London 2012: Zara Phillips Makes Olympics Debut

  July 29, 2012 at 10:32 pm by

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Zara Phillips, daughter of Princess Anne, made her Olympic debut today, competing in the second day of the individual dressage at Greenwich Park. Riding High Kingdom, she scored 46.1 penalty points during her dressage routine before lunchtime, which left her in twenty-fourth place following the conclusion of the day’s competition. In the team eventing, Great Britain – comprising of Phillips, Nicola Wilson, Mary King, Kristina Cook and William Fox-Pitt – … Continue reading

Jewel of the Day: King William IV Brooch

  July 29, 2012 at 5:20 pm by

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The Opening Ceremony of London Olympic Games was a dazzling and a magnificent event, and of course, Her Majesty had to wear jewellery to match. Her choices for the significant occasion included Queen Victoria’s Diamond Collet Necklace, Queen Mary’s Cluster Earrings, and the hero of this blog entry – King William IV Brooch. In 1830, shortly after William IV’s accession to the Throne, the new King took six large diamonds … Continue reading

The Name’s Elizabeth, Queen Elizabeth

  July 29, 2012 at 3:55 pm by

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The Opening Ceremony of London 2012 Olympic Games was a spectacular affair certain to be remembered for years to come. From poignant tributes to Armed Forces, to British humour at its best, the ceremony was lauded all over the world. Arguably the most memorable event was, however, Queen Elizabeth’s acting début as a “Bond Girl”. As the film began, many expected the Queen to be portrayed by a double, yet … Continue reading

Duke and Duchess of Palma, Family Return to Barcelona

  July 29, 2012 at 8:47 am by

Infanta Cristina and Inaki Urdangarin in August 2009

Barcelona – July 27th, 2012 Her Royal Highness Infanta Cristina of Spain, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca returned to Spain this week with her husband Don Inaki Urdangarin, Duke Consort of Palma de Mallorca and their four children. Having arrived in Madrid earlier this week, the Palma family travelled onto their Barcelona residence. It was announced recently that the Infanta Cristina and her children will travel next to Palma de … Continue reading

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn Celebrates 60th Birthday

  July 28, 2012 at 12:01 pm by

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand celebrates his 60th birthday today, 28 July 2012. The Crown Prince is the second child and only son of the King and Queen of Thailand. Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn has an older sister, Princess Ubolratana rajakanya, and 2 younger sisters, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Princess Chulabhorn Walailak. HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand married first HRH Princess Soamsavali Kitiyakara of Thailand. They have 1 … Continue reading

And They’re Off! London 2012 Begins

  July 28, 2012 at 8:06 am by

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The London 2012 Olympic Games began last night, with the opening ceremony taking place at the Olympic Stadium. Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the Games at the end of the ceremony, which featured Sir Kenneth Branagh, David Beckham and Sir Steve Redgrave. Queen Elizabeth had previously hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace for the heads of state and government in London for the Games, attended by a large number of … Continue reading

Queen Sofia Presides Over Spanish Olympic Reception in London

  July 27, 2012 at 8:14 pm by

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London, England – July 26th, 2012 Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain presided over a reception at the Spanish Embassy in London in honour of the Spanish Olympic Team. The Queen was accompanied by her sister-in-law, Her Royal Highness Infanta Pilar of Spain. Also present was the Spanish Ambassador to the United Kingdom, the Mayor of Madrid, the President of the Spanish Olympic Committee, and the Secretary of State for … Continue reading

Royalty and the Olympics: Competitors

  July 27, 2012 at 9:36 am by

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There is just over six hours to go until the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXX Olympiad! Our third and final blog entry focusing on combined royal and Olympic history showcases royals who have themselves competed in an Olympic Games. Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia, Stockholm 1912 Prince Friedrich Karl competed for the German team in the team jumping event, winning a bronze medal for his efforts. Grand … Continue reading

Princess Sarvath El Hassan celebrates 65th birthday

  July 27, 2012 at 3:13 am by

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Princess Sarvath El Hassan of Jordan, née Sarvath Ikramullah, celebrated her 65th birthday on 24 July 2012. The parents of the Princess are Mohammed Ikramullah and Begum Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah. She has an older brother, Inam, and 2 older sisters Naz and Salma. The Princess married (then) Crown Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan on 28 august 1968. Prince Hassan was the Crown Prince of Jordan from 1965 till 1999, making Princess … Continue reading

Queen Silvia Receives Cancer Cyclists at Solliden

  July 26, 2012 at 8:19 am by

Queen Silvia and the Juliaresan girls; 25-07-2012

Queen Silvia and King Carl XVI Gustaf are currently spending their summer holidays at Solliden Palace on Öland. Yesterday, Queen Silvia was visited by a special group of young women. Four best friends – Beatrice Björch, Stina Lif, Adéle Rundgren and Amanda Löfgren – arrived at Solliden to meet with the Queen at the end of their route. The girls have cycled from Östersund, in the middle of Sweden, to … Continue reading

