Friday 25 December 2020

King Philippe of Belgium - 2020 Christmas Eve Address (English Translation)

Ladies and gentlemen,

Every year we look forward to celebrating Christmas and New Year's Eve together with family, our children, parents and grandparents - with friends. Those precious moments bring us security, warmth and light, in these cold, dark and sometimes lonely winter days. That is what the Chain of Light also stands for: a symbol of connection and hope.

This year everything is different. Tonight we celebrate Christmas in our bubble, or alone. Because we have to keep it safe. Fortunately, love and friendship can bridge any distance.

The pandemic affects all of us, albeit in different ways. Unfortunately, many of us pay a heavy price for this. Many have died. 

The challenges remain enormous, but the end of the crisis is really within reach in the coming months. We can gradually make new plans and have confidence in the future. But without a doubt, we come out differently.

What lessons can we learn from this crisis?

First of all: we can handle this.

Our healthcare system has stood firm, thanks to the extraordinary effort and dedication of so many healthcare providers.

Then there are all the people who keep the country going day and night - by continuing to work, running their businesses, or continuing to provide public services. Or simply by offering help where it is needed.

And in recent months, the country has shown itself to be incredibly generous. So many fellow countrymen have volunteered. We have seen good examples of this. Someone is keeping an overworked nurse's children. Another does the shopping for the neighbors. Students teach primary and secondary school students online - or lend a hand in the hospital. A chef who has had to close his restaurant is now preparing dishes for the homeless. And Professionals from the event sector make their know-how available to residential and care centers. And there are many more examples.

The pandemic plaguing us for almost a year, we share the same uncertainty, the same concerns.

It has made us see and appreciate things differently.

We have become aware that we are all vulnerable. Much has been said in recent months about how we are living this crisis - we have listened to each other and we have understood each other.

Let us continue to speak honestly and frankly.

The lockdown gives us a better understanding of what people who are excluded or lonely have to endure.

More than ever, we must ensure that no one is excluded anymore. That everyone gets a place in society.

This crisis has made visible how much we depend on each other. And we have learned to dare to acknowledge that. When we respect and trust each other, that dependence is a strength on which to lean.

Out of necessity, our individual freedom is limited by the measures taken in the fight against the coronavirus, which sometimes has serious consequences. But we can accept those limitations, instead of enduring them. Our freedom is only meaningful if we can experience it together with others and use it for the well-being of others, of the whole of society.

Ladies and gentlemen,

The day will come when we will again interact in a relaxed manner; that grandparents take their grandchildren on their lap; that we return to church, synagogue, mosque and temple without restrictions; enjoy a concert together; that we celebrate again, in complete freedom, ...

I would like to conclude with a message for young people.

I know you are having a hard time.

We ask a lot from you and it is true that your life has been put "on hold".

But soon all this will be over and you can spread your wings again, make your dreams come true. And you give us the inspiration to work together for a better world.

Ladies and gentlemen,

The Queen and I, and our entire family, look forward to next year with you. A year in which we can fully embrace the future again.

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Wednesday 9 December 2020

Reviewing Officers at Sovereign's Parade Sandhurst (2000-Present)

Royal Military Academy Sandhurst is one of several military academies in the UK. This academy is used as initial training for officers in the British Army. 

There are 3 Sovereign's Parades each year to mark the graduation of the Commissioning Course for Regular Army officers, which is 44 weeks long. There are 3 of these courses a year: (January-December, May-March, and September-August). There is a separate graduation for the Commissioning Course Short.

When possible, the Monarch's representative is someone already scheduled to attend the event. (I.e. Foreign Monarchs are the representative when their children are graduating.)

