New Official Portrait of Queen Elizabeth Unveiled

  September 29, 2012 at 2:32 pm by

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A new portrait of the Queen to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee has been unveiled in Australia. Painted by Australian-born artist Ralph Heimans, it depicts the Queen in the Sacrarium of Westminster Abbey. The magnificent artwork shows the Queen in a moment of solitary reflection at the centre circle of the Cosmati pavement, exactly where she was crowned over 60 years ago. The Cosmati pavement is the spot ever English monarch … Continue reading

Presentation and Christening of Princess Luisa

  September 29, 2012 at 12:53 pm by

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The Duke and Duchess of Parma and Piacenza, Prince Carlos and Princess Annemarie, presented their daughter, Princess Luisa of Bourbon-Parma, to the Basilica Santa Maria della Steccata in Parma on 28 September 2012 in the presence of among others, Prince Jaime, Princess Margarita and Tjalling ten Cate, Princess Carolina and Albert Brenninkmeijer, and Hans and Ank Gualtherie van Weezel. The parents of Princess Annemarie, Hans and Ank, received the Order of Gran Priore … Continue reading

New Information about Upcoming Luxembourg Wedding

  September 27, 2012 at 10:04 am by

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Over the past few days, little pieces of information have been trickling out from around Europe regarding the upcoming nuptials of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy. The Grand Ducal Court released two new official photographs of the couple, who will wed on October 19th and 20th, as well as their joint monogram. The photographs are believed to have been taken earlier in the summer, … Continue reading

Day in History: Battle of Stamford Bridge

  September 25, 2012 at 4:52 pm by

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1066 is nowadays remembered as the year of the Norman Invasion of England, but it could have as easily been the Norwegian invasion. The death of the childless Edward the Confessor triggered a succession crisis as there was no clear-cut heir to the Throne. At some point, it was believed he would be succeeded by Edmund Ironside’s son, Edward Aetheling. And indeed, the King ensured the young heir returned to … Continue reading

Princess Haya Named Goodwill Ambassador for OIE

  September 25, 2012 at 1:48 am by

Princess Haya bint Al Hussein of Jordan, Sheikha of Dubai

Princess Haya bint Al Hussein has been appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador for the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). Princess Haya’s role is to raise worldwide awareness of the World Organisation for Animal Health’s missions and activities. She said, “The OIE’s role in establishing the standards and approach taken to improve animal health globally is crucial, and especially at a time when the world faces the challenges of climate … Continue reading

King Juan Carlos meets Former US President Bill Clinton

  September 24, 2012 at 8:02 pm by

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New York – September 23rd, 2012 King Juan Carlos I attended the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative Meeting in New York City on Sunday September 23rd. Afterwards, the King met with former US President Bill Clinton in a relaxed and jovial atmosphere, with Mr Clinton joking that the King’s seat was ‘not a throne’. The King and Mr Clinton discussed a range of issues including the economic situation in Spain, violence … Continue reading

Princess Caroline attends ‘Monaco Par Coeur’ Gala Dinner

  September 24, 2012 at 7:46 pm by

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Monaco – September 22nd, 2012 Princess Caroline of Hanover, Hereditary Princess of Monaco attended the star-studded charity gala dinner ‘Monaco Par Coeur’ on September 22nd. The charity gala which was held in aid of the “Jeune J’écoute” and “Cékedubonheuof” charities; Princess Caroline is the Honorary President of the youth charity “Jeune J’écoute”. The sumptuous gala dinner was held at the Salle des Etoiles at Sporting Monte-Carlo, and drew in leading … Continue reading

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

Queen Noor at the school in Wales; 19-09-2012

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

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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

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