Princess Astrid of Belgium Turns 52

  June 5, 2014 at 8:20 pm by

Princess Astrid in July 2013

Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este celebrates her 52nd birthday on June 5th. The Princess is the only sister of King Philippe of Belgium and was born in 1962, the second child and only daughter of the future King Albert II and Queen Paola. The Princess was named in honour of her father’s mother, the tragic Astrid of Sweden, who was killed in 1935. The Princess was baptised Astrid Josephine Charlotte … Continue reading

Doña Irene Urdangarín Turns 9

  June 5, 2014 at 6:00 pm by

Irene Urdangarín in August 2013

Doña Irene Urdangarín, the youngest child and only daughter of Infanta Cristina of Spain and Don Iñaki Urdangarín, Duke of Palma de Mallorca, turned nine today. Doña Irene is the sixth grandchild of King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia, and was born in Barcelona in 2005. Her baptism took place at the Chapel of the Palace of Zarzuela in July 2005, where she was given the name Irene in … Continue reading

Abdullah & Rania of Jordan Attend Daughter’s Graduation

  June 4, 2014 at 11:03 pm by

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King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan celebrated today the graduation of their elder daughter, Princess Iman bint Abdullah, from high school in Amman. The King  and Queen proudly ascended the platform and handed over the high school completion diplomas to Princess Iman and her classmates during a lavish ceremony held at the International Academy of Amman (IAA) school campus. The graduation ceremony was also attended by the Princess’s … Continue reading

Princess Leonore Arrives in Stockholm for Christening

  June 3, 2014 at 10:02 pm by

Princess Madeleine carries her daughter Leonore to an awaiting car in New York, headed for Sweden; 02-06-2014

Three month old Princess Leonore has arrived in Sweden for the first time today, landing at Stockholm Arlanda Airport with her parents, Princess Madeleine and Christopher O’Neill, early this morning, local time. The family were spotted yesterday departing from Newark Liberty International Airport on an overnight Scandinavian Airlines flight, after packing two town cars full of luggage outside their home. Princess Leonore was kept in a carry cot for her … Continue reading

Royals Attend 2014 Bernadotte Art Awards

  June 3, 2014 at 9:36 pm by

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Members of the Swedish Royal Family, as well as others from the Gotha, attended the 2014 edition of the Bernadotte Art Awards at the Grand Hôtel in Stockholm last night. Host Countess Marianne Bernadotte af Wisborg, the widow of King Carl XVI Gustaf’s uncle, the former Prince Sigvard, also used the gala to celebrate her upcoming 90th birthday. She arrived to the event with King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. … Continue reading

Queen Sofia Speaks at UNICEF Annual Session

  June 3, 2014 at 8:58 pm by

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The Queen of Spain is currently on a three day visit to New York City. Despite the news of the abdication of her husband, King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia continued with her official plans and her official visit began in New York City on Tuesday. Queen Sofia, as a special guest, attended the annual session of the UNICEF Executive Board at the United Nations headquarters. The Queen gave a speech where she remembered … Continue reading

Official Visit to the Netherlands from Monaco

  June 3, 2014 at 8:51 pm by

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Prince Albert II of Monaco began an official visit to the Kingdom of the Netherlands today. Princess Charlène, who’s pregnancy was announced last week, was due to accompany the Prince, but did not. The Prince arrived at the Schiphol Airport outside Amsterdam this morning for the two-day trip and was later accompanied by King Willem-Alexander to the official opening of the exhibition ‘Grace Kelly, Princess and Style Icon’ at the Het Loo … Continue reading

Infanta Pilar Talks About Brother’s Abdication

  June 3, 2014 at 8:46 pm by

Infanta Pilar of Spain

Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz spoke briefly to reporters today in Madrid following the shock announcement of her brother’s abdication. The elder sister of King Juan Carlos told reporters that she already new of the plans but had kept quiet on the matter. The Duchess also said that her nephew, Prince Felipe, was “divinely prepared” for the role. So far Infanta Pilar is the only member of the Spanish Royal Family to have … Continue reading

King Juan Carlos Announces Abdication

  June 2, 2014 at 8:32 am by

Spanish Coat of Arms

The King of Spain, Juan Carlos I, has today announced his abdication. “A new generation must be at the forefront…younger people with new energies,” the King said in a television speech this afternoon, “Prince Felipe has the maturity and preparation to be king.” The news was initially announced by Prime Minister Rajoy, in a surprise press conference. “King Juan Carlos has just communicated to me his will to give up the … Continue reading

Concert For Prince Henrik’s 80th Birthday

  June 1, 2014 at 11:18 pm by

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This evening, a command performance to celebrate Prince Henrik’s 80th birthday was held at the DR Concert Hall in Copenhagen. Prince Henrik was joined by his immediate family for the event, which featured performances by the William Blakes, Medina, Claus Hempler, Andreas Bo (who had the some members of the royal family in fits of laughter with his impressions) and Bent Fabricius-Bjerre. Other guests included King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie … Continue reading

