Emeritus King Juan Carlos I Returns to Palacio de La Zarzuela to Spend Time with His Family.

On Monday, May 23, 2022, Emeritus King Juan Carlos I returned to Palacio de La Zarzuela in Madrid to spend time with his somewhat estranged family.

In a rare move, the Spanish royal court released a statement regarding this afternoon’s family reunion:

“As indicated in the statement made public by the House of His Majesty The King on May 18, Emeritus King Juan Carlos I has been today with his family at the Palacio de la Zarzuela.

His Majesty The King and Emeritus King Juan Carlos I have had a long conversation about family issues as well as about different events and their consequences in Spanish society since the King’s father decided to move to Abu Dhabi on August 3, 2020.

Next, a family lunch was held, attended by Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain, the Princess Sofía, Emeritus King Juan Carlos I and Emeritus Queen Sofía, as well as the Princess Elena and her children, and the Princess Margarita and Don Carlos Zurita. Princess Sofía has not been able to share lunch having tested positive for Covid upon her return from Miami, although she has remained with the rest of the family in the lunch room provided with the mandatory mask and the corresponding ventilation measures.

Late in the afternoon, Emeritus King Juan Carlos I has embarked on his return trip to Abu Dhabi. As was made public, in his letter to His Majesty The King dated March 5, Emeritus King Juan Carlos I first stated his desire to establish his permanent and stable place of residence in Abu Dhabi for personal reasons; and secondly, his decision to organize his personal life and his place of residence in areas of a private nature, both during his visits and if he were to reside in Spain again in the future, to continue enjoying as private as possible.

All this, together with the other points that appear in said letter, constitute the reference framework for the activities of Emeritus King Juan Carlos I.

(VIDEO) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Attends the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

On Monday, May 23, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II attended the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show held at the  Royal Hospital Chelsea in London, England.

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show returns to its usual place in the horticultural calendar after being canceled in 2020 and postponed in 2021 due to the Covid pandemic.

This year, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show celebrates Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee year with the theme of “…calm and mindfulness running throughout the garden designs.”

Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex, Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, The Honorable Lady Ogilvy, His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, and Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York and her husband, Mr. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi also attended the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this afternoon.

Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway Celebrates 30th Years of the Norsk BreMuseum.

On Sunday, May 22, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Norsk BreMuseum (Norwegian Glacier Museum) at the foot of the Jostedalsbreen glacier in Fjærland.

Per the Norwegian royal court:

The Norwegian Glacier Museum spreads knowledge about glaciers and climate – and it is beautifully located in the heart of the Fjærlandsfjord, with the Jostedalsbreen glacier in the background. The Jostedalsbreen glacier is 474 square kilometers in size, and thus the largest glacier on the European mainland.

There was a poetry reading on the museum lawn, greetings to the jubilee, and beautiful singing by the children and youth choir in Fjærland and Fjærland chamber choir.

Originally, the anniversary celebrations should have been marked last year, but due to the pandemic, the festivities had to be postponed until this year.

The Polar Institute’s former director, geologist and glaciologist (ice researcher) Olav Orheim, held a chat about the history of the glacier museum – from the idea of ​​a glacier museum was conceived until today.

Orheim was – like the Queen – present at the opening 31 years ago. Olav Orheim grew up in Fjærland and already went on his first trip on the Jostedalsbreen glacier when he was ten years old. As an 18-year-old, he became a patent holder on the glacier – a mountain guide with a focus on mountain sports and safety – for the Norwegian Tourist Association. Olav Orheim has researched ice and climate, and he has led a number of scientific expeditions to polar regions.

The anniversary celebration ended with a gala dinner at Fjærland Fjordstove hotel.”

If you’re interested in learning more about the Norsk BreMuseum please visit their official website by clicking the link: https://www.bre.museum.no/

Photos courtesy of the Norwegian royal court

(VIDEOS) Emperor Naruhito of Japan Meets with the President of the United States.

On the morning of Monday, May 23, 2022, His Imperial Majesty Emperor Naruhito of Japan welcomed the President of the United States, Mr. Joseph R. Biden, to the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

After a brief photo-op for the press at the entrance to the Imperial Palace, the Emperor and President Biden held a half-hour meeting. Discussions focused on the measures taken against the Coronavirus and water issues, a topic on which Emperor Naruhito has focused on for years. President Biden also noted that Japan is the most stratgeic partner for the United States in the Asia Pacific region; moreover, the two countries have a strong bond. In turn, Emperor Naruhito expressed hope that the United States and Japan relations will “…continue to strengthen and that the friendship and goodwill between Japan and the United States would advance even more with the visit”…”

In a White House press release, President Biden’s visit was “…intended to offer greetings on behalf of the American people, highlighting the strength of the U.S.-Japan relationship anchored by deep people-to-people ties.”

(VIDEO) HM Queen Margrethe II of Denmark Stars in the New Documentary, Kongeskibet: I Dronningens Tjeneste.

Tonight on DR.dk, a new four-part documentary will air entitled, Kongeskibet: I Dronningens Tjeneste (The Royal Ship: In the Queen’s Service) produced by JJ Films and DR.dk.

The documentary follows Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II and the crew of the Royal Yacht Dannebrog during the 2021 summer sailing season.

Since 1932, the Royal Yacht Dannebrog has sailed more than 800,000 nautical miles. The yacht has visited the majority of the the ports in Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands as well as ports in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and East Coast.

In celebration of the 90th anniversary of the Royal Yacht Dannebrog and as the 2022 summer sailing season begins next week, this season Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II and the Royal Yacht Dannebrog will visit the municipalities of Elsinore, Anholt and Aarhus. The Royal Yacht Dannebrog will also take Her Majesty to the municipalities of Slagelse, Lolland and Frederiksberg later this summer. Her Majesty will also visit the Tønder Municipality to attend the postponed events from the celebration of the Reunification 1920.

Kongeskibet: I Dronningens Tjeneste is currently available to watch on DR.dk. Click the link below to watch (in Danish):


HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark Gives an Opening Speech at the Public Management in the Future Conference.

On the morning of Monday, May 23, 2022, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark arrived at the Aarhus Universitet to attend the conference, Public Management in the Future.

The conference, held inside the Crown Prince Frederik’s Center for Public Management, focused on several themes including, “…acute crisis management and the long-term perspectives…” as well as “what can public leaders do to increase organizational resilience…”

In his opening speech, Crown Prince Frederik stated:

“It is great to be together again… You have contributed a lot in recent years. You have set the direction and dealt with the crises. This is one of the reasons why we in Denmark are as good as we are today. But, we must not rest on our laurels. Today we need to learn from each other and from recent years so that we can become even better leaders. ”

Photos courtesy of the Danish Royal Court