King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima in Germany

  May 29, 2014 at 10:37 pm by

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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima made a two-day working visit to Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, this week. On Monday May 26th, the King and the Queen attended the opening of the “Energy Seminar” at the Next Energy Campus of the University of Oldenburg. They were welcomed by Stephan Weil, the Prime Minister of Lower Saxony. In his speech, the King stressed the importance of energy, “Without energy, everything … Continue reading

King and Queen of Jordan Celebrate Independence Day

  May 26, 2014 at 10:00 pm by

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On Monday, King Abdullah II of Jordan attended the ceremony to mark the 68th anniversary of the Kingdom’s independence. As in the three previous years, the ceremony took place at Raghadan Palace in Amman. Upon arrival at the site of the celebration, the King was received by Crown Prince Hussein, the Royal Court chief and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour, Senate President Abdul Raouf … Continue reading

Small Miracles: The Story of the Princess Alia Foundation

  May 26, 2014 at 8:37 pm by

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Yesterday Princess Alia bint Al Hussein, the eldest daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan, and Sharifa Sarra Ghazi presented the book Small Miracles, The Story of the Princess Alia Foundation in Amman. Other members of the Royal Family attended the presentation: Prince Asem bin Nayef with his wife, Princess Sanaa, and Princess Iman bint Al Hussein (who collaborates with the Foundation) and her husband, Zaid Mirza. The Foundation … Continue reading

Jordanian Royals Recieve Pope Francis

  May 25, 2014 at 4:09 am by

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Upon his arrival to the Jordanian capital of Amman, the first step in his Holy Land pilgrimage, His Holiness Pope Francis was welcomed at the airport by Prince Ghazi bin Mohamad, the King’s special envoy and Senior Advisor for Religious and Cultural Affairs, as well as representatives of churches, dozens of journalists and Jordanian citizens. At Al Husseiniyeh Palace, Pope Francis was greeted by 21-gun salute and guards of honour in … Continue reading

Prince Gabriel’s First Communion

  May 24, 2014 at 10:17 pm by

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The Luxembourg Grand Ducal Family today celebrated their first communion of Prince Gabriel, the elder son of Prince Louis and Princess Tessy. Taking place at the Saint Michael Church in Luxembourg City, the event was attended by the whole Grand Ducal Family, including great-grandfather Jean, as well as members of the Antony family. The Grand Duke’s siblings were also present. Prince Gabriel’s communion mass was presided over by Archbishop Jean-Claude … Continue reading

It’s A Girl For Princess Maria Carolina

  May 23, 2014 at 5:49 am by

Albert Brenninkmeijer and Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon-Parma

Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon-Parma has given birth to her first child, a girl. The infant was born on May 20 in Zürich, Switzerland, where Princess Maria Carolina lives with her husband, Albert Brenninkmeijer. The pair have been married since 2012. Maria Carolina and Albert have named their daughter Alaïa-Maria Irene Cécile. The newborn is the sixth granddaughter of Princess Irene of the Netherlands and her late ex-husband, Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma. … Continue reading

Felipe and Letizia’s 10th Wedding Anniversary

  May 23, 2014 at 1:10 am by

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The Prince and Princess of Asturias celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary on May 22nd. The heir apparent to the Spanish throne married former journalist Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano in a lavish ceremony at the Cathedral Santa María la Real de la Almudena in Madrid, which was attended by the entire Spanish Royal Family and a host of other foreign royal guests in 2004. The couple currently have two daughters, Infantas Leonor … Continue reading

Princess Ayah Weds Mohamad Halawani

  May 23, 2014 at 1:03 am by

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The Hashemite Royal Family of Jordan gathered on Thursday to celebrate the marriage of Princess Ayah bint Feisal bin Al Hussein and her fiance, Mohamad Halawani. The couple, who were engaged last June, tied the knot in a lavish wedding reception held at Zahran Palace in Amman. According to Petra News Agency, the ceremony was attended by a number of princess and princesses, including the bride’s parents Prince Feisal bin … Continue reading

New Photo of Princess Leonore

  May 20, 2014 at 10:37 pm by

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The Swedish Royal Court has released a new photograph of Princess Leonore, in connection with the publication of a special christening website. Leonore, who was born on February 20 in New York City, is shown in the arms of her mother, Princess Madeleine, while her father, Christopher O’Neill, sits next to them. The christening website, available here, provides information about Princess Leonore’s upcoming christening on June 8, as well as … Continue reading

Hamdan & Nasser Win Endurance Race At Royal Windsor Horse Show

  May 20, 2014 at 10:28 pm by

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Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Dubai’s Crown Prince, and Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa of Bahrain won the Royal Windsor Endurance 120km CEI** competition race. The two brothers-in-law crossed the finishing line hand in hand. After the race, Sheikh Nasser said, “We wanted to make both fathers happy – King Hamad and my father-in-law Mohammed Bin Rashid – by crossing the line together.” Sheikh Nasser went on saying, … Continue reading

