(VIDEO) News Regarding Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco

Earlier this week, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco hiked around the Haute-Garonne region of France as part of the commemorations of the Centenary of the disappearance of His Serene Highness Prince Albert I of Monaco.

On the evening of Friday, June 17, 2022, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco attended the 61st Edition of the Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo held at the Grimaldi Forum in Larvotto, Monaco.

Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway Gives a Speech During the Gala Dinner Held on the Occasion of her 18th Birthday.

On the evening of June 17, 2022, Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway gave a speech during the gala dinner held on the occasion of her 18th birthday at the Royal Palace in Oslo.

Here is what she had to say:

Your Majesties
Your Royal Highnesses
President of the Storting
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
Dear family and friends
Ladies and gentlemen,

To begin with, I would like to thank the Prime Minister and the rest of the Government once again for the fantastic event at Deichman library last night. I could not have received a better gift.

I would also like to thank my grandmother and grandfather for giving me this lovely party.

And I would like to thank all of you who have travelled from all over Europe and the United States to be here today. I really appreciate your taking the time to come to Norway for this celebration. The last couple of years we have not been able to see each other much, so I have really been looking forward to having you all here today.

Mamma and Pappa, thank you for everything you have given me.

Mamma,
We can talk about anything and everything. It makes me glad that we can lie on the sofa and watch series
[television] together.

I so appreciate everything that you do for me.

Pappa,
Thank you for taking us out skiing and surfing and other great activities. You always help sort things out and stay calm when the rest of us aren’t.

I am enormously grateful for your help and support, and I know that you will always will be there for me.

I love you both very much.

Dear Marius and Magnus.
You are my safety net. I know I can always come to you when something is bothering me.

Marius,
Thank you for everything I have learned from you, and for being able to talk to me about everything. Thank you for always being there to protect me.

Magnus, you are always nice to me when I need it. Thank you for the hugs that you usually give me when I have had an extra tough day.

I am so proud to have you both as my brothers.

Dearest Grandpa, I always have such a good time when I am with you. Thank you for the evenings on the Royal Yacht, where we sit together and watch sports and cowboy movies. And thank you most of all for always having a good joke ready when the mood gets a little gloomy.

Dearest Grandma Sonja, thank you for bringing us along on so many interesting trips and adventures. Especially for all the outdoor hikes and for the stories and goodnight songs that Maud and I, anyway, will remember forever.

And dearest Grandma Marit, thank you for all the fun things you have told us. Thank you for always coming to take care of us children, and for all of our enjoyable evenings of sitting and chatting.

My dear aunts and uncles and cousins,
Every since I was a little girl, you have made me feel safe. I am very grateful to you for that.

And finally, I would like to thank all my friends.
Thank you for always making it so much fun to be together and for always cheering me up.

It makes me very proud to call all of you my family and my friends.
You all mean the world to me.

One of the best things about Norway is our democracy.
That we are free to believe in what we want to.
That we are free to say what we want to.
That we are free to love who we want to.

I am so lucky to have grown up in Norway. I have been able to experience our magnificent nature, surfing at Unstad, hot summer days along the southern coast, and snow-capped mountains in Røldal.

And not least, I have been able to meet so many wonderful people who live in different parts of our country.

We are lucky to live in a country that is constantly evolving.
Where we have trust in one another and in our authorities.
In Norway, we are committed to combating climate change.
We are committed to diversity.
We are committed to freedom of expression.

And most importantly, we are determined to continue finding better solutions than the ones we already have.

We all have our place in this society.
We are different, we have been given different tasks, and we know how to do different things.

Together we make up the Norway we love so much.

Thank you.

TMs King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway Give Speeches During the Gala Dinner in Honor of Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway.

On the evening of June 17, 2022, Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway hosted a gala dinner in honor of Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway’s 18th birthday.

During the gala, Their Majesties gave their speeches. First, His Majesty The King’s speech:

Speech given by His Majesty The King to Princess Ingrid Alexandra during the gala dinner at the Royal Palace in celebration of her 18th birthday, 17 June 2022.

Your Majesties
Your Royal Highnesses
President of the Storting
Prime Minister
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
Dear guests,

My dear Ingrid,
Congratulations to you on your 18th birthday – albeit a little after the fact.

We are very happy to be able to share this day with family and friends, and with representatives from all of Norway.   

I think it is quite fortunate that we have been able to celebrate your special day on two separate occasions. It has given us an opportunity to reflect on all that happened in connection with your actual coming of age, back in January.

You joined me in the Council of State for the first time – thankfully without a veto, since one never knows what a young woman with strong views like you might stir up!

It was both convivial and a bit crowded at the head of the table inside the Council Chamber when you and your father took your seats to my left and right.

That Friday in January, I could truly feel the strength and assurance that comes from knowing new generations are waiting in the wings. Nevertheless, you’ll likely have to put up with me a while longer!

And I hope I can continue to be of help, my dear Ingrid if there are things you wonder about.

You represent the fifth generation of what, for a long time now, has been referred to as a rather young monarchy – which came to Norway in 1905, and in truth is not so young anymore.

