Royals Turn to Elie Saab For Luxembourg Wedding Gala

  October 25, 2012 at 9:09 am by

Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy in Elie Saab at her pre-wedding gala banquet; 19-10-2012

And the royals decided to wear Elie Saab. Lebanese designer Elie Saab, who shows at Paris Fashion Week, dressed seven royals at one gathering. The gathering was a reception dinner celebrating the marriage of Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy. The most important person of the evening, Countess Stéphanie, wore a full embroidered grey gown with lace inserts and a low back draping see here . Her … Continue reading

Princess Madeleine Engaged to Chris O’Neill

  October 25, 2012 at 4:07 am by

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The Swedish Royal Court has just announced the engagement of Princess Madeleine to Mr Christopher O’Neill. Both King Carl XVI Gustaf and the Swedish government have given their consent for the marriage. The couple have been dating since the end of 2010. In an interview with Princess Madeleine and Mr O’Neill posted on the Royal Court’s website, they reveal the engagement took place earlier in October, and that Mr O’Neill … Continue reading

Queen Sofia’s Visit to Bolivia

  October 24, 2012 at 9:08 pm by

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October 15th-19th, 2012 Her Majesty Queen Sofia embarked on a four-day visit to the Republic of Bolivia from October 15th until October 19th. Queen Sofia was accompanied on this visit by the Spanish Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Latin America, Jesus Gracia. The aim of the visit was to reaffirm that Bolivia will remain a priority for aid by the Spanish Government, despite the dire economic climate … Continue reading

Jewel of the Day: The Queen Mother’s Heart Shaped Amethyst Pendant Necklace

  October 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm by

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As first pictures of the Duchess of Cornwall at Skyfall première emerged, a lot of people (at least, lot of jewellery watchers) wondered about the amethyst necklace she was wearing. It was certainly not one she had ever worn before, and not an easily recognizable piece from British Royal Jewellery collection. My first thought was that the necklace was brand new, and had it not been for a more careful … Continue reading

Charles and Camilla Attend Skyfall Première

  October 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm by

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The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall attended the world première of Skyfall in London. The screening, held at the Royal Albert Hall, was in aid of charities that support former and current members of Britain’s intelligence agencies. Skyfall is the 23rd official Bond film, and Daniel Craig’s third appearance as the world-famous super-spy. Prince Charles and Camilla spoke to the enthusiastic fans who had gathered for the … Continue reading

Royals At Buckingham Palace Reception For Team GB

  October 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm by

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Great Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic heroes were honoured yesterday at a glittering Buckingham Palace reception hosted by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. British Royals turned out in force to show their appreciation for the sporting heroes who had won Britain an unprecedented haul of gold, silver and bronze medals during the spectacular London 2012 Games. Team GB did the country proud with an outstanding performance during the Olympic … Continue reading

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

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