Friday, 9 August 2019

Nobel Prize Laureates (2019)

The 2019 Nobel Laureates will be announced October 7th - 14th. The award ceremonies will take place on December 10th.

Physiology or Medicine (Announcement October 7th)
Awarded to?
  • Interview
  • About their work
  • Lecture
The Prize is awarded by the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institute.

Physics (Announcement October 8th)
Awarded to?
  • Interview
  • About their work
  • Lecture
The Prize is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Chemistry (Announcement October 9th)
Awarded to?
  • Interview
  • About their work
  • Lecture
The Prize is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Literature (Announcement October 10th)
They will announce both the 2018, & 2019 Nobel Laurates.

Awarded to ?
  • Interview
  • About their work
  • Lecture

The Prize is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Peace (Announcement October 11th)
Awarded to ?
  • Interview
  • About their work
  • Lecture
The Prize is awarded by the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

Economic Sciences (Announcement October 14th)
Awarded to ?
  • Interview
  • About their work
  • Lecture
The Prize is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

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Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway's Confirmation - August 31st, 2019

Embed from Getty Images
(Photo of Princess Ingrid Alexandra's Christening in 2004)

Princess Ingrid Alexandra will be confirmed into the Church of Norway on Saturday, August 31st at the Palace Chapel. Details will be announced closer to the event.

August 31th 
  • Confirmation service at the Palace Chapel, at the Royal Palace (12:00)
    • Led by the Bishop of Oslo, Kari Veiteberg, and the Praeses of the Norwegian Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Helga Haugland Byfuglien.
  •  Luncheon at the Royal Palace (1:30 PM)
Royals attending: 

Confirmed:
  • Norway Royal Family 
  • Crown Prince Frederik (God-father) & Crown Princess Mary, & Prince Christian of Denmark
  • Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden (God-mother)
Possible: 
  • King Felipe of Spain (God-father)
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Saturday, 20 July 2019

King Philippe of Belgium - National Day Speech 2019 (English Translation)

Originally recorded in: French, Dutch, German
Ladies and gentlemen,

Two months ago [refering to Belgium's election], you put your trust in the men and women you expect to find answers to your concerns. You have chosen differently, but ultimately all of you are concerned with the same important issues: employment, climate, poverty, immigration. These concerns are shared with people from many countries around the world.

It is now a matter of coming together and agreeing on solutions. I realize the constraints in which our political leaders have to work. But the challenges are such that they must be addressed without delay, and with courage and determination. And they are so intertwined that they require intense collaboration at all levels.

Our country is full of talent and energy. There is no lack of goodwill and ideas. Many of us are already committed to their immediate environment with conviction. Many also show solidarity in their community or during major solidarity campaigns. Many long for hopeful and ambitious projects. It is a matter of mobilizing all that goodwill.

Major mobilizing projects are born in the dialogue and are realized in cooperation.

Let us use the immense potential of open and true dialogue. Open dialogue means to be ready to understand others with their beliefs and choices, even if they are not shared. It is to make others feel that they are indispensable in the search for solutions, without reservation. In an open dialogue, there is no room for lies and hurtful words.

A real dialogue faces complexity, likes nuance and strives for complementarity. In areas such as climate and employment, but also in mobility, energy, education and training, we can only be efficient through coordinated action and in open and honest conversation.

Combining our strengths to achieve a common goal, there are many beautiful examples of this. See the new cultures of cooperation within our companies. See our scientists, who cooperate closely in many areas of cutting-edge research. From Hollywood to the award-winning Belgian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, the result of a beautiful collaboration between all communities in our country.

Combining our strengths to achieve a common goal, there are many beautiful examples of this.  in our companies, where new forms of cooperation emerge. Among our scientists, who cooperate closely in many areas of cutting-edge research. With our directors and the many artists who carry the soul of our country out into the world. From Hollywood to the award-winning Belgian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, the result of a beautiful collaboration between all communities in our country.

It is also this ability to foster dialogue and to bring together that we are successfully serving the European project.

Our gift for dialogue and our talent to bring people together are also successfully used in the European project.

Our diversity and complementarity are our strength. That's how the world knows us and that's where we are expected. Maybe we are not sufficiently aware of this. And that's exactly what distinguishes us. And we can rightly be proud of that.

From all of this can be born a new ambition for our country. It is also the best remedy against fear, helplessness, and resignation. Our democracy can only benefit from it.

This is my wish today: that we encourage responsible dialogue, that we continue to strengthen our willingness to work together and that we are proud of what makes our country so unique.

The Queen and I wish you a beautiful National Holiday.

