International royalsThailand

Thailand’s new Queen is revealed

King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand will be crowned with his fourth wife officially named as Queen. A royal command was issued declaring General Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhya to be Queen of Thailand from 1 May 2019. King Maha Vajiralongkorn married General Suthida Vajiralongkorn “legally and in accordance with Royal tradition.” On 4 May, a three-day ceremony will begin to crown…
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International royalsJapan

Knives found at Prince Hisahito's school desk days before abdication

The police in Japan have launched an investigation after two knives were found by the school desk of Prince Hisahito – Emperor Akihito’s 12-year-old grandson. The pink-painted knives were discovered last Friday in a classroom at the junior high school the Prince attends which is affiliated with Ochanomizu University in Tokyo. All school desks have a piece of tape with the name of the…
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European RoyalsThe Netherlands

Looking back at the Queen's Day attack of 2009

Though Queen’s Day is now celebrated as King’s Day in the Netherlands, the 2009 celebrations in Apeldoorn will forever be marked by tragedy. De Naald by Brbbl – CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons Ten years ago – on 30 April 2009 – Karst Tates drove his black Suzuki Swift through a crowd of people who had lined the streets to watch the Dutch Royal Family go by in a…
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HistoryThe Netherlands

A short history of King's Day

As the Netherlands prepares to celebrate its sixth King’s Day, Royal Central takes a look at the tradition of celebrating the monarch’s birthday that began as Princess’s Day. In the 19th century, King William III of the Netherlands faced quite a bit of…
European RoyalsLuxembourg

Who was Joséphine Charlotte of Belgium - Grand Duchess of Luxembourg - the wife of Grand Duke Jean?

Joséphine Charlotte of Belgium was born in the Royal Palace in Brussels on 11 October 1927 as the daughter of King Leopold III of the Belgians and his first wife, Astrid of Sweden. Her godmother was her future mother-in-law, Charlotte, the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg. Her godfather was her uncle, Prince Charles, Count of Flanders. Embed from Getty Images She spent her childhood at Stuyvenberg…
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