THE FUNERAL OF THE LATE QUEEN FABIOLA OF THE BELGIANS

The funeral of the late Queen Fabiola of the Belgians took place in a rainy and windy Brussels on December 12, 2014.  Members of various royal families sent representatives to the solemn event including the eighty year old Empress Michiko of Japan.  A Mass was held at the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula in the Belgian capital.  Queen Fabiola’s remains were taken to Our Lady of Laeken Church which is the final resting place of members of the Belgian royal family.  Photos by Getty Images.

The great nephews and great nieces of Queen Fabiola, children of the King and Queen of the Belgians.

The great nephews and great nieces of Queen Fabiola, children of the King and Queen of the Belgians.

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THE SWEDISH ROYAL FAMILY PRESIDE OVER THE 2014 NOBEL PRIZE CEREMONY

On December 20, 2014, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden presided over the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, a yearly highlight in the calendar of the Swedish royal court.  Also present were other members of the royal family including Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel; Princess Madeleine, and her husband, Chris O’Neill; Prince Carl Philip and his fiancee, Sofia Hellqvist.  Prizes in the field of Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, Literature, and Economics were awarded by the king to this year’s laureates.  The awards ceremony took place at the Stockholm Concert Hall and the Nobel Banquet that followed for thirteen hundred guests took place in the Stockholm City Hall.  Photos by Getty Images.

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A NEW PRINCE AND PRINCESS FOR MONACO’S ROYAL FAMILY

Princess Charlene, wife of Monaco’s Prince Albert II, gave birth on December 10, 2014 to twins, a girl and a boy, at the Princess Grace Hospital in Monaco.  First to be born was Gabriella Therese Marie and soon afterwards she was followed by her twin brother, Jacques Honore Rainier.  Princess Charlene (36) and Prince Albert (56) were married in July 2011.  Prince Jacques is the heir to the throne of Monaco.  Photos by Getty Images.

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QUEEN FABIOLA OF THE BELGIANS (1928-2014), R.I.P.

Queen Fabiola of the Belgians died on December 5, 2014, in Stuyvenberg Castle, in Brussels, aged 86.   She was queen consort to King Baudouin who reigned from 1951 until his death in 1993.  The queen, who along with her late husband, was noted for being a devout Roman Catholic, was born Fabiola de Mora y Aragon in Madrid, Spain, the daughter of the Marques de Casa Riera and Count of Mora.  She married King Baudouin in December 1960.  Sadly, the couple remained childless.  Despite having suffered five miscarriages, Queen Fabiola admitted that, “I myself lost five children.  You learn from that experience. . . but you know, in the end I think life is beautiful.”   Photos by Getty Images.

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TWO QUEENS IN RED COATS

Queen Silvia of Sweden and Queen Letizia of Spain accompanied their respective husbands, King Carl XVI Gustaf and King Felipe VI on official overseas visits, wearing bright red coats.  The King and Queen of Sweden were in Paris on December 2, 2014 where they were welcomed to the Elysee Palace by the French President.  The King and Queen of Spain were in Germany on a two day official visit during December 1-2, 2014, and were welcomed by the German Chancellor.  Photos by Getty Images.

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AMERICA HONORS VETERANS

Every year on November 11, America honors the country’s veterans who served in the Armed Forces of the United States.

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QUEEN ELIZABETH II PRESIDES OVER REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

Queen Elizabeth II presided over the annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony held at the Cenotaph in London amidst heavy security.  The Queen was joined by members of the royal family including the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex in commemorating the fallen soldiers in a somber ceremony that included the laying of poppy wreaths, a moment of silence, the playing of The Last Post, the singing of the hymn, ‘O God, Our Help in Ages Past,’ and prayers for the fallen.  This year was especially poignant as it marks the centenary of the outbreak of World War I.  Photos by Getty Images.

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