Japanese Princesses May Be Allowed to Form Imperial Branches

  October 8, 2012 at 4:26 am by

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The Japanese Government has released a review of its plans of changes in the imperial family system whereby females may be allowed to retain their titles, styles and status after marriages to commoners, and to create their own Imperial branches. Currently, two versions of the proposal exist. The first version allows female members of the family to not only create their own branches within the Imperial Family and retain their … Continue reading

Death of Prince Albert of Saxony, Margrave of Meissen

  October 7, 2012 at 7:23 pm by

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Prince Albert of Saxony, Duke of Saxony, Margrave of Meissen passed away on 6 October 2012, just a month and a half short of his 78th birthday. He was the disputed head of the Royal House of Saxony. The Prince was born on 30 November 1934 as the fourth child and youngest son of Friedrich Christian, Margrave of Meissen (second son of King Frederick Augustus III of Saxony and Louise … Continue reading

Tenth Anniversary of Prince Claus’s Death

  October 6, 2012 at 8:30 am by

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October 6th, 2012 marks the tenth anniversary of His Royal Highness Prince Claus of the Netherlands’ passing. He was the husband of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, and the father of His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange. Prince Claus passed away in 2002, from pneumonia, with his immediate family by his side. He had suffered from Parkinson’s Disease since 1991, and had also beaten prostate cancer. The … Continue reading

Felipe and Letizia’s Official Visit to Panama

  October 4, 2012 at 7:25 am by

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October 3rd-4th, 2012 The Prince and Princess of Asturias departed Barajas Airport in Madrid on Tuesday October 2nd to begin a three-day visit to the Republics of Panama and Ecuador. Having landed and settled in Panama City, capital of the central American Republic, the Prince and Princess went out for dinner in a city centre restaurant. The following day, October 3rd, the Prince and Princess began their official duties. First … Continue reading

New Addition to the Wales Family: Bluebell the Rescue Pup

  October 3, 2012 at 1:55 pm by

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Sometimes fairytales do come true, even for dogs. Found abandoned in a park at just four weeks old, Bluebell didn’t have the best start in life. The tiny Jack Russell was in very bad shape; she suffered from starvation, cold, a severe skin condition that had stripped her of much of her hair, and was scared and bewildered. Now, however, Bluebell has been nursed back to health and will have … Continue reading

Danes Attend Parliament Opening

  October 3, 2012 at 7:20 am by

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The Danish Royal Family yesterday attended the annual opening of Parliament at Christiansborg Palace. Queen Margrethe II, wearing a purple ensemble, led the family into the Parliament after arriving last just before noon. As per custom, the family arrive in reverse rank – Princess Benedikte, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie arrived first, followed by the Crown Prince Couple. The most senior members of the Presidium of the Parliament escort the … Continue reading

Spanish Royals Honour Regimiento de Caballería Acorazado “Alcántara”

  October 2, 2012 at 6:10 am by

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October 1st, 2012 – Madrid The Spanish Royal Family presided over a solemn military ceremony in the courtyard of the Palacio Real in Madrid for the imposition of the Distinguished Cross San Fernando to the Alcantara Regimental Cavalry Banner. Present today were The King, Queen, Prince and Princess of Asturias, Infantas Elena and Pilar, Infanta Margarita and her husband the Duke of Soria, Infante Carlos and his wife Princess Anne. … Continue reading

Crown Princess Mette-Marit in New York

  October 2, 2012 at 5:54 am by

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit was in New York last week, focused mainly on the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting 2012 which took place from September 23-25. The CGI was established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton and gathers a community of global leaders to work on solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended the opening session of the CGI Annual Meeting on September 23rd and surprised … Continue reading

From the Royal Genealogy threads – September 2012

  October 1, 2012 at 12:01 am by

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This is the monthly blog entry with news from the Royal genealogy threads. This time it’s a blog entry with news from September 2012. As always, a big thank you goes out to the contributors of the Genealogy threads. Royal births and pregnancies The Crown Prince of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, and his second wife, Sheikha Al-Anoud bint Mana al-Hajri, had their second child and first son together … Continue reading

Juan Urdangarín Turns 13

  September 30, 2012 at 6:41 am by

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His Excellency Don Juan Urdangarín y de Borbón, Grande de España turned 13 on September 29. Don Juan Urdangarín is the eldest son of Infanta Cristina of Spain and Don Iñaki Urdangarin, Duke Consort of Palma de Mallorca. His Excellency is the second eldest grandson of King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia, and is currently eighth in the line of Succession to the Spanish Throne. Don Juan has 2 younger … Continue reading

