ROYAL NEWS: OCTOBER 2007
Last updated: October 31st, 2007.
Six men and five women were selected as jurors today for the inquest into the accident that caused the death of Diana Princess of Wales and Dodi Al-Fayed ten years ago. Coroner Lord Justice Scott Baker told them to weigh only the evidence given in the High Court in London. The eleven jurors took an oath to 'diligently enquire on behalf of our Lady the Queen into the deaths' in court. They received maps of the route the car took before the accident and photographs of the wrecked Mercedes. In the meantime the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, has rejected a complaint by Dodi Al-Fayed's father Mohamed Al-Fayed about a French probe into the death of his son and the princess. The court says that "The points of disagreement between the applicant and the investigating judges ... did not suffice to show that there were shortcomings in the investigation or any impediment preventing the circumstances of the death of the applicant's son from being elucidated. While the applicant complained about certain aspects of the judicial investigation, he availed himself of the opportunity to raise various issues, and the refusals he met with did not, as such, call into question the effectiveness of the investigations, as a whole, by the French authorities."
Princess Märtha Louise of Norway showed up in court at Vestfold today, as first member of the Norwegian royal family ever, to try to stop the sale of a book called Märtha's Angels. She says the book misuses her photo, which is on the frontpage of the book, and that her name and goodwill is exploited although she has never given permission to do so. The book by Emma Heathcote-James was published in England five years ago. The preface of the Norwegian version refers to the angel venture of the Princess.
Spanish prosecutors today requested 15 months in jail for two Catalan separatists. The two men burned a few large pictures of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain when the king visited Gerona on September 13. A date for the trial hasn't been set yet.
Former King Simeon Saxe-Coburg of Bulgaria and his sister Princess Maria Luisa have officially lodged a lawsuit against governor Todor Petkov. Mr Petkov has refused to restore the ownership of the former Krichim royal residence and claims that the papers they provide don't coincide with the dates in the municipal archives. The former King and his sister claim that their ownership can't be litigated.
Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik of Denmark this morning announced the engagement of their son Prince Joachim with Marie Cavallier. At a meeting of the Council of State at Christiansborg Queen Margrethe II gave her consent to the marriage of her son. The meeting was also attended by Prince Joachim and Marie Cavallier as well as Crown Prince Frederik. The wedding will take place in the Spring of 2008. Marie Cavallier will assume the title of Her Royal Highness Princess Marie. The catholic Marie has expressed the wish to become a member of the Evangelical-Lutheran church of Denmark and to apply for Danish citizenship. Marie Agathe Odile Cavallier was born at Paris, France,on 6 February 1976, as only daughter of Alain Cavallier and Françoise (now Grassiot). She has four elder brothers. Her parents divorced when she was 13 and Marie and her mother moved to Geneva, Switzerland, where her mother remarried. Marie went to the boarding school Le Beau Soleil in Villars-sur-Ollon from 1989 to 1993, thereafter studied commerce and marketing at University in Boston, USA, and studied and worked (IT) in New York for five years. She currently lives in Geneva, Switzerland and has an appartment in Paris. She works for the finance company of her stepfather Christian Grassiot. After the engagement announcement the family left for Fredensborg where they had lunch.
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During a press conference at Amalienborg in Copenhagen this afternoon Prince Joachim of Denmark said: "This is a very great and very happy day." His fiancée Marie Cavallier told that Prince Joachim went down on his knees to propose to her during a vacation in Turkey this summer. Prince Joachim told he had met Marie for the first time in the autumn of 2003 during a hunting-party, but the two didn't fall in love until spring 2005. The couple told they want to have children together very much. Marie told to have been very nervous for her first meeting with Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, but that she was received very hearty. Her family is very pleased for her. The wedding date is not known yet, but will become known later this year. Marie Cavallier will not move to Joachim's house Schackenborg until shorter before the wedding. She hasn't learnt Danish yet but she will start as soon as possible. Countess Alexandra of Frederiksborg told the press that she is happy for her former husband.
