Thursday, 24 January 2019

Royals attending the CHOGM (1997- Present)

The Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting is a meeting of all Commonwealth Heads of Government. It takes place every two years.

The Queen has almost attended every CHOGM since it 1st began in 1971. Although, The Queen only began formally participating in 1997.

The table shows 1997 thru present, as that is how far back Royal.UK's CC goes.

Year & Location Queen Philip Charles Camilla Will & Kate Other
1997 - UK x x x

Queen Mum,
Princess Anne
1999 - South Africa x x

2002 - Australia x x

2003 - Nigeria x x

2005 - Malta x x

2007 - Uganda x x x x

2009 - Trinidad 
and Tobago
x x

2011 - Australia x x

2013 - Sri Lanka

x x

2015 - Malta x x x x

2018 - UK
Everyone, See full list here.
2020 - Rwanda

x (Expected)

2022 - Samoa

x (Expected) x (Expected)

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019

British Royal Annual Events

This is in no way a complete list. The timing of some events varies slightly year from year.

2019 British Garden Parties

Each year, the Queen hosts 3 Garden parties at Buckingham Palace and 1 at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Each year, there are also a few Garden parties at Buckingham Palace, hosted by different royals for their Patronages.

We usually see each working royal attend one of the Queen's 3 Buckingham Palace garden parties. Plus, they may host one of their own. 

**Queen's Garden' Parties: For many Royals, attendance is often not announced ahead of time, so do expect the usual people, even if they aren't currently listed. **

Monday 13th 
  • Duke of Edinburgh Awards Gold Standard Reception 
    • Attending: Prince Edward, Countess Sophie, Princess Anne, Duke of Gloucester,  Princess Beatrice
Wednesday 15th
  • Queen's Garden Party at Buckingham Palace
    • Attending: Queen, Prince Charles, Duchess Camilla, Princess Anne
Tuesday 21st
  • Queen's Garden Party at Buckingham Palace
    • Attending: Queen, Prince William, Duchess Kate, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Countess Sophie, Duke & Duchess of Gloucester, Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra
Wednesday 22nd
  • Duke of Edinburgh Awards Gold Standard Reception 
    • Attending: Prince Edward, Countess Sophie, Princess Eugenie
Thursday 23rd
  • Not Forgotten Association Garden Party
    • Attending: Duchess of Gloucester
Wednesday 29th
  • Queen's Garden Party at Buckingham Palace
    • Attending: Queen, Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Duke & Duchess of Gloucester, Duke of Kent, Prince & Princess Michael of Kent

Wednesday 3rd
  • Queen's Garden Party at Palace of Holyroodhouse
    • Attending: Queen, Prince Andrew, Princess Anne, Prince Edward
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Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Royal attending the World Economic Forum's annual meeting (2019)

We have included the panels they are speaking on, along with the date.

  • Prince William
    • "A Conversation with Sir David Attenborough and HRH The Duke of Cambridge" (Jan 22nd)
    • "Mental Health Matters" (Jan 23rd)
  • King Philipe & Queen Mathilde
  • Crown Princess Mary
  • Queen Rania
    • Member of WEF's Board of Trustees
  • Crown Prince Al Hussein
  • Princess Tessy
  • Hereditary Prince Alois
  • Prince Albert
  • Queen Maxima
  • Prince Jaime de Bourbon de Parme
  • Crown Prince Haakon
  • Princess Märtha Louise
    • "The Feminists at Davos" (Jan 22nd)

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Duchess Meghan - Official Patronages

Patronages are not always for a lifetime, but often a set amount of time (for an appeal, 3 years, 5 years, etc). The patronages are reviewed after that period and usually renewed.

This list is only of current patronages:

Smart Works
Patron (January 2019 - Present)

Smart Works was founded in 2013 to help long term unemployed and vulnerable women succeed in job interviews, return to employment and transform their lives. Smart Works provides complete outfits of high-quality clothes for job interviews, one-to-one interview training, and professional & personal development.

Smart Works has locations in London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Reading, Birmingham, and Newcastle.

