Princess Leonore has started preschool in Östermalm in Stockholm.


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Princess Madeleine and family live in England, but at the same time the whole family is regularly in Sweden for long periods, and because of this, Princess Leonore has begun her education at a preschool in Stockholm . The family will stay in Sweden also during September.
Princess Leonore needs to meet with peers and Princess Madeleine is convinced that her children should have a strong connection with Sweden. Her wish is that the children should feel at home like the princess herself.
Leonore goes to preschool in London when the family are there.
The fact that Leonore is now educated in Stockholm means that Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill have taken another step closer to a move to Sweden, although the court denies that there are currently such plans

Prince Philip of Liechtenstein




Born at 19 August in 1946, Philip a younger brother of Prince Hans-Adam is a career banker who works with his brother as chairman of the board of trustees of LGT Group Foundation. He joined the banking sector shortly after he married his wife, Isabelle de l’Arbre de Malander, at the age of 25. Prince Philipp and Princess Isabelle have 3 sons : Alexander (1972), Wenzeslaus (1974) and Rudolf (1975).These days, Philip works alongside his brother and nephew at LGT.

Prince Philipp is interested in arts.

The Liechtenstein dynasty, from which the principality takes its name, originated in Castle Liechtenstein in lower Austria. It’s now known for its vast wealth and sound economy – it has the second highest GDP per person in the world

King Felipe in Barcelona after attacks


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King Felipe VI of Spain led a moment of silence in Barcelona’s famous Catalonia Square less than a day after a van barreled into the city’s popular Las Ramblas tourist district, killing 14 people.
King Felipe stood alongside Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy as he led the somber moment surrounded by scores of mourning residents.
After silence concluded, the crowd clapped and chanted “I am not afraid,” according to different media.

King Felipe to Barcelona for commemorative service


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The Spanish king Felipe interrupts his holiday after the attacks in his country. On Friday he is in Barcelona, where at the Plaza de Catalunya takes a minute’s silence.

At the commemoration, which takes place at 12.00 According to the Spanish media, government representatives are also present. Premier Mariano Rajoy has announced three days of national mourning.

In Barcelona, thirteen people died Thursday on the Ramblas, near the Plaza de Catalunya, with a van was driving into the public. Certainly 100 people were injured, including three Dutchmen. A few hours later, five suspected terrorists were killed in the Catalan coastal town of Cambrils. In that antitrust reaction, seven people were injured.

King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia lost close friend


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A close friend of King Carl Gustaf, bankmanager Tore G. Bergengren has passed away. He was 68 years old. His wife Marianne Bergengren, dentist and artist, found him dead in the couple’s home in Klosters in Switzerland.
– Tore was very sick and weak already earlier, says Marianne to Svensk Damtidning. He underwent a brain surgery in 2000, due to a severe brain infection and never recovered properly. Recently he also had skin cancer and other diseases, tells the widow.
Tore was close friend of the king since high school at Sigtuna and they continued to be friends until these days. The king and the queen had the tradition of skiing with the couple Bergengren in Switzerland every winter.
Marianne Bergengren told to Svensk Damtidning that queen Silvia called her to express her condolences.

Countess of Wessex Royal Patron of Love Musgrove


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Love Musgrove, Musgrove Park Hospital’s official charity, is delighted to announce HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO as the new Royal Patron of its campaign to raise £1 million for a new MRI scanner.
This essential piece of diagnostic equipment benefits a huge number of patients who may have cancers, cardiac or joint, tendon and muscle problems. It will help to ensure shorter waiting times for people in Somerset and beyond, as well as providing the hospital with greater overall scanning capacity and allowing it to take part in ground breaking research programmes.

Love Musgrove is the official Musgrove Park Hospital charity.

More info here

Diana: Tragedy or Treason




Even two decades after Princess Diana’s untimely August 1997 death, royal fans are still asking emotional questions about the People’s Princess’ passing. Due to countless conspiracy theories over the years, many people around the world have wondered, for example, if the mother-of-two was murdered or if she was pregnant at the time of her death.

The special Princess Diana: Tragedy or Treason — which aired Thursday, 17 august on ID— explored several of the most popular conspiracy theories surrounding the Princess’ passing. Scroll down to read more info about Diana’s life and death.
The car crash that tragically killed Diana on Aug. 31, 1997, in Paris also killed her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, and the couple’s driver, Henri Paul. The fourth person in the car, Diana’s bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, miraculously survived the fatal accident. At the time, the crash was ruled a drunk-driving accident. Blood alcohol concentration tests later revealed Diana’s driver, Henri, had consumed the equivalent of 10 glasses of wine before getting behind the wheel that night. The vehicle Henri was driving reportedly reached 120 mph while he was trying to escape the hoards of paparazzi following the car.
After the death of his son, Dodi, Harrods business magnate Mohamed Al-Fayed launched his own private investigation into the crash. “I can’t stop until I find the truth. I will pursue it everywhere, every place, in France and [in England]. And, this is the right of a father who lost his child,” Mohamed said in a previous interview, featured in the new TV special Princess Diana: Tragedy or Treason.
ID Netherlands 17 August 2017 -22.00 Diana: Tragedy or Treason

