Sunday 24 April 2016

The Royal Foundation of The Prince & Princess of Wales

The Royal Foundation of The Prince & Princess of Wales
(Charity #: 1132048) 

The Royal Foundation was founded in 2009 by Prince William & Prince Harry. But did not have its first full year of operation until 2011. Princess Kate was added as a Patron in 2011. But the official name change wasn't until the following year. Duchess Meghan was added in 2018. In 2019, Prince Harry & Duchess Meghan split off and formed their own foundation, SussexRoyal. 

  • The Royal Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry 
    • (2009-2012)
  • The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry
    • (2012-2018)
  • The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
    • (2018-2019)
  • The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge 
    • (2019 - 2022)
  • The Royal Foundation of The Prince & Princess of Wales
    • (2022-Present)
Areas of Focus:
The Royal Foundation gives grants, mentoring, support, and partnerships to programs and projects it chooses. It has five areas of focus, which have changed over the years. The current areas of focus are:  
  • Emergency Responders (2019-Present)
    • Previously called "Service Community"
  • Conservation (2009-Present)
  • Mental Health (2017-Present)
  • Early Years (2018-Present)
  • Covid-19 (2020-Present)
Removed Areas: 
  • Community Empowerment (2018-2019)
    • Previously called "Women & Girls"
  • Armed Forced (2009-2018)
    • Sort of transitioned into "Service"
  • Young People (2009-2020)
The foundation is funded mainly through private donations. William and Kate host a number of private events each year for donors (E.g. receptions at Kensington Palaces' Orangery, charity cricket matches) These events are often private and not always mentioned in the Court Circular.

Some notable programs the Royal Foundation has helped fund are:
Core Coach (2013)

Core Coach was created in 2013 by the Royal Foundation. Coach Core is a training program for young people, in disadvantaged areas, to teach them how to be Sports coaches. This gives these young people an employable skill, as well as provides these disadvantaged areas with more quality coaches for youth sports programs.  Core Coach works with a variety of sports. 

Core Coach has since become an independent Charity. 

United for Wildlife (2013)

United for Wildlife is an umbrella organization created by the Foundation in 2013. United for Wildlife consists of the Foundation & seven influential international conservation organizations:
  • Conservation International
  • Fauna & Flora International
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Wildlife Conservation Society
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Zoological Society of London
United for Wildlife is committed to reducing the demand for illegal wildlife products. The organization works with law enforcement and the private sector to reduce trafficking. Also well as engaging with young people on the topic of conservation. United for Wildlife also strives for better on-site protection for wildlife.

Heads Together (2016)

Heads Together is a Mental Health campaign started by the Royal Foundation in 2016. It brings together mental health organizations in the UK and works to reduce stigma and change the conversation about mental health. Heads Together has launched a number of programs including:
  • Mentally Healthy Schools
  • Shout 85258 

The Royal Foundation Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying (2016) 

This task force brings together various people in the industry to look at online bullying of young people, focusing on 12-14 year-olds.

The Earthshot Prize is a global Environment prize designed "to incentivize change and help to repair our planet over the next ten years." The prize is awarded annually from 2021 to 2030, to five winners each year whose solutions substantially help the environment. 

The Centre for Early Childhood is an organization that “drives awareness of and action on the extraordinary impact of the early years, in order to transform society for generations to come.”
It focuses on 3 key areas:
  • High-quality research to increase knowledge & share best practice
  • Collaborate on new solutions
  • Developing creative campaigns to raise awareness &, driving real, positive change
The Royal Foundation should not be confused with The Charities Forum. The Charities Forum is made up of William & Kate's different charities, to foster collaboration and support between them. The Charities Forum does not provide financial support to these charities. 

Saturday 23 April 2016

Princess Eugenie's Birthday Reply (2016)

Not much to say here. Birthday Reply from Princess Eugenie of York.
It's the usual reply from the Duke of York's office and look almost exactly like Princess Eugenie's birthday reply from last year. That was written on a half sheet, while this was written on a full sheet of paper.

The letter is dated a week before the letter was post marked. This is quite usual for Andrew's office.  But a month response time is really good.

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Tuesday 19 April 2016

Congratulations to Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia on the birth of their 1st child.

A New Little Prince was born today in Sweden!!!

HRH Prince Alexander was born Tuesday, April 19th at 6:25 PM. Weighing 3595 gram (Approx. 8 pounds) and 49 cm long. (Approx. 19 inches) The Prince is 5th in line to the Swedish Throne. Both mother and baby are doing well.

