Nobel Peace Prize 2012

  December 11, 2012 at 8:34 am by

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On December 10th – the day Alfred Nobel died in 1896 – the Nobel Peace Prize 2012 was awarded to the European Union in Oslo City Hall. King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended the award ceremony. The three presidents of the EU – the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and the President … Continue reading

Spanish Royal Family Preside Over National Sports Awards

  December 10, 2012 at 9:19 pm by

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Madrid – December 5th, 2012 The Spanish Royal Family presided over the National Sports Awards which were held at the El Pardo Palace in Madrid on December 5th. Attending the awards this year were Queen Sofia, the Prince and Princess of Asturias, and Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo. Absent this year were King Juan Carlos, who is still in recovery from his hip operation, and Infanta Pilar, who was a … Continue reading

President Merit Award Awarded to Rulers of Dubai and Sharjah

  December 6, 2012 at 9:52 am by

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President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan awarded Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council member and ruler of Sharjah, the President Merit Award 2012. Sheikh Mohammed was awarded for his efforts in distinguished development initiatives and community service. Sheikh Sultan was awarded for his role in the fields of culture and … Continue reading

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Expecting Their First Child

  December 3, 2012 at 1:00 pm by

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The Buckingham Palace announced today that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting her first child. No approximate due date was given. It will be the first child for William and Kate. Her Majesty, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are “delighted” with the news. The news was announced earlier, as the Duchess has been admitted to hospital requiring extra fluids and hydration: “The … Continue reading

From the Royal Genealogy threads – November 2012

  December 1, 2012 at 12:01 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 November 2012. As always, a big thank you goes out to the contributors of the Genealogy threads. Royal births and pregnancies Prince Hamzah bin Hussein and Princess Basmah Hamzah of Jordan had their first child together. Princess Zein bint Hamzah was born on 3 November and joined older … Continue reading

Infanta Pilar Lauches the Nuevo Futuro 2012

  November 30, 2012 at 9:12 pm by

Infanta Pilar of Spain

Madrid – November 23rd Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz launched the 2012 Rastrillo Nuevo Futuro in Madrid on November 23rd. The elder sister of King Juan Carlos I is the Honorary President of this charitable partnership, which was founded in 1968. Earlier in the week, Infanta Pilar attended the annual press conference prior to the launch day. During the press conference, the Duchess of Badajoz also gave more information on … Continue reading

Crown Prince Couple’s Visit to Indonesia

  November 30, 2012 at 1:14 am by

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Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit paid a three-day visit to Indonesia from November 26th to 28th. They were accompanied by a large delegation of representatives of the Norwegian trade, industry and public administration. The couple arrived already in the evening of November 25th in Jakarta and was greeted at their hotel by Norwegian children. The first day started with an event promoting Norwegian seafood to Indonesian guests. Crown … Continue reading

Marie-Chantal’s Wedding Gown Goes on Display

  November 29, 2012 at 10:56 am by

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The Valentino couture wedding gown worn by Marie-Chantal Miller when she married Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece in July 1995 has gone on display in London, as part of an exhibition which “celebrates the life and work” of Valentino Garavani. Valentino: Master of Couture premiered last night at the Embankment Galleries of Somerset House during a private VIP viewing, which was attended by King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie, Crown Princess … Continue reading

The State Banquet: Jewels, Orders and Decorations

  November 28, 2012 at 10:47 pm by

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As with all State Visits, the hosts and the guests pay special attention to the Orders and Decorations they are wearing. The rule of thumb is to wear the highest honour available from the other country, and the Banquet in honour of the Kuwaiti State Visit was no exception in that respect. The Queen already held the Collar of the Order of Mubarak the Great and is also Member Special … Continue reading

Queen Hosts State Banquet in Honour of the Emir of Kuwait

  November 28, 2012 at 10:32 pm by

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To celebrate the tree-day State Visit of 83-year-old Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, to the United Kingdom, Queen Elizabeth hosted a State Banquet in Emir’s honour at Windsor Castle. The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke of York, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal, and other members of the Royal Family were in attendance. Also … Continue reading

Dutch Official Visit to Brazil – Last Day

  November 28, 2012 at 10:14 pm by

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The last day of the official visit was on November 23. Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Crown Princess Maxima, along with the Dutch trade delegation, visited the headquarters of Petrobras in Rio de Janeiro. Petrobras is one of the largest Brazilian oil companies in the world. During the visit, an agreement was signed with Atradius Dutch State Business, a trade credit insurer. Later the Crown Prince Couple attended a seminar where … Continue reading

