Dracula’s Castle to Close Its Doors?

  February 26, 2016 at 7:29 pm by

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The Romanian government has decided to end the lease of Bran Castle. The castle was once believed to be owned by Vlad III the Impaler, better known as ‘Dracula’. Bram Stoker uses the castle as the residence for his ‘Dracula’. In 1920 the castle became property of the Romanian royal family. It became a great favourite of Queen Marie, née Princess of Edinburgh. Her youngest daughter, princess Ileana inherited from … Continue reading

Duke of Parma Did Want To Be In Touch With His Son After All

  February 26, 2016 at 6:51 pm by

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The Duke of Parma, eldest son of Princess Irene of The Netherlands, will soon face his own son in court. The son, Carlos Hugo Klynstra (born in 1997), went to court to ask for a name change: he wants his father’s last name and title. Dutch Royalty magazine ‘Royalty’ made a reconstruction of the situation and came to some remarkable conclusions. Up to now it was generally assumed that Duke … Continue reading

“Make Sure My Mother Won’t Be Forgotten”

  February 26, 2016 at 11:14 am by

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Belgium’s King Albert II and Queen Paola received Jeannine Mottart at their private residence Belvédère in Laeken this week. The King spoke to Mottard about his mother Queen Astrid who died in a car accident in Küssnacht, Switzerland in 1935. This year Mrs . Mottard pays tribute to Astrid for the 7th time. After Mottard won her battle against cancer she decided to do something special. That is why she … Continue reading

William and Kate To Visit Taj Mahal On Indian Tour

  February 26, 2016 at 7:15 am by

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Kensington Palace has confirmed that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit the Taj Mahal during their spring tour of India. The site – while being India’s most iconic landmark – is also very much viewed as a poignant moment in the breakdown of William’s parents, Charles and Diana. The late Princess visited the Taj Mahal during the Wales’ 1992 tour of India, and the photographs of her sitting alone … Continue reading

A Duchy Fit For A Royal Baby

  February 26, 2016 at 6:30 am by

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With the birth of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel’s second child drawing closer and closer (and Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia’s first child due shortly after), speculation on what name and duchy the baby will be given has begun to gather speed – will he or she be given one with a close familial link, or will one of the six provinces to never have a royal duke … Continue reading

Under The Hammer II: Napoleontic Collection of US Billionaire

  February 26, 2016 at 5:10 am by

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US billionaire Christopher Forbes, Vice President of Forbes publishing company, has been an avid collector of art and items related to Emperor Napoleon III, Empress Eugenie and the Second Empire. It all started when Forbes’ father gave him a portrait of Napoleon III when he was in his teens. On 5 and 6 March 2016 Mr. Forbes will sell the collection which took him years to acquire. Forbes decided to … Continue reading

Under The Hammer: Photographs of the Duke of Windsor in Nazi Germany

  February 26, 2016 at 4:48 am by

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Auction house Duke’s of Dorchester has announced they will be auctioning a photo album containing over 60 photographs of the Duke of Windsor during his visit to Nazi Germany in 1937. It comes from the collection of Sir Dudley Forwood, the Duke’s equerry after his abdication, who accompanied Edward and Wallis on the trip, where their host was Dr Robert Ley, head of the German Labour Front. The couple also met … Continue reading

Classic in Navy, Mary Presents EliteForsk Prizes

  February 25, 2016 at 8:55 pm by

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The Crown Princess of Denmark was classic in a navy skirt suit today as she presented the 2016 EliteForsk Prizes during a conference at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptoteket in Copenhagen. Five researchers in the field of science were presented with 1.2millionDKK each to help continue funding their research in ways they deem best – one of the winners will use part of the money to attend a conference in the United … Continue reading

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde Visit Antwerp

  February 25, 2016 at 7:19 pm by

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Today, Thursday February 25, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde paid a visit to the Province of Antwerp. Upon their arrival in the municipality of Arendonk, the Royal Couple visited Talander, a non-profit institution dedicated to adult people with intellectual disabilities. During the visit the King and the Queen met the director of Talander, Jos Sierens, made a tour of the residence and were informed about all the activities made … Continue reading

Dutch King Returns From Winter Vacation To Commemorate Unique Strike

  February 25, 2016 at 6:27 pm by

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King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands cut his winter vacation in Lech, Austria short to attend the 75th Anniversary of the Strike of February 1941. The commemoration took place at the statue of the docker at the Jonas Daniël Meijer Square, close to the two oldest synagogues of Amsterdam. The February strike that took place on February 25th and 26th 1941 was the only strike of non-Jews in Europe under Nazi … Continue reading

