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Prince Philip turns 92 – a look back at a royal birth

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was born on June 10, 1921. He was the youngest child and only son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and of Princess Alice of Battenberg Prince Andrew was a son of King George I of Greece, while Princess Alice was a daughter of Louis II, Grand Duke of Hesse-Darmstadt and Princess Alice, second daughter and third child of Queen Victoria of England.
The life of Prince Philip, who turns 92, was so full of hardships and tragedies. Born to a family, that, by royal standards, was on the brink of poverty, Prince Philip endured a homeless existence until he married Princess Elizabeth, who later on ascended the British throne as Elizabeth II. His life was so full of struggle, of an aimless search for a true home, and the determination to remain steadfast despite the changes of time and his uneasy relationship with the press, who always criticized, it not mocked him, for his straight-forward attitude and acerbic frankness.
One housekeeper once remarked t…

Duchess of Cambridge steals the show at the Trooping the Colour

The Duchess of Cambridge was glowing as ever at this year’s Trooping the Colour. This was her last public appearance before she delivers her baby due soon. The Duchess proudly watched her gorgeous husband, Prince William, as he joined the traditional Trooping the Colour ceremony, held in celebration of the Queen’s official birthday.

The Duke of Cambridge, who is a Colonel of the Irish Guards, rode the horse as he paraded with other officers.
Prince Charles and Princess Anne also joined in the ceremony. The Prince of Wales is Colonel of the Welsh Guards while the Princess Royal is Colonel of the Blues and Royals.
The absence of the Duke of Edinburgh was well-noted. Himself, a fixture in the annual ceremony, he is still recovering at the hospital.
Going back to the Duchess of Cambridge, she really looks elegant in her light-pink Alexander McQueen coat, accentuated with pearl buttons and complemented with matching hat. She shared a carriage ride with the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince…

Queen Sofia attends Fundación Mutua Madrileña foundation day

June 12 - Queen Sofia presided over the ceremony and presented awards to individuals and entities for research and social action in celebration of the Fundación Mutua Madrileña foundation day.
The Mutua Madrileña Foundation was established in 2003, with the main aim of supporting medical research in Spain. Since then, the organization has worked with more than 1,000 medical research projects across Spain. In 2009, it expanded its areas of activity to health (focusing, along with research, prevention), culture, social action and road safety. It has also struggled against major diseases, helped fifty NGOs in carrying out their social action projects, has provided scholarships to hundreds of young people to further their studies abroad,  and has promoted corporate volunteering to help the underprivileged and has approached the arts and music to thousands of children and adults.

Crown Prince Felipe and Crown Prince Naruhito Visit the Canal de Isabel II

Don Felipe and Prince Naruhito visited the Canal de Isabel II, which controls the water cycle in Madrid.
During his visit, the Prince of Asturias and Crown Prince of Japan toured the Main Control Center and activated carbon filters in the treatment plant, together with the President of the Community of Madrid, Ignacio Gonzalez, Secretary of State for the Environment, Federico Ramos de Armas, the mayor of Majadahonda Foxá Narcissus, the Minister of Presidency and Government spokesmen of the Community of Madrid and president of Canal de Isabel II Management, Salvador Victoria, the general Director of Canal de Isabel II Management, Adrian Martin, and deputy director of Water Quality, Alfonso King, among others.
Currently, Canal de Isabel II operates 14 reservoirs, 81 groundwater catchments, 374 tanks, 18 pump stations, 13 water treatment plants drinking, over 16,000 kilometers of network adduction and a distribution network of 7,000 kilometers of sewer, 150 wastewater treatment plants, …

The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland

June 11 – According to the Prince of Wales’ official website, the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay met with Dennis the Menace during their visit for the official opening of DC Thomson Printing Plant in Dundee.
Their Royal Highnesses have been immortalized as cartoons in the popular comic, which hits the shelves tomorrow.
Beano Editor Craig Graham said The Duke and Duchess were thrilled to be featured in the long-running comic.
The Duke and Duchess are not the first Royals to have been featured in the Beano. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have already made cameo appearances in the publication. The new edition, billed as a "top secret guest issue", urges readers to turn the pages to find out who the special visitors to Beanotown are.
Their Royal Highnesses viewed an exhibition of the 100-year history of the publisher behind such titles as The Press and Journal, The Courier and The Sunday Post, and some of the most popular children's publications of all time, such as Bunty,…

