Sunday, 19 May 2019

Official Engagements of Prince Louis (2019-Present)


Total Offical Engagements - 1
2018  (0)
None

2019 (1)
May 19th 
  • Visit Back to Nature Garden at Chelsea Flower Show
June 8th -  (Possible)
  • Trooping the Colours

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Royal Attendance

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a five-day garden show held in May by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). The show is held on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London. The Queen, as Patron of the Royal Horticultural Society, attends every year.

The Royals attend each year on the preview day (Monday) before the show officially starts.

Royal
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Queen
x
Philip
x
Charles &
Camilla
Just
Camilla
x
x
William
x
x
Kate
x
x
Harry
x
x
Meghan
Andrew
x
x
x
Beatrice
x
x
x
x
Eugenie & Jack
x
Edward & Sophie
x
x
x
Just
Sophie
x
Anne & Tim
x
Just
Anne
x
x
Duke & Duchess
of Gloucester
x
Just
Duchess
x
Prince & Princess
Michael of Kent
x Just
Princess?
x
Duke of Kent
x
x


Princess 
Alexandra
x
x


Notes: 
  • 2013: 100th Anniversary of RHS Chelsea Flower Show
  • 2019: The Cambridge children visited the Back to Nature Garden, co-designed by Duchess Kate, on the Sunday before the Show. 
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Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Sussex Kids: Official Photos & Appearances (2019)

This list does not include paparazzi pics, polo matches, airports, private weddings, in the back seat of car, etc.

2019
Date Event Archie Count Note
May 8th Photocall 1st At St. George's Hall at Windsor Castle
May 8th Meeting with Queen 1.5Meeting Queen & Prince Philip at Windsor Castle, with Granny Doria Ragland. Photo by Chris Allerton
May 12th USA Mother's Day - Photo of Archie's feet being held by Duchess Meghan
- - - -

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Sussex Kids: Official Photos & Appearances - Main Page

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The Sussexs have a difficult task of balancing the public's interest in their child and giving their Archie a private life, free of intrusion. One of the ways the Sussexs deal with this is to release a photo of their son every few once and awhile. 

This list does not include paparazzi pics, polo matches, airports, private weddings, in the back seat of car, etc.
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Wimbledon 2019 - Royal Attendance

Royal attendance is not usually announced in advance (except for those attending in an official capacity). But look out for: 
President/Patron: Duke of Kent (President of Wimbledon), Duchess of Gloucester (Honorary President of LTA), & Duchess Kate (Patron of Wimbledon & LTA) 
Other Royals: Camilla, Sussexs (maybe), Wessexs, Yorks, Prince & Princess Micheal of Kent, etc.  
Foreign Royals: (varies each year) 
Extended Family: Phillips/Tindalls?, The Kent & Gloucester's children, Middletons/ Matthews, Camilla's sister, etc.
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. Expect higher attendance during the 2nd week. Middleton/Matthews are usually invited to Royal Box once during the 1st week. 

Monday 1st July 
  • No royal attendance
Tuesday 2nd
  • No royal attendance
  • (Duchess of Gloucester attends the British Tennis Awards at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club) (Not confirmed)
Wednesday 3rd
  • No royal attendance announced
Thursday 4th
  • No royal attendance announced
Friday 5th

  • No royal attendance announced
Saturday 6th 

  • No royals usually
  • [Sports Persons & Members of Armed Forces in Royal Box]

Sunday 7th
  • Middle Sunday (No matches)
Monday 8th
  • Duchess of Gloucester 
Tuesday 9th
  • No royal attendance announced
Wednesday 10th
  • No royal attendance announced
Thursday 11th  - Quarter Finals
  • No royal attendance announced
Friday 12th  - Semi-Finals
  • Duchess of Gloucester
Saturday 13th - Finals
  • No royal attendance announced
Sunday 14th - Finals
  • Duchess of Kate (Not confirmed)
  • Duke of Kent  (Not confirmed)
  • Duchess of Gloucester (Not confirmed)
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Thursday, 25 April 2019

Japan Abdication/Accession (April/May 2019)

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There are a bunch of little private ceremonies over this period. There is info on that in the press release. This post will cover the more major events. 

For the schedule of events for The Enthronement (October 2019) & Proclamation of Crown Prince (April 2020), see Japan - Main Page.

