Parliament Remains Silent About the Future of Soestdijk Palace

  February 19, 2016 at 4:25 pm by

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Yesterday afternoon members of all parties of the Dutch parliament met in a special meeting in The Hague to discuss the future of Soestdijk Palace. The Palace has been empty since the deaths of Queen  Juliana and Prince Bernhard in 2004. Twelve years later, the government still does not know what to do with the building. In December four initiatives were presented to the government: a botanic garden, a meeting … Continue reading

Flashback Friday: A Kiss For The Bride

  February 19, 2016 at 5:51 am by

Princess Catharina-Amalia gives her godmother Crown Princess Victoria a kiss on her wedding day

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden has a plethora of godchildren, royal and not, and when she married in June 2010, several of them were chosen to be apart of her bridal party. This included Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands, at the time nine and a half, who is seen in this gorgeous photograph affectionately giving her beaming godmother a kiss on the cheek during the shooting of the official wedding … Continue reading

“I Feel Completely a Luxembourger” – Stéphanie Gives Magazine Interviews

  February 18, 2016 at 9:01 pm by

The Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg

Luxembourg’s Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie has given an interview to two magazines – Télécran and Point de Vue – to mark her 32nd birthday, which is today. Among the things she discusses in the interviews is how she has changed since becoming a member of the Grand Ducal Family and moving to the tiny country: “I [have] gained confidence, I see myself as more daring when it comes to new projects…I have learned, evolved … Continue reading

Madeleine Returns To Sweden For Childhood Board Meetings

  February 18, 2016 at 5:33 pm by

Princess Madeleine during a board meeting for the World Childhood Foundation; 18-02-2016

Princess Madeleine has returned to Sweden for meetings linked to the World Childhood Foundation. She and her mother, Queen Silvia, attended a Childhood International Council board meeting at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. It was also attended by members of the four Childhood locations around the world – Sweden, Germany, Brazil and the US. “Wonderful meetings to celebrate the work and successes of the World Childhood Foundation’s offices and plan for the upcoming … Continue reading

William and Kate Join In Farewell to RAF Search and Rescue Division

  February 18, 2016 at 12:08 pm by

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a ceremony marking the end of RAF Search and Research operations; 18-02-2016

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge returned to their former home of Anglesey in Wales today, to attend a ceremony marking the end of the RAF Search and Rescue Force operations. They joined former servicemen and women who served in Search and Rescue for a formal disbandment ceremony before heading on to a reception where William – who was a member of the Search and Research Force for three years … Continue reading

On This Day: Birth of England’s Mary I in 1516

  February 18, 2016 at 8:18 am by

Queen Mary I of England

500 years ago today, the Princess who became England’s first female monarch, Mary I, was born. As the only surviving child of Henry VIII of England and Catherine of Aragon, she was cherished by her parents. When Mary was 9, her father gave her a separate court, as well as many powers and privileges, normally only given to Prince of Wales. Her childhood was also marked by matrimonial plans – … Continue reading

King of Morocco on Visit to France

  February 17, 2016 at 8:12 pm by

King Mohammed VI and President Hollande of France; 17-02-2016

King Mohammed VI of Morocco paid a day-long visit to France today, meeting with President François Hollande at the Elysee Palace in the French capital. A number of government ministers attended the meeting at the Palace, prior to the King and the President heading off to visit the Institut du Monde Arabe, where they inspected plans for the creation of a Moroccan Cultural Centre in Paris. The purpose of the visit … Continue reading

A Baby Boy for Prince Faisal and Princess Zeina of Jordan

  February 17, 2016 at 5:48 pm by

Prince Faisal and Princess Zeina of Jordan

Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein of Jordan and his third wife Princess Zeina welcomed on Wednesday their first child together, a baby boy named Prince Abdullah. The newborn Prince Abdullah bin Faisal has four elder half-siblings from his father’s first marriage to Princess Alia Tabbaa: Princess Ayah, Prince Omar and the twin Princesses Aisha and Sara. Prince Faisal, who is 52 years old, is the second son of the late King … Continue reading

Kate Launches ‘YoungMindsMatter’ During HuffingtonPost Guest Editing Stint

  February 17, 2016 at 1:41 pm by

The Duchess of Cambridge during her stint as a guest editor of HuffingtonPost UK; 17-02-2016

On February 17, the Duchess of Cambridge guest edited for Huffington Post UK, and wrote an article which addressed children’s mental health issues and mental health care in the United Kingdom. Kate said she has received further understanding of how childhood mental health problems can lead into adulthood through the charities she works with that support adults who are overcoming addiction. Kensington Palace also announced today that Kate has become patron … Continue reading

Few Belgian Royals Show Up to Remember their Deceased Relatives

  February 17, 2016 at 9:09 am by

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Today was the annual mass to remember the deceased members of the Belgian Royal Family in the Notre Dame de Laeken. In previous years the mass was usually attended by most adult members of the Belgian Royal family. Today only the King, Queen, Princess Esmeralda and Princess Léa attended. Princess Léa’s son Renaud Bichara, Princess Margaretha of Luxembourg and her husband Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein were also present. The palace … Continue reading

