On Sunday, March 27, 2022, Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover, Princess of Monaco attended the modern ballet dance performance of, Sept, les Anges, held at the Sporting Monte Carlo in Monaco.
Sept, les Anges, choreographed by Mr. Michel Hallet Eghayan, was commissioned by the Festival Printemps des Arts de Monte Carlo.
On the afternoon of Tuesday, March 29, 2022, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden celebrated the 400th anniversary of the city of Norrtälje. Unfortunately, His Royal Highness Prince Daniel of Sweden did not attend today’s celebrations due to a minor cold.
During today’s celebrations, the Crown Princess gave a speech at the Societetsparken, toured sections of the city, and met with various locals who were happy to see their future queen.
On the morning of Tuesday, March 29, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, members of the British Royal Family, foreign royals from the European continent, members of the UK Government, and 500 representatives of the late Duke’s many charities attended a Service of Thanksgiving for the late His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh held at Westminster Abbey in London, England.
In a press release via Buckingham Palace the purpose of this morning’s service was to:
“…gave thanks for His Royal Highness’s dedication to his family, to the Nation, and to the Commonwealth as both Consort to the Queen, and a working member of the Royal Family in his own right. The event also recognized the importance of The Duke’s legacy in creating opportunities for young people, promoting environmental stewardship and conservation, and supporting the Armed Forces.
The Service, in particular, paid tribute to The Duke of Edinburgh’scontribution to public life and steadfast support for the over 700 charitable organizations with which His Royal Highness was associated throughout his life.”
In his address during the service the Dean of Windsor reflected on the life of The Duke of Edinburgh stating:
“In 1947, Prince Philip was made a Knight of the Order of the Garter. On the back of his stall in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, is fixed, in perpetuity and for everyone to see, a small enamelled brass plate on which is inscribed his motto. It is simply: “God is My Help”. We do not understand the man unless we see him, at the heart, to be a man of faith.
That faith was never dogmatic, sentimental or paraded and, as it went in search of understanding, was frequently questioned and examined. However, it was real and it endured, inspiring and shaping a lifetime of commitment to the making of this world a better place.
I am not sure that Prince Philip had much time for the theological controversies that divide people. His faith was a heartfelt trust in a loving God whose intention for this world is glimpsed in the life and teaching of Jesus Christ; such trust, such hope, as could unite people in a common endeavour.
This trust, this hope, was not idle wishful thinking or escapism. Rather, it evoked in him a kind of impatience; eagerness for that God-intended future upon which his gaze was always fixed.
He knew however that that future, from any human point of view, had to be arrived at step by step. He was practical, wanting to put flesh upon his dreams, and (acknowledging the limitations of living in this so-called ‘real world’) he devoted his astonishing intellectual and physical energy, his enormous capacity for sheer hard work, to a host of down-to-earth enterprises. These included the equipping of young people to face tomorrow’s challenges, the encouragement of respect and care for the natural order, and his pioneering work in facilitating conversation between representatives of the different world faiths.
Through his passionate commitment, he drew others to himself in admiration and respect and, in the case of those who lived and worked most closely to him, genuine love.
However, I sense that he did not believe that all these achievements were made in his own strength. I am reminded of those words: ‘God is My Help’. I think he understood his constant need of inspiration and of guidance. I am quite sure that his prayers were not reserved for public occasions alone.
He would hate to think that I should paint a picture of him as a ‘plaster saint’; someone without the usual human foibles and failings. He was far too self-aware ever to be taken in by flattery. Of course, it must be said that his life bore the marks of sacrifice and service. Certainly, he could show great sympathy and kindness. There is no doubt that he had a delightfully engaging, and often self-deprecating, sense of humour. It is quite clear that his mind held together both speculation and common sense.
Moreover, nobody would ever doubt his loyalty and deep devotion to our Queen and to their family. Yet, there were times when he could be abrupt; maybe, in robust conversation, forgetting just how intimidating he could be. A kind of natural reserve sometimes made him seem a little distant. He could be somewhat sharp in pricking what he thought to be bubbles of pomposity or sycophancy. On the other hand, we should not forget that he himself was sometimes wounded by being unfairly criticised or misunderstood.
Like the rest of us, he was part of flawed humanity. Unlike most of us however, he was one of those rare people who remained true to, and guided by, what you might call ‘an inner spiritual compass’; a sense of being called to play a part in the making of a God-intended world.
As we give thanks for the life of a remarkable man, perhaps our greatest tribute to him, most especially in these far too troubled times, will be for us to accept the challenge, implicit in his life, to rekindle in our hearts something of that call, and to pray (as I think he did) for the inspiration and the guidance to play our part, however, small, in working for a kinder future.
