A Royal Christening At Drottningholm

  September 9, 2016 at 8:09 am by

Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sofia and Prince Alexander

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia have today christened their son, Prince Alexander, in a ceremony attending by close family and friends at the Drottningholm Palace Chapel. The service was conducted by Archbishop Antje Jackelén, Chief Court Chaplain Bishop Johan Dalman and Pastor of the Royal Court Parish Michael Bjerkhagen. Prayers, readings by three of the couple’s siblings (Crown Princess Victoria, Lina Frejd and Sara Hellqvist) and music from the Stockholm Boy’s … Continue reading

Princess Anne Cancels Engagements After Contracting Chest Infection

  September 9, 2016 at 5:15 am by

The Princess Royal

The Princess Royal has had to cancel several engagements next week after tests showed she is suffering from a chest infection. A Buckingham Palace spokesperson confirmed that the Princess was admitted to the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary on Wednesday, but did not stay overnight. Princess Anne, one of the hardest working British royals and in the past month has travelled to Brazil and Russia, is currently recuperating at Balmoral Castle. Princess Anne, … Continue reading

Prince Alexander’s Godparents Revealed Ahead of Tomorrow’s Christening

  September 8, 2016 at 8:24 am by

Prince Alexander

Sweden’s youngest Prince, Alexander, will be christened tomorrow at the Drottningholm Palace Chapel. Ahead of the event, the people who will serve as his godparents were announced today. They are Crown Princess Victoria, his paternal aunt; Lina Frejd, his maternal aunt; Victor Magnuson, first cousin of his father; Jan-Åke Hansson, his father’s best friend who also served as his best man; and Cajsa Larsson, a friend of his mother’s. Prince … Continue reading

Prince Charles: Evening Standard’s ‘Londoner of the Decade’

  September 7, 2016 at 8:11 pm by

Prince Charles

The Prince of Wales has been named ‘Londoner of the Decade’ by The Express Standard this evening. The achievement award was given at the newspaper’s Progress 1000 Awards at the Science Museum. “I have to confess I am not entirely sure whether to be pleased or alarmed.  Perhaps I am losing my touch when such eminent newspapers start giving me achievement awards!” the Prince joked as he began his acceptance speech … Continue reading

King Philippe Hosts German-Speaking Leaders at Laeken

  September 7, 2016 at 7:46 pm by

The German-speaking leaders

The King and Queen of the Belgians have welcomed four leaders of German-speaking countries to the Royal Palace of Laeken this evening, for the thirteenth informal summit of German-speaking nations. Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein, President Joachim Gauck of Germany and President Johann Schneider-Ammann of the Swiss Confederation were present for the welcoming dinner with their spouses (except for Luxembourg’s Grand Duchess), posing for photos … Continue reading

Felipe and Letizia Honour 100th Anniversary of Camilo José Cela’s Birth

  September 7, 2016 at 5:30 pm by

King Felipe and Queen Letizia

King Felipe and Queen Letizia have commemorated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Spanish writer Camilo José Cela at the Cervantes Institute. The King delivered a speech at the event, in which he recalled Cela’s “important role in the history of Spanish literature” as he “represented a connecting link between the before and the after of the tragedy of the Civil War.” The King called Cela’s works “one of the strongest … Continue reading

Princess Alexandra Pays Visit to Royal Trinity Hospice

  September 7, 2016 at 12:30 pm by

Princess Alexandra

The ever-elegant Princess Alexandra of Kent paid a visit to the Royal Trinity Hospice today, meeting patients and staff. She toured both the inpatient and outpatient centres, seeing how different forms of therapy (including physiotherapy and art therapy) are used to provide relief to patients, before having a cup of tea with some of the outpatients. Alexandra was also shown the retail store which raise funds to allow the hospice … Continue reading

Princess Mary Attends Reception Marking 10th Anniversary of Sexual and Reproductive Health Network

  September 7, 2016 at 12:02 pm by

Crown Princess Mary

Crown Princess Mary was present at a reception today held at Christiansborg Palace to mark the tenth anniversary of the Parliamentary Intergroup Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. Wearing white trousers and a beige blouse, the Princess listened to speeches by Danish MPs who are involved in the network, which works to “ensure a continuous and nonpartisan focus” on the issue within Denmark. Part of the reception involved … Continue reading

Duchess’s Best Friend: Camilla Visits Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

  September 7, 2016 at 11:34 am by

The Duchess of Cornwall

A bulldog named Winston almost stole the show during the Duchess of Cornwall’s visit to the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home today, as he took a shining to the royal visitor’s outfit – by hiding his head underneath her skirts! Camilla – a well-known dog lover – was unfazed by Winston’s antics, laughing and giving the pup a pat as she chucked, “Typical dog, head up the skirt.” The Duchess … Continue reading

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde To Pay State Visit To The Netherlands This November

  September 7, 2016 at 8:47 am by

The Dutch and Belgian monarchs

It has been confirmed this morning that King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians will pay a state visit to the Netherlands between November 28 and 30, accepting an invitation from Dutch King Willem-Alexander. The visit is to highlight the “close and wide-ranging relations” and “historic ties and social values” between the two countries. Belgium and the Netherlands are important trading partners. The Belgian and Dutch Royal Couples, November … Continue reading

