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Old 04-26-2008, 11:09 AM
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May 2008 Newsletter: The Royal Forums

It is May 1st, and time for a new TRF Newsletter. This month, we've ended up putting the focus on some of the activities that go on here at The Royal Forums that members can get involved with. There is always posting pictures or information, and discussing them, but now you also have the option of talking to other posters "live" via the Chat function, or read books with other literature lovers in the Royal Book Club. For more information, look below.

We're looking forward to weddings in Denmark and the UK, various state visits, National day celebrations in Norway on the royal watching side of things.

We hope to see you participating,

The Newsletter team.
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On account of real-life commitments, suturegeisha has left the moderation team. We wish her well and hope she stays around as a contributing member of TRF.
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April 2 - Princess Sirindhorn of Thailand (1955)
April 3 - Princess Noor of Iran (1992)
April 3 - Clotilde Courau, Princess of Venice and Piedmont (1969)
April 5 - Princess Ubol Ratana of Thailand (1951)
April 5 - Crown Prince Leka of Albania (1939)
April 5 - Prince Carl Christian of Hohenzollern (1962)
April 6 - Lord Frederick Windsor (1979)
April 7 - Don Jaime de Marichalar y Sáenz de Tejada, Duke of Lugo (1963)
April 7 - Princess Haalah of Jordan (2007)
April 8 - Prince Carlos Hugo de Bourbon Parma (1930)
April 8 - Leah Isadora Behn (2005)
April 9 - Princess Dayangku Sarah binti Pengiran Salleh Ab Rahaman (1987)
April 10 - Tatjana von Lattorff, Princess of Liechtenstein (1973)
April 10 - Prince Floris van Orange Nassau, van Vollenhaven (1975)
April 14 - Fürstin Marie of Liechtenstein (1940)
April 15 - Crown Prince Filip of Belgium (1960)
April 15 - Anna van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven (2001)
April 16 - Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (1940)
April 16 - Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg (1955)
April 16 - Prince Sebastien of Luxembourg (1992)
April 17 - Prince Maurits van Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhaven (1968)
April 18 - Princess Annette van Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhaven (1972)
April 18 - Sayako Kuroda (formerly Princess Sayako) (1969)
April 18 - Princess Hayah of Jordan (2007)
April 18 - Prince Alexander Théodore Charles Marie of Nassau (1997)
April 19 - Duke Carlos Jakobus of Oldenburg (2004)
April 20 - Prince Georg Antonius Constantin Maria of Liechtenstein (1999)
April 21 - Queen Elisabeth II (1926)
April 21 - Princess Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe of Denmark (2007)
April 23 - Princess Zein of Jordan (1968)
April 23 - Princess Aisha of Jordan (1968)
April 23 - Princess Laeticia-Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este (2003)
April 23 - Lady Gabriella Windsor (1981)
April 24 - Princess Iman of Jordan (1983)
April 25 - Prince Louis-Alphonso de Bourbon,Duke 'd Anjou (1974)
April 25 - Princess Muna of Jordan (1941)
April 26 - Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark (1986)
April 26 - Prince Mirko of Bulgaria (1995)
April 27 - The Prince of Orange (1967)
April 27 - Prince Asem of Jordan (1948)
April 28 - Ali-Reza Pahlavi (1966)
April 28 - Lady Helen Taylor (1964)
April 29 - Princess Benedikte of Denmark (1944)
April 29 - Maud Angelica Behn (2003)
April 29 - Infanta Sofia of Spain (2007)
April 29 - Prince Tipankorn Rasamijoti of Thailand (2005)
April 30 - Don Miguel Urdangarin de Borbon (2002)
April 30 - King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (1946)
April 30 - Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven. (1939)
April 30 -The Countess of Paris, Duchess of France, Princess of Joinville (1938)

Weddings/Wedding Anniversaries
4-9 - The Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker-Bowles 2005
4-12 (2003)
4-28 King Rama IX of Thailand and Sirikit Somdech Pharaborom Rajininath (1950)

March 26-April 2: Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden was on an official visit to the UAE:

3: The King and Queen of Sweden arrived in South Korea for a three-day visit in connection with the Baden-Powell Fellowship event:

4- The Duke of Edinburgh was taken to the hospital with a chest infection:

5.-10: Official visit from Jordan to France, Slovenia and Austria:

10-12: State Visit from Brazil to the Netherlands:

11: Prince William of Wales received his RAF Wings:

11-12: Visit to Massachusetts by the Duke and Duchess of Palma de Mallorca:

12: Opening of the new Opera in Oslo:

15-17: State Visit from Luxembourg to Sweden:

15-17: State Visit from Hungary to Belgium:

16: The Duchess of Brabant (Princess Mathilde of Belgium) gave birth to her fourth child, a girl to be called Eléonore Fabiola Victoria Anne Marie:

19: Christening of Viscount Severn:

20: Christening of Magali Margriet Eleonoor van Vollenhaven:

22: Princess Máxima of the Netherlands in Argentina for a meeting on Micro Finance:

22: Queen Sonja and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway visited the Norwegian institute in Rome:

23 - Prince William of Wales was appointed a Knight of the Garter:

25: Princess Astrid of Belgium visited Zambia for "Roll Back Malaria":

25: Official visit from France to Monaco:

25- 6. May: Prince Joachim of Denmark visited Mozambique in cooperation with CARE:

28: Delphine Boel, the illegitimate daughter of King Albert II of the Belgians, gave birth to a boy:

30: Koninginnedag (The Queen's Day), the Netherlands:

30: Queen Margrethe of Denmark announces that her descendants (who are born in a legal marriage) will, in addition to the title Prince/Princess of Denmark, also carry the title Count/Countess of Monpezat.

