Infanta Cristina in Barcelona

  February 9, 2012 at 6:20 pm by

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February 8th, 2012 – Barcelona After a lenghty and notable absence from Spain over the past few months, Her Royal Highness Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca returned to Barcelona this week. The Infanta was back in the Catalan capital as part of her duties and commitments for the Fundación La Caixa. Over the past few months, Infanta Cristina has been keeping a low public profile following the corruption … Continue reading

February 9, 1977: Death of Queen Alia of Jordan

  February 9, 2012 at 7:17 am by

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Today marks the 35th anniversary of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Alia Al Hussein. Queen Alia, born Alia Baha Uddin Toukan, was born in Cairo, Egypt on December 25th, 1948 where her father was the Ambassador of Jordan. She spent her childhood in Egypt, Turkey, United States, London and Rome. She attended the Church School in London and the Rome Center of Liberal Arts of Loyola. She graduated with … Continue reading

10th Anniversary of Princess Margaret’s Death

  February 9, 2012 at 6:00 am by

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February 9th, 2012 marks the tenth anniversary of the death of Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon. She was the younger daughter of Their Majesties King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom. Princess Margaret passed away in 2002, after suffering the last of her several strokes. She has been unwell for almost two decades, having had an operation in 1985 in which part of … Continue reading

Duchess of Cambridge Visits National Portrait Gallery

  February 8, 2012 at 11:43 pm by

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In her first official solo outing, the Duchess of Cambridge visited the National Portrait Gallery in London this evening. The Duchess toured the Lucian Freud exhibition which opens to the public tomorrow, February 9th. Upon arrival to the Gallery, Catherine was greeted by Gallery directors and the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt. During her tour of the exhibition – which features 130 of Freud artworks, many of them nudes – the … Continue reading

Princess Máxima Receives Machiavelli Prize

  February 8, 2012 at 11:19 pm by

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Princess Máxima of the Netherlands was today awarded the 2011 Machiavelli Prize at a ceremony at the Nieuwspoort Press Centre in The Hague. Accompanied by her husband, the Prince of Orange, and their uncle, Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven (himself a former recipient of the prize), Princess Máxima accepted the prize which was awarded to her because of her “exceptional communication skills that have characterised her work as a Princess of … Continue reading

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Portrait

  February 5, 2012 at 8:52 pm by

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The British Royal Court has published two new portraits of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the Queen’s accession, which occurs tomorrow, February 6th. The portraits were taken in December by Mr John Swannell, who has photographed members of the Royal Family on multiple occassions, including the Golden Jubilee portrait in 2002. One portrait shows the Queen alone, and then with her … Continue reading

Prince Felipe Turns 44

  February 5, 2012 at 8:29 pm by

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His Royal Highness Don Felipe de Borbon y Grecia, the Prince of Asturias, celebrated his 44th birthday on January 30th. The Prince is the third and youngest child of Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain and heir to the Spanish Throne. This year His Royal Highness celebrated his birthday with a visit to the Canary Island of El Hierro. Accompanied by his wife, HRH The Princess of Asturias. … Continue reading

Crown Princess Mary Turns 40

  February 4, 2012 at 12:00 am by

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The Crown Princess of Denmark tomorrow turns forty years old. She was born Mary Elizabeth Donaldson on February 5th, 1972 in Hobart, Australia. Mary was the youngest of four children born to John Donaldson and Henrietta Horne, joining elder sisters Jane and Patricia, and older brother John. She spent her childhood in Houston, Texas as well as Hobart, while her father was working at a university. Mary’s primary and secondary education … Continue reading

Princess Charlène Opens Children’s Shelter

  February 3, 2012 at 5:07 am by

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On February 1st, Princess Charlène of Monaco officially opened the Princess Charlène Child Welfare Shelter. Accompanied by her husband, Prince Albert II, the Princess opened the shelter which will be a home for children with familial difficulties. Following a speech by the director of the shelter, Mr Patrick Serre, Princess Charlène revealed a plaque commemorating the opening. During the visit, the Prince and Princess were given a tour of the shelter, which … Continue reading

02-02-02: The Prince of Orange Weds Máxima Zorreguieta

  February 2, 2012 at 12:00 am by

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The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands today celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary. Following the announcement of their engagement on March 30th, 2001; the couple married on February 2nd, 2002 – the date chosen because of the once-in-a-century ’02-02-02′ – in both civil and religious ceremonies (as required by Dutch law). The civil ceremony took place at the Beurs van Berlage, conducted by the Mayor of Amsterdam. … Continue reading

