The Tsarist Easter Eggs

  March 27, 2016 at 6:00 am by

The Fabergé 'Rosebud' Imperial Easter Egg

Today is Easter Sunday, and if we were either Empress Alexandra or the Dowager Empress Maria of Russia back in the early 20th century, we would be receiving an elaborate jewelled Easter egg from our husband or son, Tsar Nicholas II, to mark the holiday. The House of Fabergé was first commissioned to make an egg – the Hen Egg – in 1885 for Tsar Alexander III, who gave it to his wife Maria … Continue reading

Zara Tindall Takes Rum Expectations Around the Course at Gatcombe Trials

  March 26, 2016 at 4:58 pm by

Zara Tindall competes in the Gatcombe Horse Trials

The weather was decidedly different at the Gatcombe Horse Trials in Gloucestershire today than it was yesterday, the sun being replaced by the wind and light rain as Zara Tindall took to the course on her mount, Rum Expectations, finishing 15th. In the crowd to watch Zara as she competed in cross-country, show jumping and dressage were her husband, Mike Tindall, and their two-year-old daughter Mia. The young one was rugged … Continue reading

King of Morocco Finishes Tour of Europe Privately in the Netherlands

  March 26, 2016 at 10:20 am by

King Mohammed VI on a private visit to the Netherlands

After spending the past few weeks travelling around Europe, meeting with the Presidents of France, Moscow and the Czech Republic, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has finished his travels in the Netherlands, where he spent yesterday and today in a private capacity. Though he was dressed casually, the King was still recognised by several of his countrymen that live in the Netherlands and was more than happy to pose for photos with them … Continue reading

The Phillips Girls Enjoy The Sun At Gatcombe Horse Trials

  March 25, 2016 at 2:20 pm by

Autumn Phillips and her daughters Savannah and Isla at the Gatcombe Horse Trials

Savannah and Isla Phillips took advantage of the shining sunlight today while at the Gatcombe Horse Trials in Gloucestershire by enjoying a sweet treat – ice-cream. The two eldest great-grandchildren of Queen Elizabeth sat quietly with their mother, Autumn Phillips, as they watched the event on their grandmother’s estate. Later in the afternoon Princess Anne presented medals to the day’s winning riders.

Former Prince Gives Interview to Romanian Press

  March 24, 2016 at 10:43 pm by

Nicholas Medforth-Mills

Nicholas Medforth-Mills, who until August 2015 was a Prince of Romania and third in line to the headship of the house, has given an interview to Ion Cristoiu of EVZ. “I can say that revoking my title was as much a surprise to me as it was for the public,” Nicholas told Cristoiu, also saying there was “never a discussion between me and the King on the subject, before I was … Continue reading

Philippe and Mathilde Visit Hospital, Attend National Memorial for Attack Victims

  March 24, 2016 at 9:38 pm by

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde in the aftermath of the Brussels attacks

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde paid a visit to the University Hospital in Leuven to meet with victims of Tuesday’s terrorist attack and the doctors who worked to save their lives. The royal couple spent much more time than planned at the hospital, in the intensive care unit and then in the operating rooms where they were shown metal bomb fragments that were removed from the victims during surgery. Queen … Continue reading

Happy Maundy Thursday! Queen Marks Day at St George’s Chapel, Windsor

  March 24, 2016 at 6:02 pm by

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at this year's Royal Maundy Service

For the first time since 1959, the Royal Maundy Service took place today – Maundy Thursday – at St George’s Chapel in Windsor. Queen Elizabeth, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, handed out red and white purses filled with coins, the Maundy Money, to 90 men and 90 women who were selected from across the country to recognise their service for their communities and the Church. The red purse this year … Continue reading

A Royal Visit for the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards at their Scottish Base

  March 24, 2016 at 5:36 pm by

The Duke of Kent during his visit to the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards in Fife

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards had a visit from their Deputy Colonel-in-Chief, the Duke of Kent, today at their base in Scotland. The Duke was given a tour of Leuchars Station, located in Fife, that has been the home base of the regiment since the middle of 2015. The regiment is the only cavalry regiment of Scotland and is the United Kingdom’s lead light cavalry battlegroup. Prince Edward then opened the new mess … Continue reading

Belgian-Born Stéphanie Attends Minute Silence at Embassy in Luxembourg

  March 24, 2016 at 2:23 pm by

Stephanie and Guillaume at the vigil

Victims of Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in Brussels were remembered with a minute’s silence at the Belgian Embassy in Luxembourg today, the vigil attended by Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and his Belgian-born wife Stéphanie. At 12:15pm the 300-strong crowd fell silent in honour of the 31 people who were killed in the attacks. Also joining the Hereditary Grand Dukes was Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, the Archbishop of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Hollerich, and … Continue reading

Prince William Meets Kenyan President Ahead of Old Friend’s Wedding

  March 24, 2016 at 12:09 pm by

Prince William and the President of Kenya

The Duke of Cambridge has had an audience with the President of Kenya, Mr Uhuru Kenyatta, at the State House in Nairobi. The pair discussed Kenya’s efforts in fighting the illegal trafficking and poaching of wildlife in the country, as well as defence and security matters. Prince William pledged to do whatever he could to help “raise the profile in your [Kenyan] efforts to conserve wildlife”. Great meeting this morning between @PresidentKE and … Continue reading

“We Appreciate That So Many Share Our Joy” – Victoria and Daniel Release New Photo of Their Children

