Dutch Royals attend Remembrance and Liberation Day

  May 6, 2013 at 1:57 pm by

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The commemorations for the Remembrance and Liberation Day coincided, this year, with the first public event for King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima after the Inauguration of April 30th. On May 4th, the King along with the Queen and Prime Ministe Mark Rutte attended a memorial service at the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam to commemorate the victims of the Second World War. Later, they placed a wreath at the National Monument … Continue reading

Time To Vote For Best Dressed Royal At The Dutch Inauguration

  May 6, 2013 at 11:35 am by

It was a good two days where royals gathered in The Netherlands to farewell Queen Beatrix and welcome King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima. The royals pulled out their best evening dresses and jewelry. Royals were seen in seen-before outfits, new outfits and borrowed outfits and some royals even stayed very traditional. It’s time for you to vote and discuss who you thought was the best dressed. Vote and discuss in … Continue reading

March 2013 Picture of the Month Poll Winners

  May 5, 2013 at 9:31 am by

Announcing the winners of the January 2013 Picture of the Month Polls: March 2013 Official Picture of the Month Poll: First Place: Sweden Second Place: The Netherlands Third Place Tie: Spain - Norway - Denmark Royal State Visits (March 2013 Informal Poll): First Place Tie: Norway - Denmark Second Place : Belgium Third Place : The Netherlands Congratulations to all winning teams!

Royal of the Month: Blanche of Artois

  May 3, 2013 at 5:10 am by

The seal of Blanche of Artois

Blanche of Artois is an important but long-forgotten historical figure. Born a Princess of France in 1248, Blanche was the daughter of Robert of France, Count of Artois and Matilda of Brabant. Her paternal grandparents were Louis VIII of France and Blanche of Castile, while her uncle was King Louis IX of France. Her father was killed in Egypt during the Seventh Crusade in 1250 and her younger brother, Robert, … Continue reading

The Duke of Kent in Dublin

  May 2, 2013 at 8:37 am by

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May 1st, 2013 The Duke of Kent was in Dublin, Ireland yesterday. The first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II paid a visit to the Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin where he laid wreaths at both the memorials to the Irish war dead of both wars and those who died during the 1916 Easter Rising. The 77-year-old Duke is the first royal to pay an official visit to the cemetery since Princess … Continue reading

From the Royal Genealogy threads – April 2013

  May 2, 2013 at 7:51 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 April 2013. As always, a big thank you goes out to the contributors of the Genealogy threads. Royal births and pregnancies Prince Gabriel and Princess Luciana of Orleans and Bragança had their first child, Prince Gabriel of Orleans and Bragança, on 12 April, while the first child of … Continue reading

Prince Maurits Receives Aide-de-Camp Appointment

  May 1, 2013 at 11:13 pm by

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Prince Maurits was today appointed to the post of aide-de-camp extraordinary to his cousin, King Willem-Alexander. The new King also promoted his cousin to the rank of Captain-Lieutenant in the Dutch Royal Navy. These new appointments mean that Prince Maurits can attend and represent King Willem-Alexander at military ceremonies. His military uniform will bear the monogram of the King. The position is one which the Prince’s father, Professor Pieter van … Continue reading

The Netherlands Gets A New Monarch

  May 1, 2013 at 10:20 am by

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Prince Willem-Alexander has become His Majesty the King of the Netherlands, following the abdication of his mother, now Princess Beatrix, yesterday morning. The new King’s inauguration ceremony took place in the afternoon. The day began with the signing of the Act of Abdication at the Royal Palace of Amsterdam. Here, in the presence of her immediate family and her government, Queen Beatrix officially signed away her sovereign rights in favour … Continue reading

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden Turns 67

  April 30, 2013 at 8:32 am by

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His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden celebrates his 67th birthday today, April 30th. The Swedish Monarch is also celebrating his Ruby Jubilee this year, which marks the King’s 40th year on the throne. King Carl XVI Gustaf was born at the Haga Palace in Stockholm in 1946, the only son of Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden, Duke of Västerbotten and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. The King … Continue reading

Where to Watch the Dutch Abdication and Inauguration

  April 29, 2013 at 11:36 pm by

Queen Beatrix and the Prince of Orange

The abdication of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and the inauguration of the Prince of Orange as monarch will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, April 30, 2013. It can be watched live online at the following links: NOS will stream live on YouTube from 09:00AM. OR Reuters will stream live on their website from 10:00AM. The abdication signing will begin on April 30 at 10:00AM, Dutch time. The inauguration ceremony will … Continue reading

