Queen Paola of Belgium Turns 76

  September 12, 2013 at 12:20 pm by

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Queen Paola of Belgium turns 76 years old on September 11. Queen Paola is the wife of King Albert II of Belgium, who recently abdicated in favour of their eldest son, Philipe. Born Donna Paola Margherita Maria Antonia Consiglia Ruffo di Calabria in Italy in 1937, she is the youngest daughter of the Italian noble Prince & Princess Ruffo di Calabria. In 1958, she met the future King of Belgium … Continue reading

Doña Victoria Federica de Marichalar turns 13

  September 12, 2013 at 12:14 pm by

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Doña Victoria de Marichalar y Borbón turned 13 years old on September 9th. The only daughter of Infanta Elena and her former husband, Don Jaime de Marichalar, Victoria is the eldest granddaughter of King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain. She is currently sixth in the line of succession to the Spanish Throne. Doña Victoria Federica has an older brother Don Felipe Juan Froilán de Marichalar y Borbón. … Continue reading

King Willem-Alexander Receives IOC Honours

  September 11, 2013 at 6:15 am by

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On Saturday September 7th in Buenos Aires, King Willem-Alexander was appointed as an honorary member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). IOC President Jacques Rogge handed the King the gold Olympic Order during the 125th IOC Session. King Willem-Alexander was member of the IOC since 1998 and he resigned from his position as IOC member after his accession to the throne in April. The King will be replaced by Camiel Eurlings, … Continue reading

Princess Laurentien At Literacy Week Opening

  September 11, 2013 at 2:27 am by

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On Monday September 9th, Princess Laurentien opened the ninth Literacy Week in the Efteling theme park in Kaatsheuvel. The Princess was accompanied by Jet Bussemaker, Minister of Education, Culture and Science. During the ceremony the winners of the “National Literacy Awards” were announced. The winners of this years were Rian Visser, a children’s writer, and Jong010, the Rotterdam children’s newspaper. The Literacy Week takes place from 8 to 15 September. Activities … Continue reading

Sheikh Mohammed Tours Schools On First Day Back

  September 9, 2013 at 6:10 am by

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On the first day back at school, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai visited two schools in Dubai. During his visit to the schools, Sheikh Mohammed was welcomed by the students and teachers, toured the classes and spoke to students. Sheikh Mohammed did not only post images on Instagram and twitter but also tweeted: “Today I joined … Continue reading

King Abdullah II To Start A State Visit & Working Visit Next Week

  September 8, 2013 at 12:11 pm by

King Abdullah II of Jordan

Next week, His Majesty King Abdullah II will pay a state visit to China and then will head to New York on a working visit. In China, King Abdullah will hold talks with President Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders on ongoing situations in the region and international issues. In New York, King Abdullah will lead a delegation to the 68th session of the U.N. General Assembly. While attending the … Continue reading

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde’s Visits to the Provinces

  September 8, 2013 at 6:55 am by

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On Friday September 6th, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde started their visits to the Provinces in Leuven, Province of Flemish-Brabant Having arrived in the morning, the Royal Couple were greeted by Governor Lodewijk De Witte and Mayor Louis Tobback at the Town Hall, where an official reception took place and where they met authorities of welfare, culture, business and sports. Then the King and the Queen went for a walk … Continue reading

Prince Andrew Was Mistaken For A Burglar

  September 8, 2013 at 5:41 am by

Prince Andrew, the Duke of York

Reports have surfaced that Prince Andrew was mistaken for a burglar in Buckingham Palace gardens on Wednesday evening. This comes two days after there was an actual break in, a man was arrested inside the palace in a major security breach. The 53 year old royal was stopped in the palace gardens by two armed security guards. A spokesman for Scotland Yard said, “The man was satisfactorily identified. No weapons … Continue reading

Spanish Royals in Buenos Aires

  September 6, 2013 at 6:44 am by

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Members of the Spanish Royal Family travelled to the Argenitian capital Buenos Aires this week to support Madrid’s bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games. On September 2nd, Prince Felipe headed the Spanish delegation that arrived in Buenos Aires. On September 5th, he was joined by his wife, Princess Letizia, and aunt,Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz. On Thursday evening, both Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia were photographed together looking happy … Continue reading

Prince Joachim & Princess Marie Mark Flag Day

  September 6, 2013 at 1:27 am by

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Denmark’s fifth annual Flag Day commemorating the soldiers who have fought and fallen in conflicts abroad since World War II was held yesterday in the presence of Prince Joachim and Princess Marie. The couple attended several ceremonies held to mark the day, beginning with a wreath-laying at the Citadel in Copenhagen. Joachim and Marie laid a wreath bearing red and white ribbons emblazoned with their monograms at the base of … Continue reading

