Saturday, 20 July 2019

King Philippe of Belgium - National Day Speech 2019 (English Translation)

Originally recorded in: French, Dutch, German
Ladies and gentlemen,

Two months ago [refering to Belgium's election], you put your trust in the men and women you expect to find answers to your concerns. You have chosen differently, but ultimately all of you are concerned with the same important issues: employment, climate, poverty, immigration. These concerns are shared with people from many countries around the world.

It is now a matter of coming together and agreeing on solutions. I realize the constraints in which our political leaders have to work. But the challenges are such that they must be addressed without delay, and with courage and determination. And they are so intertwined that they require intense collaboration at all levels.

Our country is full of talent and energy. There is no lack of goodwill and ideas. Many of us are already committed to their immediate environment with conviction. Many also show solidarity in their community or during major solidarity campaigns. Many long for hopeful and ambitious projects. It is a matter of mobilizing all that goodwill.

Major mobilizing projects are born in the dialogue and are realized in cooperation.

Let us use the immense potential of open and true dialogue. Open dialogue means to be ready to understand others with their beliefs and choices, even if they are not shared. It is to make others feel that they are indispensable in the search for solutions, without reservation. In an open dialogue, there is no room for lies and hurtful words.

A real dialogue faces complexity, likes nuance and strives for complementarity. In areas such as climate and employment, but also in mobility, energy, education and training, we can only be efficient through coordinated action and in open and honest conversation.

Combining our strengths to achieve a common goal, there are many beautiful examples of this. See the new cultures of cooperation within our companies. See our scientists, who cooperate closely in many areas of cutting-edge research. From Hollywood to the award-winning Belgian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, the result of a beautiful collaboration between all communities in our country.

Combining our strengths to achieve a common goal, there are many beautiful examples of this.  in our companies, where new forms of cooperation emerge. Among our scientists, who cooperate closely in many areas of cutting-edge research. With our directors and the many artists who carry the soul of our country out into the world. From Hollywood to the award-winning Belgian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, the result of a beautiful collaboration between all communities in our country.

It is also this ability to foster dialogue and to bring together that we are successfully serving the European project.

Our gift for dialogue and our talent to bring people together are also successfully used in the European project.

Our diversity and complementarity are our strength. That's how the world knows us and that's where we are expected. Maybe we are not sufficiently aware of this. And that's exactly what distinguishes us. And we can rightly be proud of that.

From all of this can be born a new ambition for our country. It is also the best remedy against fear, helplessness, and resignation. Our democracy can only benefit from it.

This is my wish today: that we encourage responsible dialogue, that we continue to strengthen our willingness to work together and that we are proud of what makes our country so unique.

The Queen and I wish you a beautiful National Holiday.

Long live Belgium.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Duchess Kate's Official Patronages - Other

In an effort to kept things organized this section features only Duchess Kate's patronages that don't fall into other categories. We may move these patronages as new categories are created. You can find links to all of her patronages here.

Action on Addiction
Charity #: 1117988
Patron (January 2012 - Present)

Action on Addiction was one of Kate's first patronages. The charity has treatment and rehabilitation facilities across England, and also provides support to the families and children of those with addiction.  Action on Addiction also does work in the area of prevention, education, research, workforce development, and advocacy. 

The charity was formed in 2007, with the merger of three addiction charities Action on Addiction, the Chemical Dependency Centre, and Clouds. Sarah, Duchess of York was previously Patron of the Chemical Dependency Centre (?-?). 

100 Women in Finance (London Branch)'s Philanthropic Initiatives 
Charity #: -
Joint Patron (January 2013 - Present)

100 Women in Finance is a professional association for women in finance and alternative investment industries, with locations around the world. The association focuses on professional development, networking, education, and charity work.

In 2010, William became Patron of the London Branch's charity initiatives for an initial 3 years. In 2013, the patronage was renewed for another 3 years with Kate and Harry joining William as joint patrons. In 2016, the joint patronage was renewed again for an unspecified number of years.

Each year the London Branch picks one of the royal's charities to support throughout the year. Their main fundraising event is the annual London Gala, which is attended by the Patron whose charity they are supporting that year. 

