27 February 2017

Royal Ladies of Feb. 27, 2017

HER MAJESTY QUEEN MAXIMA OF THE NETHERLANDS, HER ROYAL HIGHNESS CATHARINA AMALIA THE PRINCESS OF ORANGE, HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS ALEXIA AND HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS ARIANE





HER ROYAL HIGHNESS CAMILLA THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL



LADY AMELIA WINDSOR


26 February 2017

Royal Lady Flashback: Queen Victoria

25 February 2017

Royal Ladies of Feb. 23-25, 2017

HER MAJESTY ELIZABETH II THE QUEEN OF THE UNITED KINGDOM




HER MAJESTY QUEEN LETIZIA OF SPAIN







HER SERENE HIGHNESS CHARLENE THE PRINCESS OF MONACO




HER ROYAL HIGHNESS CROWN PRINCESS MARY OF DENMARK



22 February 2017

Royal Ladies of Feb. 22, 2017

HER MAJESTY ELIZABETH II THE QUEEN OF THE UNITED KINGDOM



HER MAJESTY QUEEN LETIZIA OF SPAIN



HER MAJESTY QUEEN MAXIMA OF THE NETHERLANDS



HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL



HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE


 CHARLOTTE CASIRAGHI


LADY KITTY SPENCER

 

21 February 2017

Royal Ladies of Feb. 21, 2017

HER MAJESTY ELIZABETH II THE QUEEN OF THE UNITED KINGDOM



HER MAJESTY QUEEN MAXIMA OF THE NETHERLANDS



HER MAJESTY QUEEN EMERITA SOFIA OF SPAIN



HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE COUNTESS OF WESSEX



17 February 2017

Royal Ladies of Feb. 17, 2017

The BIG news today: Infanta Cristina has been acquitted, but her husband is headed to jail. Read the post.
The boy-that-happened-quickly news: Princess Tessy's divorce from Prince Louis of Luxembourg was approved in London today. It will be final in six weeks and one day. It has not yet been announced whether she will retain her title.


HER MAJESTY QUEEN LETIZIA OF SPAIN



HER MAJESTY QUEEN MATHILDE OF THE BELGIANS, PRINCESS MARIE-ASTRID, PRINCESS CLAIRE, PRINCESS ESMERALDA & PRINCESS LEA



Spanish Princess Acquitted, Husband Sentenced to Jail

Via Wikimedia Commons
The King of Spain's sister, Infanta Cristina, has been acquitted of all charges in the Noos fraud case after years of court proceedings and investigations. Her husband Iñaki Urgandarin, however, received a six-year jail sentence.

The case, which started in 2011, has caused great difficulties for the Spanish royal family. Despite former King Juan Carlos' statement that "justice is the same for everyone"--including his daughter Cristina and her husband, the growing scandal was likely one of the reasons he chose to abdicate in 2014. This left his son, King Felipe VI, to weather the continuing crisis. In 2015, Felipe registered his concerns by depriving Cristina of her royal title of Duchess of Palma de Mallorca, however, her place in the line of succession was not affected.

At the heart of the case were allegations that Urdangarin had used his royal position to embezzle $6.4 million (roughly 6 million euros) of public money through the Noos Institute, on whose board both he and Cristina held seats. The court has determined that Urdangarin and his partners funneled money from Noos through a real estate company owned by the royal couple and into undeclared bank accounts. His partners have also received jail sentences. The court decided that Infanta Cristina had no knowledge of her husband's illegal activities and was not involved. Nevertheless, she has received a $300,00+ fine because of her corporate role with Noos and the real estate company.

Urdangarin and his accomplices have the right of appeal. It is unclear if their jail sentences will begin immediately are at some later date. He and Cristina have four children: Juan 17, Pablo 16, Miguel 14 and Irene 11. The family has been living primarily in Geneva, Switzerland, and they have not been included in official royal family events or duties for many years now.



King Felipe's other sister, Infanta Elena Duchess of Lugo, also has reduced her royal role in recent years. Following her divorce in 2010, she and her children, Felipe 18 and Victoria 17, have remained largely out of the spotlight.

