110th Anniversary of King Paul I of Greece’s Birth

  December 14, 2011 at 12:00 am by

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December 14th marks the 110th anniversary of His Majesty King Paul I of the Hellenes’ birth in 1901. Born His Royal Highness Prince Paul of Greece in Athens as the third son of Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Constantine and Crown Princess Sophia, Paul was never meant to be King. He joined older siblings George, Alexander and Helen. Two younger sisters, Irene and Katherine, joined the family in the coming … Continue reading

Nobel Peace Prize 2011

  December 12, 2011 at 10:10 am by

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This year’s Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia’s peace activist Leymah Gbowee and Yemen’s human rights activist Tawakkul Karman “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work”, according to a release from the prize committee. It is the first time the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to three women. The … Continue reading

Nobel Prize Ceremony 2011

  December 11, 2011 at 8:48 am by

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The Swedish Royal Family has marked the 2011 edition of the Nobel Prize, with the gala ceremony held yesterday evening at the Stockholm Concert Hall. TM King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia and TRH Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel and Prince Carl Philip were all present for the ceremony, which featured the traditional awarding of the prizes – a diploma and Nobel Medal – by the King and performances … Continue reading

Official Visit to The Republic of Chile by Felipe & Letizia

  December 11, 2011 at 4:52 am by

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The 22nd-24th of November, 2011 Their Royal Highnesses The Prince nd Princess of Asturias undertook an official visit to The Republic of Chile on Monday November 21st. The 4-day visit was the couple’s first trip to Chile. The Prince and Princess departed from Madrid’s Barajas Airport on Monday, November 21st. On Tuesday, November 22nd the Prince and Princess’ first official act was a wreath laying ceremony at the Statue of … Continue reading

The 1936 Abdication Crisis

  December 11, 2011 at 12:00 am by

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The day is December 11th, 1936. Great Britain begins its day with an Edward VIII, and ends the day with a George VI.  His Majesty’s Declaration of Abdication Act 1936 had passed through parliament. Sparking what was dubbed ‘The Abdication Crisis’, His Majesty King Edward VIII’s request to marry his lover, Mrs Wallis Simpson, was debated by parliamentarians, religious leaders, the press and the public during the month leading up … Continue reading

Albert & Charlène in South Africa

  December 9, 2011 at 2:09 am by

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TSH The Prince and Princess of Monaco yesterday completed a visit to South Africa, for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban (COP17) and a meeting with Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu in Cape Town. The couple arrived on December 6th, residing at the Oyster Bay Hotel for the duration of their visit. Prince Albert then headed over to the Durban International Convention Centre for the High Level Segment of COP17, … Continue reading

Don Pablo Urdangarín’s 11th Birthday

  December 7, 2011 at 8:49 am by

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His Excellency, Don Pablo Nicolás Sebastián Urdangarín y de Borbón, Grandee of Spain celebrated his 11th birthday on December 6th – the Feast of St Nicholas. Don Pablo is the second eldest son of HRH The Infanta Cristina of Spain and Don Inaki Urdangarín, Duke Consort of Palma de Mallorca. His Excellency is currently ninth in the line of succession to the Spanish Throne and is also the fourth eldest … Continue reading

Thais Celebrate King’s 84th Birthday

  December 5, 2011 at 11:09 pm by

King Bhumibol Adulyadej; 05-12-2011

HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand celebrated his eighty-forth birthday today, appearing on the balcony of the Grand Palace in Bangkok. The King was joined on the balcony by his wife, HM Queen Sirikit, his eldest son, HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, and two youngest daughters, TRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Princess Chulabhorn. Other members of the Royal Family, including the Crown Prince’s young son, were also present for … Continue reading

Princess Marie’s Maternity Fashion

  December 5, 2011 at 10:05 pm by

Princess Marie in late November 2011

Princess Marie of Denmark is expecting her second child. As the new Prince or Princess for Denmark is expected to arrive in January 2012, it’s time to take a look back to some of Princess Marie’s most interesting maternity outfits so far. Her first outfit after the announcement – she wore it by the end of August this year – was a pretty blue and white summer dress. A fresh … Continue reading

Margrethe II Celebrates 40 Years on the Throne in January 2012

  December 5, 2011 at 5:29 am by

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2012 marks the 40th jubilee of Queen Margrethe II on the throne and it will be celebrated officially from 13 January till 15 January 2012. Queen Margrethe of Denmark became the Queen upon the death of her father, King Frederik IX, on 14 January 1972. It was formally announced on 15 January. Queen Margrethe was born on 16 April 1940 to King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid of Denmark, née … Continue reading

Prince Sverre Magnus’ 6th Birthday

  December 3, 2011 at 11:07 pm by

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Prince Sverre Magnus celebrates his 6th birthday today. He is the youngest child of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. He was born on December 3rd, 2005 at Rikshospitalet in Oslo and christened on March 4th, 2006 in the Palace Chapel. His godparents are Her Majesty The Queen, Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, Her Royal Highness Princess Rosario … Continue reading