Press Releases
April 30th 
  • Emperor Akihito - Announce his abdication from the throne at Imperial Palace
  • Emperor Akihito - Hold audience with the representatives for the last time
  • Heisei period comes to an end
May 1st
  • Emperor Naruhito - Accession ceremony at Imperial Palace
    • Receive two of the three Imperial Regalia of Japan, as well as the Privy Seal, and the State Seal at the Seiden-Matsu-no-Ma room 
    • Speech
  • Emperor Naruhito - Receive the three heads of government (legislative, executive, and judicial), acting as representatives of the people
  • Reiwa period begins
May 4th
  • Balcony appearance by Imperial family at Imperial Palace
    • 6 appearances, every hour (10:00 AM - 3:00 AM )
    • (Details)

Emperor Naruhito of Japan - Enthronement Ceremonies (October 2019)

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The Enthronement (AKA coronation) of the new Emperor of Japan will take place in October 2019, 6 months after his accession.  There are a bunch of little private ceremonies over this period, There is info on that in the press release. This post will cover the more major events.

For the schedule of events for Abdication/Accession (October 2019) & Proclamation of Crown Prince (April 2020), see Japan - Main Page.

Press Releases
October 22nd
  • Enthronement Ceremony 
  • Procession by car
  • Court Banquet at Imperial Palace
October 23rd 
  • Banquet hosted by Prime Minister at Hotel New Otani
    • Foreign Royals attending (See list below.)
October 25th, 29th, 30th 
  • Court Banquets 
Royal Attending 
Japan Government has confirmed that Foreign Royals will attend the Enthronement ceremonies. (Likely just the events on October 22nd-23rd.)

Confirmed: 
  • Japan Royal Family 
Possible: 
  • Belgium 
  • Bhutan
  • Denmark 
  • Liechtenstein 
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco 
  • Netherlands
  • Norway 
  • Spain 
  • Sweden 
  • Thailand
  • UK

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Funeral of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg

Grand Duke Jean with wife & children; Photo was a gift to USA President John F. Kennedy in 1963.
via Wikimedia Commons
Grand Duke Jean passed away on April 23rd at 12.25 AM at age 98. Grand Duke Jean became monarch in 1964 and reigned until 2000 when he abdicated in favor of his son, Grand Duke Henri.

Grand Duke Jean is survived by five children, twenty-two grandchildren & fifteen great-grandchildren.
** Royal Attendance at Funeral at Bottom of the Page **
April 23rd
Luxembourg
  • 12:25 AM
    • Grand Duke Jean passed away 
  • 10 AM 
    • The government holds a minute of silence
  • 12:15 PM 
    • Church bells ring for 15 minutes
  • Flags lowered to half mass
  • National Period of morning begins
UK 
  • A wreath was placed on his stall at St George’s Chapel, at Windsor Castle. 
  • Grand Duke Jean's banner & coat of arms will be removed as well. The coat of arms will be returned to the College of Arms. & The banner will be kept till Memorial Evensong service.
    • (This is done for all the Knights of the Order of the Garter.)
April 28th 
Luxembourg
  • 2:30-3:00 PM
    • The coffin of Grand Duke Jean will be transferred from Château de Berg to Grand Ducal Palace 
April 29th - May 3rd 
Luxembourg
  • Grand Duke Jean's Coffin will Lie in State at the Grand Ducal Palace 
  • Books of condolence will be available for the public to sign at the guard posts at the Grand Ducal Palace, Château de Berg and Château de Fischbach.
May 4th
Luxembourg
  • 11 AM 
    • Funeral at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Luxembourg
    • More details to come
    • (See bottom of page for Royal Attendance)
    • 6 PM
      • Period of National Mourning ends
    Sweden
    • 12 PM
      • Grand Duke Jean's Coat of arms is moved from the Stockholm Royal Palace to the Riddarholm Church and hung on the wall.
        • (This is done for all the Knights of the Order of the Seraphim on the day of their funeral.)
    June
    Luxembourg
    • 6 weeks of Official Court Morning ends
    UK 
    • Memorial Evensong service at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. 
      • Jean's banner will be blessed by the Dean and returned to the Duke’s family

    Royal Attending Funeral 
    The funeral of his wife, Grand Duchess Joséphine Charlotte, in 2005, was attended by a large number of foreign royals, including one from each of the 10 current European monarchies. I would expect a similar turnout. 

