Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Recap of The Royals You Love: Oct 23-29


-Princess Astrid, Archduchess of Austria-Este attend the Inauguration of a New Danish Church on Sunday, Oct 23, in Brussels, Belgium. View Photos

The United Kingdom

-Queen Elizabeth & Prince Phillip, The Duke of Endinburgh  continued their visit to Australia, attended a luncheon hosted by Governor-General Quentin Bryce on Sunday. HM and the Prince attended a church service at St. John's in Canberra, Australia. View the video. On Monday, she and the Prince traveled to visit the Defence Establishment Fairbairn in Canberra, Australia. Prior to leaving Brisbane,Australia, The Queen met with Queensland Premier Anna Bligh during a ceremony to rededicate the rainforest walk at Southbank. View photos here. On Tuesday, the United Kingdom's Royal couple visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soilder and  Australia's War Museum. On Thursday, the Queen visited the  Clontarf Aboriginal college, then attended a State Reception at the Government House in Perth, Australia, with guests such as Jerry Hall and Warwick Hemsley and Benjamin Roberts-Smith and Mark Donaldson. While HM was visited Clontarf Aboriginal College, The Duke took time to visit University of Western Australia

-Sarah, Duchess of York  attended the AllSaints Spitalfields 'Not For Sale' T-Shirt Collection Launch Party on October 24, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Sarah also attended a benefit for Elton John's AIDS foundation on Wednesday in NYC.

-Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall meets children taking part in a cynophobia class as she visits the Essex Dog Training Centre on October 24, 2011 in Brentwood, United Kingdom. On Thursday, she  opened The Ebony Horse Club  in Brixton, south London, England. 

-Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attended her first solo event, stepping in for her father-in-law, who went to Saudi Arabia to attend the funeral of The Saudi Arabian Crown Prince. She attended a private dinner for the charity, In Kind Direct, held at Clarence House.

-Prince William, Duke of Cambridge & Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge:  It was announced via that if the first born child of William and Catherine were to be a girl, that according to Prime Minister David Cameron: "that girl would one day be queen", rather than it skipping over her in favor of a younger brother. This change has been given the green light by the leaders of the 16 governments with Queen Elizabeth II as their head of state have unanimously agreed to change the laws in their realms.


-Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland  began his official visit to the United States this week. His trip began on Oct 24th in Washington, D.C. where the prince visited a local public school, and participate in the seminar, Providers Partnering with Patients. Also during his time in Washington, D.C.,  He was in Washington, D.C. for four days, then moved onto Willimington, Delaware on Thursday, where he will be the guest of honor at a reception entitled, Culture and Commerce, Celebrating our ties to Sweden: A Bridge to the Future, to be held at the Chase Riverfront Center. He made this trip without his wife, Crown Princess Victoria, of which he is expecting his first child with in March 2012. View Photos: Day 1, a visit to the World Bank in Washington on Thursday, and then it was off to Wilmington, Delaware.


-Crown Prince Fredrick and Crown Princess Mary continued their visit to the United States this week, in New York City, where they attended a New York Jets Game visited Lifespire, Inc.attended the opening at Carl Hansen and Son showroom, of an exhibit titled "Danish Fushion," illustrated Danish influences in America through design and cultureattended an exclusively Danish food restaurant opening in NYC, and spent some time with the crew of The Today Show (scroll down to the bottom!) and after a busy day of royal functions, the Crown Prince and  Crown Princess relaxed, taking a walk in NYC's SoHo District.

Princess Marie   handed out the Prix Littéraire des Ambassadeurs at the French Embassy in Copenhagen on Wednesday.


Grand Duchess Maria Teresa  opened  a photo exhibit Friday, along with representatives from a charity in Burundi, a country located in eastern Africa


On Sunday, October 23, the Empor and Emperess's eldest granddaughter, Princess Mako, daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, turned 20 years old. To mark the occasion, the young princess held a press conference, answering questions involving Japan's recent natural disasters in March, and her experience volunteering in the Iwate prefecture and the city of Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture, areas hit hard by the disaster. The young princess is presently studying at  the International Christian University in Tokyo, where she is a sophomore. The young princess is the 19th person in the Japanese Imperial Family to become an adult.