From the Royal Genealogy threads – January 2012

  February 1, 2012 at 1:46 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 January 2012. As always, a big thank you goes out to the contributors of the Genealogy threads. Royal births and pregnancies The Emir of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bint Rashid Al Maktoum, and his wife, née Princess Haya of Jordan, had their second child and first son together. Sheikh … Continue reading

King Abdullah II Turns 50

  January 31, 2012 at 6:15 am by

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On Monday, His Majesty King Abdullah bin Al Hussein of Jordan celebrated his 50th birthday. Born in Amman on January 30, 1962, King Abdullah is the eldest son of the late King Hussein and his British second wife, Princess Muna. King Abdullah began his primary education at the Islamic Educational College in Amman, and later attended St. Edmund’s School in Surrey, England. During his secondary education, the King studied at … Continue reading

Qatari Crown Prince in Jordan for Talks

  January 31, 2012 at 4:30 am by

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Qatar’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, accompanied by Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal met with His Majesty King Abdullah II at the Royal Palace in Hommar. The meeting, which took place over a luncheon, King Abdullah said that he was keen on cementing ties between the Gulf and Arab countries and supported the Palestinian people’s for an independent state. Upon arrival, Sheikh Tamim and Khaled Meshaal were welcome … Continue reading

Prince Frederik Congratulates Danish Handball Team

  January 31, 2012 at 4:25 am by

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Crown Prince Frederik was on hand yesterday, January 30th, to celebrate the Danish men’s national handball team at the Copenhagen Town Hall. The team is the current European Handball Champions, following their January 29th finals win against host nation Serbia at the Belgrade Arena in Belgrade. The final score was 21-19, and the Danish team won their second European championship (the first was in 2008). The Crown Prince gave a … Continue reading

Infanta Maria Adelaide de Bragança van Uden turns 100

  January 31, 2012 at 12:00 am by

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On January 31st 2012, Infanta Maria Adelaide will celebrate her 100th birthday, she is the sole surviving granddaughter of King Miguel I of Portugal. Infanta Maria Adelaide is the daughter of Miguel II, Duke of Bragança and Princess Maria Theresa of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg, and was born January 31st 1912 in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France, with Dom Manuel II and Queen Amelia as her godparents. The Infanta, along with her siblings and parents, spent … Continue reading

Presentation of Credentials & Diplomatic Corps Reception

  January 28, 2012 at 8:21 pm by

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On Monday January 10, 2012, His Majesty the King recieved the credentials of new ambassadors from Tunisia, Sweden, Pakistan, Andorra, Romania and Ecuador. This very formal ceremony always takes place at the Palacio Real in Madrid. On January 24th, 2012, the Royal Family presided over the annual reception for the Diplomatic Corps at the Palacio Real in Madrid. Present this year were Their Majesties the King and Queen and Their … Continue reading

The Duchess of Vendôme Gives Birth to a Girl

  January 28, 2012 at 7:35 am by

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The Duke and Duchess of Vendôme, Prince Jean and Princess Philomena of Orléans, had their second child and first daughter, Princess Antoinette, on 28 January 2012. The little Princess joins older brother, Prince Gaston. Prince Jean is the heir of his father, the Count of Paris, bypassing his mentally disabled elder brother, Prince François, Count of Clermont. Prince Jean married Princess Philomena civilly, on March 19 and religiously, on May 2, 2009, and … Continue reading

Crown Prince Couple at the World Economic Forum

  January 28, 2012 at 4:53 am by

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Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit attend the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012 in Davos from January 25th-29th. Crown Prince Haakon has been present at the annual meeting every year since 2005 except for 2008. “It’s good to be here with an experienced companion,” said Crown Princess Mette-Marit. It’s the second time the couple attends together. Crown Prince Haakon was an active member of Young Global Leaders, a … Continue reading

Joachim and Marie Take Newborn Daughter Home

  January 27, 2012 at 11:56 am by

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Glowing parents, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie of Denmark, took their newborn daughter home today. The Princess was born on 24 January 2012 at the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen and joined older brother, Prince Henrik, and older halfbrothers, Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix. She’s 10th in line to the Danish throne, after her uncle, The Crown Prince, his four children, her father, and her 3 older brothers. The Princess is the 8th grandchild … Continue reading

Sheikh Ahmed’s Career Comes To An End

  January 26, 2012 at 4:58 am by

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The UAE’s only Olympic gold medallist, Sheikh Ahmed bin Hashar Al Maktoum, has given up his career after been diagnosed with a heart condition. Sheikh Ahmed won the double-trap shooting champion at the 2004 Athens Olympic and was forced to give up on his 2012 London Olympic dream. Speaking to the Gulf Times at the ongoing Asian Shooting Championship, Sheikh Ahmed who is 48 years old said, “I had to … Continue reading

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