NEWS MAY 05, 2013
The late His Royal Highness, late Prince Peter (II) Bagrationi-Gruzinski
In 18th of April, in the Rustaveli state theatre was held concert dedicated to poetry of His Royal Highness, late Prince Peter (II) Bagrationi-Gruzinski. This concert was organized by the Municipality of Tbilisi and the Ministry of Culture of Georgia. This wonderful concert was lasted more than two hours and been broadcasted on Georgian television.
In 18th of April, in the Rustaveli state theatre was held concert dedicated to poetry of His Royal Highness, late Prince Peter (II) Bagrationi-Gruzinski. This concert was organized by the Municipality of Tbilisi and the Ministry of Culture of Georgia. This wonderful concert was lasted more than two hours and been broadcasted on Georgian television.
The patriarch was welcomed in front of theater by HRH Crown Prince Nugzar the son of late Head of the Royal House of Georgia Peter (II). Prince Nugzar is the son of Prince Petre Bagration-Gruzinsky of Georgia (1920–1984), a prominent poet and claimant to the headship of the Georgian dynasty from 1939 until his death, and his second wife Liya Mgeladze (b. 8 August 1926). Prince Nugzar is the director of the Tbilisi theatre of cinema artists.
On 18 December 2007, Nugzar met with Kristiina Ojuland, the Vice-President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) at the Mariott-Tbilisi Hotel in which Ojuland "paid homage to the Bagrationi dynasty, which has made an extraordinary contribution in support of Georgia".
Prince Nugzar is the senior descendant by primogeniture in the male line of George XII, the last King of Georgia to reign. Historian Raul Chagunava, who has researched the Bagrationi family, believes Bagration-Gruzinsky is the rightful heir to the throne, and Nino Bagrationi, a 90-year-old direct descendant of King Solomon II of Imereti, also recognizes the claim of Bagration-Gruzinsky.
Prince Nugzar married actress Leila Kipiani (b. Tbilisi July 16, 1947) on February 10, 1971, and they have two daughters:
The public audience with standing ovations greeted joint appearance of the Patriarch and of Crown Prince Nugzar in the governmental lodge. The Patriarch of Georgia was present at the concert with several archbishops of the Holy Synod and paid tribute to the organizers for such a wonderful evening. In the private conversation, His Holiness emphasized the merit of the Prince Peter before own country, especially in those hard times of communism. His poetry, numerous lyrics of famous songs and scenarios have become spiritualization of Georgian people through the decades. For its side Prince Nugzar noted that the ability to poetry, this is a special gift which was possessed by his direct ancestors - Kings of Georgia...
NEWS NOVEMBER 17, 2012
Thousands Gather for King Zog of Albania’s Re-Burial
Over 3,000 Albanians turned out on Saturday Nov. 17 to pay their final respects to the late King Zog I of Albania, whose remains were re-buried with state honours after their repatriation from France. They arrived in the international airport of the Albanian capital, Tirana, where they were greeted by family members and officials, including Prince Leka (the King’s grandson) and his fiancée. The King was interred in a newly built Royal Mausoleum.
Paying homage to the late King, Albania’s Prime Minister Sali Berisha called him “an illustrious figure who laid the foundations of the Albanian state” as the late Monarch’s coffin – draped with the Albanian flag – lay in state in the former royal palace. Among foreign guests invited to the ceremony was Prince Radu of Romania, who represented the Romanian Royal Family.
King Zog was born as Ahmet Muhtar Bej Zogolli and ruled Albania from 1925 to 1939. His father originated from a beylik family of landowners with feudal authority over Mati, whereas his mother’s family claimed descent from the sister of Albania’s greatest hero, Skanderberg, whose decades of defence of Albania from the Ottomans was considered a model of Christian resistance against the Ottoman Muslims. Zog started his rule as a President but after 1928 constitutional changes, proclaimed the country a constitutional monarchy and was crowned as King.