    Current Monarchies:
    • Luxembourg Royal Family 
      • Including Tessy Anthony & Hélène Vestur
    • Belgium
      • King Albert & Queen Paola
        • King Philippe & Queen Mathilde
          • Princess Elisabeth
        • Prince Lorenz & Princess Astrid
        • Prince Laurent
      • Princess Léa
    • Denmark
      • Queen Margrethe 
    • Jordan 
      • Prince Hassan & Princess Sarvath
      • Prince Rashid
      • Princesse Badiya
    • Liechtenstein
      • Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie
    • Morocco 
      • Prince Moulay Rachid
    • Monaco 
      • Prince Albert
    • Netherlands 
      • Princess Beatrix
    • Norway
      • King Harald & Queen Sonja 
      • Princess Astrid
    • Spain
      • King Juan Carlos & Queen Sofia
    • Sweden 
      • King Carl Gustaf & Queen Silvia
    • UK
      • Princess Anne
      • Duke & Duchess of Gloucester
    Former Monarchies:
    We have tried to list them under the present day country their house is originally from. But obviously, that isn't perfect as country borders may be different now than during the house's reign.
    • Albania
      • Prince Leka
    • Austria 
      • Archduke of Austria (Karl von Habsburg)
    • Belgium 
      • Duke of Croÿ
      • Hereditary Prince of Croÿ
      • Prince Marc-Emanuel of Croÿ
      • Princess Xenia of Croÿ
      • Count & Countess de Looz-Corswarem
      • Prince & Princess de Croÿ-Roeulx
      • Prince Olivier & Princess Isabelle de Croÿ-Roeulx
      • Count & Countess d’Ursel
    • Bulgaria 
      • Princess Miriam
    • Brazil
      • Prince Rafael of Orléans-Braganza
    • Czech Republic
      • Princesse Marie-Françoise de Bourbon-Parme   
        • Prince Charles Henri of Lobkowicz                                             
    • France 
      • The Count of Paris (Prince Jean) & Countess of Paris
      • Duke of Anjou (Prince Louis de Bourbon)
      • Prince Jean-Christophe Napoléon Bonaparte & Countess Olympia of Arco-Zinneberg (fiancee)
      • Prince Jérôme & Princess Licia Napoléon Bonaparte
      • Count Bernard & Countess Maria Gabriele de Monseignat 
    • Germany 
      • Dowager Duchess of Arenberg
      • Duke & Duchess of Arenberg
        • Prince Henri & Princess Daine of Arenberg
          • Prince Charles-Louis & Princesse Fiammetta of Arenberg
          • Prince Alois & Princesse Anastasia of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg 
          • Count Riprand & Countess Béatrix of Arco-Zinneberg
          • Countess Anna Theresa of Arco-Zinneberg
          • Hereditary Prince & Hereditary Princess of Baden
          • Duke of Bavaria (Franz von Bayern)
          • Princess Elisabeth of Bavaria
          • Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia
          • Prince Alexander of Quadt-Wykradt-Isny
          • Duke Paul & Duchess Pilar of Oldenburg
          • Prince Georg von Waldburg zu Zeil und Trauchburg & Princess von Waldburg zu Zeil und Trauchburg
          • Duke Philipp & Duchesse Marie de Württemberg
          • Duchess Sophie de Württemberg
          • Count Louis & Countess Belen de Limburg Stirum
          • Hereditary Prince & Hereditary Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn
          • Duke Wilhelm Albert & Duchess Karen von Urach
          • Prince Inigo & Princess Daniela von Urach
          • Prince Anselm von Urach
        • Greece 
          • Queen Anne-Marie
            • Crown Prince Pavlos
        • Italy
          • Duke of Parma (Prince Carlos) & Princess Annemarie 
          • Duke of Castro (Prince Carlo of Bourbon-Two Sicilies) & Duchess of Castro
          • Prince Pedro of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
          • Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
        • Portugal 
          • Duke of Braganza (Duarte Pio) & Duchess of Braganza
            • Prince Afonso
            • Princess Maria Francisca
            • Prince Dinis
        • Romania
          • Margareta & Prince Radu
        • Serbia 
          • Prince Serge & Princess Eleonora of Yugoslavia
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        Monday, 22 April 2019

        Cambridge Kids: Official Photos & Appearances (2017-2020)

        2017
        George - 5
        Charlotte - 5

        Date Event George Count Charlotte Count Note
        May 1st Charlotte's 2nd birthday 11th Photo taken by Duchess Kate at Amner Hall
        May 29th  Prince William's GQ Interview 23rd 12th  Photo taken in April by Norman Jean Roy at Kensington Palace
        June 27th  Trooping the Colours 24th  13th Official appearance on Balcony
        July 21st Visit Airbus in German 25th  14th During Tour of Germany & Poland
        July 21st George's 4th Birthday 26th  Taken by Chris Jackson at Kensington Palace
        September 7th
        George 1st Day of School
        27th  Official Appearance at School & Official Photo taken by Chris Jackson
        December 18th  Christmas 26.5 15th  Taken by Chris Jackson, Same set as George's 4th birthday

