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New Poll: Outfit of the Week, April 4-10

Posted: 11 Apr 2016

This week’s best fashion poll is up. Please cast your votes and discuss your choice. To cast your vote, click here or on the below image of a few outfits in this week’s poll. Voting closes on April 16.

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Kate Dazzles in Beaded Blue Gown at Bollywood Gala

Posted: 10 Apr 2016

Finishing their first day in Mumbai, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge this evening attended a gala dinner hosted by the British High Commissioner to India and the British Asian Trust at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel that was attended by Bollywood actors, business and charity people. Kate looked wonderful in a bespoke sapphire blue Jenny Packham evening gown, that had beading on the bodice and sleeves which was sewn in … Continue reading →

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Princess Benedikte Attends Inauguration Concert at St Peter’s

Posted: 10 Apr 2016

A centuries-old church organ that was restored over a 25-year period was today inaugurated at St Peter’s Church in Næstved with Princess Benedikte present. The Princess, wearing a navy blue coat over a pale frock with a grey hat, attended the concert that was performed by the church’s choir and organist Christian Kampmann Larsen. The organ dates back to 1586 and its refurbishment has cost 4.6millionDKK. Today, Princess Benedikte attended the … Continue reading →

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Extraordinary Monastery Visit by the King

Posted: 10 Apr 2016

  His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan took part in what has been described as a “sacred and extraordinary” event today, when he visited a Buddhist monastery to donate specially made sandalwood boxes to store ancient relics held there. Like many monasteries in mountainous Bhutan, the Chagri Monastery is in an isolated location, towards the northern end of the Thimpu Valley, high up in the hills.  The … Continue reading →

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The Cambridges Kick Start Tour of India in Mumbai

Posted: 10 Apr 2016

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Mumbai this morning for their week-long tour of India and Bhutan. Their first public appearance was at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, where they will be staying whilst in Mumbai. William and Kate laid a wreath at the memorial to those who were killed in the 2008 terrorist attack at the hotel and other areas of the city. Kate arrival outfit is from … Continue reading →

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First Baby on the Way for Amedeo and Elisabetta…Next Month!

Posted: 09 Apr 2016

After brief rumblings of a pregnancy this week, the Belgian Royal Court has confirmed that Prince Amedeo, eldest son of Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz, and his wife Elisabetta are expecting their first child. And the biggest surprise is that the baby is due sometime next month! The baby will be the first grandchild on both sides of the family, and will be the first great-grandchild of King Albert and … Continue reading →

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Norwegian State Visit to Italy Comes To An End

Posted: 08 Apr 2016

King Harald and Queen Sonja’s state visit to Italy concluded today, focusing on Norwegian business and trade. The final day was spent in Milan, where they attended a presentation of Norwegian fashion, a business luncheon and visited exhibitions on Norwegian craft and design. On Thursday, the King and Queen laid a wreath at the grave of the Unknown Soldier at the Altare della Patria (also known as the Monumento Nazionale … Continue reading →

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A Third Daughter for Prince Hamzah & Princess Basmah of Jordan

Posted: 08 Apr 2016

Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein of Jordan and his wife Princess Basmah Hamzah welcomed today their third child, a baby girl named Princess Badiya bint Hamzah. The newborn Princess Badiya is the couple’s third child, following her sisters Princess Zein and Princess Noor. She has also an elder half-sister, Princess Haya, from her father’s previous marriage. Congrats for the Royal couple Prince Hamzah & Captain Basma pic.twitter.com/C6z8TlT3 — Tala Q (@TalaQaraeen) January 12, … Continue reading →

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Flashback Friday: Princess Paola in Rome with Her Children

Posted: 08 Apr 2016

April 8, 1969: Paola, Princess of Liège and her two eldest children, Prince Philippe (aged 8, just days before his 9th birthday) and Princess Astrid (aged 7), during a visit to Rome. This photo is taken outside the home of Paola’s mother, the Dowager Princess Ruffo di Calabria.

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Queen Mathilde Attends UN Development Meeting

Posted: 07 Apr 2016

Queen Mathilde of Belgium participated in a round table conference for the 2016 Cooperation Forum for the United Nations Development. The theme for this year was “Rethinking Development Cooperation for the Sustainable Development Goals”. Queen Mathilde gave the opening speech. The conference was held at Egmont Palace in Brussels. Embed from Getty Images Queen Mathilde during the conference on April 7, 2016.

