Please vote in the September 2012 Picture of the Month Polls!

  October 12, 2012 at 4:55 am by

Please vote in the June 2012 Picture of the Month Polls! The Official Link features pictures showing the official side of royalty. This month’s Informal Poll showcases Royal Hat Montage. The polls will remain open until 30 October 2012.

Day in History: Assassination of Alexander I of Yugoslavia

  October 11, 2012 at 6:19 pm by

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On October 9, 1934 His Majesty King Alexander I of Yugoslavia was assassinated in Marseille during a state visit to France, along with the French Foreign Minister Louis Barthou. Alexander I was the first King of Yugoslavia, and the last King of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. His assassination was one of the first assassinations captured on film: the shooting occurred right in front of the cameraman. Alexander … Continue reading

Prince William Attends Funeral of Former Nanny

  October 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm by

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Prince William cancelled high-profile engagements in the North East of England to attend the funeral of his childhood nanny, Olga Powell. The Prince also represented his brother, Prince Harry, who was unable to attend as the latter is currently in Afghanistan. The Duke of Cambridge paid an emotional goodbye to the woman who was by his side for most of his life, from childhood to adult years. He was joined … Continue reading

Spanish Royals attend Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Anniversary

  October 11, 2012 at 6:47 am by

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October 8th, 2012 Members of the Spanish Royal Family attended the twentieth anniversary celebrations of the founding of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid. The King and Queen were accompanied by Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz. To coincide with the anniversary celebrations, Their Majesties opened the exhibition “Gauguin and the Trip to the Exotic”, which features over 100 works by 19th century French Post-Impressionist artist, Paul Gaugin. The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum was … Continue reading

Prussians Expecting First Child

  October 9, 2012 at 8:54 am by

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The Prince and Princess of Prussia are expecting their first child. The news has been confirmed by Michaela Blankart, general secretary of the family. No information was given about the Princess’s due date, where the infant will be born or its gender. Ms Blankart told the Hohenzollerischen Zeitung that, “there is great joy”, in relation to the happy news. Princess Sophie is the first bride from last year’s three major … Continue reading

The Duke of Soria Turns 69

  October 9, 2012 at 6:00 am by

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His Excellency Don Carlos Zurita, the Duke of Soria and Hernani, Grande de España celebrates his 69th birthday on October 9th. Don Carlos Zurita is the husband of Infanta Margarita of Spain and thus a brother-in-law of King Juan Carlos. Born Carlos Emilio Juan Zurita y Delgado in Malaga in October 1943, he married the younger sister of King Juan Carlos on October 12th, 1972 at Estoril in Portugal. The … Continue reading

New Interview with Guillaume and Stéphanie

  October 8, 2012 at 11:58 pm by

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To mark their upcoming nuptials, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg and his fiancée, Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy, spoke with the Luxembourg media last week. The interview, and accompanying photographs, were embargoed until today, October 8th. Guillaume and Stéphanie spoke of how they met, when they got engaged and what they liked about each other. They also addressed the recent issue of Stéphanie’s nationality following the wedding. The couple met … Continue reading

Queen Sofia Visits Areas hit by Spanish Floods

  October 8, 2012 at 10:56 pm by

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October 5th, 2012 Queen Sofia paid a visit to some of the areas affected by the recent terrible flash flooding in Andalusia and Murcia. The devastating late September floods left eleven people dead. On October 5th,Queen Sofia arrived by helicopter to the town of Puerto Lumbreras and Her Majesty later went on to visit the towns of Villanueva del Rosario and Pueblo Laguna de Vera, where much of the area … Continue reading

Reburial of Prince Paul and Princess Olga of Yugoslavia

  October 8, 2012 at 5:28 am by

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The ceremony of reburial of Prince Paul and Princess Olga of Yugoslavia took place on October 6, 2012. It was a semi-state event attended by the country’s highest dignitaries and virtually the entire Serbian Royal Family. Crown Prince Alexander II, Crown Princess Katherine, Hereditary Prince Peter, Princes Philip and Alexander, Princess Elizabeth (daughter of Prince Paul and Princess Olga) and other members of Karadjordjevic Royal Family paid final respect to … Continue reading

Japanese Princesses May Be Allowed to Form Imperial Branches

  October 8, 2012 at 4:26 am by

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The Japanese Government has released a review of its plans of changes in the imperial family system whereby females may be allowed to retain their titles, styles and status after marriages to commoners, and to create their own Imperial branches. Currently, two versions of the proposal exist. The first version allows female members of the family to not only create their own branches within the Imperial Family and retain their … Continue reading

