King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands greet supporters during the celebration to the 200 Years of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August 30, 2014 in Maastricht
Grand Duchess Maria Teresa & Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, Queen Maxima & King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, King Philippe of Belgium with Queen Mathilde, Daniela Schadt and Federal President of Germany Joachim Gauck attend celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of the kingdom of The Netherlands.
“King Michael stands apart as a moral beacon in the midst of his country’s tragedies. His greatest accomplishment was the coup of 23 August 1944 when, with immense courage and vision, he instigated the overthrow of the pro-German dictatorship, with the effect that Romania immediately joined the Allies’ cause. The country thus avoided imminent catastrophe and, according to western sources, the King’s action shortened the war by six months. This is a most remarkable achievement, even more so for a monarch just 23 years old: the army and administration followed him unwaveringly. It brought Michael and Romania the respect of the Allies, well expressed in Churchill’s instruction to British representatives in Bucharest: ‘Stick to the boy’.” (source:’The History Maker’ by Valentin Mandache and Diana Mandache in Majesty magazine, October 2011). Photo©: Diana Mandache, King Michael of Romania. A Historical Album, Litera, 2013
Weekly picture. Royal Childhood: King Michael of Romania
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Queen Elizabeth II meets Pope Francis for the first time on 3 April 2014 on a visit that coincides with the anniversary of the start of the Falklands War between Britain and Argentina. Previously, Elizabeth II had met with four Pontiffs, starting with Pius XII in 1951, a year before her accession to the throne. The queen has visited the Vatican twice during her reign, once to meet John XXIII in 1961 and again in 2000 to see John Paul II, and met Benedict XVI in Britain, during his Apostolic Visit in September 2010.
Pope Francis presented the Queen with a priceless gift for Prince George at the Vatican. The orb made from lapis lazuli semi-precious stone featuring a silver cross of St Edward the Confessor was given to the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to pass on to her heir. This was accompanied by a manuscript dating back to 1679 proclaiming the saint day of Edward the Confessor. The Pope explained “it’s for the little boy” as he handed the gifts over. The ornament – made especially for the occasion – featured an inscription saying: “From Pope Francis to Prince George of Cambridge.” Prince Philip was delighted with his gift from the Pope – three gold medals bearing the Pontiff’s face. He joked: “That’s very kind of you, that’s the only gold medal I have ever won.” In a friendly exchange they presented two signed pictures of themselves in silver frames and a hamper of goodies from the Royal Estates.
Prince George of Cambridge shows how much he has grown in a touching new official family photograph released on Mother’s Day. It is just the third official official release of photos of Prince George and shows him with his parents aged eight months at their home in Kensington Palace. The Cambridges moved into the property, which had been the home of Princess Margaret, late last year after it had been refurbished. Celebrity portrait photographer Jason Bell took the picture and was also the official photographer for George’s christening last October.