The Albanian Royal Family fled the country in 1939, after the Italians invaded Albania because of its strategically highly important Adriatic ports. Initially, the family settled in England, then Egypt, before finding permanent residence in France. Zog died in exile in France in 1961 and was buried in the Thiais Cemetery in Paris. His family was allowed to return to Albania in 2002.
H.R.H. Crown Prince Leka II
The repatriation and reburial was organised by Albania’s conservative government as part of ceremonies to celebrate the centenary of Albania’s independence from the Ottoman Empire.
King Zog’s only son, Crown Prince Leka, fought for restoration of the monarchy in Albania until his death last year. The Crown Prince himself only had one son, also named Prince Leka, who is the current pretender to the throne. He served at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is currently an official at the Albanian Ministry of Interior and a political advisor to the President.
NEWS MAY 25, 2012
Queen Elizabeth appoints Duke of Cambridge to the Order of the Thistle
The Buckingham Palace announced on Friday, May 25, 2012, that the Duke of Cambridge has been appointed a Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle.
HRH the Duke of Cambridge has been appointed a Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, the highest order in Scotland, in honor of his 30th birthday. Appointments to the Order are entirely the personal gift of the Duke’s grandmother, HM Queen Elizabeth. In the next few weeks William, who is known as The Earl of Strathearn in Scotland, will be formally welcomed into the order in a ceremony at Holyroodhouse Palace in Edinburgh. He is now able use the post-nominal letters "KT" to indicate his Knighthood.
Her Majesty’s decision to appoint her grandson to the Order is somewhat unexpected because only three other members of the Royal Family – excluding the Sovereign – are members: Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Princess Anne. It was usually assumed the Queen would appoint her other sons as Knights, The Duke of York and The Earl of Wessex, before bestowing the honor upon any of her grandsons.
The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle is the most senior Order in Scotland and the second-most senior in precedence in the United Kingdom, after only The Most Noble Order of the Garter. The order in its current version was founded in 1687 by James VII and II of Scotland and England, who claimed it was a revival of an earlier Order. The order’s emblem is the thistle – the national flower of Scotland. Its motto is” Nemo me impune lacessit” (“No one provokes me with impunity”). Unlike most other honors, appointments to the Order are entirely in the personal gift of the Sovereign and are not made on the advice of the Government.
The Order consists of the Sovereign, sixteen Knights and Ladies, and extra Knights and Ladies. The last category includes members of the British Royal Family and foreign Monarchs. Currently, Extra Knights and Ladies of the Thistle are The Duke of Edinburgh (since 1952), The Duke of Rothesay (since 1977) , The Princess Royal (since 2000), and the newest addition – The Duke of Cambridge (since May 25, 2012).
Prince William is already (extra) Knight of the Order of Garter; Queen Elizabeth appointed him to the order in 2008, making him the 1,000th Knight since the order’s creation.
NEWS MAY 22, 2012
PRESS RELEASE OF THE ROYAL COURT OF ALBANIA
HRH Prince Leka II (Center with diploma), to his left HRH Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples, formerly Crown Prince of Italy (Vittorio Emanuele Alberto Carlo Teodoro Umberto Bonifacio Amedeo Damiano Bernardino Gennaro Maria di Savoia), to his right, HRH Vittorio Emanuele’ son, Emanuele Filiberto, Prince of Venice and Piedmont (Emanuele Filiberto Umberto Reza Rene Maria di Savoia)
At the invitation of HRH Prince Victor Emmanuel of Savoy, HRH Prince Leka II of Albanians (Our Royal Patron) attended the ceremonies of the annual chapter of the dynastic orders of the House of Savoy, which took place in Geneva and St. Maurice Agaune , Switzerland, 19 and 20May.
HRH Prince Leka II has been raised to the dignity of Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus by motu proprio of HRH Prince Victor Emmanuel of Savoy, Sovereign Grand Master of the Order, during the chapter held in Geneva.
Established by Duke Emmanuel Philibert of Savoy in 1572, as a religious order and hospitable, the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus became the highest honor of the Kingdom of Italy, between 1860 and 1946, after the Order of the Annunciation. Since 1946, the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus are back as a dynastic order oft he House of Savoy and perform humanitarian missions in accordance with its original purpose. Included are many Italian and foreign personalities.
