Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Recap of The Royals You Love:Nov 14-20


-King Albert II had surgery this week to treat a Basal cell carcinoma on his nose on Thursday. He was released later that same day after the successful opperation, and is resting and recovering at Château du Belvédère {Source}.

-Queen Fabiola,  Prince Philippe, Princess Mathilde,  Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz, Princess Claire and Prince Laurent  celebrated Fête du Roi (King’s Day) in Brussels, Belgium. First, the Royal Family attended a Te Deum Mass at the beautiful Cathédrale des Saints Michel et Gudule with Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard presiding. Then the Royals visited the Palais de la Nation where they participated in a ceremony held by the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Federal government on the occasion of Fête du Roi. The day ended a military parade outside the Palais Royal in Brussels. Video, Gallery 1Gallery 2, Gallery 3, Gallery 4

-Prince Philippe attended the 130th anniversary of the newspaper, L’Echo, in Brussels. During the celebration banquet there were discussions regarding economic affairs.

-Princess Mathilde visited a community center, De Vaartkapen Caleidoscoop, to participate in the literacy project, “A to Z” in Molenbeek-Wersbeek , Belgium on Thursday.

-Princess Astrid attended the 50th anniversary of the Social Space Tele-Service held at the headquarters of the European Social TV service.


-King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck & Queen Jetsun Pema   arrived in Tokyo, Japan to begin their six-day official visit to the country on Tuesday. They met with Japanese Prime Minister, Yoshihiko Noda and his wife, Hitomi, at the Akasaka guesthouse in Tokyo where they discussed important issues concerning their countries on Tuesday. Wedesday, they met with Crown Prince Naruhito at the Imperial Palace, recieved a salute from a Ground Self-Defense Force Honor Guard, and attended a state banquet. Thursday, the third day of their tour, the royal newlyweds began their day with a visit to Tokyo’s Kodokan Judo gymnasium where they watched the students showed them some judo moves. Then it was off to to Keio University where King Jigme received an honorary doctorate of Economics from the university’s president, Atsushi Seike. The last stop on day three was to the DIET where King Jigme gave a speech in the Lower House. On Friday, the Royal newlyweds visited an elementary school in Soma, Fukushima prefecture, an area affected by the March 2011 disastrous earthquake and tsunami, and met with Crown Prince Naruhito and Empress Michiko of Japan. On Saturday, the Royal pair visited the Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto, Japan Video, Video 1, Video 2, Video 3, Video 4Gallery 1, Gallery 2, Gallery 3, Gallery 4


-Queen Margrethe II participated in the Queen’s Parade at Gothersgade in Copenhagen, where she also presented the Dronningens Ur (Queen’s Clock/Watch) to the Royal Guards on Wednesday.

-Crown Princess Mary  participated in a conference hosted by the Mary Fonden and held at the Black Diamond in Copenhagen on Monday. Videos, Gallery 1, Gallery 2 On Tuesday, The Crown Princess attended another opening of a conference, the 2011 EGMUN Youth Conference held at the Glyptotek in Copenhagen.

-Crown Princess Mary, Crown Prince Fredrick, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent & Princess Josephine will be headed to Australia for an Official Visit next week. Check back here at The Royal FanZine  for a full report next week. {Source}

-Prince Joaichaim & Princess Marie gave an exculusive interview to  the Danish magazine, Billed Bladet  on their final day in Japan. They discussed how much they enjoyed their visit and about Princess Marie's pregnancy. (Thanks to TheRoyalCorrespondent for the rough translation!)

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth met with King Abdullah II of Jordan, Knighted one of the most successful English horse trainers, Sir Henry Cecil, during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace onTuesday. On Wednesday, Queen Elizabeth took part in a ceremony to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James I bible, she was accompanied by her husband, and eldest son. On Saturday, she, along with her husband, attended a service at Guildford Cathedral to celebrate its “…50th anniversary of the dedication of the religious building.” and then visited East Surrey College.

