Saturday, 18 January 2014

Royal round up, week ending January 18th 2014

A round up of all the news from Europe's royal houses for the week ending January 18th 2014...

United Kingdom

Zara Phillips gave birth to a daughter on January 17th 2014 at the Royal Gloucestershire Hospital, a fourth great grandchild for Elizabeth II.  The little girl, whose name is yet to be confirmed, is sixteenth in line to the throne and a first child for Zara and her husband, Mike Tindall.  Zara and her daughter went home the same day - the family are living at the estate of her mother, the Princess Royal.

Zara Phillips, the Queen's eldest granddaughter, has given birth to a little girl who is now sixteenth in line to the throne of Great Britain

Also on January 17th 2014, Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Harry has completed his attachment as an Apache helicopter pilot and will be moving to a desk job based in London.  His main focus will be organising large scale events.  The prince had spent three years with 3 Regiment Army Air Corps.  It is understood that Prince Harry hopes to bring the Warrior Games to England although this is yet to be confirmed.

Prince Harry of Wales time as a helicopter pilot is over and he will no w be based in London where he will organise large scale events for the Army

On January 13th it was confirmed that the eldest child of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor, had undergone successful eye surgery.  Lady Louise, who is now ten, was born with exotropia - a condition which causes the eye to turn outwards.  This operation is one of a series of interventions which has helped restore her sight to full capacity.  On January 16th 2014, the Countess of Wessex attended an engagement close to her Frimley Park home in Surrey when she spent time with the 5th Frimley Brownies. The countess, who is president of the Girlguiding Association, joined in activities and then had tea with the girls.

The Countess of Wessex tucks into a cupcake during her visit to the Brownies group in Frimley on January 16th 2014

On January 17th it was announced that Princess Beatrice is to take up an internship at Sony Pictures.  She will be based at their London headquarters.  And during the week, the Royal Family also released information on some of the gifts they have received in the past year.  The official list only details items gifted during overseas visits.  The Queen received jewellery during her state trip to the United Arab Emirates but another trip saw her presented with a chocolate version of Windsor Castle.  Prince Charles received lots of toys to pass on to Prince George while Princess Anne's gifts included a book called 'Your Arms Remind Me of Pork Luncheon Meat' when she visited Canada.  Slightly more on trend, Prince Harry was given a leather flying jacket by Michelle Obama when he visited America in 2013.

Prince Harry with the First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama, on his visit to Washington in 2013


King Carl XVI Gustaf began his week by attending a conference in Salen in central Sweden about society and defence - it ran for two days, starting on January 12th 2014.  There were several speakers talking about security issues while the Swedish prime minister, Frederik Reinfedlt, talked about the country's role in a globalized world.

King Carl XVI Gustaf arriving in Salen on January 12th 2014 for a conference about defence and society

And on January 16th 2014 the Swedish king opened the ski-SM competition in Umea.  It will run for several days with several ski titles being decided.

King Carl XVI Gustaf at the ski-SM event he opened on January 16th 2014 in Umea

On January 15th 2014, Queen Silvia held a meeting of her Care About the Children Foundation at the Royal Palace in Stockholm.

Queen Silvia at the meeting of the Care About the Children Foundation meeting at the Royal Palace in Stockholm on January 15th 2014

Crown Princess Victoria made her first public appearance after injuring her foot while skiing over the Christmas break.  On January 15th 2014, the princess was in Stockholm to present the Tobias Prize for 2014 to blood cell researcher, Sten Eirik Jacobsen Waelgaard.  The princess was determined to make her own way to and from stage and surprised the audience by jumping up and down the stairs to the podium without the aid of her crutches.

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden with Sten Eirik Jacobsen Waelgaard, recipient of the Tobias Award, in Stockholm on January 15th 2014

On January 16th, Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel visited the Homework Foundation with which they are heavily involved.  The foundation aims to help children and young people who might otherwise fall out of education without achieving their full potential.  The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel Foundation is one of the supporters of Homework.  The couple met young people who have been helped - the foundation provides mentoring to children in socially deprived areas.

The royal couple listen to some of the stories at Homework, a foundation to help young people in deprived areas reach their full potential

Prince Carl Philip presented the Jerrings prize on January 13th - a sports award that is voted for by the public.  This year's winner was the golfer, Henrik Stenson who received the prize at a Sports Gala in Stockholm.