-Prince Albert and Princess Charlene are rumored to have attended the final match of the 2011 Rugby World Cup in Aukland, New Zealand on Sunday. On Monday, they traveled to Nepal, where the Princely newlyweds will visit the village of Dhuseni, to visit the school built by the "Monaco Aide et Présence" association, now classed as one of the ten best schools in this country. The Prince will then lay the foundation stones for new schools being built with the support of the 'NAMASTE' Association (Nepal-Monaco-Cultural-Association) in Salleri and Rigaon. After this, Their Serene Highnesses visited a clinic established by the 'ACFN' (Franco-Nepalese Cultural Association) and the craft workshop that provides training for women sponsored by 'NAMASTE', located in Gamrang.

Prince Albert  attended the opening ceremony of the Peace & Sport 5th International Forum dinner upon his evening return to Monaco from Nepal on Wednesday. On Thursday, His Serene Highness attended the  Plenary Sessions at the Peace & Sport 5th International Forum at the Hotel Fairmont

Charlotte Casiraghi competed at Equita, the International Equestrian Competition of Lyon. she competed with Carry Duff Z. Charlotte was eliminated in the first competition, 25th/47 in her second competition.


-King Michael of Romania celebrates his 90th birthday on Tuesday and addressed Parliament in Bucharest for the first time since 1947. His birthday gala was held at The National Opera of Romania. In attendance to this gala were: Princess Muna Al-Hussein of Jordan, Grand Duchess Maria Wladimirovna and Grand Duke Georgii Mihailovich of RussiaQueen Anne of RomaniaPrincess Margaret & Prince Radu Duda of Romania (seen arriving with King Michael)Ex-King of Bulgaria Simeon Saxe Coburg, Queen Sofia of Spain, and Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg


-Crown Prince Haakon is visiting California this week. On Monday, he meet with, Norway Minister of Trade and Commerce Trond Giske, Palo Alto Mayor Sid Espinosa, and Anne Worsoe, with Innovation House to  open the "Innovation House"Tuesday, he attendede the opening of Transatlantic Science Week 2011 in Berkeley, CA where he will give a speech in front of hundreds of guests. He will also visit an art museum, attend the 60th anniversary of the Norwegian Seaman’s church in San Francisco, attend a meeting with the Meltwater Group in Silicon Valley, and much more.

The Netherlands

-Crown Princess Maxima of the Netherlands  opened Dutch Design Week on Monday in Eindhoven, Netherlands.(view gallery)

-Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje & Crown Princess Maxima began their Official Visit to the Netherlands Antilles on Thursday. They arrived in Aruba on Saturday. Check back here for a full report soon!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Duke of Endinburgh's Official visit to Austrailia: A Recap

Day 1 (Oct 18)

-Official Arrival & Ceremonial Welcome in Canberra, Australia. View photos at Zimbio.

Day 2 (Oct 19)

- In the morning, The Queen met with Her Excellency Governor-General Quentin Bryce. And in the afternoon, Her Majesty visited the Floriade Flower Festival.

Day 2 (Oct 20)

-While her husband took the morning off, The Queen started her day meeting with  Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Leader of the Opposition. 

-In the evening, Prince Phillip, The Duke of Endinburgh attended  Duke of Edinburgh Award Reception, while his wife attended a reception hosted by the Prime Minister at Parliament House

Day 3 (Oct 21)

-HM Queen Elizabeth  inspects the Guard of Honour during a visit to the Australian Royal Military College where Her Majesty presented the college with new Colours (Regimental Flags), Duntroon, Canberra, Australia. View photo.

-While his wife was busy with the Guard of Honour, Prince Phillip, Duke of Endinburgh attended a brief ceremony Prince Philip presented three Duke of Edinburgh World Fellow Awards. Later in the day, Prince Phillip, The Duke of Endinburgh attended a Commonwealth Studies conference at Government House.

