Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Recap of The Royals You Love:Jan 9-15


-King Albert II announced that he will use part of his taxpayer-paid salary for the upkeep for his palaces. His Majesty also explained he wants to freeze the €10.8 million he gets from the state and use an automatic 2012 salary inflation adjustment of some 3 percent — about €350,000 — for his royal properties {Source}.

-King Albert II, Queen Paola,   Prince Philippe & Princess Mathilde  attended a New Year reception at their palace on Thursday for  leaders of diplomatic missions accredited in Brussels {Photos}.

-Prince Philippe attended the 90th edition of the International Motor Show held at the Brussels Expo in Brussels on Thursday.

-Princess Mathilde was in Leuven this afternoon to met with volunteers from the Médiation de quartier par des bénévoles held at the Provincial House {Source}.


-Queen Margrethe II held a press conference in honor of her 40th anniversary on the throne on Tuesday {Video} {Video} {Photos}.

-Queen Margrethe II, Prince Henrik, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary & Prince Joachim were received at Folketinget (Parliament) in Copenhagen in honor of Her Majesty’s 40th anniversary on the Danish throne on Tuesday {Video} {Photos}.

-Queen Margrethe II, Prince Henrik,Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, & Prince Christian attended the opening of the new exhibition, Regent i 40 år: Dronning Margrethe II 1972-2012, at the Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Slot in Hillerød on Wednesday {Video}.

-Queen Margrethe II, Prince Henrik, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, and Prince Joachim attended the opening of the exhibition, Kongelig Galla (Royal Gala) on Wednesday {Photos}.

-Crown Prince Frederik hosts a Royal Hunt in Valby Hegn on Monday {Photos}


-Princess Haya & Sheikh Mohammed welcomed a baby boy on Jan 8th {Source}

Great Britain

-Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge celebrated her 30th birthday on Monday.

-Zara Phillips will attend a performance of Dancing On Ice, to support ski pal Chemmy Alcott {Source}.

-Sarah, Duchess of York it was announced that the former wife of Prince Andrew, is being proecuted over a documentary  that she made in Turkey three years ago. The chief prosecutor announced charges against Sarah, 52, for going "against the law in acquiring footage and violating the privacy" of five children.{Source}.


-King Constantine, Queen Anne-Marie, Crown Princess Marie-Chantal, Crown Prince Pavlos, Princess Theodora appeared with the Danish Royal Family during the balcony appearance during the celebrations of Queen Margrethe's 40th anniversary celebrations {Photos} and attended the Gala Dinner {Photos}


-Grand Duke Henri & Grand Duchess Maria Teresa received audiences at the Grand Ducal Palace on Tuesday.

-Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa & Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume held a New Year audience at the Grand Ducal Palace on Thursday, where they received Luxembourg's Prime Minister, members of the Luxembourg government, and various representatives from European institutions.


-Prince Albert met with the representatives from Monaco for the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics on Monday {Story & Photos}. On Thursday, it was annonced that the Prince is the new patron of the World Olympians Association (WOA), replacing former IOC President  Juan Samaranch (1920-2010) {Source}On Friday, the Prince was in Innsbruck, Austria to attend the opening ceremony of the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games. Also on Friday, the Prince attended the inauguration ceremony of the 75th Congress of the International Sports Press Association held at the Innsbruck Conference Center where he received an award for his outstanding dedication and commitment to sports. On Saturday, the Prince Attended the Downhill skiing compettion to support one of his own athletes {Source}.

-Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi was spotted out and about with his dog in Paris on Wednesday {Photos}.

-Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi competed at the 2012 Basel competition {Photos}. In her first competition on Thursday, she came in 22nd/54 and 43/44 riders on her second competition. On Friday, she came in last out of 55 riders in her first competition and 11/47 in her second competition. On Saturday, she came in 16/39 {Source}.


-King Juan Carlos received new Spanish ambassadors to Tunisia, Sweden, Pakistan & Ecuador at the Royal Palace on Tuesday {Photos}.

-Prince Felipe of Asturias was in Nicaragua to attend the inauguration of second-term President Ortega {Photos} on Friday. On Thursday, the Future King of Spain visited Honduras as part of his official tour of Central America where he attended the presentation of the Foundation Miguel de Cervantes Virtual Library held at the Cultural Center of Spain in Tegucigalpa, a private meeting with the speaker of the Honduran Parliament and  met with other members of government at the National Congress building in Tegucigalpa {Source}.

-Iñaki Urdangarín y Liebaert, Duke of Palma de Mallorca celebrated his 44th birthday on Sunday.


-Prince Daniel visited Sandvik Group, a high-technology and engineering cooperation on Monday. During his visit, he was greeted by Olof Faxander, CEO of Sandvik, as well as other employees, attended a brief presentation, and was given a guided tour of the facility {Photos}

The Netherlands

-Queen Beatrix, Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje & Princess Maxima continued their two-day state visit to the United Arab Emirates on Monday. During their visit, the Royal trio visited Masdar City a “…multifaceted renewable energy company…”in Abu Dhabi. The purpose of their visit was to attend an economic roundtable meeting to discuss “…possible strategic co-operations in a bid to promote and facilitate mutually beneficial economic relationships…” between the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates. They also met with the Emirati royals and took a tour of Dubai's harbor {Video} {Video} {Photos} {Photos}. On Thursday, they continued their visit to Oman, where they visited the port of Sohar where they were greeted by Shaikh Saad bin Mohammed a Saadi, Commerce and Industry Minister and Chairman of Sohar Industrial Port Company. Later that day, the trio toured the Sohar Industrial Project Company and attended an evening concert {Video} {Photos}

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