Sunday, 13 November 2016

The Royal Week, in Numbers

Princess Charlene of Monaco was in the mood for rugby this week
(photo BlitzBokke Twitter)

It's been a busy royal week with State Visits, official visits and romantic visits (yes, Meghan, we spotted you) and that's before we get to the business of new portraits, speeches and ribbon cutting. The ruling houses of Europe have packed in plenty in the past seven days so to sum it all up, here are some highlights wrapped in figures to make the Royal Week, in numbers.


The number of special mini rugby shirts presented to Princess Charlene of Monaco on November 11th when she visited the South African team ahead of their match against England. The princess was given a top for each of her twins with Gabriella and Jacques' names displayed on the back. Charlene attended the game the following day, alongside Prince Harry, and also took part in the World Rugby Awards on November 13th.


The number of City Missions in Sweden - this week, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia visited the one in Eskilstuna to hear about its work with the homeless and vulnerable. The mission provides emergency accommodation and food as well as support for those who need help with issues including loneliness and isolation.


The number of years Danish actress, Susse Wold, has been President of the Aids Foundation in Denmark - this week, Princess Marie helped mark the milestone at a reception at the French Embassy in Copenhagen. Susse Wold said that her dream remained the same as it was in 1986 - a world free of HIV/ AIDS and an end to discrimination against those with it. Princess Marie became patron of the Aids Foundation in 2012.



The number of men and women who have contributed their personal stories to a book marking the 25th anniversary of the reign of King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway. The Silver Jubilee royals, who celebrated their 25 years as King and Queen of Norway in January on a huge wave of public support, have also contributed to the book which aims to provide a snapshot of their country in this landmark year for them.


The tonnes of fish sold every year by the Flemish fish auction through its operations in Zeebrugge and Ostend - this week, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians popped into an auction in Zeebrugge during a day in West Flanders. The royal couple also spent time with fishermen and headed off to a school. And we all got to see royals in food hygiene outfits, complete with paper slippers. A good day all round.

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