On This Day: Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

  June 28, 2014 at 6:00 am by

An artistic depiction of the assassination

Today marks the 100th anniversary of an assassination that changed the course of world history: the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne. Political, ethnic and religious differences emanating out of a diverse Empire led to boiling tensions which came to a head in mid-1914. The Archduke was scheduled by Emperor Franz Joseph to visit military manoeuvres in Bosnia in June 1914, and Franz Ferdinand decided to … Continue reading

The Crown Prince of Jordan Turns Twenty

  June 28, 2014 at 2:28 am by

Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah of Jordan

Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah celebrates his 20th birthday this Saturday. Prince Hussein was born in Ammam on June 28, 1994 as the eldest child of the-then Prince Abdullah bin Al-Hussein and Princess Rania, now the King and Queen of Jordan. He was named after his paternal grandfather, the late King Hussein bin Talal. The young prince was appointed heir to the throne by a Royal Decree issued on July … Continue reading

Engagement of Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist

  June 27, 2014 at 11:16 am by

The Swedish Royal Coat of Arms

The Swedish Royal Court has just announced the engagement of Prince Carl Philip, only son of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, to Ms Sofia Hellqvist. The news was revealed in a press conference at the Royal Palace of Stockholm, just after 17:00 local time. The newly engagement couple, as well as the King and Queen, posed for  photographs in the palace gardens and answered a few questions from … Continue reading

Royal of the Month: Jeanne III of Navarre

  June 27, 2014 at 8:34 am by

Jeanne III of Navarre

For the month of June, I have chosen Jeanne d’Albret as my feature royal. Though largely a forgotten historical figure, Jeanne III of Navarre was a major power player during the dying days of the French Valois Dynasty. Jeanne d’Albret was born at the Chateau de Pau on January 7, 1528, the daughter of Marguerite d’Angoulême and Henri II of Navarre. Her mother was the only sister of King François I of … Continue reading

Dutch State Visit to Poland

  June 26, 2014 at 6:00 pm by

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Following the invitation of the Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima undertook a two-day state visit to Poland. The Royal Couple arrived in the morning of Tuesday June 24th at the Chopin Military Airport of Warsaw, the capital of Poland. At the Presidential Palace, the King and the Queen were welcomed with a welcoming ceremony by President Bronislaw Komorowski and his wife, Anna Komorwska. The national anthems … Continue reading

The Emir of Qatar’s Official Visit to France

  June 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm by

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, the new Emir of Qatar

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, has visited the French capital Paris for a two-day official visit. On the first day of the visit, the Emir met with French President François Hollande. The two leaders discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and ways of enhancing them. They also talked about the latest developments in the region. The French President held a banquet in the honor … Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip Open Heathrow’s Terminal Two

  June 24, 2014 at 6:07 am by

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On June 23, the Queen and Prince Philip opened Terminal Two at Heathrow Airport in London, England. The Terminal has been named ‘The Queen’s Terminal’ in her honour. After she had cut the ribbon, The Queen was shown around the new terminal before catching the plane to Belfast to begin her three day tour of Northern Ireland. During the visit, Prince Philip pulled another of his infamous gaffes as he … Continue reading

Will Prince William Be An Air Ambulance Pilot?

  June 22, 2014 at 7:57 pm by

Prince William

It’s been reported that the Duke of Cambridge has landed a new part-time job and an announcement is to made within the coming days. Prince William has apparently landed a new job of being an air ambulance pilot, potentially ending months of speculations on what he was going to do with his future. Prince William is believed to be going to work in East Anglia for the East Anglia Air … Continue reading

Princess Haya’s Outfits At Royal Ascot 2014: Days 3 and 4

  June 22, 2014 at 11:36 am by

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Princess Haya stepped out wearing a dress on day 3 of the Royal Ascot Race which looked very familiar at first glance. It’s a dress that her sister-in-law, Queen Rania of Jordan wore a few weeks before. The white dress which featured with lace around the waist was matched with a black and white wide brim hat, black heels and a black clutch see here. On Day 4, HRH looked a … Continue reading

Pink All Around For Ascot’s Final Day

  June 21, 2014 at 8:57 pm by

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It was pink for all at the final day of Royal Ascot, with Queen Elizabeth and her two granddaughters all wearing varying shades of the popular colour. The Queen arrived to the Royal Enclosure in a carriage with the Duke of Edinburgh, Charles Barnett and John Deer, in a dusty pink coat over a floral pink, white and grey dress with a matching hat. Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York were … Continue reading