King Zog I, grandfather of HRH Prince Leka II, received the insignia of Knight Grand Cross of that order in 1926.
By giving HRH Prince Leka II rank the most important of the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus, the Royal House of Italy wanted to honor the Royal House of Albania by serving it had its place among the other royal families of Europe.
The reception in this order also symbolizes the continuity of the age-old ties between Italy and Albania, which, despite all the vicissitudes and tragedies of our history in common part, have continued to strengthen in the interest of two countries.
During the ceremonies mentioned, HRH Prince Leka II had the opportunity to meet and talk with many Italian and foreign personalities.
NEWS APRIL 11, 2012
Historic installation for the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong
It is the second time around for Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah who was installed as Malaysia's 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong
The Sultan of Kedah, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah, creates history on being installed the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for the second time on April 11, 2012-04-24.
It has never happened in the country's history that a Sultan or a King was reappointed as the Head of State ever since the rotation system among the nine Sultans or King began when Malaysia achieved its independence in 1957.
Tuanku Abdul Halim was installed as the Fifth Yang di-Pertuan Agong in 1970 at the age of 42, and now, four decades later, he will be installed again at the age of 84, as the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
th Article 32(1) of the Federal Constitution, which among other things, stipulates that:
"There shall be a supreme head of the Federation, to be called the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, who shall take precedence over all persons in the Federation..."
The phrase "supreme head of the Federation" places the king of the Federation of Malaysia as the supreme leader of the country.
This pronouncement has been provided for since the Constitution of the Federation of Malaya 1957, following the recommendations of the Lord Reid Commission as the drafter of the Constitution of the Federation of Malaysia.
At the same time, Article 32(2) provides that "The consort of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to be called the Raja Permaisuri Agong shall take precedence next after the Yang di-Pertuan Agong over all other persons in the Federation."
While the Federal Constitution spells out the format and the pronouncement of the oath of office of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong as stipulated in the Fourth Schedule, the Raja Permaisuri Agong is not required to take any oath of office even though Her Majesty is accorded the highest rank and position after the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
He ascended the throne as the fifth Yang di-Pertuan Agong between 1970 and 1975, the period which saw the leadership transition between the first prime minister of Malaysia Tunku Abdul Rahman and second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak.
His Majesty is a nephew of the Tunku.
NEWS APRIL, 09, 2012
51st Anniversary of King Zog's death (9 April 1961)
photo taken on the 51st Anniversary of King Zog's death (9 April 1961) at the cemetry of Thiais in front of the late king's tomb, in the presence of Our Royal Patron HRH Prince Leka II (tall man on right of photo), his fiancée Miss Elia Zaharia, his aunt Mrs. Sylviane Muselier (sister of the late Queen Geraldine), Our Honorary Member Skender Zogu, nephew of the late king (with light coat beside Prince Leka II), HE the Albanian Ambasador Mr. Ylljet Aliçka, the Albanian Imam Tahsim, and about 300 Albanian royalistes who came from Belgium, Albania and France. The Albanian Royalist party was represented by his President Mr. Eqrem Spahija and Vice-president Mr. Sulejman Gjanaj. The representative of the Kosovo Embassy in Bruxelles Mr. Gani Azemi, first secretary, the late King Leka's military attaché Commander Hylle Spahija and some Albanian press & TV members were present.
It is expected following the decision taken by the Albanian government, that the remains of the late King Zog I and the members of his family will be transferred, during 2012 year of the 100th anniversary of the independance of Albania (1912-2012) to Tirana where a museleum will be erected and where the ashes of the following members of the Royal family will be burried: HM King Zog I, HM. Queen Geraldine, HM King Leka I, HM Queen Susan of the Albanians; HH Prince Xhelal (brother of king Zog I); HH Royal Princesses: Senije, Adile, Myzejen, Maxhide, Ruhije and Nafije (sisters of the late King). Theceremony will be organised by the Albanian state and the date will be announced soon by the special Commission which has been formed for this sacred event.
