Saturday, 1 November 2014

Tweeting the royals, November 1st 2014

There was lots of travel, lots of sparkles and lots of reminders that winter is nearly upon us. Here's how the official social media accounts of Europe's royal houses told the story of the week just gone.

Getting in a state

There were plenty of state visits going on in the week with the King and Queen of the Netherlands making their way to Japan where their engagements included a State Banquet at which Princess Masako was a guest - her first appearance at this type of event for several years.  Images of the state visit were shared on the royal Twitter account.

King Felipe of Spain hosted his first State Visit as a monarch when he welcomed the President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, to Madrid.  The official You Tube channel, Casa Real TV, featured several videos of the trip including the official welcome given to the president by the king and Queen Letizia.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall made an official visit to Colombia this week where they their engagements included learning about peace and reconciliation in the country and hearing about work being done to end sexual violence. The duchess' involvement in this work was featured on Clarence House's official Instagram account.

Super sparkly season

Maybe it's the long nights drawing in, maybe it's promise of Christmas just around the corner but the royal ladies of Europe have been cracking out the sequins this week.  Queen Letizia rewore a favourite spangly skirt at a reception given by the President of Chile and images dominated the Twitter feed of Casa Real.

The Duchess of Cornwall sparkled in sequins at an official dinner in Colombia and the Clarence House Twitter account shared an image of the event.

Princess Victoria of Sweden chose a pair of golden sparkly shoes for an evening engagement as part of her official tour of Estonia and images of the event featured on the Swedish Royal Household's official Facebook page.

High energy

Prince Harry starred in a video on the Clarence House Twitter feed after he congratulated Ben McBean who had just completed a 31 mile run - the Big Poppy Run.

The official Facebook account of the Norwegian Royal Family uploaded a video made several weeks ago of Mette-Marit taking part in an engagement to encourage more people to get active.

Remembering, always

The King of the Belgians led events commemorating the centenary of World War One at Nieuwport where he was joined by Queen Mathilde and Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands.  The official Belgian Monarchy Twitter feed shared images.

And Prince Harry helped launch the London Poppy Appeal in the week with an image of him welcoming a Routemaster bus to Buckingham Palace appearing on the Clarence House Instagram site.

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