Spain’s King and Queen visit Santiago de Compostela

  July 26, 2013 at 8:44 am by

Queen Sofia and King Juan Carlos in Santiago de Compostela; 25-07-2013

July 25th, 2013 Spain’s King and Queen paid a visit this afternoon to the city of Santiago de Compostela, following the horrific train crash on Wednesday evening which claimed over 80 lives. Their Majesties paid a visit to the Hospital Clinic in Santiago where many of the injured are still being treated. The King, accompanied by Queen Sofia, later spoke to the assembled media. Earlier the Royal Palace issued a … Continue reading

The Three Danish Sisters At Gråsten (Plus the Kids)

  July 26, 2013 at 8:15 am by

Queen Anne-Marie, Princess Benedikte and Queen Margrethe at Graasten; 26-07-2013

For the first time in several years, all three Danish sisters were present for the traditional Gråsten Palace photo session in Denmark today. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Princess Benedikte of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and former Queen Anne-Marie of Greece posed for photographs with the elder two sisters’ children and grandchildren. Present were Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim of Denmark with their wives and eight children, Hereditary Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and … Continue reading

Engagement in the House of Orléans-Braganza

  July 25, 2013 at 6:41 am by

Brazilian Imperial Standard

As per an announcement in The Times today, an engagement has taken place in the House of Orléans-Braganza, the former ruling house of Imperial Brazil. Princess Amélia, the elder daughter of Prince Antonio of Orléans-Braganza and Princess Christine de Ligne, is engaged to Mr James Spearman. Mr Spearman is the son of Lochlain Spearman and Pilin Garrigues, and was born in Scotland. Princess Amélia was born in Brussels, and is a descendant of … Continue reading

Belgian Photo Session in France

  July 25, 2013 at 6:28 am by

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Following his installation at King of the Belgians this past Sunday, King Philippe and his family have headed to France for their summer vacation. The King, his wife Mathilde, and their four children – Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel and Princess Eléonore – posed for photographers yesterday to mark the beginning of their vacation in L’Ile d’Yeu, Vendee, an island just off western France. The family was photographed biking and … Continue reading

His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge

  July 24, 2013 at 1:57 pm by

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A statement released today by Kensington Palace said: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son George Alexander Louis.” It went on saying, “The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.” The couple announced the baby’s name two days after it’s birth. Prince George is third in line and one day will be King.

What Did The Duchess Wear To Introduce The Future King

  July 24, 2013 at 3:19 am by

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The Duchess of Cambridge flew the British flag once again in front of hundreds of photographers, live TV and huge waiting crowd while leaving the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital. The Duchess looked radiant in a custom made Jenny Packham empire line waist sky blue dress with white polka dots. The dress fabric was crepe de chine. Catherine matched the dress with nude wedges. Her hairdresser, Amanda Cook Tucker, … Continue reading

Baby Cambridge: It’s A Boy!

  July 22, 2013 at 5:02 pm by

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in December 2012

The British Royal Court has announced that the Duchess of Cambridge has been safely delivered of a baby son. The infant was born on July 22nd, at 4:24pm. He weighed 3798 grams, the birth took place in the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington by Dr Marcus Setchell and Dr Alan Farthing. This is the first child for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who married in April … Continue reading

Princess Alexandra of Hanover Turns 14

  July 22, 2013 at 8:29 am by

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Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra of Hanover turned 14 years of age on July 20th. The Princess is the only daughter of Ernst August, Prince of Hanover and Caroline, Hereditary Princess of Monaco. Currently the Princess is 5th in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne and is also in the line of succession to the British throne, be it very far down. Princess Alexandra was christened Alexandra Charlotte … Continue reading

Prince Felix of Denmark Turns 11

  July 22, 2013 at 8:25 am by

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His Highness Prince Felix of Denmark, Count of Monpezat celebrates his 11th birthday today. The Danish Prince is the younger son of Prince Joachim of Denmark and his first wife, Alexandra Countess of Frederiksborg. Prince Felix’s full name is Felix Henrik Valdemar Christian and he is currently 8th in the Danish line of succession. His parents marriage ended in divorce in April 2005, and both of his parents have since … Continue reading

Mathilde’s Fashion As She Becomes Queen

  July 22, 2013 at 4:07 am by

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As all eyes where on Belgium’s new King and Queen yesterday, it must have been a difficult choice to choose the outfit that would be remembered. As it came to no surprise, the new Queen choose a designer she tends to go to for many official and unofficial events, Natan by Edouard Vermeulen. For the religious ceremony, King Philippe taking the oath, abdication ceremony of King Albert and National Day … Continue reading

