Wednesday 14 October 2015

Queen's Grandchildren "Official" Engagements (2016)

The Queen's Grandchildren Peter, Zara, Beatrice, Eugenie, Louise, & James don't regularly undertake "official" engagements like William or Harry. They are not regularly listed on the CC and do not receive any funding for their charitable work.

They do however attend the occasional official engagement and do work for various charities and organizations. They also hold a number of patronages.

This is a list of the Official Engagements PeterZaraBeatriceEugenieLouise, & James attend (e.g. Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul's Cathedral). This list also includes events they attend as a member of the Royal Family or as Patron of the organization.

We try not to include charity work that related to their job or events they attend in a private capacity, except when they are "official engagements". But it is hard to draw a line between what should be included, and what should not. Also, things are not widely publicized so, undoubtedly, we will miss some things.

Count for 2016:
Peter - 9
Zara - 7 
Beatrice - 35
Eugenie - 17
Louise - 8
James - 6

January (000000
Wednesday 27th 
(Beatrice appears in video for Sick Kids Friends Foundation)

February (10, 3100 
Friday 5th
  • Beatrice and Eugenie attend Memorial Service for Miles Frost at Arundel Cathedral.
    • With Mum, Duchess Sarah
  • Beatrice speak at .OpenMind conference in Oman
Friday 12th 
Monday 22nd
March (002000

Tuesday 8th 
  • Beatrice attend WE Day dinner at the Bulgari hotel
Wednesday 9th 
  • Beatrice speak at WE Day Concert at the SSE Arena. 
(Sunday 27th: PeterBeatriceEugenieLouise, & James attend Easter service at Windsor Castle)
April (000032
Tuesday 14th
  • Louise & James open the Mahali Pori Exhibit 
    • With Parents
  • Louise &  James visit Bristol, Clifton and West of England Zoological Society Limited 
    • With Parents
Thursday 16th 
  • Louise opens new Girlguiding Head Office
    • With mum, Countess Sophie
May (113211
Sunday  15th 
  • PeterZaraBeatriceEugenieLouiseJames attend Windsor Horse Show
Monday 23rd
  • Beatrice and Eugenie attend RHS Chelsea Flower Show
  • Beatrice announce winners for Oscar's Book Prize at Ceremony
    • Participate as a Judge
June (4516832
Wednesday 8th 
Thursday 9th 
  • Beatrice visit York Theatre Royal 
    • meets choir members and supporters of the refurbishment project
  • Beatrice visit York’s Chocolate Story
  • Beatrice visit York Minster to learn more about their Mystery Plays production
    • Andrew is Patron of  York Minster's Mystery Plays
Friday  10th 
  • PeterZaraBeatriceEugenieLouise, & James attend Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul's Cathedral for Queen's 90th 
Saturday  11th 
  • PeterZaraBeatriceEugenieLouise, & James attend Trooping the Colours
Sunday  12th 
Monday 13th 
  • Eugenie co-host annual UNAIDS gala at Design Miami/Basel in Switzerland 
Tuesday 14th 
  • Zara & Beatrice attend Royal Ascot Day 1
Thursday 16th 
  • Beatrice visit School 21, which is supported by Big Change
  • Beatrice& Eugenie attend Royal Ascot Day 3
Friday 17th
  • Beatrice attend Royal Ascot Day 4
Saturday 18th
  • Beatrice& Eugenie attend Royal Ascot Day 5
Sunday 19th 
  • Zara play in Jockeys vs Olympic Legends Polo Match during Gloucestershire festival of Polo at Beaufort Polo club
Thursday 23rd
  • Beatrice, & Eugenie attend Queen's Young Leaders Awards
Tuesday 28th 
  • Peter, Beatrice& Eugenie, with Autumn Phillips and Mike Tindall, attended Sentebale Charity Concert at Kensington Palace
Thursday 30th 
July (300200  
Thursday 14th 
  • Eugenie attend reception for winners of The Queen's Awards for Enterprise at Buckingham Palace
Saturday 23rd
  • Eugenie attended the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot Racecourse
  • Peter attend meeting with West Island Palliative Care Residence to officially become Joint Patron
    • With wife, Autumn
Thursday 28th 
  • Peter attended Habitat for Humanity groundbreaking ceremony in Canada
    • With his wife, Autumn, and her family
Friday 29th 
August (000000 