More photos of the press conference
During today's hearing at the inquest into the death of Diana Princes of Wales Coroner Lord Justice Scott Baker said that no pregnancy test was carried out at the hospital in Paris where the princess was taken after the accident. In a later post-mortem examination no evidence was detected that she was pregnant. He said that "it is likely pregnancy is a matter that cannot be proved one way or the other in scientific terms in this case." There is evidence however that the princess used the contraceptive pill. The court was shown CCTV footage from inside and outside the Ritz Hotel in the hours before the crash. Mohamed Al-Fayed has criticised the opening remarks of the coroner, saying that he doesn't act very neutral.
On the second birthday of Emmanuel, Elisabeth and Gabriël are together with their celebrating brother and their parents Princess Mathilde and Prince Philippe very happy to be able to announce that they are welcoming a sister or a brother in the spring of 2008. The King and the Queen, the whole royal family and the family of Princess Mathilde share in this big joy.
CCTV footage from the Ritz Hotel suggests that driver Henri Paul might have tipped off the paparazzi outside the hotel. The footage shows him speaking to the photographers on three occasions in the hours before the crash. The jury at the inquest into the death of Diana Princess of Wales also saw a home video made by an Australian tourist outside the hotel.
Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor had a son, Albert. He was born on 22 September (?) at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London. The baby is the eight grandchild of the Duke and Duchess of Kent.
Lady Katherine Brandram née Princess of Greece and Denmark died on 2 October 2007. She was born at Athens, Greece, on 4 May 1913 as the youngest child of King Konstantinos I of Greece and Princess Sophie of Prussia. In 1947 she married Richard Brandram who died in 1994. She is survived by her son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren. Lady Katherine Brandram was the last surviving great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria of Great Britain. Only one great-grandson, Count Carl Johan Bernadotte, is alive now.
An appeal court at Cambodia has announced it will maintain the 18 month jail sentence of Prince Norodom Ranariddh of Cambodia over the illegal sale of the former headquarter of his political party Funcinpec. A spokesman for the prince says that the sentence is politically motivated and aims to prevent the prince from returning to his country.
Count Carl-Eduard von Bismarck is to withdraw from politics, at latest in Spring 2008. It is said he wants to spend more time to family business and probably move abroad. The count - member of the German parliament for the CDU-party - was named the most lazy politician of Germany last year.
Prince William of Wales is very concerned after he and his girlfriend Kate Middleton were aggressively pursued by paparazzi. Clarence House said today that the prince and Kate Middleton were in a car during the incident after leaving the Boujis nightclub early this morning. Pictures were published in London's Evening Standard. The Prince's spokesman Paddy Harverson said that "Prince William was concerned by the threatening behaviour of the paparazzi in London last night. Having already been photographed leaving the club, he and Kate Middleton were then pursued in his car by photographers on motorcycles, in vehicles and on foot. The aggressive pursuit was potentially dangerous and worrying for them. It seems incomprehensible, particularly at this time, that this behaviour is still going on." He said the matter has been raised with the Press Complaints Commission. One of the photographers said that the prince's car was only followed when it returned to the club shortly after leaving and that nobody chased or followed when it left again soon afterwards.
Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and Publicom publishing house have reached an out-of-court settlement over a book about angels. They have agreed that the picture of Princess Märtha Louise will be taken off the cover. The publishing house will pay 150.000 Norwegian crowns to keep on using the title 'Märtha's Angels'. The money will go to charity.
Brunei Darussalam today celebrated the 40th anniversary of the accession to the throne of Sulta Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah. At the time of his ascession he was 21 years old.
32-year-old Major Alexis Roberts of the Royal Gurkha Rifles was killed in southern Afghanistan on Thursday. He had been the instructor of Prince William of Wales at Sandhurst. A statement issued today said: "Prince William was deeply saddened to learn of the death in action of Lex Roberts whom he remembers with great respect as his platoon commander at Sandhurst and as a good friend. At this time his thoughts and prayers are with Lex's wife Susie, their two young daughters, and with all his family and friends."