NEWS FEBRUARY 26, 2012
Her Serene Highness Infanta Maria Adelaide de Bragança (Portugal) Has Died
It is with great sadness to announce that Her Serene Highness Infanta Maria Adelaide de Bragança (Portugal) has died. Last month the grand-daughter of the late King Miguel I of Portugal celebrated her 100th birthday.
Maria Adelaide Manuela Amélia Micaela Rafaela de Bragança van Uden was born on January 31st, 1912 in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France to Dom Miguel II Duke of Bragança and Princess Maria Theresa of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg, her godparents where Dom Manuel II, King of Portugal and his mother Dona Amelia, Queen of Portugal. The Infanta passed away Friday February 24th, 2012, only 24 days after celebrating her 100th birthday.
The Infanta married Dr. Nicolas Van Uden on October 12th 1945, they had six children together: Adrian Sergio (b. 1946), Nuno Miguel (b. 1947), Francisco Xavier (b. 1949), Filipa Teodora (b. 1951), Miguel Inacio (b. 1953), Maria Teresa (b. 1956), all with the surname “de Brangança van Uden”. The Infanta always spent her life helping others especially orphaned children and poor pregnant women, through her foundation “Dom Nuno Alvares Pereira” foundation.
On the day of her 100th birthday, she was conceded by the President of the Portuguese Republic, Cavaco Silva, the Civil Order of Merit in honor of her dedication and hard work for the help of other people.
The Infanta was the last surviving grandchild of King Miguel I of Portugal, and the last aunt of Dom Duarte Pio. Infanta Maria Adelaide is survived by her six children, 21 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
NEWS JANUARY 11, 2011
Belgian Royal Family
King Albert II: Freeze Royal Family Grants
King of Belgians Albert II agreed with principle of "freezing" of state grants to the royal family members in 2012-2013 гг., reported on Monday, January 09, 2012 in a communique royal palace."Budget 2012 year on a grant to the royal family members must be "frozen" and must include no mechanism of indexation on 2012", as the nation tries to cope with the current economic climate in the European Union
The King however did say that if the indexation was to be given by the government, he would use that money for any renovations and repairs required by Belgian royal palaces, so that the government’s Buildings Agency would not have to provide more money to cover those costs.
King Albert and the royal family receive €10.8 million a year from the Belgian government for their official duties. The indexation would increase this amount by approximately €350,000.
NEWS JANUARY 09, 2012
HRH Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon-Parma is engaged to Albert Brenninkmeijer. This was officially announced on 9 January 2012.
The engagement of HRH Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon-Parma and Albert Brenninkmeijer was officially announced today. The wedding will take place later this year.
Princess Maria Carolina, Marchioness of Sala, Duchess of Guernica, is the fourth child and youngest daughter of the late Duke of Parma, Prince Carlos Hugo, and of his former wife, Princess Irene of the Netherlands.
Princess Carolina was born at 23 June 1974 in Nijmegen. She has two older brothers Prince Carlos, the head of the House of Bourbon-Parma, and Prince Jaime. She also has one older sister Princess Margarita. She was baptized at the castle of Lignières in France with Prince Claus of the Netherlands and Princess Christina of the Netherlands as her godparents.
NEWS DECEMBER 23, 2011
Archduke Christoph of Austria and Adelaide drape Friche (left). Archduke Imre of Austria and Kathleen Walker (right).
Princess Marie-Astrid, Princess of Luxembourg and Grand Duke Henri's older sister had, on Thursday (22.12.) Two reasons to celebrate.
2 sons of Archduke Carl Christian of Austria and his wife née Princess Marie-Astrid of Luxembourg, officially celebrated their respective engagements on 22 December in Brussels, Belgium. Archduke Imre got engaged to Kathleen Walker and Archduke Christoph got engaged to Adélaïde Drapé-Frisch.
