How Princess Beatrice Overcame Her Dyslexia

  July 10, 2013 at 3:01 am by

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In a video message recorded for a literary festival which is due to take place on the weekend in central London, 24-year-old Princess Beatrice spoke how she overcame her dyslexia. Princess Beatrice has struggled with reading, but not until she started reading Harry Potter did it become easier. In the video, the royal says, “When I was younger I was diagnosed with dyslexia which meant, for me, sitting in front … Continue reading

Prince Friso Leaves Hospital, Back in Holland

  July 9, 2013 at 9:38 am by

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The Dutch Government Information Service (RVD) has just announced that Prince Friso, the second son of Princess Beatrix, has left the Wellington Hospital in London and has been returned to the Netherlands. According to the statement, the Prince – who remains in a “state of minimal consciousness” – and his family (Princess Mabel, Countess Luana and Countess Zaria) will spend the summer in the Netherlands. He is currently at Huis … Continue reading

Willem-Alexander & Máxima Visit Jewish Community

  July 9, 2013 at 3:51 am by

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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima yesterday paid a visit to the Jewish community in Amsterdam, as part of their 375th anniversary celebrations. The couple were given a tour of the synagogue, where they were told about the interior of the building and given a history of the Nederlands Israëlitische Hoofdsynagoge (Dutch Jewish Main Synagogue). They spoke with representatives of various Jewish organisations in the city, and students and teachers from … Continue reading

Title For the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge’s Child

  July 8, 2013 at 10:28 am by

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Buckingham Palace has announced today that the child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will get the title Prince or Princess of Cambridge. A palace spokesman said, “The royal couple’s child will officially be known as His or Her Royal Highness the Prince or Princess of Cambridge.” The Mayor of Cambridge, Councillor Paul Saunders, said “It is a great honour and I’m sure the people of Cambridge will appreciate … Continue reading

Zara & Mike Expecting First Child

  July 8, 2013 at 6:58 am by

Zara Phillips & Mike Tindall.

Today, July 8, the British Royal Court announced that Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall are expecting their first child. The statement says that the baby is due around the New Year. The infant will be the third grandchild for the Princess Royal, and the fourth great-grandchild for Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall have been married since July 30, 2011.

Support for Danish Monarchy Increases

  July 6, 2013 at 11:32 pm by

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According to a recent poll undertaken by YouGov, support for the monarchy in Denmark as a form of government has increased in recent years. This was not the popularity of each individual member, which typically fluctuates over time, but the monarchy as a whole. The 1,015 respondents, who were polled in June this year and were aged between 18 and 74, delivered a result which saw support for the monarchy … Continue reading

Charlene Loves The Dress

  July 6, 2013 at 3:10 am by

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It’s known that when a women feels comfortable in a particular shoe, she buys another pair. The same doesn’t really go for a dress, but it does for the Princess of Monaco, Charlene. Charlene has recently been stepping out in a particular dress which she has in a long version in beige and a shorter version in orange. On May 26, she wore the orange version of the dress to … Continue reading

Belgian Abdication: Profile of Leopold I

  July 6, 2013 at 12:00 am by

Leopold I, King of the Belgians

Seeing as Belgium was in the news this week with the announcement by King Albert II of his abdication on July 21st, we thought that we would revisit the reigns of the six Belgian monarchs. We will start with the very first King of the Belgians, Leopold I, and work our way through the lives and reign of each of the five other monarchs over the next few weeks. Leopold … Continue reading

From the Royal Genealogy threads – June 2013

  July 5, 2013 at 12:12 pm 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 June 2013. As always, a big thank you goes out to the contributors of the Genealogy threads. Royal births and pregnancies Archduke Imre and Archduchess Kathleen of Austria are expecting their first child. The Archduchess congratulated her husband on his first Fathers day on her Facebook-page. The list … Continue reading

Queen Máxima Opens Namesake Park

  July 5, 2013 at 9:46 am by

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The Queen of the Netherlands was in Utrecht today, where she officially opened the Máximapark. Arriving at 10am, Queen Máxima first visited the park restaurant, before heading over to the ceremony site on a bicycle. The Queen has shown on many occasions that she is adept at riding in heels, and today was no different, as she was wearing a multi-coloured sleeveless dress, a tan fascinator and matching heels. After … Continue reading

Prince Michael of Kent Turns 71

  July 5, 2013 at 9:20 am by

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July 4th, 2013 Prince Michael of Kent celebrated his 71st birthday on July 4th. The Prince, who is a first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, was born at Coppins, Iver in Buckinghamshire in 1942. His father was Prince George, Duke of Kent, the fourth son of George V and Queen Mary, and his mother was Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark. Sadly his father was killed in a tragic plane … Continue reading

