And It’s Off! Queen Elizabeth Launches 2018 Commonwealth Games Baton Relay

  March 13, 2017 at 10:30 am by

Queen Elizabeth

The 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay was launched this morning at Buckingham Palace by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, who is the head of the Commonwealth of Nations. Australian para-sport athlete Kurt Fearnley presented the baton to the Queen after bringing it up The Mall, followed by the Band of the Coldstream Guards. Queen Elizabeth – in a bright pink ensemble – then inserted a message she has written to be … Continue reading

On This Day: 125 Years Since The Death of Hesse’s Ludwig IV

  March 13, 2017 at 3:00 am by

Ludwig IV, Grand Duke of Hesse

125 years ago, on March 13, 1892, Grand Duke Ludwig IV of Hesse passed away in the early hours of the morning at the age of fifty-four. He had been the Grand Duchy’s ruler since 1877, following the death of his uncle, Ludwig III. Born in September 1837, the Grand Duke was the eldest son of Prince Karl of Hesse and by Rhine and his Prussian wife, Elisabeth. It was expected that Ludwig … Continue reading

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden’s Name Day Celebrated in Stockholm

  March 12, 2017 at 8:16 pm by

Crown Princess Victoria and family

On March 12, Crown Princess Victoria and her family celebrated her annual name day celebrations at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. The celebrations started with a tribute concert performed by the Life Guards band where the Queen Victoria präsentiermarsch (or Armed Forces parade march) was performed. Duke of Västerbotten by Per Berg and Uptown Funk were also played during the concert, finishing with With a Simple Tulip and the Victoria Fanfare. There were cheers, a salute … Continue reading

On This Day: Birth of Anne Hyde, Mother of Two Reigning Queens

  March 12, 2017 at 5:00 am by

Anne Hyde

Today marks the 380th anniversary of the birth of Anne Hyde, who was the mother of two reigning Queens of England. Born at Cranbourne Lodge, Windsor in March 1637, Anne was the eldest child of Edward Hyde (later 1st Earl of Clarendon) and his second wife, Frances Aylesbury. She was named for her father’s first wife, who died shortly after their marriage in 1629. Edward Hyde was a politician and a member … Continue reading

Palace Profile: Haga Palace

  March 12, 2017 at 3:00 am by

Haga Palace

Facade of Haga Palace Location: Haga Park, Solna, Kingdom of Sweden Built: 1802-1804 Architect: Carl Christopher Gjörwell Commissioned By: Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden Style: Italianate On The Haga Park Grounds: The Royal Burial Grounds, The Temple of Echo, Copper Tent Current Owner: The Swedish State Current Use: Residence of H.R.H. The Crown Princess of Sweden and family Fun Fact: King Carl XVI Gustaf and his four older sisters, Princesses Margaretha, Désirée, Birgitta and Christina, were all born at the Palace A … Continue reading

Go Team: Prince Harry and Princess Anne Attend England-Scotland Rugby Match

  March 11, 2017 at 5:50 pm by

Prince Harry and Princess Anne at the rugby

At Twickenham Stadium today, it was Prince Harry who was the jubilant royal out of himself and his aunt, the Princess Royal, as they watched England defeat Scotland in the fourth round of the Six Nations Championship, which also clinched their win of the overall championship. The two royals joined 82,000 fans for the match. Prince Harry is patron of the Rugby Football Union, while Princess Anne is patron of … Continue reading

Dutch Royal Family Participate in NL DOET 2017

  March 11, 2017 at 4:22 pm by

Princess Beatrix

As they do every year, members of the Dutch Royal Family were present for the National Volunteer Day, NL DOET, on March 10 and 11. On Friday, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima helped in the Neighborhood Garden, a garden located in the municipality of Breda, in the south of the Netherlands. During their two hours at the garden, the Royal Couple were involved in various activities to renovate the garden after the winter months. With … Continue reading

Norwegian Heir Takes Part In Military Exercises

  March 10, 2017 at 6:21 pm by

Crown Prince Haakon

Crown Prince Haakon of Norway has taken part in the Norwegian Armed Forces exercise Joint Viking in Finnmark. The exercise is being held to “practice crisis management and the defence of Norway”, and to improve the information flow within the military branches. Prince Haakon accompanied Admiral Haakon Bruun-Hanssen, the Chief of Norwegian Defence, to meet soldiers taking part and learning about their tasks during the exercise. 8,000 Norwegian military personnel are taking … Continue reading

Queen Margrethe II Marks 500 Years Since The Reformation

  March 10, 2017 at 3:01 pm by

Queen Margrethe

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark today opened an exhibition at the Round Tower in Copenhagen that celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Paintings, sculptures and photographs from 25 Danish artists marking interpretations about the Reformation are exhibited in the ‘THESES – Danish Contemporary Artists in Dialogue with the Reformation’ exhibition. The purpose of the exhibition is to “promote understanding of the importance of the Reformation in Danish society, identity and consciousness.”  … Continue reading

Spanish-British State Visit Confirmed For June

  March 10, 2017 at 11:34 am by

King Felipe and Queen Letizia

It has been confirmed this morning by the British and Spanish Royal Courts that the much-awaited state visit to the United Kingdom by King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain will take place this June. The royal couple will make the visit between June 6 and 8, at the invitation of Queen Elizabeth II. The state visit was originally planned to take place in March 2016, however was cancelled … Continue reading

