Last modified: 7 January 2023
The sapphire tiara of Princess Thyra of Denmark and other royal jewellery were sold at auction at Bruun Rasmussen, Copenhagen, Denmark, today. The tiara, that last belonged to Princess Elisabeth of Denmark, was sold for 650.000 DKK, her art deco bracelet with emeralds and diamonds fetched 700.000 DKK.
The only daughter of the Emperor and Empress of Japan, Princess Aiko, has turned 21 years old today. The Princess studies Japanese Language and Literature at Gakushuin University in Tokyo, where her course has become more spezialised. She has been studying various Japanese literature classics. She likes to walk, play tennis and jogging with her father. She received birthday wishes from the Imperial Household Agency officials and also visited her grandparents, the Emperor Emeritus and the Empress Emerita.
The Prince and Princess of Wales attended the Earthshot Prize Awards in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Prince William created the annual awards to fund projects that aim to save the planet.
The Christmas decorations at Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh are ready for visitors to enjoy.
In the past year the Princess of Orange has visited the Dutch armed forces. The first introduction was a present for her 18th birthday in December 2021. She visited both the air force, the army and the navy on three different occasions. In April 2022 Amalia flew from Volkel Air Base on a training flight of an F-16. In June she visited the 43 Mechanised Brigade in Darp and rode along in a Leopard 2A6 battle tank. In August Amalia travelled to Den Helder and made an underwater trip in a submarine. She also spoke with military personnel and other staff during her visits, including soldiers from the Regiment Husars Princess Catharina Amalia.
Relief in Japan as the Imperial Household Agency has announced that no abnormalities were revealed in an examination of a prostate tissue sample of Emperor Naruhito.
St Edward’s Crown, the historic centrepiece of the Crown Jewels, has been removed from the Tower of London to allow for modification work to begin ahead of the Coronation on Saturday 6th May 2023. King Charles III will be crowned per tradition with this crown. He will also wear the Imperial State Crown during the Service.
Samuel van Vollenhoven, the eldest son of Prince Bernhard van Oranje-Nassau van Vollenhoven has started his own car business at the age of 18. The student entrepreneurship has registered his company Sam’s Garage, that will be launched on the Masters Expo on 8 December.
At Buckingham Palace in London King Charles III and Queen Camilla of the United Kingdom hosted their first reception for the Diplomatic Corps.
An independent study of the role of the House of Orange-Nassau in colonial history has been commissioned by King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. The study will take three years and will cover the period from the late sixteenth century to the postcolonial present. Following the completion of the study, in 2026, the findings of the study will be published.
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden was reported ill and has to cancel an appointment tomorrow. She has a cold.
On Saint Nicholas Day Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg visited sick children at the “Kannerklinik” in the country.
Prince Alexander Romanoff, who was born on 21 October 2022 as son of Grand Duke George of Russia and his wife Princess Victoria, was christened today at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, Russia. According to Christian Orthodox tradition the event took place 40 days after his birth. 6 December is also the day of Saint Alexander Nevsky. Alexander wore a christening gown created by Russian designer Elina Samarina. The cake was created especially by Michael Lewis-Anderson. The baby’s godparents were Princess Olga of Savoy-Aosta Duchess of Aosta, Prince Joachim Murat, Princess Elizabeth Loupukhin, Michel Orloff, Helene Kirby Countess Dvinskaya (great-aunt, didn’t attend due to medical reasons), Prince Stephane Belosselsky-Belozersky, Oxana Girko and Yulia Abrosimov. Among the about 400 guests were the grandparents and step-grandmother of the baby.
Queen Camilla of the United Kingdom has continued her annual tradition by inviting children from the Helen and Douglas House and the Roald Dahl Charity to decorate the Christmas tree at Clarence House.
To mark the 100th anniversary of the British magazine Good Housekeeping, Queen Camilla, The Princess of Wales, The Princess Royal, The Countess of Wessex, The Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra have all contributed to a special issue highlighting some of the important causes they support. Queen Camilla features on the cover.
