Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Royal Tour of Canada - Cambridges 2016 (Main Page)


27 Engagements in Total 

Canada - Bio

Day 1 (3) - Saturday September 24th  (Victoria, BC)
  • (Arrive at Victoria Airport)
    • Greeted by 
      • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau & Sophie Justin Trudeau
      • David Johnston, Governor General of Canada,  & Sharon Johnston
      • Judith Guichon, Lieutenant  Governor of British Colombia
      • Christy Clark, Premire of British Colombia & son
    • With George and Charlotte
  • Visit British Columbia's Parliament Buildings
    • Official Welcome
    • Visit Victoria's Cenotaph 
      • Lay a wreath
    • Unveil a plaque in tribute to the veterans of Canada's involvement in the Afghanistan conflict.
    • With 
      • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau & Sophie Justin Trudeau
      • David Johnston, Governor General of Canada,  & Sharon Johnston
      • Judith Guichon, Lieutenant  Governor of British Colombia
      • Christy Clark, Premire of British Colombia & son
    • Speeches
      • William 
      • Justin Trudeau
      • David Johnston
      • Judith Guichon
      • Christy Clark
  • Received Prime Minister Justin Trudeau & Sophie Justin Trudeau at Government House
  • Received David Johnston, Governor General of Canada,  & Sharon Johnston at Government House

Day 2 (5) Sunday 25th (Vancouver, BC)
(Travel to Vancouver by float plane)
  • Civic welcome at Jack Poole Plaza
    • With Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia.
  • Visit Sheway, a charity that helps mothers who are battling addiction and other issues
    • With Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia
  • Visit Immigration Services Society of British Columbia
    • Meet the staff and volunteers who support over 25,000 recent migrants to Canada each year
    • Meet Syrian War Refugees 
    • With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau & Sophie Justin Trudeau
  • Attend reception at Telus Gardens with young leaders in Canadian arts, music, sport, charity, business, and film
    • Hosted by with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau 
  • Visit the Kitsilano Coastguard Station in Vanier park
    • Meet first responders, including police and fire services and social workers
    • Watched Vancouver First Responders Showcase
    • Hovercraft tour of the harbour
    • With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau & Sophie Justin Trudeau

Day 3 (3) Monday 26th (Bella Bella and Great Bear Rainforest, BC)
  • Visit Bella Bella community centre 
    • Ceremoniously welcomed by the Heiltsuk First Nations community
    • With Governor General of Canada, David Johnston & Sharon Johnston
    • Meet Youth
    • Watch Performance
  • Queen's Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) event
    • Speech from William
    • Officially committee the Rainforest to The QCC during a brief ceremony.
    • See new walking trails being constructed
    • With Governor General of Canada, David Johnston & Sharon Johnston
  • Reception hosted by the province of British Columbia at Government House in Victoria
    •  Black Rod Reconciliation Ceremony
    • With 
      • Judith Guichon, the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
      • Governor General of Canada, David Johnston & Sharon Johnston
Day 4 (4) Tuesday 27th (Kelowna, BC and Whitehorse, Yukon)
  • Visit Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia
    • Meet Students
    • Attend women's volleyball exhibition match
  • Attend 'Taste of British Columbia' festival at Mission Hill Winery
    • Sample products
    • Meet with local young people learning about food and agriculture
  • Meet members of the Canadian Rangers and Junior Canadian Rangers
    • with Governor General of Canada, David Johnston & Sharon Johnston
  • Attend cultural performance at Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre
    • with Governor General of Canada, David Johnston & Sharon Johnston
(Night away from George and Charlotte)

Day 5 (4) Wednesday 28th  (Whitehorse and Carcross, Yukon)
  • Visit the MacBride Museum
    • Met representatives of The Prince's Charities of Canada's Indigenous Language Initiative
  • Attend party on Main Street in Whitehorse
    • with Governor General of Canada, David Johnston & Sharon Johnston
  • Visit Carcross Commons
    • Traditional welcome from the Carcross/Tagish First Nation
    • Meet Local Community
    • Tour new buildings
  •  Visit Single Track to Success (S2S) project on Montana Mountain 
    • Watch mountain bike demonstration 
    • Meet Young People

