Crown Prince Couple’s Official Visit to the US

  May 10, 2013 at 9:30 am by

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This week, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit have been on a trip to the United States (Texas and California) from May 5th to 9th, to promote Norwegian industry and Norwegian technology companies. They were accompanied by representatives of the government and Norwegian businesses. The Crown Prince Couple arrived in the afternoon of May 5th in Houston, where they were greeted with songs by children from Seamen’s Church in … Continue reading

Queen Noor Visits Azerbaijan

  May 10, 2013 at 8:49 am by

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Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, the widow of the King Hussein, visited Azerbaijan on 6th May, 2013 to participate in the First South Caucasus Forum. The Queen attended an official reception hosted by the President of Azerbaijan in honor of the participants of the Forum. She was also received by the Azerbaijani President, Ilham Aliyev, at the Presidential Palace in Baku. During the meeting they noted the significance of … Continue reading

Princess Elisabeth of Denmark Turns 78

  May 10, 2013 at 8:22 am by

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Princess Elisabeth of Denmark celebrated her 78th birthday on May 8th. The Princess is a lesser-known member of the Danish royal family, and a first cousin of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II. She is currently 12th in the line of succession to the Danish throne. Princess Elisabeth is unmarried and was born in 1935 in Copenhagen. Her parents were the late Hereditary Prince Knud and Hereditary Princess Caroline-Mathilde of Denmark; … Continue reading

Deaths in the Houses of Bavaria and Schaumburg-Lippe

  May 9, 2013 at 11:04 am by

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There have been two deaths this past week in former German royal houses. Princess Editha of Bavaria, the third child of Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria and his second wife Princess Antonia of Luxembourg, passed away on May 4th. The Princess was born on September 16, 1924 in Hohenburg. She married twice: firstly to Tito Tommasso Brunetti, secondly to Gustav Christian Schimert. Princess Editha had three children by each of … Continue reading

Prince Moulay Hassan Celebrates 10th Birthday

  May 9, 2013 at 9:23 am by

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Prince Moulay Hassan of Morocco celebrates his 10th birthday. Moulay Hassan is the oldest son of King Mohamed VI and Princess Lalla Salma. He has a younger sister, Princess Lalla Khadija (born in 2007). He was born on the 8th of May, 2003 at the Royal Palace of Rabat. A salute of 21 cannon shots boomed across central Rabat to announce his birth. Moulay Hassan studies at the Royal Palace’s … Continue reading

Spanish Court Suspends Charges Against Infanta Cristina

  May 9, 2013 at 9:00 am by

Infanta Cristina in 2011

Infanta Cristina of Spain, who had been summoned by a judge to appear in court in Palma de Mallorca, has had her imputation suspended by a Spanish court due to lack of evidence. However, the charges could be reinstated if further evidence is unearthed, the High Court of Mallorca stated. Her husband Iñaki Urdangarin is at the centre of a corruption scandal over allegations regarding the misappropriation of several million … Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth II attends State Opening of Parliament

  May 9, 2013 at 8:41 am by

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May 8th, 2013 Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, attended the State Opening of Parliament with much pomp and ceremony on May 8th. Also attending, for the first time since 1996, was The Prince of Wales who was accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall, marking her first ever attendance at a State Opening of Parliament. The State Opening of Parliament marks the start of the parliamentary year … Continue reading

Dutch Royals attend Remembrance and Liberation Day

  May 6, 2013 at 1:57 pm by

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The commemorations for the Remembrance and Liberation Day coincided, this year, with the first public event for King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima after the Inauguration of April 30th. On May 4th, the King along with the Queen and Prime Ministe Mark Rutte attended a memorial service at the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam to commemorate the victims of the Second World War. Later, they placed a wreath at the National Monument … Continue reading

Time To Vote For Best Dressed Royal At The Dutch Inauguration

  May 6, 2013 at 11:35 am by

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It was a good two days where royals gathered in The Netherlands to farewell Queen Beatrix and welcome King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima. The royals pulled out their best evening dresses and jewelry. Royals were seen in seen-before outfits, new outfits and borrowed outfits and some royals even stayed very traditional. It’s time for you to vote and discuss who you thought was the best dressed. Vote and discuss in … Continue reading

March 2013 Picture of the Month Poll Winners

  May 5, 2013 at 9:31 am by

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Announcing the winners of the January 2013 Picture of the Month Polls: March 2013 Official Picture of the Month Poll: First Place: Sweden Second Place: The Netherlands Third Place Tie: Spain - Norway - Denmark Royal State Visits (March 2013 Informal Poll): First Place Tie: Norway - Denmark Second Place : Belgium Third Place : The Netherlands Congratulations to all winning teams!

