Monthly Archives: March 2013

THE BRITISH AND SPANISH ROYAL FAMILIES CELEBRATE EASTER 2013

A Happy Easter to all!  Members of the British and Spanish Royal Families were photographed going to church for Easter.  In Windsor, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, along with the Duke of York and his daughters, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex with Lady Louise Windsor attended Easter service at St. George’s Chapel.  Afterwards, the Queen received flowers from children.  In Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Queen Sofia, accompanied attended Easter Mass at the Cathedral accompanied by her son and daughter, Prince Felipe, and Infanta Elena along with Prince Felipe’s wife, Princess Letizia, and the Infantas Leonor and Sofia.  Photos by Getty Images and PacifcCoastNews.

A smiling Queen Elizabeth on Easter Sunday at Windsor

A smiling Queen Elizabeth on Easter Sunday at Windsor

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Queen Sofia of Spain with Infanta Elena, Prince Felipe, Princess Letizia, and Infantas Leonor and Sofia in the Cathedral in Palma de Mallorca.

Queen Sofia of Spain with Infanta Elena, Prince Felipe, Princess Letizia, and Infantas Leonor and Sofia in the Cathedral in Palma de Mallorca.

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QUEEN ELIZABETH II ON MAUNDY THURSDAY IN OXFORD

On March 28, 2013, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, where the Bishop of Worcester conducted a Maundy Thursday service.  The annual Maundy Thursday service where the sovereign distributes alms, dates back to the Middle Ages, and takes place in commemoration of Jesus Christ’s last supper with the Apostles.  The venue for Maundy Thursday has differed throughout the years.   This year, during the service in Christ Church Cathedral, the queen handed a red and a white purse of Maundy money to 87 elderly men and 87 women (representing the queen’s age).  The Maundy Money in 2013 consisted of a sum of 87 pennies along with a 5 pound coin and 50 pence coin minted to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s crowning.  Local seniors who receive Maundy Money are chosen for the honor thanks to the service they have rendered to the local community and church.  Photos by Bauer Griffin and Getty Images.

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ROYALTY IN ATTENDANCE AT POPE FRANCIS’S INAUGURAL MASS

Here are some photos from the Inaugural Mass of Pope Francis on March 19, 2013, the feast of St. Joseph.  Among the royals who attended were King Albert II and Queen Paola of the Belgians, the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene, Prince Felipe of Spain and Princess Letizia, Crown Prince-Willem Alexander and Princess Maxima, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.  The Mass, outside of St. Peter’s Basilica in sunshine, was attended by dignitaries and heads of state from over 130 countries and in front of a crowd estimated to be close to a million people.  Photos by Getty Images.

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Prince Felipe of Spain and his wife, Princess Letizia

Prince Felipe of Spain and his wife, Princess Letizia

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The Argentinian born Princess Maxima (in black veil) and her husband, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

Angela Merkel on the left, the Argentinian born Princess Maxima (in black veil) and her husband, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, and Prince Felipe of Spain

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Princess Charlene of Monaco shaking hands with King Albert II of the Belgians

Princess Charlene of Monaco shaking hands with King Albert II of the Belgians

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Prince Felix of Luxembourg and on the right, his aunt, Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein (nee Luxembourg)

Prince Felix of Luxembourg and on the right, his aunt, Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein (nee Luxembourg)

Royals from Luxembourg, Liechtenstein and Belgium praying during the Mass

Royals from Luxembourg, Liechtenstein and Belgium praying during the Mass.  At both ends are the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg and Queen Paola of the Belgians wearing white, exercising their privilege du blanc whereby as Catholic sovereigns they can wear white in the presence of the Pope

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The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg

Left to right: Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco

Left to right: Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco

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THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE VISIT THE IRISH GUARDS ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the 1st Battalion Irish Guards on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2013.  The Duke of Cambridge is Colonel of the Regiment.  The event took place at Aldershot Barracks, Aldershot, UK.  One of the highlights of the event took place when the Duchess of Cambridge presented sprigs of shamrock, the last of which went to the regimental mascot, the Irish wolfhound, Domhnall.  Catherine caught her heel on a grate during the event and had to hold on to her husband when she tried to free her heel.  Last year, the duchess took an obligatory sip of sherry when she attended the event, but due to her pregnancy, she declined to do so this year.  Photos by Getty Images.

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THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE AT CHELTENHAM RACECOURSE

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were at Cheltenham Racecourse in Gloucestershire for for the Gold Cup on Gold Cup day.  It was won by 11-4 favorite Bobs Worth.  The couple watched the races from a private box.  When asked whether his wife was expecting a boy or a girl, William smiled without giving an answer.  Catherine, who was dressed in a blush pink coat and brown boots, is expected to give birth in July.  Photos by PacificCoastNews and Getty Images.

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THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH ATTENDS A SERVICE AT THE GUARDS CHAPEL IN LONDON

Prince Philip attended a service on March 14, 2013 to mark the 175th anniversary of the Soldier’s and Airmen’s Scripture Association, at the Guards Chapel in London, England.  Photos by Getty Images.

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THE PRINCE OF WALES AND DUCHESS OF CORNWALL IN THE MIDDLE EAST

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are continuing their tour of the Middle East which is taking them to Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Oman.  Here are some highlights from Jordan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.  Photos by Getty Images.

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