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Royal of the Month: Catherine de’ Medici

  January 22, 2014 at 10:00 am by

Catherine de’ Medici was born in Florence on April 13, 1519; her father was the Florentine Lorenzo II de’ Medici, Duke of Urbino and her French mother was Madeleine de La Tour d’Auvergne. Tragically, her mother died ten days after giving birth to Catherine, whilst her father died on May 4, leaving Catherine a sole orphan and heiress to a great fortune. The infant Catherine was raised by her paternal … Continue reading

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A Royal Christmas

  January 5, 2014 at 2:59 am by

On Christmas Day 2013, members of the British Royal Family attended an early morning and morning service at St. Mary Magdalene Church near Sandringham, Norfolk. The Queen and her husband Prince Philip are expected to stay at Sandringham until February 6. The early morning service is a private affair, but the morning service is more public – members of the public can watch the royals walk to church and hand … Continue reading

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Jordanian Royals Celebrate Eid Al Adha

  October 15, 2013 at 10:49 am by

Accompanied by his brother, Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein, King Abdullah II of Jordan attended the Eid Al Adha prayer which was purfomed this morning to celebrate the happy occasion. The ceremony took place at Al Sharif Al Hussein bin Ali Mosque in Aqaba City and was attended by crowds of worshippers, including senior government and military officials. On this happy occasion, Petra News Agency announced yesterday cables of good … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s 40th Birthday

  August 19, 2013 at 11:17 pm by

Today, August 19th, Crown Princess Mette-Marit turns 40 years old. On occasion of her birthday, an open air church service in the Queen’s Park was celebrated yesterday, hosted by King Harald and Queen Sonja. Since 2001, the Crown Princess Mette-Marit has been celebrating all her birthdays with a church service together with family and friends. To the service, which was lead by former Oslo Bishop Gunnar Stålsett, who married then … Continue reading

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Willem-Alexander & Máxima Visit Jewish Community

  July 9, 2013 at 3:51 am by

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima yesterday paid a visit to the Jewish community in Amsterdam, as part of their 375th anniversary celebrations. The couple were given a tour of the synagogue, where they were told about the interior of the building and given a history of the Nederlands Israëlitische Hoofdsynagoge (Dutch Jewish Main Synagogue). They spoke with representatives of various Jewish organisations in the city, and students and teachers from … Continue reading

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Prince Nikolai Marks Confirmation

  May 18, 2013 at 9:06 am by

Denmark’s Prince Nikolai today celebrated his confirmation into the Lutheran faith during a private ceremony at the Fredensborg Palace Church. Bishop Erik Norman Svendsen, the Royal Family’s confessor and personal priest, oversaw the confirmation of the eldest grandchild of Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik. Prince Nikolai’s immediate family were all present – his parents and stepparents, siblings, paternal grandparents, uncles and aunts and some cousins. His godparents – the Earl … Continue reading

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Queen Sofia visits Basílica de Nuestro Padre Jesús de Medinaceli

  March 2, 2013 at 5:19 pm by

March 1st, 2013 – Madrid Carrying on a 300 year old tradition in the Spanish Royal Family, Her Majesty the Queen paid a visit to the Basílica de Nuestro Padre Jesús de Medinaceli in Madrid. The Roman Catholic Basilica houses the shrine of the statue of Padre Jesús Nazareno, which dates from the 1680s. The Spanish Royal Family have a long history of devotion to this shrine and Statue of … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit in New York

  October 2, 2012 at 5:54 am by

Crown Princess Mette-Marit was in New York last week, focused mainly on the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting 2012 which took place from September 23-25. The CGI was established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton and gathers a community of global leaders to work on solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended the opening session of the CGI Annual Meeting on September 23rd and surprised … Continue reading

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Confirmation of Marius Borg Høiby

  September 2, 2012 at 10:41 pm by

Today, September 2nd, 2012, Marius Borg Høiby was confirmed in Asker Church. He is the son of Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Morten Borg, and was born on January 13th, 1997, before the Crown Princess’ relationship with Crown Prince Haakon. The families of both his mother and father were present at the confirmation, including also King Harald and Queen Sonja, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus as well as his … Continue reading

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Simoneta Gómez Acebo Joins Pilgrims in El Rocío

  May 28, 2012 at 10:30 am by

May 26th, 2012 – El Rocío Andalusia, Spain Her Excellency Doña Simoneta Gómez Acebo attended the annual pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Virgin at of El Rocío. For the third year in a row, the eldest niece of the King and the only daughter of Infanta Pilar, joined thousands of faithful pilgrims at the Hermitage of El Rocío in Andalusia. Wearing a straw hat and a medal of the … Continue reading

