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

Spanish Historical Royal of the Month: Joanna of Austria

  September 12, 2012 at 3:24 am by

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Joanna, Archduchess of Austria, Infanta of Castile and Aragon, Princess of Burgundy was born in Madrid on the 24th of June 1535. Joanna was the second surviving daughter of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and Isabella of Portugal. In 1552, she was married to Infante João Manuel of Portugal and their only surviving child was the future King Sebastian of Portugal. Following the death of Infante João Manuel in 1554, … Continue reading

Doña Victoria Federica Celebrates 12th Birthday

  September 10, 2012 at 11:11 pm by

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September 9th, 2012 Her Excellency Doña Victoria Federica de Marichalar y Borbón celebrated her 12th birthday yesterday. Doña Victoria is the only daughter of HRH Infanta Elena of Spain, Duchess of Lugo and Don Jaime de Marichalar. The eldest granddaughter of Their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain, she is currently sixth in the line of succession to the Spanish Throne. Doña Victoria Federica has an … Continue reading

Prince Harry Re-deployed to Afghanistan

  September 7, 2012 at 1:31 pm by

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Prince Harry has arrived in Afghanistan for his four-month tour of duty as an Apache attack helicopter pilot, the Ministry of Defence has announced. Captain Wales, as the Prince is known in the military, arrived on Thursday night at the main British base, Camp Bastion in Helmand, where he will be based with the 662 Squadron, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps. Looking relaxed if somewhat tired, Harry gave a thumbs-up … Continue reading

Jewel of the Day: The Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara

  September 5, 2012 at 8:07 pm by

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The tiara was named after its original owner Maria Pavlovna, Grand Duchess Vladimir of Russia, the wife of Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich (third son of Alexander II and brother to Alexander III). The Grand Duchess had impeccable taste in sparkling gems and wore them to great effect. Maria Pavlovna never tried to hide her disdain for Empress Alexandra, wife of Nicholas II, and went as far as to establish a … Continue reading

Day in History: Birth of Louis VIII the Lion

  September 5, 2012 at 8:05 pm by

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Louis VIII of France earned his epithet “the Lion” for the courage he displayed on the battlefield, for seizing back many of the lands that were lost to the English (such as Avignon, Poitou, Saintonge, Languedoc) and for his strong, wilful character. Yet he is arguably most famous for being the only French Monarch who succeeded in invading most of England and claiming the English Throne, even if temporarily. Louis … Continue reading

Prince Andrew Abseils Down Europe’s Tallest Building

  September 5, 2012 at 8:04 pm by

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The Duke of York abseiled down the Shard – Europe’s tallest building – to raise money for charity. The trip down the slippery glass-sheathed 1,016ft started at down and took each volunteer at least 30 minutes to complete. Prince Andrew was one of 40 volunteers, including Ffion Hague, wife of the foreign secretary, to undertake the challenge hoping to funds for the Outward Bound Trust and the Royal Marines Charitable … Continue reading

Confirmation of Marius Borg Høiby

  September 2, 2012 at 10:41 pm by

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Today, September 2nd, 2012, Marius Borg Høiby was confirmed in Asker Church. He is the son of Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Morten Borg, and was born on January 13th, 1997, before the Crown Princess’ relationship with Crown Prince Haakon. The families of both his mother and father were present at the confirmation, including also King Harald and Queen Sonja, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus as well as his … Continue reading

From the Royal Genealogy threads – August 2012

  September 1, 2012 at 12:01 pm by

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This is the monthly blog entry with news from the Royal genealogy threads. This time it’s a blog entry with news from August 2012. As always, a big thank you goes out to the contributors of the Genealogy threads. Royal births and pregnancies Hereditary Prince Donatus and Hereditary Princess Floria of Hesse, née Countess of Faber-Castell, had their 3rd child in August. Prince August joins older twins, Prince Moritz and Princess … Continue reading

Infanta Elena and Children in London with Spanish Paralympic Team

  September 1, 2012 at 10:17 am by

Infanta Elena and her two children chat with a Spanish Paralympian

London – August 28th, 2012 Infanta Elena of Spain and her two children, Don Felipe Juan Froilán and Doña Victoria Federica de Marichalar travelled to London to support the Spanish Paralympic team at the London Paralympics 2012. Infanta Elena, the Duchess of Lugo, is the Honorary President of the Spanish Paralympic Committee. On Tuesday August 28th, Infanta Elena and Doña Victoria attended the flag raising ceremony at the Spanish Paralympic … Continue reading

