(VIDEO) Land of Hope and Glory: British Country Life

Here is the 2016 BBC documentary entitled, Land of Hope and Glory: British Country Life.

For almost 120 years, Country Life magazine has been aspiring to capture the elusive soul of the British countryside, from muddy fields to stately homes. Jane Treays spent a year filming with the magazine, exploring the lives of those who have been bred into the land, inherited it or have simply bought into its dreams.

From a “girl in pearls” shoot in Yorkshire to a historic mansion in Dorset, via Lindisfarne Castle and a family farm in Somerset, this series captures the glory and eccentricity of the men and women who live the rural life.

So, what does this program have to do with royalty?  Well, nothing, really.  I enjoyed the documentary so I thought I would share it with all of you.


TMs King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium Attend the 40th Edition of the Memorial Van Damme.


On Friday, September 9, 2016, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium accompanied their children — Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel, and Princess Elenor — and His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco attended the opening of 40th Edition of the Memorial Van Damme held at the Stade Roi Baudouin in Brussels.

According to the Belgian royal court the event is “…dedicated to the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games 2016.  [The Memorial Van Damme] is part of the circuit of the IAAF Diamond League.” 

Photo courtesy of the Belgian royal court

(VIDEO) HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco Attends the Launch of World First Aid Day.

monacoOn Friday, September 9, 2016, Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco, as the Goodwill Ambassador for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, attended the launch of World First Aid Day in Geneva, Switzerland.

Held under the theme, First Aid for and by Children, today’s event aims to teach “…children everywhere to be trained in first aid, and is urging Governments and Ministries of Education to make first aid a mandatory part of school curriculums…” according to a press release.

In statement in regards to World First Aid Day, Princess Charlene noted:

“Children are particularly susceptible to accidents in their daily lives and are especially at risk during major emergencies, like natural disasters, conflicts and epidemics.  Empowering young people as first aid providers will not just save lives. It will prepare them for a future in which they can be an active and responsible citizen in their local communities.  An estimated one million children die every year from treatable injuries and millions more are hospitalized as a result of accidents like drowning, automobile crashes, falls and burns.  Children are capable of saving the lives of themselves and others around them if they are equipped with first aid training.” 

Click here to view a photo gallery.

Photo courtesy of F. Coffrini/AFP

HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark Visits Semco Maritime.

denmarkfredOn Thursday, September 8, 2016, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark visited the “…new headquarters of Semco Maritime at Esbjerg Brygge. The visit was part of the celebration of the 50-year jubilee for the first Danish oil and gas finds in the North Sea, which was celebrated across Esbjerg under the auspices of ‘First50’…” according to a Semco Maritime press release.

For more information, in English, about yesterday’s event please click here.

Click here to view a photo gallery.

(VIDEO) HIH Princess Mako of Akishino Visits Paraguay.

On Thursday, September 8, 2016, Her Imperial Highness Princess Mako of Akishino arrived at the Residencia Presidencial Mburuvichá Roga in Asunción, Paraguay, to met with the President of Paraguay, Mr. Horacio Cartes.

The purpose of Princess Mako’s visit to lovely Paraguay was to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Japanese immigration to the South American country.

And, that’s it.

For more information about yesterday’s meeting please click here (in Spanish).

HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark Presents Awards.


On the afternoon of Friday, September 9, 2016, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark attended the 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Prisen held at the Børsen in Copenhagen, Denmark.

During today’s award ceremony the future queen of Denmark presented two awards “…first a prize for the best CSR report to a company with more than 6,000 employees.  [The second award] for best CSR report to a company with fewer than 6000 employees.  [The CSR Awards] highlights good practice in the reporting of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and pays tribute to the Danish companies that excel and can be a source of inspiration for others…” 

Press photo courtesy of FSR.dk