Sunday, 30 September 2018

Nobel Prize Schedule (2018)

(All times are local Stockholm & Oslo, both GMT+1)

  • The 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature is delayed till next year, due to Scandal with the Royal Academy. 
  • Princess Madeleine of Sweden & Chris O'Neil will not be attending this year, due to their Family's move to Florida, USA 
    December 10th Monday
      • Save the Children’s Peace Prize Party (11 AM - Noon)
      • King Receives Nobel Peace Prize Laureates (Noon)
      • Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony/ Lecture (1:00- 2:40 PM)
      • Nobel Peace Prize Banquet (6:30 PM)
        • Laureates wave from Balcony (7 PM)
        • No Live Stream
      December 11th Tuesday
      • Nobel Peace Prize Concert 
        • On Hiatus
      • King's Banquet for the Nobel Laureates at Palace (7:30 PM)
        • Private Banquet, but we get photos of the Roayls arriving
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      Nobel Prize Laureates (2018)

      The 2018 Nobel Laureates will be announced this week, and next week. The award ceremony is December 10th.

      Physiology or Medicine
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      Awarded to James P. Allison (1/2), from USA, & Tasuku Honjo (1/2), from Japan, for "their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation. "
      The Prize is awarded by the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institute.

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      Awarded to Arthur Ashkin (1/2), from USA, for "for the optical tweezers and their application to biological systems" and Gérard Mourou (1/4), from France, & Donna Strickland (1/4), from Canada, for "their method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses. "
      The Prize is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

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      Awarded to Frances H. Arnold (1/2), from USA, for "the directed evolution of enzymes" and George P. Smith (1/4), from USA, & Gregory P. Winter (1/4), from UK, for "the phage display of peptides and antibodies."
      The Prize is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

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      Awarded to Denis Mukwege (1/2), from Congo, & Nadia Murad (1/2), from Iraq, for "their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict."
      The Prize is awarded by the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

      Economic Sciences (Monday 8 October)
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      Awarded to William D. Nordhaus, from USA, for "integrating climate change into long-run macroeconomic analysis," and Paul M. Romer, from USA, for "integrating technological innovations into long-run macroeconomic analysis."
      The Prize is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

      Literature (Postponed till 2019)
      Delayed due to the scandal with the Swedish Academy which presents the award. The Prize will be awarded in 2019, with the 2019 Nobel Laureates.

      Q&A on the delay by  Lars Heikensten, Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation.

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      Wednesday, 26 September 2018

      Prince William - Official Engagements (2019)

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      William's current count is 6 engagements for 2019.

      (Unconfirmed) - Not Officially Confirmed/ Announced, Yet, but Expected 
      (Possible) - Not Confirmed or 100% Expected, but Possible due to past appearances or reports of their attendance 

      Wednesday 9th 
      • Visit London Air Ambulance to mark their 30th anniversary
      • Received Sir Timothy Clark, president of Emirates airlines
      Thursday 10th 
      • Received the Lord Hague of Richmond, Chairman of United for Wildlife Transport and Finance Taskforces.
      Friday 10th 
      •  Received Sir Keith Mills, Chairman of the Royal Foundation
        • With Kate
      Wednesday 16th 
      • Received Sir David Attenborough, Naturalist and Broadcaster
      • Received the David Mundell, Secretary of State for Scotland
      Upcoming Engagements:
      Tuesday 22nd 
      • Attend World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland 
        • Interview Sir David Attenborough 
      Wednesday 23rd
      • Attend World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland 
        • Speak on Mental Health panel
      Sunday 10th - (Possible)
      • Attend BAFTA Film Awards at Royal Albert Hall 
      Date not Announced - (Unconfirmed)
      • 2nd Annual Royal Foundation Forum 
      Monday 11th - (Possible)
      • Attend Commonwealth Day Ceremony
      Sunday 17th - (Possible)
      • Attend Irish Guard's St. Patricks Day Parade
        • Hand out shamrocks


      Monday 20th - (Possible)

      • Attend RHS Chelsea Flower Show Preview Day 
      Saturday 9th  - (Unconfirmed)
      • Trooping the Colours
      Monday 17th - (Unconfirmed)
      • Order of the Garter Service
      18th-22nd - (Unconfirmed)
      • Attend Royal Ascot
      (21st: Prince William's 37th Birthday)

      (Royals are off for most/all of August)

      ? - (Unconfirmed)

      ? - (Unconfirmed)
      • Attend Tusk Trust Awards
      Saturday 9th - (Unconfirmed)
      • Attend Festival of Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall
      Sunday 10th - (Unconfirmed)
      • Attend Remembrance Day Service at the Cenotaph
      Date Not Yet Announced 
      • Attend Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace  (Unconfirmed)
      • Attend Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund Christmas Concert (Possible)

      Duchess Kate - Official Engagements (2019)

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      Kate's current count is 2 engagements for 2019.

