Friday, 29 September 2000

Princess Charlotte - Official Engagements (2015-2017)

Total Number of Engagements - 4

2015 (0)
None

2016 (2)
June 11th
  • Trooping the Colours
September 29th
  • Attended Children's Garden Party at Government House in Victoria, Canada
2017 (2)
June 17th
  • Trooping the Colours
July 21st
  • Visit Airbus in Germany 
2018
June 9th - (Unconfirmed)
  • Trooping the Colours

Tuesday, 19 September 2000

State Opening of Parliament - Sweden 2016 (English Translation)

Mr. President, 
Honorable Members of the Parliament,
Today we have gathered to open a new parliamentary year. You will now continue your important work to move our nation forward. We live in a globalized world. Many events have recently shaken the world, including Sweden. It is clearer more than ever that what happens outside of Sweden also concerns us.
Also, the European Union is a subject to stress. We must continue to believe in cooperation between countries and on a covenant that guarantees peaceful interaction. Sweden has been at peace for over 200 years and is today one of the world's most prosperous countries. This has not always been. Over a hundred years ago, we were a poor country as people left. Over the past 150 years, Sweden has gone from being a country of emigration to a country that many people turn to. Today, we also have thousands of Swedes abroad every year to work or study.
I hope that all Swedes in Sweden and abroad, stand up for our values. Values that belief in human equality, equality between women and men, the belief in a democratic form of government, religion and speech. Sweden has a long tradition of promoting peace, security and human rights in a international context.
Through Sweden's newfound place in the UN Security Council, we now have an opportunity to further make our voice heard in the global context. I hope we will manage this opportunity well. Already this week we will hold a summit in New York on the global refugee situation. An important meeting where Sweden is one of the organizers. Continued development of Sweden means the workplace is constantly renewed through entrepreneurship and innovation. It requires research and development to continue to be world class. And finally, a school and a higher education that puts knowledge and learning first.
Our cultural heritage is the glue that binds us together. It is rich and diverse - created by influences from different countries over many centuries. By meeting with mutual respect, and by listening and learning from each other, so we develop. That is why conversation between people is so important. Ladies and gentlemen, You were elected by the citizens who have the right to vote today. But the choices that you make affect the future of many more. Swedish children and young people depend on you to make wise and long-term decisions. Mr President, With these words I wish you and all the elected representative of the Swedish people, power, courage and wisdom to bring our nation further into a better world for all our people. I hereby declare 2016/2017 Parliamentary Session open.
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State Opening of Parliament - Liechtenstein 2016 (English Translation)


Note: Pensions in Liechtenstein are based on a “three pillar system” (Similar to Germany).

The 1st pillar is a mandatory Government Pension. This is part of their basic social security. All employees and employers pay a percentage of salaries into this system.

The 2nd pillar is a mandatory Corporation Pensions. There is an upper and a lower threshold stipulated by law, but businesses  are free to set contributions anywhere between these thresholds.

The 3rd pillar (not addressed in this speech) is Voluntary Personal Pension. 


Dear Members of Parliament,

In the coming months this Parliament will consider some reform bills that are of great importance for the ongoing protection of our society. The most important being the proposed bill to reform the health insurance and pension laws. The pension reforms relating to the AHV (age and survivors' insurance) - The "pay as you go,"  (Government Pension) is the first pillar of retirement - and the Corporate pension funds, is the second pillar of retirement.

The cost of our social security, particularly our government pension, has gone up significantly in recent years and is among the fastest growing state spending. Because of the ever-increasing labor costs they are also an increasing burden on enterprises and for individuals insured. The recent decision of the Swiss National Bank to disclose the exchange rate of the euro means for our company directly, for our state and social system indirectly an additional challenge.

It is foreseeable that we can only maintain our social systems with radical reforms. Several developments have led to this situation. In the area of healthcare, especially in medical advances, there has been a huge increase in costs. This also has an impact on retirement: We are living longer, but fortunately also staying healthier longer. At the same time we also have fewer children, who can contribute to pensions.

Moreover, there have been may changes in employment: More people no longer a work for the same employer all their life, part-time work is increasing and more and more people work without permanent employment, working for different employers. The latter is a trend that has been increasing, especially in the United States of America with the technological development, and is likely to happen in Liechtenstein more in the future.

The social welfare systems has a very important function in the pension and social equalization in our country. Social welfare systems exist only as long in sociality as they are financially sustainable and provide adequate support, efficiently and accurately. Otherwise, they are anti-social, when other generations have to pay to foot the bill, of those who have lived a great deal on their support. Previous generations have fought hard to introduce the social systems. It is up to us as today's leaders to maintain these valuable achievements for future generations.

