Sweden’s Prince Gabriel Christened at Drottningholm

  December 1, 2017 at 9:07 am by

Prince Gabriel's christening

The youngest member of the Bernadotte clan, Prince Gabriel, was christened today at the Royal Chapel at Drottningholm Palace by Archbishop Emeritus Anders Wejryd, who was assisted by the Chief Court Chaplain, Bishop Johan Dalman, and Pastor of the Royal Court Parish, Michael Bjerkhagen. Prince Gabriel arrived in the arms of his mother, Princess Sofia, alongside his father, Prince Carl Philip, and older brother Alexander. The infant’s godparents were announced yesterday as Princess Madeleine (paternal aunt), … Continue reading

The Duke of York Appointed Colonel of the Grenadier Guards

  December 1, 2017 at 8:25 am by

The Duke of York

Buckingham Palace announced this morning that Queen Elizabeth has appointed The Duke of York as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, the most senior regiment of infantry in the British Army. The Duke takes over the role from his father, The Duke of Edinburgh, who held the post from 1975. The Queen was also Colonel of the Grenadier Guards from 1942 until her accession, when she became Colonel-in-Chief. Previous royals who were … Continue reading

Emperor Akihito To Abdicate In April 2019

  December 1, 2017 at 5:42 am by

Emperor Akihito

Following a meeting of the Imperial Household Council on Friday morning, the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, has announced that Emperor Akihito will abdicate the throne on April 30, 2019. His son, Crown Prince Naruhito, will succeed the throne the following day, May 1. Emperor Akihito, who will be 85 when his abdication comes around, announced his wish to abdicate in a video broadcast to the Japanese people in August 2016. … Continue reading

Crown Princess Mary Hosts Christmas Reception For The Mary Foundation

  November 30, 2017 at 5:03 pm by

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

Dressed in a colour-apt frock, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark hosted a Christmas reception at Amalienborg on Thursday afternoon for staff and collaborators of The Mary Foundation. The Crown Princess used the event to thank those who have contributed to the work of the Foundation, which she launched in September 2007, over the past year. Earlier in the day, Mary had visited Frederiksberg where she attended a tennis day hosted … Continue reading

Red Cross Volunteer House Opened By Denmark’s Crown Prince

  November 30, 2017 at 11:26 am by

Crown Prince Frederik

On Thursday November 30, Crown Prince Frederik performed the inauguration of the new Red Cross Volunteer House in Copenhagen. He joined volunteer Jonna Møllemand in a unique ‘ribbon-cutting’ ceremony to mark the opening – instead of physically cutting a ribbon as is usual custom, the pair instead worked together to tie a bow in the ribbon, to symbolise the Red Cross’s ability to “tie people together”. Prince Frederik was later given … Continue reading

Dutch King and Queen Begin Official Visit to the Dutch Caribbean

  November 30, 2017 at 10:44 am by

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima

On Thursday November 30, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima started a three-day official visit to St. Eustatius, Saba and St Maarten, islands of the Dutch Caribbean. Upon their arrival at the F. D. Roosevelt Airport on the island of St Eustatius, the Royal Couple was received by Julian Woodley, Lieutenant Governor of St. Eustatius. Then the King and the Queen paid a visit to the St Eustatius Solar Park. This solar park … Continue reading

Grand Duke Jean Joined By Next Generation At Joséphine-Charlotte Memorial Concert

  November 30, 2017 at 5:05 am by

Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Grand Duke Jean

At the Philharmonie Luxembourg on Wednesday evening, the 12th annual concert arranged in the memory of Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte was held. The 96-year-old Grand Duke Jean was present, accompanied by his grandson, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, with his wife Stéphanie. The concert was performed by the Orchestra des Champs Elysées, conducted by Philippe Herreweghe. Grand Duke Jean,Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie attended the 12th concert organized in … Continue reading

Belgian King and Queen Visit the Province of Flemish Brabant

  November 29, 2017 at 3:16 pm by

Queen Mathilde and King Philippe

Today, Wednesday November 29, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde paid a visit to the Province of Flemish Brabant. The first stop was in the municipality of Grimbergen, where they visited the biofarm Den Diepen Boomgaard. This farm is a social workplace that focus on sustainability and aims to give opportunities to people to gain work experience and expertise. La ferme bio Den Diepen Boomgaard: social ét durable #VisiteProv #Grimbergen pic.twitter.com/UOfjjDZm6e … Continue reading

Dutch Royals Present Erasmus Prize 2017

  November 29, 2017 at 7:12 am by

Dutch Royals

Yesterday, Tuesday November 28, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, along with Princess Beatrix, attended the Erasmus Prize Awards at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam.  The theme of this year was “Knowledge, Power and Diversity”. The King presented this year’s prize to Canadian scientist Michèle Lamont. Michèle Lamont, Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies and the Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies at Harvard University, dedicated … Continue reading

Harry, Meghan To Wed In May At St George’s Chapel

  November 28, 2017 at 6:10 pm by

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Kensington Palace has announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding will take place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor next May. The exact date of the wedding has yet to be confirmed. The couple are “grateful to the Queen for granting permission for the use of the Chapel”, with Windsor being a “very special place for Prince Harry”. The couple have “regularly spent time there” during their courtship, palace spokesperson Jason … Continue reading