      (Unconfirmed) - Not Officially Confirmed/ Announced, Yet, but Expected 
      (Possible) - Not Confirmed or 100% Expected, but Possible due to past appearances or reports of their attendance 


      (9th: Kate's 37th birthday)
      Friday 10th 
      • Received Sir Keith Mills, Chairman of the Royal Foundation
      Tuesday 15th 
      • Visit the King Henry’s Walk Community Garden in Islington.
      Tuesday 22nd 
      • Visit Family Action Lewisham, which provides support for children and families in South London, to launch 'FamilyLine', a national support line
      ?? (Unconfirmed)
      • Meet with Steering Group on early intervention for Children & Families
        • announce findings
      Wednesday 13th - (Unconfirmed)
      • 100 Women in Finance gala in aid Heads Together's ‘The Mentally Healthy Schools" program
      Date not Announced 
      • 2nd Annual Royal Foundation Forum 
      Monday 11th - (Possible)
      • Attend Commonwealth Day Ceremony
      Sunday 17th  - (Possible)
      • Attend Irish Guard's St. Patricks Day Parade
        • Hand out shamrocks




      Monday 20th - (Unconfirmed)

      • Attend RHS Chelsea Flower Show Preview Day 


      Saturday 9th (Unconfirmed)
      • Attend Trooping the Colours
      Monday 17th - (Unconfirmed)
      • Attend Order of the Garter Service
      18th-22nd (Unconfirmed)
      • Attend Royal Ascot


      1st-14th (Unconfirmed)
      • Attend Wimbledon
      Monday 1st - (Possible)
      • Attend RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival Preview Day 
      (Royals are off for most/all of August)


      Tuesday 3rd - (Possible)
      • Attend RHS Garden Wisley Preview Day 


      Saturday 9th - (Unconfirmed)
      • Attend Festival of Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall
      Sunday 10th - (Unconfirmed)
      • Attend Remembrance Day Service at the Cenotaph
      Date Not Yet Announced - (Unconfirmed)
      • Attend annual Autumn Dinner for the Royal Foundation
      Date Not Yet Announced - (Unconfirmed)
      • Attend Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace 

      English Translation: King Carl Gustaf's Speech at State Opening of Parliament (2018)

      Mr. Speaker,
      Honorable Members of the Swedish Riksdag,

      In the year 1810, the Riksdag elected Jean Baptiste Bernadotte as heir to the Swedish throne. Just one year earlier, Sweden had implemented a new instrument of government that was based on the principle of separation of powers.

      That instrument gave us independent courts and administrative authorities. And the rights and freedoms of citizens were established. And the power of the Riksdag were enhanced.

      It was in this new Sweden in 1818, that is two hundred years ago, that my forefather ascended the throne as King Karl XIV Johan.

      One century later, in 1918, again the world and Sweden found themselves in the midst of change. On October 30, an extraordinary session of the Riksdag was open in the Hall of State in the Royal Palace in Stockholm. My grandfather, King Gustav V, spoke about "the just and lasting peace, which all suffering mankind was longing for."

      The same year, in November, the combated nations laid down their arms. And in June of 1919, the Treaty of Versailles was signed.

      The following year, the League of Nations was founded with Sweden as one of its members. This League was to be the predecessor of the United Nations, the UN, which is today one of several important forums for international collaboration.

      At year-end, the Swedish term as two years non-permanent member on the UN Security Council will come to its end. This has been a valuable opportunity for our country to contribute to maintaining peace and security.

      The end of World War I marked the beginning of a new era. The years following, Sweden's Riksdag made a number of crucial decisions. I am thinking, in particular, about reforms leading to universal and equal voting rights that provided the foundation for Swedish democracy, as we know it today.

      Yes, a lot has changed in Sweden over the past centuries. The democratic system and the rules for it have continued to evolve.

