Last Day in Italy for the Dutch Royal Couple

  June 23, 2017 at 10:29 pm by

Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander

Today, Friday June 23, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima spent the last day of the state visit in Milan. In the morning the Royal Couple visited the Rosanna Orlandi Gallery that was founded in 2002 by Rosanna Orlandi, an Italian designer and talent scout. In the gallery are working Dutch and international designers. Afterwards the King and the Queen went to the La Triennale Design Museum where took place … Continue reading

Luxembourg Celebrates Its National Day

  June 23, 2017 at 7:03 pm by

The Luxembourg Grand Ducal Family

It was National Day in Luxembourg on Friday, and there was a smaller showing of Grand Ducal family members for this year’s celebrations: Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa were only joined by Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie throughout the day, as opposed to several of their children as we have become accustomed to seeing. The royal quartet began the day at the Philharmonie Luxembourg for … Continue reading

Queen Letizia Dons Edgy Claret Leather Jacket During Visit to Santander

  June 23, 2017 at 3:50 pm by

Queen Letizia

The Queen of Spain had a ‘Fabulous Friday’ moment as she donned a Carolina Herrera peplum leather jacket in a rich claret hue, paired with a pair of crisp white trousers, as she joined King Felipe VI on a visit to Santander. The royal couple presided over the opening of the new Centro Botín arts facility that has been established by the Botín Foundation, with the aim of becoming one of Europe’s lading art centres.  … Continue reading

Summers in Marselisborg: Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik Arrive in Aarhus

  June 23, 2017 at 1:16 pm by

Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik

Denmark’s Queen and her husband arrived into Aarhus Harbour on Friday aboard the royal yacht Dannebrog to begin their summer residence at nearby Marselisborg Palace. Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik were welcomed by music from the Home Guard’s Music Corps Aarhus, as well as officials from the Aarhus municipality. The couple will spend the next three weeks at Marselisborg, before moving to Graasten Palace for a family summer break there.

Countess Alexandra Announces She Will Give Up Appanage

  June 23, 2017 at 10:11 am by

Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg

The Countess of Frederiksborg, the ex-wife of Denmark’s Prince Joachim, has today made the announcement that she will voluntarily give up the annual appanage she receives from the Danish state, as of July 2020. This particular date has been chosen as her and Prince Joachim’s younger son, Prince Felix, will turn 18 that month and thus no longer be a minor. Alexandra, who was married to Prince Joachim from 1995 … Continue reading

Prince Casimir zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn Is Engaged

  June 23, 2017 at 9:55 am by

Prince Casimir zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn and his fiancee Alana Bunte

Engagement news from the House of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn: 41-year-old Prince Casimir is engaged to his model girlfriend of two years, Alana Bunte. The Prince is the third child of Alexander, Fürst zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn and his wife Gabriela. Ms Bunte, 26, is of American-Colombian descent and works as a model. She also has a degree in art and design from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. The couple plan on marrying in Sayn … Continue reading

Flashback Friday: Pigtails In, Bea’s Ready To Go

  June 23, 2017 at 4:00 am by

Princess Beatrice of York, 1993

June 23, 1993: Just shy of her fifth birthday, Princess Beatrice of York participates in a sports day at her school, Upton House School, in Windsor. Her parents – the Duke and Duchess of York – watched from the stands with their younger daughter, Princess Eugenie.

Dutch State Visit to Italy: Vatican City and Milan

  June 22, 2017 at 9:11 pm by

The Dutch King and Queen with Pope Francis

Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima began their third day in Italy today, Thursday June 22, with a visit to the Holy See. The visit began at the Frisians Church, built in 1141 and adjacent to St. Peter’s Square that since 1989 is granted to the Dutch community in Rome. The Royal Couple was welcomed by Bishop Emeritus Antoon Hurkmans who gave to them an explanation about the history of … Continue reading

Ladies Day at Royal Ascot

  June 22, 2017 at 5:07 pm by

Queen Elizabeth

On June 22, it was the fourth day of Royal Ascot – and also Ladies Day! Those who attended were Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Andrew, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, the Princess Royal, Tim Laurence, the Countess of Wessex and Zara and Mike Tindall. Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Princess Haya as well as their daughter, Sheikha Al Jalila, were also there. Sheikh Al Jalila accepted a trophy from Princess … Continue reading

Dutch-Italian State Visit Heads To Palermo

  June 21, 2017 at 7:22 pm by

Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander

On their second day of their state visit to Italy, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima went to Palermo, Sicily, in the south of the country. Upon their arrival the Royal Couple was received by the Mayor of Palermo, Leoluca Orlando, in Quattro Canti, an octagonal Baroque square in the city centre. Then, walking through the street of the city, the King and Queen, accompanied by the Mayor, visited Palazzo delle Acquile, … Continue reading

