Prince Charles the Weatherman

  May 10, 2012 at 12:14 pm by

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BBC viewers certainly got more than they had bargained for when their weather forecast was read by none other than the Heir to the Throne. Prince Charles appeared surprisingly unflustered as he tried weather forecasting at the end of the lunchtime news bulletin. As a Clarence House spokeswoman joked: “He was taking a tour when he saw the weather board and had a go. I think he did it very … Continue reading

Prince Felipe attends UEFA Europa League Final

  May 10, 2012 at 9:30 am by

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Bucharest, Romania – May 9th, 2012 His Royal Highness The Prince of Asturias attended the UEFA Europa League final in Bucharest last night between Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao. The Prince was one of thousands of Spanish supporters who travelled to the National Stadium in Bucharest, Romania to watch the final between the two Spanish teams. At the stadium, His Royal Highness met with Crown Princess Margarita of Romania and … Continue reading

No Official Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebrations

  May 10, 2012 at 9:10 am by

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Zarzuela, Madrid The Spanish Royal Court has announced that there will be no official celebration to mark the 50th golden wedding anniversary of Their Majesties on May 14th. The announcement has left many Spanish royal watchers surprised, but given the recent controversy surrounding the King and his ill-advised hunting trip and accident in Botswana, perhaps the King is looking to maintain a low profile. In stark contrast when Their Majesties … Continue reading

State Opening of Parliament 2012

  May 9, 2012 at 9:09 pm by

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Queen Elizabeth II today presided over the State Opening of Parliament which commenced a new session of the British Parliament. Her Majesty also delivered a speech which outlined her Government’s policies for the upcoming year. Among the key points of the speech, which lasted approximately 10 minutes, were family friendly-policies, plans to make inter-racial adoption easier, as well as the long-delayed reforms in the House of Lords. The Ceremony: Before … Continue reading

Princess Mabel Resigns from Elders CEO Position

  May 9, 2012 at 3:11 am by

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Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau has resigned from her position as Chief Executive Officer of The Elders. The decision was announced following a meeting of The Elders on May 7th in Norway. The Princess has decided to step down due to the current situation with her husband, Prince Friso, who is in a coma following an avalanche accident on February 17th. Radio Netherlands reports that Princess Mabel will continue part-time as … Continue reading

Emmanuelle de Dampierre Passes Away

  May 7, 2012 at 8:56 am by

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Rome, Italy Emmanuelle de Dampierre passed away in Rome on May 2nd, 2012. Born into the Italian nobility on November 8th, 1913, Emmanuelle married Infante Jaime of Spain, Duke of Segovia on March 4th, 1935. The couple had two children: Don Alphonse de Bourbon (1936-1989) and Don Gonzalo de Bourbon (1937-2000). However, their marriage was unhappy and it ended in divorce in 1947. In 1949, Emmanuelle de Dampierre remarried in … Continue reading

Infanta Elena Opens New Civil Guard Cavalry Complex

  May 7, 2012 at 6:19 am by

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Valdemoro – May 3rd, 2012 Her Royal Highness Infanta Elena of Spain, Duchess of Lugo was in Valdemoro on the outskirts of Madrid on May 3rd. The eldest daughter of Their Majesties presided over the official opening of the new equestrian facilities of the Civil Guard at Valdemoro. A keen horsewoman and lover of equestrian, Infanta Elena was accompanied by the director general of the Guardia Civil, the Mayor of … Continue reading

Princess Mary’s “Pop Art” Portrait

  May 7, 2012 at 6:05 am by

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Crown Princess Mary yesterday unveiled a new portrait during an event on Children’s Aid Day. As patron of Børnehjælpsdagen, the Children’s Aid Foundation, the Princess unveiled a portrait of herself painted by Romero Britto. Mr Britto, a Brazilian artist, is well-known for his pop art style of portraits, featuring abstract shapes and bright colours. He has previously painted Princess Charléne of Monaco. Princess Mary wore a recycled deep purple dress … Continue reading

Count Carl Johan Bernadotte has Died

  May 6, 2012 at 11:30 am by

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Count Carl Johan Bernadotte, uncle of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, has passed away at the age of 95. The news was announced several hours ago by the Swedish Royal Court. The Count passed away yesterday, May 5th. He is survived by his second wife, Countess Gunilla Bernadotte, and his two adopted children and their families. The Count was the last living great-grandchild … Continue reading

The ‘Catherine’ Effect

  May 4, 2012 at 4:19 am by

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30 minutes after the Duchess of Cambridge was photographed in a $450 Rebecca Taylor jacket at London’s Goldsmith’s Hall, it sold out! The jacket is from the brand’s Resort 2011/2012 collection, and has been on sale in stores and online since November 2011. Rebecca Taylor is a New Zealand-born designer, but is New York-based. The designer said, “She is a perfect model for our clothes. It fits her so well, … Continue reading

