Royal News September 2021

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Last modified: 2 October 2021

1 September

The Duchess of Cornwall shared her recipe for Victoria sponge cake.

Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway has returned to school her father Crown Prince Haakon has confirmed. She tested positive for Covid-19 on 22 August.

It is reported that Princess Mako of Akishino (Japan) and her fiancé Kei Komuro are finally getting married. They are looking to register their marriage in October if the Covid-19 pandemic permits. It is unlikely that the usual ritual ceremonies will be held. Mako is expected to leave the imperial residence and move to the USA where Kei Komuro currently resides. It is also reported that she wants to refuse the lump-sum payment that is traditionally given to female imperial family members leaving the family.

2 September

Because one of the youngest children tested positive for Covid-19 King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians cancelled their appointments until 6 September. They both tested negative. Prince Emmanuel and Princess Eléonore had just returned to school this week.

3 September

The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa confirmed reports saying that Princess Charlène of Monaco was rushed to hospital. In a statement they said: “Her Serene Highness (HSH) Princess Charlene of Monaco was rushed to hospital by ambulance late Wednesday night after collapsing due to complications from the severe ear, nose, and throat infection she contracted in May. The Princess’ medical team is currently evaluating her but have confirmed that the Princess is stable.” She had been due to undergo another procedure on 3 September, the Princely Palace confirmed.

Together with Monica Sundt Utne and Anne-Kari Bøhaugen Princess Märtha Louise of Norway is to publish a knitting book called “Hést Strikkebok” (Hést Knitting Book)

4 September

Princess Maria Anunciata of Liechtenstein married Emanuele Musini at the Schottenkirche in Vienna, Austria. For my report see here.

The Princely Palace reported that Princess Charlène of Monaco has left hospital.

6 September

Princess Astrid of Belgium has fractured a vertebrae during a sports activity in the private sphere. She didn’t have to be hospitalised, but is currently recovering and resting at home. She had to cancel several engagements for the coming weeks.

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Prince Hisahito of Akishino turned 15 today. As usual a few photos and a video were released.

Clarence House has responded to newspaper reports and said: “The Prince of Wales has no knowledge of the alleged offer of honours or British citizenship on the basis of donation to his charities and fully supports the investigation now underway by The Prince’s Foundation.” The chief executive of the Prince’s Foundation, Michael Fawcett, resigned after the reports. It was reported this weekend by the newspapers The Sunday Times and The Mail on Sunday that the foundation had sought official honors and British citizenship in 2018 on behalf of the Saudi businessman Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz.

7 September

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Michiko of Japan and their daughter Princess Aiko have started moving to their new residence on the grounds of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Monday. The sword and jewel inherited from the former emperor Akihito as proof of ascension to the throne were transferred from the nearby Akasaka Imperial Residence to the newly renovated residence. They will reside in another building on the palace grounds until the moving work is completed.

9 September

German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Büdenbender ended their three-day state visit to Sweden on invitation of King Carl XVI Gustaf. The visit, which took place in Stockholm and Kiruna, was innovation, sustainability and democracy. Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3.

Upon his nearing 40th birthday Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg baptized a rose named after him at the rose garden “Op de Rondellen” in Luxembourg-City.

The funeral of Archduchess Maria Magdalena of Austria, daughter of Princess Ileana of Romania and Archduke Anton of Austria, took place at St. Peter’s Abbey in Salzburg. Prince Radu of Romania was present at the funeral.

10 September

Timothy Vesterberg and his wife Flora née Ogilvy celebrated their church blessing at the St James’s Church in Piccadilly, London. The bride wore a lace gown by Phillipa Lepley and the Ogilvy tiara. Among the guests were the Earl and Countess of Wessex and other family members. The couple already married privately at the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace on Saturday 26th September 2020. Flora is the granddaughter of Princess Alexandra, the Hon Lady Ogilvy. Some pictures by Getty.

David Flint Wood and India Hicks – a granddaughter of the 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma – got married at the Brightwell Baldwin Parish Church in Oxfordshire, Great Britain, today after a relationship of 26 years. The reception was held at the Lord Nelson pub opposite. In attendance were India’s mother Lady Pamela Hicks, as well as the five children of the couple (of which one was adopted). The bride’s wedding dress was designed by Emilia Wickstead. For photos see here, here and here.

The funeral service for Princess Marie-Cécile of Bourbon-Parma was held at the église Notre-Dame-des-Champs in Paris, France. The Princess died on 1 September at the Hôpital Broca in Paris. See here for a video.

11 September

The brother of the Duchess of Cambridge, James Middleton married his fiancée Alizée Thevenet in Bormes-les-Mimosas, France. Of course his sister and her family were in attendance. Also the dogs of the couple attended.

12 September

Crown Prince Frederik, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent, Princess Josephine and Prince Felix have taken part in the Royal Run in Copenhagen/Frederiksberg, Denmark. Crown Princess Mary went to Aalborg to participate. Crown Prince Frederik also participated in Sønderborg and Odense.

Prince Rostislav Romanoff and Foteini Maria Christina Georganta married religiously at the Russian Orthodox St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Paris, France. Around 100 guests were in attendance. The bride wore a custom made tiara from Russian jewelry label Axenoff. The wedding reception took place at a hotel in Paris. For photos see here and here.

13 September

The Greek royal office has confirmed that Prince Philippos of Greece and his wife Nina née Flohr will get married religiously in October 2021 in Greece. It is reported the wedding will take place in the Metropolitan Cathedral in Athens. It was also confirmed that his sister Princess Theodora and her fiancé Matthew Kumar are to get married in Greece. A date is however still not known yet.

14 September

The opening of the Riksdag session in Stockholm, Sweden on 14 September marked the start of the new parliamentary working year. The opening was attended by King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel.

Princess Delphine of Belgium has presented the ribbon she designed for Pink Ribbon Belgium for their 2021 campaign for breast cancer awareness month. Delphine chose to incorporate her Love Line design. The ribbon will be for sale here from 20 September and in more than 900 stores throughout Belgium. They cost 3 Euro each, of which 2 Euro will go to Pink Ribbon.

In 1995 Queen Letizia of Spain graduated from the Faculty of Information Sciences of the Complutense University of Madrid. This year she accepted the Honorary Presidency of the events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the school. In today’s ceremony she was also recognized as a UCM Student of Honor. In her speech Letizia looked back at the time she was a student. She remembered: “I remember in fourth or fifth grade, when a professor, already a little fed up, said to me almost shouting: ‘Ortiz! Look, of course I don’t know what will become of your life, but heavy [ for asking, out of curiosity], he has no rival'”

The art deco diamond and pearl bracelet of Princess Margaret of Great Britain was sold at auction at Dix Noonan Webb’s Mayfair in London for £396,800. She wore the bracelet for her 19th birthday portrait in 1949, taken by Cecil Beaton. In 2006 the bracelet was sold in the Christie’s auction of jewellery from Margaret’s collection.

The Danish royal court reported that the Queen Ingrid Honors Award will be given out for the 10th and last time in 2022. The event will be marked with a gala show on TV2 on 27 March 2022, recorded from the four palaces of Amalienborg in Copenhagen, Queen Ingrid’s children Queen Margrethe II, Princess Benedikte and Queen Anne-Marie have decided.

15 September

Together with his parents Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg one-year-old Prince Charles has visited the butterfly garden “Päiperleksgaart” in Grevenmacher.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have made it into the TIME list of the 100 most influential people of 2021. They appear on one of the covers of the magazines.

16 September

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands showed up at an engagement with her hand in a splint. It turned out she has a minor fracture in her right hand. She already fell during her vacation in Greece this summer and continued having problems. When she had it checked, it turned out there was a small fracture in the hand. She was advised to let her hand rest.

Sources say that Kei Komuro will return to Japan at the end of September to prepare for his marriage to Princess Mako of Akishino. There might be a press conference for Mako upon his return. Kei Komuro left Japan to study at Fordham University’s law school in New York in August 2018 and has apparently not been back in Japan since.