Long live Belgium.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Duchess Kate's Official Patronages - Other

In an effort to kept things organized this section features only Duchess Kate's patronages that don't fall into other categories. We may move these patronages as new categories are created. You can find links to all of her patronages here.

Action on Addiction
Charity #: 1117988
Patron (January 2012 - Present)

Action on Addiction was one of Kate's first patronages. The charity has treatment and rehabilitation facilities across England, and also provides support to the families and children of those with addiction.  Action on Addiction also does work in the area of prevention, education, research, workforce development, and advocacy. 

The charity was formed in 2007, with the merger of three addiction charities Action on Addiction, the Chemical Dependency Centre, and Clouds. Sarah, Duchess of York was previously Patron of the Chemical Dependency Centre (?-?). 

100 Women in Finance (London Branch)'s Philanthropic Initiatives 
Charity #: -
Joint Patron (January 2013 - Present)

100 Women in Finance is a professional association for women in finance and alternative investment industries, with locations around the world. The association focuses on professional development, networking, education, and charity work.

In 2010, William became Patron of the London Branch's charity initiatives for an initial 3 years. In 2013, the patronage was renewed for another 3 years with Kate and Harry joining William as joint patrons. In 2016, the joint patronage was renewed again for an unspecified number of years.

Each year the London Branch picks one of the royal's charities to support throughout the year. Their main fundraising event is the annual London Gala, which is attended by the Patron whose charity they are supporting that year. 

Charities Supported:
The organization was previously called 100 Women in Hedge Fund.

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Duchess Kate's Official Patronages - Young People

In an effort to kept things organized this section features only Duchess Kate's Young People related patronages.  You can find links to all of her patronages here.

Charity #: 1040756
Royal Patron (April 2013 - Present)
Patron of the Art Room (Janurary 2012 - January 2018)

Place2Be is a charity that works to improve the mental health and emotional well-being of children. They currently support over 200 schools nationwide. Place2Be provides schools with trained counselors and therapist to work with children, parents, teacher and other school staff. 

The charity also provides art therapy for children 5 to 16-year-olds with emotional and behavioral difficulties. Place2Be runs 8 Art Rooms in Oxfordshire, London, and Edinburgh. Place2Be's art rooms were originally run by a separate charity, the Art Room.


Place2Be and the Art Room merged in January 2018. Before that Kate was patron of the two separate charities (Art Room since January 2012 and Place2Be since April 2013). 


Charity #: 1077106
Patron (February 2016 - Present)

The Anne Freud Centre is a UK children's mental health charity. They offer a wide range of services (therapy, support, training) to children, families, and schools. 


They also provide training for mental health professionals and carries out research.  


Action for Children
Charity #: 1097940
Patron (December 2016 - Present)

Action for Children is a charity that supports v
ulnerable and neglected children and young people, and their families, throughout the UK. They help with family support, foster care, adoption, child neglect, and 
disability respite therapy.

Previous called the National Children's home, the charity was founded in 1868 as a home for London's street children. 

Queen Elizabeth II was patron (?-2016). 

Duchess Kate's Official Patronages - Health Care

In an effort to kept things organized this section features only Duchess Kate's health care related patronages.  You can find links to all of her patronages here.


East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH)
Charity #: 1069284
Royal Patron (January 2012  - Present)


EACH was one of Kate's first patronages. The charity provides care and support (both physical, emotional, social & spiritual) for children with life-threatening conditions in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk, and Suffolk. It also provides support & relief for their families. EACH currently has three hospices in Ipswich (The Treehouse), Milton and Quidenham.

The Nook Appeal is to raise money for a new Hospice (The Nook) in Norfolk.

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Charity #: 213280
Patron (Feburary 2018 - Present)

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is a professional association founded in 1929 for people working in the field of obstetrics and gynecology.  The association includes both people with and without degrees in medicine. The association was granted it's royal charter in 1947. 

Queen Mum was Patron (1947-?). 

Nursing Now Campaign
Charity #: 1089849 (Burdett Trust for Nursing) 
Patron (Feburary 2018 - Present - 2020)

Nursing Now is a 3-year international campaign to raising the profile and status of nursing worldwide. The campaign was officially launched in February 2018 by Duchess Kate. 

The campaign was created as a result of the 2016 Triple Impact report. The report found that empowering nurses would help to improve health globally, gender equality and build stronger economies. The Campain is being run by the Burdett Trust for Nursing, in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organization.

Evelina London Children’s Hospital
Charity #: 1160316 (Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust)
Patron (December 2018 - Present)

Evelina London Children’s Hospital is a London hospital for children and young people. It is a part of Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust. They provide comprehensive health services from before birth, throughout childhood and into adult life. They provide an extensive range of specialist services for children with rare and complex conditions from across south London, Kent, Surrey, and Sussex.

