Vote in the June 2014 Picture of the Month Polls!

  July 13, 2014 at 6:46 am by

Please vote in the June 2014 Picture of the Month Polls! The Official Poll features pictures showing the official side of royalty. This month’s Informal Poll showcases Royals in Traditional Dress. The polls will remain open until 30 July 2014. Good Luck to all the participating teams!

Belgian Photo Session at Sealife National Marine Park

  July 12, 2014 at 11:15 pm by

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The King and Queen of the Belgians and their four children today participated in a photo session at the Sealife National Marine Park in Blankenberge. During their visit, in which Dutch was the main language spoken, the family first spent time at Expedition Turtle, where a number of different turtle species are on display. Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel and Princess Eléonore then were shown by carers how to prepare … Continue reading

Princess Amalia Christened in France

  July 12, 2014 at 10:41 pm by

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Luxembourg’s tiny Princess Amalia was christened today, at the Chapel Saint-Ferréol-de Lorgues in France. The little Princess arrived to the chapel with her parents, Prince Félix and Princess Claire, and her two godparents, Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg (her paternal aunt) and Felix Lademacher (her maternal uncle). Others in attendance were members of her immediate family: Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Hartmut and Gabriele Lademacher, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume … Continue reading

Princess Haya Donates To Refugees

  July 11, 2014 at 6:08 am by

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The wife of Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussain, as UN Messenger of Peace and Chairperson of the International Humanitarian City (IHC) has made a generous donation to support the UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ efforts in emergency nutrition and food security for South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia’s Gambella region. Princess Haya donated $500,000 (Dh1.83 million). Princess Haya … Continue reading

Spanish Introductory Visit to Portugal

  July 9, 2014 at 3:10 am by

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King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain paid a one-day introductory visit to neighbouring Portugal on July 7th. Following on from their recent visit to the Vatican, the Spanish King and Queen arrived at the military airport Figo Maduro near Lisbon and were greeted by the the Spanish Ambassador to the Portuguese Republic. After the greeting ceremony, the King and Queen moved onto the Belém Palace, where they were warmly … Continue reading

Princess Beatrice Attends Belgian Royal Wedding

  July 7, 2014 at 3:57 am by

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On July 5, Princess Beatrice attended the wedding of Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este and Elisabetta “Lili” von Rosboch von Wolkenstein. The wedding took place at the Santa Maria Trastevere Basilica in Rome, Italy. Also amongst the guests was Lavinia Borromeo, the half-sister of Beatrice Borromeo, who herself is the girlfriend of Pierre Casiraghi, Prince Albert II of Monaco’s nephew. The whole Belgian Royal Family attended as well … Continue reading

Queen Máxima Visits India

  July 6, 2014 at 3:23 pm by

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As a special advocate of the United Nations’ Secretary-General for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), Queen Máxima visited India last week. On Monday June 30, the Queen started her three-day visit in New Delhi. She had a meeting with the Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Defence, Arun Jaitley. Then Queen Máxima visited an innovative water plant called “Sarvajal” in the district of Savda Ghevra. The chief of operations of … Continue reading

A Second Daughter For Prince Hamzah And Princess Basmah

  July 6, 2014 at 9:00 am by

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Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein of Jordan & his Canadian born wife, Princess Basmah welcomed on Saturday, July 5 their second child together, a baby girl named princess Noor bint Hamzah. The new-born princess holds the name of her paternal grandmother queen Noor of Jordan. She has two elder sisters, Princess Haya & Princess Zein. Prince Hamzah who is 35 years old married former chief pilot Princess Basmah (nee bani … Continue reading

On This Day: Interment of the Assassinated Archduke

  July 4, 2014 at 11:30 pm by

Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg

The assassinated heir to the Austrian throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and his wife Sophie were interred into the crypt at Artstetten Castle on July 4, 1914. Following their deaths in Sarajevo on June 28, the Austrian Imperial Court arranged for the couple’s bodies to be transported by the battleship SMS Viribus Unitis to Trieste, Italy on June 30, before their final journey to Vienna was undertaken by train. Franz Ferdinand … Continue reading

Prince Michael of Kent’s 72nd Birthday

  July 4, 2014 at 8:49 pm by

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On July 4, Prince Michael of Kent celebrated his seventy second birthday. Prince Michael of Kent was born at Coppins in Iver, Buckinghamshire, in England. He is the youngest son and child of Prince George, Duke of Kent and his wife, Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark. Six weeks after his birth, his father died in a plane crash. He has two siblings: Prince Edward, Duke of Kent (born in … Continue reading

New Patronage for Princess Beatrice

  July 1, 2014 at 11:09 pm by

Princess Beatrice of York at Ascot 2014

Princess Beatrice of York, the elder daughter of the Duke of York, has undertaken another patronage: the Berkshire Community Foundation. The news was announced on the foundation’s website today, with the patronage effective as of July 1. The CEO of the foundation, Andrew Middleton, said in the press release that, “The Princess’s decision to become Patron of Berkshire Community Foundation reflects her wish to support charitable activity locally.” The BCF … Continue reading

Prince Joachim and Family To Move To Copenhagen

  July 1, 2014 at 10:50 pm by

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The Danish Royal Court today revealed that the residence of Prince Joachim and his family, Schackenborg Castle, has been placed under the control of a foundation created to manage the castle, the estate and its farming commitments. The Schackenborg Foundation has been created by Prince Joachim in conjunction with three other organisations: the Bitten and Mads Clausen Foundation, Ecco Holding and the Ole Kirk Foundation. The four founders each contributed … Continue reading

Spain’s New King Visits The Vatican

  July 1, 2014 at 10:30 pm by

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King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia yesterday undertook their first introductory visit, while on a visit to the Vatican. After arriving in Rome around 11am, the couple travelled to the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, where they were greeted by Georg Gaenswein, the prefect of the papal household. Then, Pope Francis received them in a private audience. During the audience, which lasted around 45 minutes, gifts were exchanged between the two parties: King Felipe … Continue reading

May 2014 Picture of the Month Poll Winners

  July 1, 2014 at 1:02 pm by

Announcing the winners of the May 2014 Picture of the Month Poll of the Month Polls: May 2014 Official Picture of the Month Poll: First Place: Sweden, Norway, Spain Second Place: Belgium, Great Britain Third Place: The Netherlands Royals in Prints and Florals (May 2014 Informal Picture of the Month Poll): First Place: Spain Second Place: Great Britain Third Place: Belgium Congratulations to all winning teams!

King Willem-Alexander Marks Veteran’s Day

  June 29, 2014 at 1:35 am by

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Yesterday the Netherlands celebrated the tenth Veteran’s Day in The Hague, in a ceremony attended by King Willem-Alexander and Prime Minister Mark Rutte. A parade of military veterans who have served since World War Two took place, beginning and ending at the Malieveld. Veteran’s Day celebrates the over 100,000 Dutch military men and women who have fought to achieve peace, and was begun by the Dutch government in conjunction with … Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth Attends WWI Volunteers Tribute

  June 29, 2014 at 1:13 am by

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Queen Elizabeth was yesterday joined by several members of her family for a Drumhead Service of Remembrance at the Royal Chelsea Hospital. The service was held to commemorate the British volunteer soldiers who fought in World War One, and was particularly poignant in that it was held on the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the death which is widely named as the starting point of the war. … Continue reading

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

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