Friday, February 17, 2017

BULLETIN: Infanta Cristina Acquitted


Infanta Cristina of Spain has been acquitted of "tax fraud complicity" in the high profile corruption trial known as the Noos case

Her husband, Iñaki  Urdangarin was the mastermind of a business scheme "that obtained no-bid contracts" from regional governments in Spain.  He was sentenced to six years in prison.

Urdangarin was found guilty of embezzlement, fraud and influence peddling and tax crimes.  He received a fine of €512,000.

Although the 51-year-old sister of King Felipe V has been cleared of  all criminal charges, she will have to pay €2658 Euros fine.

A spokesman for King Felipe  have expressed "absolute respect of the independence of the judiciary."

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Infanta Cristina Verdict due on Friday

A court in Palma de Mallorca will issue its verdict tomorrow for Infanta Cristina and her husband Inaki Urdangarin.

The verdict will be announced at noon in Spain (6 a.m., EST).  

Infanta Cristina, the second of three children of former King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, faced criminal charges over reports that she helped her husband evade taxes.

If Infanta Cristina is convicted, she could face up to eight years in prison.  Her husband was charged with more serious crimes: embezzlement, forgery, influence peddling and money laundering. He could be sentenced to more than 19 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

Several Spanish-language newspapers are reporting that Inaki's sentence could be cut in half, and Cristina will receive a small fine.

Infanta Cristina and Inaki married in 1997, and they have four children.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

the 25 Charities update

In December, the Queen announced that she was relinquishing 25 of her patronages.  As of February 14, all but one have announced their new patron.  The exception is the Sport and Recreation Alliance

Holocaust Day Memorial Trust    (HRH The Prince of Wales)

Royal Institution of Great Britain   - (HRH The Prince of Wales)

Wildfowl and WetlandsTrust   (HRH The Prince of Wales)

 Battersea Dogs and Cats Home  (HRH The Duchess of Cornwall)

 Barnardo's  (HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.)

Royal School of Needlework.  (HRH Duchess of Cornwall)

Royal African Society  (HRH The Duke of Cambridge)

Welsh Rugby Union   (HRH The Duke of Cambridge)

Amateur Swimming Association  (HRH The Duke of Cambridge)

Action for Children   (HRH The Duchess of Cambridge)

All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC)   (HRH the Duchess of Cambridge)

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Association (LTA)  (HRH The Duchess of Cambridge)

Blind Veterans UK  (HRH The Countess of Wessex)

 Rugby Football Union   (HRH Prince Henry of Wales)

Rugby Football League  (HRH Prince Henry of Wales)

 Edinburgh International Festival (HRH The Earl of Wessex)

Sport and Recreation Alliance  HRH The Earl of Wessex is president, so perhaps he will become the patron.

British Cycling Federation   (HRH The Countess of Wessex)

NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children)  (HRH The Countess of Wessex)

Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children's Fund  (HRH The Duke of York)

British Science Association ((HRH Duke of York)

Institution of Civil Engineers (HRH The Duke of York)

 Animal Health Trust    ( HRH The Princess Royal)

Royal Geographical Society  (HRH The Princess Royal)

Save the Children UK   - (HRH the Princess Royal)  The Princess remains the president as well, but perhaps, in time, a younger member of the royal family will take over the presidency.  The position of president would be a perfect opportunity for one of the York princesses.

Monday, February 13, 2017

A Birthday Thank you

From HRH The Duchess of Cambridge

Day Old Italian prince gets 12 names

February 13, 1937

The one day old son of Crown Prince Umberto and Crown Princess Marie Jose of Italy was baptized today by the Archbishop of Naples in the chapel of the royal palace in Naples, reports the Associated Press.  The water from the Basilica of St Vincent de Paul was also used at the baptism of the little prince's grandfather, King Vittorio Emanuele.

The infant's father, Crown Prince Umberto and three grandparents, Queen Elena, who was with Crown Princess Marie Jose when she gave birth yesterday; King Vittorio Emanuele and Queen Elisabeth of the Belgium, the maternal grandmother, all attended the baptism=.

The little prince received twelve names: Vittorio Emanele Alberto Carlo Teodoro Umberto Bonifacio Amedeo Damiano Bernadino Gennaro Maria.

Countess Bossi-Pucci held the baby on a satin pillow during the baptismal ceremony.

In honor of the birth of Prince Vittorio Emanuele, his grandfather granted amnesty to thousands of political prisoners.

This is the second child for the Crown Prince and Crown Princess.  Their first child, Princess Maria Pia, who was born September 24, 1934.

Princess Mary cries after leaving brother

February 13, 1937

Princess Mary, the Duke of Windsor's only sister, left Vienna earlier today on the Orient Express with her husband, the Earl of Harewood, reports the New York Times.  The Duke of Windsor accompanied them to the train station after "entertaining them at luncheon in the Hotel Bristol.