Aschehoug Publishing House has delayed the release of the book 'In Her Majesty's Secret Service' by Jesper Lundorf, a former bodyguard of the Danish royal family. The book was supposed to be released in two weeks, but will now only be published in Spring 2008. The publishers will thoroughly review the information given in the book for accuracy and will determine whether concerns of Lundorf's former employer PET (intelligence agency) that some information could jeopardise the safety of the people - royals and politicians - mentioned in the book are valid.
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has issued a royal decree today with details of regulations to implement a succession law that was announced one year ago. New regulations are listed in 18 articles. They among others say who can become a member of the Allegiance Commission, that since October 2006 is entrusted with voting a new king in the future, and what should be done if a member died and how to choose a crown prince. Under the new statute members of the commission should be one of the sons of the dynasty's founder King Abdul Aziz al-Saud (he had 37 sons), and if they are deceased, not interested or incapable, the membership should go to one of their sons. The 2006 law aims to prevent internal power struggles within the family.
A majority of opposition parties in Georgia have said that they support the initiative of the Patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church Ilia II to restore the monarchy in Georgia. In a sermon on Sunday at the Holy Trinity Church in Tbilisi the Patriarch said that “it has been a dream of the Georgian people to have this dynasty [Bagration] restored" since the Russian annexation of Georgia in 1801. He said that “today conditions exist which may help to make this dream of the Georgian people come true”. He also said it could take a few years. According to the leader of the Laborist Party the restoration of the monarchy would give Georgia an historical and national passport. The leader of the party Freedom says that a King could guarantee the integrity of the country.
Prince Floris and Princess Aimée van Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven had their first child, a daughter, this morning at 4.37 at the VU Hospital in Amsterdam. Magali Margriet Eleonoor van Vollenhoven weighed 3850 grams and is the seventh grandchild of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and Pieter van Vollenhoven. Via the RVD the parents let know: "We are intense happy with our dear child. It is an overwhelming feeling of big gratitude and happiness."
Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik will cut short their visit to South Korea. Prince Henrik fell ill and had to cancel his appointments on Monday and Tuesday after he was briefly admitted to a local hospital suffering from bronchitis. According to a spokeswoman at the Danish Embassy in Seoul the Prince was discharged later and has been recovering. According to the Danish royal court Prince Henrik will now leave South Korea on Wednesday, while the Queen will leave on Thursday, one day earlier than she had planned.
Yesterday evening the jury in the inquest into the death of Diana Princess of Wales has made a visit to the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris where the car accident happened in which the princess died. They drove through the tunnel and afterwards took the way to the hospital where the princess was taken. During the day they visited the tunnel also, as well as the Ritz Hotel as part of a two-day trip. Today the jury visited the Ritz Hotel and the former apartment of Dodi Al-Fayed in Paris. They were accompanied by coroner Lord Justice Scott Baker, counsel and court officials.
The mummy of Pharaoh Tutankhamun will go on public display for the first time. The mummy of the Pharaoh will be exposed in a climate-controlled glass case in the antechamber of the Pharaoh's tomb in Luxor in November. The pharaoh's remains will be partially rewrapped in linen with the face of the pharaoh left uncovered. The move is part of an effort to preserve the mummy, which has been in poor condition since it was first discovered, Zahi Hawass, secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities explained. Officials hope the display will increase the number of visitors and generate profit for the conservation of other Egyptian antiquities.
Vladimir Solovyov, senior investigator with the Prosecutor's General's Office said today that genetic analysis of the remains of what are believed to be the son and a daughter of Tsar Nikolai II of Russia will last at least three months. The genetic analysis is planned to start late this month. "We can well expect that once all studies have been completed, the mystery of the last Russian emperor's missing family members will be solved," Mr Solovyov said. He said bullets have been found near the remains and are similar to those discovered by the remains of the tsar, tsarina and their three other daughters in 1991.