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William and Kate Host Reception for Indian and Bhutanese Expats

Posted: 06 Apr 2016

Ahead of their tour of India and Bhutan beginning next week, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hosted a reception this afternoon at Kensington Palace for young people from the two countries that are living, working or studying in the UK. Students, business people, charity workers and models were amongst the group, including the Indian High Commissioner to the UK, Navtej Sarna. People associated with the British Asian Trust were … Continue reading →

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Norway’s King and Queen Begin Visit to Italy

Posted: 06 Apr 2016

King Harald V and Queen Sonja have begun their state visit to Italy today, spending the day meeting with the country’s President, Prime Minister and other government ministers. The couple were welcomed at the Palazzo del Quirinale in Rome for the official welcoming ceremony by President Sergio Mattarella and his daughter Laura. The two heads of state inspected the traditional military guard of honour, before heading inside for an audience. … Continue reading →

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Prince Harry Announces UK’s Invictus Team Outside Buckingham Palace

Posted: 06 Apr 2016

What better place to announce the team to represent the United Kingdom at next month’s Invictus Games than in front of Buckingham Palace? This was clearly the thought process as Prince Harry today revealed the athletes who will be competing under the Union Jack, saying that he was really looking forward to the event that will take place between May 8-12 in Florida. Almost all the 110 athletes – who … Continue reading →

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10 Years as FA President for Prince William, As He Reveals Charlotte Is Good At Football

Posted: 06 Apr 2016

The Duke of Cambridge today attended a lunch at Wembley Stadium which marked his decade as the President of the Football Association. After he posed for photographs outside the Stadium with FA Chairman Greg Dyke and board members Martin Glenn and Julie Harrington, Prince William delivered a speech at the lunch in which he discussed the current English Premier League season (he hopes Leicester will win the cup as it will … Continue reading →

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Infanta Pilar Explains Her Panama Offshore Firm

Posted: 07 Apr 2016

Spain’s Infanta Pilar (79), aunt of King Felipe VI has released a press statement on Wednesday about the offshore firm she had for forty years in Panama. The existance of this firm was leaked last weekend in the ‘Panama Papers’. In the statement the princess explains why, when and how the firm was started. In 1969 the company was founded by Aleko Pakamarkou, an entreperneur and a good friend of … Continue reading →

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A Port of Call for Princess Marie of Romania!

Posted: 07 Apr 2016

HRH Princess Marie of Romania was the city of Constanta yesterday, where she visited several of the local institutions. Constanta is a large port city on the Black Sea, where Romania’s only piece of coast can be found.  It is said to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in Romania and is one of the largest ports in Europe. The princess met students and teachers at the Carol I College, visited … Continue reading →

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Duchess of York In Australia for Women in Business Events

Posted: 06 Apr 2016

Sarah, Duchess of York is currently in Sydney, Australia to attend a number of ‘women in business’ related events, as she has been appointed one of the Macquarie Graduate School of Management’s keynote speakers for a number of their events over the next week. This morning she attended a Women in MBA breakfast event at the Intercontinental where she was one of the speakers, discussing the importance of education for women … Continue reading →

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Queen Margrethe Dons Intriguing Blue Hat For Defence Inauguration

Posted: 05 Apr 2016

Denmark’s Queen Margrethe today inaugurated the Defence Force’s new department, the Intelligence sector. During the ceremony at the Army Intelligence Centre in Varde, the Queen delivered a speech and presented the official flag to the department’s chief before inspecting a military guard. The Queen also met soldiers who showed her the equipment they use in their operational tasks. Hærens Efterretningscenter fik indviet ny fane af Dronning Margrethe på #varde torv #dkmedier #forsvaret … Continue reading →

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Prince Harry’s Private Time in Nepal Building A School

Posted: 05 Apr 2016

More photos have been released by Kensington Palace of Prince Harry’s week in Nepal where he helped Team Rubicon UK to rebuild a school that was destroyed in the 2015 earthquake. Harry and the team had to use only manual labour to construct the classrooms in the remote village of Lapubesi, as no machinery is available in the area. Team Rubicon UK is a charity organisation that utilises the experience … Continue reading →

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Dom Duarte Pio About Infanta Cristina: ‘If She Did It, She Will Have To Pay For It’

Posted: 05 Apr 2016

The Duke of Bragança spoke to the Spanish newspaper ‘El Espanol’ about the chances of a restauration of Portugal’s monarchy, about his friendship with the Infantas Pilar and Margarita and about his love for Spain. The chef of the Portuguese royal family also offered his thoughts about  the Infanta Cristina, who is facing charges of fraud. He also reveals that Ronald Reagan once suggested he should run for president and … Continue reading →

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Windsor Castle and Palace of Holyroodhouse To Get £37Million Renovations

