King Albert Turns 80

  June 7, 2014 at 5:48 am by

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King Albert II of Belgium celebrated his 80th birthday yesterday, June 6th. The former Belgian Monarch was born at Chateau Stuyvenberg in 1934, the second son of King Leopold III of the Belgians and Princess Astrid of Sweden. The infant Prince of Liège was christened Albert Félix Humbert Théodore Christian Eugène Marie with his godparents being Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma and Queen Elisabeth of Belgium. Tragedy struck on the August 29th, 1935, … Continue reading

Sweden Celebrates National Day

  June 7, 2014 at 4:47 am by

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Sweden yesterday celebrated their national day, with the Royal Family taking part in several events in Stockholm, Ånge and Skansen. The day began with the traditional opening of the palace gates, which signals the beginning of the day’s Open Palace event, where entry into the Royal Palace of Stockholm is free. Princess Madeleine and Christopher O’Neill were given this task for 2014, and they brought their three-month-old daughter Leonore – dressed … Continue reading

D-Day 70th Anniversary Commemorations

  June 6, 2014 at 7:56 am by

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Royals from across Europe, as well as many heads of state, have gathered in Normandy to mark the seventieth anniversary of the D-Day landings, the Allied invasion of German-occupied territory which became the beginning of the end of World War Two. This morning, local time, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall attended a Royal British Legion service at the Bayeux Cathedral, as did British Prime Minister David Cameron … Continue reading

On This Day: Birth of José I of Portugal

  June 6, 2014 at 6:30 am by

José I of Portugal

Today is the 300th anniversary of the birth of King José I of Portugal. He was born in 1714, as the third child of King João V of Portugal and Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria. The future King was titled Infante José for the first four and a half months of his life, as his older brother, Pedro, was the heir to the throne. Upon Pedro’s death on October 29, Infante José … Continue reading

Spanish Abdication Set for June 18

  June 5, 2014 at 11:19 pm by

Spain's King Juan Carlos

The Spanish Royal Court has confirmed that the abdication of King Juan Carlos I will take place on June 18. King Juan Carlos will sign the abdication act in a ceremony at the Royal Palace, which will be attended by members of the royal family. The following day, June 19, the Prince of Asturias will officially by proclaimed as King Felipe VI in a ceremony at the Cortes Generales building. … Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth Begins State Visit to France

  June 5, 2014 at 10:54 pm by

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh today began their fifth state visit to the French Republic. The couple departed from St Pancras Station in London aboard the Eurostar – their typical option for travel between London and Paris – headed for Paris Gare du Nord. The Queen unveiled a plaque at the London station to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the Channel Tunnel, which was opened in 1994 by Queen … Continue reading

Princess Astrid of Belgium Turns 52

  June 5, 2014 at 8:20 pm by

Princess Astrid in July 2013

Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este celebrates her 52nd birthday on June 5th. The Princess is the only sister of King Philippe of Belgium and was born in 1962, the second child and only daughter of the future King Albert II and Queen Paola. The Princess was named in honour of her father’s mother, the tragic Astrid of Sweden, who was killed in 1935. The Princess was baptised Astrid Josephine Charlotte … Continue reading

Doña Irene Urdangarín Turns 9

  June 5, 2014 at 6:00 pm by

Irene Urdangarín in August 2013

Doña Irene Urdangarín, the youngest child and only daughter of Infanta Cristina of Spain and Don Iñaki Urdangarín, Duke of Palma de Mallorca, turned nine today. Doña Irene is the sixth grandchild of King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia, and was born in Barcelona in 2005. Her baptism took place at the Chapel of the Palace of Zarzuela in July 2005, where she was given the name Irene in … Continue reading

Abdullah & Rania of Jordan Attend Daughter’s Graduation

  June 4, 2014 at 11:03 pm by

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King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan celebrated today the graduation of their elder daughter, Princess Iman bint Abdullah, from high school in Amman. The King  and Queen proudly ascended the platform and handed over the high school completion diplomas to Princess Iman and her classmates during a lavish ceremony held at the International Academy of Amman (IAA) school campus. The graduation ceremony was also attended by the Princess’s … Continue reading

Princess Leonore Arrives in Stockholm for Christening

  June 3, 2014 at 10:02 pm by

Princess Madeleine carries her daughter Leonore to an awaiting car in New York, headed for Sweden; 02-06-2014

Three month old Princess Leonore has arrived in Sweden for the first time today, landing at Stockholm Arlanda Airport with her parents, Princess Madeleine and Christopher O’Neill, early this morning, local time. The family were spotted yesterday departing from Newark Liberty International Airport on an overnight Scandinavian Airlines flight, after packing two town cars full of luggage outside their home. Princess Leonore was kept in a carry cot for her … Continue reading