Nino Burdzhanadze, speaker of the Georgian Parliament, will start consultations today on the restoration of the monarchy in the country. During the consultations a date will be defined to hold a debate on the developing of the political system in Georgia, including becoming a constitutional monarchy.
The Duchess of Cornwall has become a grandmother for the first time and the Prince of Wales a step-grandfather. The Duchess' son Tom Parker Bowles and his wife Sara Buys had a daughter shortly after 5pm yesterday. Lola was born at Queen Charlotte's Hospital in Hammersmith, West London. The Duchess of Cornwall visited her granddaughter yesterday evening. A Clarence House spokeswoman said: "The Duchess is absolutely thrilled."
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende of the Netherlands has said that the 36% rise in the past years in costs of the royal house and connected costs is caused by the temporarily costs for palace renovations and growing costs of security. He however promised to provide more clear reports on the expenditure of the Dutch royal family in the future.
Soestdijk Palace has welcomed its 100.000 visitor since the opening on 15 December 2006 today. The opening of the palace thus far has been a huge success. The palace will at least be open to the public until the end of 2009.
Two children's picture books translated from English into Japanese by Princess Akishino of Japan will go on sale on 23 October, the Imperial household Agency said. She also took part in creating the format of the books. One of the books is about Ben the Beaver, the other one about Eric the Wolf. It is said Princess Kiko hopes the translated series will offer a good opportunity to tell children about the lives of animals from around the world in an easy-to-understand manner. The complete serie of eight books is to be published by Shinjusha Inc.
Archduke Ferdinand and Archduchess Katharina of Austria had their third child yesterday morning. Lara Sophie was born at Berlin, Germany. Mother and daughter are doing fine.
The Jury at the inquest into the death of Diana Princess of Wales have been shown pixellated photographs of the crash and the scene made by 17 paparazzi. Although so far all pictures and video footage shown to the jury has been put on the inquest's website, these pictures won't. Coroner Lord Justice Scott Baker said: "Although ordinarily everything that the jury hears and sees will go almost immediately on the inquest website, these photographs will not go on the website for the reason that it is possible for photographs that have been pixellated to be unpixellated if they get into certain hands."
Scott Baker Inquests
The Nepalese Parliament has started debating the abolishing of the Nepalese monarchy today. Parties don't agree about the way the monarchy should be abolished and when. The debate is to be continued on Sunday.
Lady Katherine Brandram née Princess of Greece was buried at the royal burial grounds at Tatoi near Athens, Greece. The funeral was among others attended by the son of the deceased Paul Brandram and his three children, former King Constantine and former Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes, Crown Prince Pavlos and Prince Nikolaos of Greece, Princess Irene of Greece, the Duke and Duchess of Aosta, Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Yugoslavia.
The first pictures of Magali van Vollenhoven, daughter of Prince Floris and Princess Aimée van Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven, were issued today. The pictures were taken at home in Amsterdam on Friday. The baby was named after Aimée's sister, but Magali also derives from Margaret, which means Pearl.
Pictures of Magali
The Palace of Venaria Reale just outside Turin, Italy was officially opened today. The opening was attended by the Duke and Duchess of Savoy, the Prince of Venice, the Duke and Duchess of Aosta and the Duke of Apulia. The palace will reopen to the public tomorrow after two centuries of decay. The baroque hunting palace was built by the Savoy family in the 17th and 18th century. In the 19th century the palace was used as barracks. The renovation started 11 years ago and costed 200 million Euros. The palace has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1997.
Palace of Venaria Reale
The Georgian parliament will discuss a possible transition to a constitutional monarchy on October 25. 104 Members of Parliament voted in favour of a discussion, only six members against.
79-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand was hospitalised at the Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok this morning. The King underwent an 8-hour operation and treatment for a blood clot which caused an inadequate blood supply to his brain. The Royal Household Office said that the king showed symptoms of loss of strength in the right side of his body and that scans revealed a minimal cerebral ischemia on the left side of the King's brain. His condition has improved after treatment but he requires further observation. Doctors said he will at least be hospitalised for three days.
