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A look back at European and international royal 2018 events – part two

Continuing our look back at the year the European and international royals had, we are taking a look at April through June.


The Spanish Royal Family attended Easter Mass, which later resulted in controversy due to what appeared to be a disagreement between Queen Letizia and her mother-in-law, Queen Sofía.

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Infanta Cristina also joined her family for the Mass in memory of her paternal grandfather.

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Princess Marie of Denmark took up the cause of removing landmines.

King Juan Carlos of Spain had successful surgery on his right knee.

Crown Princess Victoria was brought to tears at the memorial one year after the Stockholm terror attack.

Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel greet Sweden’s Prime Minister at the concert. Photo: Mattias Prodromou Dahlqvist / Stockholm City

The eighth wife of Swaziland’s King died, after reportedly committing suicide.

Queen Máxima attended a conference and visited MS patients.

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A lifelike doll of Princess Amalia of the Netherlands went on display.

Art and Dolls Exhibit/Yuliana Taranova

Princess Lalla Salma and King Mohammed of Morocco reportedly divorced; this has never been confirmed by the Moroccan Royal Court.

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New photos of Prince Alexander of Sweden were released for his second birthday.

Photo: Erika Gerdemark, Royal Court, Sweden

King Albert II of Belgium received treatment for the narrowing of a heart valve.

The King of Swaziland renamed his country eSwatini.

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The King and Queen of Sweden visited Japan.

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Queen Margrethe of Denmark’s sarcophagus was completed.

The being sarcophagus placed in the chapel. Keld Navntoft, Kongehuset ©

The Crown Prince Couple of Norway visited Estonia.

Photo: Official Office of the President of Lithuania by Robertas Dackus /

Several new images were released to mark King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands being on the throne for five years.

King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and their daughters (left to right) Princess Ariane, Princess Alexia and the Princess of Orange at the Royal Palace Amsterdam in March 2018. © RVD – Erwin Olaf


Princess Astrid of Belgium was put on mandatory rest after dealing with sleep issues.

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Prince Henrik of Denmark, named after his grandfather, celebrated his ninth birthday.

Prince Henrik and Princess Athena. Photo: Keld Navntoft/Kongehuset

Prince Albert of Monaco visited Canada.

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Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia hosted a coffee tasting event. Several days later he and his wife, Crown Princess Katherine attended a reception with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

Royal Central conducted an exclusive interview with Tessy Antony, Princess of Luxembourg. Read part one here, and part two here.

Tessy with her two sons, Princes Gabriel and Noah before Christmas 2017. Photo Courtesy of Tessy Antony, Princess of Luxembourg

The Norwegian Royal Family celebrated National Day.

Photo: Oskar Aanmoen.

The Danish Crown Prince Family participated in the Royal Run for Crown Prince Frederik’s 50th birthday.

Princess Salma of Jordan graduated high school.

The King and Queen of the Netherlands visited Luxembourg and attended events with the Grand Ducal Family.

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Crown Prince Frederik celebrated his 50th birthday in grand fashion.

Princess Madeleine of Sweden took her daughter, Princess Leonore along for Childhood Day events.


It was announced that Japan’s Princess Aiko was to attend summer school at Eton.

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Sweden released their traditional National Day picture of Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar ahead of the Royal Family taking part in the festivities.

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Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Queen Sonja unveiled new sculptures in the Palace Park.

The Princess was accompanied by her mother and grandmother. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen / Royal Central.

New official photos were released of Prince Joachim and Princess Marie of Denmark.

Photo: Kamilla Bryndum, Kongehuset

Princess Adrienne of Sweden was christened in Drottningholm’s Royal Chapel.

Photo: Jonas Ekströmer, TT

Japan’s Crown Prince Couple celebrated their silver wedding anniversary.

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Emperor and Empress of Japan met survivors of Fukushima.

A new image was released for Prince Nicolas of Sweden’s third birthday.

Photo: Erika Gerdemark/Royal Court of Sweden

Princess Elisabeth of Denmark died at the age of 83.

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia were welcomed to the White House.

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It was announced that Princess Christina, the aunt of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, had bone cancer.

RVD, Jeroen van der Meyde

The Grand Ducal Court of Luxembourg revealed the Hereditary Grand Ducal Couple would be moving to London.

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The Grand Ducal Family also celebrated Luxembourg’s National Day.

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Japan’s Princess Ayako’s engagement to businessman, Kei Moriya was announced.

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Prince Nikolai of Denmark graduated from secondary school.


About author

Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites.