William & Kate Kick Off 2017 Engagements With Patronage Visits

  January 11, 2017 at 10:03 pm by

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today visited the Child Bereavement UK centre in Stratford to help mark the location’s first anniversary. The couple joined in on a Family Support Group session, speaking with families currently receiving support from the charity as they come to terms with their grief over the loss of a loved one, and learning about their Memory Jar exercise. “You know I lost my mummy when I was … Continue reading

Imperial Family Attends New Year’s Lectures

  January 11, 2017 at 9:24 pm by

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko

Emperor Akihito has led members of the Imperial Family during the annual Kosho Hajime no Gi (New Year’s Lectures) at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo today. Attending were the Empress, Crown Prince Naruhito, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, Princess Mako and Prince and Princess Hitachi. The family listened to three lectures from professors of the University of Tokyo and the Waseda University, on the topics of French literature, political science and … Continue reading

Countess of Wessex Pays Visit to Military Families in Bulford

  January 11, 2017 at 2:12 pm by

The Countess of Wessex

The Countess of Wessex today made a trip to Bulford, in Wiltshire, where she met with soldiers from the 5th Battalion The Rifles and their families. She was given a tour of Ward Barracks, the new home base for the 5th Battalion following their recent return from Germany. During her tour, the Countess was shown the newest equipment the 5th Battalion uses, including new personal protection equipment. "Virtus" is the new … Continue reading

Crown Princess Mary Receives Berlingske’s Honorary Award

  January 10, 2017 at 9:42 pm by

Crown Princess Mary

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark was today awarded the Berlingske Foundation’s Honorary Award for her work “as patron of the vulnerable groups of society”. During the awards ceremony at Det Berlingske Hus in Copenhagen, the Berlingske Foundation’s chairman Mads Bryde Andersen called the Princess’s work and dedication “a model not only for other role models, but for everyone with a commitment to the society we live in.” In her acceptance speech, … Continue reading

King Felipe Attends Funeral of Former Portuguese President

  January 10, 2017 at 5:32 pm by

The funeral of the former President of Portugal

Spain’s King Felipe VI today attended the state funeral of the former Portuguese President, Mário Soares, at the Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon. He was joined at the service by Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco, as well as a number of heads of state. The King offered his condolences to the family of President Soares, who died at the age of 92 on Saturday, upon his arrival at the Monastery. Earlier, the … Continue reading

Prince William’s First Engagement of the Year: A Visit to Centrepoint

  January 10, 2017 at 2:08 pm by

Prince William

The Duke of Cambridge has kicked off his 2017 working calendar with a visit to one of his first patronages, Centrepoint. He spent time today at the organisation’s hostel in Northolt, speaking with young people who have received assistance from the organisation. William watched in on several workshops the hostel hosts, including one called WorkWise that is designed to help homeless people find and keep employment. He heard from individuals who have … Continue reading

Navy Chic: Queen Letizia Attends AECC Meeting in Madrid

  January 10, 2017 at 1:47 pm by

Queen Letizia

Queen Letizia of Spain has attended the first meeting of 2017 for the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC), of which she is Honorary President, at the organisation’s head quarters in Madrid. At the meeting, the Queen along with board members and staff of the organisation and others affiliated with the AECC’s efforts, discussed and outlined the strategy points of the AECC for the year. The Queen donned a professional ensemble of … Continue reading

Luxembourg’s Grand Ducal Family Hosts New Year Reception

  January 10, 2017 at 10:27 am by

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and Grand Duke Henri

At the Grand Ducal Palace today, the Luxembourg Grand Duke and Grand Duchess welcomed members of Parliament and government for their annual New Year’s reception. Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, wearing an orange shift dress with floral embellishments, were also present to greet the guests, including Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and the Parliamentary President Mars Di Bartolomeo. A second reception will be held tomorrow for members of … Continue reading

Second Daughter for Alexander and Sarah von Isenburg

  January 10, 2017 at 6:37 am by

Hereditary Princess Sarah and Hereditary Prince Alexander von Isenburg

Hereditary Princess Sarah von Isenburg gave birth to her second child, a daughter, on January 5 in Munich, the Princely House has announced yesterday. “With great joy and gratitude, the Princely House of Isenburg announces the birth of the second child of TH The Hereditary Prince and Princess,” the statement read. The infant – who joins big sister Princess Alix Imagina (born in November 2015) – has been named Zita. … Continue reading

A Golden Wedding Anniversary in The Netherlands

  January 10, 2017 at 4:00 am by

Princess Margriet and Pieter van Vollenhoven on their wedding day

Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and her husband, Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven, today celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary. A new photograph of the couple was released last week to celebrate the milestone, and yesterday two more were released featuring their children and grandchildren. The couple will celebrate privately, on a Caribbean cruise with their children and grandchildren in February. Margriet and Pieter have given an interview to Blauw Bloed which will air on January … Continue reading

