Much Ado About … Travel Costs

  February 20, 2016 at 5:31 am by

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The total sum of air travel costs of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde has been critisized in Belgian parliament. In 2015 the ministery of Defence has paid 143.138 euro for 26 flights. An MP for the seperatist party ‘Vlaams Belang’ asked the minister for a specification of the costs. She pointed out that the king and queen already receive more than 11 million euro per year already. The Belgian king … Continue reading

Maria Olympia at Michael Kors

  February 20, 2016 at 4:59 am by

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Princess Maria Olympia of Greece is continuing to enjoy her jetset lifestyle. The Princess studies fashion and photography at the New York University. This week she attended the fashion show of designer Michael Kors at the Spring Studios in New York, during the NY Fashion Week. The show was also attended by the Italian arictocrat and socialite countess Bianca Brandolini d’Adda. Embed from Getty Images Princess Maria Olympia and Michael … Continue reading

Happy Second Birthday, Princess Leonore!

  February 20, 2016 at 4:25 am by

Princess Leonore of Sweden

Princess Leonore of Sweden, Duchess of Gotland today turns two years old, and the Swedish Royal Court has released three new photos of the youngster to celebrate. The photos were taken by Brigitte Grenfeldt at the Bernadotte-O’Neill family home in Stockholm.

Royals Who Wore Red This Week

  February 20, 2016 at 3:37 am by

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This week, red has been the color of which the royal ladies have gone for, whether it’s an accessory or an outfit. At the beginning of the week, Queen Letizia of Spain matched her soft white suit with a red clutch. A few days later, Queen Silvia of Sweden matched her black and grey skirt suit with a red scarf while The Duchess of Cornwall wore a red coat matched … Continue reading

Queen Silvia Joined By Son and Daughter-in-Law At Academy Gathering

  February 19, 2016 at 9:00 pm by

Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sofia and Queen Silvia at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts' formal gathering; 19-02-2015

Earlier this evening, Queen Silvia was accompanied by Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia to the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts’s formal gathering. The Queen opted for a brown satin skirt and matching blouse, accessorising with a brightly patterned silk scarf; while a heavily pregnant Sofia wore a fire-engine red dress with full-length sleeves and a lace appliqué bodice. The Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts was founded by King … Continue reading

Parliament Remains Silent About the Future of Soestdijk Palace

  February 19, 2016 at 4:25 pm by

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Yesterday afternoon members of all parties of the Dutch parliament met in a special meeting in The Hague to discuss the future of Soestdijk Palace. The Palace has been empty since the deaths of Queen  Juliana and Prince Bernhard in 2004. Twelve years later, the government still does not know what to do with the building. In December four initiatives were presented to the government: a botanic garden, a meeting … Continue reading

Flashback Friday: A Kiss For The Bride

  February 19, 2016 at 5:51 am by

Princess Catharina-Amalia gives her godmother Crown Princess Victoria a kiss on her wedding day

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden has a plethora of godchildren, royal and not, and when she married in June 2010, several of them were chosen to be apart of her bridal party. This included Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands, at the time nine and a half, who is seen in this gorgeous photograph affectionately giving her beaming godmother a kiss on the cheek during the shooting of the official wedding … Continue reading

“I Feel Completely a Luxembourger” – Stéphanie Gives Magazine Interviews

  February 18, 2016 at 9:01 pm by

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Luxembourg’s Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie has given an interview to two magazines – Télécran and Point de Vue – to mark her 32nd birthday, which is today. Among the things she discusses in the interviews is how she has changed since becoming a member of the Grand Ducal Family and moving to the tiny country: “I [have] gained confidence, I see myself as more daring when it comes to new projects…I have learned, evolved … Continue reading

Madeleine Returns To Sweden For Childhood Board Meetings

  February 18, 2016 at 5:33 pm by

Princess Madeleine during a board meeting for the World Childhood Foundation; 18-02-2016

Princess Madeleine has returned to Sweden for meetings linked to the World Childhood Foundation. She and her mother, Queen Silvia, attended a Childhood International Council board meeting at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. It was also attended by members of the four Childhood locations around the world – Sweden, Germany, Brazil and the US. “Wonderful meetings to celebrate the work and successes of the World Childhood Foundation’s offices and plan for the upcoming … Continue reading

William and Kate Join In Farewell to RAF Search and Rescue Division

  February 18, 2016 at 12:08 pm by

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a ceremony marking the end of RAF Search and Research operations; 18-02-2016

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge returned to their former home of Anglesey in Wales today, to attend a ceremony marking the end of the RAF Search and Rescue Force operations. They joined former servicemen and women who served in Search and Rescue for a formal disbandment ceremony before heading on to a reception where William – who was a member of the Search and Research Force for three years … Continue reading

On This Day: Birth of England’s Mary I in 1516

  February 18, 2016 at 8:18 am by

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500 years ago today, the Princess who became England’s first female monarch, Mary I, was born. As the only surviving child of Henry VIII of England and Catherine of Aragon, she was cherished by her parents. When Mary was 9, her father gave her a separate court, as well as many powers and privileges, normally only given to Prince of Wales. Her childhood was also marked by matrimonial plans – … Continue reading