        2018
        George - 7
        Charlotte - 9
        Louis - 5
        Date Event George Count Charlotte Count Louis Count Note
        January 8 Charlotte's 1st Day of Nursery School 16th Official photo by Duchess Kate taken at Kensington Palace
        April 23rd  Prince Louis's Birth  28th  17th  Official Appearance visiting little Brother at Lindo Wing
        April 23rd  Prince Louis's Birth  1st Official Appearance on Lindo Wing Steps
        May 6th   Princess Charlotte's 3rd birthday/1st Official Pic of Prince Louis 18th 2nd Taken by Duchess Kate at Kensington Palace
        May 19th Harry & Meghan's Wedding 29th  19th Official Appearance as Page Boy & Flower Girl
        May 21st Official Wedding Photos 29.3 19.3 Taken by Alexi Lubomirski at Windsor Castle
        June 9th Trooping the Colours 30th 20th
        Official Appearance on Balcony
        July 9th Prince Louis's Christening 31th  21st  3rd Official Appearance at Royal Chapel at St. James 
        July 15th & 16th Prince Louis's Christening 31.3 21.5 3.5 Official Christening photos released, taken at Clarence House by Matt Holyoak & Matt Porteous
        July 21st Prince George's 5th Birthday  31.6 Additional photo from set taken for Prince Louis Christening, by Matt Porteous
        October 12th Princess  Eugenie's Wedding 32.0 22.0 Official Appearance as Page Boy & Flower Girl
        October 13th Official Wedding Photos 32.3 22.3 Taken by Alex Bramall at Windsor Castle
        November 8th  BBC Documentary for Charles's 70th birthday  4th  Official Photo taken by Chris Jackson at Clarence House
        November 13th  Prince Charles's 70th birthday  33rd 23rd 4.5 Official Photo taken by Chris Jackson at Clarence House
        December 14th  Christmas 34th 24th 5th Taken by Matt Porteous at Amner Hall

        2019
        George - x
        Charlotte - x
        Louis - x
        Date Event George Count Charlotte Count Louis Count Note
        April 22nd Prince Louis's 1st Birthday 6th  Taken by Duchess Kate at Amner Hall.
        May 1st Princess Charlotte's 4th birthday  25th    
        May 19th Sussex 1st Wedding Anniversary 29.6 19.6 Previously unreleased photo from official wedding photoshoot.
        May 19th  Visit Back to Nature Garden 35th 26th 7th Taken by Matt Porteous at RHS Chelsea Flower Show
        -

        2020
        George - x
        Charlotte - x
        Louis - x
        Date Event George Count Charlotte Count Louis Count Note
        -

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        Cambridge Kids: Official Photos & Appearances (2013-2016)

        2013
        George - 3
        Date Event George Count Note
        July 23rd  Official Appearance on Lindo Wing Steps 1st Day after birth
        August 20th 1st Offical Photo of New Baby 2nd Taken by Micheal Middleton
        October 23rd  Prince George's Christening 3trd Official Appearance at Royal Chapel at St. James 
        October 24th & 26th Prince George's Christening 3.5 Official Christening photos released, taken at Clarence House by Jason Bell 

        2014 
        George - 5
        Date Event George Count Note
        March 30th Mothering Sunday 4th Official Photograph of Cambridge Family at Kensington Palace taken by Jason Bell
        In preparation for AUS/NZ Tour.
        April 9th Plunket Play Group in New Zealand 5th Official Engagement, children's playgroup at NZ Government House
        April 20th Sydney's Taronga Zoo 6th Official Engagement, opening of the Prince George Bilby Exhibit
        July 20th 1st Birthday 7th Official Photos taken by John Stillwell at Natural History Museum's Butterfly Exhibit 
        December 13th Christmas 8th Official Photos taken by Edward Lane Fox (Prince Harry's Private Secretary) at Kensington Palace

        2015
        George - 5
        Charlotte - 5
        Date Event George Count Charlotte Count Note
        May 2nd Charlotte's Birth 9th Official Appearance visiting little sister at Lindo Wing
        May 2nd Charlotte's Birth 1st Official Appearance on Lindo Wing Steps
        June 9th 1st Offical Photo of Princess Charlotte Baby 10th  2nd Official Photos taken by Duchess Kate at Amner Hall
        June 13th Trooping the Colours 11th Official Appearance on Balcony
        July 5th Princess Charlotte's Christening 12th 3rd Official Appearance at St. Mary Magdalene's on the Sandringham Estate 
        July 9th Christening Offical Photos 12.3 3.5 Official Christening Photos taken by Mario Testino at Sandringham House
        July 23rd George's 2nd Birthday 12.6 Additional Christening photo by Mario Testino at Sandringham House 
        November 29th Charlotte's 6 Months Old 4th Official Photo taken by Duchess Kate at Amner Hall
        December 13th Christmas 13th 5th Official Family Photo taken by Chris Jelf at Kensington Palace

