News Archive January 2004

January 29, 2004. The Sultan of Brunei bought twelve Rolls-Royces on a trip to London.
Hello! article
Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, her fiancé Prince Felipe, and his future mother Queen Sofia enjoyed a night at the opera.
Hello! article

January 27, 2004. Crown Prince Hamzah and Princess Noor of Jordan, married privately in August, will publicly celebrate their marriage in May.
Princess Alexandra of Denmark returned to royal duties in Copenhagen.
Hello! article
The Prince of Wales believes that his ancestor George III has been misunderstood by history.
Hello! article

January 26, 2004. Embattled King Gyanendra longs to restore order to Nepal.
Time article and interviews
Prince Charles spoke out in defense of his "mad" ancestor King George III.
CNN article
Prince William is to hire his own press secretary.
Hello! article
Britain's sole surviving medieval ship may have belonged to Warwick "the Kingmaker," champion and later antagonist of King Edward IV.
Telegraph article

January 25, 2004. Buckingham Palace denied that the Queen will undergo a knee replacement operation this summer.
Scotsman article
Yahoo! News article
A poll showed a majority of Australians in favor of replacing the Queen as head of state, but opposed to removing the Union Jack from the flag.
Yahoo! News article
NEWS.com.au article
Onlookers observed the Danish heir's tattoos.
NEWS.com.au article

January 24, 2004. Cuban president Fidel Castro hosted Orthodox Christian Patriarch Bartholomew and King Constantine of Greece.
Yahoo! News article
The official French report on the death of Princess Diana refutes conspiracy claims.
Yahoo! News articles: 1, 2
Crown Prince Frederik and Mary Donaldson enjoyed a visit to the Australian beach.
NEWS.com.au article
Hundreds of Thai daredevils have taken to the skies above Bangkok to set a world record and mark the queen's birthday.
BBC News article

January 23, 2004. Prince Rainier III of Monaco returned from the hospital.
NEWS.com.au article
Most Norwegians are happy with the name of their future queen.
Aftenposten article
Crown Prince Haakon took the first photographs of his baby daughter.
Hello! article
Aftenposten picture series
The commissioner of the Metropolitan Police is prepared to interview members of the royal family, including Prince Charles, about the death of Princess Diana.
Telegraph article

January 22, 2004. Well-wishers brought flowers and gifts for Norway's new princess.
Aftenposten article
Princess Ingrid joins the growing ranks of future European queens.
Reuters article
Norway's Crown Prince Haakon announced that his new daughter's name is Princess Ingrid Alexandra.
Hello! article
BBC News article
Aftenposten article
Nettavisen article
Most Norwegians believe that the birth of the princess will strengthen the monarchy.
Norway Post article
Britain's Channel 4 is planning a film on the life of Princess Margaret.
Hello! article
Prince Harry of Wales will join aid projects in Africa for his gap year.
BBC News article
Hello! article
Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark will get a pay raise with his marriage.
Hello! article
A scarf which had been worn by King Louis XVI of France shortly before his execution fetched $75,000 at auction.
The Scotsman article

January 21, 2004. Crown Prince Haakon described the birth of his daughter as a "powerful and wonderful experience."
Aftenposten article
The new heiress's name will be announced Thursday.
Aftenposten article
Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway gave birth to a baby girl, who is now second in line for the throne.
CNN article
BBC News article
Hello! article
Aftenposten article
Nettavisen article

January 20, 2004. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Queen Rania of Jordan attended a conference in Saudi Arabia.
Hello! article
Pictures of a painting of a topless woman alleged to be Crown Prince Felipe's fiancée Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano appeared in a Spanish newspaper.
Telegraph article

January 19, 2004. Critical historians have questioned the Vatican's plans to beatify the last Emperor of Austria-Hungary.
Deutsche Welle article
Crown Prince Philippe and Crown Princess Mathilde of Belgium visited Frankfurt.
Hello! article
Queen Elizabeth correctly answered a question about Harry Potter that had stumped children at church near Sandringham.
Telegraph article

January 18, 2004. The future King and Queen of Denmark attended the wedding of her sister in Hobart, Australia.
Herald Sun article
The Age article

January 16, 2004. With Prince Rainier absent, the other Grimaldis opened Monaco's International Circus Festival.
Hello! article

January 15, 2004. Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi is determined to play a role in Iran's future.
Al-Jazeera article
Members of the Spanish royal family embarked on separate tours to Latin America.
Hello! article
An eyewitness to the Paris crash that killed Princess Diana in August 1997 has said it was an accident with no other vehicles or people involved.
BBC News article
Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and fiancée Mary Donaldson flew to Australia for a family wedding.
The Age article
Denmark's Princess Alexandra met with Laura Bush in the White House yesterday.
Copenhagen Post article

January 14, 2004. Princess Alexandra of Denmark began her visit to the U.S. with an appearance at a Royal Danish Ballet performance in Washington, D.C.
Hello! article
Crown Princess Masako of Japan is taking a break from the pressures of royal life.
The Scotsman article
Pupils wrote letters to the Queen protesting the hunting of pheasants near their school.
Telegraph article

January 13, 2004. Princess Martha Louise of Norway, her husband Ari Behn and baby daughter moved Monday to a new large home in the country.
Aftenposten article

January 12, 2004. As the birth of Norway's next royal heir approaches, Crown Princess Mette-Marit is guaranteed a room at Oslo's popular National Hospital but otherwise will not receive special treatment.
Aftenposten article
King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia's online daily reflections are highly popular with his subjects.
BBC News article
King Mswati III of Swaziland has asked the government to build a palace for each of his eleven wives.
BBC News article
The Earl and Countess of Wessex are clearly delighted with their new daughter.
Hello! article
The Spanish government is carefully guarding papers related to Crown Prince Felipe's fiancée's divorce.
Telegraph article

