ROYAL NEWS: APRIL 2007

Last updated: May 1st, 2007.

April 2nd
Not only Prince Harry of Wales, but also the Earl of Ulster will head for Iraq this spring. The Earl, son of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, serves in the King's Royal Hussars and will go to Iraq in the same brigade as Prince Harry.

April 3rd
18-year-old Edith Delgado, who is accused of causing a car crash in July that killed three people including two members of the Tongan royal family, will stand trial in San Mateo County Superior Court on 29 May.

April 5th
In today's Daily Telegraph the birth is announced of Xan Richard Anders baron Culloden, son of the Earl and Countess of Ulster. He was born on 12 March 2007.

April 6th
Prince William of Wales's girlfriend Kate Middleton has settled her complaint against the Daily Mirror alleging press harassment. The Press Complaints Commission said it followed the paper's "prompt public expression of regret and admission of error".

One of four people killed in a roadside bomb blast near Basra, Iraq, was a close friend of Prince William of Wales from Sandhurst. A statement from Clarence House says the Prince is "deeply saddened" by the death of 24-year-old Second Lieutenant Joanna 'Jo' Yorke Dyer. The statement also said "he is very much thinking of her family and friends right now and they will remain in his thoughts and prayers."

April 7th
Prince Hashem bin Hussein of Jordan and his wife Fahdah had a daughter yesterday. The baby was named Haalah.

April 8th
Former King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia returned to Cambodia after having spent almost seven months outside the country, mainly in China for routine medical treatment. He was accompanied by his wife Norodom Monineath.

April 9th
Gustav, second son of Prince Philipp and Princess Saskia zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg was christened at Langenburg. His godparents are Count Johannes von Meran, Prince Philipp zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Tina Döbler and Caroline Dinkel.

April 10th
Princess Maxima of the Netherlands was admitted to the Bronovo Hospital in The Hague at 15.45 this afternoon. Just before 22.30 the Government Information Service released the following statement: "Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands this evening has, Tuesday 10 April 2007, at 22.00 at the Bronovo Hospital in The Hague, given birth to a daughter. 'We are very thankful with the birth of this perfectly healthy baby', according to the father, The Prince of Orange. The newborn daughter weighed at birth 4135 gramms. The length of the baby is 52 centimeters. Mrs M.J.G.H. Smeets, gynaecologist, and Mrs J.H. Kreijen-Meinesz, children's doctor-neonatologist stood aside the Princess during the delivery." Queen Beatrix and the mother of Princess Maxima already visited mother and daughter this evening. The Prince of Orange stayed in hospital during the night. To congratulate the couple go here.

Two water colours by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark have been sold today at auction at the online auction house Lauritz.com. They each were sold for $ 14.700. The paintings from 1990 were a present of the Queen to someone whose name hasn't become known.

April 11th

Copyright: RVD, Prince of Orange

This morning around 8.30 the Prince of Orange presented his newborn daughter to the press at the Bronovo Hospital. The baby stayed calm and was playing with her hands. She was born at 21.56 exactly. Gynaecologists Mrs Smeets told that the birth went very well. Mother and daughter are doing well. The Prince of Orange told that the baby had only been awake once during the night. The only thing the couple hoped for was a healthy baby and that is why they didn't want to know before birth if it would be a girl or a boy. He thinks he will be handle a women-family quite well. He describes her as having big eyes and a small Orange-family nose. After the presentation the prince and princess left hospital with their daughter to present her to their elder daughters Amalia and Alexia. The name will become known when the prince will register the birth of his daughter later this week, but they already know the name themselves.

Prince Wilhelm Karl of Prussia died on Monday. He was born on 30 January 1922 at the Villa Quandt in Potsdam as youngest child of Prince Oskar and Ina-Marie Countess von Bassewitz-Levetzov. He married in 1952 Armgard von Veltheim. They had one daughter and two sons. They survive him as well as two grandsons and a granddaughter. A funeral service will be held at the Berliner Dom on 19 April 2007 at 14.00. Afterwards he will be buried in Potsdam. He was the last surviving grandchild of Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany.

