Belgian, Dutch Royals Attend First Bus Tragedy Funeral

  March 21, 2012 at 8:10 pm by

A family member pins a red rose into the middle of yellow heart during the service in Lommel; 21-03-2012

King Albert II and Queen Paola of the Belgians today attended the first funeral of victims of last week’s Swiss bus tragedy. They were joined by the Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, and President Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf of Switzerland. The service took place at the 5,000-seat Soeverein Arena in Lommel, in northern Belgium where one of the schools involved is located. Among the crowd were Belgian Prime … Continue reading

Photos of Denmark’s Little Princess Released

  March 21, 2012 at 5:43 am by

Denmark's Infant Princess

The Danish Royal Court has published the long-awaited photographs of Denmark’s newest royal – the infant daughter of Prince Joachim and Princess Marie. The series of photographs, taken at Schackenborg Palace by Steen Brogaard, feature the little princess with her parents and older brothers, Princes Nikolai, Felix and Henrik. The infant was born on January 24th, and will be christened on May 20th.

Dutch State Visit to Luxembourg, Day One

  March 21, 2012 at 2:25 am by

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On March 20, Queen Beatrix started a three-day state visit to Luxembourg. The Queen was greeted at the Findel Airport by Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, and then a welcoming ceremony took palce at the Grand Ducal Palace with Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria-Theresa and Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume. After that Queen Beatrix visited the Kanounenhiwwel Monument, a monument built to commemorate the victims of the World War II. In … Continue reading

Princess Estelle’s Christening Schedueled for May 22

  March 21, 2012 at 2:04 am by

The Swedish Royal Coat of Arms

The Swedish Royal Court announced earlier today that the christening of Princess Estelle, the newborn daughter of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, will take place on Tuesday May 22nd. The ceremony will take place at the Palace Chapel of the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Princess Estelle was born on February 23rd, and is second in line for the Swedish throne. She is the first child of the Crown Princess … Continue reading

Duchess of Cambridge Gives First Public Speech

  March 20, 2012 at 8:06 am by

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The Duchess of Cambridge gave her first public speech as a member of the British Royal Family yesterday, during a visit to the Treehouse, a new facility of the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). Upon arrival, the Duchess was greeted by children who receive care from the hospice, located in Ipswich, before heading inside where she delivered her speech and then spent over an hour with the children. Stepping up … Continue reading

Queen Silvia in Germany

  March 19, 2012 at 9:09 pm by

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Queen Silvia was in western Germany over the weekend, to officially open a centre for dementia sufferers and to accept an award for her charity work. On Friday March 16th, the Queen was in Bottorp, where she opened a centre to be used as a meeting place for people suffering from the first stages of dementia. The centre has been funded by the Malteser International group, and utilises the philosophy … Continue reading

Princess Amira Wins “Woman Personality of the Year 2012” Award

  March 19, 2012 at 8:15 pm by

Princess Amira

Princess Amira Al-Taweel, chairwoman of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation that is chaired by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, received the “Woman Personality of the Year 2012” at the 11th Middle East Women Leaders Awards which was held in Dubai, UAE. Princess Amira received the award from the UAE Minister of State, Reem Al Hashimy. After receiving the award, Princess Amira gave a speech where she said, “Connecting with other women is key … Continue reading

King George Tupou V Passes Away

  March 18, 2012 at 7:22 pm by

King George Tupov V of Tonga

The King of Tonga, George Tupou V, has passed away in a Hong Kong hospital. The news was confirmed by the Prime Minister of Tonga, Lord Siale’ataonga Tu’ivakano, a short time ago. The King died this afternoon, March 18. According to media reports, the King’s brother, Crown Prince Tupouto’a Lavaka Ata, was by his side. King George Tupou was diagnosed with cancer last year, and underwent surgery in the US … Continue reading

Dutch Royal Family Participate in NL DOET 2012

  March 18, 2012 at 4:01 am by

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Like every year the Dutch Royal Family was present at the National Volunteer Day, NL DOET, on March 16 and 17, 2012. On March 16, Queen Beatrix, Princess Margriet, Prince Bernhard, Princess Annette, Prince Floris and Princess Aimée helped the foundation Assistance Dog in Molenschot. The Foundation trains dogs to help people with mobility impairments. The Royals helped wash the dogs, clean the kennels and office, created a puppy swing … Continue reading

Belgian Monarchs Show Support for Bus Tragedy Families

  March 15, 2012 at 11:58 pm by

Belgian Coat of Arms

Belgium’s King Albert II and Queen Paola were present yesterday at the Melsbroek Military Airport, where they were part of an official delegation which saw the departure of the parents of the students involved in the Swiss bus crash on Tuesday. The King and Queen were greeted upon their arrival by the Belgian Prime Minister, Elio Di Rupo, and Defence Minister Pieter De Crem. The group then went inside the … Continue reading

