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5 royal headlines from January 2016

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January 2016 is making its way into the past but its left us plenty of royal headlines and moments that will write their way into the history books.  As the first month of the new year comes to an end, it's time to look back at the stories that will endure. Here are 5 royal headlines from January 2016


King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway marked 25 years on the throne on January 17th 2016 with a winter games celebration, a church service and a special concert as well as family and formal gala celebrations. It was a truly happy day and tributes for the royal couple poured in across Norway and beyond. 



Infanta Cristina of Spain became the first member of her royal family to face trial on criminal charges when she walked into court in Mallorca on January 11th to face allegations of tax evasion. Along with 17 other defendants, including her husband Inaki Urdangarin, she sat in the stark courtroom as the trial linked to the Noos case began. Cristina, sister of King Felipe VI and daught…

The Royal Wardrobe: long and layers

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This weeks' royal fashion was all about long and layers. We had three great evening looks which took on below the knee in different ways. And there were a couple of daytime outfits that showed adding layers can add chic to any look. Here are five stand out looks from this week's Royal Wardrobe.


Princess Sofia gave us an evening look that is already a stand out of 2016 as she attended the Swedish Sports Gala 2016. Her long, dark navy maternity gown will take some beating and would suit any gala event. Totally fabulous.


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Princess Charlene of Monaco layered up to attend an evening ceremony marking the feast of St Devota. Her beige and grey mix looked perfect on a crisp winter's evening.





Crown Princess Mary treated us to another cracking full length evening dress as she attended a navy dinner in Copenhagen. Her purple gala gown, with mauve details on the waist, was another winter winner (photo Billed Bladet TV screen shot)
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Prince Harry's 100 day countdown

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Prince Harry had a couple of centuries to think about on his latest public appearance. Heading to the trials for the Invictus Games in Bath, he watched hundreds of hopefuls compete for exactly 100 places in the British team as the countdown to the event hit 100 days and counting.


Prince Harry speaks to Invictus Games hopefuls at the University of Bath January 29th 2016, Bath (photo @KensingtonRoyal Instagram)
The trials will last three days, ending on Sunday, and will see the final team for the second Invictus Games take shape. Competitors are vying for the chance to represent Britain in the ten sports that will feature in the Games which are being held in Orlando.


Prince Harry meets @WeAreInvictus hopefuls competing for the 100 places in the UK @InvictusOrlando team pic.twitter.com/ZRsXmCf8ZU — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 29, 2016

Prince Harry visited the trials on Friday January 29th and spent time chatting with the competitors, all injured servicemen and women, at the…

Crown Princess Mary looks to the future

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Crown Princess Mary wasn't just back in action yesterday, she was already making plans for the future. Mary attended a New Year Reception for Women Deliver in Copenhagen - and heard more about their conference being held in the city in May.


Crown Princess Mary of Denmark at the Women Deliver Reception Copenhagen, January 28th 2016 (photo @Kristian_Jensen Twitter)
Women Deliver is an international organisation working towards improving health, education and social rights for women and girls around the world. Its conference takes place in Copenhagen between May 16th and 19th this year and will focus particularly on health issues. Crown Princess Mary will be one of the speakers.

Princess Mary at the Women Deliver reception on January 28th 2016 (photo @LotteHansen Twitter)
Mary has been involved with Women Deliver on several occasions before and her work with the Mary Foundation also places a focus on women's rights and helping younger women and girls into education and through issues …

Dowager Queen of England, against all the odds

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She may have mourned, she may have breathed a huge sigh of relief. For on this day, in 1547, Katherine Parr became the Dowager Queen of England, Somehow, the sixth wife of Henry VIII had survived him with her head and her crown intact. She had been very lucky indeed but widowhood would prove to be as dangerous for Katherine as married life had been.


Katherine Parr, Queen of England 1543 - 1547
Katherine Parr had been Queen of England for three and a half years when the man who made her a king died. And those 40 odd months had proved eventful and then some for this consort. Henry had picked her as his queen while she was intrigued by courtier, Thomas Seymour, but she quickly adapted to her new life and was even named regent by her husband when he headed to France. She worked hard to reconcile Henry with his daughters, Mary and Elizabeth, but she made enemies along the way and narrowly escaped a plot to have her arrested and probably executed by careful treatment of Henry VIII. Her power …

Charles and Camilla take to the stage

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The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have taken to the stage to declare the oldest surviving music hall in the world open again. Charles and Camilla were at Wilton's Music Hall in east London to see the extensive renovation work that has returned this historic building to its former glory.


The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall helped relaunch an historic theatre today by writing on a piece of paper (photo @Clarence House Twitter)
Wilton's Music Hall first put on shows just after Charles' great, great, great grandmother, Queen Victoria, came to the throne. In 1839 a concert hall took shape at the ale house in Graces Alley in London and in 1853 it became a music hall. By the end of the 19th century it had become a Methodist Mission but it was badly damaged in the war and fell into disrepair. The 21st century saw a campaign to renovate it and today, Victoria's descendant was on stage to sign the official document that brought Wilton's Music Hall off…

Maxima on film

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Queen Maxima opened the International Rotterdam Film Festival last night but the headlines were all about her. The Dutch queen chose an outfit by Etro that stood out in more ways than one. There were quite a few film stars at the event but no one came close to taking the lead - Maxima outshone them all.


