ROYAL NEWS: JUNE 2012

Last updated: July 10th, 2012.

June 1st
The BBC broadcasted "A Jubilee Tribute" today, a personal tribute by the Prince of Wales to his mother Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. The tribute showed previously unseen private home video movies and other royal films. The Prince of Wales shared his thoughts and memories in a very personal way, and especially remembered her coronation in 1953.

Princess Mako of Japan, granddaughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, will be studying at a university in Great Britain from September 2012 to May 2013 the Imperial Household Agency announced. She hasn't chosen a university yet. She is likely to study fine arts, as she is interested in the restoration and conservation of artworks. She is currently studying at the International Christian University of Tokyo.

June 2nd
The Diamond Jubilee weekend, with four days of celebrations, has started today. The British royal family attended the Epsom Derby. Queen Elizabeth II presented the trophies for the Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup. Around the course people held jubilee-themed picnics. The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry of Wales had military commitments, and had to miss the start of the weekend.
  • British Monarchy: The Epsom Derby


  • June 3rd
    Despite of the heavy rain more than a million people enjoyed the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant in London. Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, the Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry of Wales enjoyed the pageant from royal barge Spirit of Chartwell, where they managed to keep quite dry. The flotilla with about thousand big and small boats. When the royal barge passed Tower Bridge it opened a full 90 degrees especially for the royals. It opened halfway for the other boats.
  • British Monarchy: The Thames Diamond Jubilee River Pageant


  • Another British Diamond Jubilee was born recently. Lady Davina and Gary Lewis had their second child, a son. His name is not known yet. The baby is a grandson for the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

    June 4th
    The Duke of Edinburgh was hospitalised at the King Edward VII Hospital in London with a bladder infection this afternoon. The infection is being accesses and treated. He will stay in hospital for a few days. Buckingham Palace said: "He is, understandably, disappointed about missing this evening's Diamond Jubilee Concert and tomorrow's engagements."

    Tonight a splendid concert was held at the Queen Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace. Many famous artists performed in front of a part of the British royal family, including Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. Playing were among others Tom Jones, Stevie Wonder, Shirley Bassey, Grace Jones, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, Elton John and Paul McCartney. Madness played a few of their hits from the roof of Buckingham Palace. A great lightshow lit the walls of the palace and at the end of the evening there was wonderful fireworks. At the end of the event, the people near the Queen Victoria Memorial and at The Mall, heard the heartfelt tribute by the Prince of Wales, who started his speech with "Mummy". He told the crowds that they were "celebrating the life and service of a very special person". He said: "The only sad thing about this evening is that my father cannot be here with us because unfortunately he's been taken unwell." But he said that he might hear them in hospital, after which the people started cheering and chanting "Philip, Philip". The Queen afterwards lit the final Jubilee beacon at the Mall.
  • British Monarchy: Diamond Jubilee Picnic and Concert
  • Speech by the Prince of Wales (Text)


  • June 5th
    The British royal family attended a service of thanksgiving on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain at St Paul's Cathedral in London this morning. The service was followed by a reception at Mansion House hosted by the Lord and Mayor of London. The Queen, Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry of Wales drove back to Buckingham Palace in a carriage procession. The day ended with a balcony scene and a RAF flypast. Like yesterday The Mall in London was crowded with people.
  • British Monarchy: The Ceremonial Day
  • The Archbishop of Canterbury's sermon


  • In a special two-minute broadcast Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain said to be "deeply touched" by the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, in which so many people took part. She especially thanked the people who had organised all the celebrations.
  • British Monarchy: text and video


  • With her family Princess Astrid of Belgium celebrated her 50th birthday already on Saturday and got a huge birthday cake with 50 candles. But today was the day she really officially became 50. Several nice pictures were released by the palace.
  • Monarchie.be: Princess Astrid celebrates her 50th birthday


  • Princess Maha al-Sudairi, the former wife of Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, has been caught flying the five-star Shangri-La hotel in Paris in the middle of the night. She left the hotel on Friday with her 60-stong entourage and all her luggage without paying the huge hotel bill. She had been staying at the hotel since December 2011.