        2016
        George - 9
        Charlotte - 5
        Date Event George Count Charlotte Count Note
        January 6th George's 1st Day of Nursery School  14th Official Photos taken by Duchess Kate at his school in Norfolk
        March 7th Ski Holiday in France 15th 6th  Official Photos taken by John Stillwell
        April 20th Queen's Birthday Stamp with Heirs to the Throne 16th Official Photo taken by Ranald Mackechnie, at Buckingham Palace in Summer 2015
        April 21st Queen's Birthday Photo with youngest Grandchildren & Great-Grandchildren  17th  7th  Official Photo taken by Annie Leibovitz at Windsor Castle
        April 22nd Obama's dinner at Kensington Palace 18th Official photos taken at Kensington Palace
        May 2nd Charlotte's 1st Birthday 8th  Official Photo taken by Duchess Kate at Amner Hall
        June 11th Trooping the Colours 19th 9th  Official Appearance on Balcony
        July 8th Royal International Air Tattoo 20th Official engagement
        July 22nd George's 3rd birthday 21st Official Photos taken by Matt Porteous at Amner Hall
        September 29th Children's Party at Government House in Canada 22nd 10th  Official Engagement

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        Friday, 19 April 2019

        Easter Message from Prince Charles

        In 2018, Prince Charles began a new tradition of releasing an Easter Message, usually published on Good Friday.

        2019: Knife Crime
        2018: Persecuted Christians around the world

        Thursday, 11 April 2019

        Press Release on Sussex Birth Plans

        This morning the Palace issued the following statement to the media:
        "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very grateful for the goodwill they have received from people throughout the United Kingdom and around the world as they prepare to welcome their baby. Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private. The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family." 

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        Suggested Charities to Donate to in honor of Sussex Royal Baby


        In lieu of sending gifts, the Sussexs have asked well-wishers to make a charitable donation in honor of the birth of their 1st child. They have suggested four charities that support children and parents in need:

        The Lunch Box Fund


        The Lunch Box Fund is an US Charity that provides a nutritious daily school meal to children in South Africa who would otherwise go hungry. This meal encourages children to attend school and helps them concentrate and perform better. The charity has provided over 20 million meals to date. 

        The charity was founded in 2005 by model Topaz Page-Green

        Little Villiage HQ

        Little Village HQ is a UK Charity, based in London, that provides clothing, toys, and essentials for babies and children up to age 5. Duchess Meghan was first introduced to the organization in December 2018. The Sussexs have made a number of private contributions to the charity in the last few months.

        The charity was founded in 2016. 

        WellChild

        WellChild is a UK Charity that provides practical and emotional support to seriously ill children, young people and their families. The charity also funds projects and research, & promotes new health, education and social care policy.

        Prince Harry has been patron of WellChild since March 2007. It was one of his first patronages.

        You can find a complete list of Harry's Patronage here.

        Baby2baby

        Baby 2 Baby is a US Charity based in Los Angeles, California. The charity provides children ages 0-12 living in poverty with diapers, toys and other the necessities. The charity distributes items to children in homeless shelters, domestic violence programs, foster care, hospitals, underserved schools, and to children who have lost everything in disasters. 

        The charity originally started in New York in 2006. But moved to California in 2011. 

        Back to Sussex Royal Baby Watch - Main Page


        Wednesday, 10 April 2019

        Royals Attending Easter at St George's Chapel

        The Queen attends Easter Service each year at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. The service is a private event, but members of the public and media can catch a glimpse of the Royals as they walk from the Castle to the chapel.

        It is not mandatory that members of the Royal Family attend Easter Service with the Queen.

        Table 1: 2015-2019
        Table 2: 2010-2014

        Table 1
        2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
        Queen
        x
        Philip
        x
        Charles & Camilla
        William & Kate
        x
        Harry & Meghan
        Just Harry
        Yorks
        x
        (No Eugenie)
        x x
        (No Eugenie
        & Jack)
        Wessexs
        x
        Anne & Tim
        x
        Peter & Autumn
        x
        Zara & Mike
        Just Zara x
        Queen's Cousins
        Extended Family
        Sarah Chatto
        & Family

        Notes:
        2016 - Viscount James (Wessex)'s 1st year attending, previously too young. 
        2018 - Jack Brooksbank, Eugenie's then-fiance, joined the family for the 1st time. Prince Philip did not attend due to hip problems. 
        2019 - Queen's 93rd Birthday.