ColorMeaning
PurpleUK Royal
YellowForeign Royal
BlueUK Prime Minister
                                        

King Charles III's Reign
 
 Year  AprilAugustDecember
2020s
2029-- -
2028-- -
2027
- -
2026-- -
2025-- -
2024-- -
2023King Charles
(200th Parade)

General Manoj Pande
(India Chief of the Army Staff)


General Tim Radford
(former Deputy Strategic Allied Commander Europe)
2022--Duke of Gloucester


Queen Elizabeth II's Reign
 
 Year  AprilAugustDecember
2020s
2022 General James McConville
(USA
 Chief of Army Staff)
Qamar Javed Bajwa
(Pakistan Chief of Army Staff)
-
2021
Nicholas Carter 
(Chief of Defense Staff)

Boris Johnson
(Prime Minister)
Princess Anne
2020Private Parade
due to Covid
restrictions
Ben Wallace
(Defence Secretary)

General Sir Patrick
Sanders
(Commander United
Kingdom Strategic Command) 


2010s
2019General Mark Milley
(Chief of Staff US Army)
General Sir James Everard
(Deputy Supreme
Allied Commander Europe)
Countess Sophie
2018General Sir Nicholas Carter
(Chief of the General Staff)
General Mark Carleton-Smith
(Chief of the General Staff)
Prince William
2017Theresa May
(Prime Minister)
King Abdullah of Jordan
(Son's Graduation)
Prince Harry
2016Prince Salman bin Hamad
Al-Khalifa of Bahrain
General Sir Adrian Bradshaw
Deputy Supreme Allied
Commander Europe (DSACEUR) 
Duchess Camilla
2015?Air Chief Marshal Stuart Peach
(Vice Chief of Defence Staff)
Prince Charles
2014General Sir Richard ShirreffGeneral Sir Peter Wall
(Chief of General Staff)
Michael Fallon
(Secretary of State
for Defence)
2013General Sir Nicholas ParkerCountess Sophie ?
2012Duke of KentGeneral Sir Alexander Shirreff Philip Hammon
(Secretary of State
for Defence)
2011?General Sir David Richards David Petraeus
(CIA Director)
2010?David Cameron
(Prime Minister)
?
 Year  AprilAugustDecember
2000s
2009John Hutton
(Secretary of State for Defence)
? General Sir Nicholas Houghton
(V
ice-Chief of
Defence Staff
)
2008Princess AnneKing Hamad of Bahrain  ?
2007?? ?
2006Queen Elizabeth
(Grandson Graduated,
150th Parade)
King Abdullah of Jordan Queen Elizabeth
(Grandson Graduated)
2005General Michael Walker
(Chief of the Defence Staff)
Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin,
King Of Malaysia 
Duke of Kent
2004Sheikh Hamad bin
Khalifa Al-Thani,
The Emir of Qatar
Prince Edward General Mike Jackson
(Chief of the
General Staff)
2003Tony Blair (Prime Minister)General James L. Jones
(Allied Commander
for Europe)
?
2002Prince Andrew? ?
2001General Mike Jackson? Princess Anne
2000?Prince Philip ?

Tuesday 1 December 2020

2020 Christmas/New Years Speeches

Most of European Monarchs give a speech sometime during the holiday season. We will link them here when they get posted, with an English translation.


(All times are Local/London.) 
    Christmas Eve Speeches
    King Philippe of Belgium (Pre-recorded, 6ish PM/ 5ishPM)
    New Time, as it will air as part of the "Noël ensemble à 11 millions" TV special.
    Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg (7 PM/6 PM?)King Felipe of Spain (Pre-Recorded 9 PM/ 8 PM) 
    40 mins before the speech, they show a video review of the year.
    Christmas Day Speeches 
    King Willem-Alexander of Netherlands (Pre-recorded 1 PM/ Noon)
    Queen Elizabeth of The United Kingdom (Pre-recorded 3 PM)
    King Carl Gustaf of Sweden (Pre-recorded 7:45/8:45)
    They usually release the video and Swedish texts earlier in the day.
    New Years Eve Speeches
    Queen Margrethe of Denmark (Live 6 PM/5 PM) 
    King Harald of Norway (Pre-recorded 7:30 PM/ 6:30 PM)
    Prince Albert of Monaco (7 PM?/6PM?)

    Wednesday 11 November 2020

    Royal Attendance at Armistice Day Service at the National Memorial Arboretum (2001-Present)

    On Remembrance Day each year (Nov 11th), the annual Armistice Service is held at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas. There has been a royal in attendance every year in recent years. The first service was held in 2001.

