King Harald V of Norway Marks Milestone 80th Birthday

  February 21, 2017 at 3:00 am by

King Harald

The King of Norway today celebrates another milestone birthday: he turns eighty years old. Born in 1937 on the Skaugum Estate, Harald was the third child of the-then Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Märtha, and as the couple’s only son, was the heir to the throne after his father (his sisters, Princesses Ragnhild and Astrid, did not have succession rights). Harald spent five years of his childhood living in the … Continue reading

Canada’s Governor-General Begins State Visit to Sweden

  February 20, 2017 at 10:27 pm by

The Swedish Royals with the Governor-General of Canada

Governor-General David Johnston of Canada and his wife Sharon begun their state visit to Sweden on Monday, arriving in Stockholm to a welcome at the Royal Mews by King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia before a carriage ride to the Royal Palace. We were officially welcomed to #Sweden by Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. #GGSweden pic.twitter.com/ONaNaUoFZ5 — David Johnston (@GGDavidJohnston) February 20, 2017 The King … Continue reading

Queen Sofia Awarded ‘Circle of the Lyceum’ Gold Medal

  February 20, 2017 at 8:01 pm by

Queen Sofia

Queen Sofia was tonight presented with the gold medal of the Circle of the Lyceum for her support of the arts and music during a ceremony at Barcelona’s Great Theater of the Lyceum. The Queen gave a speech at the event, where she said she was incredibly honoured to receive the award and to have been able to “support the various activities aimed at promoting the reconstruction of this Great Theatre” … Continue reading

Sophie Wessex Joins The Duke of Kent For ‘The Girls’ Gala Performance

  February 20, 2017 at 6:38 pm by

The Duke of Kent and the Countess of Wessex

At London’s Phoenix Theatre on Monday evening, the Countess of Wessex and the Duke of Kent were present for the gala performance of The Girls musical, based on the true story of the famed ‘Calendar Girls’ and produced by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth. The performance was held in aid of Bloodwise, a charity founded in 1960 that funds research into blood cancers, of which the Duke is patron. Sophie met with … Continue reading

Princess Anne and Sir Timothy Mark 100 Years Since The Loss of SS Mendi

  February 20, 2017 at 1:23 pm by

The Princess Royal

The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence on Monday attended a ceremony of remembrance at Hollybrook Cemetery in Southampton marking the centenary of the sinking of the SS Mendi during the First World War. In what is described as “one of the worst maritime disasters in British waters”, over 600 men – mostly members of the South African Native Labour Corps on their way to France to assist with the … Continue reading

Turning 50 on April 27? Celebrate At The Palace With King Willem-Alexander

  February 20, 2017 at 8:12 am by

King Willem-Alexander

King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands this year celebrates his fiftieth birthday, and he will celebrate the occasion by hosting a dinner at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam for 150 of his fellow birthday folk – Dutch citizens who were also born on April 27, 1967. People with the same birthday as the King can can enter an online ballot until March 3 to attend the dinner (held on Friday April 28), … Continue reading

Princess Leonore Celebrates Third Birthday With Gorgeous New Photos

  February 20, 2017 at 7:33 am by

Princess Leonore

The Swedish Royal Court has released a series of lovely photos of today’s birthday girl, Princess Leonore, who turns three. Taken by Brigitte Grenfeldt at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, they should the young Princess playing with a bunch of silver and pink balloons (including a giant number 3!). Born in New York City in 2014, Princess Leonore is the first child of Princess Madeleine and Christopher O’Neill. She was … Continue reading

Crown Prince Naruhito Opens Winter Games

  February 19, 2017 at 9:33 pm by

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The 2017 Asian Winter Games have been officially opened in a ceremony attended by His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito. The event took place in the Sapporo Dome stadium in the city of Sapporo, Hokkaido – a place well known for it’s winter sports having hosted the Winter Olympics back in 1972. The city of Obihiro will co-host the 64 sporting events taking place over the next week before the … Continue reading

Tonga’s Queen Mother Dies

  February 19, 2017 at 6:04 pm by

Djamila Grossman  |  The Salt Lake Tribune

Halaevalu Mata'aho, the Queen Mother of Tonga, joins the community in an evening prayer and celebration at a home in West Valley City, Utah, on Wednesday, August 3, 2011.

Her Majesty Queen Halaevalu Mata’aho, the Queen Mother of Tonga has died today, Sunday 19th February in a hospital in Auckland, New Zealand at the age of 90. According to local reports, Queen Halaevalue Mata’aho – who was the widow of King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV – was flown to New Zealand last week with “minor health issues”. Her grandaughter, Princess Angelika Latufuipeka Mata’aho, was said to have been with her … Continue reading

Princess Haya Opens and Tours Cancer Centre In Dubai

  February 19, 2017 at 12:08 pm by

Princess Haya

Princess Haya Bint Al Hussain officially opened The Comprehensive Cancer Centre (CCC) in Dubai today with senior health officials. Princess Haya who is Chairperson of Dubai Healthcare City Authority, toured the facility and was briefed about the different areas and medical treatments offered. Princess Haya also stopped by two patients, an adult and a child who are currently undergoing treatment. تشرفت اليوم بافتتاح المركز الشامل الجديد للسرطان في عيادة ميد … Continue reading

Palace Profile: Dâr al-Makhzen

  February 19, 2017 at 6:00 am by

Dâr al-Makhzen

Location: Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco Built: 1864 Architects: Louis-Paul Pertuzio and Félix-Joseph Pertuzio Commissioned By: Muhammad IV of Morocco On The Palace Grounds: Collège Royal Current Owner: HM The King of Morocco Current Use: Official residence of HM King Mohammed VI of Morocco Fun Fact: Approximately 2,000 people live and work at the Palace at any one time A full list of Palace Profiles can be found here.