The King and his wife, Queen Letizia, have two young daughters, Leonor Princess of Asturias 11 and Infanta Sofia 9. The Letizia, Felipe and his mother Queen Emerita Sofia carry out most of the official royal duties without additional support from the rest of the family. The official Royal Family web site only includes bios for King Emeritus Juan Carlos, Queen Emerita Sofia, King Felipe, Queen Letizia, the Princess of Asturias and Infanta Sofia.


Article from The Guardian
Article from The New York Times

16 February 2017

Royal Ladies of Feb. 16, 2017

HER MAJESTY ELIZABETH II THE QUEEN OF THE UNITED KINGDOM



HER MAJESTY QUEEN MATHILDE OF THE BELGIANS



HER MAJESTY QUEEN SONJA OF NORWAY & HER HIGHNESS PRINCESS MARTHA LOUISE


HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL




DIANA PRINCESS OF WALES 




BONUS LADIES: ELISABETH OF BAVARIA & LILLY ZU SAYN-WITTGENSTEIN-BERLEBERG



15 February 2017

Royal Ladies of Feb. 15, 2017

HER MAJESTY ELIZABETH II THE QUEEN OF THE UNITED KINGDOM



HER MAJESTY QUEEN LETIZIA OF SPAIN



HER MAJESTY QUEEN MATHILDE OF THE BELGIANS



HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS MARIA OLYMPIA OF GREECE


  MARIA MARGARITA, DUCHESS OF ANJOU



14 February 2017

Royal Ladies of Feb. 14, 2017

HER MAJESTY ELIZABETH II THE QUEEN OF THE UNITED KINGDOM



HER MAJESTY QUEEN MAXIMA OF THE NETHERLANDS



 HER SERENE HIGHNESS PRINCESS CHARLENE OF MONACO



HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL



HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS MADELEINE OF SWEDEN



HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE



HER

10 February 2017

Royal Ladies of Feb. 10, 2017

Catching up after a couple of days of work travel...


HER MAJESTY ELIZABETH II THE QUEEN OF THE UNITED KINGDOM



HER MAJESTY MARGRETHE II THE QUEEN OF DENMARK



HER MAJESTY QUEEN LETIZIA OF SPAIN





HER MAJESTY QUEEN MATHILDE OF THE BELGIANS



HER MAJESTY QUEEN MAXIMA OF THE NETHERLANDS





HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS BEATRIX OF THE NETHERLANDS



HER MAJESTY SOFIA QUEEN EMERITA OF SPAIN



HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL



HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS ASTRID OF BELGIUM, ARCHDUCHESS OF AUSTRIA

07 February 2017

Royal Ladies of Feb. 7, 2017

HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II



HER MAJESTY QUEEN MAXIMA OF THE NETHERLANDS




HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS BEATRIX OF THE NETHERLANDS



HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL



06 February 2017

Royal Ladies of Feb. 6, 2017

Since I've been away from the blog for three weeks, with apologies, I am going to try to capture the last week of royal activity for you. (My lunch break is just not long enough to cover all three. Sorry!)

HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II on her Sapphire Jubilee



HER MAJESTY QUEEN LETIZIA OF SPAIN







HER MAJESTY QUEEN LETIZIA, HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCESS OF ASTURIAS & HER ROYAL HIGHNESS INFANTA SOFIA OF SPAIN



HER MAJESTY QUEEN MATHILDE OF THE BELGIANS



HER MAJESTY QUEEN MAXIMA OF THE NETHERLANDS



HER MAJESTY QUEEN RANIA OF JORDAN



HER MAJESTY QUEEN SILVIA OF SWEDEN



HER ROYAL HIGHNESS CROWN PRINCESS MARY OF DENMARK




HER IMPERIAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS MAKO OF AKISHINO


HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL






HER ROYAL THE PRINCESS ROYAL



HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE




HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE COUNTESS OF WESSEX



HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUCHESS OF GLOUCESTER



BONUS ROYAL LADIES