April 12th
A Swiss man who was sentenced to 10 years in jail for spray-painting over images of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand has been pardoned by the King. However the longtime Thailand resident will be deported back to Switzerland today.

Two Danish gossip magazines, Se og Hør and Billed Bladet, today predict that Prince Joachim of Denmark and his French girlfriend Marie Cavallier will soon become engaged. The couple spent Easter together with the royal family. The Danish royal court say that they have no knowledge of such an upcoming event, but confirmed that Marie Cavallier had spent Easter with the Danish royal family.

April 13th
The Prince of Orange registered the birth of his third daughter at the old town hall in The Hague. The baby was registered Ariane Wilhelmina Máxima Ines, and she will be called Ariane. The Prince and Princess Máxima thought it would be nice to give their daughter again a name starting with an A. She is named Wilhelmina and Máxima after great-grandmothers of Willem-Alexander and Máxima. Ines is after Máximas younger sister. Mother and daughter are doing fine.

Copyright: Netty Leistra

Today the Dutch Railway Company NS renamed a train temporarily in the Princess Ariane Express on the occasion of the birth of the new Dutch princess Ariane. The train travelled between Groningen and The Hague starting at 13.42. During the first ride NS-staff dressed in orange handed out orange cakes with a stork on top.

April 14th
According to The Sun newspaper Prince William of Wales and Kate Middleton have split up after a four-year relationship. The split seems to have been caused by the huge pressures on the couple and the army life of Prince William. A "close friend" of the couple told the paper: "As far as Kate is concerned, William simply hasn't been paying her enough attention. "She is stuck in London while he is living in an officer's mess in Dorset. Kate feels hugely frustrated that their relationship just seems to be going backwards at a rate of knots." According to sources close to the Royal Family the Prince of Wales encouraged his son to reach a "make or break" decision on whether to marry Kate. Newspapers say that the couple agreed at an Easter meeting that their affair was on the rocks. A Clarence House spokesman said: "We don't comment on Prince William's private life." Also the Middleton family refuses to comment.

April 15th
Prime Minister Tony Blair of Great Britain has said on BBC One's Politics Show that Prince William of Wales and Kate Middleton should be left alone. He said: "They should be left alone now without reams of stuff being written that I can assure you, from my experience of royal stories, most of which will be complete nonsense. I think, now it has been announced, they should be allowed to get on with their lives." In the meantime the Mirror newspaper claims that Prince William ended the relationship in a mobile phone call on Wednesday.

King Mswati III of Swaziland has secretly married 19-year-old Phindile Nkambule as his 13th wife. A member of the royal family confirmed that the wedding had taken place in the early hours of Saturday morning.

April 16th
On the occasion of her 67th birthday Queen Margrethe II of Denmark appeared at the balcony of Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen. She was accompanied by her husband Prince Henrik, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary with their son Christian, Prince Joachim and his sons Nikolai and Felix.

April 17th
Prince El Hassan of Jordan's 60th birthday was celebrated at the Royal Scientific Society in Amman. The surprise event for the prince was attended by hundreds of family members, friends and people who have worked with him over the years. Among the guests were King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan as well as Queen Noor. Princess Basma gave a moving and humorous speech about her childhood relation with her brother. Princess Sumaya said touching words about her father, and two grandchildren, Tariq and Zein al Sharaf Nasser Judeh expressed words of love and admiration. Other speakers were Prince Rashid, and Kuwaiti poet Sheikha Suad Al Sabah. The birthday boy himself held a short humorous speech. As a birthday gift King Abdullah launched the El Hassan Science City.

April 18th
Prince Hamzah bin Hussein and Princess Noor Hamzah of Jordan had a daughter, Haya. She was born today. Prince Abbas bin Ali bin Naief, grandson of a brother of King Talal, and Princess Sima Abbas of Jordan had a son on Tuesday, Hamzah.

April 19th
The Prince of Orange celebrates his 40th birthday on 27th April. A festive reception will be held at Palace Het Loo on September 1. Family, friends and members of royal and princely houses are invited. The birthday is celebrated late because of the birth of his daughter Ariane this month.

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxemburg was named Eminent Advocate for Children by UNICEF today in a ceremony at the Palais des Nations in Genève, Switzerland. As a UNICEF eminent advocate for children the Grand Duchess will focus particularly on children affected by AIDS and children whose lives have been impacted by conflict.