Queen Rania is Patron of Global Thinkers Forum 2012

  September 30, 2012 at 6:30 am by

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Global Thinkers Forum 2012 ‘GTF 2012′ has announced that Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah has become a patron for the Global Thinkers Forum 2012. The event will celebrate leading female thinkers and innovators between October 6 – 8, 2012 in Amman. Founder and Director GTF 2012 Elizabeth Filippouli said, “As a passionate and internationally acclaimed advocate for young people, education, communities and peace, Her Majesty is the perfect voice … Continue reading

Prince Giorgi Bagration-Bagrationi Celebrates His First Birthday

  September 29, 2012 at 6:02 pm by

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Prince Giorgi Bagration Bagrationi turned one year old on September 27. He is the son and heir of Prince David Bagration of Mukhrani and Princess Anna Bagration-Gruzinsky. The young Prince was born at 22:40 local time on September 27th, in Madrid, weighting 3.7 kilograms. From birth, he has been styled and titles His Royal Highness The Prince Giorgi Bagration Bagrationi. The press release for the Georgian Royal Family at the … Continue reading

New Official Portrait of Queen Elizabeth Unveiled

  September 29, 2012 at 2:32 pm by

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A new portrait of the Queen to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee has been unveiled in Australia. Painted by Australian-born artist Ralph Heimans, it depicts the Queen in the Sacrarium of Westminster Abbey. The magnificent artwork shows the Queen in a moment of solitary reflection at the centre circle of the Cosmati pavement, exactly where she was crowned over 60 years ago. The Cosmati pavement is the spot ever English monarch … Continue reading

Presentation and Christening of Princess Luisa

  September 29, 2012 at 12:53 pm by

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The Duke and Duchess of Parma and Piacenza, Prince Carlos and Princess Annemarie, presented their daughter, Princess Luisa of Bourbon-Parma, to the Basilica Santa Maria della Steccata in Parma on 28 September 2012 in the presence of among others, Prince Jaime, Princess Margarita and Tjalling ten Cate, Princess Carolina and Albert Brenninkmeijer, and Hans and Ank Gualtherie van Weezel. The parents of Princess Annemarie, Hans and Ank, received the Order of Gran Priore … Continue reading

New Information about Upcoming Luxembourg Wedding

  September 27, 2012 at 10:04 am by

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Over the past few days, little pieces of information have been trickling out from around Europe regarding the upcoming nuptials of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy. The Grand Ducal Court released two new official photographs of the couple, who will wed on October 19th and 20th, as well as their joint monogram. The photographs are believed to have been taken earlier in the summer, … Continue reading

Day in History: Battle of Stamford Bridge

  September 25, 2012 at 4:52 pm by

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1066 is nowadays remembered as the year of the Norman Invasion of England, but it could have as easily been the Norwegian invasion. The death of the childless Edward the Confessor triggered a succession crisis as there was no clear-cut heir to the Throne. At some point, it was believed he would be succeeded by Edmund Ironside’s son, Edward Aetheling. And indeed, the King ensured the young heir returned to … Continue reading

Princess Haya Named Goodwill Ambassador for OIE

  September 25, 2012 at 1:48 am by

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Princess Haya bint Al Hussein has been appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador for the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). Princess Haya’s role is to raise worldwide awareness of the World Organisation for Animal Health’s missions and activities. She said, “The OIE’s role in establishing the standards and approach taken to improve animal health globally is crucial, and especially at a time when the world faces the challenges of climate … Continue reading

King Juan Carlos meets Former US President Bill Clinton

  September 24, 2012 at 8:02 pm by

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New York – September 23rd, 2012 King Juan Carlos I attended the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative Meeting in New York City on Sunday September 23rd. Afterwards, the King met with former US President Bill Clinton in a relaxed and jovial atmosphere, with Mr Clinton joking that the King’s seat was ‘not a throne’. The King and Mr Clinton discussed a range of issues including the economic situation in Spain, violence … Continue reading

Princess Caroline attends ‘Monaco Par Coeur’ Gala Dinner

  September 24, 2012 at 7:46 pm by

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Monaco – September 22nd, 2012 Princess Caroline of Hanover, Hereditary Princess of Monaco attended the star-studded charity gala dinner ‘Monaco Par Coeur’ on September 22nd. The charity gala which was held in aid of the “Jeune J’écoute” and “Cékedubonheuof” charities; Princess Caroline is the Honorary President of the youth charity “Jeune J’écoute”. The sumptuous gala dinner was held at the Salle des Etoiles at Sporting Monte-Carlo, and drew in leading … Continue reading

Day in History: Coronation of George III and Queen Charlotte

  September 23, 2012 at 10:49 am by

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When George II died on 25 October 1760, his grandson succeeded him as George III at the age of 22. The new King was very popular; as Dr Johnson said, he enjoyed “the great advantage of not being his grandfather”. Unlike his two predecessors of the House of Hanover, George III was raised in England and spoke English as his first language, which furthered endeared him to people. George III … Continue reading

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