The Spanish royal family hosts traditional event as holidays and big changes loom

King Felipe, Queen Letizia and Queen Sofía have welcomed political authorities and representatives from across society in Palma de Mallorca to the traditional royal reception that rounds off their public appearances on the island every summer. On the evening of 3rd August, the royals stepped out of their residence in Marivent Palace to greet their more than 500 guests, which included the…
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Why do Swedish royals use a French surname? The origins of the first Bernadotte

Sweden was a monarchy long before its current ruling house arrived on the throne. However, it was the last dynasty to accede to the throne that made it famous.  Its founder was born in France, and the Kingdom of Sweden was his reward for a well-conducted campaign during the Napoleonic wars.  Jean-Baptiste Jules Bernadotte was born in Pau, southern France, on the 26th of January 1763, the…
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A Prince and two Princesses celebrate Nelson Mandela's life

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco have taken parts in a series of events to pay homage to Nelson Mandela’s on the 10th anniversary of his death.  The Prince and his wife arrived at Théâtre Princesse Grace, where they attended a screening of the movie “Mandela, long walk to freedom”, alongside his eldest daughter, Princess Zenani Mandela-Dlamani, and the producer of the…
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The monarch's role in Spain

Spain’s general election has seen the conservatives win most votes but not a majority and now negotiations begin as several parties vie to form a government. What is the role of Spain’s king, Felipe VI, in this situation? Maddalena Mastrostefano investigates for…

A quiet leadership restores faith in the monarchy: 10 years of King Philippe

King Philippe is about to celebrate his tenth anniversary on the throne of Belgium, with many successes behind him that surprised his past detractors.  Many considered him too quiet and shy to be an effective leader, and when King Albert II announced his decision to abdicate, many were sceptical of Philippe’s abilities to carry the duties of a head of state on his shoulders.  However…
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