Prince and Princess of Monaco At ‘Princess Grace Foundation’ Gala

  October 24, 2012 at 5:31 am by

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October 22nd, 2012 – New York City The Prince and Princess of Monaco attended the gala dinner of the Princess Grace Foundation in New York on October 22nd. This year marked the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA by the late Prince Rainier III of Monaco. The awards – of which there are 25 in total – recognize new talent in area of theatre, dance and … Continue reading

Queen Rania Visits the King Hussein Cancer Center

  October 24, 2012 at 3:01 am by

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Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan paid a visit yesterday afternoon to the pediatric department of the King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC) in Amman. During the visit, Queen Rania joined Princess Ghida Talal, Chairperson of the KHCF, and Princess Dina Mired, Director General of KHCF, along with the center staff and patients in distribute gifts to young patients receiving treatment. The gift distribution ceremony is an annual tradition at King Hussein … Continue reading

Charlotte Casiraghi Attends ‘Art of Cartier’ Exhibition

  October 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm by

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October 22nd, 2012 – Madrid Charlotte Casiraghi attended The Art of Cartier exhibition gala presentation at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid on October 22nd. The gala evening was in honour of the exquisite Cartier jewellery exhibition which is currently on show at the museum. The exhibition has over 400 historic pieces, some of which are on loan from the Spanish and Monegasque royal families, and also some which belonged to … Continue reading

Spanish Historical Royal of the Month: Maria of Austria

  October 23, 2012 at 3:57 am by

Maria, as Queen of Hungary, painted circa 1820

On October 18th, 1558 Maria of Austria, Archduchess of Austria, Infanta of Aragon and Castile, Princess of Burgundy, Queen Dowager of Hungary and Bohemia and Imperial Regent of the Low Countries died at Cigales, north of Valladolid in Spain. Though largely forgotten by history, Maria (or Mary) was nonetheless an important figure in the politics of 16th century Europe, although she is somewhat overshadowed by her brothers, Holy Roman Emperors … Continue reading

Day in History: 350 years since Charles II sold Dunkirk to France

  October 22, 2012 at 7:33 pm by

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350 years ago Charles II sold Dunkirk to France for approximately £400,000.  It was a hugely unpopular move that was influenced by financial and political needs. The port, although a valuable strategic outpost, was a huge drain on the King’s financial resources. However, there can be no doubt that even a greater motive was the vital need to forge closer relationships with France. Dunkirk was essentially a liability to the … Continue reading

Wedding of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy

  October 20, 2012 at 4:03 pm by

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The religious wedding of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy took place today, 20 October 2012. The dress The designer of the wedding dress of the new Princess Stéphanie of Luxembourg is Elie Saab. The dress required 3200 hours of work and 700 hours of embroidery sewing. Among the items used, 50 meters of Chantilly lace, 40 yards of lace from Calais, 30 meters of satin organza, 70 meters tulle, crepe silk lining, … Continue reading

Camilla Greeted by her Grandsons on a Visit to Marlborough

  October 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm by

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The Duchess of Cornwall visited Marlborough, Wiltshire, as part of the ongoing Diamond Jubilee tours. During her visit, she unveiled a 10ft long mosaic – part of the town’s local history exhibition – which was designed by local children. The Duchess also had a guided tour of the prison cells at Marlborough Town Hall, which she described as “spooky”. A 200-strong crowd had gathered to greet the Duchess. Delighted, Camilla … Continue reading

Guillaume & Stéphanie Married in Civil Ceremony

  October 20, 2012 at 4:21 am by

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Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy were married in a civil ceremony held at Luxembourg’s Town Hall yesterday afternoon. The couple were joined by their immediate families and witnesses as they walked through the streets of Luxembourg to the Town Hall from the Grand Ducal Palace. Well-wishers lined the route to greet the royal family, before the ceremony presided over by the Mayor of Luxembourg City, Mr … Continue reading

Wedding Festivities Kick Off in Luxembourg

  October 19, 2012 at 7:56 am by

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Festivities to mark the marriage of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume to Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy have begun in Luxembourg today. The couple has attended a reception hosted by the government ahead of their civil wedding ceremony, which will take place at 15:30 local time (in around two hours time). The reception was held at the Grand Théâtre de la Villa, and was attended by members of the government, members of … Continue reading

