October 9th, 2013 Don Carlos Zurita, the Duke of Soria and Hernani, the husband of the Infanta Margarita of Spain, celebrates his 70th birthday on October 9th. A popular member of the extended Spanish Royal Family, the Duke was born in Malaga, Spain in 1943. In October 1972 he married Infanta Margarita, the younger sister of King Juan Carlos I at Estoril in Portugal. The couple have two children, Don … Continue reading
The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, has made an official visit to Belgium between October 2nd and 5th. This is the first official visit made by a President of India to Belgium. It follows the state visit made by King Albert and Queen Paola to India last year. The President was welcomed at Military Airport Melsbroek at Brussels by King Philippe. It was described as a rare gesture of His … Continue reading
Prince Harry spent the day today in Sydney, Australia on his first official visit to the Commonwealth nation. The Prince arrived yesterday, ahead of his attendance at today’s International Fleet Review at Sydney Harbour to mark the hundredth anniversary of the Royal Australian Navy entering the Harbour. Wearing the white tropical dress uniform of the British Army, Captain Wales spent over two hours aboard HMAS Leeuwin with Governor-General Quentin Bryce, Prime … Continue reading
On Friday September 27th in the afternoon, the King and the Queen visited Antwerp, the Capital of the Antwerp Province. The Royal Couple were welcomed at the museum MAS (Museum aan de Stroom) by the Mayor of Antwerp Bart De Wever and the Governor of the Province Cathy Berx. After signing the Golden Book, the King and the Queen received a photo of Prince Baudouin taken in 1935 when he was … Continue reading
Prince Emmanuel of Belgium turns eight years old on October 4th. The Prince is the second son of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians, and is also currently third in the line of succession to the Belgian throne. He was born in 2005 at the Erasmus Hospital in Anderlecht. His full name is Emmanuel Léopold Guillaume François Marie and the Prince was baptised on December 10th, 2005 at … Continue reading
October 3rd, 2013 As with previous years on the Día de la Banderita, female members of the Spanish Royal Family were out in force to preside over the Madrid ‘Día de la Banderita de la Cruz Roja Española’ or the Spanish Red Cross Fundraising Day. Attending this year’s fundraising stalls were Queen Sofia, Princess Letizia and Infanta Elena. In a relaxed atmosphere, all three royal ladies posed for photos with … Continue reading
October 1st, 2013 King Juan Carlos was discharged from the Chiron Hospital in Madrid on Tuesday. The 75 year old Spanish Monarch was cheered by a group of well wishers and gathered media as he left the Madrid hospital. The King will spend the next couple of weeks in recuperation at his Madrid residence, the Palacio de la Zarzuela, following the successfully operation on his left hip. Before leaving the … Continue reading
Announcing the winners of the August 2013 Picture of the Month Poll of the Month Polls: August 2013 Official Picture of the Month Poll: First Place: The Netherlands Second Place: Monaco Third Place: Sweden and Norway Royal Summer Sports! (August 2013 Informal Picture of the Month Poll): First Place: The Netherlands Second Place: Sweden Third Place: Norway Congratulations to all winning teams!
The Government Information Service in the Netherlands has today revealed their plans should King Willem-Alexander pass away before his heir, daughter Catharina-Amalia, reaches the age of 18. In such an event, Queen Máxima would become the regent for the Princess of Orange until she turns 18 in December 2021. The Queen would have parental authority over her three children – Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane. She would also … Continue reading
King Juan Carlos is reported to be comfortable and in recovery following a successful temporary hip replacement, but will need further surgery in two months time. The 75 year old Spanish Monarch underwent the surgery last Tuesday at Madrid’s Quiron hospital. Over the past few days, the King has recieved family visits from the Queen and Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia with their daughters, Infantas Leonor and Sofia. Infanta Elena … Continue reading
September 30th, 2013 The Duke of Edinburgh was back in Norfolk today where he paid a visit to the Dersingham Bog Nature Reserve. The 92-year-old Prince was all smiles in the autumnal sunshine as he walked with the aid of a stick around the site. The Duke is patron of the Conservation Volunteers, who have been working on preserving this nature reserve site in Norfolk. Prince Philip recently flew up … Continue reading
As UNICEF’s first eminent advocate for children and also a member of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel (HLP), Queen Rania accompanied her husband King Abdullah II of Jordan during his visit to New York City last week to attend the 2013 UN General Assembly. The Queen’s first appearance was on September 23rd, when she attended the “Education Cannot Wait” conference which was organized to support the UN Secretary General’s … Continue reading
It has been revealed today the joint coat of arms for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Conjugal Coat of Arms was approved this year by HM The Queen earlier this year but it was not shown to the public till today. The coat of arms was designed by The College of Arms in London. The Conjugal Arms show the the separate shields of a royal husband and wife … Continue reading
It has been announced today that Prince George, the son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will be christened on October 23, 2013. The christening will take place at the Chapel Royal in St James’s Palace. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will perform the christening. Prince George was born at St Mary’s Hospital in London on July 22. For the discussion and latest details visit the christening thread.
FEI President, Princess Haya of Jordan, has announced that she will not be seeking a third term as president of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI). Princess Haya’s term ends in November 2014, she was elected in 2006. Currently, the FEI Presidents can only run for two terms, each term lasting four years. A few months ago, the FEI body announced that they would request to extend the presidency for an … Continue reading
On Tuesday September 24th, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde visited Hasselt in the Province of Limbourg. The Royal Couple arrived at 11 o’clock and were welcomed by Governor Herman Reynders in the Provincial House where they signed the Golden Book. After being presented to deputies, mayors and 120 invited guests, the King and the Queen met a delegation of Ford workers who are losing their job following the closure of the … Continue reading
Crown Princess Mary today officially named the newest container ship of the A.P. Møller-Mærsk fleet. The event took place at Langelinie, in the presence of Crown Prince Frederik, the Danish Interior and Economy Minister, Margrethe Vestager, and Ane Maersk McKinney Uggla, at ten in the morning. “I name you ‘Majestic Maersk’. I wish you safe navigation. May you and your crew have successful activities in the oceans, for the benefit of your crew, your … Continue reading
Last week, Queen Mathilde was in New York to attend the United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit, “Architects for a Better World”. On September 18th, the Queen participated in a side event co-hosted by UNICEF and Global Compact Belgium with the theme ‘Children’s rights are everyone’s business’. ”I am delighted to see that my country, Belgium, is a frontrunner in mobilising the business community on children’s rights”, she said in her … Continue reading
It has been confirmed that Prince Harry will be making an official visit to Australia at the beginning of October. The Prince will spend several days in Australia, attending several events in Sydney to mark the centenary of the Royal Australian Navy Fleet’s first entry into Sydney. One of the events will be viewing the International Fleet Review. Prince Harry first visited Australia in 2003, as part of his gap year. This … Continue reading
Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands has broken her cheekbone, the RVD (Government Information Service) announced today. The Princess underwent an operation to fix the break today. She will spend a few days recuperating in hospital, before returning to Huis ten Bosch Palace to recover. She suffered the break in a fall at her home, Huis ten Bosch.