54th Wedding Anniversary of Albert & Paola

  July 4, 2013 at 6:00 am by

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July 2nd, 2013 King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium celebrated their fifty-fourth wedding anniversary on July 2nd. The then Prince Albert of Belgium met his Italian noble-born wife, Donna Paola Ruffo di Calabria, at a reception in the Belgian Embassy at the Vatican in 1958. Less than a year later, the couple were married, initially they had wanted to marry at the Vatican but were persuaded to hold … Continue reading

Charles and Camilla Visit ‘Dr Who’ Set in Wales

  July 4, 2013 at 5:21 am by

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The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are currently on their annual summer tour of Wales, and yesterday they stopped by a special location – the studios where Dr Who is filmed. Charles and Camilla visited the BBC Roath Lock Studios in Porth Teigr, Cardiff Bay. They were given a tour of the set by the show’s current stars: the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith (whose run as the Doctor will come … Continue reading

Second Wedding Anniversary of Albert & Charléne

  July 4, 2013 at 1:30 am by

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July 2nd, 2013 The Prince and Princess of Monaco celebrated their second wedding anniversary this week. Prince Albert II of Monaco married his South African fiancée, Ms Charlene Wittstock, in a civil ceremony on July 1st at the Throne Room of the Prince’s Palace in Monaco and then in a religious ceremony the day after in the courtyard of the palace. The religious wedding was celebrated by the Archbishop of … Continue reading

Louis & Tessy Take Boys To Garden Party

  July 3, 2013 at 11:32 pm by

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Prince Louis and Princess Tessy of Luxembourg today attended a garden party at the Episcopal Palace. The party, called BBQ at Bëschof, was hosted by the Archbishop of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Hollerich, in the garden of his home. The majority of the guests were Luxembourg’s homeless citizens, who were invited for a barbecue lunch with the Archbishop. Louis and Tessy brought along their two young sons, Princes Gabriel and Noah, who were dressed … Continue reading

Madeleine & Chris in Paris for Fashion Week

  July 3, 2013 at 10:52 pm by

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Newlyweds Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Christopher O’Neill were in Paris today, attending the Valentino fashion show as part of Paris Fashion Week for Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2013/2014. The couple arrived at the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild together, before posing for photos inside the foyer. Princess Madeleine also posed with Valentino Garavani, who designed her wedding dress. Others attending the show included Anna Wintour, Nicky Hilton and Zhang Ziyi. The Princess wore … Continue reading

Belgium To Have A New Monarch

  July 3, 2013 at 10:24 pm by

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Come July 21st, Belgium will have a new monarch – King Philippe. King Albert II, the current monarch, announced his pending abdication earlier this evening, Belgian time, in a live address to the nation. The King cited health issues and his age as reasons for his decision. “I am at an age never attained by predecessors. My age and health no longer allow me to carry out my duties as I … Continue reading

Is King Albert About to Abdicate?

  July 3, 2013 at 9:59 am by

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There is intense media speculation currently that the Belgian monarch, Albert II, is set to announce his abdication. The King, who turned 79 last month, will made a live address to the nation on both television and radio at 18:00, Belgian time (16:00GMT). It is expected that in the address, Albert will announce he is abdicating in favour of his heir, eldest son Philippe. Earlier today, King Albert attended a … Continue reading

Princess Fawzia of Egypt Dies

  July 2, 2013 at 11:38 pm by

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On July 2nd, 2013 Princess Fawzia bint Fuad of Egypt died at age 91 in Egypt. Princess Fawzia was the eldest daughter of King Fuad I and Queen Nazli. She got married in 1939 with the Crown Prince Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi of Iran, with whom she had a daughter: Princess Shahnaz (born in 1940). In 1948, the couple got the divorced and Fawzia married the Egyptian Colonel Ismail Chirine. … Continue reading

Son for Floris and Aimée

  July 1, 2013 at 11:38 am by

Princess Aimée and Prince Floris

The Dutch Royal Court has just announced that Prince Floris and Princess Aimée are the parents of a healthy son. The infant was born today, July 1st, at 13:32, Dutch time, at the Bronovo Hospital in The Hague. He has been named Willem Jan Johannes Pieter Floris, to be called Willem Jan. He weighed a healthy 3.65kilograms. Both mother and baby are doing well. Floris and Aimée already have two daughters, … Continue reading

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