Royal of the Month: Blanche of Artois

  May 3, 2013 at 5:10 am by

The seal of Blanche of Artois

Blanche of Artois is an important but long-forgotten historical figure. Born a Princess of France in 1248, Blanche was the daughter of Robert of France, Count of Artois and Matilda of Brabant. Her paternal grandparents were Louis VIII of France and Blanche of Castile, while her uncle was King Louis IX of France. Her father was killed in Egypt during the Seventh Crusade in 1250 and her younger brother, Robert, … Continue reading

The Duke of Kent in Dublin

  May 2, 2013 at 8:37 am by

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May 1st, 2013 The Duke of Kent was in Dublin, Ireland yesterday. The first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II paid a visit to the Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin where he laid wreaths at both the memorials to the Irish war dead of both wars and those who died during the 1916 Easter Rising. The 77-year-old Duke is the first royal to pay an official visit to the cemetery since Princess … Continue reading

From the Royal Genealogy threads – April 2013

  May 2, 2013 at 7:51 am 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 April 2013. As always, a big thank you goes out to the contributors of the Genealogy threads. Royal births and pregnancies Prince Gabriel and Princess Luciana of Orleans and Bragança had their first child, Prince Gabriel of Orleans and Bragança, on 12 April, while the first child of … Continue reading

Prince Maurits Receives Aide-de-Camp Appointment

  May 1, 2013 at 11:13 pm by

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Prince Maurits was today appointed to the post of aide-de-camp extraordinary to his cousin, King Willem-Alexander. The new King also promoted his cousin to the rank of Captain-Lieutenant in the Dutch Royal Navy. These new appointments mean that Prince Maurits can attend and represent King Willem-Alexander at military ceremonies. His military uniform will bear the monogram of the King. The position is one which the Prince’s father, Professor Pieter van … Continue reading

The Netherlands Gets A New Monarch

  May 1, 2013 at 10:20 am by

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Prince Willem-Alexander has become His Majesty the King of the Netherlands, following the abdication of his mother, now Princess Beatrix, yesterday morning. The new King’s inauguration ceremony took place in the afternoon. The day began with the signing of the Act of Abdication at the Royal Palace of Amsterdam. Here, in the presence of her immediate family and her government, Queen Beatrix officially signed away her sovereign rights in favour … Continue reading

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden Turns 67

  April 30, 2013 at 8:32 am by

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His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden celebrates his 67th birthday today, April 30th. The Swedish Monarch is also celebrating his Ruby Jubilee this year, which marks the King’s 40th year on the throne. King Carl XVI Gustaf was born at the Haga Palace in Stockholm in 1946, the only son of Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden, Duke of Västerbotten and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. The King … Continue reading

Where to Watch the Dutch Abdication and Inauguration

  April 29, 2013 at 11:36 pm by

Queen Beatrix and the Prince of Orange

The abdication of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and the inauguration of the Prince of Orange as monarch will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, April 30, 2013. It can be watched live online at the following links: NOS will stream live on YouTube from 09:00AM. OR Reuters will stream live on their website from 10:00AM. The abdication signing will begin on April 30 at 10:00AM, Dutch time. The inauguration ceremony will … Continue reading

Bea Hosts Black-Tie Dinner Ahead of Abdication

  April 29, 2013 at 11:12 pm by

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Ahead of her abdication tomorrow, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands tonight hosted a black-tie dinner at the recently renovated Rijksmuseum for foreign guests. Guests, which included foreign heirs to the throne, members of the Dutch government and former Dutch territory governments, began arriving at around 7:30pm, for the 8pm dinner. The Dutch Royal Family gathered at the Dam Palace beforehand, and left together en route to the dinner. For her … Continue reading

Infanta Sofía of Spain Turns 6

  April 29, 2013 at 10:40 pm by

Infanta Sofia of Spain

Infanta Sofia of Spain turns 6 on April 29th. The youngest daughter of the Prince and Princess of Asturias, Sofia was born at the Ruber International Clinic in Madrid in 2007; she has an older sister, Infanta Leonor. The Infanta was named in honour of her paternal grandmother, Queen Sofia, and was baptised in the gardens of the Palacio de la Zarzuela on July 15th, 2007. Her most recent public … Continue reading

Return of The King

  April 28, 2013 at 8:29 am by

King Juan Carlos with José Manuel Caballero Bonald during an audience on 22-04-2013

Madrid – April 22nd, 2013 Following an absence of just under 50 days, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I made his first public appearance on Monday following his recent back surgery. The 75 year old Spanish Monarch has spent the past few weeks in recovery. His Majesty, accompanied by Queen Sofia, hosted an audience at his Zarzuela private office for Cervantes Prize winner José Manuel Caballero Bonald and his wife, … Continue reading

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