Sweden

The special bond between Princess Sofia and Princess Estelle

The bond between Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and his nieces and nephews is known to be strong, but his wife, Princess Sofia, has grown to have a special bond with young Princess Estelle, who also happens to be Carl Philip’s goddaughter. Sofia has been in Estelle’s life since the day she was born, and she even attended the future queen’s christening in 2012 as Carl…
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Norway

Family photos at the centre of Crown Prince Haakon's birthday celebrations

Family photos were at the centre of Crown Prince Haakon’s 50th birthday celebrations. The Crown Prince marked his 50th birthday on 20 July, and several family photos were released to mark the occasion on social media. While the heir to the throne chose to celebrate his monumental day privately, the Royal Court released personal photos of the birthday man and his family on their…
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Belgium

King Philippe thanks Belgium for its support during his first 10 years as king

King Philippe officially marks 10 years on the Belgian throne this week and used his National Day speech to thank his countrymen for their “great sense of solidarity” through the tragedies and triumphs of his first decade as king. The Belgian king succeeded his father, Albert II, on 21 July 2013. King Albert II decided to abdicate owing to poor health, and said in a speech at the time that…
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Belgium

The childhood photo album of King Philippe of the Belgians

King Philippe of the Belgians is marking ten years of rule this July. However, when he was born, in 1960, there was little expectation that he would ever become monarch. The first child of Albert and Paola, then Prince and Princess of Liege, he was third in line to a throne…
Belgium

The day Philippe became King of the Belgians

As King Philippe celebrates ten years on the throne, we look back at the day he became King of the Belgians, July 21st 2013. Prince Philippe was born 15 April 1960, the eldest son of Prince Albert and Princess Paola in the reign of his uncle, King Baudouin. Albert succeeded to the throne in 1993 when his older brother died without an heir. Philippe was now first in line to the throne, a…
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