September (0050, 1, 1 
Monday 12th 
  • Beatrice attend Annual Charity Day for Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund in NYC with Mum Sarah to raise funds for Children in Crisis
Sunday 25th 
  • Louise, & James meet Mum, Countess Sophie, at Finish Line of her DofE Challenge
Monday 26th 
  • Beatrice participates in Strive Triathlon to raise money for Big Change
Tuesday 27th 
  • Beatrice participates in Strive Triathlon to raise money for Big Change
Wednesday 28th 
  • Beatrice participates in Strive Triathlon to raise money for Big Change
Thursday 29th 
  • Beatrice participates in Strive Triathlon to raise money for Big Change
October: (001200
(2-11th: Beatrice visit Nepal, India, Bhutan with the Ruit Foundation)

(6th: Podcast released of Beatrice for Dyslexia Awareness Week with Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre)

Wednesday 12th 
  • Eugenie attend modern slavery service at Westminster Abbey
    • Lay Wreath
(Tuesday 18: Eugenie release video to mark Anti-Slavery Day)

Tuesday 25th 
  • Eugenie attend The Elephant Ball at Victoria and Albert Museum 
    Thursday 27th 
    • Beatrice attend the 2016 Asia Game Changers award in NYC
      • Present award
    (Friday 28th: Released interview for Salvation Army on modern Slavery)
    November: (011100

    Sunday 11th 
    • Beatrice attend Centrepoint Gala at Kensington Palace
    Monday 28th
    • Eugenie attend memorial service for Duke of Westminster at Chester Cathedral
      • Representing her father
    Tuesday 29th 
    • Zara Attend Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund evening with the stars charity dinner. 
    December: (004100
    Friday 9th 
    • Beatrice and Eugenie visit Teenage Cancer Trust at University College London Hospitals. 
      • With mum, Duchess Sarah
    Monday 19th 
    • Beatrice visit  Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Brackenhall
    • Beatrice visit Hudderfield University
      • Meet with fashion design students
    Tuesday 20th  
    (20th Queen's Christmas Lunch)
    (Christmas Day Service at Sandringham)

    Also Check Out:
    September 2015 - December 2015 Engagements
    British Royal Bios

    Wednesday 7 October 2015

    Prince Nicolas of Sweden's Christening

    Prince Nicolas of Sweden will being christened on Sunday, 11th October. He is the 2nd child of Princess Madeline and Christopher O'Neill and 6th in line to the Swedish Throne. He will be almost 4 months old when christened.

    The christening will take place at the Royal Chapel at Drottningholm Palace, outside of Stockholm.

    Swedish public service broadcaster, Sveriges television, will broadcasting Prince Nicolas' christening. The Live Coverage starts at 11:50 am. More details to come.

    The Live Stream and Service will both be in Swedish, but don't worry it's not hard to follow and, of course, a bunch of us will be live Tweeting the whole thing.

    **Live Stream Link **

    Schedule: 11 Am = (10 AM London) (5 AM Toronto/New York) (2 AM  San Francisco)
    (8 PM Sydney)

    11.00 AM Guests arrive at Chapel

    *11.50  Live Steam Starts*

    12.00 Christening ceremony

    12.40 Guests leave Chapel

    1.00 PM  King and Queen hold Reception

    *1.30  Live Steam Ends*

    (Later: Private Lunch)


    Immediate Family (Including Estelle and Leonore), Godparents plus spouses, representatives from Parliament, the Government and Official Sweden.

    No Foreign Royals are expected.

    In lieu of gifts his parents have asked for donations to two of Princess Madeline's favorite Charities:

    God Parents:

    H.R.H. Prince Carl Philip
    Countess Natascha Abensperg und Traun
    Herr Gustaf Magnuson
    Mr Henry d'Abo
    Fru Katarina von Horn
    Mr Marco Wajselfisz

    Prince Nicolas will be christened in the same dress worn by Victoria, Carl Philip, Madeleine, Estelle, and Leonore at their christenings.

    Christening Guests will be in Morning Dress:

    You will see the member of the royal family wear their Fmaily Order. Prince Nicolas will be given the Royal Order of the Seraphim uring his christening.

    Not sure how much the Live Steam will cover the reception, but we are sure to get some official photographs from inside.

    Monday 5 October 2015

    Duchess of Cornwall Official Engagements 2015: October - End of Year

    I decided I wanted to start keeping track of Camilla's engagements for 2016. And instead of waiting till January, why not finish up 2015.

