Tuesday, 16 May 2023

Norway National Day (Constitution Day)

Palace outside Palace
Morten Johnsen, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Norway celebrates its National Day on May 17th each year. The day is also called Constitution Day and marks the anniversary of the signing of the constitution in 1814  and independence from Denmark.

One of the main celebrations are Children's Parades held throughout the country. In the morning, the Crown Prince Family greets local children as they pass by their home, Skaugum Estate in Asker (Southwest of Oslo). Later, mid-day, as the Parade in Oslo passes by the Royal Palace, the Royal Family greets the children from the Balcony.


X - Royals on Balcony at Oslo Palace

S - Royals at Skaugum Estate

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King HaraldX -
Queen SonjaX -
Crown Prince HaakonXS -
Crown Princess Mette-MaritXS -
Princess Ingrid AlexandraXS
Prince Sverre MagnusXS -

2022: Princess Ingrid Alexandra did not participate due to Russetiden celebrations with her graduating class. 
2020 & 2021: parades were modified due to Pandemic

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King HaraldX
Queen SonjaX
Crown Prince HaakonXS
Crown Princess Mette-MaritXS
Princess Ingrid AlexandraXS
Prince Sverre MagnusXS
Marius Borg HøiibyS

Luxembourg - Annual Events

Grand Ducal Palace (Luxembourg) 20180627
Suicasmo, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

 We will be working on adding Annual Events for each European monarchy in 2023. We are only listing annual events here if we have a blog post on that event. 


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Monday, 15 May 2023

Closing of the Octave Service (Luxembourg)

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Our Lady of Luxembourg Tapestry
Daderot, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Octave is a 2 week pilgrimage to honor the patron saint of Luxembourg, Our Lady of Luxembourg. The Octave takes place annually between the 3rd & 5th Sunday after Easter. The pilgrimage ends at Notre-Dame de Luxembourg Cathedral with a special closing ceremony. 

The Luxembourg Royal Family take place in the end of Pricession, before attending the closing of the Octave service and will then make an appearance on the Palace Balcony. 

Royal Attendance at Octave Events       

X- Attended Closing Service
O - Attended Other Events

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Grand Duke HenriXXOXO-
Grand Duchess Maria TeresaXXOXO-
Prince GuillaumeXXOO-
Princess StephanieXXOO-
Prince Charles
Prince François 

Prince Felix

Princess Claire

Princess Amalia

Prince Liam

Prince Louis



2020 - The service & Procession  was cancelled due to the Pandemic. 
2021- The Procession was canceled due to the Pandemic. 

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Wedding of Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan and Rajwa Al Saif

The wedding of Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan and Rajwa Al Saif will take place on Thursday, June 1st.  The ceremony will take place at 4 PM (GMT+3) at  Zahran Palace, where numerous royal weddings have taken place. No Tiara's for the wedding Ceremony. 

There will be a Banquet later in the evening, and I have heard we may get tiaras for that. 

Wednesday May 31st there was a banquet at 6PM hosted by King Abdullah for 4,000+ men from around Jordan. It was just attended by male members of the Royal Family. 

Live Stream (In Arabic, unless otherwise noted).

Royals Attending                                              

Color Meaning
Purple Monarch/Regent/ Consort
(Includes Abdicated)
Yellow Heir

* indicate a note at the bottom of the section

Current Monarchies

BahrainCrown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al KhalifaX?
Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al KhalifaX?
BhutanQueen JetsunXX
Princess EuphelmaXX
BruneiSultan Hassanal BolkiahX?
Prince 'Abdul Mateen X?
Malaysia Yang di-Pertuan Agong Abdullah
& Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku
JapanPrincess HisakoXX
Princess TsugukoXX
KuwaitSheikh Ahmad Al Abdullah Al Sabah
& Sheikha Muna Al-Klaib
OmanCrown Prince Theyazin bin HaithamX ?
QatarSheikha MozaXX
UEA (Abu Dhabi) Sheikh Khaled 
(Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi)
BelgiumKing PhilippeXX
Princess ElisabethXX
DenmarkCrown Prince Frederik &
Crown Princess Mary
Liechtenstein*Hereditary Prince Alois
& Hereditary Princess Sophie
Prince Johann Wenzel & 
Princess Felicitas

Luxembourg*Prince Sébastian
NetherlandsKing Willem-Alexander
& Queen Maxima
Princess Catharina-Amalia
NorwayCrown Prince HaakonXX
SwedenCrown Princess Victoria
& Prince Daniel
SpainKing Juan Carlos
& Queen Sofia
UK*Prince William &
Princess Kate
Princess Beatrice &
Edo Mapelli Mozzi

Liechtenstein/ Luxembourg Prince Johann Wenzel & Prince Sébastien attended Sandhurst Royal Military Academy at the same time as Hussein. 
UK - This was Prince William & Princess Kate's first big Foreign Royal event. They attended in an official capacity formally representing the UK, while Beatrice & Edo attended as person friends of the couple. 

Former Monarchies 
PurpleFormer Monarch/Consort
YellowHeir to Defunct Monarchy/ Head of Royal House

BulgariaTsar Simeon & 
Tsaritsa Margarita

Prince Kyril of Preslav & Katharine Butler
GreeceCrown Prince Pavlos
IranEmpress Farah
RomaniaMargareta & Prince Radu

Bulgaria - Katherine is Kyril's Girlfriend. 