Queen Rania Launches Edrak Initiative

  May 20, 2014 at 2:18 am by

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As part of Her Majesty’s efforts supporting education in the Arab world, Queen Rania of Jordan launched yesterday a non-profit Arabic platform for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) named Edrak. The platform is the first of its kind in the region and aims to provide Arab learners with great access opportunities to many of the online courses taught at leading universities worldwide such as Harvard and MIT. Edrak, which means realization, … Continue reading

Princess Estelle Performs First Official Engagement

  May 19, 2014 at 12:11 am by

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On 17 May, Princess Estelle took part in her first official engagement as Duchess of Östergötland, which was inaugurating “Duchess Estelle’s Fairytale Path” in Tåkern, Östergötland, in Sweden. At 11:45 am, the little Princess arrived with her parents, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, at Linköping Castle, where they were received by the governor of Östergötland, Elisabeth Nilsson, the county’s director, Kristina Zetterström, and they mayor of Linköping, Ann-Catrine Hjerdt. … Continue reading

The Last of the Valois

  May 18, 2014 at 6:48 am by

Marguerite de Valois, c 1566

Marguerite de Valois, Princess of France was born at the Royal Chateau of Saint-Germain-en-Laye on May 14, 1553, the youngest surviving daughter of Henri II of France and Catherine de Médici. The Princess was named in honour of her father’s devoted sister, Marguerite de France, Duchess de Berry. The young Marguerite – who was known simply as Margot by her family – was raised at the sophisticated French Valois court. Marguerite had three older and … Continue reading

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands Turns 43

  May 17, 2014 at 8:21 pm by

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Queen Máxima of the Netherlands celebrates her 43rd birthday on May 17th. Born Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti in Buenos Aires, Argentina in May 1971, her father is a retired Argentine politician, Jorge Zorreguieta, and her mother is María del Carmen Cerruti Carricart. Máxima has two brothers and a sister, as well as three half-sisters from her father’s first marriage. Prior to her marriage, Máxima worked as an investment banker having obtained … Continue reading

Zara Phillips’s 33rd Birthday

  May 16, 2014 at 6:45 am by

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On 15 May, Zara Phillips, the Queen’s eldest granddaughter, celebrated her thirty third birthday. Zara Phillips was born on 15 May 1981 at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, England. She is the youngest daughter and child of Anne, Princess Royal and her former husband, Captain Mark Phillips. She was christened on 27 July 1981 and her godparents were The Duke of York, The Countess of Lichfield, Helen, Lady Stuart, Andrew … Continue reading

Second Child for Prince Edouard and Princess Isabella de Ligne

  May 16, 2014 at 6:43 am by

Prince Edouard and Princess Isabella de Ligne

On 9 May 2014, Princess Isabella de Ligne and her husband Prince Edouard welcomed their second child, a girl. The little princess was named Athénaïs, and her full name is Athénaïs Allegra Isabella. She bears the title of HH Princess Athénaïs de Ligne de la Trémoïlle. She joins her elder sister, Princess Althea, who was born in 2010. Princess Isabella, then known as Isabella Orsini, married Prince Edouard de Ligne civilly on … Continue reading

New Portraits for Danish 10th Wedding Anniversary

  May 14, 2014 at 8:56 pm by

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The Danish Royal Court has released a series of new portraits of Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and their children to celebrate the couple’s tenth wedding anniversary. The series includes photos of the couple together, with their children, and then the children together and individually. They were all taken by Franne Voight, at Amalienborg. The photos were shot in April this year. Apart from the new photographs, a handful … Continue reading

Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland Turns 35

  May 13, 2014 at 8:37 pm by

Prince Carl Philip attends the 2013 Nobel Prize Awards

Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Duke of Värmland celebrates his 35th birthday on May 13th. The Swedish Prince, who was born in 1979, is the second child and only son of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden. His full name is Carl Philip Edmund Bertil and he was baptised at the Royal Palace Church on August 31st, 1979. His chosen godparents were his late great-uncle Prince Bertil, Duke of … Continue reading

Royal of the Month: Élisabeth of France

  May 13, 2014 at 8:33 pm by

Princess Élisabeth in 1788

For the month of May, I have chosen Princess Élisabeth of France as my featured royal. Also known as Madame Élisabeth, she was the youngest sister of Louis XVI of France. The Princess followed her brother and sister-in-law to the guillotine in 1794 during the Terror. Élisabeth Philippine Marie Hélène de France was born early on the morning of May 3rd, 1764 at the Royal Palace of Versailles. The Princess was the youngest daughter … Continue reading

Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor Expecting Third Child

  May 10, 2014 at 8:53 pm by

Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor with their two eldest sons, Albert and Leopold

On 29 April, it was announced that Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor are expecting their third child. As a result, Lady Nicholas Windsor is the oldest royal mother-to-be at forty five years old. Articles have said that one of the couple’s Catholic friends has said that “it is a miracle that Paola is having her child at her age so soon after the ceremony of the Popes”. Lord and Lady … Continue reading

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