From the Royal Genealogy threads – November 2011

  December 2, 2011 at 3:38 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 November 2011. As always, a big thank you goes out to the contributors of the Genealogy threads. Royal births and pregnancies The Crown Prince of Fujairah, Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad al-Sharqi, and his wife, née Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum of Dubai, had their second child and first … Continue reading

Prince Akishino Turns 46, Calls for Emperor ‘Retirement Age’

  December 2, 2011 at 12:33 am by

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HIH Prince Akishino of Japan, the second son of HIM Emperor Akihito, celebrated his forty-sixth birthday on November 30th, with a press conference at Tokyo’s Imperial Palace. When discussing the events of 2011, including the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster, the Prince spoke of his father’s many official duties. “When you pass a certain age, it gradually becomes difficult for people to do various things,” he said, after asking … Continue reading

Prince Daniel Awards Golden Gavel

  December 1, 2011 at 10:43 pm by

Prince Daniel at the Golden Gavel Awards; 01-12-2011

Today in Stockholm, HRH Prince Daniel awarded the 2011 edition of the ‘Guldklubban’ (Golden Gavel). The event took place at Stockholm’s Grand Hôtel. The Prince presented the award to two men, Lars Göran Johannson of Willo and Lars-Erik Nilsson of Axis Communications. Mr Johannson was selected in the private sector because of his contributions into turning Willo into an “international hi-tech business”. Mr Nilsson was selected for the listed sector … Continue reading

Princess Marie, Patron of AIDS Foundation

  December 1, 2011 at 10:05 pm by

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HRH Princess Marie of Denmark has become the patron of Denmark’s AIDS Foundation (AIDS-Fondet). The appointment was announced earlier today, fittingly on World AIDS Day. The AIDS-Fondet works to combat HIV/AIDS both in Denmark and worldwide, with a special focus on HIV/AIDS research and assisting those who have the disease. In a statement released by the Princess, she says that as patron she “hopes to be able to break down … Continue reading

Death of Crown Prince Leka aka Leka I, King of the Albanians

  November 30, 2011 at 9:14 am by

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Crown Prince Leka,aka Leka I, King of the Albanians, died today, 30 November 2011. Crown Prince Leka lost his wife, née Susan Cullen-Ward, in 2004. Their son, Prince Leka was born in 1982 and is engaged to Elia Zaharia. The Crown Prince died of heart and lung problems at Tirana’s Mother Teresa Hospital. The Crown Prince was the only son of King Zog of Albania, née Ahmet Muhtar, and his wife, … Continue reading

Documentary about Crown Princess Mette-Marit

  November 29, 2011 at 10:59 pm by

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NRK aired a documentary on Norwegian television about Crown Princess Mette-Marit in November 2011. A filmcrew from NRK followed the Crown Princess for one and a half years. Part one shows the Crown Princely family in their everyday life, like having breakfast together, but also in work-related contexts, for example the events on the National Day in Norway (May 17th). It also contains interviews with Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s closest family … Continue reading

Princess Máxima Presents ‘Prince Bernhard Culture Fund’ Award

  November 29, 2011 at 10:48 pm by

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Yesterday, Monday November 28th, Princess Máxima of the Netherlands awarded this year’s Prince Bernhard Culture Fund prize, at Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ. The Princess presented the prize – consisting of a ceremonial collar and a cheque for 75,000€ – to photographer/filmmaker Anton Corbijn. Mr Corbijn is known for his work as U2′s visual output designer (mostly album covers), and has photographed many well-knowns, including David Bowie, Björk, Clint Eastwood … Continue reading

Death of the Dowager Duchess of Hohenberg, née Princess Elisabeth of Luxembourg

  November 29, 2011 at 7:03 am by

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HRH The Dowager Duchess of Hohenberg, née Princess Elisabeth of Luxemburg, of Nassau and of Bourbon-Parma, died on 22 November 2011 aged 88. The Duchess was the widow of HSH Franz Ferdinand, the Duke of Hohenberg, and leaves behind their 2 daughters, HSH Princess Anita of Hohenberg [who is married to Count Andreas of Bardeau] and HSH Princess Sophie of Hohenberg, [who is married to Jonkheer Jean-Louis de Potesta], 7 … Continue reading

The Infanta’s Engagements

  November 27, 2011 at 9:47 pm by

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Her Royal Highness The Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo attended several events this past week. On November 22nd, Her Royal Highness presided over the awards of the ‘Special Olympics Spain’ which took place at the Casa de America in Madrid. The Infanta presented awards and later posed for several photographs. On November 23rd, the eldest daughter of the King and Queen attended the opening of the Museum of Contemporary Art … Continue reading

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