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The Royal Forums Anniversary: March 2002-2011

  April 6, 2012 at 6:17 am by  

As we reported in January, October 2012 marks the tenth anniversary of The Royal Forum’s launch as Les Tribunes Royales. In 2004, the forums was sold to its current owner, and its name changed to The Royal Forums. In 2007, The Royal Forums launched its Article division, followed in 2009 by a Blog division. Growing yearly at a steady pace, The Royal Forums currently has over 53,000 members and over 1,150,000 posts in over 14,000 threads.

As part of The Royal Forums’ tenth anniversary, each month the blog will take a look-back at royal events that occured in that month over the period 2002-2011. This month we look at March 2002-2011. January 2002-2011 can be found here, while February 2002-2011 can be found here.

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March 21, 2002: Marriage of H.M. King Mohammed VI of Morocco and Miss Salma Bennani
The marriage of King Mohammed VI and Miss Salma Benani took place on March 21st, 2002 in a private ceremony at the Royal Palace in Rabat. The couple’s nikah ceremony had previously taken place on October 12th, 2001. During the celebrations on July 12th following their zifaf ceremony, the bride wore a white and gold embroidered houb, with a diamond tiara. The celebrations were attended by hundreds of the couple’s family, friends and dignitaries. King Mohammed and Princess Lalla Salma have two children: T.R.H. Crown Prince Moulay Hassan (b. 2003) and Princess Lalla Khadija (b. 2008). The family resides in Rabat.

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March 30, 2002: Death of H.M. Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother
Buckingham Palace announced the death of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother on March 30th, 2003. Queen Elizabeth died in her sleep at her residence The Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park at 3:15pm. Her health had been in deteriorating over the last years of her life, and the death of her youngest daughter, H.R.H. Princess Margaret, eight weeks prior was a heavy blow. The Queen Mother’s body laid in state at Westminster Hall for three days, with hundreds of thousands filing past to pay their respects. Her four grandsons – T.R.H. The Prince of Wales, The Duke of York and The Earl of Wessex and Viscount Linley – offered a Vigil of the Princes in the afternoon of April 8th, mounting the catafalque for twenty minutes. A state funeral was held at Westminster Abbey the following day, April 9th, with over one million people filling the streets in front of the Abbey and lining the route to Windsor Castle. Her coffin was interred ito the King George VI Memorial Chapel following the fuenral service, alongside her husband, H.M. King George VI, and their youngest daughter’s ashes; and the wreath of camellias from atop her coffin was placed on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in the Abbey. She was survived by her eldest daughter, H.M. Queen Elizabeth II, six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. The Queen Mother was one hundred and one years old when she passed.

March 11, 2004: Madrid Train Bombings
On the morning of March 11th, Spain was rocked by a series of co-ordinated bombings in the Madrid commuter train system, three days before the nation’s general election. 191 people were killed and 2,050 injured; making the bombing the worst terrorist attack in Spanish history. Bystanders and local residents rushed to assist the Spanish emergency services who were quickly on the scene, and thousands donated blood for transfusions. Demontrations took place over the coming days by over 11,000,000 Spaniards, protesting against terrorism – T.R.H. The Prince of Asturias, Infanta Elena and Infanta Cristina each took part in the demonstrations. The Royal Family were quick to provide their public support for the victims of the bombings, visiting hospitals where the injured were being treated only hours after the bombings took place. A state funeral was held for the victims on March 26th at the Almudena Cathedral in Madrid, which was attended by the entire Spanish Royal Family. The wedding celebrations on May 24th of The Prince of Asturias and Miss Letizia Ortiz were scaled down out of respect for the victims of the bombings.

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March 20, 2004: Death of H.R.H. Princess Juliana of the Netherlands
Queen Juliana passed away in her sleep at 5:50am on March 20th, 2004 at her home of Soestdijk Palace in Baarn. The Queen had had pnuemonia for several weeks prior to her death. Her body laid in state for four days at Noordeinde Palace in The Hague, with 50,000 people filing past to pay their respects. The Queen’s funeral took place on March 30th, 2004 at the Neuwe Kirke in Delft, where her coffin was interred into the church’s royal vaults, beside her mother, H.M. Queen Wilhelmina. In accordance with the late Queen’s wishes, her four daughters each wore white outfits to symbolise hope and happiness. The female members of the Dutch Royal Family each had white accents on their outfits as well. Queen Juliana was survived by her husband, H.R.H. Prince Bernhard, the couple’s four daughters, H.M. Queen Beatrix, T.R.H. Princesses Irene, Margriet and Christina, and fourteen grandchildren. She was ninety-four years old when she passed.