      And today, just like a hundred years ago, democracy is something that we must cherish and protect together. Not only on election day, but on every single day. And today, just like then, you, as elected representatives of the Swedish people, you have a particular responsibility to do so.

      Honored Members of the Riksdag. Each and everyone of one has been given the responsibility by the people to represent them here in the Swedish Riksdag.

      And everyone who lives in Sweden today, but also future generations; they are your employers.

      They now all expect you to use your skills and experiences to work for what is best for Sweden and to ensure a good future for all who live here.

      As a member of the Riksdag and to manage people's trust - it is not an easy job. But at the same time, it is one of the most important jobs there is.

      It is also an exposed job. You will have to make hundreds of decisions. And some of them will be easy to make. Others will be more difficult and complicated.

      You have the interests of the country in your hands. I wish you power, courage and wisdom to guide you in your important work.

      And now I declare the 2018/2019 Riksdag session opened.

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      Tuesday, 25 September 2018

      The Sussexs Tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga & New Zealand (2018)

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      October 16th - 31st, Prince Harry & Duchess Meghan (AKA the Duke and Duchess of Sussex) will undertake a 2 weeks tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga & New Zealand.  

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      Engagements: 50 Joint, 6 Just Harry, 2 just Meghan

      Monday 15th October -  Sydney, Australia  
      • (Arrive in Australia)
      • (Duchess Meghan's pregnancy is announced)
      Tuesday 16th October -  Sydney, Australia           
      • Official Welcome at Admiralty House
        • Meet with Governor-General of Australia
      • Visit Taronga Zoo  and officially open the new Taronga Institute of Science and Learning
      • Visit Sydney Opera House 
        • View a rehearsal of Spirit 2018 by the Bangarra Dance Theatre
        • Walk-about
      • Attend reception hosted by the Governor-General at Admiralty House
      Wednesday 17th -  Dubbo, Australia
      • Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service 
      • Visit a local property affected by the recent drought in New South Wales
      • Attend picnic at Victoria Park
      •  Met students from Dubbo College Senior Campus
      Thursday 18th -  Melbourne, Australia 
      • Attend an Youth Reception at Government House
        • Walkabout
      • Viewed a cooking demonstration at Charcoal Lane Restaurant.
      • Visited students participating in a sustainability programme at Albert Park Primary School
      • Visited students and beach patrol volunteers participating in a Beach Clean at South Melbourne Beac
      Friday 19th - Sydney, Australia
      • Visited One Wave Mental Health Initiative on Bondi Beach
        • Walkabout
      • Take part in a youth advocate programme at Macarthur Girls High School
      • Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge to officially raise the Invictus Flag (Harry)
      • Meet with Leader of the Opposition at Admiralty House
      • Meet with the Prime Minister at Kirribilli House
      Saturday 20th - Sydney, Australia        
      • Attended the official opening of the ANZAC Memorial Centenary Project in Hyde Park
      • Attend Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge on Cockatoo Island
      • Attend a Reception hosted by the NSW Premier inside the Opera House
      • Attend Invictus Games Opening Ceremony 
        • Harry give speech
      Sunday 21st - Sydney, Australia
      • Attend Invictus Games 
        • Watch Invictus Games Events 
          • (Meghan did skip the morning events, as she was feeling unwell, but did attending the sailing in the afternoon)
        • Lunchtime Reception hosted by Prime Minister 
        • Invictus Games Foundation Reception given by the Governor of New South Wales 
      Monday 22nd -  Fraser Island, Australia 
      • Traditional Welcome to Country Smoking Ceremony and unveil a plaque for the dedication of the Forests of K’gari to the QCC (Harry) 
      • Visited Lake McKenzie and met Indigenous Elders of the Butchulla People (Harry) 
      • Visited McKenzie's Jetty and met Indigenous Land and Sea Rangers and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Rangers. (Harry) 
      • Visit Kingfisher Bay 
      Tuesday 23rd - Suva, Fiji
      • Meet with President of Fiji at Borron House
      • Attend an official welcome ceremony in the city centre's Albert Park
      • Attend a reception and a dinner hosted by The President of Fiji
        • Harry give speech 
      Wednesday 24th - Suva, Fiji 
      • Lay a wreath at the Fiji War Memorial (Harry)
      • Visit the University of the South Pacific campus in Suva
        • Harry give Speech
        • Meghan will "say a few words"
      • Colo-i-Suva Forest Park (Harry)
      • Attend a morning tea at the British High Commissioner’s Residence to showcase women's organisations (Meghan)
      • Visit Suva Market (Meghan)
      Thursday 25th - Nadi, Fiji and Nuku’alofa, Tonga    
      • Official welcome ceremony at Nadi Airport
        • Unveil a new statue commemorating Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba
      • (Travel to Tonga)
      • (Greeted at airport by Princess Angelika)
      • Official reception and dinner at Consular House
        • Audience with TM King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipauʻu 
      Friday 26th - Nuku’alofa, Tonga and Sydney, Australia 
      • Meet with Prime Minister S. Akilisi Pohiva and Parliment members at St George Building
      • Attend an exhibition with Princess Angelika at the Faonelua Centre
      • Visit Tupou College, which is the oldest secondary school in the Pacific
        • Dedicate two forest reserves to The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy
      • Attend Offical Farwell at Royal Palace
      • Attend the Australian Geographic Society Awards
        • Harry give Speech
      Saturday 27th - Sydney, Australia 
      • Attend Invictus Games Event
        •  Attended a Reception given by the Chairman of Invictus Games Sydney at ANZ Stadium
        • Attend Closing Ceremony 
          • Harry gives Speech
          • Meghan gives Speech
      Sunday 28th - Wellington, New Zealand
      • Traditional welcome ceremony on the lawns of Government House
      • Visit Pukeahu National War Memorial Park
        • Lay Wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior
        • Visit new UK War Memorial
        • Walk-about
      • Meet with Prime Minister at Government House
      • Meet with Leader of the Opposition at Government House
      • Attend reception hosted by the Governor General celebrating the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage (right to vote) in New Zealand
        • Meghan gives speech
      Monday 29th - Wellington and Abel Tasman, New Zealand
      • Attended a youth-led Mental Health Meeting at Maranui Cafe
      • Visit Abel Tasman National Park
      • Attended a Creative Industries Showcase at Courtenay Creative
      Tuesday 30th -  Auckland, New Zealand
      • Unveiled The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy at North Shore Riding Club, 
      • Visit Pillars, a charity operating across New Zealand that supports children who have a parent in prison through the provision of special mentoring schemes
      • (Walk-about at Viaduct Harbour)
      • Attend a Reception hosted by the Prime Minister at the Auckland War Memorial Museum
      Wednesday 31st - Rotorua, New Zealand
      • Visit Te Papaiouru Marae for a formal pōwhiri and luncheon 
      • Visit Rainbow Springs to learn more about the centre’s kiwi breeding programme
      • (Walk-about in Town of Rotorua)
      • Visit Redwoods Treewalk Rotorua

