The Duke of Bragança Turns Seventy

  May 15, 2015 at 2:00 am by

The Duke of Bragança

Dom Duarte Pio, the Duke of Bragança today celebrates his seventieth birthday. The Duke is the head of the defunct Portuguese Royal Family. He was born in 1945 in Bern, Switzerland as the eldest son of Duarte Nuno, Duke of Bragança and his wife, Princess Maria Francisca of Orléans-Braganza. Born while his family were living in exile, Duarte Pio first set foot in Portugal in 1951, the year after the laws of exile were … Continue reading

Lalla Salma Opens ‘Berber Women of Morocco’ Exhibition

  May 14, 2015 at 8:55 pm by

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Princess Lalla Salma officially chaired the opening of the ‘Berber Women of Morocco’ exhibition at the National Library in Rabat today. She was greeted by the Moroccan Culture Minister, Mohamed Amine Sbihi, and the Director of the National Library, Driss Khrouz, when she arrived before the Princess was given a tour of the exhibition, which provides a history of the Berber women and showcases ornaments and weavings they created over the years … Continue reading

Kings Felipe and Abdullah Attend Charlemagne Prize Ceremony

  May 14, 2015 at 5:29 pm by

King Abdullah and King Felipe share a laugh during events for the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen; 14-05-2015

Spanish King Felipe VI and Jordanian King Abdullah II were both present today in Aachen, Germany for the annual awarding of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen. The two Kings attended the ceremony at the Aachen City Hall where the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schultz, was awarded the prize which is presented to individuals who have worked hard “in the service of European unification.” View image | gettyimages.com In his acceptance … Continue reading

Prince Harry Visits Whanganui During New Zealand Visit

  May 14, 2015 at 6:54 am by

Prince Harry during his sixth day in New Zealand; 14-05-2015

On his sixth day in New Zealand, Prince Harry was a guest of honour in Whanganui, the ancestral home of many Maori tribes located on the country’s north island. His day began with a traditional powhiri welcoming ceremony at the Putiki Marae, the traditional meeting house in the town. The Prince, wearing a korowai cloak, was accompanied by Governor-General Jerry Mateparae and the Mayor of Whanganui, Annette Main. View image | gettyimages.com Prince Harry … Continue reading

Royal Windsor Horse Show Kicks Off For 2015

  May 13, 2015 at 10:12 pm by

Queen Elizabeth and the Duchess of Cornwall attend the first day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show; 13-05-2015

Queen Elizabeth II was joined by the Duchess of Cornwall as she attended the opening day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show today. The two women chatted happily as they stood watching some of the competitions, including the Novice Heavyweight Hunter contest which saw the Queen’s horse Tower Bridge come third. Another of the Queen’s horses, Barker’s Shop, placed second in a different event. View image | gettyimages.com During the day, … Continue reading

The Prince of Wales’ “Black Spider” Memos Released

  May 13, 2015 at 7:11 pm by

The Prince of Wales

Letters written a decade ago by the Prince of Wales to government ministers that British newspaper The Guardian fought to have made public were today released. But their contents were not as controversial as had been hoped by some sectors. Written between September 2004 and April 2005, the letters show Prince Charles offering his thoughts on the farming industry (specifically beef farming and dairy quotas) and the rising power of supermarkets, herbal medicines, and the plight … Continue reading

Prince Laurent Attends Ceremony Honouring Dead Homeless

  May 13, 2015 at 4:27 pm by

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This morning, Belgium’s Prince Laurent was present at a ceremony at the Brussels Town Hall that honours the homeless people who die in the nation’s capital region each year. “Les morts de la rue” (“The Dead of the Street”) is now in its tenth year, and aims to try help improve the living conditions of homeless people by improving access to housing within Brussels. During the ceremony, a poem about the … Continue reading

Prince Andrew Opens New York Army Museum

  May 13, 2015 at 1:11 pm by

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The Duke of York was in York today to open a new museum dedicated to York’s contribution military. He was asked to officially open the York Army Museum, which has been completely refurbished thanks to a £1 million Heritage Lottery Grant. The museum contains collections from the Royal Dragoon Guards, the Yorkshire Regiment (of which Andrew is the Colonel-in-Chief), and the former Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire. “In Yorkshire, men and … Continue reading

Harry Does The Haka On Fifth Day in New Zealand

  May 13, 2015 at 9:24 am by

Prince Harry performs the haka during a visit to the Linton Army Base in New Zealand; 13-05-2015

Prince Harry spent his fifth day in New Zealand at the Linton Army Base near Wellington, where he spent time touring the base and speaking with soldiers before being taught the haka. The first part of his visit to the Base was inspecting one of the Defence Force’s armoured cars. Harry climbed in and commented that it felt “familiar” to be back in one of the vehicles. Harry spoke with a … Continue reading

Crown Princess of Denmark Gets A New Lady In Waiting

  May 13, 2015 at 9:00 am by

Princess Mary

It has been announced today by the Danish Royal Court that Christine Pii Hansen will be Crown Princess Mary’s new private secretary and court lady. The new position will start on June 8, 2015. Christine Pii Hansen will replace Tanja Elise Kjærsgaard Doky who has been in the position since June 2008. Christine Pii Hansen is 44 years old and was holding a position as the deputy head of the Foreign Ministry’s … Continue reading