Queen Maxima at the opening of the Rotterdam International Film Festival on January 27th 2016 (photo @koninklijkhuis Twitter)
The Rotterdam International Film Festival focuses on cutting edge material, works by independent film makers and experimental material from emerging talents. So this was never going to be a little black dress event. But Queen Maxima's choice of on trend print with even more on trend wide leg trousers summed up the spirit of the event and turned her into the film festival's star.

Please Welcome: Her Majesty Queen Máxima and Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb, at the opening of #IFFR 2016. A photo posted by IFFR (@iffr) on Jan 27, 2016 at 12:03pm PST

The festival, which u…

Maxima's trouser style - 5 great looks

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Queen Maxima's stunning outfit worn last night for the opening of the Rotterdam International Film Festival is a reminder, if we needed one, that when it comes to stand out trousers then this consort is the one to beat. From hot colours to hot prints, Maxima knows how to choose a pair of trousers no one will ever forget. Here are 5 of her best looks.




On her arrival in America last year, Maxima walked out to lunch in this classic white trouser look and created an instant classic


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For one of her last appearances before her husband became king, Maxima chose an all beige trouser outfit which combined elegance and on trend

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It's red, it's Valentino. Queen Maxima chose this striking trouser suit in September 2015 and was on to another winner.
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For a visit to Germany, Queen Maxima gave us another chance to see the bright pink trouser suit she'd debuted just weeks earlier. No one else could get away with it and why …

5 royal flames

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The end of January usually sees Monaco's royals taking part in the traditional ceremony for Saint Devote, patron saint of the principality. And a big part of that tradition is the moment when the royal guests set fire to a boat. This year Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene did the honours and the images were pretty spectacular. Here are five moments we've seen royals with flames.



Prince Albert and Princess Charlene take part in the traditional ceremony to Saint Devote in Monaco on January 26th 2016



His big sister, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, will be lighting the Olympic torch at the Winter Youth Games in Norway next month but on their grandparents' Jubilee it was Prince Sverre Magnus who got to hold the flame high

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The Queen didn't set fire to the Commonwealth baton but she made it her own by placing a special message inside it which was read at the opening ceremony of the Games in 2014



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6 daytime versions of bright pink

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Queen Mathilde has really hit a run of form when it comes to fashion and for her latest appearance she was in the pink. Her fuchsia dress, chosen for a diplomatic reception in Brussels, was block colour at its most elegant. But she's not the only royal to make this bright colour shine and sparkle. Here are 6 bright pink royal outfits that will live long in the memory.



For the annual reception for Belgian diplomats at the Royal Palace in Brussels, Queen Mathilde really stood out from the crowd in a bright pink dress



Crown Princess Mary wowed in her own fuchsia pink shift dress in September 2015. Like Mathilde she kept it simple and like the Belgian queen, she scored a big hit.


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Kate and William said they didn't know the gender of royal baby number two before Princess Charlotte arrived in May 2015 but the colour of the Duchess of Cambridge's coat on her final engagement before the birth proved to be spot on. And it is a pretty fine coat to boot.

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The best royal maternity evening gown ever?

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It's cool, it's classy, it's on trend, it's just really rather fantastic. Princess Sofia stepped out at the Swedish Sports Gala 2016 tonight in a maternity gown to remember. In fact, it might just be the best royal mama in waiting evening look ever.


Princess Sofia of Sweden looking stunning at the Swedish Sports Gala 2016 (photo kungahuset.se)
Sofia's dress, in dark navy, just keeps on getting better with every look. It starts with a classic collar, adds long sleeves and the soft, draping material works perfectly on the top half. And then we get to the empire line belt. The belt is wide, it's the same colour and it sits across the top of Sofia's baby bump like a dream.
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Add in a long skirt with a slight flare and even a merest hint of a train and you have a maternity look that won't be bettered this side of Christmas.


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Sofia topped it all off with a chic, one sided semi up do in her hair and a pair of earrings t…

Mathilde's marvellous week

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She already had plenty to celebrate as she marked her 43rd birthday in the week. But the past seven days have been pretty special all round for Queen Mathilde of the Belgians. She took on a new role with the UN, enjoyed a high profile at the World Economic Forum in Davos and then ended up centre stage at a concert marking the Dutch Presidency of the EU in Brussels. Mathilde has had a marvellous week.


The photo tweeted by the Belgian royals with a thank you message from Queen Mathilde for her birthday wishes
It all began with an invitation from Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, to join the Sustainable Development Goals Advocacy Group which was officially launched at the World Economic Forum. The group of fifteen people will help the UN work towards realising the objectives on sustainable development it adopted in September 2015. Queen Mathilde accepted the invitation and will now sit on the group alongside Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and pop star, Shakira.



