Last modified: 10 January 2021
In his New Year’s speech, recorded on video because of Covid-19, Emperor Naruhito of Japan thanked medical staff involved in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. He also sent his condolences to people who have lost family and friends to the virus in Japan and across the world. He said that he and his wife are looking forward to meeting people again once the situation has improved. The annual New Year gathering on 2 January has been cancelled. They however received New Year’s wishes from politicians, ambassadors and diplomats today, keeping distance and using masks.
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark has been vaccinated against COVID-19 today. The Queen will receive a follow-up vaccination in approximately three weeks.
The Duchess of Cornwall has launched the Duchess of Cornwall’s Reading Room on Instagram. The first season will be opened on 15 January. The site says: “Join The Duchess of Cornwall in The Reading Room; discover new books & meet the extraordinary people who create them.”
At the end of the year Hereditary Prince Alois von und zu Liechtenstein gave a New Year’s interview to Radio Liechtenstein. One of the topics was of course the impact of Covid-19 on the family.
The desktop calendar for January 2021 from Bhutan is there!
Grand Duke George of Russia and his partner Rebecca Bettarini, who recently was baptised in the Russian Orthodox Church as Victoria Feodorovna, gave a joint interview to the magazine Point de Vue.
Several blogs have created royal overviews for 2020:
- Ufo No More: How much is it all worth?!
- Princess Marie’s Closet: How much are Crown Princess Mary’s and Princess Marie’s 2020 wardrobes worth?
- Princess Marie’s Closet: 2020 Year in Review: The Danish Royal Family’s work in review
- The Duchess of Cambridge’s 2012-2021 in fashion
- Regalfille: The Duchess of Cambridge in 2020 – Story of an Unconventional Year
On Wednesday the public prosecutor’s office in Wels, Austria, will accused Prince Ernst August of Hannover sr. of committing a punishable act in a state of intoxication. He could therefore face a prison term up to three years. According to experts he was not sane at the time of the crime he committed in July 2020. Ernst August is said to have fought violently against police officers, and even injured one, after having called the police because he felt threatened by a couple. Afterwards Ernst August was admitted to the regional hospital in Vöcklabruck. Upon returning home he is said to have come to the police in Scharnstein to complain about police violence and outside the office threatened a policewoman. He also is said to have damanged a dining room window of a property of the Duke of Cumberland Foundation and threatened people working there. The lawyer of the Prince, Malte Berlin, is convinced of the innocence of his client.
David Lascelles, The 8th Earl of Harewood has finally given up the way he pronounces the name of his estate Harewood House near Leeds, Great Britain. For centuries the family stuck to the pronounciation of Har-wood. Most people already said Harewood, with an ‘e’, but often taxi drivers for example wouldn’t know where Har-Wood House was.
A 29-year-old man has been arrested after breaking into the Tokyo residence of Emperor Naruhito of Japan. He reportedly spent two hours at the residence before being discovered. He was caught by the Imperial Guard near the residence of Princess Yuriko. He managed to gain access via the entrance gate of the unguarded guesthouse.
The 95th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain will be celebrated with a new commemorative £5 coin. The coin will feature the royal cypher “EIIR”, and the words “my heart and my devotion”, referencing part of her 1957 Christmas broadcast.
A kitchen assistant to Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain has been sentenced to eight months imprisonment after stealing royal memorabilia and personal belongings from staff and The Duke of York worth up to £100,000 from Buckingham Palace between November 2019 and August 2020. He sold items via eBay. The items stolen including signed pictures of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and a photo album of the banquet held for the state visit of US-president Donald Trump.
Princess Marie of Denmark shared photos of a winter walk at Schackenborg with her dog Cerise.
Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain has decided to cancel already all garden parties for 2021 as Covid-19 makes planning impossible.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway has broken her tailbone in a fall at Uvdal, Norway, just before Christmas, when she was getting off a ski lift. She spent one night in hospital before returning home.
King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain presided over the traditional Pascua Militar ceremony on the Plaza de la Armeria in front of the Royal Palace of Madrid. The ceremony was followed by a reduced reception inside the palace, where the King presented military decorations and gave a speech.
Frank Floessel and Tessy Antony de Nassau, ex-wife of Prince Louis of Luxembourg, on New Year’s Eve announced their engagement with a photo on Instagram. Today they confirmed the news to Royal Central and RTL Today.
It is winter in Denmark. Fredensborg Palace is surrounded by snow.
The yearly Christmas concert from the Royal Palace in Brussels, Belgium, can finally be watched online. The royal family can be seen at the start, and later on there are special performances by Prince Emmanuel and Princess Eléonore.
The King and Queen of Malaysia visited flood victims in Pahang. The Queen also continued a tradition she started when she was still the Tengku Puan Pahang each time floods occurred in Pahang. Also this time she cooked for 128 flood victims at the Sri Damai public hall.
New pictures were released upon the 10th birthday of Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine of Denmark, taken by Franne Voigt. They also have their own monograms now, created by graphic designer Charlotte Søeborg Ohlsen with specialized assistance from graphic designer Mads Quistgaard and graphic designer Cecilie Kirkeskov Knudsen.
Buckingham Palace has announced that Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh today have been vaccinated against Covid-19. Aroyal household doctor had administered the vaccine at Windsor Castle.
Unusual: snow in Madrid. Even the royal palace in Madrid was covered with snow.