25 members and supporters of the far-right group Reichsbürger have been arrested early this morning accross the country. They are suspected of planning a putsch in Germany. One of the leaders of the group, Prince Heinrich XIII Reuss, was also arrested at his house in Frankfurt. Also his hunting lodge in Thüringen was searched. The group denies the existence of the modern German state. Already in August the head of the Reuss family, Prince Heinrich XIV, who lives in Austria, had called his kinsmen “a confused man peddling conspiracy theories” and distanced himself.
Two days ago the Earl of Wessex and the Princess Royal have officially been added to the list of Counsellors of State.
Netflix insists that both Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace were contacted in advance to be able to react to the new series called “Harry & Meghan”. At first Buckingham Palace denied this, but Kensington Palace later made clear they had received an email from a third-party production company, not the Archewell foundation or Netflix itself. The aids of the Prince of Wales have then contacted the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Netflix to verify if the mail was genuine, but didn’t receive a reply.
On 5 December, the magazine Billed-Bladet says, Count Ingolf and Countess Sussie of Rosenborg have moved from their big house on the estate Egeland into a smaller house there, that they’ve called the “white palace”. They decided to move as the count has become less mobile.
Princess Astrid of Belgium chaired an economic mission to Japan from 5 to 9 December, representing her brother King Philippe. She visited Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Kyoto. Special attention went to the themes renewable energy, life sciences, automotive industry, eco-construction and food industry.
According to her LinkedIn profile Princess Louise of Belgium since September 2022 studies Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies at the University College Maastricht, in the Netherlands.
King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden attended the Nobel Concert at the concert hall in Stockholm.
The Ministry of State has confirmed that Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg again had a verbal altercation with one of her employees. The case is being handled by the Secretary General of the Government Council, Jacques Flies, who is the government representative on the Coordination Committee of the Maison du Grand-Duc. He says something “unacceptable” has happened. The mistreated employee was transferred to another position for her own protection. Also another employee was granted a transfer.
On the occasion of her 59th birthday Empress Massako reflected on having spent exactly half of her life in the imperial family. She said to feel “deeply moved” by her years as a member of the imperial family. She thanked her husband and others who have supported her and said: “I have gone through many times of joy, as well as times of sorrow.” In a separate statement her doctors said that while she is recovering, her condition fluctuates and that she may need time to recharge after large or successive events.
On Nobel Day King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden has presented the 2022 Nobel Prizes at Stockholm Concert Hall. In the evening he, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia attended the banquet of the Nobel Foundation at Stockholm City Hall.
In Oslo, Norway, the human rights defender Ales Bialiatski of Belarus, the Russian organisation Memorial and the Center for Civil Liberties of Ukraine received the Nobel Peace Prize 2022. King Harald V, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit were in attendance during the award ceremony held in Oslo City Hall.
The theme of King’s Day on 27 April in Rotterdam is “We are all Kings & Queens”, it was revealed today.
The annual Christmas card of King Charles III and Queen Camilla of the United Kingdom was released today.
The Swedish royal family hosted a dinner for the Nobel Laureates 2022 at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. Also the Nobel Laureates from 2020 and 2021 were invited, because the dinner had to be cancelled because of the corona pandemic in the previous two years.
It’s a girl! Louis and Marie Ducruet had a gender revealing party, attended by family and friends.
A transgender Qatari Princess has been granted asylum in the United Kingdom. Born a woman, but feeling male on the inside, “they” fear for “their” life in Qatar. “They” went into hiding during a shopping trip of the family in London in 2015, together with a girlfriend. “They” since have adopted an English male name in an official name change deed, and are hoping for a sex reassignment surgery and marry the girlfriend.
The Supreme Court of Cassation in Sofia, Bulgaria, has decided that the Vrana Palace and Park are being owned by former King Simeon and his sister Princess Maria Luisa. Claims by the state have been definitely rejected and an appeal against the decision is not possible anymore.