Princess Eugenie Visits Domestic Violence Shelter In New York

  March 10, 2017 at 7:18 am by

Princess Eugenie

On Thursday, Princess Eugenie of York spent time visiting a shelter for victims of domestic violence run by the organisation Safe Horizon in New York. The organisation is the largest in the US that assists victims of domestic violence. The Princess was joined for a tour of the shelter by the British Consul General in New York, Antonia Romeo. They listened to the stories of family violence and human trafficking … Continue reading

Flashback Friday: Ira von Fürstenberg and Her Young Sons

  March 10, 2017 at 5:00 am by

Princess Ira von Furstenberg and her sons, Christoph and Hubertus

March 10, 1960: Sitting on a sled outside her house in Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Dolomitic Alps, Princess Ira von Fürstenberg poses for a photograph with her two sons: Prince Christoph, 3, and Prince Hubertus, 13 months, zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg. Later that year, Ira and her husband, Prince Alfonso zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg, were divorced. Their marriage was annulled by papal dispensation in 1969.

Mette-Marit Opens Clothing Thrift Store in Oslo

  March 9, 2017 at 4:48 pm by

Crown Princess Mette-Marit

The Crown Princess of Norway was present at the opening of the ninth thrift store run by the organisation Normisjon in Oslo on Thursday. She was given a tour of the store, which sells preowned clothes and accessories, by the general secretary of Normisjon, Anne Birgitta Langmoen Kvelland. She also met with the twenty volunteers who will be running the store, whose profits will go to programs that “provide education to children … Continue reading

A Royal Opening For The New Södertälje Hospital

  March 9, 2017 at 3:22 pm by

Princess Sofia

Princess Sofia of Sweden officially opened the New Södertälje Hospital in Stockholm on March 9. After a welcoming by the president of the hospital, the opening ceremony took place with music performed by the Cornea brass quintet from the Södertälje Culture School. The Princess gave a speech to conclude the ceremony, saying that the Stockholm region was growing each year and that the hospital was an “important piece of the puzzle” to … Continue reading

Gorgeous in Green: Princess Marie Opens Art Exhibition

  March 9, 2017 at 12:50 pm by

Princess Marie

Denmark’s Princess Marie opened a new art exhibition at the Museet Ordrupgaard in Charlottenlund on Thursday March 9. Pissarro: A Meeting On St Thomas features artworks by Fritz Melbye and Camille Pissarro to mark the 100th anniversary of the sale of the Danish West Indies to the United States of America (the islands are now known as the United States Virgin Islands). Melbye was a Danish Golden Age artists, while Pissarro was … Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth Unveils Afghanistan and Iraq Memorial

  March 9, 2017 at 9:10 am by

Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth II has this morning unveiled the national memorial which honours the members of the Armed Forces and British civilians who saw active service during conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq at the Victoria Embankment Gardens. The memorial was designed by Paul Day with the intention of “commemorating the duty and service of those who put themselves in harm’s way” as Britain was involved in conflicts in the Middle East between 1990 … Continue reading

The Kings of Spain Attend ‘In Memoriam’ Concert Honouring Terrorism Victims

  March 8, 2017 at 7:35 pm by

King Felipe and Queen Letizia

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain this evening were present at the 15th annual concert held in memory of victims of terrorism. The couple were welcomed by representatives of the Victims of Terrorism Foundation, the organisation which puts together the concert. A minute’s silence was held before the concert by the National Institute of Performing Arts and Music, accompanied by the RTVE Orchestra and Choir, was held. A … Continue reading

Belgian Royal Couple Host Reception For ‘Women of Peace’

  March 8, 2017 at 7:03 pm by

Queen Mathilde and King Philippe

Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde have celebrated International Women’s Day with several events. Today, Wednesday March 8, the Royal Couple hosted a reception at the Royal Palace in Brussels for the laureates of the “Women of Peace” 2012, 2014 and 2016. This award, organized by Vrouwenraad, the Council of French Women and Platform 1325, is dedicated to the women are active in civil society, for women’s rights and for the building or … Continue reading

Camilla Marks IWD By Hosting Reception At Buckingham Palace

  March 8, 2017 at 1:34 pm by

The Duchess of Cornwall

As the President of the Women of the World, the Duchess of Cornwall hosted a reception today – International Women’s Day – to mark the Women of the World Festival, for women from varying sectors of British society. Camilla delivered a speech during the event in which she praised the work of WoW: “WoW provides that place, a place where hard-hitting issues that deeply affect women’s lives can be openly discussed, and … Continue reading

Queen Máxima Celebrates International Women’s Day

  March 8, 2017 at 12:52 pm by

Queen Maxima

Today, Wednesday March 8, Her Majesty Queen Máxima celebrated International Women’s Day with a visit to the Single SuperMom Foundation in Amsterdam. The Single SuperMom Foundation was established in 2008 and it is focused in the help of the single mothers that are in need to solve issues such as finding a work, dealing with ex-partner and raising children. The foundation provides activities and networking events that aim to increase the … Continue reading

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