A Royal House for Saint Nicholas

The moment all children in the Netherlands yearly are waiting for: the arrival of Saint Nicholas (Sinterklaas he is usually called here). Halfway November he arrives by steamer with his many helpers. While the youngest children think he is really existing, the elder children still shout “Sinterklaas” or “Piet” and are looking forward to all […]

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An 80th birthday wish for Queen Margrethe II

If everything had gone according to plan I would have travelled to Copenhagen, Denmark, on 12 April to celebrate the 80th birthday of Queen Margrethe II, and return home on 17 April. Unfortunately there are no celebrations, everything has been cancelled, which is totally understandable. A Dane started a great initiative: “Danmark synger for dronningen” […]

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Congratulations and new photos for Queen Margrethe’s 80th birthday

Because of the present circumstances there is no congratulatory book at Det Gule Palæ. However the Danish Royal House has set up a congratulations register on the royal website, where it is possible to send personal good wishes to Queen Margrethe II of Denmark on the occasion of her 80th birthday. The register opened this […]

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New official photos of several Dutch royals

After the New Year’s reception on 14 January 2020 the Dutch royals posed for official photos inside the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. Photographer Martijn Beekman took pictures of King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima, Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and her husband Prof. mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven. If you wonder why there is no picture of Princess […]

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A new Empress, a new Queen and a concubine in 2019

2019 saw a new Empress in Japan, unexpectedly a new Queen in Thailand and in the same country also for a short while a royal concubine. Who are these three women? Empress Masako of Japan Born: Toranomon Hospital, Tokyo, Japan, on 9 December 1963 as the eldest daughter of Hisashi Owada and Yumiko Egashira. Siblings: […]

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The guestlist for the inthronisation of Emperor Naruhito

Some time ago I posted the royal guestlist for the inthronisation of Emperor Akihito of Japan in 1990. Who came to Japan for the inthronisation of his son Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo on 22 October 2019? And which family members attended? The list might not be complete, additions are welcome. Members of the Japanese imperial […]

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Fürst Otto brings his bride home to Rüdenhausen

A very nice and old noble tradition was preserved in one of the German princely houses on 3 August 2019. Fürst Otto zu Castell-Rüdenhausen officially introduced his bride into his household. In German this is called a “Heimführung” and surely not every family seems to do it (anymore), so it is something very special. The […]

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