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.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Haakon Celebrates 41

(Photo via; Heiko Junge, NTB scanpix)

Crown Prince Haakon, the heir to the throne of Norway, celebrates his forty-first birthday today. To mark the occasion, the royal court released a new series of photographs of Haakon and his family. The crown prince is pictured with his wife, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, and the couple's three children: Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Prince Sverre Magnus, and Marius Borg Hoiby.

Several additional pictures from the portrait session are available on the official website of the Norwegian royal court. Click here for more!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

First of Prince George's Birthday Pictures

The first of three new photos of Prince George of Cambridge has been released. The pictures were taken by John Stillwell during the Cambridge family's recent visit to the Natural History Museum in London. George, who is third in line to the British throne, celebrates his first birthday on Tuesday.