BelgiumEuropean RoyalsThe Netherlands

King Philippe brings a piece of Belgium for King Willem-Alexander

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians have brought a little something special for the state visit to the Netherlands; a piece of land. During the start of the state visit to the Netherlands, both countries will sign a border correction treaty concerning the province of Limburg in the south of the Netherlands. The Belgian peninsulas Presqu’île de L’llal and Presqu’île…
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Spain

‘Sniper’ who simulated assassination of Spain’s king faces jail

A would-be sniper, who targeted King Felipe VI of Spain and dozens of other public figures as part of a plan to embarrass Spain’s security forces, could be facing a nine-year jail term. Santiago Sánchez Ramírez was obsessed with the weaknesses in the security for high-profile public figures. He claims to have carried out 300 “fake assassinations” in recent years, with members of the…
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The Netherlands

Princess Irene deeply hurt by new biography on Queen Juliana

Princess Irene, sister of former Queen Beatrix and aunt to current King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, is “deeply hurt” by the content of the new biography on her mother, Queen Juliana, which was accompanied by a TV documentary. She spoke on NPO Radio 2, “I find it to be a shocking book. It really hurt me”. The new Dutch-language biography of Queen Juliana (Juliana…
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International royals

Sheikh Khalifa, former Emir of Qatar, dies aged 84

The former Emir of Qatar and grandfather of the current Emir of Qatar died last Sunday at the age of 84, according to an official statement from the palace. “His highness father Emir Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani passed away on the evening of Sunday October 23, 2016, at the age of 84 years,” read the official statement. Public mourning has been ordered across the country for three…
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