Prince of Monaco in Brussels for “Peace with Water”

  February 13, 2009 at 1:19 am by

Prince Albert II in Brussels

Prince Albert II has attended the “Peace with Water” forum in Brussels, Belgium at the EU Parliament on February 12 and 13, 2009. The Prince served as a member of the organizing committee for the conference. The forum is organized by the World Political Forum and is currently drafting a memorandum detailing a world protocol for water resources, as first suggested by the European Institute of Research on Water Policy … Continue reading

Princess Máxima Visits Oss

  February 13, 2009 at 12:23 am by

Princess Máxima in Oss

Princess Máxima visited the Dutch town of Oss on February 12. The Princess visited ‘The Inner’ cultural centre where she was informed of project work in the community, before awarding the town with a prize for their participation and citizenship in 2008. The town won the prize for the manual their residents developed on initiatives they are making in their town.

A New Biography of Queen Sonja

  February 12, 2009 at 11:48 pm by

Queen Sonja of Norway

Ingar Sletten Kolloen has been selected as the man to write a new biography on Queen Sonja of Norway. The biography, due for release in Autumn 2011, will examine the Queen’s whole life – from her childhoold in Oslo, her study as a young woman, her relationship with Crown Prince Harald , her marriage, her role as Crown Princess, Queen, mother, mother-in-law and grandmother. More information can be found here. … Continue reading

Saudi-Chinese Friendship Park

  February 12, 2009 at 5:32 pm by

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President Hu Jintao of China has just ended a three-day offiicial visit to Saudi Arabia (on 12 February) and is on his way to meet with the leaders of several African countries. The Saudi visit is aimed at fostering cooperation between China in the fields of education and culture as well as commerce and strategic relations. During his visit the President met with the Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation … Continue reading

Crown Prince Naruhito in Vietnam Alone

  February 12, 2009 at 1:47 pm by

Crown Prince Naruhito is seen off by his wife, Crown Princess Masako

Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan is presently visiting Vietnam. He left Tokyo on the 9th February and will stay in Vietnam until the 15th. The prince is going to attend welcoming ceremonies and meet with top officials in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi before heading down to the ancient capital of Hue, the southern business center of Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong River. The heir to the Japanese … Continue reading

Wedding Celebrations in Fujairah

  February 12, 2009 at 1:50 am by

The groom with his father and father-in-law

His Highness Shaikh Hamad Bin Mohammad Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah hosted a lunch banquet to celebrate the wedding of his son, Shaikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Bin Mohammad Al Sharqi, the Crown Prince of Fujairah to Sheikha Latifa, daughter of Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The lunch was attended by President His Highness Shaikh … Continue reading

President Sarkozy’s Middle East Trip

  February 12, 2009 at 1:36 am by

President Sarkozy on his trip

After an unexpected visit to Baghdad on 10 February, President Nicholas Sarkozy of France visited the Gulf States of Oman, Bahrain, and Kuwait to confer with the rulers of those countries on both military and civilian issues. This visit follows visits by the President in 2008 to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the UAE, which also led to agreemements, most significantly an agreement for France to set up a military base … Continue reading

President Cristina Kirchner Meets Spanish Royals

  February 11, 2009 at 10:19 pm by

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His Majesty the King received the President on Monday 9 February in an official ceremony at Pardo Palace. Later Ms. Fernandez had a private lunch in Zarzuela Palace hosted by the King and his family, and in the evening the King and Queen hosted a gala dinner in her honor. As is traditional in a state visit, the President visited the Spanish Parliament, where she give a short speech, and … Continue reading

The British Monarchy Website Gets a Modern Makeover

  February 11, 2009 at 8:24 pm by

British Coat of Arms

The official website of the British monarchy is getting a royal revamp — and it’s including some new, modern touches. Along with a redesigned layout and a host of new documents and photos for public perusal, the website will now include a tracking feature from Google Maps that will allow anyone to see what HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh are up to at any given moment. … Continue reading

Crown Princess Mathilde Visits Hospital

  February 11, 2009 at 8:05 pm by

Princess Mathilde at the hospital

02/10/2009 Belgium’s crown princess Mathilde visited the university rehabilitation hospital ‘Léonard da Vinci’ in Montigny-le-Tilleul, near the Wallonian city of Charleroi. The hospital has 150 beds for neurological, locomotor and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. As the princess has a degree in speech therapy and psychology she was interested in getting acquainted with the care programmes of the hospital, claims the website of the Belgian royal family. According to La Nouvelle Gazette, the … Continue reading

Willem-Alexander and Máxima To Buy Argentinian Ranch?

