(VIDEO) The UK National Archives Launches, Royalty on Record.

If you haven’t heard by now the UK National Archives has launched a new section on their website entitled, Royalty on Record, in celebration of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.

Royalty on Record is a program of “…events, displays, and digitized records designed to reveal intriguing tales from royal history. The National Archives is digitizing records from our collections about Her Majesty’s life, coronation, and reign as well as revealing interesting and intriguing tales from royal history.”

If you’re interested in reading and/or researching a specific topic about Her Majesty and/or British royal history in general then please click here to view the official website for the UK National Archives.

Enjoy!

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Sends a Video Message During the 23rd Annual Stars of Stony Brook Gala in New York City.

Photo courtesy of the Embassy of Monaco DC

On the evening of Wednesday, April 13, 2022, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco sent a thank you video message during the 23rd Annual Stars of Stony Brook Gala held at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.

Unfortunately, Prince Albert II was recently diagnosed with COVID-19 (which was made public via press release from the Palais Princier de Monaco yesterday morning) and therefore could not attend last night’s gala.

The Stony Brook trustees honored the sovereign prince for his dedication to ocean conservation and sustainability through his personal foundation, Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco (FPA). Since it was founded, the FPA has awarded over $1 billion in philanthropy to a number of worthy environmental organizations. Moreover, Prince Albert II guides sustainable policies implemented by his government for the principality to be carbon neutral by 2050.

The sovereign prince has been honored by organizations around the world for his contributions and actions in favor of protecting the environment. A five-time Olympian in bobsleigh, the sovereign prince is also a current member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the chair of the IOC Sustainable and Legacy Commission.

Established in 2000, the Stars of Stony Brook Gala has raised more than $64 million for scholarships and programs of academic and clinical excellence. Proceeds from the April 13 gala will be dedicated entirely to student scholarships. This year’s gala honorees are stars in the arenas of fighting climate change and computer science and electrical engineering.

HM King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Opens a New Exhibit at the Koninklijk Paleis in Amsterdam.

On Thursday, April 14, 2022, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands officially opened the new exhibit, Moraalmeesters: Wijze lessen van het Stadspaleis (Moral Masters: Wise lessons from the City Palace), at the Koninklijk Paleis in Amsterdam.

According to RVD the exhibit, Moraalmeesters: Wijze lessen van het Stadspaleis:

“…brings paintings to life in animations and the galleries of the palace featuring interviews reflecting on the moral lessons taught by each of the paintings.

The Koninklijk Paleis was built in 1648 as the City Hall of Amsterdam. The halls were originally the domain of mayors, councilors and judges. In their offices, were paintings by master artists such as Ferdinand Bol, Govert Flink and Jacob de Wit. Each of the paintings were hung above [various] mantelpieces. These mantelpieces, with depictions of Bible stories and scenes from Greek and Roman antiquity, provided a wise lesson on how a civil servant should behave.

Moraalmeesters: Wijze lessen van het Stadspaleis connects to various citizenship themes and is the starting point for a series of lessons about citizenship.

The exhibition brings paintings to life in animations and the galleries of the palace feature interviews reflecting on the moral lessons taught by the paintings.”

During today’s opening, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander toured the exhibit as well as watched a performance by the theatre group, The Guests. His Majesty also heard a reading by the poet Gershwin Bonevacia.

Moraalmeesters: Wijze lessen van het Stadspaleis will be open to the public beginning on April 16 to September 4, 2022. For more information about the exhibition please click here.

Please click here to view a photo gallery.

Photos courtesy of the Koninklijk Paleis/J.van der Meyde

(VIDEO) TRHs The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall Represent The Queen During Royal Maundy Service in Windsor.

On the morning of Thursday, April 14, 2022, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall represented Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during Royal Maundy Service at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor.

This is the first time since 1970 that the 95-year-old monarch has missed Royal Maundy Service. Her Majesty’s absence was not due to illness rather it is due to mobility issues.

Royal Maundy Service is held the Thursday before Easter Sunday whereupon Her Majesty would distribute Maundy money, the amount goes by the years since she has been on the throne, to individuals who have done “…great work in their community and church…”

According to a Buckingham Palace press release, Royal Maundy Service dates back to:

“… dates back to 600AD and these special coins have kept much the same form since 1670. They still bear the portrait of Her Majesty designed for her coronation in 1953, even though the image on ordinary circulating coinage has since been changed four times. Each recipient of Maundy money is given two small leather purses by The Queen, one red and one white.

The first contains a small amount of ordinary coinage which symbolizes the Sovereign’s gift for food and clothing. The second purse contains Maundy coins up to the value of the Sovereign’s age. The coins are legal tender but recipients normally prefer to retain them as a keepsake.”