The Mysterious Ending of Queen Juliana’s Half Brother

  April 5, 2016 at 4:02 am by

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Pim Lier, half brother of the late Queen Juliana, featured regularly in the Dutch news since his existance was discovered in 1979. In 1986 he made headlines again when he killed his wife Petra. The extramarital son of Prince Hendrik of the Netherlands and Mien Abbo-Wenneker spent most of his life in anonimity. Newspaper ‘De Telegraaf’ discovered that he died last year on April 9 at the age of 96. He … Continue reading

Portuguese And Brazilian Royals Remember Queen Maria I

  April 4, 2016 at 1:00 pm by

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Two weeks ago Portuguese and Brazilian royals gathered in Lisbon to remember Queen Maria I of Portugal, Brazil and The Algarves. On March 20th it was 200 years ago that the monarch died. The queen is known as Maria the Pious in Portugal and as Maria the Mad in Brazil. The latter being a reference to her mental detoriation. The Queen married her uncle prince Pedro of Portugal. After his … Continue reading

Four Exhibitions Mark Centenary Of Emperor Franz Joseph’s Death

  April 4, 2016 at 11:41 am by

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The long reign of Emperor Franz Joseph I will receive special attention this year to mark the fact that the emperor died 100 years ago on November 21st 1916. The exhibitions will mainly focus on the private face of the Habsburg monarch and will be centered around Vienna. The organisation tried to show a balanced picture of the emperor’s life, which is still shaped by many mysteries and chichés. Schönbrunn … Continue reading

Infanta Pilar’s ‘Financial Facade’ Named In Panama Papers

  April 4, 2016 at 11:11 am by

Infanta Pilar of Spain

Today had more bad news in store for the Spanish royal family. Although the king has worked hard to make the family’s finances more transparent, his family doesn’t seem to be too cooperative.  His sister the Infanta Cristina and her husband Inaki Urdangarin are suspected of embazzling tax money. However, his aunt Pilar now also is under scrutiny. This weekend the so-called ‘Panama Papers’ have been opened. A group of … Continue reading

Happy 90th Birthday To The Dowager Princess Napoléon

  April 4, 2016 at 10:40 am by

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Princess Alix Napoléon is celebrating her 90th birthday today. She was born as Alix de Foresta on April 4th 1926 in Marseille, France as the daughter of Count Albéric de Foresta and Geneviève Fredet. Her paternal family were loyal supporters of the house of Bourbon. Her engagement to Prince Louis Napoléon, chef of the imperial house, therefore came as a great surprise. The two married on August 16th 1949 in … Continue reading

Prince Oscar To Be Christened On May 27

  April 4, 2016 at 8:07 am by

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The Swedish Royal Court has announced that Prince Oscar, the month-old son of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, will be christened on May 27. The christening will take place at the Royal Chapel of the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Further details will be announced in due course. Prince Oscar was born on March 2 and is the Crown Princess Couple’s second child. Första bilden på Prins Oscar! Prinsen är … Continue reading

Shinto Rites Honour Japan’s First Emperor

  April 4, 2016 at 5:46 am by

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Their Imperial Majesties, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko spent the weekend in Kashihara, Nara Prefecture in Japan to take part in official ceremonies to commemorate the 2,600th anniversary of the death of Emperor Jimmu.  The ceremonies formed part of the annual Shinto rites that Emperor Akihito and the Imperial family is obliged to perform and through which ancestors are honoured and worshipped. Emperor Jimmu’s life is shrouded in myth and … Continue reading

Bahrain’s Crown Prince Joined by Spain’s Former King at Grand Prix

  April 3, 2016 at 8:25 pm by

Prince Salman and King Juan Carlos at the Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix

The Crown Prince of Bahrain and the former King of Spain enjoyed the Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix together, as they walked the grid prior to the race’s start. Prince Salman bin Hamad and King Juan Carlos were joined at one point by the chief executive of the Formula 1 Group, Bernie Ecclestone. King Juan Carlos also spent a few moments greeting several drives, including Spanish driver Carlos Sainz Jr, as he … Continue reading

Royal Mint Reveals Coin To Mark Queen Elizabeth’s 90th Birthday

  April 3, 2016 at 7:52 am by

The Royal Mint's coin to mark Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday

Today the Royal Mint revealed the coin they have minted to mark Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday. The £5 commemorative coin features a garland of nine roses (one for each of the Queen’s decades) surrounding the royal cypher ‘EIIR’ and the number 90. It has been designed by artist Christopher Hobbs. Mr Hobbs said he was inspired by “the Queen’s love of flowers” when designing the coin. Check out our most recent … Continue reading

Former Wife of the Aga Khan Auctioning Off €20m Worth of Jewels

  April 2, 2016 at 6:39 pm by

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The ex-wife of the Aga Khan, formerly Princess Gabriele zu Leiningen, has put an estimated €20million worth of jewellery up for auction with Christie’s. Among the 46-piece collection that will be auctioned on May 18 in Geneva will be an enormous emerald and diamond necklace that features a 40carat Colombian emerald pendant from Cartier and is expected to fetch €3m, and its matching earrings €800,000. Begum Inaara Aga Khan wore this necklace to … Continue reading

