Royalty and the Olympics: IOC Membership

  July 26, 2012 at 5:48 am by

Logo of the London 2012 Olympic Games

Continuing with our look at Royals and the Olympics, today the TRF Blog focuses on royals – both reigning and non-reigning – who are members of the International Olympic Committee. There are a number of royals who have current IOC membership, listed here in alphabetical order of the country they represent, as well as three who were made Honorary Members following the end of their active membership. Many of these … Continue reading

Ramadan 2012: King Abdullah II & Queen Rania with Orphans

  July 26, 2012 at 5:21 am by

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Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan began their activities in the Holy Month of Ramadan with a royal Iftar banquet hosted last Tuesday at Zahran Palace for orphans from several Jordanian orphanage institutions. Following the Iftar, King Abdullah and Queen Rania toured on Wednesday Mubarat Um Al Hussein Orphanage, where they checked the facilities and services offered to the children who benefit from the Al Aman … Continue reading

Jewel of the Day: The Duchess of Cambridge Pearl Pendant

  July 25, 2012 at 9:57 am by

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I guess we need to clarify one thing first: today’s jewel has nothing to do with the present Duchess of Cambridge. It was name so after Princess Augusta of Hesse-Kassel who married Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had three children together; the youngest of them was Mary Adelaide, Duchess of Teck – mother of Mary of Teck (George V’s Consort). Princes Augusta was known … Continue reading

The Queen meets British Prime Ministers, Past and Present

  July 25, 2012 at 9:19 am by

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Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha hosted a lunch on Tuesday to honour the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Former Prime Ministers Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Sir John Major were also there to pay respect to the woman who was the one constant throughout their times in the office. Baroness Thatcher was the only living Prime Minister absent; the Iron Lady has largely withdrawn from public life due to … Continue reading

Royalty and the Olympics: Host Nations

  July 25, 2012 at 8:29 am by

Logo of the London 2012 Olympic Games

With the Games of the XXX Olympiad kicking off on Friday in London, the TRF Blog will be looking at the connection between Royal Families and the Summer Olympic Games throughout history over the next few days. Our first blog entry focuses on royal nations which have hosted a Summer Olympic Games. Greece: Athens 1896 The first Games of the Modern Olympiad were held in the traditional home of the … Continue reading

Spanish Royal Family host Audience for Olympic Team

  July 24, 2012 at 7:32 am by

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Madrid – July 23rd, 2012 Members of the Spanish Royal Family hosted an audience for the Spanish Olympic Team at the Palacio Real de El Pardo in Madrid earlier today. Present were Their Majesties The King and Queen and Their Royal Highnesses The Prince and Princess of Asturias. After meeting the team, the King delivered a speech wishing the team ‘much success’ and the King also expressed his thoughts for … Continue reading

King Juan Carlos Removed as Honorary President of the WWF

  July 24, 2012 at 7:17 am by

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Madrid – July 21st, 2012 The Spanish branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature voted on Saturday to remove King Juan Carlos I as Honorary President of the WWF. This position has been held by His Majesty since its creation in Spain in 1968. Following the bad publicity and outcry generated by the King’s ill advised elephant hunting trip to Botswana in April, the Spanish WWF charity voted overwhelmingly … Continue reading

Jewel of the Day: Prince Albert’s Sapphire Brooch

  July 23, 2012 at 6:05 pm by

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Most of Her Majesty’s important jewels are currently being showcased in various Diamond Jubilee exhibitions, meaning we have been deprived of serious jewellery for quite some time now. Today, however, Queen Elizabeth made up for those unfortunate circumstances by wearing one of my personal favourite brooches – Prince Albert’s Sapphire Brooch. The brooch, also known as Queen Victoria’s Wedding Brooch, is not only absolutely stunning – it also has important … Continue reading

Reception for Members of the IOC at Buckingham Palace

  July 23, 2012 at 5:32 pm by

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Queen Elizabeth hosted a reception for members of the International Olympic Committee today. The Monarch invited IOC representatives from around the world to Buckingham Palace to welcome them to London. During the reception, Count Jacques Rogge, President of the IOC, made a speech, then presented the Queen with a set of Olympic medals. Her Majesty also addressed her guests, welcoming them to London. The Queen said: “In the coming days … Continue reading

Prince Felix Celebrates 10th Birthday

  July 22, 2012 at 12:01 am by

Prince Felix of Denmark, 2011

Prince Felix of Denmark, Count of Monpezat, the younger son of Prince Joachim of Denmark and his first wife, née Alexandra Manley, celebrates his 10th birthday today, 22 July. Since the divorce, Prince Joachim and Countess Alexandra of Frederiksborg have joint custody over the Prince and his brother. The Prince has an older brother, Prince Nikolai, a younger half-brother, Prince Henrik, and a younger half-sister, Princess Athena. The Prince was born on … Continue reading

