Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Royal Response to Manchester Attack (2017)


UK
"The whole nation has been shocked by the death and injury in Manchester last night of so many people, adults and children, who had just been enjoying a concert.

I know I speak for everyone in expressing my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this dreadful event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured.

I want to thank all the members of the emergency services, who have responded with such professionalism and care.

And I would like to express my admiration for the way the people of Manchester have responded, with humanity and compassion, to this act of barbarity.

ELIZABETH R."

Belgium 


Denmark 

"Your Majesty,

It was with profound shock and sadness that I received the news of the dreadful attacks on innocent predominantly young people gathered in Manchester on 22 May 2017.

In this difficult time, my heartfelt sympathy is with you and with the British people. Please accept my deepest sympathy with the victims and my sincere condolences to their families.

I pray that the death toll and number of injured will not rise further.


Margrethe R."

Jordan 



Luxembourg

"Your Majesty,

It is with great pain that the Grand Duchess and I have learned of the Tragedy that Occurred in Manchester last night. We are particularly horrified to learn that so many young people were present and are counted amongst the victims and the wounded. 

The Luxembourg people join us in expressing to Your Majesty our most heartfelt sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers go out the victims and their families. 

Henri
Grand Duke of Luxembourg"

Monaco

"Your Majesty, 

It is with a deep emotion that I learnt of the unspeakable tragedy in Manchester.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the grieving families of the innocent victims of this new act of violence.

On behalf of the people of Monaco, my family and myself, allow us to express our feelings of deep pain and sorrow. 

Let me assure Your Majesty of our solidarity for the Victims and their families. 

Albert, Prince of Monaco" 

Netherlands

“We are profoundly saddened by the horrific attack in Manchester which has claimed the lives of so many young people. We sympathise deeply with all the parents who have received the dreadful news that their child has died, and with the victims’ other grieving relatives and friends. Our thoughts are also with those who are anxiously awaiting news about the fate of their loved ones.”

Norway  

"I was deeply saddened by the tragic news of the terror attack in Manchester, resulting in the loss of so many lives and inflicting such dreadful injuries. I extend my condolences and ask you to convey the deepest sympathy of the Norwegian people to the bereaved families and to those who are injured. Harald R"


Spain 

"There are no words to condemn these murderers. The rule of law will not surrender to terrorism. Spain with Manchester and United Kingdom."

Sweden

"It's sad as the Queen and I received the message of the horrific deed in Manchester, UK.

This deed is another attack against the open and tolerant society that we all want to live in. It is important that we stand united together against this unimaginable evil.

My and the Royal family's thoughts go to the victims, their families and to the whole British people. "

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I haven't seen any messages from Liechtenstein. They may have sent their condolences privately. 

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Wimbledon 2017 - Royal Attendance


The Championship Tennis Tournament at Wimbledon is a beloved summer tradition, and a highlight for Royal Watchers every year. 

The Royals almost always sit in the Royal Box at Centre Court. The day's matches in the Centre Court usually begin at 1 PM. 

Royals to look out for:  
Cambridges, Camilla, WessexsYorks, Phillips/TindallsGloucesters, Duke of Kent, Prince & Princess Micheal of Kents

Royal attendance is not usually announced in advance. Except for Duchess of Gloucester & Duke of Kent (Presidents of LTA & Wimbledon), and occasionally Duchess Kate (New Patron of LTA & Wimbledon) & Duchess Camilla.


In addition to the British Royal Family, expect some of their extended family, (i.e. Middletons, Camilla's sister, etc), as well as a few foreign royals. Maybe, Meghan Markle? She is a fan of tennis and has attended Wimbledon in the past (before relationship with Harry, and never in the Royal Box). Hopefully, she will bring Prince Harry along to his 1st Wimbledon Match. 

For more on Wimbledon & Who is invited to sit in the Royal Box.


