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

Saudi Princess Wants To Drive

  February 10, 2009 at 1:54 pm by

Princess Amira

Princess Amira al-Taweel is ready to drive in her homeland, Saudi Arabia, according to a recent interview. She is the wife of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a nephew of the Saudi king Abdullah. “Certainly, I am ready for it, I have an international driver’s license and I drive in every country I travel to,” the princess told the newspaper. In Saudi Arabia it is however forbidden for women to drive … Continue reading

Preparations for the Prince of Asturias Awards 2009 Have Begun

  February 10, 2009 at 12:04 pm by

Emblem of the Prince of Asturias Foundation

The call for the 2009 Prince of Asturias Awards is now open. The Foundation has begun distributing the pamphlet containing the official announcement for candidatures and rules for the Prince of Asturias Awards 2009. There are eight awards: Communication and Humanities, Arts, Letters, Social Sciences, Technical and Scientific Research, International Cooperation, Sports, and Concord. Each of the eight recipients is awarded 50,000 euros, a sculpture by Joan Miro, a diploma, … Continue reading

The Prince of Wales Meets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

  February 9, 2009 at 10:01 pm by

President Abbas of Palestine and the Prince of Wales

February 6, 2009. The Palestinian President was in London this week and met The Prince of Wales on Friday at Clarence House. After weeks of a cruel war in the Gaza Strip this visit of Mahmoud Abbas in London was something everybody was talking about and so the meeting with The Prince of Wales seemed to be more than daily routine. The two men posed for a official pic at … Continue reading

Queen Fabiola in the Hospital for Almost Four Weeks

  February 9, 2009 at 3:50 pm by

Queen Fabiola of the Belgians

The New Year has not treated the Dowager Queen of Belgium so kindly. In the beginning of the year, Her Majesty has undergone surgery of the thyroid gland (while under hypnosis). Not even one week later, on 17 January, Fabiola was admitted to the Hospital of St. John, this time with a severe case of pneumonia (or more correctly, bronchopneumonia). The Queen spent more than three weeks at the Intensive … Continue reading

European Royalty Enjoy Keelboat Races in Monaco

  February 9, 2009 at 2:53 pm by

25th Primo Cup Keelboat Racing

To celebrate the 80th anniversery of the Dragon Class on the first weekend of the 25th Primo Cup keelboat racing, prince Albert II invited other royals like prince Henrik of Denmark, prince Serge of Yugoslavia and prince Charles of Bourbon-Two-Sicilies, duke of Castro. “A big thank you to the Yacht Club de Monaco for this initiative to celebrate 80 years of the Dragon, a series close to my heart, by … Continue reading

Royal Wedding Bells in Tbilisi

  February 9, 2009 at 1:09 pm by

From the TRF Avatar Gallery

02/08/2009 Royalists in Georgia rejoice as two branches of the dynasty that once ruled Georgia are joining forces by the marriage of Prince David Bagration-Mukhransky (32) and Princess Anna Bagration-Gruzinsky (31). The wedding was celebrated on February 8th, the day Georgia commemorates King David the Builder, who ruled from 1089 to 1125 and is considered Georgia’s greatest king. The couple married in Tbilisi’s Trinity Cathedral in front of 3000 guests … Continue reading

Willem-Alexander & Máxima Visit Antarctica

  February 9, 2009 at 2:59 am by

Willem-Alexander and Máxima in Antarctica

The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima are currently on an expedition to Antarctica, as part of the Dutch branch of International Polar Year. The expedition was planned by Dutch scientists after Queen Beatrix expressed an interest in knowing more about the effects of climate change on the globe, and in particular, the North and South Poles. Willem-Alexander and Máxima began their trip on February 4, when they flew to … Continue reading

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