Romania

Romanian airline honors Romania's former monarchs

Royalism in Romania is on the rise. The Balkan nation is well on its way to re-establishing its constitutional monarchy, and the people look up to the members of the Romanian Royal Family as their role models. They see how unfair Romanian royal history has been treated. Blue Jet, a Romanian airline company, is one of the companies which also wants to tell the world about Romania’s royal…
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NorwaySweden

King Karl Johan’s secret escape plan

This year marks 200 years since Karl XIV Johan became king of both Norway and Sweden. The French General, who became Swedish and Norwegian King, was used to troubled times. After he became a monarch, this did not change. The Swedish representatives created problems for the…
Norway

King Harald caught 13 kilos of heavy salmon

According to tradition, King Harald ended this week with his annual salmon fishing holiday in northern Norway. For two days, King Harald was by the Altaelva River in Finnmark, Norway’s northernmost county. Together with a few good comrades, they fished for Norwegian salmon. On the two days of the holiday, the King and his friends managed to catch three big salmons. His Majesty struck all…
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FeaturesHistory

Who was King Carl XIV Johan?

This year it is 200 years since Carl XIV Johan became king of both Norway and Sweden. But who was he? King Carl Johan (1763-1818-1844), originally Jean Baptiste Bernadotte, was born in the south of France and became a soldier at 17-years-old. During the French Revolution, he…
European Royals

Infanta Maria Francisca of Portugal proclaimed Duchess of Coimbra

Yesterday, 4 July 2018, Her Highness Infanta Maria Francisca of Portugal was made Duchess of Coimbra by her father, HRH the Duke of Braganza, the current pretender to the throne of Portugal. She was also, by her mother, the Duchess of Braganza, proclaimed Dame of the Order of Saint Isabel. At the ceremony, the new Duchess was accompanied by Mr Johannes Pedro de Jong, son of HRH Princess Maria…
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Norway

Who is Queen Sonja of Norway?

Today, 4 July, is Queen Sonja of Norway’s birthday. On this occasion, we look back at the Queen’s life and some of her achievements as Queen of Norway. Sonja Haraldsen was born as the youngest daughter of clothing merchant Karl August Haraldsen and his wife, Dagny…
Norway

The Royal Palace in Oslo receives special permission to use water during drought

Following an unusual heat wave that has been over Norway since the beginning of May, the Royal properties in Oslo had to stop their usual watering last week. Now the City council of Oslo has given the palace special permission to use water during the ongoing drought. This was announced by the palace in a statement on Tuesday. The fountains in the park recycle the water. The royal gardener…
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