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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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Jordanian Royals Celebrate Independence Day

  May 27, 2012 at 6:03 am by

Accompanied by their son, Crown Prince Hussein, and members of the Royal Family, Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan attended on Friday the official ceremony celebrating the Hashemite Kingdom’s 66th independence anniversary. During the event, King Abdullah II granted various medals and orders to several Jordanian institutions and distinguished figures in recognition of their efforts in supporting the Kingdom’s development, as Petra News Agency reported. The ceremony … Continue reading

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Frederik & Mary’s Official Visit to South Korea

  May 11, 2012 at 2:11 am by

The Danish Crown Prince Couple have begun their six-day official visit to South Korea. Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary arrived in Seoul yesterday, May 10th. The couple are being joined by three members of the Danish government – the Ministers for Business and Growth, Development Co-Operation and Trade and Investment: Mr Ole Sohn, Mr Christian Friis Bach and Ms Pia Olsen Dyhr; as well as a series of … Continue reading

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King Albert II: Freeze Royal Family Grants

  January 11, 2012 at 2:57 am by

In a statement released by the Belgian Royal Court on Monday, HM King Albert II has stated that he will accept a freeze on the royal family’s grants from the government for 2012 and 2013, as the nation tries to cope with the current economic climate in the European Union. “The 2012 budget on grants to members of the royal family should be frozen, and should therefore include any indexation … Continue reading

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King Presides over the State Opening of the Cortes

  January 8, 2012 at 8:18 am by

December 27th, 2011 – Madrid His Majesty King Juan Carlos I, accompanied by Her Majesty The Queen and Their Royal Highnesses The Prince and Princess of Asturias, presided over the State Opening of the Cortes on December 27th. The Royal Party arrived at the Cortes with a mounted military escort, where they were greeted by the new Prime Minister and other dignitaries. Noticably absent from the solemn opening ceremony of … Continue reading

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Mohammed VI Appoints New Government

  January 6, 2012 at 1:04 am by

After days of suspense, Morocco has a new government. Negotiations came to an end on Tuesday between party leaders, Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane and the Palace, as  King Mohammed VI named a new government dominated by moderate Islamists, who won polls the monarch called early to abort Arab Spring-inspired protests. Prime Minister Benkirane, whose moderate Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) took the most seats in the elections, will lead … Continue reading

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The 1936 Abdication Crisis

  December 11, 2011 at 12:00 am by

The day is December 11th, 1936. Great Britain begins its day with an Edward VIII, and ends the day with a George VI.  His Majesty’s Declaration of Abdication Act 1936 had passed through parliament. Sparking what was dubbed ‘The Abdication Crisis’, His Majesty King Edward VIII’s request to marry his lover, Mrs Wallis Simpson, was debated by parliamentarians, religious leaders, the press and the public during the month leading up … Continue reading

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Jordanian Royals attend Opening of Parliament

  October 27, 2011 at 6:42 am by

His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan opened today the second ordinary session of the kingdom’s 16th parliament. The ceremony started with a 21-gun salute welcoming the arrival of King Abdullah and his son, Crown Prince Hussein to the parliament building in Amman. Then His Majesty delivered his speech from the throne to the Senators (“Majlis al-Aayan”) and Chamber of Deputies (“Majlis al-Nuwaab”) in presence of his wife Queen Rania, … Continue reading

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