Below is the list of the members of the British royal family and foreign royals who attended this morning’s Service of Thanksgiving:
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence
His Royal Highness The Duke of York
The Earl and Countess of Wessex
Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Their Royal Highnesses Prince George and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge
His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent
Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester
Their Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Michael of Kent
Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and James, The Viscount Severn
Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York and Mr. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie of York and Mr. Jack Brooksbank
Mrs. Zara Tindall and Mr. Mike Tindall
Miss Mia Tindall
Mr. Peter Philips
Miss Isla Philips
Miss Savannah Philips
The Earl and Countess of St. Andrews
The Earl of Snowdon
Lady Margarita Armstrong Jones
Lady Sarah Frances Elizabeth Chatto and Mr. David Chatto
Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor
Lady Gabriella Kingston (née Windsor) and Mr. Thomas Kingston
Mr. James and Julia Ogilvy
Mrs. Flora Ogilvy Vesterberg and Mr. Timothy Vesterberg
Lady Amelia Windsor
Their Highnesses Hereditary Prince Bernhard and Hereditary Princess Stephanie of Baden
Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium
His Highness Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa of Bahrain
His Royal Highness Prince Kyril of Bulgaria, Prince of Preslav
Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
Her Majesty Queen Anne-Marie of Greece
Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie Chantal of Greece
Their Royal Highnesses Prince Philippos and Princess Nina of Greece
Prince Heinrich Donatus and Princess Floria-Franziska of Hesse
Their Highnesses Prince Philipp and Princess Saskia of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Their Royal Highnesses Hassan bin Talal and Princess Sarvath al Hassan of Jordan
Her Royal Highness Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg
His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco
Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands
Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands
Her Majesty Margareta, Custodian of the Crown of Romania and Prince Radu of Romania
Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia
Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain
Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden
Princess Christina of Sweden, Mrs. Magnuson
Other guests at the Service included representatives from UK Government, the Armed Forces and the Devolved Administrations, Realm High Commissioners, representatives of Overseas Territories, representatives from The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Household, representatives from The Duke’s Regimental Affiliations in the UK and the Commonwealth as well as the clergy and other faiths.
Notably absent from today’s Service of Thanksgiving was The Duke of Sussex. It’s quite unfortunate that the Duke of Sussex did not attend this meaningful day; moreover, a day that meant so much to Her Majesty The Queen. In the past, the Duke has mentioned a myraid of times how much he “…adores his grandfather…” and how much the late Duke of Edinburgh has helped him throughout the years.
After the Service of Thanksgiving, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales hosted a reception at Clarence House in London for members of the British royal family and foreign royals.
On the afternoon of Monday, March 28, 2022, Their Royal Highnesses Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg visited the Genaveh Chocolate Factory in Steinfort.
Established in 2005, by Ms. Geula Naveh and taken over in 2017 by young entrepreneur Ms. Alexandra Kahn, Genaveh chocolate factory produces handmade high-quality chocolates from its small workshop. The company owes its reputation “…to its delicious chocolate bonbons: More than 80 varieties have been created to satisfy the finest palates as well as the most greedy…” according to the company website.
During today’s visit, the royal couple learned how to make chocolate and were informed about the creative process around the development of each of Genaveh’s recipes. The company only uses high-quality raw materials and, as much as possible, local products for all of their chocolates.
On the afternoon of Monday, March 28, 2022, Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain hosted a luncheon in honor of the President of the Republic of Costa Rica, His Excellency President Carlos Alvarado Quesada and First Lady Claudia Dobles, at Palacio Real de Madrid.
President Quesada and the First Lady are on a two-day official visit that aims to strengthen ties between Spain and Costa Rica, especially in the sectors of tourism investment, business, decarbonization, and the promotion of the “…green economy…”
Earlier in the day, His Majesty held a meeting with President Quesada along with various Spanish and Costa Rican government representatives, including the Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, at Palacio de La Zarzuela.
On Monday, March 28, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of Netherlands opened the 11th Edition of Money Week at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam. Her Majesty is the Honorary Chairwoman of the Money Wise Platform.
According to RVD, employees from the financial sector will give several thousand guest lectures and workshops on money matters at various primary and secondary schools. The theme this year is, Van Doekoe tot Digi, which is about, “…the increasing digitization of money, such as contactless payments, internet banking and digital payment requests.”
After the opening ceremony, Her Majesty and the Minister of Finance, Ms. Sigrid Kaag, spoke with primary school students and MBO students about the sensible use of money and what the increasing digitization of money means for them.
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