Day 6 (1) Thursday 29th  (Victoria, BC)
  • Attend a children's party in the beautiful grounds of Government House 
    • George and Charlotte not confirmed, but expected to attend
(Rest of the Day will be spent Privately with George and Charlotte)

Day 7 (3) Friday 30th  (Haida Gwaii, BC)
  • Visit  Haida Heritage Centre and Museum in Skidegate
    • Traditional Haida canoe ride
    • Traditional welcome
    • Speech by the President of the Haida Nation
    • Watch cultural performance
  • Officially open new Haida Gwaii Hospital and Care Centre
    • Meet people who have benefited from the centre
  • Visit the Skidegate Youth Centre 
    • Fish with youth

Day 8 (4) Saturday October 1st (Victoria, BC)
  • Visit the Cridge Centre for the Family
    • Meet staff and residents 
  • Visit a local café where they will meet with families that have been supported by the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre
  • Visit a tall-ship operated by the Sail and Life Training Society
    • Sail
    • Meet with young people
  • Official departure ceremony at Victoria Harbour Airport
    • Brief tour of the southern tip of Vancouver Island
    • with Governor General of Canada, David Johnston & Sharon Johnston

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Sunday, 24 July 2016

Colombia State Visit to the UK - November 2016 (Main Page)


November 1st - 3rd: President Juan Manuel Santos of the Republic of Colombia and First Lady María Clemencia Rodríguez Múnera will make a State Visit to the UK.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Royal Countries Competing in Each Disciple - Rio 2016 Olympics




We are just looking at the 11 Royal Countries we normally cover (Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, Jordan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, & Sweden).

The number of Athletes competing are listed after the country name, Belgium (1). 