Prince Wilhelm Karl of Prussia was buried in family circle at the cemetery of Bornstedt yesterday. He was buried next to his eldest brother Oskar who was killed in action in 1939 and was buried at Bornstedt half a century later. Today a commemoration service organised by the Order of St. John took place at the Berliner Dom. The service was led by Count Ruprecht zu Castell-Rüdenhausen, dean of the Order of St. John. At the altar was a huge oil painting of the deceased prince surrounded by lots of wreaths. Among the about 1100 guests were the closest family as well as Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia, the Duke of Bavaria, Prince Alexander zu Schaumburg-Lippe, Prince Ernst August of Hannover junior.

The relics of legendary czar Kaloyan (Ioanitsa) of Bulgaria, who ascended the throne in 1197 after the death of his brothers Assen and Petar were reburied today in the ancient capital of Veliko Tarnovo. The ceremony took place in the crypt of the regional historical museum. The burial took place exactly 800 years after he was killed in 1207 before the walls of Thessalonica. Yesterday the relics were moved into a pecial coffin, made of rustproof, nickel-plated steel, with the tzar's personal coat of arms. The relics were anointed with chrism and wine by Metropolitan Bishop Grigoriy before the burial. He also said a forgiveness prayer and placed on the relics an icon of Saint Ivan Rilski. The relics were found by archaeologist Valo Valov in 1972.

April 20th
According to a poll by Eén Vandaag 73% of the Dutch support the monarchy. Princess Maxima (26%) is the most popular member of the Dutch royal family, followed by Queen Beatrix (16%) and Prince Willem-Alexander (15%). 60% has faith in Prince Willem-Alexander as a King, although one-third thinks he should only have a ceremonial function.

A poll by the SOM Institute at the University of Göteborg said that 45% of the 3336 people questioned think the Swedish monarchy is doing a good job, while 19% thinks it is doing a bad job. 36% remains neutral.

April 21st
Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark had a daughter. She was born at 16.02 at the Rigshospital in Copenhagen. Crown Prince Frederik was present at birth. The baby weighs 3350 gramms and is 50 centimeters tall. She is the first Danish princess born since Princess Anne-Marie in 1946. Mother and daughter are doing fine. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark was admitted at hospital this morning at 10.00. At 17.45 Crown Prince Frederik talked with the press. He told that the birth went pretty quick and well and took six hours. It was as phantastic as the first time and he again got tears in his eyes. He told that he wasn't as scared as the first time when it felt like he had a piece of Flora Danica porcelain in his arms. Prince Christian will meet his little sister - who has lots of dark hair - tomorrow. Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik of Denmark visited their first granddaughter yesterday evening.

According to the Imperial Household Agency Empress Michiko of Japan has recovered from recent health problems. The symptoms have disappeared some two weeks ago.

April 22nd
Crown Princess Mary and her newborn baby daughter will leave the Rigshospital in Copenhagen on Monday at 11.00am the Danish royal court announced today. They will be accompanied by Crown Prince Frederik. Today at noon 21 salutes were fired from the Sixtus Battery at Holmen in Copenhagen and from Kronborg Castle. Furthermore the Danish flag flew from official buildings and ferries today.

April 23rd

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and her newborn daughter left hospital this morning accompanied by Crown Prince Frederik. Crown Princess Mary told the press that her daughter has "been very good for her mother. Only up once a night." She is breastfeeding her daughter. "Christian has been very brotherly towards her," Crown Princess Mary said. After coming home at Fredensborg, the family including Prince Christian posed shortly for the press.

April 24th
A few photographers and a camera team who had been invited to attend the visit of Prince Laurent of Belgium to an animal clinic in Hoboken today protested after they were told they were only allowed to photograph him when he left the clinic. In a protest they all put down their cameras on the street when the Prince came out of the clinic at the end of his visit.

Baroness Butler-Sloss has said she will step down in June as coroner for the inquest into the death of Diana Princess of Wales. She said: "This was a decision I took in the interests of the inquests after a great deal of thought and reflection. These inquests now require a jury, and I do not have the degree of experience of jury cases that I feel is necessary and appropriate for presiding over inquests of this level of public interest." . The new coroner will be Lord Justice Scott Baker. The inquests are expected to take over in October.