We are the stewards of traditions and values, even as we are formed by the times in which we live. The tone of the monarchy at any given time is set by whomever is King – or Queen.

Each of us probably feels to some degree that our predecessor is a hard act to follow. But we have no other choice than to do what feels right to us. To find our own inner role model, as it were.

I have told you this many times before, Ingrid, but a grandfather is allowed to repeat his most important piece of advice over and over: Be yourself. And trust that that will be enough – always.

When your turn comes, I hope you will have the same experience that I have been lucky enough to have throughout my life and calling: that there are many people ready to help and support you. Our institutions, official agencies and organizations have been here for a long time. Together with people from across the country, they will help to give you strength and will be of great support.

But all in due time, and not for a good while yet.  

I am glad it has been possible for you to grow and develop in freedom and security – to be young, with everything that belongs to that phase of life. And since the mission you have been given will last a lifetime, it is important that you take plenty of time for schooling and education. You can still devote many years to this. And don’t forget to play! I myself am quite experienced at that. As you know, the sea is where I play most and best. And happily, you like being out there, too.

In my speech for your confirmation, I said that you were becoming an adult at a time when building bridges between people – and saving the planet – will be the top priorities. Recent years have also shown us that truths we believed were unshakeable can be undermined with little warning. The pandemic and the outbreak of war in Europe have forced us to acknowledge our vulnerability, both as individuals and as a world community. Our democratic values ​​must be defended – again and again.  

Your great-great-grandfather, King Haakon, adopted the motto We give our all for Norway. We are repeatedly being challenged to rethink the significance of this phrase – what it means in practice. This does not just apply to us as members of the Royal Family, but to everyone who lives in this country.

Fortunately, there are many of us who share this challenge.

My dear Ingrid,
Thank you for allowing us to follow along as you grow and mature. I love you very much and wish you all the best on your journey ahead. Happy Birthday.

I would ask you all to please join me in a toast to Princess Ingrid Alexandra.

Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway’s speech:

“Your Majesties
Your Royal Highnesses
President of the Storting
Prime Minister
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
Dear guests,

Welcome to the Royal Palace and to this celebration for our wonderful 18-year-old, Princess Ingrid Alexandra. The King and I are pleased to have this opportunity to gather family and friends from Norway and abroad, and guests from all across this country. Together you represent our country, our family ties and the life of our dear princess, who will someday be Queen.

We are especially grateful to all of you – family and friends – who have travelled from all over Europe to share this celebration with us.

Finally, the time has come to celebrate this young woman.

Dear Ingrid, during your 18 years you have shown what you are made of – and displayed many talents:

You love water sports. You are a good skier. You are also fond of school, and enjoy being with friends and family. You are bold – unafraid to jump by parachute or to state your opinion. That latter quality will come in especially handy, I promise you!

You are wise, warm and knowledgeable. And you care deeply – as I said in your confirmation speech – for people, animals and nature.

I wonder what your future will hold?

Fate has given you an extraordinary task, dear Ingrid. But en route to the future you must seize the opportunities that arise with both hands – and build your own solid platform. All the impressions, learning and experience you can absorb will be useful to you later in life.

Right now you are in the midst of the most explosive time of youth, a season of burgeoning promise. Soon you will be starting your final year of school and can look forward to graduation-time festivities.

Yours is a life of great contrasts!

Today – as we celebrate your 18th birthday – you are surrounded by people who love you and wish you well. And you should know that you can always come to all of us around you to seek advice and support.

My mother always said: It’s not what happens to you that matters, but how you react to it! That has helped me greatly in life. And I would like to pass those words on to you today.

Hold on to who you are, Ingrid. Dare to think along new lines and without constraint – to do things your own way. And remember, being perfect is not an end in itself. You have everything you need to make wise choices and create a life that will be rewarding for you, for your loved ones, and for those for whom you one day will be Queen.

I hope you will always have a space of your own where you feel entirely free, where you will find replenishment, rest and inspiration – as I have found throughout my life, both in nature, especially in the mountains, and in art. Everyone needs a space like that. 

Thank you for everything we have shared together until now. I look forward to following along as you make your way further in life.

I would like to wish everyone a memorable evening.

I invite you now to join me in a toast to Princess Ingrid Alexandra.

Happy birthday – and welcome to all!

In the photo above, front row: (L-R) His Majesty King Harald V of Norway, Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway, Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway.

Second row (L-R): Ms. Marit Tjessem, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, His Highness Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway, and Mr. Marius Borg Høiby.

European Kings, Queens, and Heirs to the Thrones Pose for a Historic Photo During HRH Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway’s Birthday Gala Dinner.

On the evening of Friday, June 17, 2022, various European Kings, Queens and heirs to the thrones pose for a historic photo during Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway’s birthday gala dinner.

Front row (L-R): Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway.

Second row (L-R): Her Highness Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner, Ms. Marit Tsjessm (grandmother of Princess Ingrid Alexandra), Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of the Belgians, His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, His Royal Highness Prince Daniel of Sweden, His Royal Highness Prince Oscar of Sweden, and Her Royal Highness Princess Estelle of Sweden.