More Information Released Ahead of Luxembourg Civil Wedding Tomorrow

  October 18, 2012 at 9:14 pm by

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Ahead of tomorrow’s civil wedding ceremony of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy, several more details have emerged about the religious ceremony on Saturday. The Court has confirmed the complete bridal party – the couple’s witnesses, the maids of honour and the younger attendants. Prince Félix, Don Lawrence Doimi de Frankopan, Baroness Philippa von und zu Bodman and Princess Louise zu Stolberg-Stolberg will act as the witnesses … Continue reading

Day in History: Jadwiga is Crowned King of Poland

  October 18, 2012 at 7:54 pm by

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The coronation ceremony that took place in the Wawel Cathedral in Krakow on 16 October 1384 was truly a splendid event: Polish nobles spared no expenses and the grandeur of the coronation impressed everyone present. But the historical significance was even greater. For one thing, the young girl who was being crowned (only 11 years old at the time) was to go down in history as one of Poland’s greatest … Continue reading

Letters from Prince Charles to Ministers to Remain Private

  October 18, 2012 at 7:53 pm by

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The Government has blocked the release of around 20 private letters the Prince of Wales wrote to ministers between 2004 and 2005. The letters were requested under the Freedom of Information Act but the Attorney General stopped their release, maintaining that the publication could potentially undermine the Prince’s position of political neutrality. The High Court had previously ruled that two dozen letters should be accessible under Freedom of Information Act. … Continue reading

Luxembourg Royal Wedding Look-Back: Louis and Tessy

  October 18, 2012 at 9:30 am by

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The final installment of our ‘Luxembourg Royal Wedding Look-Back’ focuses on the marriage of His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Luxembourg and Miss Tessy Antony in 2006. Previous blog entries in this series looked at the weddings of Charlotte and Felix, Jean and Joséphine-Charlotte, Henri and Maria Teresa and Marie-Astrid, Margaretha and Guillaume. This couple’s relationship was first brought to public attention in September 2005, when the Grand Ducal Court … Continue reading

Mathilde’s Fashion Choices In Turkey

  October 18, 2012 at 8:09 am by

Princess Mathilde attends a concert while in Turkey; October 2012

It was all about snake print for Crown Princess Mathilde as she and Crown Prince Philippe started their economic mission to Turkey. Mathilde stepped off the plane in a plain cream skirt and a twin top set – the underneath top was snake print with a matching print lining her orange cardigan/jacket. The look was finished off with snake print heels and a tan clutch see here. On day two … Continue reading

Luxembourg Royal Wedding Look-Back: Marie-Astrid, Margaretha and Guillaume

  October 17, 2012 at 6:30 am by

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The second-last entry in our ‘Luxembourg Royal Wedding Look-Back’ series is a triple-wedding treat: the entry looks at the weddings of Her Royal Highness Princess Marie-Astrid of Luxembourg and His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Carl Christian of Austria, Her Royal Highness Princess Margaretha of Luxembourg and His Serene Highness Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein, and His Royal Highness Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg and Ms Sibilla Weiller. Previous entries focused on … Continue reading

Court Releases New Pictures of Estelle

  October 17, 2012 at 3:08 am by

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In conjunction with the opening of an exhibition on her birth and christening, the Swedish Royal Court has released a series of new photographs of Princess Estelle. The series of photographs, taken by Kate Gabor, shows the almost eight-month-old infant in the grounds of Haga Palace with her parents, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel. Wearing a cute point-hooded jacket, the infant appears content to sit and play with leaves. … Continue reading

Anniversary of the Execution of Marie Antoinette

  October 17, 2012 at 2:29 am by

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Yesterday marked the anniversary of Marie Antoinette’s execution. On October 16th, 1793, Marie Antoinette of Austria, former Queen of France, left her prison cell at the Conciergerie in Paris, where she had been imprisoned since August of that year, for the last time. Having been found guilty of treason by the Revolutionary Tribunal on October 14th, Marie Antoinette was condemned to death, her trial having been a complete farce. King … Continue reading

Luxembourg Royal Wedding Look-Back: Henri and Maria Teresa

  October 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm by

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Welcome to part three of our ‘Luxembourg Royal Wedding Look-Back’ series. Parts one and two looked at the weddings of Charlotte and Felix and Jean and Josephine-Charlotte. This edition takes you to the 1981 marriage of Friday’s groom, His Royal Highness The Hereditary Grand Duke and Ms Maria Teresa Mestre y Batista. Hereditary Grand Duke Henri announced his engagement to Maria Teresa Mestre y Batista on November 10th, 1980. The … Continue reading

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

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