From the Royal Genealogy threads – Summer 2016

  September 7, 2016 at 6:17 am by

The Royal Forums logo

Here we go with the updates from our Royal Genealogy Threads. This post covers the news from June, July and August 2016. Births: Thrice the royal stork has visited the French Royal Family. On 2 June Prince Jean and Princess Philomena of France, Duke and Duchess of Vendôme, welcomed their fourth child and second son, Prince Joseph d’Orléans. Two days later, Prince Jean’s cousin Kildine Stevenson (née de Sambucy de … Continue reading

A Busy London Day For Charles and Camilla

  September 6, 2016 at 7:31 pm by

The Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall had a busy day in London today, beginning with a celebration of the Royal Mail, which is marking 500 years of service this year. Attending the reception at Merchant Taylor’s Hall, Charles and Camilla unveiled a green replica Penfold postbox, after the Prince delivered a speech that decried the explosion of Twitter usage, saying that “In these days of texting and various … Continue reading

Princess Marie Welcomes International Students And Visits Children’s Hospital

  September 6, 2016 at 4:26 pm by

Princess Marie

Denmark’s Princess Marie had two engagements in the south of the country today, as she officially opened the new multipurpose area at the Hans Christian Anderson Children’s Hospital that is part of the Odense University Hospital, before welcoming this year’s international students to the University of Southern Denmark. Wearing a simple grey dress with a beige cardigan, the Princess was welcomed with flowers from a gorgeous four-year-old (who behaved in typical … Continue reading

Queen Mathilde at the Launch of a New “Child Focus” Campaign

  September 6, 2016 at 2:31 pm by

Queen Mathilde

As Honorary President of Child Focus, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde attended at the launch of a new campaign of the foundation. The event took place today, Tuesday September 6, at the Royal Palace in Brussels. The new campaign called “Dossier 116 000” is a detective, informative and educational game for children between 10-12 years old. The purpose of the game is to introduce the children with the foundation, its mission and … Continue reading

Prince Harry Donates To Help Rio Children Attend Paralympic Games

  September 6, 2016 at 11:43 am by

Prince Harry at the 2016 London Marathon

Prince Harry has made a personal donation to the #FillTheSeats campaign that is working to purchase 10,000 tickets to the Rio Paralympic Games – which begin September 7 – for children from the capital city. The campaign is working with Paralympic organisers, and has thus far raised $USD200,000 to purchase tickets to events. Harry also sent a message to the British Invictus Games athletes who will also be participating in the Paralympics, … Continue reading

Prince Hisahito Turns Ten

  September 6, 2016 at 10:00 am by

Prince Hisahito

Japan’s Prince Hisahito today celebrates his tenth birthday. He is the third in line to the throne, as the only grandson of Emperor Akihito. To mark the occasion, a video of the Prince with his two elder sisters, Princesses Mako and Kako, has been released showing the siblings tending to the rice paddy and gardens on their residence in Tokyo. Born in 2006, Hisahito was the first male to be … Continue reading

On This Day: The Netherlands’ Prince Claus Is Born

  September 6, 2016 at 9:30 am by

Prince Claus

Back in 1926, an infant was born in Hitzacker, Germany who would one day become the Prince Consort of the Netherlands. Claus van Amsberg was the second child and only son of Claus Felix van Amsberg and Baroness Gösta von dem Bussche-Haddenhausen. A childhood and education in both Germany and German East Africa led to Claus’ attendance at the University of Hamburg to study law and political science in the 1950s. … Continue reading

King Willem-Alexander Attends Jubilee Concert of the Jostiband Orchestra

  September 5, 2016 at 8:29 pm by

King Willem-Alexander

Tonight, the Jostiband Orchestra celebrated their 50th anniversary with a jubilee concert at the Ziggo Dome with King Willem-Alexander in attendance. The Orchestra is made up of musicians with intellectual disabilities and is part of the Ipse de Bruggen care facility for the intellectually and mentally disabled. King Willem-Alexander went up on stage at the end of the concert to personally greet the musicians and present them with flowers. Koning … Continue reading

Frederik and Mary Commemorate Fallen Danish Service Personnel At Annual Flag Day Ceremonies

  September 5, 2016 at 2:56 pm by

Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik

The Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark today commemorated the nation’s fallen servicemen and women on the annual ‘Flag Day’ which is used to remember the individuals who have been killed in conflicts since 1948, as well as honour the 65,000 plus who have served abroad. First Frederik and Mary laid a wreath at Monument for Denmark’s International Effort since 1948 at the Citadel. The monument was finalised in 2011, and … Continue reading

Pack Your Bags! Prince Harry To Make Caribbean Tour This Autumn

  September 5, 2016 at 7:41 am by

Prince Harry on his final day in South Africa; 03-12-2015

Kensington Palace has announced today that Prince Harry is to represent the Queen on a tour of the Caribbean later this year. He will visit several countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines. 2016 is an important year for three of these countries, as this year they celebrate milestone anniversaries of independence from Britain – Barbados celebrates 50 … Continue reading

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