40th Wedding Anniversary of King Hussein and Queen Alia

  December 24, 2012 at 7:12 am by

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Today marks the 40th anniversary of King Hussein of Jordan’s wedding to Alia Toukan. The wedding was a surprise to the people, because the Royal Court didn’t make an official announcement of the engagement. In addition to that, King Hussein had only gotten divorced from his second wife, the English born Princess Muna, a few weeks earlier. Alia Toukan was the daughter of a Jordanian diplomat, Baha Uddin Toukan, and … Continue reading

Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo Turned 49

  December 23, 2012 at 2:43 pm by

Infanta Elena at the general meeting of the Spanish Paralympic Commitee; 20-12-2012

December 20th, 2012 Infanta Elena of Spain, Duchess of Lugo celebrated her 49th birthday on December 20th. The Infanta is the eldest child of King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia, and is currently fourth in the line to the Spanish throne. Despite it being her birthday, Infanta Elena attended the General Assembly of the Spanish Paralympic Committee in Madrid. Her Royal Highness is the Honorary President of the Spanish … Continue reading

Princess Iman of Jordan Engaged to Zaid Mirza

  December 20, 2012 at 4:18 pm by

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The Royal Hashemite Court announced on Thursday the engagement of Princess Iman bint al Hussein of Jordan to Mr Zaid Azmi Mirza. According to the official statement, the Fatiha ceremony was held in presence of King Abdullah II, Queen Rania and Queen Noor, and took place at Bab Al-Salam Palace, the residence of the Princess’s parents, the late King Hussein and Queen Noor. It was attended by Hashemite royal family … Continue reading

UK to Name Part of Antarctica “Queen Elizabeth Land”

  December 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm by

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  The Foreign Office today announced part of the British Antarctic Territory was to be named “Queen Elizabeth Land” in honour of Her Majesty. The territory makes up almost a third of Britain’s claim on the continent and covers 169,000 sq miles – almost twice the size of the United Kingdom. In future, all British maps will bear the new name although other countries will have the freedom to decide … Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth Becomes the First Monarch in 231 Years to Attend a Cabinet Meeting

  December 20, 2012 at 3:57 pm by

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  Queen Elizabeth attended a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street, as part of her Jubilee celebrations. The visit was a historic one for, as David Cameron revealed, it marked the first time the Head of State attended such a meeting in over 230; the last British Monarch to be present at a peace-time cabinet meeting was George III in 1781, although the Queen’s father, George VI, attended a war … Continue reading

Letters Written by Nicholas II Sell For a Record Price

  December 17, 2012 at 11:52 am by

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Letters by the last Russian Tsar written during World War I sold for a record $130,000 at a Swiss auction house. They were initially estimated to fetch in the region of $15,000 but a private Russian collector paid nearly ten times the price to acquire the historical documents. The letters were sold by Prince Nicholas Romanov, a second cousin of the late Tsar and one of the claimants of the … Continue reading

The Duchess of Cambridge at Sports Personality of the Year Awards

  December 17, 2012 at 11:37 am by

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The Duchess of Cambridge made her first formal appearance since announcing her pregnancy to attend the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award ceremony in London where she presented two awards. The first one was a Lifetime Achievement Award to Lord Sebastian Coe; Lord Coe was the chairman of the London Organising Committee and is widely credited as being instrumental at securing the London will host the 2012 games, as … Continue reading

Baby Girl for Prince Aimone and Princess Olga

  December 16, 2012 at 3:42 am by

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The Duke and Duchess of Apulia welcomed their first daughter on December 14, 2012. The baby girl was born at 9:00 in Paris; she is the first daughter and third child of Prince Aimone and Princess Olga. The newborn Princess joins her elder brothers, Umberto and Amedeo. According to the press release from the House of Savoy, both mother and baby Princess are doing well. Prince Aimone, Duke of Apulia … Continue reading

Prince Félix Engaged to Claire Lademacher

  December 13, 2012 at 9:50 am by

Prince Félix and Claire Lademacher in 2011

The Grand Ducal Court of Luxembourg has announced the engagement of Prince Félix, second son of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, to Miss Claire Lademacher. A brief statement announcing the news, along with the Grand Ducal Couple’s “great joy”, was accompanied by a series of private photos of the couple over the years, and a biography of the new royal fiancé (available in French here). Prince Félix … Continue reading

Nobel Prize Ceremony in Stockholm

  December 11, 2012 at 9:08 am by

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Just hours after the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded in Oslo, it was Stockholm’s turn to initiate several individuals into the Nobel family. The 2012 awards ceremony took place, as it does annually, at the Stockholm Concert Hall, before a gala banquet was held at Stockholm’s City Hall. The Nobel Prizes are awarded in five categories (excluding the Peace Prize) each year: physics, chemistry, physiology/medicine, literature and economic sciences. This … Continue reading

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

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