King Juan Carlos in Bahrain for Formula 1 Grand Prix

  April 2, 2016 at 3:14 pm by

King Juan Carlos in Bahrain for the Formula 1 Grand Prix

Spain’s former King, Juan Carlos I, is in Bahrain this weekend to attend the second round of the 2016 Formula 1 Grand Prix. On Friday, he was given a tour of the Red Bull garages by the team’s Principal Director, Christian Horner, during the day’s practice sessions. King Juan Carlos also met driver Fernando Alonso and Bernie Ecclestone, the chief executive of the Formula One Group, while at the Bahrain … Continue reading

Albert and Charlène Stop By Third Princess Charlène Rally

  April 1, 2016 at 8:27 pm by

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Monaco’s Prince Albert and Princess Charlène paid a visit to the Third Princess Charlene Rally, an event with the purpose of teaching young people with the true values of sport, “teamwork, determination, respect and cooperation”. Over 400 students from three schools across the country were selected to participate in the Rally, where they took part in several activities to show the above mentioned values: a timed running race, a sports … Continue reading

Queen Máxima Attends SME Envoy Network Meeting

  April 1, 2016 at 5:21 pm by

Queen Maxima at the SME Envoy Meeting

As member of the Dutch National Committee for Entrepreneurship and Finance, Her Majesty Queen Máxima was present today, Friday April 1st, at the meeting of the European “Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME)” Envoy Network at the European Building in Amsterdam. The meeting was chaired by Elżbieta Bieńkowska, SME Envoy of the EU and European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs and there were present representatives of European business … Continue reading

Princess Sofia Visits Sophiahemmet For Last Engagement Before Birth

  April 1, 2016 at 2:19 pm by

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On March 31, Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland visited the surgical wards of the Sophiahemmet in Stockholm. This was the last engagement Princess Sofia will attend before the birth of her first child, which is due sometime this month. She began her visit listening to a review of the hospital’s structure and a talk on how to work as a member of staff at the hospital. The presentations were hosted by … Continue reading

Duchess of Cadaval: “We Want More Children”

  April 1, 2016 at 4:22 am by

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Prince Charles-Philippe d’Orleans, Duke of Anjou, his with Duchess Diane de Cadaval and their daughter Princess Isabelle featured last weeks Hola! magazine. The family posed at their home in Estoril, near Lisbon. The Duchess told the magazine that she and her husband would love to have more children She also added that her daughter Isabelle would especially love to have a brother. The Duke told the magazine that although his … Continue reading

Flashback Friday: A Young Prince Charles On Archaeological Dig

  April 1, 2016 at 4:00 am by

Prince Charles in 1968 on a dig in Jersey

Back in 1968, Prince Charles was a student at Trinity College, Cambridge undertaking a course in archaeology and physical and social anthropology. As part of his studies, the 19-year-old Prince went to France and Jersey on archaeological digs in March and April that year. In the below photo, dated April 1, 1968, he is seen taking part in an excavation at a Palaeolithic site in La Cotte de St Brelade, Jersey.

Willem-Alexander Ends Secret Visits

  April 1, 2016 at 3:50 am by

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King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands ended a range of  unannounced visits yesterday with a visit to the cyber unit of the Dutch secret service. Newspaper ‘De Volkskrant’ reports that the goal of the unannounced visits was to see how the government policies turned out for the persons affected by them. The last one and a half year the king visited the companies, schools,  unemployment agencies, tax services and more. The … Continue reading

Prince Charles Talks Gardening and Grandchildren with BBC Radio 4

  March 31, 2016 at 4:50 pm by

Prince Charles in his garden at Highgrove

The Prince of Wales has given an interview to ‘Gardeners’ Question Time’ on BBC Radio 4 that aired this afternoon, in which he spoke of his love of gardening and his hope to pass on the hobby to his grandson, Prince George. “I’ve got him [Prince George] planting a tree or two here [Highgrove]. Because that’s the way, I think, when you’re very small.  And then you see, each time they come you say … Continue reading

Back to Work: Crown Princess Victoria Attends UN Lecture

  March 31, 2016 at 8:13 am by

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Just four weeks after giving birth to her second child, Prince Oscar, Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria was back at work last night as she attended the Dag Hammarskjold Lecture given by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the Stockholm City Hall. Här gör Victoria comeback! Bara några veckor efter födseln av prins Oscar var kronprinsessan nu i kväll tillbaka i offentligheten. Tillsammans med statsminister Stefan Löfven tog hon emot FN:s generalsekreterare Ban Ki-Moon … Continue reading

Death of Dowager Duchess Ameli of Oldenburg

  March 30, 2016 at 5:05 pm by

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Her Royal Highness Duchess Ameli of Oldenburg, née Princess zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg, passed away at Eutin on 26 March 2016, aged 93. She was born on 4 March 1923 as the eldest child of Fürst Udo zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg and of his wife, née Countess Margarete zu Castell-Castell. She married in 1951 Duke Anton Günther of Oldenburg, Head of the Grand Ducal Family from 1970 to 2014. The couple married in a … Continue reading

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