Cycling Sophie Announces Her ‘Duke of Ed’ Diamond Anniversary Challenge

  May 10, 2016 at 8:57 am by

The Countess of Wessex announces her Duke of Edinburgh's Award Diamond Challenge

The Countess of Wessex has announced that she will be undertaking her own ‘Diamond Challenge’ as part of the 60th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. In September, Sophie will cycle 716km from the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh to Buckingham Palace in London. She will be accompanied by servicemen and women from the military regiments she is associated with: the 5th Battalion The Riffles, RAF Wittering, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army … Continue reading

Harry Cheers On Champions, Presents Medal at Invictus Games

  May 10, 2016 at 8:43 am by

Prince Harry at the Invictus Games

After the inspiring opening ceremony on Sunday night, Prince Harry was up bright and early yesterday to attend the first official events day of the Invictus Games. The Prince spent time at the powerlifting, the cycling and the indoor rowing throughout the day, and presented medals in at the powerlifting and cycling. Britain won its first gold medal of the Games in the men’s lightweight powerlifting. They also won gold in the … Continue reading

Celebrating 150 Years of the Romanian Royal House – Part I

  May 10, 2016 at 7:53 am by

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Today marks the 150th Anniversary of the establishment of Romania’s Royal House with a number of events attended by members of the royal family being held to mark this auspicious occasion – including a special message from Crown Princess Margarita, Custodian of the Crown of Romania (more of that in Part II!). It is well known that Romania was a monarchy between 1881 until the abdication of King Mihai in … Continue reading

On This Day: Wedding of Archduke Otto and Princess Regina

  May 10, 2016 at 7:12 am by

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Sixty-five years ago royal Europe gathered on May 10th 1951 in Nancy, France, to witness the wedding of Archduke Otto of Austria, head of the imperial family, to Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen. The couple married in the Franciscan church of The Cordeliers, where 20 generations of the dukes of Lorraine, anscestors of Archduke Otto, are burried. The bride was wearing an ivory-white dress by the Parisian designer Jean Desses. The … Continue reading

Second Daughter For Prince Jaime and Princess Viktória

  May 10, 2016 at 6:39 am by

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Prince Jaime and Princess Viktória of Bourbon-Parma announced the birth of their second daughter, which they named Gloria Irene. The baby was born yesterday in Rome and weighs 3355 grams. The couple already had one daughter, Princess Zita Clara, who was born in Amsterdam on February 21st 2014.  Princess Gloria is the 10th grandchild of Princess Irene of The Netherlands and the late Duke Carlos-Hugo of Parma. Prince Jaime is … Continue reading

Four State Visits Not To Be Missed

  May 10, 2016 at 1:31 am by

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Missing all the lavish welcoming ceremonies, dinners and the royal ladies in their crowns and ball gowns? No worries, there are four upcoming state visits starting today which the royal watchers will certainly enjoy. Here are the dates for the upcoming visits with a link to their threads. State Visit from Chile to Sweden, May 10-12, 2016 – Thread Luxembourg State Visit to Finland: May 10-12, 2016 – Thread State Visit from … Continue reading

Princess Lilly’s Mother’s Day Surprise: “A Mother Can Hardly Wish For More”

  May 9, 2016 at 5:47 pm by

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Schloss Bückeburg, the fairytale-like seat of the Schaumburg-Lippe family, never looked better than yesterday, when the sympathetic Fürst Alexander (aka “Schaumi”) celebrated the opening of the restaurant in the park of the castle. The party was attended by the Fürst’s sparkly ex-wife, Princess Marie-Louise ‘Lilly’ of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and their son Hereditary Prince Heinrich Donatus (b. 1994).  Princess Lilly’s presence was not a coinsidence: the restaurant is re-named ‘Lilly’s’. It was … Continue reading

Queen Mathilde Takes Youngest Daughter Along To Piano Semi-Finals

  May 9, 2016 at 4:12 pm by

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Belgium’s Queen Mathilde and her youngest daughter Princess Eléonore went to the Flagey building in Elsene, Brusels this afternoon to listen to the semi-finalists on the piano of the annual Queen Elisabeth Music Competition. The first round of the piano was last week. Of the 76 finalists only 24 made it to the semi-finals. The young musicians have to perform twice for an international jury. Each afternoon there will be … Continue reading

Are There Still Any Royalists in France?

  May 9, 2016 at 1:59 pm by

Une personne portant le drapeau du mouvement royaliste Action française est photographié devant la statue de Jeanne D'arc lors d'une manifestation à l'appel de l'association royaliste, le 09 mai 2010 à Paris. Fondée en 1898 au moment de l'affaire Dreyfus, l'Action française était un mouvement royaliste, nationaliste et antisémite qui a eu une certaine influence durant la Troisième République et sous Vichy. AFP PHOTO / MEHDI FEDOUACH / AFP PHOTO / MEHDI FEDOUACH

In the weekend of 7 and 8 May, French royalists of the Action Française gathered in Paris for a banquet, debates and a traditional nationalist parade. This year the event was attended by Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, politician for the extreme-right Front National. Mrs. Maréchal participated in a debate with the title ‘I am a royalist, what about you? Delegate Robert Prévoisin of the Action Française told RTL about the advantages … Continue reading

Queen Letizia Marks World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day in Albacete

