ROYAL NEWS: JULY 2012

Last updated: August 5th, 2012.

July 1st
The people of Liechtenstein have voted in a referendum today against reducing the power of their princely family. Only 24% voted in favour of abolishing the right of the head of state of Liechtenstein to veto legislation. Hereditary Prince Alois, regent of Liechtenstein, said to welcome the clear result. He says it is a good base for meeting future challenges facing the principality. Reigning Prince Hans Adam II said to be "Happy and grateful that a large majority of the population wanted to continue the 300-year-old effective partnership between the people and the royals".

July 2nd
Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain will be celebrating her Diamond Jubilee in Scotland by hosting events in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth for the next five days. Today she traditionally was handed over the keys of the Palace of Holyroodhouse. She also visited the National Portrait Gallery. The Queen is accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh.

The British royal house has published the Queen's Official Expenditure for 2011-2012. The total expenditure was £32.3m. That means that over the last three years the expenses have decreased by 26%, a year earlier than agreed.
  • The British Monarchy: Financial Reports 2011-12


  • The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have started a three-day visit to Cornwall. The tour celebrates both the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and the 60th anniversary of the prince as Duke of Cornwall.

    July 3rd
    Princess Eugenie of York has graduated from Newcastle University. She earned a 2:1 in her combined English literature and History of Art BA Honours. Eugenie said her time as a student had been a fantastic experience, and that her parents are very proud of her. She is planning to get herself a job and hopes to be working in the art world.

    The Spanish football team, that won the final of the European Championships Football on Sunday, was received at the palace in Madrid by the Spanish royal family. King Juan Carlos II told the team that he was very proud of them. The little princesses Leonor and Sofia were dressed in Spanish football shirts with their name printed on the back. After the reception at the palace the Spanish football team was driven through the centre of Madrid in an open top bus.
  • Pictures of PPE


  • July 4th
    Today Princess Caroline of Monaco confirmed the engagement of her eldest son Andrea Casiraghi. In a statement she said: "I have the pleasure to announce to you the engagement of my son, Andrea Casiraghi, to Miss Tatiana Santo Domingo.". There already had been rumours for some days. According to the Italian Vogue Magazine the wedding is to take place in 2013. The couple already has been together for seven years. Tatiana was born on 24 November 1983 as daughter of the late Julio Mario Santo Domingo Braga and of Vera Rechulski. She is from Brazil.

    July 5th
    The Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Stathearn was officially installed as a Knight of the Thistle during a ceremony in the Thistle Chapel of St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh. The service was attended by his wife the Duchess of Cambridge.

    July 6th
    In an interview with the TV-channel News 24 former King Gyanendra of Nepal has expressed his wish to return to his country as a King. He said that six years ago he agreed with the political parties in Nepal that he would become a constitutional monarch. However in 2008 the monarchy was abolished.

    Princess Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and her horse Digby have been selected as a member of the Danish dressage team for the Olympic Games in London, that start later this month. She also took part in the Olympics four years ago, and won a bronze medal back then.

    July 7th
    The yearly summer photosession of the Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands and their daughters Amalia, Alexia and Ariane took place today at the Seringenberg in Wassenaar, near the family's home.
  • Royal- en NaturePress: Photosession in Wassenaar
  • Royal Portraits: Photosession Wassenaar


  • 38-Year-old Princess Sara bint Talal bin Abdulaziz of Saud Arabia has asked for political asylum in Great Britain. She fears that she is not safe anymore in her own country. She is currently staying in a five-star London hotel, together with her four children, two dogs and a security team. The Princess has been living in London since 2007 after a row with her father. She says that she has been physically and mentally abused and that her assets have been frozen.

    July 8th
    96-Year-old Prince Mikasa, uncle of Emperor Akihito of Japan, has suffered congestive heart failure on Saturday evening. He was moved to the Intensive Care unit. He already stayed at the St. Luke's International Hospital in Tokyo since 15 June, the day after the funeral of his son Prince Tomohito of Mikasa. He originally was admitted to hospital because of fatigue, but developed a mild fever and symptonms of a cold afterwards. Therefore they kept him in hospital a bit longer.