The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay visit Robert Noble's March Street Mill

June 12 - The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall received a warm welcome as they visited a textile mill in the Scottish Borders, reports the Prince of Wales’ official website.
Hundreds of cheering schoolchildren greeted Their Royal Highnesses as they arrived at Robert Noble's March Street Mill in Peebles. Their Royal Highnesses, who are known as The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay while in Scotland, stopped to chat with pupils and locals who lined the street outside the mill.
Once inside, they met staff of Replin Fabrics, who design and produce cloth for use in trains and planes, and watched a demonstration of a new stain- resistant fabric. They also toured the offices where designers and spinners for Robert Noble work and viewed samples of materials produced there.
The Duke, who is Patron of the Campaign for Wool, had a closer look at the Royal regimental tartan being produced and spoke to staff who tend the looms.
Their Royal Highnesses were shown how fabrics at the mill…

The King attends the BALTEX conference

June 11 - King Carl XVI Gustav attended the Baltex Conference. She is welcomed by Lena Häll Eriksson, Director General of the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), to the opening of the 7th Study Conference on BALTEX and the launch of the new research programme Baltic Earth, reports The Swedish Royal Family’s official website.
On Monday June 10, The King attended the 7th Study Conference on BALTEX (the Baltic Sea Experiment), which was held at the Strand Hotel in Borgholm.
The King was welcomed to the conference by Lena Häll Eriksson, Director General of the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, and Professor Anders Omstedt from the Department of Earth Sciences (Oceanography) at the University of Gothenburg.
The 7th Study Conference on BALTEX summarises 20 years of multidisciplinary research into the Baltic Sea basin, and presents perspectives for future research.

The King holds a farewell audience with Croatia's ambassador

June 11 - From the Swedish Royal Family’s website, we learned of the farewell audience held at the Royal Palace of Stockholm for Croatia's ambassador Vladimir Matek.
Just as an ambassador is received by The King on assuming his or her position in Sweden at a formal audience, a similar — albeit somewhat less formal — meeting is also held when the ambassador returns home again.

Crown Prince lays wreath on the tomb of King Alexander and Queen Draga

Crown Prince Alexander II laid a wreath on the tomb of the late King Alexander and Queen Draga Obrenovic. He was accompanied by Crown Princess Katherine.
King Alexander and Queen Draga Obrenovic were assassinated in a coup d’etat on this date 110 years ago. The last King of the Obrenovic Dynasty was buried with his wife in the Crypt of St. Mark's Church in Belgrade.
Prince Peter Karadjordjevic, the great grandfather of Crown Prince Alexander II, was appointed King of Serbia by a Constitutional Assembly of the Serbian Parliament and Senate two weeks later. He was crowned King of Serbia September 21, 1904 in St. Michael's Cathedral Church in Belgrade. The reign of King Peter I the Liberator was a period of great prosperity and stability for Serbia.

Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia launches Office for Reduction of Poverty

June 11 - Crown Princess Katherine officially opened the Office for reduction of poverty in Pecinci. Also present were Sava Cojcic, President of Pecinci Municipality, deputy President Milan Stepanovic, President of the Municipality Assembly Nikola Radosavljevic, Director of social work center Biljana Jovicic, representatives of Associations of Women on the territory of Pecinci.
After the ceremony, the princess visited Day care Center for children with disabilities in Subotiste and delivered toys to beneficiaries.

Crown Prince Alexander awards Serbia’s top 500 students

June 11 - Crown Prince Alexander II and Crown Princess Katherine hosted the traditional annual awarding ceremony for Serbia’s 500 best scholars from all the secondary schools in Serbia. 
The event was held at the White Palace.
In his speech, Crown Prince Alexander thanked Eurobank for their support to this event. He also welcomed students, their parents and professors.
The royal couple also expressed their sincere gratitude to all volunteers who participated in organization of this event, as well as the sponsors who made the dreams of the students come true.

