Monday, July 16, 2018


23 June – National Day in Luxembourg

History Why does Luxembourg celebrate its National Day – and thus the official birthday of the Grand Duke – on 23 June? Since the late 18th century the monarch’s birthday has always been celebrated in Luxembourg, even in the 19th century when the King of the Netherlands was still Grand Duke of Luxembourg. Kinneksdag (King’s […]

Franziskus & Katharina – A Happy Bridal Couple in Pöttmes

On 9 June 2018 Pöttmes, a place in Bavaria, Germany, had its own noble wedding. Already since the year 1281 Pöttmes is in the possesion of the Freiherren (Barons) von Gumppenberg, and was for a long time part of the Duchy of Bavaria. For many years they lived at the Burg on the Gumppenberg near […]


A Chocolate Shop in a Royal Palace

When King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan came to Belgium for a state visit in 2016, Queen Mathilde took choc-a-holic Rania to “The Chocolate Line” shop in Bruges, on request of the Jordan queen herself. Both queens were received in chocolate heaven by chocolate maker Dominique Persoone, who told afterwards that Rania had […]

Books & Media

Fairy Tales – Castles used as a Film Location

The English charity English Heritage Trust manages the National Heritage Collection and takes care for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and sites all over England. According to their website they bring the (his)story of England to life for over 10 million people each year. They have conducted quite an interesting survey in connection with their […]

Harry & Meghan: Royal Wedding Souvenirs

Work and health were two of the reasons why I didn’t travel to Windsor for the wedding of Prince Harry of Wales and Meghan Markle. But a week ago I got this lovely package from my Finnish friend Kaija, who went herself. I was absolutely thrilled to receive it. I had so much fun opening […]


Protocol, Etiquette, Dress Code – What is it Exactly?

Lately the British online media is full of articles claiming to know all about royal protocol, rules (I’d prefer to call it guidelines though), etiquette and dress code. When reading these articles you really wonder what these journalists know about the subject and whether they are correct. Not that I am an expert, but I […]


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