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

Royal Anniversary: Death of Louise of Savoy

  September 22, 2012 at 7:18 am by

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On September 22nd, 1531 Louise of Savoy, the formidable mother of King François I, died at Grez-sur-Loing, outside Paris. During the first 15 years of the reign of her son, Louise was the most powerful woman in the Kingdom of France. Though Louise was born a Princess and was never Queen of France, she was Queen Mother in all but name. Maternal, politically active and shrewd, Louise acted as Regent … Continue reading

Jordan’s King & Queen Travel To The United States & Peru

  September 22, 2012 at 7:12 am by

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His Majesty King Abdullah II and Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah left for a working visit to the United States and Peru on Friday. During the visit to the Unites States, King Abdullah is scheduled to deliver a speech at the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. He is also scheduled to meet a few world leaders and heads of participating delegations attending the … Continue reading

Doña María Zurita Turned 37 Years Old This Week

  September 21, 2012 at 7:18 am by

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María Sofía Emilia Carmen Zurita y de Borbón was born in Madrid, Spain on September 16th, 1975. She is the only daughter of Infanta Margarita of Spain, Duchess of Soria and Hernani, and Don Carlos Zurita, Duke Consort of Soria and Hernani. María has an older brother, Don Alfonso Zurita. María is the youngest niece of King Juan Carlos I, but is not in line to the throne as her … Continue reading

Queen Noor Celebrates Atlantic College’s 50th Anniversary

  September 20, 2012 at 9:26 pm by

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The President of United World Colleges, Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, visited on Wednesday the St Donat’s Castle School in Wales. The visit was to celebrate the castle’s 50th anniversary as a location for an international college. Queen Noor had the opportunity to meet with students and alumni, and she helped to bury a time capsule containing students’ stories on Wales’ effect on their world.

Vote in the August 2012 Picture of the Month Polls!

  September 17, 2012 at 7:37 am by

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Please vote in the August 2012 Picture of the Month Polls! The official link features pictures showing the official side of royalty. This month’s informal poll showcases Royals in Uniform. The polls will remain open until 30 September 2012.

Princess Ragnhild has Died

  September 16, 2012 at 7:49 pm by

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Princess Ragnhild, Mrs Lorentzen – King Harald’s eldest sister – has passed away after a prolonged illness, aged 82. She died on September 16th, 2012 at 9.45 am, local time, in Rio de Janeiro. The flags on the Royal Palace in Oslo were half-mast today. Born on June 9th, 1930, Princess Ragnhild was the eldest child of King Olav and Crown Princess Märtha. Due to the male precedence, she was … Continue reading

New Spanish Royal Family Website

  September 16, 2012 at 9:15 am by

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On Monday September 10th, the newly redesigned Spanish Royal website — Casa de Su Majestad el Rey de España – Castellano — was launched. Replacing the old outdated site had been rumoured for some time, and the new site has a more professional look with a lot more information, photos and features. The new site banner features Their Majesties the King and Queen, and the site has video links and … Continue reading

The Duchess of Cambridge’s Jubilee Tour Fashion – Malaysia

  September 16, 2012 at 7:34 am by

The Duchess of Cambridge in Malaysia

When the Duchess of Cambridge touched down in Malaysia after Singapore, she was wearing the pale green custom-made Jenny Packham dress see here from earlier in the day. For the dinner hosted by the King of Malaysia for over 400 guests, Catherine wore a floor-length Alexander McQueen custom dress with gold hibiscus embroidered all over. Catherine matched her dress with a Catherine Zoraida scale bracelet and double leaf earrings see … Continue reading

The Princess of Asturias Turns 40

  September 16, 2012 at 7:00 am by

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September 15th, 2012 Her Royal Highness Doña Letizia, Princess of Asturias celebrated her 40th Birthday yesterday. The future Queen Consort of Spain was born on September 15th, 1972 in Oviedo, Asturias. Prior to her marriage to Prince Felipe in 2004, Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano worked as a journalist. The news of her engagement to the Prince was announced in November 2003 and caught many royal watchers by complete surprise. The couple … Continue reading

The Duchess of Cambridge’s 5 Looks in Singapore

  September 16, 2012 at 6:19 am by

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When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Singapore to start the first day of their Jubilee Tour to Singapore, all eyes were on the Duchess and what she would be wearing. Upon arrival and for the visit to the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the Duchess choose a custom-made three-quarter sleeves dress by British designer Jenny Packham. The dress was pale pink and printed with orchid flowers with a full … Continue reading