Bea Hosts Black-Tie Dinner Ahead of Abdication

  April 29, 2013 at 11:12 pm by

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Ahead of her abdication tomorrow, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands tonight hosted a black-tie dinner at the recently renovated Rijksmuseum for foreign guests. Guests, which included foreign heirs to the throne, members of the Dutch government and former Dutch territory governments, began arriving at around 7:30pm, for the 8pm dinner. The Dutch Royal Family gathered at the Dam Palace beforehand, and left together en route to the dinner. For her … Continue reading

Infanta Sofía of Spain Turns 6

  April 29, 2013 at 10:40 pm by

Infanta Sofia of Spain

Infanta Sofia of Spain turns 6 on April 29th. The youngest daughter of the Prince and Princess of Asturias, Sofia was born at the Ruber International Clinic in Madrid in 2007; she has an older sister, Infanta Leonor. The Infanta was named in honour of her paternal grandmother, Queen Sofia, and was baptised in the gardens of the Palacio de la Zarzuela on July 15th, 2007. Her most recent public … Continue reading

Return of The King

  April 28, 2013 at 8:29 am by

King Juan Carlos with José Manuel Caballero Bonald during an audience on 22-04-2013

Madrid – April 22nd, 2013 Following an absence of just under 50 days, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I made his first public appearance on Monday following his recent back surgery. The 75 year old Spanish Monarch has spent the past few weeks in recovery. His Majesty, accompanied by Queen Sofia, hosted an audience at his Zarzuela private office for Cervantes Prize winner José Manuel Caballero Bonald and his wife, … Continue reading

Princess Laetitia Maria of Belgium Turns 10

  April 24, 2013 at 8:31 am by

Princess Laetitia Maria of Belgium

Her Imperial and Royal Highness Princess Laetitia Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este celebrated her 10th birthday on April 23rd. The Princess, who is currently eleventh in line to the Belgian throne, is the fifth child of Princess Astrid of Belgium and Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este. Her mother, Princess Astrid is the only daughter of King Albert II and Queen Paola of the Belgians. Princess Laetitia Maria has two … Continue reading

Princess Iman bin Al Hussein Celebrates her 30th Birthday

  April 24, 2013 at 2:46 am by

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Princess Iman bint Al Hussein celebrates today her 30th birthday.  Princess Iman was born on April 24, 1983 at 3.30h in the King Hussein Medical Centre in Amman. She is the third children of the late King Hussein I of Jordan and his fourth wife, Queen Noor. Princess Iman has two brothers, Prince Hamzah and Prince Hashim and one sister, Princess Raiyah. Princess Iman received her elementary education in Amman … Continue reading

Félix and Claire to Wed in September

  April 23, 2013 at 11:50 am by

Prince Félix and Claire Lademacher in 2011

The Luxembourg Grand Ducal Court yesterday announced that Prince Félix and his fiancée, Claire Lademacher, have set a wedding date – September 21. The couple’s religious wedding ceremony will take place on September 21, at the Sainte Marie-Madeleine de Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume Basilica in the south-east of France. The Grand Ducal Family spend summers close to the region. A civil wedding ceremony will take place four days prior, on September 17, in the … Continue reading

New Patronages for Catherine and Beatrice

  April 19, 2013 at 9:45 am by

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The Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Beatrice of York have taken on new patronages this week. The Duchess of Cambridge has become Patron of three charities and organisations: Place2Be, SportsAid and the Natural History Museum. Place2Be, a Royal Patronage, is a charity which provides mental and emotional support for children aged 4 to 14 through a system of 175 schools throughout the United Kingdom. SportsAid provides grants to young able and … Continue reading

Guillaume & Stéphanie Visit the European Parliament

  April 18, 2013 at 8:53 am by

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The Hereditary Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg yesterday paid a visit to the seat of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and his wife Stéphanie were invited to the Parliament by its President, Martin Schulz, who greeted the couple and showed them around the building. The couple signed the guest book to mark their visit, and were told of how the Parliament functions. A luncheon with … Continue reading

Who Wore It Better? Mary vs Mette-Marit

  April 17, 2013 at 11:28 am by

(Top) Princess Mary; (Bottom) Princess Mette-Marit

Two future Queens chose to wear an H&M dress from the brand’s Conscious Collection recently see here. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wore the dress for the return dinner of the state visit from Finland on April 5. Princess Mary matched the white dress with nude pumps, nude clutch and a simple up-do see here. Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway stepped out in the same dress two weeks later. She matched the … Continue reading

Norwegian Royals At “Ridderrenn” Ski Race

  April 16, 2013 at 12:02 pm by

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On Saturday April 13, 2013, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Princess Märtha Louise participated in the 50th Ridderrenn skiing competition for visual impaired and disabled in Beitostølen. It is the world’s largest annual winter sports event for physically disabled people in which about 450 people from 14 nations took part this year. Princess Märtha Louise is patron of the race since 2006. Her grandfather, King Olav, opened the … Continue reading

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