From the Royal Genealogy threads – October 2012

  November 1, 2012 at 6:00 pm by

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This is the monthly blog entry with news from the Royal genealogy threads. This time it’s a blog entry with news from October 2012. As always, a big thank you goes out to the contributors of the Genealogy threads. Royal births and pregnancies Bunte has reported the pregnancy of Princess Felipa of Bavaria. The Princess and her husband, Christian Dienst, expect their first child in April of 2013. The Prince and Princess … Continue reading

Doña Simoneta Gómez-Acebo Turns 44

  October 29, 2012 at 10:41 pm by

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Her Excellency Doña Simoneta Gómez-Acebo, Grandee of Spain celebrated her 44th birthday on October 28th. Simoneta is the only daughter of Infanta Pilar of Spain and the late Don Luis Gómez-Acebo, and is also the eldest niece of King Juan Carlos I. Her Excellency is not in line to the throne as her mother renounced her rights prior to her marriage to the late Visconde de la Torre. María de … Continue reading

King Juan Carlos on Official Visit to India

  October 29, 2012 at 9:22 pm by

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October 24th-27th, 2012 His Majesty King Juan Carlos paid an official visit to the Republic of India from October 24th until October 27th. His Majesty arrived at the International Airport in Mumbai late in the evening of Wednesday October 24th, and was received by the Spanish Ambassador. The King had arrived with four Spanish government ministers and a trade delegation as the aim of this visit was to boost and … Continue reading

Victoria and Daniel Inaugurate Friends Arena

  October 28, 2012 at 11:18 pm by

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Last night, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel were present at the inaugural concert of the brand new Friends Arena in Solna. Friends Arena is the largest indoor stadium in Scandinavia, featuring a retractable roof. and seating for between 50,000 and 65,000 spectators dependent on the event. It has cost an estimated $1.9billion Swedish Kroner to build and is named after a non-profit organisation supported by Swedbank AB which focuses … Continue reading

State Visit from Italy to the Netherlands

  October 28, 2012 at 10:41 pm by

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The Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and his wife Clio started a three-day State Visit to the Netherlands on October 23. They were welcomed by Queen Beatrix on Tuesday at the Palace Noordeinde in The Hague. In the afternoon the President had a meeting with the Italian community in the Netherlands. The first day ended with a state banquet. Prince Willem-Alexander, Princess Margriet and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven were present. In … Continue reading

The 2012 Prince of Asturias Awards

  October 27, 2012 at 10:35 pm by

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The 2012 prestigious Prince of Asturias Awards took place last Friday, October 26th, in Oviedo, the historical capital of the Principality of Asturias. Shortly before noon on Thursday October 25th, the Prince and Princess of Asturias granted a series of audiences at the Council Room of the Reconquista Hotel in Oviedo. Later that evening, the Prince and Princess of Asturias attended a concert at the Auditorio Principe Felipe in Oviedo. … Continue reading

The Duchess of Braganza Presents the Order of St Isabel to European Royals

  October 27, 2012 at 7:36 pm by

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On October 27, the Duchess of Braganza conferred the Order of Saint Isabel upon several European royal ladies in recognition of their philanthropic work. Those honoured were Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, Crown Princess Margarita of Romania, Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein, Princess Christine of Orleans-Braganza ( née Princess de Ligne, wife of Prince Antonio of Orleans-Braganza) and Princess Eleanora of Ligne (née Princess of Orleans-Braganza and Wittelsbach, wife of Michel, … Continue reading

Royals Turn to Elie Saab For Luxembourg Wedding Gala

  October 25, 2012 at 9:09 am by

Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy in Elie Saab at her pre-wedding gala banquet; 19-10-2012

And the royals decided to wear Elie Saab. Lebanese designer Elie Saab, who shows at Paris Fashion Week, dressed seven royals at one gathering. The gathering was a reception dinner celebrating the marriage of Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy. The most important person of the evening, Countess Stéphanie, wore a full embroidered grey gown with lace inserts and a low back draping see here . Her … Continue reading

Princess Madeleine Engaged to Chris O’Neill

  October 25, 2012 at 4:07 am by

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The Swedish Royal Court has just announced the engagement of Princess Madeleine to Mr Christopher O’Neill. Both King Carl XVI Gustaf and the Swedish government have given their consent for the marriage. The couple have been dating since the end of 2010. In an interview with Princess Madeleine and Mr O’Neill posted on the Royal Court’s website, they reveal the engagement took place earlier in October, and that Mr O’Neill … Continue reading

Queen Sofia’s Visit to Bolivia

  October 24, 2012 at 9:08 pm by

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October 15th-19th, 2012 Her Majesty Queen Sofia embarked on a four-day visit to the Republic of Bolivia from October 15th until October 19th. Queen Sofia was accompanied on this visit by the Spanish Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Latin America, Jesus Gracia. The aim of the visit was to reaffirm that Bolivia will remain a priority for aid by the Spanish Government, despite the dire economic climate … Continue reading