Third row (L-R): Miss Emma Tallulah Behn, Miss Leah Isadora Behn, Miss Maud Angelica Behn, Mr. (Shaman) Durek Verrett, Her Highness Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, Her Royal Highness Princess Elisabeth of the Belgians, Duchess of Brabant, Mr. Marius Borg Høiby, His Highness Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway, Her Royal Highness Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Oranje, His Royal Highness Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg, His Royal Highness Prince Charles of Luxembourg, and Her Royal Highness Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg.

Fourth row (L-R): Ms. Rosario Nadal, His Highness Prince Tassilo of Bulgaria, Her Highness Princess Olia Preslavska, Her Highness Princess Mafalda-Cecilia Preslavska, Ms. Katharine Jibba Butler, His Royal Highness Prince Kyril of Bulgaria, Duke in Saxony, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, Duke of Sparta, Her Royal Highness Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, Duchess of Sparta, Her Royal Highness Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece, His Royal Highness Prince Constantine-Alexios of Greece, and His Royal Highness Prince Aristides of Greece.

Future Heirs to European Thrones Pose for a New Photo Ahead of HRH Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway’s Gala Birthday Dinner.

On Friday, June 17, 2022, the Norwegian royal court released a photo of the future heirs to European thrones ahead of Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway’s gala dinner held at the Royal Palace in Oslo.

In the back row (L-R) Her Royal Highness Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Oranje (not Orange) and Her Royal Highness Princess Elisabeth of the Belgians, Duchess of Brabant.

In the front row (L-R) Her Royal Highness Princess Estelle of Sweden, Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway and His Royal Highness Prince Charles of Luxembourg.

Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway is wearing the late Her Royal Highness Princess Ingeborg of Sweden’s Boucheron diamond and pearl tiara. Her decoration is the Grand Cross of the Order of St. Olav.

Her Royal Highness Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Oranje is wearing the Dutch diamond Star tiara and her decoration is the Order of the Lion of the Netherlands.

Her Royal Highness Princess Elisabeth of the Belgians, Duchess of Brabant is wearing what looks to be the late Queen Elisabeth’s necklace turned into a tiara or it could be a new tiara. Her decoration is the Order of Leopold.

TRHs Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark Release a New Statement Regarding Herlufsholm.

After the release of the controversial TV2 documentary, Herlufsholms Hemmeligheder (Herlufsholm’s Secrets) and the immediate fallout last month, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark released another statement regarding their eldest son, His Royal Highness Prince Christian of Denmark, attendance at the prestigious boarding school. Here is what they had to say:

“As parents, we are at the moment facing some difficult considerations about our oldest children’s schooling. It is discussed in many places – also here on our own social media. It makes an impression on us. We have previously stated that we as a family are burdened by the unfortunate situation at Herlufsholm, and that we will follow the changes that are obviously necessary. Here we will try to share some of our thoughts and put more words into the considerations we make as a family.

Bullying, violence, and abuse are never acceptable. We must respond to the painful and devastating events by insisting on changes that ensure a safe environment for all. And we must also acknowledge the courage of those who have shared their violent experiences.

At the same time, we are the parents of a son who is very happy to go to the school. And a daughter who has long been looking forward to starting in the same place.

The question is whether the two sides can go hand in hand; whether we as parents can let our children go to Herlufsholm and at the same time react and insist on changes that benefit all students at the school. There will be divided opinions about that. But for us, the answer depends both on the investigations that have been initiated and on the effect of the initiatives that the school already has decided on. In addition, we will look at the school’s upcoming initiatives, but also at what we as parents can demand and contribute. The goal must be a future Herlufsholm, where all students – no matter who they are – thrive and can feel safe based on healthy values.

Finally, we will continue to talk with our children, show them confidence and listen to their wishes. Their perspective will also have to be taken into account when making our decision about their future schooling. Like all other parents, we want to do the best for our children. At the same time, we are aware of our special position as Crown Prince Couple. Here and now we do not know all the answers. As a family, we need more knowledge to be able to make the right decision for our children.

The Crown Prince Couple “

As a result of the fallout, the Herlufsholm announced that the school has created a “Well-Being Manager” on site at the elite boarding school beginning on August 1, 2022. Per a Herlufsholm press release:

“We have put in place an academic staff member whose position will be a Well-Being Manager. Herlufsholm School has for a number of years had a focus on student well-being. We will increase the efforts further with the desire to ensure a good environment and necessary cultural changes to create a nurturing, safe everyday life for all students at the school.”

(VIDEO) TRHs The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Attend Day Four of Royal Ascot.

On Friday, June 17, 2022, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended day four of Royal Ascot. Riding in the carriage with the royal couple were The Honorable Arthur Vesty and The Honorable Mrs. Vesty.

Riding in carriage two were Mr. Peter Philips and his new girlfriend, Ms. Lindsay Wallace, The Duke of Bedford and The Duchess of Bedford.

Riding in carriage three were The Viscount Brookeborough, The Viscountess Brookeborough, and Mr. and Mrs. Darby Dennis.

Riding in carriage four were Mr. and Mrs. Richard Osgood and Mr. and Mrs. Nico de Boinville.