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March 21, 2004: Birth of H.E. Count Claus-Casimir of Orange-Nassau
Count Claus-Casimir is the second child of T.R.H. Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands. He was born on March 21st, 2004, at the Bronovo Hospital in The Hague. His christening took place on October 10th, 2004 at the chapel of Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorn, and was given the names Claus-Casimir Bernhard Marius Max, with H.R.H. The Prince of Orange, H.H. Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau, Mr Ed P. Spanjaard and Countess Tatiana Razumovsky as his godparents. He is the only grandson of H.M. Queen Beatrix and H.R.H. Prince Claus of the Netherlands. Claus-Casimir lives with his parents and siblings, T.E. Countess Eloise and Countess Leonore, in Brussels, Belgium. He is seventh in line to the Dutch throne.

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March 26, 2005: Birth of H.E. Countess Luana of Orange-Nassau
Countess Luana is the eldest child of T.R.H. Prince Friso and Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau. She was born at 7:19pm on March 26th, 2005, in London, England. Her christening took place on December 18th, 2005 at the Huis Ten Bosch Palace in Amsterdam, and was given the names Emma Luana Ninette Sophie, with H.R.H. Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands, Ms Eveline Wisse Smit, Baroness Sophie von der Recke and Ms Emma Bonino as her godparents. Luana lives with her parents and younger sister, H.E. Countess Zaria, in London. She is not in line for the Dutch throne.

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March 12, 2006: Birth of H.R.H. Prince Gabriel de Nassau
Prince Gabriel is the eldest child of T.R.H. Prince Louis and Princess Tessy of Luxembourg. He was born on March 12th, 2006, at the Clinic des Grangettes in Geneva, Switzerland. His christening took place on April 22nd, 2006 in Gilsdorf, and was given the names Gabriel Michael Louis Ronny, with H.R.H. Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg and Mr Ronny Antony as his godparents. As his parents were not married at the time of his birth, Gabriel was initial given the name Gabriel de Nassau, with no royal privileges. His grandfather, H.R.H. Grand Duke Henri, gave him the title H.R.H. Prince of Nassau on June 23rd, 2009. Gabriel lives with his parents and younger brother, H.R.H. Prince Noah, in London, England. He is not in line for the Luxembourgish throne.

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March 03, 2007: Marriage of H.E. The Countess of Frederiksborg and Mr Martin Jørgensen
The engagement of H.H. Princess Alexandra of Denmark and Mr Martin Jørgensen was announced on February 7th, 2007 by the Danish Royal Court. It was announced the marriage would take place on March 3rd, 2007 and following the marriage, Princess Alexandra would be known as H.E. Alexandra Christina, Countess of Frederiksborg, losing her H.R.H. status and her position in the Danish Royal Family. The wedding ceremony took place at the Øster Egede Kirke in Fakse, Region Sjælland and was attended by around 90 guests. The bride was accompanied down the aisle by her two sons, T.H. Princes Nikolai and Felix, and wore a champagne-coloured gown. Following the ceremony, which did not have any media access, Alexandra and Martin spent some time posing for photographs before heading to a private dinner nearby. The couple live in Copenhagen with the Countess’ two sons.

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March 14, 2007: Birth of Simeon Hassan Muñoz
Simeon Hassan Muñoz is the only child of H.R.H. Princess Kalina of Bulgaria and Mr Kitín Muñoz. He was born on March 14th, 2007, at the Lozenets Hospital in Sofia, Bulgaria. His christening took place on April 25th, 2008 at the chapel of Tsarska Bistritsa, the royal residence in Bulgaria, and was given the names Simeon Hassan, with H.M. King Mohammed VI of Morocco and H.R.H. Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark as his godparents. Simeon lives with his parents in Rabat, Morocco. He is not in line for the defunct Bulgarian throne.

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March 17, 2007: Birth of H.R.H. Prince Abdul Muntaqim of Brunei
Prince Abdul Muntaquim is the eldest child of T.R.H. Crown Prince Billah and Princess Sarah of Brunei. He was born on March 17th, 2007 at 3:50pm in Bandar Seri Begawan. He received the names Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda’Abdul Muntaqim Ibni Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah from his grandfather, H.M. The Sultan of Brunei. Abdul Muntaquim lives with his parents and younger sister, H.R.H. Princess Muneerah Madhul, in Bandar Seri Begawan. He is second in line for the Brunei throne.

March 19, 2007: Birth of H.R.H. Prince Abdullah bin Ali of Jordan
Prince Abdullah is the second and youngest child of T.R.H. Prince Ali and Princess Rym of Jordan. He was born on March 19th, 2007. Abdullah lives with his parents and older sister, H.R.H. Princess Jalilia bint Ali, in Jordan. He is sixth in line for the Jordanian throne.

