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King Philippe enjoys high approval ratings

One hundred days after taking the throne, King Philippe of Belgium seems to be up on a good start.
Marking his 100th day on the throne on Monday, 59 percent of Flemish people expressed confidence in the 53-year-old king, reports Wort.lu. That was a 10-point leap from the result of a survery commissioned right after he succeeded to the throne. The survey was conducted by VTM TV station.
Meanwhile, another survey conducted by RTL TV showed that the new king enjoyed the support of 79 percent of his subjects.

According to the sixty-four percent of the respondents, they were not bothered by Queen Mathilde's wish to be addressed with "Her Majesty," reports Expatica.

Harry breaks toe but Pole trek to continue

Prince Harry may have broken his toe after a minor accident, but his South Pole trip will go on, announced Kensington Palace. According to Express.com, the Prince is not "not thought to be in any great pain but is likely to be taking things easy while the fracture heals."

The Prince is set to join a group of injured British servicemen against the U.S. and other Commonwealth countries on a trip to the South Pole organized by the charity Walking with the Wounded.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said: "He's fractured his toe but the South Pole trip is very much on.

Prince George of Cambridge's Baptism

The baptism of Prince George of Cambridge evoked a sense that the British Monarchy is here to stay. The last time a British sovereign was photographed with three future kings was in 1894, when Queen Victoria was photographed holding her great-grandson, Prince David (future Edward VIII), together with her son, Albert, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) and her grandson, Prince George, Duke of York (later King George V). The same scene has been captured in the official portrait during christening of Prince George of Cambridge. Queen Elizabeth II posed with her heir, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, her grandson, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and her great-grandson Prince George of Cambridge. Image: Jason Bell/Camera Press




Royal News: King Alexander of Greece still very ill from monkey bite; Arthur of Connaught to succeed as king?

October 14 - A cable from Athens for the New York Times reveals that the condition of King Alexander has gone critical caused by an infection following the bite of a monkey, October 2.

Dr. Vidal, a noted French physician arrived in Athens to join the doctors who have been treating the royal patient. Dr. Vidal examined the King during the evening and afterwards revealed that the king's condition is already critical.

Meanwhile, a special cable from Paris can reveal that Prince Arthur of Connaught may be the next king of Greece in the event of King Alexander's death.

The French foreign office has learned that "pourparlers" have begun in Athens for the selection of Prince Arthur instead of Prince Sixtus of Bourbon-Parma, whom the Qual d'Orsay favors.

However, Prime Minster Eieutherios Venezelus remains the biggest hindrance as he made it known that he prefers a republican Greece with he as president. The Allies, nevertheless, are adamant of permitting neither former…

Queen Elizabeth II launches Commonwealth Games baton relay

Queen Elizabeth II has officially launched the Commonwealth Games relay with a secret message placed inside the baton. According to the Telegraph, the queen's message was written while she was on holiday at Balmoral.

The baton will tour the Commonwealth nations and will be unveiled to athletes when it arrives in Glasgow next year for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, reports MailOnline. Sir Chris Hoy brough the ceremonial object to Buckingham Palace. After tucking the message in, the queen handed the baton over as it embarks on a 120,000-journey beginning with India.

Scottish Express noted that the event was the first time that the queen and Prince Philip appeared  "on joint public duty... together for the first time since Philip’s recovery from surgery."

Whereabouts of the Swedish Royals

Crown Princess Victoria was at the UN Headquarters in New York, October 4, where she met with Sweden's US delegates and held audience with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The crown princess discussed with UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake issues on water and sanitation. She also joined participants on a high-level meeting on migration and development at the UN General Assembly before joining UN Population Fund Director Kate Gilmore for a short meeting.

Meanwhile, the crown princess' husband, Prince Daniel was invited to present 6 million kronor's worth of research grant to Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation to fund the endeavors of young researchers, October 7.


Prince Carl Philip embarked on a trip to South Korea for the Korea-Sweden Road Safety Forum, and a visit to the Swedish businesses and Hongik University in Seoul, October 7.

King Harald opens 158th Storting

King Harald V officially opened the 158th Norwegian Storting (parliament) Wednesday, emphasizing the government's plan for the coming year. The the largely ceremonial  event was filled with pomp and tradition, where attendees wearing "fancy dress and uniforms," reports NewsinEnglish.no. The opening of the Storting is one of the most anticipated events in Norway, as the highest and most powerful officials in Norway converge together--from members of the royal family, parliament and judiciary to the officers of the armed forcers and civil servants. While the king's outline of plans were specific, they might not be implemented however, since the present government is set to be replaced by the Conservatives, led by Erna Solberg.