Prince Jean-Christophe Napoléon and his wife Olympia had a son, Prince Louis Charles Riprand Victor Jérôme Marie, on 7 December 2022 in Paris, France.
Her Royal Highness, Princess Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kawananakoa died yesterday at her home in Nuuanu at 6:45pm, aged 96, in presence of her wife Veronica Gail Worth and her closest friends. She was born in Honolulu, Hawaïi in 1926 as daughter of Dr William Ellerbrock and Princess Helen Lydia Liliu-o-kalani Kawananakoa. She was adopted by her maternal grandmother and took the surname of Kawananakoa.
The Prince and Princess of Wales shared their annual Christmas card.
The Balearic government has been ordered by the Supreme Court to pay back part of the money received as a fine from Iñaki Urdangarin and Infanta Cristina of Spain as well as Iñakis former business partner Diego Torres. Initially they, and the ex-president of the Balearics Jaume Matas, paid a total of 852,287 Euros to the Balearic government. The fines established by the Provincial Court however were only 619,000 Euros. The Supreme Court has now established that the overpayment of 233,871.50 Euros has to be refunded. Cristina will receive 68,479 Euros, Iñaki 132,695 Euros. Iñaki Urdangarin has requested that also Cristinas money should be repaid by him. But Cristina has registered a letter with the court that requests that that money is paid to her instead.
A huge amount of British royals have attended the Together at Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey in London. The service was spearheaded by the Princess of Wales and supported by the Royal Foundation. The service recognised the selfless efforts of individuals, families and communities across the UK, and celebrate and showcase the joy that human connection and togetherness can bring. This year’s service was dedicated to the late Queen Elizabeth II.
King Charles III of the United Kingdom visited the Palace of Westminster. He unveiled a gift from parliamentarians to the late Queen, which marked the occasion of her Platinum Jubilee, a pair of unique bronze sculptures featuring the heraldic beasts of the United Kingdom. He also unveiled a plaque on the floor of Westminster Hall, which marked the site of the Lying-in-State of the late Queen.
Together with their son Prince Charles Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg visited residents of “CIPA Haaptmanns Schlass” in Berbourg. The cute little Prince was seen while helping making Christmas cookies, admiring a train and with a book that he seems to have received as a present.
Traditionally Prince Albert II and Princess Charlène of Monaco have handed out Christmas gifts and treats to the most vulnerable in their country. They visited children at the Rosine Sanmori creche, young residents at the Princess Charlene`s Children Home and people in the social services scheme at the headquarters of the Monaco Red Cross, that as usual organised the tour.
Princess Charlène of Monaco has celebrated the 10th anniversary of her Princess Charlene Foundation by inaugurating the new premises of the foundation on the Quan Antoine I in Monaco. During these 10 years the foundation has carried out 510 projects in 43 different countries. The Princess was accompanied by her husband Prince Albert II, her sister-in-law Princess Stéphanie and her brother Gareth Wittstock. In a speech Charlène thanked everyone for their support and told her husband: “Thank you Albert for everything, for your support, for believing in us and trusting us.”
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Princess Charlene Foundation Princess Charlène of Monaco has given an interview to the newspaper “Monaco-Matin”, saying that she feels “so much better today than I have in recent years. I feel less pain and much more energy”. She is still recovering, but happy, and she calls her family and beloved ones her “rock”. She also said: “I approach the future, step by step, one day at a time.” About her children Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella she says that they are still learning their royal roles. She and her husband explain the nature of events to them and she says that the children like to accompany their parents. Charlène thinks: “They are still young, they continue to observe, to learn, before it will become natural for them.” The whole family loves the National Day celebrations on 19 November.
Queen Máxima of the Netherlands attended the annual Kerst Muziekgala, where children give a musical concert together with Dutch artists. The show is to be broadcasted on 26 December.
The Belgian royal palace released this year’s Christmas card.
