Palace Profile: Royal Palace of Madrid

  February 12, 2017 at 5:00 am by

Royal Palace of Madrid

Location: Madrid, Kingdom of Spain Built: 1738 to 1755 Architects: Filippo Juvarra, Giovanni Battista Sacchetti Commissioned By: Felipe V of Spain Style: Baroque / Neoclassical Rooms: 3,000 plus On The Palace Grounds: Sabatini Gardens, Campo del Moro Gardens, Royal Armoury of Madrid, Royal Pharmacy Current Owner: The Spanish State Current Use: State ceremonies hosted by the Royal Family Fun Fact: The palace sits on the site of the Royal Alcázar of Madrid which burnt down in 1734 A full list of Palace … Continue reading

New Portraits Released To Mark Princess Astrid’s 85th Birthday

  February 11, 2017 at 7:09 am by

Princess Astrid, Mrs Ferner

The Norwegian Royal Court has released two new photographs of Princess Astrid, Mrs Ferner to celebrate her 85th birthday on Sunday. Taken at by Sven Gj. Gjeruldsen at the Royal Palace in Oslo, the photos show the Princess with her pet dog and in full gala attire in front of a portrait of her late mother, Crown Princess Märtha. Princess Astrid was born on February 12, 1932 as the second child … Continue reading

Dutch Working Visit to Germany, Last Day: Saxony-Anhalt

  February 10, 2017 at 8:12 pm by

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima

Today, Friday February 10, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima began their fourth and last day in Germany in Dessau-Rosslau, an urban district in the state of Saxony-Anhalt. There the Royal Couple paid a visit to the Staatliche Bauhaus, a school of art, design, architecture, and applied arts founded in 1919 in Weimar. This art school was the most influential modernist art school of the 20th century and since 1996 … Continue reading

‘Jorn + Munch’ Exhibition Receives Royal Opening From Queen Margrethe

  February 10, 2017 at 3:24 pm by

Queen Margrethe

The Queen of Denmark today opened the new exhibition ‘Jorn + Munch’ at Silkeborg’s Museum Jorn. Wearing a brown suit with orange pinstripes, Queen Margrethe was given a tour by curator Karen Friis of the exhibition that features 60 Asger Jorn and 46 Edvard Munch artworks that were inspired by women, love and the Nordic landscape. As she left the museum, the art-loving Queen said that the exhibition “was worth … Continue reading

Queen Mathilde Opens Child Conference in Brussels

  February 10, 2017 at 10:51 am by

Queen Mathilde

Today, Friday February 10, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde opened the international conference titled ”Children and Armed Conflict” in the presence, among others, of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs Didier Reynders, and members of NATO, EU, African Union, UN, and non-governmental organizations. The conference, organized by Belgium to mark the upcoming International Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers on February 12, was held … Continue reading

Princess Haya Honours Mother’s Memory With Charity Donation

  February 10, 2017 at 7:10 am by

Princess Haya

On the fortieth anniversary of her mother’s death, Princess Haya of Jordan, Sheika of Dubai announced a donation of 28million Jordanian Dinars ($USD39.5million) to the Tkiyet Um Ali, a charity whose aim is to end hunger and poverty in Jordan. “There is no more fitting way to celebrate their lives and continue their legacies by doing something they would have done themselves,” the Princess said in a statement, referencing both her … Continue reading

Flashback Friday: A Greek-Orléans Wedding In Italy

  February 10, 2017 at 3:00 am by

Princess Francoise of Orleans and Prince Christopher of Greece

February 10, 1929: In Palermo, Italy, Prince Christopher of Greece and Denmark and Princess Françoise of Orléans were married in a civil wedding ceremony. Their religious ceremony, which took much negotiating due to the couple’s differing religions, took place the following day. It was the second marriage for Prince Christopher, who had married the wealthy American Nancy Leeds in 1920 (she passed away in 1923). Christopher and Françoise had one child, … Continue reading

Lady In Red: Queen Sofia Attends ‘La Traviata’ Opera In Valencia

  February 9, 2017 at 7:59 pm by

Queen Sofia

At the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia on Thursday evening, Queen Sofia of Spain attended a performance of the Giuseppe Verdi opera La Traviata. The Queen posed for photos on the red carpet with fashion designer Valentino Garavani, who designed the costumes of the opera, actress Monica Bellucci, and tenor Plácido Domingo. Sofia Coppola directed this version of the opera. Also attending were Louis Alphonse of Bourbon, Duke of Anjou and … Continue reading

Dutch Working Visit to Germany, Day Three: Saxony and Saxony Anhalt

  February 9, 2017 at 6:45 pm by

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima

Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima began the third day of the working visit to Germany today, Thursday February 9, with a visit at the headquarters of the European Energy Exchange (EEX), the largest energy exchange in Europe. Accompanied by the Dutch and German delegations, the King and Queen were informed about power trading, had a meeting with the management Board of EEX and made a tour of the facility. … Continue reading

The Prince of Wales Hosts Holocaust and Genocide Survivors At St James’s

  February 9, 2017 at 1:42 pm by

Prince Charles

On Thursday at St James’s Palace in London, the Prince of Wales hosted a reception for survivors of the Holocaust and the genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur. Prince Charles was presented with the International Auschwitz Committee’s Statue of Remembrance during the reception, for his “work promoting tolerance and open-mindedness”. The statue is an inverted ‘B’, in honour of the resistance shown by prisoners at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp who inverted … Continue reading

