Daily Archives: December 30, 2008

Queen Rania and King Abdullah give blood for Gazans

Jordan's Queen Rania donates blood for Palestinians of the Gaza strip, in Amman December 30, 2008. From Reuters Pictures by REUTERS.

Jordan's Queen Rania donates blood for Palestinians of the Gaza strip, in Amman December 30, 2008.

AFP – December 30, 2008.

Amman – Jordan’s Queen Rania donated blood on Tuesday for Palestinians in the battered Gaza Strip, where more than 350 people have been killed in a deadly four-day Israeli aerial bombardment.

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MPs want royal budget details

The Copenhagen Post, Denmark – December 19, 2008.

Several MPs are questioning the inclusion of royal expenses in the Defense Ministry budget Opposition party politicians have called for more transparency in the royal family’s finances which totalled 93 million kroner last year. Queen Margrethe II receives a large…

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Queen Elizabeth gags royal household staff

New Kerala – London – December 28, 2008.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has banned staff from revealing details of their work in a bid to prevent further embarrassing leaks of the goings-on in the royal household, according to reports Sunday.

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A Queen at home : Queen Savang Vadhana Museum

Queen Savang Vadhana Museum

The Nation – December 30, 2008 – By KUPLUTHAI PUNGKANON

The doors of a royal treasure trove in Bangkok are about to swing open

From the reign of her father King Rama IV to the modernisation of Siam under the reign of her grandson, His Majesty the King, Queen Savang Vadhana witnessed six monarchs of the Chakri Dynasty take the throne.

 

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Artist lands role as the Queen’s official sculptor in Scotland

The Herald – December 30, 2008 – By Phil Miller, Arts Correspondent.

Stoddart left ‘thunderstruck’ by lifetime appointment

A SCOTTISH artist has been chosen to be the Queen’s official sculptor in Scotland. Alexander Stoddart, a sculptor known for his neo-classical, monumental approach to his art, is to be Her Majesty’s Sculptor in Ordinary in Scotland, one of only two posts for the arts in the Royal Household in Scotland.

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Book claims Aitken is of royal blood

Daily Mail – December 30, 2008 – By Richard Kay.

HIS LIFE has had more twists and turns than a penny dreadful: tipped as a future prime minister — he even dated the daughter of one — only for his political career to end in disgrace with a jail sentence for perjury.

But even Jonathan Aitken, whose ability to reinvent himself is matched only by his languid confidence, would surely draw the line at the latest extraordinary claim about him — that he is the illegitimate son of the late Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands.

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