Death of Prince Albert of Saxony, Margrave of Meissen

  October 7, 2012 at 7:23 pm by

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Prince Albert of Saxony, Duke of Saxony, Margrave of Meissen passed away on 6 October 2012, just a month and a half short of his 78th birthday. He was the disputed head of the Royal House of Saxony. The Prince was born on 30 November 1934 as the fourth child and youngest son of Friedrich Christian, Margrave of Meissen (second son of King Frederick Augustus III of Saxony and Louise … Continue reading

Tenth Anniversary of Prince Claus’s Death

  October 6, 2012 at 8:30 am by

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October 6th, 2012 marks the tenth anniversary of His Royal Highness Prince Claus of the Netherlands’ passing. He was the husband of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, and the father of His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange. Prince Claus passed away in 2002, from pneumonia, with his immediate family by his side. He had suffered from Parkinson’s Disease since 1991, and had also beaten prostate cancer. The … Continue reading

Felipe and Letizia’s Official Visit to Panama

  October 4, 2012 at 7:25 am by

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October 3rd-4th, 2012 The Prince and Princess of Asturias departed Barajas Airport in Madrid on Tuesday October 2nd to begin a three-day visit to the Republics of Panama and Ecuador. Having landed and settled in Panama City, capital of the central American Republic, the Prince and Princess went out for dinner in a city centre restaurant. The following day, October 3rd, the Prince and Princess began their official duties. First … Continue reading

New Addition to the Wales Family: Bluebell the Rescue Pup

  October 3, 2012 at 1:55 pm by

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Sometimes fairytales do come true, even for dogs. Found abandoned in a park at just four weeks old, Bluebell didn’t have the best start in life. The tiny Jack Russell was in very bad shape; she suffered from starvation, cold, a severe skin condition that had stripped her of much of her hair, and was scared and bewildered. Now, however, Bluebell has been nursed back to health and will have … Continue reading

Danes Attend Parliament Opening

  October 3, 2012 at 7:20 am by

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The Danish Royal Family yesterday attended the annual opening of Parliament at Christiansborg Palace. Queen Margrethe II, wearing a purple ensemble, led the family into the Parliament after arriving last just before noon. As per custom, the family arrive in reverse rank – Princess Benedikte, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie arrived first, followed by the Crown Prince Couple. The most senior members of the Presidium of the Parliament escort the … Continue reading

Spanish Royals Honour Regimiento de Caballería Acorazado “Alcántara”

  October 2, 2012 at 6:10 am by

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October 1st, 2012 – Madrid The Spanish Royal Family presided over a solemn military ceremony in the courtyard of the Palacio Real in Madrid for the imposition of the Distinguished Cross San Fernando to the Alcantara Regimental Cavalry Banner. Present today were The King, Queen, Prince and Princess of Asturias, Infantas Elena and Pilar, Infanta Margarita and her husband the Duke of Soria, Infante Carlos and his wife Princess Anne. … Continue reading

Crown Princess Mette-Marit in New York

  October 2, 2012 at 5:54 am by

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit was in New York last week, focused mainly on the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting 2012 which took place from September 23-25. The CGI was established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton and gathers a community of global leaders to work on solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended the opening session of the CGI Annual Meeting on September 23rd and surprised … Continue reading

From the Royal Genealogy threads – September 2012

  October 1, 2012 at 12:01 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 September 2012. As always, a big thank you goes out to the contributors of the Genealogy threads. Royal births and pregnancies The Crown Prince of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, and his second wife, Sheikha Al-Anoud bint Mana al-Hajri, had their second child and first son together … Continue reading

Juan Urdangarín Turns 13

  September 30, 2012 at 6:41 am by

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His Excellency Don Juan Urdangarín y de Borbón, Grande de España turned 13 on September 29. Don Juan Urdangarín is the eldest son of Infanta Cristina of Spain and Don Iñaki Urdangarin, Duke Consort of Palma de Mallorca. His Excellency is the second eldest grandson of King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia, and is currently eighth in the line of Succession to the Spanish Throne. Don Juan has 2 younger … Continue reading

Queen Rania is Patron of Global Thinkers Forum 2012

  September 30, 2012 at 6:30 am by

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Global Thinkers Forum 2012 ‘GTF 2012′ has announced that Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah has become a patron for the Global Thinkers Forum 2012. The event will celebrate leading female thinkers and innovators between October 6 – 8, 2012 in Amman. Founder and Director GTF 2012 Elizabeth Filippouli said, “As a passionate and internationally acclaimed advocate for young people, education, communities and peace, Her Majesty is the perfect voice … Continue reading

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