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

Zara Isn’t Letting Pregnancy Slow Her Down

  July 15, 2013 at 9:29 am by

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The Queen’s granddaughter, Zara Philips, announced her pregnancy a week ago, and isn’t letting it her slow her down. Zara continues to horse ride and has been participating in different events. Over the weekend, Zara participated in the eventing at Brightling Park in East Sussex. Eventing is a three stage competition – dressage, show jumping and cross country. It’s said that Zara will participate in two other eventing challenges later … Continue reading

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden Turns 36

  July 15, 2013 at 9:15 am by

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The very popular Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden celebrated her 36th birthday on July 14th. The future Queen of Sweden was born at the Karolinska University Hospital in Solna, Stockholm in 1977 as the eldest child and daughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. The Princess was christened Victoria Ingrid Alice Désirée at the Royal Palace Church on 27 September 1977. The birth of her brother, Prince Carl … Continue reading

Vote in the June 2013 Picture of the Month Polls!

  July 15, 2013 at 3:24 am by

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Please vote in the June 2013 Picture of the Month Polls! The Official Poll features pictures showing the official side of royalty. This month’s Informal Poll showcases Montage of Expecting Royals. The polls will remain open until 31 July 2013. Good Luck to all the participating teams!

Belgian Abdication: Profile of Leopold II

  July 14, 2013 at 12:36 am by

Leopold II, King of the Belgians

Our second Belgian Royal Profile will be on the second King of the Belgians, Leopold II, a far more controversial figure due to his regime and the widespread abuse in the Congo Free State. Leopold II was born in Brussels on the 9th of April 1835, the eldest son of Leopold I and Louise-Marie d’Orléans. In 1840, Leopold was created Duke of Brabant, which is now the traditional title of … Continue reading

Guillaume and Stéphanie Visit New York

  July 13, 2013 at 12:19 am by

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The Hereditary Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg were in New York City earlier this week, to attend the postponed presentation ceremony of the Luxembourg American Business Award. In the evening of July 9th, Guillaume and Stéphanie attended the gala dinner where Airtech Advanced Materials Group was the recipient of the 2012 edition of the award. The company manufactures equipment and supplies for the manufacturing of composite parts, which are … Continue reading

Princess Ghida Celebrates 50th Birthday

  July 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm by

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Princess Ghida Talal of Jordan, born Ghida Hani Salaam on July 11st, 1963 in Beirut to a distinguished Lebanese political family, celebrates today her 50th birthday. Ghida is the daughter of Hani Salaam and Rajaa Arab. She has one sister, Dalia, and two brothers, Mohammed and Yaser. She graduated with the French Baccalaureate degree in Lebanon before traveling to the United States to attend Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington … Continue reading

King Constantine Released from Hospital with UTI

  July 11, 2013 at 6:59 am by

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The Greek Royal House has confirmed that King Constantine II had been admitted to, and released from, a hospital in Athens after falling ill earlier this week. “His Majesty King Constantine was treated for infection of the urinary tract at the beginning of the week and was released from Biokliniki Clinic earlier today,” a statement posted on the family’s website yesterday stated. According to media reports, the 73-year-old fainted on … Continue reading

King Albert Hosts Reception for Prime Ministers

  July 11, 2013 at 6:22 am by

Queen Paola and King Albert during a reception for the Belgian Prime Ministers of the King's reign at Laeken Palace; 10-07-2013

King Albert II yesterday hosted a reception at the Royal Palace of Laeken for the Prime Ministers who have served during his reign. Jean-Luc Dehaene, Guy Verhofstadt, Yves Leterme, Herman Van Rompuy and Elio Di Rupo joined the King, Queen Paola, Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde for apéritifs in the palace’s rotunda before heading inside for a quick photo session and a lunch. As he arrived to the palace, Mr Leterme … Continue reading

Queen Maxima Visits “Oranje Fonds Kroonappels” Winners

  July 11, 2013 at 2:16 am by

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On Tuesday July 9th, Queen Maxima was in Leiden to visit “Best Buddies Netherlands”. Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization where young people with intellectual disabilities are in a one-to-one relation together with young people without intellectual disabilities. The purpose of the foundation is to promote the social inclusion of young people with intellectual disabilities and youth without intellectual disabilities to encourage active citizenship. Queen Maxima was received at the LAK … Continue reading

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

HRH Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau - 1 February 2008

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

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