Jewels for July: Sweden’s rubies

Surprisingly, Sweden has few rubies in its very vast arsenal of royal jewels. They have a beautiful ruby tiara that Queen Silvia has stunned in and a diamond and ruby brooch worn by several women in the Royal Family. The King Edward VII Ruby Tiara This tiara arrived in Sweden in 1905 when Princess Margaret of Connaught married the future King Gustaf VI Adolf; she was given the tiara as a…
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Empress Masako concludes 2020 silk farming

Empress Masako of Japan has concluded this year’s silk farming. The Empress took part in the tradition for the first time this year – since becoming Empress of Japan last year when her husband, Emperor Naruhito succeeded his father, Akihito, who abdicated in his favour. Silk farming has been a tradition passed down since the late 19th century in Japan, and Empress Masako was happy…
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Lady Jane Grey - The Nine Days Queen

Lady Jane Grey, or Lady Jane Dudley, was proclaimed Queen on this day in 1553. She has been commonly referred to as The Nine Days Queen. She was the great-granddaughter of Henry VII through his daughter Mary, Queen of France. From 10 July to the 19 July, she was the de facto…

Queen Rania and Princess Iman visit Umm Qais

As the world slowly reopens after the COVID-19 outbreak, the royals are getting back to undertaking more public duties. On Monday, Queen Rania and her daughter, Princess Iman visited Umm Qais in the Irbid Governorate to learn about their sustainable tourism efforts. The Queen drove herself and her daughter to the village which sits north of Jordan’s capital of Amman. On her Instagram…
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The Netherlands

Dutch King and Queen host lunch for distinguished citizens

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima held a lunch on Tuesday at Noordeinde Palace for distinguished Dutch citizens to honour them for their success. The King and Queen welcomed 16 people to the palace for lunch. The art, culture, media, science, sports and business sectors were represented at the meal the royal couple traditionally hosts twice a year. Each person invited had received some…
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