Posted: 05 Apr 2016

A £37million renovation project will see numerous works undertaken at Windsor Castle in Berkshire and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. The funding comes entirely from the Royal Collection Trust. £27million will be spent on Windsor Castle, which will boast a new visitors centre and a learning centre for schoolchildren once the renovations are completed at the end of 2018. It will also receive its first visitor’s cafe, to be added … Continue reading →

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From the Royal Genealogy threads – March 2016Posted: 05 Apr 2016

Here we go with the updates from our Royal Genealogy Threads, with the news from March 2016. Births: March has been a busy month for the Royal stork; it started on 2 March, visiting both the Courts of Sweden and Brunei. In Stockholm, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden gave birth to her second child and first son, Prince Oscar Carl Olof, who has been granted the title of Duke of … Continue reading →

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Haakon and Mette-Marit Host Dutch Monarchs On Welness BoatPosted: 05 Apr 2016

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway were spotted yesterday in the town of Tromsø, in the north of Norway. The couple was in the company of the King and Queen of The Netherlands. The group boarded the wellness boat ‘Vulkana’ around 7 PM. According to the local newspaper iTromsø the visit is a private one. It is unknown how long the Dutch King and Queen will stay … Continue reading →

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Tax Authorities Will Investigate Infanta Pilar’s Offshore FirmPosted: 05 Apr 2016

A spokesperson of the Spanish tax authorities has announced that they have started an investigation into the firm that Infanta Pilar, sister of King Juan Carlos, has had for forty years in Panama. Yesterday it became clear that the princess is one of the names that has been mentioned in the ‘Panama papers’.  The papers show that hundreds politicians and celebrities have offshore accounts in Panama, possibly to evade taxes … Continue reading →

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The Mysterious Ending of Queen Juliana’s Half BrotherPosted: 05 Apr 2016

Pim Lier, half brother of the late Queen Juliana, featured regularly in the Dutch news since his existance was discovered in 1979. In 1986 he made headlines again when he killed his wife Petra. The extramarital son of Prince Hendrik of the Netherlands and Mien Abbo-Wenneker spent most of his life in anonimity. Newspaper ‘De Telegraaf’ discovered that he died exactly one year ago at the age of 96. He … Continue reading →

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Portuguese And Brazilian Royals Remember Queen Maria IPosted: 04 Apr 2016

Two weeks ago Portuguese and Brazilian royals gathered in Lisbon to remember Queen Maria I of Portugal, Brazil and The Algarves. On March 20th it was 200 years ago that the monarch died. The queen is known as Maria the Pious in Portugal and as Maria the Mad in Brazil. The latter being a reference to her mental detoriation. The Queen married her uncle prince Pedro of Portugal. After his … Continue reading →

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Four Exhibitions Mark Centenary Of Emperor Franz Joseph’s DeathPosted: 04 Apr 2016

The long reign of Emperor Franz Joseph I will receive special attention this year to mark the fact that the emperor died 100 years ago on November 21st 1916. The exhibitions will mainly focus on the private face of the Habsburg monarch and will be centered around Vienna. The organisation tried to show a balanced picture of the emperor’s life, which is still shaped by many mysteries and chichés.   … Continue reading →

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Infanta Pilar’s ‘Financial Facade’ Named In Panama PapersPosted: 04 Apr 2016

Today had more bad news in store for the Spanish royal family. Although the king has worked hard to make the family’s finances more transparent, his family doesn’t seem to be too cooperative.  His sister the Infanta Cristina and her husband Inaki Urdangarin are suspected of embazzling tax money. However, his aunt Pilar now also is under scrutiny. This weekend the so-called ‘Panama Papers’ have been opened. A group of … Continue reading →

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Happy 90th Birthday To The Dowager Princess NapoléonPosted: 04 Apr 2016

Princess Alix Napoléon is celebrating her 90th birthday today. She was born as Alix de Foresta on April 4th 1926 in Marseille, France as the daughter of Count Albéric de Foresta and Geneviève Fredet. Her paternal family were loyal supporters of the house of Bourbon. Her engagement to Prince Louis Napoléon, chef of the imperial house, therefore came as a great surprise. The two married on August 16th 1949 in … Continue reading →

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Prince Oscar To Be Christened On May 27Posted: 04 Apr 2016

The Swedish Royal Court has announced that Prince Oscar, the month-old son of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, will be christened on May 27. The christening will take place at the Royal Chapel of the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Further details will be announced in due course. Prince Oscar was born on March 2 and is the Crown Princess Couple’s second child. Första bilden på Prins Oscar! Prinsen är … Continue reading →

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Shinto Rites Honour Japan’s First EmperorPosted: 04 Apr 2016

