Norway

What is the Order of St. Olav?

King Harald’s gift to Prince Christian on his 18th birthday this past weekend was the designation as a Grand Cross of the Order of St. Olav. What is the Order of St. Olav? Let’s discuss. Founded by King Oscar I in 1847, though he reigned as the Sovereign of both Norway and Sweden, the Order of St. Olav was distinctly a Norwegian chivalric order. When the union dissolved in 1905, another…
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Denmark

What is the Order of the Elephant?

Prince Christian has debuted his first national order, having been made a Knight of the Order of the Elephant the morning of his 18th birthday. The Order of the Elephant is Denmark’s highest chivalric order and is bestowed entirely at the Sovereign’s discretion.
Belgium

The discreet tiara of a beloved queen that was worn by an historic heir

Belgium’s future queen wore a tiara once belonging to a beloved great-aunt for Prince Christian’s 18th birthday in Copenhagen last weekend. Walking into the gala dinner arm-in-arm with Princess Amalia of the Netherlands, Princess Elisabeth sported the Wolfers Tiara, which was a wedding present to Queen Fabiola in 1960. Embed from Getty Images Crafted by Belgian jeweller Wolfers as a…
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Denmark

Another royal first for Denmark's Prince Christian

Prince Christian of Denmark has marked another first in his young royal life. Now that the future King of Denmark is an adult, the first-ever gala pictures of the Prince have been published. Dennis Stenild, Kongehuset © Taken by Dennis Stenild, Prince Christian is…
Denmark

"Is it Cinderella?" The golden shoe that gave a royal celebration a fairytale ending

It was a story that gripped a nation, for a few hours at least, stealing the limelight away from the royal birthday boy as Denmark’s began a search for its Cinderella. On October 15th 2023, as Prince Christian turned 18, a big party was held at the Royal Palace hosted by Queen Margrethe; aside from many members of European royal families, there was also a contingent of roughly 200 young…
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Belgium

Belgian royals "shocked" after terrorist attack in Brussels

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians have said they are “shocked” after a terrorist went on a shooting spree in Brussels on the evening of 16 October. The royal couple released a statement in English, French and Dutch on social media stating: “We are shocked by tonight’s shooting in our capital. Our thoughts are first and foremost with the victims, their families…
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