Princess Esmeralda Meets Humanitarian Who Saved 20,000 Children

  February 25, 2016 at 5:42 pm by

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Princess Esmeralda, aunt of King Philippe of Belgium, twittered a photo of herself with the ‘tireless and courageous’ humanitarian worker Marguerite Barankitse. Barankitse began providing food and shelter to 25 children on October 25, 1993, one of the worst days of the civil war in Burundi. She used her network in Europe and Burundi to extendher help efforts. In 1994 she converted a former school into a shelter for children. … Continue reading

Carl XVI Gustaf’s 70th Birthday Bash: Palace Releases Programme

  February 25, 2016 at 1:09 pm by

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The Royal Palace in Stockholm has released the programme of King Carl XVI Gustav’s 70th birthday celebration. The celebrations will go on for 5 days, with the main celebrations on Friday 29 April and Saturday 30 April. TRF member LadyFinn provided the following time table: Monday, April 25 The Royal Academies organize a Baltic Sea Seminar Location: The Royal Dramatic Theatre Time: 19:00 Tuesday, April 26 The Military Bands give … Continue reading

Felipe and Letizia Open Contemporary Art Fair (Updated)

  February 25, 2016 at 12:56 pm by

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Today King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain opened Arco 2016 in Madrid. The international contemporary art fair celebrated its 35th anniversary this year, a good reason for both the king and queen to mark the occassion with a joint appearance. The queen dressed in a colourful pink jacket, a white blouse and some interesting black pants made of leather. The king wore his usual outfit: a striped suit. … Continue reading

RVD Releases Programme for Dutch State Visit to France

  February 25, 2016 at 4:57 am by

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The Dutch Government Information Service (RVD) released the programme of the Dutch state visit to France, which will be on March 10-11 2016. The visit will build on the ‘positive impuls’ that the official visit of President Hollande to The Hague gave to the bilateral relation between the countries. The visit will be focussed on economic, cultural and European cooperation and shared history and values will be highlighted. Apart from … Continue reading

Duchess of Cambridge Heads North to Edinburgh

  February 24, 2016 at 9:46 pm by

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It was up to Edinburgh today for the Duchess of Cambridge, as she undertook several engagements in the Scottish capital. Wearing a dark green Max Mara coat over a houndstooth skirt and black turtleneck, Kate first visited St Catherine’s Primary School as part of her patronage of Place2Be, a children’s mental health charity. The Duchess accompanied the students in signing and performing the actions to the school’s “Welcome Everybody” song. “Everybody … Continue reading

Book-Lover Camilla Stops By Not One, But Two Libraries

  February 24, 2016 at 7:58 pm by

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The Duchess of Cornwall, who has been on a spate of literacy-related events these past few weeks, kept up the trend today, dropping by two different libraries in London. At the Islington Central Library early in the day, Camilla – wearing a steel blue dress and matching jacket – met with pupils from three local schools and gave them a sneak preview of a new book that has been published … Continue reading

Royal Engagement Anniversary

  February 24, 2016 at 7:24 pm by

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Today marks the 35th anniversary of the engagement announcement of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. Speculation had mounted over several months whether or not they would get engaged, resulting in ever-increasing media interest and speculation.  Finally, Buckingham Palace made the song awaited announcement in a statement which read: “It is with greatest pleasure that the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh announce the betrothal of their beloved son the … Continue reading

Decadence and Downfall: The Shah of Iran’s Ultimate Party

  February 24, 2016 at 5:23 pm by

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Last week the BBC aired a documentary about the celebrations in Persepolis in 1971, where the ‘King of King’s’ Shah Mohammad Reza of Iran celebrated 2500th anniversary of the Persian Empire. Central question in the documentary is if the grandiose celebrations hastened the downfall of the Imperial regime and the start of the Iranian revolution. The celebrations were described as ‘the biggest party the world has ever seen’. Ayatollah Khomenei … Continue reading

The Habsburg Effect

  February 24, 2016 at 4:59 pm by

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The newspaper ‘Independent’ dedicated an article to a remarkable study. Researchers suggest that the Habsburg’s ability to instill obedience in their subjects still has its effect today, several generations onwards. People who live within the borders of the old Habsburg Empire have significantly more trust in their country’s justice system than those who live outside of it. The researchers have described the phenomenon as the ‘Habsburg effect’. They claim that … Continue reading

Cookies For Princess Beatrice

  February 24, 2016 at 4:33 pm by

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Princess Beatrice of York dressed preppy for a benefit in New York City, which she attended yesterday. The princess used a navy jumper and a navy skirt for the  Cookies For Kid’s Hosts 3rd Annual Chefs For Kid’s Cancer Benefit’ . The princess still had her henna tattoo on her hand and also wore a small silver bracelet. During the evening 25 chefs cooked four different meals for the guests. … Continue reading

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