Royal News June 2020

1 June

The Bhutanese Royal Court issued several gorgeous photos of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema with their two sons. The name of the second son is to become public in a few days time. The photos were made to commemorate the 30th birthday of the Queen on the 4th of June. One of the pictures is also available as desktop calendar for June 2020.

Nicholas de Roumanie Medforth-Mills and his wife Alina-Maria announced that they expect their first child in November 2020.

2 June

King Constantine II of the Hellenes celebrated his 80th birthday with his wife Queen Anne-Marie, his son Prince Nikolaos and his wife Princess Tatiana at home in Porto Heli, Greece.

3 June

In a virtual address to graduates of her former school, the Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, spoke about the violent death of George Floyd in Minneapolis a few days ago, and racism.

5 June

Prince Joachim of Belgium was diagnosed with a mild form of Covid-19 days after flying from Belgium to Spain on 24 May for the 30th birthday of his longtime girlfriend Victoria Ortíz Martinez-Sagrera. Although travelers from abroad have to go into quarantaine for 15 days, in the days after arrival he attended two parties. Although initially it was thought too many people had gathered, the amount of guests turned out to be allowed. It remains unclear whether his travel was essential because of his work.

Palace Noordeinde and the Royal Stables in The Hague won’t be open this summer because of covid-19.

6 June

On the occasion of national day the Swedish crown princely family released a series of pictures. Although the day wasn’t celebrated the same way as usual, the royal family participated digitally. Crown Princess Victoria even gave virtual tours through the Royal Palace in Stockholm, that you can watch here. King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia came back from Stenhammar Castle to the Royal Palace for national day, and the king recorded a speech that was shown on television in the evening. Princess Madeleine and her family wished everybody a happy national day from Florida, USA.

Photo: Linda Broström/Kungl. Hovstaterna

8 June

The public prosecutor of the Spanish Supreme Court has announced that it will investigate the payments to King Juan Carlos of Spain in connection with the buiding of the AVE high-speed rail link to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The purpose of the investigation will be to define or dismiss the criminal relevance of actions that took place after June 2014, when Juan Carlos lost his immunity when abdicating the throne.

June 9

This year the Dutch opening of parliament, Prinsjesdag, will be held on Tuesday 16 September 2020. Due to Covid-19 King Willem-Alexander will not hold his speech to the throne in the Hall of Knights in The Hague. The venue is too small for all 225 members of parliament. It was decided by the government the event will be held in the Great- or St. James’ Church in The Hague. Further details are to be announced.

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden didn’t only gave online tours, but also guided her husband Prince Daniel and her children Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar around in the Royal Palace in Stockholm.

11 June

Prince Joachim of Belgium has been fined 10,400 euros in Spain for violating the lockdown rules in Spain. He didn’t go into quarantine for 14 days after arriving in the country, as turned out after a few days when he was diagnosed with Covid-19.

13 June

For the first time ever the birthday parade for Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, Trooping the Colour, was held in scaled-down form at the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle. The only family member present was the Queen herself. Participating were the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards and the Band of the Household Division, all social distancing. It was the Queen’s first official engagement since the outbreak of Covid-19. See here for the musical program of Trooping the Colour 2020

15 June

On the occasion of the 10th wedding anniversary of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden on 19 June several gorgeous new pictures of the couple, taken at Gustav III’s Pavillon in Haga, Stockholm, were released.

On 14 June King Mohammed VI of Morocco underwent a successfull intervention because of the recurrence of heart rhythm disorder at the clinic of the Royal Palace in Rabat. He previously underwent surgery for the same kind of problem on 26 February 2018 in Paris.

16 June

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark opened the exhibition “Dronningens Ansigter” (The Faces of the Queen) at the Frederiksborg Castle. The exhibition will be on display until 31 December. Among the paintings is the newest portrait of the Queen by Niels Strøbek, created on the occasion of her 80th birthday in April.

Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and her daughters Maud, Leah and Emma Behn visited the Galleri Varden on Jeloya island, Moss, where works of art by the late Ari Behn and some of his friends are being exhibited. Also Maud has contributed.

Recently at least four horse-drawn carriages have been discovered at the former royal estate of Tatoi, Greece. The Friends of Tatoi Society announced that until now no one was sure of their whereabouts or condition. They hope to create a Museum of Royal Carriages and Cars in the palace grounds. Among the carriages is the one used during the wedding of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain in 1962. They have to be restored first, but they are fortunately in rather good condition.

17 June

The funeral service for Baroness Elizabeth-Ann de Massy, who died at the Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace in Monaco in the evening of 10 June took place at 10.30am at the Notre-Dame-Immaculée Cathedral in Monaco. She was buried in the Chapelle de la Paix. She was a cousin of Reigning Prince Albert II.

21 June

Father’s day and the 38th birthday of the Duke of Cambridge were on the same day this year. The Duchess of Cambridge took some wonderful pictures of her husband with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis earlier this month.

22 June

On the occasion of the national day in Luxembourg lovely new photos of the newborn Prince Charles with his parents and grandparents were released, including a three (four) generation photo.

23 June

Quite a boring national day in Luxembourg. Grand Duke Henri attended the only official moment of the day. During a small ceremony at the national monument of solidarity both he, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Chamber President Fernand Etgen held a speech. Henri spoke about the importance of solidarity in Luxemburg, also during the corona pandemic. He praised health care workers and highlighted some positive moments. At the end he thanked all citizens for welcoming his grandson Prince Charles. Many photos at RTL Today.

Reigning Prince Albert II, Princess Charlène and their children Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella appeared on the balcony of the Princely Palace of Monaco to watch the annual St. John’s Day Festival. There was a bonfire and dancers in traditional costume.

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain have started their tour through the autonomous communities of Spain at the Canary Islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife.

24 June

Countess Eloise van Oranje-Nassau, the eldest daughter of Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, gave her first tv-interview to the Jeugdjournaal. She has her own, open, Instagram account and tries to send positive energy. It shows she is a normal girl with a title. She says it is sometimes crazy to be part of the royal family. She is not filmed in private tough and she says the photosessions in Lech, Austria, are fun.

25 June

The King and Queen of Spain visited the Island of Mallorca.

From 1 September Prince Joachim of Denmark has a new job as military attaché for Denmark in Paris, France. It was decided by the Danish parliament that he will be able keep his apanage, even when living abroad. Today he finished his education at the military school in Paris.

27 June

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians have been cycling with their children Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel and Princess Eléonore to promote tourism in their own country. They also celebrated the 25th anniversary of the cycling network through Belgium. They were among others in Bokrijk and toured a special cycling path through the water.

28 June

On day 2 of their weekend as tourist in their own country the Belgian royals toured the Ardennes on foot. They were at the Tombeau du Géant, where they met with King Albert II and Queen Paola, and toured the Clairefontaine Abbey.

29 June

The King and Queen of Spain were in Sevilla and Córdoba, Andalusia, today.

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden and their sons Prince Alexander and Prince Gabriel send summer greetings.

30 June

The naming ceremony of the newborn Bhutan prince was held. The second Gyalsey has been named Jigme Ugyen Wangchuck, but will be referred to as His Royal Highness Gyalsey Ugyen Wangchuck. The Trelda Tsechu prayer ceremony was held at the Thimphu Tashichodzong, and attended by King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, Queen Jetsun Pema and both their children.

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