This is the monthly blog entry with news from the Royal genealogy threads. This time it’s a blog entry with news from June 2013. As always, a big thank you goes out to the contributors of the Genealogy threads. Royal births and pregnancies Archduke Imre and Archduchess Kathleen of Austria are expecting their first child. The Archduchess congratulated her husband on his first Fathers day on her Facebook-page. The list … Continue reading
The Queen of the Netherlands was in Utrecht today, where she officially opened the Máximapark. Arriving at 10am, Queen Máxima first visited the park restaurant, before heading over to the ceremony site on a bicycle. The Queen has shown on many occasions that she is adept at riding in heels, and today was no different, as she was wearing a multi-coloured sleeveless dress, a tan fascinator and matching heels. After … Continue reading
July 4th, 2013 Prince Michael of Kent celebrated his 71st birthday on July 4th. The Prince, who is a first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, was born at Coppins, Iver in Buckinghamshire in 1942. His father was Prince George, Duke of Kent, the fourth son of George V and Queen Mary, and his mother was Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark. Sadly his father was killed in a tragic plane … Continue reading
July 2nd, 2013 King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium celebrated their fifty-fourth wedding anniversary on July 2nd. The then Prince Albert of Belgium met his Italian noble-born wife, Donna Paola Ruffo di Calabria, at a reception in the Belgian Embassy at the Vatican in 1958. Less than a year later, the couple were married, initially they had wanted to marry at the Vatican but were persuaded to hold … Continue reading
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are currently on their annual summer tour of Wales, and yesterday they stopped by a special location – the studios where Dr Who is filmed. Charles and Camilla visited the BBC Roath Lock Studios in Porth Teigr, Cardiff Bay. They were given a tour of the set by the show’s current stars: the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith (whose run as the Doctor will come … Continue reading
July 2nd, 2013 The Prince and Princess of Monaco celebrated their second wedding anniversary this week. Prince Albert II of Monaco married his South African fiancée, Ms Charlene Wittstock, in a civil ceremony on July 1st at the Throne Room of the Prince’s Palace in Monaco and then in a religious ceremony the day after in the courtyard of the palace. The religious wedding was celebrated by the Archbishop of … Continue reading
Prince Louis and Princess Tessy of Luxembourg today attended a garden party at the Episcopal Palace. The party, called BBQ at Bëschof, was hosted by the Archbishop of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Hollerich, in the garden of his home. The majority of the guests were Luxembourg’s homeless citizens, who were invited for a barbecue lunch with the Archbishop. Louis and Tessy brought along their two young sons, Princes Gabriel and Noah, who were dressed … Continue reading
Newlyweds Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Christopher O’Neill were in Paris today, attending the Valentino fashion show as part of Paris Fashion Week for Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2013/2014. The couple arrived at the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild together, before posing for photos inside the foyer. Princess Madeleine also posed with Valentino Garavani, who designed her wedding dress. Others attending the show included Anna Wintour, Nicky Hilton and Zhang Ziyi. The Princess wore … Continue reading
Come July 21st, Belgium will have a new monarch – King Philippe. King Albert II, the current monarch, announced his pending abdication earlier this evening, Belgian time, in a live address to the nation. The King cited health issues and his age as reasons for his decision. “I am at an age never attained by predecessors. My age and health no longer allow me to carry out my duties as I … Continue reading
There is intense media speculation currently that the Belgian monarch, Albert II, is set to announce his abdication. The King, who turned 79 last month, will made a live address to the nation on both television and radio at 18:00, Belgian time (16:00GMT). It is expected that in the address, Albert will announce he is abdicating in favour of his heir, eldest son Philippe. Earlier today, King Albert attended a … Continue reading
On July 2nd, 2013 Princess Fawzia bint Fuad of Egypt died at age 91 in Egypt. Princess Fawzia was the eldest daughter of King Fuad I and Queen Nazli. She got married in 1939 with the Crown Prince Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi of Iran, with whom she had a daughter: Princess Shahnaz (born in 1940). In 1948, the couple got the divorced and Fawzia married the Egyptian Colonel Ismail Chirine. … Continue reading
The Dutch Royal Court has just announced that Prince Floris and Princess Aimée are the parents of a healthy son. The infant was born today, July 1st, at 13:32, Dutch time, at the Bronovo Hospital in The Hague. He has been named Willem Jan Johannes Pieter Floris, to be called Willem Jan. He weighed a healthy 3.65kilograms. Both mother and baby are doing well. Floris and Aimée already have two daughters, … Continue reading
Lady Diana Frances Spencer was born July 1, 1961. Diana was born into one of the oldest families in the UK and was the fourth child of five. Princess Diana was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. The couple married on July 29, 1981 and the wedding was watched by over 700 million people worldwide. Princess Diana had two sons with Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry. … Continue reading
Announcing the winners of the May 2013 Picture of the Month Poll of the Month Polls: May 2013 Official Picture of the Month Poll: First Place: Norway Second Place: The Netherlands Third Place: Denmark, Jordan, Sweden Weddings of Minor Royals (May 2013 Informal Picture of the Month Poll): First Place: Sweden Second Place: Norway Third Place: Great Britain Congratulations to all winning teams!
June 30th, 2013 Prince and Princess Michael of Kent celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary on June 30th. Prince Michael of Kent, who is a first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, married the Austrian-Hungarian Baroness Marie Christine von Reibnitz in a civil ceremony in Vienna, Austria. Marie Christine, a Roman Catholic, was previously married but that marriage was formally annulled by the Roman Catholic Church in May 1978. Upon her marriage … Continue reading
We’re use to seeing Queen Maxima in large wide brim hats or headpieces, rarely in turbans but they did exist in her wardrobe. Recently, it seems that she has preferred turbans over hats. May 22, Queen Maxima wore a nude turban to match her red suit while visiting the Erasmus MC – Sophia children’s hospital in Rotterdam on the occasion of the 150th anniversary see here. May 25, while in Luxembourg, … Continue reading
Since the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced that they were expecting a child in July 2013, The Royal Forums has several threads for members to discuss godparents, the gender etc. So have you joined in yet? If not, its not too late to do so. For guessing Potential Names and Godparents see this thread. The Cambridge Baby: Musings and Suggestions thread can be found here. And don’t forget to vote in … Continue reading
The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, has issued a decree giving his father, Qatar’s ex-ruler, Sheikh Hamad, a title. The official Qatari news agency (QNA) said in a statement, “The decree set the official title of former Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani as the Emir father.” Sheikh Hamad ruled Qatar for 18 years and abdicated on June 24, 2013 in favour of his son.
Every women attending the Royal Ascot race would pull out their best outfits and hats. This year, Princess Haya bint Al Hussein went for her not so typical look which is suits. Princess Haya attended 4 out of 5 days of the races. Day 1, Princess Haya wore a black fitted dress with what looked like painted flowers over it, she matched the dress with a wide black hat that … Continue reading
33-year-old Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad has become Qatar’s new Emir. Sheikh Tamim was handed power from his father, Sheikh Hamad, who ruled Qatar for eighteen years. The new Emir of Qatar gave a fifteen minute televised speech on regional and domestic issues. Sheikh Tamim said he will follow in his father’s footsteps.