Monday, 8 May 2023

King Harald of Norway - Hospilizations & Health Issues

Rikshospitalet Gaustad 19jun2005
Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet
J. P. Fagerback, BSD, via Wikimedia Commons

I think anytime a royal is in the hospital or having a major health event, there is public concern. I have compiled this information for the purpose of allowing the public to better understand the royal's health history.

All information I share is publicly available information that has been released by the palace. Out of respect for the royals, I don't include any rumors or anything not confirmed by the palace or royals. 

  • May
    • Hospitalized at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet (May 8th - 15th)
      • Infection
      • Updates:
        • Wednesday 10th: Sick leave for rest of week. Recovering, but still in Hospital. Incoming Italy State Visit will continue as planned. 
        • Friday 12th: Recovering, will remain in hospital a few more days. Sick leave until May 16th. 
        • Monday 15: Released from hospital. Will decided on Tuesday if King if we’ll enough for national Day celebrations. 
    • Sick Leave (May 8th -16th)
      • Crown Prince Haakon as Regent
  • August-September
    • Sick with a Cold
      • Sick Leave (August 28th-Sept 3rd)
      • Crown Prince Haakon as Regent
  • March 
    • Sick with Covid
      • Sick Leave (22nd-?)
  • August
    • Hospitalized at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet (4th-8th)
      • Infection, treated with intravenous antibiotics.
  • November 
    • Sick with Cold
      • Sick Leave (25th - )
  • December
    • Hospitalized at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet (19th-21st)
      • Infection, treated with intravenous antibiotics.
  • January
    • Sick Leave due to pain in leg (Jan 28th - Jan 31st)
    • Surgery at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet (Jan 30th)
      • to repair injured tendon over right knee. 
  • January-April
    • Sick Leave due to knee Surgery (Jan 30th-April 11th)
      • Originally ending Feb 14th, the sick leave was extended twice.

  • January 
    • Hospitalized at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet (8th-15th)
      • Dizziness
    • Sick Leave (?8th-Jan 24th)
  • September
    • Hospitalized at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet (25th-28th)
      • for "Heavy Breathing"
    • Sick Leave (Sept 25th-October 4th)
  • October
    • Scheduled Surgery at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet
      • To replace heart valve inserted in 2005
    • Sick Leave (October 8th - 30th)

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  • April
    • Sick Leave (April 25th - ?)
      •  Congestion and pain in one foot.

  • November 
    • Hospitalized at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet (17th-20th)
      • Infection
  • Month
    • Surgery at ?
      • To insert heart valve

  • January -?
    • Sick Leave as he recovers from Bladder Removal
  • November-December
    • Hospitalized at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet (Nov 25th-26th)
      • Blood in Urine
    • Hospitalized at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet (Nov 29th- Dec 22nd)
      • Blood in Urine
      • Diagnosed with bladder Cancer
    • Surgery to remove bladder (Dec 8th)
    • Sick Leave (Nov 25th - into 2004)

Monday, 1 May 2023

Royals Attending Met Gala (2000-Present)

The Met Gala is an annual fundraising gala held for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City, USA. The event is held each year on the first Monday in May. 

It is regarded as one of the world's most prestigious and glamorous fashion events. Most attendees attend as the guest of a designer or brand. If we know who the royal is a guest of, we have noted that.        
RoyalSponsor/Guest Of Note
2023 - "Karl Lagerfeld: A Line Of Beauty"
Charlotte Casiraghi  (Monaco)ChanelBrand Ambassador
2022 - "In America: An Anthology of Fashion"
2021 - "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion"
2020 - "About Time: Fashion and Duration"
Canceled due to Pandemic
RoyalSponsor/Guest Of Note
2019 - "Celebrating Camp: Notes On Fashion"
Charlotte Casiraghi  (Monaco)Yves Saint LaurentBrand Ambassador
2018 - "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination"
Charlotte Casiraghi  (Monaco)Yves Saint LaurentBrand Ambassador
Princess Beatrice--
2017 - "Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between"
Princess Elisabeth von Thurn und TaxisVogueEditor of
2016 - "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology"
Queen Rania of Jordan--
Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan--
Charlotte Casiraghi (Monaco)Gucci Brand Ambassador
Princess Elisabeth von Thurn und TaxisVogueEditor of
Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece--
2015 - "China: Through the Looking Glass"
Princess Elisabeth von Thurn und TaxisVogueEditor of 
2014 - "Charles James: Beyond Fashion"
2013 - "Punk: Chaos to Couture"
Princess Elisabeth von Thurn und TaxisVogueEditor of 
2012 - "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations"
Crown Princess Mette-Marie--
Princess Elisabeth von Thurn und TaxisVogueEditor of 
2011 - "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty"
2010 - "American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity"
RoyalSponsor/Guest Of Note
2009 - "The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion"
2008 - "Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy"
2007 - “Poiret King of Fashion”
Queen Rania--
2006 - "AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion"
Andrea Casiraghi & Tatiana Santo Domingo--
2005 - "House of Chanel" 
 Princess Caroline of Hanover-Honorary Chair
2004 - "Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century"
2003 - "Goddess: The Classical Mode"
Canceled due to 9/11 terror attack a few months previous. 
2001 - "Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years"
Princess Marie-Chantal of GreeceValentino-
Canceled due to museum’s chief curator, Richard Martin's death