    During King Charles III's Reign
    YearRoyalNote
    2029
    2028
    2027
    2026
    2025
    2024
    2023Princess Anne & Sir Tim
    2022Duke & Duchess of GloucesterYear of Queen Elizabeth II's Death


    During Queen Elizabeth II's Reign
    YearRoyalNote
    2021Duke & Duchess of Gloucester20th Anniversary 
    2020Prince Edward & Countess Sophie-
    2010s
    2019Duke of Kent-
    2018Duke & Duchess of GloucesterRemembrance Sunday
    100th Anniv of Signing of Armistice
    2017Duke of Gloucester-
    2016Prince Harry15th Anniversary 
    2015Princess Anne-
    2014Prince Edward-
    2013?-
    2012Duke & Duchess of Gloucester-
    2011?10th Anniversary
    2010Duke of Gloucester-
    2000s
    2009Prince Edward
    -
    2008Prince & Princess Micheal of Kent90th Anniv of Signing of Armistice
    2007-Remembrance Sunday
    2006-5th Anniversary
    2005--
    2004--
    2003--
    2002--
    2001-Remembrance Sunday/ 1st Annual Service

    Sunday 8 November 2020

    Royal Attendance at Cenotaph Remembrance Sunday (2015-Present)

    The Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday MOD 45158280
    Photo: Sgt Si Longworth/MOD, OGL v1.0OGL v1.0, via Wikimedia Commons
    Below are charts of Royal Attendance at the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph which takes place on the 2nd Sunday in November. 

    Key:

    x - Laid Wreath 
    * Wreath Laid on their Behalf
    ^ Signed note on Spouse's Wreath

    When 3 Balconies are Used:
    • B1 - Center Balcony (Light Blue)
    • B2 - Right Balcony  (Medium Blue)
    • B3 - Left Balcony (Dark Blue)
    When 2 Balconies are Used:
    • B1 - Right Balcony (Light Blue)
    • B2 - Center Balcony  (Medium Blue)
    Yellow box, took the salute at the March Past at Horseguard Parade later in the day. 

    Which Royal is on which balcony depends on how people there are, the number of balconies being used, and the order of precedence. 

    During King Charles III's Reign 

    Royal20222023 2024 2025
    Laying Wreaths
    King Charlesx--
    Prince Williamx--
    Prince Edwardxx--
    Princess AnnexX--
    on Balcony
    Queen Camillab1*--
    Princess Kateb1^--
    Duchess Sophieb3b2--
    Sir Timb2--
    Duke of Gloucesterb3--
    Duchess of Gloucesterb3--
    Duke of Kentb2**--
    Princess AlexandraCanceled
    --
    Other

    --
    Note:
    2022 - Duchess Sophie was not yet a duchess in 2022, as her husband had not yet been given the title Duke of Edinburgh. 
    2023 - The Duke of Kent was not announced to attend this event. But he did cancel his attendance at the Festival of Remembrance the night before due to mobility issues. 

    During Queen Elizabeth II's Reign 
    (Two Tables, 2015-2021)
    Royal20202021
    Laying Wreaths
    Prince Charlesx
    Prince Williamxx
    Prince Edwardx
    Princess Annex
    Duke of Kentxb1*
    on Balcony
    Queen Elizabethb1*Canceled*
    Prince Philip*Dead
    Duchess Camillab2
    Duchess Kateb2
    Countess Sophieb3b2
    Sir Timb3
    Duke of GloucesterCanceledb3
    Duchess of GloucesterCanceledb3
    Princess Alexandrab1
    Other
    Lady in Waiting
    Susan Rhodes (b1)

    Note:
    2020 - Due to Covid there was no March Past. Also Queen Elizabeth was not joined by other Royals on the balcony due to Covid restrictions. She was joined instead by a Lady-in-Waiting from her bubble. 

    Royal20152016201720182019
    Laying Wreaths
    The Queenxb1*
    Prince Philipxb1**
    Prince Charles*xx
    Prince Williamxx
    Prince Harryx
    Prince Andrewxx
    Prince Edwardxxx
    Princess Annex xx
    Duke of Kentx
    Prince Micheal of Kentx

    xb3
    on Balcony
    Duchess Camilla
    b1
    Duchess Kateb1b2b1
    Duchess MeghanPre-Weddingb2
    Countess Sophieb1b2b3b2
    Sir Timb1b2b3b2
    Duke of Gloucesterb2b3
    b3
    Duchess of Gloucesterb2b3
    b3
    Princess Micheal of Kentb2
    Princess Alexandrab2
    Other
    King (x) & 
    Queen (b1) of 
    The Netherlands
    President (x) & 
    First Lady 
    of Germany (b2)

    Notes: 
    2015: - Prince Charles & Duchess Camilla were visiting Australia, and attended remembrance events there. 