King Juan Carlos on Official Visit to Morocco

  July 21, 2013 at 1:41 am by

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July 15th-18th King Juan Carlos paid an official visit to the Kingdom of Morocco from July 15th until July 18th. This official visit was postponed earlier this year as the King was due for surgery and thus the visit was rescheduled. The King was greeted upon arrival at Rabat-Salé Airport by King Mohammed VI of Morocco, Crown Prince Moulay Hassan and Prince Moulay Rachid. The Spanish Monarch was later the … Continue reading

Belgian Abdication: Profile of Albert II

  July 20, 2013 at 3:00 pm by

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Ahead of his abdication tomorrow, let’s take a look at the life of King Albert II of the Belgians. Born on June 6th, 1934, Prince Albert was the youngest child of King Leopold III of the Belgians and Princess Astrid of Sweden. Upon his birth, which took place at the Stuyvenberg Castle, the same place his elder brother, Baudouin, was born, Albert was given the additional title, Prince of Liège. He … Continue reading

Don Felipe Juan de Marichalar Turns 15

  July 20, 2013 at 9:34 am by

Don Felipe attends mass marking the centennial of the Count of Barcelona's birth

Don Felipe Juan de Marichalar y Borbón celebrated his 15th birthday on July 17th. The eldest son of Infanta Elena of Spain and Don Jaime de Marichalar, he is currently fifth in the line of succession to the Spanish Throne. Don Felipe Juan was named in honour of his uncle Prince Felipe and great-grandfather, Infante Juan the Count of Barcelona, but he is often referred to by his Saints name … Continue reading

Belgian Abdication: Profile of Baudouin

  July 20, 2013 at 6:30 am by

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Our penultimate profile in the lead up to tomorrow’s abdication in Belgium shines the spotlight on the current King’s elder brother, Baudouin. The second child and eldest son of King Leopold III of the Belgians and Princess Astrid of Sweden, Baudouin Albert Charles Léopold Axel Marie Gustave was born on September 7th, 1930 at Stuyvenberg Castle near Laeken. He had an elder sister, Princess Joséphine-Charlotte (born in 1927), and a … Continue reading

Photo Session in Wassenaar

  July 20, 2013 at 5:27 am by

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The King and Queen of the Netherlands yesterday posed for their annual summer photo session at their home in Wassenaar. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima were joined by their three daughters – Princesses Catharina-Amalia, Alexia and Ariane – in the gardens of Villa Eikenhorst on the estate of De Horsten for the quick photo op. For the first time, the family’s pet dog, Skipper, was also present. Unlike in previous … Continue reading

Belgian Abdication: Profile of Leopold III

  July 18, 2013 at 11:00 am by

King Leopold III of the Belgians

Our fourth profile on the Monarchs of the Belgians will focus on the reign and life of King Leopold III of the Belgians. Leopold was born in Brussels on November 3rd, 1901, the eldest son of King Albert I and Elisabeth of Bavaria. Leopold had a younger brother, Charles, Count of Flanders, and a sister, Marie José of Belgium (later the last Queen of Italy). At the age of 14, … Continue reading

The British Infanta

  July 18, 2013 at 9:56 am by

Beatrice, Duchess of Galliera

On July 13th, 1966 a largely forgotten member of the Spanish Royal Family died at Sanlúcar de Barrameda in southern Spain. The royal lady in question was Beatrice, Duchess of Galliera, who was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. Born Princess Beatrice of Edinburgh on April 20th, 1884 in Kent, her father was Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and her mother was Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna of Russia. Prior to her … Continue reading

Will Haya Get Another 4 Years As FEI President?

  July 18, 2013 at 5:12 am by

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Princess Haya is yet to know come November 2013 if she is up for another four years as the President of the International Equestrian Federation. Currently the rules are that a President can only do two four year terms. HRH has been President since 2006. An FEI spokesman said “a formal unanimous request that the FEI statutes be modified so that the term of the president may include one additional … Continue reading

Norwegian Summer Photo Shoot – Now with Puppies

  July 16, 2013 at 5:22 am by

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The Norwegian Royal Court has released this week a photo gallery of the Crown Princely Family’s summer photo shoot. The images were taken at the family’s summer home in Dvergsøya last week by Veronica Melå. Included in the images are the family’s most recent additions – the nine puppies delivered by the family pet, Milly Kakao. The puppies were born on June 15th. The family has had Milly Kakao, a labradoodle, … Continue reading

Belgian Abdication: Profile of Albert I

  July 16, 2013 at 3:04 am by

Albert I, King of the Belgians

Continuing our series of profiles on the six Belgian monarchs, today we look at the third King, Albert I. Born on April 8th, 1875 in Brussels, Albert Léopold Clément Marie Meinrad was not expected to succeed the throne. He was the second son of Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders – the third son of King Leopold I – and Princess Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. Two unexpected deaths pushed Prince Albert up … Continue reading

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