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Royal news, August 30th 2014

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima led celebrations in Maastricht for the 200th anniversary of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.  The event, one of six marking the bicentenary, had a focus on the country's international outlook and was also attended by King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians, the Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg and the President of Germany, Joachim Gaucke.

The royals of the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg with the President of Germany and his partner in a photo tweeted by @MonarchieBe
Crown Princess Victoria, accompanied by Prince Daniel, attended a series of events marking the 1000th anniversary of the Diocese of Skara in central Sweden.

King Juan Carlos attended the opening match of the Basketball World Cup being played in Spain and watched his country's team beat Iran 90-60.

The Earl of Wessex, Patron of the British Paralympic Association, attended the National Paralympic Day which was held at the Queen Elizabeth Park in Statford, East Lo…

Royals on social media, week ending August 30th 2014

Here are the highlights of the images, videos and messages shared by Europe's royal houses on their official social media sites over the last week.  And things are starting to change, like the weather..

A new look King Felipe of Spain was the star of his official Twitter feed, @CasaReal, this week and for once it was his wardrobe choices grabbing the headlines rather those of his wife.  He was seen in an image taken at a basketball match ahead of the World Cup taking place in Spain in September sporting a very sporty checked jacket.

And days later he was photographed at an audience at the Zarzuela Palace in a light blue blazer that got a mixed response.
El Rey recibe a Pedro Alonso, nuevo director del Programa Mundial para la Malaria de la OMS
— Casa de S.M. el Rey (@CasaReal) August 28, 2014

At the end of the week, King Juan Carlos attended the opening of the basketball World Cup and the Twitter feed showed him cheering on the Span…

Royal news, August 29th 2014

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark launched the Aarhus Festival which began with an open house event.  The festival will run for eight days.

Queen Margrethe of Denmark is presented with flowers on her arrival at the Aarhus Festival 
King Harald of Norway held a Council of State at the Royal Palace in Oslo with Crown Prince Haakon Magnus in attendance.  The two men also held an audience with the Norwegian Prime Minister.  King Harald also held audiences with members of the Students Association of As in eastern Norway, with the Oslo Military Society and with representatives from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.  

Royal news, August 28th 2014

Prince Harry hit the headlines around the world as reports emerged that he was holidaying in the south of France with a new girlfriend, Camilla Thurlow.  The prince met Camilla, a charity worker, earlier this summer and according to reports has been dating her for around six weeks.  Newspapers around the world have carried details of a romantic holiday for the pair at a friend's villa in St Tropez.

Prince Harry photographed at Tanfield on day one of the Tour de France in July this year - around the time he is reported to have started dating Camilla Thurlow (photo (@joncowap Twitter)
It was the end of the holidays for King Felipe of Spain who held his first audience after the summer break when he welcomed the new World Health Organisation's Director of Malaria, Pedro Luis Alonso Fernandez, to the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid. The doctor was appointed to the role in July and will begin officially in October.

King Felipe of Spain at the audience he held on August 28th 2014
Crown Prince…

A lesson in royalty

Prince Nikolai of Denmark, first born grandson of Queen Margrethe II, celebrates his fifteenth birthday today.  The teenager, eldest son of Prince Joachim and his first wife Alexandra Manley, has posed for two official birthday portraits and has chosen his school as the backdrop.

Nikolai of Denmark is fifteen today
The images, strikingly shot and dramatically lit, are very different from the usual birthday portraits which normally feature a head and shoulders image of the royals or a pose in the gardens of one of their homes. These snaps show the young prince as he starts a new stage in his life - he started Herlufsholm boarding school earlier this year and is expected to stay there until he completes this stage of his education.

Nikolai, first grandson of Margrete of Denmark, in his fifteenth birthday portraits
And these images are the first indication of another new phase in Nikolai's life.  For although he is the first born of a new generation of Danish royals, he is already seve…

Royal news, August 27th 2014

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway opened the Bjorson Festival in Molde.  The international literary event features talks from authors and workshops for aspiring writers and takes place every year.  Mette-Marit gave a speech and presented the Bjornson scholarship during her visit. Meanwhile, Crown Prince Haakon visited the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment in Kjeller.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit at the Bjornson Festival in Molde (photo @hardesjourno Twitter)
Queen Silvia of Sweden took part in the annual day for older people which is held in Ekero, near Stockholm. For the past sixteen years there has been a special day to celebrate older people - it was the queen's idea.

Queen Silvia of Sweden at the day for older people in Ekero
Crown Princess Victoria took part in a seminar on the Baltic Sea held at the Finnish Embassy in Stockholm.  The event was organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature to discuss how businesses and government can work better together to protect nature…

Pink perfection

There's a colour theme going on this year.  Just about every royal woman in every royal house has made a fashion statement in pink in 2014.  The latest to go rosy is Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden who has worn two not likely to miss them outfits in the colour this week alone.  Her first foray into pink saw the princess choose a fuchsia sheath dress for a prize giving in Stockholm.

Pink for a crown princess - Victoria of Sweden stuns again
A few days later, a pale pink stunner of an outfit chosen for the Polar Music Prize 2014 ceremony went straight to the top of the top royal outfits of the year list.

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden has every reason to look so pleased - the dress is a total winner (photo @polarmusicprize Instagram)
Her mother, Queen Silvia, went for bright pink as she attended a ceremony in Germany marking the fifteenth anniversary of the country's World Childhood Foundation where she presented awards.

