On the second day of their visit to Canada, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were in Ontario where they paid their respects to the 158 Canadian military personnel who died during the country’s involvement in the Afghan war. The couple laid wreaths at the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial in Trenton. They also spent time at 8 Wing-Canadian Forces Base Trenton, meeting with members of the Royal Canadian Air Force. … Continue reading
On Friday, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg hosted their second garden party of the season at Schloss Berg. They were joined by Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie as they welcomed guests from the culture, sports, media, charity and business sectors for canapés and champagne in the castle’s gardens, as a military band provided a joyful atmosphere.
Wearing one of her most exuberant pieces of clothing – a floral printed raincoat in yellows, blues and pinks that has made numerous appearances over the years – Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II presided over the Queen’s Watch ceremony at the Royal Lifeguard’s Barracks in Gothersgade. This semester’s Watch – an award presented to the guard named best in the company for the period – was awarded to Niels Bertram Køhler-Jacobsen. … Continue reading
June 30, 1958: Family members pose with newborn Princes Dimitri and Michael of Yugoslavia following their christening. The two infants were born on June 18 to Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia and his first wife, Princess Maria Pia of Savoy. In the photograph below can be seen: Front Row (L-R): Prince Jacques and Prince Michel of Orléans, godfathers. Second Row (L-R): Queen Marie José of Italy (maternal grandmother), godmothers Princess Maria Gabriella of … Continue reading
The King and Queen of Spain presented the 2017 Princess of Girona Foundation awards on Thursday evening in a ceremony at the Girona Conference Centre. King Felipe praised the work of the Foundation and the young people of the region, particularly in their combined efforts to improve youth employment, in a speech he delivered during the ceremony. This year’s laureates were: for Scientific Research, Héctor Gómez Díaz; for Arts and Literature, Juan … Continue reading
At Buckingham Palace on Thursday, Queen Elizabeth II presented the 2017 Queen’s Young Leaders with their awards to honour their exceptional community work. The winners are selected from across the Commonwealth, and must be aged between 18 and 29. Following the presentation in the Palace’s Throne Room, the Queen and the leaders were then joined by the Duke of York, Prince Harry and former Prime Minister Sir John Major for … Continue reading
A special concert was held on Thursday evening at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo to celebrate the eightieth birthday of Belgium’s former Queen, Paola. Queen Paola, whose birthday is on September 11, was joined by almost all of her descendants – King Philippe and his wife Mathilde with their four children; Princess Astrid and her husband Lorenz with four of their five children (Princess Maria Laura was absent), their … Continue reading
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall’s three-day visit to Canada to mark the country’s 150th anniversary began today, with the royal couple arriving in Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut, along the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Greeted at the airport by Canadian Governor-General David Johnston and his wife Sharon, Prince Charles and Camilla then headed to an official welcoming ceremony at Legislative Assembly of Nunavut, which included traditional Inuit elements to honour … Continue reading
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands today paid a regional visit to Northeast Flevoland, where they visited a number of towns and villages. Among the places the royal couple stopped in at during their time in Urk, Nagele and Dronten were the Port of Urk, its Maritime Education Centre, the factory of Staay Food Group, and the De Meerpaal multipurpose community centre. The Queen repeated the floral Natan skirt she wore to … Continue reading
The Duchess of Cambridge officially opened the Victoria and Albert Museum’s new Exhibition Road Quarter today, and was given a tour of the “new public areas and gallery space” that make up the Quarter. She chose an outfit that is a little out of her usual fashion repertoire, a black and white tweed Gucci dress with red trim around the seams and gold buttons on the four pockets. A pair of black pumps … Continue reading
In a ceremony at the Palais de Beaulieu in Lausanne, Switzerland on Wednesday, Crown Princess Margareta of Romania became a naturalised Swiss citizen. The Princess took her citizenship oath alongside over 450 others during the ceremony, presided over by the Chancellor of the State of Vaud. She was joined by her husband, Prince Radu. “Our royal family and the canton of Vaud share a common history. I was born in Lausanne, … Continue reading
On Wednesday, Princess Marie of Denmark unveiled a new portrait of herself painted by artist Mikael Melbye. Mr Melbye, who was knighted by Queen Margrethe in 1996 and then given a peerage in 2006, has painted portraits of several other members of the Royal Family, including the Queen, Prince Henrik, Prince Christian and Prince Joachim.
King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia attended events marking the fortieth anniversary of Spain’s 1977 general elections, the first election since prior to the Spanish Civil War. The royal couple were present for a solemn session of the Cortes Generales at the Palacio de las Cortes in Madrid on Wednesday. They were joined by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, the President of the Congress of Deputies, Ana María Pastor, and the President of the Senate, Pio García-Escudero. “Recalling … Continue reading
“I’m heartbroken to say that yesterday morning I had to say goodbye to my greatest friend and horse of a lifetime, Toytown,” Zara Tindall announced in a statement this morning, confirming the death of her most well-known mount. She described him as “the most incredible athlete with the biggest heart”, who “made my career”. “I couldn’t be more grateful to him for the amazing times we had together. He was … Continue reading
Over 500 mourners were present at St Paul’s Church in Knightsbridge on Tuesday for the funeral service of the late Patricia Knatchbull, the Countess Mountbatten of Burma, who died on June 13 aged 93. Among them were Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh (the late Countess’s first cousin), the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, the Duke of York, the Countess of Wessex, the Duchess of … Continue reading
On Tuesday, the Prince of Wales visited the Westway Sports Centre where he met with survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire that has claimed at least 79 lives. He listened to the survivors’ stories of escape, and spoke with some who had lost family members in the June 14 tragedy. He had earlier inspected the wall of flowers and tributes left to those who perished. Prince Charles also spent time meeting and … Continue reading
At the Royal Palace of Laeken on Tuesday, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians hosted a reception for all the mayors of Belgium’s towns and municipalities, to thank them for their work over the past year. Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz were also present. Queen Mathilde repeated a gold silk cocktail dress with a white leaf print on the waistline from Natan. Merci pour votre engagement quotidien et votre dévouement! … Continue reading
The Kings and Queens of the Netherlands and Spain both hosted foreign leaders at their respective palaces today. In Wassenaar, Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima gave an audience to Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India at their home, Villa Eikenhorst. Meanwhile, in Madrid, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia gave a luncheon for visiting Slovenian President Borut Pahor at Zarzuela Palace.
The Duke of Gloucester paid a visit to Kazakhstan on Monday, where he visited the United Kingdom’s pavilion at World EXPO 2017 being held in Astana. He was shown around the pavilion which features British interests in renewable energy and is aimed a promoting the country as a scientific leader. This year’s EXPO is held under the theme ‘Future Energy’. Prince Richard’s visit coincided with United Kingdom National Day, a specific … Continue reading
The Princess Royal was honoured on Friday by the famed Spanish Riding School of Vienna. The former equestrian Princess is the recipient of the School’s Prix de l’École d’Équitation Espagnole de Vienne for 2017. Princess Anne was presented with the award, a Swarovski crystal statuette in the shape of ‘Maestro Superba’ (“a stallion performing a Leavde”), for her long-standing contributions and efforts in horse breeding and equestrian.