Their Imperial Majesties, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko spent the weekend in Kashihara, Nara Prefecture in Japan to take part in official ceremonies to commemorate the 2,600th anniversary of the death of Emperor Jimmu.  The ceremonies formed part of the annual Shinto rites that Emperor Akihito and the Imperial family is obliged to perform and through which ancestors are honoured and worshipped. Emperor Jimmu’s life is shrouded in myth and … Continue reading →

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Royal Mint Reveals Coin To Mark Queen Elizabeth’s 90th BirthdayPosted: 03 Apr 2016

Today the Royal Mint revealed the coin they have minted to mark Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday. The £5 commemorative coin features a garland of nine roses (one for each of the Queen’s decades) surrounding the royal cypher ‘EIIR’ and the number 90. It has been designed by artist Christopher Hobbs. Mr Hobbs said he was inspired by “the Queen’s love of flowers” when designing the coin. Check out our most recent … Continue reading →

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Former Wife of the Aga Khan Auctioning Off €20m Worth of JewelsPosted: 02 Apr 2016

The ex-wife of the Aga Khan, formerly Princess Gabriele zu Leiningen, has put an estimated €20million worth of jewellery up for auction with Christie’s. Among the 46-piece collection that will be auctioned on May 18 in Geneva will be an enormous emerald and diamond necklace that features a 40carat Colombian emerald pendant from Cartier and is expected to fetch €3m, and its matching earrings €800,000. Begum Inaara Aga Khan wore this necklace to … Continue reading →

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King Juan Carlos in Bahrain for Formula 1 Grand PrixPosted: 02 Apr 2016

Spain’s former King, Juan Carlos I, is in Bahrain this weekend to attend the second round of the 2016 Formula 1 Grand Prix. On Friday, he was given a tour of the Red Bull garages by the team’s Principal Director, Christian Horner, during the day’s practice sessions. King Juan Carlos also met driver Fernando Alonso and Bernie Ecclestone, the chief executive of the Formula One Group, while at the Bahrain … Continue reading →

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Albert and Charlène Stop By Third Princess Charlène RallyPosted: 01 Apr 2016

Monaco’s Prince Albert and Princess Charlène paid a visit to the Third Princess Charlene Rally, an event with the purpose of teaching young people with the true values of sport, “teamwork, determination, respect and cooperation”. Over 400 students from three schools across the country were selected to participate in the Rally, where they took part in several activities to show the above mentioned values: a timed running race, a sports … Continue reading →

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Queen Máxima Attends SME Envoy Network MeetingPosted: 01 Apr 2016

As member of the Dutch National Committee for Entrepreneurship and Finance, Her Majesty Queen Máxima was present today, Friday April 1st, at the meeting of the European “Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME)” Envoy Network at the European Building in Amsterdam. The meeting was chaired by Elżbieta Bieńkowska, SME Envoy of the EU and European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs and there were present representatives of European business … Continue reading →

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Princess Sofia Visits Sophiahemmet For Last Engagement Before BirthPosted: 01 Apr 2016

On March 31, Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland visited the surgical wards of the Sophiahemmet in Stockholm. This was the last engagement Princess Sofia will attend before the birth of her first child, which is due sometime this month. She began her visit listening to a review of the hospital’s structure and a talk on how to work as a member of staff at the hospital. The presentations were hosted by … Continue reading →

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Duchess of Cadaval: “We Want More Children”Posted: 01 Apr 2016

Prince Charles-Philippe d’Orleans, Duke of Anjou, his with Duchess Diane de Cadaval and their daughter Princess Isabelle featured last weeks Hola! magazine. The family posed at their home in Estoril, near Lisbon. The Duchess told the magazine that she and her husband would love to have more children She also added that her daughter Isabelle would especially love to have a brother. The Duke told the magazine that although his … Continue reading →

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Flashback Friday: A Young Prince Charles On Archaeological DigPosted: 01 Apr 2016

Back in 1968, Prince Charles was a student at Trinity College, Cambridge undertaking a course in archaeology and physical and social anthropology. As part of his studies, the 19-year-old Prince went to France and Jersey on archaeological digs in March and April that year. In the below photo, dated April 1, 1968, he is seen taking part in an excavation at a Palaeolithic site in La Cotte de St Brelade, Jersey.

