Saturday, 25 June 2016

The Royal Week in Numbers

One week, so many royal stories to enjoy and take in. We've had glitter, awards, ballet and crowns this week and that's just for starters. Here are some of the highlights of the past seven days - it's the Royal Week in Numbers.


The number of times the Prince of Wales has now walked a bride down the aisle to get married. Prince Charles accompanied Alexandra Knatchbull on one of the most important walks of her life on June 25th 2016 as he gave her away at her wedding at Romsey Abbey.  The nuptials counted on a heavy royal presence including that of the Queen.


The number of years that have passed since Queen Margrethe first designed a set for a major performance at the Tivoli in Copenhagen. The Queen of Denmark gave interviews this week talking about her vision for a production of Cinderella which starts at the world famous venue on June 25th 2016. Margrethe first designed a set at Tivoli in 2001.


The anniversary being celebrated by the Help for Drug Addiction Foundation in Madrid this week with not one but two queens on hand to help out. Queen Letizia of Spain presented Queen Sofia of Spain with a special award in recognition of her work with the organisation. In a speech, Letizia said Sofia had told her that this particular part of her work had meant a huge amount to her.


The number of years that King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden have been married. The royal couple celebrated their ruby anniversary on June 19th privately although they did give interviews to magazines speaking about family life. Silvia Sommerlath became Queen of Sweden on her wedding day in 1976. Thirty four years later, she watched her eldest daughter marry on the same date - Victoria and Daniel celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary on June 19th.


The year royal regalia were acquired in Norway for coronation of King Carl Johan who paid for the crown himself. The original pieces, used from the 12th century onwards, had been lost in 1537 during the Reformation. This week, Harald V posed next to the coronation pieces with his heir, Crown Prince Haakon Magnus, and his heir, Princess Ingrid Alexandra in a new portrait to mark the 25th anniversary of the blessing of the King of Norway's reign at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim. The Norwegian Royal Family spent the anniversary date in the city.

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