New titles for retiring monarchs, royal visit to Morocco, new appointments to the Order of the Garter, Crown Prince Haakon visits Porsgrunn and another royal wedding exhibition.

New Title for Emperor and Empress of Japan

The Imperial Household Agency in Tokyo has announced two new titles for their retiring Emperor and Empress.

This is said to be a first in royal history for abdicating monarchs.

Royal Visit to Morocco

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive in Morocco for an official 3-day visit, including an audience with King Mohammed IV.

Order of the Garter Knights and Ladies

Some Notable Knights and Ladies of the Order of the Garter, a chivalric order founded by Edward III in 1348.

Edward III as head of the Order of the Garter, drawing c 1430–40 in the Bruges Garter Book, William Bruges (1375–1450)

British Royal Family

George VI – 1916
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother – 1936
Louis Mountbatten, Earl Mountbatten of Burma – 1946
Queen Elizabeth II – 1947
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh – 1947
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales – 1958
Prince Edward, Duke of Kent – 1985
Princess Anne – 1994
Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester – 1997
Princess Alexandra, The Hon Lady Ogilvy – 2003
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex – 2006
Prince Andrew, Duke of York – 2006
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge – 2008

Foreign Monarchs

Haakon VII of Norway – 1906
Albert I, King of the Belgians – 1914
Christian X of Denmark – 1914
Ferdinand of Romania – 1924
Leopold III, King of the Belgians – 1935
King George II of the Helenes – 1938
King Carol II of Romania – 1938
Prince Paul of Yugoslavia – 1939
Wilhelmina, Queen of the Netherlands – 1944
Frederik IX of Denmark – 1951
King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden – 1954
Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia – 1954
Juliana, Queen of the Netherlands – 1958
King Olav V of Norway – 1959
Paul, King of the Hellenes – 1963
Baudouin, King of the Belgians – 1963
Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg – 1972
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark – 1979
King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden- 1983
King Juan Carlos of Spain – 1988
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands – 1989
Emperor Akihito of Japan – 1998
King Harald V of Norway – 2001
King Felipe VI of Spain – 2017
King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands – 2018

Former Australian Governor-Generals

Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester – 1921
William Sidney, 1st Viscount De L’Isle – 1968
Richard Casey, Baron Casey – 1969
Sir Paul Hasluck – 1979
Sir Ninian Stephen – 1994

Former Australian Governors

John Loder, 2nd Baron Wakehurst (NSW) – 1962 [The Wakehurst Parkway on Sydney’s northern beaches is named after him.]

Notable New Zealanders

Sir Keith Holyoke (Prime Minister and Governor-General) – 1980
Sir Edmund Hillary (Explorer) – 1995

Prime Ministers

Sir Winston Churchill (Britain) – 1953
Margaret Thatcher (Britain) – 1995
Sir John Major (Britain) – 2005

Crown Prince Haakon in Porsgrunn

Crown Prince Haakon visits Porsgrunn in Norway’s south to meet with children and young people on Wednesday, 27 February 2019.

Crown Prince Haakon Photo: Sven Gj. Gjeruldsen, The Royal Court

An English translation of Crown Prince Haakon’s speech at the Ælvespeilet:

Hi everyone, are you okay?

We have been to Kjølnes today – are there any from the adult education here in the hall?
Or from the Westside secondary school?
And from Stridsklev youth school?

Rebecca and Mathias – so good you and everyone was on the scene! I think we should be applauding, because I think everything that happened here on the scene was really good.

I bring lots of greetings from the Crown Princess. I know she wanted to be here today, but unfortunately she isn’t. She has missed a really nice and educational day.

We have seen some of the good work being done here in the municipality. We have become familiar with children’s and youth sports activities and met active and good practitioners at Kjølnes. And it looks like you are going to get both a very good multipurpose hall and swimming pool, so there is a lot to enjoy. And then we have been and talked to the Youth Committee – youth politicians in Porsgrunn. I am impressed by the work you are doing to deal with the issues you believe are important. And I am impressed by the work young people and adults do together to create a municipality that is both inclusive and engaging, and to get a good growing environment here.

