News Archive: January through April 2001

April 30, 2001. Princess Margaret's strokes have severely damaged her vision.
The Prince of Wales was warmly received by Native Canadians in Saskatchewan.
King Simeon II seems to have found a way to overcome the Bulgarian courts' obstructionist tactics.

April 28, 2001. King Simeon II awaits the decision of the Bulgarian Supreme Court on whether his movement can participate in the upcoming election.
The Prime Minister of Jamaica has announced plans to drop the oath of allegiance to the Queen.

April 26, 2001. The King of Spain has been criticized for praising the history of the Spanish language when awarding a Spanish literary prize.

April 25, 2001. The Guardian claims that 34% of the British people are now against the monarchy.
Guardian article
Consider the source and remember that pollsters can slant questions to skew the results the way they want.

April 24, 2001. A Bulgarian court ruled that the National Movement for King Simeon II cannot take part in the parliamentary elections.

April 23, 2001. A republican-leaning archbishop was appointed Governor-General of Australia.

April 22, 2001. A new stamp honoring Queen Elizabeth II was delivered in record time to Gibraltar, where it was promptly admired by a monkey.

April 21, 2001. HM Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain turns 75 today.
BBC picture gallery
Unrealistically high expectations have made King Mohammed VI of Morocco's job difficult.

April 20, 2001. King Letsie III of Lesotho received a big cow from President Mbeki of South Africa as an apology for Mbeki's failure to attend the King's wedding last year.

April 17, 2001. The Japanese are ecstatic over the prospect of an heir.
A descendant of the 4th Earl of Bothwell, long suspected of the murder of Lord Darnley (husband of Mary, Queen of Scots), is trying to rehabilitate his ancestor's reputation and have his remains transferred to his native Scotland.

April 16, 2001. Crown Princess Masako of Japan may be expecting a child.
New York Times article
The embattled Earl and Countess of Wessex joined the rest of the royal family for Easter services.

April 15, 2001. Prince Maurits van Oranje-Nassau, Van Vollenhoven (nephew of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands) and his wife Marilène had a daughter, their first child, Anastasia Margriet Josephine Van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven.

April 14, 2001. The Duke of Edinburgh expressed support for his daughter-in-law's desire to continue her PR career.
The Guardian profiles some of the other European monarchies, including the Danish, Spanish, and Dutch.
Enjoyable to read, but note the unnecessary swipes at the Windsors.

April 12, 2001. Conservative leader William Hague criticized left-wing attacks on the monarchy.

April 10, 2001. Dutch churches have accepted the controversial engagement of Crown Prince Willem Alexander and Maxima Zorreguieta.
Christianity Today article
One of the Countess of Wessex's leading clients severed its ties with her company.
Meanwhile, HRH returned to work, although no longer as director.
Prime Minister Tony Blair distanced himself from republicanism within the Labour party.
Chancellor Gordon Brown called for the reform of the monarchy.
Anti-monarchist agitation is not confined to Britain--it's happening in Norway, too.
BBC News article

April 9, 2001. The Queen backed her daughter-in-law's decision to leave her PR position.
Sophie's actual comments were not as inflammatory as originally alleged.
Republicanism in the British parliament is growing dangerously.
The Countess of Wessex announced her decision to quit her position as chair of the R-JH PR company in the wake of the controversy surrounding it, which has prompted calls for reform of the monarchy.
New York Times summary of the past week's events.
More on Bulgaria's most exciting new political movement:
New York Times article

April 7, 2001. HM Simeon II officially launched his movement to restore the Bulgarian monarchy.

April 4, 2001. Former King Simeon II of Bulgaria is determined to enter his country's political life.
BBC news article
A narrow majority of Norwegians approve of holding a referendum in 2005 on the future of the monarchy; however, a much larger majority support the retention of the monarchy.
Aftenposten article

April 3, 2001. More on the Countess of Wessex's latest troubles:
Washington Post article

April 2, 2001. Sharif Ali bin al-Hussein, claimant to the Iraqi throne, continues to hope for a restoration of the monarchy.
New York Times article
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, victim of an embarassing tabloid hoax, continued her engagements in the Middle East.

March 31, 2001. Maxima Zorreguieta, now officially the fiancee of the future King of the Netherlands, publicly distanced herself from the regime with which her father, who will not be attending the wedding, was associated.
Princess Margaret's third stroke resulted in partial paralysis of her left side.

March 30, 2001. Crown Prince Willem Alexander of the Netherlands announced his engagement to the controversial Maxima Zorreguieta.

March 29, 2001. The Prime Minister of Japan was criticized for apparently snubbing the King and Queen of Norway by failing to attend the state dinner in their honor.

March 25, 2001. The Queen has expressed her support for canceling the Royal Windsor Horse Show due to foot-and-mouth disease.
Prince Charles is determined to keep his private life private in the future.

