Dubai’s Ruler & Sheikhs Open IDEX 2013

  February 21, 2013 at 11:02 am by

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On February 17, 2013 His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and Gen. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, opened the International Defence Exhibition and Conference, IDEX and the naval show, NAVDEX in Abu Dhabi. The opening started with playing of the UAE National … Continue reading

First Official Visit Announced for Willem-Alexander

  February 18, 2013 at 11:06 am by

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Once he succeeds the throne on April 30, the future King Willem-Alexander will pay his first official visit as the Dutch monarch to neighbouring Germany. Accompanied by his wife, then Queen Máxima, the visit will take place between June 3rd and 6th. It is expected the visit will begin in Berlin, as per custom, to visit the German President. Following this, a program possibly incorporating portions of an economic visit … Continue reading

Spanish Royal Family Receive National Handball Team

  February 18, 2013 at 9:41 am by

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The Spanish Royal Family received the Spanish Handball National Team at the Zarzuela Palace on Monday, February 11. Present at the reception were Their Majesties the King and Queen and the Prince and Princess of Asturias. The Spanish team are the current world handball champions, having beating Denmark at the tournament finals on January 27th. In a speech the King congratulated the entire team, their coaches and technical staff. His … Continue reading

School Girl’s Dream Comes True Thanks To Dubai Ruler

  February 18, 2013 at 5:04 am by

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After a televised request during the opening of the Government Summit just one week ago in Dubai, Mira asked Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai to visit her school. Sheikh Mohammed replied that his week was a busy but would find time in the following week. Mira has not mentioned which school she was attending, so Sheikh Mohammed has … Continue reading

Infanta Elena attends the Opening of the 21st AULA Exhibition

  February 18, 2013 at 4:57 am by

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In her first official act of 2013, Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo presided over the opening of the 21st AULA Exhibition at the Parque Ferial Juan Carlos I in Madrid. The AULA Educational Exhibition is according to the Europa Press ‘dedicated to improving the quality of teaching and guiding young people in their choice of studies’. The Duchess of Lugo was accompanied by the Spanish Minister for Education, Jose Ignacio … Continue reading

Spanish Royal Family’s Luncheon for President of Guatemala

  February 18, 2013 at 4:52 am by

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The Spanish Royal Family hosted a luncheon in honour of the official visit to Spain by the President of Guatemala and the First Lady at the Palacio Real in Madrid. The official visit from Guatemala took place between February 12th and 14th. The visit began with a private audience at the Zarzuela Palace between the King and the President, Mr.Fernando Perez Molina. Present at the luncheon at the magnificent Palacio … Continue reading

New Portraits Released to Mark Swedish Jubilee

  February 15, 2013 at 5:38 am by

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The Swedish Royal Court has released a series of new portraits of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia taken to mark the King’s fortieth year on the throne this coming September. Two sets – one in civilian attire and one in gala attire – were released of the King and Queen. The civilian series were photographed at the Royal Palace in Louisa Ulrika’s dining room by Alexis Daflos. The … Continue reading

Charles and Camilla to visit Jordan, Qatar and Oman

  February 14, 2013 at 7:03 am by

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The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will pay official visits to Jordan, Qatar and Oman from March 11 to March 19, 2013. According to the Clarence House’s press release, “the tour will help to strengthen the United Kingdom’s bilateral relations with key partners in the region, relations which are underpinned by the close personal friendships that exist between Their Royal Highnesses and the Royal Families in each … Continue reading

Prince Sattam Al Saud Passes Away

  February 13, 2013 at 10:06 am by

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The Royal Saudi Court announced on Tuesday the death of HRH Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz al Saud, the Governor of Riyadh. According to the statement, the late prince’s funeral will take place at the Emam Turki’s mosque in Riyadh City this Wednesday. Prince Sattam was born in 1941 as the son of King Abdulaziz al Saud and Princess Mudhi Al Sudairi. He was educated at the University of San Diego, … Continue reading

Jordan’s King Opens New Parliament Session

  February 12, 2013 at 9:00 am by

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King Abdullah II of Jordan delivered yesterday his speech from the throne opening the 17th non-ordinary session of the Jordanian parliament. The King addressed the newly-elected lower house members and urged them to shoulder their responsibility towards the success of this historic transformation towards parliamentary government and its development. Upon his arrival to the parliament, the King was welcomed by the prime minister and senior officials. The ceremony was attended … Continue reading

December 2012 Picture of the Month Winners!