Infantas Leonor and Sofia Back to School

  September 15, 2012 at 6:25 am by

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Madrid – September 14th, 2012 It was the first day back at school for Infantas Leonor and Sofia after their long summer break. Dressed in their school uniforms and accompanied by their parents, the Prince and Princess of Asturias, the little Infantas arrived at the Santa Maria de los Rosales School in Aravaca near Madrid. Infanta Leonor turns seven next month, whilst her younger sister, Infanta Sofia, turned turn in … Continue reading

Royal Anniversary: Death of Philip II of Spain

  September 13, 2012 at 10:23 pm by

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On September 13th, 1598, King Philip II of Spain died at the Monasterio de El Escorial outside Madrid after a lengthy reign. Philip II held many titles: he was King of Castile, Aragon, Navarre, Majorca, Portugal, Sardinia and Naples, Duke of Milan, Burgundy, Lothier, Brabant, Limburg, Luxemburg and Lord of the Netherlands. Philip was born on May 21st, 1527, the only son of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, and his … Continue reading

Spanish Historical Royal of the Month: Joanna of Austria

  September 12, 2012 at 3:24 am by

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Joanna, Archduchess of Austria, Infanta of Castile and Aragon, Princess of Burgundy was born in Madrid on the 24th of June 1535. Joanna was the second surviving daughter of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and Isabella of Portugal. In 1552, she was married to Infante João Manuel of Portugal and their only surviving child was the future King Sebastian of Portugal. Following the death of Infante João Manuel in 1554, … Continue reading

Doña Victoria Federica Celebrates 12th Birthday

  September 10, 2012 at 11:11 pm by

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September 9th, 2012 Her Excellency Doña Victoria Federica de Marichalar y Borbón celebrated her 12th birthday yesterday. Doña Victoria is the only daughter of HRH Infanta Elena of Spain, Duchess of Lugo and Don Jaime de Marichalar. The eldest granddaughter of Their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain, she is currently sixth in the line of succession to the Spanish Throne. Doña Victoria Federica has an … Continue reading

Prince Harry Re-deployed to Afghanistan

  September 7, 2012 at 1:31 pm by

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Prince Harry has arrived in Afghanistan for his four-month tour of duty as an Apache attack helicopter pilot, the Ministry of Defence has announced. Captain Wales, as the Prince is known in the military, arrived on Thursday night at the main British base, Camp Bastion in Helmand, where he will be based with the 662 Squadron, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps. Looking relaxed if somewhat tired, Harry gave a thumbs-up … Continue reading

Jewel of the Day: The Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara

  September 5, 2012 at 8:07 pm by

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The tiara was named after its original owner Maria Pavlovna, Grand Duchess Vladimir of Russia, the wife of Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich (third son of Alexander II and brother to Alexander III). The Grand Duchess had impeccable taste in sparkling gems and wore them to great effect. Maria Pavlovna never tried to hide her disdain for Empress Alexandra, wife of Nicholas II, and went as far as to establish a … Continue reading

Day in History: Birth of Louis VIII the Lion

  September 5, 2012 at 8:05 pm by

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Louis VIII of France earned his epithet “the Lion” for the courage he displayed on the battlefield, for seizing back many of the lands that were lost to the English (such as Avignon, Poitou, Saintonge, Languedoc) and for his strong, wilful character. Yet he is arguably most famous for being the only French Monarch who succeeded in invading most of England and claiming the English Throne, even if temporarily. Louis … Continue reading

Prince Andrew Abseils Down Europe’s Tallest Building

  September 5, 2012 at 8:04 pm by

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The Duke of York abseiled down the Shard – Europe’s tallest building – to raise money for charity. The trip down the slippery glass-sheathed 1,016ft started at down and took each volunteer at least 30 minutes to complete. Prince Andrew was one of 40 volunteers, including Ffion Hague, wife of the foreign secretary, to undertake the challenge hoping to funds for the Outward Bound Trust and the Royal Marines Charitable … Continue reading

Confirmation of Marius Borg Høiby

  September 2, 2012 at 10:41 pm by

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Today, September 2nd, 2012, Marius Borg Høiby was confirmed in Asker Church. He is the son of Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Morten Borg, and was born on January 13th, 1997, before the Crown Princess’ relationship with Crown Prince Haakon. The families of both his mother and father were present at the confirmation, including also King Harald and Queen Sonja, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus as well as his … Continue reading

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