In a statement the Royal Household Bureau has said that Princess Bajrakitiyabha of Thailand has lost consciousness while training her dog and was eventually flown to Bangkok from Nakhon Ratchasima province to Chulalongkorn Hospital in Bangkok. Her father King Maha Vajiralongkorn immediately travelled to Nakhon Ratchasima by helicopter to be with his eldest daughter, and also accompanied her back to Bangkok. The Princess celebrated her 44th birthday on 7 December. However according to the usually well informed Scottish journalist Andrew MacGregor Marshall the Princess suffered an heart attack in Khao Yai national park. His sources say that, despite of having received CPR for more than an hour, there was no response. She was put on an ECMO machine, which would mean she is being artificially kept alive.
The engagement was announced between Duarte de Sousa Araújo Martins and Infanta Maria Francisca of Portugal, Duchess of Coimbra, the only daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Bragança. They got engaged in Timor early December, after which the close family was informed. More details about the wedding day will be announced in due course. Duarte de Sousa Araújo Martins was born on 14 May 1992 in Lisbon, Portugal, as son of Pedro Martins and Maria do Carmo de Sousa Araújo. He has three brothers. Duarte is a lawyer, specialising in capital markets and M&A.
In an interview with the German magazine “Gala” Princess Lilly zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg has confessed: “I met a wonderful new person and actually fell very much in love.” She met her new british-american boyfriend Charles at a party with friends in the heart of Venice, Italy.
The Buckingham Palace has announced that Lady Susan Hussey and Ngozi Fulani, of the charity Sistah Space, have met at the palace this morning. Lady Susan Hussey has offered her sincere apologies for the comments that she made during a palace reception last month. She has also has pledged to deepen her awareness of the sensitivities involved and is grateful for the opportunity to learn more about the issues in this area. Ngozi Fulani has accepted the apology. The statement of the palace specifically mentions the “most appalling torrent of abuse” Ngozi Fulani received on social media and elsewhere. They now both want to be left in peace to be able to rebuild their lives after an immensely distressing period.
Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden have received the yearly Christmas trees for the royal palace in Stockholm.
The ski chalet Helora of the Duke of York in Verbier, Switzerland, has finally been sold. The house was on the market since 2020. It is reported that a British family bought it for £19m.
In “The Specator” Lady Frederick Windsor – the actress Sophie Winkleman – has written a nice piece about her work and private life. It turns out she and her family will visit her parents on Crhistmas Day and also some of her husband’s relations in various locations. She praises the senior members of the royal family “who are so hardworking, uncomplaining and brave in the face of relentless and brutal media attention, criticism, lies, undermining and fictional TV programmes”.
In Bhutan the National day was celebrated.
The King’s address
Three years after many valuable items, worth more than €113 million, were stolen from the Green Vault in Dresden the German police has found a considerable part of the items back. 31 individual items or pieces of items were found back on Friday night. On November 25, 2019 items from the 17th and 18th centuries were stolen, including about 4,300 diamonds and other gemstones. A trial against six suspects aged 22 to 28 was opened in January 2022.
In an update the Scottish journalist and Thailand expert Andrew MacGregor Marshall says that initially it was assumed that Princess Bajrakitiyabha had an heart attack in the early evening of 14 December. Doctors at the King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital however have now concluded that she suffered a brain aneurysm, that caused a massive subarachnoid haemorrhage.
A man who threw eggs at King Charles III of the United Kingdom during a visit in York early November will have to appear at York Magistrates’ Court on January 20, 2023.
Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar of Sweden visited the performance “Askungen” at the Royal Opera in Stockholm.
The TV-documentary “Min egen Kurs” (My own way) was broadcasted on Danish television today. Prince Nikolai of Denmark speaks about his life and family. The documentary was filmed in May 2022. He says that his grandmother Queen Margrethe II is of course also to him the Queen, but in the first place is his grandmother. He tells he is used to live a public live and not having a surname.