    Wednesday 21 October 2020

    King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands's Greek Holiday Apology - English Translation

    With a heavy heart, I speak to you.

    Our trip to Greece has provoked strong reactions from many Dutch people. It hurts to have betrayed your trust in us.

    Even though the trip was in line with the regulations, it was very unwise not to consider the impact of the new restrictions on our society.

    Our own decision to return was made with the realization that we should not have gone.

    From the start of the Coronavirus crisis, we have done our best - within the limits of the corona policy - to find space and to be there as much as possible for everyone who is looking for support in uncertain times.

    It is a difficult time for everyone. A time of loss, limitations, and worries. Of fear, anger, and insecurity too. We have heard the moving stories in many meetings, in person, and digital. We feel connected with you and with all those people who have been directly or indirectly affected.

    We will continue to work with you to get the Coronavirus under control. So that everyone in our country can then resume normal life as soon as possible.

    That is now the most important thing and we will continue to do so, to the best of our ability.

    We are involved. But not infallible.

    Saturday 19 September 2020

    Royals on Time Magazine's 100 Most Influencial List (2004-Present)

    In 2004, Time Magazine started an annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the world. The List recognizes those who have changed the world in the past year, regardless of the consequences (good or bad) of their actions. 

    The list regularly includes humanities, movie stars, politicians, dictators and terrorists. 

    The list below shows the royals have been included in the Time 100 list. The person's name is linked to the Time's article for that year explaining why they were chosen. 

    2004

    2005
    • None
    2006
    2007
    2008
    2009
    • None
    2010
    2011
    2012

    2013
    2014
    2015
    2016
    2017
    2018
    2019
    2022
    • None
    2023
    Royals who appeared multiple times 

    3x
    • Duchess of Cambridge (2011, 2012, 2013)
    2x 
    • Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai (2006, 2008)
    • Prince Harry (2018, 2021)
    • Duchess Meghan (2018, 2021)

    Saturday 1 August 2020

    Nobel Prize Schedule (2020)

    (All times are local Stockholm & Oslo, both GMT+1)

    Tuesday, December 10th
      Norway 
      • Save the Children’s Peace Prize Party (11 AM)
      • King receives Nobel Peace Prize Laureates
      • Digital Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony/ Lecture at the auditorium at the University of Oslo (1 PM)
      • Nobel Peace Prize Banquet
        • Laureate wave from Balcony
        • No Live Stream
        Sweden 
        • Digital Nobel Prize Ceremony at Stockholm City Hall (4:30 PM)
        • Nobel Prize Banquet
                • Banquet Afterparty 
                •  
                  Friday, December 11th
                    Sweden 
                    • King's Banquet for the Nobel Laureates at Palace 
                      • Private Banquet, but we get photos of the Royals arriving

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                      Nobel Prize Laureates (2020)

                      The 2020 Nobel Laureates were announced October 5th - 12th. The award ceremonies will take place on December 10th.

                      Physiology or Medicine 
                      Awarded to Harvey J. Alter of USA (1/3), Michael Houghton of UK (1/3) & Charles M. Rice of USA (1/3) for "the discovery of Hepatitis C virus."
                      The Prize is awarded by the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institute.

                      Physics
                      Awarded to Roger Penrose of UK (1/2) for "the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity." And awarded to Reinhard Genzel of Germany (1/4) and Andrea Ghez of USA (1/4) "for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy."
                      The Prize is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

                      Chemistry
                      Awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier of France (1/2) & Jennifer A. Doudna of USA (1/2) “for the development of a method for genome editing.”
                      The Prize is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

                      Literature 
                      Awarded to Louise Glück of USA  (1/1) for "for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal."
                      The Prize is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

                      Peace 
                      Awarded to World Food Programme (1/1) for "its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict."
                      The Prize is awarded by the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

                      Economic Sciences
                      Awarded to Paul R. Milgrom of USA (1/2) & Robert B. Wilson of USA (1/2) for "improvements to auction theory and inventions of new auction formats."
                      The Prize is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

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                      Thursday 30 April 2020

                      Luxembourg Royal Baby Watch (2020)

                      Born: May 10th, 2020

                      Sex: Boy

                      Birth Location: Grand Duchess Charlotte Maternity Hospital, Luxembourg

                      Parents: TRH The Hereditary Grand Duke & Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (AKA Prince Guillaume & Princess Stéphanie)

                      Name:  Charles Jean Philippe Joseph Marie Guillaume.