Archduchess Marie Astrid is the first child of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg and of his wife, the late Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte, née Princess of Belgium. Archduke Carl Christians is the son of the late Archduke Carl Ludwig and of his wife Archduchess Yolande, née Princess of Ligne.
In addition to the 2 grooms-to-be Archduke Carl Christian and Archduchess Marie-Astrid are also parents to 2 daughters and 1 son.
NEWS DECEMBER 09, 2011
REGIONAL DIRECTOR FOR BRAZIL
Regional Director for Brazil Baron João Pedro de Saboia Bandeira de Mello Filho (holding diploma)
First right: Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples, formerly Crown Prince of Italy (Vittorio Emanuele Alberto Carlo Teodoro Umberto Bonifacio Amedeo Damiano Bernardino Gennaro Maria di Savoia; born 12 February 1937) is the only son of the Umberto II, the last King of Italy. He is commonly known in Italy as Vittorio Emanuele di Savoia. Although the titles and distinctions of the Italian royal family have not been legally recognized in Italy since 1946 he is often styled Prince of Naples out of courtesy, particularly by supporters of the former monarchy.
Vittorio Emanuele also uses the title Duke of Savoy and claims the headship of the House of Savoy.
Second right: His son Emanuele Filiberto, Prince of Venice and Piedmont (Emanuele Filiberto Umberto Reza Rene Maria di Savoia; born 22 June 1972).
NEWS NOVEMBER 30, 2011
His Majesty King Leka of the Albanian Born on 5 April 1939 in Tirana, two days before the fascist invasion of Albania dies at 72.
On behalf of TICAN Administration, Directors and members, we wish to forward our sincere condolence to the Our Royal Patron, HRH CROWN PRINCE LEKA II OF THE ALBANIANS and his family. May God bless and keep you, and be guide through this dark time. Words can hardly describe our heartfelt sorrow for you.
Leka Zogu, whose father served as Albania's king until it was occupied by fascist Italy, and who twice returned home from exile to try to claim the throne himself, died Wednesday Nov. 30, 2011, of a heart attack at the Mother Teresa Hospital in Tirana
Leka, Crown Prince of Albania (Leka I Zogu) (5 April 1939 – 30 November 2011), was the only son of King Zog of Albania and his queen, Géraldine Apponyi de Nagyappony. He was called Crown Prince Skander at birth. Leka was pretender to the Albanian throne and was referred to as King Leka I by Albanian monarchists and some members of the media.
Our Royal Patron, Prince Leka (II) of the Albanians (Leka Anwar Zog Reza Baudouin Msiziwe Zogu, born 26 March 1982) is the only child of Leka, Crown Prince of Albania and the late Susan Cullen-Ward. Prince Leka is an official at the Albanian Ministry of Interior and in the past has served at the Albanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The prince is referred by some Albanian monarchists as Crown Prince Leka II, since they consider his father Leka I as King of the Albanians.
NEWS NOVEMBER 29, 2011
HRH The Dowager Duchess of Hohenberg, née Princess Elisabeth of Luxemburg, of Nassau and of Bourbon-Parma, died on 22 November 2011 aged 88.
The Duchess was the widow of HSH Franz Ferdinand, the Duke of Hohenberg, and leaves behind their 2 daughters, HSH Princess Anita and HSH Princess Sophie of Hohenberg, 7 grandchildren,
The late Dowager Duchess of Hohenberg was the second child and first daughter of HRH Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg and her husband, HRH Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma. She also leaves behind her siblings (and their families) Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg, Princess Marie Gabriele, Countess of Holstein-Ledreborg, and Princess Alix, Dowager Princess of Ligne. Princess Marie Adalaide, Countess Henckel von Donnersmarck, and Prince Charles of Luxembourg predeceased the Dowager Duchess.
NEWS OCTOBER 29, 2011
Prince Nayef named new heir to Saudi throne
As interior minister for nearly four decades, Prince Nayef led a crackdown on Al-Qaeda. Seen as more conservative than the 87-year-old king, he likes to describe himself as a soldier under the command of the Saudi monarch.
