Friday, July 25, 2014

Felipe and Letizia Remember Train Crash Victims

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain visited the Galician city of Santiago de Compostela on Friday, attending a mass in remembrance of the victims of a July 2013 train derailment. The high-speed train, traveling from Madrid to Ferrol, derailed just outside the Santiago de Compostela railway station. More than a hundred passengers were injured, and 79 were killed.

The mass was held at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Construction on the cathedral began nearly a thousand years ago, and the site was consecrated in 1128. The cathedral is one of the most important Catholic pilgrimage sites in Spain, located at the end of the Camino de Santiago (the "Way of St. James").

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Danish Royal Family's Summer Photocall

Members of the royal family of Denmark posed for photographers on Thursday during the annual summer photocall in Grasten.

Queen Margrethe II and her husband, Prince Henrik, were surrounded by their children and grandchildren during the portrait session.

During the session, Queen Margrethe chatted with her daughter-in-law, Crown Princess Mary, who stood beside her husband, Crown Prince Frederik, and their three youngest children: Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent, and Princess Josephine.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Queen Elizabeth II Opens Commonwealth Games

In Glasgow, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom opened the XX Commonwealth Games. The Games are a multi-sport event held every four years, much like the Olympic Games; however, the 71 nations competing all have ties to the Commonwealth of Nations.

The Duke of Edinburgh accompanied the Queen to the opening ceremonies at Celtic Park.

Dutch King and Queen Honor Crash Victims

At a military base in Eindhoven, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands gathered with the Dutch prime minister and other government officials to honor forty of the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

Prince Laurent of Belgium also attended the repatriation ceremony on behalf of his brother, King Philippe. Flight 17, a commercial flight that departed from Amsterdam on its way to Kuala Lumpur, crashed in Ukraine. One hundred ninety-three Dutch citizens and five Belgian citizens were on board.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Felipe and Letizia in France

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain continued their introductory visits to foreign heads of state today, traveling to Paris to meet with French government officials.

The king and queen posed for photographers at the Hôtel Matignon, the official residence of the French prime minister. There were certainly no communication issues when the two spoke with Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who was born in Barcelona and speaks fluent Spanish and Catalan. (There wouldn't have been any issues if Valls hadn't spoken Spanish, of course -- King Felipe also speaks French.)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Happy Birthday, Prince George!

Tomorrow marks the first birthday of the future king of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth realms, Prince George of Cambridge. To help satisfy public demand for adorable photos of the baby prince, the Cambridges have released two additional new family portraits to commemorate the occasion.

Belgian Royals Celebrate National Day

Today, the people of Belgium celebrated their National Day, a holiday that commemorates the founding of the country. Specifically, the day is the anniversary of King Leopold I swearing an oath of allegiance to the newly-established Belgian constitution on July 21, 1831. One hundred eighty-three years later, Leopold's descendants gathered with the rest of the nation for a festival of patriotic pride.