                      Title: HRH Prince Charles of Luxembourg

                      Line of Succession: 2nd (& can not get pushed down by any future birth)

                      Future Monarch: Yes (Luxembourg succession is the eldest child, regardless of gender, per 2011 decree.)

                      Press Release from Palace: Yes [Link]

                      Press Conference/Photocall: Prince Guillaume recorded a statement outside the hospital. [Link]

                      Public Celebrations: 21 Gun Salute, virtual congratulations book, bell ringing, etc.

                      First Photo of Baby: We got a glimpse of the little Prince in photos of Grand Duke Henri & Grand Duchess Maria Teresa's video chat to meet their grandson. [Link]

                      Honors: 
                      • Will be made a Grand Cross of Order of Adolphe of Nassau & Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau at birth. 



                      Saturday 25 April 2020

                      National Parade of Queen & King's Scouts

                      Each year, Monarch, or a member of the Royal Family on their behalf, reviews the National Parade of Queen's & King's Scouts at Windsor Castle. Afterward, they attended the National Scout Service at St. George's Chapel. 

                      The event is held on the Sunday closest to St. George's Day (usually April 23rd).

                      Queen Elizabeth - Patron of the Scout Association (1952-2022)
                      Duke of Kent - Joint President of the Scout Association (1975-Present)
                      Duchess of Cambridge - Joint President of the Scout Association (2020-Present)

                      Years attended by Patron/President are marked in Yellow. 


                      King Charles II's Reign

                      YearRoyal Notes
                      2020s
                      2029
                      --
                      2028
                      - -
                      2027
                      - -
                      2026
                      - -
                      2025
                      --
                      2024
                      --
                      2023
                      Duke of Kent-

                      Queen Elizabeth II's Reign
                      YearRoyal
                      2020s
                      2022
                      No Royal
                      2021
                      Canceled Due to Coronavirus Pandemic
                      2020
                      Canceled Due to Coronavirus Pandemic
                      2010s
                      2019
                      Duke of Kent
                      2018
                      Princess Beatrice
                      2017
                      Duke of Kent
                      2016
                      Prince Micheal of Kent
                      2015
                      Duchess of Gloucester
                      2014
                      Duke of Kent
                      2013
                      Duchess of Cambridge
                      2012
                      The Queen (Diamond Jubilee Year)
                      2011
                      ?
                      2010
                      Prince Charles
                      2000s
                      2009
                      ?
                      2008
                      Duke of Kent
                      2007
                      The Queen & Prince Philip
                      2006
                      ?
                      2005
                      ?
                      2004
                      Duke of Kent
                      2003
                      No Royal
                      2002
                      Queen & Prince Philip (Queen's birthday/ Golden Jubilee year)
                      2001
                      Duke of Kent
                      2000
                      No Royal
                      1990s
                      1999
                      No Royal
                      1998
                      ?
                      1997
                      The Queen
                      1996
                      ?
                      1995
                      Prince Philip
                      1994
                      Duchess of Kent
                      1993
                      Duke of Kent
                      1992
                      The Queen (Ruby Jubilee year)
                      1991
                      Queen Mum
                      1990
                      ?

                      Anzac Day - UK Royal Attending (2010-Present)

                      ANZAC Day (14002256262)
                      Cenotaph
                      Foreign and Commonwealth Office, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
                       
                      ANZAC Day (April 25th) pays tribute to all Australians and New Zealanders who have served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peace-keeping operations. ANZAC Day marks the anniversary of the first landings at Gallipoli in 1915.

