Mar 26, 2015

Stay Overnight and Live Like an Emperor at Schonbrunn Palace for Only £1,000

Schonbrunn Palace

If you want to feel how it is to live like royalty, or perhaps one of those Habsburg royalties, you now have the chance to relish the life of the life of splendor as you can stay at the former emperor’s suite in Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria, for £1,000.

The centuries-old palace has 1,441 rooms, which is also one of the most prized historical and cultural gems of Austria.

A night of stay in the palace will give you the chance to access a suite of two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a salon and a kitchen. And there’s more. You’ll also have your own private cook, limousine service and butler for as long as you’re staying here.

The Habsburgs took possession of the property in 1569 when Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II purchased the palace grounds for recreational hunting.

The palace was named Schonbrunn, which means 'beautiful spring', because of the artesian well which used to stay in the ground.

It was during the reign of Maria Theresa that the palace was built and remodeled, from 1740 and 1750. She had earlier received Schonbrunn as a wedding gift from her father Emperor Charles VI. Maria Theresa’s husband, Emperor Franz I redecorated the estate in its now-signature neoclassical style.

When the Habsburgs were deposed and the Austrian Republic was established in 1918, the property was converted into a museum. Following World War II, the British military used the palace as its office until it was again turned into a museum in 1955.

Schonbrunn Palace was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996. 

Check out the rooms below.






Mar 9, 2015

Read Queen Elizabeth II's Commonwealth Day Message

Queen Elizabeth II
Her Majesty's Commonwealth Day message this year centered on the need for constant dialogh among nations in an "uncertain world." Queen Elizabeth II appealed to the 53-nation organization of former British colonies that they should never lose trust on one another and always openly communicate with each other. Here is the complete transcript of Her Majesty's Commonwealth Day message.
"ONE simple lesson from history is that when people come together to talk, to exchange ideas and to develop common goals, wonderful things can happen.
So many of the world’s greatest technological and industrial achievements have begun as partnerships between families, countries, and even continents. But, as we are often reminded, the opposite can also be true. When common goals fall apart, so does the exchange of ideas. And if people no longer trust or understand each other, the talking will soon stop too. 
In the Commonwealth we are a group of 53 nations of dramatically different sizes and climates. But over the years, drawing on our shared history, we have seen and acted upon the huge advantages of mutual cooperation and understanding, for the benefit of our countries and the people who live in them. 
Not only are there tremendous rewards for this cooperation, but through dialogue we protect ourselves against the dangers that can so easily arise from a failure to talk or to see the other person’s point of view. 
Indeed, it seems to me that now, in the second decade of the 21st-Century, what we share through being members of the Commonwealth is more important and worthy of protection than perhaps at any other time in the Commonwealth’s existence. 
We are guardians of a precious flame, and it is our duty not only to keep it burning brightly but to keep it replenished for the decades ahead. 
With this in mind, I think it apt that on this day we celebrate ‘A Young Commonwealth’ and all that it has to offer. As a concept that is unique in human history, the Commonwealth can only flourish if its ideas and ideals continue to be young and fresh and relevant to all generations. 
The youthfulness and vitality that motivate our collective endeavours were seen in abundance last year in Glasgow. They will be seen again in a few months’ time when young leaders from islands and continents gather to make new friendships and to work on exciting initiatives that can help to build a safer world for future generations.
”And last November in India, talented young scientists from universities and research institutes conferred with eminent professors and pioneers of discovery at the Commonwealth Science Conference where together they shared thoughts on insights and inventions that promise a more sustainable future. 
These are stirring examples of what is meant by ‘A Young Commonwealth’. It is a globally diverse and inclusive community that opens up new possibilities for development through trust and encouragement. 
Commonwealth Day provides each of us, as members of this worldwide family, with a chance to recommit ourselves to upholding the values of the Commonwealth Charter. It has the power to enrich us all, but, just as importantly in an uncertain world, it gives us a good reason to keep talking.”


Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip to Visit Malta in November

Then-Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip in Malta, 1949. 

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are schedule to visit Malta this November for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Valletta, the island-nation's capital.

It was in Malta where the Queen and Prince Philip spent the first years of their married life, where the prince, then an officer at the Royal Navy, was stationed. The couple got a taste of normal life shortly before Queen Elizabeth's accession to the throne in 1952.

Queen Elizabeth II begged off from attending last year's meeting in Sri Lanka due to the lenghty travel. Prince Charles, who represented her in Sri Lank, will also be present in Malta together with the Duchess of Cornwall.

Queen Margrethe II's 75th Birthday Celebrations


Queen Margrethe II of Denmark will be celebrating her 75th birthday on April 16. The birthday will be celebrated with a number of events and activities in March and April. Here are the details of the festivities, courtesy of the Royal Family’s website.

Wednesday, 25 March
15.00

Opening of the exhibition “H.M. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark 1940-2015’’ at Frederiksborg Palace.

Wednesday, 8 April
The Queen and The Prince Consort ride in a coach through Aarhus under escort by the Royal Hussar Guard Regiment’s horse squadron. The coach tour will end at Aarhus’ City Hall.
Celebration at Aarhus’ City Hall. The Queen and The Prince Consort appear on the balcony at 12.00.

20.00
Gala evening at Musikhuset Aarhus.
Wednesday, 15 April

20.00
Gala banquet at Christiansborg Palace.

Thursday, 16 April
HM The Queen’s 75th birthday

12.00
The Queen and the royal family appear on the balcony at Christian VII’s Palace, Amalienborg.

12.30
The Queen and The Prince Consort ride in a coach from Amalienborg to Copenhagen’s City Hall.

13.00
Welcome and luncheon reception at Copenhagen’s City Hall.

20.00

Dinner at Fredensborg Palace.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Turns 51

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, is the youngest son and child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The Prince was born on March 10, 1964. He is married to the former Sophie Rhys-Jones and has two children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn. Here are 10 interesting facts that you should know about the prince on his birthday.


Prince Edward spent a gap year in New Zealand, where he worked as a a house tutor and junior master for two terms in September 1982 at the Wanganui Collegiate School in New Zealand ater he left Gordonstoun.


Prince Edward graduated in 1986 as BA (lower second class honours) and proceeded Master of Arts (Cantab) in 1991. This makes him the so far the fourth of only five members of the British Royal Family to have obtained a university degree.


Prince Edward dropped out of the grueling commando course after completing just one third of the 12-month training in 1987.


Edward opted for a career in entertainment, setting up Ardent Productions. The company was eventually dissolved after it bled cash.


The Prince’s wedding with Sophie Rhys-Jones on June 19, 1999 in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle was a significant break from the weddings that his older siblings staged.


Prince Edward was the only son of the Sovereign who was not created a royal duke. He was created Earl of Wessex and Viscount Served. It is assumed that the earl would take over his father’s title, Duke of Edinburgh, whenever it reverts back to the crown.


Prince Edward’s children, Louise and James, are the only male-line grandchildren of a sovereign who are styled the children of an Earl, rather than as Prince and Princess. 

Jan 28, 2015

Stay at These Five Lovely Chateaux Turned Inns in Central France

From Pinterest

If you are planning to step back in time and enjoy the regal luxury of how it was to live in the olden years in Central France, then, staying at chateaux and castles turned inns and bed and breakfasts is a great idea. If you’re in Central France, here’s a list of homey yet opulent accommodations that you shouldn’t miss on your list.

Jan 27, 2015

Royal Roundup: Hottest News January 27 2015

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We've scoured the net to bring you the hottest royal news in town.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George were joined by the Duchess' parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, in Mustique, where Carole is slated to celebrate her 60th birthday.

Prince Philip is conferred Australia's highest honor as Knight of the Order of Australia by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, for his contribution to Australia throughout Queen Elizabeth II's reign. The prime minister's decision, however, was heavily criticized, particularly by republicans.
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