Willem-Alexander & Máxima Launch ‘Dream’ Book and Exhibit

  September 6, 2013 at 12:39 am by

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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima yesterday launched the ‘Dream at Het Loo Palace’ exhibition, which showcases 120 of the dreams featured in Droomboek (Dream Book) released to mark the King’s inauguration in April. The dreams, which were submitted by 6,500 members of the Dutch public and illustrate what their dreams are for the future of the Dutch monarchy, are printed on flags leading down the avenue from the stables to the palace … Continue reading

Wedding of Prince Rahim Aga Khan

  September 5, 2013 at 9:41 am by

Prince Rahim Aga Khan and his wife, Kendra Spears, on their wedding day; 31-08-2013

Prince Rahim, the eldest son of Prince Karim Aga Khan and his first wife, Princess Salimah, married on August 31st American Kendra Spears. The wedding took place on the grounds of the Chateau of Bellerive in Geneva, Switzerland  in a private ceremony attended by members and friends. Before the wedding, Kendra converted to Islam and took the name of Salwa.

Pierre Casiraghi Turns 26

  September 4, 2013 at 12:30 am by

Pierre Casiraghi in 2012

Pierre Casiraghi, the second son of Princess Caroline, turns 26 years old on September 4th. Pierre, who is currently fourth in line to the Monegasque Throne, was born at La Colle, Monaco in 1987. In October 1990, his father Stefano Casiraghi was killed in a tragic powerboat racing accident. His full name is Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi and, like his older brother and sister, he currently holds no Princely titles. … Continue reading

Princess Madeleine Expecting First Child

  September 3, 2013 at 8:19 am by

Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill

Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Mr Christopher O’Neill are expecting their first child, as was announced by the Swedish Royal Court this morning. The baby is due to be born in March 2014. Whether the birth will take place in Stockholm, or in New York City where the couple are currently living, has yet to be announced. The news was published on the Princess’s Facebook page, and also on the … Continue reading

Introducing Maud Windsor

  September 3, 2013 at 8:00 am by

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Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor have introduced their newborn daughter, in a spread in the current issue of Hello! magazine. Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina made her debut in photographs taken at the couple’s home in Los Angeles, and feature the infant with her parents and paternal grandparents, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. Little Maud’s names are all derived from her parents’ families. “We liked the idea of an old-fashioned English name … Continue reading

Wedding of King Carl Gustaf’s Nephew

  September 2, 2013 at 3:05 am by

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King Carl Gustaf’s nephew and godson, Gustaf Magnuson, has married his fiancée, Swedish model Vicky Andrén. The wedding took place at the Ulriksdal Palace Chapel on Saturday August 31st. The eldest son of Princess Christina and Tord Magnuson was born in 1975. Members of both the Swedish and Norwegian Royal Families attended the wedding, including King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia and Crown Princess Victoria, and Queen Sonja of Norway. Following … Continue reading

Andrea Casiraghi Marries Tatiana Santo Domingo

  September 1, 2013 at 9:34 am by

Tatiana Santo Domingo and Andrea Casiraghi on the steps of the Prince's Palace in Monaco following their civil wedding ceremony; 31-08-2013

August 31st, 2013 Members of the Princely Family of Monaco gathered at the Prince’s Palace in Monaco to attend the civil marriage of Andrea Casiraghi and Tatiana Santo Domingo yesterday. Andrea, who is the eldest son of Princess Caroline, is second in line to the Monégasque throne. The private ceremony was very low-key and it is believed that the couple will have religious wedding ceremony in January 2014. Columbian heiress … Continue reading

From the Royal Genealogy threads – August 2013

  September 1, 2013 at 8:14 am by

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This is the monthly blog entry with news from the Royal genealogy threads. This time it’s a blog entry with news from August 2013. As always, a big thank you goes out to the contributors of the Genealogy threads. Royal births and pregnancies Princess Hafizah of Brunei and Muhammad Ruzaini had their first child, Muhammad Za’eem, on 3 August. Princess Xenia Galitzine and Alberto Mata Maya had their second child … Continue reading

William & Catherine Kick Off Race

  August 31, 2013 at 12:37 pm by

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It was a surprise and last minute attendance by the Duchess of Cambridge to join her husband, the Duke of Cambridge, to kick off the Ring of Fire race on August 30. It’s the first official outing for the Duchess after giving birth to Prince George just 5 weeks ago. The Duke and Duchess, joined by the crowd, counted down to start the race. Prince William then rang the bell … Continue reading

July 2013 Picture of the Month Poll Winners

  August 31, 2013 at 6:08 am by

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Announcing the winners of the July 2013 Picture of the Month Poll of the Month Polls: July 2013 Official Picture of the Month Poll: First Place: Belgium Second Place: Great Britain Third Place: Spain & Jordan & The Netherlands Royal Gala Gowns (July 2013 Informal Poll): First Place: Sweden Second Place: Great Britain & Norway Third Place: Jordan & Monaco & The Netherlands Congratulations to all winning teams!

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