                      This list looks at the three annual events attended by members of the Royal Family:
                      • Dawn Service at Hyde Park Corner (5 AM)
                        • (Sometimes, the location will be referred to as Wellington Arch, Australian War Memorial, or the New Zealand War Memorial which are all located at Hyde Park Corner.)
                      • Parade & Wreath Laying at Cenotaph  (11AM)
                      • Service at Westminster Abbey (Noon)

                      King Charles III's Reign

                      Year Dawn Service at
                      AUS Memorial
                      Parade
                      Cenotaph
                      Westminster AbbeyOther Notes
                      2020's
                      2029

                      2028

                      2027

                      2026

                      2025

                      2024

                      2023
                      Prince WilliamDuke of GloucesterDuke of Gloucester

                      Queen Elizabeth II's Reign
                       Year  Dawn Service at
                      AUS Memorial
                      Parade
                      Cenotaph
                      Westminster AbbeyOther Notes
                      2022
                      Duke of Gloucester Prince WilliamPrince William
                      Duchess Kate
                      2021
                      Princess Anne
                      Sir Tim Laurence
                      Princess Anne
                      Sir Tim Laurence
                      2020
                      Canceled
                      Duke of Kent
                      Canceled Canceled
                      Canceled due to Pandemic
                      2010's
                      2019
                      Duke of Gloucester Duke of Gloucester Duchess Kate
                      Prince Harry
                      Duke of Gloucester
                      Sir Tim Laurence
                      Prince William
                      in New Zealand
                      2018
                      Prince Harry
                      Meghan Markle
                      Prince Harry
                      Prince William
                      Prince Harry
                      Meghan Markle
                      Prince Charles
                      in France
                      100th Anniversary
                      of ANZAC day in
                      Villers-Bretonneux, France
                      2017
                      Prince Andrew
                      Prince Andrew
                      2016
                      Prince Harry 
                      Prince Harry 
                      Prince Harry 
                      100th Anniversary of
                      ANZAC Day
                      2015
                      Princess Anne
                      Sir Tim Laurence
                      Queen
                      Prince Philip
                      Prince William
                      Queen
                      Prince Philip
                      Prince Charles &
                      Prince Harry
                      in Gallipoli, Turkey

                      Duke of Kent
                      in Australia
                      100th Anniversary of the
                      first ANZAC landing
                      at Gallipoli
                      2014

                      Duke of GloucesterPrince William
                      Duchess Kate
                      in Australia
                      2013
                      Duke of Kent Duke of Gloucester Prince Michael of Kent
                      2012
                      Duke of Gloucester
                      Duke of Kent
                      Duke of Kent
                      2011
                      Primer Minister
                      of New Zealand
                      was in the UK
                      & attended the services
                      2010

                      Duke of Gloucester

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                      Wednesday 18 March 2020

                      European Monarch's Speeches/Message on Coronavirus (March-April 2020)

                      Most European Monarchs gave a Speech in March or April 2020 to address Coronavirus Pandemic and the unprecedented lockdown measures. 

                      Belgium 
                      Denmark 
                      Liechtenstein 
                      • -
                      Luxembourg 
                      Monaco 
                      Netherlands
                      Norway 
                      Spain 
                      Sweden 
                      UK 

                      Sunday 15 March 2020

                      King Harald of Norway's Coronavirus Speech - English Translation (March 15th 2020)

                      Dear all,

                      We find ourselves in a situation that is both unreal, strange and frightening for all of us. We do not recognize our everyday life or the world around us. And yet, we are only standing at the beginning of something we do not fully know the consequences of.

                      Uncertainty makes us vulnerable.
                      The seriousness makes us anxious.
                      The new everyday life can give us a feeling of powerlessness.

                      Norway is affected along with the rest of the world.

                      Now, our most important task is to try to slow down the dramatic development - by following the orders given by the authorities.

                      We can be grateful that we have political leaders and agencies with the courage and knowledge to meet the situation with honesty and realism.

                      Norway is known as a trusting society. Now there is a special need to show each other trust. Both that everyone takes responsibility for preventing the spread of infection. And for the country's authorities to make good and wise decisions.

                      My thoughts and prayers are with you all now.

                      With you who are sick and those who are dependents.

                      With health care professionals across the country who are working day and night. With you who are experiencing financial losses and fears for the future. With all of you who attend to important social functions so our country can act.

                      With all the children - who may be particularly anxious now - and whom we must take extra care of.