    June 6th
    The Swedish royal family celebrated national day. Prince Carl Philip and Princess Madeleine attended the Open Palace event, and opened the gates of the palace. Entrance is free on national day. On this day Prince Bertil, who died in 1997 and was born 100 years ago, was remembered with an exhibition at the palace. King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia attended celebrations in Visby, Gotland, during the day, while Prince Daniel went to Malmö. In the evening the whole family including Crown Princess Victoria attended the celebrations at Skansen, Sweden.
  • Royal Portraits: National day in Sweden
  • Royal Portraits: National day in Sweden 2


  • Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and the Duke of York visited the Duke of Edinburgh at the King Edward VII Hospital. Buckingham Palace said that his condition has improved considerably, and that he is in good spirits. He is being treated for his bladder infection with antibiotics.

    Prince Tomohito of Mikasa died today aged 66. He was a cousin of Emperor Akihito of Japan. He had been hospitalized since December. The Prince had already suffered from throat and tongue cancer since 1991, and had had surgery 16 times. He lost his voice in 2008. He wrote a book about his fight against cancer and in 2007 also revealed that he was fighting alcoholism. He leaves his wife and two daughters.

    June 7th
    The Duke of Cambridge has qualified to command a Royal Air Force search and rescue helicopter, it emerged today. Until now he was a co-pilot. He has passed the captaincy tests on 29 May.

    In Stockholm the 30th anniversary of the Marianne and Sigvard Bernadotte Art Awards was celebrated with a big gala. Among the performing artists was Eurovision Songcontest winner Loreen. Among the guests were Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Princess Christina and Tord Magnuson, Empress Farah of Iran, Queen Noor of Jordan, Prince Leka of the Albanians and his fiancée Elia Zaharia, the Duke and Duchess of Bragança and the Duchess d'Orléans
  • Royal Press Europe: Marianne & Sigvard Bernadotte Art Awards Gala 2012


  • June 8th
    The funeral of Prince Tomohito of Mikasa will be held at the Toshimagaoka Imperial Graveyard in Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward on 14 June. The funeral will be hosted by his eldest daughter Princess Akiko. A two-day wake is to be held in the two previous days.

    June 9th
    The Duke of Edinburgh has left the King Edward VII Hospital in London today. He said goodbye to the staff before walking out. He stepped into a car and smiled and waved at the well-wishers outside. He will celebrate his 91st birthday tomorrow in private at Windsor Castle. Buckingham Palace announced that he continues to make a good recovery and will continue his convalescence at home.

    June 11th
    The Earl and Countess of Wessex were greeted by huge crowds at the start of their Diamond Jubilee tour in Gibraltar today. They will pay a three-day visit. The visit has sparked huge protests from Spain. The two countries have battled each other for many years already over the ownership of the rock.

    The British Equestrian Federation has confirmed today it has formally nominated Zara Phillips, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, and her horse High Kingdom for the British equestrian team for the Olympic Games in London. The nomination has yet to be ratified by the British Olympic Association. Both of Zara's parents, Mark Phillips and the Princess Royal, have taken part in the Olympics in the 1970s. Her father won a gold medal in 1972, and a silver one in 1988.

    A letter written by Emperor Napoleon I in English has been sold for € 325.000 at the auction house Osenat in Fontainebleau, France. The letter was written on 9 March 1816 at the island of Saint Helena to Emmanuel comte de las Cases.

    Chinese archaeologists have dug up 102 new terracotta warriors and war horses, two sets of chariots, weaponry, drums and a shield from the No 1 Pit of the Mausoleum of Emperor Qinshihuang of China at Xi'an during a recent excavation, that took place from 2009 to May 2012. Also in the 9901 Pit more than 20 terracotta figures have been unearthed since August 2011.

