9th granchild for Infanta Pilar: Don Juan and Winston Carney expecting a child

While the Spanish Royal Family is still trying to assess the damage done by the Inaki Urdangarin (and the injury that can still be caused by more harmful revelations), there are some good news as well.

His Excellency Don Juan Gomez-Acebo y de Borbon, Viscount de la Torre – the eldest son of Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz – has announced he is expected his first child with his long-time partner, Winston Carney.

Winston Carney and Don Juan

Winston Carney and Don Juan

Although Don Juan, 43, and Miss Carney, 39, are not married, they have been dated for a number of years now. The child will be born at the end of April in California where Carney resides. The child will be the 9th grandchild for Infanta Pilar. The Infanta is the older sister of King Juan Carlos and Infanta Margarita of Spain.

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Queen Beatrix’s Abdication: Changes and Traditions

With the announcement Her Majesty Queen Beatrix will formally abdicate, let’s have a look at the changed the Dutch Monarchy will undergo as an immediate result of the abdication.

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands

Her Majesty the Queen will sign the Instrument of Abdication at the Royal Palace, Amsterdam  on April 30, 2013 – the 33rd anniversary of her reign. Abdication itself is nothing new or unusual for the Dutch Royal Family; in fact, Her Majesty will be the third successive Dutch Monarch to voluntarily abdicate the Throne, following her grandmother, Queen Wilhelmina, and her mother, Queen Juliana.

The most obvious change is of course the fact the Netherlands will have a new Monarch – the first King in 122 years (Queen Beatrix had succeeded her mother, Queen Juliana, who herself had succeeded her own mother, Queen Wilhelmina). The current Prince of Orange will reign as King Willem-Alexander, and not King Willem IV as had been expected. His wife, Princess Maxima, will be his Queen– the first Dutch Queen Consort since Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont.

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Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Announces Abdication

At 17:00 (Dutch time) it was made known Her Majesty Queen Beatrix will make an announcement two hours later in a special broadcast on television and radio. No information was given about the content of the announcement but immediately rumours circulated Her Majesty will formally announce her abdication in a message that had been recorded earlier in the day.

Rumours proved to be correct and on 28 January 2013, at 19:00, the Queen announced her intention to abdicate on 30 April (Queen’s Day) – the day that will also mark the 33rd anniversary of her accession to the Throne.

Queen Beatrix and Prince Willem-Alexander

Queen Beatrix and Prince Willem-Alexander

The broadcast was followed by a statement from Prime Minister Mark Rutte who paid tribute to the Queen, saying “Since her accession to the throne in 1980, she dedicated her heart and soul for Dutch society”. The Prime Minister expressed his respect and admiration for the Queen, and called her “an icon of the Netherlands”.

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Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie Welcome Twin Sons

Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie

Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie

The Prince and Princess of Prussia are now proud parents of two boys. The twins were born on January 20 in Bremen, Germany. A statement released by Prince Georg Friedrich today announced the births with “great joy and gratitude”. The mother and children are all doing well.

The elder twin is named Carl Friedrich and the younger one – Louis Ferdinand. Carl Friedrich is the Heir Apparent to the headship of the House of Hohenzollern. The names have strong history in the family; it is also possible the eldest boy was named in honour of Karl Friedrich, Prince of Hohenzollern (head of the Princely House of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen). The younger boy is named after Prince Georg’s father – Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia.

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King Peter II of Yugoslavia To Be Reburied In Serbia

King Peter II of Yugoslavia

King Peter II of Yugoslavia

The press release issued by the official website of the Serbian Royal Family today states the last King of Yugoslavia is to be re-buried in the Royal Family Mausoleum in Oplenac. Before the reburial, the late King will lay in the Royal Chapel of the Royal Palace in Belgrade.

According to Royal Musings, the remains of the late King will be brought from Libertyville, Illinois, to Serbia on January 22.

Crown Prince Alexander II – the son and heir of Peter II – said he was very proud and moved, and that the event was of great importance not only for his own family, but also for the people of Serbia. The Prince also thanked Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, the Government and the Commission for Reburial of the Royal Family for their continuous support. The exact date of the ceremony is not yet known and will be decided later this year. A day will be chosen in coordination with the Serbian Orthodox Church, President Tomislav Nikolic, the Government, and the Royal House. (more…)

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