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The Royal 2010s: a decade of abdications

The old decade is making its final bows and in days, the 2010s will be part of history. For Europe’s ruling houses, it’s been a momentous ten years and among the most striking and significant moments of that decade have been the abdications that swept in a new, younger set of monarchs. From the expected change of ruler in the Netherlands to the surprises in Belgium and Spain, the…
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The Queen

The Queen in royal blue for this year's Christmas broadcast

Royal blue is the royal pick for this year’s Christmas broadcast. The Queen has chosen a dress first worn in 2013 for her annual speech to the Commonwealth. Her Majesty filmed the speech at Windsor Castle where she is seen in deep blue cashmere, designed by her dresser, Angela Kelly. It’s the third time in ten years that she’s picked blue for her Christmas broadcast, last…
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The Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Philip spends third night in hospital

The Duke of Edinburgh remains in King Edward VII Hospital in central London as Christmas week begins. Prince Philip, who is 98, is being treated there for what Buckingham Palace describes as a ”pre-existing” condition. The Prince travelled from Sandringham to London for treatment on Friday morning. As he arrived, a statement was issued saying the measure was precautionary. Later…
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Belgian Royals send Christmas greetings with new family photo

The Belgian Royal Family has released their Christmas photo for 2019. The image, shared on their official social media, shows King Philippe and Queen Mathilde alongside their four children. Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant stands alongside her two brothers, Prince Gabriel and Prince Emmanuel, and her sister, Princess Eleonore, surrounding their father. The photo was taken by Bas Bogaerts.
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