The Princess and her husband arrived in Vienna a week ago.  The "demeanor of the crowd" outside the train station has "undergone a curious change since the Princess Royal's arrival."   It was the first time that the "Viennese masses" had seem the Duke since the abdication, and they had cheered when he greeted his sister.  Now a week later, there is no cheering.  The "general atmosphere" appears to be more of respect "at the funeral of a distinguished person than the enthusiasm for a living patronage."

The Duke drove the car carrying his sister and her husband to Vienna from Enzesfeld  Castle.  They were accompanied by the Duke's equerry, Sir John Aird, and Major Metcalfe.

Princess Mary was dressed in a black sealskin coat and a red hat.  Her brother gave her a bouquet of red roses, which she carried onto the train.   There were no restrictions "on the public's use of the platform," apart from keeping the royal coach clear.  Just before the train pulled out of the station, the Duke "kissed his sister affectionately on both cheeks and she returned the embrace."

Two Austrian detectives remains with the Princess until she reached the border.  Princess Mary and Lord Harewood are traveling back to London with gifts from the Duke to his mother, his brothers, the Duke of Kent's new daughter, and Queen Elizabeth.  Lord Harewood was seen carrying large envelopes addressed to members of the British royal family

Earlier today, the Duke of Windsor "unexpectedly" met Princess Juliana of the Netherlands and her husband, Prince Bernhard,  in the Hotel Bristol's dining room.  The Duke gave Princess Juliana an "impulsive embrace," and they chatted for about ten minutes, mostly about skiing.

Princess Juliana and Prince Bernhard are on the their honeymoon.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Wallis will outrank sisters-in-law

February 9, 1937

Mrs. Wallis Simpson will never be Queen, but she will become a royal highness, "if and when she marries the Duke of Windsor," reports the Chicago Tribune

She will also take precedence over her future sisters-in-law, the Duchesses of Kent and Gloucester.

There has been "much discussion" about Mrs. Simpson's "title and dignity" after her marriage to the former King Edward VIII.   The position of the Duke, who was born His Royal Highness Prince Edward,  will remain as such, and his right was not affected by his abdication.

Thus, by right of marriage,  Mrs. Simpson will become Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Windsor.  As a royal duchess, she will have the "privilege of signing her Christian name without any suffix."  She will "receive the salutation of 'ma'am," and the curtsy from "those who come before her."

There is a "movement afoot in court circles" to modify the precedence of Mrs. Simpson if the Duke of Gloucester becomes regent for his brother in case of "illness or absence."    It would be unthinkable for the Duchess of Gloucester's precedence to be less than the Duchess of Windsor if the Duke of Gloucester is regent.

There is also talk of bestowing on the Duke of Gloucester an "order next in male precedence to the sovereign."    At present, the Duke of Windsor, as the king's older brother,  "would normally come next to the king and his wife."

One should not be too worried as it is unlikely that the duke or his wife "will set foot on the soil of England until Edward's abdication becomes completely consigned to history."

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

End of the road for Royals Magazine

The Belgian publication Royals Magazine will cease publication in March.  The magazine has been published monthly with two editions: Dutch and French, acknowledging the two main languages in Belgium.

The weekly Royalty program on the VTM channel in Belgium has been cancelled as well.

Not a good day for coverage of the Belgian royal family.

Hofjournal is a quarterly Dutch language magazine published in Belgium, covering the Belgian royal family.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Bravo, King Philippe

Thank you, Your Majesty, for your speech today. You have the support of millions of Americans who believe Donald Trump and his minions are destroying the fabric and democracy of this nation.  Thank you.  I applaud you.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Dutch greetings

Christmas card from King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Merry Christmas - From Spain

A boy for Xenia

January 25, 1897

Grand Duchess Xenia of Russia, sister of  Nicholas II, and the wife of Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovitch, has given birth to a son, reports the Washington Post.

The birth took place yesterday at the Winter Palace.  This is their second child.  Their daughter, Princess Irina Alexandrovna was born on July 15, 1895

The couple were married on August 6, 1894

Princess Caroline officially registered

January 25, 1957

Princess Caroline Louise Marguerite was "officially registered as heiress presumptive" to Monaco today "over her noisy protests," reports United Press.

The infant princess was born two days ago and is the first child of Prince Rainier III and the former Grace Kelly.

Princess Grace has received "congratulatory messages from two other royal mothers,  Queen Juliana of the Netherlands and Queen Elizabeth II.

The new mother did not take part in today's official ceremonies.  While she rested in a nearby bedroom,  her husband, Prince Rainier "officially certified the infant before a Judge and three witnesses.   The baby's name was "inscribed in the archives of the Grimaldis who have ruled Monaco since 1297.

The infant princess will become the ruler of Monaco one day unless her mother gives birth to a son, who would become the heir apparent.

Princess Caroline "could not have cared less.  Judge Portainer "reported that she howled and chewed her fists all through the ceremony."