Belgian State Visit to Japan: Day Five in Osaka

  October 14, 2016 at 5:12 pm by

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde

Today, Friday October 14, the fifth day of their state visit, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde left Tokyo early in the morning for a visit in Osaka, the second largest city in Japan. Upon their arrival, the Queen attended a symposium held at the Convention Center of the Kobe University. The symposium, entitled “Collaboration in response to societal challenges between Kobe University and Belgian Universities”, was organized to mark … Continue reading

The Cambridges Attend Victoria Cross Commemoration In Manchester

  October 14, 2016 at 2:34 pm by

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

On October 14, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a memorial ceremony in Manchester for recipients of the Victoria Cross, where paving stones in honour of the soldiers were unveiled. Embed from Getty Images The six soldiers who were honoured for “valour in the face of the enemy” after fighting in World War One were George Stringer, Albert Hill, Henry Kelly, John Reditt, John Thomas and Graham Lyall. Embed … Continue reading

Flashback Friday: Elizabeth and Philip Visit The Great Wall

  October 14, 2016 at 8:00 am by

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at the Great Wall of China

October 14, 1986: During the first visit of a British monarch to China, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh ensured they saw one of China’s most popular and well-known sites, the Great Wall. The couple are seen below at the Badaling section of the wall.

Sorrow of a King

  October 13, 2016 at 6:58 pm by

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King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan has lead his nation in sorrow following the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand.  His majesty lit one thousand butter lamps and offered prayers alongside other members of the Bhutanese Royal Family, Government officials and members of the Thai community in Bhutan.  The solemn and moving event took place inside the Tashichhodzong (governmental palace) in Bhutan’s capital, Thimpu. His Majesty has … Continue reading

Belgian State Visit to Japan: Day Three and Four

  October 13, 2016 at 11:25 am by

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde

On the third day of the state visit, on Wednesday October 12, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, along with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, travelled by train to Yuki, a city in the north of Japan. In Yuki they visited a textile industry where they were given a demostration about the creation of a traditional woven silk textile called Yuki-tsugumi. Back in Tokyo, Queen Mathilde attended a seminar to … Continue reading

Obituary: King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand

  October 13, 2016 at 9:15 am by

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand

The world’s longest reigning monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand was revered in his people, described by members of the public as ‘the heart of the country’. He has been a constant figure throughout decades of political instability and divisions, viewed as a unifying force. Born on December 5, 1927 in Cambridge, Massachusetts – the only monarch to be born on United States soil – Bhumibol Adulydaej was the youngest child … Continue reading

Thailand’s King Bhumbiol Adulyadej Has Died, Palace Confirms

  October 13, 2016 at 7:55 am by

King Bhumibol

It has been confirmed this evening, local time, that King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand has passed away at the age of 88. He was monarch for 70 years, having celebrated the milestone in June this year, and was the world’s longest reigning monarch. The late King’s health has been of major concern this past week, after a statement said that the King was on a ventilator after his blood pressure dropped during haemodialysis … Continue reading

Princess Christina Diagnosed With Leukaemia

  October 13, 2016 at 6:11 am by

Princess Christina, Mrs Magnuson

The Swedish Royal Court has announced this morning that Princess Christina, Mrs Magnuson, sister of King Carl XVI Gustaf, has been diagnosed with chronic leukaemia and will undergo treatment this autumn. She will naturally be heavily reducing her official engagements over the coming months to focus on her health. The statement also said the Princess and her family hope the public understand the situation and allow her to complete her … Continue reading

Princess Dina Honored For Her Fight Against Breast Cancer

  October 12, 2016 at 8:12 pm by

Princess Dina

Princess Dina Mired has received the ‘Personality of the Year 2016’ award from Zahra Breast Cancer Association from HRH Prince Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud. She received the award during a ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in presence of the Princess Haifa bint Feisal bin Abdulaziz, chairperson of Zahra Breast Cancer Association. Princess Dina was the Director General of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation (KHCF) during thirteen years and she … Continue reading

Spanish Royals Celebrate A Rainy National Day In Madrid

  October 12, 2016 at 4:26 pm by

The Spanish Royal Family on National Day

Spain has celebrated its National Day, and the wet weather did not dampen the spirits of King Felipe, Queen Letizia and their two daughters as they attended official ceremonies in Madrid. First was the royal family’s homage to the flag of Spain at the Plaza de Cánovas del Castillo where they were joined by the President of the caretaker government, Mariano Rajoy. The King reviewed the troops, while his wife and daughters … Continue reading

