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Princess Irene at 70: “I Struggled with my Royal Status”

  August 6, 2009 at 1:04 am by

In an exclusive interview to celebrate her 70th birthday, HRH Princess Irene of the Netherlands has spoken of her struggle to accept her royal status. During the interview/documentary which was aired on Tuesday night in Holland on Nederland 2, Irene told how she couldn’t cope with the separation between herself and the people her royal title and family brought. “I always wanted to be a normal human being,” the Princess … Continue reading

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Death of Princess Felicitas von Preussen

  August 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm by

Princess Felicitas, the eldest great-granddaughter of Kaiser Wilhelm II, passed away on Saturday (01.08.09), at the age of 75. Her family made the announcement of her death yesterday, on the Royal Family’s website, but did not reveal the cause of death.   Princess Felicitas was fifth in an unbroken line of first-born children starting with Victoria, Princess Royal (Queen Victoria’s eldest child). The line continues with her own eldest daughter, … Continue reading

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TV Movie about Queen Sofia to be Made

  July 20, 2009 at 8:06 am by

Spanish production company Sagrera Audiovisual and television channel Antena 3 will shortly begin filming a miniseries about the lesser-known life moments of Queen Sofia of Spain. According to El Mundo newspaper, the casting to choose the actors will take place next month and it is still unknown the name of the actress that will play the role of Queen Sofia. It’s also been reported that the filming will begin in … Continue reading

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Belgium’s Golden Couple – King and Queen’s 50th Wedding Anniversary

  July 2, 2009 at 5:01 pm by

Today, July 2nd, marks the fiftieth wedding anniversary of King Albert II and Queen Paola of the Belgians. The couple met at the inauguration of Pope John XXIII in the Vatican, in 1958. Albert, then Prince of Liège, was representing the Belgian Royal Family; while Paola, a Princess Ruffo di Calabria, was a member of the Italian nobility. When at last he returned to Belgium, Prince Albert had made up … Continue reading

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The Glamorous Grand Duke

  June 20, 2009 at 7:49 pm by

Legend has it that Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovitch and Chanel met on a beach, although they may have been introduced to each other by Dmitri’s sister, Marie Pavlovna. One wonders what the dark and handsome Dmitri and the petite Chanel first said to each other! They soon became lovers. The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess certainly had a strong influence on Chanel’s fashion career. Dmitri introduced her to the former … Continue reading

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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh Turns Eighty-Eight

  June 10, 2009 at 1:19 pm by

Happy birthday to HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who turns 88 years old today! Prince Philip was born HRH Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark on the Greek island of Corfu on June 10, 1921. His entrance into the world was rather unusual for a royal prince: he was born on a kitchen table at the Mon-Repos Palace. Not long after his birth, his family fled from Greece … Continue reading

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Fighting for a Dream to Come True – 16th Wedding Anniversary of Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako of Japan

  June 9, 2009 at 12:07 am by

Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan met his future bride Masako Owada first on October 18, 1986. A party had been arranged to celebrate the visit of Princess Elena of Spain; but it was also a way of enabling the heir to the throne to meet a selection of forty eligible young women, among them Masako. The prince was immediately smitten: Masako, a charming, attractive and intelligent Harvard-graduate, had only recently … Continue reading

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King Albert of Belgium is 75

  June 6, 2009 at 12:22 am by

Today, June 6, King Albert II of Belgium celebrates his 75th birthday. The King was born in 1934, only months after his illustrious grandfather, King Albert I of Belgium, died in Marche-Les-Dames. Albert was the second son of King Leopold III and Queen Astrid. The new King and Queen of Belgium already had two children: Princess Josephine-Charlotte, later Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, and Prince Baudouin, later King Baudouin I of … Continue reading

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Te Puea Hèrangi, A Māori Princess

  May 22, 2009 at 1:05 pm by

Te Puea Hèrangi was born the granddaughter of the second Māori King, Tawhiao, in 1883. Te Puea is recognised as having been a famous and influential leader for Māori, with many great achievements throughout her life. One of the most notable occasions where she was a rallying point for Māori people was during World War I, when she objected to conscription. Te Puea made her farm available to those escaping … Continue reading

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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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