Florals For The Garden Show: Mary Does Theme Dressing

  June 21, 2017 at 3:07 pm by

Crown Princess Mary

On Wednesday, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark opened the CPH Garden show in Valby Park that has been put together by Haveselskabet for the first time in Denmark.  The Princess continued the royal trend of ‘theme dressing’ for her visit, donning a black floral midi skirt from the Andiata label with a plain white blouse and a cream straw picture hat from Susanne Juul, one of her favourite milliners. Mary toured the numerous … Continue reading

Watered-Down State Opening of Parliament Held in London

  June 21, 2017 at 2:43 pm by

Queen Elizabeth

There was less pomp, less circumstance for the 2017 State Opening of Parliament in London on Wednesday, which saw Queen Elizabeth forego the traditional robes and crown she has worn in years past for a simple day frock and matching hat. Arriving by car instead of carriage, the Queen was accompanied by the Prince of Wales, who stood in for the Duke of Edinburgh (the Duke was admitted to hospital on … Continue reading

Princess Charlène Welcomes Special Olympic Team To The Prince’s Palace

  June 21, 2017 at 2:05 pm by

Princess Charlene

Earlier this week, Princess Charlène of Monaco welcomed the principality’s Special Olympics team to the Prince’s Palace to celebrate their success at the Special Olympics World Winter Games that took place in March. Monaco had twenty-three athletes competing, winning almost three dozen medals. The Princess posed for photos with all her guests, before taking them on a private tour of the Palace’s gardens. Princess Charlène is a Global Ambassador for the … Continue reading

Prince of Wales Visits Site of Finsbury Park Attack

  June 21, 2017 at 11:15 am by

Prince Charles

The Prince of Wales paid a visit to the Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park on Wednesday, where he met with members of the Muslim community following the van attack on a group leaving Ramadan prayers in the early hours of Monday morning. “Her Majesty has specifically asked me to tell you how shocked she was by what happened, particularly as the victims were worshippers who had been attending Ramadan prayers … Continue reading

King of Thailand ‘Fired Upon’ With Rubber Pellets By German Teens

  June 21, 2017 at 10:44 am by

Maha Vajiralongkorn

While out cycling in Bavaria two weeks ago, King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand and his entourage were ‘fired upon’ with rubber pellets from an airsoft gun by two teenagers, a spokesperson for the prosecution office in Landshut said on Tuesday. The two boys – aged 14 and 13 – were in a garden along a street in Erding, Bavaria when they shot the bullets at a passing group of cyclists, as well … Continue reading

Prince Philip Admitted to Hospital with Infection

  June 21, 2017 at 10:28 am by

The Duke of Edinburgh

Buckingham Palace announced this morning that the Duke of Edinburgh was last night admitted to hospital “as a precautionary measure” as he has contracted an infection from a “pre-existing condition”. The Duke is currently receiving treatment at King Edward VII hospital in London, but was not admitted as an emergency. He is “in good spirits” according to the Palace spokesperson, who was unable to confirm when the 96-year-old would be … Continue reading

A New Crown Prince In Saudi Arabia

  June 21, 2017 at 8:10 am by

Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz has appointed his own son, Prince Mohammad bin Salman, as heir and first in line to the Kingdom’s throne, replacing his nephew Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who occupied this position for the past three years. The new Crown Prince, 31, was also named deputy prime minister, and maintains his current position as Minister of Defence. He previously served as deputy Crown Prince and was third-in-line … Continue reading

Dutch King and Queen Kick-Off Italian State Visit

  June 20, 2017 at 8:10 pm by

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima

At the invitation of the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of The Netherlands, started today, Tuesday June 20, a four-day state visit to Italy along with Bert Koenders, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development. Upon their arrival at the airport of Ciampino, the King and Queen were officially welcomed by President Mattarella and his … Continue reading

Sayako Kuroda Made Supreme Priestess Of Holiest Shinto Shrine

  June 20, 2017 at 5:56 pm by

Sayako Kuroda

In accordance with decades-long tradition, Sayako Kuroda has been named the supreme priestess of Ise Jingū. She is replacing her aunt, Atsuko Ikeda, who held the position since 1988. The Ise Jingū Shinto Shrine is one of the most holy shrines in Japan, and is dedicated to the sun goddess Amaterasu. Since the end of World War Two and the disestablishment of State Shinto, the supreme priest and/or priestess is a position … Continue reading

Back To Ascot: Large Windsor Contingent On Hand For Royal Ascot Day One

  June 20, 2017 at 3:22 pm by

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh

A large number of royal Windsors were on hand for the opening day of the 2017 Royal Ascot meet at Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire on Tuesday. Queen Elizabeth – in lime green Stewart Parvin – was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke of York and Lord Vestey in the first carriage of the royal procession on to the course ahead of the afternoon’s races. The Prince of Wales, the … Continue reading

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