Fresh from his fabulous trip to Italy, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco is back at work. This morning the sovereign prince, accompanied by the Monaco Police Commissioner, Richard Marangoni, inaugurated the new headquarters of the GPSI (Groupe de Protection, de Surveillance et d’Intervention) on Avenue de l’Annonciade in Monte-Carlo.
On April 25, 2022, it was announced that the cookbook, The Platinum Jubilee Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from Her Majesty’s Representatives Around the World, hardcover will be released on April 28, 2022. The foreward was written by Their Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.
The cookbook, by author Mr. Ameer Kotecha, has:
“…70 wonderful recipes, alongside profiles of Great British ingredients and diplomatic stories, to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The 19th century British Prime Minister Lord Palmerston once declared that ‘dining is the soul of diplomacy’ and this unique and sumptuous new book, published as part of the celebrations for Her Majesty The Queen’s 70 years on the Throne, presents 70 recipes from British embassies and high commissions around the world.
With a foreword by Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, this book celebrates the landmark occasion of the Platinum Jubilee by bringing together recipes – many of them served during Royal Visits – that are proudly British, inspired by local influences from the embassy’s host country, or a fusion of the two. Throughout, the book shows off the spectacular food and drink produce found within our shores that our embassies are proud to showcase around the world, including:
· Spanish Marmalade, from the Madrid Embassy
· Green Fish Curry, from the Islamabad High Commission
· Jollof Rice, from the Abuja High Commission
· Mince Spies, from ‘C’, Chief of MI6
· Cardamom Lamb, from the New Delhi High Commission
· Chicken Wellington, from the Lisbon Embassy
· Toffee Apple and Rhubarb Crumble, from Chevening House
· Whisky-laced Bread & Butter Pudding, from the Washington D.C. Embassy
Alongside the delectable recipes, stories abound of culinary diplomacy in action. Contrary to the clichés, you will not find an Ambassador’s table piled high with Ferrero Rocher, but food is nonetheless central to the diplomatic cause. Ameer Kotecha delves into the Foreign Office archives to reveal diplomatic dinner party anecdotes through the years – the good, the bad and the highly entertaining – and provides contemporary stories of food being used as a potent diplomatic tool. For the first time, this book tells the story of how nations break bread as a means to resolving differences, and seek to get to the negotiating table by first starting at the dinner table.
A mixture of recipes, food history, anecdote and stunning photography, this book is an engrossing read for anyone with an interest in food, diplomacy or British heritage. With contributions from Her Majesty’s representatives around the world, it is also a celebration of Britishness that makes for a unique memento for the Platinum Jubilee, delving into an underexplored part of Her Majesty The Queen’s reign.
The author is donating 100% of royalties from sales of this book to two charities: The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT) and The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund (PWCF).”
The Platinum Jubilee Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from Her Majesty’s Representatives Around the World is available for pre-order on Amazon and at your local bookstores. Also, for those living in the United States, this fabulous new cookbook will be released on May 31, 2022.
On the morning of Monday, April 25, 2022, His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at The Cenotaph as part of ANZAC Day.
ANZAC Day commemorates Australian and New Zealander military service members, originally those of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), who served in the Gallipoli Campaign during World War I.
In the afternoon, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a Service Of Commemoration and Thanksgiving as part of the ANZAC day services at Westminster Abbey.
Last evening, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales released a statement regarding ANZAC Day:
On the early morning of Monday, April 25, 2022, His Royal Highness Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester participated in a remembrance service to mark Anzac Day held at the New Zealand War Memorial at Hyde Park in London, England.
Anzac Day commemorates Australian and New Zealander military service members, originally those of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), who served in the Gallipoli Campaign during World War I.
During this morning’s dawn remembrance service, the 77-year-old Duke, who is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s cousin, listened to various speeches and placed a wreath at the memorial after the Haka was performed.
On Monday, April 25, 2022, His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain attended a luncheon with members of the Tribunal Constitucional (Constitutional Court) in Madrid, Spain.
The Constitutional Court is the supreme interpreter of the Constitution, which is entrusted with the functions of controlling the constitutionality of laws, protecting the fundamental rights and public freedoms of citizens, and resolving conflicts of jurisdiction between the State and the Autonomous Communities.
On the evening of Saturday, April 23, 2022, His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg arrived at the Philharmonie Luxembourg to attend a concert in memory of his late father, His Royal Highness Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg. The late grand duke passed away on April 23, 2019, at the age of 98.
The concert, directed by conductor, Mr. Andy Loor, had 120 singers from the Chœurs d’Ouverture with Maurice Clément on the organ opened the tribute concert with works by Mr. César Franck, Mr. Gabriel Fauré, Mr. Jos Kinzé, and Mr. Albert Leblanc.
The concert continued with a contemporary program by the Schierener Musek, an ensemble typical of rural Luxembourg, with Roland Schiltz conducting. After the intermission, the Fanfare Municipale Luxembourg-Bonnevoie, under the direction of Mr. Romain Kerschen, offered an original program combining contemporary music, folk, jazz, the bagpipes of the Luxembourg Pipe Band as well as the voice of the sopranoist, Ms. Simone Martiny.
Photos courtesy of the PhilharmonieLux/E.Engel/Twitter
From April 21 – 24, 2022, His Royal Highness Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg, in the presence of His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, participated in the 74th World Baden-Powell Fellowship Event and the World Scout Foundation Investor Conference in Dublin, Ireland. The Hereditary Grand Duke is Chairman of the World Scout Foundation.
During the conference, discussions focused on:
“…ways to adopt new strategies for the Foundation which aims to modernize its operation and increase its efficiency in raising funds for the benefit of World Scouting. The crisis situation in Ukraine and neighboring countries was also discussed…”
Photos courtesy of WSF/V.Ortega/Cour Grand-Ducale