King of Morocco on Visit to France

  February 17, 2016 at 8:12 pm by

King Mohammed VI and President Hollande of France; 17-02-2016

King Mohammed VI of Morocco paid a day-long visit to France today, meeting with President François Hollande at the Elysee Palace in the French capital. A number of government ministers attended the meeting at the Palace, prior to the King and the President heading off to visit the Institut du Monde Arabe, where they inspected plans for the creation of a Moroccan Cultural Centre in Paris. The purpose of the visit … Continue reading

A Baby Boy for Prince Faisal and Princess Zeina of Jordan

  February 17, 2016 at 5:48 pm by

Prince Faisal and Princess Zeina of Jordan

Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein of Jordan and his third wife Princess Zeina welcomed on Wednesday their first child together, a baby boy named Prince Abdullah. The newborn Prince Abdullah bin Faisal has four elder half-siblings from his father’s first marriage to Princess Alia Tabbaa: Princess Ayah, Prince Omar and the twin Princesses Aisha and Sara. Prince Faisal, who is 52 years old, is the second son of the late King … Continue reading

Kate Launches ‘YoungMindsMatter’ During HuffingtonPost Guest Editing Stint

  February 17, 2016 at 1:41 pm by

The Duchess of Cambridge during her stint as a guest editor of HuffingtonPost UK; 17-02-2016

On February 17, the Duchess of Cambridge guest edited for Huffington Post UK, and wrote an article which addressed children’s mental health issues and mental health care in the United Kingdom. Kate said she has received further understanding of how childhood mental health problems can lead into adulthood through the charities she works with that support adults who are overcoming addiction. Kensington Palace also announced today that Kate has become patron … Continue reading

Few Belgian Royals Show Up to Remember their Deceased Relatives

  February 17, 2016 at 9:09 am by

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Today was the annual mass to remember the deceased members of the Belgian Royal Family in the Notre Dame de Laeken. In previous years the mass was usually attended by most adult members of the Belgian Royal family. Today only the King, Queen, Princess Esmeralda and Princess Léa attended. Princess Léa’s son Renaud Bichara, Princess Margaretha of Luxembourg and her husband Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein were also present. The palace … Continue reading

King Bhumibol Recovering From Infection, High Fever

  February 17, 2016 at 8:36 am by

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Thailand’s 88-year-old monarch King Bhumibol Adulyadej is recovering from an unknown infection and high fever, a Royal Palace statement said last night. “On the night of February 14, His Majesty the King’s breathing quickened and an X-ray in the chest showed no lung infection. On February 15, the king’s fever was at 38.1 degrees Celsius,” the bulletin on the King’s health read, before revealing tests were still being undertaken to determine the … Continue reading

Media Links Prince William’s Foreign Office Speech to the Brexit

  February 16, 2016 at 8:08 pm by

Prince William during his visit to the Foreign Office; 16-02-2016

The Duke of Cambridge has been unwittingly drawn into the ‘Brexit’ debate in the United Kingdom, with the British media linking a speech he gave at a reception at the Foreign Office today as being supportive of the country remaining in the European Union. “For centuries, Britain has been an outward looking nation. Hemmed in by sea, we have always sought to explore what is beyond the horizon…In an increasingly … Continue reading

Willem-Alexander and Máxima Drop By West Brabant

  February 16, 2016 at 6:48 pm by

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima in West-Brabant; 16-02-2016

The Dutch King and Queen visited the province of West Brabant today, stopping by a number of local organisations contributing to the social and economic resilience of the region. Among the places they visited was ZuidWestHoek College, where Willem-Alexander and Máxima were given a tour of the cycling facilities (how Dutch!) and spoke with several champion cyclists. They also visited The Dragon Hotel, one of the oldest in the country, that … Continue reading

Spain’s King and Queen Visit Museo del Prado

  February 16, 2016 at 2:34 pm by

King Felipe and Queen Letizia during their visit to the Museo del Prado; 16-02-2016

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain paid a visit to the famed Museo del Prado in Madrid for a meeting of the board of trustees today. The couple viewed one of the museum’s latest acquisitions, Fra Angelico’s The Virgin of the Pomegranate,  which was purchased from the Duke of Alba, before heading into the meeting with the museum’s board. Queen Letizia donned an ivory skirt suit with a … Continue reading

Story Time with Camilla – How Wondercrump!

  February 16, 2016 at 1:16 pm by

The Duchess of Cornwall reads Roald Dahl at an exhibition on the author; 16-02-2016

The Duchess of Cornwall delighted youngsters at the Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl exhibition in London today, when she took to the stage to read a chapter of the author’s The BFG to them. Wearing a bright purple skirt suit and a pair of floral brooches, the Duchess animatedly read to the audience, which included Roald Dahl’s widow Felicity and his grandson Luke, who manages the Roald Dahl Literacy Estate. She had earlier … Continue reading

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