Thursday, 1 September 2016

6 royal reasons to look forward to September 2016

Meet the star of September - Alexander of Sweden will be christened this month

It's back to school time, that part of the year when summer says its farewells and we all look forward to the turn towards winter. It's an exciting time, one that brings with it all the promise of fresh starts and new beginnings. September is the month of hope and of expectations, a fresh page to fill with new stories. And there are plenty of royal tales waiting to be told in the four weeks ahead. Here are six royal reasons to look forward to September 2016.

The christening of Prince Alexander of Sweden

The littlest prince of the House of Bernadotte will be baptised in the Royal Chapel at Drottningholm Palace on September 9th 2016. The christening of Alexander of Sweden is the first big royal event of the autumn and we've already been promised guests from other ruling houses so get ready for a regal bonanza and then some. There will be no prizes for anyone who guesses Crown Princess Victoria as a godparent on a day that will be filled with tradition. Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil, Prince of Sweden and Duke of Sodermanland was born on April 19th 2016 at Danderyd Hospital near Stockholm. He is the first child of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia and is fifth in line to his country's throne. And he 's a proper little cutie to boot.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Canada

William and Kate are definitely heading to Canada on September 24th for a seven day stay. We already know that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit British Colombia and Yukon with a packed itinerary lined up. What we don't know is whether Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be accompanying their parents on the tour. When the invitation was issued by Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, the littlest Cambridges were included on the guest list but their participation will be confirmed - or otherwise - nearer the time. Regardless of that, this second trip to Canada by William and Kate is hotly anticipated and we can expect a week of photos, fashion and serious moments as the royal couple up their agenda as autumn begins.

The Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark visit the USA

The Cambridges aren't the only royals to be heading across the Atlantic in September. Frederik and Mary of Denmark are on their way to the United States on September 27th for a three day visit to promote business and economic ties. The Crown Prince and Princess have made several trips Stateside and they usually take on at least one big economic mission every year but expect this visit to be particularly glittering and glamourous. 

Norwegian State Visit to Finland

The King and Queen of Norway head to Finland on September 6th for a three day State Visit and we all know what that means. Sonja will be rocking one of her cracking tiaras. There will be a State Banquet and the Queen of Norway does State Banquets like no one else. As well as the jaunt through the jewellery box, expect the traditional meetings with politicians and receptions with local dignitaries. Harald and Sonja will also be working on economic ties and they have a scheduled stop linked to the gaming industry. It's going to be a good one.

Prinsjesdag, The Hague

September brings the opening of several new parliamentary years but the most glamourous ceremony will take place in The Hague where King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima will parade from the Noordeinde Palace in a coach for the traditional ceremony that takes place on Prinsjesdag. As well as the coach, we get gala dress which will mean a stunner of a frock from Maxima. There's also a balcony appearance. Bring on September 20th.

A right royal birthday bonanza

(photo The Soldier's Charity press release)

Just when you thought September couldn't get any more royal, we reach the middle of the month. For September 15th is about as big a day for European royalty right now as any. Not only does it mark the anniversary of the accession of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, there are three major royal birthdays on the date which mean lots of photos and celebrations all round. Prince Daniel of Sweden turns 43 - he was born on the day the man who became his father - in - law became his country's king. Queen Letizia of Spain turns 44 and Prince Harry will be celebrating his 32nd birthday. There are plenty of reasons to look forward to this date alone, never mind the whole month. September is promising to be a right royal treat.

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