  March 24, 2016 at 4:47 am by

Princess Estelle and newborn Prince Oscar

The Swedish Royal Court has released a new photo of Princess Estelle and her newborn brother Prince Oscar today, as a thanks for all the good wishes the Crown Princess Couple received over the past few weeks. “Thank you very much for all the greetings, good wishes and congratulations we received in connection with Princess Estelle’s birthday and Prince Oscar’s birth. We appreciate all the thoughts and that so many share … Continue reading

Sheikha Al Mayassa Opens Exhibition on Chinese Silk Work

  March 23, 2016 at 6:58 pm by

Sheikha Al Mayassa opens a new exhibition at the Qatar Museum

Sheikha Al Mayassa bin Hamad Al Thani has opened a new exhibition at the Qatar Museums Gallery Katara that focuses on Chinese silk work. The exhibition is entitled ‘Silks from the Silk Road – Chinese Art of Silk’ and is on loan from the Chinese National Silk Museum. During her visit, Sheikha Al Mayassa was shown how workers sew elaborate imagery on to silk. The Sheikha is the chairwoman of … Continue reading

Prince Harry Completes Official Visit to Nepal, Will Stay 6 More Days in Private Capacity

  March 23, 2016 at 4:11 pm by

Prince Harry on his last official day in Nepal

Prince Harry was back in Kathmandu today where he officially opened the Nepal Girl Summit alongside President Bidyha Bhandari. The summit’s purpose is to promote the rights of girls, particularly in developing countries. “We need to acknowledge that so many countries and cultures are failing to protect the opportunities of young women and girls in the way they do for boys. Improved access to education can transform lives, families, communities and … Continue reading

Dutch King Visits Problem Areas In The Hague: ‘We Need to Keep Our Backs Straight’

  March 23, 2016 at 2:58 pm by

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King Willem-Alexander paid a surprise visit to the neighbourhoods of Transvaal and Schilderswijk in the Hague today. The king visited the market of the neighbourhoods and spoke to residents for two hours. The working class and immigrant neighbourhoods have been in the news negatively for a long time. A terrorist cell was operating from this area. Last year there were several riots by youngsters who attacked the police. The visit … Continue reading

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde Meet With Medical Staff In Wake of Terrorist Attacks

  March 23, 2016 at 8:02 am by

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde observe a minute's silence at the European Commission

The Belgian King and Queen this morning visit the Erasmus Hospital in Anderlecht, where they were given a briefing by medical staff on the conditions and injuries suffered by victims of yesterday’s horrific terrorist attack in the Belgian capital, which killed over 30 people. They also met with volunteers who provided medical aid across the day and also some of the victims which were taken to this particular hospital. Erasmus ziekenhuis … Continue reading

Spanish King and Queen Offer Condolences at Belgian Embassy

  March 23, 2016 at 7:42 am by

Queen Letizia signs the condolence book at the Belgian Embassy in Madrid as King Felipe watches on

King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain have visited the Belgian Embassy in Madrid to pay their respects to the victims of yesterday’s terrorist attacks in Brussels. The couple met with the Belgian Ambassador to Spain, Pierre Labouverie, before signing the condolence book. Their message read, “Given the terrible terrorist attacks yesterday in Brussels, we want above all to express our condemnation and abhorrence firmly. The pain of Belgium is also … Continue reading

Harry Remembers Fallen Gurkha Soldiers on Day Four in Nepal

  March 22, 2016 at 5:03 pm by

Prince Harry at a remembrance ceremony in Nepal

On his fourth day in Nepal, Prince Harry honoured fallen Gurkha soldiers during a remembrance ceremony at the British Gurkha Camp in Pokhara. Wearing the number 1 dress of the Blues and Royals, the Prince laid a wreath of poppies during the ceremony which contained a note reading “With the deepest admiration, respect and gratitude. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Hardik Sradhanjali.” Harry served alongside Gurkha soldiers during his tour … Continue reading

The Pahlavis Gather For Persian New Year

  March 22, 2016 at 12:43 pm by

Empress Farah and her four granddaughters celebrate the Persian New Year

Empress Farah Pahlavi of Iran hosted a small celebration to mark the Persian New Year, Nowrouz, yesterday at her home in Washington, D.C. Prince Reza, his wife Yasmine and their daughters Noor, Iman and Farah, Princess Farahnaz and Raha Didevar and her daughter with the late Prince Alireza, Iryana, were all present for the celebration.

Belgian King, Fellow Monarchs React To Brussels Attacks

  March 22, 2016 at 7:41 am by

The Belgian flag flying at half-mast

At least 28 people have been killed in Brussels this morning, as explosions occurred at the city’s airport and at a metro station. The Belgian Royal Court issued a statement from King Philippe, saying that he and Queen Mathilde were “shocked by the horrific attacks” on the city. Their thoughts are with the victims and their families in this terrible time. The royal couple’s agenda for the next two days … Continue reading

Maria Teresa of Luxembourg Turns 60 Today

  March 22, 2016 at 1:00 am by

Grand Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg

Maria Teresa, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg celebrates her 60th birthday today. Born on March 22, 1956 in Havana, Cuba, to parents José Antonio Mestre y Alvarez and María Teresa Batista y Falla de Mestre. In 1959, the family moved to New York city because of the revolution. After completing high school, Maria Teresa moved to Switzerland, it was there where she met her future husband and was at the time … Continue reading

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