Charities Supported:
The organization was previously called 100 Women in Hedge Fund.

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Duchess Kate's Official Patronages - Young People

In an effort to kept things organized this section features only Duchess Kate's Young People related patronages.  You can find links to all of her patronages here.

Charity #: 1040756
Royal Patron (April 2013 - Present)
Patron of the Art Room (Janurary 2012 - January 2018)

Place2Be is a charity that works to improve the mental health and emotional well-being of children. They currently support over 200 schools nationwide. Place2Be provides schools with trained counselors and therapist to work with children, parents, teacher and other school staff. 

The charity also provides art therapy for children 5 to 16-year-olds with emotional and behavioral difficulties. Place2Be runs 8 Art Rooms in Oxfordshire, London, and Edinburgh. Place2Be's art rooms were originally run by a separate charity, the Art Room.


Place2Be and the Art Room merged in January 2018. Before that Kate was patron of the two separate charities (Art Room since January 2012 and Place2Be since April 2013). 


Charity #: 1077106
Patron (February 2016 - Present)

The Anne Freud Centre is a UK children's mental health charity. They offer a wide range of services (therapy, support, training) to children, families, and schools. 


They also provide training for mental health professionals and carries out research.  


Action for Children
Charity #: 1097940
Patron (December 2016 - Present)

Action for Children is a charity that supports v
ulnerable and neglected children and young people, and their families, throughout the UK. They help with family support, foster care, adoption, child neglect, and 
disability respite therapy.

Previous called the National Children's home, the charity was founded in 1868 as a home for London's street children. 

Queen Elizabeth II was patron (?-2016). 

Duchess Kate's Official Patronages - Health Care

In an effort to kept things organized this section features only Duchess Kate's health care related patronages.  You can find links to all of her patronages here.


East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH)
Charity #: 1069284
Royal Patron (January 2012  - Present)


EACH was one of Kate's first patronages. The charity provides care and support (both physical, emotional, social & spiritual) for children with life-threatening conditions in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk, and Suffolk. It also provides support & relief for their families. EACH currently has three hospices in Ipswich (The Treehouse), Milton and Quidenham.

The Nook Appeal is to raise money for a new Hospice (The Nook) in Norfolk.

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Charity #: 213280
Patron (Feburary 2018 - Present)

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is a professional association founded in 1929 for people working in the field of obstetrics and gynecology.  The association includes both people with and without degrees in medicine. The association was granted it's royal charter in 1947. 

Queen Mum was Patron (1947-?). 

Nursing Now Campaign
Charity #: 1089849 (Burdett Trust for Nursing) 
Patron (Feburary 2018 - Present - 2020)

Nursing Now is a 3-year international campaign to raising the profile and status of nursing worldwide. The campaign was officially launched in February 2018 by Duchess Kate. 

The campaign was created as a result of the 2016 Triple Impact report. The report found that empowering nurses would help to improve health globally, gender equality and build stronger economies. The Campain is being run by the Burdett Trust for Nursing, in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organization.

Evelina London Children’s Hospital
Charity #: 1160316 (Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust)
Patron (December 2018 - Present)

Evelina London Children’s Hospital is a London hospital for children and young people. It is a part of Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust. They provide comprehensive health services from before birth, throughout childhood and into adult life. They provide an extensive range of specialist services for children with rare and complex conditions from across south London, Kent, Surrey, and Sussex.

Duchess Kate's Official Patronages - History

In an effort to kept things organized this section features only Duchess Kate's History related patronages.  You can find links to all of her patronages here.


Charity #:-
Patron (April 2013 - Present)

The Natural History Museum holds the world’s largest natural history collection. Kate's work as patron is to support the Museum, their research and education programs.


Foundling Museum 
Charity #: 1071167
Patron (March 2019 - Present)

 The Foundling Museum tells the history of the Foundling Hospital, a children's home founded in 1734 for the "education and maintenance of exposed and deserted young children." The Foundling Hospital was the UK's 1st children's charity. The charity still exists today in a new location under the name Thomas Coram Foundation for Children. 

The museum works with contemporary artists, writers, and musicians to develop learning programs that are meaningful for young people.