Sweden

The monarch's role in Sweden

Sweden has a constitutional monarchy under a parliamentary system – similar to that in other kingdoms in Europe. The current monarch is King Carl XVI Gustaf, who has been on the throne since 1973; his heir apparent is Crown Princess Victoria. The monarch in Sweden does not hold the same powers as many counterparts, and his official role is limited. For example, he does not nominate or…
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FeaturesMonaco

Who was Prince Rainier III of Monaco?

On what would be his 100th birthday, we take a look at Prince Rainier III: Prince Rainier III of Monaco was born on 31 May 1923 in the Prince’s Palace of Monaco. He was the younger child and only son of Monégasque Hereditary Princess Charlotte, Duchess of…
Monaco

The monarch's role in Monaco

Prince Albert II has been the Sovereign Prince of Monaco since his accession in 2005. Unlike some of the other monarchs in Europe, Prince Albert could exercise greater powers over the day-to-day politics of the principality. The Constitution of Monaco vests executive…
Monaco

The ultimate royal fairy tale wedding - when Grace married Rainier

The royal wedding of Prince Rainier III of Monaco to American actress, Grace Kelly was dubbed the “Wedding of the Century” and took place on the 18th and19th of April 1956. As one of the most respected and highly paid actresses in Hollywood, Grace was asked to join the United States Delegation Committee at the Cannes Film Festival in France in April of 1955. While there, she…
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Sweden

Sweden marks a somber Veterans Day amid growing European tensions

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Prince Carl Philip of Sweden stepped into their military uniforms to celebrate Veterans Day.  The celebrations were held on Monday, 29 May, at the Royal Djurgården, in the Swedish capital, in the presence of all top officials in the country: not only the King and his son but also the Speaker of the Riksdag (Parliament) Andreas Norlén, the Prime Minister Ulf…
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Belgium

Queen Mathilde and Prince Emmanuel run through Brussels in traditional race

Queen Mathilde and Prince Emmanuel didn’t miss their traditional appointment and ran the Brussels 20km race through the streets of the Belgian capital. On Sunday, 28 May, the Queen and her youngest son were among the thousands that made up the racing contingent, which snaked their way for 12,42 miles.  The Belgian Royal Palace released several pictures of the mother and son during…
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