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Queen Letizia of Spain Looks Chick in Her Favorite Hugo Boss Plum Blazer Topped By a Candy Pink Coat

Queen Letizia of Spain loves to reuse her old outfits and she's doing a great job at it! At an engagement in Madrid earlier with the Foundation Against Drug Addiction, which she heads as Honorary President, the Queen displayed her thrifty side but in the most regal manner. The 43-year-old queen wore a plum-colored Jamayla blazer by Hugo Boss-- a favorite of Her Majesty's, she already donned it around six times already. This time, she added a lovely edge to the smart jacket by wearing it with the matching Valessima skirt and a collarless, candy pink coat. Her chic look was completed by a pair of nude Prada pointed heels and a leather clutch bag. Images: Getty / Rex/Shutterstock.

Princess Cristina of Spain Becomes First Member of Spain's Royal Family to Be Put on Trial

Infanta Cristina of Spain, the 50-year-old sister of King Felipe VI, has become the first member of the Spanish Royal Family after its restoration in 1975 to be put on trial after she appeared in court together with her husband, Inaki Urdangarin, to face charges regarding her failure to declare taxes on personal expenses paid by a real estate company which she co-owned with her husband. Urdangarin, meanwhile, is facing more serious charges after he allegedly used his title as Duke of Palma to embezzle about 6 million euros ($6.5 million) in public contracts through the nonprofit Noos Institute he which he operates with a business partner. Princess Cristina's lawyers, meanwhile, asked that the case be junked since Spanish jurisprudence allows an accused to escape trial if the victim of a crime does not back the charges.

Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg Turns 95

Luxembourg pays its tribute to Grand Duke Jean on the occasion of his 95th birthday. A musical tribute and special royal birthday party was hosted at the Philharmonie where guests included King Philip and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians, Queen Sofia of Spain and her sister Princess Irene, King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes, former queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, and former Crown Prince Hassan of Jordan and Princess Sarvath.

Grand Duke Jean was born on January 5, 1921 to Grand Duchess Charlotte and Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma. He reigned from 1964 until 2000, when he abdicated in favor of his son, Luxembourg's reigning Grand Duke, Henri. He was married to Princess Josephine Charlotte of Belgium in 1953, with whom he had five children: Princess Marie Astrid, Archduchess of Austria, Grand Duke Henri, Prince Jean, Princess Margaretha, and Prince Guillaume.

Happy Birthday, Grand Duke Jean! Image: Wikimedia Commons.

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko to Pay Respects to War Dead in the Philippines

Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are slated for a five-day state visit to the Philippines on January 26. This is in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the normalization of bilateral ties between Japan and the Philippines. This will be the the first time that the royal couple will visit the country as a sovereign. They came here as crown prince and princess in 1962. Their visit comes after the invitation of President Benigno Aquino during his state visit to Japan last June.

Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine of Denmark Poses with a Koala Official Birthday Photos

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary's twin kids, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine just turned five. And to mark the occasion, the Danish Royal Family released their official photos showing them posing with a koala at wildlife sanctuary during the family's Christmas holiday to Australia. The photos were taken by no other than Princess Mary. Queen Margrethe's twin grandkids were born on January 8, 2011 in Copenhagen. Source: Crown Princess of Denmark / Kungehuset.

34 Moments The World Fell in Love with Kate, Duchess of Cambridge Even More!

The former Kate Middleton, now our Duchess of Cambridge, turns 34 today. It's been a very busy year for our beloved royal but not even her hectic schedule or the frenzy of being a celebrity royal could tame the love her adoring fans has for her! So what better way to relieve the year that was for the Duchess of Cambridge than to look back at the 34 most unforgettable moments this past year.

Read the Transcript of Bill Clinton and Tony Blair As They Talk About Princess Diana After Her Death

Shortly after the car crash that killed Diana, Princess of Wales, and his boyfriend, Harrod heir Dodi Al-Fayed, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President Bill Clinton talked over the phone after the surprise death of Diana shocked Clinton and family who were vacationing in Martha's Vineyard. They discussed about their shared grief after Diana’s death and their concerns for Prince William and Prince Harry, who instantly became motherless. The transcripts were released on Thursday the freedom of information request made by BBC the to the Clinton Presidential Library.

Princess Mary Dazzles in Understated Ivory Dress at New Year’s Diplomatic Reception

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark never fails to dazzle the crowd no matter how understated her dress is. The princess joined her husband, Crown Prince Frederik at the Annual New Year’s Diplomatic Reception at Christiansborg Palace. She wore an ivory accessorized with a large pearl necklace with pink diamond droplet. Queen Margrethe of Denmark arrived alone after Prince Henrik officially retired from royal life. Photo: Rex

Prince Henrik Officially Retires

Here is the official statement the Lord Chamberlain regarding the retirement of Prince Henrik of Denmark from official duties (translated in English).

