Luxembourg Royal Wedding Look-Back: Jean and Joséphine-Charlotte

  October 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm by

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Following our first installment of ‘Luxembourg Royal Wedding Look-Backs’ – Charlotte and Felix – yesterday, the TRF Blog would like to present our second installment, looking at the wedding of His Royal Highness The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg and Her Royal Highness Princess Joséphine-Charlotte of Belgium. The engagement between Hereditary Grand Duke Jean and Princess Joséphine-Charlotte was announced in late 1952, with their marriage taking place on April 9th, … Continue reading

Death of Former Cambodian King

  October 15, 2012 at 9:45 am by

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The former King of Cambodia, Norodom Sihanouk, has died. He passed away in a Beijing hospital today after suffering a heart attack. He was eighty-nine years old. Norodom Sihanouk was King of Cambodia from 1941 to 1955, and then again from 1993 to 2004, when he abdicated in favour of his son Norodom Sihamoni. His abdication stemmed from ill health: the King battled cancer three times (first in 1993, then … Continue reading

Spanish Royal Family Celebrate National Day 2012

  October 15, 2012 at 9:32 am by

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On Friday October 12th, the Spanish Royal Family presided over the annual National Day celebrations in Madrid. Members of the Royal Family present this year were the King and Queen, the Prince and Princess of Asturias and Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo. Notably absent this year was the presence of Infanta Cristina and her husband the Duke Consort of Palma de Mallorca. Also notable this year was the fact that … Continue reading

Princess Marie in Cambodia

  October 14, 2012 at 10:41 pm by

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Princess Marie paid a working visit to the Southeast Asian nation of Cambodia last week, in conjunction with her patronage of DanChurchAid. She arrived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital, on October 9th, accompanied by the Secretary General of DanChurchAid, Henrik Stubkjær. The first engagement of the visit was to the DanChurchAid office in the capital. “I’m excited to see how you work,” Marie told the staff at the office as … Continue reading

Where to Watch the Luxembourg Royal Wedding

  October 14, 2012 at 8:40 pm by

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The wedding between Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy on Saturday, October 20, 2012, can be watched live online at the following links: RTL Luxembourg will broadcast live from 10.00 AM – 13.00 PM. They will also stream live via their website. OR L’essentiel, a newspaper from Luxembourg, will stream live via their website. OR NOS will broadcast live (in Dutch) from 10.50 AM – 13.15 PM on … Continue reading

Day in History: Battle of Hastings

  October 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm by

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On October 14th one of the most important battles in British history was fought – Battle of Hastings. Not only did it signify the end of Anglo-Saxon era and the beginning of the Norman one, it was also the very last successful invasion of England. Since then, for nearly 1,000 years, no one succeeded to repeat the feat of William the Conqueror, the illegitimate son of Robert I, Duke of … Continue reading

Luxembourg Royal Wedding Look-Back: Charlotte and Felix

  October 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm by

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To mark the marriage of the Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy this coming Friday and Saturday, the TRF blog will be stepping back in time and looking at past royal weddings in Luxembourg. We begin this series with the marriage of Her Royal Highness The Grand Duchess of Luxembourg and His Royal Highness Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma. Grand Duchess Charlotte and Prince Felix were married … Continue reading

Day in History: King John Loses Crown Jewels

  October 14, 2012 at 11:59 am by

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The period between 1214-1216 was a particularly difficult one for King John: most of his country was occupied by the French King, Louis VIII The Lion (who had been declared King in London), even his most ardent supporters were deserting John’s side, the Barons forced him to sign Magna Carta, the Pope issued a proclamation whereby anyone who tried to seize the Crown from John would be entitled to do … Continue reading

The Prince and Princess of Monaco Visit Florence

  October 14, 2012 at 5:57 am by

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October 10th, 2012 – Florence, Italy The Prince and Princess of Monaco arrived in Florence, Italy on October 10th for a short visit. The Mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi, greeted the Princely Couple at the historic Palazzo Vecchio, where a large crowd of local well-wishers had also gathered. That evening, Prince Albert and Princess Charlène attended the ‘Bal du Lys’, or Lily Ball, and were joined by around 300 other … Continue reading

Spanish Royal Ladies Support Red Cross Fundraising Day

  October 14, 2012 at 5:11 am by

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October 10th, 2012 – Madrid As on previous “Día de la Banderita”, female members of the Spanish Royal Family presided over Madrid’s “Día de la Banderita de la Cruz Roja Española” or Red Cross Day. Attending this years fundraising stalls were Queen Sofia, Princess Letizia and Infanta Elena. Her Majesty arrived at the Carrera de San Jerónimo in Madrid at twelve noon and was greeted with loud bursts of applause … Continue reading