Queen Silvia of Sweden presents Wan Bing with the Global …

Royal news, August 26th 2014

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden stole the show at the annual Polar Music Prize which was held in Stockholm on August 26th 2014.  While her father, King Carl XVI Gustaf, presented the awards all eyes were on the heiress to the throne as she stepped out in a stunning summer frock.

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden at the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm on August 26th 2014 (photo @polarmusicprize Instagram)
Chris O'Neill also attended this year's ceremony and his wife, Princess Madeleine, along with Queen Silvia joined the group afterwards for a banquet to mark the occasion.  The awards, which began in 1992, went this year to Peter Sellars and Chuck Berry with Dave Edmunds picking it up on his behalf.

Opera director Peter Sellars receives the 2014 Polar Music Prize from King Carl XVI Gustaf on August 26th 2014 (photo Swedish Royal Household)
Earlier in the day, King Carl XVI Gustaf held farewell audiences with the outgoing ambassadors from France, Norway and the United Arab Emirates…

Richard of Gloucester

The baby of King George V and Queen Mary's family turns seventy today.  Richard, Duke of Gloucester is the youngest grandchild of George and Mary and marks his big birthday in private. Born as World War Two raged, this prince spent the early part of his life in relative obscurity - even the details of his christening were kept scarce for security reasons.  But he was called to a very different role by tragic circumstances.

Richard, Duke of Gloucester who turns 70 on August 26th 2014 (By Allan warren (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons)
Born fifth in line to the throne, behind his two cousins, his father and his brother, by 1972 Prince Richard of Gloucester was tenth in the succession and settling down to married life with his new wife, Birgitte, having qualified as an architect.  Then, six weeks after the joy of his wedding, the prince was plunged into mourning when his older brother, William, was killed when his light aircraft crashed.  Prince Richard was now h…

Royal news, August 25th 2014

Crown Princess of Mary attended a concert by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on August 25th 2014.  The music played at the Concert Hall at the famous Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen.

Princess Mary at the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen on August 25th 2014 (photo @PlankTpl Twitter)
The concert was the final date for the orchestra after a major European tour.  The princess met the orchestra afterwards.  She chose a navy blue coat dress with bead detailing at the neck.

Crown Princess Mary arrives at Tivoli in Copenhagen on August 25th 2014 (Tivoli Gardens Instagram)
King Felipe was a spectator at the friendly warm up match between Spain and Argentina ahead of the Basketball World Cup.

King Felipe at a friendly basketball match in Madrid on August 25th 2014 (photo @baloncestofeb Twitter)
The match took place in Madrid and is the last friendly ahead of the World Cup which takes place in Spain and starts on August 30th. Spain won 86-53.

King Felipe of Spain at the friendly basketball match in Madrid wh…

Estelle, princess and pupil

Princess Estelle of Sweden, Duchess of Ostergotland, second in line to her country's throne and a future queen in waiting has begun a new role.  From this morning, she is also a school pupil.  The little princess started pre-school in Danderyd, just outside Stockholm, today and looked calm and confident as she headed into class holding hands with her parents, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel.

Ready for her adventure - Estelle of Sweden arrives at pre-school on August 25th 2014 with her parents
Estelle is beginning classes which aim to teach toddlers about nature and the world around them as they begin their education.  The princess, who is now two and a half, is beginning a path she must fulfil to be Queen of Sweden - to be eligible for the Swedish throne, a royal must be educated in the country.

Estelle's education must take place in Sweden for her to be able to inherit her country's throne
But for Estelle and her parents, this is an even bigger day as it marks a m…

Royals on social media, summer 2014

It's been a quiet few weeks for Europe's royal houses but as the summer holidays come to an end, there's been a gentle ripple of activity on the official social media accounts.  Here are some of the highlights of the week just gone..

Memories This week was filled with commemorations for the Belgian Royals with King Philippe visiting Dinant on August 23rd 2014 to mark the centenary of the execution of 674 civilians during World War One.  Photos of the ceremonies were shared on the royal household's official Twitter feed.

And the British Monarchy was also looking back to World War One, sharing information about the active service of Prince Albert - later King George VI - in World War One via its Twitter feed.

Did you know that Prince Albert (later King George VI) saw active service in the Battle of Jutland during #WW1?
— BritishMonarchy (@BritishMonarchy) August 21, 2014
The Danish royals, meanwhile, were looking back on the week's tour undertaken by the Crown Prince…

The queen of ripped jeans

After a week away from the spotlight, the Queen of Spain is back.  Letizia made her reappearance in Madrid where she and King Felipe did their usual Friday night thing and headed to the cinema. And the queen wore ripped jeans.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia hit the cinema in Madrid 
Queens have always been expected to wear the best and while in centuries past that meant cloth of gold and chests of jewels, today it means high fashion and Letizia was - as ever - right on trend. The ripped white jeans were paired with a top in one of the hottest colours of summer- bright yellow - and the money for her popcorn was stashed in a snakeskin shoulder bag.  Felipe did what all royal men tend to do in this situation and chose blue trousers and a blue shirt - it's a sure fire thing that if you have a trend setting royal wife you either go for that look or a pair of chinos with something white on your top half.

Cinema by royal appointment - Felipe and Letizia on their latest outing
The royal coup…