As announced in Her Majesty The Queen's speech, His Royal Highness the Prince Consort, decided to retire effective January 1, 2016 after more than 40 years of active duties for Denmark and Danish interests.

His Royal Highness will "slow down." The Prince Consort will no longer participate in of official events and meetings, including New Year receptions, the opening of Parliament, diplomatic receptions and state visits abroad.

By contrast, the Prince Consort continue to participate in other events of an official nature, including nytårstaflet and various events taking place where the royal couple have residence.

His Royal Highness keep the bulk of its patronages and honorary position, and the Prince Consort will continue to participate in a variety of chores, including art and culture.

The decision is not expected to have…

Prince George of Cambridge Goes to School

From The British Monarchy (Facebook)

Prince George arrives for his first day at Westacre Montessori School nursery in Norfolk earlier today. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released these two photographs to mark the occasion. They show Prince George standing in front of the mural on the outside of the nursery building.

Abergeldie Castle Survived By a Hair's Breadth After Getting Nearly Swallowed by River Dee

Abergeldie Castle in Aberdeenshire, near to Queen Elizabeth's Balmoral estate, survived Storm Frank after “teetering on the brink” following the overflow of the River Dee. John Seton Howard Gordon, Baron Abergeldie, was forced to evacuate from his family’s ancestral home, which sits on an 11,687-acre estate. The 76-year-old nobleman and his wife sought refuge with their neighbor Gordon Fraser.

Ivan the Terrible’s Military Arsenal Discovered Near Moscow with Shock You!

A storehouse built in 16th century believed to be the arsenal of Russia’s Czar Ivan IV, who goes in the history as Ivan the Terrible, was discovered in Zvenigorod, near Moscow. Unearthed were weapons including sabres, arrows and pointy helmets distinctive for elite soldiers at the time.

Princess Olympia of Greece Enjoys the Aspen Slopes with Kyra Kennedy

Princess Olympia spent her New Year's Eve partying in Aspen, Colorado. King Constantine II’s granddaughter celebrated Christmas is the Bahamas with her family before hitting the ski town, which she frequents many times a year. She was joined by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s daughter Kyra, 19, also went, who documented their holiday on her Instagram page. The besties were at the Aspen Mountain Club, which requires a $220,000 initiation fee plus annual dues. Photo: Kyra Kennedy's Instagram

See Bhutan’s Queen Jetsun Pema Show Off Her Baby Bump

Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan revealed her baby bump for the first time while posing with King Jigme  Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck in the grounds of the royal palace. The queen is expected to give birth to a son next month.  This New Year’s Day pic features the royal couple with their hands on Queen Jetsun's belly. Photo: Bhutanese Government.

New BBC Documentary Slammed for Maligning Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

The new BBC drama, Royal Wives at War, drew critical backlash for alleging that Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother tried to woo the future Edward VIII before settling for his brother the future George VI has been condemned as a “hurtful fairy tale,” MailOnline reports.
Royal Wives At War documents the relationship between the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and Wallis Simpson, the American divorcee whom Edward VIII married and who was the reason why he abdicated the throne in 1936.
Discussions from respected historians Hugo Vickers and John Julius Norwich were featured, but what was the most controversial was the claim made by Lady Colin Campbell. According to her the Queen Mother resented Mrs. Simpson, later, the Duchess of Windsor, for marrying Edward, the man who she really wanted at first.
Watch: The Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor

Engineers Hold Key to World's Challenges, says Prince Philip

In a radio interview, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, praised engineers for a great job they're doing, saying old the key to meeting the challenges of the world's growing population and it was "curious" there is not a Nobel Prize for the discipline. The "skint" UK had relied on its technological ability to rebuild after the Second World War. The 94-year-old prince also suggested that it would be engineers who could "decide" how a population boom could be managed without damaging the environment.

Crown Princess Mary stuns guests at the New Year Gala

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark pulls a stunner as she arrived at Amalienborg Palace for the New Year Gala hosted by Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik of Denmark.  No trace that she just came from a holiday in her beloved Australia. The princess really looked lovely as she sported a midnight blue velvet floor-length gown. The bottom half sparkled with the intricate sequins. Her hair was kept neat by the antique diamond and ruby-encrusted tiara she wore that perfectly complementded the Knight of the Order of the Elephant collar.
The 43-year-old royal arrived arm-in-arm with her husband, Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik. The heir to the Danish throne, meanwhile, wore the Danish military uniform and carried his ceremonial sabre for the traditional event. They were warmly welcomed by well-wishers outside before they entered the palace. Their younger son, Prince Joachim, 46, and his wife Princess Marie also joined the royal couple in the annual event.  Check out MailOnline for more love…