Andrew B. Brettler, a lawyer for Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, on Monday has said about the sexual assault lawsuit, started by Virginia Giuffre: “We believe this is a baseless, unviable and potentially unlawful lawsuit that the plaintiff has filed against the duke”. At the first day of the pre-trial hearing at the US district court in the southern district of New York it was said that the prince’s lawyers have “significant concerns about the propriety of this lawsuit”. The Prince has claimed not to have received the legal papers properly, although it was reported they were already delivered at the gate of his house in Windsor on 27 August. On Thursday night the US District Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled that Giuffre can try an alternative means of serving her legal papers to Andrew, so that he can address her claims. Giuffre accuses Andrew of battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress over alleged misconduct about two decades ago, when she was still underaged. On Wednesday the High Court in London had already said it would arrange for Andrew to be served with the papers if necessary.

The South Tomb of the Egyptian Pharaoh Djoser has been reopened to the public following a 15-year restoration. He was actually buried in the nearby Step Pyramid.

17 September

The King and Queen of Malaysia have left their country for a special visit to the United Kingdom until 27 September. They will among others visit the Battersea Power Station. On 24 September they will meet with Malaysians at the Malaysian High Commission in London. They plan to visit the Tun Abdul Razak Research Centre on 25 September.

18 September

Thanks to Noblesse & Royautés and probably some other links suddenly my day record was broken yesterday. 5,095 visitors in one day! The reason: this report about the wedding of Prince Berthold of Baden and Nina Schröder, who got married on 28 August already.

19 September

BBC One will air the documentary “Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers” on 22 September at 9pm BST. The production company Oxford Films had special access to the private cine-film collection of Queen Elizabeth II. All the children of the Queen and the Duke, their adult grandchildren and other members of the royal family, as well as staff give their personal thoughts and reflections on the late Duke of Edinburgh. The interviews were recorded both before and after his death, and was originally conceived to mark his 100th birthday.

20 September

Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Beatrice of York had a daughter at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London on Saturday 18 September at 11.42pm. The baby weighs 6 pounds and 2 ounces. The grandparents and great-grandparents are delighted with the news. Mother and daughter are doing well and look forward introducing her to her big (half-)brother Christopher Woolf.

Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako and Princess Aiko have moved into their new residence at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Their new home is the former Fukiage Sento Palace, that was renovated.

During the inspection of the fiscal situation of King Juan Carlos of Spain the Liechtenstein Tax Agency has informed the Spanish Treasury that the king is not a beneficiary of the Zagatka Foundation.

21 September

The opening of parliament in the Netherlands, Prinsjesdag, was held in attendance of King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima, Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien. As in 2020 the event was held in the Great Church in The Hague without much grandeur. There was no military ceremonial, no carriage ride and also no balcony scene. For pictures see Royal Press.

A natural pearl and diamond necklace, once owned by Queen Josephine of Sweden, will be auctioned at the “Magnificent Jewels: Part I” auction at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong on 12 October. For a video with explanation about the necklace see here.

Two diamond bracelets that once belonged to Queen Marie-Antoinette of France will be sold at auction by Christie’s at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues in Geneva, Switzerland on 9 November. The Queen managed to send a chest with her bracelets to the Austrian ambassador in Brussels. It was opened after her death and her daughter inherited the bracelets.

22 September

Princess Märtha Louise of Norway today celebrated her 50th birthday. Several pictures were released. She also was interviewed by NTB in which she reflects on 50 years of life. Märtha Louise said to look forward to her 50s and said: “There is something about just being alive as well. It’s better to be 50 than not to be. My father says that age is just a number, so I to listen to him who is a little older than me and has more experience.” She said she will celebrate her birthday with coffee and cake in bed, and by signing 1,000 copies of her new book “Hést – klassisk og moderne strikk”.

Queen Margrethe II and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark will pay a state visit to Germany from 10 to 13 November 2021. Together they will visit Berlin, only the Queen will continue the state visit in München, in the south of Germany.

23 September

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands will pay a state visit to Norway from 9 to 11 November 2021. They will visit Oslo and Trondheim.

