Monthly Archives: January 2013

THE PRINCE OF WALES AND DUCHESS OF CORNWALL RIDE THE LONDON UNDERGROUND

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall marked the 150th anniversary of the London Underground on January 30, 2013 by riding on a Metropolitan line train which took them from Farringdon to King’s Cross stations in one stop.  Charles and Camilla swiped thier commemorative electronic ‘Oyster’ cards to enter the rail system.   It was the first time that the prince and duchess traveled together on the famous Underground.  At King’s Cross, the couple examined a model of the refurbished rail station and also made a stop at ‘Platform 3/4’ made famous by the Harry Potter books.  At St. Pancras Station, Charles and Camilla also visited the newly remodeled St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel.  Photos by Getty Images.

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QUEEN BEATRIX OF THE NETHERLANDS ANNOUNCES THAT SHE WILL ABDICATE

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands announced on January 28, 2013 that she will be abdicating on April 30, 2013 in favor of her eldest son and heir, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander.  The Queen is following in the footsteps of her mother, Queen Juliana, who abdicated n 1980, as well as Queen Beatrix’s grandmother, Queen Wilhelmina, who abdicated in 1948.  When Queen Beatrix abdicates, she would have been head of state for thirty-three years and when her son succeeds her, he will be the Netherlands’ first king in in more than a century.  Queen Beatrix made the announcement from Huis ten Bosch Palace, three days before her seventy-fifth birthday.   In her speech, Queen Beatrix said, “Responsibility for our country must now lie in the hands of a new generation.”  She also added that, “I am deeply grateful for the great faith you have shown in me in the many years that I could be your Queen.”  Queen Beatrix also declared, “It is with the greatest confidence that on April 30 of this year I will pass on the kingship to my son, the Prince of Orange.  He and Princess Maxima are entirely ready for their future tasks.”  Crown Prince Willem-Alexander (45)  and his Argentine-born wife, Princess Maxima (42, nee Maxima Zorreguieta), are the parents of three daughters, Princess Catharina-Amalia (9), and Princess Alexia (7), and Princess Ariane (5).  Photos by Getty Images.

A Dutch family watches television footage of Queen Beatrix announcing her plans to abdicate

A Dutch family watches television footage of Queen Beatrix announcing her plans to abdicate

Queen Beatrix, Prince Willem-Alexander, and Princess Maxima on an official visit to Singapore, January 25, 2013

Queen Beatrix, Prince Willem-Alexander, and Princess Maxima on an official visit to Singapore, January 25, 2013

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Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and her eldest son and heir, Prince Willem-Alexander

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and her eldest son and heir, Prince Willem-Alexander

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Princess Maxima, who will become queen consort on April 30, 2013

Princess Maxima, who will become queen consort on April 30, 2013

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Prince Willem-Alexander and his wife, Princess Maxima and their daughters

Prince Willem-Alexander and his wife, Princess Maxima and their daughters

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PRINCE ALBERT II OF MONACO CELEBRATES SAINT DEVOTE DAY IN MONACO

Prince Albert II of Monaco celebrated on January 27, 2013, the feast day of Saint Devote, the patron saint of Monaco.  Photos by Getty Images.

 

The prince leaves the Cathedral of Monaco after attending Mass in honor of Monaco's patron saint

The prince leaves the Cathedral of Monaco after attending Mass in honor of Monaco’s patron saint

From the palace balcony, Prince Albert makes the sign of the cross

From the palace balcony, Prince Albert makes the sign of the cross

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The prince waves to the crowds from the palace balcony

The prince waves to the crowds from the palace balcony

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QUEEN ELIZABETH II ATTENDS CHURCH AT SANDRINGHAM

Queen Elizabeth II attended church services at Sandringham on January 27, 2013, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh.  Photos by PacificCoastNews.com

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KING JUAN CARLOS AND QUEEN SOFIA RECEIVE THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS

On January 23, 2013, King Juan Carlos of Spain and Queen Sofia of Spain hosted a reception at the Royal Palace in Madrid for ambassadors accredited to Madrid.  Also in attendance were Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia.  Photos by Getty Images.

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PRINCE ALBERT AND PRINCESS CHARLENE OF MONACO AT THE CIRCUS

Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco recently attended the opening of the Monte-Carlo 37th International Circus Festival.  Accompanying the prince and princess were Prince Albert’s sister, Princess Stephanie of Monaco, and her daughter Pauline Ducruet.  Photos by Getty Images.

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QUEEN ELIZABETH II AND PRINCE PHILIP ATTEND CHURCH IN NORFOLK

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip braved the freezing cold temperatures gripping Britain when they attended Sunday church service in Norfolk on January 20, 2013.  The Queen and her husband are in Norfolk as part of their annual Christmas and New Year’s break.  Photos by PacificCoastNews.com.

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