The reform of the Health Insurance Act is a difficult undertaking. Already the reform proposed by the last government were heavily slashed during the legislative process, so now another attempt at the reform is necessary. This new reform proposal was very controversial during the committe stage. In light of the developments in healthcare over the past year we observed, it would be problematic to postpone the necessary reforms.

It is certainly right to hear critical voices and even change the committee recommendations to the Health Insurance Act at one point or another. It would be a mistake, this time to water down the original so much that the next parliament must make a further attempt at reforming the Health Insurance Act.

We are in the fortunate position that our pension cuts are small in comparison to international cuts. But the later we react to the changed conditions, the more difficult and expensive it will be. The recent problems with the pension fund of state employees should be a cautionary tale.

The committee's clever proposal to pension reforms seems to be balanced and therefore politically feasible. It is important that it solves the current problems and provides a new system where future problems can be quickly solved.

For the second pillar of pension, the committees should be working on a reform proposal that will come before Parliament sometime this year. The proportion of the second pillar on the assets of the pension insured has become increasingly larger and as a result significant. This is to be meet with broader support and diversification of pensions. Thus, it is also important to prevent a shortage of this second pillar by efficient, suitable regulations.

Today it is possible to pay for retirement with the accumulated savings in Corporate pension. Given the changing conditions and the increasing importance of the Corporate pension, the question arises whether a full capital payment would cause problems in the future.

Should the number of people choosing early lump-sum payment outnumber people choosing payments over time, this would burden the state budget additionally. Perhaps it would be wise to reserve a part of pension for such emergencies and to limit the possibility of lump-sum payment accordingly.

It also seems doubtful that the people with the lump-sum pension funds can choose freely. They are tied to those plans of the company. Longer-term differences in the performance of the pension funds can significantly affect people's retirement savings. Introducing the freedom to choose from various state-approved Corporate pension funds, however, would be a larger undertaking. But a first step would be to give people better information about the success of their pension compared to other.

Since the developments concerning the demographics and working conditions are unlikely to change, we can not neglect to give pensions further thoughts. The amount foreseen for the AHV pension is an important improvement. But we should figure out how we can make changes to the pensions so that regular political interventions is not needed and the pension can better respond to the new developments in the field of labor.

Another area of pensions that needs attention is the care. When maintaining a pension it is, firstly, about how many male and female pensioners will be claiming the pension in the future. On the other hand the costs of care is the fastest growing government spending. These costs are now hidden in different vessels: the care and nursing allowance, the disability allowance, with the health insurance as well as contributions from the state and municipalities to the nursing homes. The cost of care and it's growth is wearing us thin. We must think now about the cost of care, so that we avoid a larger funding problem in the future.

Demographic trends and the changing working conditions are also a challenge for our companies. It would therefore be advantageous if government and corporations work closely together, in order to develop the best long-term solutions for retirement - especially for reconciling care, family and career. So, we would not only find the right answers to these challenges, but at the same time strengthen the attractiveness of Liechtenstein as a business location.

Dear Members of Parliament,

You will in the coming months make important decisions. I wish you much wisdom, courage and God's blessing.


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Monday, 11 September 2000

Calendar 2015 (August - December)

August:

Royal Birthdays
8th      Princess Beatrice of York
15th    Princess Royal, Anne
19th    Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
26th    Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester 
31st     Queen Rania of Jordan

Major Royal Events
15th    70th anniversary of VJ Day 

September
Royal Birthdays
11th    Queen Paola of Belgium
15th    Prince Harry
15th    Prince Daniel of Sweden
15th    Queen Letitia of Spain

Major Royal Events
4th Sweden - Palace announces Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel are expecting their 2nd child. 
9th     Queen Elizabeth II becomes the Longest Reigning British Monarch 
  • (Surpassing Great-Great-GrandMum Queen Victoria's reign of 63 years, 216 days)
11ish Prince Harry returns from Africa conservation work after 3 month away.
15th  Sweden - State Opening of Parliament
15th  Netherlands - Prinsjesdag (Prince's Day)
  • King Willem-Alexander addresses a joint session of the Dutch Senate and House of Representatives
18th - October 31st  Rugby World Cup

October:

Royal Birthdays
9th      Prince Edward, Duke of Kent
15th    Prince Christian of Denmark
15th    Sarah, Duchess of York
28th    Sophie, Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein
31st     Princess Leonor of Spain

