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Charles and Camilla celebrate Canada Day, Queen Sonja celebrates her 80th birthday, Queen Elizabeth’s new portrait unveiled, Prince Philip’s last DofE Awards and a memorial service for Diana Princess of Wales.

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Canada Day, 1 July

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall join Canadians in celebrating 150 years of Confederation in Ottawa.

Prince Charles’ speech at Parliament Hill on 1 July 2017.

Prince Charles was invested as an Extraordinary Companion of the Order of Canada.

Outgoing Canadian Governor-General David Johnston and his wife Sharon waving goodbye.


Hashtags: #Canada150 #RoyalVisitCanada

Queen Sonja’s 80th Birthday

King Harald’s birthday surprise, Queen Sonja’s Art Stable opens eights later, on 4 July.

Queen Sonja during the assembly of the first exhibition. Photo: Sven Gj. Gjeruldsen, Det kongelige hoff

Listen to our podcast to find out more about Norway’s Queen Maud and her role with the Royal Stables.

Queen Maud. Photo: Karl Anderson, 1909, The Royal Collections

Visit Queen Sonja’s Art Stable for more details and opening hours.

The Norwegian Trekking Association (Den Norske Turistforening) presented Queen Sonja a gift of Turdronningen, a statue of herself in hiking gear.


Prime Minister Erna Solberg signs the Book of Congratulations (gratulasjonsprotokollen) on behalf of the government at the Royal Palace.

Queen Elizabeth Maple Leaf Portrait

Buckingham Palace has released a new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II to mark the 150th Anniversary of Confederation in Canada on Saturday, 1 July 2017.

Credit © 2017 Ian Leslie Macdonald

Happy Canada Day!

Prince Philip’s Last Duke of Edinburgh Awards Presentation

Prince Philip presents Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards for the last time at a garden party before he retires in August 2017.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were in Scotland as part of “Royal Week” or “Holyrood Week 2017” to celebrate Scottish culture, achievement and community.

Memorial Service for Diana Princess of Wales

Prince William and Prince Harry attended a private memorial service at Althorpe with Earl Spencer and Diana’s sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes on 1 July, which would have been Diana’s 56th birthday.

The Lake at Althorp with the Diana memorial. Source: James Denham [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte were also present paying their respects.