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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge Celebrates 30th Birthday

  June 21, 2012 at 4:14 pm by

The boy who is destined to become King was born at 9.03am on June 21, 1982 at St Mary’s Hospital in London to the Prince and Princess of Wales. At birth, he weighted 7lbs 5oz. Prince William Arthur Philip Louis was Christened on August 4, 1982 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, with King Constantine of Greece, Princess Alexandra, the Honourable Mrs Ogilvy, the Duchess of Westminster, Lady Susan Hussey, Lord … Continue reading

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Day in History: Birth of James I and VI of England and Scotland

  June 19, 2012 at 10:22 am by

With so much focus on contemporary royals, historical ones are often forgotten. These blog entries will focus on British royals of the past on days that bear particular importance in relation to them. Today’s Royal is not in any imminent danger of fading into background; the reign of James VI and I was one of the pivotal moments in English, Scottish, and eventually, British histories – the Union of Crowns. … Continue reading

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Princess Madeleine Hits the Big 3-0

  June 11, 2012 at 9:32 am by

Princess Madeleine of Sweden yesterday celebrated her thirtieth birthday. There were no official celebrations to mark the milestone; the Princess chose to celebrate in private with her family and closest friends. On Thursday June 8th, a luncheon took place at Villa Källhagen at Djurgården to celebrate the joint thirtieth birthdays of Princess Madeleine and her best friend, Louise Gottlieb (the two women have previously shared 18th and 25th birthday parties … Continue reading

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Princess Astrid Celebrates Fiftieth Birthday

  June 6, 2012 at 9:16 am by

Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este yesterday celebrated her fiftieth birthday. To mark the occasion, the Belgian Royal Court released a series of portraits of Princess Astrid and her husband, Prince Lorenz. A birthday party was also held on Saturday June 2nd at the Royal Palace of Laeken, which was attended by Princess Astrid’s children, parents, and her younger brother with his family. During the luncheon, the Princess was … Continue reading

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Doña Irene Urdangarín turns 7

  June 6, 2012 at 3:11 am by

Her Excellency Doña Irene Urdangarín y de Borbón celebrates her 7th birthday today. She is the only daughter of Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma and Don Inaki Urdangarín the Duke Consort of Palma. Doña Irene was born on June 5th, 2005 in Barcelona, Spain. At one month old, Her Excellency was baptized on the 14th of July, 2005 in the garden of the Palacio de la Zarzuela. Her Excellency was named … Continue reading

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Emmanuelle de Dampierre Passes Away

  May 7, 2012 at 8:56 am by

Rome, Italy Emmanuelle de Dampierre passed away in Rome on May 2nd, 2012. Born into the Italian nobility on November 8th, 1913, Emmanuelle married Infante Jaime of Spain, Duke of Segovia on March 4th, 1935. The couple had two children: Don Alphonse de Bourbon (1936-1989) and Don Gonzalo de Bourbon (1937-2000). However, their marriage was unhappy and it ended in divorce in 1947. In 1949, Emmanuelle de Dampierre remarried in … Continue reading

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Remembering Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain

  April 19, 2012 at 6:25 am by

On the 15th of April 1969, HM Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain passed away, aged 81 at Lausanne, Switzerland. A granddaughter of Queen Victoria, she was born at Balmoral in October 1887. In May 1906, she became the Queen Consort of Spain following her marriage to King Alfonso XIII. This union was an unhappy one, but the couple did have seven children, six of whom survived infancy. Queen Ena, as … Continue reading

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Death Anniversary of Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona

  April 1, 2012 at 7:35 pm by

On April 1st, 1993, the father of His Majesty King Juan Carlos I passed away at the University Hospital of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain. The Count of Barcelona had battled cancer for many years. Infante Juan was born on 20 June 1913, the third surviving son of King Alfonso XIII and Queen Victoria Eugenia. In 1933, he became heir to the Spanish Throne following the renunciations of his two older … Continue reading

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Anniversary of the Death of Luis Gómez-Acebo

  March 9, 2012 at 7:53 am by

March 9th marks the anniversary of the death of Don Luis Gómez-Acebo, Viscount de la Torre who was the late husband of HRH Infanta Pilar of Spain and a brother-in-law to His Majesty The King. Don Luis died aged 56 in Madrid on March 9th, 1991 having battled cancer for many years. The couple married were married in May 1967 in Lisbon, Portugal and had five children together. Don Luis … Continue reading

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Infanta Margarita of Spain Celebrates her 73rd Birthday

  March 6, 2012 at 12:00 am by

March 6th, 2012 Her Royal Highness Infanta Margarita of Spain, Duchess of Soria and Hernani celebrates her 73rd birthday on March 6th. A younger sister of His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain, Margarita was born on March 6th, 1939 in Rome, Italy and has been blind since birth. The youngest child of the late Count and Countess of Barcelona was born during the Royal Family’s exile during the … Continue reading