Bahraini Monarch Visits Jordan

  September 1, 2012 at 9:51 am by

King Hamad and King Abdullah upon the Bahraini monarch's arrival in Jordan

Bahrain’s King Hamad Bin Issa Al Khalifa paid a two-day visit to Jordan last Monday, where he met with HM King Abdullah II of Jordan. After the official welcoming ceremony at Marka Military Airport, the two leaders moved to the Royal Hashemite Court and held talks discussing the deep ties between their Kingdoms and the situation in the region. According to Petra News Agency, the leaders’ talks were followed by … Continue reading

Duke & Duchess of Palma and Family Return to Barcelona

  September 1, 2012 at 9:39 am by

Infanta Cristina and the Duke of Palma de Mallorca in May 2004

Barcelona – August 27th, 2012 Earlier this week, Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma, her husband Don Inaki Urdangarin and their four children, Juan, Pablo, Miguel and Irene, returned to their Barcelona residence. It is also believed that their four children will return to school in Barcelona shortly after the summer holidays. The family have lived in Washington, D.C. since 2009, when the Duke took up a lucrative position with Spanish … Continue reading

15 Years Since the Death of Diana, Princess of Wales

  August 31, 2012 at 7:56 am by

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Today marks the 15th anniversary since the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. She was only 36-years-old when she fatally injured in a tragic car accident in Paris, on August 31, 1997. Born on 1 July 1961 to one of Britain’s most illustrious and oldest noble families, the Spencers, the shy 19-year-old was catapulted to the world stage when her engagement to Prince Charles was announced in 1981. The couple’s beautiful … Continue reading

Jewel of the Day: The Boucheron Aquamarine Clips

  August 31, 2012 at 7:55 am by

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Another event attended by Her Majesty, another jewel – in this case, the marvellous Boucheron Aquamarine Clips, which Queen Elizabeth opted to wear for Paralympics Opening Ceremony. I happen to be a huge fan of Aquamarine jewellery (and that includes the Queen’s much maligned Brazilian Aquamarine parure, and especially the Aquamarine and Diamond Brooch), so every time the Queen wears these, I’m one very happy jewellery watcher. These Art Deco … Continue reading

2012 London Paralympics Opening Ceremony

  August 31, 2012 at 7:22 am by

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The Paralympics Opening ceremony proved once and for all that when it comes to staging a brilliant, witty and spectacular show, Britain simply has no match. The ceremony was billed as a “journey of discovery”, and it didn’t disappoint. It was a display dedicated to the Age of Enlightenment – the period between 1600 and 1800 which saw unprecedented intellectual revolution sweeping Europe and the American colonies. The fabulous festivities … Continue reading

Dubai’s Ruler Wins Horse Endurance World Championships

  August 30, 2012 at 6:04 am by

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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has won the 2012 FEI World Endurance Championship that took place in the United Kingdom. Dubai’s ruler won gold for the individual and team categories. The UAE team also included Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Sheikh … Continue reading

Countess Alix de Lannoy Passes Away

  August 27, 2012 at 9:19 am by

Countess Alix de Lannoy (far right) is seen in a portrait taken to mark her daughter's engagement to Luxembourg's heir to the throne

Countess Alix de Lannoy, the mother of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume’s fiancée Stéphanie, passed away yesterday, the Grand Ducal Court confirmed today. The Countess, aged 70, passed away after suffering a stroke. She was born on September 20, 1941 and married Count Philippe de Lannoy in July 1965. The Countess is survived by her husband, eight children and numerous grandchildren.

Princess Marie to Visit Cambodia

  August 21, 2012 at 9:44 pm by

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Princess Marie is set to visit Cambodia in October in her capacity as patron of DanChurchAid. She will visit the South East Asian country between October 9th and 12th, to view projects run by the organisation there. The Princess will be accompanied by DanChurchAid’s general secretary, Henrik Stubkjær. Among the projects Princess Marie will visit are a crisis centre for women and a street children’s training centre. The organisation has been … Continue reading

Prince Felipe visits the Dominican Republic

  August 20, 2012 at 9:59 am by

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August 15th-17th, 2012 – Dominican Republic It was back to work for The Prince of Asturias on August 15th after a short holiday on the Balearic Island of Mallorca. The Prince flew to the Dominican Republic to attend the inauguration of the nation’s President-Elect, Danilo Medina Sánchez. The Prince was there to represent the Spanish Crown, and arrived in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, on Wednesday August … Continue reading

Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s 39th Birthday

  August 19, 2012 at 6:11 am by

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Today, Crown Princess Mette-Marit celebrates her 39th birthday. She was born on August 19th, 1973 in Kristiansand as the youngest of the four children of Marit Tjessem and Sven O. Høiby. She met Crown Prince Haakon at the Quart Festival in 1999. At that time, she already had a two year old son, Marius Borg Høiby, from a previous relationship. On December 1st, the engagement between Crown Prince Haakon and … Continue reading

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