King Philippe and Queen Mathilde Visit Antwerp

  February 25, 2016 at 7:19 pm by

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Today, Thursday February 25, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde paid a visit to the Province of Antwerp. Upon their arrival in the municipality of Arendonk, the Royal Couple visited Talander, a non-profit institution dedicated to adult people with intellectual disabilities. During the visit the King and the Queen met the director of Talander, Jos Sierens, made a tour of the residence and were informed about all the activities made … Continue reading

Dutch King Returns From Winter Vacation To Commemorate Unique Strike

  February 25, 2016 at 6:27 pm by

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King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands cut his winter vacation in Lech, Austria short to attend the 75th Anniversary of the Strike of February 1941. The commemoration took place at the statue of the docker at the Jonas Daniël Meijer Square, close to the two oldest synagogues of Amsterdam. The February strike that took place on February 25th and 26th 1941 was the only strike of non-Jews in Europe under Nazi … Continue reading

Princess Esmeralda Meets Humanitarian Who Saved 20,000 Children

  February 25, 2016 at 5:42 pm by

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Princess Esmeralda, aunt of King Philippe of Belgium, twittered a photo of herself with the ‘tireless and courageous’ humanitarian worker Marguerite Barankitse. Barankitse began providing food and shelter to 25 children on October 25, 1993, one of the worst days of the civil war in Burundi. She used her network in Europe and Burundi to extendher help efforts. In 1994 she converted a former school into a shelter for children. … Continue reading

Carl XVI Gustaf’s 70th Birthday Bash: Palace Releases Programme

  February 25, 2016 at 1:09 pm by

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The Royal Palace in Stockholm has released the programme of King Carl XVI Gustav’s 70th birthday celebration. The celebrations will go on for 5 days, with the main celebrations on Friday 29 April and Saturday 30 April. TRF member LadyFinn provided the following time table: Monday, April 25 The Royal Academies organize a Baltic Sea Seminar Location: The Royal Dramatic Theatre Time: 19:00 Tuesday, April 26 The Military Bands give … Continue reading

Felipe and Letizia Open Contemporary Art Fair (Updated)

  February 25, 2016 at 12:56 pm by

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Today King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain opened Arco 2016 in Madrid. The international contemporary art fair celebrated its 35th anniversary this year, a good reason for both the king and queen to mark the occassion with a joint appearance. The queen dressed in a colourful pink jacket, a white blouse and some interesting black pants made of leather. The king wore his usual outfit: a striped suit. … Continue reading

RVD Releases Programme for Dutch State Visit to France

  February 25, 2016 at 4:57 am by

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The Dutch Government Information Service (RVD) released the programme of the Dutch state visit to France, which will be on March 10-11 2016. The visit will build on the ‘positive impuls’ that the official visit of President Hollande to The Hague gave to the bilateral relation between the countries. The visit will be focussed on economic, cultural and European cooperation and shared history and values will be highlighted. Apart from … Continue reading

Duchess of Cambridge Heads North to Edinburgh

  February 24, 2016 at 9:46 pm by

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It was up to Edinburgh today for the Duchess of Cambridge, as she undertook several engagements in the Scottish capital. Wearing a dark green Max Mara coat over a houndstooth skirt and black turtleneck, Kate first visited St Catherine’s Primary School as part of her patronage of Place2Be, a children’s mental health charity. The Duchess accompanied the students in signing and performing the actions to the school’s “Welcome Everybody” song. “Everybody … Continue reading

Book-Lover Camilla Stops By Not One, But Two Libraries

  February 24, 2016 at 7:58 pm by

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The Duchess of Cornwall, who has been on a spate of literacy-related events these past few weeks, kept up the trend today, dropping by two different libraries in London. At the Islington Central Library early in the day, Camilla – wearing a steel blue dress and matching jacket – met with pupils from three local schools and gave them a sneak preview of a new book that has been published … Continue reading

Royal Engagement Anniversary

  February 24, 2016 at 7:24 pm by

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Today marks the 35th anniversary of the engagement announcement of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. Speculation had mounted over several months whether or not they would get engaged, resulting in ever-increasing media interest and speculation.  Finally, Buckingham Palace made the song awaited announcement in a statement which read: “It is with greatest pleasure that the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh announce the betrothal of their beloved son the … Continue reading

Decadence and Downfall: The Shah of Iran’s Ultimate Party

  February 24, 2016 at 5:23 pm by

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Last week the BBC aired a documentary about the celebrations in Persepolis in 1971, where the ‘King of King’s’ Shah Mohammad Reza of Iran celebrated 2500th anniversary of the Persian Empire. Central question in the documentary is if the grandiose celebrations hastened the downfall of the Imperial regime and the start of the Iranian revolution. The celebrations were described as ‘the biggest party the world has ever seen’. Ayatollah Khomenei … Continue reading

