Happy Holidays from The Royal Forums

  December 20, 2011 at 9:00 pm by

On behalf of the team at The Royal Forums and The Royal Forums Blog, we would like to wish all our members and readers a safe and happy holidays, and an exciting start to 2012! We would like to thank all our members who contribute to the Forums and the blog to make it the place it is, and look forward to ‘seeing’ you all again in the New Year. … Continue reading

The Cambridges & Prince Harry attend The Millies

  December 19, 2011 at 11:29 pm by

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry at the Sun Military Awards; 19-12-2011

Earlier this evening, London time, TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry of Wales attended The Sun Military Awards at the Imperial War Museum. The royal trio walked the red carpet to the delight of photographers, with the Duchess braving London’s 7°C night without a coat or shawl to cover her bare shoulders. Catherine wore a black velvet strapless evening gown designed by Alexander McQueen, and debuted … Continue reading

Countess Alexandra at Choir Christmas Concert

  December 19, 2011 at 7:50 pm by

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Yesterday, HE Countess Alexandra stepped out to support one of her long-time patronages, the Danish National Girls Choir. Each year, the choir – also known as the Danish Radio Girls’ Choir – puts together a Christmas concert at Copenhagen’s Concert Hall, and the Countess is usually in attendance. This year, she brought along her husband, Mr Martin Jørgensen, and her two sons, TH Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix. Countess Alexandra … Continue reading

Hamdan Wins Again in Doha

  December 18, 2011 at 5:10 am by

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Dubai’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, led the UAE team to win the gold medal at the Arab Games 120km endurance race in Doha. The UAE team won the gold medal after competing with seven different countries taking part at the 12th Arab Games. The UAE riders also won all three top medals in the individual competition. Speaking to the press, Sheikh Hamdan thanked the Rulers for … Continue reading

Saudi & Qatar Royals Attend Charity Dinner

  December 15, 2011 at 7:31 am by

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On December 13, Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser, Qatar Foundation Chairperson, HRH Prince Waleed bin Talal and his spouse HRH Princess Amira Al Taweel attended the 4th Reach Out to Asia (Rota) gala dinner and charity auction raised $13 million to support Rota education projects in troubled Asian communities. The highest bidder of the charity event was by Saudi Prince Waleed bin Talal, who donated more than $3m. During … Continue reading

Commonwealth Visits to Mark Diamond Jubilee Year

  December 14, 2011 at 9:03 am by

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Buckingham Palace today released details of next year’s Commonwealth visits, which shall be taking place in conjunction with HM Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh will not be undertaking any overseas trips, instead focusing on the United Kingdom region. They will visit Wales, Scotland, the Midlands and East Anglia, the four corners of England as well as London. These visits will take place … Continue reading

Death of Prince Albert, the Prince Consort

  December 14, 2011 at 12:15 am by

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December 14th, 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of His Royal Highness Prince Albert, the Prince Consort’s death at the age of 42 in 1861. Born His Serene Highness Prince Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfield, Duke of Saxony on August 26th, 1819 at the Schloss Rosenau in Coburg, he was the second son of the reigning Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfield, Ernest I, and his first wife, Princess Louise of Saxe-Coburg-Altenburg. … Continue reading

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

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