King Juan Carlos Undergoes Successful Hip Surgery

  November 27, 2012 at 1:35 am by

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King Juan Carlos I of Spain is currently in recovery following a successful operation on his left hip which took place on Friday November 23rd at the San Jose Hospital in Madrid. Queen Sofia and the Prince of Asturias both paid a visit to the King on Friday evening. A hospital press report stated that the condition of His Majesty was “very positive”, it is believed that the 74 year … Continue reading

Dutch Official Visit To Brazil – Days Three and Four

  November 25, 2012 at 12:19 pm by

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The third day of the official visit to Brazil started with a separate agenda for the Crown Prince Couple. In the morning, the Prince went to the “Waste to Waste” exhibition about waste management, where he signed an agreement on cooperation between the NL Agency and the Environment Agency of the State of São Paulo. Then the Prince went to the Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo (Fiesp) … Continue reading

Alwaleed Receives Honorary Medal

  November 25, 2012 at 12:03 pm by

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Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, chairman of the Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), was awarded the Medal of Honour of Myanmar President’s, Thein Sein. The awards ceremony was held at the Government House in Burma. The medal received was Prince Alwaleed’s 66th honorary medal. Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel, Vice Chairwoman and Secretary General of Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation, attended the awards ceremony. The Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation-Global has made several … Continue reading

Dutch Official Visit to Brazil – Days One and Two

  November 22, 2012 at 1:02 am by

The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima attend a economic delegation meeting in Sao Paulo; 20-11-2012

On Monday November 19, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Crown Princess Máxima started a five-day official visit to Brazil that will end on November 23. The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima are accompanied by Mrs Lilianne Ploumen, the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. On the first day, the Crown Prince Couple had various meetings with Brazilian Ministers and also they met Mrs Gleisi Hoffmann, the Chief of … Continue reading

Monaco’s National Day 2012

  November 20, 2012 at 11:03 am by

Princess Charlene and Prince Albert on the balcony during National Day; 19-11-2012

November 19th, 2012 – Monte Carlo Members of Monaco’s Princely Family attended mass at the Cathedral of St Nicholas in Monaco to celebrate the Principality’s National Day yesterday. Attending the traditional Mass and Te Deum this year were Prince Albert II, Princess Charléne, Princess Caroline, Princess Stéphanie, Andrea, Charlotte and Pierre Casiraghi, Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy and her daughter Melanie. The guest of honour this year was Hans Adam II, … Continue reading

Spanish Royal Family Host Latin American Leaders in Cadiz

  November 20, 2012 at 10:56 am by

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November 16th, 2012 – Cadiz On Friday November 16th, King Juan Carlos I hosted the heads of state from Portugal and many Latin American countries at the XXII Ibero-American Summit in the city of Cadiz. The king began the day with a series of pre-summit meetings with the President of Colombia and the President of Ecuador; he later hosted a noon luncheon for the Mexican President, which was also attended … Continue reading

Prince Friso in State of “Minimal Consciousness”

  November 19, 2012 at 11:20 am by

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The Dutch Government Information Service has today released a statement regarding the current state of Prince Friso. The RVD said that Prince Friso, who has been in a coma since a skiing accident in February, has recently begun showing signs of minimal consciousness. This state is one of four states of consciousness which inhibit consciousness. In this stage, the patient may respond briefly to stimuli – ie. a smile – … Continue reading

Thousands Gather for King Zog of Albania’s Re-Burial

  November 19, 2012 at 10:37 am by

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Over 3,000 Albanians turned out on Saturday to pay their final respects to the late King Zog I of Albania, whose remains were re-buried with state honours after their repatriation from France. They arrived in the international airport of the Albanian capital, Tirana, where they were greeted by family members and officials, including Prince Leka (the King’s grandson) and his fiancée. The King was interred in a newly built Royal … Continue reading

Successful Surgery For Saudi King

  November 19, 2012 at 9:57 am by

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The Royal Saudi Court announced in a statement that King Abdullah has undergone a successful back surgery at the National Guard’s King Abdulaziz Hospital, in the capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh. This is the fourth back operation that the Saudi monarch has undergone since 2010. In 2012, the 87-year old King underwent two surgeries, one for a slipped disk and a blood clot pressing on nerves, the second was stabilize … Continue reading

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