Jewel of the Day: The Queen Mother’s Heart Shaped Amethyst Pendant Necklace

  October 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm by

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As first pictures of the Duchess of Cornwall at Skyfall première emerged, a lot of people (at least, lot of jewellery watchers) wondered about the amethyst necklace she was wearing. It was certainly not one she had ever worn before, and not an easily recognizable piece from British Royal Jewellery collection. My first thought was that the necklace was brand new, and had it not been for a more careful … Continue reading

Charles and Camilla Attend Skyfall Première

  October 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm by

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The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall attended the world première of Skyfall in London. The screening, held at the Royal Albert Hall, was in aid of charities that support former and current members of Britain’s intelligence agencies. Skyfall is the 23rd official Bond film, and Daniel Craig’s third appearance as the world-famous super-spy. Prince Charles and Camilla spoke to the enthusiastic fans who had gathered for the … Continue reading

Royals At Buckingham Palace Reception For Team GB

  October 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm by

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Great Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic heroes were honoured yesterday at a glittering Buckingham Palace reception hosted by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. British Royals turned out in force to show their appreciation for the sporting heroes who had won Britain an unprecedented haul of gold, silver and bronze medals during the spectacular London 2012 Games. Team GB did the country proud with an outstanding performance during the Olympic … Continue reading

Prince and Princess of Monaco At ‘Princess Grace Foundation’ Gala

  October 24, 2012 at 5:31 am by

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October 22nd, 2012 – New York City The Prince and Princess of Monaco attended the gala dinner of the Princess Grace Foundation in New York on October 22nd. This year marked the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA by the late Prince Rainier III of Monaco. The awards – of which there are 25 in total – recognize new talent in area of theatre, dance and … Continue reading

Queen Rania Visits the King Hussein Cancer Center

  October 24, 2012 at 3:01 am by

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Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan paid a visit yesterday afternoon to the pediatric department of the King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC) in Amman. During the visit, Queen Rania joined Princess Ghida Talal, Chairperson of the KHCF, and Princess Dina Mired, Director General of KHCF, along with the center staff and patients in distribute gifts to young patients receiving treatment. The gift distribution ceremony is an annual tradition at King Hussein … Continue reading

Charlotte Casiraghi Attends ‘Art of Cartier’ Exhibition

  October 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm by

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October 22nd, 2012 – Madrid Charlotte Casiraghi attended The Art of Cartier exhibition gala presentation at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid on October 22nd. The gala evening was in honour of the exquisite Cartier jewellery exhibition which is currently on show at the museum. The exhibition has over 400 historic pieces, some of which are on loan from the Spanish and Monegasque royal families, and also some which belonged to … Continue reading

Spanish Historical Royal of the Month: Maria of Austria

  October 23, 2012 at 3:57 am by

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On October 18th, 1558 Maria of Austria, Archduchess of Austria, Infanta of Aragon and Castile, Princess of Burgundy, Queen Dowager of Hungary and Bohemia and Imperial Regent of the Low Countries died at Cigales, north of Valladolid in Spain. Though largely forgotten by history, Maria (or Mary) was nonetheless an important figure in the politics of 16th century Europe, although she is somewhat overshadowed by her brothers, Holy Roman Emperors … Continue reading

Day in History: 350 years since Charles II sold Dunkirk to France

  October 22, 2012 at 7:33 pm by

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350 years ago Charles II sold Dunkirk to France for approximately £400,000.  It was a hugely unpopular move that was influenced by financial and political needs. The port, although a valuable strategic outpost, was a huge drain on the King’s financial resources. However, there can be no doubt that even a greater motive was the vital need to forge closer relationships with France. Dunkirk was essentially a liability to the … Continue reading

Wedding of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy

  October 20, 2012 at 4:03 pm by

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The religious wedding of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy took place today, 20 October 2012. The dress The designer of the wedding dress of the new Princess Stéphanie of Luxembourg is Elie Saab. The dress required 3200 hours of work and 700 hours of embroidery sewing. Among the items used, 50 meters of Chantilly lace, 40 yards of lace from Calais, 30 meters of satin organza, 70 meters tulle, crepe silk lining, … Continue reading

Camilla Greeted by her Grandsons on a Visit to Marlborough

  October 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm by

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The Duchess of Cornwall visited Marlborough, Wiltshire, as part of the ongoing Diamond Jubilee tours. During her visit, she unveiled a 10ft long mosaic – part of the town’s local history exhibition – which was designed by local children. The Duchess also had a guided tour of the prison cells at Marlborough Town Hall, which she described as “spooky”. A 200-strong crowd had gathered to greet the Duchess. Delighted, Camilla … Continue reading

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