Patron (January 2019 - Present)

Mayhew is an animal welfare charity that works in London and internationally. It primarily works with car & dogs. Mayhew works to tackle the root cause of animal abandonment and neglect and to help vulnerable people stay with their companion pets. They do this through pro-active community and educational initiatives, and preventative veterinary care, such as:
  • Working with homelessness charities to ensure people and their dogs can be kept together
  • Running a Pet Refuge programme to provide short-term shelter and care for the pets of people in crisis
  • Educating young people about animal welfare and the importance of responsible pet ownership. 
Internationally, Mayhew works with governments, local communities and charitable groups in Afghanistan, Georgia, Russia and India to help improve animal welfare.

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Royals attending the BAFTA Film Awards

List of Royals attending the BAFTA Film Awards. (The year is when the ceremony was held, not the year of the films being honored.)
Prince William's Presidency (2010-Present)





2015Video Message



Lord Attenborough's Presidency (2002-2010)
No Royal Attendance

Princess Anne's Presidency (1972-2000)
The court circular on Royal.UK only goes back to 1997. So, Royal attendance before 1997 may be incomplete.




















Attended other BAFTA Awards:
1994 - Production Awards (Anne & Tim)
1999 - TV Awards (Anne)

The Earl Mountbatten of Burma's Presidency (1966-1972)
The court circular on Royal.UK only goes back to 1997. So, Royal attendance before 1997 may be incomplete.



Princess Anne

Prince Philip's Presidency (1959 - 1965)
The court circular on Royal.UK only goes back to 1997. So, Royal attendance before 1997 may be incomplete.





Wednesday, 2 January 2019

King Harald of Norway's 2018 New Years Eve Address - English Translation

Explanation or clarification from Gert's Royals is in [Brackets]

We all carry something precious inside of us that is only ours. It is a compass that no one can take from us - and which holds our humanity.

In Proverbs it says:
"Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it."
[Proverbs 4:23; I quoted the NIV Bible, His Majesty quoted from the Norsk Bibel 88/07.]

So how we can preserve our heart? We do it by being kind to each other. By having a respectful conversation despite disagreement. By lifting others up.

We also preserve it when we recognize a fellow human being in a stranger.
For then, we realize that we share the most important thing:
To be human on earth.
I think it's important to keep in mind that everyone has an opportunity - every day - to influence both our own and others' sense of value and joy of life. For every one of us matters.

To those who think that no one cares about what you are doing, I would say:
  • Just your smile can make a difference to a person you meet on the street. 
  • Just your kind words can create a better day for another. 
  • And just your thoughtfulness can trigger new good actions.
The author Johan Falkberget writes:
“Every time a person takes a step towards the light, something unheard of happens, new stars are lit, help Stars. They make it easier to take the step next time."
[Falkberget was a famous Norwegian author, who was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature 36 times, but never won.]

We all know well the light and the dark forces. We carry both in us - and we see them constantly at play in society and the world we are a part of. For the best in us to succeed, it requires action:
  • By contributing to the inclusion of everyone who wants to be a community.
  • By protesting against degrading speech.
  • By standing up for the people, issues, and values we cherish.
That is how we can preserve our society's heart.

I want to highlight all those whose work we easily take for granted - but who help us to have a society with a high degree of confidence in each other:
  • All of you who are in service to Norway in other countries.
  • All health workers, who do their utmost to provide good and kind care.
  • All teachers, who each day go to their work keeping each student in their mind, eye and heart.
  • All service workers, who strive for professional and friendly service.
And with many other professions, you do your best to create a good experience for other people and want well for each other  - through countless daily encounters at different venues.

We also contribute to strengthening our society by engaging in what matters to us - so that local communities and valuable cultural heritage are not lost.

It's about the thousands of men and women around the country that ensures that children and young people can enjoy recreational activities - surrounded by friends and safe adults.

It is also about all the young people who create something in their homes - so both city and country are kept alive.

And it is about all those who work to protect and share our cultural treasure. It shall we know, cherish and pass them on.

Through knowledge of both our own and others' culture and religion, we can more easily recognize what we humans have in common - despite our differences.

This legacy holds much that unites us - even if the expressions are different. I think that is what most of us are looking for. Because we want to know each other. We need each other.

