Princess Amalia: Afternoon Out with Grandmother Beatrix

  August 21, 2011 at 9:39 pm by

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Earlier this afternoon, Queen Beatrix, along with her grandaughter Princess Amalia, attended the final of the European Dressage Championships in Rotterdam. The Championships took place from 17 to 21 August in the Kralingse bos. Also present at the final was Princess Benedikte, sister of Margrethe, Queen of Denmark. Princess Benedikte was there as patron of the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses. The Dutch dressage rider Adelinde Cornelissen, has retained … Continue reading

It’s a Nice Day for a White Wedding

  August 21, 2011 at 6:47 am by

It's a Nice Day for a White Wedding

No, we’re not going to break into Billy Idol. But white weddings were the place-to-be for our Scandinavian royals yesterday, August 20th. In Denmark, Norway and Sweden, various members of the respective royal houses headed to the chapel to witness their friends say “I Do”. Just east of the Danish city of Vejle, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary attended the wedding of Anders Kirk Johansen, the grandson of … Continue reading

Expectant Crown Princess Out and About in Stockholm

  August 19, 2011 at 8:45 am by

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On August 17th,just hours before revealing that she was pregnant with her first child, Crown Princess Victoria attended the ‘International Swede of the Year’ awards ceremony at Stockholm’s Grand Hotel. Wearing a red, pink and yellow floral shift dress with a pink cardigan, the secretive mother-to-be beamed as she arrived to the event, which saw Peter Wallenberg take home the award. The following day, August 18th, the Crown Princess was … Continue reading

Vendômes Expecting Second Child

  August 19, 2011 at 1:28 am by

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The Duke and Duchess of Vendôme, Prince Jean and Princess Philomena of Orléans, are expecting their second child, it was revealed in the current edition of Royals magazine. The baby is expected to be born in February 2012, and will join the couple’s first child, son Prince Gaston, who was born in November 2009. The Duke and Duchess married in March and May 2009, civilly and religiously respectively. Prince Jean … Continue reading

Princess Victoria Expecting First Child

  August 17, 2011 at 10:34 am by

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The Swedish Royal Court has announced the pregnancy of HRH Crown Princess Victoria. This is the first child for the Princess and her husband, Prince Daniel. The Princess is expected to give birth in March 2012, and the entire Bernadotte and Westling families are extremely pleased with the news. The official announcement read, “Their Royal Highnesses The Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel are happy to announce that The Crown … Continue reading

Busy Day For Abdullah & Rania

  August 17, 2011 at 4:53 am by

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His Majesty King Abdullah II opened the new building of Al Hanan Orphanage in the northern governorate of Irbid, in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Rania and HRH Princess Iman. During the visit, the Jordan royals spend time talking to the orphans and checking up on their living conditions. King Abdullah, Queen Rania and their daughter Princess Eman toured the new facility where they were shown different parts of … Continue reading

Prince Christian’s First Day of School

  August 12, 2011 at 8:49 am by

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Denmark’s Prince Christian has today started his first day of primary school. He will be attended the Tranegårdsskolen, in the municipality of Gentofte and the district of Hellerup. Before heading to his new school, the five-year-old Prince participated in a photo session in the main courtyard of Amalienborg with his parents, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary. This was made as part of a ‘deal’ between the court and … Continue reading

Jordan’s King Abdullah Receives Honorary Doctorate

  August 10, 2011 at 4:59 am by

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During a ceremony at the Royal Court in Amman, His Majesty King Abdullah II received an honorary doctorate in humanitarian sciences from Al Quds University in recognition of the King’s “courageous stand towards Jerusalem, defending the city and its sacred sites, protecting its Arab identity and fostering the steadfastness of the Jerusalemites”, according to university officials. His Majesty received the doctorate from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. During a speech at … Continue reading

Birth of Prince Ali Reza’s Daughter

  August 8, 2011 at 11:39 pm by

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The Crown Prince of Iran, Prince Reza Cyrus Pahlavi, has announced on his official website that the daughter of the late Prince Ali Reza and his fiancée, Raha Didevar, was born on July 26, 2011 in the USA. The newborn, named Iryana Leila, was born seven months after her father’s death and is the fourth grandaughter of Empress Farah. Part of the statement read, “We know you will join us, out … Continue reading

Khalifa Receives Well-Wishers for Ramadan

  August 2, 2011 at 7:20 am by

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As the Holy Month of Ramadan began, so did the well wishers who made their way to greet the President and Sheikhs. On the first day of Ramadan, the UAE’s President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, received well wishers that included Sheikhs, officials and citizens in his in Al Ain Palace who offered greetings on the occasion of the Holy Month of Ramadan. Sheikh Khalifa also received … Continue reading

Belgian Royal Family – July Events

  August 1, 2011 at 9:53 am by

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A not so quiet July for the Belgian Royal Family; July 7th – Princess Mathilde visited the”Villa Rozerood” in De Panne, a holiday and care center for seriously ill children and their families. July 7th – King Albert attended the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the biscuit factory “Biscuiterie Jules Destrooper” in Lo. July 15th – Queen Paola attended the world premiere of the theatre play of Umberto Eco’s … Continue reading

