Monday, 3 August 2020

An Impassioned Speech by Crown Princess Victoria for Stockholm Pride

Crown Princess Victoria gave an excellent introductory speech for Stockholm Pride's digital parade over the weekend. Victoria told the online audience Pride is not only a celebration "but a manifestation of human rights", adding it's a "reminder of progress made - but also of everything that remains to be done". Last month, we saw Crown Princess Mary of Denmark sharing a similar message for Copenhagen Pride's digital event. Whilst gathering cannot take place as planned, messages of support from Mary and Victoria are particularly meaningful.


Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Camilla Visits National Gallery & Boots Piccadilly

The Duchess of Cornwall carried out engagements in London yesterday supporting the arts and continuing her work for victims of domestic violence.


Good News on Prince Joachim

On Monday, we discussed the very concerning news Prince Joachim of Denmark had undergone surgery on a brain clot in France during a holiday with his family. In very positive news, the Royal Court confirmed Joachim will be moved from intensive care soon owing to a successful surgery. The medical team are very optimistic about his recovery, noting they do not anticipate he will have "physical or other consequences as a result of the blood clot".


Monday, 27 July 2020

King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia Continue Their Tour of Spain

As several European countries begin to battle what has been dubbed the 'second surge' of COVID-19, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia have continued their hectic schedule apace in less affected regions. An increase in cases in the country has caused quote the furore here in the UK with the government declaring holidaymakers returning from Spain must self-isolate for two weeks. Since non-essential travel recommenced there's been a list of "air bridge" countries, meaning people could travel back and forth to locations with somewhat similar levels of cases, or less, and return to the UK without the need to quarantine. That changed abruptly over the weekend, and is expected to be the case with other European destinations as infections rise. For the Spanish royal couple, we've already begun to see amendments and cancellations, but they are absolutely determined to complete as much of their scheduled programme as possible - which has made them the most visible royals in recent weeks.


Denmark's Prince Joachim Undergoes Surgery

My thoughts were with the Danish Royal family over the weekend when news broke Prince Joachim - the youngest son of Queen Margarethe II and brother of Crown Prince Frederik - underwent surgery on a brain clot in France. The Prince, his wife Princess Marie and their children had been enjoying a summer break before he was due to commence a new position as military attaché at the Danish embassy in Paris in September. Indeed, only days before the news, the family celebrated Prince Felix's 18th birthday, with Joachim's first wife, Alexandra, present. She is Felix's and his elder brother Nikolai's mother.


Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Queen Rania Visits Ajloun Forest Reserve

Queen Rania of Jordan visited Ajloun Forest Reserve, a nature reserve located in the Ajloun Governorate in north-west Jordan, which was established by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature in 1988 in the area around the village of Umm Al-Yanab.


Princess Charlene Announces New Water Bike Challenge in Support of Her Foundation

Exciting news from Princess Charlene of Monaco's Foundation and dates to pencil in for royal watchers in September. In a major two-day fundraising event in support of the foundation's programmes, 'The Crossing: Calvi - Monaco Water Bike Challenge' is a new sports event which will see a water bike race from Calvi to Monaco on 12 and 13 September.


The Duke of Edinburgh Passes Military Role to the Duchess of Cornwall

It was a very rare public appearance for the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle today as he passed his role as the Colonel-in-Chief of the Rifles to his daughter-in-law, the Duchess of Cornwall.

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Tuesday, 21 July 2020

The Royal Family Celebrates Belgian National Day

It was a day jam packed with royal events and regal style as King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and their family marked Belgian National Day.

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Cornwall Royal Visit - Day Two: How a 100K Donation from Charles' Charity is Supporting an Appeal by Camilla's Patronage

It was another busy day in Cornwall for Charles and Camilla as they carried out the second day of their annual working visit. I was particularly interested to see the chosen itinerary given the seismic change in circumstances we've all experienced this year. As expected, an impressive selection of engagements were chosen, highlighting landmarks, charities and celebrating those who have gone above and beyond during the pandemic.

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Monday, 20 July 2020

Princess Marie's Support for a Cookbook in Aid of a Very Special Cause & How the Royal Inspired a Talented Blogger

One of the areas I'm particularly excited about exploring on this site is a deeper dive into causes closest to the royals' hearts and the plethora of inspiring projects they champion and are actively involved in. Tonight, I'm delighted to share an interview with a fellow blogger, Heaven, author of Princess Marie's Closet, who kindly took the time to share insight and background on Princess Marie's participation in a Danish cookbook Food with Respect in support of her patronage DanChruchAid. Heaven also interviewed the cookbook's author Selina Juul and discussed her organisation Stop Wasting Food - Denmark’s largest non-profit movement against food waste. Additionally, Heaven touched on the origins and inspiration behind her blog, revealing how the royal inspired her personally.


Charles & Camilla Kick Off Three-Day Cornwall Mini-Tour

As I was deliberating whether or not to write the Royal Digest a couple of months ago; a friend warned me keeping up with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall would be quite a task in itself. They both do so much both publicly and behind-the-scenes, it's hard to believe they are 71 and 73 respectively. As restrictions began to ease, Charles and Camilla were eager to return to engagements and their traditional summer schedule. Of course, the pandemic put paid to a great many annual events for the season. Royal watchers will be delighted to see three days in Cornwall and Devon kicking off in style today.