    (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


    Tuesday  13th 

    • Attend a pre-dinner reception and dinner for Man Booker Prize 2015
    (Wednesday 14th: Statement published in Daily Mail about her personal crusade against rape & sexual assault)

    Wednesday 14th: 

    • Visited the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre, Rape Crisis South London,  to mark its Thirtieth Anniversary.
    • Visited the Nelsons Manufacturing Facility to learn about their initiative to support the victims of rape and sexual abuse
      • Met volunteers
    • Visited the Haven (Whitechapel) Sexual Assault Referral Centre.
    Thursday  15th 
    Tuesday 20th
    • Greet President Xi and Madame Peng at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel  travel with them to Horse Guards Parade, where the President will receive a ceremonial welcome.
    • Tea with President Xi and Madame Peng at Clarence House. 
    Wednesday  21st 
    • Attend a horse whispering demonstration by Brooke Hospital for Animals Global Ambassador Monty Roberts at the Royal Mews, before attending a reception.
      • With the Queen. 
    • Attend a reception hosted by Gyles Brandreth, President of The Oscar Wilde Society, to mark the anniversary of the author's birth.
    Royal Tour of Australia & New Zealand: 4-15th 

    Wednesday 4th Wellington, New Zealand

    • Official Welcome at Government House
    • Visit Pukeahu National War Memorial
      • Lay wreath
    • State Reception at Government House
    Thursday 5th Wellington & Dunedin
    • Visit to Te Whaea
    • Literture event at Otago Univeristy
    • Visit to Irokonui Ecosanctuary
    Friday 6th

    (No Engagements Rest Day)

    Saturday 7th 

    • Public Walk at Trafalgar Street in Nelson
    • WOW Museum Visit
    • Food and wine event at Mahana Winery
    • SPCA Wellington visit
    Sunday 8th
    • Visit to Turangawaewar Marae in Ngaruawahia
    • Public walk in Aotea Square in the Auckland CBD
    • Bellyful visit
    • Prince's charity respite at Government House Auckland
    Monday 9th 
    • Happy 75h birthday to Air New Zealand at New Plymouth Airport
    • Tea with Taranaki at Brooklands Park
    • Public walk near the 'Bowl' and Zoo
    • Visit to Len Lye Centre
    • Pukekura Park Fernery visit
    Tuesday 10th
    • Visit the Spirit of New Zealand in Auckland Viaduct
    (Leave New Zealand fly to Sydney, Australia )

    • Visited Tanunda in the Barossa Valley
    • Visited Seppeltsfield Winery
    • Attended a Meeting at Government House, Adelaide, with organisations working to address domestic violence.

    Wednesday 11th Canberra  Remembrance Day

    • Attend the National Remembrance Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial
    Thursday 12th Sydney

    • Visited the New South Wales Mounted Police Unit.
    • Visited OzHarvest
    • Visited the Royal Australian Corps of Military Police at Victoria Barracks
    • Attended a Reception at Government House given by General the Hon. David Hurley (Governor of New South Wales).
    •  Attended a Dinner given by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Lady Cosgrove at Admiralty House.

    Friday 13th

    (No Engagements Rest Day)

    Saturday 14th Albany and Perth - Prince Charles Birthday

    • Visited Oranje Tractor Wines.
    • Visited Albany Agricultural Show and the National Anzac Centre
    • Attended a Reception given by the Hon. Kerry Sanderson (Governor of Western Australia) at the Cottesloe Civic Centre.

    Sunday 15th Perth

    • Attended Choral Matins in St. George's Cathedral, Perth
    • Visited Kings Park
    • Attended a Reception given by the Governor of Western Australia at Government House
    • Visited the State Library of Western Australia
    Sunday 22nd 
    •  Opened the new Village Hall in Stourpaine, Dorset
      Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Malta: 27-28th 

      Thursday 26th

      • Visit Mdina Glass in Ta'Qali.
      • Attend reception, hosted by the Queen, for the People of Malta in the gardens of San Anton Palace.
        • With Phillip and Charles
      Friday 27th
      • Attend the opening ceremony of the 24th CHOGM at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta.
        • With Queen, Phillip, & Charles
      • Visit the "Read With Me" literacy programme at St Thomas More College Primary School, Zejtun
      • Attended a Reception for veterans, sea scouts and Armed Forces personnel, given by the British High Commissioner to the Republic of Malta 
      • Attend the traditional CHOGM dinner at the Corinthia Palace Hotel, Attard.
        • With Queen, Phillip, & Charles
      Saturday 28th
      • Visited the Cathedral and Square in Mdina
      Tuesday 15th

      Thursday 17th
      Thursday 31th 
      • Visited the flood-devastated Deeside village of Ballater with Prince Charles. 