                      And with those who feel the loneliness because our small and large communities are temporarily taken away from us.

                      Finally, I would like to remind you that everyone needs a little extra kindness during this time. Together we stand in this. And together we will be able to get through what lies ahead.


                      -English Translation by Gert's Royals

                      Wednesday 4 March 2020

                      List of Official Engagements Canceled Due to Corona Virus

                      List of official engagements canceled due to the Corona Virus. Not a complete list, as not every canceled engagement is going to be announced to the public. Many of these engagements will be rescheduled for a later date.


                      I am not going to update this anymore as pretty much everything is canceled through April.

                      3rd Week of March
                      All Official Engagements:
                      • Denmark
                      • Norway 
                        • (Everything that is not a Government Meeting)
                      Sunday 15th 
                      • Denmark
                        • Attends Celebration on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the reunion in Marienkirche
                          • Princess Benedikte 
                      Monday 16th 
                      • Luxembourg
                        • Audience with Prime Minister of Andorra, Xavier Espot Zamora
                          • Grand Duke Henri
                      Tuesday 17th 
                      • Denmark 
                        • Attends a meeting of the Girl Scouts' Joint Council
                          • Princess Benedikte 
                      • Netherlands
                        • Attend a reception in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Anglo-Netherlands Society at Kensington Palace
                          • Princess Beatrix
                      • UK 
                        • Visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina
                          • Prince Charles
                        • Attend Gold Award Presentation
                          • Prince Edward
                        • Attend a reception in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Anglo-Netherlands Society at Kensington Palace
                          • Duke and Duchess of Gloucester 
                      Wednesday 18th 
                      • Denmark 
                        •  Attend the Queen's Clock Parade at the Royal Life Guard 
                          • Queen Margrethe
                      • Netherlands
                        • Receives municipalities for signing pact for a debt-free Netherlands
                          • Queen Maxima
                      • UK
                        • Visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina
                          • Prince Charles
                        • Visit to Cyprus
                          • Prince Charles & Duchess Camilla
                      Thursday 19th 
                      • Denmark 
                        • Visit Hospice Farm Filadelfia on the occasion of their 10th anniversary
                          • Princess Benedikte 
                        • Attend opening of Carlsberg's new headquarters
                          • Crown Princess Mary
                        • Attend Celebration of the 70th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Denmark and India
                          • Crown Princess Mary
                      • UK 
                        •  Visit Bentley Motors Limited
                          • Queen Elizabeth
                        • Visit Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics
                          • Queen Elizabeth 
                        • Attend a lunch at Square Kilometre Array Global Headquarters
                          • Queen Elizabeth
                        • Visit to Cyprus
                          • Prince Charles & Duchess Camilla
                      Friday 20th 
                      • Netherlands
                        • Open exhibition 'Royal Blue' at the Art Museum The Hague
                          • Princess Beatrix
                      • UK
                        • Visit to Cyprus
                          • Prince Charles & Duchess Camilla
                      Saturday 21st 
                      • Monaco
                        • Rose Ball
                          • Monaco Royal Family
                      • UK
                        • Visit to Cyprus
                          • Prince Charles & Duchess Camilla
                        • Visit to Jordan 
                          • Prince Charles & Duchess Camilla
                      4th Week of March
                      All Official Engagements:
                      • Denmark
                      • Norway
                        • (Everything that is not a Government Meeting)
                      Sunday 22nd
                      • UK
                        • Visit to Jordan 
                          • Prince Charles & Duchess Camilla
                      Monday 23rd 
                      • Belgium 
                        • State Visit to Italy
                          • King Philippe & Queen Mathilde
                      • Denmark 
                        • Official Audiences
                          • Queen Margrethe
                      • Netherlands
                        • Open tenth edition of Money Week
                          • Queen Maxima
                      • UK
                        • Visit to Jordan 
                          • Prince Charles & Duchess Camilla
                      Tuesday 24th 
                      • Belgium 
                        • State Visit to Italy
                          • King Philippe & Queen Mathilde
                      • UK
                        • Visit to Jordan 
                          • Prince Charles & Duchess Camilla
                      Wednesday 25th 
                      • Belgium 
                        • State Visit to Italy
                          • King Philippe & Queen Mathilde
                      • UK
                        • Visit to Jordan 
                          • Prince Charles & Duchess Camilla
                      Thursday 26th 
                      • Netherlands
                        • Attend event for National Teacher Education Day
                          • Queen Maxima
                      • UK 
                        • Visit the London Borough of Camden
                          • Queen Elizabeth
                        • Attend London Marathon
                          • Prince Harry