        Table 2
        2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
        Queen & Philip
        x
        Charles & Camilla
        William & Kate
        Harry
        Yorks
        x
        x
        (No Beatrice)
        x
        x
        (No Beatrice)
        Wessexs
        x
        x
        (No Edward)
        Anne & Tim
        x
        Peter & Autumn
        Zara & Mike
        Queen's Cousins
        Extended Family
        David Linley, Sarah Chatto
        & their families

        Notes: 
        2011 - 5 days before the Cambridge Royal Wedding.
        2012 - Lady Louise (Wessex)'s 1st year attending, previously too young. 
        2014 -Day before the Queen's 88th Birthday. 


        Wednesday, 3 April 2019

        Royals attending the Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch

        The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch is an annual event held in support of three national service charities:
        • ABF The Soldiers’ Charity (Patron - Queen)
        • The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (Patron - Princess Anne)
        • Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund (Patron - Queen, President - Duke of Kent)
        Year Royals attending
        2019 Prince Harry  
        2018 Princess Eugenie
        2017 (10th) Prince Andrew
        2016 Prince Harry 
        2015 Princess Anne
        2014 Duke & Duchess of Gloucester
        2013 Duke of Kent
        2012 Duke of Kent
        2011 Duke of Kent
        2010 Prince Charles
        2009 Duke of Kent
        2008 (1st) Prince Charles

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        Sunday, 31 March 2019

        Sussex Royal Baby Watch - Main Page

        Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born on May 6th at 5:26 AM. The baby is 7th in line to the throne.

        Coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand (2019)

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        The coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand will take place May 4th-6th, almost 2.5 years after his accession to the throne. The King's sister, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, is honorary chair of the coronation committee.

        Pre-Coronation Events:
        April 
        • 6th - Water is gathered in all 76 provinces and Bangkok to be used in the coronation ceremony. 
        • 8th-9th - The collected water is is blessed at major temples in the respective provinces.
        • 18th - The waters are combined and taken to Wat Suthat, one of Bangkok's oldest and most important temples, to be blessed again 
        • 19th - The water is taken in a procession from Wat Suthat to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
        • 22nd - Ten monks chant prayers at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha on the day before the designated day of the inscription ceremony.
        • 23rd - The inscription ceremony is held at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha to make an inscription on the Royal Golden Plaque of the official title of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, and the Royal Golden Plaque of His Majesty’s horoscope, as well as the engraving of the Royal Seal of State. On this occasion, the inscription of the Royal Golden Plaques, with the official titles of members of the Royal Family, is also made.  
         May 
        • 2nd 
          • King Maha Vajiralongkorn pays homage to the Equestrian Statue of King Chulalongkorn at the Royal Plaza and the Memorial of King Rama I at the foot of Memorial Bridge. He also worships sacred beings at Baisal Daksin Throne Hall and Chakrabat Biman Royal Residence.
        • 3rd
          • The Royal Golden Plaque of the official title of the King, the Royal Golden Plaque of His Majesty’s horoscope, and the Royal Seal of State are transferred from the Temple of the Emerald Buddha to Baisal Daksin Throne Hall.
        Coronation Events:
        May 4th  
        • Purification Ceremony at Chakrabat Biman Royal Residence (10 AM)
        • Anointment Ceremony at Baisal Daksin Throne Hall
        • Crowning and Investiture Ceremony
        • Audience granted to the royal family, privy councilors and cabinet members at Amarindra Vinicchaya Throne Hall (2 PM)
        • Proclaim himself the Royal Patron of Buddhism at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha  (4 PM)
        May 5th
        • A ceremony will "bestow the royal name," King Rama X  at Amarindra Vinicchaya Throne Hall. (9 AM)
          • Certain members of the Royal Family will be granted new titles to reflect their relationship with the King
        • Royal procession around the city  (4:30 PM)
        May 6th 
        • Appears on the Sihabanchorn balcony of the Anata Samakhom throne hall (4:30 PM)
        • Hold a "grand audience" with members of the international diplomatic corps at Chakri Maha Prasad Throne Hall. (5:30)
        Post-Coronation Events:
        October 
        • Royal Barge Procession
        Royals attending:
        • Thailand Royal family
        Members of the diplomatic corps will represent their respective countries at the Coronation Ceremony.

        Thai gov did not wish to inconvenience foreign dignitaries [or Royals]. So, they did not extend them an invitation to attend.


