On Tuesday, 24 February 2009, King Carl Gustav of Sweden made the announcement that many have been waiting for: Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling have become engaged. The wedding is scheduled to take place in the early summer of 2010. There were two appearances made by the couple during their announcement and press conference yesterday. During the initial announcement with the King and Queen, Crown Princess Victoria looked radiant … Continue reading
Last week’s announcement by the Swedish royal court that Crown Princess Victoria was engaged to her long-time boyfriend Daniel Westling brought much joy (and many cheers of “Finally!”) to the Swedes and royal-watchers around the globe. But in the aftermath of the announcement, the crucial question of who will pay for the royal wedding of 2010 has been brought up in the Swedish parliament. The current Swedish government has expressed … Continue reading
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces meet with George Mitchell, the US Middle East peace envoy ahead of today’s international donor conference on the reconstruction of Gaza. Mr Mitchell briefed Sheikh Mohammed on his meetings which started Thursday with Palestinian and Israeli leaders and King Abdullah of Jordan. Sheikh Mohammed reiterated the UAE’s support of overtures towards a comprehensive … Continue reading
On Friday February 6, 2009, Crown Princess Mathilde of Belgium was named the ‘Most Elegant Woman’ by the magazine Elle Belgium. This is the second year for the Elle Style Awards, which were created to honor the achievements in fashion by Belgian designers and celebrities. The princess was unable to attend the awards, but must be delighted nonetheless to receive recognition of her truly elegant style. For more information about … Continue reading
It will be an especially festive year for the Belgian Royal family. The festivities started with the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of King Albert I’s death, and the 100th anniversary of his accession to the throne, on February 17. Then there is the golden wedding anniversary of King Albert II and Queen Paola on 2 July. As everyone knows, this marriage knew its ups and downs. Both spouses had … Continue reading
Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said on Saturday met with President Michel Suleiman of Lebanon, who is on a two-day official visit to Oman. The two leaders held talks which discussed ties between their countries and bilateral relations and ways to improve them in all aspects. The two leaders hoped Suleiman’s visit to Oman would lead to more “cooperation, coordination and activation of bilateral agreements and finding ways to encourage mutual … Continue reading
Today, Lalla Khadijah celebrates her 2nd birthday along with the royal family and the Moroccan people. Lalla Khadija was born on February 28, 2007 and is the second child of King Mohammed and Lalla Salma. Lalla Khadijah has one brother who is Crown prince Moulay El Hassan who was born in May 2003.
Yesterday, February 26, Sweden’s two Carls – King Carl XVI Gustaf and Prince Carl Philip – had a joint engagement. The father and son duo attended the inauguration of the agriculture and gardening conference at the University of Agricultural Studies in the Swedish village of Alnarp. Prince Carl Philip is currently studying at Alnarp University.
Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven yesterday was presented with the first copy of a new book regarding the history of Soestdijk Palace; “Paleis Soestdijk – Drie eeuwen huis van Oranje’ (‘Soestdijk Palace – Three Centuries of the House of Orange’). The presentation took place, fittingly, at Soestdijk Palace in Baarn. According to the book’s publisher, Waanders Publishers, the book focuses on the past life of the Palace, as well as looking … Continue reading
Princess Marie and Prince Joachim attended the opening of the Garden and Consumer Fair in Tønder. This is actually one of Princess Marie’s first activities in her ‘home’ municipality. Princess Marie’s first solo event in Denmark has also been announced (she was not accompanied by Joachim when she went to Morocco, but has never done a solo event in Denmark before, possibly due to language difficulties), on the 5th March; … Continue reading
Starting March 9th to the 12th, Malaysian King Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin will start a state visit to Thailand the spokesman of the Thai Foreign Ministry said Friday. Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya assured the Malaysians that Thailand has been fully prepared to receive the King of Malaysia during the state visit, a spokesman of the Thai Foreign Ministry said.
The Imperial Household Agency disclosed last month that it intends to lessen the burden on Emperor Akihito of Japan by reducing his duties throughout the year. There is apparently good reason in this measure: 75-year-old Akihito is shouldering a workload that surpasses that of his father, Emperor Showa, in considerable measure. Emperor Showa, at age 74, met foreign dignitaries and ambassadors on 75 occasions in one year, his son did … Continue reading
Today, Kyril, Prince of Preslav participated in a charitable golf event for the Codespa Foundation in Madrid, Spain. The Codespa Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Spain under the aegis of the Prince of Asturias that helps poor people and communities in developing countries of Asia, Africa and the Americas. Prince Kyril, the second son of King Simeon and Queen Margarita (née, Gomez-Acebo y Cejuela) of Bulgaria is married … Continue reading
Princess Letizia visited today the Sondureta hospital in Palma de Mallorca, where she had the opportunity to learn about the work that the Medical Smile Association performs in infant hospitals. The principal intention of this association is to bring some laughter to children who are spending some difficult moments in hospitals. This is done by introducing professional and specialist clowns in order that, through humour, they can collaborate in the … Continue reading
Her Majesty Queen Rania honoured the winners of UNICEF’s first Regional Award for Media on Child Rights under the title, “Positive Messaging on Adolescence”. The award winners in four media categories, television, radio, Internet and print media, are also the winners of the annual UNICEF media forum on child rights which was established four years ago. The theme for the 2009 UNICEF award will be “Promoting Health and Behaviour Change”, … Continue reading
On Wednesday, His Majesty King Abdullah meet with visiting Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Sabah Al Salem Al Sabah for talks. Sheikh Mohammad handed over the Monarch a letter from Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah on efforts to realise Arab solidarity and current Arab and regional issues. The letter also included mechanisms to implement a $2 billion Arab development initiative … Continue reading
Crown Prince Haakon of Norway who is attending the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Liberec, Czeck Republic was presented with a painting called Liberec by the mayor of Liberec, Jiri Kittner, yesterday. Photo1 The prince was seen cheering for the Norwegian team during the events and later he chatted with the athletes and congratulated the winners. Photo2 Photo3 The championships run until 1 March 2009. The 2011 competition will … Continue reading
Queen Beatrix has sent her deepest condolences, expressing her profound sadness, to the victims of yesterday’s aeroplane crash and their families. The Queen is in contact with the authorities in being updated on the crash. Nine people were killed and eighty-six injured when Turkish Airlines Flight 1951, en route from Istanbul, crashed on its approach to the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The plane was carrying 127 passengers and seven crew members. … Continue reading
As they do every February, the Danish Crown Princely Family have gone for a skiing holiday in Switzerland. Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary allowed a quick photo session to take place with their two children, Prince Christian and Princess Isabella, before returning to their privacy and friends. While the family has traditionally spent their skiing holiday in Verbier since 2002, this year the family opted for a more … Continue reading
It must have been a very long day Tuesday for HRH Princess Eugenie of York, daughter of HRH The Duke of York, who was snapped leaving trendy London nightclub Boujis at four o’clock on Wednesday morning after attending the unveiling of her great-grandmother’s new memorial earlier the previous day. The young princess apparently didn’t even have time to change her dress, as she was wearing the same polka-dot frock outside … Continue reading