The Year 2014: A Right Royal Review

  December 31, 2014 at 6:00 pm by

A Right Royal Review

As 2014 draws to a close, The Royal Forums Blog brings you a review of all that has happened in the world of royalty this past year. Births January 17: Mia Grace Tindall. Zara Phillips gave birth to her first child with husband Mike Tindall just after the New Year at the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. Mia Grace is sixteenth in line for the British throne, and one of Queen Elizabeth II’s … Continue reading

British Royals Celebrate Christmas At Sandringham

  December 26, 2014 at 11:01 pm by

Queen Elizabeth II attends the Christmas Day service; 25-12-2014

The British Royal Family took part in the annual Christmas Day service at Sandringham House. Most of the immediate royals attended, apart from the Duchess of Cornwall, who was at home with a bad back, and Zara Phillips, who was at a sporting event in Sydney, Australia. Viscount Linley and his family as well as Lady Sarah Chatto and her family were also absent this year, however they attend every … Continue reading

Christmas Family Gathering At Fredensborg

  December 26, 2014 at 11:01 am by

The Christmas tree at Fredensborg, from Crown Princess Pavlos's Instagram

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark invited her extended family for Christmas in Denmark this year, for the first large Christmas gathering since 2006. Forty-plus members of the Danish, Greek and Berleburg royal families spent several days at Fredensborg Palace. The only ones missing were from the Berleburg side: Prince Richard, Prince Gustav and his partner Carina Axelsson, and Princess Nathalie and her husband Alexander Johannsmann. It has not been confirmed … Continue reading

Happy Holidays from The Royal Forums

  December 24, 2014 at 6:00 pm by

Happy Holidays

On behalf of the team at The Royal Forums and The Royal Forums Blog, we would like to wish all our members and readers a safe and happy holidays, and an exciting start to 2015! With over 62,000 members, and 1,450,000 posts, the Forums are growing each year and we would like to thank everyone who contributes to make the Forums what it is. We look forward to ‘seeing’ you … Continue reading

Albert and Charlène Introduce Their Twins

  December 24, 2014 at 8:58 am by

View the full image at the Prince's Palace Facebook

The Prince and Princess of Monaco have introduced their newborn twins to the world, in a series of photographs released yesterday. Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, dressed in blue and pink coveralls, take pride of place in the photos, taken at the Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace where they were born. Prince Albert and Princess Charlène look incredibly pleased with their newborns, who were born on December 10. Both Albert and … Continue reading

“God Jul” From Haga Palace

  December 24, 2014 at 6:03 am by

Princess Estelle

Three new photographs and a video have been released of Princess Estelle decorating the tree at Haga Palace with her parents, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, in time for the festive season. Adorable Princess Estelle wished everyone a “Merry Christmas” (or “God Jul” in Swedish). Crown Princess Victoria also asked her daughter, “What does Santa say when he comes?”, to which little Princess Estelle replied “ho ho ho. There are … Continue reading

King and Queen of Jordan Send Wishes for 2015

  December 22, 2014 at 11:08 am by

From the TRF Avatar Gallery

As they do each year, King Abdullah II and Queen Rania have sent a card to congratulate the New Year. This year they have chosen a family picture where they posed with their four children: Crown Prince Hussein (20), Prince Hashem (10), Princess Iman (18) and Princess Salma (14), unlike last year when Prince Hussein sent a picture of him with his brother. The whole family wears clothes in white … Continue reading

Princess Madeleine Announces Second Pregnancy

  December 19, 2014 at 10:09 am by

Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill

The Swedish Royal Court has announced that Princess Madeleine is pregnant with her second child. “We are very happy and look forward to welcoming a new member to our family,” the Princess and her husband, Christopher O’Neill, said in the statement. The baby is due in the summer of 2015. Princess Madeleine and Mr O’Neill were married in June 2013, and have a daughter, Leonore, born in February this year.

Princess Haya Presides Over Her Last FEI Annual Meeting

  December 15, 2014 at 9:09 pm by

From the TRF Avatar Gallery

Princess Haya of Jordan presided her last FEI General Assembly as President of the International Ecuestrian Federantion (FEI) in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Jordanian princess announced in August she will not stand for a third term, as she wants to prioritize her family and her two children. During her stay in Azerbaijan she was received by the President, Ilham Aliyev, at the Presidential Palace in Baku. On Sunday, on her final … Continue reading

Thai Crown Prince Divorces Third Wife

  December 13, 2014 at 10:28 pm by

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand and his former wife, Srirasmi Suwadee

The Thai Royal Court confirmed that the Crown Prince, Maha Vajiralongkorn, and his third wife Srirasmi have ended their 13 year marriage. “The King has granted permission to announce that Princess Srirasmi, the wife of Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, has informed in a written document that she has resigned from her royal status,” an official statement from the Palace announced yesterday in the Royal Thai Government Gazette. Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn and the … Continue reading

