Spain

The important royal wedding that might well have started a brand new tradition

When the then Prince Felipe of Spain married Letizia Ortiz Rocosolano, in May 2004, it was not only a historic day for the birth of a new family, or because it was the wedding of the heir to the throne to one of Europe’s most ancient dynasties. It also marked the first wedding in the Almudena Cathedral in Madrid.  Built between 1883 and 1993, it is one of the most recent archdiocesan sees in…
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Features

The ancient ritual keeping diplomacy alive

Letters of Credentials, also known as Credentials Letters, are one of the most ancient tools of diplomacy, and their delivery to the Head of State marks the official beginning of the posting of a specific Ambassador to a specific country – which, in turn, determines what position that Ambassador will occupy in official ceremonies. First, though, a little history. Figures akin to a…
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European Royals

The prince and princess whose much longed for son made royal history

King Carl XVI Gustaf made history in 2023 when he celebrated his Golden Jubilee. And after 50 years of reign, many Swedish citizens barely remember a life without the current King on the throne. Carl XVI Gustaf is the first Swedish monarch to celebrate a Golden Jubilee. His reign has another peculiarity: Carl Gustaf inherited the throne directly from his grandfather at 27. His father, Prince…
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Royal News

King Frederik leads family in church for service closing historic week of celebrations

King Frederik and Queen Mary of Denmark were at the head of the Royal Family as they all gathered in a historically significant Cathedral to close out a week of celebrations for the proclamation of the new Monarchs. On Sunday, 21st January, the Royal Family arrived at Aarhus Cathedral under falling snow, making the atmosphere even more magical. The family is understood to have come from…
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