Royal Events
2nd   Norway - Opening of Parliament 
6th    Denmark - Opening of Parliament 
11th  Sweden Prince Nicolas's Christening
12th  Spain - Fiesta Nacional de España (National Day of Spain)
14th  Princes William and Harry BBC1's Big Build Veteran's Special Manchester at 9PM
15th  Sweden - Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia announce they are expecting their 2nd child.
20-23rd China State Visit 
  • 20th Official Welcome and State banquet 
21st  Princes William and Harry BBC1's Big Build Veteran's Special Manchester at 9PM
26th Royal Film Premiere - Spectre
  • TRH Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend
28th Prince Harry visit to Virginia, & Washington DC, USA 
28- 29th Princess Anne overseas visit to New York City, USA

September 18th - Oct 31st  Rugby World Cup


November 
Opps!! all the events accidentally got deleted when I was try to copy and paste it onto this page. I'm sure we all remember what happened, right?!


December:
Royal Birthdays
6th       Princess Sofia of Sweden
7th       Princess Catharina-Amalia of Netherlands
10th     Princess Gabriella of Monaco
10th     Prince Jacques of Monaco
17th     James, Viscount Severn (Wessex)
23rd    Queen Silvia of Sweden
25th     Princess Alexandra of Kent

Royal Events
Nov 26th - 4th  Prince Harry overseas visit to South Africa and Lesotho  
Noble Prize
  • 10th  Norway -  Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony and Banquet
  • 10th  Sweden -  Nobel Prize Ceremony and Banquet
  • 11th Norway - Nobel Peace Prize Concert
  • 11th  Sweden -  Royal Banquet for the Nobel Laureates at Palace
12th Christmas Cards should be mailed 
17th  Bhutan -  National Day of Bhutan
31st   Denmark - Queen Margrethe announced during New Years speech, Prince Henrik is retiring from active royal duties. 





Wednesday, 6 September 2000

Prince Harry - Bio


Full Name: Henry Charles Albert David

Birth: Born at St Mary's Hospital (Lindo Wing) in London, England on 15 September 1984 at 4:20 pm. He weighed 6lb, 14oz.

Country: United Kingdom

Monarchs during life:
  • Queen Elizabeth II (1952 - Present)
Relationship to current monarch: Grandson

Place in line of succession:
  • At Birth: 3rd in Line of Succession, behind Charles & William 
  • Current: 5th in Line of Succession, behind Charles, William, George, & Charlotte 
Religion: Church of England
  • Christening: on 21 December 1984 at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle
    • God Parents: 
      • Prince Andrew (Uncle)
      • Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones
      • Carolyn Bartholomew
      • Bryan Organ
      • Gerald Ward 
      • Lady Celia Vestey
  • God Children: (Harry has said he is God-father to 5 or 6 of his friend's kids)
    • Frederick "Fred" Pettifer (born 2001)
      • Son of Harry's former nanny, Tiggy Legge-Bourke
    • Jasper George Galloway Dyer (2012)
      • Son of Prince Charles' former equerry, Captain Mark William Galloway Dyer
      • Rumored
Family:
  • Grand Parents: Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip, and John, Earl of Spencer (d. 1992) & Frances Shand Kydd (d. 2004) + Stepmother & Stepfather from both of Diana's Parent's remarriage
  • Parents: Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Duchess Camilla (Step Mother)
    • Siblings: Prince William, Duchess Catherine (Sister-in-Law) 
Schooling:

  • Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

Job: Part-Time Royals

Previously:
  • British Army (2005 -2015)
    • 2 tours of duty in Afghanistan
Residence: Kensington Palace

Causes: AIDS/HIV, Armed Forces, Wounded Veterans, Rugby, Mentorship, etc.

Video of him speaking:

Quotes:

Believe it or not I get incredibly nervous before public speaking no matter how big the crowd or the audience and despite the fact I laugh and joke all the time I get incredibly nervous, if not anxious actually, before going into rooms full of people when I'm wearing a suit. - For 2014 World Aid's Day #FeelNoShame Campaign

