British Royals Attend Christmas Church Service at Sandringham

  December 25, 2015 at 1:24 pm by

Queen Elizabeth attends church on Christmas Day at Sandringham; 25-12-2015

Another year, another Christmas at Sandringham for the Windsors. Today it was off to St Mary Magdalene’s Church on the Sandringham Estate for a pre-lunch church service. Embed from Getty Images The bulk of the royal family, including Lady Sarah Chatto and her family, walked the short distance to and from Sandringham House, to the delight of the 1,000-plus locals who gathered outside the church. Young James, Viscount Severn, the … Continue reading

Happy Holidays from The Royal Forums

  December 25, 2015 at 12:15 am by

Happy Holidays

On behalf of the team at The Royal Forums and The Royal Forums Blog, we would like to wish all our members and readers a safe and happy holidays, and an exciting start to 2016! With over 55,000 members, and 1,500,000 posts, the Forums are growing each year and we would like to thank everyone who contributes to make the Forums what it is. We look forward to ‘seeing’ you all … Continue reading

Japanese Emperor Celebrates Birthday

  December 23, 2015 at 8:49 pm by

Emperor Akihito on his 82nd birthday; 23-12-2015

The Emperor of Japan today celebrated his 82nd birthday, and was warmly celebrated by his family and the Japanese public. Appearing on the balcony of the Imperial Palace’s Chōwaden Reception Hall, Emperor Akihito briefly addressed the crowd of around 23,000 that had gathered below, wishing that “the coming year will be a bright one for everybody.” Empress Michiko, the Crown Prince Couple and Prince and Princess Akishino were also present on the … Continue reading

Jordan’s Prince Ali bin Al Hussein Turns Forty

  December 23, 2015 at 6:00 pm by

Prince Ali

His Royal Highness Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan celebrates his 40th birthday on Wednesday December 23. The prince is the second child of the late King Hussein of Jordan with his third wife, Queen Alia of Jordan, who passed away in a helicopter crash in 1977. His elder sister Princess Haya Bint Al-Hussein is married to HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai. He is also a … Continue reading

Queen Silvia of Sweden’s 72nd Birthday

  December 23, 2015 at 10:32 am by

Queen Silvia of Sweden

On December 23, Queen Silvia celebrates her seventy second birthday. Queen Silvia (née Silvia Renate Sommerlath) was born on 23rd December 1943 in Heidelberg, Germany. She is the daughter of Walther Sommerlath and his wife, Alice (née Soares de Toledo). She has two older brothers, Ralf and Walther Sommerlath, as well as another brother, Jörg, who died in 2006. During the years 1947 and 1957, the then Silvia Sommerlath lived … Continue reading

Jordanian Royal Family Release New Year’s Card

  December 21, 2015 at 8:57 am by

The Jordanian Royal Family's New Year card for 2016

In celebration of the New Year, through her official accounts on social media Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan shared the Royal Family’s chosen photograph for the occasion. The photo shows proud parents King Abdullah II and Queen Rania posing happily with their four children: Crown Prince Hussein, 21, Princess Iman, 19, Princess Salma, 15, and Prince Hashem, 10. With 10 days until the end of year, I am happy to share our family … Continue reading

Bernadottes Attend Swedish Academy’s Annual Gathering

  December 20, 2015 at 7:29 pm by

Queen Silvia and King Carl Gustaf attend the annual Swedish Academy formal gathering; 20-12-2015

The Swedish Royal Family have attended the annual formal gathering of the Swedish Academy at the Stock Exchange in Stockholm. Arriving slightly behind schedule due to a car blocking the street, the Bernadottes entered the celebration and sat in the royal box as members of the Academy – which determines the Nobel Prize for Literature – delivered speeches, read poems and announced this year’s ‘Memorial Money’ winner as author Birger Sjöberg. … Continue reading

Wessex Family attend the Christmas Races at Ascot

  December 19, 2015 at 1:20 pm by

The Wessex family enjoy a day at the races; 19-12-2015

The Earl of Wessex and his family attended the Christmas races at Ascot on December 19. Members of the Rhys-Jones family were also present. Embed from Getty Images The Christmas races at Ascot is an annual event which spans for two days. The first day of the races this year was on Friday. The Earl of Wessex and his family have been attending the event since 2012, and Lady Louise Windsor … Continue reading

Surprise Son for Princess Carolina, Marchioness of Sala

  December 18, 2015 at 5:54 pm by

Albert Brenninkmeijer and Princess Carolina

On December 18, it was unexpectedly announced that Princess Carolina, Marchioness of Sala and her husband Albert Brenninkmeijer had welcomed their second child, a little boy named Xavier Albert Alphons Brenninkmeijer in Zürich, Switzerland two days earlier. Little Xavier is the younger brother of Alaïa-Maria, who was born on 20 May 2014, also in Zürich. Princess Carolina is the youngest child of Princess Irene of the Netherlands and her late … Continue reading

Queen Máxima attends the Prix de Rome 2015 Award

  December 18, 2015 at 11:01 am by

Queen Maxima at the Prix de Rome 2015; 17-12-2015

Yesterday, Thursday December 17, Her Majesty Queen Máxima was present at the ceremony of the award Prix de Rome 2015 at the Appel Arts Centre in Amsterdam. The winner of this year was visual artist Magali Reus, who received the award from Jet Bussemaker, the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science. She was awarded a cash prize of 40,000€ and a work period at the American Academy in Rome. Magali Reus … Continue reading

