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 at Imperial Palace
    • Foreign Royals attending (See list below.)
  • 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 
  • Prince Charles of the United Kingdom 
Possible: 
  • Belgium 
  • Bhutan
  • Denmark 
  • Liechtenstein 
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco 
  • Netherlands
  • Norway 
  • Spain 
  • Sweden 
  • Thailand

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 - 3
        Charlotte - 3
        Louis - 3
        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     Taken by Duchess Kate
        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
        June 8th Trooping the Colours 36th  27th  8th 
        July 21st Prince George's 6th birthday  37th Taken by Duchess Kate
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        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." 

        Back to Sussex Royal Baby Watch - Main Page

        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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