For the first time since ascending the throne in 2019 Emperor Naruhito of Japan will be able to appear on the balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo in the morning of his birthday on 23 February 2023. The number of visitors will be limited to about 1,500 at a time.
In a new statement the Royal Household Bureau has stated that the condition of Princess Bajrakitiyabha is “somewhat stable”. Her heartbeat is being regulated with medicines, and an external machine is being used to assist functioning of the heart, lung and spleen.
Today King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians invited those who have contributed to the smooth running of their activities in 2022 for the annual Christmas concert in the throne room of the Royal Palace in Brussels. The concert was also attended by the Duchess of Brabant, Prince Emmanuel, Princess Eléonore, Prince Laurent and Princess Claire. The Concert d’Anvers, the Octopus Chamber Choir and soloists from the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel performed a musical programme on the theme of Christmas, with compositions by Corelli, Vivaldi, and Gruber, conducted by conductor Bart Van Reyn. The concert is to be broadcasted on Belgian television on Christmas Day.
The Swedish TV-channel “SVT” showed its yearly documentary about the royal family “Året med kungafamiljen 2022”, that can be seen here.
After having been admitted to the University Hospital in Oslo two days ago King Harald V of Norway was allowed to go home today. He was treated with intravenous antibiotics following an infection. The royal palace said that the King is recovering well, but will have to take it easy for a few days. Unfortunately because of his hospital stay the yearly Christmas photo session of the family was cancelled.
The yearly Christmas card of the Dutch royal family was released. This is the card that is being sent to friends and relatives.
The Duchess of Brabant and her brother Prince Emmanuel took part in the Warmathon in Brussels to raise money for the underprivileged.
People who want to reach the courtyard of Burg Hohenzollern from the entrance gate since this weekend can use an elevator (lift). The 19 metres distances only takes 19 seconds, while it otherwise is 300 metres walking uphill. Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie of Prussia were among the first users.
King Charles III of the United Kingdom has arrived for his first Christmas at the Sandringham Estate, Norfolk. He and his wife Queen Camilla are expected to celebrate Christmas with part of the royal family.
An analysis of the Court Circular by the Canadian royal journalist Patricia Treble for the British newspaper “Daily Express” shows that King Charles III has been the hardest working royal in 2022 with 507 duties. His sister, the Princess Royal, came in second place with 463 engagements. However she had more working days, 185, while Charles only worked 163 days.
It was announced that Trooping the Colour, the official birthday of the British monarch, will take place on 17 June 2023. New ceremonial military roles have been given to Queen Camilla and the Princess of Wales. The Queen replaces the Duke of York as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, Catherine takes over her husband’s role as Colonel of the Irish Guards.
The Norwegian royal court announced that King Harald V and Queen Sonja will celebrate Christmas in Kongsseteren. Also the Crown Princely family will celebrate Christmas Eve and part of the Christmas days in Kongsseteren.
The Christmas wishes of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg and their son Prince Charles. And this is the Christmas card of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa.
During a visit to Thailand Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan has visited the King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital in Bangkok. She offered flowers to wish the eldest daughter of the king, Princess Bajrakitiyabha, a speedy recovery.
From Tasmania, Down Under, the Danish crown princely family sent their Christmas wishes.
New photos were released upon the 89th birthday of Emperor Emeritus Akihito of Japan.
On January 6, 2023 the Attallah Cross, designed by the British jeweller Garrard, will go on auction at Sotheby’s in London. The crucifix, embossed with gold, silver, amethyst and diamonds, was worn by Diana, Princess of Wales, to a charity ball in 1987. The piece is expected to fetch up to £120,000.
The British newspaper “The Sun” yesterday has apologized for a hate-filled column by journalist Jeremy Clarkson about the Duchess of Sussex. The column led to a large number of complaints to the independent press regulator Ipso. Jeremy Clarkson himself already said earlier this week that he was “horrified to have caused so much hurt”, and promised to be more careful in the future. A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex however said: “The fact that the Sun has not contacted The Duchess of Sussex to apologise shows their intent. This is nothing more than a PR stunt.”