  February 11, 2009 at 3:45 pm by

Pilcaniyeu, Argentina

According to the Argentinian press the Dutch crown princely couple bought a farm called Estancia Pilpilcura in Pilcaniyeu, Argentina, for the amount of 3,5 million dollars. The rumours are not denied by the RVD. The farm is located in the region Patagonia, and close to Bariloche where the Zorreguieta family enjoy to ski and where princess Máxima’s brother Martin has a restaurant. The RVD denied that the prince and princess … Continue reading

Winter Holiday for Prince Joachim and His Family

  February 11, 2009 at 1:32 pm by

Princess Marie with Princes Felix and Nikolai

Princes Joachim, Nikolai and Felix, along with their stepmother Princess Marie and members of her family have been spending the past few days on a skiing holiday in Villars-sur-Ollon. Although Marie herself didn’t take part due to her pregnancy, Nikolai and Felix have been having a ball with Joachim on the slopes. It was in Villars-sur-Ollon that the press got the first view of Marie with the two princes, who … Continue reading

Official Two-Day Visit by Lebanese President to the UAE

  February 11, 2009 at 11:08 am by

United Arab Emirates Coat of Arms

President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan welcomed Lebanese President Michel Suleiman who started a 2-day official visit to the UAE. The two leaders held talks at all Al Mushrif Palace which they discussed peace in the region, set up the Palestinian state and emphasised their keenness on promoting joint cooperation between the two countries in different fields. Sheikh Khalifa and President Suleiman attended the signing agreement on setting … Continue reading

Serbian Crown Prince Attends Unveiling of Memorial Plaque

  February 11, 2009 at 10:08 am by

Prince Alexander at the memorial unveiling

02/10/2009 Belgrade, Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia attended a ceremony for the unveiling of a memorial plaque dedicated to the students and assistant of the Mining Geology Faculty who died in an accident at the Ravanica Cave in 2007. On 30 April the three Belgrade university students and their lecturer died of suffocation after they tried to dive through water-filled pockets of the cave. There has been some confusion of … Continue reading

Japan’s Crown Prince on Week-Long Visit to Vietnam

  February 11, 2009 at 5:04 am by

Crown Prince Naruhito

Crown Prince Naruhito is currently embarking on the first visit of a member of Japan’s Imperial Family to the communist nation of Vietnam. The Prince arrived on February 9, and will spend a week in the country. The trip marks the 35th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Japan and Vietnam. On his first official day, February 10; Naruhito met with Vietnam’s Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan at the Presidential Palace … Continue reading

Princess Lilian Falls, Taken to Hospital

  February 10, 2009 at 8:55 pm by

Princess Lilian

The aunt of Sweden’s King Carl Gustaf XVI fell in her Stockholm home Monday, and was rushed to the hospital. The royal palace did not mention Princess Lilian’s injuries or where she is being treated, but said she is “doing well under the circumstances.” The 93 year old Welsh born Lilian underwent hip surgery last summer, following another fall. She met the King’s uncle, Prince Bertil, in London 1943 while … Continue reading

From Punk Princess to Princess Carnival

  February 10, 2009 at 7:34 pm by

Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis

02/09/2009 Fürstin Gloria of Thurn und Taxis attended the annual ceremony of the Aachen Carnival Association (AKV) where actor Mario Adorf was presented as this years ‘knight’ in the order of ‘Wider den Tierischen Ernst’. Last year this honour fell to the former punk princess, due to ‘her charm, wit and her fantastic laugh’ according to AKV’s president Horst Wollgarten. To welcome this year’s new knight, Gloria held a comical … Continue reading

Prince Bernhard Also Lobbied for the F16 Fighter

  February 10, 2009 at 7:24 pm by

Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands

Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, consort to Queen Juliana wasn’t only involved in promoting American aeronautics Company Lockheed with the Dutch air force; in 1975 he also lobbied for the acquisition of the F16 fighter. This was revealed in the dissertation of Bert Kreemers, which will be presented today at the University of Leiden. First Bernhard lobbied for the Cobra of Northrop, the president of the company, Thomas V. Jones … Continue reading

New Jewels Keeper Appointed by Queen Elizabeth

  February 10, 2009 at 6:58 pm by

The Imperial State Crown

Today, February 10th, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth appointed the 159th Constable of the Tower of London and thus the new Keeper of the Crown Jewels. The lucky man is Sir Richard Dannatt, and he is an Army General. The formal ceremony will take place later this year. The position itself dates back to 1207, and the Keeper was actually responsible for much more than the jewels–but in 1485 the roles … Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth To Contribute To Help Australia’s Wildfire Victims

  February 10, 2009 at 6:30 pm by

An official portrait of Queen Elizabeth II

HM The Queen has expressed sadness over the tragic wildfires in Australia and will make a personal donation to the Australian Red Cross’s Victorian Bushfire Fund to help aid the fire victims. Buckingham Palace has announced that the monarch will make the donation from her own private funds, but the spokesperson did not reveal how much money The Queen is planning to contribute. The Queen, who is also the Queen … Continue reading

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