April 26th
The names of eigth new artists who are to appear at the Concert for Diana at the Wembley Stadium on July 1st were issued: Lily Allen, Kanye West, Rod Stewart, Natasha Bedingfield, The Feeling, James Morrison, orson and Status Quo. Already announced were Elton John. Duran Duran, Bryan Ferry, Joss Stone and Pharrell Williams, as well as the English National Ballet and a musical medley made by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The artists reflect both the late Diana Princess of Wales's favourites as the favourites of her sons William and Harry. A Clarence House spokesman said today: "The concert is really for the younger generation to enjoy. William and Harry are organising the guestlist." He said that the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall therefore will not attend the concert.

Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu, who was sworn in in December as King of Malaysia, was enthroned in a traditional ceremony at the palace in Kuala Lumpur. He was proclaimed King of Malaysia by Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. Afterwards he was presented with the long dapper, a symbol of power and authority, which he drew and kissed. After he pleeded to rule fairly a 21-gun salute was fired. The Sultan is the 13th King since the independency of Malaysia in 1957. Malaysia has a rotating system and each five years a sultan of one of the nine states of Malaysia is chosen as a King.

April 27th
As promised King Albert II of Belgium has paid back the fraud-money that was spent on the renovation and redecoration of the Villa of Prince Laurent. Defence received 185.000 euro via the civil list, the personal wallet of the King. The money will at first be used to renovate houses of defence staff wounded on duty.

The newborn princess of Denmark, who is called 'lille pige' by her parents will be christened at the palace church at Fredensborg on Sunday 1 July 2007 at 11.30am. Then also her name will become known.

10.000 extra tickets for the Concert for Diana were sold out within minutes on Friday morning. In December already 22.000 tickets were sold out in 17 minutes.

April 29th
The Prince and Princess of Asturias had a daughter. She was born at the Clínica Rúber International in Madrid at 16.50 by Caesarian section. The Princess of Asturias was admitted to hospital at 13.00. She was accompanied by the Prince of Asturias. At 20.00 the Prince of Asturias in a press conference said his daughter will be called Sofía after her paternal grandmother. Gyneacologist Dr Luis Ignacio Recasens told the baby is 50 cm tall and weighs 3310 grams. Mother and daughter are doing fine and are expected to stay in hospital for four or five days. According to the Prince Sofía looks quite a lot like her sister Leonor. "We are very happy. I truly didn't know how I was going to react to the birth of another baby girl, but I think that one loves each child just the same." As with Leonor Sofía's stem cells from the umbilical cord are being saved to help counter potential illness in the future. Prince Felipe said: "It is something we have great confidence in and believe in." Queen Sofía visited her new granddaughter in the evening after returning from Moscow where she attended the funeral of musician Mstislav Rostropovich.

April 30th
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and her family, except for the children in the family and Princess Maxima who gave birth to her third daughter some weeks ago, visited Woudrichem and 's-Hertogenbosch in the province of Noord-Brabant today on the occasion of Queen's Day. It might have been the sunniest Queen's Day ever, although the temperature was only around 20 degrees due to cold wind.

Queen Sofía of Spain visited her new granddaughter Sofía again today and told the press she had absolutely no idea that her son and daughter-in-law had plans to name their second daughter after her. Other visitors today included Infanta Elena of Spain, who told that Sofía has a healthy appetite, and Princess Letizia's father Jesús Ortiz. King Juan Carlos of Spain hasn't visited his new granddaughter yet. The royal palace says he is on a private journey and will visit her soon.

General Sir Richard Dannatt, head of the British army, has confirmed that Prince Harry of Wales will be deployed to Iraq with his regiment The Blues and Royals. He said to have taken the decision personally, but said also that he would keep it under review constantly. Recently there were concerns for the safety of Prince Harry and that of his soldiers. The General also called for an end to the "somewhat frenzied media speculation around this issue in the interests of all our people deployed in Iraq at this time."


Royal News: March 2007. Last updated: April 5th, 2007.