Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway arriving at a policy forum in Oslo today where she heard about work to help some of the poorest people in the world. Her attendance at the Norad event also allowed her the chance to talk about her recent visit to Tanzania to see work to help those with AIDS/ HIV. It's one of five stories making up the royal headlines today.
Her husband, Crown Prince Haakon Magnus, did squats in public while wearing bright blue trainers and a microphone. No, he hadn't decided to brighten up everyone's Tuesday by doing something random, it was all part of World Activity Day events in Oslo, encouraging everyone to do more physical exercise. Just not in those trainers.
Physical activity was also top of the Countess of Wessex's list as she announced she will be cycling from Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh to Buckingham Palace, in September as part of the Duke of Edinburgh 60 Challenge. She hopes to raise money with her 445 mile ride which will take seven days. In a video announcing the challenge, Sophie said she was looking to get outside her comfort zone.
King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain visited La Rinaconda in Seville on a day filled with engagements linked to technology and aerospace. They saw lots of high flying machinery and heard plenty about the work going on there all against a backdrop of Letizia balancing a trench coat on her shoulders for most of the day.
It was umbrella balancing at Buckingham Palace this afternoon as the first garden party of the season got under way. The Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke of York, the Countess of Wessex (sans cycling lycra), the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra all joined the Queen beneath the leaden skies of London to meet and greet over 3,000 special guests. The Queen wore pink with one of her famous matching umbrellas to hand. And there wasn't a raincoat being balanced anywhere.
Photo credit: Royal Court, Norway.