In a statement issued today the Royal Household Office of Thailand announced that the condition of King Bhumibol Adulyadej is improving: "Blood pressure is normal, his respiratory system is normal, his right body, which was weak from the shoulder to the arm, has more strength." Doctors are preparing a course of physical therapy to aid the rehabilitation. Hundreds of Thai people have gathered outside the hospital.
During the inquest into the death of Diana Princess of Wales François Levistre, who drove a car in front of the car of the princess, said he had seen a major white flash in the tunnel before the fatal crash. The flash came from a motorbike overtaking the car of the princess.
Hereditary Prince Bernhard von Baden has announced that the family will sell Salem Castle to private investors. The family doesn't trust Baden-Württemberg anymore to keep the castle as accessible cultural heritage. The family has debts of 30 million Euros, and to be able to pay off these debts to the bank selling is the only possibility.
Libya has given back a mansion in Tripoli to Fatma Cherif, wife of the late King Idris Senussi of Libya. The mansion is the residence of the British ambassador. The authorities also compensate the former queen, who lives in exile in Egypt, for two other lost properties.
During the inquest into the death of Diana Princess of Wales one of the paparazzi, Thierry Orban, told in a statement that he had been told by his chief editor that there were rumours that the princess was to announce a pregnancy or an engagement.
During the inquest into the death of Diana Princess of Wales the jury was told that Dodi Al-Fayed bought an engagement ring in the Parisian jewellery shop 'Dis moi oui' of of Alberto Repossi on 30 August 1997. Dodi didn't get the chance to give the ring to the princess and the ring was found in his flat after he died.
Robert Brown, who claims to be the illegitimate son of the late Princess Margaret of Great Britain and Captain Peter Townsend, has won permission to pursue his battle to see the contents of the secret royal wills of the late Queen Mother and of Princess Margaret. The Court of Appeal in London today ruled that although he has no private right to unseal the wills, but that it is arguable that there was a “general public interest” in whether the wills should be unsealed. This comes after the High Court family division had said in July that his claim should be struck out as 'vexatious and an abuse of process'.
The Funcinpec Party in Cambodia has officially appointed 52-year-old Princess Norodom Arun Rasmey, youngest daughter of retired King Norodom Sihanouk, as its prime minister candidate for the general elections that will be held on 27 July 2008. The princess is married to the president of the party and ambassador in Malaysia, Keo Puth Rasmey. The decision was made after a one-day national congress.
The Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has requested for extra money for a 'wedding in the Royal Court' in 2008, the newspaper Expressen reported today. They say to have read it in a memo of the Ministry. The amount of additional cash needed for "overtime, press logistics, computer support, extra staff etc." was however "impossible to quantify at the present moment". Spokeswoman of the Swedish Royal Court, Nina Eldh this morning said: "There are currently no plans for a wedding. You'll have to ask the foreign ministry about that [the memo]. It's not something I know anything about." It was commented by Expressen by the way that this kind of request also appeared in 2006.
