News Archive 2000

December 28, 2000. HRH Prince Giovanni of Bourbon-Two Sicilies died on December 25 in Madrid at the age of 67.

December 23, 2000. Zara Phillips, the Queen's granddaughter, was mildly injured in a car accident.
HRH the Prince of Wales has expressed regret that his concerns about the EU army were publicized.
Captain Alexander Ramsay of Mar, one of the last surviving great-grandchildren of Queen Victoria and a first cousin of the late Queen Ingrid of Denmark, died on December 20, the eve of his 81st birthday.

December 16, 2000. HRH Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands announced his engagement to Laurentien Brinkhorst.

December 11, 2000. Britain's Prince William has received overwhelmingly positive publicity following his interview and photocall in Chile. Apparently he has worked hard, enjoyed himself, and is immensely popular with all the other young people participating in Operation Raleigh.
BBC News article
Opponents of Swaziland's King Mswati III are planning a boycott of a traditional royal ceremony.

December 7, 2000. Catholic German royals are uninterested in The Guardian's call for a challenge to the Act of Settlement.

December 6, 2000. Princess Cristina of Spain, wife of Inaki Urdangarin, gave birth to a son, Pablo Nicolas Urdangarin, in Barcelona.
Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein, wife of Hereditary Prince Alois, gave birth to a son, Prince Nikolaus, in Grabs, Switzerland.
For this date's news from Britain and Russia, see The Guardian's Campaign and Putin and Russia's Past.

December 5, 2000. The popularity of the Norwegian monarchy may have been diminished by the controversy over Crown Prince Haakon's engagement.

December 4, 2000. Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, the effective ruler of his country during King Fahd's illness, is favorable to reform and critical of the United States.
New York Times article
Anti-monarchists in Swaziland protested against the royal family by baring their buttocks.

December 2, 2000. The Norwegian court has announced the engagement of Crown Prince Haakon and Mette-Marit Tjessem H°iby.
Guardian article

December 1, 2000. Queen Elizabeth II honored her daughter Princess Anne with membership in the ancient Order of the Thistle.

November 23, 2000. The European Court of Human Rights ruled in favor of King Constantine in his dispute with the Greek government.

November 16, 2000. The sultan of Brunei hosted the world's leaders at an Asian economic summit.
New York Times article

November 14, 2000. The people of Denmark and royalty from all over Europe observed the funeral and procession for Queen Ingrid in Roskilde.

November 7, 2000. HM Queen Ingrid of Denmark passed away at the age of 90.
BBC News article
CNN article

November 6, 2000. HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother fell and broke her collar bone, but is recovering.
The remains of Ethiopia's last emperor, Haile Selassie (1892-1975), were reburied in an elaborate ceremony in Addis Ababa.
New York Times article

November 1, 2000. Prince Rainier III of Monaco has had it with interference from Paris and plans to establish full sovereignty for his principality.
Jordan's King Abdullah postponed his state visit to Britain due to the recent violence in the Middle East.
A French court refused to reopen the investigation into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

October 30, 2000. British Prime Minister Tony Blair wisely promised to keep the royal coat of arms on British passports.

October 29, 2000. As if there weren't already enough reasons to be against European integration, EU officials in Brussels announced a new passport design which would replace the royal coat of arms on British passports with the evil EU emblem.

October 20, 2000. New York Times: From the Wings, a Prince takes the Stage in Serbia

October 17, 2000. Crown Prince Alexander continued to be received enthusiastically in Yugoslavia.
Queen Elizabeth II and Pope John Paul II shared their hopes for Christian unity during the Queen's first visit to the Vatican in 20 years.

October 16, 2000. Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia received a warm welcome from royalists in Belgrade.
Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Mette-Marit Tjessem Hoiby are expected to announce their engagement later this year.

October 15, 2000. Crown Prince Alexander arrived in Serbia.
BBC News article
The Dutch and German governments are arguing over what should be done with the body of Kaiser Wilhelm II (buried in the Netherlands since his death there in 1941) now that funds for maintaining his Doorn residence have been revoked.

October 11, 2000. Security was boosted for Crown Prince Haakon of Norway following rumors that he may have been the target of a kidnapping attempt. Fears persist over his girlfriend's alleged criminal connections.

October 10, 2000. Yugoslavia's new president, Vojislav Kostunica, has raised the possibility of Belgrade's White Palace being returned to the royal family and favors an eventual referendum on restoring the monarchy.

October 7, 2000. Grand Duke Jean abdicated and his eldest son Prince Henri was sworn in as the new Grand Duke of Luxembourg.
BBC News article

October 6, 2000. Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg has recovered to the extent that he can recognize members of his family. There is no sign of any permanent paralysis.

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