Princely Family Attend Opening of New Monaco Yacht Club

  June 21, 2014 at 8:15 pm by

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The extended Princely Family of Monaco and their partners gathered en masse at the Monaco Yacht Club earlier today, for the official opening of the new building of the Yacht Club de Monaco. Present were Prince Albert II and Princess Charlène, Princess Caroline, Princess Alexandra, Andrea Casiraghi and Tatiana Santo Domingo, Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo, Charlotte Casiraghi and Gad Elmaleh, Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy and her daughter Mélanie. However, … Continue reading

The Duke of Cambridge’s 32nd Birthday

  June 21, 2014 at 11:40 am by

Prince William

On June 21, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, celebrated his thirty second birthday. Prince William of Wales was born on 21 June 1982 at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, England. He is the eldest child and son of the Prince of Wales and his former wife; Diana, Princess of Wales (née Lady Diana Spencer). He has a brother, Prince Henry of Wales (better known as “Harry”; born in 1984). … Continue reading

Saudi Monarch Visits Egypt

  June 21, 2014 at 4:33 am by

President El-Sisi and King Abdullah hold talks during a brief visit to Cairo; 20-06-2014

On his way back home, Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud paid a quick visit to the Egyptian capital of Cairo, where he met with the newly elected President, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. According to the Saudi Royal Court and press reports, the King’s visit aimed to confirm Saudi Arabia’s strong support for Eygpt and its new government. The talks also covered the importance of the two nations working … Continue reading

The Duchess of Gloucester’s 68th Birthday

  June 20, 2014 at 9:45 pm by

The Duchess of Gloucester

Today, Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester celebrated her 68th birthday. Birgitte Eva Henriksen was born on 20 June, 1946 in Odense, Denmark. Her parents were Asger Preben Knud Wissing Henriksen and his wife, Vivian van Deurs. Although she was born with her father’s surname, she decided to go by her mother’s surname later on. She moved to Cambridge, England and worked at the Danish Embassy in London. On 8 July 1972, … Continue reading

Felipe VI Proclaimed King of Spain

  June 19, 2014 at 7:41 pm by

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Following the abdication ceremony for King Juan Carlos yesterday at the Palacio Real in Madrid, his successor Felipe VI was proclaimed King this morning in Madrid. In a modest show of pomp and in glorious sunshine, the King accompanied by Queen Letizia and their two daughters, Leonor and Sofia, left the Zarzuela Palace following a family photoshoot. The Royal Family – who were escorted by an impressive military escort – arrived at the Spanish … Continue reading

Princess Haya’s Outfits At Royal Ascot 2014: Day 1 and 2

  June 19, 2014 at 8:55 am by

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It’s one of the very few events that Princess Haya is seen wearing a hat and when she does, she usually makes a statement matching her hats with couture. On day one of Royal Ascot, Princess Haya wore a Haute Couture Elie Saab sky blue pleated dress with a matching bolero see here. Princess Haya matched the dress with a navy blue hat, blue heels and a matching clutch. The dress … Continue reading

King Juan Carlos Officially Signs Abdication Act

  June 18, 2014 at 11:58 pm by

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King Juan Carlos I of Spain today signed the abdication act which gave the Kingship to his son, Felipe. The signing took place at the Royal Palace in Madrid, where the abdication act was signed with a golden pen. King Juan Carlos was applauded as he made his way back to his seat, where, in a symbolic act, switched places with his son after an emotional hug to highlight the … Continue reading

King Juan Carlos I’s Last Official Act

  June 18, 2014 at 8:46 am by

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His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain accompanied by Her Majesty Queen Sofia hosted a Luncheon for members of the Spanish Government yesterday at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid. This luncheon marked the last Official act by Their Majesties as King & Queen of Spain. Attending yesterdays luncheon were the Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, President of the Senate Pio Garcia Escudero, President of the Constitutional Court, Francisco Pérez … Continue reading

Prince Zeid Selected As New UN Human Rights Chief

  June 18, 2014 at 2:25 am by

Prince Zeid of Jordan

The United Nations General Assembly elected on June 16 Prince Zeid bin Raad Al-Hussein of Jordan as the new High Commissioner for Human Rights. Prince Zeid, who will succeed South African Navi Pillay next September, was nominated for this position by the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, ealier this month. He has previously served as Jordan’s ambassador to the United States and Mexico. The prince was also a political affairs … Continue reading

Luxembourg’s Princess Amalia Makes Her Debut

  June 17, 2014 at 10:14 pm by

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The newest member of the Luxembourg Grand Ducal Family, Princess Amalia, made her public debut today, when she appeared before the media as she left hospital with her parents. Prince Félix and Princess Claire left the Maternité Grande-Duchesse Charlotte in the early afternoon with their daughter, briefly speaking to the gathered press before departing for home. The Prince also registered his daughter’s birth with the Register of Civil Status of the … Continue reading

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