-Prince Phillip, Duke of Endinburgh has decided NOT to attend the annual Royal Variety Performance this year, and his wife will not go without him. Instead, Anne, The Princess Royal will attend alone instead, on her parents behalf. {Source}

-Prince Charles celebrated his 63rd Birthday on Monday.

-Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex visited Malta as a guest of the President’s Award Malta, in preparation for the forthcoming International Award Forum. He was greeted at the airport by the parliamentary assistant of the Mistrery of Foreign Affairs, and shortly after called on President George Abela at San Anton Palace, and met with the prime minsiter in the afternoon on Thursday. Pics/Video/Article

-Sophie, Countess of Wessex lost her privileges to a personal protection officer this week. However, her husband and children are still protected, as are the York Princesses (who do not attend to official engagements like the Countess attended to 174 in the UK and 14 overseas in 2011){source}

-Prince William, Duke of Cambridge & Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are rumored to be moving back to Scotland when Willaim transfers to RAF Lossiemouth sometime in 2013. {source}

-Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge spent some time at the Royal family's Balmoral Estate over the weekend with her father-in-law's hunting attendant in preparation for her first official Sandringham Boxing Day pheasant shoot as part of the British Royal Family. {source}

-Prince Harry will be at the celebrations of his grandmother's Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 London Olympics.  It turns out his military training will take place in Kenya in the last quarter of 2012. It is also expected that Harry will take part in his first solo royal tour next year, to Australia, New Zeland, or Canada. {Source}

-Mike Tindall has been fined and fired from being Team Captian of Team Rugby England. Tindall has been fined £25,000 by the Rugby Football Union and removed from England's elite player squad for his conduct during the Rugby World Cup. His conduct being getting heavily drunk and embracing a former girlfriend, conduct in which the Professional Rugby Director Rob Andrew calls "His actions reached a level of misconduct that was unacceptable in a senior England player and amounted to a very serious breach of the Code of Conduct. "{Source}

-The Lady Sarah Chatto,  daughter of Princess Margaret & niece of Queen Elizabeth II, attended the Linley Christmas Party hosted by David Linley (her older brother) on Tuesday in London.

-The Lady Davina Lewis, elder daughter of The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, celebrated her 34th birthday on Saturday. Davina is a first cousin once  removed to Queen Elizabeth II.

-Sarah, Duchess of York attended Tamara Ecclestone's annual fundraising dinner in aid of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital Charity at One Marylebone on Monday in London, England.


-Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Princess Tessy, Prince Noah & Prince Gabriel attended  the Red Cross Bazaar on Sunday.

-Grand Duke Henri held audience with the Board of Directors of the Association of Ombudsmen and Mediators of the Francophone (AOMF) at the 7th Congress of the Association in Luxembourg on Thursday


-Prince Albert presented the l’Ordre de Saint-Charles (Order of St. Charles) to seven dedicated members of his staff who are now retired. In another ceremony, that same day, the prince presented the Médailles d’Honneur (Medals of Honor) to 14 distinguished men and women for their volunteer services within the principality of Monaco. photo. He also gave an interview to the newspaper, Monaco-Martin, where he discussed his wedding, relationship with his new princess and what he hopes her relationship with the people will become, the economy of Monaco, the SBM leadership changes, among other topics. To read the interview in French, click here.

-Prince Albert. Princess Charlene, Princess Caroline, Princess Stephanie, and Charlotte Casiraghi  attended the presentation of the L’Ordre de Saint-Charles et Grimaldi (Order of St. Charles and Grimaldi) on Thursday. Over 50 people received the honors.

-Prince Albert, Princess Charlene & Princess Stephanie teamed up on Thursday ahead of Monaco's 2011 National Day on Saturday to present gifts to Monaco's Croix-Rouge.