Annual Gråsten Palace Photo Shoot

  August 1, 2011 at 8:57 am by

Queen Margrethe holds Prince Vincent while Prince Henrik holds Princess Josephine at Graasten Palace, Princess Isabella plays in the foreground

Earlier today, the Danish Royal Family participated in their annual photo session at their summer residence, Gråsten Palace, in Jutland. They were joined by members of the Berleburg family. Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik were joined by their two sons, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim; their daughters-in-law, Crown Princess Mary and Princess Marie; and their seven grandchildren: Princes Christian, Vincent, Nikolai, Felix and Henrik and Princesses Isabella and … Continue reading

Belgian National Day – 21st July 2011

  August 1, 2011 at 6:50 am by

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Belgium’s National Day is set on the 21st July, as that is when Leopold I of Belgium took the oath making him the first King of the Belgians in 1831. After Belgium asserted its independence from the Netherlands on 4 October 1830, the Belgian National Congress considered several candidates and eventually asked Leopold to become King of the newly-formed country. He was elected on 4 June and accepted and became “King … Continue reading

From the Royal Genealogy threads – July 2011

  August 1, 2011 at 12:00 am by

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This is the monthly blog entry with news from the Royal genealogy threads, this time with news for July 2011. As always, a big thank you goes out to the contributors of the Genealogy threads. Royal births and pregnancies Fürst Alexander and Fürstin Nadja Anna of Schaumburg-Lippe had their second child and second daughter together on 10 July. Princess Philomena joins older sister Princess Felipa and older half-brother, Hereditary Prince Ernst-August. The list of current (known) … Continue reading

Queen Noor Attends Najwa Karam’s Concert

  July 31, 2011 at 8:27 pm by

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After a three year-absence, the Jerash Festival for Culture and Arts started on July 20, 2011 in the ancient ruins of Gerasa, one of the most important and best preserved Roman cities in the Middle East. On Thursday, July 28, 2011 between the 5000 people that attended the concert of Lebanese singer Najwa Karam at the southern amphitheatre was Queen Noor of Jordan accompanied by her friend, the Jordanian Senator … Continue reading

Wedding of Zara Phillips to Mike Tindall: 30th July 2011

  July 30, 2011 at 4:32 pm by

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Buckingham Palace announced on the 21st December 2010, the engagement of Zara Phillips to rugby union player Mike Tindall, who plays for Premiership side Gloucester and the England national team. On the 9th March 2011, they chose a date and location 30th July and, surprisingly for some, Canongate Kirk on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. After pre-wedding events, rehearsals, checks and quite possibly some jitters the couple were married this afternoon … Continue reading

Pre-Wedding Events for Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall

  July 30, 2011 at 4:34 am by

Zara Phillips & Mike Tindall.

The night before the wedding, the couple along with family members arrived at Edinburgh’s Canongate Kirk in a chauffeur-driven Jaguar this afternoon for a formal rehearsal ahead of tomorrow’s ceremony. They were joined by  Princess Anne, Tim Laurence, Zara’s father, Captain Mark Phillips, his second wife, Sandy Pflueger, Peter and Autumn Phillips. Earlier, the bride had spent the day putting her own final touches in place. Zara spent the afternoon with sister-in-law … Continue reading

Prince of Asturias at Presidential Inauguration in Peru

  July 29, 2011 at 2:20 am by

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HRH the Prince of Asturias is currently in Peru for the inauguration of the nation’s newest President, Ollanta Humala. The official ceremony took place yesterday, July 28th, at the Congress of the Republic in Lima. Prince Felipe arrived in Peru on July 27th, and quickly headed over to Government Palace for a meeting with the outgoing President, Alan Garcia. The duo discussed the relationship between Spain and Peru, and the … Continue reading

Scandinavian Neighbours Show Support for Norway

  July 27, 2011 at 10:18 am by

The Norwegian flag flies at half-mast atop the Norwegian Parliament building following the massacre on July 22nd, 2011

Following the tragedy in Oslo and on the island of Utøya, Norway last Friday July 22nd, the Scandinanivan nation’s neighbours Denmark and Sweden have shown their support and expressed their sympathies for the victims of the twin bombing and shooting. Both the Danish and Swedish heads of state, Queen Margrethe II and King Carl XVI Gustaf respectively, sent messages of condolence to Norway’s King, Harald V. Queen Margrethe’s complete letter … Continue reading

Zara Philips & Mike Tindall Wedding Information

  July 24, 2011 at 10:06 am by

Zara Phillips & Mike Tindall.

There is less than a week to go until the second British Royal wedding this year. Princess Anne’s daughter, Zara Phillips MBE, is due to marry Mike Tindall MBE, in a small ceremony on 30 July. The wedding will take place at Canongate Kirk on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland. Very little information has been released or leaked about the wedding, but what we do know is that Zara’s dress … Continue reading

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