Jewels for July: Sweden’s rubies

Surprisingly, Sweden has few rubies in its very vast arsenal of royal jewels. They have a beautiful ruby tiara that Queen Silvia has stunned in and a diamond and ruby brooch worn by several women in the Royal Family. The King Edward VII Ruby Tiara This tiara arrived in Sweden in 1905 when Princess Margaret of Connaught married the future King Gustaf VI Adolf; she was given the tiara as a…
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Hereditary Grand Ducal Couple thank public for support after birth of their son

The Hereditary Grand Ducal Couple of Luxembourg have thanked the public for their show of support after the birth of the couple’s first child, Prince Charles. They also revealed what the celebratory donations from the public would go toward. In a statement released by the Grand Ducal Court, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie said: “We were very…
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The complex prince who helped make modern Monaco: the life of Louis II

Today, on the 150th anniversary of his birth, let’s take a look back at the life of a complex Sovereign Prince of Monaco, Prince Louis II, who oversaw a period of great cultural strides and dark days for the principality. Prince Louis Honoré Charles Antoine Grimaldi was born 12 July 1870, the only child of Prince Albert I of Monaco and Lady Mary Victoria Douglas-Hamilton. His parents…
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Is King Felipe of Spain in danger of losing his throne?

As King Felipe VI took on the latest of his visits around Spain to boost the country following the coronavirus pandemic, he found himself in a wine cellar. Dressed down for Friday and wearing a mask, Felipe stood in the shadows, gazing at the cobwebs. No one would have blamed him for wanting to stay there. For outside, on a cloudy day across Spain, debate about the future of the monarchy continued…
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