Friday, 3 July 2020

Queen Letizia Closes a Packed Week in Style

King Felipe and Queen Letizia continued an incredibly busy week of engagements following their visits to Seville and Córdoba on Monday. Yesterday, the couple spent the day in Castile-La Mancha, a region in central Spain to the south and east of Madrid.

Crown Princess Mary's Foundation Launches Anti-Loneliness Campaign & Other Updates

For quite a number, the past three months have meant long periods of isolation and loneliness. The restrictions have been especially difficult for those living alone with their normal methods of communication and social interaction abruptly cut off. This issue has been a concern for Crown Princess Mary, and working with her foundation, she has launched a new anti-loneliness campaign, Look for Loneliness, this week.

Family Photos Mark Albert & Charlene's Ninth Anniversary

In celebration of their ninth wedding anniversary, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene shared two candid photos from the day and an official portrait to mark the occasion. I love the informality of the photo below with Jacques and Gabriella (and of course Albert's Hawaiian shirt).

Prince Charles Carries Out Engagements from Cotswold Farm Park to West Kensington

During the height of lockdown restrictions, when the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall stayed in Scotland Charles was recovering from COVID-19, we saw several video messages and photos from meetings. One could almost sense they were eagerly awaiting the return of their normal working calendar, and that assumption has been confirmed particularly this week, as Charles carried out a number of engagements, all of which he appeared to enjoy immensely.

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Thursday, 2 July 2020

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie Returns to Engagements

Luxembourg's Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie returned to official engagements yesterday following the birth of Prince Charles on 10 May. I remember when Stéphanie married Guillaume, the heir apparent to the crown of Luxembourg, in 2012. It was a beautiful wedding and it's been so interesting to see their roles develop since.

The Princess Royal Reads "Thomas and the Royal Engine" in Support of Save with Stories

We're kicking off today's coverage with updates on one of the hardest working royals - the Princess Royal. Buckingham Palace released a video of Anne reading Thomas and the Royal Engine (Thomas & Friends) by Reverend Wilbert Awdry. We've seen plenty of firsts throughout the pandemic, and this one surprised at least one or two seasoned royal reporters :)

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Queen Máxima in June

As June comes to a close, I thought it an excellent time to recap a busy month for Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. It's been fascinating to see how the royals are adapting and altering their schedules during this time. Fans of the Dutch Queen will know she has a penchant for a bold colour palette when it comes to her sartorial choices, and this was very much the case when she made a stylish arrival - on her bike - at the modern art museum Kunstmuseum Den Haag‎.

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Monday, 29 June 2020

Queen Letizia in Spanish Brands for Visits to Seville and Córdoba

It was a packed day of engagements for King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia as they spent the day in Seville and Córdoba. It is part of a royal tour around communities and cities in Spain, as the country strives to adapt to a 'new normal' following a very difficult battle against Covid-19. Their aim is to highlight local businesses and support economic and social endeavours whilst highlighting charitable works.

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Crown Princess Mary Shares Message for Global Pride

In her role as patron of Copenhagen 2021, a joint celebration of WorldPride and EuroGames, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark delivered a powerful message for the online Global Pride event. COVID-19 has led to the cancellation of hundreds of parades and events around the world and Copenhagen is expected to host the first major Pride event next August.

The Duchess of Cornwall Calls for End of "Corrosive Silence" Surrounding Domestic Abuse

So many of our posts on the Royal Digest thus far have seen the royals focus on the effects of the pandemic, not only concerning health services globally, but the secondary effects of lockdown and living within the parameters of restrictions. The alarming growing statistics relating to domestic violence in so many homes across the UK has been one of the most troubling aspects of this. In late May, charity Refuge, which Camilla works with, reported their calls had increased "ten fold during the crisis while a helpline for perpetrators of abuse saw a 25% increase". The cause is one the Duchess of Cornwall has been passionately supporting throughout her time as a member of the royal family. It's an issue we all need to be cognizant of, and one which needs to remain in the public eye, which is why I was delighted to hear Camilla has become patron of SafeLives.

Friday, 26 June 2020

Why Princess Charlene Is Auctioning Her Car

The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the charitable sector globally. It's interesting to cover royal families from so many different countries and see the common threads they are experiencing. The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation has been altering their work to ensure they can continue to support children in Monaco and South Africa. Hello! exclusively revealed the Princess is auctioning her very own Tesla car to raise funds for the foundation. It was given to her by Prince Albert in 2015 and she is often seen driving around Monaco in it. Charlene told Hello!: "Giving is not only about making a donation, it's about making a difference to change lives."