The world's oldest living royal

The world’s oldest living royal is relatively unknown to most: Princess Yuriko of Japan. She wasn’t born royal but rather to an aristocratic father who was part of the Takagi clan. However, she did have royal relations as her mother was a second cousin of Emperor Showa (her great-aunt was the great-great-grandmother of the Emperor). Her ancestor, Lady Yanagiwara Naruko, was Emperor…
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Princess Rajwa unveils new tiara at royal wedding

Princess Rajwa has unveiled a new tiara for her wedding to Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan. The diamond tiara features an Arabic scroll, similar to the tiara of her mother-in-law, Queen Rania. The delicate tiara is set on a silver base with the diamonds in Arabic swirling together to a point at the centre. The words in Arabic are “Rajwa min Allah,” which translates to…
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In the beginning: The Bernadotte dynasty

The Bernadottes first began ruling over the Kingdom of Sweden in 1818 with King Karl XIV Johan (also called King Charles XIV John), who was also the King of Norway during this time. He was born on 26 January 1763 in France as Jean Bernadotte. It was in 1810 that he was…

The monarch's role in Sweden

Sweden has a constitutional monarchy under a parliamentary system – similar to that in other kingdoms in Europe. The current monarch is King Carl XVI Gustaf, who has been on the throne since 1973; his heir apparent is Crown Princess Victoria. The monarch in Sweden does not hold the same powers as many counterparts, and his official role is limited. For example, he does not nominate or…
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May jewels - Sweden's rare royal emeralds

Sweden’s emerald collection may be few, but they make up for it in their beauty. From older pieces to the newest tiara, we take a look at Sweden’s rare emeralds. There are a large emerald necklace and two brooches that are seen on the Swedish royal ladies that…

The ultimate royal fairy tale wedding - when Grace married Rainier

The royal wedding of Prince Rainier III of Monaco to American actress, Grace Kelly was dubbed the “Wedding of the Century” and took place on the 18th and19th of April 1956. As one of the most respected and highly paid actresses in Hollywood, Grace was asked to join the United States Delegation Committee at the Cannes Film Festival in France in April of 1955. While there, she…
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