    June 12th
    Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain hosted a Jubilee garden party at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England, today. 3500 guests had been invited in recognition of their contributions to local communities. Before the garden party Buckingham Palace announced that the Duke of Edinburgh wouldn't take part, and wouldn't accompany his wife on her visit to Nottingham either in the next two days. However the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will accompany her these two days.

    June 13th
    The Irish government said today that the Lia Fail standing stone (Stone of Destiny) has been damaged. The stone according to legends served as the coronation stone for the Irish high kings. The stone was struck at eleven places. The police is investigating the vandalism, that likely happened during the weekend.

    June 14th
    Jewellery belonging to Princess Christina, Mrs Magnuson, has been stolen from her apartment in Stockholm. A 19-year old family friend has admitted the theft and is said to have stolen the key to the safe in April. He has allegedly sold the majority of the jewelry to two marijuana dealers and threw a tiara off a bridge in Stockholm into the water. Among the items were pieces of jewellery the Princess had inherited from her mother.

    Prince Tomohito of Mikasa of Japan was buried at the Toshimagaoka Imperial Graveyard in Tokyo this morning. The main mourners were his daughters Akiko and Yoko. Among the mourners were the parents of the deceased Prince and Princess Mikasa, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako. The Prince was cremated afterwards and the ashes were buried in the afternoon next to his younger brother Prince Takamado who died ten years ago. Prince Tomohito died on 6 June of multiple organ failure, specifically the liver.

    June 16th
    Trooping the Colour marked the official 86th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain today. For the Duke of Edinburgh it was his first public engagement since his hospital stay a week ago. The royal couple travelled in a covered Glass Coach instead of in an open-topped ivory-mounted phaeton carriage as had been planned. According to Buckingham Palace the move was made to protect the Duke from the "unpredictable weather". The Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge, the Princess Royal and the Duke of Kent rode behind them on horses, accompanied by the Sovereign's Escort from the Household Cavalry. The Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge travelled in an open carriage to the Horse Guards Parade. Also present were the Duke of York, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie of York, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. After the ceremony the whole family appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the flypast.
  • British Monarchy: Trooping the Colour 2012


  • Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain has awarded her eldest son, the Prince of Wales, the highest ranks in all three British armed forces. He has been appointed honorary five-star rank and is now a Field Marshal, Admiral of the Fleet and Marshal of the Royal Air Force.


    Photo and copyright: Dick Lammers

    Princess Carolina de Bourbon de Parme and Albert Brenninkmeijer married today at the Basilica de San Miniato al Monte in Florence, Italy. The wedding dress was designed by Dutch designer Addy van den Krommenacker who had been allowed to use the original lace of the wedding dress of the bride's mother Princess Irene of the Netherlands. Therefore he had named the dress "Irene". Among the guests were many members of the Bourbon Parme and the Dutch royal family, as well as Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie of Prussia, Hereditary Prince Alexander von Isenburg and Prince Aloys-Konstantin zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg.
  • Royal Portraits: Wedding in Florence
  • Royal Press Europe: Wedding of Princess Carolina and Albert Brenninkmeijer
  • Dutch Photo Press: Wedding Princess Carolina and Albert Brenninkmeijer


  • Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia died somewhat unexpectedly in Geneva, Switzerland, today. He will be buried at Mecca, Saudi Arabia, tomorrow after the funeral prayers have been performed at the Holy Mosque. He only had been appointed the Crown Prince after the death of his half-brother in October 2011. A new Crown Prince is expected to be named within the next days.

    June 18th
    The Order of the Garter Service was held at Windsor Castle today in presence of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The order is limited to 24 knights, and there were no new appointments since last year.

    76-year-old Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud has been appointed the new crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, following the death of Crown Prince Nayef on Saturday. He will also become the Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense. Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz will succeed Prince Salman as Minister of Interior.

    June 19th
    During a press conference Zara Phillips, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, has said she will stay with the other British athletes in the athlete's village during the Olympic Games. There will be no extra security. However the team, including Zara, will skip the opening ceremony of the Games, because their competition will already start the next day. Zara said that her family, including her grandmother, are very proud of her selection and are right behind her.

    Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan have visited the grave of the Emperor's cousin Prince Tomohito of Mikasa, who died a few weeks ago. They offered prayers at his tomb. They were greeted by the Prince's mother Princess Mikasa, and the prince's eldest daughter Princess Akiko.

    June 20th
    More details of the upcoming wedding of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxemburg and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy have become known. The civil wedding will take part on Friday 19 October at the Town Hall at 3.30pm. In the evening there is a gala dinner at the Grand Ducal Palace. The religious wedding will be held on Saturday 20 October at 11am in the Cathedral of Luxemburg. Afterwards, around 1pm, a reception will start at the Grand Ducal Palace.

    June 21st
    The Duke of Cambridge celebrated his 30th birthday today. It is reported he will now inherit up to £10 million from his late mother Diana Princess of Wales.

    June 22nd
    Reigning Prince Albert II of Monaco has put up a part of his father's car collection for auction. They will be auctioned on 26 July at Prince Albert's car museum in Monaco. The cars by for example Mercedes, Citroen, Bentley, Panhard and Porsche are being sold due to a comprehensive reorganisation of the collection.

    The Grand Ducal House of Luxemburg announced that the modernisation of the family laws has been completed, including the family pact. As already announced a year ago, in the future the first-born child of the Grand Ducal couple will accede the throne, whether it is a boy or a girl.

    In the evening before the Luxemburg national day Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and his sister Princess Alexandra visited the town of Esch-sur-Alzette. Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa visited Differdange. In the late evening they attended the torch-light procession and the fireworks in Luxemburg-City, together with Prince Felix.
  • Royal Portraits: National Day Luxemburg - Guillaume & Alexandra
  • Royal Press Europe: National Day Luxemburg - Henri & Maria Teresa


  • June 23rd
    The Grand Ducal Family of Luxemburg, exclusing Prince Sébastien, celebrated national day today. First they attended the traditional Te Deum at the Cathedral. Afterwards Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume watched the military parade. Guillaume's fiancée Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy wasn't present, as she is officially not a member of the family yet.
  • Royal Press Europe: National Day Luxemburg


  • June 26th
    Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and the Duke of Edinburgh have arrived for a two-day Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland. Due to security reasons very few details about the visit have been released. In Enniskillen the Queen was met by a cheering crowd. She attended a service of thanksgiving for her Jubilee at St Macartin's Church of Ireland Cathedral and met with victims of an IRA bomb attack on Remembrance Sunday 1987.

    The Clock Tower of the Palace of Westminster in London will officially be renamed the Elizabeth Tower, in honour of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. The tower is best known under its nickname Big Ben.

    June 27th
    Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain has shaken hands with Martin McGuinness, former IRA commander, during a visit to Belfast. He was allegedly part of the IRA at the time they murdered Lord Mountbatten, uncle of the Duke of Edinburgh. McGuinness nowadays is deputy first minister of Northern Ireland and member of the Sinn Féin party. He told the press the meeting had been very nice. After the meeting the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh joined a garden party in the gardens of the parliament buildings.

    June 29th
    The office of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall has published its 2012 Annual Review. According to the review the couple undertook 804 joint and solo official engagements in Great Britain and abroad in 2011. The Prince’s private income from the Duchy of Cornwall in 2011-12 rose three per cent to £18.3 million. More money was spent on official travels because there were more overseas visits by the the couple, as well as by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry of Wales.
  • Prince of Wales: Annual Review 2012


  • June 30th
    Together with other UNAIDS ambassadors Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway has made an appeal on Ukrainian television to join the fight against HIV and AIDS. The Ukraine is the European country that ist most severely challenged by the illness.
  • Kongehuset.no: Raise your voices


  • A mourning outfit Queen Victoria of Great Britain wore after the death of her husband Prince Albert was sold at auction at Hanson's Auctioneers in Etwall, Derbyshire, Great Britain for more than £6,000. The buyer was a US collector.


    Royal News: May 2012. Last updated: June 17th, 2012.