Greetings From The Alps: Carl Gustaf & Silvia On Winter Holiday

  January 4, 2017 at 7:18 pm by

Queen Silvia and King Carl Gustaf

The King and Queen of Sweden are currently spending part of their winter break in the Swiss Alps. A photograph of the couple was released at the end of their day’s hike, with the gorgeous snow-covered mountains in the background. Queen Silvia – who was hospitalised over Christmas with a cold and dizzy spells – has been in the news on a different matter this week: she has given an interview … Continue reading

Princess Mary Goes Full Purple For Final New Year’s Court of 2017

  January 4, 2017 at 3:34 pm by

Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark opted for a solid-block purple evening gown and matching cape for today’s New Year’s Court receptions, the final in the 2017 calendar. The cape and dress, from designer Lasse Spangenberg, were paired with black pearl jewellery and the stud-version of the earrings from Mary’s diamond and ruby parure. This reception – headed by Queen Margrethe II and also attended by Crown Prince Frederik – is for … Continue reading

Second New Year’s Court Takes Place in Denmark

  January 3, 2017 at 1:09 pm by

Crown Princess Mary, Crown Prince Frederik and Queen Margrethe

The second day of New Year’s Courts has been held in Copenhagen this morning, with Queen Margrethe II welcoming the members of the diplomatic corps to Christiansborg Palace. Takin place in the Riddersalen, 75 of the ambassadors currently stationed in Denmark greeted the royal family – which today was limited to the Queen and the Crown Prince Couple – many in the national dress of their respective countries. Queen Margrethe … Continue reading

Duchess of Cambridge Becomes Honorary Member of Royal Photographic Society

  January 2, 2017 at 11:05 am by

The Duchess of Cambridge

The Royal Photographic Society, an organisation devoted to promoting photography, has made the Duchess of Cambridge an honorary life member. The decision was made after Catherine took several official photographs of her children – Prince George and Princess Charlotte – that were released in 2015 and 2016. Photographs she took during her tour of South East Asia were also released in 2012 by Kensington Palace. “The Duchess of Cambridge has … Continue reading

Danes Attend New Year’s Court For Order of The Elephant

  January 1, 2017 at 8:41 pm by

Queen Margrethe

The grandest event in calendar of official Denmark took place this evening in Copenhagen, the annual New Year’s Court for members of the Order of the Elephant (Denmark’s highest honour), the Danish government and the Royal Court. The members were received by Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik at Christian VII’s Palace in Amalienborg, before a banquet took place attended also by the Crown Prince and Princess, and Prince Joachim and Princess Marie … Continue reading

Prince Dimitri Romanovich Has Passed Away, Aged 90

  January 1, 2017 at 2:15 pm by

Prince Dimitri Romanov

One of the claimants to the defunct Russian throne and head of the Romanov Family Association, Prince Dimitri Romanovich, passed away in a Danish hospital on December 31, his wife announced today. “Dimitri Romanovich died at hospital on the evening of December 31,” Princess Theodora told the Russian news agency TASS, adding he had been in admitted to hospital last week with serious ill health. The Prince was the younger son of … Continue reading

Queen Misses New Year’s Day Service at Sandringham

  January 1, 2017 at 1:51 pm by

Queen Elizabeth

The Queen has missed out on the New Year’s Day service at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk; as she is still recovering from a heavy cold. This is the second time the Queen has missed a service due to her cold; the first being the Christmas service last week. The Princess Royal stated after the service that her mother was feeling better, with her husband Tim adding that … Continue reading

Palace Profile: Schönbrunn Palace

  January 1, 2017 at 6:00 am by

Schönbrunn Palace

In 2017, the TRF Blog will begin a series of profiles on the world’s palaces and castles. We begin with Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, home of the Habsburgs. Facade of Schloss Schönbrunn Location: Vienna, Republic of Austria Built: 1642 (original form); 1740s-1750s (current form) Architects: Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach (current form, preliminary design); Nikolaus Pacassi (current form) Commissioned By: Eleonora Gonzaga, Holy Roman Empress (original form); Maria Theresa of Austria … Continue reading

Flashback Friday: Engagement of Princess Sayako

  December 30, 2016 at 7:00 am by

Princess Sayako and Yoshiki Kuroda

December 30, 2004: The year 2004 ended on a high note for the Japanese Imperial Family, as the engagement of Princess Sayako – the only daughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko – was announced. The Princess and her new fiancé, Yoshiki Kuroda, met with the press in Tokyo following the official announcement by the Imperial Household Agency. The couple had known each other since childhood – Yoshiki is a friend … Continue reading

Norwegian Government To Host Gala Dinner For King & Queen’s 80th Birthdays

  December 29, 2016 at 8:40 pm by

King Harald and Queen Sonja

The Norwegian government has confirmed it will be hosting a gala dinner to celebrate the 80th birthdays of King Harald V and Queen Sonja, who will both mark the milestone next year. Taking place at Akershus Castle, the dinner is being held on May 10, in between the respective birthdays of the royal couple – the King’s birthday is February 21, while the Queen’s is July 4.  The government’s second gift to … Continue reading