Duchess Kate's Official Patronages - History

In an effort to kept things organized this section features only Duchess Kate's History related patronages.  You can find links to all of her patronages here.


Charity #:-
Patron (April 2013 - Present)

The Natural History Museum holds the world’s largest natural history collection. Kate's work as patron is to support the Museum, their research and education programs.


Foundling Museum 
Charity #: 1071167
Patron (March 2019 - Present)

 The Foundling Museum tells the history of the Foundling Hospital, a children's home founded in 1734 for the "education and maintenance of exposed and deserted young children." The Foundling Hospital was the UK's 1st children's charity. The charity still exists today in a new location under the name Thomas Coram Foundation for Children. 

The museum works with contemporary artists, writers, and musicians to develop learning programs that are meaningful for young people. 

Duchess Kate's Official Patronages - The Arts

In an effort to kept things organized this section features only Duchess Kate's Art related patronages.  You can find links to all of her patronages here.

Charity #: - 
Patron (January 2012 - Present)

The National Portrait Gallery was one of Kate's first patronages. The National Portrait Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Kate's work as patron is to support the Gallery as well as to promote an appreciation of portraiture and support the organization's education and outreach programs.

Charity #: - 
Royal Patron (March 2018 - Present)

The Victoria & Albert Museum (The V&A) is one of the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design. It houses a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects and includes many different mediums: architecture, furniture, fashion, textiles, photography, sculpture, painting, jewelry, glass, ceramics, book arts, Asian art and design, theatre and performance. The Museum is free to the public and open 7 days a week.  

The V&A got its start in 1951 when Prince Albert created "The Great Exhibition," the first-ever international exhibition of manufactured products. Profits from this exhibition were used to create a new museum in London. The Museum was called the Museum of Manufactures and was located in Marlborough House, then a royal residence. The Museum soon outgrew Marlborough House. When it moved to its current site in South Kensington, it was renamed the South Kensington Museum.

In 1899, Queen Victoria laid the cornerstone of the new Aston Webb building of the museum. In honor of Queen Victoria & Prince Albert's years of support, the museum was renamed The Victoria & Albert Museum. This was Queen Victoria's last official public appearance before her death.

The Royal Photographic Society (The RPS)
Charity #: 1107831
Patron (June 2019 - Present)
Honorary Member (2017 - Present)

The Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain is one of the world's oldest photographic societies, and the oldest in continuous existence. The Society was founded in 1853. The Society has over 11,000 members and runs more than 500 events throughout the United Kingdom and internationally

Past Patrons: 
  • Queen Victoria & Prince Albert (1853-?)
  • Queen Elizabeth (1952-2019)
Other Honorary Members:
  • Prince Philip
  • Duke of Kent

Duchess Kate's Official Patronages - Sports

In an effort to kept things organized this section features only Duchess Kate's Sport related patronages.  You can find links to all of her patronages here.


Charity #: 1111612
Patron (April 2013 - Present)

SportsAid is a charity that supports the next generation of British athletes (age 12-18), including those with disabilities. The charity provides these athletes with funding to meet the cost of training and competing.



Charity #: 1158670
Royal Patron (October 2014 - Present)

The Charity, 1851 Trust, was created by Ben Ainslie Racing to inspire, educate and promote young people, under the age of 25, from a diverse background (disabilities, foster care, bereavement, depression, bullying, poor economic background, etc.) to get involved with sailing and the marine industry.

Charity #: -
Patron (December 2016 - Present)

All England Club is the tennis club where the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament is held every year. It is located in Wimbledon, London in England. 

The Duke of Kent is the Club's President (1968- Present). The Queen was Patron (1952-2016). 
Charity #: 1148421 (The LTA Trust)
Patron (December 2016 - Present)

The Lawn Tennis Association is the governing body of tennis in Britain. LTA works to promote tennis by supporting clubs, coaches, tournaments, etc., developing tennis programs, and creating initiates to get more people to start playing Tennis.

Duchess of Gloucester is the association's Honorary President (?-Present). Queen Victoria was patron (?-?). Queen Elizabeth II was patron (?-2016). 

Monday, 24 June 2019

Chart of Attendance in the Royal Box at Wimbledon (2015-2019)

For the past few years, we have tracked royal attendance at the annual Wimbledon Tennis Tournament. You can find a list of Royals & Extended family attending each year, broken down by day, here. This chart is just to summarize and compare year to year.

