Palace Profile: Winter Palace

  February 5, 2017 at 2:00 am by

The Winter Palace

Location: Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation Built: 1754-1762 (exterior); 1838-1839 (interior, following the December 1837 fire) Architect: Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli Commissioned By: Empress Elizabeth Petrovna of Russia (fourth and current palace) Style: Baroque (exterior); Neoclassical (interior) Rooms: 1,500 On The Palace Grounds: Hermitage Museum, Hermitage Theatre, Grand Church of the Winter Palace, Palace Gardens Current Owner: The Russian Federation Current Use: State Hermitage Museum Fun Fact: Over its two and a half century history, the Palace’s exterior colour has changed several times … Continue reading

Dutch, Greek and a Bea, Oh My: Society Wedding Hosts Royal Guests

  February 4, 2017 at 5:58 pm by

Princess Catharina-Amalia and Queen Maxima

A Greek shipping heir married his long-time fashion designer love in London today, and the wedding ceremony at the Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sophia saw several royals in attendance. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands (wearing the same coral Elie Saab dress Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria wore to her nephew’s christening last year) made the trip with their three daughters. The younger two, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane, were … Continue reading

King Abdullah The First Monarch To Meet With President Trump

  February 3, 2017 at 10:35 am by

King Abdullah and President Trump

The King of Jordan has been in Washington, D.C. this week, meeting with various Congress members, officials and organisations. On his last day in the US, the King had a brief meeting with the new US President, Donald Trump, at the National Prayer Breakfast at the Hilton International. He is the first monarch, and Arab leader, to meet President Trump. King Abdullah and President Trump discussed the relationship between Jordan and … Continue reading

Flashback Friday: The Royal Baby Fever of 1964

  February 3, 2017 at 6:00 am by

The Royal Stork Stakes

In February 1964, Britain was hit with royal baby fever – there were four due within the coming months. Queen Elizabeth was expecting her fourth child (Prince Edward, born March 10); Princess Margaret her second (Lady Sarah, born May 1); the Duchess of Kent was also pregnant for the second time (Lady Helen, born April 28); while Princess Alexandra of Kent was a newcomer to the motherhood group, expecting her first child (James Ogilvy, born … Continue reading

New Photos of Estelle and Oscar With Their Parents Released

  February 3, 2017 at 5:30 am by

The Swedish Crown Princess Family

Two new photos of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and her family have been published toady on the Swedish Royal Court’s website. One shows the Princess with her husband, Prince Daniel, and their two children, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar, posing for a traditional portrait. The other features just the two youngsters, with four-year-old Estelle drawing on white poster paper spread out across the floor while ten-month-old Oscar watches her … Continue reading

Duchess Camilla Glams It Up For British Asian Trust Dinner

  February 2, 2017 at 7:54 pm by

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall

The Duchess of Cornwall was a swirl of emerald green for a dinner the British Asian Trust with the Prince of Wales on Thursday evening. Camilla recycled an emerald velvet evening gown with a ruffled neckline, worn with a gorgeous diamond and emerald necklace. As they arrived for the annual dinner, Charles and Camilla posed for photographs with ambassadors of the Trust – which was founded in 2007 by the … Continue reading

Prince Harry Visits London Ambulance Service For Heads Together Campaign

  February 2, 2017 at 11:33 am by

Prince Harry

Helping to kick off Time to Talk Day, Prince Harry paid a visit to the London Ambulance Service headquarters in London on Thursday, to help increase the conversation about mental health. Harry spoke with a number of paramedics and emergency line operators about their experiences and how their job impacts on their mental health, and what they do to counteract any negative effects. “Sometimes those first few seconds stay with … Continue reading

Princess Mako Assists In Davis Cup Tennis Draw For Japan-France Clash

  February 2, 2017 at 9:24 am by

Princess Mako

Japan’s Princess Mako of Akishino was present at the Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo today for the official drawing ceremony of this weekend’s Davis Cup clash between Japan and France. The Princess assisted German ITF supervisor Soeren Friemel in drawing tennis balls to assign the tennis matches that will be played February 3 to 5 as part of the first round of the 2017 David Cup World Group. 16 countries will be playing … Continue reading

On This Day: Willem-Alexander & Máxima Marry in Amsterdam

  February 2, 2017 at 5:00 am by

Princess Maxima and Prince Willem-Alexander on their wedding day

Fifteen years ago, the heir to the Dutch throne – Prince Willem-Alexander – married Argentine Máxima Zorreguieta in civil and religious ceremonies in Amsterdam. The couple are now King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. After announcing their engagement on March 30, 2001, the couple married on February 2, 2002 – the date chosen because of the once-in-a-century ’02-02-02′. The civil ceremony took place at the Beurs van Berlage and … Continue reading