Photo and copyright: Christine Kersten
Princess Ariane of the Netherlands was christened at the Kloosterkerk in The Hague this afternoon with water from the river Jordan. Ariane wore the christening robe of brussels lace that was made for the christening of Queen Wilhelmina in 1880. The robe among others was worn by Ariane's father the Prince of Orange and by her sisters Amalia and Alexia. Princess Ariane arrived at church with her parents the Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands and her sisters. Ariane's godparents were Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxemburg, Inès Zorreguieta, Tijo Baron Collot d'Escury, Valeria Delger and Anton Friling. Inès Zorreguieta carried the baby into church halfway the service which was led by ds. Deodaat van der Boon. She was followed by nannies with royal children who partly took their seats on red cushions with an A on it in front of the font. Their behaviour caused lots of fun among the other guests. Among the about 850 guests attending the christening were Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Prince Friso and Princess Mabel van Oranje-Nassau and their daughters Luana and Zaria, Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands with their children Eloise, Claus-Casimir and Leonore, Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and Pieter van Vollenhoven, Princess Annette van Oranje-Nassau van Vollenhoven with her children Isabella and Sam, Princess Anita van Oranje-Nassau van Vollenhoven with her daughter Emma, Prince Floris van Oranje-Nassau van Vollenhoven, Princess Irene of the Netherlands, the Duke of Parma, Prince Carlos de Bourbon de Parme, Jorge and Maria del Carmen Zorreguieta, Juan Zorreguieta, Count Franz-Clemens and Countess Stephanie zu Waldburg-Zeil und Hohenems with their youngest daughters Leonie and Sophie, as well as three sisters of the late Prince Claus of the Netherlands.
Royal Court: HQ picture
Royal Portraits: Arrival guests
In her written 73rd birthday interview Empress Michiko of Japan said to hope that her daughter-in-law, Crown Princess Masako, recovers from her stress illness. She said she wants to "watch quietly over" Crown Princess Masako and Crown Prince Naruhito. She said: "Now that she seems to be on her way to recovery, which for me is such a joy, I would simply like to continue praying for the full recovery of the Crown Princess."
The complete interview
The Royal Household Bureau of Thailand announced today that King Bhumibol Adulyadej is making satisfactory progress. An MRI-scan of his brain showed no infraction or brain damage. The statement says: "There is no evidence of cerebral blood vessel stenosis nor occlusion, which indicated that there was temporary cerebral ischemia."
The ruined summer palace of King Zog of Albania in Durres is to become the first luxury resort in Albania. The palace will be refurbished as a spa and divided into 50 apartments. King Zog's son Leka will get his own penthouse suite in the palace.
At the inquest into the death of Diana Princess of Wales a volunteer fireman told the inquest in the high court today by video link from Paris that the Princess repeatingly said 'Oh my God' when he tried to help her after the crash.
84-year-old Princess Galyani Vadhana, sister of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, was given medical treatment for cerebral embolism today. According to the Royal Household Bureau a computerised x-ray examination showed an extensive area of infarction on the left side of her brain as a result of occlusion of the cerebral artery. Her condition is under close watch. The Princess has been hospitalised at Siriraj Hospital since 15 JUne for abdominal cancer.
The wedding of Princess Marie-Therese von Hohenberg and Anthony Bailey will start tomorrow evening with a welcoming dinner at Festung Hohensalzburg, Austria. The religious wedding will take place at St. Peter's Abbey in Salzburg on Saturday, with Lord Nicholas Windsor as one of the witnesses of the groom. The wedding ceremony is followed by a reception in the Salzburg Festival Hall and a white-tie ball at the Residence in Salzburg. On Sunday there will be held a brunch at the Museum of Modern Art in Salzburg.
A rule nisi will take place at court in Amsterdam on Monday morning after the discovery that the paedophile association Martijn had placed pictures of Princess Amalia of the Netherlands as well as Anna and Lucas van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven with some comments of sexual nature. Yesterday the Government Information Service summoned Martijn to remove the pictures from their website, which was done last night. However there are still pictures on the closed area of the website. The service said: "It is almost inconceivable to think of anything further beyond the limit of decency." A rule nisi will take place because Martijn didn't agree to sigh a declaration in which they would promise never to publish any private pictures of the royal children on their website again or otherwise pay a fine of 50.000 Euro per picture.
The London Evening Standard claims that the Duke of Edinburgh has been suffering from an heart condition for the past 15 years and needs regular medication. Recent ill-health should cause concern among the royal family. Buckingham Palace declines to comment. The Duke's private staff is quotes as saying he was in a robust health for a man of his age.