The Habsburg Effect

  February 24, 2016 at 4:59 pm by

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The newspaper ‘Independent’ dedicated an article to a remarkable study. Researchers suggest that the Habsburg’s ability to instill obedience in their subjects still has its effect today, several generations onwards. People who live within the borders of the old Habsburg Empire have significantly more trust in their country’s justice system than those who live outside of it. The researchers have described the phenomenon as the ‘Habsburg effect’. They claim that … Continue reading

Cookies For Princess Beatrice

  February 24, 2016 at 4:33 pm by

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Princess Beatrice of York dressed preppy for a benefit in New York City, which she attended yesterday. The princess used a navy jumper and a navy skirt for the  Cookies For Kid’s Hosts 3rd Annual Chefs For Kid’s Cancer Benefit’ . The princess still had her henna tattoo on her hand and also wore a small silver bracelet. During the evening 25 chefs cooked four different meals for the guests. … Continue reading

New Stamps To Mark Swedish Anniversaries

  February 24, 2016 at 3:59 pm by

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The Swedish court released three special stamps to mark their two special celebrations of 2016. The king and queen will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary this year and on April 30th the king will celebrate his 70th birthday. The stamps feature King Carl XVI Gustav, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Estelle. Pince Daniel has not been included for some reason. The stamps were designed Daniel Bjugard, with the … Continue reading

Infanta Cristina on Forced Leave From Job While Palace Is Linked To Nóos Case

  February 24, 2016 at 5:22 am by

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Infanta Cristina has been forced to take an unpaid leave by her employer, the La Caixa Foundation, for which she has been working since 1992. The last few years the Princess worked for their international events department in Geneva, Switzerland. Iñaki Urdangarin is also without a job since he was forced to leave Telefónica due to the Nóos trial. The Nóos case continues in Mallorca. Yesterday Iñaki’s business partner Diego … Continue reading

The Princess and The King

  February 24, 2016 at 4:46 am by

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Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand continued her visit to Cambodia with two very special events. First, the princess was granted an audience with His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni of Cambodia at the Royal Palace.  In formal attire, she greeted the King with a deep curtsey and a handshake before an exchange of gifts in the sumptuous surroundings of the palace.   From http://www.akp.gov.kh/?p=76700 Later on, Princess Sirindhorn visited … Continue reading

Chapeaux! The Hats of Princess Beatrix

  February 24, 2016 at 4:29 am by

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The hats of former Queen Beatrix are legendary. They come in all sorts, colors and sizes, often resembling birds nests, cheeses or cakes. And how many does she have? This question was asked by the Finnish press during the 1995 state visit. There is even a carnival song written about her hats, in which the singer fails to find out how many hats she has. In February 2017 National Museum … Continue reading

All Aboard The Elizabeth Line!

  February 23, 2016 at 2:16 pm by

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London’s new Crossrail link will be named The Elizabeth Line and who better to take a look at how construction is progressing, but Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II! The Queen visited part of the as yet completed underground structure at the Crossrail site in Bond Street, London today where she met a number of engineers, construction workers, Transport for London staff,  apprentices. Embed from Getty Images London’s mayor, Boris Johnson was on … Continue reading

Queen Rania Speaks At The Global Women’s Forum In Dubai

  February 23, 2016 at 11:30 am by

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Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan delivered the opening speech at the Global Women’s Forum opening ceremony which took place in Dubai on Tuesday. During her address to the Forum’s audience, The Queen urged the leaders to break inherited molds that have been imposed on women and pursue innovation in improving their standing. She added “When a woman succeeds, she reaches out to those around her and pulls them up with … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Crown Prince Naruhito!

  February 23, 2016 at 10:24 am by

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Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan celebrates his 56th birthday today and marked the occasion with a customary press conference, together with the release of a new video showing the heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne chatting happily with his wife, Crown Princess Masako and their fourteen-year-old daughter, Princess Aiko. In the press conference, the Crown Prince expressed his hopes that the the people still affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami living … Continue reading

Princess Estelle Turns Four

  February 23, 2016 at 7:26 am by

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Sweden’s Princess Estelle today celebrates her fourth birthday, and a new photograph by Kate Gabor has been released by the Royal Court. Estelle is – currently – the only child of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel. She is second in line to the throne, behind her mother. Within the coming weeks, the young Princess will get a very special belated birthday present – a new brother or sister (though … Continue reading

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