Queen Elizabeth II shames younger royals for still carrying a number of engagements in 2015, Princess Anne emerges as the hardest working royal

The Queen remains tireless in carrying out official engagements. In fact the Queen has put the younger generation of the Royal family to shame by carrying out more engagements than the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry combined during the past year.
Peter Henn and John Chapman of Daily Express note that the Queen, who will turn 90 in April showed no signs of slowing down as she carried out more than 340 official engagements. The Duke of Edinburgh, meanwhile, who will turn 95 this year, managed 217 engagements at home and 33 abroad.
But it was Princess Anne who carried out a whopping 544 engagements in 2015. That’s more than 10 a week, topping her 2014 engagements which saw her participate in 528 activities and knocking elder bro Prince Charles as the busiest royal. The heir to the throne, though carried out still an impressive 527 engagements last year.
Richard Fitzwilliams, the royal commentator, praised the princess for her dedication to her duty.

"The figures sho…

Read: Emperor Akihito's New Year Thoughts for 2016

From Imperial Household Agency

Here are Emperor Akihito’s thoughts in the coming of New Year 2016:
As last year was the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, it was a year in which many of us spent much time thinking about the war. In welcoming the new year, I would like to renew my prayer for peace both for our country and our people.
It will soon be five years since the Great East Japan Earthquake, and it pains me to think that there are still people who cannot return to the places they used to live and those who must endure the hardships of living in temporary housing. I hope that these people will take good care of their health through the cold winter, and that further progress will be made in the recovery of the afflicted areas. Our country Japan is indeed blessed with beautiful nature, but at the same time, we are prone to natural disasters. It is my sincere hope that each and every Japanese cultivate an awareness of disaster prevention and continue to look out for each …

Shocking: Two of Marie Antoinette's four children were fathered by her Swedish diplomat, secret love letters reveal

Secret letters published for the first time have revealed that two of Marie Antoinette's children were fathered by a Swedish diplomat, and not the ill-fated King Louis XVI, MailOnline reports.
According to British historian Evelyn Farr, who researched archives throughout Europe to support his assertions, Marie Antoinette had a 20 year affair with Swedish Count Axel von Fersen. She claims their 20 year affair culminated in the birth of her youngest daughter Sophie and the young dauphin Louis-Charles.
Sophie was the royal couple's fourth child. She died just weeks before her first birthday while her elder brother Louis-Charles died aged 10, during his imprisonment by French revolutionaries.
The correspondence, which has been cross-referenced with other historical documents, many unpublished, confirms unequivocally their passionate and enduring love affair. 
Farr's expose will be will be published this March for the first time in I Love You Madly - Marie Antoinette: The Secr…

Read: Queen Margrethe's New Year Address 2015

Here is the transcript of Queen Margrethe of Denmark’s New Year address.
A year is coming to an end; tomorrow a new year will begin.
We cannot take leave of 2015 without reflecting upon what the year has brought with it. In January we saw first the shocking attack on the French satirical magazine in Paris, and about a month later we experienced the two attacks at Krudttønden and at the Synagogue in Krystalgade in Copenhagen. Two Danes lost their lives, and we were all left with a sense of shock and horror – acts of terrorism had reached us. My thoughts go to the relatives of both victims. We were all affected, which was reflected in the huge rally of support shown in the days and weeks following the tragic events. But it was not to end there: Not many weeks ago, Paris was hit once again by terrorist attacks leaving many people dead and injured. Not only Europe – but the entire world has demonstrated solidarity with France. Acts of terrorism are not a European phen…

Prince Henrik of Denmark to retire from official duties

In her annual New Year's speech, Queen Margrethe of Denmark dropped hints that Prince Henrik, the prince consort, will retire.

The 81-year-old prince consort will "only to a very limited extent partake in the official events, which for so many years have been a natural part of his life," the Queen said.

"It is his decision, which I understand and respect. I am deeply grateful for all the support, help and inspiration he has given me over the years," the 75-year-old monarch said.

Henrik, born Henri Marie Jean André de Laborde de Monpezat in 1934, was a French diplomat before joining the Danish Royal Family after his marriage to then Princess Margrethe in 1967. They have two sons: Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim.

For her part, Margrethe, who plays a rather ceremonial role in the Danish government, said she will continue "to carry out my duties with the support of my husband, though it will be less visible." Source:

Watch: The Christmas Broadcast 2015

Source: The British Monarchy

In this year’s Christmas Broadcast 2015, also known as "The Queen’s Speech," Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II reflects on the year’s events, and encourages us to be grateful "for all that brings light to our lives."

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