Christmas Greetings From Haga Palace

  December 18, 2015 at 7:57 am by

Princess Estelle takes a bite of the flatbread she baked with her parents

Princess Estelle has once again been the centre of seasonal greeting from Haga Palace, this time in photos and a video released by the royal court of her baking flat bread. Joined by her parents, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, the three-year-old is seen wearing a red and white apron with a white headscarf brushing flour off of the bread round and helping her dad put the bread in … Continue reading

New Photo From The Cambridges, As George Prepares For Nursery School

  December 18, 2015 at 7:43 am by

A new photograph of the Cambridge family

Kensington Palace has today released a new photograph of the Cambridge family, ahead of Christmas next week. William, Catherine, George and Charlotte are seen posing in the garden of Kensington Palace amongst the autumn leaves in the photo that was taken by Chris Jelf in late October. Embed from Getty Images The photo was accompanied by the announcement saying that Prince George will begin attending nursery school by the end … Continue reading

The Duke and Duchess of Vendôme Expecting their Fourth Child

  December 17, 2015 at 9:23 pm by

The Duke and Duchess of Vendôme

It has recently been announced that the Duke and Duchess of Vendôme are expecting their fourth child. Their three older children are Prince Gaston (b. 2009), Princess Antoinette (b. 2012) and Princess Louise-Marguerite (b. 2014). The baby will also be the eleventh grandchild of the Count of Paris, the Orléanist claimant to the former French throne. The Duke and Duchess of Vendôme were married in a civil ceremony on 10 … Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth Hosts Annual Christmas Lunch at Buckingham Palace

  December 16, 2015 at 5:10 pm by

Prince George and Prince Harry as they arrive for the Queen's annual Christmas lunch; 16-12-2015

Another of Europe’s royal houses has marked the Christmas holidays, with Queen Elizabeth II hosting her annual Windsor family Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace. Like they do every year, members of the extended Windsor clan were photographed as they drove – or walked, in the case of Sir Timothy Laurence and Lord Freddie Windsor – through the gates of the Palace upon their arrival for the event. Embed from Getty … Continue reading

Albert and Charlene Play Santa Claus At Palace Gift-Giving

  December 16, 2015 at 3:44 pm by

Princess Charlene, Prince Albert, Camille Gottlieb and Louis Ducruet pose with children outside the Princely Palace; 16-12-2015

Surrounded by dozens of red-capped children, Prince Albert and Princess Charlène of Monaco got into the Christmas spirit today, handing out gifts to children at the Princely Palace. Hugs and high-fives were also distributed by the princely couple, who were joined by two of Princess Stephanie’s children, Louis Ducruet and Camille Gottlieb. Embed from Getty Images Santa Claus also made an appearance at the event to further brighten the children’s … Continue reading

Belgian Royals Attend Christmas Concert

  December 16, 2015 at 2:28 pm by

The Belgian Royal Family poses for a Christmas photo; 16-12-2015

King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and their four children – Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel and Princess Eleonore – have attended the annual Christmas concert at the Royal Palace in Brussels today. The family, all the children matching in festive red and black, posed for photographs in front of the large Palace Christmas tree before the concert. Embed from Getty Images Afterwards they spent time chatting with the musicians, and … Continue reading

Prince Philip Passes Air Cadets Role To Duchess of Cambridge

  December 16, 2015 at 5:51 am by

Prince Philip and the Duchess of Cambridge during the hand-over of the Air Commodore-in-Chief position of the RAF Air Cadets; 16-12-2015

The Duke of Edinburgh today handed over one of his longest-held roles, that of Air Commodore-in-Chief of the RAF Air Training Cadets, to the Duchess of Cambridge. During an audience at Buckingham Palace, the Duchess accepted her first military-linked role, which according to Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty will allow her to see the “amazing work” performed by volunteers in delivering “a truly world-class cadet experience to many thousands of young … Continue reading

Barbados Proposes Removal of Queen Elizabeth as Head of State

  December 15, 2015 at 8:43 am by

Queen Elizabeth attends the second day of Royal Ascot; 17-06-2015

Politicians on the island of Barbados in the Caribbean have announced they are planning to have Queen Elizabeth II removed as the country’s head of state, a move they hope will take place on November 30 next year to coincide with the 50th anniversary of their independence. Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is behind the push, having recently stated that it was “a little awkward” in 2015 for the country’s citizens to … Continue reading

Norwegian Royals Pose For Christmas Pictures

  December 14, 2015 at 10:26 pm by

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The royal house have released a series of pictures of the Norwegian Royal Family leading up to Christmas. Embed from Getty Images Norway’s King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Prince Sverre Magnus and Marius Borg Hoiby all took part in the photo session. The photoshoot was taken at Skaugum, the residence of the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Norway in Asker, Norway. … Continue reading

Princess Haya Attends The Omega Dubai Ladies Masters Golf Tournament

  December 12, 2015 at 1:14 pm by

Princess Haya

Princess Haya bint Hussein attended the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters golf tournament which is held under her patronage in Dubai this afternoon. Dressed in a green traditional Jordanian caftan match with gold earrings, Princess Haya watched the tournament and handed out the trophies. Embed from Getty Images

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