Guillaume and Stéphanie to Wed in October

  May 3, 2012 at 7:21 am by

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The Luxembourg Grand Ducal Court has announced the wedding date of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy. The pair will marry on Saturday October 20th. Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Countess Stéphanie were officially engaged last week, April 26th. They attended a reception where the Countess was presented to Luxembourg’s Government, before greeting the press for a photo session in the afternoon on April 27th. According to … Continue reading

Infanta Sofía of Spain Celebrates her 5th Birthday

  May 2, 2012 at 9:36 am by

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Madrid – April 29th, 2012 On Sunday April 29th, Her Royal Highness Infanta Sofía of Spain celebrated her fifth birthday. Infanta Sofía was born in at Ruber International Clinic in Madrid in 2007, the second daughter of the Prince and Princess of Asturias. Sofía is currently third in the line line of succession to the Spanish throne after her father, Prince Felipe, and older sister, Infanta Leonor. The Infanta is … Continue reading

From the Royal Genealogy threads – April 2012

  May 1, 2012 at 2:28 pm 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 April 2012. As always, a big thank you goes out to the contributors of the Genealogy threads. Royal births and pregnancies No Royal babynews in April has been made public. The list of current (known) Royal pregnancies: – Fürst Philipp and Fürstin Leonille of Stolberg-Wernigerode, née Countess Douglas (3rd … Continue reading

Dutch Royals Celebrate Koninginnedag

  May 1, 2012 at 3:54 am by

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The Dutch Royal Family yesterday celebrated the official birthday of Queen Beatrix, Koninginnedag, in the towns of Rhenen and Veenendaal. Queen Beatrix was joined by two of her sons and daughters-in-law, her sister, and nephews and their wives for the festivities. Only Prince Friso, Princess Mabel and Princess Anita were not in attendance. Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven was only present in Veenendaal. Upon arrival in Rhenen, school children from the … Continue reading

Baby Estelle Makes Balcony Debut

  April 30, 2012 at 9:21 am by

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Sweden’s infant Princess Estelle made her balcony debut today, celebrating her grandfather’s 66th birthday. King Carl XVI Gustaf celebrated his birthday by greeting the people from the courtyard of the Royal Palace of Stockholm. The King and Prince Carl Philip took a military salute, before the army band paraded for the crowd that gathered while the King received flowers from children, as he does each year. ‘Happy Birthday’ was then … Continue reading

Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz in Malaga

  April 30, 2012 at 9:12 am by

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Malaga – April 21st, 2012 Her Royal Highness Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz attended the 40th anniversary of the ‘Nuevo Futuro’ at the Finca de la Concepción in Malaga. The elder sister of King Juan Carlos is the Honorary President of the ‘Nuevo Futuro’ charitable foundation and was welcomed by the Mayor of Malaga and several other dignitaries. The Duchess of Badajoz praised “smooth running of the Nuevo … Continue reading

Jordanian Royals Celebrate Mine-Free Jordan

  April 27, 2012 at 10:26 am by

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On behalf of his father King Abdullah II, HRH Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah of Jordan has patronized the celebration ceremony that announced his country officially the first in the Mideast free of all minefields. The event was held last Tuesday in presence of the Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon, and took place at the King Hussein bin Talal Convention Centre in the Dead Sea. It was also attended by a … Continue reading

Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume Engaged

  April 26, 2012 at 4:06 am by

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The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Guillaume, is engaged to be married. The Grand Ducal Court announced his engagement to Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy a short time ago. A press conference will be taking place later this afternoon, Luxembourg time. A reception will be held at the Grand Ducal Palace tomorrow morning. View the thread announcing the engagement here.

Queen Noor Attends “My Neighborhood” Premiere

  April 25, 2012 at 11:02 am by

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Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan attended the private screening of the documentary “My Neighborhood” at the Paley Center for Media in New York City on Tuesday, April 17, 2012. “My Neighborhood” is the tale of the forced eviction of Mohammed El Kurd, an eleven-year-old Palestinian from his home in East Jerusalem by Israeli settlers. The surprising friendship that evolves when Israeli Zvi Benninga and his family comes to support … Continue reading

Crown Prince Hussein Regent For The First Time

  April 25, 2012 at 10:52 am by

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His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hussein Bin Abdullah II,  the eldest son of their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan, has taken the oath for the first time on Saturday afternoon as Regent during his father’s absence. The ceremony, which took place at the premier’s office in Amman, was held in presence of the Kingdom’s cabinet members and Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein, the Crown Prince’s uncle. … Continue reading

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