Henrik Stenson was voted the winner of the Jerrings prize and received the award from Prince Carl Philip at the Sports Gala in Stockholm on January 13th 2014

And on January 14th 2014, the prince presented the Prince Bertil and Princess Lilian Sports Foundation Scholarships for the year at the Royal Palace in Stockholm.  The foundation aims to promote sport by helping providing training for leaders.

The winners of this year's sports scholarships from the Prince Bertil and Princess Lilian Sports Foundation receiving their prizes from Prince Carl Philip at the Royal Palace in Stockholm on January 14th 2014


On January 13th 2014, it was announced that the Infanta Cristina would be in court a month earlier than expected to answer questions about allegations of tax fraud and money laundering on February 8th 2014. The infanta, who denies any wrongdoing, is understood to have been in Barelona speaking to her lawyers. Meanwhile, Prince Felipe held five audiences on the same day at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid.  The prince met a group of property registrars, representatives from a maritime organisation, the Governing Board of the Madrid branch of the College of Canal Engineers and the Board of the Financial Markets Association.

Prince Felipe with the board of the Financial Markets Association with whom he held an audience on January 13th 2014

On January 14th 2014 King Juan Carlos I held an audience with the president of the government of the Carnary Islands, Paulino Rivero Baute, in his office at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid.

King Juan Carlos with the president of the government of the Canary Islands, Paulino Rivero Baute, at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid on January 14th 2014

On the same day, Queen Sofia and Princess Letizia carried out their first joint engagement, without any other royals present, inside the Zarzuela Palace when the princess helped the queen hand out the decorations from the Civil Order of Social Solidarity.

Queen Sofia of Spain and Princess Letizia of Asturias at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid on January 14th 2014

On January 15th, King Juan Carlos received the letters of credentials of seventeen new ambassadors to Spain at the Zarzuela Palace.  The audiences are normally held individually but since the king underwent two hip operations at the end of 2013, he has held large scale audiences for new ambassadors.

King Juan Carlos receives seventeen new ambassadors at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid on January 15th 2014

On January 16th 2014, Prince Felipe was at the monastery of Yuste in Cuacos de Yuste in Caceres to present the Carlos V European Award to Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Union.  The award is given for work strengthening European ties.

Prince Felipe of Asturias presents Juan Manuel Barroso with the Carlos V European Award on January 16th 2014 at the monastery of Yuste

The following day, King Juan Carlos held an audience with Juan Manuel Barroso at the Zarzuela Palace.  And also on January 17th reports emerged that the President of the European Union had been to the opera with Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia.  The royal couple and the president saw Tristan and Isolde.

King Juan Carlos of Spain with the President of the European Union, Juan Manuel Barroso, at an audience at the Zarzuela Palace on January 17th 2014

On January 17th 2014, Prince Felipe was spotted in Jaca in the north east of Spain at an ice hockey match where he handed out the medals at the end of the game.  Like his visit to the opera with Princess Letizia earlier in the week, this wasn't on the official agenda of the Royal Household but became known through social media before being reported on.  

One of the twitpics of Prince Felipe at an ice hockey match in Jaca on January 17th 2014


King Harald began his week with several audiences at the Royal Palace in Oslo on January 13th 2014.  He met the Chief of the Navy as well as Brigadier Kurt Pedersen and Commodore Nils Andreas Stensones. King Harald held an audience on January 16th with the secretary general, again at the Royal Palace in Oslo.  And on the same day, the king visited Norway's newest university - Norway's Life Sciences Royal University in As in Akershus in the south of the country.  

King Harald of Norway at his country's newest university where he was given a tour by the principal, Mari Sundli Tveit on January 16th 2014

On January 14th 2014, Queen Sonia opened a special exhibition marking the 200th anniversary of the ending of the Treaty of Kiel which ended Denmark's rule of Norway.  The event is the beginning of a year of commemoration marking the bicentenary of the months in which Norway resisted attempts to cede the entire country to Sweden and set up a constitution before entering a union with Sweden.  

Queen Sonia of Norway at an exhibition marking the events of 1814 when Norway was ceded from Denmark to Sweden


King Philippe and Queen Mathilde held a second New Year reception at the Royal Palace in Brussels on January 14th 2014 where they welcomed ambassadors to the country.  They had held their first reception of the year on January 10th 2014.

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians at the New Year reception held at the Royal Palace  in Brussels on January 14th 2014

On the same day, King Philippe had held his weekly meeting with Belgian Prime Minister, Elio di Rupo.  On January 16th 2014, the king opened a new exhibition at the WIELS modern art gallery in Brussels dedicated to the Belgian artist, Walter Swennan.  He also took part in a workshop about the role of the art gallery in bringing communities together.