-Prince Albert, Princess Charlene, Princess Caroline and Princess Alexandra attended the 100th anniversary mass of the St. Michael Church in Monaco on Sunday. Gallery 1, Gallery 2

-Prince Albert & Princess Charlene attended the No Finish Line race on Sunday to present the award to the winner. Gallery 1

-Prince Albert, Princess Charlene, Princess Caroline of Hanover, Princess Stephanie, Princess Alexandra of Hanover, Andrea Casiraghi, Charlotte Casiraghi, Pierre Casiraghi, Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy, Melanie-Antoinette de Massy, K. Sebestien Knecht de Massy, Donatella Knecht de Massy, and Chris Le Vine attended the 2011 National Day Mass, Court of Honour ceremony, and Balcony apperance on Saturday. See Here  for a full report on the 2011 Fête Monegu Celebrations

-Princess Charlene pledged to donate € 9,7523.57 (R1,080,000) to charity, The Giving Organisation Trust, in honor of Archbishop Desmond Tutu's 80th birthday. Desmond Tutu's 80th birthday was 7 Oct 2011 {Source}. On Friday, Princess Charlene stopped by the No Finish Line Race, where she posed with children from The International School of Monaco and ran a few miles in the race. She was also asked about her recent portrayal (and some  other members of the family) in the hit American CW series, Gossip Girl, where one of the characters went from being a commonor to a Princess of Monaco. Upon hearing of this, the newlywed princess replied, "What's Gossip Girl?" Source

-Princess Caroline chaired  the conference "Building a child-friendly Europe" in Monaco on Nov 20-21.

-Princess Stephanie attended the No Finish Line Event on Nov 13.


-Crown Prince Haakon attended the ‘Role Model of the Year’ Award Presentation on Monday.

-Crown Princess Mette-Marit was in Davie, Florida over the weeken. She attended an invitation-only gala that was attended by people who donated to build the church on Saturday. (Video). On Sunday, she will officially open the church and actively participate in the ceremony, reading Francis of Assisi's prayer (a prayer that was read at both her wedding  and at their 10 anniversary services at the cathedral in Oslo). {Source} {Video}

The Netherlands

-Queen Beatrix attended the re-opening of the Drents Museum in Assen, The Netherlands on Wednesday. On Thursday, she attended the 16th Foundation Ballet Gala of the Dancers ’79 at the Amsterdam Music Theatre's Sixteenth Ballet Gala

-Crown Princess Maxima  as a member of the Dutch Committee for Entrepreneurship and Finance, was in Deventer to visit Entrepreneur House (EH) on Tuesday (Video). Thursday, the Crown Princess attended  the opening of the 6th Annual Amsterdam Market Participation in Meervaart. Video


-King Juan Carlos held several audiences at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid on Tuesday. He first received Mr. Rafael del Rio Sendino, president of Caritas and Mr. Sebastian Mora Spanish Rosado, Spanish Secretary General of Caritas. Then he received members from the Board of Management of the University Hospital of Navarra on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. And finally, he received the board of directors from Bankia. View photos.

-Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia meet with the participants from the First International Seminar on Education and Education Policy  at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid, Spain on Monday.

-Prince Felipe visited the LHD ship Juan Carlos I, on Thursday, and then he attended a presentation of capabilities of the Strategic Projection Ship that is used as a platform for aircraft.


-Prince Gustav &  Carina Axelsson opened their home, Schloss Berleburg, to those who are interested in viewing a variety of Christmas trees and specially designed decorations by Axelsson. To view more events during the month of December, click here.


-King Carl XVI Gustaf attended the Swedish Cancer Society Luncheon Symposium in honor of the society’s 60th anniversary. {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia,Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel  hosted a luncheon for Riksdag party leader, Mr. Håkan Juholt on Tuesday. {Source}

-Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel visited Järfälla, Sweden on Tuesday, where they visited a park and were greeted by many happy people and migled amongst the crowd. Gallery 1, Gallery 2, Gallery 3, Gallery 4

-Prince Daniel attended  the 2011 Leader of the Year Award ceremony in Stockholm on Tuesday.

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