Princess Mary Visits Holbæk for Heart Foundation

  March 15, 2012 at 10:28 pm by

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As patron of the Danish Heart Foundation, Crown Princess Mary today visited the Holbæk Hospital, east of Copenhagen in the municipality of Holbæk. Princess Mary was given a tour of the hospital’s cardiac department, where she spoke with doctors, nurses and some patients who are currently in Holbæk Hospital for cardiac surgery. The tour was conducted by the cardiac department’s senior consultant, Tage Lysbo Svendsen. Later, the Crown Princess awarded … Continue reading

Princess Madeleine at Work in Stockholm

  March 14, 2012 at 5:14 am by

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While in Sweden visiting her newborn niece, Princess Madeleine has also used the time to hold meetings with her patronages. On Friday March 9th, the Princess visited the headquarters of SOS Children’s Villages Swedish branch. Princess Madeleine was informed on the organisation’s structure, the work that they perform, and their corporate social responsibility initiatives and activities. The visit was conducted by SOS’s Secretary General, Ms Anna Ryott, their Programme Director, … Continue reading

British Royal Family at Commonwealth Day Service

  March 12, 2012 at 8:48 pm by

Queen Elizabeth II and the Dean of Westminster leave the Abbey; 12-03-2012

The British Royal Family today marked Commonwealth Day, which is held each year on the second Monday of March to celebrate the British Commonwealth. Queen Elizabeth II led the celebration at the multi-faith service held at Westminster Abbey. She was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Countess of Wessex and the Duke of Gloucester. The royal family all appeared to be … Continue reading

Norwegian Royal Family at Holmenkollen

  March 12, 2012 at 7:48 pm by

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As every year, the Norwegian Royal Family watched the World Cup Ski Jumping at Holmenkollen in Oslo on March 11th, 2012. King Harald and Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Prince Sverre Magnus and Princess Astrid were all present, and also brought the Crown Princely Family’s dog, Milly Cocoa, with them. The whole family was in a good mood and enjoyed the day together. … Continue reading

Princess Charlène Opens Grace Kelly Exhibition

  March 11, 2012 at 9:28 am by

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Princess Charlène of Monaco has been in Australia this week, to officially open the Grace Kelly: Style Icon exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery in Victoria. Arriving in Melbourne earlier this week, the Princess spent some down-time out of the public eye which included a private dinner with the Lady Mayoress of Melbourne at the Melbourne Town Hall on March 9th. The same day, Princess Charlène paid a visit to … Continue reading

Danish Princess to be Christened on May 20

  March 9, 2012 at 8:04 am by

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The Danish Royal Court today announced that the christening of its youngest member, the infant daughter of Prince Joachim and Princess Marie, will take place on May 20th. In a brief statement released by Kurt Bache, the private secretary for Prince Joachim’s household, it was revealed that the christening will be held at the Møgeltønder Church, the same church where the infant’s parents were married and where her older brothers, … Continue reading

Anniversary of the Death of Luis Gómez-Acebo

  March 9, 2012 at 7:53 am by

From the TRF Avatar Gallery

March 9th marks the anniversary of the death of Don Luis Gómez-Acebo, Viscount de la Torre who was the late husband of HRH Infanta Pilar of Spain and a brother-in-law to His Majesty The King. Don Luis died aged 56 in Madrid on March 9th, 1991 having battled cancer for many years. The couple married were married in May 1967 in Lisbon, Portugal and had five children together. Don Luis … Continue reading

Queen & Prince Philip Begin Jubilee Tours in Leicester

  March 8, 2012 at 10:23 pm by

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh kicked off their Diamond Jubilee tours of the country today in Leicester. They were joined by the Duchess of Cambridge. The trio departed from London’s St Pancras station this morning, arriving in Leicester just over an hour later. They were greeted by Leicester’s station manager, Mr David Oldershaw. The first stop on the royal timetable was a cultural dance in the De … Continue reading

Dutch Royals Back on Official Duty

  March 7, 2012 at 8:46 pm by

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Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands was back on official duty today, her first engagement since the February 17 skiing accident of her son, Prince Friso. The Queen was in Soesterberg, about an hour’s drive south-west of Amsterdam, to open a new barracks of the Explosives Ordinance Disposal (EOD) unit of the Ministry of Defence. The barracks, named Sergeant-Major Scheickkazerne in Dutch, has been named after the first Dutch EOD specialist … Continue reading

Charlotte Casiraghi, Face of Gucci Campaign

  March 7, 2012 at 4:59 am by

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The Italian fashion label Gucci yesterday launched a new campaign featuring Charlotte Casiraghi as its main face. In a series of photos and a video promoting the label’s new ‘Forever New’ advertising campaign, Ms Casiraghi is photographed in what may be her most natural setting – a horse stable. The photographs were taken by Peter Lindbergh, and feature Charlotte with her horse, Carryduff. The advertising campaign was orchestrated by both … Continue reading

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