(VIDEO) Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal Opens the 2022 Royal Easter Show in Sydney, Australia.

On Saturday, April 9, 2022, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, accompanied by her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, officially opened the Bicentennial Sydney Royal Easter Show in Sydney, Australia. The Princess Royal is on a three-day visit to Sydney on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen in celebration of her Platinum Jubilee.

(VIDEO) Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan Attend an Iftar at Al Husseinieh Palace.

On Wednesday, April 6, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan, accompanied by His Majesty King Abdullah II, hosted an Iftar for a group of accomplished youth representatives at Al Husseiniya Palace in Amman, Jordan.

During the Iftar, Their Majesties mingled with their honored guests, who are active in the fields of entrepreneurship, media, social welfare, and volunteer work. Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania also expressed their unwavering pride in Jordan’s diligent youth and their myriad of accomplishments.

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Inaugurates the New Albert I Courtyard at CHPG.

On Saturday, April 9, 2022, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco inaugurated the Albert I courtyard at the Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace in Monaco in Fontvieille, Monaco.

During today’s event, the sovereign prince unveiled a plaque and toured a photo exhibit, which displays the history of the Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace, along the courtyard.

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall’s Reading Room Season 6 Book Has Been Announced!

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On Friday, April 8, 2022, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall’s Reading Room announced the first book for Season 6: The Kite Runner. I loved this novel! If you haven’t had a chance to read this amazing story, I highly recommend that you do.

Originally published in 2003 by Mr. Khaled Hosseini — and made into a film in 2007 — The Kite Runner tells the story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant:

“…the novel is a beautifully crafted story set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.”

If haven’t heard about The Duchess of Cornwall’s Reading Room, which launched on Instagram in January 2021, is a “…literary hub on a mission to help readers and non-readers alike find and connect with books they will love. Through exclusive author interviews and behind-the-scenes content, The Reading Room celebrates books from around the world and the extraordinary people who create them.”

To learn more about The Duchess of Cornwall’s Reading Room as well as to review her past recommendations please click here.

If you are interested in following The Duchess of Cornwall’s Reading Room on Instagram please click here.

Finally, if you’re interested in learning more about Mr. Khaled Hosseini as well as other novels that he has recently published please visit his official website here.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Cancels Her Attendance for the Upcoming Maundy Day Service.

On Friday, April 8, 2022, it was announced from Buckingham Palace that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will not attend the upcoming Maundy Day Service to be held at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. The 95-year-old queen’s absence is not due to illness, but rather due to mobility issues.

Maundy Day Service happens every Thursday before Easter Sunday whereupon Her Majesty:

“…distributes gifts according to the number of years she has lived: for example, when she turned 80 she distributed 80 pence worth of Maundy money to 80 men and 80 women in recognition for their contribution to the community and to the church.  The service dates back to 600AD and these special coins have kept much the same form since 1670.”

Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will represent Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for Maundy Day Service on Thursday, April 14, 2022.