Princess Victoria Opens the Exhibition “Talking Textile”

  May 13, 2015 at 6:52 am by

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Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden opened the exhibition titled “Talking Textile” which is being held at Gripsholm Castle in Mariefred. This year marks the 300th anniversary of Queen Hedvig Eleonora’s death and Gripsholm is one of the few palaces that are holding exhibitions related to the 300th anniversary. The exhibition which the Crown Princess opened showcases textile in interiors and fashion. Princess Victoria was given a bouquet of yellow cowslips and … Continue reading

Princess Tessy Attends Charity Event In London

  May 13, 2015 at 4:35 am by

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Princess Tessy of Luxembourg attended the Spring Gala in Aid of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital hosted by the Quercus Biasi Foundation and Kerzner Calliva at Claridge’s Hotel in London. The star-studded charity is to help raise money for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. Princess Tessy wore a floor length strapless evening gown that featured bow detailing and embellishments on the upper … Continue reading

8,000 Attend First Buckingham Palace Garden Party of the Year

  May 12, 2015 at 7:49 pm by

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip during the national anthem at the first garden party of the season at Buckingham Palace; 12-05-2015

Queen Elizabeth II was joined by members of her family and around 8,000 guests as she hosted the first garden party of the year at Buckingham Palace this afternoon. View image | gettyimages.com The Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester helped the Queen mingle with the guests in the Palace gardens … Continue reading

Crown Princess Mary Visits Foundation Projects in Aalborg

  May 12, 2015 at 5:14 pm by

Crown Princess Mary during a visit to AaB football club; 12-05-2015

The Crown Princess of Denmark was in Aalborg today, where she visited two projects organised by The Mary Foundation. She first launched the ‘Advice for Life’ program at the Mødrehjælpen House, a program that provides “free economic, legal and social counselling to women that have been subjected to domestic violence”. Princess Mary, accompanied by The Mary Foundation’s director Helle Østergaard, met with the House’s staff and with women who have already been … Continue reading

Garden Party at the Elisabeta Palace to Celebrate “King’s Day”

  May 12, 2015 at 9:13 am by

The Romanian royals on the balcony of the Elisabeta Palace ahead of a garden party; 10-05-2015

On Sunday May 10, members of the Romanian Royal Family hosted a garden party at the Elisabeta Palace in Bucharest to celebrate what is sometimes called “King’s Day”, the day that Romania’s first monarch, King Carol I, was crowned in 1881. A few thousand members of the public were invited to the celebrations, which included a performance of the Romanian Military Band. Crown Princess Margarita, Prince Radu, Prince Nicolae and Princess Maria watched from … Continue reading

Christchurch for Prince Harry’s Fourth Day in New Zealand

  May 12, 2015 at 6:34 am by

Prince Harry with baby Pippa during a walkabout in Christchurch; 12-05-2015

Prince Harry headed back to mainland New Zealand today for his fourth day in the country, paying a visit to Christchurch. First on the agenda was a ride on the historic 152 tram through the city with Prime Minister John Key, who pointed out some of the areas which were worst hit by the earthquake that struck Christchurch in 2011. Harry got a kick out of seeing a photograph of his … Continue reading

King Abdullah II and Queen Rania Launch Jordan 2025 Blueprint

  May 12, 2015 at 2:54 am by

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His Majesty King Abdullah and Her Majesty Queen Rania attended the launch of “Jordan 2025”, which is a 10-year blueprint for economic and social development. During the ceremony, King Abdullah received a copy of the blueprint from Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour. Their Majesties also watched a short film on stages of the 10 year plan and how the outcome will benefit Jordan in 2025, the film also included brief policies … Continue reading

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde Attend 35th Anniversary of Concert Hall Ancienne Belgique

  May 12, 2015 at 2:17 am by

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Belgium’s King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels where they attended a concert of two bands, Girls in Hawaii and Intergalactic Lovers. The concert comes as celebration of the 35th anniversary of concert hall Ancienne Belgique. Upon arrival, the King and Queen were received by the members of the Ancienne Belgique along with Flemish Culture Minister and the Mayor of Brussels. Entering the concert hall, the … Continue reading

Sophie Wessex Opens New Air Ambulance Operating Base

  May 11, 2015 at 10:12 pm by

The Countess of Wessex during her visit to the Thames Valley Air Ambulance base; 11-05-2015

The Countess of Wessex was in Benson, Oxfordshire today to open the new air ambulance base at the Thames Valley Air Ambulance Base at RAF Benson. Sophie was greeted by the Base’s Station Commander Group Captain Simon Paterson, before being shown around the new facilities, which include training rooms for pilots and paramedics. View image | gettyimages.com She was shown how to intubate a patient (on a dummy of course!) before … Continue reading

Italian President Lunches in Madrid

  May 11, 2015 at 6:44 pm by

King Felipe and Queen Letizia meet with Italian President Mattarella; 11-05-2015

The President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, was in Spain today and he was welcomed to the Royal Palace of Madrid by the Royal Family. King Felipe VI first had an audience with the President, who took office in February, before the pair were joined by Queen Letizia for lunch. View image | gettyimages.com The Queen wore a light grey skirt with a floral print matched with a navy blouse for the occasion.

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