Danish RF Attends Annual Photo Shoot at Gråsten Palace

  July 20, 2012 at 10:51 am by

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A large part of the Danish Royal family has today attended the annual photo shoot at Gråsten Palace. Queen Margrethe and Prince-Consort Henrik were joined by their oldest son, Crown Prince Frederik, with his wife Crown Princess Mary and 3 of their 4 children, Princes Christian and Vincent and Princess Isabella [Princess Josephine had a slight fever and didn't leave the Palace], and by the Queens sister, Princess Benedikte, and her … Continue reading

Prince Bandar Named Saudi Intelligence Chief

  July 20, 2012 at 5:32 am by

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The former ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan has been appointed as intelligence chief. A decree which was published on the the Saudi Press Agency site said “His Royal Highness Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz is relieved from his position as head of the Presidency of General Intelligence and appointed a special envoy and advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah with the rank … Continue reading

Crown Prince Haakon’s 39th Birthday

  July 20, 2012 at 3:58 am by

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Today, Crown Prince Haakon celebrates his 39th birthday. He was born on July 20th, 1973 and has an elder sister, Princess Märtha Louise. Due to male precedence, he became Crown Prince of Norway when his father ascended to the throne in 1991. In 1990, the Norwegian constitution was altered, granting the eldest child, regardless of gender, to precede in the line of succession. This was not, however, done retroactively, meaning … Continue reading

Day in History: Mary I becomes Queen Regnant of England

  July 19, 2012 at 7:46 pm by

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On July 19, 1553 Mary Tudor replaced Lady Jane Grey on the English Throne, becoming the first undisputed Queen Regnant of England. Mary was born on 18 February 1516 to Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon. She was a much loved child and, because she was their only surviving one, was doting upon by her parents. Once it became apparent Queen Catherine would not have more children, Mary was treated … Continue reading

Kate Opens National Portrait Gallery’s Olympic Exhibition

  July 19, 2012 at 7:46 pm by

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The Duchess of Cambridge visited the exhibition “Road To 2012: Aiming High” at London’s National Portrait Gallery today. The exhibition features images of famous athletes and newcomers all hoping for Olympic glory. Kate met the photographers, as well as some of their sitters. Among them was the London 2012 Olympic torch relay’s oldest bearer, Diana Gould. Mrs Gould, who turned 100 this year, is set to be a torch-bearer in … Continue reading

Prince Charles Shows Off His Wall-Climbing Skills

  July 19, 2012 at 7:46 pm by

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It seems everyone is getting into the spirit of the London Olympics, even Prince Charles. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, on the first day of their tour to Channel Islands, went to Grainville Secondary School where they talked to teachers and students and popped into the school gym. That’s when the Prince saw a traversing wall – and immediately decided to climb it. To the surprise … Continue reading

Spainish Royal Family Takes Another Pay Cut

  July 19, 2012 at 9:12 am by

The Spanish Royal Family in April 2010

Madrid – July 18th, 2012 The Spanish Royal Court has announced that the King and Prince of Asturias are to have their salaries cut by 7.1 percent. In another move to reduce the Royal budget, expenses claimed by other members of the Royal Family will also be cut. The Royal budget for 2012 was set at around €8.3, which is down 2% from 2011 and overall quite small compare to … Continue reading

Prince Harry, Princess Eugenie Attend The Dark Knight Premiere

  July 19, 2012 at 8:57 am by

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The première of the Dark Knight Rises in London was attended by not only Hollywood royalty, but also real-life British ones – Prince harry and Princess Eugenie. The royal cousins arrived at the Waterloo IMAX debut of the film separately; Harry arrived on his own, while the Princess was accompanied by her boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank. Harry smiled at photographers and fans as he arrived wearing a dark blue suit with … Continue reading

Infanta Pilar attends Spanish Olympic Committee Ceremony in Madrid

  July 19, 2012 at 8:56 am by

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Madrid – July 14th, 2012 Her Royal Highness Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz attended the Spanish Olympic Committee opening ceremony in Madrid on July 14th. The elder sister of His Majesty King Juan Carlos I is a member of the Honorary Council of the Spanish Olympic Committee. Present was Spanish judoka champion, Isabel Fernández, who won a gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Isabel later … Continue reading

Day In History: 95th “Birthday” of the House of Windsor

  July 17, 2012 at 8:47 pm by

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  – It is not only Queen Elizabeth who celebrates a Jubilee this year, but also the very House she belongs to – the Royal House of Windsor.  On July 17, 1917 George V issued Royal Proclamation, changing the name of his family and house, meaning that today is the 95th anniversary of the historic event. When Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, she personally continued to … Continue reading

Don Felipe de Marichalar Turns 14

  July 17, 2012 at 9:17 am by

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His Excellency Don Felipe Juan de Marichalar y Borbón celebrates his fourteenth birthday on July 17th. The eldest son of Infanta Elena of Spain and Don Jaime de Marichalar, he is currently fifth in the line of succession to the Spanish Throne. Don Felipe Juan was named in honour of his uncle, Prince Felipe, and great-grandfather, Infante Juan the Count of Barcelona; but he is often referred to by his … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Mama Victoria!