Day 4 (Oct 22)

-Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, Duke of Endinburgh  watched on at the Royal Military College Duntroon on October 22, 2011 in Canberra, Australia. 

Day 5 (Oct 23)

-Queen Elizabeth attended a church service in Canberra, Australia, and recieved flowers from onlookers. In addition, Queen Elizabeth attended a lunch at the Governor-General's mansion, where she spoke with race horse trainer Bart Cummings at the Governor Generals Lunch on October 23, 2011 in Canberra, Australia.

Day 6 (Oct 24)

-Queen Elizabeth boarded her plane to the next leg of her trip. Queen Elizabeth arrived at Brisbane, Australia's airport for the next leg of her trip. Later that day, The Queen met with area disaster victims.

Day 7 (Oct 25)

-Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, Duke of Endinburgh visited the tomb of the Unknown Soilder, where she laied a wreath  during a visit to the Australian War Memorial on October 25, 2011 in Canberra, Australia. Prior to leaving, the Royal Pair signed the museum's guest book.

Day 8 (Oct 26)

-Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh traveled to Melbourne, Australia, where they officially opened and toured a new children's hospital, and visited with students at Ian Potter Centre.

Day 9 (Oct 27)

-The Queen visited the  Clontarf Aboriginal college, then attended a State Reception at the Government House in Perth, Australia, with guests such as Jerry Hall and Warwick Hemsley and Benjamin Roberts-Smith and Mark Donaldson. While HM was visited Clontarf Aboriginal College, The Duke took time to visit University of Western Australia

Day 10 (Oct 28)

-The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh attended a  banquet as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). After this, the Royal pair boarded their plane back home to the United Kingdom.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Recap of The Royals You Love:Oct 16-22


-Crown Prince Philippe & Crown Princess Mathilde's oldest daughter and future Queen Regent, Princess Elisabeth will celebrate her 10th birthday next week. On this occasion, The Royal Palace has released a new photo of the Princess, along with her parents. Also, this week, The Crown Prince and Princess are on a trade mission with China, meeting with various leaders of China on a 9-day, 6-city tour of China. Read more here, and expect a full report from The Royal Fanzine  soon.


-Prince Albert & Princess Charlene are in New Zealand, attending the Rugby World Cup. While in New Zealand, they attended the Semi-Final match between France and Wales, and will be attending the France vs. New Zealand final match on Oct 23. Instead of attending the New Zealand Olympic Comittee Centennial Gala, the Princely newlyweds "jettedacross the Tasman Sea" for the day. According to the New Zealand Herald during their stay in New Zealand,  they newlyweds were turned away from dining at a popular New Zealand pub. Check back here at The Royal Fanzine for a full report of their trip soon.

-Princess Stephanie participated in a show of Radio Monaco to talk about Aids on October 20, 2011.View view photos at (keyword search: Princess Stephanie of Monaco)

-Charlotte Casiraghi attended The Ides of March Paris Premiere at Cinema UGC Normandie in Paris, France with Virginie Couperie-Eiffel on October 18, 2011. View the PurePeople Gallery here

The United Kingdom:

-HM Queen Elizabeth opened The Round Square International Conference at Wellington College on Oct 17. View photos Here. Also in attendace were former King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece. HM Queen Elizabeth II has agreed to keep her Golden Jubilee events with in the first five months of the year in order not to overshadow the Olympics. Read more on that announcement here.

-Prince Phillip, Duke of Endinburgh attended a reception for alumni of the Commonwealth Studies Conference that also included remarks by Australian Governor-General Quentin Bryce.

-HM Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edinburgh began their trip to Australia this week. Check out photos from Day 1(Oct 19) & 2 (Oct 20) and Day 3. Check back here at The Royal Fanzine for a full report of their trip soon.

-Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall  attended  the War Horse: Fact and Fiction exhibition at the National Army Museum on October 19, 2011 in London, England. The Duchess, President of the Brooke charity toured the new exhibition as well as attending a reception. Photo

-Prince Harry has continued with his military training in the United States, and has even reportedly found a "replacement" for long time on-and off again girlfriend Chelsey Davy, a fellow trainee Jessica Donaldson. {more}.