King Bhumibol Recovering From Infection, High Fever

  February 17, 2016 at 8:36 am by

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand

Thailand’s 88-year-old monarch King Bhumibol Adulyadej is recovering from an unknown infection and high fever, a Royal Palace statement said last night. “On the night of February 14, His Majesty the King’s breathing quickened and an X-ray in the chest showed no lung infection. On February 15, the king’s fever was at 38.1 degrees Celsius,” the bulletin on the King’s health read, before revealing tests were still being undertaken to determine the … Continue reading

Media Links Prince William’s Foreign Office Speech to the Brexit

  February 16, 2016 at 8:08 pm by

Prince William during his visit to the Foreign Office; 16-02-2016

The Duke of Cambridge has been unwittingly drawn into the ‘Brexit’ debate in the United Kingdom, with the British media linking a speech he gave at a reception at the Foreign Office today as being supportive of the country remaining in the European Union. “For centuries, Britain has been an outward looking nation. Hemmed in by sea, we have always sought to explore what is beyond the horizon…In an increasingly … Continue reading

Willem-Alexander and Máxima Drop By West Brabant

  February 16, 2016 at 6:48 pm by

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima in West-Brabant; 16-02-2016

The Dutch King and Queen visited the province of West Brabant today, stopping by a number of local organisations contributing to the social and economic resilience of the region. Among the places they visited was ZuidWestHoek College, where Willem-Alexander and Máxima were given a tour of the cycling facilities (how Dutch!) and spoke with several champion cyclists. They also visited The Dragon Hotel, one of the oldest in the country, that … Continue reading

Spain’s King and Queen Visit Museo del Prado

  February 16, 2016 at 2:34 pm by

King Felipe and Queen Letizia during their visit to the Museo del Prado; 16-02-2016

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain paid a visit to the famed Museo del Prado in Madrid for a meeting of the board of trustees today. The couple viewed one of the museum’s latest acquisitions, Fra Angelico’s The Virgin of the Pomegranate,  which was purchased from the Duke of Alba, before heading into the meeting with the museum’s board. Queen Letizia donned an ivory skirt suit with a … Continue reading

Story Time with Camilla – How Wondercrump!

  February 16, 2016 at 1:16 pm by

The Duchess of Cornwall reads Roald Dahl at an exhibition on the author; 16-02-2016

The Duchess of Cornwall delighted youngsters at the Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl exhibition in London today, when she took to the stage to read a chapter of the author’s The BFG to them. Wearing a bright purple skirt suit and a pair of floral brooches, the Duchess animatedly read to the audience, which included Roald Dahl’s widow Felicity and his grandson Luke, who manages the Roald Dahl Literacy Estate. She had earlier … Continue reading

Has Romania’s Former Prince Nicolas Become A Father?

  February 16, 2016 at 10:02 am by

Nicholas Medforth-Mills

Romanian media outlet DC News has reported that the rumoured child of Nicholas Medforth-Mills, formerly Prince of Romania, and Nicoleta Cirjan was born on February 9 in Bucharest. Iris Anna Cirjan was born quite healthy, according to Ms Cirjan’s personal blog, in which she also calls herself a single mother and that the father – who may or may not be Mr Medforth-Mills – has shown no interest in being involved. There … Continue reading

Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor Show Off New Daughter Isabella in Hello!

  February 16, 2016 at 7:28 am by

Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor with their younger daughter Isabella

Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor and their new daughter Isabella have been featured in the latest edition of Hello! magazine. Their feature also includes an interview. Baby Isabella was born as Isabella Alexandra May Windsor on January 16 2016 at 11:59pm. She is the second daughter and child of Lord Frederick Windsor and his wife, actress Sophie Winkleman. The couple’s first child, Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina Windsor was born on … Continue reading

Princess Alexandra at 25 – Her Top Five Looks

  February 16, 2016 at 3:00 am by

Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg

Luxembourg’s Princess Alexandra, the only daughter of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, today celebrates her 25th birthday. To mark her quarter of a century, we’ve compiled a list of her five best outfits. 1. While there are no full-length photographs of this outfit, what was seen is much to one’s liking. At the gala dinner held the night before her eldest brother Guillaume’s wedding in October 2012, Alexandra wore satin … Continue reading

Prince Charles Becomes Patron of the National Gallery

  February 15, 2016 at 4:11 pm by

The Prince of Wales views the Delacroix exhibition at the National Gallery; 15-02-2016

The Prince of Wales today visited the National Gallery in London, where he was given a tour of the Gallery’s new exhibition, Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art. Charles was also named the Gallery’s first Royal Patron, after being a trustee between the years of 1986 to 1993. The exhibition is the first in Britain of the works of French artist Eugène Delacroix in over 50 years.

35th Wedding Anniversary of the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg

  February 14, 2016 at 9:30 am by

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Today, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary. Grand Duke Henri first met his wife to be María Teresa Mestre y Batista while he was studying in Geneva, Switzerland. The Grand Duke and Duchess tied the knot in a civil ceremony on February 4, 1981. On February 14, 1981 they had a religious ceremony. For the religious ceremony, Maria Teresa wore a … Continue reading

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