Thai Royal Chariot Sent For Repairs In Preparation For Royal Cremation

  January 9, 2017 at 9:58 pm by

The Thai Royal Chariot during the funeral of Princess Bejaratana

The Royal Chariot that will be used in the cremation ceremony of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand has been removed from the Bangkok National Museum, with pieces of the vehicle being sent to the Traditional Arts Office in Nakhon Pathom for repair work. Built in 1795, the chariot – called Maha Phichai Ratcharot – carries the urn of deceased members of the royal family during the cremation ceremony. It is … Continue reading

The Duchess of Cambridge At 35: Her Top Five Fashion Moments

  January 9, 2017 at 6:00 am by

The Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess of Cambridge celebrates her 35th birthday today. To mark the occasion, we’ve put together a list of her five best fashion moments since she became part of the British Royal Family (in our opinion of course!) Let us know in the comments what your favourite Kate fashion moment is. 5. In December 2013, Catherine attended the premiere of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom in a cream Roland Mouret evening gown, featuring … Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth Makes First Public Appearance In Nearly A Month At Church

  January 8, 2017 at 12:30 pm by

Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth II has made her first public appearance in almost four weeks, as she attended the Sunday church service at the St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham this morning. Arriving to church by car with the Duke of Edinburgh, the monarch – who has been suffering from a heavy cold since before Christmas – looked her bright, usual self in a royal blue outfit with matching hat with feathers around the … Continue reading

Palace Profile: ‘Iolani Palace

  January 8, 2017 at 7:00 am by

'Iolani Palace

The second of our Palace Profiles takes us to the only official royal residence located on US soil, ‘Iolani Palace, the official residence of the final rulers of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Facade of ‘Iolani Palace Location: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America Built: 1879-1882 (current form) Architects: Thomas J. Baker, Charles J. Wall, and Isaac Moore (current form) Commissioned By: King David Kalākaua (current form); Mataio Kekūanāoʻa (original building) Style: American Florentine Rooms: 26 On The Palace Grounds: The Royal … Continue reading

Zara and Mike Tindall Step Out On The Gold Coast For Magic Millions

  January 8, 2017 at 6:31 am by

Zara and Mike Tindall

Zara and Mike Tindall enjoyed the sunshine of the Gold Coast, on the north-east coast of Australia, today as they attended the Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo event. After a photocall and chatting with others linked to the event, Zara changed out of her white Zimmerman eyelet lace shirtdress into polo gear and mounted her horse to take part in the inaugural polo match linked to Magic Millions. While playing for Team … Continue reading

Princess Mary Launches ‘AntiBulli’ Program Alongside Handball Champion

  January 7, 2017 at 1:35 pm by

Crown Princess Mary

Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary today launched a new anti-bullying program in Silkeborg alongside Danish handball player Mikkel Hansen. The purpose of the program, called AntiBulli, is to create strong unity and community spirit in handball clubs around the country, to eliminate exclusion and bullying, and improve children’s welfare while participating in sporting activities. During the event, Mary and Mikkel both took part in handball exercises with the children from the Silkeborg … Continue reading

Queen Rania Meets With Ivanka Trump

  January 7, 2017 at 1:22 pm by

Queen Rania

Queen Rania of Jordan, who is enjoying a private holidays in New York, was seen on January 6 leaving Trump Tower. She had met with Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Elect of the United States, Donald Trump. They spoke about issues related to women around the world. Ivanka Trump met with Queen Rania in Trump Tower https://t.co/PLllC8zEQ2 pic.twitter.com/XHPBYQJsc9 — VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) January 6, 2017

On This Day: Crown Princess Juliana Marries Her German Prince

  January 7, 2017 at 9:00 am by

Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands on their wedding day

Eighty years ago, Crown Princess Juliana of the Netherlands and Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld were married at the Great Church (St Jacobskerk) in The Hague. Following the ceremony (which had been preceded by a civil ceremony at The Hague’s Town Hall), the newlyweds appeared on the balcony of Noordeinde Palace to greet the gathered crowd. While a number of royals and nobles attended the wedding (including the Duke of Kent and Princess Alice, Countess … Continue reading

King Felipe Presides Over 2017 Pascua Militar

  January 6, 2017 at 4:02 pm by

King Felipe and Queen Letizia

Today at the Plaza de la Armería at the Royal Palace of Madrid, King Felipe VI of Spain presided over the annual Pascua Militar, a military ceremony dating back to 1782 and the reign of Carlos III. The King reviewed the Royal Guard formation during the ceremony, which also included a 21-gun salute and the playing of the Spanish national anthem, La Marcha Real. Queen Letizia joined her husband in … Continue reading

Flashback Friday: The Duke of Kent Inspects Bombing Damage

  January 6, 2017 at 6:00 am by

Prince George, Duke of Kent

January 6, 1941: Prince George, Duke of Kent is seen during a visit to Cheapside, London’s financial centre, to inspect damage caused during the air raids by German forces several days prior as they attacked the City of London during The Blitz.

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