        Thursday, 28 March 2019

        Royals Attendance at the Royal Maundy Service

        The Royal Maundy service takes place each year on the Thursday before Easter.

        The Royal Maundy service is an important event for the Queen as she is head of the Church of England.  The Queen attends annually, and was joined by Prince Philip before his retirement in 2017. The service in 1952 was the Queen first public engagement after her accession. In the early years of her reign, the Queen followed the tradition of past monarchs and held the service in London each year. The honor of hosting the Royal Maundy service would rotate between different London Churchs.

        Between 1957 & 1970, The Queen started alternating the Maundy Thursday service between Westminister Abbey & churches outside London. After 1970, The Queen decided to hold the service at Westminister Abbey once a decade to allow her to visit more of England.  

        In 2017, The Queen completed her goal of attending the Royal Maundy service at all England's 40+ Anglican Cathedrals. Since then the service has been held at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, where the Queen holds her month-long Easter Court. 

        Note: The Court Circular on Royal.UK only goes back to 1997. So, attendance before that may not be complete, especially for Prince Philip.

        2010s
        Year Queen Philip Other Notes
        2019 x Princess Eugenie Held at St. George's Chapel, in Windsor.
        2018 x
        Held at St. George's Chapel, in Windsor.
        Prince Philip canceled due to hip problems.
        2017 x x Held at Leicester Cathedral.
        Completed goal of attending Maundy Thursday service at all England's 40+ Anglican Cathedrals.
        2016 x x Held at St. George's Chapel, in Windsor.
        2015 x x Held at Sheffield Cathedral.
        2014 x x Held at Blackburn Cathedral.
        2013 x x Held at Christ Church Cathedral, in Oxford. 
        2012xxPrincess Beatrice Held at York Minster, in York.
        Queen's Diamond Jubilee year. 
        2011 x x Held at Westminster Abbey, in London.
        Queen's 85th Birthday.
        2010 x x Held at Derby Cathedral. 

        2000s
        Year Queen Philip Other Notes
        2009xxHeld at St. Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds.
        2008xxHeld at St. Patrick's Cathedral, in Armagh.
        First time the service ever took place in Northern Ireland.
        2007xxHeld at Manchester Cathedral. 
        2006xxHeld at Guildford Cathedral.
        2005xxHeld at Wakefield Cathedral.
        2004xxHeld at Liverpool Cathedral.
        2003xxHeld at Gloucester Cathedral.
        2002xxHeld at Canterbury Cathedral.
        2001xxHeld at Westminster Abbey, in London. 
        2000xxHeld at Lincoln Cathedral.

        1990s
        Year Queen Philip Other Notes
        1999 x x Held at Bristol Cathedral.
        1998 x x Held at Portsmouth Cathedral.
        1997x x Held at Bradford Cathedral.
        1996x x Held at Norwich Cathedral. 
        1995x x Held at Coventry Cathedral.
        1994x x Held at Truro Cathedral.
        1993x x Held at Wells Cathedral.
        1992x x Held at Chester Cathedral.
        1991x x Held at Westminster Abbey.
        1990x Held at St Nicholas Cathedral, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

        1980s
        Year Queen Philip Other Notes
        1989 x x Held at St Philip's Cathedral, in Birmingham.
        1988 x x Held at Lichfield Cathedral.
        1987x x Held at Ely Cathedral.
        1986 x x Held at Chichester Cathedral.
        1985 x x Held at Ripon Cathedral.
        1984 x x Held at Southwell Minster.
        1983 x x Held at Exeter Cathedral.
        1982 x x Held at St. David's Cathedral, in Wales.
        1981 x Held at Westminster Abbey.
        1980 x x Held at Worcester Cathedral.

        1970s
        Year Queen Philip Other Notes
        1979 x x Held at Winchester Cathedral.
        1978x x Held at Carlisle Cathedral.
        1977 x x Held at Westminster Abbey.
        1976 x x Held at Hereford Cathedral.
        1975 x Held at Peterborough Cathedral.
        1974 x x Held at Salisbury Cathedral.
        1973 x x Held at Westminster Abbey.
        1972 x Held at York Minster.
        1971 x Held at Tewkesbury Abbey.
        1970
        Queen Mum Held at Westminster Abbey, in London.
        Queen was in New Zealand

        1960s
        Year Queen Philip Other Notes
        1969 x x Held at Selby Abbey
        1968 x x Prince Charles Held at Westminster Abbey, in London.
        1967 x Held at Durham Cathedral. 
        1966 x x Held at Westminster Abbey, in London.
        1965 x x Held at Canterbury Cathedral
        1964
        Princess Mary
        (Queen Elizabeth's aunt)
        Held at Westminster Abbey, in London.
        Queen was absent due to Prince Edward's recent birth.
        1963 x Held at Chelmsford Cathedral. 
        1962 x x Prince Charles
        Princess Anne
        Princess Margaret
        Lord Snowdon
        Held at Westminster Abbey, in London.
        (1962 was the 10th Anniversary of Queen Accession)
        1961x x Held at Rochester Cathedral.
        1960
        Queen Mum Held at Westminster Abbey, in London.
        Queen was absent due to Prince Andrew's recent birth.