Willem-Alexander and Máxima Attend Holland Festival

  June 1, 2014 at 10:35 pm by

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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima attended the opening of the Holland Festival this evening at the National Opera and Ballet building. Willem-Alexander and Máxima were treated to a performance by the Belgian dance company Rosas, with choreography by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and music by the Belgian ensemble Ictus. Ictus performed music composed by Gérard Grisey. The couple have attended the opening night of the festival for several years. This year is the … Continue reading

Third Child for Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor

  June 1, 2014 at 10:16 pm by

Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor with their two eldest sons, Albert and Leopold

On May 27, Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor welcomed their third child, another boy. The little boy has been named Louis Arthur Nicholas Felix and joins his brothers, Albert (born in 2007) and Leopold (born in 2009). Lady Nicholas Windsor was described as the oldest royal mother-to-be at the age of 44. The couple were married in a civil ceremony on October 19, 2006, which took place at a registry office in … Continue reading

April 2014 Picture of the Month Poll Winners

  May 31, 2014 at 4:53 am by

Announcing the winners of the April 2014 Picture of the Month Poll of the Month Polls: April 2014 Official Picture of the Month Poll: First Place: Great Britain Second Place: The Netherlands Third Place: Belgium Royal Men’s Hair (April 2014 Informal Picture of the Month Poll): First Place: Sweden Second Place: Dubai Third Place: Norway Congratulations to all winning teams!

Princess Charlène of Monaco is Pregnant

  May 30, 2014 at 9:46 pm by

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene

The Prince’s Palace of Monaco announced on Friday May 30th that Princess Charlène is pregnant. The baby, which is due in December, will be the first child of Prince Albert II and Princess Charlène. The Monegasque Princely Couple revealed their “immense joy” over the news in a short joint statement released by the Prince’s Palace. The Prince already has two children from previous relationships, Jazmin Rotolo and Alexandre Coste, neither of whom are … Continue reading

Engagement in the Japanese Imperial House

  May 29, 2014 at 11:47 pm by

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On Tuesday May 27, the engagement of Princess Noriko of Takamado and Mr Kunimaru Senge was announced by the Imperial Household Agency. The couple plan to marry in the Japanese autumn, at the Izumo-Taisha, the grand shrine in Izumo, Shimane Prefecture. Mr Senge’s family manage the shrine, one of the country’s oldest. Mr Senge himself is a Shinto priest. The pair met in April 2007, when Princess Noriko visited the shrine. … Continue reading

First Communion for Princes Nicolas and Aymeric

  May 29, 2014 at 11:26 pm by

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Prince Nicolas and Prince Aymeric, the eight-year-old sons of Prince Laurent and Princess Claire of Belgium, today celebrated their first holy communion. Taking place at the Sainte-Catherine de Bonlez in Chaumont-Gistoux, the two Princes joined ten peers for the ceremony which was conducted by the church’s priest, Willy Gettemans, and Father Guy Gilbert. Father Gilbert is a personal friend of Prince Laurent, and performed the wedding ceremony of Prince Laurent and Princess Claire, as … Continue reading

William and Catherine On First Joint Engagement Since Tour

  May 29, 2014 at 11:00 pm by

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On 29 May, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, or the Earl and Countes of Strathearn as they are known in Scotland, performed their first official engagement together in Perth and Kinross, Scotland, since their tour to Australia and New Zealand in April. Since the tour, William has hosted a charity gala at Windsor Castle. They firstly visited the Strathearn Community Campus, where they chatted with local children and were … Continue reading

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima in Germany

  May 29, 2014 at 10:37 pm by

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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima made a two-day working visit to Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, this week. On Monday May 26th, the King and the Queen attended the opening of the “Energy Seminar” at the Next Energy Campus of the University of Oldenburg. They were welcomed by Stephan Weil, the Prime Minister of Lower Saxony. In his speech, the King stressed the importance of energy, “Without energy, everything … Continue reading

King and Queen of Jordan Celebrate Independence Day

  May 26, 2014 at 10:00 pm by

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On Monday, King Abdullah II of Jordan attended the ceremony to mark the 68th anniversary of the Kingdom’s independence. As in the three previous years, the ceremony took place at Raghadan Palace in Amman. Upon arrival at the site of the celebration, the King was received by Crown Prince Hussein, the Royal Court chief and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour, Senate President Abdul Raouf … Continue reading

Small Miracles: The Story of the Princess Alia Foundation

  May 26, 2014 at 8:37 pm by

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Yesterday Princess Alia bint Al Hussein, the eldest daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan, and Sharifa Sarra Ghazi presented the book Small Miracles, The Story of the Princess Alia Foundation in Amman. Other members of the Royal Family attended the presentation: Prince Asem bin Nayef with his wife, Princess Sanaa, and Princess Iman bint Al Hussein (who collaborates with the Foundation) and her husband, Zaid Mirza. The Foundation … Continue reading

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