King Willem-Alexander visits Motorcycle Support Netherlands in Goirle

June 11 - King Willem-Alexander visited the Motorcycle Support in Goirle Netherlands. Motorcycle Support Netherlands is one of the beneficiaries of the Orange Fund Growth Program.
Motorcycle Support Netherlands assists impaired and disabled individuals, helping them land a decent and suitable job. The organization’s programs include day care centers, job training, coaching and personal skills development. Motorcycle Support also offers jobs by employing individuals in its engine and car workshop, or through internships and placement with companies in the region.
The King spoke during the visit with regards to the functions, contributions and the future of Motorcycle Support. He also visited the workshop and spoke with young people about their experiences with this initiative.

Crown Prince Felipe and Crown Prince Naruhito at the opening ceremony Dual Year of Spain-Japan

June 11 - Crown Prince Felipe of Spain and Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan co-chaired the very first activity of the Spain-Japan Dual Year.
During his speech at the opening ceremony of the meeting of the bilateral meeting for Spanish-Japanese business cooperation, Don Felipe has highlighted the cooperation between Spanish and Japanese economies Don Felipe also stressed that "the presence of Japanese industrial is also important for the pulse of the economy of our country. With more than 3,000 million euros direct investment in Spain, Japan ranks as the 12th biggest foreign investor in our country. Approximately 150 Japanese companies bring nearly 3,000 jobs to our country, thus contributing very relevant to the enhancement of skills and dynamism of our business." He also noted that the momentum of the business cooperation between the two countries will significantly contribute to the increase in economic and trade flows.

Prince Felipe and Prince Naruhito attends concert in celebration of Spain and Japan’s 400-year tie

June 11 - Felipe, Prince of the Asturias and Crown Prine Naruhito of Japan attended the concert in celebration of Japan and Spain’s 400-year tie at the Royal Theatre in Madrid. Prince Felipe was accompanied by Princess Letezia.
The concert was also attended by Senate President Pio Garcia Escudero, the chairman of the Constitutional Court, Pascual Sala, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, José Manuel García-Margallo, Ambassador of Spain in Japan, Miguel Angel Navarro, and Ambassador Eduardo Aznar.
This concert highlighted the official anthem of Spain and Japan’s bilateral ties, which was composed by Japanese pianist Mine Kawakami. The concert also featured celebrated Spanish and Japanese perfomers, including flamenco singer and dancer Miguel Poveda and the popular Barbieri Shoji Kojima Symphony Orchestra.

Crown Princes Felipe and Naruhito attend photo exhibit

June 11 - Crown Prince Felipe of Spain and Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan rain were guests of honor at the launching of a photo expo highlighting the post-tsunami reconstruction of Japan after the tsunami of 2011. Present at the inauguration were the Ana Botella, Mayor of Madrid, Gonzalo de Benito, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and Pedro Corral , Madrid’s Deputy for Government Department of Arts, Sports and Tourism.

King Juan Carlos hosts luncheon in honor of Crown Prince Naruhito Japan

June 11 - King Juan Carlos of Spain hosted a lunched in honor of Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan. The heir to Japan’s Chrysanthemum throne is on a six-day tour in Spain to commemorate Japan and Spain’s 400-year tie, which commenced June 10 and ends on June 15.
With King Juan Carlos were Queen Sofia, the Prince and Princess of Asturias, and Infanta Elena at the Zarzuela Palace.
The Japanese crown prince is set to preside over the inauguration of the "Year of Spain in Japan,” and a full program of activities is expected to keep the visiting royal busy.
The Prince of Asturias and the Crown Prince of Japan hold the honorary presidency of the "Year of Spain in Japan" and "Year Dual Spain-Japan", respectively.

Court Circular 10 June 2013

BUCKINGHAM PALACE: Today is the Ninety Second Anniversary of the Birthday of The Duke of Edinburgh.

CLARENCE HOUSE: The Duchess of Rothesay was officially installed this morning as Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen at King's College, Regents Walk, Aberdeen, and subsequently, having been presented with an Honorary Degree, presented Honorary Degrees, and was received by Mrs. Alison Skene (Deputy Lieutenant of the City of Aberdeen).

BUCKINGHAM PALACE: The Duke of York, Patron, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, this morning opened the University College London Institute of Immunity and Transplantation, Pond Street, London NW3.

His Royal Highness, Patron, Fly Navy Heritage Trust, this afternoon held a Lunch at Buckingham Palace.
The Duke of York later opened the Seventy Fifth European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers Conference at ExCel London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16.