Electric Blue For Mary At Danish Swimming Awards

  February 1, 2017 at 8:25 pm by

Crown Princess Mary

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark donned a Gucci electric blue pantsuit this evening for the 2017 Danish Swimming Awards at the Cirkusbygningen in Copenhagen. She posed for photographs with Rio Olympians Pernille Blume, Jeanette Ottesen and Rikke Moller Pedersen ahead of the awards ceremony, where the male and female swimmers of the year were awarded, as was the club and coaches of the year.  The Crown Princess has been patron of the … Continue reading

Camilla Brings Along Her Own Rescue Dogs For Shelter Visit

  February 1, 2017 at 3:28 pm by

The Duchess of Cornwall

As the new Royal Patron of the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, the Duchess of Cornwall made her first visit to one of the charity’s centres at Old Windsor on Wednesday – accompanied by her two Jack Russels Terriers, Beth and Bluebell, whom were both rescue dogs. Camilla, wearing a grey coat dress with black accessories and a white printed scarf, toured the kennels and catteries before stopping into the clinic, … Continue reading

Spanish Kings Receive The President of Germany

  February 1, 2017 at 2:14 pm by

The German Presidential Couple with King Felipe and Queen Letizia

The President of Germany, Joachim Gauck, was received at Zarzuela Palace by King Felipe and Queen Letizia for a luncheon as part of his official visit to Spain. The group posed for photographs on the outside staircase of the Palace before heading inside for the lunch. President Gauck was joined by his partner, Daniela Schadt, who was wearing a red dress and overcoat; while the Queen repeated a red and grey ombre … Continue reading

IMC Weekend School on Tour’s Guest Pupil: Queen Máxima

  February 1, 2017 at 11:57 am by

Queen Maxima

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands has paid a visit to the IMC Weekend School on Tour during one of their classes in Haarlem.  The IMC Weekend School on Tour provides language lessons to young people aged between nine and fourteen that are new to Dutch society – namely refugees. They have ten locations around the country. Wearing a white and black printed dress, the Queen joined in on a ‘medical’ lesson … Continue reading

Crown Prince Frederik Visits Danish Air Force In France

  February 1, 2017 at 7:38 am by

Crown Prince Frederik

On January 30 and 31, the Crown Prince of Denmark was in France where he was visiting the Danish Air Force ‘Winter Hide’ exercise. Prince Frederik was briefed on the exercises, described as ‘high level air defence cooperation’ by the French Ambassador to Denmark, by Major General Nielsen and Brigadier General Charpentier. He spent time speaking with soldiers who are currently stationed in France for the exercises. The exercises are taking … Continue reading

The Prince of Wales Shows Off Surprising Skill Set During School Visit

  February 1, 2017 at 7:08 am by

Prince Charles

During his visit to Yahveh College, a Orthodox Jewish school in Borehamwood, today the Prince of Wales displayed a skill that many would not have thought he possessed: he is quite adept at the art balloon animal making. He was quick to accept a blue balloon as he sat down with year eight pupils working on crafting creatures led by Rabbi Avrohom Zeidman, and fashioned it into a crown that perfectly … Continue reading

Queen Máxima Pays Visit to Windmill Park

  January 31, 2017 at 5:41 pm by

Queen Maxima

The Queen of the Netherlands was in Nijmegen today, where she paid a visit to the Nijmegen-Betuwe Windmill Park which was funded by citizens of the local region to supply power to over 7,000 homes. She met with investors, residents and representatives from the Gelderland Nature and Environment Federation during her time at the windmill park, as well as going inside the base of one of the four windmills on the grounds … Continue reading

Crown Princess Mary Attends The Designers’ Nest Award

  January 31, 2017 at 4:30 pm by

Crown Princess Mary

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark made a stylish appearance at the Designers’ Nest Award which is held in connection with Copenhagen Fashion week. The Crown Princess attended a lunch at City Hall which was the start of fashion week. She also attended a fashion show and gave out the awards to the winners. Princess Mary is patron of Designers’ Nest, which is part of Copenhagen Fashion Week. H.K.H. Kronprinsessen deltog i … Continue reading

A Lunch at Peleș Castle with Princess Maria

  January 31, 2017 at 6:50 am by

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On Monday 30th January, Her Royal Highness Princess Maria of Romania hosted a lunch at Peleș Castle on behalf of her sister, Crown Princess Margareta. The event was held in honour of the Romanian Academy and the Academy of Sciences of France, whose perpetual secretary, Catherine Bréchignac, was given honorary membership of the Romanian Academy. Amid the splendour of the great Dining Room of the Castle, guests at the lunch … Continue reading

New Poll: Outfit of the Week, January 23-29

  January 31, 2017 at 1:31 am by

The Royal Forums logo

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 February 5.

Felipe and Letizia Close ‘Cervantes Lives’ 400th Anniversary Commemorations

  January 30, 2017 at 2:23 pm by

King Felipe and Queen Letizia

The King and Queen of Spain today officially closed the ‘Cervantes Lives’ series of events held to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes, one of the world’s pre-eminent Spanish language writers. Held at the Royal Palace of Madrid, the closing event was attended by 200 guests from the cultural and education spheres. King Felipe delivered a speech in which he said that Cervantes’ “ideals of … Continue reading

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