Primo Cup keelboat racing, prince Albert II invited other royals like prince Henrik of Denmark, prince Serge of Yugoslavia and prince Charles of Bourbon-Two-Sicilies, duke of Castro. “A big thank you to the Yacht Club de Monaco for this initiative to celebrate 80 years of the Dragon, a series close to my heart, by … Continue reading

Royal Wedding Bells in Tbilisi

  February 9, 2009 at 1:09 pm by

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02/08/2009 Royalists in Georgia rejoice as two branches of the dynasty that once ruled Georgia are joining forces by the marriage of Prince David Bagration-Mukhransky (32) and Princess Anna Bagration-Gruzinsky (31). The wedding was celebrated on February 8th, the day Georgia commemorates King David the Builder, who ruled from 1089 to 1125 and is considered Georgia’s greatest king. The couple married in Tbilisi’s Trinity Cathedral in front of 3000 guests … Continue reading

Willem-Alexander & Máxima Visit Antarctica

  February 9, 2009 at 2:59 am by

Willem-Alexander and Máxima in Antarctica

The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima are currently on an expedition to Antarctica, as part of the Dutch branch of International Polar Year. The expedition was planned by Dutch scientists after Queen Beatrix expressed an interest in knowing more about the effects of climate change on the globe, and in particular, the North and South Poles. Willem-Alexander and Máxima began their trip on February 4, when they flew to … Continue reading

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in Northern Ireland for One-Day Visit

  February 8, 2009 at 9:42 pm by

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall in Northern Ireland

Last Tuesday, 3rd February, the royal couple have been in Northern Ireland for a visit. For many years, because of the difficult political situation and for security reasons, it was something special when someone from the government or from the royal family visited NI. Today the situation there is more relaxed and peaceful but the visit of Charles and Camilla every year is good for a headline in the media … Continue reading

The Duke of Edinburgh Back in Action at Sandringham

  February 8, 2009 at 8:01 pm by

HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, 8 Feb 2009

After two weeks of speculation about the state of his health, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh made his first public appearance this weekend since injuring his back in a carriage driving accident. He accompanied his wife, HM The Queen, to a Sunday morning church service at St. Mary Magdalen’s near Sandringham House, and walked unaided from the car to the steps of the church. He was also photographed this weekend … Continue reading

Princess of Hanover Solo Visit to Niger

  February 8, 2009 at 6:21 pm by

Princess Caroline in Niger

Between February 5th and 7th, Princess Caroline of Hanover and Monaco paid a visit to Niger to vist the projects of her patronage, AMADE (Association Mondiale Des Amis De L’enfance). AMADE was founded in 1963 by the late Princess Grace of Monaco as an organization to direct her personal efforts to help children in need.  Her Royal Highness of Hanover was elected to the chairmanship in 1993 and has undertaken … Continue reading

Visit to Finnmark

  February 8, 2009 at 5:20 am by

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The Crown Prince Couple of Norway paid a visit to Kautokeino and Karasjok on February 5-6. Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit start their official tour of Finnmark in Kautokeino, northern Norway, 05 February 2008. The temperature hit below 25 degrees centigrade. The CP Couple was invited to have a little sledge tour. When the Crown Prince was to sit in the reindeer sledge in Ardni-siidaen, the reindeer was … Continue reading

February 2009 Newsletter: The 1900s

  February 7, 2009 at 8:14 pm by

The Royal Forums Logo

February’s newsletter focuses on the world events of the 1900′s. Many events occurred during this time that would shape the future of the world in the coming decades. We hope that you enjoy this month’s newsletter. Lady Jennifer, Kimebear, LadyLeana and Zonk Administrative Notes Changes to the Team We would like to congratulate JessRulz who is now a Super Moderator at the forums. Congrats Jess! Questions about The Royal Forums? … Continue reading

Accession of Elizabeth II (6 February 1952)

  February 7, 2009 at 3:23 am by

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February 6th marks the 57th Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to her Throne. The Accession of The British Sovereign is a rare and detailed procedure.”The King is dead, long live The King” may summarise the process but it is only the tip of the iceberg. While there is no interregnum and the crown passes immediately to the Late Sovereign’s Successor, there is a series of events and protocols to … Continue reading

Death of George VI (6 February 1952)

  February 7, 2009 at 1:49 am by

From the Blog Database

The death of King George VI came as something of a shock. While it was known that His Majesty was in poor health (he had half a lung removed the previous year as a result of cancer), it was not thought that his death was imminent. His Majesty had been seen a week earlier when he waved goodbye to The Princess Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh as they departed … Continue reading

Italian President Visits Luxembourg

  February 5, 2009 at 1:27 pm by

The Hereditary Grand Duke with the Italian Presidential Couple

Giorgio Napolitano, the President of the Republic of Italy, paid a three-day State Visit to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg beginning on February 2. The President and his wife, Clio, were received by Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa upon their arrival to Luxembourg, before official photographs were taken at the Grand Ducal Palace. That evening, the customary gala banquet was held for the guests. Both the Grand … Continue reading

Crown Princess Mary’s Birthday Engagement

  February 5, 2009 at 1:21 pm by

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  Crown Princess Mary spent her 37th birthday attending the premiere of the Copenhagen International Fashion Fair’s CIFFKids Trend Show at the Bella Centre in Copenhagen. The visit saw Mary viewing the collections of several lines of clothing for children, and being sung ‘Happy Birthday’. However, the birthday greeting had to be sung a second time, as Mary was busy comforting the seven-year-old flower girl who had begun to cry … Continue reading

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