                      Last Week of March/1st Week of April
                      All Official Engagements:
                      • Denmark
                      • Norway
                        • (Everything that is not a Government Meeting)
                      Thursday 2nd
                      • Denmark 
                        • Opening of the exhibition “The Faces of The Queen” at Frederiksborg Palace
                          • Queen Margrethe
                      Friday 3rd
                      • Denmark 
                        • Press briefing at Fredensborg Palace
                          • Queen Margrethe
                      2nd Week of April
                      All Official Engagements:
                      • Denmark
                      • Norway
                        • (Everything that is not a Government Meeting)
                      3rd Week of April
                      All Official Engagements:
                      • Denmark
                      Sunday 12th - Easter
                      • ?
                      Tuesday 14th 
                      • Denmark 
                        • Reception of deputations
                          • Denmark Royal Family
                        • Gala performance at the Royal Theatre’s Old Stage and coach ride
                          • Denmark Royal Family & Foreign Royal Guest
                      Wednesday 15th 
                      • Denmark 
                        • “Children from Denmark’s municipalities celebrate HM The Queen” at Christiansborg Palace
                          • Denmark Royal Family & Foreign Royal Guest
                        • Gala dinner at Christiansborg Palace
                          • Denmark Royal Family & Foreign Royal Guest
                      Thursday 16th 
                      • Denmark 
                        • Morning wake-up celebration at Fredensborg Palace
                          • Denmark Royal Family
                        • Balcony Apperance during the changing of the guard at Amalienborg
                          • Denmark Royal Family
                        • Reception at Copenhagen City Hall and coach ride
                          • Denmark Royal Family
                        • Private dinner and ball at Fredensborg Palace
                          • Denmark Royal Family


                      **Past Weeks**

                      1st Week of March
                      Wednesday 4th 
                      • Sweden 
                        • Official Dinner (Representationsmiddag) 
                          • Swedish Royal Family
                      Thursday 5th 
                      • Denmark 
                        • OECD 2020 Global Forum on Environment 
                          • Crown Princess Mary
                      • Luxembourg 
                        •  Meeting with students of the Private School Sainte-Anne 
                          • Grand Duchess Maria Teresa
                        • Luxembourg City Film Festival 2020
                          • Grand Duke Henri & Grand Duchess Maria Teresa
                      Friday 6th 
                      • Denmark
                        • OECD 2020 Global Forum on Environment 
                          • Crown Princess Mary
                      • Luxembourg 
                        • Meeting with young people of Zonta Club Luxembourg 
                          • Grand Duchess Maria Teresa
                      Saturday 7th 
                      • Norway 
                        • Holmenkollen Ski Festival 
                          • Norway Royal Family
                      2nd Week of March
                      Sunday 8th 
                      • Norway 
                        • Holmenkollen Ski Festival 
                          • Norway Royal Family
                      Wednesday 11th 
                      • Luxembourg
                        • 50th Anniversary of "Clearstream Banking Luxembourg"
                          • Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume
                      Thursday 12th 
                        • Denmark 
                          • Receives Fredensborg's torchlight train.
                            • Queen Margrethe
                        • Luxembourg 
                          • Visit the National Library of Luxembourg
                            • Grand Duke Henri & Grand Duchess Maria Teresa
                        • Sweden
                          • Crown Princess Victoria's Name Day Celebrations
                            • Crown Princess Victoria & Family
                        Friday 13th 
                          • Denmark 
                            • Visits the Duborg School
                              • Princess Benedikte
                          • Luxembourg
                            • Audience with Madame Maria Teresa Fernández de la Vega, President of the Spanish Council of State at the Palace
                              • Grand Duke Henri
                          • Netherlands
                            • Opens Library Neude in Utrecht
                              • Princess Laurentien
                          Saturday 14th 
                          • Denmark
                            • Attends Paradressur's event at Blue Hors
                              • Princess Benedikte