British Royal Family No Longer The Most “Expensive” In Europe

  July 21, 2012 at 11:01 am by

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For many years, British Monarchy was considered to be the most expensive in Europe based on the amount the Head of State receives from the taxpayers. However, that distinction now belongs to the Dutch Royal Family, which overtook the British one this year. Professor Herman Matthijs of Ghent University has published a report on the costs of European Heads of State. In it, he notes that according to a very … Continue reading

Danish RF Attends Annual Photo Shoot at Gråsten Palace

  July 20, 2012 at 10:51 am by

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A large part of the Danish Royal family has today attended the annual photo shoot at Gråsten Palace. Queen Margrethe and Prince-Consort Henrik were joined by their oldest son, Crown Prince Frederik, with his wife Crown Princess Mary and 3 of their 4 children, Princes Christian and Vincent and Princess Isabella [Princess Josephine had a slight fever and didn't leave the Palace], and by the Queens sister, Princess Benedikte, and her … Continue reading

Prince Bandar Named Saudi Intelligence Chief

  July 20, 2012 at 5:32 am by

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The former ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan has been appointed as intelligence chief. A decree which was published on the the Saudi Press Agency site said “His Royal Highness Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz is relieved from his position as head of the Presidency of General Intelligence and appointed a special envoy and advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah with the rank … Continue reading

Crown Prince Haakon’s 39th Birthday

  July 20, 2012 at 3:58 am by

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Today, Crown Prince Haakon celebrates his 39th birthday. He was born on July 20th, 1973 and has an elder sister, Princess Märtha Louise. Due to male precedence, he became Crown Prince of Norway when his father ascended to the throne in 1991. In 1990, the Norwegian constitution was altered, granting the eldest child, regardless of gender, to precede in the line of succession. This was not, however, done retroactively, meaning … Continue reading

Day in History: Mary I becomes Queen Regnant of England

  July 19, 2012 at 7:46 pm by

Young Mary I

On July 19, 1553 Mary Tudor replaced Lady Jane Grey on the English Throne, becoming the first undisputed Queen Regnant of England. Mary was born on 18 February 1516 to Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon. She was a much loved child and, because she was their only surviving one, was doting upon by her parents. Once it became apparent Queen Catherine would not have more children, Mary was treated … Continue reading

Kate Opens National Portrait Gallery’s Olympic Exhibition

  July 19, 2012 at 7:46 pm by

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The Duchess of Cambridge visited the exhibition “Road To 2012: Aiming High” at London’s National Portrait Gallery today. The exhibition features images of famous athletes and newcomers all hoping for Olympic glory. Kate met the photographers, as well as some of their sitters. Among them was the London 2012 Olympic torch relay’s oldest bearer, Diana Gould. Mrs Gould, who turned 100 this year, is set to be a torch-bearer in … Continue reading

Prince Charles Shows Off His Wall-Climbing Skills

  July 19, 2012 at 7:46 pm by

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It seems everyone is getting into the spirit of the London Olympics, even Prince Charles. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, on the first day of their tour to Channel Islands, went to Grainville Secondary School where they talked to teachers and students and popped into the school gym. That’s when the Prince saw a traversing wall – and immediately decided to climb it. To the surprise … Continue reading

Spainish Royal Family Takes Another Pay Cut

  July 19, 2012 at 9:12 am by

The Spanish Royal Family in April 2010

Madrid – July 18th, 2012 The Spanish Royal Court has announced that the King and Prince of Asturias are to have their salaries cut by 7.1 percent. In another move to reduce the Royal budget, expenses claimed by other members of the Royal Family will also be cut. The Royal budget for 2012 was set at around €8.3, which is down 2% from 2011 and overall quite small compare to … Continue reading

Prince Harry, Princess Eugenie Attend The Dark Knight Premiere

  July 19, 2012 at 8:57 am by

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The première of the Dark Knight Rises in London was attended by not only Hollywood royalty, but also real-life British ones – Prince harry and Princess Eugenie. The royal cousins arrived at the Waterloo IMAX debut of the film separately; Harry arrived on his own, while the Princess was accompanied by her boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank. Harry smiled at photographers and fans as he arrived wearing a dark blue suit with … Continue reading

Infanta Pilar attends Spanish Olympic Committee Ceremony in Madrid

  July 19, 2012 at 8:56 am by

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Madrid – July 14th, 2012 Her Royal Highness Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz attended the Spanish Olympic Committee opening ceremony in Madrid on July 14th. The elder sister of His Majesty King Juan Carlos I is a member of the Honorary Council of the Spanish Olympic Committee. Present was Spanish judoka champion, Isabel Fernández, who won a gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Isabel later … Continue reading

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