King Philippe at the WIELS art gallery in Brussels on January 16th 2014

On January 15th 2014, King Philippe had opened the 92nd Brussels European Motor Show in Brussels.  The same day, King Albert II visited the motor show.  It was the second engagement of the week for the former monarch who had been to an exhibition about Ferdinand Porsche at Autoworld in Brussels on January 13th 2014.  And on the same day, Queen Paola had held an audience at the Belvedere Chateau in Brussels for representatives from the organisation Missing Children Europe.

King Philippe views an electric car made in Belgium at the Brussels European Car Show which he opened on January 15th 2014


King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima led the royal family at the annual New Year receptions for the first time. On January 14th 2014, they met several hundred members of Dutch society at the first reception at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam.  On January 15th 2014, again at the Royal Palace, they welcomed the Diplomatic Corps.  Princess Beatrix and Princess Margriet were also in attendance.  The king, queen and Princess Beatrix along with Pieter Van Vollenhoven had met Dutch ambassadors on January 13th 2014.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands at the New Year reception for members of Dutch society on January 14th 2014 at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam


Crown Prince Frederik joined his country's prime minster, Helle Thoring Schmidt, at the opening match of the European handball championships being held in Denmark.  The first game, on January 12th, saw Denmark beat Macedonia.

The future king and the current prime minister of Denmark at the opening games of the European Handball Championships in Copenhagen on January 12th 2014

Crown Princess Mary completed her trip to Myanmar which started on January 10th 2014.  In the later stages of her visit, the princess met the country's prime minister of Rakhine State and attended a briefing by the Danish Refugee Council, both on Saturday 11th January.  Earlier the same day, the princess had visited the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.  On Sunday January 12th 2014, Princess Mary went to the Say Tha March Gyi camp on the border with Pakistan where she met women and children forced to leave their homes and being helped by the Danish Refugee Council.  The princess comforted a fifteen year old boy who had recently lost his mother.

Words of comfort for a grieving son - Princess Mary of Denmark helps console a young boy who had recently lost his mother during her visit to Myanmar

The princess visited another camp, Sat Roe Kya, for Buddhists who have been forced to leave their homes where she met a mother of six who has just set up her own business.  

Princess Mary joined in games with children at the Sat Roe Kya camp on her visit to Myanmar on January 12th 2014

Crown Princess Mary paid a visit to Royal Copenhagen, porcelain makers, on January 15th 2014 to open a new building and to present three scholarships.  

Princess Mary of Denmark on her visit to Royal Copenhagen on January 15th 2014

Princess Benedikte completed a trip to Malaysia which ran from January 11th to January 16th 2014.  She was there as president of the Olave Baden-Powell Association which promotes girl guide organisations throughout the world.  Princess Benedikte attended a reception held by the Queen of Malaysia and a lunch given by Princess Azizah.  On most day of her visit, Princess Benedikte attended meetings related to girl guiding and guide associations.  Her trip also included several engagements linked to work on reducing diabetes including a large seminar in Kuala Lumpar on January 16th 2014.

Princess Benedikte of Denmark with the Queen of Malaysia during the princess' visit to the country between January 11th and January 16th 2014


A new official portrait of Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene was released on January 16th 2014 showing the couple at their palace.

The new official portrait of Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene released on January 16th 2014

On the same day, the royal couple accompanied by Princess Stephanie attended the opening of the International Circus Festival in Monte Carlo.

Albert, Charlene and Stephanie of Monaco at the opening of the International Circus Festival in Monte Carlo on January 16th 2014

Earlier in the week, January 14th 2014, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene had been in St Agnes in France for the presentation of the restored tabernacle of the church in the village, Our Lady of the Snows.  There were also made honorary citizens of St Agnes.

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco in St. Agnes, France on January 14th 2014


The royal household announced that Prince Felix and Princess Claire, who married last summer, are expecting their first baby.  The new arrival, due in June, will be third in line to the hereditary dukedom.

Prince Felix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg on their wedding day - they are expecting their first baby in June 2014

On January 15th 2014 the Grand Duke and Duchess and the Hereditary Duke and Duchess held a New Year reception at the Ducal Palace for members of the state and on January 16th 2014 for ambassadors and representatives of European institutions.

The royal family of Luxembourg at one of the two New Year receptions they held at the Ducal Palace on January 15th and January 16th 2014

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