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Monaco’s Princess Charlotte adopted in May 1911

  May 16, 2009 at 3:38 am by

Although Princess Charlotte of Monaco never ruled the tiny Principality, she became the transition branch of the family in a journey that began on this day in 1911. In 1911, Monaco’s Hereditary Prince remained heirless and the crown was poised to be passed to a distant German relative (Wilhelm, 2nd Duke of Urach who later became King of Lithuania). In a surprise announcement, Prince Louis’ father, Prince Albert I announced … Continue reading

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Carl Philip Celebrates 30th Birthday surrounded by Family

  May 14, 2009 at 3:53 am by

Prince Carl Philip of Sweden yesterday celebrated his thirtieth birthday, with a public celebration in the courtyard of the Royal Palace of Stockholm. The Prince was joined by his parents and two sisters, Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Madeleine, for the celebration, which saw hundreds gather in the royal courtyard to wish him a happy birthday. The Prince was presented with flowers and home-made Swedish flags from the children who … Continue reading

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Prince of Wales To Discuss Battenberg Grandmother in a Film

  April 30, 2009 at 4:28 pm by

The Prince of Wales is set to recall his other, often-overlooked, grandmother, the late Princess Andrew of Greece, born Princess Alice of Battenberg. In royal photographs Princess Andrew is the mysterious lady seen wearing a somber nun’s habit, as she did at the coronation of her daughter-in-law in 1953. The Prince will appear in a film, The Rescuers: Heroes of the Holocaust, that will tell the stories of 12 people … Continue reading

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Want a Piece of Royal Wedding Cake?

  April 18, 2009 at 6:08 pm by

For readers with a sweet tooth, a piece of Princess Louise’s 1871 wedding cake went up for auction at the Antiques for Everyone Fair in Birmingham, England this past week. The piece of cake is believed to be the only remaining portion of the wedding cake. Bids were set to begin at $215 (145 pounds). John Shepard, the antique dealer, purchased the piece from a descendant of a noble family … Continue reading

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40th Birthday of Former Princess Nori of Japan

  April 18, 2009 at 3:47 am by

Sayako Kuroda, the former Princess Nori and only daughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan, is celebrating her 40th birthday today. As the princess left the Imperial Family and became a commoner on the day of her wedding to Yoshiki Kuroda in November 2005, no official birthday celebrations will be held. In all likeliness, though, the family is going to have a nice birthday party in private as … Continue reading

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Queen Margrethe II celebrates 69th Birthday

  April 16, 2009 at 5:00 am by

Queen Margrethe celebrated her 69th birthday today, April 16, surrounded by her ever-growing family on the balcony of Christian IX’s Palace at Amalienborg Palace. As she does every year, the Danish Queen stepped out on to the balcony at noon to greet the crowd of well-wishers which gathered below. Joined by her husband Prince Henrik, sons Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim, daughters-in-law Crown Princess Mary and Princess Marie, and … Continue reading

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New biography for Albert II of Belgium

  April 11, 2009 at 2:33 pm by

This June, King Albert II of Belgium will celebrate his 75th birthday, and about one month later, The King and Queen of the Belgians have their golden wedding anniversary. To celebrate these festivities, a new biography about King Albert is published, “Albert II. De vorst met de glimlach” (Albert II, King with the smile). The biography was written by Erik Wellens, renowned copywriter for celebrity books and biographer. The book … Continue reading

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Fifty Years Ago: Imperial Happy Ending

  April 10, 2009 at 1:18 am by

In 1957, twenty-three-year-old Crown Prince Akihito of Japan felt sad and pessimistic. For nearly six years now, the Imperial Household Agency (IHA) had been busy to find him a bride – and prospects were bad. After putting together a list of 860 eligible candidates, young ladies descendant from families of the Japanese former nobility, the IHA had set to work and checked their past and pedigree. But up until now, … Continue reading

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‘I Felt The Need To Defend Queen Juliana’

  March 31, 2009 at 6:08 am by

A new book on the late Queen Juliana (Juliana: an underestimated queen) will be available in stores tomorrow. The author tells in an interview with athe Reformatorisch Dagblad that he felt the need to defend queen Juliana after the book that was published half a year ago by Prof. C. Fasseur about the crisis at the Dutch court with faith healer Greet Hofmans in the fifties. Fasseur has been critisized for being biased and for only … Continue reading

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Biography of Princess Máxima: ‘Bridget Jones Revisited’