We are only counting attendance in the Royal Box. We haven't included extended family on this chart.

Green - Patron/President of All England Club or the Lawn Tennis Association

**Attendance will be updated after the tournament is over.**

Royal 2015 2016 2017 2018
2019
2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
British Royals
Duchess Camilla  1 1 1 1
Prince William 1 1 1 1 1
Duchess Kate 1 2 2 2 3
Duchess Meghan 1 1
Prince Andrew 1 1 1 1
Countess Sophie 1 1 1 1 1
Duchess of Gloucester 4 3 4 4 2
Duke of Kent 6 6 7 6 6
Duchess of Kent 1 1
Prince Michael of Kent 1 2 3 3 3
Princess Michael of Kent 3 3 3 4 3
Princess Alexandra 1 1 1 1
Foreign Royals
Prince Albert of Monaco 1 1 1
King Juan Carlos of Spain 1
Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark 1 1 1
Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia  1

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Sunday, 16 June 2019

Order of Garter Service

The Order of Garter is the UK's highest honors and is personally given by the Queen. The order is limited to 24 members, plus the Monarch, members of the British Royal Family and Foreign Monarchs.

The Order of Garter service is held each year on either the 1st or 2nd Monday for Trooping the Colours. The service is attended by all the British members of the order (if they are able) and their spouses. We only see extended family when a person is being invested.

Foreign Monarchs usually only attend when they are invested and on extra special years, like the Queen's Golden Jubilee.

Schedule 
  • Invest new members in the Throne room at Windsor Castle
  • Lunch at Windsor Castle
  • Walk to St. George's Chapel (3 PM)
    • Queen arrives by Car
  • Service at St. George's Chapel 
  • Carriage & Car Procession back to Windsor Castle 
Current Knights and Ladies of the Garter

British Royals
The Order of Garter tends to only be given to royals born into the Royal Family, and the spouse of the Monarch.

British Royals are usually appointed on St. George's Day (usually April 23rd), but are not officially invested until the Order of Garter Service.

Royal Year appointed Year Invested Age at Investment Number
Queen Elizabeth
(Then Princess)
1947 1948 (600th Anniv of Garter) 22 L 5
Philip Philip 1947 (Day before wedding) 27 902
Prince Charles 1958 (Year he was made Prince of Wales) 1968 19920
Duke of Kent 1986 (50th birthday) 1987? 50 966
Princess Anne 1994 1994? 43 L 9
Duke of Gloucester 1996 1997 53 884
Princess Alexandra 2003 2003 66 L 10
Prince Andrew 2006 2006 46 997
Prince Edward 42 998
Prince William  2008 (100th Knight) 2008 25 1000

Foreign Royals

Only Foreign Monarchs are made Stranger Knights and Ladies Companion of the Order of Garter.  (Mostly it is just given to European Monarchs.)

Monarchs are usually appointed to the order during a State Visit, but not officially invested until they attend an Order of Garter Service.

Royal Country Year Appointed Year Invested Number
Queen Margrethe Denmark 1979 1980 L 7
King Carl Gustaf Sweden 1983 1985 963
King Juan Carlos Spain 1988 1989 970
Princess Beatrix
(Then Queen)
Netherlands 1989 1990 L 8
Emperor Emeritus Akihito
(Then Emperor)
Japan 1998 ? 985
King Harald Norway 2001 2002 990
King Felipe Spain 2017 2019 1009
King Willem-Alexander Netherlands 2018 2019 1012

24 Members

The 24 members of the Order are all British Citizens, who receive the honor in recognition of their public service. They are usually appointed to the order on St. George's Day (usually April 23rd), but are not officially invested until the Order of Garter Service.

SpotNameYear InvestedNumber
1Field Marshal Lord Bramall1990973
2Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover 1992976
3Lord Ashburton1994979
4Sir Timothy Colman 1996983
5The Duke of Abercorn1999986
6Field Marshal Lord Inge2001988
7Sir Antony Acland 2001989
8Lord Butler of Brockwell 2003992
9Lord Morris of Aberavon2003993
10Sir John Major2005996
11Lord Luce2008999
12Sir Thomas Dunne 20081001
13Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers 20111002
14Lord Boyce 20111003
15Lord Stirrup 20131004
16Baroness Manningham-Buller 20131005
17Baron King of Lothbury20141006
18Lord Shuttleworth 20161007
19Sir David Brewer20161008
20Viscount Brookeborough
(Queen's 100th Investment)
20181010
21Lady Mary Fagan20181011
22Marquess of Salisbury 20191013
23Lady Mary Peters20191014
24Vacant--

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Royal Ascot Carriage Procession - 2019

During Royal Ascot, the Queen rides in the carriage procession each day, with other members of the Royal Family and special guests. There are usually 4 carriages, each with 4 people. The Queen always rides in the 1st carriage. The Carriage Procession begins at 2:00 PM. (Not every royal in attendance rides in the carriage procession.)