Death of Paddy Roy Bates, “Prince” of Sealand

  October 13, 2012 at 4:36 pm by

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Paddy Roy Bates, the self-proclaimed Prince of Sealand, passed away on October 9.  Prince Roy was the founder and first sovereign of the non-recognised Principality of Sealand. Bates was born on 29 August 1921 in London to Harry and Lilyan Bates He served in the British Army, rising to the rank of Major. After leaving active service, he was briefly a fisherman before moving into pirate radio. In 1965, Paddy ousted … Continue reading

State Visit from Finland to Norway

  October 13, 2012 at 4:20 am by

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The President of the Republic of Finland, Mr Sauli Niinistö, and his wife Mrs Jenni Haukio made a state visit to Norway from October 10th-12th, 2012. They were welcomed at Oslo’s Gardermoen Airport by Crown Prince Haakon. He accompanied them to the Royal Palace in Oslo, where they were met by King Harald, Queen Sonja and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. After the welcoming ceremony in the Palace Square, King Harald and … Continue reading

Guest List Released for Luxembourg Royal Wedding

  October 12, 2012 at 7:18 am by

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The Grand Ducal Court of Luxembourg has released a list of guests attending the upcoming marriage of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy. The guest list is for the religious wedding ceremony, which will take place on October 20th at the Notre-Dame Cathedral. The list comprises of the following guests: Members of the immediate family:- The entire Luxembourg Grand Ducal Family Grand Duke Henri’s siblings and their … Continue reading

Please vote in the September 2012 Picture of the Month Polls!

  October 12, 2012 at 4:55 am by

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Please vote in the June 2012 Picture of the Month Polls! The Official Link features pictures showing the official side of royalty. This month’s Informal Poll showcases Royal Hat Montage. The polls will remain open until 30 October 2012.

Day in History: Assassination of Alexander I of Yugoslavia

  October 11, 2012 at 6:19 pm by

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On October 9, 1934 His Majesty King Alexander I of Yugoslavia was assassinated in Marseille during a state visit to France, along with the French Foreign Minister Louis Barthou. Alexander I was the first King of Yugoslavia, and the last King of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. His assassination was one of the first assassinations captured on film: the shooting occurred right in front of the cameraman. Alexander … Continue reading

Prince William Attends Funeral of Former Nanny

  October 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm by

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Prince William cancelled high-profile engagements in the North East of England to attend the funeral of his childhood nanny, Olga Powell. The Prince also represented his brother, Prince Harry, who was unable to attend as the latter is currently in Afghanistan. The Duke of Cambridge paid an emotional goodbye to the woman who was by his side for most of his life, from childhood to adult years. He was joined … Continue reading

Spanish Royals attend Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Anniversary

  October 11, 2012 at 6:47 am by

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October 8th, 2012 Members of the Spanish Royal Family attended the twentieth anniversary celebrations of the founding of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid. The King and Queen were accompanied by Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz. To coincide with the anniversary celebrations, Their Majesties opened the exhibition “Gauguin and the Trip to the Exotic”, which features over 100 works by 19th century French Post-Impressionist artist, Paul Gaugin. The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum was … Continue reading

Prussians Expecting First Child

  October 9, 2012 at 8:54 am by

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The Prince and Princess of Prussia are expecting their first child. The news has been confirmed by Michaela Blankart, general secretary of the family. No information was given about the Princess’s due date, where the infant will be born or its gender. Ms Blankart told the Hohenzollerischen Zeitung that, “there is great joy”, in relation to the happy news. Princess Sophie is the first bride from last year’s three major … Continue reading

The Duke of Soria Turns 69

  October 9, 2012 at 6:00 am by

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His Excellency Don Carlos Zurita, the Duke of Soria and Hernani, Grande de España celebrates his 69th birthday on October 9th. Don Carlos Zurita is the husband of Infanta Margarita of Spain and thus a brother-in-law of King Juan Carlos. Born Carlos Emilio Juan Zurita y Delgado in Malaga in October 1943, he married the younger sister of King Juan Carlos on October 12th, 1972 at Estoril in Portugal. The … Continue reading

New Interview with Guillaume and Stéphanie

  October 8, 2012 at 11:58 pm by

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To mark their upcoming nuptials, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg and his fiancée, Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy, spoke with the Luxembourg media last week. The interview, and accompanying photographs, were embargoed until today, October 8th. Guillaume and Stéphanie spoke of how they met, when they got engaged and what they liked about each other. They also addressed the recent issue of Stéphanie’s nationality following the wedding. The couple met … Continue reading

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