Opening of the Legislature in Spain:
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May 1 – Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg (1963)
May 1 - Lady Sarah Chatto (1964)
May 2 – Princess Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1975)
May 3 - Princess Haya of Jordan (1974)
May 4 – Pauline Ducruet (1994)
May 7- Prince Josef-Emanuel Leopold Marie of Liechtenstein (1989)
May 8 – Princess Elisabeth of Denmark (1935)
May 8 – Crown Prince Moulay Al-Hassan of Morocco (2003)
May 9 - Princess Nejla of Jordan (1988)
May 10 – Lalla Salma of Morocco (1978)
May 11 - Princess Basma of Jordan (1951)
May 12- Prince Wenzeslaus of Liechtenstein (1974)
May 12 - Princess Maria-Annunciata Astrid Joséphine Veronica of Liechtenstein (1985)
May 13 – Prince Carl Philip of Sweden (1979)
May 13 - Lukas Maria von Lattorf (2000)
May 14 - King Sihamoni of Cambodia (1953)
May 14 - Isabella van Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (2002)
May 14 - Margarita Armstrong-Jones (2002)
May 14 - Princess Sumaya of Jordan (1971)
May 15 – Zara Phillips (1981)
May 15 – Ana Maria Morales (2003)
May 15 – Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein (1957)
May 15 - Prince Jean of Luxembourg (1957)
May 15 - Don Duarte, Duke of Braganca (1945)
May 16 – Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein (1969)
May 17 – Crown Princess Maxima of the Netherlands (1971)
May 18 – Prince Alfons of Liechtenstein (2001)
May 19 - Prince Alexander of Liechtenstein (1972)
May 20 – Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece (1967)
May 20 - Prince Rashid of Jordan (1979)
May 20 - Shaikha Najla of Bahrain (1981)
May 24 – Prince Joseph Wenzel of Liechtenstein (1995)
May 25 – Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands (1966)
May 25 - Samuel van Orange-Nassau van Vollenhoven (2004)
May 26 – Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Count of Monpezat (1968)
May 27 – Prince Moritz of Liechtenstein (2003)
May 27 - Aoun Juma (1992)
May 27 - Prince Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden (1970)
May 28 - Princess Marie Cecile of Prussia (1942)
May 30 - Archduchess Andrea of Austria (1953)
May 31 - Felicia van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven (2005)
May 31 - Baron Nils-August Otto Carl Niclas Silfverschiöld (1934)

Weddings/Wedding Anniversaries
May 2 - Archduke Karl Peter von Habsburg & Princess Alexandra von Wrede 1998
May 6 - Princess Margaret Rose & Anthony Armstrong-Jones, May 6th 1960
May 6 - Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan & Masako Owada 1993
May 11 - Baroness Nicola von und zu Bodman & Mathias Schilling 2002
May 12 - Baroness Isabelle von Senden & Sebastian von Ribbentrop 2001
May 14 - Prince Juan Carlos of Spain & Princess Sofia of Greece 1962
May 14 - Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark & Mary Donaldson 2004
May 17 - Prince Heinrich Donatus von Hessen & Countess Floria-Franziska von Faber-Castell 2003
May 19 - Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands & Laurentien Brinkhorst 2001
May 22 - Felipe, Prince of Asturias & Letizia Ortiz, May 22nd, 2004
May 24 - Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and Ari Behn: May 24, 2002
May 29 - Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau & Marilene van der Broek 1998

May 6 - Laura Parker-Bowles & Harry Lopes, May 2006

5: Official visit from Jordan to Azerbaijan:

5-7: State Visit from Sweden to Portugal:

5-8: The Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark will make an official visit to Iceland.

6-8: Official visit from the Prince and Princess of Asturias to Poland:

13-16: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will pay a State Visit from Great Britain to Turkey.

14-16: State visit from the Netherlands to Estonia.

17 - National Day of Norway -

17 - Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly will be married:

18-20: The Duke of York will co-chair the World Economic Forum - Middle East Forum

19: Visit by the British royals to The Chelsea Flower Show

20-22: State Visit from Greece to Sweden:

22-25: 66 Grand Prix de Monaco

24- Wedding of Prince Joachim of Denmark to Marie Cavallier in Møgeltønder:

27-29: State Visit from Norway to Portugal:

Princess Märtha Louise of Norway to visit Madagascar in connection with an UNICEF literacy programme:
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The Royal Articles is an offshoot of The Royal Forums. We have a lot of very knowledgeable members, some of whom have written articles on royalty-related topics of interest to them, and we are proud to share those articles. If you are a writer at heart and want to participate in and contribute to this venture, you can send a private message to any of the admins. Guideline for submission can be found here.

