Here is the CNN news report from regarding the new crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. The crown prince was named on Monday days after the sudden death of the late Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
On June 18, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh along with Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York, the Duke of Glouscester, the Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra, the Earl of Wessex and the Duke of Cambridge participated in the Order of the Garter at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor.
According to the official website for the British monarchy, the Order of the Garter is:
…the senior and oldest British Order of Chivalry, founded by Edward III in 1348. The Order, consisting of the King and twenty-five knights, honours those who have held public office, who have contributed in a particular way to national life or who have served the Sovereign personally.
The patron saint of the Order is St George (patron saint of soldiers and of England) and the spiritual home of the Order is St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
Every knight is required to display a banner of his arms in the Chapel, together with a helmet, crest and sword and an enameled stallplate.
These ‘achievements’ are taken down on the knight’s death and the insignia are returned to the Sovereign. The stallplates remain as a memorial and these now form one of the finest collections of heraldry in the world.
The insignia of the Order have developed over the centuries, starting with a garter and badge depicting St George and the Dragon. A collar was added in the sixteenth century, and the star and broad riband in the seventeenth century.
New appointments to the Order of the Garter are usually announced on St. George’s Day (23 April) but the chivalric and installation ceremonies take place in June, on the Monday of Royal Ascot week, known as Garter Day. If there are new Companions of the Order of the Garter, The Queen formally invests them with the insignia at a Chapter of the Order in the Throne Room of Windsor Castle.
Afterwards The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh entertain the members and officers of the Order at a lunch in the Waterloo Chamber. After lunch the Knights process on foot to a service in St. George’s Chapel, wearing their blue velvet robes, known as mantels, and black velvet hats with white plumes.
The processional route is through the Upper, Middle and Lower Wards of the castle to St. George’s Chapel. The colorful procession is led by the Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle and the Military Knights of Windsor.
On reaching the chapel there is a short service, at the beginning of which the new Companions (if any) are installed. On emerging from the Great West Door of the Chapel, the Sovereign and the other members of the Order return in carriages and cars to the Upper Ward of the castle.
The Queen attends the service along with other members of the Royal Family in the Order…
Recently, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales recorded a video message that will be played during the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development RIO+20, “…High Level Dialogue on Global Sustainability: The Future We Choose – Tipping the Scales Towards Sustainability” meeting in Brazil.
In the video message the Prince of Wales speaks about the environment and climate change.
Lots of news clips of the princely family beginning at the 1:07 mark.
Recently, Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover was at the Villa Sauber Nouveau Musée National de Monaco to view the exhibition by the late Dutch artist, Kees Van Dongen, entitled, Kees Van Dongen: L’Atelier. The exhibition ends on November 25, 2012. Skip to the 16:40 mark to watch the news clip with Princess Caroline.
Meanwhile, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco gave a speech during the opening session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) entitled, Forests: The Heart of the Green Economy, on June 18, 2012. According to the website for Sustainable Development, Policy and Practice, today’s conference session focused on the:
… role of forests and industry in fostering local livelihoods at the resource base and in enabling product transition to a low-carbon bio-economy among consumers. Themes included: the role of the forest sector in emerging bio-economies; forest certification a paradigm shift in green economy; and contributions of forest industry in rural development.
Today’s, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) conference session is a side event of the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (aka RIO+20) held in Brazil.
Prince Albert II will remain at the summit conference until June 22, 2012. During that time the sovereign prince will participate in various meetings regarding “…sustainable management of the seas and oceans…” For more information about the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (RIO+20) please click here.
And, finally, Her Serene Highness Princess Stephanie of Monaco gave an interview with a nice journalist from Monaco Info recently. To watch her interview, in French, skip to the 3:27 mark in the video above.
Sources and photo courtesy of: Palais Princier de Monaco, Sustainable Development, Policy and Practice, and Gouvernement Monaco.