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5 royal reasons to remember February 2016

One months, hundreds of royal events and some very special memories. Among the highlights of February, five moments really stand out. From a magical tea party to the beginnings of a piece of history, these are the things that will stay with us for a long time to come. Here are five royal reasons to remember February 2016.

Princess Madeleine makes fairytales come true

Fairytales can come true, it can happen to you...and it did happen in February when Princess Madeleine invited seriously ill children to a tea party at the Royal Palace in Stockholm and came dressed as - a real life princess. In one of the most magical royal events in a long time, Madeleine donned a princess dress and a real life sparkly tiara to host the party for Min Stora Dag, the charity which provides special experiences for very ill children and of which she is patron. Her daughter, Princess Leonore, came too in a pink princess dress of her own.There were cakes, there were crowns and there were some very special memories for the twelve children who were treated to a fairy tale come true by Princess Madeleine.

The Queen gets her own train line

What do you get the monarch who has everything? How about her own train line. Elizabeth II grabbed Victoria's place in the history books by overtaking her record as the longest reigning British monarch ever and now she's joining her great, great grandmother with another honour reserved for very few people indeed - her own train line. Crossrail, which opens in December 2018, will be known as the Elizabeth Line and just to add to the total regal effect it will be coloured purple on the train maps. Pretty spectacular.

Queen Maxima visits Pakistan

Queen Maxima has had a high profile as a UN Special Ambassador for Inclusive Finance and her visit this month to Pakistan in that capacity was an important one. The Queen of the Netherlands spent three days in the country, hearing about projects that are giving financial freedom to many different sectors of society and making several keynote speeches about issues close to her heart. The visit was a success and that's no surprise, Maxima's clear passion for this cause shines through every time.

Princess Ingrid Alexandra lights the Olympic flame

Her family has had a long involvement with the Olympic movement and Princess Ingrid Alexandra, future queen of Norway, carried on that tradition when she lit the Olympic flame at the start of the Youth Games in Lillehammer. She shared the starring role at the opening ceremony with her grandfather, King Harald, who was visibily moved as he declared that the games had started while Ingrid's dad, Crown Prince Haakon Magnus, was a volunteer during the event. The whole family got involved and the high royal profile at the Youth Olympics is a royal highlight of the year already.

A special wedding anniversary

It's back to fairytales. On Valentine's Day 2016, the Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary and brought a real royal touch to romance. Henri of Luxembourg married Maria Teresa Mestre on February 14th 1981 at Notre Dame Cathedral in the Grand Duchy. The couple have five children and three grandchildren and have been Grand Duke and Duchess since 2000. And the photos taken to mark their special wedding anniversary showed they're just as happy now as when they said 'I do' thirty five years ago.
(photo credit: Cour Ducale/ Carole Bellaiche)

Just five right royal reasons to remember February 2016 - but which was your favourite?


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