When trying to put some order in the huge amount of photos I have taken in the past 20 years or so, I came across this pre-digital photo. It is probably the most surprising royal photo I have ever taken. I think it was Sunday 10 August 2003, one day after I had enjoyed the […]
During my state visit in London – as my royalty friend Bobby called it – I intended to visit a few exhibitions and meet with a few people. Unfortunately the royals themselves managed to organize their many engagements around my visit, so there wasn’t much going on. I missed the visit of Queen Letizia of […]
On 30 April 2019 Emperor Akihito of Japan will abdicate and on 1 May 2019 his son Naruhito will be the new emperor. The enthronement is to take place on 22 October 2019, with a huge banquet taking place the next day. The big question is: which royals will attend in October? When in July […]
After having been in London several times, you’d think I have seen it all. Of course when you visit first you really need to see the obvious royal places like Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace, Kensington Palace, Clarence House, the Queen’s Gallery, Kew Gardens … I’ve never been inside Buckingham Palace or Clarence House, as […]
As soon as I saw the trailer in October 2018 I knew I had to see “The Queen’s Corgi”, a Belgian animated adventure film releasedt his year. This children’s film is produced by the Belgian company nWave Pictures, directed by Ben Stassen and Vincent Kesteloot, and written by John R. Smith and Rob Sprackling. This […]
Some time ago I discovered this great website Future Learn, that offers quite good courses for free. Whatever you like there is a course for you, often offered by a real university. Some courses are somewhat longer than others, from two to maybe even ten weeks long. Almost every course offers an upgrade when you […]
Although it shouldn’t be necessary, the British royal court on 4 March 2019 introduced what they call “Social Media Community Guidelines“. As lots of us royalty watchers have noticed over the years, the Internet has changed. I recently wrote a bit about that subject. A group of people – not only teenagers but also lots […]
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Netty Leistra, Groningen, The Netherlands.
Royalty-watcher since 1980. Royalty-journalist since about 1999.
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- A last minute surprise meeting at Kensington Palace
- A sunny wedding in Bavaria with an impressive guestlist
- My Most Surprising Royal Photo
- Noble and royal interracial Marriages
- Film review - The Queen's Corgi
- Sophie and Maximilien - Happiness at Tegernsee
- The Royal World - How royal or noble are the participants?
- When should you wear a Hat or Fascinator?