#OTD 16 August 1906 Franz Joseph II, Prince of Liechtenstein was born




Franz Joseph II, Prince of Liechtenstein (Franz Josef Maria Aloys Alfred Karl Johannes Heinrich Michael Georg Ignaz Benediktus Gerhardus Majella; 16 August 1906 – 13 November 1989) was the reigning Prince of Liechtenstein from 1938 until his death.
Franz Joseph was the son of Prince Aloys of Liechtenstein and Archduchess Elisabeth Amalie of Austria. He succeeded his childless grand-uncle, Prince Franz I, after his father renounced his right of succession in his favour in 1923.
During his reign women received voting rights for the first time, following a referendum on the topic (among men only) in 1984.
Franz Joseph was an extremely popular sovereign in Liechtenstein. He was the first ruling prince to live full-time in the principality. He also oversaw the economic development of Liechtenstein from a poor agricultural backwater into one of the richest countries (per capita) in the world.

Liechtenstein remained neutral throughout World War II, and its neutrality was not violated by any of the combatants.
Just before the end of the war the Prince granted political asylum for 494 First Russian National Army pro-Axis pro-emperor Vladimir White emigres led by General Boris Smyslovsky.

On 7 March 1943, at Vaduz, Franz Joseph II married Countess Georgina von Wilczek (24 October 1921 – 18 October 1989). They had five children:
Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein (born 14 February 1945, Zurich), married Countess Marie Aglaë of Wchinitz and Tettau and had four children and fifteen grandchildren.
Prince Philipp Erasmus of Liechtenstein (born 19 August 1946, Zürich). Married in Brussels on 11 September 1971 Isabelle Fernande Ghislaine Guillemette Elisabeth de L’Arbre de Malander (born 24 November 1947, Ronse), daughter of Jean Baptiste de L’Arbre de Malander and wife Guillemette Grassal. They have three sons and four grandchildren:
Prince Alexander Wilhelm Hans Adam of Liechtenstein (born 19 May 1972, Basel). Married civilly in Vaduz on 24 January 2003 and religiously in Salzburg on 8 February 2003 Astrid Barbara Kohl (born 13 September 1968, Regensburg), daughter of Theodor Kohl and wife Ingrid Schlechta. They had one daughter:
Princess Theodora Alexandra Isabella Antonia Nora Marie of Liechtenstein (born 20 November 2004, Chêne-Bougeries, Geneva, Switzerland), founder of the Green Teen Team wildlife project.
Prince Wenzeslaus of Liechtenstein (born 12 May 1974, Uccle). He used to date model Adriana Lima.
Prince Rudolf Ferdinand of Liechtenstein (b. Uccle, 7 September 1975). Married in Istanbul on 20 April 2012 Miss Tilsim Tanberk.
Princess Alienor Faye of Liechtenstein (29 September 2014 – 13 December 2015)
Princess Laetitia of Liechtenstein (born 21 July 2016)
Prince Karl Ludwig of Liechtenstein (born 21 July 2016)
Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein (born 24 October 1947, Zurich), married Princess Margaretha of Luxembourg, and had four children.
Princess Nora of Liechtenstein (born 31 October 1950, Zurich), married in Vaduz civilly on 10 June 1988 and religiously on 11 June 1988 Vicente Sartorius y Cabeza de Vaca, 3rd Marqués de Mariño (Madrid, 30 November 1931 – Ibiza, 22 June 2002), and had an only daughter:
Doña María Teresa Sartorius y de Liechtenstein (b. Madrid, 21 November 1992).
Prince Franz Josef Wenceslas of Liechtenstein, known as “Wenzel” (Zurich, 19 November 1962 – Vaduz, 28 February 1991)

Franz Joseph handed over most of his powers to his son, Hans-Adam, on 26 August 1984. Franz Joseph II died on 13 November 1989, a mere twenty-six days after his wife. Ruling Liechtenstein for 51 years, he was among the longest-ruling sovereigns in Europe and the longest-serving national leaders in the world at the time of his death.

Ulriksdal Palace- Sweden



Ulriksdal Palace is a royal palace situated on the banks of the Edsviken in the Royal National City Park in Solna Municipality, 6 km north of Stockholm. It was originally called Jakobsdal for its owner Jacob De la Gardie, who had it built by architect Hans Jacob Kristler in 1643-1645 as a country retreat. He later passed on to his son, Magnus Gabriel De la Gardie, from whom it was purchased in 1669 by Queen Hedvig Eleonora of Sweden. The present design is mainly the work of architect Nicodemus Tessin the Elder and dates from the late 17th century.