Monday 3rd July
  • No Royal attendance has been announced
Tuesday 4th 
  • (Duchess of Gloucester will attend a Lunch for Volunteers at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club)
Wednesday 5th
  • No Royal attendance has been announced
Thursday 6th 
  • Duchess of Gloucester
Friday 7th
  • No Royal attendance has been announced
Saturday 8th 
  • No Royal attendance has been announced
  • [Usually Sport Persons & Member of Armed Forces in Royal Box]
Sunday 9th
  • Middle Sunday (No matches)
Monday 10th
  • Duchess of Gloucester
Tuesday 11th
  • No Royal attendance has been announced
Wednesday 12th
  • No Royal attendance has been announced
Thursday 13th  - Quarter Finals
  • No Royal attendance has been announced
Friday 14th  - Semi Finals
  • Duchess of Gloucester
Saturday 15th - Finals
  • No Royal attendance has been announced
Sunday 16th - Finals
  • Duchess of Gloucester

Friday, 12 May 2017

Royal Ascot Carriage Procession - 2017


During Royal Ascot, the Queen rides in the carriage procession each day, with other members of the Royal Family and special guests. There are usually 4 carriages, each with 4 people. The Queen always rides in the 1st carriage. The Carriage Procession begins at 2:00 PM. (Not every royal in attendance rides in the carriage procession.)

Who will be in the Royal Ascot Carriage Procession is not usually announced in advance. 
For Foreign Royals, Royal Family is in (Green).


Day 1 - Tuesday 20th
  • Carriage 1 
    • Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip
  • Carriage 2

  • Carriage 3

  • Carriage 4


Day 2 - Wednesday 21st
  • Carriage 1 
    • Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip
  • Carriage 2

  • Carriage 3

  • Carriage 4


Day 3 - Thursday 22nd
  • Carriage 1 
    • Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip
  • Carriage 2

  • Carriage 3

  • Carriage 4


Day 4 - Friday 23rd
  • Carriage 1 
    • Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip
  • Carriage 2

  • Carriage 3

  • Carriage 4

Day 5 - Saturday 24th
  • Carriage 1 
    • Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip
  • Carriage 2

  • Carriage 3

  • Carriage 4

    Royals Attending Royal Ascot - 2017


    Attendance is not usually announced in advance. The Queen attends everyday, with other members of the Royal Family.

    Trophies presented are in (Bold). For Foreign Royals, Royals Family is in (Green).

    Day 1 - Tuesday 20th
    • Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip

    Day 2 - Wednesday 21st
    • Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip

    Day 3 - Thursday 22nd
    • Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip

    Day 4 - Friday 23rd
    • Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip

    Day 5 - Saturday 24th
    • Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip

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    Sunday, 7 May 2017

    Queen Elizabeth & Queen Margrethe Birthday Reply (2017)

    Two royal letters arrived the other day, both from reigning Queen for the birthday wishes I sent.

    Queen Elizabeth II

    The first letter is from Queen Elizabeth. I had written to her in April for her 91st Birthday. I had of course also mentioned the recent Westminster Attack.


    The letter is similar to the one's I have received from the Queen in the past. But what is interesting is this was written by Miss Jennie Vine, a Deputy Correspondence Coordinator at Buckingham Palace. This is the 1st time I've gotten a letter from the Queen that was signed by someone other than a Lady-in-Waiting.

    I think the Ladies-in-waitings handle more of the good wishes and the correspondence office staff the more serious or official letters. The correspondence office staff do the more day-to-day stuff, as they are working full-time at answering letters. For the Ladies-in-Waiting answering letters is one of the many tasks they do for the Queen. 

    Queen Margrethe of Denmark 

    The 2nd letter is from Queen Margrethe of Denmark. I had written to her last month for her 77th Birthday. This was the 1st time I have written to Queen Margrethe for her Birthday. But I have written to her and Prince Henrik for Christmas and received a similar response. 


    Unlike the two Christmas replies I have gotten from her, this is a basic form letters, that they printed out for everyone. Nothing personal. One of the Queen's Aide-de-camp just filled in my name and signed it. 

    The Aide-de-camp's name is not printed on the bottom. This is usually done so that any of Aide-de-camp can use this reply. 

    Aide-de-camp is a French term that translates to Aide-in-camp. It is a Junior Military officer who serves as a personal assistant or secretary. 

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