Who will be in the Royal Ascot Carriage Procession is not usually announced in advance. 
For Foreign Royals, Royal Family is in (Green).


Day 1 - Tuesday 18th
  • Carriage 1 
    • Queen Elizabeth 
    • King Willem-Alexander & Queen Maxima (Netherlands)
    • Prince Andrew
    • Carriage 2
      • Prince Charles & Duchess Camilla
      • Prince William & Duchess Kate
    • Carriage 3
      • Princess Anne
      • Prince Edward & Countess Sophie
      • Lord de Lauley
        • Master of the Horse 
    • Carriage 4
      • Princess Alexandra
      • Princess Beatrice 
      • Princess Eugenie
      • Edward Young
        • Queen's private secretary 
      • Vice Admiral Tony Johnstone-Burt
        • Master of the Royal Household

    Day 2 - Wednesday 19th
    • Carriage 1 
      • Queen Elizabeth 
      • Prince Charles & Duchess Camilla
      • Viscount Brookeborough
        • Queen's Lord in Waiting
    • Carriage 2
      • Prince & Princess Michael of Kent
      • Countess Mountbatten of Burma
        • Prince Philip's Cousin
      • Mark Prescott
        • Race horse trainer 
    • Carriage 3
      • Lord & Lady de Mauley 
        • Lord de Mauley is the Queen's Master of the Horse 
      • Viscountess Brookeborough
        • (Husband is in 1st carriage with the Queen)
      • Lieutenant Colonel Charles Richards
        • Deputy Master of the Royal Household 
    • Carriage 4
      • Charles & Agnieszka Butter
        • Charles is a friend of the Royal Family
      • Annabel Whitehead
        • Queen's lady-in-waiting
      • Mark Magee
        • Wessexs' Deputy Private Secretary 

    Day 3 - Thursday 2oth
    • Carriage 1 
      • Queen Elizabeth 
      • Prince Andrew
      • Princess Anne & Vice Admiral Sir Tim
      • Carriage 2
        • Princess Eugenie
        • James Fellowes
        • Viscount & Viscountess Brookeborough
          • Viscount is Queen's Lord in Waiting
      • Carriage 3
        • Peter & Autumn Phillips
          • (Princess Anne's son & daughter-in-law)
        • Zara & Mike Tindall
          • (Princess Anne's daughter & son-in-law)
      • Carriage 4
        • Lord & Lady Fermoy
          • Family friend
        • Rupert &  Vanessa Fairfax
          • Owns saddle company
      Day 4 - Friday 21st
      • Carriage 1 
        • Queen Elizabeth
        • Peter Phillips
          • Queen's grandson
        • Lady Helen Taylor & Timothy Taylor
          • Helen is the Duke  & Duchess of Kent's daughter
      • Carriage 2
        • Lady Alexandra Etherington & Mark Etherington
          • Alexandra is a great-great-granddaughter of King Edward VII
        • John Warren & Lady Carolyn Warren
          • John is the Queen's Racing Manager
      • Carriage 3
        • William Vestey & Violet Vestey
          • William is the son of the Queen's former Master of the Horse
        • Luca Cumani & Sara Cumani
          • Luca is a horse trainer
      • Carriage 4
        • Major General Benjamin Bathurst & Mrs. Bathurst
          • Commander of the Household Division 
        • Annabel Whitehead
          • Lady-in-waiting
        • Major Nana Twumasi-Ankrah
          • Queen's Equarry
      Day 5 - Saturday 22nd
      • Carriage 1 
        • Queen Elizabeth 
        • Duke of York
        • William Vestey 
          • Son of the Queen's former Master of the Horse
        • John Warren
          • Queen's racing manager
      • Carriage 2
        • General Sir Adrian Bradshaw & Lady Bradshaw
        • Sir Peter Vela & Lady Vela
          • Peter is a horse breeder
      • Carriage 3
        • Ben Case  & Sarah Case
          • Ben is a horse trainer
        • Clive Webb-Carter  & Pippa Webb-Carter
          • Clive is a thoroughbred bloodstock consultant 
      • Carriage 4
        • Lady Alexandra Etherington & Mark Etherington
          • Alexandra is a great-great-granddaughter of King Edward VII
        •  Chris Waller & Stephanie Waller
          • Chris is a horse trainer