Prince Andrew, Duke of York is adamant of his two daughters, HRH Princess Beatrice and HRH Princess Eugenie's protection and privacy-insisting that they should be entitled to Royal Protection Officers, and all of the other "privileges" that come along with being the daughters of a prince with the styles HRH (something that sets them apart from cousins Zara & Louise). He is attempting to do this by bringing his daughters on tag-a-longs on his own personal royal duties. Recently, he brought Princess Eugenie to visit a hospital and to an official visit to a leisure centre in Newcastle, while Princess Beatrice attended Fashion Week in Paris. Read more about Prince Andrew, Duke of York's dilemma.

-Princess Beatrice of York is in the US this week, in Las Vegas to be exact. She was spotted attending  the 7:30 p.m. performance of "O" by Cirque du Soleil at Bellagio with longtime boyfriend American David Clark. The pair is said to have enjoyed a drink during the performance-a frozen cocktail for her and a beer for him-after the show, they went backstage to meet the cast. On their way out of the theatre, they stopped to look at sculptures in the Art of Richard MacDonald Gallery before heading to dinner. Prior to their stop in Las Vegas they were spotted in San Francisco, California and New Mexico. Photos.

-Sophie, Countess of Wessex flew to Ipswich, Suffolk, United Kingdom to visit three new centres across the town on Oct 20th. First, She officially opened the Suffolk One sixth form centre and met a number of students currently on a business enterprise scheme at the Ipswich centre. She also watched a musical performance of We Will Rock You, met art students and found out about charity projects before unveiling a plaque at the Scrivener Drive site. After her visit to the centre, she visited the town's new mental health hospital and fire station. To view more information and photos visit here.

-Anne, The Princess Royal attended  a ceremony to celebrate the town gaining the title Royal Wootton Bassett on October 16, 2011 in Royal Wootton Bassett, England on Oct 16. The Princess Royal also stepped in to present the investitures At Windsor Castle to the newest members of various orders including: Officer of the British Empire, Member of the British Empire, The Order of the Bath, and The New Zealand Bravery Decoration.View photos: Event 1, Event 2


-Crown Prince Fredrick and Crown Princess Mary attended  a tour and ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial October 21, 2011 in New York City, also in attendance were dignitaries from other Nordic nations, view photos here. Also while in New York City, they attended the 100th Anniversary American-Scaninavian Foundation Gala, view photos of that here. Check back here for an official recap of the visit to the United States by Denmark's Crown Princely Couple.


-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, and Princess Madeline  of Swedenattended the 100th Anniversary American-Scaninavian Foundation Gala, view photos of that here. Check back here for an official recap of the visit to the United States by Sweden's First Family.

-While her parents and younger sister are attending to duties in the United States, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel are continuing to prepare for their new baby that is due in March of 2011.


-Queen Sonja and King Harald V of Norway attended the 100th Anniversary American-Scaninavian Foundation Gala, view photos of that here. Check back here for an official recap of the visit to the United States by Norway's Royal Couple.

-Crown Prince Haakon opened Dignity Day at Stovner Secondary School in Oslo, Norway on Oct 20. Dignity Day is an independent and not-for-profit organization, and its main goals are to initiate a conversation about dignity, as well as leadership inspired by dignity, with today’s youth. Read more.


-Queen Sofia, Prince Felipe, and Princess Letizia attended Day 2 of the Principes de Asturias Awards 2011. Principes de Asturias Awards are a series of annual prizes awarded in Spain by the Prince of Asturias Foundation to individuals, entities or organizations from around the world who make notable achievements in the sciences, humanities, and public affairs. See Day 1, Day 3.