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Willem-Alexander Ends Secret VisitsPosted: 01 Apr 2016 12:50 AM PDT

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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Prince Charles Talks Gardening and Grandchildren with BBC Radio 4Posted: 31 Mar 2016

The Prince of Wales has given an interview to ‘Gardeners’ Question Time’ on BBC Radio 4 that aired this afternoon, in which he spoke of his love of gardening and his hope to pass on the hobby to his grandson, Prince George. “I’ve got him [Prince George] planting a tree or two here [Highgrove]. Because that’s the way, I think, when you’re very small.  And then you see, each time they come you say … Continue reading →

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Back to Work: Crown Princess Victoria Attends UN LecturePosted: 31 Mar 2016

Just four weeks after giving birth to her second child, Prince Oscar, Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria was back at work last night as she attended the Dag Hammarskjold Lecture given by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the Stockholm City Hall. Här gör Victoria comeback! Bara några veckor efter födseln av prins Oscar var kronprinsessan nu i kväll tillbaka i offentligheten. Tillsammans med statsminister Stefan Löfven tog hon emot FN:s generalsekreterare Ban Ki-Moon … Continue reading →

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Death of Dowager Duchess Ameli of OldenburgPosted: 30 Mar 2016

Her Royal Highness Duchess Ameli of Oldenburg, née Princess zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg, passed away at Eutin on 26 March 2016, aged 93. She was born on 4 March 1923 as the eldest child of Fürst Udo zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg and of his wife, née Countess Margarete zu Castell-Castell. She married in 1951 Duke Anton Günther of Oldenburg, Head of the Grand Ducal Family from 1970 to 2014. The couple married in a … Continue reading →

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King Mohammed VI Leaves Amsterdam In StylePosted: 30 Mar 2016

King Mohammed VI of Morocco finished his tour of Europe today. According to local television station AT5 the king left in style: forty taxis were needed to transport the king and his entourage of 400 people to Schiphol Airport. The king left the Waldorf Astoria hotel near the Leidse Square at 15:45 amidst chaotic scenes usually reserved for pop stars (see clip below). Like in the previous days, many Dutch … Continue reading →

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Fifteen Years Ago: Engagement of Willem-Alexander and MáximaPosted: 30 Mar 2016

On 30 March 2001 the engagement of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Máxima Zorreguieta was announced at 18:00 during a live broadcast for television and radio. A happy Queen Beatrix announced the good news with the words: ‘it is for my husband and I a great joy to announce the engagement of our son Willem-Alexander to Máxima Zorreguieta’. The Queen added that she had gotten to know Máxima as an intelligent … Continue reading →

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A Concert at the Imperial Palace!Posted: 30 Mar 2016

Members of the Imperial Family of Japan were out in force today to attend an annual Spring-time concert in the Music Hall of the Imperial Palace to watch graduates from five music colleges play.  Her Majesty Empress Michiko was joined by Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, together with Their Imperial Highnesses, Prince Akishino, Princess Kiko and their two eldest children, Princesses Mako and Kako. Other … Continue reading →

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“My Name Is On A Black List, Between Terrorists and Dictators”Posted: 30 Mar 2016

Delphine Boël continues her search for recognition by her father King Albert II. Boël gave an interview to the Flemish magazine Humo where she explains how her ‘life became a hell’. She also claims that the name of her and her family is on an international black list, between those of terrorists and dictators. She names an example: to her surprise she received a notification from her British bank that … Continue reading →

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Miller Cousins Pose for Vanity FairPosted: 30 Mar 2016

Vanity Fair dedicated an article to the three daughters of the ‘Miller sisters’: Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece, Isabel Getty and Princess Talita von Fürstenberg, daughters of Chantal, Pia and Alexandra Getty respectively. The magazine claims that the Miller cousins are ‘the ultimate society darlings for the social-media age’. The cousins posed for two photos: one in a bathtub and one creating the a wellknown photo that was made of their … Continue reading →

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New Poll: Outfit of the Week, March 21-27

Posted: 28 Mar 2016

This week’s best fashion poll is up. Please cast your votes and discuss your choice. To cast your vote, click here or on the below image of a few outfits in this week’s poll. Voting closes on April 2.

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‘Our Queen At Ninety’ Airs on ITV

Posted: 28 Mar 2016

Last night, the documentary produced to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s ninetieth birthday – Our Queen At Ninety – was aired on ITV, featuring a number of the Queen’s family members offering their thoughts on various aspects of the Queen’s life and reign. Included in the documentary – currently available for viewing on YouTube – were the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Duke … Continue reading →

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Marie-Chantal & Co Enjoy Easter Weekend in the BahamasPosted: 28 Mar 2016

Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece and her family are currently spending the Easter break on Harbour Island in the Bahamas, with the children’s clothing designer posting a number of photos on her Instagram of the children enjoying the fabulous Bahamian weather. Beautiful day … All together . "

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