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A piece of cake for the Queen

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It's a traditional January engagement for the Queen and this year, it was a piece of cake. As she joined the Sandringham and West Newton Women's Institute for their meeting, as she nearly always does in the weeks after Christmas, the Queen was given her first birthday cake of the year. And as this is a big birthday with several big parties lined up, we can expect a lot more cake for the Queen in the weeks and months to come.


Cake number one for her 90th birthday was presented to the Queen in Norfolk this week

The first delicacy to help her celebrate her 90th birthday, which takes place on April 21st, was an iced fruit cake. And her hosts also provided champagne to toast her big day with. And with the Women's Institute's stellar reputation for cake, this was a slice to savour as celebrations for her big day got under way - three months early.

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The Queen usually visits her local WI in the middle of January and this year she heard from guest speaker, …

Birthday girl Athena takes to the snow

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If you can't have fun in the snow when you are four, then when can you enjoy it? And Denmark's littlest princess is really enjoying it in a set of new photos taken to mark her fourth birthday.


Princess Athena of Denmark with her big brother, Henrik, in a new image released to mark her fourth birthday
We got a double dose of images of Athena of Denmark for her fourth birthday and they show a little princess growing up fast and a daughter looking more and more like her mummy every day.  Princess Athena is the image of Princess Marie while big brother, Henrik, is really rather like dad, Prince Joachim,

Mummy's mini me - Marie of Denmark's daughter is the image of her in new photos released today
Athena Marguerite Francoise Marie of Denmark was born on January 24th 2012 at the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, the only daughter of Prince Joachim and Princess Marie. She is tenth in line to her country's throne.  
Photo credit: Steen Brogaard and kongehuset,dk



Mathilde and Maxima steal the show

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It's hard for kings, really, to make a fashion statement unless it's a crown and uniform kind of occasion. And King Willem-Alexander and King Philippe, two of the continent's newest monarchs, looked resigned to that as they attended an event together in Brussels last night.  Queen Mathilde of the Belgians and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands stole the show at a concert held to mark the beginning of the Dutch Presidency of the EU.


Mathilde and Maxima both look stunning at a concert in Brussels on January 22nd 2016

The Dutch King and Queen joined their Belgian counterparts at the concert held at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels and performed by the Dutch Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The Dutch Foreign Minister was also there but that didn't really matter either. Everyone was looking at Maxima and Mathilde.



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Queen Mathilde chose a grey silk dress with a bright pink panel overlay on top with a drape details at the shoulder. Queen Maxima went for a…

The Royal Wardrobe: 5 fabulous fashion moments

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High neck blouses and bold colours was where the Royal Wardrobe was at this week. It all felt quite wintry so it must be January and the overall effect was understated elegance with a few little flourishes thrown in for good measure.  Here are 5 looks that caught the eye this week.



Queen Mathilde isn't the first royal to try the high neck bow blouse this year or even the first one to try it in dark green (see Queen Maxima last week) but she is the first to have to add a name badge and still make it look stunning. Add in an on trend A line skirt and big hair and you have a winner of a look. Birthday girl, Mathilde, rules this week.



استمعت اليوم إلى عدد من قصص النجاح لرياديات أردنيات وكيف استطعن البدء بمشاريعهن الخاصة والتغلب على التحديات التي واجهتهن #سيدات #نجاح #فخر #الأردن #حب_الأردن Listening to young Jordanian entrepreneurs share their success stories about how they made it in the startup world #Women #Success #Proud #Jordan #LoveJO A photo posted by Queen Rania Al Abdullah (@qu…

Mummy Madeleine's photo album

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It was meant to be a private family holiday but when Princess Madeleine found photographers trying to get photos of her, her husband and their two children while they enjoyed their sunshine break she totally got the better of them. Madeleine posted some top snaps of the family on her Facebook page, making sure she was in charge and that there was no market for snatched images.


Princess Madeleine of Sweden with her son, Prince Nicolas, in family photos from their holiday shared by the royals on Madeleine's Facebook page
Madeleine shared photos of Princess Leonore, who is about to turn two, and seven month old Prince Nicolas on her own social media account with the message ''Family time, sadly interrupted. What a pity we weren't just asked for photos, because here are some sweet ones.''.  And she is right, they are really sweet.




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Sofia sparkles

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You wait months for a new royal portrait and then suddenly they all arrive at once. Just days after a fabulous photo album from Norway for King Harald's Jubilee and a super selection of birthday pics celebrating Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway's 12th birthday, the Swedish Royal Family have shared some new images. And one shows its newest princess, Sofia, sparkling.


Princess Sofia of Sweden in a new portrait released on January 20th 2016 (photo Royal Court/ Anna-Lena Ahlstrom)
Sofia wears a baby blue lace gown, not dissimilar in style to the dove grey lace effect dress chosen by Princess Madeleine for the Nobel Prizes at the end of 2015, and her wedding tiara made up of diamonds and emeralds. Whether the blue is a hint linked to the baby bump which is just visible at the bottom of the photo is anyone's guess - Sofia and her husband, Prince Carl Philip, have said they won't find out the gender of their first child before he or she arrives in April this year. It wasn…