  March 31, 2009 at 5:46 am by

Almost a year ago it was announced that two Argentinian journalists, Gonzalo Alvarez Guerrero and Soledad Ferrari, promised a ‘revealing book abour princess Máxima of The Netherlands. They promissed to give new facts about the years that princess Máxima still lived in Argentina, about her childhood and about her love life. The princess herself didn’t seem too nervous about it: ‘My life is an open book’, she commented. Her husband … Continue reading

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Death of Princess Luise of Prussia

  March 26, 2009 at 3:57 pm by

Princess Luise of Prussia died at the age of 91 on 23. March at Bücekburg Castle. She was born on 23.08.1917 as daughter of Prince Sigismund and his wife Marie Luise, née Princess of Schaumburg-Lippe, and was the last living member of the Prussian Royal Family to be born during the reign of Emperor Wilhelm II. She was also the last member of the Prince Karl line – descending from … Continue reading

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80 years since Olav’s and Märtha’s Wedding

  March 22, 2009 at 11:02 am by

Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Märtha, a Swedish Princess, were married 80 years ago, on March 21st 1929. Prince Olav and Princess Märtha met during the Olympic Games in Amsterdam in 1928. They took some time to explore the city together and get to know each other. By the time they returned to their respective homes, they were secretly engaged. The engagement was announced publicly in Stockholm a few … Continue reading

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Emperor Akihito’s tuberculosis battle

  March 20, 2009 at 1:15 pm by

At an event celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association in Tokyo on Wednesday, Emperor Akihito of Japan revealed that he had, in his youth, been battling for four years with tuberculosis. Akihito said he was diagnosed with the infectious illness in December 1953, just days before his 20th birthday. After taking new medicines, such as streptomycin and hydrazide, he finally recovered in September 1957. The fact that … Continue reading

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Death Anniversaries of Queen Juliana And Queen Emma

  March 20, 2009 at 6:35 am by

Five years ago, on 20 March 2004, queen Juliana of The Netherlands passed away at the age of 94 at Soestdijk Palace in Baarn. The queen reigned The Netherlands for nearly 32 years, from 1948 until her abdication in favor of her eldest daughter Beatrix in 1980. Juliana married in 1936 to prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld. Together they got four daughters: Beatrix, Irene, Margriet and Christina. During her reign the … Continue reading

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Austria’s Last Empress Died 20 Years Ago

  March 14, 2009 at 10:35 am by

On 14 March 1989 Austria’s last empress died in Ziziers, Switzerland. She was born on 9 May 1892 in Pianore, Italy as Princess Zita Maria della Grazie Adelgonda Micaela Raffaela Gabriella Giuseppina Antonia Luisa Agnese of Bourbon-Parma, one of the 24 children of Roberto I, the last reigning Duke of Parma by his second wife Princess Antonia of Portugal. In 1911 she married Archduke Charles (Karl) of Austria, heir to … Continue reading

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Wisdom from Ancient Tradition and the 21st Century’s Vitality to be Unified: the Difficult Mission of Japan’s Heir

  February 23, 2009 at 10:46 am by

The life of Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan, who is celebrating his 49th birthday today; has, right from the beginning, been formed by extremes. His birth, only 9 months after his parents’ wedding on April 10, 1959 (see video) had of course been welcomed by a huge wave of national joy and pride: “It is a boy!” But this warm reception would not guarantee the new baby an easy life, … Continue reading

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Death of the Soldier King

  February 17, 2009 at 12:05 am by

Seventy-five years ago, on 17 February 1934, King Albert I of Belgium fell off the Roche du Vieux Bon Dieu, at Marches-Les-Dames, while mountaineering. He did not survive his fall, and, as quickly as that, Belgium lost its third King. King Albert I was the second son of Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders and brother of King Leopold II, and Princess Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. Albert was not meant to become … Continue reading

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Anni-Frid Lyngstad: from ABBA Pop Star to Princess

  February 16, 2009 at 4:58 am by

“I am in fact very up and down. I am very different from day to day. I am a serious person. But I have a fright in me which is very difficult to forget. I thought that it would be better when I would be older, but it seems to be worse and worse…” Anni-Frid Lyngstad Frida Lyngstad became successful worldwide as a member of the Swedish pop group ABBA. … Continue reading

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A New Biography of Queen Sonja

  February 12, 2009 at 11:48 pm by

Ingar Sletten Kolloen has been selected as the man to write a new biography on Queen Sonja of Norway. The biography, due for release in Autumn 2011, will examine the Queen’s whole life – from her childhoold in Oslo, her study as a young woman, her relationship with Crown Prince Harald , her marriage, her role as Crown Princess, Queen, mother, mother-in-law and grandmother. More information can be found here. … Continue reading

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