Court Circular 9 June 2013

BUCKINGHAM PALACE: The Earl and Countess of Wessex this afternoon arrived at Heathrow Airport, London, from Sweden.

The Earl of Wessex, Trustee, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award International Foundation, and The Countess of Wessex this evening held a Reception for the World Fellowship.

Princess Madeleine marries Chris O’Neill: Royal guests witness the event

Princess Madeleine of Sweden and American banker Chris O’Neill sealed their exchange of “I do’s” with a kiss in front of royal guests, government officials, dignitaries, and high-profile New Yorkers who converged at Drotningholm Palace’s Royal Chapel to witness the event.
Princess Madeleine, 30, is the younger daughter and third child of King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia. Meanwhile, Chris O’Neill, 38, is a Manhattan banker.
The Washington Post reports that the wedding attracted “about 500 European royals and wealthy jet-setters.” Indeed, what more could crown such a regal event than have high-society’s crème de la crème rub elbows with one another? It’s the best time for “blue-blooded Europe [to] mingle with Manhattan's elite and a sprinkling of pop aristocracy,” Mail Online reports.

The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II – Part 3: A Queen is Crowned

The Queen Mother, together with Princess Margaret, rode to the Abbey in a glass coach and took her place in the front row of the Royal Gallery. She was only the second Queen in British history to watch the coronation of a succeeding sovereign. Her Majesty looked very elegant, “glittering from top to toe, diamonds everywhere… the Queen Mother playing second lead as beautifully as she had played first.”
The Peers and other senior members of the State shouted out: “God save Queen Elizabeth.” Trumpets sounded a fanfare.
In her Oath, Elizabeth swore to “Govern the people of the United Kingdom and of her territories abroad, to uphold law and justice tempered with mercy, and to maintain the established Protestant Church.” With her hand on the Bible she went on: “The things which I have here before promised I will perform and keep. So help me God.”
By this time the heat of the television lights was such that some of her maids of honor were beginning to use smelling salts, concealed in their w…

The Wedding of Princess Madeleine and Christopher O’Neill

Sweden buzzed in excitement during the wedding of Princess Madeleine and Mr. Christopher O’Neill at the Royal Chapel of the Royal Palace in Stockholm, 4 pm of June 8, 2013. A day before, a private dinner was hosted by King Carl XVI and Queen Sonja for invited guests at the Grand Hotel.
The wedding was officiated by the Chief Court Chaplain of the Royal Court and Bishop Emeritus Lars-Göran Lönnermark and Vicar of the Royal Court, Court Chaplain Michael Bjerkhagen.
The bride and groom proceeded outside the South Gate, where well-wishing onlookers had the chance to catch a glimpse of the couple.

Court Circular June 6 2013

BUCKINGHAM PALACE: Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton was received by The Queen today upon relinquishing his appointment as Chief of the Air Staff.
Air Chief Marshal the Lord Stirrup was received by The Queen when Her Majesty invested him with the Insignia of a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.
The Queen was graciously pleased to invest The Duke of Edinburgh with the Insignia of a Member of the Order of New Zealand.
The New Zealand High Commissioner (Dr. the Rt. Hon Sir Lockwood Smith) was present.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh gave an Afternoon Party in the garden of Buckingham Palace.

Queen's speech to open BBC's new broadcasting house

June 7 – Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the new BBC Broadcasting House in London, making a short but profound speech live on air to mark her visit to open the Corporation's new multimedia broadcasting center.

Here is Queen's speech: “It is a great pleasure to visit the BBC today, and to see it in its new home.
I remember first coming to Broadcasting House with my father, The King, and my mother and sister shortly before the war.
I came again with The Duke of Edinburgh just before the Coronation in 1953.
I was struck then, as I am now, by the sheer pace of change which has transformed your industry over the past 60 years – years during which broadcasting has enriched our lives in so many ways.

Update on The Duke of Edinburgh's health

Here's the official statement from Buckingham Palace with regards to the Duke of Edinburgh's surgery and hospital stay:
"His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has had an exploratory operation following abdominal investigations.
The results will now be analysed.
At this early stage he is progressing satisfactorily.
Further updates will continue to be issued when appropriate."