-Prince Felipe, and Princess Letizia attended the official presentation of Miguel Delibes Foundation at Centro Cultural Miguel Delibes on October 17, 2011 in Valladolid, Spain. Photos


-There was yet-another Royal Wedding (that makes 7 this year!). This time, it was Indonesia's youngest daughter of Yogyakarta King Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, GKR Bendara to her husband KPH Yudanegara on October 18th (Royal Bride Profile to come soon! :)). {Source}


-On the occaision of her 77th Birthday, HM The Emperoress Michiko has granted a photo release and interview to the Royal Press Agency

Saudi Arabia

-As previously reported, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud died at the age of 83 on Saturday the 22nd. His burial will take place on October 24th.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Crown Prince Sultan al Saud (1928-2011)

Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud was born on January 5, 1928 in Riyadh the son of King Abdul-Aziz of Saudi Arabia and his wife Princess Hessa Al-Sudairi. He, along with his brothers recieved their early education in religion, modern culture, and diplomacy at the royal court. He became Governor of Riyadh in 1947. In 1947, he oversaw ARAMCO's construction of the Kingdom's rail link between Dammam and Riyadh. He became Minister of Agriculture in 1953 and Minister of Communications in 1988.

He was appointed as Minister of Defense and Aviation in 1962 by King Faisal. During his time as Minister of Defense and Aviation, he purchased U.S. tanks, fighter planes, missiles and AWACS (airborne warning and control systems). However, Saudi military has had problems assimilating technology within its armed forced because much of the gear is grounded. a large portion of Saudi's $34 billion defense budget is spent on maintaining military equipment from the 1970s. Sultan has allegedly become extraordinarily wealthy from kickbacks by Western businesses that handled multibillion-dollar defense contracts. He was involved in many scandals, including the Al-Yamamah deal. However, his influence was still unhindered until recently when his health deteriorated. During his tenure, Saudi Arabia has become the largest importer of US arms. He is a strong proponent U.S.-Saudi partnership. In 1982, King Fahd appointed him as Second Deputy Prime Minister.He is an expert on the Yemen civil war and Soviet involvement in the Horn of Africa in 1985. Sultan was Saudi Arabia's Inspector General. He was Chairman of the Board of Saudi Arabia's national airline, Saudi Arabian Airlines. As Chairman, he approved a ban on smoking inside all Saudi airports. In 1986, he founded the Saudi National Commission for Wildlife Conservation. He was the founder and patron of the Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz International Prize for Water, a bi-annual international scientific award for water research.

He was rumored to have had colon cancer in 2003. A foreign correspondent was forced to leave the country after reporting his health problems. On August 1, 2005, he became Crown Prince despite having a discord with King Abdullah. As Heir Apparent and Crown Prince, Sultan is first in the Saudi line of succession.

A leaked March 2009 diplomatic cable from WikiLeaks stated that U.S. diplomats view him as "for all intents and purposes incapacitated". He was possibly suffering dementia, specifically Alzheimer's disease. In February 2009, he underwent surgery in New York. He then convalesced at Agadir, Morocco. He returned back to Saudi Arabia but soon returned to Morocco in August. During his vacation, the Saudi cabinet increased officer salaries, a traditional domain of Sultan. In November 2010, Sultan received Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri to discuss the future of Lebanon's government. He has been receiving treatment for the past two years for what analysts and diplomats believe to be cancer. At the end of the month, he returned to Saudi Arabia because King Abdullah left for the United States for surgery. His return was seen as a legal formality necessary under Saudi law, which stipulates that only one of the kingdom's top two officials can be abroad at a given time.

He had three wives, and numerous sons. They included:

  1. Princess Monera bint Abdul-Aziz bin Mousad Al Saud (mother of  his heir, Prince Khalid)
  2. Princess Houda bint Abdullah Al Sheikh
  3. Princess Areej bint Salem Al Maree

According to a statement made by the Saudi Royal court on Saturday 22 October 2011, Sultan died at "dawn" on "Saturday morning," of an unspecified illness. The statement added that he died "outside the kingdom". According to media reports, Sultan had been battling cancer for some years and had been seeking medical treatment in the United States since June 2011. He is thought to have died in a New York hospital. His funeral will be held in Riyadh on 25 October 2011.


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