Royal History: The Issue with the Royal Family

In 1992, the British Royal Family was stormed by one crisis after another, as such, Queen Elizabeth II aptly called that year “annus horribilis.” Suzanne Cassidy in The Arts, The Royalty Issue (1991) succinctly wrote about the issue of the Royal Family (adapted from The Americana Annual, Grolier Incorporated, c1992).

During her visit to the United States in May 1991, Queen Elizabeth II was received enthusiastically nearly everywhere she went. It must have been a relief, for trouble and dissent has been brewing at home. In Britain, loyalty to “queen and country” remained strong, but it was no longer an unquestioned loyalty and indeed it was a matter of some contention that it ever had been.

During the 1991 Gulf War, the right-of-center Sunday Times lambasted some members of the royal family for not doing enough for the war effort; this was so small slight, for the queen is officially head ot the armed services. Some of the family members, railed the newspaper, “paraded a mixture of upp…

Prince Harry to marry Cressida Bonas next year

Do we hear wedding bells for Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas? The Telegraph can reveal that Miss Bonas has eventually won over her fears of marrying into the royal family and a wedding is already "in the cards" for one of the world's most eligible bachelors.

"Cressie is going to marry Harry," a friend revealed to Telegraph.

Their wedding is "likely to take place next year." Prince Harry has made it known already that he longs to settle down. In his interview with Katie Couric in last year's ABC special "The Jubilee Queen," the prince said: "I've longed for kids since I was very, very young. I'm just waiting to find the right person." (Video: Youtube.com/Lohan Pul)

Prince Harry gives speech in Arabic at charity dinner

Fresh from his success in Australia, Prince Harry earns everyone's accolade once more as he speaks Arabic at a fundraiser in Dubai in support for Sentebale, a charity he co-founded with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho. Sentebale was established to improve the living conditions of HIV/AIDS-inflicted children in the impoverished Lesotho, a kingdom in southern Africa. (Video credit: Zoomin.TV UK)

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent: The Royal Family's Hard Working Guy

There’s no question that the Duke of Kent’s dedication to serving the crown and the country is beyond reproach. Prince Edward at a young age filled a huge role vacated by the untimely death of his father in 1942. Since then,the Duke of Kent has ceaselessly spent much of his time performing ceremonial functions, attending charitable causes and supporting various organizations on behalf of his cousin Queen Elizabeth II and the British Monarchy.

Edward George Nicholas Paul Patrick was born on October 9, 1935, at No. 3 Belgrave Square, London. He is the first child of Prince George, Duke of Kent, fourth son of King George V and the former Princess Mary of Teck, and of Princess Marina of Greece, youngest daughter and child of Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark and Grand Duchess Helen Vladimirovna of Russia. He was baptized November 20 at the Private Chapel of Buckingham Palace by the Archbishop of Canterbury Cosmo Lang.

Prince Edward attended Ludgrove in Berkshire for his preparatory e…

Buckingham Palace hosts first football match

In commemoration of the 150th year of the Football Association, Buckingham Palace opened its gates to the first official football match. The idea was the brainchild of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, who is FA's president. However, the second-in-line to the throne warned players to mind the windows, or else, "they would answer to the Queen," according to MailOnline. Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC, which are among the oldest amateur clubs in football, at Her Majesty's garden, reports Telegraph. Polytecnic FC eventually beat Civil Service FC 2-1.

Prince George's £50,000 Commemorative Coin

To mark the christening of Prince George of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have already given their nod of approval to release the first-ever royal christening coins. The commemorative coins have been produced by the Royal Mint Royal Mint in Llantrisant, South Wales, and they will be on sale starting today.
The design features the Lily Font from the Tower of London and two harp-playing cherubs, according to MailOnline.

Report from the Expressreveals that nine designs are available, ranging from the cheapest, "five pound Crown" coin "in cupro-nickel alloy" for only £13, to the to the most expensive, one kilogram gold coin to fetch £50,000.
"Twenty-two of the most expensive coins will be struck containing a kilogramme of fine gold each," reports BBC.

The Portuguese State Visit to Sweden

Portugal's President Aníbal Cavaco Silva together with his wife embarked on a three-day state visit to Sweden from October 1-3. Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel welcomed the presidential couple upon their arrived at the Stockholm Arlanda Airport. In the evening, King Carl XVI and Queen Silvia hosted a state dinner at the Royal Palace in honor of the Portuguese Presidential couple.  In his speech, the King highlighted Sweden and Portugal’s enduring ties that date back from the 17th century. "The links between Sweden and Portugal have united our countries for four centuries. In 1640 — in the middle of the Thirty Years' War — Portugal broke free from the Iberian Union and declared her independence. The very next year, in July 1641, Sweden and Portugal signed a trade and friendship treaty,” the King said.