Spain’s King and Queen Visit Cardiovascular Research Centre

  February 9, 2017 at 10:24 am by

King Felipe and Queen Letizia

The King and Queen of Spain paid a visit to the Carlos III National Centre for Cardiovascular Research in Madrid on Thursday. They attended a meeting of the CNIC Foundation and were given a tour of the research facilities before sitting in on a debate on the topic “Excellence of cardiovascular research in Spain”. During the debate, King Felipe and Queen Letizia heard from Borja Ibáñez, Guadalupe Sabio and Rui Benedito, laureates … Continue reading

On This Day: Queen Alia of Jordan Passes Away

  February 9, 2017 at 4:00 am by

Queen Alia

Forty years ago today, Her Majesty Queen Alia Al Hussein was killed in a helicopter crash. She was returning from an inspection trip to Tafileh Hospital in southern Jordan when the helicopter she was travelling in crashed. Among the casualties of the accident were: the Minister of Health, the pilot Badreddin Zaza, a friend of King Hussein, and the military doctor. Despite the bad weather and warnings from King Hussein not to … Continue reading

Dutch Working Visit to Germany, Day Two: Thuringia and Saxony

  February 8, 2017 at 6:58 pm by

Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander

Today, Wednesday February 8, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima started their second day of the working visit at the Thuringian State Chancellery in Erfurt were they were officially welcomed by Bodo Ramelow, Prime Minister of Thuringia, and his wife Germana Alberti vom Hofe. In the Chancellery took place an audience and the Royal Couple signed the golden book. Afterwards the King and the Queen paid a visit to … Continue reading

Charles and Camilla Pay Visit to Hull, UK City of Culture For 2017

  February 8, 2017 at 3:18 pm by

The Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall spent Wednesday in Hull, the city which has been named as the UK’s City of Culture for the year 2017. Beginning at the newly refurbished Ferens Art Gallery, the royal visitors were given a tour of several exhibitions, one of which featured the 14th century painting Christ Between Saints Paul and Peter by Pietro Lorenzetti. Camilla also stopped in at the Education … Continue reading

On This Day: Mary, Queen of Scots Executed

  February 8, 2017 at 3:00 am by

Mary, Queen of Scots

430 years ago, Mary, Queen of Scots was executed in the Great Hall of Fotheringhay Castle in Northamptonshire, England. She had been found guilty of treason in October 1586 for her role in the Babington Plot to assassinate the English Queen, Elizabeth I, and take over the throne. Queen Mary – who had been imprisoned in England for almost 19 years after she fled her native Scotland following her forced … Continue reading

Dutch Working Visit to Germany, Day One: Thuringia

  February 7, 2017 at 6:24 pm by

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima

Today, Tuesday February 7, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima started a four-day working visit to the German Federal States of Thuringia, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. The Royal Couple, along with the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen and the Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment Melanie Schultz van Haegen, arrived in Germany in the afternoon. Upon their arrival the King and the Queen paid a visit to … Continue reading

Camilla Dons Royal Blue For Modernism Exhibition Visit

  February 7, 2017 at 4:45 pm by

The Duchess of Cornwall

At Two Temple Place in London on Tuesday, the Duchess of Cornwall toured the new ‘Sussex Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion’ exhibition that has been put together to “celebrate Sussex’s modern artistic heritage”. Camilla saw the over 120 pieces that make up the exhibition, including Salvador Dali’s Mae West Lips Sofa. She also tried her hand at origami with some school children visiting the exhibition, before making a stop in the gift … Continue reading

Princess Beatrix Watches On As German President Receives Honorary Doctorate

  February 7, 2017 at 2:32 pm by

Princess Beatrix and President Gauck

Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands today accompanied President Joachim Gauck of Germany to the University of Maastricht, where the President was awarded an honorary doctorate. The President was given the honorary doctorate due to his “tireless defence of freedom, democracy, and justice”. It was also announced by the Dutch Royal Court that King Willem-Alexander awarded President Gauck with the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Dutch Lion in recognition … Continue reading

Crown Princess Mary Opens The “Jewellery Box” Exhibition

  February 7, 2017 at 12:53 pm by

Crown Princess Mary

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark opened the exhibition “Jewellery Box” in the Old City of Aarhus. The exhibition is on display in an underground gallery and showcases Danish jewellery from the 20th century. Princess Mary opened the exhibition and was taken a small tour where about 1,000 various pieces of jewelry are on display. Crownprincess Mary today February 7th 2017 at a jewelry exhibition💕💕#crownprincessmary #denmark#danishroyals #royalfamilies A post shared by ♡THANKS … Continue reading

Charles Philippe and Diana Attend International Red Cross Ball

  February 7, 2017 at 6:44 am by

Princess Diana, Duchess of Cadaval and Prince Charles-Philippe, Duke of Anjou

Prince Charles Philippe of Orléans, one of the two claimants to the Duke of Anjou title, and his wife, Princess Diana, Duchess of Cadaval were in Florida over the weekend where they were guests at the International Red Cross Ball in Palm Beach on Saturday evening. Held at the Mar-a-Lago Club, the ball was the sixtieth time the event has been held. This year’s theme was ‘Vienna to Versailles’. The Duchess posted a photograph … Continue reading

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