Archery
  • Belgium (1)
  • Great Britain (2)
  • Netherlands (3)
  • Norway (1)
  • Spain (4)
  • Sweden (1)
Athletics
  • Belgium (26)
  • Denmark (8)
  • Great Britain (80)
  • Jordan (1)
  • Luxembourg (2)
  • Monaco (1)
  • Netherlands (32)
  • Norway (15)
  • Spain (48)
  • Sweden (16)
Badminton
  • Belgium (2)
  • Denmark (8)
  • Great Britain (8)
  • Netherlands (3)
  • Spain (2)
  • Sweden (1)
Basketball
  • Spain (24/2 Teams)
Boxing
  • Great Britain (12)
  • Jordan (2)
  • Netherlands (3)
  • Spain (2)
  • Sweden (1)
Canoeing
  • Belgium (1)
  • Denmark (5)
  • Great Britain (13?)
  • Spain (11)
  • Sweden (5)
Cycling
  • Belgium (14?)
  • Denmark (13)
  • Great Britain (26)
  • Luxembourg (3)
  • Netherlands (26)
  • Norway (7)
  • Spain (12)
  • Sweden (4)
Diving
  • Great Britain (11)
  • Netherlands (1)
Equestrian
  • Belgium (5)
  • Denmark (4)
  • Great Britain (12)
  • Netherlands (12)
  • Spain (9)
  • Sweden (12)
Fencing
  • Belgium (1)
  • Great Britain (3)
  • Netherlands (1)
Field Hockey
  • Belgium (16/1  Team)
  • Great Britain (32/ 2 Teams)
  • Netherlands (32/ 2 Teams)
  • Spain (32/ 2 Teams)
Football
  • Denmark (18/ 1 Team)
  • Sweden (36/ 2 Teams)
Golf
  • Belgium (3)
  • Denmark (4)
  • Great Britain (4)
  • Netherlands (1)
  • Norway (3)
  • Spain (4)
  • Sweden (4)
Gymnastics
  • Belgium (6)
  • Great Britain (13)
  • Monaco (1)
  • Netherlands (10)
  • Norway (1)
  • Spain (9)
  • Sweden (1)
Handball
  • Denmark (14/ 1 team)
  • Netherlands (15/ 1 team)
  • Norway (13/ 1 team)
  • Spain (14/1 team)
  • Sweden (28/2 Team)
Judo
  • Belgium (5)
  • Great Britain (7)
  • Jordan (1)
  • Monaco (1)
  • Netherlands (11)
  • Spain (5)
  • Sweden (4)
Modern Pentathlon
  • Great Britain (4)
Rowing
  • Belgium (1)
  • Denmark (13)
  • Great Britain (43)
  • Netherlands (36?)
  • Norway (5)
  • Spain (4)
  • Sweden (1)
Rugby Sevens
  • Great Britain (24/ 2 Teams)
  • Spain (24/ 2 Teams)
Sailing
  • Belgium (4?)
  • Denmark (11)
  • Great Britain (15)
  • Netherlands (11)
  • Norway (7?)
  • Spain (14)
  • Sweden (7)
Shooting
  • Belgium (1)
  • Denmark (3)
  • Great Britain (6)
  • Norway (4)
  • Spain (6)
  • Sweden (3)
Swimming
  • Belgium (10)
  • Denmark (15)
  • Great Britain (28)
  • Liechtenstein (2)
  • Luxembourg (3)
  • Netherlands (17)
  • Norway (2)
  • Spain (24)
  • Sweden (11)
Synchronized Swimming
  • Great Britain (2)
  • Spain (2)
Table Tennis
  • Denmark (1)
  • Great Britain (3)
  • Luxembourg (1)
  • Spain (2)
  • Sweden (5)
Taekwondo
  • Belgium (3)
  • Great Britain (4)
  • Jordan (1)
  • Netherlands (1)
  • Norway (1)
  • Spain (3)
  • Sweden (2)
Tennis
  • Belgium (3)
  • Denmark (1)
  • Great Britain (7)
  • Liechtenstein (1)
  • Luxembourg (1)
  • Netherlands (3)
  • Spain (9)
  • Sweden (1)
Triathlon
  • Belgium (4)
  • Denmark (1)
  • Great Britain (6)
  • Jordan (1)
  • Netherlands (1?)
  • Norway (1)
  • Spain (6)
  • Sweden (1)
Volleyball 

  • Netherlands (20)
  • Spain (4)
Water Polo
  • Spain (26/2 Teams)
  • Netherlands (13/1 Team)
Weightlifting
  • Belgium (1)
  • Great Britain (2)
  • Spain (4)
  • Sweden (1)

Wrestling
  • Denmark (1)
  • Netherlands (1)
  • Norway (2)
  • Spain (1)
  • Sweden (7)

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Pippa Middleton & James Matthews Engaged!


Duchess Catherine's sister officially announced her engagement today.

The official announcement said: "Miss Pippa Middleton and Mr James Matthews are delighted to announce they became engaged on Sunday July 17 and plan to marry next year."

Friday, 15 July 2016

Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark - Birthday (2016)

A new piece of Royal Mail! This time from Denmark.

I had written for Crown Prince Frederik's 48th birthday in May. The Crown Prince Couple always send the same very basic replies, so there isn't much to say.




The reply was sent last month, and took almost month to arrive. The Crown Prince Couple are the only royals I know who send mail economy, which means it can take awhile for it to arrive.



What is interesting about the reply is the half-circle hole that was made at the bottom of the envelope and card. I assume this was made sometime during the mailing process, but I don't know if it was intentional or the envelope just got caught on some machine used in the mailing process.

