Come July 21st, Belgium will have a new monarch – King Philippe. King Albert II, the current monarch, announced his pending abdication earlier this evening, Belgian time, in a live address to the nation. The King cited health issues and his age as reasons for his decision. “I am at an age never attained by predecessors. My age and health no longer allow me to carry out my duties as I … Continue reading
There is intense media speculation currently that the Belgian monarch, Albert II, is set to announce his abdication. The King, who turned 79 last month, will made a live address to the nation on both television and radio at 18:00, Belgian time (16:00GMT). It is expected that in the address, Albert will announce he is abdicating in favour of his heir, eldest son Philippe. Earlier today, King Albert attended a … Continue reading
On July 2nd, 2013 Princess Fawzia bint Fuad of Egypt died at age 91 in Egypt. Princess Fawzia was the eldest daughter of King Fuad I and Queen Nazli. She got married in 1939 with the Crown Prince Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi of Iran, with whom she had a daughter: Princess Shahnaz (born in 1940). In 1948, the couple got the divorced and Fawzia married the Egyptian Colonel Ismail Chirine. … Continue reading
The Dutch Royal Court has just announced that Prince Floris and Princess Aimée are the parents of a healthy son. The infant was born today, July 1st, at 13:32, Dutch time, at the Bronovo Hospital in The Hague. He has been named Willem Jan Johannes Pieter Floris, to be called Willem Jan. He weighed a healthy 3.65kilograms. Both mother and baby are doing well. Floris and Aimée already have two daughters, … Continue reading
Lady Diana Frances Spencer was born July 1, 1961. Diana was born into one of the oldest families in the UK and was the fourth child of five. Princess Diana was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. The couple married on July 29, 1981 and the wedding was watched by over 700 million people worldwide. Princess Diana had two sons with Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry. … Continue reading
Announcing the winners of the May 2013 Picture of the Month Poll of the Month Polls: May 2013 Official Picture of the Month Poll: First Place: Norway Second Place: The Netherlands Third Place: Denmark, Jordan, Sweden Weddings of Minor Royals (May 2013 Informal Picture of the Month Poll): First Place: Sweden Second Place: Norway Third Place: Great Britain Congratulations to all winning teams!
June 30th, 2013 Prince and Princess Michael of Kent celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary on June 30th. Prince Michael of Kent, who is a first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, married the Austrian-Hungarian Baroness Marie Christine von Reibnitz in a civil ceremony in Vienna, Austria. Marie Christine, a Roman Catholic, was previously married but that marriage was formally annulled by the Roman Catholic Church in May 1978. Upon her marriage … Continue reading
We’re use to seeing Queen Maxima in large wide brim hats or headpieces, rarely in turbans but they did exist in her wardrobe. Recently, it seems that she has preferred turbans over hats. May 22, Queen Maxima wore a nude turban to match her red suit while visiting the Erasmus MC – Sophia children’s hospital in Rotterdam on the occasion of the 150th anniversary see here. May 25, while in Luxembourg, … Continue reading
Since the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced that they were expecting a child in July 2013, The Royal Forums has several threads for members to discuss godparents, the gender etc. So have you joined in yet? If not, its not too late to do so. For guessing Potential Names and Godparents see this thread. The Cambridge Baby: Musings and Suggestions thread can be found here. And don’t forget to vote in … Continue reading
The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, has issued a decree giving his father, Qatar’s ex-ruler, Sheikh Hamad, a title. The official Qatari news agency (QNA) said in a statement, “The decree set the official title of former Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani as the Emir father.” Sheikh Hamad ruled Qatar for 18 years and abdicated on June 24, 2013 in favour of his son.
Every women attending the Royal Ascot race would pull out their best outfits and hats. This year, Princess Haya bint Al Hussein went for her not so typical look which is suits. Princess Haya attended 4 out of 5 days of the races. Day 1, Princess Haya wore a black fitted dress with what looked like painted flowers over it, she matched the dress with a wide black hat that … Continue reading
33-year-old Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad has become Qatar’s new Emir. Sheikh Tamim was handed power from his father, Sheikh Hamad, who ruled Qatar for eighteen years. The new Emir of Qatar gave a fifteen minute televised speech on regional and domestic issues. Sheikh Tamim said he will follow in his father’s footsteps.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands yesterday paid a visit to Denmark, as part of their post-inauguration introductory tours. The couple were greeted at Kastrup Airport by Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik, where the two monarchs inspected a guard of honour while their spouses were seen having a laugh between themselves (Queen Máxima and Prince Henrik continued with the jokes throughout the afternoon), before the group headed to … Continue reading
Its official! The Emir of Qatar is abdicating tomorrow morning it was announced today. The 66 year old Emir, Sheikh Hamad will address the nation tomorrow morning (Tuesday June 25, 2013) at 08:00 local time (05:00 GMT). Tuesday has also been declared a national holiday in Qatar on the occasion. Earlier today, Sheikh Hamad held a family meeting announcing his plans to transfer the power to his son who is … Continue reading
Princess Eugenie is heading to New York in October for her new job. Prince Andrew’s younger daughter will work for an auction house Paddle8. The Princess graduated in 2012 from from Newcastle University with a 2:1 in a combined degree of English literature and art history. A friend said “She is determined to be a working woman with a full-time job.” It’s reported that the Princess will return to the … Continue reading
Madrid – June 20th, 2013 King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia presided over a solemn anniversary mass at the magnificent Capilla Real de Madrid to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the King’s late father, Infante Don Juan de Borbón, Count of Barcelona. Also attending the mass were the entire extended Spanish Royal Family: the Prince and Princess of Asturias, Infantas Elena and Cristina, Don Felipe Juan de … Continue reading
The Duchess of Gloucester turned 67 on June 20th. Though a less well known member of the extended British Royal Family, the Duchess was born Birgitte Eva Henriksen in Odense, Denmark on June 20th, 1946. Later Birgitte moved to the UK and worked in the Danish Embassy in London. On the 8th of July 1972, she married Prince Richard of Gloucester at St Andrew’s Church, Barnwell in Northamptonshire. Following the … Continue reading
His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan paid a week long official visit to the Kingdom of Spain from June 10th to the 17th. The Crown Prince was invited by the the invitation of the Spanish Government to mark the 400th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Spain and Japan. The Crown Prince was received and welcomed by the Prince of Asturias on Monday June 10th at a ceremony at … Continue reading
London – June 21st, 2013 Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, turned 31 on June 21st. The future King was born at St Mary’s Hospital, London as the eldest son of the Prince of Wales and the late Diana, Princess of Wales in 1982. He was baptized William Arthur Philip Louis by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie, on August 4th, 1982.His godparents included King Constantine II of Greece … Continue reading
Queen Elizabeth II could not be any happier today when her horse passed the finish line winning first place at the Royal Ascot race. Estimate, the Queen’s horse, won the prestigious Gold Cup, which made the Queen the first reigning monarch to win the Gold Cup in its 207-year history. The Queen was supposed to hand out the winning trophies for the race but since she won, the Duke of … Continue reading