On This Day: Queen Alia of Jordan Passes Away

  February 9, 2017 at 4:00 am by

Queen Alia

Forty years ago today, Her Majesty Queen Alia Al Hussein was killed in a helicopter crash. She was returning from an inspection trip to Tafileh Hospital in southern Jordan when the helicopter she was travelling in crashed. Among the casualties of the accident were: the Minister of Health, the pilot Badreddin Zaza, a friend of King Hussein, and the military doctor. Despite the bad weather and warnings from King Hussein not to … Continue reading

Dutch Working Visit to Germany, Day Two: Thuringia and Saxony

  February 8, 2017 at 6:58 pm by

Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander

Today, Wednesday February 8, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima started their second day of the working visit at the Thuringian State Chancellery in Erfurt were they were officially welcomed by Bodo Ramelow, Prime Minister of Thuringia, and his wife Germana Alberti vom Hofe. In the Chancellery took place an audience and the Royal Couple signed the golden book. Afterwards the King and the Queen paid a visit to … Continue reading

Charles and Camilla Pay Visit to Hull, UK City of Culture For 2017

  February 8, 2017 at 3:18 pm by

The Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall spent Wednesday in Hull, the city which has been named as the UK’s City of Culture for the year 2017. Beginning at the newly refurbished Ferens Art Gallery, the royal visitors were given a tour of several exhibitions, one of which featured the 14th century painting Christ Between Saints Paul and Peter by Pietro Lorenzetti. Camilla also stopped in at the Education … Continue reading

On This Day: Mary, Queen of Scots Executed

  February 8, 2017 at 3:00 am by

Mary, Queen of Scots

430 years ago, Mary, Queen of Scots was executed in the Great Hall of Fotheringhay Castle in Northamptonshire, England. She had been found guilty of treason in October 1586 for her role in the Babington Plot to assassinate the English Queen, Elizabeth I, and take over the throne. Queen Mary – who had been imprisoned in England for almost 19 years after she fled her native Scotland following her forced … Continue reading

Dutch Working Visit to Germany, Day One: Thuringia

  February 7, 2017 at 6:24 pm by

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima

Today, Tuesday February 7, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima started a four-day working visit to the German Federal States of Thuringia, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. The Royal Couple, along with the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen and the Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment Melanie Schultz van Haegen, arrived in Germany in the afternoon. Upon their arrival the King and the Queen paid a visit to … Continue reading

Camilla Dons Royal Blue For Modernism Exhibition Visit

  February 7, 2017 at 4:45 pm by

The Duchess of Cornwall

At Two Temple Place in London on Tuesday, the Duchess of Cornwall toured the new ‘Sussex Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion’ exhibition that has been put together to “celebrate Sussex’s modern artistic heritage”. Camilla saw the over 120 pieces that make up the exhibition, including Salvador Dali’s Mae West Lips Sofa. She also tried her hand at origami with some school children visiting the exhibition, before making a stop in the gift … Continue reading

Princess Beatrix Watches On As German President Receives Honorary Doctorate

  February 7, 2017 at 2:32 pm by

Princess Beatrix and President Gauck

Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands today accompanied President Joachim Gauck of Germany to the University of Maastricht, where the President was awarded an honorary doctorate. The President was given the honorary doctorate due to his “tireless defence of freedom, democracy, and justice”. It was also announced by the Dutch Royal Court that King Willem-Alexander awarded President Gauck with the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Dutch Lion in recognition … Continue reading

Crown Princess Mary Opens The “Jewellery Box” Exhibition

  February 7, 2017 at 12:53 pm by

Crown Princess Mary

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark opened the exhibition “Jewellery Box” in the Old City of Aarhus. The exhibition is on display in an underground gallery and showcases Danish jewellery from the 20th century. Princess Mary opened the exhibition and was taken a small tour where about 1,000 various pieces of jewelry are on display. Crownprincess Mary today February 7th 2017 at a jewelry exhibition💕💕#crownprincessmary #denmark#danishroyals #royalfamilies A post shared by ♚European … Continue reading

Charles Philippe and Diana Attend International Red Cross Ball

  February 7, 2017 at 6:44 am by

Princess Diana, Duchess of Cadaval and Prince Charles-Philippe, Duke of Anjou

Prince Charles Philippe of Orléans, one of the two claimants to the Duke of Anjou title, and his wife, Princess Diana, Duchess of Cadaval were in Florida over the weekend where they were guests at the International Red Cross Ball in Palm Beach on Saturday evening. Held at the Mar-a-Lago Club, the ball was the sixtieth time the event has been held. This year’s theme was ‘Vienna to Versailles’. The Duchess posted a photograph … Continue reading

Dutch King and Queen Host Dinner For German President

  February 6, 2017 at 10:06 pm by

The Dutch King and Queen with the President of Germany

German President Joachim Gauck is continuing on his ‘farewell tour’ of Europe before he leaves the post in March. This evening he was a guest of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands at a dinner at Palace Noordeinde. Official photos were released of the royal couple with President Gauck and his partner, Daniela Schadt. The Queen once again showed her prowess at unearthing jewels from the royal vaults not seen … Continue reading