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Friday, 8 July 2016

Prince William - Birthday Reply (2016)

The Envelope:

From the front of the envelope we can tell that this letter is from one of the British Royals. The postmark "Buckingham Palace" is used on almost all royal mail, regardless of what residence it is sent from. We have even seen it on mail from Scotland. (Buckingham Palace on the postmark just refers to the post office where the letters were stamped/franked.)


With the British Royals, you can usually tell who the letter is from by the monogram on the back of the envelope. The back of this envelope has a black crown with the words "Kensington Palace" written underneath.



As you may know, the Cambridge-Harry office is at Kensington Palace. But a bunch of other royals live there and have their office there as well. Part of Kensington Palace is also a museum, a public garden, and spaces that can be rented out for events. So Kensington Palace could mean a lot of things, not just the Cambridge-Harry Office.

I have never gotten a piece of mail with this monogram on the back, although I do recognise it.

The Royals all use different monograms, but a sharp eye will notice that William, Catherine and Harry's Monograms all use the same crown. And that it is the same crown used on this envelope.  That means this letter has to be from one of them. We have seen this smilar design used years ago, when their office was at St. James.

The Letter:

The letter inside is in reply to my Birthday Letter to Prince William.



This is a personalised letter. It mentions specific things about my letter: my comments on his work with mental health charities, his birthday and Charlotte's birthday.

I love the phrase "Generous Nature"! I talked in my letter about William's work on mental health, & specifically his new Anti-bullying campaign. I also talked more generally about William, Catherine and Harry's work.

Normally I don't like to go into what exactly I wrote, but I found a copy of my letter in my laptop and was looking over it as I wrote this blog post. And because this part was really cute I thought I would share it with you:

"... I would like to point out that your “Dad” is totally showing. I can’t help but look at these causes, and the other ones you and Catherine support and think about Prince George and Princess Charlotte. It seems quite obvious that you are doing this, in part,  for your own children and their future..."

I did briefly mention Charlotte's birthday in my letter because I was a little sad I didn't get the birthday photo reply everyone else got. I had written to the Cambridges for their 5th Anniversary/Charlotte's 1st Birthday, but the reply I got was just for their 5th Wedding Anniversary. And a part of me was hoping if I mentioned her birthday, they might include Charlotte's birthday photo reply with William's birthday photo reply.

Obviously, this is not the typical photo reply we see from the Cambridges

I know other people have gotten the usual photo birthday reply for Prince William's Birthday this year. They said it is the same as last years.

For any event, there are always letters that get replied to more personally. Obviously, there are a lot of factors that go into who gets a more personal reply and who gets the generic reply. Part of it is just luck. They can't personally reply to everyone, even if they get a bunch of amazing, thoughtful letters.

But the short answer is: if the generic reply is the appropriate response, that is what they send. If the generic reply would not be the appropriate response, or if they think the letter deserves a more personal response, then they send a personal response.

My advice is to always make your letter a bit personal. Don't just mention general things, like the Royal does great work and that it is important, mention specifics. Another little except from my letter:

"[Talk about William, Catherine & Harry's work, then] ...What I especially admire is your new Anti-Bullying task-force and the Head Start campaign. They both seem like incredible projects. And although they are obviously relevant for all ages, they are very important for young adults.... [I then went on to talk about young adults and mental health]."

If you want a personal letter that was meant for you, write a personal letter that could only be written by you.

Why "Kensington Palace" Stationary?

I feel like this should have been written on Prince William's red "W" stationary. It is a little odd that it is not. I have gotten a reply from Claudia Spens on Prince William's red "W" stationary & Harry's blue "H", and I feel like this reply and those are similar. So, black "Kensington Palace" stationary is interesting.

(Update: They have since used the Black Kensington Palace stationary more often. I think most of the letters from Clarence House's correspondence section use it now. And we will mainly see William's red "W", Kate's yellow "C" for Catherine, and Harry's blue "H" on letters from their private secretary.)  