If Wills and Kate have a girl first, she'll be queen! Commonwealth agrees historic change to give sex equality in Royal succession.
Centuries of British royal discrimination came to an end Friday after Commonwealth leaders agreed to drop rules that give sons precedence as heir to the throne and bar anyone in line for the crown from marrying a Roman Catholic.
The 16 countries that have Queen Elizabeth as their monarch agreed to the changes put forward by British Prime Minister David Cameron, who had called the rules of succession outdated.
"The idea that a younger son should become monarch instead of an elder daughter simply because he is a man, or that a future monarch can marry someone of any faith except a Catholic, this way of thinking is at odds with the modern countries that we've all become," Cameron told reporters.
Current succession rules dating back to 1688 and 1700 were designed to ensure a Protestant monarchy, and bar anyone in line to the throne from marrying a Catholic.
NEWS OCTOBER 22, 2011
CROWN PRINCE OF SAUDI ARABIA DIES
The Royal Saudi Court announced this Saturday the death of 85 year old Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud,Saudi Arabia’s deputy Prime Minister and minister of defense and aviation.
The crown prince was King Abdullah's half-brother and first in line to the Saudi throne. He was also minister of defense and aviation. He was in his eighties and was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2004. He is thought to have died at a New York hospital, Saturday October 22, 2011. Prince Sultan had been on a visit to the US for medical tests, and he had an operation in New York in July.
A funeral prayer will be performed for the deceased Crown Prince after Asr prayer at Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque in Riyadh on Tuesday.”
Crown Prince Sultan was a member of the most powerful family group in Saudi Arabia, the Sudairi Seven, and one of the sons of the country's founder, King Abdulaziz, known as Ibn Saud.
Next in line
Prince Sultan's most likely successor as the next in line to the Saudi throne is Prince Nayef, 78, also a full brother of King Abdullah and one of the Sudairi Seven.
NEWS OCTOBER 17, 2011
Prime Minister Cameron Proposes Changes to Royal Succession
David Cameron is set to give plans to change the laws of succession of the British Royal Family to the Commonwealth Countries.
Succession to the British throne is governed both by common law and statute. Under common law the crown is passed on by male-preference primogeniture. In other words, an individual's male children are preferred over his or her female children, and an older child is preferred over a younger child of the same gender.
Any changes made to the succession law in the United Kingdom would not have effect in the other Commonwealth Realms, unless specifically enacted by the Parliaments thereof. The Commonwealth Realms, of which the United Kingdom is one, are independent nations, all under a single monarch.
The Act of Settlement has been around since 1701, and laid down the law for the succession of the monarchy in Great Britain and the Commonwealth Countries. This is the act which states that a Roman Catholic, or someone married to a Roman Catholic, cannot ascend the throne (for instance the Earl of St Andrews and Prince Michael of Kent have been removed from the succession, as they married Roman Catholics.)
The hot topic amongst British royal watchers going into this week is Prime Minister David Cameron’s October 12th reveal that he has proposed changes to 1701 Act of Succession, which determines the line of succession to the British throne.
The proposed changes would install equal primogeniture into the line of succession – meaning that a first-born child would be heir, regardless of gender – and would abolish the Catholic clause, which disbars those who marry a Catholic from retaining their place in the line of succession. Prime Minister Cameron has proposed these changes in anticipation of the recently married Duke and Duchess of Cambridge having children in the coming years – the changes, if passed, would allow the couple’s hypothetical first-born daughter to remain above a hypothetical second-born son in the line of succession.
Any change also requires the agreement of all 16 Commonwealth realms where Queen Elizabeth II is the head of state. They include: the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, Belize, St. Christopher and Nevis, St. Lucia, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Papua New Guinea.
A decision is expected at a summit of Commonwealth leaders taking place in Australia later this month.
NEWS SEPTEMBER 26, 2011
Saudi Monarch gives Women Right to Vote
For the first time in his Kingdom’s history, King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud has given Saudi women the right to participate in future municipal elections. The 87-year-old monarch made his announcement in his annual message at the Shura Council. He said, "Because we refuse to marginalize women in society in all roles that comply with sharia, we have decided, after deliberation with our senior ulama (clerics) and others... to involve women in the Shura Council as members, starting from the next term," he said in a speech delivered to the Shura Council.
