Monthly Archives: June 2014

A DEFINING MOMENT IN HISTORY: THE ASSASSINATION OF ARCHDUKE FRANZ FERDINAND

June 28, 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, while the couple was on a visit to Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, then a province of the Austro-Hungarian empire.  They had just escaped death when a bomb had been thrown at their car, but missed hitting them.  However, Gavrilo Princip soon succeeding in killing them by firing bullets into the archduke and duchess.  The couple’s killing led the following August, to the start of World War I .  Photo from Wikipedia.

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ROYAL ASCOT 2014: DAYS 3 AND 4

Here are some scenes from Royal Ascot 2014, days 3 and 4 with Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh gracing the race meeting with their presence.  Photos by Getty Images.

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FELIPE VI IS PROCLAIMED KING OF SPAIN

Felipe VI, the son of King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia, was proclaimed King of Spain on June 19, 2014 in Madrid’s parliament, the day after King Juan Carlos abdicated.  King Felipe, flanked by his wife, Queen Letizia, and their daughters, Infantas Leonor and Sofia, swore an oath to uphold the constitution.  In his speech, the new king expressed his gratitude to his mother for her devotion to the Spanish people and paid tribute to his father for his “extraordinary” legacy in helping to steer Spain towards democracy.  King Felipe also vowed to be loyal to Spain and to strive to work for the interests of his country.   The capital was festooned in Spanish flags in celebration of the ascension of the new monarch with crowds cheering the royal family who appeared on the balcony of the Royal Palace.  Photos by Getty Images.

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KING JUAN CARLOS I OF SPAIN ABDICATES THE THRONE

On June 18, 2014, King Juan Carlos I of Spain signed the act of abdication, thus ending his 39 year reign.   His forty-six-year old heir and only son ascends the throne as King Felipe VI of Spain, effective June 19, 2014.   The ceremony, which took place at Madrid’s Royal Palace, was witnessed by some 160 guests.  Members of the Spanish royal family in attendance included Queen Sofia, Princess Letizia, Infantas Leonor and Sofia, and King Juan Carlos’s sisters, Infantas Pilar and Margarita as well as Infanta Elena, daughter of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia.  Former King Constantine of Greece, Queen Sofia’s brother, and his wife, Queen Anne-Marie, as well as former Tsar Simeon of Bulgaria were also present.  Much of Madrid’s city center was festooned in Spanish flags in honor of the two monarchs.   Photos by Getty Images.

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Infanta Leonor, first in line to the Spanish throne.

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QUEEN ELIZABETH II AT ROYAL ASCOT, DAYS 1 AND 2

Queen Elizabeth II continues to keep busy with her official engagements.  On June 17 and 18, she attended Royal Ascot, the prestigious and famous race meeting that dates from the eighteenth century and is held in Ascot, Berkshire.  Photos by Getty Images.

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PRINCE FELIX & PRINCESS CLAIRE OF LUXEMBOURG PRESENT THEIR NEWBORN BABY DAUGHTER

Princess Claire, the wife of Prince Felix of Luxembourg, gave birth to their first child, a daughter, on June 15, 2014 in Luxembourg.  The baby princess has been given the names Amalia Gabriela Maria Teresa.  Two days later the couple presented their daughter to the waiting press when Princess Claire and her baby left the Maternite Grand Duchess Charlotte at the Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg.  The couple married last September at the Basilique Sainte Marie-Madeleine in Sainte-Maxim-La-Sainte-Baume, France.  Photos by Getty Images.

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QUEEN ELIZABETH II ATTENDS THE ORDER OF THE GARTER CEREMONY

Queen Elizabeth II and members of the British royal family took part in the service and procession of the Order of the Garter at Windsor Castle on June 16, 2014.   The Order of the Garter was founded by King Edward III in the fourteenth century and is the oldest and most prestigious English order of chivalry.   Besides the queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex were also present.  Photos by Getty Images.

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