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Jordan’s King Opens 16th Parliament Session

  November 29, 2010 at 8:23 pm by

On November 28, 2010 King Abdullah II of Jordan inaugurated the first ordinary session of the 16th Parliament in Amman with a Speech from the Throne. The Monarch dissolved the previous lower house of Parliament in November 2009, two years before the completion of its four-year term, after media allegations about corruption among MPs. During his speech the King said that the Parliament could “amend” a temporary election law “as … Continue reading

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Swedish Royals host Riksdag Supper

  November 28, 2010 at 4:17 pm by

On Wednesday 24 November, The King and Queen hosted a supper for the members of the Riksdag at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. The King and Queen, The Crown Princess Couple and Princess Madeleine began the evening by welcoming all the members. The 400 or so guests then gathered in the Hall of State for a concert. The supper was held in the Banqueting Rooms and the Bernadotte Apartments at … Continue reading

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Princess Lalla Meryem opens the 7th National Session of Children’s Parliament

  October 25, 2010 at 8:56 pm by

Princess Lalla Meryem, chairwoman of the National Observatory for Child’s Rights and of the Children’s Parliament, chaired on Saturday at the parliament headquarters the official meeting of the 7th national session of the Children’s Parliament. During this meeting, Princess Lalla Meryem read a message sent by King Mohammed VI to the participants in the session, Princess Lalla Meryem also followed the question session of the children MPs concerning matters related … Continue reading

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Annual Gala for Stortinget

  October 22, 2010 at 6:02 pm by

Yesterday the Norwegian Royal attended the annual Gala for Stortinget – the Norwegian Parliament. King Harald and Queen Sonja received the representatives of the Parliament representatives in the Palace which is part of a 100-year-old tradition. The Gala for Stortinget is hosted since 1906. King Haakon was the first one who invited invited the members of the Stortinget to dinner in the first parliamentary year after he became king of … Continue reading

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Prinsjesdag 2010

  September 28, 2010 at 12:27 am by

The Dutch Royal Family have today celebrated Prinsjesdag, the traditional opening of parliament. At 13:00, the royal family departed from Noordeinde Palace in the Golden Coach and the Gala State Sedan, headed for the Parliamentary Halls in The Hague. An incident took place during the route to the Ridderzaal, when a 29-year-old man from Winterswijk throw a tealight candle holder at the Golden Coach, hitting one of its windows. Quickly … Continue reading

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King Abdullah Dissolves Parliament

  November 25, 2009 at 7:55 am by

King Abdullah of Jordan dissolved on Monday the lower house of Parliament and called for early elections. The 110-seat parliament had completed half of its four-year term after elections held in November 2007 under a controversial electoral law that reduced the representation of the main cities in favour of rural and bedouin areas. During these two years the Jordanian press has criticised the ineffectiveness of Parliament and has denounced cases … Continue reading

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Gala for Stortinget 2009

  October 22, 2009 at 4:40 pm by

Today HM King Harald and HM Queen Sonja invited the Parliament’s representatives to dinner at the Palace. Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Princess Astrid also attended the gala. The gala for Stortinget is part of an over 100 year old tradition. In 1906 King Haakon first invited the members of the Parliament to a gala dinner. It was held every year since then and only interrupted by the … Continue reading

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Grand Duke Henri & Son at Government Reception

  October 14, 2009 at 6:34 am by

Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg and his eldest son Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume gave a reception yesterday at the Grand-Ducal Palace in Luxembourg after the opening ceremony of the new term (2009/2010) of the Chamber of Deputies, Luxembourg’s parliament. Grand Duchess Mari­a Teresa was not in attendance, presumably due to a recent operation. For more information, please see this thread.

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President Welcomes Wrong King

  October 13, 2009 at 3:52 pm by

Today King Harald V formally opened the 6th Sami Parliament. The King held an opening speech during the ceremony, that was also attended by Queen Sonja. The ceremony began with singing the King’s Song in Norwegian and Sami. After that the president of the Sami Parliament, Egil Ollie, held his welcome speech. During his speech he welcomed the wrong King! “On behalf of the Saami Parliament, I welcome His Majesty … Continue reading

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King Mohammed VI Officially Opens Moroccan Parliament

  October 10, 2009 at 3:56 pm by

Last Friday, King Mohammed VI officially opened the Moroccan Parliament. He began by addressing both houses of Parliament. In his speech, the King called for the creation of an economic and social council that would serve in an advisory role to the legislature and also to the executive branch of the Moroccan government. According to an article in Agence Maghreb Arabe Presse, the King stated that the council should be … Continue reading

