Critical condition: Spain's ex-queen Sofia rushes to her brother's bedside


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  Vatican, Vatican City: Sofia (M), former Queen of Spain
The former Queen of Spain, Queen Sofia, is said to have flown immediately to her brother in Athens from the Pope's funeral in Rome. © dpa, Stefano Spaziani, europa press

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  • Spain's ex-queen Sofia rushes to her brother Konstantin's sickbed
  • Prince Harry's ex Cressida Bonas shares first baby photo
  • King Charles III is looking for attendees for his coronation ceremony
  • Prince Joachim treated himself to a break in Hanoi with his family

January 7: Spain's ex-queen Sofia rushes to her brother Konstantin's sickbed in Athens

Queen Sofia of Spain According to corresponding Spanish media reports, (84) left for Athens to be close to her brother Konstantin (82). The former, last king of Greece suffered a stroke on Friday (January 6) and has since been in intensive care at a hospital in Athens. According to the Spanish 'Hola', his condition is considered critical, but he does not have to be intubated. His wife, Queen Anne-Marie (76), stays awake all the time at her sick husband's side. They have five children together, all of whom live abroad. In the meantime, however, they had also come together at their beloved father's bedside. Just like his older sister Sofía, who according to 'Hola' directly from the funeral ceremonies for the late Pope Benedict XVI († 94) in Rome had flown in. The relationship between the siblings is considered to be particularly close, despite the kilometers that separate brother and sister from Athens and Madrid. Sofía and her sister Irene (80) both live with the Spanish royal family in the Zarzuela Palace, but regularly visit their Greek relatives.

After years of political unrest, Constantine II had to step down as king of the Hellenes in 1973 and was not allowed to return to his homeland for decades. He and his wife only moved back to Athens in 2013. The former king has struggled with health issues in recent years. The uncle of König Felipe (54) suffers from respiratory problems. In December 2021 he had to be hospitalized due to pneumonia.

January 6: Prince Harry's ex Cressida Bonas shares first baby photo

  Cressida Bonas
Cressida Bonas has become a mother for the first time and has now shared a first baby photo. © picture alliance, Captital Pictures, Dave Benett

Oh how cute! Cressida Bonas (33) has become a mother for the first time. That's what the ex announces Prinz Harry (38) now with a baby photo on Instagram. 'I greet the year 2023 with these two treasures,' she writes on the picture. You can see the mother herself, who has her baby and little dog lying on her chest. 'Happy New Year everyone!' She has not yet revealed the name or gender of her baby. Cressida was spotted in London with her husband and pram at the end of November. Now she is showing her great happiness as a mother for the first time and thus officially confirms the birth.

The Australian 'Torn' singer is now one of the prominent well-wishers Natalie Imbruglia (47) and the British model Poppy Delevingne (36). The 32-year-old received numerous other congratulations via Instagram. In July 2020, Cressida married 33-year-old Harry Wentworth-Stanley , to whom she had become engaged two years earlier. From 2012 to 2014 she was with King Charles III. (74) youngest son Harry and was considered an It girl for a long time. An image from which she tried to free herself for a long time . She has now accepted her most beautiful role: the role of a mother.

January 5, 2023: King Charles seeks attendees for his coronation ceremony

  King Charles
King Charles III © imago/i Images, SpotOn

King Charles III (74) called on the people to join in ceremonial roles his coronation ceremony on May 6th to apply. Interested parties can register by e-mail until February 3rd in order to be able to witness the rare spectacle up close. A prerequisite for a successful application, however, is that the applicant can prove a connection with a person who was previously responsible for these tasks at the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953, for example as a descendant or successor in office.

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The Cabinet Office, the central government agency, announced on Thursday that a special office had been set up to examine the applications. As reported by The Telegraph newspaper, it involves duties such as wearing ceremonial items such as the royal regalia presented to the king at the coronation or a canopy over his head. The custom of accepting applications for ceremonial roles at the coronation dates back to 1377, according to the Telegraph report. (with dpa)

  epa02990592 Danish Prince Joachim (L) and his wife Princess Marie (R) smile as they visit the Wild Swans Exhibition in Tokyo, Japan, 03 November 2011. The exhibition presents artworks by Queen Margrethe II based on the fairytale written in 1838 by Da
Prince Joachim of Denmark and Princess Marie of Japan © picture alliance / dpa, Franck Robichon

Prince Joachim treated himself to a break in Hanoi with his family

In September let Queen Margrethe of Denmark (82) surprisingly the bomb burst – she's stripping some members of the royal family of their titles! This affects the children of her son Prince Joachim (53) and his wife Marie of Denmark (46), who from now on can only call themselves 'Count' or 'Countess' of Monpezat. Since this decision, the relationship between mother and son has been strained . No wonder, then, that the family did not spend the holidays at home, but on vacation.

Prince Joachim ended up in Hanoi over Christmas - at least that's what the Danish magazine 'Her & Nu' reports. The palace is silent about the vacation spot, according to the report, the couple with their children Count Nikolai, Count Felix, Count Henrik and Countess Athena caught up on a trip that had been planned for 2020. Thanks to his late father Prince Henrik (1934-†2018), who lived in Hanoi for several years, Prince Joachim has a very special connection to Vietnam. After all the hustle and bustle surrounding the withdrawal of the title in recent months, this is obviously the best place to relax.

January 2, 2023: Princess Märtha Louise's fiancé shares an emotional statement

  ARCHIVE - May 16, 2019, Norway, Oslo: Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and her new partner, Durek Verrett, shaman from the USA, arrive at a television studio for a morning show. Princess Martha Louise of Norway celebrates her birthday on September 22, 2021
Princess Martha Louise with her fiancé © dpa, Stian Lysberg Solum, alh nwi sab

after himself Princess Martha Louise of Norway (51) only shortly before Christmas with a message on Instagram against the press , her fiancé is now following suit. Share in a long post Durek Verrett (48) against the media, claiming that they tell lies about him just to sell their stories and create an 'anger mob' against him. 'It saddens me to see people calling me a liar regarding the amount of racism I have endured in Norway,' he began his Instagram post. 'Even if some people in Norway disagree with my spiritual practices, you should never call someone a swindler or a charlatan,' Verrett continued. This is just slanderous and the press wants to put him in a bad light. He demands: “Enough is enough! Tell the truth!”

The royal family has his back on this matter, as he asserts: 'I also think it's bad journalism to say that my future father-in-law and the rest of the royal family would not stand behind me when it comes to these racism allegations against me.' was welcomed by the whole family and they are said to have supported him and their engagement from the start. 'The truth is, my future in-laws, their family and I are very close. We have respect for each other's role in life.' His appeal to the press is: 'Stop manipulating the world with your lies and misinformation!' After all, King Harald of Norway (85) only spoke up about the allegations of racism and his future son-in-law at the beginning of November. 'We're getting to know each other better and we'll talk to him more, like in a family,' he said at a press event in Sykkylven at the side of his wife at the time.

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