Royal History: Prince Arthur of Connaught may be Viceroy of India

October 6, 1912 - A special cable to The New York Times from London can reveal that Prince Arthur of Connaught, who is now on his way back from Japan, where he attended Emperor Mikado's funeral, is being eyed to serve as the next viceroy of India.

As for the prince's matrimonial future, it remains unclear if he already has a bride-to-be. It has been reported that a few years ago, he had already selected a bride but King Edward objected the match because the girl was not of royal blood.

Prince Arthur's appointment is an "unprecedented" compliment to his abilities as a young man. The prince is only about to celebrate his 30th birthday on January next year.

Another rumor has it that the dukedom of Kent might be revived and offered to him.

Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Parma Marries Viktoria Cservenyak in Church Wedding

Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Parma tied the knot with Viktoria Cservenyak in a church wedding at the Church of Our Lady of Ascension in Appeldorn, reports MailOnline.

The couple was married in a civil ceremony at the townhall of the Dutch town of Wijk van Duurstede, Thursday.

Prince Jaime, born October 13, 1972, is the second and youngest son of the late Prince Carlos Hugo of Bourbon-Parma, Carlist claimant to the throne of Spain and Duke of Bourbon-Parma, and of Princess Irene of the Netherlands, younger sister of former Queen Beatrix and daughter of Queen Juliana. The prince is heir presumptive to the headship of the House of Bourbon-Parma.

Meanwhile, Viktoria, born May 25, 1982, better known as the fiction writer Victoria Delano, is the author of the book Jet Set Summer, published in 2012. She is also a former lawyer. Images: Rex/Action Press/MailOnline

Prince Harry in Sydney to review global armada

Prince Harry, in full military uniform, went to Sydney to review a global armada of warships in a day of pomp and ceremony witnessed by thousands of people, reports Associated Press. Known as Captain Wales, the prince made his first official visit to Australia representing Queen Elizabeth II to take part in the 2013 International Fleet Review, in celebration of the 100th year of the Royal Australian Navy. The prince was wearing a white tropical dress uniform of the British Army and a blue Army AirCorp beret. He reviewed the fleet together with Governor-General Quentin Bryce and Prime Minister Tony Abbott on board Australian survey ship HMAS Leeuwin.

Gambia Quits the Commonwealth

The government of Gambia has decided to severe ties with the Commonwealth, an organization of 54 countries that were formerly colonized by Great Britain. The Commonwealth is headed by the British sovereign. Gambia has been a Commonwealth member since its independence had been declared in 1965.

"The government has withdrawn its membership of the British Commonwealth and decided that the Gambia will never be a member of any neo-colonial institution and will never be a party to any institution that represents an extension of colonialism,"announced the West African nation announcement broadcast by the west African nation on state television on Wednesday, reports the Guardian.

Meanwhile, a spokesman from the British Foreign Office said that Commonwealth regrets Gambia's decision to quit, however, "decisions on Commonwealth membership are a matter for each member government."

Gambia's president Yanya Jammeh--who seized power aafter 1994 coup--has been criticized…

Princess Anne adopts orphan Annie the Welsh Cob

Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, has taken in a new lodger at her Gatcombe Park home - a rescue pony called, appropriately enough, Annie, reports Express.

According to MailOnline, the princess decided to adopt the 14-year-old horse after spotting her on an official visit to the World Horse Welfare charity in Somerset.

"With rehoming, you know much more about the animal – that must be the biggest advantage because you have got people who have worked with them and had them for long enough," Princess Anne said in a pre-recorded interview with ITV Daybreak, reports The Daily Telegraph.

"If you know what their physical limitations are, if there are any, if you know if they have any quirks, all of that is stuff that you don't normally get," she said.

"You can do a lot of awful lot good by taking a horse from rehoming, and I hope more people will at least find out what is involved because sometimes it may not be as difficult as they think."

Dutch King and Queen visit Oslo

Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima dropped by Oslo Wednesday and were welcomed by King Harald and the Royal Family together with government leaders, including parliament president and the prime minister. The royal couple's visit was part of the series of "introductory" royal tours to neighboring countries since the King's accession last April. The Royal House of Norway's official website provides us the details of the royal visit.

The Prince of Wales records a Dylan Thomas poem for National Poetry Day

The Prince of Wales, Royal Patron of The Dylan Thomas 100 Festival, has recorded one of his favourite Dylan Thomas poems, 'Fern Hill', to mark National Poetry Day.

Dylan Thomas is one of Wales's most important and revered writers, and the Dylan Thomas 100 Festival, which will begin later this year and run throughout 2014, will mark the centenary of his birth with a worldwide programme of events.

Check our the Prince of Wales' website and enjoy his rendition of "Fern Hill."
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