Princess Margriet of the Netherlands this week is the guest editor-in-chief of the weekly magazine for women “Margriet”. There is an interview, a report of her recent trip to SOS Children’s Villages in Austria and she shares photos from her private album. There are also photos taken by her husband.

During the Monte-Carlo Gala for Planetary Health Sovereign Prince Albert II of Monaco has presented the “Lifetime Achievement Award” to actress Sharon Stone for her humanitarian and ecological efforts. The Prince praied her “remarkable commitment to women’s empowerment, her outstanding work in medical research and her tireless efforts to help change the world”.

For the second year the Nobel prize banquet in Stockholm will not take place due to Covid-19. The laureates will receive their medals and diplomas in their home countries. In a statement the Noble Foundation said: “I think everybody would like the COVID-19 pandemic to be over, but we are not there yet.”

24 September

The Duchess of Cornwall wrote a powerful piece for the newspaper “Daily Mail” on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Maggie’s cancer care units, of which she is a president. She mentions among others that about one million women have missed vital mammogram tests as a result of the covid-19 pandemic.She also says that she has seen close family and friends fight cancer.

25 September

The religious wedding of Princess Marie Astrid of Liechtenstein and Ralph Worthington took place at the Duomo di Santa Maria Assunta in Orbetello, Italy. The bridal dress was created by Marta Ferri and the bride wore the Kinsky Honeysuckle Tiara of the Liechtenstein family. The couple already married civilly in Spring. The guestlist included royals from Belgium, Brazil, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, as well as members of non-reigning and noble families. For photos see here.

Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Noto, married Lady Charlotte Lindesay-Bethune, daughter of the Earl of Lindsay, at the Cathedral of Monreale, Sicily, Italy. The bride wore an elegant white gown with a lace bodice and a diamond and pearl tiara from her own family. The service was conducted in four languages: Latin, Spanish, Italian and English. The vows were read in English. The wedding was attended by about 200 guests including many royals and nobles. The reception took place in the gardens of the Royal Palace in Palermo, followed by a dinner in Palermo.

27 September

Claudia de Breij will write the official book on the occasion of the 18th birthday of Amalia, The Princess of Orange, that will be published mid November. Amalia will share a number of photos and talks about her life, so people can get to know her a bit better. Claudia de Breij talked with the princess this summer. “Amalia” will be published by Uitgeverij Pluim.

Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah of Jordan has tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday evening after a routine examination. He is displaying mild symptoms.

Kei Komuro, the fiancé of Princess Mako of Akishino, has returned to Japan in the first time in about three years. He will have to quarantaine for about two weeks. The wedding of the couple is to take place in October.

28 September

The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tonight attended the premiere of the 25th James Bond film “No Time To Die” at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Charities supporting serving and former members of the three intelligence agencies and past and present members of the United Kingdom Special Forces benefited from the premiere. Before the film the royals met members of the cast. See here for photos.

King’s Day on 27 April 2022 will take place in the city of Maastricht, Province of Limburg, The Netherlands.

Her Majesty Margareta, Custodian of the Crown of Romania and her husband Prince Radu of Romania celebrated their Silver Wedding anniversary at the Elisabeta Palace in Bucharest, Romania.

Princess Lalla Malika of Morocco, a daughter of the late King Mohammed V of Morocco and his wife Lalla Abla, has died in Rabat, Morocco today.

30 September

The Semi-State Rooms at Windsor Castle, the private apartments created for King George IV, have opened its doors today. The richly decorated rooms are used by Queen Elizabeth II for official entertaining. They were severely damaged by the fire of 1992, while the contents survived, as they had been moved elsewhere fore renovation.They are open from autumn to spring each year, this time until March 2022. The tour, that is included in the tickets for the castle, includes the Green Room, where the wedding photos of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were taken in May 2018.

Prince Felix of Denmark has decided not to continue his military training at the Gardehus Barracks in Slagelse. The motives are considered private.

The new desktop calendar for October 2021 of Yellow.bt shows a picture of the King and Queen of Bhutan with their two sons.

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