We also need each other when the differences between us seem great. In meeting with others, we learn more about ourselves. We need to be connected to each other.

Norway is founded on the ability to compromise. By coming together to discuss issues, we lay the foundation for a good society. We also see the significance of this ability in the world - not least when nations work together to protect nature and save the Earth. We compromise daily - in the family, in the schoolyard, at work and in politics.

Being able to live well together despite differences and disagreements is perhaps one of the most important things to preserve. Both in our close relations, in Norway, and in the world.

We have good reason to be proud and grateful for everything we have. We see with some concern in developments in countries that are close to us. In the midst of this, Norway is still a country where we can express ourselves, our belief, or thoughts - and most importantly: keep our freedom intact.

These hard-earned values are community property that everyone in our country can have a part in. We must together strengthen this foundation so that we will not lose ourselves and each other - but know that we are one people, that we are one country.

This is the nation's heart - the values of which our country is based.

At the transition to a new year, we happily think about joy, desire, and hope. But, many carry something upsetting. Whether it is in relation to other people or to something we have experienced.

Sometimes it is too difficult to reconcile and find peace. But whenever possible, the reconciliation has a redeeming power.

Imagine if we could all feel a little better if we were able to lift some of our burdens. If we can manage to deal with ourselves and each other - where possible.

As adults, we have a special responsibility for the way we interact with each other. Children and young people learn from adults what to do and say. We, through our behavior, convey what is acceptable. Therefore, we must behave properly towards each other.

We need to talk to each other in a way that we want our children to take with them on through life. Therefore, sometimes, we have to think carefully.

On this evening, I wish for a joint New Year's resolution for all of us:
That in the coming year, we will meet each other with kindness.
If we together wish us a society characterized by respect rather than disagreement, of openness rather than fear, of warmth rather than distance - yes we can do it.

In this way, we also preserve our heart - which life itself assumes - and which makes us who we are.

Happy New Year!

Back to 2018 Christmas/ New Years Speeches 

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Q&A - January & February (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: Name Suggestion for Baby Sussex?

Answer: I think Harry & Meghan are going to go with something traditional from up the Royal Family tree. And then the baby will probably have two middle names.

Question 2: Considering his current role I have a feeling that Harry & Meghan might attend CHOGM 2020 in Rwanda. Is that a possibility? Or it will be only Charles & Camilla?

Answer: I think we will get a better idea after Harry's engagement next week. But I think the purpose the engagement is really about The Minister of State for the Commonwealth, who is hosting the event, doing some research about youth issues so he can bring that info to the next CHOGM meeting. He invited Prince Harry to attend this engagement, as it will give Harry some important insights for his own work as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.  

In the past, just the Queen & Prince Philip attended. Charles & Camilla only started attending when the Queen stopped traveling so much. And of course, the Queen doesn't travel overseas anymore. (See Table of past attendance.)

So based on that, we should just see Charles & Camilla. They aren't just there as royals. They are representing the Queen, in her position as Head of the Commonwealth. CHOGM is a working meeting, there are things for the heads of government to get done. And actually, most of CHOGM meeting doesn't involve the royals at all. The Queen's main job is to host the banquet and officially open the meeting.

The 2018 CHOGM meeting in London was something extra special. It was in the UK & it had a Commonwealth Forum, so we saw all the royals attend. And the Commonwealth Forum really made this an event that all the Royals could participate in.

If CHOGM 2020 is just the CHOGM, then I expect just Charles & Camilla. Harry's role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador doesn't really relate to this meeting.

But if they add on something like the Commonwealth Forum, so it's not just a meeting of the Heads of Governments but involves a lot of different people, then we could see Harry & Meghan attend. And if they are attending, I would also expect the Cambridges.

State Opening Parliament Speeches (2018)

Liechtenstein (January 25th)
United Kingdom (May)
(Canceled. The parliamentary session has been extended for another year. )

Netherlands (September 19th)
(Called Prinsjesdag (Prince's Day)
Sweden (September 25th)
Denmark (October 2nd)
(Queen Margrethe & Royal Family does attend, but Margrethe does not give a speech)
    Norway (October 2nd)