(VIDEO) A Duchess No More. Infanta Cristina Loses Her Title!

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On the evening of Thursday, June 11, 2015, by royal decree His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain formally stripped his sister, Infanta Cristina, of the title The Duchess of Palma de Mallorca.

Per a press release via the Spanish royal court:

“De conformidad con lo dispuesto en el artículo 6 del Real Decreto 1368/1987, de 6 de noviembre, sobre régimen de títulos, tratamientos y honores de la Familia Real y de los Regentes, he resuelto revocar la atribución a Su Alteza Real la Infanta Doña Cristina de la facultad de usar el título de Duquesa de Palma de Mallorca, que le fue conferida mediante Real Decreto 1502/1997, de 26 de Septiembre.

Así lo dispongo por el presente Real Decreto.
Dado en Madrid, el 11 de junio de 2015.
Firmado: Felipe, Rey, y el presidente del Gobierno, Mariano Rajoy Brey”

The short version in English “By Royal Decree 470/2015, of June 1, by which the faculty of using the title Duchess of Palma de Mallorca is revoked from Her Royal Highness Infanta Doña Cristina.”

Last December a Spanish judge ordered the princess “…to stand trial on tax fraud charges…” according Reuters News.

inaki urdangarin 2012Meanwhile, her shady husband, Mr. Iñaki Urdangarin, and his former business partner, Mr. Diego Torres, are scheduled to stand trial sometime later this year.

The two are accused of embezzlement, fraud, misuse of public funds, and forgery from the non-profit organization they once presided over, Instituto Nóos.  For more information about the case please click here. 

And, finally, here is a recent news documentary, in Spanish, about Infanta Cristina.

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(VIDEO) News Regarding Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco.

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On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco attended the 2nd Edition of the Snapper Pour Tous in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.

The two-day event, organized by the Fondation Princesse Charlene de Monaco and the Musée Océanographique de Monaco, brought in students from the Bischoffeim school in Nice, France, to spend:

pp2“…48 hours in Monaco.  [Yesterday the students] spent a memorable day aboard the exploration vessel, Yersin, off Monaco where they observed dolphins and more.  Snapper Pour Tous aims to to give underprivileged children the opportunity to know, to love, to respect, and to protect the oceans.” 

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Photos courtesy of the Palais Princier

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall Visits a Farm in London.

On Thursday, June 11, 2015, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Oasis Farm Waterloo in London.

During today’s visit the lovely duchess met with “…volunteers, staff and students from nearby schools.  Her Royal Highness was [then] introduced to the farmyard animals by a group of school children given the job of helping to rear them on the small holding close to Waterloo station…” according to Clarence House.

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Photo courtesy of Getty Images/WPA Pool

(VIDEO) HRH Prince Harry of Wales Attends a Service of Dedication.

On Thursday, June 11, 2015, His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales attended the unveiling of the Bastion Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, England.

According to Kensington Palace during today’s event the popular prince:

“…paid tribute to British service personnel killed on combat operations in Afghanistan saying they ‘will forever be in our hearts’ as he unveiled a memorial to their sacrifice.

Dedicating the Bastion Memorial, inscribed with the 453 names of those killed, he said: ‘As we sit here amongst friends, we can take comfort in the knowledge that they gave their lives doing a job they loved, for a country they loved, and amongst mates who loved them dearly.’

He added: ‘Once this ceremony is ended and all the trappings of the day have been cleared away, this will become a place of pilgrimage, a quiet space for remembrance just as it was in Camp Bastion, all those miles away.’

The simple monument at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, bears the names of all the personnel who fell during the UK’s 13-year involvement in the conflict.

Its simple granite construction bears 12 name plates inscribed recording the fallen, and to its front is a great stone plinth topped with a shining cross made from old brass shell casings.

The name plates and cross were among several parts of the old memorial wall, itself built by British soldiers at Camp Bastion as the conflict raged on about them, now incorporated into the new memorial.

Inside its speckled stonework, though, and hidden from view is a heart-shaped diamond pendant placed there by the builders while the new memorial was being constructed.” 

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