“Royal Babies and Births” (VIDEOS)

Now that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to her first child today here is an interesting report from Historic Royal Palaces entitled, Royal Babies and Births.

And, finally, here is a collection of archival footage from the British Pathé regarding several royal births. Please click here to watch.

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It’s A Boy for TRHs The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!! (UPDATES & VIDEOS)


It was announced by Kensington Palace that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has delivered a healthy baby boy weighing 8pounds 6 ounces at 4:24 London time.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge was present during the birth.

Mother and child are doing well and will remain in the hospital overnight.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, and His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales have been informed of the birth and are delighted according to Clarence House.

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales released a statement this evening upon hearing the news of the birth of the new prince:

“Both my wife and I are overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandson.  It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy.

Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone’s life, as countless kind people have told me in recent months, so I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time and we eagerly looking forward to seeing the baby in the near future.”

The Duke of Cambridge also released a brief statement to the press saying, “We could not be happier!”

Wonderful news!  Congrats to Their Royal Highnesses and may God Bless the new prince!



Official Press Release via Kensington Palace

Click here to watch videos of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leaving the hospital with their little prince.

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News Regarding His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium. (VIDEOS)

A day after his investiture as king of the Belgians His Majesty King Philippe held an audience with Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo at the Palais de Bruxelles.

His Majesty also attended two receptions at the Palais this afternoon where he received members of the Judiciaire and the Cour des Comptes as well as the Présidents des Conseils and the Gouvernement des Communautés and des Régions according to the Belgian royal court.

Click here to watch another video news report.

And, finally, new official photos of Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium were released this morning by the Belgian royal court.  The five images were shot at Château de Laeken on July 15, 2013, by photographer, Ms. Marie-Jo Lafontaine, in collaboration with Ms. Marina Cox.

Click here to watch a news report about the new photos.

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His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan Visits the Public Security Department in Amman. (VIDEO)

On Monday, July 22, 2013, His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan visited the Public Security Department in Amman, Jordan.

During the visit General Tawfiq Tawalbeh informed His Majesty on the “…efforts to develop performance of staff of police units especially those who work on problem solving crimes…” according to Petra News.

Later in the afternoon, His Majesty arrived in Al Yasmeen to officially open the new Forensic Science Laboratory Department building.  During his tour of the facility His Majesty was informed about the “…role of criminology in supporting investigations and on major cases that have been solved with the use of modern technology…”

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TRHs Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway Attend a Memorial Service in Oslo. (VIDEOS)

NorwayTheir Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway arrived at the Oslo Domkirke this afternoon to attend a service in remembrance of the victims of the July 22, 2011, terrorist attacks.

Norwegian-born, Anders Behring Breivik, the perpetrator behind the attacks, blew up two government buildings in Oslo killing six people. Breivik then went on a mass shooting spree on the island of Utøya killing 69 innocent people.

Click here and here (skip to the 9:25 mark in the second link) to watch two video news reports (in English and Norwegian).

Click here to view photos.

Photo courtesy of Zimbio

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HRH The Prince of Wales Visits the National Railway Museum in York. (VIDEOS)

On July 22, 2013, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited the National Railway Museum in York to celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Mallard steam locomotive.

According to the BBC News, the Mallard set a record in 1938 as the “…world’s fastest steam locomotive at 126 miles per hour, a record that remains to this day.”

For more information about today’s celebrations please click here and here.

Please click here and here to watch videos.

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His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain Presides Over a Meeting. (VIDEO)

On the morning of July 22, 2013, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain presided over a meeting of the Consejo de Jefes de Estado Mayor in Madrid.  Basically, today’s event was an important yet incredibly boring meeting with the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Spanish military.

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TIMs Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan Begin Their Two-Day Visit to the Fukushima Prefecture. (VIDEOS)

On Monday, July 22, 2013, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan boarded a train in Tokyo headed towards the Fukushima Prefecture in northeastern Japan to begin their two-day visit to the region.

This will be the third visit for Their Imperial Majesties to the area since Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster caused by the March 11, 2011, earthquake off the Tōhoku coast and the devastating tsunami that followed. 

Their first stop was to the village of Iitate.  Upon their arrival the emperor and empress were warmly greeted by local government officials.  Thereafter, Their Imperial Majesties visited a “…temporary building which houses a three elementary schools and a precision machinery component factory…” according to Kyodo News.

Tomorrow, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will visit the village of Koori where they will tour peach farms.

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HRH The Duchess of Cambridge Has Been Admitted to the Hospital!

WKCPer Clarence House:

“Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London in the early stages of labour.

The Duchess travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge.”

According to BBC News journalist, Mr. Peter Hunt, the duchess was admitted to “…the private Lindo wing just before 6AM [London time].  According to Kate’s spokesperson ‘things are progressing as normal.'”

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