Tuesday 19th
  • Birth of Prince at Danderyd hospital in Stockholm
    • 6:25PM
  •  Prince Carl Philip press conference at hospital 
    • 9:38 PM 
Wednesday 20th
  • Cannon Fire to mark the Birth 
    • Noon
    • 21 gun salute from Skeppsholmen saluting station as well as from Boden, Härnösand, Karlskrona and Göteborg.
Thursday 21st
  •  King Carl Gustaf hold Cabinet meeting, with Princess Victoria
    • 11:15 AM
    • Announce the name and baby's title
      • Prince Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil, Duke of Södermanland
Friday 22nd
  • Te Deum Service at at Royal Palace Chapel
    • 12:00 PM
    • Attended by Royal Family
      • King, Queen, Victoria, Daniel and Carl Philip confirmed. 
  • Congratulatory lists at the Royal Palace
    • 1-4 PM 
    • Well-wisher can sign list to send their congratulations to the couple
Monday 25th

If you are as excited about the news as us, you probably want to send Carl Philip and Sofia a letter or card to congratulate them on their baby. The address is:

TRH Prince Couple
Kungl. Slottet
SE-107 70  Stockholm

What to expect in reply? Will they reply?

Who really knows when it comes to the Swedish Royal Family. Sometimes they send out replies, sometimes they don't. They do always release a statement online saying how deeply touched they were for all the well-wishes.

You can find the two replies I have gotten from the Swedish Royal Family here.

Friday 1 April 2016

April Q&A (2016)

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

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Question 1: Are there any guests from other royal families invited to Queen Elizabeth's birthday? Who will attend to the celebration in your opinion? 

Answer: The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebrations span over many months, with a bunch of different events.  You can find everything we know so far about the Queen's 90th Birthday celebrations here. With a break down as to who will attend the different events.

The Queen's whole family will be participating in the celebrations at different times. Don't read anything to someone not attending a certain event.

Currently there aren't any big events planned for Foreign Royals to attend. I don't think we will see any big birthday dinner with foreign royals, like other foreign monarchs have done for their milestone birthdays. (The Queen's didn't doing anything like that for her 80th, either.)

We will see a lot of foreign royal families sending the Queen good wishes for her birthday.

Question 2: What is Prince Harry doing? And where he is? 

Answer: Prince Harry just go back a few days ago from Nepal. After his Royal Tour, he stayed in the country for a few extra days to work with Team Rubicon UK on an earthquake relief project.

He is back in the UK now. He is probably prepping for his visit to Canada and the Invictus Games in USA next month.

His first engagement this month will be on Wednesday, the 6th. He will attend the unveiling of the UK 2016 Invictus Games team at Buckingham Palace. For more upcoming engagements for Prince Harry. 

Question 3: Are you going to send a Birthday Card to King Philippe of Belgium? 

Answer: Yes. 

Question 3a: Is it appropriate to mention the brussels attack in my letter? 

Answer: Yes. It is completely appropriate to mention. It think King Philippe would love to hear about your support for Belgium after these attacks, and to know that the country is in your thoughts.

Question 4: If I want to send Princess Charlotte a Birthday Card, should I address it to her or her parents? 

Answer: Great Question. When writing for children's birthdays, christenings, etc, address it to who ever you are really writing to. A letter/card to a child is going to be different than for an adult.

Since Princess Charlotte is a baby who can't read, unless your card is a picture or something she can chew on, you're really writing to her parents. They are also the ones sending the Thank You card. So you should address your letter to them.

When Charlotte get's older and you are actually writing to Charlotte, you can address it to her.

The address for the Cambridges is:

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Clarence House
London SW1A 1BA
United Kingdom

Question 5: Did Zara Phillips ever attend any of the Buckingham Palace Garden Parties? 

Answer:  No, I don't believe Zara ever has.

Question 6: Which members of other royal families has Prince Harry met?

Answer: I think at this point Harry had meet members from almost every royal family, and certainly all the major ones.  I didn't go into the defunct monarchies, obscure ones, or extended royal families.

Harry meet a lot of royals at things like weddings (e.g. William and Catherine), funerals (e.g. Queen Mum),  2012 Olympics, Queen's various Jubilee celebrations, trips abroad, royal visits to UK, etc.

Not a complete list, and I'm not 100% sure on all the children on the list, but they are mentioned as Harry had occasion to meet them.

  • King & Queen, King Albert
  • King
  • Queen, Henrik, Frederik, Mary, Christian, Isabella
  • King
  • Grand Duke and Grand Duchess
  •  Prince Hans-Adam II
  • Albert & Charlene
  • King, Queen, Princess Beatrix, Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess Alexia, Princess Ariane
  • King and Queen, Crown Prince & Crown Princess, Princess Ingrid & Prince Sverre Magnus 
  •  King, Queen, King Carlos, & Queen Sofia
  • King, Queen, Victoria, Daniel, Carl Philip

If you have any specific question, about Harry meeting someone on the list or not on the list, feel free to ask.