(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).

(VIDEO) HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark Attends the Circus.

mary2016On Friday, September 9, 2016, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark attended a charity circus performance, for the benefit of the Nyreforeningen (Kidney Association), held at the Bellahøj in Copenhagen.

Please click here to view photos as well as to watch a brief video.

Photo courtesy of M.Testino/Vogue Australia

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

Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain Holds Audiences.


On Friday, September 9, 2016, Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain held audiences with representatives from the Alianza Iberoamericana de Enfermedades Raras o Poco Frecuentes (ALIBER) at Palacio de La Zarzuela in Madrid, Spain.

Thereafter, Her Majesty, as Honorary President, met with members from the Consejo Ejecutivo Nacional de la Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer (AECC).

Click here to view photos.

Photo courtesy of the Spanish royal court

(VIDEOS) Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Visits the Province of Zeeland.

On Friday, September 9, 2016, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands visited the province of Zeeland in the south-west region of the Netherlands.

According to RVD, today’s visit focused on:

“…innovations in the aquaculture industry in Zeeland.  [The region’s] entrepreneurs, municipalities and school students show highlights Zeeland has in saline cultivation, mussel innovation, education and cultivation of fish on land.

[The day began with a tour of] Delta Farms in Colijnsplaat. The sawyers – or sea centipedes – exported as a protein-rich food for shrimp. In addition, research into applications in the pharmaceutical industry, where sawyers can be used for storing and transporting organs for transplantation.

[The day ended with a] visit to the Pontes Pieter Zeeman College in Zierikzee, where scholars and guest lecturers from the Academy Saline Zealand (ZAZ).  [Whilst there Her Majesty] spoke with representatives of the fish and shellfish farms, Seafarm and Grovisco, about how they preserve their cultural methods with innovative techniques and research and promote animal welfare.” 

To view photos from today’s visit to the province of Zeeland please click here.

(VIDEO) The Christening of HRH Prince Alexander of Sweden.


On Friday, September 9, 2016, His Royal Highness Prince Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil, Duke of Södermanland — son Their Royal Highnesses Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden — was christened at the beautiful Drottningholms Slottskyrka at Drottningholms Slott on the island of Lovön just outside of Stockholm, Sweden.

According to the Swedish royal court Archbishop Antje Jackelén presided over the christening and was assisted by Chief Court Chaplain Bishop Johan Dalman and Pastor of the Royal Court Parish Michael Bjerkhagen.

sweden2The godparents of the sweet little prince included Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Mrs. Lina Frejd, Mr. Victor Magnuson, Mr. Jan-Åke Hansson, and Miss Cajsa Larsson. Guests in attendance included Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden accompanied by their two children, HRH Princess Estelle and HRH Prince Oscar, Her Royal Highness Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Mr. Christopher O’Neill, accompanied by their two children HRH Princess Leonore and HRH Prince Nicolas, extended members of the Swedish royal family, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Leopold and Princess Ursula of Bavaria, Mr. and Mrs. Hellqvist, Miss Sara Hellqvist, close friends of Their Royal Highnesses Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden, and of course various Swedish government officials.

After the christening, Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden hosted a reception at Drottningholms Slott in honor of the little prince.

Click here to watch the entire christening ceremony.  

Click here to view photos. 

Click here to watch another video as well as to view a photo gallery.

Photos courtesy of the Swedish royal court