We have gotten a few replies written from Miss Spens before, and you can see the differences:
(Notice the name of the office)



Claudia Spens works for Clarence House, in the Correspondence Section. The Correspondence Section at Clarence House handles all the mail for Charles, Camilla, The Cambridges & Harry. Unless your lucky enough to get something from a Private Secretary.

Miss Spens and the other people in the Correspondence Section are the ones sending out the typical photo replies.

Even though the letter is sent from Clarence House, they use the Royal's Stationary. William's stationary says Kensington Palace, since that is where his office/residence is. The name of the office changes as well (Office of Charles & Camilla vs. Cambridges & Harry), despite the fact that Miss Spens is always working at Clarence House.

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Thursday, 7 July 2016

Royals attending Rio 2016 Olympics

IOC Session 2nd - 5th
  • Crown Prince Frederik & Crown Princess Mary
  • Prince Albert
  • King Willem-Alexander
  • Princess Anne 
  • Grand Duke Henri
  • Prince Faisal 
  • Princess Nora
Friday 5th - Opening Ceremony 
  • King Philippe & Queen Mathilde
  • Crown Prince Frederik & Crown Princess Mary
  • Prince Joachim and Princess Marie
    • Prince Nicolai, Prince Felix, Prince Hendrik & Princess Athena
  • Prince Albert
  • King Willem-Alexander
  • Princess Anne & Timothy Laurence 
  • Grand Duke Henri
  • Prince Faisal 
  • Princess Nora
Saturday 6th 
  • King Philippe & Queen Mathilde
  • Crown Prince Frederik & Crown Princess Mary
  • Prince Joachim and Princess Marie
    • Prince Nicolai, Prince Felix, Prince Hendrik & Princess Athena
  • Prince Albert
  • King Willem-Alexander
  • Princess Anne & Timothy Laurence 
  • Grand Duke Henri
  • Prince Faisal 
  • Princess Nora
Sunday 7th 
  • King Philippe & Queen Mathilde
  • Crown Prince Frederik & Crown Princess Mary
  • Prince Joachim and Princess Marie
    • Prince Nicolai, Prince Felix, Prince Hendrik & Princess Athena
  • Prince Albert
  • Princess Anne & Timothy Laurence 
  • Grand Duke Henri
  • Prince Faisal 
  • Princess Nora
Monday 8th 
  • King Philippe and Queen Mathilde
  • Crown Prince Frederik & Crown Princess Mary
  • Prince Joachim and Princess Marie
    • Prince Nicolai, Prince Felix, Prince Hendrik & Princess Athena
  • Prince Albert
  • Princess Anne & Timothy Laurence 
  • Grand Duke Henri
Tuesday 9th
  • Crown Prince Frederik
  • Prince Albert
  • Princess Anne & Timothy Laurence 
  • Grand Duke Henri
Wednesday 10th
  • Crown Prince Frederik
  • Prince Albert
  • Princess Anne & Timothy Laurence 
Thursday 11th
  • Crown Prince Frederik
  • Prince Albert
  • Princess Anne & Timothy Laurence 
Friday 12th
  • Crown Prince Frederik
  • Prince Albert
  • Princess Anne & Timothy Laurence 
Saturday 13th
  • Crown Prince Frederik
  • King Willem-Alexander & Queen Maxima
    • Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess Alexia,  & Princess Ariane
Sunday 14th
  • Crown Prince Frederik
  • King Willem-Alexander & Queen Maxima
    • Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess Alexia,  & Princess Ariane
 Monday 15th
  • Crown Prince Frederik
  • King Willem-Alexander & Queen Maxima
    • Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess Alexia,  & Princess Ariane
  • King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia
Tuesday 16th
  • Crown Prince Frederik
  • King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia
  • King Willem-Alexander & Queen Maxima
    • Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess Alexia,  & Princess Ariane
Wednesday 17th
  • Crown Prince Frederik
  • King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia
  • Crown Prince Haakon
  • King Willem-Alexander & Queen Maxima
    • Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess Alexia,  & Princess Ariane
Thursday 18th
  • Crown Prince Frederik
  • King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia
  • Crown Prince Haakon
  • King Willem-Alexander & Queen Maxima
    • Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess Alexia,  & Princess Ariane
Friday 19th
  • Crown Prince Frederik
  • King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia
  • Crown Prince Haakon
Saturday 20th
  • Crown Prince Frederik
  • King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia
  • Crown Prince Haakon
Sunday 21st - Closing Ceremony
  • Crown Prince Frederik
  • King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia


Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Monaco Royal Wedding Review (Day 6)

Our Monaco Royal Wedding Review ends with some Important moments since their first year.
And yes since we are a little royal baby obsessed, they mainly focus on the Twins!


In January 2013, Albert and Charlene met with Pope Benedict XVI, shortly before his retirement. Princess Charlene as the wife of a Catholic Monarch is permitted to wear white.

Meeting with the Pope (2 mins)


A few months later the couple attend Pope Francis's Installation Mass.

Royals and World Leaders at Installation Mass (3 Mins)


In May of 2014 the Palace releases a statements saying: Prince Albert and Princess Charlene "are delighted to announce the pregnancy of H.S.H. Princess Charlene. The birth is expected at the end of the year." Rumors start almost immediately that Princess Charlene is carrying Twins.


Shortly after the announcement, Princess Charlene backs out of a official visit to Netherlands with Prince Albert, due to the pregnancy.


By August's Rose Ball, Princess Charlene is starting to show a bump.


At National Day, the couple confirm they are expecting twins!


On 10th December 2015, twins Princess Gabriella Thérèse Marie (5:04 PM)
 & Crown Prince Jacques Honore Rainie (5:06 PM) are born at Princess Grace Hospital.


Because of Monaco's male preference primogeniture laws, Jacques is places ahead of his older sister in the line of succession. Any (legitimate) brothers Gabriella may someday have will also go ahead of her in the line of succession.

The Twins birth is announced with a formal notice hung outside the palace in both French and English.


Instead of a traditional 21 gun salute for each child, there is a combined 42 gun salute.


Birth of Twins (1 min)


The Twins make their first public appearance on 7th January 2016. The day is made a public holiday.

Twins Appearance on Balcony (1 Min)


Behind the Scene Balcony Appearance (2 Mins)

The Twins are christened in May 2015. The Twins half-sister Jazmin Grace Grimaldi attends the christening. 


Princess Charlene surprised Prince Albert with her first Speech in French to celebrate his 10th Anniversary on the Throne 
(2 mins) (In French)


A translation of her speech:

"Your Serene Highness,

It is with immense joy that we celebrate this day, ten years of your reign.

I congratulate you and pray that your reign be long, accomplished and serene.

More than anyone, I know your absolute devotion to the Principality (Monaco), it's future and the welfare of it's population.

More than anyone, I know your commitment to the noble causes that you forcefully defend.
Our children will learn for your example.

Prince Albert I was a explorer,
Prince Rainier was a builder,
You are the Prince of HEARTS ... and My Heart.

Long Live the Prince

Long Live Monaco"

In January 2015, Albert and Charlene make another visit to the Vatican meeting Pope Francis.

Meeting Pope Francis (1 Min)


In August, the Twins make their 1st official engagement, attending the annual traditional 'Pique Nique Monegasque'.

In November, the Twins accompany their parents on the 'March for Climate' walk in Monaco.



Interview with the Twins for 1st Birthday (13 Mins) (In both English and French with subtitles, Interview starts at 2:00)


Since the Twin's Birth, Princess Charlene has taken on Part-time Royal Duties, to be a Full-time Mum.


We hope you have enjoyed our Monaco Royal Wedding Review!  Assuming I can find time in my very busy life, expect another Royal Wedding Review later this year as another royal couple celebrate a milestone anniversary.

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