King Harald’s 75th Birthday

  February 21, 2012 at 10:25 pm by

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Today, King Harald turns 75 years old. He was born on February 21st, 1937 at his parents’ home, the country estate of Skaugum, near Oslo. He has two elder sisters, Princess Ragnhild and Princess Astrid, but at that time the Norwegian Constitution of 1814 stipulated that only male heirs could inherit the Throne, therefore he acceded to the Throne when his father passed away on January 17th, 1991. He became … Continue reading

Swedes Prepare for ‘Imminent’ Royal Birth

  February 20, 2012 at 8:15 pm by

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With the birth of the future heir to the Swedish throne expected – and we quote grandmother-to-be Queen Silvia on this – any day now, the Swedish media has gone into overdrive in preparation for the royal birth. Each day there are new reports on the upcoming birth of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel’s first child, some more credible than others (more on the helicopter landing below). What we … Continue reading

Charles and Camilla to Visit Scandinavia

  February 20, 2012 at 7:31 pm by

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The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will be paying official visits to the three Scandinavian countries at the end of March. Visits to Norway, Sweden and Denmark have been schedueled as a lead-in to the British Royal Family’s tours of the Commonwealth to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. The respective Royal Courts also stated that the “historical and diplomatic ties” between Britain and Scandinavia is part … Continue reading

Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz in Seville

  February 20, 2012 at 7:27 am by

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February 15th, 2012 – Seville Her Royal Highness Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz attended the opening of the ‘Rastrillo Nuevo Futuro’ at Los Lebreros Melia Hotel on February 15, 2012 in Seville. The elder sister of His Majesty the King is the Honorary President of this charitable foundatio, which is one the Infanta holds very dear. The opening started with a blessing by the Archbishop of Seville whom … Continue reading

Confirmed: Swedish Princess Living with Boyfriend

  February 20, 2012 at 7:15 am by

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The Swedish Royal Court’s spokesperson, Bertil Ternert, has confirmed that Princess Madeleine is living with her boyfriend of one year, Chris O’Neill. Apparently, the couple have been living together since November. “They have lived at the same address for a long time,” Mr Ternert told Aftonbladet. Mr O’Neill’s town house is in the East Village, and Princess Madeleine has been spotted numerous times walking around the area. Princess Madeleine and … Continue reading

Emperor Akihito’s Heart Surgery Successful

  February 19, 2012 at 5:30 am by

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The Imperial Household Agency has reported that Emperor Akihito is recovering well from his heart bypass operation yesterday, Saturday February 18th. “As far as operations go, it probably could not have proceeded any better,” Doctor Minoru Ono said during a press conference following the operation’s completion at the University of Tokyo Hospital. Doctors from the Juntendo University Hospital also assisted in the operation, in which doctors used a blood vessel … Continue reading

Prince Friso in Coma following Avalanche Last Friday

  February 17, 2012 at 10:36 pm by

Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau

UPDATE 24/02/12 at 07:15: A press conference with the head of trauma and intensive care at the hospital in Innsbruck has just taken place. The doctors gave some details on the Prince’s condition, and their prognosis: The Prince was under the snow for 25 minutes, and CPR was performed for 50 minutes to resuscitate him. A MRI was performed yesterday on the Prince, which indicated that the Prince had suffered severe brain damage from a lack of oxygen. Doctors cannot guarantee that the Prince will awaken from his coma, or give a timeframe as to when this could be expected. If he does wake up, his rehabilitation will take months or years.
Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau is currently in a critical but stable condition in an Innsbruck hospital following an avalanche in the ski resort of Lech am Arlberg on Friday February 17th. Continue reading

Belgian Royals Commemorate Dead in Laeken

  February 16, 2012 at 9:39 am by

Queen Paola and King Albert  arrive for the mass; 16-02-2012

Earlier today in Laeken, the Belgian Royal Family were present at the annual mass commemorating the deceased members of the family. The mass took place at the Church of Our Lady of Laeken (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwkerk in Dutch, Eglise Notre-Dame in French). The entire royal family was present – King Albert II and Queen Paola, their children and their spouses, Queen Fabiola, who was accompanied by Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein, Princess Léa … Continue reading

Royal Family at Exhibition “Royal Journeys 1905-2005″

  February 16, 2012 at 9:11 am by

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King Harald and Queen Sonja attended the opening of the exhibition “Royal Journeys 1905-2005″ at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Oslo on February 15th, 2012. Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Märtha Louise and Princess Astrid were also in attendance. The exhibition is the Norwegian government’s present to King Harald and Queen Sonja for both their 75th birthday this year. It consists of six exhibitions with … Continue reading

Danes in Verbier

  February 12, 2012 at 9:14 pm by

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The Danish Crown Prince Couple, Prince Frederik and Princess Mary, are currently in the Swiss ski resort of Verbier with their four children. As they do annually, the family made the trip down from Denmark to celebrate the Crown Princess’s birthday on February 5th. This year was slightly different, as Prince Frederik and Princess Mary arrived in Verbier almost a week in advance of their children – five year old … Continue reading

Princess Astrid’s 80th Birthday

  February 12, 2012 at 5:24 am by

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Today, Princess Astrid celebrates her 80th birthday. In honour of the occasion, King Harald and Queen Sonja will host a gala banquet at the Royal Palace. Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Princess Märtha Louise will attend as well. Princess Astrid was born at Villa Solbakken in Oslo on February 12th, 1932 as second child of King Olav and Crown Princess Märtha. She was named Astrid Maud Ingeborg after … Continue reading

Felipe & Letizia Visit Newly Restored Cathedral of Tarazona

  February 9, 2012 at 8:16 pm by

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February 9th, 2012 – Tarazona Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Asturias paid a visit to the newly restored Cathedral of Tarazona in the Zaragoza province, Spain earlier today. The Gothic Cathedral which was constructed in the 12th century has ungone a major restoration since 1984. A well wrapped-up Felipe and Letizia were dressed in winter overcoats and braved the cold to meet the crowds of well wishers … Continue reading

Swedish Royals Out and About

  February 9, 2012 at 8:09 pm by

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The Swedish Royal Family were out and about today, attending a business meeting and a representation dinner. Earlier today, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel visited the Centre for Business and Policy Studies (SNS) in Stockholm. The Crown Princess Couple were greeted by the SNS Chairman, Mr Harry Flam, the Acting President, Ms Pernilla Klein, and the program director, Ms Mia Chen Nell. During the visit, expected to be one … Continue reading

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

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