Monday, 15 January 2018

Cambridges Tour of Sweden & Norway

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(The Norway Crown Prince Couple with the Sweden Crown Princess Couple)

Monday, January 29th - Stockholm, Sweden
  • (Arrive in Sweden. Spend the night at the Residence of the British Ambassador)
Tuesday 30th - Stockholm, Sweden
  • Attend bandy hockey event at Vasaparken, an outdoor ice-skating venue in the centre of Stockholm
  • Luncheon at Royal Palace of Stockholm 
    • with King Carl Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel
  • Walk through the Cobblestone streets of Stockholm to Stortorget, the oldest square in Stockholm.
    • With Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel
    • Meet members of the public
  • Visit Nobel Museum
    • Meet former Nobel Prize Laureates
    • With Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel
  • Visit Ark Des, Sweden’s national centre for architecture and design
  • Dinner at the British Ambassador's residence
    • With Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, representatives from government, parliament, business and culture
Wednesday 31st - Stockholm, Sweden
  • Visit Karolinska Institute, Sweden's largest medical academic research center
    • The Karolinska Institute awards the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
    • With Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel
  • Visit Matteusskolan, a comprehensive school
    • Hear about the Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM) programme run by the National Association for Suicide Research and Prevention of Mental Ill Health
    • With Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel
  • Visit one of Sweden's leading department stores – NK – to open an interactive exhibition of UK design, fashion and brands that operate in Sweden
  • Private Tea at Haga Palace the official residence of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel
    • With Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel
  • Attend an event at the Fotografiska Gallery
    • Speech by Prince William 
    • With Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel
    • Should the weather permit, the couple will travel to the Gallery by boat
Thursday, February 1st - Oslo, Norway
  • Visit Uppsala Airbase and attend briefing on the Swedish Armed Forces' operational capabilities
  • (Depart Sweden from Uppsala Airbase. Arrive at Oslo Gardermoen Airport, greeted by  Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit)
  • Offical welcome luncheon at Royal Palace 
    • With King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit
  • Visit the Princess Ingrid Alexandra Sculpture Park within the Palace Gardens
    • With Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit
    • Meet members of the public
  • Attend an event held at MESH, a co-working space for entrepreneurs and start-up companies 
  • Official Dinner at Royal Palace
    • With King Harald, Queen Sonja, members of government, leaders in business, members of the armed forces, etc.
    • Speech by King Harald
    • Speech by Prince William
  • (Spend the night at the Royal Palace)

Friday 2nd - Oslo, Norway
  • Offical Goodbye from King Harald & Queen Sonja at the Royal Palace
  • Visit Hartvig Nissen School
    • With Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit
    • Meet the creators and actors behind the successful TV series "Shame." It is an introduction to discussions with students, teachers and actors about the challenges that can face adolescents in today's society - identity problems, bullying, sexual abuse and eating disorders.
  • Private lunch at Skaugum, the official residence of The Crown Prince and Princess of Norway
    • With Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit
  • Visit Holmenkollen, the snowy hills that overlook the city of Oslo
    •  Visit the Holmenkollen ski museum and then watch a demonstration from some of Norway's top under-18 ski jumpers
    • With Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit
  • Attend an event organised by the Norwegian Ski Federation
    • Join children taking part in a number of outdoors activities
  • (Depart for London)
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Friday, 12 January 2018

Commonwealth Day Service

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Commonwealth Day is the annual celebration of the Commonwealth of Nations. It is held on the second Monday in March each year.

To mark the day, the Queen & a few members of the Royal Family attend the Commonwealth Day service at Westminister Abbey.

Royals attending the Commonwealth Day Service each year

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Queen x x x x x x Sick x x x x

Philip x x x x x x x x x x x Retired

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x x x x


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Kate Pre-Wedding
x x


x x

Meghan Pre-Wedding


x x


x x


x x


Queen's Cousins Do not Attend

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Monaco Christmas Card (2017)

A reply arrived today from Monaco!

It is of course from Prince Albert and Princess Charlene for the Christmas letter I send them.

The envelope is marked "Service of HSH the Princess of Monaco" and features the Monaco's "Happy Holidays" postmark.

The stamp is from 2017, and depicts the Battle of Chemin Des Dames. The Battle of Chemin Des Dames (also called Second Battle of the Aisne) took between French-Russian troops & German troops during WWI. The stamp's release coincides with the 100th anniversary of the battle.

On the stamp is Prince Louis II (Prince Albert's great-grandfather), who volunteered to serve in the French Army during WWI. It was for his service, Prince Louis was awarded the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour from France. This is France's highest order of merit for military persons.

The Monaco Royals Christmas card has the same basic look each year, but they like to switch up the paper. Sometimes it more glossy, sometimes it's more of an ivory color. This year the card and the envelope have sparkles. (And yes, the Monoco Royals are big on matching the paper and envelopes). It is hard to see the sparkles from the photos, but if you get the light to hit just right... Here is a photo of the back of the envelope, you can see the sparkles on the left. The back of the envelope also features the couple's joint monogram.

The front of their card features a photo of 3-year-old twins, Crown Prince Jacques and Princess Gabrielle. The photo was taken by Vanessa Von Zitzewitz, who is one of the family's favorite photographers. The top of the card also has Albert & Charlene's joint monogram. The monogram along with the red border are embossed, which make the card extra nice.

Inside the card is a message from the couple, written in French, English and Monégasque. The message changes each year. The two signatures are printed on and are the same as past years.

This is the first time they have included a photo on the inside of their christmas card, (or at least this is the 1st time, since I started writing to them 4 years ago). Usually the left side of the card is blank.

What is very intresting about the photo on the inside, is it is a repeat from their Christmas card last year. I understand, with just the twins on the front of the card, they wanted to include the whole family on the inside. But it seems odd to go with a year-old photo that was apart of your Christmas card last year. (And don't get me started on that weird effect.)

You can compare the photo from this year and last year. This photo was also taken by Vanessa Von Zitzewitz.

Breaking from their past cards, the back of Monaco Christmas card features a small photo of the Prince's Palace of Monaco. The photo is from October 2016, when the Palace was light up orange in support of the Flavien Foundation. The foundation was created in 2014 in honor of Flavien, an boy from Monaco who passed away at age 8 from brain cancer. The Flavien Foundation is Monaco's 1st charity for pediatric cancers and rare diseases.

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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

UK Royal Birthday Bells, Flag, Gun Salutes

List as of January 2018. (May be updated year to year and will certainly change when Charles becomes King.)

Sophie is not included in the Westminister Abbey Bells as only spouses of the Monarch or future Monarch are included.

Harry is not included, as he is a grandchild of the monarch, not an Heir to the Throne, or a full-time royal. I definitely expect him to be included in the future when Charles becomes King, (maybe sooner). He will likely get Bells and Flag Day.

When Harry gets added to the list, I'm sure Meghan will as well. She will likely just get a flag day, like Countess Sophie.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Princess Charlotte - Official Photos and Appearances (2018)

11th Offical Photograph - Princess Charlotte's 1st day of Nursery School, taken by Duchess Kate at Kensington Palace

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