Infanta Elena visits Basílica de Nuestro Padre Jesús de Medinaceli

  March 3, 2012 at 10:00 pm by

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2nd of March, 2012 – Madrid Carrying on a 300 year old tradition in the Spanish Royal Family, Her Royal Highness Infanta Elena of Spain paid a visit to the Basílica de Nuestro Padre Jesús de Medinaceli in Madrid. The Roman Catholic Basilica houses the shrine of the statue of Padre Jesús Nazareno, which dates from the 1680s. The Spanish Royal Family have a long history of devotion to this … Continue reading

Princess Mary in Washington, DC for Women’s Conference

  March 3, 2012 at 10:00 pm by

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Crown Princess Mary was in Washington, D.C. last week, attending the Second World Conference of Women’s Shelters. The Crown Princess was in attendance in conjunction with her work with The Mary Foundation. Her visit began on February 27th, when she presented a donation of $USD2.3million to the Inter-American Development Bank’s Gender and Diversity Multi-Donor Fund on behalf of the Danish Government, taking place at the IDB headquarters. Princess Mary was … Continue reading

The Duke of Palma appears before Balearic Court

  March 3, 2012 at 9:00 pm by

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Saturday February 25th, 2012 Last Saturday, His Excellency Don Inaki Urdangarín, the Duke of Palma de Mallorca, arrived at the High Court of Palma de Mallorca via a side entrance. The husband of Infanta Cristina of Spain had been summoned to appear before the court to give evidence over allegations regarding the misappropriation of several millions euros of public funds. Before entering the High Court, Don Inaki stopped briefly to … Continue reading

Prince Friso Transferred to Wellington Clinic in London

  March 1, 2012 at 3:24 pm by

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Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau has been transferred to the Wellington Clinic in London, England. The RVD announced this today at 18.18 o’clock Duch time. The Wellington Clinic has been chosen based on advice from experts. Their advice was based on the condition of the Prince. London will also provide Countess Luana and Countess Zaria with the most prospects for continuity and stability. In the same announcement, the RVD repeated the … Continue reading

From the Royal Genealogy threads – February 2012

  March 1, 2012 at 12:00 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 February 2012. As always, a big thank you goes out to the contributors of the Genealogy threads. Royal births and pregnancies The youngest sister of Belgian Princess Mathilde, Countess Hélène d’Udekem d’Acoz, and her husband Baron Nicolas Janssen, had their first child. Baroness Cordelia Janssen was born on … Continue reading

Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed in Ankara

  February 29, 2012 at 4:30 am by

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General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi made a one day visit to Ankara, Turkey. During the visit, Sheikh Mohammed and his delegation met with President Abdullah Gul at the presidential palace. During the meeting, they talked about ways to boost ties & relationship between the two countries. Sheikh Mohammed said  ”While we highlight the importance … Continue reading

Was Charlene A ‘Hit Or Miss’ At The Oscars?

  February 27, 2012 at 12:38 pm by

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Princess Charlene of Monaco attended the 84th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday wearing an Akris Spring 2012 runway outfit which was modified for the Princess. Princess Charlene’s modified version was in white, see here and here. Between the A-listers, one can say that  the Princess made no effort in standing out or wore the wrong color or the outfit was boring or even the style didn’t suit … Continue reading

First Photos of Princess Estelle

  February 27, 2012 at 7:33 am by

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The Swedish Royal Court has published the first portraits of Princess Estelle, the newborn daughter of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel. The series of three photos were taken at Haga Palace over the weekend, and are believed to have been shot by King Carl XVI Gustaf. In the photos, Princess Estelle wears a cardigan knitted by Alice Sommerlath, the late mother of Queen Silvia. Princess Estelle was born on … Continue reading

Death of Infanta Maria Adelaide de Bragança van Uden

  February 26, 2012 at 2:58 am by

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Maria Adelaide Manuela Amélia Micaela Rafaela de Bragança van Uden was born on January 31st, 1912 in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France to Dom Miguel II Duke of Bragança and Princess Maria Theresa of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg, her godparents where Dom Manuel II, King of Portugal and his mother Dona Amelia, Queen of Portugal. The Infanta passed away Friday February 24th, 2012, only 24 days after celebrating her 100th birthday. The Infanta passed away peacefully … Continue reading

Swedish Princess Named Estelle

  February 23, 2012 at 2:02 am by

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UPDATE 24/02/12 at 06:33: King Carl XVI Gustaf has just announced that the newborn daughter of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel has been named Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary. She has the title Duchess Of Östergötland.
Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden are the proud parents of a newborn baby girl. The infant, second in line for the Swedish throne, was born at 04:26 this morning, February 23rd at the Karolinska University Hospital in Solna. She weighed 3200 grams and was 51 centimetres long. Her name will be revealed tomorrow at a special cabinet meeting. Continue reading

Princess Victoria Admitted to Karolinska Hospital

  February 22, 2012 at 10:00 pm by

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UPDATE 23/02/12 at 01:23: Prince Daniel will be speaking to the press at 07:00, Swedish time. That’s in approximately forty minutes. Click here for live coverage from TV4 in Sweden. The Crown Princess of Sweden has been admitted to the Karolinska University Hospital in Solna for the birth of her first child. The news was confirmed by the Swedish Royal Court’s information chief, Bertil Ternert, about an hour ago. Princess … Continue reading

The Duchess of Anjou and Cadaval Gives Birth to a Girl

  February 22, 2012 at 4:55 pm by

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Prince Charles-Philippe and Princess Diana of Orléans, The Duke and Duchess of Anjou and The Duke-Consort and Duchess of Cadaval, had their first child, Princess Isabelle, on 22 February 2012. The Duchess gave birth to the little Princess in Lisbon, Portugal. According to the new parents, the new Princess of Orléans is named after her great-grandmother, the late Countess of Paris, Princess Isabelle of Orléans, née Princess of Orléans-Braganza. In addition, … Continue reading

Dubai Ruler’s Youtube Channel Launch

  February 21, 2012 at 10:29 pm by

The Dubai Government Media Office has launched a YouTube Channel for UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. LINK: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid’s YouTube Channel In a statement by the Dubai Government Media Office, it said they are “interest in adapting modern technologies to consolidate direct interaction with society”. The channel will feature latest official, personal news, activities and initiatives. … Continue reading

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

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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

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