      Thursday 1 October 2015

      October Q & A (2015)

      As Always, Post your Royal Questions & I will get to them as soon as possible. 

      Past Q&As

      Question 1: Will the Cambridges attend the Royal Variety Performance this year?

      Answer: Um...... It's Charles and Camilla's year but they will be on Australia/ New Zealand Tour.... Who knows? The Royal Variety Performance is an annual variety show, usually late November or early December, to raise funds for the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund which the Queen is patron.

      Every year a senior member of the BRF attends. For a little over 20 years it has been alternating between the Queen (& Prince Phillip) attending and Prince Charles (& Camilla) attending. Before Charles started attending the Royal Variety Performance, attendance alternated between the Queen and the Queen mother.

      Last year the Cambridges attended for the 1st time in the Queen and Prince Phillip's place, and many suggested that the Cambridges would be taking over attending for the Queen and Prince Phillip. This is year is Charles and Camilla's year, but they can't attend because they will be out of the country. They like to alternate years so that people aren't attending twice in a royal, so my bet is we will see someone other than the Cambridges attend, probably Princess Anne.

      Question 2: Who is Prince Harry dating? Cause I keep seeing articles about him being out with different girls. 

      Answer: As far as we know Harry is not dating anyone. The media is grasping at straws. Not that he couldn't be dating someone right now, but there aren't any facts to support any of the rumors.

      Harry has been seen out with groups of friends a few times since returning from Africa. Just because one of the girls is single or happens to be his Ex-Girlfriend, doesn't mean they are dating. Harry gets linked to a dozen girls each year just because he's seen talking with them ONCE.

      If Harry were dating someone we would see them out on multiple occasions and it would be reported on by a good share of the creditable new sites.

      Question 3: What is up with the Crib from the Swedish Christening? 

      Answer: The cradle used by Prince Nicolas during the reception, after the christening, is called the King Karl XV's cradle. It was made for the birth of then Prince Karl in 1826. Today the cradle is only used ceremonially, not for everyday use. At the christening reception the baby sleeps in the cradle while mummy and daddy greet guests. The cradle was used for both Princess Madeleine and Princess Leonore's christening.

      Question 4: Are the Cambridges going to attend the China State Banquet? 

      Answer: There has been no Official Confirmation from Buckingham Palace. Although it has been widely speculated.

      Question 5: If William and Kate are the Earl and Countess of Strathearn when in Scotland what are Prince George and Princess Charlotte called?

      Answer: George and Charlotte's titles don't change. They are still the Prince and Princess of Cambridge. Just like how Prince Harry is the Prince Henry (Harry) of Wales in Scotland even though his dad is the Duke of Rothesay, same with the York girls, and Wessexs. But Charlotte and George may also simply be referred to as Prince and Princess without the regional distinction.

      When Prince George or Prince Harry marry they will get their own titles, usually three to represent different area's in England, Scotland, & Northern Ireland. Then as they travel to the different areas they will use their regional distinction in that area.

      Question 6: Why wasn't Kate given the Royal Family Order?

      Answer: The Royal Family Order is bestowed by the Monarch to Female member of the BRF.  The Royal Family Order is given at the Queen's discretion. It's not a matter of how long a female is a member of the BRF, but more the role they play. Although Catherine is the wife/mum of the future king, she is not a Full Time Working Royal. She is expected be given the order someday, most likely when she steps into a more full time role.

      Each new monarch, has their own Royal Family order, so it is likely Catherine will be given one from each of the next few monarchs: Charles, William, George.

      Question 7: I was wondering what you do with all the responses that you get. Do you keep them in an album? (I personally frame some of mine and put them up in my bedroom!!!) 

      Answer: I have 2 binders with sheet protectors in them. I have my letters all organized, British Royals first, starting with the Queen and working my way down the line of succession, but including spouses. Each Royal or family has their own cover sheet and then all their letters are organized chronologically by when I received them.

      It then moves on to Foreign Royals which are separated by Country, in alphabetical order, with all the all letters in each section organized chronologically.

      At some point, I might separate things by grouping of years, but I'm not at that point.

       P.S I was the girl that wrote this past July about not getting a response back from Charlotte's birth. I'm sad to say I still haven't gotten a reply yet, but I haven't lost hope.

      KP is still sending out replies for Princess Charlotte's birth.  KP was very behind, they are just now catching up and are sending out replies for Charlotte's Birth & Christening, & William and George's birthdays all at once. So even though we have been seeing latter events, they are still working on Charlotte's birth, so don't worry to much.

      I expected them to much more timely than this, but unfortunately they have been very slow this summer.