March 24, 2001. Former King Simeon II of Bulgaria is poised to enter his country's political life.
Four peers formally urged Queen Elizabeth II to use her ancient powers to block European integration.

March 23, 2001. The Queen met Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, and revealed that the books are popular with her granddaughter, Princess Eugenie (who turns 11 today).

March 21, 2001. A Belgian professor has accused Denmark's Queen Margrethe II of contributing to rising female mortality rates by smoking in public.

March 13, 2001. The Yugoslavian government formally restored Crown Prince Alexander's citizenship and property rights.

March 5, 2001. The New York Times profiles Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and his fiancee Mette-Marit Tjessem Hoiby.

March 2, 2001. Holland's royals are winning the battle for public approval of Crown Prince Willem Alexander's romance with Maxima Zorreguieta.

February 18, 2001. The Dutch royal family is plagued by controversy over the love lives of Queen Beatrix's sons.

February 17, 2001. The people of Bahrain overwhelmingly approved the Emir's democratic reform proposals.
Britain's worst newspaper, The Guardian, is fussing about the monarchy again.
Guardian article

February 16, 2001. The Yugoslavian government agreed to restore the royal family's property and citizenship

February 15, 2001. Exiled Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi of Iran still hopes for a restoration of the monarchy.
New York Times article
The European Union was originally planned by Nazis.
(Strictly speaking, this isn't exactly royal news, but as a staunch Eurosceptic--whose opposition to the EU derives primarily from monarchism--I couldn't resist posting this.)

February 14, 2001. Many former British colonies want to join the Commonwealth, partly due to the worldwide popularity of the British royal family.
World Net Daily article
The Emir of Bahrain called a referendum on democratizing the country.
The mayor of Paris dedicated a garden in honor of the late Diana, Princess of Wales.
Princess Caroline of Monaco was rushed to the hospital following a ski accident.

February 11, 2001. Liechtenstein's governing party, which had opposed Prince Hans Adam's proposed constitutional changes, lost seats in Parliament.
The Italian royal family expects to be able to return to Italy soon.
The people of Liechtenstein prepared to vote in an election involving controversy over the proper powers of Prince Hans Adam II.

Feburary 10, 2001. King Abdullah II of Jordan urged new Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon to continue the peace process.
Former King Simeon II denounced the court ruling that barred him from seeking the Bulgarian presidency.
Prince Abdul-Majid of Saudi Arabia led an Islamic ritual on behalf of his brother King Fahd.
Guardian article
HM Queen Margrethe II of Denmark has been enjoying a state visit to the Kingdom of Thailand.

February 9, 2001. Iranian police broke up a monarchist demonstration in Tehran.
A Bulgarian court ruled that former King Simeon II cannot run for the presidency.

February 8, 2001. Prince William, Prince Charles, and Camilla Parker Bowles appeared in public together for the first time at the Press Complaints Commission's 10th anniversary celebration.
Dutch leftists have demanded that Crown Prince Willem Alexander choose between the throne and his girlfriend Maxima Zorreguieta.

February 7, 2001. A group of peers urged HM the Queen to use her ancient powers to halt further European integration.

February 4, 2001. Sarah, Duchess of York, working with Weight Watchers, has delighted American audiences.
New York Times article

January 28, 2001. Queen Maria Jose of Italy (1906-2001):
BBC News obituary
The future of the relationship between Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Maxima Zorreguieta is in doubt due to the controversy over her father's role in the Videla dictatorship of Argentina.

January 27, 2001. HM Queen Maria Jose of Italy, 94, died in Geneva.
HRH Princess Alexia of Greece, who lives in Spain, has been warned that she is a target for the ETA terrorists.
The former King of the Bulgarians, HM Simeon II, may run for president of his country.

January 26, 2001. HRH Prince Sixte Henri of Bourbon-Parma was hospitalized in Argentina due to a bad car accident which killed at least one passenger.

January 24, 2001. HRH Princess Victoire of Bourbon-Parma, Baroness von Gecmen Waldek, 43, died in Neuilly, France.

January 21, 2001. HRH Princess Margaret left the hospital.

January 20, 2001. Duke Paul-Wladimir of Oldenburg married María del Pilar Méndez de Vigo y Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg in Paris.

January 17, 2001. HRH Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia, on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the establishment of the Kingdom of Prussia, announced his desire for a restoration of the German monarchy.

January 12, 2001. HIRH Archduchess Eilika of Austria and Hungary, wife of HIRH Archduke Paul Georg, gave birth to a daughter, Zsofia, in Budapest. The new Archduchess Zsofia is the first Hapsburg baby to be born in Hungary in over 50 years.

January 11, 2001. HH Princess Vera Konstantinovna of Russia, the last surviving member of the Russian Imperial Family born before World War I, died at the age of 94 in New York City.
New York Times obituary

January 10, 2001. HRH Princess Margaret, who may have had a stroke, was admitted to the King Edward VII hospital so that doctors can observe her condition more closely.

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