January 11, 2004. Scotland Yard is to investigate evidence that a letter from Princess Diana about Prince Charles may not have been written at the time Paul Burrell claims.
Telegraph article
Despite the fact that no evidence of foul play has ever been presented, speculation on the death of Princess Diana continues.
New York Times article

January 10, 2004. Nasry Iskandar has devoted his life to preserving and studying the remains of the ancient rulers of Egypt.
New York Times profile
Health Secretary John Reid, a former Communist, spoke out in defense of the Prince of Wales.
Guardian article
Buckingham Palace released the first official photos of Lady Louise Windsor, showing that the Earl and Countess of Wessex's daughter is doing well despite her premature birth.
Telegraph article
BBC News article

January 9, 2004. Prince Andrew took some informal photographs of his young niece.
Hello! article
Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark's future father-in-law John Donaldson has been hired to teach at Århus University.
Copenhagen Post article
Crown Princess Masako described the pressure of living in the Japanese imperial family.
Yahoo! News article
Prince William cancelled a meeting with treacherous former butler Paul Burrell.
Hello! article
The world's greatest collection of Fabergé eggs made for the Russian Imperial Family is expected to sell for £50 million.
Telegraph article
Christening the Queen Mary 2 yesterday, Queen Elizabeth II launched a new era of luxury travel.
Telegraph article
The Scotsman article
Guardian article
Sydney Morning Herald: Column 8 (second item)

January 8, 2004. Queen Elizabeth II officially launched the Queen Mary 2, the largest passenger liner ever built. (Following the ship's maiden voyage from Southampton to Ft. Lauderdale, on January 30 the New World Symphony, of which I am a member, will join the Miami City Ballet in presenting a unique gala event on board.)
BBC News article
CNN article
The French investigator of the 1997 accident dismissed as "absurd" claims that the Prince of Wales could have been involved in the death of his former wife.
Telegraph articles
Sir John Stevens has placed a more senior police officer in charge of the inquiry.
The Scotsman article
Prince Charles is "keeping his chin up" despite the controversy.
Hello! article

January 7, 2004. The Prince of Wales received support from well-wishers as he carried out his first public engagement since the inquest into Princess Diana's death was formally opened.
BBC News article
Queen Rania of Jordan visited Iranian earthquake victims.
Hello! article
King Harald of Norway was released from hospital.
Aftenposten article
The former royal coroner who examined Princess Diana after her death refuted the rumors that she was pregnant.
BBC News article
Guardian article
The Queen Mother's official biographer, William Shawcross, has switched from Penguin to Macmillan because the former company published Paul Burrell's book.
Guardian article
More on the Diana/Dodi inquests:
New York Times article
Telegraph articles
Independent articles

January 6, 2004. Conspiracy theories linger about the 1997 crash.
BBC News Magazine article
Britain's most senior policeman, Sir John Stevens, will investigate whether the crash which killed Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed was more than just an accident.
BBC News article
Guardian article
Inquests into the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed open today.
New York Times article
The Scotsman article
The Princess Royal opened an exhibition of works, including royal portraits, by Hungarian artist Philip de László.
Telegraph article

January 5, 2004. The King and Queen of Belgium visited the Prime Minister and former King of Bulgaria.
Hello! article
Prince Rainier III of Monaco will remain in hospital for a few days.
Yahoo! News article
The grandson of Italy's last king has vowed to stop taking risks, following the birth of his baby daughter.
BBC News article
Alleged Plantagenet heir Michael Abney-Hastings of Australia is a republican.
BBC News article
A row has erupted in Norway over whether Crown Prince Haakon should take paternity leave when his child is born later this month.
BBC News article
A fever forced Norway's King Harald V to return to the hospital.
Aftenposten article
Queen Elizabeth apologized to the maid who was attacked by Princess Anne's dog.
The Advertiser article

January 4, 2004. Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi of Iran continues to promote democracy and constitutional monarchy for his homeland.
FOXNews interview transcript
The Countess of Wessex is pleased with the growth of her two-month-old daughter.
Princess Anne is to send her rambunctious bull terrier to an animal psychologist.
Telegraph articles

January 3, 2004. Prince Charles's plans for a new town to be built on Duchy of Cornwall land are being prepared for public consultation.
BBC News article
More on Princess Margaret and Peter Townsend:
New York Times article
Telegraph articles
Guardian article
Independent article
The Scotsman article

January 2, 2004. Official papers reveal that Princess Margaret could have married Peter Townsend without losing her royal title or income.
BBC News article
Most Norwegians were pleased with Crown Prince Regent Haakon's New Year's message.
Aftenposten article
Monaco's Prince Rainier III returned to the hospital for the second time in less than three weeks.
Scotsman article
Prince Charles and Princess Anne were the hardest-working members of the British royal family in 2003.
Hello! article
Critics oppose Prince Charles's plans for a village in Cornwall.
Independent article
Historians have discovered a rude letter written by Tsar Ivan "the Terrible" of Russia to Queen Elizabeth I of England in 1570.
Telegraph article
Thousands greeted Japan's Emperor Akihito as he delivered his annual New Year's message.
Guardian article

January 1, 2004. Newly released government records describe how Cabinet members each chipped in for a wedding gift to Princess Anne in 1973.
BBC News article

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