        1950s
        Year Queen Philip Other Notes
        1959x Queen Mum
        Princess Margaret
        Princess Anne
        Held at at St. George's Chapel, in Windsor.
        1958x
        Held at Westminster Abbey, in London.
        1957x x Held at St Albans Abbey, in Hertfordshire.
        First time Queen held the service outside London.
        1956x x Held at Westminster Abbey, in London.
        1955x
        Held at Southwark Cathedral, in London. 
        1954Lord High Almoner officiated Held at Westminster Abbey, in London. Queen on Commonwealth Tour.
        1953x x Held at St Paul's Cathedral, in London. 
        1952x x Held at Westminster Abbey, in London.
        Queen's 1st public engagements since her accession.

        Wednesday, 20 March 2019

        Sussex Royal Baby Watch - Timeline

        April 
        • 11th: 
        • 21st: 
          • Queen's 93rd Birthday
          • Easter!
        • 25th 
          • Prince Harry attends Anzac Day service at Westminister Abbey with Duchess Kate & Duke of Gloucester
        • 28th
          • Prince Harry attends the London Marathon and present medals. As Patron of the London Marathon Trust, he does this annually.
        May 6th 
        • Early Morning
          • Duchess Meghan goes into labor
        • 5:26 AM
          • Baby Sussex is born
          • Close family is informed of the baby's birth.
            • Queen first
        • 1:50 PM
          • Announcement that Meghan has gone into Labor
        • 2:40 PM 
          • Announcement of birth
        • Shortly after
        • ?
          • Birth announcement is set up on easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace
        May 7th 
        • 8 PM 
          • Birth announcement is taken down from easel. It will be sent to the Privy Council for their record. 
        May 8th
        May 9th 
        • Prince Harry travels to the Netherlands for the launch of 2020 Invictus Games in the Hauge, Netherlands 
        Sometime
        • The birth certificate is filled out
        June 8th
        • Trooping the Colours
          • Likely Duchess Meghan's 1st official engagement post-birth 
        Approx 2 months after birth: 
        • Royal Baby is christened
        A day or two after:
        • Official christening photos are released 

        Saturday, 2 March 2019

        March, April Q&A (2019)

        Post your general Royal Questions & I will get to them as soon as possible. Questions about Writing to the Royals or Replies have been moved to our Q&A on Gert's Royal Replies

        Question 1: Do you think Meghan will give birth at Lindo Wing? Or some more private hospital?

        Answer: Nothing has been officially announced yet, but I would expect Meghan to give birth at Lindo Wing. There is going to be such a media circus around the birth, that you want to keep things as organized and with at least chaos as possible. Having a carefully orchestrated plan is what gives the family the most privacy. The Palace and media have already worked out the kinks with Lindo Wing. It's a difficult balance of giving the Sussexs privacy, allowing the hospital to continue its work in a calm manner, and acknowledging public interest. 

        Lindo Wing works well. 


        Question 2: Which Royals will be at the Commonwealth Awards 2019?

        Answer: There are a number of Commonwealth related awards. But there is no "Commonwealth Awards." (Except for the Commonwealth Awards in Pennsylvania, USA. But that has nothing to do with the British Commonwealth.)

        So, I'm not sure what you are referring to exactly. I know there is a Youth Commonwealth Awards on the 13th. No, Royal has been announced as attending that. And we don't normally see any royals there. 


        Question 3: Will the Royal Family have to contact Twitter or the user of @SussexRoyal account to use the name on twitter? The account was created 2010 but hasn't been used since 2014

        Answer: They might. It also possible the Sussexs could use a different handle on Twitter. But anyways the palace has said that they don't have any plans on starting a Sussex twitter account right now. 

        Question 4:  If Her Majesty attends a Royal Wedding are members of the Royal Family expected to attend? Are Senior Royals expected to attend?

        Answer: No. No one is expected to attend a wedding (or funeral, etc.) just because the Queen does. But, obviously, if this is close family or close friends we often see a bunch of other royals attending as they are close to the person as well.