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

Prussians Mark 300th Anniversary of Friedrich the Great’s Birth

  January 26, 2012 at 4:11 am by

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These past two weeks, the Prince and Princess of Prussia have attended events to mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of King Friedrich II, on January 24th, 1712. The first of these events was an official dinner on Monday January 16th, hosted by the President of Germany, Christian Wulff, at Bellevue Palace in Berlin. Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie posed for photos with the President and his wife, … Continue reading

Princess Máxima Attends AmCham Gala

  January 24, 2012 at 5:08 am by

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Last night, Monday January 23rd, Princess Máxima attended a gala dinner at the city hall in The Hague, to mark the anniversary of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands. Accompanied by Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the Princess was one of 500 guests to attend the gala hosted by the Mayor of The Hague, The Honorable Jozias van Aartsen. Also present were naturally the Dutch Ambassador to the United … Continue reading

Princess Marie Gives Birth to a Baby Girl

  January 24, 2012 at 4:45 am by

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The Danish Royal Court has announced that Princess Marie gave birth to a baby girl a short time ago. The infant was born at 08:27, at the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen. She weighed 2930 grams and was 49 centimetres in length. The official press release read: “Her Royal Highness Princess Marie has on Tuesday January 24th, 2012 at 08:27 at the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen given birth to a Princess. Weight: 2930grams, Length: … Continue reading

Princess Marie Admitted to Hospital in Copenhagen

  January 24, 2012 at 4:07 am by

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Princess Marie is in labour and has been admitted to the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, the Danish Royal Court has confirmed. The Court’s spokesperson, Lene Balleby, told Danish media that the Princess was admitted to the hospital just after 04:00 this morning, Danish time – five hours ago. “Everything is progressing as it should,” Balleby said. Prince Joachim drove his wife to the hospital. This is the second child for Princess … Continue reading

Tongan Prince Formalises Engagement

  January 23, 2012 at 10:39 pm by

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The son of Tonga’s Crown Prince, Prince ʻUlukālala, has formalised his engagement to Lady Sinaitakala Fakafanua, the daughter of Princess ‘Ofeina-’e he-Langi Fakafanua and the late Lord Fakafanua. An engagement party took place on Friday, January 20th, at the Observatory Hotel in Sydney, Australia. It was attended by several members of the royal family, including both sets of parents, who witnessed Prince ʻUlukālala present his fiancé with an engagement ring. Both … Continue reading

The Duke of Palma de Mallorca Summoned to Testify in Court

  January 21, 2012 at 9:17 am by

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Don Inaki Urdangarin, the husband of HRH Infanta Cristina, has been summoned by the Balearic Islands Superior Court of Justice to testify on February 6th as part of an ongoing investigation into the misuse of public funds. The investigation surrounds claims that the Duke misused public funds given to the Nóos Institute, which he headed as President until 2006. The Nóos Institute – which was meant to be a non-profit … Continue reading

Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s 8th birthday

  January 21, 2012 at 8:50 am by

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Today, January 21st, Princess Ingrid Alexandra celebrates her 8th birthday. She was born at Rikshospitalet University Hospital in Oslo in 2004 as first child of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, who has a son Marius from a previous relationship who lives with the Crown Princely Family. She is second in line for the Norwegian throne, after her father. Her godparents are His Majesty The King, His Royal Highness … Continue reading

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