  February 10, 2013 at 5:36 am by


Announcing the winners of the December 2012 Picture of the Month Polls: November 2012 Official Picture of the Month: First Place Tie: Spain & The Netherlands Second Place Tie: Belgium , Monaco & Norway Third Place Tie: Jordan & Dubai Cute Royal Kids (November 2012 Informal Poll): First Place Tie: Denmark & Sweden Second Place Tie: Spain & The Netherlands Third Place Tie: Norway & Belgium Congratulations to all winning teams!

Vote in the January 2013 Picture of the Month Polls!

  February 10, 2013 at 5:32 am by


Please vote in the January 2013 Picture of the Month Polls! The Official Link features pictures showing the official side of royalty. This month’s Informal Poll showcases 2012 Picture of the Year. The polls will remain open until 28 February 2013.

Crown Prince Haakon Celebrates Sami People’s Day in Kirkenes

  February 7, 2013 at 4:27 am by

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Crown Prince Haakon has been to Kirkenes, a town in the north of Norway at the border to Russia in the county of Finnmark, from February 5th to 6th, 2013. On the first day, Crown Prince Haakon attended Kirkenes Conference, which is one of the region’s most important venues for political discussion. Later that day, he visited the Norwegian Barents Secretariat. Their aim is to improve the Norwegian-Russian relations and … Continue reading

Jordan’s Queen Visits Elderly Home-Care Center

  February 6, 2013 at 9:20 am by

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Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah paid a visit to the elderly home care center at Al Asirra Al Bayda’a Society. During the visit, Queen Rania met with volunteers from the Jordan Volunteers group who provide psychological, social and medical services to the elderly. A short meeting was held at the center where she was briefed on the society. Queen Rania thanked all the volunteers for their hard work and … Continue reading

Sheikha Latifa Wins Grand Prix FEI World Cup Qualifier

  February 5, 2013 at 11:01 am by

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After a clear round and beating the time, Sheikh Latifa Al Maktoum won the Emirates Airline Dubai Grand Prix FEI World Cup Qualifier, which was held in Dubai, UAE. Sheikha Latifa, riding her horse Peanuts de Beaufour, competed against 33 riders and finished 3 seconds ahead of her runner up at 48.48 seconds. Sheikha Latifa, who is just 27 years old, said “I’m really happy with the mare because she’s … Continue reading

Four Royals In Capes

  February 5, 2013 at 5:06 am by

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Is capes the new royal fashion trend? One could say so. In just four days, four royals in four different countries have been seen in capes. The first to wear a cape is expectant mother-to-be, The Duchess of Cambridge, who wore a tartan print cape while out in London see here. The next day, Crown Princess Maxima wore a printed cape looking jacket to a workshop event see here. That same day, … Continue reading

From the Royal Genealogy threads – January 2013

  February 1, 2013 at 12:01 am by

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This is the monthly blog entry with news from the Royal genealogy threads. This time it’s a blog entry with news from January 2013. As always, a big thank you goes out to the contributors of the Genealogy threads. Royal births and pregnancies The Dutch Royal Court announced on 11 January that Prince Floris, the youngest son of Princess Margriet and Pieter van Vollenhoven, and his wife, Princess Aimée, are … Continue reading

Father And Son Celebrate Joint Birthday

  January 30, 2013 at 11:17 am by

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It’s a double celebration for His Majesty King Abdullah II and his son Prince Hashem as they celebrate today their birthdays. Born on January 30, 1962, King Abdullah turns 51 years old. His son, Prince Hashem turns 8 years old. He was born January 30, 2005 and is the youngest of four children and second son to King Abdullah and Queen Rania. King Abdullah is married to Queen Rania and … Continue reading

Prince Albert II attends Sainte-Dévote Celebrations

  January 30, 2013 at 5:19 am by

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Prince Albert II attended the annual Sainte-Dévote Celebrations in Monaco on Saturday, January 26th. The feast of Sainte-Dévote has a long tradition of devotion with the Monégasques Princely Family. The 4th century Christian martyr is the Patron Saint of both Monaco and Corsica. The Prince attended the traditional religious procession on his own this year. Last year he was accompanied by his wife and elder sister. At the end of the … Continue reading

Prince Felipe of Spain turns 45

  January 30, 2013 at 5:13 am by

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His Royal Highness, The Prince of Asturias turns 45 years old on Wednesday, January 30th. The heir apparent to the Spanish throne was born in Madrid to the then Prince Juan Carlos and Princess Sofia. The Prince has two older sisters, Infantas Elena and Cristina of Spain. In January 1977 he was created Prince of Asturias, the historic title held by the heir to the Spanish throne. In May 2004, Felipe … Continue reading

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