    Tonga has declared Thursday a national holiday. On this day Crown Prince Tupouto'a 'Ukukalala will marry Sinaitakala Fakafunua.

    July 9th
    The Prince of Wales visited RAF Valley with his son the Duke of Cambridge on the first day of a four-day visit to Wales. At Aberystwyth the Prince and the Duchess of Cornwall met with flood victims of floodings at Ceredigion last month, and met emergency crews.

    Reigning Prince Albert II and Princess Charlène of Monaco have started a two-day official visit to Germany. They were received at the residence of President Joachim Gauck and Mrs Daniela Schadt in Berlin. There also an official dinner took place in the evening. On Tuesday the couple will visit Stuttgart.

    July 12th
    Crown Prince Tupouto’a 'Ulukalala of Tonga today married the Hon Sinaitakala Tu'imatamoana 'i Fanakavakilangi Fakafanua Tuku'aho at the Centenary Church, Saione in Nuku'alofa. About 2000 people attended the wedding ceremony. The wedding celebrations already started on 6 July with a ball at the International Dateline Hotel. The Ma'utohi ceremony to mark the issuance of the marriage license was held at the royal palace on 10 July, followed by a luncheon and a reception at the Siumafua'uta Residence in Ma'ufanga. After today's wedding followed a reception at the Mala'e Pangai. A ball will be held at the International Dateline Hotel tomorrow. The wedding celebrations will be closed with a thanksgiving service at the wedding church on Sunday 15 July, followed by another luncheon.
  • Wedding photo album


  • The Danish royal family will attend the Olympic Games in London in a few weeks time. Queen Margrethe II, Prince Henrik, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and Princess Benedikte will attend the opening ceremony. Prince Joachim and Princess Marie will arrive in London later on. The Queen will host several receptions at the royal yacht Dannebrog.

    The Imperial Household Agency said today that 96-year-old Prince Mikasa of Japan underwent surgery to correct a defective heart valve yesterday afternoon at the St Luke's International Hospital in Tokyo. The operation was successfully, doctors said.

    July 13th
    It has been confirmed that the company Mayhoola for Investments, controlled by the Qatar royal family, has bought the Valentino Fashion Group. The company reportedly paid $858 million.

    King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand has been treated for a minor brain bleed. His heartbeat and blood pressure have returned to normal. Doctors have advised him not to have public engagements for the time being. A small amount of blood was found in his brain after he was observed having a spasming of his right hand and a slightly faster heartbeat.

    July 14th
    Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden celebrated her 35th birthday on the island of Öland today. She was cheered by several thousands of people in front of Solliden Palace. Crown Princess Victoria was accompanied by King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Prince Daniel and her little daughter Princess Estelle. In the evening the King, Queen, the Crown Princess Couple, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Madeleine attended a concert at Borgholm. Among the performing artists was this year's Eurovision Songcontest winner Loreen, who is from Sweden.
  • Royal Portraits: Victoria's Birthday - Solliden
  • Royal Press Europe: Victoria's 35th Birthday
  • Royal Portraits: Victoria's Birthday - Borgholm


  • Peter Phillips, grandson of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, has recently started his own sports management company, called SEL UK Ltd. Among his new clients is his sister Zara Phillips, who is to compete in the Olympic Games in London in a few weeks time.

    July 17th
    The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry has changed its name to The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry at the end of the first full year in operation for the foundation. The new has been chosen because the Duchess of Cambridge had been added as a patron. The Foundation has spent over £1.3m on charitable activity in this inaugural year of grant-making and donations were distributed to 26 charities in 2011. The foundation also has a new website.
  • The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry


  • The Royal Palace in Madrid has announced that the salaries of King Juan Carlos of Spain and the Prince of Asturias will be reduced by about 7%. The royal family has also cut its budget in the past year.

    King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden has officially released the first smartphone application of the Swedish Royal Court. The app is a full guide to the Swedish royal palaces. The king said he hoped that "more people can share in our common history".