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Death of Infanta Maria Adelaide de Bragança van Uden

  February 26, 2012 at 2:58 am by

Maria Adelaide Manuela Amélia Micaela Rafaela de Bragança van Uden was born on January 31st, 1912 in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France to Dom Miguel II Duke of Bragança and Princess Maria Theresa of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg, her godparents where Dom Manuel II, King of Portugal and his mother Dona Amelia, Queen of Portugal. The Infanta passed away Friday February 24th, 2012, only 24 days after celebrating her 100th birthday. The Infanta passed away peacefully … Continue reading

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King Harald’s 75th Birthday

  February 21, 2012 at 10:25 pm by

Today, King Harald turns 75 years old. He was born on February 21st, 1937 at his parents’ home, the country estate of Skaugum, near Oslo. He has two elder sisters, Princess Ragnhild and Princess Astrid, but at that time the Norwegian Constitution of 1814 stipulated that only male heirs could inherit the Throne, therefore he acceded to the Throne when his father passed away on January 17th, 1991. He became … Continue reading

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Princess Astrid’s 80th Birthday

  February 12, 2012 at 5:24 am by

Today, Princess Astrid celebrates her 80th birthday. In honour of the occasion, King Harald and Queen Sonja will host a gala banquet at the Royal Palace. Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Princess Märtha Louise will attend as well. Princess Astrid was born at Villa Solbakken in Oslo on February 12th, 1932 as second child of King Olav and Crown Princess Märtha. She was named Astrid Maud Ingeborg after … Continue reading

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February 9, 1977: Death of Queen Alia of Jordan

  February 9, 2012 at 7:17 am by

Today marks the 35th anniversary of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Alia Al Hussein. Queen Alia, born Alia Baha Uddin Toukan, was born in Cairo, Egypt on December 25th, 1948 where her father was the Ambassador of Jordan. She spent her childhood in Egypt, Turkey, United States, London and Rome. She attended the Church School in London and the Rome Center of Liberal Arts of Loyola. She graduated with … Continue reading

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10th Anniversary of Princess Margaret’s Death

  February 9, 2012 at 6:00 am by

February 9th, 2012 marks the tenth anniversary of the death of Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon. She was the younger daughter of Their Majesties King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom. Princess Margaret passed away in 2002, after suffering the last of her several strokes. She has been unwell for almost two decades, having had an operation in 1985 in which part of … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Mary Turns 40

  February 4, 2012 at 12:00 am by

The Crown Princess of Denmark tomorrow turns forty years old. She was born Mary Elizabeth Donaldson on February 5th, 1972 in Hobart, Australia. Mary was the youngest of four children born to John Donaldson and Henrietta Horne, joining elder sisters Jane and Patricia, and older brother John. She spent her childhood in Houston, Texas as well as Hobart, while her father was working at a university. Mary’s primary and secondary education … Continue reading

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King Abdullah II Turns 50

  January 31, 2012 at 6:15 am by

On Monday, His Majesty King Abdullah bin Al Hussein of Jordan celebrated his 50th birthday. Born in Amman on January 30, 1962, King Abdullah is the eldest son of the late King Hussein and his British second wife, Princess Muna. King Abdullah began his primary education at the Islamic Educational College in Amman, and later attended St. Edmund’s School in Surrey, England. During his secondary education, the King studied at … Continue reading

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Infanta Maria Adelaide de Bragança van Uden turns 100

  January 31, 2012 at 12:00 am by

On January 31st 2012, Infanta Maria Adelaide will celebrate her 100th birthday, she is the sole surviving granddaughter of King Miguel I of Portugal. Infanta Maria Adelaide is the daughter of Miguel II, Duke of Bragança and Princess Maria Theresa of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg, and was born January 31st 1912 in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France, with Dom Manuel II and Queen Amelia as her godparents. The Infanta, along with her siblings and parents, spent … Continue reading

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Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s 8th birthday

  January 21, 2012 at 8:50 am by

Today, January 21st, Princess Ingrid Alexandra celebrates her 8th birthday. She was born at Rikshospitalet University Hospital in Oslo in 2004 as first child of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, who has a son Marius from a previous relationship who lives with the Crown Princely Family. She is second in line for the Norwegian throne, after her father. Her godparents are His Majesty The King, His Royal Highness … Continue reading

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Princess Birgitta’s 75th Birthday

  January 19, 2012 at 1:08 am by

Princess Birgitta of Sweden, Princess of Hohenzollern today celebrates her 75th birthday. She was born on January 19th, 1937 to Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and given the names Birgitta Ingeborg Alice. Birgitta was the second of the couple’s five children – four daughters and one son (Princesses Margaretha, Desireé and Christina, and the current King Carl XVI Gustaf). The Princess and her … Continue reading

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