Infanta Pilar in London with the Spanish Olympic team

  July 26, 2012 at 7:09 am by

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London, England – July 24th, 2012 Her Royal Highness Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz arrived at Heathrow Airport in London on July 24th with the Spanish Olympic team. The elder sister of King Juan Carlos I of Spain, is a member of the Honorary Council of the Spanish Olympic Committee and was accompanied by her only daughter, Doña Simoneta Gómez-Acebo. On July 25th, Infanta Pilar, Alejandro Blanco – … Continue reading

Royalty and the Olympics: IOC Membership

  July 26, 2012 at 5:48 am by

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Continuing with our look at Royals and the Olympics, today the TRF Blog focuses on royals – both reigning and non-reigning – who are members of the International Olympic Committee. There are a number of royals who have current IOC membership, listed here in alphabetical order of the country they represent, as well as three who were made Honorary Members following the end of their active membership. Many of these … Continue reading

Ramadan 2012: King Abdullah II & Queen Rania with Orphans

  July 26, 2012 at 5:21 am by

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Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan began their activities in the Holy Month of Ramadan with a royal Iftar banquet hosted last Tuesday at Zahran Palace for orphans from several Jordanian orphanage institutions. Following the Iftar, King Abdullah and Queen Rania toured on Wednesday Mubarat Um Al Hussein Orphanage, where they checked the facilities and services offered to the children who benefit from the Al Aman … Continue reading

Jewel of the Day: The Duchess of Cambridge Pearl Pendant

  July 25, 2012 at 9:57 am by

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I guess we need to clarify one thing first: today’s jewel has nothing to do with the present Duchess of Cambridge. It was name so after Princess Augusta of Hesse-Kassel who married Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had three children together; the youngest of them was Mary Adelaide, Duchess of Teck – mother of Mary of Teck (George V’s Consort). Princes Augusta was known … Continue reading

The Queen meets British Prime Ministers, Past and Present

  July 25, 2012 at 9:19 am by

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Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha hosted a lunch on Tuesday to honour the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Former Prime Ministers Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Sir John Major were also there to pay respect to the woman who was the one constant throughout their times in the office. Baroness Thatcher was the only living Prime Minister absent; the Iron Lady has largely withdrawn from public life due to … Continue reading

Royalty and the Olympics: Host Nations

  July 25, 2012 at 8:29 am by

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With the Games of the XXX Olympiad kicking off on Friday in London, the TRF Blog will be looking at the connection between Royal Families and the Summer Olympic Games throughout history over the next few days. Our first blog entry focuses on royal nations which have hosted a Summer Olympic Games. Greece: Athens 1896 The first Games of the Modern Olympiad were held in the traditional home of the … Continue reading

Spanish Royal Family host Audience for Olympic Team

  July 24, 2012 at 7:32 am by

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Madrid – July 23rd, 2012 Members of the Spanish Royal Family hosted an audience for the Spanish Olympic Team at the Palacio Real de El Pardo in Madrid earlier today. Present were Their Majesties The King and Queen and Their Royal Highnesses The Prince and Princess of Asturias. After meeting the team, the King delivered a speech wishing the team ‘much success’ and the King also expressed his thoughts for … Continue reading

King Juan Carlos Removed as Honorary President of the WWF

  July 24, 2012 at 7:17 am by

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Madrid – July 21st, 2012 The Spanish branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature voted on Saturday to remove King Juan Carlos I as Honorary President of the WWF. This position has been held by His Majesty since its creation in Spain in 1968. Following the bad publicity and outcry generated by the King’s ill advised elephant hunting trip to Botswana in April, the Spanish WWF charity voted overwhelmingly … Continue reading

Jewel of the Day: Prince Albert’s Sapphire Brooch

  July 23, 2012 at 6:05 pm by

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Most of Her Majesty’s important jewels are currently being showcased in various Diamond Jubilee exhibitions, meaning we have been deprived of serious jewellery for quite some time now. Today, however, Queen Elizabeth made up for those unfortunate circumstances by wearing one of my personal favourite brooches – Prince Albert’s Sapphire Brooch. The brooch, also known as Queen Victoria’s Wedding Brooch, is not only absolutely stunning – it also has important … Continue reading

Reception for Members of the IOC at Buckingham Palace

  July 23, 2012 at 5:32 pm by

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Queen Elizabeth hosted a reception for members of the International Olympic Committee today. The Monarch invited IOC representatives from around the world to Buckingham Palace to welcome them to London. During the reception, Count Jacques Rogge, President of the IOC, made a speech, then presented the Queen with a set of Olympic medals. Her Majesty also addressed her guests, welcoming them to London. The Queen said: “In the coming days … Continue reading

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