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Jordan’s Prince Hashem visits Jerusalem

  April 6, 2012 at 1:42 am by

His Royal Highness Prince Hashem bin Al-Hussein of Jordan has paid a short religious visit to Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. The youngest son of Their Majesties the Late King Hussein and Queen Noor performed prayer in the holy mosque and visited the tomb of his great-grandfather, the late Sharif Hussein Bin Ali of Mecca and King of Hejaz. During his visit, which is the first by a senior Arab … Continue reading

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Charles & Camilla in Sweden, Denmark

  March 26, 2012 at 9:04 am by

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall continued their Jubilee tour of Scandinavia in Sweden last week, following their three-day visit to Norway. Upon arrival at Arlanda Airport, the royals were greeted by Prince Carl Philip, who then accompanied Prince Charles and his wife to view some fighter jets located in one of the airport’s hangers. Prince Charles had the chance to sit in the cockpit of one of … Continue reading

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Infanta Elena visits Basílica de Nuestro Padre Jesús de Medinaceli

  March 3, 2012 at 10:00 pm by

2nd of March, 2012 – Madrid Carrying on a 300 year old tradition in the Spanish Royal Family, Her Royal Highness Infanta Elena of Spain paid a visit to the Basílica de Nuestro Padre Jesús de Medinaceli in Madrid. The Roman Catholic Basilica houses the shrine of the statue of Padre Jesús Nazareno, which dates from the 1680s. The Spanish Royal Family have a long history of devotion to this … Continue reading

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Felipe & Letizia Visit Newly Restored Cathedral of Tarazona

  February 9, 2012 at 8:16 pm by

February 9th, 2012 – Tarazona Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Asturias paid a visit to the newly restored Cathedral of Tarazona in the Zaragoza province, Spain earlier today. The Gothic Cathedral which was constructed in the 12th century has ungone a major restoration since 1984. A well wrapped-up Felipe and Letizia were dressed in winter overcoats and braved the cold to meet the crowds of well wishers … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals on State Visit to the UAE, Day One

  January 9, 2012 at 12:00 am by

With their arrival on January 07 at the presidential airport of Abu Dhabi, Queen Beatrix, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Crown Princess Máxima started a two-day state visit to the United Arab Emirates, on the invitation of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahayan, the President of the United Arab Emirates. The Dutch Royals were received by Minister of State, Reem Ibrahim Al Hashemy, senior officials and the Ambassador of the Netherlands, … Continue reading

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Danish and Spanish Royals Release Annual Christmas Cards

  December 22, 2011 at 8:42 am by

The Danish and Spanish Royal Courts have released their annual Christmas cards. Both sets were released last week. Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik chose a photograph of themselves in Greenland earlier this year as their card, and the Crown Princely Couple featured a black and white snap of their four children – Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine – for their Christmas greeting. The Crown Princely … 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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Crown Princess Mette-Marit Inaugurates Church in Florida

  November 26, 2011 at 6:16 am by

Crown Princess Mette-Marit inaugurated the newly built “Norwegian Seamen’s Church” in Davie, Florida, on November 20, 2011. The church carries the Crown Princess’ name and is now officially called “Sjømannskirken H.K.H. Kronprinsesse Mette-Marits kirke, Scandinavian Church and Center”. Crown Princess Mette-Marit said she is “proud and happy” to have a church named after her. There are around 4000 Norwegians in southern Florida, but it’s planned to be a center for … Continue reading

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Two Weeks To Go – Countdown to the Royal Wedding

  April 15, 2011 at 2:33 am by

There are only two weeks to go until what is being dubbed the royal wedding of the decade, the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. Information regarding the wedding has been slower in release this past week, the main information posted on the official wedding website being that of the charities the Royal Wedding Fund will assist. We have learnt the basic program of the wedding day however. Guests … Continue reading

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Monegasque State Visit to Ireland

  April 6, 2011 at 12:25 am by

This week in Dublin, the red carpet was rolled out and the guard of honour stood at Present Arms, or marched at Right Shoulder Arms, for the three-day visit of His Serene Highness the Sovereign Prince of Monaco, Albert II. The Prince was accompanied by his bride-to-be, South African Charlene Wittstock. The couple were greeted by President Mary and Mr. McAleese and the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Gerry Breen. Some … Continue reading

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