  July 15, 2012 at 11:20 pm by

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Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden yesterday celebrated her thirty-fifth birthday. The traditional ‘Victoriadagen’ festivities to mark her birthday were held in Öland, where the Royal Family spends a portion of their summer holidays. In the early afternoon, the Crown Princess appeared with her family in the courtyard of Solliden Palace to accept the well-wishes of the crowd who had gathered. Princess Victoria, wearing a pale blue dress and cardigan, was … Continue reading

French City Demands British Crown Jewels

  July 15, 2012 at 2:13 pm by

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A French city of Angers, once the capital of the House of Plantagenet which produced fourteen English Monarchs, is demanding a compensation for the murder of its last pretender to the Throne. Edward Plantagenet, 17th Earl of Warwick, was murdered in the Tower of London on orders of Henry VII Tudor; upon his death in 1499, the House of Plantagenet became extinct in the legitimate male line. A petition posted … Continue reading

Queen Noor Patronizes the International Arab Youth Conference

  July 15, 2012 at 7:13 am by

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On Friday, Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan attended the opening ceremony of the 32rd International Arab Youth Conference in the rose-red city of Petra. She was accompanied by her daughter, Princess Raiyah, and Princess Dana Firas. The meeting, held under the theme “Modern Media and Development”, discusses a number of media-related topics, including social networks and economic development, online media and freedom of expression, cultural exchange and ethics and … Continue reading

Infanta Margarita Leaves Hospital

  July 15, 2012 at 7:09 am by

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Madrid – July 10th, 2012 Her Royal Highness Infanta Margarita, Duchess of Soria and Hernani left the Ruber Hospital in Madrid on July 10th. The youngest sister of King Juan Carlos was admitted to the hospital earlier this month suffering from a high fever. Over the past few days, the Infanta received visits from her husband Don Carlos, her daughter Doña María Zurita, her sister Infanta Pilar and sister-in-law, Queen … Continue reading

King Juan Carlos to visit Russia on July 18 and 19

  July 15, 2012 at 7:08 am by

King Juan Carlos I of Spain

The Spanish Royal Court has announced that King Juan Carlos will make an official two-day visit to the Russian Federation on July 18th. This solo working visit by His Majesty comes only five weeks after a visit to both Brazil and Chile in early June. The King will be accompanied by the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mr Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, along with a Spanish trade and business … Continue reading

Jewel of the Day: The Rhodesian Flame Lily Brooch

  July 13, 2012 at 9:11 am by

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Time for another jewellery update! When Queen Elizabeth visited Birmingham and Shropshire yesterday, she was wearing one of her (and my) favourite brooches – the Flame Lily Brooch. The brooch is one of the oldest in the Queen’s collection; she has had it for 65 years now. In 1947, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret accompanied their parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, on a tour of southern Africa. During … Continue reading

Vote in the June 2012 Picture of the Month Polls!

  July 12, 2012 at 7:17 pm by

Please vote in the June 2012 Picture of the Month Polls! The Official Link features pictures showing the official side of royalty. This month’s Informal Poll showcases Royals on Stamps. The polls will remain open until 28 July 2012.

May 2012 Picture of the Month Winners

  July 12, 2012 at 7:13 pm by

Announcing the winners of the May 2012 Picture of the Month Polls: May 2012 Official Picture of the Month Link: First Place: Sweden Second Place: Great Britain Third Place: Norway Royal Jubilees Informal May 2012 Poll Link: First Place: Norway Second Place: Great Britain Third Place: Denmark Congratulations to all winning teams!

Prince Charles and Camilla on their Annual Tour of Wales

  July 12, 2012 at 6:06 pm by

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The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are undertaking their annual week of engagements in Wales. Their tour started with a visit to St Asaph cathedral; upon arrival, they were greeted by hundreds of well-wishers who had gathered to give the royal couple a warm welcome. Charles and Camilla spoke to the waiting crowds, and then attended a service to celebrate St Asaph’s new city status. The former … Continue reading

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