Princess Marie Attends DanChurchAid Christmas Concert

  November 28, 2017 at 3:45 pm by

Princess Marie

As patron, Princess Marie of Denmark attended on Tuesday DanChurchAid’s annual Christmas concert. This year it was held at the Chapel of Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød, in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, as well as the 400th anniversary of the consecration of the Chapel. Music and hymns were performed across the afternoon by the Frederiksborg Baroque Ensemble, ahead of a reception for DanChurchAid’s ambassadors and staff. Princess Marie became … Continue reading

The Duchess of Cambridge Visits The Foundling Museum

  November 28, 2017 at 3:00 pm by

The Duchess of Cambridge

On Tuesday morning, the Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to the Foundling Museum in Bloomsbury, London. Catherine – wearing a printed Kate Spade frock – was shown around the Museum’s exhibitions that highlight the history of the Foundling Hospital, which was established in 1739 to provide care for abandoned babies and children (known as ‘foundlings’). It was the first children’s charity in the United Kingdom. Among the exhibits she … Continue reading

German President Lunches With Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace

  November 28, 2017 at 2:28 pm by

The German Presidential Couple and Queen Elizabeth with Prince William

Queen Elizabeth II was joined by the Duke of Cambridge on Tuesday as she welcomed the President of Germany to Buckingham Palace for a private luncheon. The Queen and her grandson greeted President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Büdenbender in the Grand Entrance, before lunch in the 1844 Room. Later in the day, the Queen received the French and Jordanian ambassadors.

Danish Crown Princely Family To Celebrate Christmas in Australia

  November 28, 2017 at 11:05 am by

Danish Coat of Arms

The Danish Royal Court announced the family’s 2017 Christmas plans on Tuesday, confirming that the Crown Princely Family will be spending the holiday season in Crown Princess Mary’s native Australia. Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary will travel with their four children for a summer Christmas, as they did in 2015. Prince Joachim and Princess Marie with their two children, Prince Henrik and Princess Athena, will also spend the … Continue reading

Queen Máxima Visits Refugee Company

  November 28, 2017 at 10:43 am by

Queen Maxima

Today, Tuesday November 28, Queen Máxima paid a working visit to the Refugee Company in Amsterdam. Refugee Company is a social enterprise supported by The Oranje Fonds that aims to provide opportunities for newcomers in the Netherlands, empowering refugees with work experiences, finding a paid job or setting up their own company. With the help of volunteers, companies and the municipality of Amsterdam, Refugee Company helps refugees to create a … Continue reading

Meghan’s Right Royal Seal of Approval…From The Queen’s Corgis!

  November 27, 2017 at 7:10 pm by

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

To conclude their engagement day, Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle sat down with the BBC’s Mishal Husain on Monday afternoon for their official engagement interview. During the interview, the couple discussed their relationship over the past eighteen months, what they are looking forward to in the future, and their respective families’ reactions to their relationship – and disclosed what may have been an important moment in gaining Queen Elizabeth’s … Continue reading

Luxembourg’s Grand Duke Begins State Visit to Japan

  November 27, 2017 at 7:04 pm by

Grand Duke Henri, Emperor Akihito and Princess Alexandra

Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg began a four-day state visit to Japan on Monday, accompanied by his daughter, Princess Alexandra. The visit’s purpose is to mark the 90th anniversary of bilateral relations between Luxembourg and Japan. The pair were welcomed at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, with whom they had a fifteen-minute audience after the Grand Duke reviewed the traditional military guard of honour … Continue reading

Civil Wedding of Prince Christian of Hanover and Alessandra de Osma Held in London

  November 27, 2017 at 3:56 pm by

Prince Christian of Hanover and Alessandra de Osma

Prince Christian of Hanover, younger son of the Prince of Hanover, married his Peruvian fiancee, Alessandra de Osma, in a civil ceremony at the Chelsea and Westminster registry office in London on Friday November 24. Attending the ceremony were the bride and groom’s close family, including the groom’s siblings and step-siblings: Prince Ernst August of Hanover and his pregnant wife Ekaterina, Princess Alexandra of Hanover, and the Casiraghi pack (Andrea and Tatiana, … Continue reading

Queen Maxima Awards Prince Bernhard Cultural Prize

  November 27, 2017 at 3:30 pm by

Queen Maxima

Today, Monday November 27, Queen Maxima presented the Prince Bernhard Cultural Prize 2017 at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ concert hall in Amsterdam. This year the award went to the writer Geert Mak. Geert Mak is a Dutch lawyer, journalist and writer of history books. He received this award for “his great record as a writer of books about our history. Because of his unrivaled narrative style, he has brought … Continue reading

Newly-Engaged Harry and Meghan Meet The Press At Kensington Palace

  November 27, 2017 at 10:22 am by

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Hours after their engagement was confirmed by Clarence House, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have held a brief photocall at Kensington Palace this afternoon. The beaming couple posed for photographs in the Sunken Gardens, a favourite location of Prince Harry’s late mother, Diana. The Prince said that he knew Meghan was ‘the one’ “the very first time” they met; while Meghan described his proposal – which took place in London … Continue reading

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