On This Day: Death of Mehmed VI, Last Ottoman Sultan

  May 16, 2016 at 10:00 am by

Mehmed VI, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire

90 years ago, the last Sultan of the Ottoman Empire – Mehmed VI – died while living in exile in Italy. He lost his throne in November 1922 when the Grand National Assembly of Turkey was given sovereignty over (what was left of) his empire. This came about thanks to the Ottomans joining World War One on the side of the Central Powers, which ended up costing them a large … Continue reading

Queen’s Birthday Celebration Goes Off With A Bang

  May 16, 2016 at 8:57 am by

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Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday was last night fêted with a spectacular performance on the final day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Windsor Castle. She arrived to the arena with the Duke of Edinburgh in a carriage, before being greeted by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall and then taking their seats in the stands for the evening’s entertainment. Among the royals attending were the … Continue reading

Royal Photographs of Romanian Castle!

  May 16, 2016 at 7:00 am by

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HRH Princess Sofia of Romania has issued two photos of the Peleș Castle (Castelul Peleș), that she took on May 10th during the celebrations for the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the Royal House of Romania.  The magic and serenity of the castle have been captured beautifully in the photographs for sure! The Neo-Renaissance castle was built by King Carol I and can be found amongst the great forests … Continue reading

New Poll: Outfit of the Week, May 9-15

  May 16, 2016 at 6:16 am by

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This week’s best fashion poll is up. Please cast your votes and discuss your choice. To cast your vote, click here or on the below image of a few outfits in this week’s poll. Voting closes on May 21.

Duke of Castro Abolishes Salic Law

  May 16, 2016 at 5:04 am by

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The Duke of Castro, one of the claimants of the defunct throne of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, announced that he had changed the succession laws of his family. He abolished the Salic law and made the succession gender neutral. The duke only has two daughters: princessses Maria Carolina and Maria Chiara. The duke announced the change yesterday, the day that both daughters received their Holy confirmation in Rome, … Continue reading

Modest Jubilee Celebrations In Thailand As King Bhumibol’s Health Declines Further

  May 16, 2016 at 4:37 am by

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand

King Bhumibol of Thailand is the world longest reigning monarch. On June 9th he will celebrate 70 years on Thailands throne. While his 60th jubilee was celebrated with great pump, this time the celebrations will be more low-key. On the day itself there will be a religious service in the temple of the green Buddha of the royal palace, attended by 770 monks. The health of the 88 year old … Continue reading

Imperial Visit Continues in Florence!

  May 15, 2016 at 3:55 pm by

The Prince and Princess in Florence

Their Imperial Highnesses, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan continued their official visit to Italy yesterday when they visited the city of Florence. Famed for its exquisite architecture, museums and art galleries, it is thought to be the birthplace of the Renaissance. Florence is also renowned as place for the restoration of ancient and rare art and artefacts – in Italy itself and from around the world. And so … Continue reading

Royal Thanks for Bhutan’s Medical Fraternity

  May 15, 2016 at 3:18 pm by

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Today, 15th May, His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Her Majesty Queen Jetson Pema of Bhutan invited the medical team who assisted in the birth of their son to tea at the Lingkana Palace and to thanks them and their colleagues throughout the country for their “tireless, unending and excellent services to the country”. It is 100 days since the birth of HRH Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck, Druk … Continue reading

Countess Alexandra Speaks About Second Divorce … And So Does Her Ex-Husband

  May 15, 2016 at 2:56 pm by

Countess Alexandra and Martin Jörgensen

Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg, ex-wife of Prince Joachim of Denmark, spoke about her second divorce to the Danish press. The countess announced her divorce from Martin Jørgensen -14 years her junior- in september 2015. The couple was married since 2007. In an interview to the tabloid Belingske Tidende Alexandra revealed that she no longer speaks to Martin, and neither do her sons. Although she thought the divorce was hard for … Continue reading

Who Was Watching Eurovision While Queen Mathilde Listened To Piano Music?

  May 15, 2016 at 1:59 pm by

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Yesterday evening Queen Mathilde of the Belgians attended the final semi-finals for the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition. Earlier this week she already attended the other semi-finals. On one occassion she too her youngest daughter Eleonore along, while on Thursday it was the turn of her youngest son Emmanuel. The Queen wore a dark dress with pink flowers. While the Queen listened to classical music, somebody in the palace was getting … Continue reading

Princess Kiko Delights at the Library!