You can find the article-site here: The Royal Articles with many interesting articles already.

We are always looking for new articles. If anyone would like to write an article for us, please contact Mandy, Elspeth, or Marengo to talk about your ideas. We also have a series of articles under way on the life and lifestyle of some of the crown princesses, which will be written by teams of authors. If you don't feel that you want to write an entire article but would be interested in writing some sections of an article about the lifestyle of your favourite princess, please contact Marengo or Elspeth. The range of topics we're hoping to cover for each princess is as follows:
  • Style and fashion (formal and informal, to include jewellery, makeup, hairstyles, etc, as well as clothes; should include fashion development from before the wedding - or since leaving school for those who were born royal - to the present; emphasis will be different for male royals since we probably don't want to know about makeup and jewellery!)
  • Education and work experience
  • Home and family life (can include a little bit of background of the birth family as well as family lifestyle as a royal, but it should concentrate on the latter)
  • Official duties (from the viewpoint of showing what sort of things they're interested in and how they go about their official life)
  • Patronages and charities (same viewpoint as above)
  • Hobbies, pastimes, and cultural interests
  • Summary of overall development since joining the royal family (or since leaving school, for those who were born royal)
and at the moment we're hoping to find authors for articles on Princesses Mary, Maxima, Letizia, Mathilde-Mette-Marit, Masako, Lalla Salma, Countess Alexandra, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, and Queens Rania and Noor. If you're interested in writing about a princess or queen who isn't on the list, please let us know.

We're having problems obtaining permission from photo agencies to use commercial photos for our articles. If any of our members have taken photos of royal people or places and would be willing to give us permission to use their photos in our articles, please contact Mandy, Elspeth, or TheTruth.

Picture of the Month is a monthly poll, where one votes on the best picture from many of the royal houses in the previous month. At the end of the year, the winning pictures are put up against each other in a poll to find the best picture overall., and are the polls from the previous years.

The Picture of the Month team are always on the lookout for volunteers to help select the pictures for the various categories:

Andy has installed a Live Chat for the members to use. It has not been up for long, but has proven to be a way for posters, moderators and administrators to interact on a social level. The new Live Chat can be found here: Stop by for an interesting time.

Bear in mind that the site rules also are in effect in the chat.

The TRF Newsletter is meant to be a monthly newsletter, "published" around the start of every month. It makes an effort to show some of the things that has happened in the past month around the forum, and also try to show some of the events that we have to look forward to in the month ahead. It may profile a certain royal, or a topic related to royalty.

An overview of previous newsletters can be found here:

If you have any comment to the Newsletter you can either send it by PM to one of the editors: Norwegianne, Lady Jennifer or Anna_R, or post it here.

The Book Club is our newest venture here at TRF. It is always nice to have someone to discuss the books you read with, and that is what we hope will happen with the book club. It is open for everyone. Guidelines can be found here:, and the coming book selections can be found here:

Here is the schedule for the discussions and chat about the May 2008 Book Club book (King, Kaiser, Tsar by Catrine Clay). If you wish to take part in the discussion during May, you should have read (or be reading) the chapters specified in the thread title. We have divided the book into sections for weekly discussion, and there will be an hour of facilitated discussion at the beginning of each new period. However, the thread will be open for general discussion at all times. Please note that discussion of later chapters than those specified in the thread title is not permitted, and posts containing such spoilers will be deleted. If you have any questions, suggestions, comments, or feedback, please contact Empress, GlitteringTiaras, or Elspeth.

Sunday 4 May: Thread opens for discussion of chapters 1-6 at 4 pm (US East Coast time). Facilitated discussion of chapters 1-6 (4-5 pm East Coast time, 9-10 pm British Summer Time), led by GlitteringTiaras.

Sunday 11 May: Facilitated discussion of chapters 1-10, with emphasis on the new chapters (4-5 pm East Coast time, 9-10 pm British Summer Time).

Sunday 18 May: Facilitated discussion of chapters 1-15 (4-5 pm East Coast time, 9-10 pm British Summer Time).

Sunday 25 May: Facilitated discussion of the whole book, including the Epilogue (4-5 pm East Coast time, 9-10 pm British Summer Time).

Saturday 31 May: Live chat in the Book Club chat room to talk over the book (starting in the morning and running for the rest of the day).

Sunday 1 June onward: Thread is available for anyone to post about the topic, regardless of whether they've read the book. This is the time for recommendations and discussion of other books and wider-ranging discussion of the book topic in general.

The moderating team is the people who try to keep this forum under control. We try to ensure that everybody has a pleasant experience posting here at The Royal Forums, and that the rules are followed.

People can join the moderating team in two ways; the administrators may notice or get tips about posters who behave exemplary and are contributing members to the forums and who would make great moderators and ask them if they would like to join the team, or they send an application to join to the administrators. Any acceptance, of course, depends on which forums we need moderators for as well as previous behaviour by the poster.
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