Hedvig Eleonora had grand plans for the palace and renamed it in 1684 Ulriksdal in honor of its intended future owner, her grandson Prince Ulric. The prince, however, died at the age of one and Hedvig Eleonora kept the palace until her death in 1715 when the property was transferred to the crown for King Frederick I’s disposal.
Several drawings by Nicodemus Tessin the Elder show a stately palace, three storeys high, with a lantern roof, furnished attic, and side wings extending the lakeside façade. Implementation of Tessin’s designs began under Hedvig Eleonora in the 1670s, but was halted around 1690 due to financial problems.
When building work eventually resumed by King Frederick I in the 1720s, the palace architect Carl Hårleman had different ideas than Tessin the Elder. Among the features incorporated by Hårleman was one of the first mansard roofs in Sweden. In the mid-18th century, the palace was occupied by King Adolf Frederick and Queen Louisa Ulrika. The Queen set up a theatre here, today called the Confidencen. During the reign of Adolf Frederick and his son Gustav III of Sweden (r. 1771-1792), it was one of the main residences of the royal court and the place for a grand court life. From 1792 until 1813, it served as residence for the queen dowager of Gustav III, Sophia Magdalena of Denmark.[1] After her death, the palace was uninhabited until 1821.
Relatively little survives of the 18th century interiors, since Ulriksdal served as a veterans’ hospital from 1822 to 1849. The hospital was established by King Charles XIV John for veterans of the Russo-Swedish War of 1808-1809. The palace was therefore almost empty when it was acquired in 1856 by Prince Charles, later King Charles XV. During the reign of Charles XV (r. 1859-1872), the palace was used as his preferred summer residence. With the aid of architect Fredrik Wilhelm Scholander and through extensive purchases of antiques, Prince Charles was able to design and furnish the palace at his own taste. Many of these furnishings are still on display. During the reign of King Oscar II (1872-1907), it was often used by Queen Sophia as her personal summer residence: it also served as her residence as a widow until her death in 1913.
In 1923, Prince Gustav Adolf, the future King Gustaf VI Adolf married Louise Mountbatten. Ulriksdal became to be closely associated with the royal couple. During their time, the former knights’ hall was turned into a living room with furniture designed by designer Carl Malmsten.
The palace has been open to the public since 1986. The original furnishings have been relocated to the preserved rooms and parts of the former living quarters are used to exhibit items from Gustaf VI Adolf’s art and crafts collection as well as Gustaf V’s silver collection.

The Palace Theatre, Confidencen, is situated in a building from the 1670s which was originally used as a horse riding house and later a guesthouse. In 1753, Queen Louisa Ulrika commissioned architect Carl Fredrik Adelcrantz to convert the building into a theatre. It was built in Rococo style, seats 200 spectators and has a table à confidence, a table which can be lowered through the floor to the basement to be set. Today Confidencen is the oldest Rococo theatre in Sweden, reopened in 1981 and run since then by Kjerstin Dellert.
Ulriksdal Palace had in the palace’s northern wing originally a chapel, built in 1662 by architect Jean de la Vallée. The chapel was torn down during Gustav III’s renovation of the palace in 1774. The present chapel was designed by architect Fredrik Wilhelm Scholander and was built in 1864-1865 in the Palace garden, in Dutch new Renaissance style with a certain influences from Venice.

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Next to the palace is the greenhouse, today the Orangery Museum. The Orangery was built at the end of the 17th century by architect Nicodemus Tessin the Younger. Despite a number of later changes, Tessin’s architecture still dominates the Orangery, which houses parts of the National Museum’s sculpture collection, including works by the sculptors Johan Tobias Sergel, Carl Milles and Johan Niclas Byström. In 2005 the Orangery inspired the design of the music pavilion at Stålboga.

Many of the  rooms bare witness to the 19th century´s fascination with the history of the 15th and 16th centuries. One of the most ardent collectors of historical furniture was Karl XV. He commissioned the architect F. W. Scholander to create Ulriksdal’s fanciful Hall of Knights to house his collections.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Ulriksdal became the residence of Crown Prince Gustav VI and his second wife Queen Louise. The palace was adapted to suit its new residents. The interior of the large living room is one of the interiors that has been preserved from this time. The former knights’ hall was turned into a living room in classical 1920s style by the architect Carl Malmsten, and still today is characterized by a timeless beauty.

Dutch 15 August 1945 Commemoration


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The Netherlands has one national and several regional or local remembrance services on or near to the 15th of August. The national service is at the “Indisch monument” (Dutch for “Indies Monument”) in The Hague, where the Dutch victims of the Japanese occupation of the Dutch East Indies are remembered, usually in the presence of the head of state and the government. In total, there are about 20 services, also in the Indies remembrance center in Bronbeek in Arnhem. The Japanese occupation meant the twilight of Dutch colonial rule over Indonesia. Indonesia declared itself independent on 17 August 1945, just two days after the Japanese surrendered. The Indonesian war of independence lasted until 1948, with the Netherlands recognizing Indonesian sovereignty in late December of that year.
The end of World War II is commemorated every 15 August. On this date in 1945, Japan surrendered, bringing an end to the war in Southeast Asia and to World War II for the Kingdom of the Netherlands.


On 15 August, the thoughts are going to the victims of the Japanese occupation of Asia – both military personnel and citizens. The annual commemorations are held on this date at the Indies Monument in The Hague.