    Pierre Casiraghi, son of Princess Caroline of Monaco, is sueing Jeffrey Jah, owner of the nightclub Double Seven in New York, as well as its patron Adam Hock and his lawyer Joseph Tacopina. Pierre Casiraghi was beaten up during a visit to the nightclub in February.

    The Royal Household Bureau of Thailand said that the cerebral bleeding of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand has stopped. His condition is improving.

    July 20th
    The Danish royal family held their annual photo session at Gråsten Castle today. Prince Joachim and Princess Marie and their children had to cancel their attendance. One-year-old Princess Josephine also wasn't present, because she was ill. In her absence it was her twin brother Prince Vincent who stole the show.
  • Kongehuset.dk: Fotografering på Gråsten Slot
  • Royal Portraits: Grasten
  • Royal Press Europe: Danish Royal Family poses


  • July 21st
    National day was celebrated today in Belgium. Already yesterday evening the royal family attended the concert "Prelude to the National Day". This morning the royals attended a Te Deum in several Belgian towns. King Albert II, Queen Paola, Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde attended the service in the catheral of Brussels. In the afternoon the whole family attended the military parade in front of the royal palace of Brussels. Prince Laurent and Princess Claire took their 6-year-old twin sons Prince Nicolas and Prince Aymeric with them.
  • Royal Press Europe: Concert on 20 July
  • Royal Portraits: National Day Belgium


  • King Juan Carlos of Spain is not longer the honorary patron of the Spanish branch of the WWF. In a general meeting the members of WWF Spain voted in favour of ending his position. In April the King went on an elephant-hunting trip in Botswana, which was heavily criticized.

    July 22nd
    The Royal Collection has donated £300,000 to The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. With the donation they wanted to thank the Duchess of Cambridge for lending her wedding dress to Buckingham Palace for the summer opening of 2011. The dress was a huge attraction. Last week it emerged that the dress helped raising £10 million in ticket sales. A record number of 626,678 visitors saw the summer opening of 2011, 52% more than in 2010.

    The British royal family will attend events at the Olympic Games of London 2012 almost every day. They royal supporters will be led by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, who are ambassadors for Team GB. Prince Harry is expected to watch beach volleyball and athletics. The Duchess of Cambridge is fond of hockey and tennis. And the Duke of Cambridge loves tennis, water polo, swimming and football. They will of course also watch their cousin Zara Phillips competing in the three-day eventing, together with the Princess Royal and the Duchess of Cornwall. Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will mainly be active in the first days of the games before their annual summer break in Scotland. All senior members of the family will attend the opening ceremony on Friday night following a reception at Buckingham Palace for foreign heads of state and government attending the games. The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and the Princess Royal will attend the closing ceremony.

    The Norwegian royal family has remembered the victims of the bomb attacks in Oslo and the killing at the island of Utøya a year ago. King Harald V laid a wreath at the government center on behalf of the whole family. All of them were attending the ceremony. The King, Queen Sonja and Princess Märtha Louise then attended a memorial service at the Dom Church in Oslo. Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended the service at Hole Church. Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Märtha Louise also attended a memorial concert at the town hall square in Oslo.
  • Royal Portraits: Rememberance ceremony
  • Royal Portraits: Rememberance Concert


  • Prince Felix of Denmark celebrated his 10th birthday today.
  • PPE: birthday pictures


  • Queen Sirikit of Thailand, who will celebrate her 80th birthday next month, has been told by her doctors to take some rest. She felt dizzy and slightly staggered earlier today. Examinations showed that there was a slight reduction in the blood flow to her brain. Her husband, King Bhumibol Adulyadej was found to have bleeding in his brain's outer membrane that caused twitching in his hand just over a week ago.

    July 23rd
    Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace for members of the International Olympic Committee. The 124th IOC Session will start tomorrow.

    July 24th
    Maria Emanuel Margrave von Meissen, head of the Royal House of Saxony, died peacefully yesterday at his house in La Tour de Peilz, Switzerland. He was born in 1926 as the eldest child of Crown Prince Friedrich Christian of Saxony and his wife Princess Elisabeth Helene von Thurn und Taxis. He married in 1962 Princess Anastasia von Anhalt. The couple didn't have children. Prince Alexander, the eldest son of the margrave's sister Princess Maria Anna, will be the new head of the family.

