Features

The Royal 2010s: the Ruby King

The celebrations for the 40th anniversary of King Carl XVI Gustaf’s accession to the Swedish throne took place in September 2013 with royals from all over the globe flying in for the festivities and members of the Swedish government, Riksdag, and City of Stockholm taking part. Specifically, it was celebrated on the weekend of 13-15 September and on 19 September. The 15th of September…
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Sweden

Swedish Crown Princess Family visits police to wish them a happy Christmas

The Swedish Crown Princess Family visited the Norrmalm police station in Stockholm on Christmas Eve to wish the policemen and women a happy Christmas. Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel thanked the police officers, who would be working on Christmas Eve, for their work and service on behalf of the Royal Family for their work on Christmas and all days of the year. Sara Friberg, The…
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Luxembourg

Video: Grand Duke Henri talks of grief, change, commemorations and joy in Christmas Eve address

Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg was the second monarch to give a Christmas address today. He touched on the grief Luxembourg suffered due to the death of his beloved father, the late Grand Duke Jean as well as the loss of two soldiers who died at an ammunition depot in Waldhof from the explosion of a World War Two bomb. On the loss of his father, the Grand Duke said, “Grief is also an…
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Sweden

Who is Queen Silvia of Sweden?

Silvia Renate Sommerlath was born on 23 December 1943 in Heidelberg, Germany, to Walther and Alice Sommerlath. Silvia is half German, through her father, and half Brazilian, through her mother. Silvia grew up with older three brothers (Ralph, Walther, and Jörg), and from…
Japan

Emperor Emeritus Akihito celebrates first birthday since abdication

Emperor Emeritus Akihito has celebrated his first birthday since abdicating the throne in favour of his elder son, Naruhito, earlier this year. Akihito turned 86 today, and for the first time in decades, the day is not a national holiday. While he was on the throne, his birthday was observed in Japan as a national holiday, but now that he has stepped down, Japan will observe his son, Emperor…
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