  May 9, 2016 at 10:49 am by

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Spain’s Queen Letizia this morning attended a ceremony at the Palacio de Congresos in Albacete to mark World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, which is observed each May 8 on the anniversary of the birth of Henri Dunant, founder of the Red Cross. In her speech, the Queen said that “few organisations awaken and inspire so much respect as does the Red Cross” and listed some of the words … Continue reading

On This Day: Vittorio Emanuele III Abdicates in Favour of Son

  May 9, 2016 at 10:00 am by

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Seventy years ago, the Italian King Vittorio Emanuele III abdicated his throne in favour of his only son, Umberto, in an effort to secure a pro-monarchy outcome in the upcoming referendum. Despite having been greatly popular for the first three and a half decades of his reign, King Vittorio Emanuele suffered a massive drop in support between the years of 1938 and 1946 that stemmed from a number of decisions which did … Continue reading

Death of Fürst Albrecht of Castell-Castell

  May 9, 2016 at 9:05 am by

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Albrecht Friedrich Karl, 3rd Fürst of Castell-Castell, has died at the age of 90 yesterday. He was born on August 13th 1925 at Schloss Castell as the second son of the 2nd Fürst and Princess Anna-Agnes of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich. He succeeded as head of the family in 1945 after both his elder brother as his father had died in action during WWII. In 1951 he married Princess Marie-Louise of Waldeck-Pyrmont, eldest … Continue reading

Habsburg Heir Installed as Knight in the Order of St. George

  May 9, 2016 at 8:24 am by

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Archduke Ferdinand Zvonimir of Austria has been installed as a knight in the order of St. George on May 5th. The heir to the house of Austria received the knighthood from his father, Archduke Karl. His younger sister Archduchess Gloria was also present at the ceremony, absent were his mother Francesca and his eldest sister Eleonore. The history of the order goes back several centuries. A predecessor was created bycreated … Continue reading

New Poll: Outfit of the Week, May 2-8

  May 9, 2016 at 4:07 am by

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This week’s best fashion poll is up. Please cast your votes and discuss your choice. To cast your vote, click here or on the below image of a few outfits in this week’s poll. Voting closes on May 14.

We are Invictus: Prince Harry Joins Michelle Obama and Hundreds of Military Personnel At Invictus Games Opening Ceremony

  May 8, 2016 at 8:47 pm by

Prince Harry at the Invictus Games opening ceremony

Prince Harry has given a speech receiving rapturous applause at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando this evening. The Prince spoke about how his ten years in the British Army taught him about the “importance of teamwork and camaraderie”, and showed him the sacrifices made by those in the military and their families. But it was a plane ride home alongside “the body of a Danish … Continue reading

Happy Mother’s Day from Prince Nicolas!

  May 8, 2016 at 8:19 am by

Prince Nicolas and his mother Princess Madeleine

A number of countries around the world celebrate Mother’s Day today, and to mark the occasion Princess Madeleine of Sweden has posted a cute photograph of herself and her son Prince Nicolas on her Facebook page. “Happy Mothers Day from Nicolas and me!” the photograph is captioned. Prince Nicolas, who turns one next month, is shown wearing a pair of jeans and a light blue cardigan over a white polo … Continue reading

Little Livewire: Mia Tindall Proves A Handful At Badminton Horse Trials

  May 7, 2016 at 6:17 pm by

Mia and Mike Tindall at the Badminton Horse Trials

A few weeks after she stole the show in her great-grandmother’s 90th birthday portrait, Mia Tindall today was a handful for her relatives as they watched the Badminton Horse Trials. Mike Tindall, Timothy Laurence, and Autumn Phillips all battled the wilful two-year-old to maintain her attention throughout the day, as Mia tried to break free seemingly wanting to run around on her own accord. Grandpa Tim entertained the young one … Continue reading

Prince Harry Mingles With Invictus Games Athletes Ahead of Tomorrow’s Opening

  May 7, 2016 at 2:33 pm by

Prince Harry at the Invictus Games

Prince Harry has spent time at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex today, mingling with athletes and watching preliminary events for the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando. He spent time at the swimming heats in the morning, where he spoke with British and Dutch competitors. He also delivered the first gold medal of the Games – to France – for the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge. Later in the day, … Continue reading

Lalla Salma and Sheikha Mozah Attend The Fez Festival of World Sacred Music

  May 6, 2016 at 7:50 pm by

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Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco and Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned of Qatar attended the opening of the 22th Fez Festival of World Sacred Music. Lalla Salma and Sheikha Mozah attended a concert. After the concert, the royal ladies met with the artists and performers of the show. Sheikha Mozah wore a Jean Paul Gaultier couture caftan with a matching yellow turban. Lalla Salma wore a velvet traditional Moroccan … Continue reading

King Willem-Alexander Attends Start of Giro D’Italia 2016

  May 6, 2016 at 4:11 pm by

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This afternoon, Friday May 6, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander was present at the kick off of the 99th edition of the Giro d’Italia in Apeldoorn, in the province of Gelderland. The cycling race started with a 9.8 kilometer time trial. The King visited the paddocks of some team and then followed the race in a supporting vehicle. Koning bij start van de 99e editie van de @giroditalia in Apeldoorn, @girogelderland https://t.co/brt3ieZpLF … Continue reading

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