Location: Bandar Seri Begawan, Nation of Brunei Built: 1982-1984 Architect: Leandro Valencia Locsin Commissioned By: Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei Style: Islamic, Malay Rooms: 1,788 On The Palace Grounds: Mosque, Royal Stables Current Owner: H.M. The Sultan of Brunei Current Use: Official residence of H.M. The Sultan of Brunei and the Royal Family; seat of the Brunei Government Fun Fact: The Palace cost the Sultan $USD1.4billion to construct A full list of Palace Profiles can be found here.
Queen Máxima of the Netherlands was present for the opening performance of the 70th Holland Festival on Saturday evening at the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam. The Dutch National Opera gave the first performance of the Festival, Mariavespers. The Queen donned a black, pink and baby blue colour block jumpsuit from Roksanda Ilincic, with pink open-toe heels and diamond jewels for the event. Queen Máxima at opening of the 70th Holland Festival in Amsterdam … Continue reading
The sun was shining at Epsom Downs Racecourse on Saturday as Queen Elizabeth and Princess Alexandra of Kent arrived for the Investec Derby Day. Her Majesty (who has only missed to Derby Days during her reign) was aptly dressed in a sunshine yellow coat and matching hat over a floral dress for the event. Princess Alexandra opted for an apple green skirt and blouse with a cream hat. The Queen and her … Continue reading
Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and the Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum attended the Oaks Race at Epsom Downs Racecourse in Surrey, England. Sheikh Mohammed had one win yesterday, by G K Chesterton winning The Investec Mile (Handicap) race. 02.06.17 HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and … Continue reading
The wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor on June 3, 1937 couldn’t have been more different to previous British royal weddings if it tried. For one thing, until December of 1936 the Duke of Windsor had previously held the title of King Edward VIII. For another, the bride was an American divorcee, the former Bessiewallis (known as Wallis) Warfield Simpson. Finally, the wedding took place not in England … Continue reading
Japanese Princess Mako has been in Bhutan the past few days on an official visit, and on Friday she met with the country’s King and Queen at the Tashichhodzong. Following their audience, the royal party travelled to Lingkana Palace for luncheon. They then posed for photographs in the gardens of the Palace, where they were joined by the adorable 16-month-old Prince Jigme Namgyel, son of King Jigme Khesar and Queen Jetsun Pema. Later … Continue reading
Sheikha Fatima Al Danah bint Salman Al Khalifa, elder daughter of the Crown Prince of Bahrain, has completed her secondary education at the preparatory college Riffa Views International School. Her graduation ceremony on Friday was attended by her father, Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and her grandmother, Queen Sheikha Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa. The Crown Prince gave a speech at the graduation, wishing the graduating students “a prosperous and successful … Continue reading
The King of Spain cut a dashing figure in his white naval dress uniform on Friday as he was joined by his father, King Juan Carlos I (also in full uniform), for the tercentenary celebrations of the Company of the Marine Gardens at the Escuela Naval Militar in Marín, north-western Spain. King Felipe and King Juan Carlos boarded the Maritime Action Ship Tornado to inspect a naval review, before they reviewed a guard of Escuela Naval Militar … Continue reading
Sweden’s Crown Princess will celebrate her fortieth birthday on July 14, and the Swedish Royal Court has published a series of photographs ahead of the occasion, to coincide with the launch of a special portion of their website dedicated to the milestone. The photos, taken by Erika Gerdemark last month, show Victoria both inside and out in the gardens of her home, Haga Palace. Two days of festivities will be held in … Continue reading
The Dutch Royal Court has announced that King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima will pay a state visit to Portugal later this year upon the invitation of the Portuguese President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. The couple will visit between October 10 and 12, accompanied by the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, who will be running an economic mission parallel to the state visit.
The Duke of Cambridge has paid an unannounced visit to Manchester this morning where he met with first responders and members of the Mancunian community who tended to victims of the May 22 terror attack. He visited the headquarters of the Greater Manchester Police, where Chief Constable Ian Hopkins gave the Prince a briefing on the investigation in the days following the attack. Prince William then met with a number of police … Continue reading
This photograph dated June 2, 1938 shows the Bulgarian King Boris III – who reigned from October 1918 to August 1943 – with his two children, Princess Marie Louise and Prince Simeon, the country’s last King.
On June 1, the heads of state of the Nordic countries celebrated the one hundredth anniversary of Finland’s independence. On June 1, 1917, Finland became an independent state after being controlled by theRussian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic. The heads of state in attendance were Queen Margarethe II of Denmark, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway, President Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson … Continue reading
As special advocate of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Inclusive Finance for Development, Her Majesty Queen Máxima paid a three-day visit to Vietnam from Tuesday May 30 to Friday June 1. Upon her arrival in Vietnam on Tuesday, the Queen went to the provincial town of Da Lat where she visited farms that are participating in the development project “Horti Da Lat”. The project, supported by the Dutch bank … Continue reading
Princess Eugenie of York was joined by her boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank, and mother Sarah, Duchess of York at a charity gala raising funds for the Hope&Homes for Children’s End the Silence campaign on Wednesday evening. The gala was held at Abbey Road Studios on the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ SGT Pepper album. It raised £630,000 for the charity, which helps children in orphanages around the world. Also attending … Continue reading
Queen Mathilde of the Belgians had two special guests with her for this evening’s performance of finalists in the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition: the Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Sarvath Al Hassan of Jordan. The trio of royal ladies watched the cello performances of two finalists for this year’s prize, the first for cellists, Maciej Kulakowski and Seungmin Kang, who were both accompanied by the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra.
Wearing a shocking pink dress from Greta, pregnant Princess Sofia of Sweden handed over graduation medals to the ‘Sophia Sisters’, nurses who have trained with at the Sophiahemmet University College. Sofia, who is due to give birth to her second child in September, presented each of the graduate nurses with a necklace bearing one silver and one blue cross. The Princess is the Honorary Chairman of the Sophiahemmet, a position she has … Continue reading
At the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken on Wednesday, Queen Paola of Belgium had her first official public engagement since she underwent hip surgery in February. She was joined by her daughter, Princess Astrid, for the diploma presentation of the Queen Paola Prize for Teaching. The awards are presented yearly under a different theme by La Fondation Reine Paola. This year’s theme was ‘Science, Math and Techno: A Key to Our Future!’ and is awarded … Continue reading
The gardens of Buckingham Palace were alive with the youth of London on Wednesday as Prince Philip hosted a special gathering for young people involved with his patronage London Youth, to mark two milestones: his seventieth anniversary as their patron, and the organisation’s 130th anniversary. He watched as dozens of teens took part in various sporting activities, including fencing and rock wall climbing, on the grounds of the Palace, joking … Continue reading
It was a special visit for Queen Elizabeth to Drapers’ Hall in London today, as she celebrated seventy years of association with the Worshipful Company of Drapers, an organisation dating back to the 1360s when it was formed as a trade association of wool and cloth merchants. The Queen was made a Freeman of the Company, one of the ‘Great Twelve’ livery companies, on May 20, 1947. During a tour of the … Continue reading