And then we came here. And here you have shown some of what is happening on the cultural front with song and dance – and there is probably a lot going on that was not shown too. And all this together is the Porsgrunn model for children and youth, which I wanted to learn more about.


After all, all people need to be seen for who they are and be appreciated for who they are. Everyone deserves the opportunity to develop, their interests and qualities in a good and positive way. I think this is the best starting point for a good life.

All the things I have seen and heard in Porsgrunn today are important parts of a good upbringing. And a good upbringing is the foundation for us to have a good life in life. A good upbringing also increases the chance that we can develop society for the better. You who sit here today are going to be adults – to get a job, maybe join a voluntary organisation, become active in the social debate, get family, new friends and neighbours.

All the things that society needs for us to be able to take care of the good we have and to develop further. Therefore, growing up to you is the responsibility of children and young people. A saying says it requires a whole village to raise a child, and I think that is true. The whole community, the whole city must be involved. You have it in Porsgrunn though – and you take it seriously.

Now I have become quite an adult, and I am a father. I often think of what is the difference between being young and being an adult.

When you are young, you experience many things for the first time. And then you may not have so much experience to help you understand what is happening – and to find out what to do. And then it is that being a youth means that you have many strong feelings. Combined with being “first-time experiences”, it gives a strong impression.

It is so that children who are completely young and learn to work with motor things. And it is not so that the adults teach the children to go. They fix it all by themselves. All they need is a floor – and maybe an advantage if they have got some food and stuff – but they do it themselves.

But in adolescence it is a little different. Then it is our emotions that we should learn to use for something good. Get some control over the emotions. And there are extra strong emotions in adolescence. Extreme pleasure – and also that it can be difficult. As the first time you are in love, or the first time you are at a crazy good concert. Or the first time you lose someone you love. Perhaps the first time you have become a friend with someone, and you feel that you need to fix it.

There is a lot that can be difficult for adults as well, but we have a little more experience and then it is perhaps a little easier to understand what is going on.

What I really say is that you don’t have to be so worried about something that is difficult – it’s okay and normal. Although it may seem like this at Insta, it’s not that life is just fine all the time.

It is important to keep in mind that we should be kind to each other, because we need to take care of each other. And then I think it’s incredibly important that you are kind to yourself and take care of yourself. And when you look in the mirror in the morning, you can think “I’m good enough just as I am” – and then you can go out and have a nice day.

And then it is nice if you are also a little familiar with us adults. Because even if we try to get things done in a good way, it is not always ours. And then it is important that you young people are a little familiar with us.

So to you who are a little older here in the hall. As I have grown older myself, I have made a rule of what it means to be young. And I think that as long as you have faith that you can change the world for the better, you are still young!

Dear County Governor and Mayor, thank you for inviting me to Porsgrunn! Thank you for showing me the Porsgrunn model and the way you have worked for many years.

It has been very educational, and the impressions I take with me further. I’m sure many could learn from you.

Thanks to everyone who has shown me the good work that is being done in Porsgrunn for children and youth.

And thanks for coming!

The Prince’s Speech in Norwegian —

A Royal Wedding: HRH Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank

Visitors to Windsor can see a special exhibition with the bride and groom’s wedding outfits from 1 March to 22 April 2019.

Curator Caroline de Guitaut makes final adjustments to the special exhibition ‘A Royal Wedding: HRH Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank’ in the Grand Reception Room at Windsor Castle. Photo: Royal Collection Trust / © All Rights Reserved

To book tickets, visit the Royal Collection Trust’s website, or phone +44 303 123 7304 (outside the UK).

Royal Birthdays This Week

Crown Prince Naruhito with Crown Princess Masako. Photo: The Imperial Household Agency

23 February – Crown Prince (soon to become Emperor) Naruhito of Japan, 1960

23 February – Princess Estelle of Sweden, 2012

25 February – Prince Stefan of Serbia, 2018

1 March – The 2nd Countess of Snowdon (Serena Alleyne Stanhope), wife of David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl Snowdon (son of Princess Margaret), 1970

1 March – Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, husband of Princess Anne, 1955

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