The King and Queen of Spain begin the long-awaited Spanish State Visit to Britain on Wednesday, and – after two postponements – the big question on the lips of royal watchers is, which tiara from the Spanish collection will be making the trip to grace Queen Letizia’s head? Let’s have a quick review of the options Letizia has in the Spanish vaults… The Fleur de Lys Tiara The definitive ‘Big Gun’ … Continue reading
The Crown Princess of Sweden, Victoria, will celebrate her fortieth birthday this coming Friday, July 14. Over the next week, The Royal Forums Blog will feature a photo retrospective of each decade of her life. August 1977: A newborn Victoria Ingrid Alice Désirée with her parents, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, at the family’s summer residence, Solliden Palace September 1977: The King and Queen with their firstborn following her … Continue reading
150 years ago, Prince Maximilian of Baden – future Margrave, future Chancellor of Imperial Germany – was born in Baden-Baden to Prince Wilhelm of Baden and Princess Maria Maximilianovna of Leuchtenberg. Prince Max was the couple’s second child, his elder sister Marie would marry the Duke of Anhalt in 1889. Among his ancestors, the Prince could count Grand Dukes of Baden and Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Tsars of Russia, and Kings of Bavaria, … Continue reading
Seventy years ago, the engagement between The Princess Elizabeth – heiress presumptive to the British throne – and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, formerly a Prince of Greece and Denmark, was announced. The couple had met a handful of times during their youth, before a fateful meeting in 1939 at the Royal Naval College Dartmouth solidified the young Princess’s affection for the handsome sailor – “she never looked at anyone else” according to … Continue reading
Location: Pattensen, Lower Saxony, Federal Republic of Germany Built: 1858-1867 Architects: Conrad Wilhelm Hase and Edwin Oppler Commissioned By: George V of Hanover Style: Neo-Gothic Rooms: 160 On The Palace Grounds: Palace Chapel, Current Owner: H.R.H. Hereditary Prince Ernst August of Hanover Current Use: Property offices of the House of Hanover, Museum Fun Fact: The Castle was built and named for Marie of Saxe-Altenburg, consort of George V A full list of Palace Profiles can be found here.
Today’s profile of the Windsor monarchs is on the House’s second, yet brief, King – Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor. Monarch: Edward VIII of the United Kingdom Full Name: Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David Reign: January 20, 1936 – December 11, 1936 Coronation: Uncrowned Date and Place of Birth: June 23, 1894 – White Lodge, Richmond upon Thames Date and Place of Death: May 28, 1972 – Villa Windsor, Paris Parents: George V of the United Kingdom and Mary of … Continue reading
Princess Maria Theresia of Thurn und Taxis and her husband Hugo Wilson are expecting their second child, it was revealed as the attending the Hanover wedding today. The Princess arrived to the Marktkirche, visibly pregnant in a multi-coloured dress and teal blazer. Married in September 2014, Maria Theresia and Hugo already have one daughter, Mafalda, who was born in August 2015.
Prince Ernst August of Hanover has married Ekaterina Malysheva in a religious ceremony at the Marktkirche in Hanover today. With the sun shining, the couple arrived separately to the church just before noon: Prince Ernst August with his mother, Chantal Hochuli; Ms Malysheva on the arm of her father, Igor. One hour later, the bride and groom exited the church as husband and wife. The Prince and his new Princess then … Continue reading
During his two-day visit to Leeds this past Thursday and Friday, Prince Harry visited a number of charities in city connected to his patronages and personal interests. He began at a mental health charity fair hosted by the Leeds Community Foundation where the Prince delivered a speech on the subject, which he and the Cambridges have been working on through their Heads Together campaign. While speaking of the positive steps … Continue reading
The Hereditary Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg on Friday evening were present for the opening of a new exhibition at the Chapelle de la Charité à Arles, in Arles, a city in the south of FRance. Flux Feelings has been curated to “capture the key concepts of light, movement and sensations” of photography. It is part of this year’s Rencontres d’Arles photography festival, and Luxembourg artists are exhibiting for the … Continue reading
The official announcement of Princess Mako of Akishino’s engagement to Mr Kei Komuro has been postponed, the Imperial Household Agency has said Friday, out of respect to the victims of severe rains that have hit southern Japan this week. At least 11 people have been killed in southwest Japan as torrential rains hit the region, and thousands ordered to evacuate their homes. The betrothed couple were due to hold a press conference on … Continue reading
The Duke of Cambridge and the Tarmac Team participated in the first Norfolk Polo Royal Charity Cup on Friday, the match ending in a 4-4 draw against their opponents, Feedmark. Prince William’s team were in the lead up until the end of the final chukka, when their opponents scored an equaliser in the dying moments of the match. Both teams later agreed to call the match a draw instead of playing out … Continue reading
The King of the Netherlands and his family today participated in their annual summer photo session, this year held at the Kagerplassen, in Warmond. Arriving by boat down the Lakes, King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and the three Princesses – Amalia, Alexia and Ariane – provided some “typically Dutch” photographs as they posed with a large windmill in the background across the water. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima spent twenty minutes addressing the … Continue reading
For her last engagement of Holyrood Week, Queen Elizabeth paid a visit to the Royal Society of Edinburgh Friday where she presented the annual Royal Medals to three individuals. This year’s medals went to Professor Peter Boyle Corr for his contribution to global cancer control, Professor Tessa Holyoake for her contribution to the field of life sciences, and Donald Runnicles for his contribution to music on an international level. The … Continue reading
July 7, 1960: During an official tour of the United States, 32-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand visited New York, where he was invited by the ‘King of Swing’, jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman to join him for a ‘jam’. The King was an accomplished saxophonist, and wrote 49 compositions during his lifetime.
On Thursday at the Hanover City Hall, the civil wedding ceremony of Prince Ernst August of Hanover and his fiancee, Ekaterina Malysheva, took place in front of a small group of close family and friends. The ceremony was conducted by the Mayor of Hanover, Stefan Schostok, with three witnesses: Prince Christian of Hanover, the groom’s younger brother; Dina Amer, a friend of the bride; and Julio Santo Domingo, a friend of … Continue reading
As their Colonel-in-Chief, the Prince of Wales joined members of the Army Air Corps at Salisbury Cathedral on Thursday for a ceremony celebrating their sixtieth anniversary. Prince Charles first inspected a guard of honour outside the Cathedral, before he presented the unit with its new guidon, granter by Queen Elizabeth for the occasion. He then addressed the crowd of 1,200 current servicemen from the unit, veterans, and their families. “As the … Continue reading
Queen Elizabeth added yet another location named after her to her stable, as she and the Duke of Edinburgh today officially named the Queen Elizabeth II Canal in the Falkirk District. The couple joined a flotilla of sea craft along the canal to The Helix during the visit, which included an inspection of The Kelpies, two larger-than-life horse sculptures created by Andy Scott. Afterwards, Queen Elizabeth and the Duke headed to Stirling … Continue reading
A two-day state visit to Singapore was today begun by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei. He is accompanied by his wife, Queen Saleha. The Sultan inspected a guard of honour at the Istana, official residence of the President of Singapore, in Newton, accompanied by President Tony Tan Keng Yam. The two leaders later had a private audience inside the Istana. The state visit, the fourth Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has made during … Continue reading