Noah de Nassau, son of Prince Louis of Luxemburg and Tessy de Nassau, was christened at the parish church of Gilsdorf today. The mass was led by Abbé Frank and Pater Paulo von Habsburg. Godparents of Noah were Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxemburg and Patty Antony. Present were among others Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and their children, as well as Grand Duke Jean of Luxemburg.
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Yesterday evening at 22.10 Princess Alexia of Greece gave birth to her third daughter at the Clínica Teknon in Barcelona. The baby was named Amelia, is 52,5 cm tall and weighs 3,9 kilogrammes. Mother and daughter are doing very well. Among today's visitors were husband Carlos Morales Quintana and children Arrietta, Ana Maria and Carlos, as well as Infanta Cristina of Spain with her three sons.
Anthony Bailey married Princess Marie-Therese von Hohenberg in a religious ceremony at the Abbey of St. Peter's in Salzburg, Austria. The bride wore a lace wedding gown by Valentino with a long lace veil and a Hohenberg family tiara. The groom wore a uniform, while the bridal children wer dressed in the Austrian national colours red and white. The ceremony was led by Archbishop Eugenio Sbarbaro, Apostolic Nuncio to Serbia, with assistance of the Rt Rev George Stack, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, the Rt Rev Thomas Burns, Roman Catholic Bishop of the Armed Forces, His Grace Edmund Wagenhofer, Archabbot of St Peter's and Fr Michael Seed from Westminster Cathedral. During the ceremony blessings were read out from Pope Benedict XVI, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams and the head of the Syriac Orthodox Church Ignatius Zakka I Iwas. Best man was Peter Jonas. Witnesses for the bride were Princess Marie-Christine von Hohenberg, Comtesse Henriette du Bessey de Contenson, Countess Fleur von Göess, Livia Engel and Baron Alexander Dóczy. 600 guests were invited, among them members of the Hohenberg and Altenburg family, Duchess Helene in Bayern, Princess Lavinia of Yugoslavia and many other royals and nobles. After the wedding celebrations the couple went on honeymoon to Asia.
The Sunday Times today reports that a member of the British royal family has been subject of a blackmail attempt. They write that two men contacted a member of the royal staff and demanded £50,000, threatening to go public with a video recording involving sex and drugs if their demand was not met. A member of the royal family and one of their aides were said to be involved. Buckingham Palace refuses to discuss the subject and only wishes to say that it is a police matter and that Scotland Yard is investigating. The police says that two men have appeared before the City of Westminster magistrates on 13 September in private accused of blackmail and were remanded in custody. They will next appear at the Old Bailey in December.
The Royal Household Bureau issued a statement saying that Princess Galyani Vadhana of Thailand is getting increasing movement in her right arm and right leg. She is more conscious and can perform some physical exercises. The physical strength of King Bhumibol Adulyadej has increased and he is no longer receiving antibiotics.
The Royal Household Bureau said today that King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand is able to stand without assistance now. A statement says: "His arms, legs and feet regain more strength and he can stand without a walker for support for some time. He can exercise for a longer time."
During a conversation with the press at the end of their three-day visit to Bhutan the Prince of Orange and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands spoke out about the pictures of their daughter Amalia being placed on a paedophile organisation's website. The Prince said: "I do not want to see the website. I am afraid I may lose it." He added that the couple also wants to create jurisprudence for other people with children. The couple further said to have enjoyed Bhutan very much, and that it is a pity that they only stay for three days as the country deserves a much longer visit.
Princess Alexia of Greece and her newborn daughter Amelia left hospital in Barcelona at noon today. She was accompanied by her husband Carlos Morales Quintana, children Arrietta, Anna-Maria and Carlos, as well as her parents former King Constantine II and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece and Princess Theodora of Greece.
Hereditary Prince Maximilian and Hereditary Princess Marissa zu Bentheim-Tecklenburg had their second daughter. Amalia
Anna Elisabeth was born at the Evangelischen Krankenhaus in Lippstadt on 25 October. She is 49 cm tall and weighs 3280 grammes.
Royal News: September 2007
. Last updated: September 30th, 2007.