Royals Attend 2014 Bernadotte Art Awards

  June 3, 2014 at 9:36 pm by

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Members of the Swedish Royal Family, as well as others from the Gotha, attended the 2014 edition of the Bernadotte Art Awards at the Grand Hôtel in Stockholm last night. Host Countess Marianne Bernadotte af Wisborg, the widow of King Carl XVI Gustaf’s uncle, the former Prince Sigvard, also used the gala to celebrate her upcoming 90th birthday. She arrived to the event with King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. … Continue reading

Queen Sofia Speaks at UNICEF Annual Session

  June 3, 2014 at 8:58 pm by

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The Queen of Spain is currently on a three day visit to New York City. Despite the news of the abdication of her husband, King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia continued with her official plans and her official visit began in New York City on Tuesday. Queen Sofia, as a special guest, attended the annual session of the UNICEF Executive Board at the United Nations headquarters. The Queen gave a speech where she remembered … Continue reading

Official Visit to the Netherlands from Monaco

  June 3, 2014 at 8:51 pm by

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Prince Albert II of Monaco began an official visit to the Kingdom of the Netherlands today. Princess Charlène, who’s pregnancy was announced last week, was due to accompany the Prince, but did not. The Prince arrived at the Schiphol Airport outside Amsterdam this morning for the two-day trip and was later accompanied by King Willem-Alexander to the official opening of the exhibition ‘Grace Kelly, Princess and Style Icon’ at the Het Loo … Continue reading

Infanta Pilar Talks About Brother’s Abdication

  June 3, 2014 at 8:46 pm by

Infanta Pilar of Spain

Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz spoke briefly to reporters today in Madrid following the shock announcement of her brother’s abdication. The elder sister of King Juan Carlos told reporters that she already new of the plans but had kept quiet on the matter. The Duchess also said that her nephew, Prince Felipe, was “divinely prepared” for the role. So far Infanta Pilar is the only member of the Spanish Royal Family to have … Continue reading

King Juan Carlos Announces Abdication

  June 2, 2014 at 8:32 am by

Spanish Coat of Arms

The King of Spain, Juan Carlos I, has today announced his abdication. “A new generation must be at the forefront…younger people with new energies,” the King said in a television speech this afternoon, “Prince Felipe has the maturity and preparation to be king.” The news was initially announced by Prime Minister Rajoy, in a surprise press conference. “King Juan Carlos has just communicated to me his will to give up the … Continue reading

Concert For Prince Henrik’s 80th Birthday

  June 1, 2014 at 11:18 pm by

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This evening, a command performance to celebrate Prince Henrik’s 80th birthday was held at the DR Concert Hall in Copenhagen. Prince Henrik was joined by his immediate family for the event, which featured performances by the William Blakes, Medina, Claus Hempler, Andreas Bo (who had the some members of the royal family in fits of laughter with his impressions) and Bent Fabricius-Bjerre. Other guests included King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie … Continue reading

Willem-Alexander and Máxima Attend Holland Festival

  June 1, 2014 at 10:35 pm by

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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima attended the opening of the Holland Festival this evening at the National Opera and Ballet building. Willem-Alexander and Máxima were treated to a performance by the Belgian dance company Rosas, with choreography by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and music by the Belgian ensemble Ictus. Ictus performed music composed by Gérard Grisey. The couple have attended the opening night of the festival for several years. This year is the … Continue reading

Third Child for Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor

  June 1, 2014 at 10:16 pm by

Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor with their two eldest sons, Albert and Leopold

On May 27, Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor welcomed their third child, another boy. The little boy has been named Louis Arthur Nicholas Felix and joins his brothers, Albert (born in 2007) and Leopold (born in 2009). Lady Nicholas Windsor was described as the oldest royal mother-to-be at the age of 44. The couple were married in a civil ceremony on October 19, 2006, which took place at a registry office in … Continue reading

April 2014 Picture of the Month Poll Winners

  May 31, 2014 at 4:53 am by

Announcing the winners of the April 2014 Picture of the Month Poll of the Month Polls: April 2014 Official Picture of the Month Poll: First Place: Great Britain Second Place: The Netherlands Third Place: Belgium Royal Men’s Hair (April 2014 Informal Picture of the Month Poll): First Place: Sweden Second Place: Dubai Third Place: Norway Congratulations to all winning teams!

Princess Charlène of Monaco is Pregnant

  May 30, 2014 at 9:46 pm by

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene

The Prince’s Palace of Monaco announced on Friday May 30th that Princess Charlène is pregnant. The baby, which is due in December, will be the first child of Prince Albert II and Princess Charlène. The Monegasque Princely Couple revealed their “immense joy” over the news in a short joint statement released by the Prince’s Palace. The Prince already has two children from previous relationships, Jazmin Rotolo and Alexandre Coste, neither of whom are … Continue reading

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