To Sixty More! The Duke of Edinburgh Awards Mark Milestone Anniversary in 2016

  May 24, 2016 at 10:00 am by

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As The Duke of Edinburgh celebrates his 95th birthday this year, I want to take a look back at the astonishing life of this great individual starting with something that has been a part of my life and that of many, many others. The Duke of Edinburgh Award and International Award is available in 14 countries but Awards modelled on The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award are presented by sponsoring organisations … Continue reading

On This Day: Empress Elisabeth Opens Her Hermes Villa

  May 24, 2016 at 8:24 am by

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On this day 130 years ago in 1886, Empress Elisabeth of Austria aka Sisi opened her new palace in the Lainzer Tiergarten in Vienna. Construction on the palace, orginally called “Villa Waldruh,”  started in the summer of 1881. Emperor Franz Joseph hoped to encourage his wife -who longed for peace and soltitude- to remain in Vienna and stop her travels by providing her a secluded residence near the Austrian capital. … Continue reading

Mette-Marit Skips Polish State Banquet Due To Back Pain

  May 24, 2016 at 5:35 am by

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The president of Poland and his wife started their state visit to Norway yesterday. They were received in Oslo by King Harald V, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Princess Astrid amidst pouring rains.  Queen Sonja was sensible enough to wear a pair of boots. After the welcoming ceremony the king escorted the president to Akerhus where the president laid a wreath at the monument for the … Continue reading

Queen Mathilde Joined By Husband At First Piano Finals

  May 24, 2016 at 4:49 am by

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Last night Queen Mathilde of the Belgians was joined by her husband King Philippe at the first concert for the semi-finals for piano music of the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition. The concert was held at the BOZAR in Brussels. The king and queen posed in front of a bust of Queen Elisabeth of the Belgians, great-grandmother of King Philippe. She started the competition in 1937. The competition was only named … Continue reading

Prince and Princess of Monaco Draw Lots For ‘Monaco Sevens’

  May 24, 2016 at 4:30 am by

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Prince Albert II of Monaco and his wife Princess Charlene attended an event in Monaco yesterday where they drew lots for the olympic qualification rugby tournament ‘Monaco Sevens’. The tournament will take place in Monaco on June 18th and 19th. The prince and princess are patrons of the sports event. The couple was joined by Charlene’s brother Gareth and by Bryan Habana, Springbok rugby player. Princess Charlene looked glamorous in … Continue reading

The Cambridges Join Prince Harry at the Chelsea Flower Show for First Time

  May 24, 2016 at 1:48 am by

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On May 23, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge along with Prince Harry attended the Chelsea Flower Show with various other members of the British Royal Family. The Chelsea Flower Show is an annual event hosted by the Royal Horticultural Society. Embed from Getty Images Some of the displays at the show had been made in honour of members of the royal family. The Queen had been shown the “Behind Every … Continue reading

New Poll: Outfit of the Week, May 16-22

  May 24, 2016 at 1:01 am by

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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 May 28.

Prince Daniel Receives Special Ensemble at the Palace

  May 23, 2016 at 11:38 pm by

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Prince Daniel of Sweden hosted a visit at the Stockholm Palace on Monday. The prince received the  Glada Hudik Ensemble. The group that consists completely out of people with disabilities, is presently touring Sweden to celebrate theiir 20th anniversary by performing the ‘Wizard of Oz’ on stage. Prince Daniel and his wife are honorary members of the theatre’s supporter club. The prince and the actors talked about their careers as … Continue reading

Queen Letizia Recognises Spanish Heritage

  May 23, 2016 at 11:36 pm by

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Queen Letizia of Spain went to the Colegio de Arquitectos in Madrid on Monday to open an exposition named ‘Recognizing the Spanish Heritage in Europe’. The exposition focusses on the last 40 years of modern Spanish architecture in Europe. The Queen looked wonderful in a repeated charcoal baby doll dress with a peter pan colar and paired with pale pink details. She also curled her hair for the occassion. La … Continue reading

Queen Máxima Attends Summit and Lecture About Innovation

  May 23, 2016 at 11:35 pm by

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Queen Máxima of The Netherlands attended two different events on Monday. She was wearing a recycle Dolce & Gabbana outfit for both of them. In the morning the Queen went to Amsterdam where she held a speech at ‘The Innovation Summit’ for female entrepreneurs. In her speech the queen stressed that the need for more ambition and that the time has come that women can grab the opportunities. In the … Continue reading

Renewal of Family Rift in the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies

  May 23, 2016 at 4:36 pm by

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The family reconciliation in the house of Bourbon-Two Sicilies seems to be shortlived. In 2014 the two rivalling branches – both of which are claiming the headship of the family which until 1861 ruled over the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies – signed an agreement recognising eachothers titles. The decision of the duke of Castro to change the succession laws so he could be succeeded by his eldest daughter apparently brought … Continue reading

The King of Bhutan and “Kidu”

  May 23, 2016 at 3:57 pm by

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His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck has today granted an audience to 163 people at the Tashichhodzong in order to grant them citizenship as part of the “Kidu” tradition. There are a number of “census” issues throughout Bhutan and it is one of His Majesty’s aims to have these resolved. Kidu means “wellbeing” of the people and is a fundamental responsibility of the Bhutanese monarch, having been a traditional … Continue reading

Déjà Vu For Guillaume and Stéphanie in Belgium, Wisconsin

  May 23, 2016 at 11:52 am by

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Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and his wife Stéphanie are heading an Economic Mission to the United States this week. Yesterday they went to the town of Belgium in Wisconsin. Although the town is called Belgium, it actually has links to Luxembourg. There is a Grand Duke Henri Plaza, a statue of the Grand Duke and each year the town throws a Luxembourg Fest. The reason they went the town was … Continue reading

Sheikha Mozah Meets With Refugee Students In Istanbul

  May 23, 2016 at 11:07 am by

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Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser met with a group of people to talk about Alfakhoora, an Education Above All Program in Istanbul today. Sheikha Mozah also met with a group of Syrian refugees who are already benefiting from the scholarship program. Al Fakhoora is partnering with Dutch NGO SPARK to give Syrian and Palestinian refugee’s scholarships to universities as well as training in different fields and healthcare. Sheikh Mozah wore a … Continue reading

Duke and Duchess of Chartres With Family on Pilgrimage

  May 23, 2016 at 10:45 am by

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Last weekend the Duke and Duchess of Chartres and their children celebrated Pentecost in a special way. The couple and their children went on a pilgrimage, walking from the Notre Dame de Paris to the Notre Dame de Chartres. The Duke of Chartres is a ‘grandson of France’. He is the eldest son of the Duke of Orleans, brother of the head of the French royal family. He married Illéana … Continue reading

Spanish Monarchs Attend ‘King’s Cup’ Amidst Flag Controversy

  May 22, 2016 at 4:28 pm by

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King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain attended the final of the Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) or as it is officially called: Campeonato de España – Copa de Su Majestad el Rey. The football cup was founded in 1903 and is the oldest of Spain. The Spanish monarchs went to the Vincente Calderon Stadium in Madrid to see the match between FC Barcelona and FC Sevilla. Before the … Continue reading

Prince Georg Friedrich and Other German Royals Celebrate Horse Racing Jubilee in Magdeburg

  May 22, 2016 at 4:01 pm by

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The Magdeburg Horse Racing Club celebrated its 110th anniversary today.  To mark the occassion the mayor of Magdeburg invited Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia, Prince Eduard of Anhalt, his sister Edda Darboven, née Princess of Anhalt, the count von der Schulenburg, count vom Hagen, Felix von Nathusius, a representative of the princely house of Stolberg-Wernigerode and other guests that are descendants of founding – or early members of the Association. … Continue reading

Belgian Royal Family Remembers Victims of Brussels Attacks

  May 22, 2016 at 3:33 pm by

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Exactly two months after the Brussels attacks on March 22nd, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde attended a ceremony in the royal palace of Brussels to commemorate the victims and to pay tribute to the emergency services. The monarchs were joined by King Albert II, Queen Paola, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz, Prince Laurent and Princess Claire and 500 guests. In his speech the king said that it should not be forgotten … Continue reading

Archduchess Francesca: “Austrians Are At Crossroads”

  May 22, 2016 at 1:26 pm by

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Archduchess Francesca, wife of the head of the Austrian imperial family, wrote an open letter to the Austrian newspaper ‘Kurier’. In the letter she focussed on the presendential elections in Austria that were held today. The article mentions that the Archduchess herself can not vote in the elections, but if she could, she would vote for Alexander van der Bellen and not for his opponent Norbert Hofer. In her letter … Continue reading

On This Day: Wedding of Carlos of Portugal and Amélie d’Orléans

  May 22, 2016 at 8:08 am by

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On this day in 1886 Crown Prince Carlos of Portugal married Princess Amélie of France, member of the house of Orléans, in a ceremony in Lisbon. Two years earlier Amélie’s aunt played matchmaker for the couple. In 1884 Duchess Clementine of Saxe-Coburg, Amelie’s paternal aunt, visited the royal court in Lisbon, where she praised the qualities of her niece Princess Amelia to Queen Maria Pia of Portugal, and also showed the queen a … Continue reading

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