On Christmas Eve Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar of Sweden have visited the depot of Storstockholms lokaltrafiks (public transport in Greater Stockholm) in Ulvsunda to wish their employees happy Christmas.
The King and Queen of Tonga are to celebrate Christmas and New Year in ‘Eua, joined by their daughter Princess Angelika. ‘Eua is an outer island of Tonga. The Crown Prince and his family are spending the holidays abroad.
The British royal family has attended the morning service at Sandringham Church today.
The first Christmas Broadcast of King Charles III of the United Kingdom was recorded in the Quire of St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, where both his parents are buried. Charles explained the significance of the spot and thanked people for all their mail after the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September.
The Prince and Princess of Wales shared a lovely drawing of a reindeer by Prince George.
The Luxembourg Grand-Ducal family has been reunited in the mountains for the holidays.
10,7 million people have watched the Christmas message of King Charles III. yesterday, being the most watched tv-program on Christmas Day. The last speech of his mother, the late Queen Elizabeth II, in 2021 was seen by 8,96 million people.
A horse King Charles III has inherited from his mother recently, Steal A March, won the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle in the Class 2 handicap hurdle at Wincanton Racecourse today. The King won £13,000. Unfortunately the Queen’s favourite horse Royal Applause died at Sandringham on Christmas Eve, aged 29.
It was announced by the Royal Household Bureau that King Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida of Thailand have recovered from Covid-19 and have tested negative. They both tested positive on 17 December.
Her doctors have advised Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand to reduce her royal duties for a while. She was recently diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat, which is a temporary condition. She was admitted to the King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital between November 22 and December 4.
To “Monaco Life” Sovereign Prince Albert II of Monaco reflected on the year 2022 and said: “In a particularly difficult international context, I am simply happy that the Principality is continuing to grow economically, socially, culturally and in sports.”
New Danish gala portraits were published. The portraits were taken in September during the celebrations on the occasion of the 50th anniversary on the throne of Queen Margrethe II.
The Swedish TV-channel SVT1 broadcasted the documentary “Sessan – en kunglig saga” (Sessan – a royal fairy tale) about the life of Princess Birgitta von Hohenzollern née Princess of Sweden. You can see it here.
Sovereign Prince Albert of Monaco has reacted to the death of the Archbishop Emeritus of Monaco, Monseigneur Bernard Barsi. For 20 years he served Monaco and its princely family. He among others married Albert and his wife Charlène, and christened their children Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella.
Upon her 28th birthday photos were released of Princess Kako of Akishino.
Max Markgraf von Baden died in the early hours today at Salem Castle, Germany. He was 89 years old. Since 1963 he was head of the former reigning grand-ducal family of Baden, that reigned Baden from 1112 to 1918. His eldest son Bernhard will succeed his father as Markgraf von Baden.
According to a new poll, carried out by Panelbase, 55% of the Scots want an independent Scotland to be a republic with an elected head of state. Only 45% would like to keep the British King Charles as head of state.
A lovely interview and great photos at the Spanish news portal “Vanitatis” with Hereditary Princess Cleopatra zu Oettingen-Oettingen und Oettingen-Spielberg.
The Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI passed away today at 9:34am in his residence at the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in Vatican City, aged 95. He was the Pope between 2005 and 2013, when he abdicated. His successor Pope Francis had already shared the news of his worsening health yesterday. As of Monday morning, 2 January 2023, the body of the Pope Emeritus will be in Saint Peter’s Basilica so the faithful can pay their respects. Pope Francis will preside over the funeral of the Pope Emeritus on 5 January at 9:30am in St. Peter’s Square. Condolences from other monarchies came in.
It was announced that the wedding of Crown Prince Al Hussein of Jordan and Rajwa Khaled bin Musaed bin Saif bin Abdulaziz Al Saif will take place on 1 June 2023.