Queen Maxima Meets Argentine President Mauricio Macri

  October 12, 2016 at 1:54 pm by

Queen Maxima

Her Majesty Queen Maxima completed today, Wednesday October 12, her two-day working visit to Argentina in her capacity of Special Advocate of the UN Secretary General for Inclusive Finance for Development. The first event for Queen Maxima was a visit at the Banco Central de la República Argentina where she had a meeting with Federico Sturzenegger, the Governor of the bank and other autorities. Esta mañana recibí en el @BancoCentral_AR … Continue reading

Belgian State Visit to Japan: Day 2

  October 11, 2016 at 8:11 pm by

Queen Mathilde and King Philippe

Today Tuesday October 11, second day of the state visit, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were officially welcomed by the Japanese Imperial Family. The welcoming ceremony was held in the courtyard of the Imperial Palace in the presence of Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako. After the inspection of the guards and the playing of the national anthems, a private meeting took place inside … Continue reading

Duchess of Cambridge Makes First Foreign Solo Trip

  October 11, 2016 at 5:39 pm by

The Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess of Cambridge was in The Netherlands today, on her first solo trip abroad. She first had lunch with King Willem-Alexander at Villa Eikenhorst, before continuing on to engagements in The Hague and Rotterdam. At the Mauritshuis, Kate was shown the museum’s permanent collection which includes many pieces from the Dutch Golden Age, who artists include Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals and Jan Steen. After taking in Girl With A … Continue reading

Queen Máxima Rocks Leopard Print Dress Whilst On Working Visit To Argentina

  October 11, 2016 at 3:18 pm by

Queen Maxima

Not many could successfully pull off mint-green leopard, but leave it to Queen Máxima of the Netherlands to show everyone precisely how it should be done! The Queen donned the Givenchy design, paired with a simple pair of patent leather open-toe heels and a Chanel handbag, picking up on the black portion of the dress’s colour pallet, for the first day of her working visit to Argentina, which is being undertaken … Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Receive Military Long Service Medals

  October 11, 2016 at 11:41 am by

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip

During a special audience with the Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (People), Lieutenant General Richard Nugee, Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh were presented with Long Service and Good Conduct medals from the British Armed Forces. The Queen received three medals – Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force – for her role as Commander-in-Chief of the three branches of the Armed Forces, while the Duke received a medal for … Continue reading

Princess Alia Tabbaa Poses With Her First Granddaughter

  October 11, 2016 at 7:28 am by

Princess Alia Tabbah and her daughter and granddaughter

Princess Alia Tabbaa of Jordan has posed for first time with her five-month old granddaugher, Raiyah Halawani, for the new issue of Hola! magazine. These are the first public pictures of Raiyah. Raiyah was born on May 2, 2016 in Amman and she is the daughter of Princess Alia’s eldest daughter, Princess Ayah, and her husband, Mohammed Talal Halawani. Princess Alia has posed with her four children, son-in-law Mohammed and … Continue reading

William, Kate and Harry Ride The London Eye For Mental Health Day

  October 10, 2016 at 8:58 pm by

The Cambridges and Prince Harry

To mark World Mental Health Day, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince Harry have taken a ride on the London Eye with charities involved with their mental health initiative Heads Together. As their pod made its rotation, Prince Harry jokingly kept an eye out for Buckingham Palace – to check if his grandmother as at home or not (unfortunately the Royal Standard was not flying at the time, indicating … Continue reading

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde Start Their State Visit to Japan

  October 10, 2016 at 6:09 pm by

Queen Mathilde and King Philippe

Following the invitation of the Emperor of Japan, Akihito, and to celebrate the 150th year of diplomatic relations between Japan and Belgium, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde have begun today, Monday October 10, a State Visit to Japan. After fifteen hours of flight with stopovers in Ekaterinburg (Russia) and Ulan Bator (Mongolia), the Royal Couple arrived early this morning at the Haneda Airport in Tokyo. They are accompanied … Continue reading

New Poll: Outfit of the Week, October 3-9

  October 10, 2016 at 12:08 pm 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 October 15.

Thai King’s Health ‘Unstable’, Palace Says In Rare Statement

  October 10, 2016 at 7:53 am by

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand is in an “unstable” condition at the Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok, the Thai Royal Palace said in a statement released late Sunday night. He has received haemodialysis treatment, which purifies the blood in an individual who does not have proper kidney function; however the treatment caused his blood pressure to drop. Doctors placed the King on a ventilator and administered medication which returned his blood pressure to an … Continue reading

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