Queen Rania at 50: 50 facts about the Queen of Jordan

As Queen Rania of Jordan celebrates her 50th birthday today, learn more about Jordan’s queen with the 50 facts below: Rania al-Yassin was born, with Jordanian citizenship, on 31 August 1970 in Kuwait City, Kuwait. 2. Rania’s father is Faisal Sedki Al-Yassin, and her mother is Ilham Yassin. 3. Queen Rania’s family are of Palestinian origin. 4. Queen…
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Royal Wedding Rewind: King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway

On 29 August 1968, Norway’s Crown Prince Harald wed the love of his life, Sonja Haraldsen, at long last. The pair had gained the approval of King Olav to wed after Harald vowed to never marry at all if he could not marry Sonja – a commoner. The wedding took place in Oslo Cathedral with 850 people in attendance, including royals from across the world. Ilmi Riddervold served as…
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The love of King Harald and Queen Sonja

As Norway prepared to celebrate the 80th birthdays of Their Majesties the King and Queen in 2017, I thought the story of King Harald and Queen Sonja’s relationship was worth sharing with our readers. Three years later, as the world grapples with a pandemic, we need…

Queen Anne of Romania: a queen without a country

On 13 August, Romania commemorated four years since the funeral of Queen Anne, Romania’s first royal funeral since the burial of Queen Marie in July 1938. Queen Anne of Romania, born Princess of Bourbon-Parma in 1923, died on 1 August 2016, and Romania and Moldova, two republics, held national services in her honour. A graduate of the New York Parsons School of Design and a former sales…
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The Royal Week in Pictures

It has been a mixed week on the royal front. The families of Scandinavia are returning to duties while other dynasties continue their summer breaks in a time when no one knows how the regal autumn will look. Here’s the royal week just past, in pictures. Mary’s…
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The fake Queen of Norway and Scotland

There are many people who, throughout history, have pretended to be royal. The desire for power and wealth have enticed many to falsely pretend to be a royal who has either died or disappeared. Not many of them are women; however, a ship once came to Norway with a woman who wanted to be the nation’s queen. That woman has been known as “False Margrete.” She was a Norwegian woman who…
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