    July 26th
    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry of Wales have welcomed the Olympic flame at Buckingham Palace today. Thousands of people stood outside the palace gates.

    Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark ran 390 yards with the Olympic torch in Notting Hill, London, this afternoon. He also carried the Olympic torch in 1994 when it passed through Denmark. He is already in London to attend the 124th IOC Session.

    On the first day of their visit to London Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium and their children Elisabeth, Gabriel, Emmanuel and Eléonore posed at Kensington Gardens in London. Later on the princely couple took their three eldest children for a visit to the Lion King musical.
  • Belga: Belgian royals in London


  • July 27th
    Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain hosted a reception for heads of state, royals and other dignitaries at Buckingham Palace in the early evening. In her speech the Queen promised that Great Britain will live up to its tradition of fair play and bring a spirit of togetherness to the Olympic Games.

    Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain opened the 30th Olympic Summer Games in London tonight with the words: “I declare open the Games of London, celebrating the 30th Olympiad of the modern era.” She herself was unexpectedly one of the big stars of the opening ceremony. In a video shown in the Olympic Stadium Daniel Craig - as James Bond - enters Buckingham Palace and is taken to the Queen's office. He is escorting her out of the palace to a helicopter. The Queen's corgis, who surrounded them all the time, are left outside the door and are not allowed to come. The Queen and James Bond set off in the helicopter and fly to the Olympic Stadium. They jump downwards on parachutes above the stadium. In reality the parachutists were stand ins, and soon after the jump the real Queen - in the same outfit - enters the stadium. The short film was already shot on March 27 and it took only one take. BBC director Nicholas Brown said: "The Palace was terrific about the shoot and we were delighted and honoured that the Queen was involved." It was the very first time the Queen acted on film.

    The 60th birthday of Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand will be celebrated in Bangkok and in spots around the country starting today. The festivities will end in December. Tomorrow the Crown Prince, King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit will attend a special ceremony at the Amarin Winitchai Hall at the Royal Palace and light candles by the Buddha image devoted to the Crown Prince. Prayers will be offered also. A special concert was held already last week. There is an official website on which people can congratulate him (unfortunately only in Thai language), and also a special set of stamps will be issued tomorrow.
  • http://www.CrownPrince60.com


  • July 28th
    The Swedish Royal Family sends their greetings from Solliden.
  • Royal Court: Greetings from SOlliden!


  • The House of Monaco in London, at 18-22 Haymarket, among others shows the private collection of sixteen Olympic torches of Reigning Prince Albert II of Monaco. The house will be open from 29 July to 12 August 2012.

    July 29th
    A 28-year-old close relative of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain was off-loaded from a plane before taking off from Heathrow (London) to Bahrain. He was trying to enter the flight deck to complain about the poor service on board of the British Airways flight. According to Scotland Yard the man was arrested because it was suspected he was drunk and disorderly. He was released on bail.

    July 30th
    Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden has cancelled her trip to the Olympic Games in London. A spokesman for the royal court said: "She has chosen to prioritize Princess Estelle, the trip would have been too tough to make with such a small child." Prince Daniel and Prince Carl Philip will arrive in London as planned this evening.

    July 31st
    The British team has won a silver medal in the team eventing. One of the members of the team was Zara Phillips, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. In the individual competition Zara Phillips ended on an eight place. The medals were presented by the Princess Royal, who gave her daughter a big hug and kissed her. Princess Haya of Jordan presented the flowers. Zara Phillips was excited about winning a medal: "It is disappointing we didn't get gold, but the team has been awesome. It has been a real honour to ride with everyone. We have had an amazing week." Among the royals cheering the team were the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York, Zara's husband Mike Tindall and her brother Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn.

    The tomb of a 1,300 year-old Mayan prince was discovered 1,5 metres below the royal palace of Uxul in Campeche, Mexico, by researchers of the University of Bonn. It also contains burial offerings, like four ceramic plates and five ceramic cups decorated with beautiful paintings.


    Royal News: June 2012. Last updated: July 10th, 2012.