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

Queen Sofia Visits Areas hit by Spanish Floods

  October 8, 2012 at 10:56 pm by

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October 5th, 2012 Queen Sofia paid a visit to some of the areas affected by the recent terrible flash flooding in Andalusia and Murcia. The devastating late September floods left eleven people dead. On October 5th,Queen Sofia arrived by helicopter to the town of Puerto Lumbreras and Her Majesty later went on to visit the towns of Villanueva del Rosario and Pueblo Laguna de Vera, where much of the area … Continue reading

Reburial of Prince Paul and Princess Olga of Yugoslavia

  October 8, 2012 at 5:28 am by

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The ceremony of reburial of Prince Paul and Princess Olga of Yugoslavia took place on October 6, 2012. It was a semi-state event attended by the country’s highest dignitaries and virtually the entire Serbian Royal Family. Crown Prince Alexander II, Crown Princess Katherine, Hereditary Prince Peter, Princes Philip and Alexander, Princess Elizabeth (daughter of Prince Paul and Princess Olga) and other members of Karadjordjevic Royal Family paid final respect to … Continue reading

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

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