  May 14, 2016 at 3:02 pm by

Princess Kiko during her visit to Italy

During yesterday’s busy but clearly enjoyable visit to Bologna, Her Imperial Highness Princess Kiko made a solo visit to the Library of Sala Borsa (Biblioteca Salaborsa) at the Palazzo d’Accursio. Wearing a beautiful, floral patterned suit in tones of cream and beige with matching accessories, the elegant princess appeared delighted to meet with a group of avid book readers inside…whilst outside an excited group of well-wishers had the greatest luck … Continue reading

Music and Culture in Italy for the Imperial Visitors!

  May 14, 2016 at 1:12 pm by

Prince and Princess Akishino in Italy

Yesterday, Their Imperial Highnesses, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan continued their visit to Italy in connection with the 150th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Italy with a round of cultural engagements when they visited the city of Bologna in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. The visit started at the International Museum and Library of Music at Palazzo Sanguinity, where the Prince and Princess were greeted by the … Continue reading

Stavanger Newspaper Calls For End Norwegian Monarchy

  May 14, 2016 at 12:42 pm by

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The Norwegian newspaper ‘Stavanger Aftenblad’ said in Friday’s editorial that it is time for a constitutional evolution in Norway. An evolution from a monarchy to a republic. They claim that incidents concerning the monarchy are usually swept under the rug, because the Norwegians like ‘such a cosy little family’. The newspaper has nothing against the royals themselves but they think that the principle is outdated. Furthermore they claim that younger … Continue reading

Danes Celebrate Royal Danish Yacht Club’s 150th Anniversary

  May 14, 2016 at 9:54 am by

The Danish Royals attend the Royal Danish Yacht Club's 150th anniversary

Queen Margrethe was joined last night by Prince Henrik, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary for a gala dinner celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Royal Danish Yacht Club. Queen Margrethe, Prince Henrik and the Crown Prince Couple attended the Royal Danish Yacht Club's 150th anniversar. pic.twitter.com/Gzl2pRE1dP — Scandinavian Royals. (@crownprincely) May 14, 2016 Sailing across the harbour to the Copenhagen Opera House from Amalienborg on the royal barge, … Continue reading

Thai Princess Visits China

  May 14, 2016 at 4:50 am by

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HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand paid a visit to China yesterday where she met the Chinese Vice President, Li Yuanchao, in Beijing. The purpose of the visit was to promote and advance bilateral ties between the two countries.  Chinese News Agency, Xinhua, reported that Vice President Li appreciates the role that the Royal Family of Thailand has in promoting relations between Thailand and China. Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol is the … Continue reading

Wild Boar Hunting To Keep The Spanish Royals Safe

  May 14, 2016 at 3:45 am by

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The Patrimonio Nacional, caretaker of the Spanish royal palaces, has announced that 2400 wild boars on the Zarzuela estate need to be removed to assure the safety of the royal family and their visitors. The boars may form a danger as they may carry infections or they may cause traffic accidents on the estate. The Patrimonio asks companies to come with ideas how to remove the boars within two years … Continue reading

Visit Princess Chantal’s Exposition in the Provence

  May 14, 2016 at 2:57 am by

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Princess Chantal of France, sister of the count of Paris -pretender to the French throne- will show her paintings at the lovely Hotel de Manville in Baux de Provence, close to Avignon. The exposition will be opened on May the 29th and will last until the 12th of June. The princess spends much of her time at her house in the Provence where she has painted her works. he paintings … Continue reading

Queen Mathilde Presents “Queen Mathilde Prize” 2016

  May 13, 2016 at 1:05 pm by

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Yesterday, Thursday May 12, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde awarded the “Queen Mathilde Prize” 2016 in a ceremony held at the royal Palace in Brussels.The theme of this year was: “Each One, Teach One”, dedicated about the importance of tutoring young people who has issues in the school homeworks. The winner of this year’s award was the “Ecole de Devoirs ASSISA” from Liege. This school is active in the disadvantage neighborhood … Continue reading

Father and Son Together At Innovation Day

  May 13, 2016 at 12:53 pm by

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King Juan Carlos joined his son King Felipe VI of Spain to visit the “Day of Innovation”, organised by the COTEC foundation. The present king is honorary president of the organisation while his father was the founding president. In his speech King Felipe VI stressed the importance of innovation for the succes of a nation. The king also made a comparion to Spain’s successes in sport: “If we succeed in … Continue reading

Funeral of Fürst Albrecht of Castell-Castell

  May 13, 2016 at 10:18 am by

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Hundreds of mourners gathered this morning is Castell, Bavaria, to pay their last respects to Fürst Albrecht of Castell-Castell. The Prince died in Castell on Monday night at the age of 90. Over 1000 people were invited by the family to attend the funeral service. The local Johanneskirche only had place for 650 people. The other guests gathered in a tent in the courtyard of Schloss Castell, which was connected … Continue reading

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