The Royal Year 2016: Top Ten Moments

  December 29, 2016 at 8:00 am by

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand

2016 has come and gone in what seems to be the blink of an eye! Before we welcome 2017 this weekend, let’s take a quick look at our picks for the top 10 moments of the royal 2016… 10. Beatrice Borromeo steals the show at the 2016 Rose Ball The newest member of the Grimaldi-Casiraghi family, Beatrice Borromeo – wife of Pierre Casiraghi – was the stand-out at this year’s Bal de la … Continue reading

Belgium’s Queen Paola Suffers Spinal Fracture

  December 28, 2016 at 11:37 am by

Queen Paola

79-year-old Queen Paola of Belgium is currently receiving treatment at the Cliniques universitaires Saint Luc in Brussels after a heavy fall resulted in a spinal fracture. According the statement released by the Belgian Royal Court, there was no neurological damage as a result of the injury. The Queen’s rehabilitation will take several months. A spokesperson said the injury posed no danger to Queen Paola’s life. The Queen’s health has had some issues … Continue reading

Princess Marie Visits Storm-Ravaged Jyllinge Nordmark

  December 27, 2016 at 7:56 pm by

Princess Marie inspects flood damage

Denmark’s Princess Marie paid a visit to the town of Jyllinge Nordmark, part of the Roskilde Commune, today after it was hit by Storm Urd on December 26. She met with Mayor Joy Morgensen, the chief of the Commune’s fire department and other civilian groups which helped to prepare and protect the town from flood damage. Marie was accompanied by the director of the Emergency Management Agency, an agency she is … Continue reading

Grand Duke Jean Hospitalised Over Christmas

  December 27, 2016 at 4:38 pm by

Grand Duke Jean

The Grand Ducal Court of Luxembourg has today confirmed that Grand Duke Jean was hospitalised last week to receive treatment for bronchitis, and spent Christmas Day there. The physicians treating the 95-year-old Grand Duke find that his recovery is “very satisfactory”, but will be keeping him in hospital for a few more days to allow proper medical supervision as he continues to recover. Grand Duke Jean will celebrate his 96th … Continue reading

British Royal Family Celebrates Christmas at Sandringham

  December 25, 2016 at 2:48 pm by

The British Royal Family

Following tradition, the British Royal Family has attended a Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene’s Church in Sandringham, walking to church from Sandringham House. Queen Elizabeth II did not attend the service this year, missing for the first time in almost 30 years, as she recovers from a heavy cold. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall led the family in the walk, which included Prince Harry, the Yorks, Princess … Continue reading

Queen Sonja Becomes Third Queen To Miss Christmas Celebrations Due To Illness

  December 25, 2016 at 11:48 am by

King Harald

This winter season has not been kind to Europe’s Queens! Queen Sonja of Norway has joined Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Silvia of Sweden in suffering from a serious cold which forced her – like the other two ladies – to miss out on Christmas festivities with the rest of the Norwegian Royal Family. King Harald V and the Crown Princely Family attended this morning’s Christmas church service at … Continue reading

Danish Royals Attend Christmas Day Service in Aarhus

  December 25, 2016 at 11:20 am by

Crown Prince Frederik, Prince Christian, Queen Margrethe

Members of the Danish Royal Family this morning attended the Christmas Day church service at Aarhus Cathedral. Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik were joined by the Crown Prince Couple with their two eldest children, Prince Christian and Princess Isabella, and Prince Joachim and Princess Marie with Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix. The four youngest grandchildren – Prince Vincent, Princess Josephine, Prince Henrik and Princess Athena – did not attend the … Continue reading

Princess Alexandra of Kent Celebrates Eightieth Birthday

  December 25, 2016 at 6:00 am by

Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy

The ever-elegant Princess Alexandra of Kent today celebrates her eightieth birthday. She was born on Christmas Day 1936 as the second child and only daughter of Prince George, Duke of Kent and Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark. She and her two brothers, Prince Edward and Prince Michael, lived in the family’s country home Coppins for most of their childhood – their father was killed in action in August 1942 … Continue reading

Happy Holidays from The Royal Forums

  December 25, 2016 at 3:00 am by

Happy Holidays

On behalf of the team at The Royal Forums and The Royal Forums Blog, we would like to wish all our members and readers a safe and happy holidays, and an exciting start to 2017! With over 56,000 members, and 1,650,000 posts, the Forums are growing each year and we would like to thank everyone who contributes to make the Forums what it is. We look forward to ‘seeing’ you all … Continue reading

Zara and Mike Tindall Suffer Miscarriage, Spokesperson Says

  December 24, 2016 at 10:09 am by

From the TRF Avatar Gallery

A spokesperson for Zara and Mike Tindall confirmed this morning the sad news that the couple had lost their unborn child through miscarriage. “Very sadly, Zara and Mike Tindall have lost their baby. At this difficult time, we ask that everyone respects their privacy,” the spokesperson said. No further details will be provided. The Tindalls had announced in late November that they were expecting their second child in Spring 2017; … Continue reading

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