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March 12, 2008: Birth of Benjamin van Vollenhoven
Benjamin van Vollenhoven is the third and youngest child of T.H. Prince Bernhard and Princess Annette of Orange-Nassau. He was born at 8:30am on March 12th, 2008, at the Onze Lieve Vrouwe Hospital in Amsterdam. His christening took place on November 2nd, 2008 at the chapel of Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorn, and was given the names Benjamin Pieter Floris, with H.H. Prince Floris van Oranje-Nassau van Vollenhoven, Mrs Claudine Verhulst-van der Ven, Mrs Isabel Schouten-van Eys and Mrs Claire Folkerts-Drabbe as his godparents. Benjamin lives with his parents and siblings, Isabella and Samuel, in Amsterdam. He is not in line for the Dutch throne.

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March 18, 2009: Marriage of H.R.H. Prince Jean of Luxembourg and Ms Diane de Guerre
The marriage of Prince Jean and Ms Diane de Guerre took place on March 18th, 2009  at the Roermondm City Hall in the Netherlands. The civil ceremony was presided over by Mr H. van Beers, the Mayor of Roermondm. The marriage was only attended by a small number of the bridal couple’s family and friends, with the only member of the Luxembourg Grand Ducal family in attendance being H.R.H. Prince Guillaume, the groom’s younger brother. This was the second marriage for Prince Jean. The couple reside in the Netherlands.

March 15, 2010: Death of H.R.H. Hereditary Grand Duchess Elisabeth of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Hereditary Grand Duchess Elisabeth passed away on March 15th, 2010 at her home in Munich, Germany. An official memoial service was held in Munich to honour Elisabeth’s life. She was interred in the Commanders Garden at Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, Thuringia. The Hereditary Grand Duchess was born on January 16th, 1912 to Baron Othmar von Wangenheim-Winterstein and Baroness Maud von Falkenstein. In 1944, she married H.RH. Hereditary Grand Duke Karl August of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach; the couple went on to have three children: H.R.H. Princess Elisabeth (b. 1945), H.R.H. Prince Michael (b. 1946) and H.R.H. Princess Beatrice-Marie (b. 1948). She was ninety-eight years old when she passed.

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March 31, 2010: H.M. King Mihai I of Romania creates his grandson H.R.H. Prince Nicholas of Romania
On March 31st, 2010, Mr Nicholas de Roumanie Medforth-Mills celebrated his 25th birthday and received a birthday gift which very few others in the world can claim: his grandfather, King Mihai (or King Michael) created him a Prince of Romania with the style His Royal Highness. The decision was made in 2005 when King Mihai created the Fundamental Rules of the Royal Family of Romania to ensure the Romanian Throne (defunct since 1947) remained with King Mihai’s descendants (he has five daughters and no sons). The Fundamental Rules, which took effect in 2007, placed Prince Nicholas in third position in the line of succession to the defunct Romanian throne. He is the only son of H.R.H. Princess Elena of Romania and her first husband, the late Dr Leslie Robin Medforth-Mills.

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March 11, 2011: Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami
At 2:46pm local time on Friday March 11th, a magnitute nine earthquake struck off the east coast of Japan, sending shockwaves through the country for several minutes before tsnuami warnings were issued. A tsunami several metres high struck the coastal town of Sendai a short time later, destroying all in its path and travelling kilometres inland. The devestation was followed by fears of a nuclear disaster at the Fukushima I and II Nuclear Power Plants nearby, which suffered damage in the earthquake and tsunami causing the cooling system to fail and cease circulating coolant to keep temperatures at an appropriate level. Over 15,000 were killed in the disaster, almost 27,000 were injured and over 3,000 are still missing. Whole towns in coastal regions were destroyed. T.I.M. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko toured evacuation centres and the hardest hit regions in the days following the disaster. The Emperor took to national television five days after the earthquake struck, urging his people to “never give up hope”.

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March 18, 2011: Death of Princess Antoinette of Monaco
The death of HSH Princess Antoinette of Monaco, Baroness de Massy, took place on March 18, 2011. The Princess was the first child and only daughter of Princess Charlotte and Prince Pierre of Monaco, Duke of Valentinois, born Count Pierre of Polignac. Princess Antoinette married 3 times, first to Alexandre Noghès,  with whom she has 3 children, all 3 born out of wedlock, she then married Jean-Charles Rey and finally, she married John Gilpin. She left behind her children and grandchildren.

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