Merry Christmas, Love George

  December 13, 2014 at 10:00 pm by

View all three images at the Clarence House Twitter

New photographs of Prince George of Cambridge have been released in time for Christmas. Three photos of the 17-month-old toddler were published tonight, ahead of their appearance in this week’s edition of Hello! magazine. They were taken by Edward Lane Fox, Prince Harry’s private secretary, last month at Kensington Palace. Prince George sits on a flight of steps in the gardens, cheekily smiling at the camera. He dons a knitted grey … Continue reading

Dutch Royal Family Presents Prince Claus Award 2014

  December 13, 2014 at 11:30 am by

Abel Rodríguez, winner of the 2014 Prince Claus Award, and Prince Constantijn; 10-12-2014

Earlier this week, on December 10, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima along with Prince Beatrix, Prince Constantijn, Princess Laurentien and Princess Mabel attended the ceremony of the Prince Claus Award at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. This year the award went to Colombian artist and plant expert Abel Rodríguez. Prince Constantijn, as honorary chair of the Prince Claus Fund, presented the award. Mr. Rodriguez received this award for “his knowledge as … Continue reading

Funeral of Queen Fabiola

  December 12, 2014 at 2:55 pm by

View the full image at The Daily Mail

Belgium’s Dowager Queen Fabiola, who died last Friday aged 86, was laid to rest today after two ceremonies in Brussels. A cortege processed through the wet, dark streets of Brussels, departing from the Royal Palace at 9:30am. It arrived at the Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula just before 10am, and all members of the Belgian Royal Family stood silently, emotion evident on their faces, as the Queen’s coffin was … Continue reading

2014 Nobel Prize Ceremony in Sweden

  December 10, 2014 at 9:25 pm by

View the full image at Getty

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden tonight presented the Nobel Prize awards in a glittering ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall. The 2014 laureates were for physics Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura, for chemistry Eric Betzig, Stefan W. Hell and William E. Moerner, for physiology/medicine John O’Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser, for literature Patrick Modiano, and for economic sciences Jean Tirole. Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria … Continue reading

Nobel Peace Prize Awarded in Olso

  December 10, 2014 at 8:16 pm by

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The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi in a ceremony at the Oslo City Hall this afternoon. King Harald V, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit were on hand to congratulate the two laureates, at both the official ceremony and an audience at the Royal Palace prior. Yousafzai was awarded the prize for her fight for girls’ rights to an education, while Satyarthi … Continue reading

Princess Charlène Gives Birth: Son and Daughter

  December 10, 2014 at 6:28 pm by

The Coat of Arms of Monaco

The Princess of Monaco has given birth to her twins at the Maternity Centre of the Princess Grace Hospital. Princess Gabriella Thérèse Marie was born at 17:04, while Hereditary Prince Jacques Honoré Rainier was born at 17:06 (local time). Both infants and their mother are doing well, and the official statement read that Prince Albert II and Princess Charlène announced the births with “immense joy.” Hereditary Prince Jacques is first in line … Continue reading

Princess Haya Awarded Olympic Trophy In Monaco

  December 10, 2014 at 2:01 am by

Princess Haya bint Al Hussein of Jordan, Sheikha of Dubai

FEI President Princess Haya Al Hussein has been awarded the Trophy of the International Olympic Committee. Princess Haya accepted the award from IOC President Thomas Bach during the 127th IOC Session which was held in Monaco. The trophy was awarded to the FEI President for her recognition of her work during the eight years as the FEI President and her commitment of work as an IOC member. IOC President Thomas … Continue reading

Belgian Royals Pay Respects to Queen Fabiola

  December 9, 2014 at 10:42 pm by

View the full image at Le Soir

Members of the Belgian Royal Family have paid their respects to the late Queen Fabiola at the Royal Palace of Brussels. King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, King Albert and Queen Paola, Prince Laurent, and Princess Astrid and Archduke Lorenz were among the family members to view the late Dowager Queen’s body where it lies in the Palace’s Great Hall in a simple light oak coffin. Others present were Archduchess Marie … Continue reading

The Cambridges Begin US East Coast Visit

  December 8, 2014 at 8:09 pm by

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at The Carlyle Hotel in New York; 07-12-2014

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have begun their three-day visit to the United States East Coast, arriving in New York City yesterday afternoon. William and Catherine spent the day apart today, with William heading to Washington, D.C. to meet with President Obama and to speak at a World Bank meeting on illegal wildlife trade. The Duke was shown around the White House by Vice President Joe Biden and his … Continue reading

New Photos of Princess Estelle Released

  December 8, 2014 at 4:07 am by

View the full image at Kungahuset

A set of new photographs of Princess Estelle have been released by the Swedish Royal Court. The first photograph shows the little Princess at home with her parents. Princess Estelle is wearing the same pink outfit she wore whilst attending an exhibition at Skansen with her parents. The second photograph shows Princess Estelle holding flowers in a garden. The Princess’s profile at the Royal Court’s website has also been changed, … Continue reading

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