"Women will be able to run as candidates in the municipal election and will even have a right to vote," he added.
“Starting with the next term, women will have the right to run in municipal elections and to choose candidates, according to Islamic principles,” adding, “We have decided that women will participate in the Shura Council as members starting the next term.”
Activists in the country have long called for greater rights for women, who are barred from travelling, working or having medical operations without the permission of a male relative and are forbidden from driving
The next elections for the Shura Council, which is an advisory assembly, will take place in 2015.
NEWS SEPTEMBER 06, 2011
Bhutan’s King Sets Date for Royal Wedding
The next royal wedding will take place on October 13th, it has been announced by the Bhutanese Royal Court.
The 31-year old His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck will marry his commoner bride, Jetsun Puma, in a traditional ceremony in Punakha, before travelling to Thimphu, where the wedding celebrations will take place at the Changlingmithang Stadium on October 15th.
Wangchuck became king in June 2008 after the abdication of Jigme Singye Wangchuck and inherited the throne of a country that had just recently made the transition from an absolute monarchy to a democracy.
His father Jigme Singye Wangchuck - who himself acceded to the throne when aged only 16 - took great pains to ensure that Khesar was prepared to take over the throne before his abdication in December 2006.
Kingdom of Buthan Website: http://www.kingdomofbhutan.com/
§ 1980-2004: His Royal Highness Dasho Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck
§ 2004-2006: His Royal Highness Chhoetse Penlop Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck
NEWS SEPTEMBER 04, 2011
PRINCESS LALLA AICHA OF MOROCCO DIES
On Sunday, September 04 2011, the Royal House of Morocco has announced the death of King Mohammed V´s aunt, HRH Princess Lalla Aicha of Morroco, at age 81. Lalla Aicha was born on June 17, 1930 at the Royal Palace in Rabat. She was the eldest daughter of the late King Mohammed V of Morocco and Lalla Abla bint Tahar. After King Mohammed V´s death, her brother, the late King Hassan II, appointed her as Morocco´s Ambassador in the United Kingdom (1965–69), Greece (1969–70) and Italy (1970–73). The funeral will take place today, September 5, 2011. Lalla Aicha will be buried at Moulay Al Hassan Mausoleum at the Royal Palace in Rabat.
NEWS AUGUST 27, 2011
Prince Georg Friedrich Ferdinand of Prussia marries Princess Sophie of Isenbur
Georg Friedrich Prince of Prussia, great-grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm II, and Princess Sophie von Isenburg were married in front of 650 guests at on the grounds of the Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam on Saturday for Germany's own "royal" wedding. An event that has rekindled German interest in the nation's long-defunct royals. Although the pair are not in line for the throne, Prince Georg Friedrich would Kaiser had his great-great grandfather not forced to abdicate in the wake of World War II.
The couple were married in a church in Potsdam, outside Berlin, the former seat of the prince's family that ruled much of Germany until the monarchy was abolished in 1918.
The event was broadcast live on local TV, although the couple is largely unknown. Both work as consultants in Berlin.
Germans view their own aristocrats skeptically, although many ardently follow the royal houses of their European neighbors.
News April 18, 2011
Princess Teresa of Orleans e Braganca died today in her 92th, She was a daughter of prince Dom Pedro de Alcantare de Orleans e Braganca, elder son of princess Isabel do Brasil, and countess Elisabeth Dobrzensky von Dobrzenicz.
News April 12, 2011
News December 20, 2010
The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton
The release continued: “Prince William has informed The Queen and other close members of his family. Prince William has also sought the permission of Miss Middleton’s father. Following the marriage, the couple will live in north Wales, where Prince William will continue to serve with the Royal Air Force.”
