Granny Knows Best: the grandparents of King Philippe of the Belgians

We are concluding our September series “Granny Knows Best” with a look at the grandparents of King Philippe of the Belgians. King Leopold III Leopold was born on 3 November 1901 to the future King Albert I and Queen Elisabeth of Belgium. He fought in World War One, after Germany invaded Belgium, as a member of the Belgian Army in 1914; he was only twelve. The following year…
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Sapphires for September: the Luxembourg Royal Collection

As September’s birthstone is the sapphire, we are taking a look at the royal vaults that contain sapphires in their collection. The Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg has four tiaras, a necklace (which converts to a tiara) and earrings that feature sapphires that have been seen on the royal ladies at various events. The Sapphire Necklace Tiara  The tiara has pear-shaped diamonds…
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Crown Princess Mary joins special commission with United Nations Population Fund

Crown Princess Mary has joined a special high-level commission within the United Nations Population Fund to help the agency follow up on its goals from last year’s 25th-anniversary summit. The Danish Royal House announced the news on its website Thursday, saying that Crown Princess Mary was happy to join the commission and build upon its work at the Nairobi Summit from last year, which marked…
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Royal Wedding Rewind: Prince Felix and Princess Claire

Seven years ago, on 17 September, Prince Felix of Luxembourg, (then 29), the third son of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, married Claire Lademacher, (then 28), in the bride’s hometown of Frankfurt, Germany. Embed from Getty Images Several days later, on 21 September, the two had their religious wedding in the Provençal town of Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume in the…
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