The “name days” are a Christian tradition celebrated in some European societies (mostly Catholic and Orthodox) that consists on commemorating the feast day of the saint that one was named after. King Juan Carlos of Spain celebrated his name day on the feast day of Saint John the Baptist, June 24th, and one year after he was proclaimed King in 1975, he started celebrating his “Onomástica del Rey” with full pageantry. Continue reading
This month, Royals from around Europe have been actively following the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as 2020 UEFA European Championship, UEFA Euro 2020, or Euro 2020, the quadrennial international men’s football championship of Europe organised by the Union of European Football Associations.
King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain are hosting President Moon Jae-In and First Lady Kim Jung-sook of South Korea, on a 2-day State Visit to Spain to strengthen political, economic, and diplomatic ties, on June 15th and 16th, which is the first incoming Royal State Visit since the start of the pandemic. The King and Queen visited South Korea in 2019, following the Enthronement of Emperor Naruhito of Japan.
Today marks the 195th of the Birth of Empress Eugénie of France, who was born on this day in 1826! Doña María Eugenia de Palafox y Kirkpatrick, Countess of Teba and Marchioness of Ardales, popularly known as Eugenia de Montijo, became the Empress of the French after her marriage to Napoleon III, in 1853. The daughter of the Count of Monitjo, the sister of the Duchess of Alba, and the godmother of Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain, who married the head of the Bonaparte family, Empress Eugénie lived a very long life dying at age 96, in Madrid. To mark the anniversary, we are featuring her marvellous Andean Emerald Cross, a 45 carat emerald cross that traveled through the French, British and Spanish Royal Collections, in an article written by assistant editor, David Rato, who runs the Spanish Royal Jewels account on Instagram! Continue reading
King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain were accompanied by the Princess of Asturias and the Infanta Sofía, as they presided over the launching ceremony of Submarine S-81 “Isaac Peral”, at the Navantia Shipyard in Cartagena on April 22nd, the first of a series of four submarines that will enter service in the Spanish Navy in the coming years. Continue reading
Today marks the 90th anniversary of the death of Infanta Isabel of Spain, Princess of Asturias and Countess of Girgenti, popularly known as La Chata! The eldest daughter of Queen Isabel II, sister of King Alfonso XII and aunt of King Alfonso XIII, who was briefly married to a Prince of the Bourbon Two Sicilies, the Infanta was a beloved member of the Spanish royal family, considered one of the best assets of the monarchy and died at age 79, in exile, in Paris, right after the fall of the monarchy. To mark this anniversary, we are taking a look at one of her most iconic jewels, the Mellerio Shell Tiara, in an article written by our new assistant editor, David Rato, who runs the Spanish Royal Jewels account on Instagram!