Prince Philip to undergo surgery

June 6, London – Prince Philip has been rushed to the hospital last night to undergo an operation due to recurring bouts with abdominal pain. The duke, who will celebrate his 92nd birthday this month, has undergone a series of tests last week, which prompted him to undergo exploratory surgery under general anaesthetic, reports Mail Online.
But ever the steadfast soldier, the frail royal consort even managed to appear on seven high profile public engagements this week, including a visit at a naval station, two dinners and the church service commemorating Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th coronation anniversary. He was even seen rubbing elbows and throwing jokes with some 8,000 guests at yesterday’s Buckingham Palace garden party. But by 5:30, quietly disappeared from the crowd and proceeded to the London Clinic, a private hospital on Harley Street. He is scheduled to have the surgery today and will most likely recuperate at the hospital for two weeks.

Queen and Prince Philip to skip odd engagements

June 5 - Old age is already taking its toll on the health of the once-robust Queen and her once-gamely consort, Prince Philip. Queen Elizabeth II’s oldest grandchild, Peter Phillips revealed that the royal couple might decide to skip any “odd engagement” due to their advancing age. In an interview with ITVs Daybreak, 36-year-old Phillip revealed that Prince Philip is feeling “under the weather,” following the long list of engagements recently.
Phillips also said: “Yes, but you also have got to remember his age, both of their ages, you know... what they do at their age - they do a lot more than most other pensioners of their equivalent age so... if occasionally there is the odd engagement cancelled, it shouldn't come as such a surprise, given the workload that they do have.”

Belgian royals to start paying taxes: What a great gift to birthday boy King Albert

Wednesday, June 5 – Happy birthday, King Albert! And his subjects in the government just gave him the best birthday gift ever—taxing his family member.
Finally, Belgium’s royals will have to pay taxes. Since the kingdom was granted independence in 1830, not a single member of the royal family has contributed a cent to the state coffers. Now, that is going to change.  
The coalition government has already approved the reform. reports His Majesty, however, receives an annual tax-free allowance of 11.5 million euros ($15 million). This exemption has been possible because the constitution any rules for the reigning royal to be altered.
However, the other members of the king’s family will be hard-hit by this household reforms, including his children and his sister-in-law, Queen Fabiola.
Crown Prince Philippe, who receives receives around 923,000 euros a year, will have to adjust to a reduced circumstances. Under the new law, he will only receive a gross salary of 180,000 eur…

The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II – Part 2 : An Outpour of Support

The morning of June 3, 1953, Buckingham Palace was so full of ructions because Prince Charles, four years old, was allowed to attend the ceremony. However, her younger sister, Princess Anne, only two, was told to stay at home. Queen Elizabeth II, who was to be crowned on that day, insisted despite the tantrums, that princess Anne was too young to go. She can’t handle the strain of the four-hour service. In fact, even Prince Charles, all garbed in his satin suit, found it too much for him. Together with his grandmother, QueenElizabeth the Queen Mother, he watched his mother get the crown on her head, but as the ceremony progressed, he eventually grew impatient. He and the Queen Mother left the ceremony before it ended. The weeks preceding the coronation filled London will festivity and celebrations. The gripping was such that the Evening Standard published a special supplement detailing about the outpouring of people arriving in the capital, giving them some practical tips on how to g…

The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II – Part 1 : All This and Everest, Too

Elizabeth II was crowned in Westminster Abbey on a rainy June 2, 1953. The country was just moving forward from the devastation of World War II and Her Majesty’s coronation was a sign of that recovery, being able to demonstrate for the last time her mighty imperial vigor that was steadily on its decline.
More than 10 thousand servicemen – a quarter of them “soldiers of the Queen” from the Commonwealth – marched in the coronation procession. Two thousand bandsmen, which comprised nearly fifty bands, provided music at the background. Sovereigns and rulers around the world arrived in London to honor her small figure, who now heads the greatest nations in history. More than a hundred thousand of her loyal subjects lined the streets of London, despite the dampened weather. The length of her coronation was such that it took almost an hour to pass any one spot.
The ceremony was organized under the watchful and meticulous eyes of the Bernard MarmadukeFitzalan-Howard, 16th Duke of Norfolk, P…
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