News November 11, 2010
ROYAL HOUSE OF BOURBON TWO SICILIES
SACRETED MILITARY CONSTATINIAN ORDER
Official visit to Trieste (Italy) and erection of the Order Representation
Dr. Prof. Aldo Colleoni presenting two books that he has published of the Royal House of Borbon Two Sicilies to His Royal Highness Prince Charles of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro, Head of the Royal House, Grand Master of the Royal Order of St Januarius., Grand Master of the Royal Order of Saint Ferdinand of Merit , Grand Master of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George, Grand Master of the Royal Order of Saint George of the Reunion and Grand Master of the Royal Order of Francis I.
From left to right: Dr. Paolo Bellieni, His Royal Highness Prince Charles Bourbon Two Sicilies, Dr. Prof. Aldo Colleoni and Comm. Giorgio Miccoli.
H-R.H. Prince Charles Bourbon Two Sicilies, Dr. Prof. Aldo Colleoni,Dr. Giorgio Miccoli and Dr. Paolo Bellieni.
News August 25, 2010
Prince Nikolaos' wedding
The 40-year-old royal - who is the second son and third child of King Constantine II of Greece and Queen Anne-Marie at the Church of Saint Nicholas on the beautiful Greek island of Spetses. The wedding of the son of the last Greek King Constantine, Nicholas Glucksburg, to his fiancée Tatiana, may not be a strictly “royal” affair. But its guest list certainly is.
Born in Venezuela and educated in Switzerland and the United States, the 29-year-old blonde has some royal blood since she is the granddaughter of Ellinka Countess von Einsiedel.
Nicolas and Tatiana met in 2003 during a ski vacation in the Swiss resort of Gstaad through mutual friends and were engaged last year.
Greek media reports that for the first time in years, the island visitor accommodation capacity has been exhausted since the European nobility has arrived in due time, in order to attend the scheduled event. Invitees include the former King’s sister, Queen Sophia of Spain while King Juan Carlos is scheduled to arrive an hour before the wedding on the 25th of August.
News August 2010
Prince Carlos Hugo, the Duke of Parma, passed away Wednesday morning in Barcelona of prostate cancer. He was 80 years old.
The Duke, once a claimant to the Spanish throne, was married to Dutch Princess Irene, Queen Beatrix’s sister. It was a controversial union as Irene converted to Catholicism in order to marry Carlos Hugo. By doing so, the Princess lost any rights to the Dutch throne. During her wedding in Rome, none of her family members were present. The marriage lasted from 1964 to 1981.
Despite the divorce, the Duke continued to be a member of the Dutch royal family and even took part in some of their engagements.
Carlos Hugo and Irene had four children: Carlos age 40, the 37-year-old twins Margarita and Jaime, and Carolina who is 36.
News June 24, 2919 - Prince Albert of Monaco getting married.
The couple have been dating since 2000 when she was in Monaco for a swimming competition. She moved into the palace in 2006. This will be a first marriage for Monaco's monarch, the son of the late film star Grace Kelly and the late Rainer III, Prince of Monaco.
The son of the late Hollywood star Grace Kelly has fathered a son and daughter out of wedlock, which makes them ineligible to take on any official role in the tiny principality. But Albert seemed so averse to committal that Monaco changed its constitution in 2002 to allow one of his sisters to take over the crown if he didn't produce an official heir.
News April 18, 2010 - King Oyo is among the world's youngest reigning monarchs kings turned 18
One of Uganda's last remaining kings turned 18 in a boisterous four-day ceremony that ended Sunday and allowed him to take full control of his kingdom in the western part of the country.
King Oyo is among the world's youngest reigning monarchs. He ascended to the throne at age 3 after his father died in 1995.
As a minor, kingdom officials had appointed a board of advisers to help him rule. The board was disbanded to mark his birthday, which means the teen can now make major kingdom decisions on his own without consulting with his advisers.
King Oyo serves as a figurehead for the Batooro people, who make up most of the kingdom. His roles include promoting cultural pride and helping raise funds for issues such as health and education in his kingdom. The teen also helps oversee tax money his kingdom gets from the Ugandan government.