The Netherlands

Queen Máxima opens exhibition on colourful predecessor

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands opened an exhibition on a colourful predecessor of hers this morning at the Loo Palace in Apeldoorn. The exhibition about Anna Pavlovna of Russia, wife of King William II of the Netherlands will open its doors to the public tomorrow but was officially opened this morning by Her Majesty, who arrived promptly at 11am with all due fanfare and plenty of fans waiting to…
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The Netherlands

Princess Beatrix undergoes knee surgery

Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands had knee surgery yesterday in the Franciscus/Vlietland Hospital in Schiedam. During the surgery a prosthesis was inserted in the right knee. The surgeons were doctor M.J.M Driessen en doctor S. Breugem. Doctor Driessen…
Norway

King of Norway's diversity speech goes viral

A passionate five-minute address given by King Harald V of Norway to 1,500 guests during a royal garden party in the park of the Royal Palace in Oslo has gone viral. A spokeswoman from the palace, Marianna Hagen, said the palace received a huge number of requests for an official English translation of the speech. The original video received almost 80,000 likes and has been viewed over 3 million…
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Norway

Princess Märtha Louise of Norway speaks about divorce

Princess Märtha Louise of Norway has spoken publicly for the first time since announcing her divorce from her husband of fourteen years, Ari Behn, on the website of Soulspring, which she co-founded with business partner Elisabeth Norden. She said: “I have the…
European RoyalsSpain

Queen Sofia of Spain attends the canonisation ceremony for Mother Teresa

Queen Sofia of Spain attended the canonisation ceremony of Mother Teresa this morning in St. Peter’s Square, representing Spain on behalf of her son. The ceremony completes the process of canonisation, which was begun in 1999 by His Holiness Pope John Paul II, who granted permission to begin this process without waiting five years after Mother Teresa’s death. The first stage, the…
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FeaturesHistory

Monarchy Rules: Louis VIII - The French Prince who invaded England

The future Louis VIII of France was born on 5 September 1187 as the son of Philip II of France and Isabella of Hainault. Isabella died in 1190 after giving birth to short lived twin boys and Louis inherited the Country of Artois through her. On 23 May 1200 Louis was married to Blanche of Castile, a daughter of King Alfonso VIII of Castile and Eleanor of England (sister to King Richard I and King…
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