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Felipe and Letizia Mark Forty Years Since Spain’s Cortes Generales Elected

  June 28, 2017 at 2:23 pm by

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia attended events marking the fortieth anniversary of Spain’s 1977 general elections, the first election since prior to the Spanish Civil War. The royal couple were present for a solemn session of the Cortes Generales at the Palacio de las Cortes in Madrid on Wednesday. They were joined by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, the President of the Congress of Deputies, Ana María Pastor, and the President of the Senate, Pio García-Escudero. “Recalling … Continue reading

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Spanish State Visit to the UK: Another Postponement?

  April 18, 2017 at 9:16 am by

The long-awaited state visit by King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain to the United Kingdom is in jeopardy once again, after the British Prime Minister this morning announced a snap general election to be held on June 8 – the last day of the scheduled state visit. While the election needs to be approved by parliament, it is unlikely to be knocked back. This would mean that the Spanish … Continue reading

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Poll: 68% of Surveyed Russians Do Not Want To Restore Monarchy

  March 25, 2017 at 12:21 am by

A telephone poll conducted earlier in March by the All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion has shown that 68% of those surveyed do not want to restore the monarchy in Russia. 22% said they were not against a monarchy, but they did not have a solid idea of who would best for the position of Tsar – 13% preferred someone from the political or public sphere, while only 6% preferred a … Continue reading

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Luxembourg’s Grand Ducal Family Hosts New Year Reception

  January 10, 2017 at 10:27 am by

At the Grand Ducal Palace today, the Luxembourg Grand Duke and Grand Duchess welcomed members of Parliament and government for their annual New Year’s reception. Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, wearing an orange shift dress with floral embellishments, were also present to greet the guests, including Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and the Parliamentary President Mars Di Bartolomeo. A second reception will be held tomorrow for members of … Continue reading

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King Felipe Swears In A New Spanish Government

  November 4, 2016 at 2:17 pm by

After almost a full year with an official government, Spain’s new minority government led by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, was sworn in today at Zarzuela Palace in front of King Felipe VI. Thirteen ministers either swore or promised to uphold their positions in relation to the constitution during the meeting. Prime Minister Rajoy won a parliamentary vote of confidence last Saturday to form a government.

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Extraordinary Diet Session Opened by the Japanese Emperor

  August 1, 2016 at 1:59 pm by

Emperor Akihito has opened the extraordinary Diet session in Tokyo today, welcoming newly elected lawmakers into the Upper House. The Emperor, as per tradition, delivered an opening speech in front of the individuals responsible for electing the country’s Prime Minister (Shinzō Abe remains in the Prime Ministership after taking the position in December 2012). It is believed the Emperor will make a televised address on August 8th in relation to recent … Continue reading

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MPs in Denmark Don’t Want Queen Margrethe’s Grandchildren To Receive An Appanage (Which They Likely Wouldn’t Anyway…)

  May 31, 2016 at 10:24 am by

With Queen Margrethe II of Denmark’s eldest grandchild, Prince Nikolai, turning 18 next year and becoming an adult, debate has been reignited in Denmark regarding whether or not the eight grandchildren of the 76-year-old monarch should receive their own appanage when they come of age. Spokespeople for the various political parties in the country have come out saying that only the monarch and the heir should receive government funding. “Simple mathematics … Continue reading

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Willem-Alexander Ends Secret Visits

  April 1, 2016 at 3:50 am by

King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands ended a range of  unannounced visits yesterday with a visit to the cyber unit of the Dutch secret service. Newspaper ‘De Volkskrant’ reports that the goal of the unannounced visits was to see how the government policies turned out for the persons affected by them. The last one and a half year the king visited the companies, schools,  unemployment agencies, tax services and more. The … Continue reading

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Parliament Remains Silent About the Future of Soestdijk Palace

  February 19, 2016 at 4:25 pm by

Yesterday afternoon members of all parties of the Dutch parliament met in a special meeting in The Hague to discuss the future of Soestdijk Palace. The Palace has been empty since the deaths of Queen  Juliana and Prince Bernhard in 2004. Twelve years later, the government still does not know what to do with the building. In December four initiatives were presented to the government: a botanic garden, a meeting … Continue reading

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Swedish Royals Meet With Goverment

  February 10, 2016 at 1:55 pm by

Members of the Swedish Royal Family were briefed today about various government issues. In the morning the King and Crown Princess Victoria attended a meeting of the Counsil of State in the Royal Palace in Stockholm. The two were informed about political initiatives, pending legislation and more. In the afternoon the two royals were joined by Queen Silvia, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia for another meeting. The … Continue reading