Queen Máxima Opens ‘A Royal Paradise’ Exhibition

  February 18, 2017 at 10:30 am by

Queen Maxima

The Queen of The Netherlands opened a new exhibition at the Dordrecht Museum on Saturday that highlights the work of eighteenth century artist Aert Schouman. ‘A Royal Paradise: Aert Schouman and Imagination of Nature’ includes five paintings of Schouman’s speciality (watercolours of birds, mammals and plants) that were commissioned by Willem V, Prince of Orange. Queen Máxima, donning an olive green sheath dress and grey accessorises, was given a tour of the … Continue reading

Happy 70th Birthday Princess Christina

  February 18, 2017 at 4:00 am by

Princess Christina of the Netherlands

Dutch Princess Christina today celebrates her seventieth birthday. The Princess is the youngest child of the late Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. She was born at Soestdijk Palace in 1947, and during her childhood was known as ‘Marieke’ (after her given name, Maria Christina). The Princess was born almost completely blind as a result of her mother contracting German measles during pregnancy. Medical treatments and glasses improved … Continue reading

Louis & Tessy’s Divorce Granted In London Court

  February 17, 2017 at 8:27 pm by

Princess Tessy and Prince Louis

The Central Family Court in London has today approved a decree nisi granting Prince Louis and Princess Tessy’s divorce. Their divorce will become official in six weeks and one day. According to The Daily Mail, who broke the story, the cause of the divorce – initiated by the Princess – was listed as ‘unreasonable behaviour’. This is one of the five valid reasons for divorce in the UK, and despite its negative connotations, is the … Continue reading

Belgian Royals Attend Mass Remembering Deceased Family Members

  February 17, 2017 at 1:55 pm by

Queen Mathilde and King Philippe

On Friday February 17, the King and Queen of the Belgians attended the annual memorial mass at the Church of Our Lady of Laeken remembering deceased members of the Royal Family. Also attending the mass were Princess Esmérelda and her son Leopoldo Moncada, Princess Léa, Prince Guillaume and Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg, Archduke Carl Christian and Archduchess Marie-Astrid of Austria, and Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein. Following the conclusion of the … Continue reading

Iñaki Urdangarin Sentenced To Six Years In Prison for Nóos Fraud

  February 17, 2017 at 7:40 am by

Inaki Urdangarin and Infanta Cristina

The Nóos scandal has come to a conclusion today in Mallorca, where Iñaki Urdangarin was sentenced to serve six years and three months in prison after being found guilty of fraud by the Provincial Court of Palma. He has also been fined 512,000€. Infanta Cristina, his wife, has been found not guilty of tax evasion. She will be required to pay a 265,000€ fine. Urdangarin had been charged with several crimes – … Continue reading

Flashback Friday: The Shah and His Wife Arrive In England

  February 17, 2017 at 5:00 am by

Queen Soraya and Shah Mohammed

February 17, 1955: The Queen Mary liner docks in Southampton, delivering a pair of very important guests to England – the Shah of Iran and his wife, the glamorous Queen Soraya.

Princess Anne Helps Celebrate Cashmere Makers’ 250th Anniversary

  February 16, 2017 at 2:05 pm by

The Princess Royal

While on a visit to Yorkshire, the Princess Royal has helped to mark the 250th anniversary of Joshua Ellis & Co, one of the leading companies in Britain that produces handcrafted cashmere. Princess Anne met with staff who work in the company’s factory, learning about their processes and what products they make from cashmere and woollen cloth. The business first began production in 1767. The Princess is President of the UK … Continue reading

Family Photos Released Of Danish Royals On Ski Vacation

  February 16, 2017 at 1:48 pm by

Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine

The Danish Royal Court has published on their social media accounts several photographs taken by Crown Princess Mary of her family during their annual winter holiday in Verbier, Switzerland. Photos show the Crown Prince and Princess’s four children – Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine – sitting together in the snow, while one shows the the five-year-old twins ready for the skiing lessons. Others include Crown Prince … Continue reading

Queen Paola Breaks Hip In Fall, To Undergo Surgery

  February 16, 2017 at 11:27 am by

Queen Paola

79-year-old Queen Paola has broken her hip in a nasty fall at her home, Belvédère Castle, the Belgian Royal Court said in a statement released today. The Queen will undergo surgery to fix the break on Friday at the Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc in Brussels. She will require several months of rehabilitation, the Court has said. Queen Paola suffered a spinal fracture at the end of December when she took another fall. … Continue reading

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