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King Harald Opens Parliament

  October 9, 2009 at 1:47 pm by

Today King Harald, Queen Sonja and Crown Prince Haakon attended the opening of the Norwegian Parliament, Stortinget, in Oslo. As every year the parliament was formally opened by the King , who also gave out the throne speech in Parliament. The throne speech was a review of the government’s work plans for the coming year. It contained no political news, but dealt with all the main points that the government … Continue reading

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Danish Royals attend Opening of Parliament 2009

  October 7, 2009 at 12:47 am by

The Danish Royal Family today attended the opening of the 2009/2010 Danish parliamentary season at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen. The royal family traditionally attends the opening each year, where the current Prime Minister opens the season. HRH Princess Benedikte, the younger sister of HM Queen Margrethe, arrived at Folketinget (the Danish parliament) first just after 11:45 local time. She was followed by TRH Prince Joachim and Princess Marie, who was … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals Celebrate Prinsjesdag 2009

  September 18, 2009 at 2:31 am by

This past Tuesday, September 15th, the Dutch Royal Family attended the annual opening of parliament, Prinsjesdag. The event took place at The Hague’s 13th century Ridderzal (Hall of Knights), where HM Queen Beatrix addressed the Dutch parliament from the throne. Accompanied by TRH the Prince of Orange, Princess Máxima, Prince Constantijn, Princess Laurentien, Princess Margriet and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven, the Dutch monarch arrived at the Ridderzal in a golden … Continue reading

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Opening of the Swedish Parliament 2009

  September 15, 2009 at 4:35 pm by

Today the Royal Family of Sweden attended the annual opening of the House of the Parliament in Stockholm. It was opened shorty after two o’clock in the afternoon. The men attended the opening in dark suits and ties, the women in dark dresses and hats. The Royal woman are always dressed in dark colours, in an intentional homage to the old court dress, which was worn until 1974 and was … Continue reading

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Prince and Princess of Asturias visit Romania: Day two

  July 29, 2009 at 4:01 am by

On their second day of their official visit to Romania, the Prince and Princess of Asturias began the day with a working breakfast with representatives of Spanish companies in Romania. Later on Prince Felipe had a meeting with Romanian Prime Minister, Emil Boc, at Victoria Palace, headquarters of the Prime Minister administration. Soon afterward the Princess of Asturias joined her husband in order to visit the Parliament where they met … Continue reading

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Belgian State Visit to Romania – Day 1

  July 7, 2009 at 3:20 pm by

King Albert and Queen Paola of Belgium are on a three-day state visit to Romania, at the invitation of the Romanian President, Traian Basescu. The Belgian royals left from the military airport of Belgium this morning, and arrived in Bucharest in the early afternoon. They were welcomed by the Romanian President and his wife. The King and Queen first attended the ceremonial greeting of the guard, and had a first … Continue reading

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Parliament Wants Prince of Orange to Quit the Dutch Bank

  June 30, 2009 at 6:24 pm by

During the television programme Eén Vandaag, it became clear that a majority of parliament wants that the prince of Orange to quit his position as a member of the supervisory board of the Dutch Bank (DNB). The parties fear that the prince will come in a vulnerable position due to the credit crunch and the parlementairy research commission after the crisis and the role of the Dutch Bank. The programme … Continue reading

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New Speaker of the House of Commons Elected

  June 23, 2009 at 2:43 am by

The House of Commons has just elected Tory MP John Bercow as the new Speaker of the House in an ancient balloting process to replace the outgoing Speaker Michael Martin, forced to resign over the MPs expenses scandal. He is the first Speaker in 300 years to be forced from office and his successor will have a tough job to reform the British parliament. The role of the Speaker will … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals vote

  June 7, 2009 at 5:41 am by

Today, June 7, is Election Day in Belgium. People have to elect representatives for the European Parliament and the regional Parliaments (Flemish, Wallonian, Brussels Parliaments). In Belgium, everybody is obliged to turn up at the polling station, even though we are not obliged to vote. But since we actually have to be there, most of us vote anyway. It would be quite the waste of your Sunday Morning, if you … Continue reading

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Big Brother For Dutch Royals?

  May 25, 2009 at 4:10 am by

According to a new proposal from the Netherlands’ largest opposition party SP (Socialist Party), the members of the royal family have to explain precisely how they spend their days and what they are doing with the 119 million Euros that the royal family costs each year. Newspaper ‘De Telegraaf’ reports that SP parlamentarian Ronald van Raak will ask the minister of internal affairs, Guusje Ter Horst for a annual report … Continue reading

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