      Thursday, 20 September 2018

      Prince Charles 70th Birthday Celebrations

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      • Garden Party for Prince Charles' charities
        • Attending: Charles, Camilla, Harry, Meghan
      • "We Are Most Amused And Amazed” Comedy Gala for The Prince's Trust at The London Palladium
        • Attending: Charles, Camilla
        • Will Air on ITV in November
      • Dinner & Concert at Buckingham Palace
        • Attending: Charles, Camilla, Earl of Snowdon (David Linely), Lady Sarah Chatto
      14th - Prince Charles's Birthday
      • Tea Party held to celebrate 70 inspirational people marking their 70th birthday this year at Spencer House 
        • Attending: Charles, Camilla
      • Reception & Dinner at Buckingham Palace
        • Attending: 
          • British Royal Family & Extended Family
          • Current European Monarchies
            • King Philippe & Queen Mathilde of Belgium 
            • Crown Prince Frederik & Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
            • Grand Duke Henri & Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg
            • Prince Albert of Monaco
            • Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands
            • King Harald & Queen Sonja of Norway
            • Crown Prince Haakon & Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
            • King Juan Carlos & Queen Sofia of Spain
          • Other
            • Prince Ludwig of Baden
            • Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain
            • King Simeon & Queen Margarita of Bulgaria
            • Prince Nikolaos & Princess Tatiana of Greece
            • Princess Irene of Greece
            • Queen Rania of Jordan
            • Prince Hassan Bin Talal & Princess Sarvath of Jordan
            • Crown Prince Alexander & Crown Princess Katherine of Yugoslavia (Serbia)
            • Maharaja Sawai Singh of Jaipur & Rajamata Admin Devi 
      • Receive delegations from both Houses of Parliament at Clarence House. The representatives will deliver a portfolio containing a humble address on behalf of their respective house.