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Prince arranges for measles vaccination in the Philippines

A CNN report revealed that Prince Charles has arranged for the delivery of five million measles and rubella vaccine with the hope of rescuing over 5,000 lives afflicted by measles. After being hit by Typhoon Haiyan in November last year, more than over 15,600 cases of measles have been reported by the Phippine Department of Health. Prince Charles was in India when Haiyan struck the Philippines. Two days after the typhoon made its landfall, the Prince visited Serum Institute in Pune, the world's largest manufacturer of measles vaccine. The International Health Partners, one of the prince's charity, will deliver the said vaccine.

Queen to welcome first state visit by an Irish head of state

For the first time since Ireland declared its independence from UK, Queen Elizabeth II will open her doors to the Irish head of state.  President Michael D. Higgins will pay a state visit April 8. With him is his wife, Sabina, and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny. He is expected to address both houses of Parliament, another first in the history of both UK and Ireland.  Queen Elizabeth II, meanwhile, is to host a state banquet in Windsor Castle for her Irish guests.  More visit about the upcoming Irish state visit from BBC.

Prince Leka of Albania's 32nd Birthday

Born in 1982, Prince Leka Anwar Zog Reza Baudouin Msiziwe Zogu is the only child of  Leka, Crown Prince of Albania and Susan Cullen-Ward. He was born in South Africa, but the South African government ceded his maternity ward to Albanian sovereignty to ensure that Leka was born in Albanian soil.

In 2006, he graduated from Sandhurst Military Academy in UK and was considered the academy's "best foreign student." In 2007, he was appointed to the foreign office and in 2009, was transffered to the Interior ministry. In 2012, Leka was appointed political adviser to President Bujar Nishani.  In 2011, Leka was engaged to actress Elia Zaharia.

Albanian monarchists refer to him at Leka II, after his father's death in 2011, whom he also succeeded as the head of the House of zogu and 3rd Sovereign Head of the Order of Besa and of the Order of Skanderbeg.

Prince Laurent of Belgium in induced coma

More update on Prince Laurent of Belgium's condition... He has now been placed under a medically induced coma to "optimise the treatment", said palace spokesman Pierre-Emmanuel de Bauw in a report by Expatica.   The Belgian TV station RTL reports that placing the prince in that condition  would give the patient more convenience because he does not have to exhaust himself against life-support system.

Queen Maxima grabs everyone's attention at a dinner for world leaders

World leaders just can't keep their eyes off Queen Maxima of the Netherlands during a dinner that she and King Willem-Alexander hosted at Royal Palace Huis ten Bosch. The leaders were in The Hague for a  Nuclear Security Summit. While the royal couple were greeting their guests before dinner, world leaders, including US President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and French President Francois Hollande, just can't help it but be mesmerized by Her Majesty's beauty.





Find out more update about the Nuclear Security Summit 2014 here

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden visits Ghana and Tanzania

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden visited the African countries of Ghana and Tanzania from March 17-21, together with trade minister Ewa Björling. The heir to the throne's visit centered on strengthening Sweden's trade links with these countries. She was in Ghana from March 17-19 and in Tanzania from March 20-21.







Visit here to find out more details and exciting photos of the crown princess' African tour.

The Lost Lives of Russia's Last Grand Duchesses

In her latest book, Four Sisters – The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses, Helen Rappaport reveals the true background of Nicholas II's four daughters, Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia. Their lives were that of immense wealth and splendor and extreme isolation from public eyes. In Rappaport's book, we will learn that when they were able to start engaging with the wider world, events in Russia overtook them.





Find out more about Rappaport's latest work here.


Happy 24th Birthday, Princess Eugenie of York!

Today is Princess Eugenie of York's 24th birthday. Unlike her high-profile elder sister, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie enjoys less publicity. She is the younger daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, second son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, and of Sarah, Duchess of York. The Princess was born in 1990 and was christened Eugenie Victoria Helena.

The Princess has been taking limited public roles to give way to her university studies, although she usually present in various ceremonial and family events. She entered Newcastle University in 2009, where she studied Combined Honours BA, completing her studies in 2012. In 2013, together with Princess Beatrice, she embarked on a tour in Germany, where she had the chance to represent her grandmother The Queen  at the reopening of the former Hanoverian royal palace, the Schloss Herrenhausen.

Dutch State Banquet for Chinese President

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima held a state banquet in honor of Chinese President Xi Jinping. This was the first time a Chinese president ever set foot in the Netherlands since e establishment of diplomatic ties between the two nations.

Prince Laurent of Belgium rushed to hospital

We've learned from UnOfficialRoyalty that Prince Laurent of Belgium has been rushed to the hospital. An official statement from the Royal Palace confirmed that. He is now at the Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc in Brussels since March 18. No further details was provided but some members of the Belgian press suggest the prince has been suffering from deppression. Prince Laurent is the younger brother of King Philippe. His parents are King Albert II and Queen Paolo.