The Cambridges Help Kick Off Children’s Mental Health Week

  February 6, 2017 at 7:22 pm by

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have paid a visit to Mitchell Brook Primary School in London to help launch Children’s Mental Health Week. The school was the host of Place2Be’s Big Assembly. After being greeted by a steel pan children’s orchestra, William and Kate sat in on the assembly where pupils from the school were presented with awards celebrating their kind actions towards others – the theme of this year’s Children’s Mental … Continue reading

Queen Letizia Stuns In Caped Dress At Innovation & Design Awards

  February 6, 2017 at 4:11 pm by

Queen Letizia

Spain’s Queen Letizia looked fabulous in a frock from designer Juanjo Oliva at Monday’s National Awards for Innovation and Design 2016 ceremony at the Regional Archaeological Museum of the Community of Madrid. The olive green dress, which featured a built-in cape, was a departure from the Queen’s usual style – but is an incredibly successful addition to her wardrobe! The pairing with cream snakeskin heels and clutch added just the right amount of … Continue reading

Queen Rania Tours Al Salt City

  February 6, 2017 at 1:40 pm by

Queen Rania

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah paid a visit to Al Salt city in Jordan. Queen Rania visited Beit Aziz, the first bed and breakfast in Al Salt. During the visit, she met with the owners and they explained how they started and how it has helped the tourism in the area. Her Majesty later joined a group of women in a workshop where she watched the teaching of Hadab … Continue reading

The Sapphire Queen: Elizabeth II Becomes First British Monarch To Reign For 65 Years

  February 6, 2017 at 7:30 am by

Queen Elizabeth

Today marks yet another milestone in the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom – as of the early hours of February 6, 2017, she has been on the throne for sixty-five years. The Queen is the first monarch in British history to reach this milestone. There will be no public celebration to mark the occasion, as the Queen will spend the day as she usually … Continue reading

Catch Me If You Can: Prince Harry Bests William & Kate During Relay Sprint

  February 5, 2017 at 2:39 pm by

Prince Harry and the Cambridges

Taking part in a relay race during a training event for the London Marathon with Heads Together teams, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were defeated by Prince Harry on their starting leg of the relay. With a grin on his face, the Prince looked back over his shoulder several times as he neared the change-over to ascertain just how far ahead of his brother and sister-in-law he was. Prince … Continue reading

Felipe, Letizia And The Girls Enjoy The Slopes Over The Weekend

  February 5, 2017 at 12:16 pm by

Spanish royals winter break

King Felipe of Spain, Queen Letizia have been enjoying a long weekend away from their busy schedule and joined by their two daughters, Princess Leonor and Princess Sofia. The royals are spending the weekend in Aragon Valley. They have been seen dining at the restaurant of the hotel they are staying in, visiting museums and small shops around town. King Felipe and his family were also seen enjoying a day … Continue reading

The Crown Princess of Denmark at 45: Her Top Five Fashion Moments

  February 5, 2017 at 4:00 am by

Crown Princess Mary

Australian-born Crown Princess Mary of Denmark today celebrates her 45th birthday. Since her 2004 marriage, she has been known for not being afraid to take a fashion risk (though this blogger much prefers it when Mary follows the ‘less is more’ strategy!). Let’s take a look at her best fashion moments over the past 13 years… 5. Celebrating her husband’s 40th birthday in May 2008, Mary wore this orange sequinned dress … Continue reading

Palace Profile: Winter Palace

  February 5, 2017 at 2:00 am by

The Winter Palace

Location: Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation Built: 1754-1762 (exterior); 1838-1839 (interior, following the December 1837 fire) Architect: Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli Commissioned By: Empress Elizabeth Petrovna of Russia (fourth and current palace) Style: Baroque (exterior); Neoclassical (interior) Rooms: 1,500 On The Palace Grounds: Hermitage Museum, Hermitage Theatre, Grand Church of the Winter Palace, Palace Gardens Current Owner: The Russian Federation Current Use: State Hermitage Museum Fun Fact: Over its two and a half century history, the Palace’s exterior colour has changed several times … Continue reading

Dutch, Greek and a Bea, Oh My: Society Wedding Hosts Royal Guests

  February 4, 2017 at 5:58 pm by

Princess Catharina-Amalia and Queen Maxima

A Greek shipping heir married his long-time fashion designer love in London today, and the wedding ceremony at the Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sophia saw several royals in attendance. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands (wearing the same coral Elie Saab dress Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria wore to her nephew’s christening last year) made the trip with their three daughters. The younger two, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane, were … Continue reading

King Abdullah The First Monarch To Meet With President Trump

  February 3, 2017 at 10:35 am by

King Abdullah and President Trump

The King of Jordan has been in Washington, D.C. this week, meeting with various Congress members, officials and organisations. On his last day in the US, the King had a brief meeting with the new US President, Donald Trump, at the National Prayer Breakfast at the Hilton International. He is the first monarch, and Arab leader, to meet President Trump. King Abdullah and President Trump discussed the relationship between Jordan and … Continue reading

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