Tuesday, 5 September 2000

Before Harry & Meghan get engaged

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I feel like there are a lot of things that have to happen before Prince Harry & Meghan Markle get engaged:
  • Meghan leaves The Tig  
  • Meghan ends acting career 
    • Finish filming Suits
    • Finish all of her contracts 
  • Attend semi-official public outings together
    • 1 (Audi Polo Matches)
    • 2 (Invictus Games)
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Harry meets Meghan's Family
    • Dad
    • Mum 
    • Brother
  • Meghan meets Royal Family 
    • Queen & Philip
      • (Rumored)
    • Charles & Camilla
      • (Rumored)
    • Cambridges
    • Wessexs
    • Yorks 
      • Sarah & Eugenie
    • Princess Anne & Tim
    • Phillips
    • Tindalls
      • (Mike has talked about Meghan to the media, but he has said in August he hasn't met Meghan yet)
    • Queen's cousins
  • Meghan meets
    • Harry's Friends
    • Spencer Family
    • Middleton Family
    • UK Prime Minister (nothing official, but some run-in)
  • Meghan's family meets:
    • Queen 
    • Charles & Camilla 
    • William & Kate
  • Meghan moves to London
  • Meghan is invited to Sandringham or Balmoral for a stay with the Queen
    • (Rumored)
  • Harry asks Queen's Permission 

Sunday, 3 September 2000

Japan Royal Family Tree (Extended)

Note: Children are in order of birth, not line of succession. 
  • HIM Emperor Shōwa (Reigned 1926- 1989)(Died 1989) married to HIM Empress Kōjun (Died 2000)
    • Mrs. Shigeko Higashikuni (Died 1961) married to Morihiro Higashikuni (Died 1969)
      • (Note: The former Princess & Prince were stripped of their titles by the American occupation forces, who had abolished the nobility.)
      • Children not in Line of Succession 
    • HIH Princess Sachiko (Died at 6 months in 1928)
    • Mrs. Kazuko Takatsukasa (Died 1989) married to Mr. Toshimichi Takatsukasa (Died 1966)
      • Child not in Line of Succession 
    • Mrs. Atsuko Ikeda married to Mr. Takamasa Ikeda (2012)
    • HIM Emperor Akihito (Reigned 1989- present) married to HIM Emperorss Michiko
      • HIH Crown Prince Naruhito (1st in Line) married to HIH Crown Princess Masako
        • HIH Princess Aiko
      • HIH Prince Akishino (2nd) married to HIH Princess Kiko
        • HIH Princess Mako
        • HIH Princess Kako 
        • HIH Prince Hisahito (3rd)
      • Mrs. Sayako Kuroda married to Mr. Yoshiki Kuroda
    • HIH Prince Hitachi (4th) married to HIH Princess Hanako
    • Mrs. Takako Shimazu married to Mr. Hisanaga Shimazu
      • Child not in line of succession 

Japan Royal Family Tree

Children in order of birth not, line of succession
  • HIM Emperor Akihito (Reigned 1989- present) married to HIM Emperorss Michiko
    • HIH Crown Prince Naruhito (1st in Line) married to HIH Crown Princess Masako
      • HIH Princess Aiko
    • HIH Prince Akishino (2nd) married to HIH Princess Kiko
      • HIH Princess Mako
      • HIH Princess Kako 
      • HIH Prince Hisahito (3rd)
    • Sayako Kuroda married to Yoshiki Kuroda

Japan Royals (Main Page)

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(L-R: Crown Princess Masako, Crown Prince Naruhito, Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Prince Akishino, Princess Kiko and Princess Mako)
HIM Emperor Akihito
  • Bio
HIH Crown Prince Naruhito
  • Bio
HIH Prince Akishino
  • Bio

Saturday, 2 September 2000

HSH Crown Prince Jacques of Monaco - Bio

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Full Name: Jacques Honoré Rainier

Title: Marquis of Baux

Birth: Born on 10 December 2014 at Princess Grace Hospital.  He was born 2 minutes after Twin sister Princess Gabriella.

Country: Monaco

Monarchs during life: Prince Albert of Monaco (2015 - Present)

Relationship to current Monarch: Eldest Son, & heir

Place in line of succession:
  • At Birth: 1st in Line of Succession 
  • Current: 1st in Line of Succession
Religion: Roman Catholic 
  • Christening: at the Cathedral of Monaco on 10 May 2015. 
    • God Parents: 
      • Christopher Le Vine Jr
      • Diane de Polignac Nigra
Family:
  • Parents: Prince Albert and Princess Charlene
    • Siblings: 
      • Princess Gabriella (Twin)
      • Jazmin Grace Grimaldi (Half-sister)
      • Alexandre Grimaldi-Coste (Half-brother)
Schooling: Not yet

Residence:
  • Monaco Palace
  • Roc Agel (in France)
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