Prince Andreas of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

Happy 71st Birthday to His Highness Andreas, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Duke of Saxony! Prince Andreas is the current Head of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, which include the Royal Family Belgium, the former Royal House of Bulgaria, and the British Royal Family, before they changed their name to Windsor, dropped all their German titles, and severed their ties with their German relations following World War I.

The Prince was born Andreas Michael Friedrich Hans Armin Siegfried Hubertus on March 21, 1943, the son of  Friedrich Josias, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and the former Countess Viktoria-Luise of Solms-Baruth. Prince Friedrich was the son of and heir of Charles Edward, the last reigning Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Duke of Albany in the British Peerage. Charles Edward was the only son (born posthumously) of Prince Leopold, youngest son of Queen Victoria. Thus, Andrea is a great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria.

In 1946, his parents divorced. In 1949, togeth…

Remembering the Wedding of Princess Louise and Marquess of Lorne

On this day in 1871, Princess Louise, Queen Victoria's third daughter and sixth child, married John Campbell, Marquess of Lorne. Princess Louise was born in 1848, while the Marquess of Lorne in 1845.

They were engaged in 1870 to the sorrow of Queen Victoria for the "thought of losing her" daughter, and to the surprise of her family. However, Queen Victoria, in a letter to her in-law, Queen Augusta of Prussia, she said that poor German princelings were highly unpopular in Britain. Lord Lorne, meanwhile, is the heir not just to his father's title, but also to his vast estates, making him "really no lower in rank than minor German Royalty."

Meanwhile, the Britons thought it was time that one of their princesses marry a local. In 1878, Lord Lorne was appointed Governor-General of Canada and so the couple sailed for Ottawa, where they proved to be very popular among the Canadians.

In 1900, Lorne succeeded as the 9th Duke of Argyll. While their marriage had thei…

Royal Events this Week - March 17-22

Check out this week's royal events that you should never miss!

March 18 - Prince Jean of Luxembourg and Diane de Guerre celebrate their 4th wedding anniversary. Prince Jean's marriage with Ms. De Guerre was his second wife, after divorcing his first wife, Hélène Suzanna Vestur. Prince Jean is the second son of the former Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg and of Princess Josephine Charlotte of Belgium. The bride is a daughter of the Countess Eugenie Marie de Guerre, néé Wolff Metternich zur Gracht.

March 20 - King Mohammad VI and Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco celebrate their 12th wedding anniversary. They were married in 2002 at the Dar al-Makhzin Royal Palace in Rabat, Morocco.

March 20 - Prince Nikolaus and Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein celebrate their 32nd wedding anniversary. Prince Nikolaus is the youngest son of Prince Franz Joseph II of Liechtenstein, while Princess Margaretha is the youngest daughter of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg. Their marriage produced two son…

Prince Edward's Official Photograph on his 50th Birthday

Here's Prince Edward and family's photograph released during his 50th birthday. The image was taken in the dining room of Bagshot Park, their home in Surrey, by Millie Pilkington, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's private wedding photographer.

Emperor Akihito's Speech Commemorating the Third Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake

Here is Emperor Akihito's speech in commemoration of the Third Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake last March 10. 
As we commemorate the third anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, together with the people gathered here today, I would like to again offer my deepest condolences to those who lost their lives in the disaster and their bereaved families.

The huge earthquake and tsunami that struck eastern Japan three years ago today left more than twenty thousand people dead or missing. Many people are still living under difficult conditions whether they are in the afflicted regions or in the places where they evacuated to. The nuclear power plant accident caused by the disaster is making some regions still off-limits because of radioactive contamination, forcing many people to leave the places where they used to live. It pains me greatly to think that so many people do not yet know when they can go back to their own homes.

In the past three years, people in the af…

Sweden's Royal Family Now on YouTube

Do you want to get updates about the Swedish Royal Family's official duties, relive historic moments, visit the royal palaces and get an insight into the work of the Royal Court? Follow them on Youtube! Visit http://www.youtube.com/kungahuset.

The Queen's Commonwealth Day Message

Here is Her Majesty's message delivered during the Commonwealth Day, March 10, 2014:
In July this year, the opening of the 20th Commonwealth Games will be marked by the arrival in Glasgow of the baton that started its journey from Buckingham Palace five months ago.

Many of us are following closely the news of the baton relay as it passes through the 70 countries and territories whose teams will gather for the Games. The images bring vividly to life what we mean by the Commonwealth family: it is wonderful to see the warmth, shared endeavour and goodwill as the baton is passed through the hands of many thousands of people.

Affinities of history and inheritance from the past are strong, yet we are bound together by a sense that the Commonwealth is a powerful influence of good for the future. People of all ages from different cultures are weaving an ever-growing network of links which connect us in our diversity and our common purpose. It is this unity that is expressed in this year'…
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