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Spanish State Visit to Britain Postponed

  February 4, 2016 at 7:11 pm by

After speculation last week, it has been confirmed that the upcoming Spanish state visit to the United Kingdom has been postponed. The reason for the postponement is the fact that a new government has yet to be formed in Spain following December’s elections. The process is expected to last several more weeks, and it would be inopportune for King Felipe VI to be out of the country. A spokesperson for … Continue reading

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Danish Crown Prince Couple To Visit Saudi Arabia, Qatar

  February 4, 2016 at 3:32 am by

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark will head a Danish business delegation to Saudi Arabia and Qatar at the end of this month. The trip – in which 44 companies will promote Danish business interests – had been mentioned in the media a short while ago, and now confirmed, has created further discussion on whether it is a wise choice for the heir to the throne and his … Continue reading

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Spanish State Visit To Britain Possibly Cancelled Due To Political Deadlock

  January 28, 2016 at 6:56 pm by

Bad news for those who have been looking forward to the state visit of King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain to the United Kingdom, planned for 8-10 March. Due to the post-election deadlock in Spanish politics, the Spanish government is seriously considering a cancellation of the visit. Last week the socialist party PSOE already expressed their dissatifaction about the bad timing of the visit. They expect that the … Continue reading

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The Prince of Wales’ “Black Spider” Memos Released

  May 13, 2015 at 7:11 pm by

Letters written a decade ago by the Prince of Wales to government ministers that British newspaper The Guardian fought to have made public were today released. But their contents were not as controversial as had been hoped by some sectors. Written between September 2004 and April 2005, the letters show Prince Charles offering his thoughts on the farming industry (specifically beef farming and dairy quotas) and the rising power of supermarkets, herbal medicines, and the plight … Continue reading

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Prince Charles’s Letters To Be Made Public

  March 26, 2015 at 6:56 am by

The British Supreme Court has decided that letters written by the Prince of Wales to various government ministers can be made public, in a ruling that was handed down this morning. They have upheld a judgement made by the Appeals court in March last year, following an initial ruling in September 2012 approving the publication of 27 letters written between 2004 and 2005 by the Prince to seven government departments. … Continue reading

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King Carl Gustaf Hosts Parliamentary Dinner

  October 22, 2014 at 10:25 pm by

The King of Sweden hosted a parliamentary dinner at the Royal Palace of Stockholm this evening, in honour of the new government which was sworn in earlier this month. Among the 460 guests were the new Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, his cabinet ministers, the President of the Swedish Parliament, Urban Ahlin, and all members of the Riksdag. They were greeted by King Carl Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel … Continue reading

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Queen Margrethe Hosts Parliament Dinner

  March 13, 2014 at 6:32 am by

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark last night hosted a gala dinner at Christiansborg Palace for members of the Danish parliament. The Queen, Prince Henrik, the Crown Prince Couple, Prince Joachim, Princess Marie and Princess Benedikte each greeted the attendees – members of the parliament, the government and the Danish members of the European Parliament – before proceeding into the Great Hall for the banquet. On the menu was grilled tuna … Continue reading

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UK to Name Part of Antarctica “Queen Elizabeth Land”

  December 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm by

  The Foreign Office today announced part of the British Antarctic Territory was to be named “Queen Elizabeth Land” in honour of Her Majesty. The territory makes up almost a third of Britain’s claim on the continent and covers 169,000 sq miles – almost twice the size of the United Kingdom. In future, all British maps will bear the new name although other countries will have the freedom to decide … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth Becomes the First Monarch in 231 Years to Attend a Cabinet Meeting

  December 20, 2012 at 3:57 pm by

  Queen Elizabeth attended a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street, as part of her Jubilee celebrations. The visit was a historic one for, as David Cameron revealed, it marked the first time the Head of State attended such a meeting in over 230; the last British Monarch to be present at a peace-time cabinet meeting was George III in 1781, although the Queen’s father, George VI, attended a war … Continue reading

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Letters from Prince Charles to Ministers to Remain Private

  October 18, 2012 at 7:53 pm by

The Government has blocked the release of around 20 private letters the Prince of Wales wrote to ministers between 2004 and 2005. The letters were requested under the Freedom of Information Act but the Attorney General stopped their release, maintaining that the publication could potentially undermine the Prince’s position of political neutrality. The High Court had previously ruled that two dozen letters should be accessible under Freedom of Information Act. … Continue reading

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