Prince Harry’s new initiative, tourists fail to recognise the Queen, Princess Charlotte starts school, Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s confirmation and remembering Diana …


Prince Harry’s new initiative, Travalyst, to make tourism more eco-friendly hasn’t gone down well with some people, following his announcement in Amsterdam.

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We are excited to announce the launch of ‘Travalyst’, a global initiative striving to change the impact of tourism, for good. Partnering alongside key travel industry giants @Bookingcom, #Ctrip, @Skyscanner, @TripAdvisor and @Visa_US, our aim is to spark a movement to transform the future of travel, putting communities at the heart of the solution. We believe in the power and importance of travel. We also have a shared responsibility to our planet and to each other. • “I want to start with a little bit of background as to specifically why I’m here today, because as you may know, I am not a tourism or business expert, but through my travels I have observed the unique relationship between community and environment, and have noticed something alarming. There wasn’t the symbiosis or connection there needed to be and I wanted to understand why. I am one of those people fortunate enough to have a platform and I want to use it to tackle hard problems, in the hope of finding solutions…and that’s how Travalyst was born” – The Duke of Sussex The name #Travalyst comes from The Duke and partners viewing our role in sustainable travel as catalysts to accelerate positive changes in travel. Travel + catalyst = Travalyst #Travalyst aims to make travel more sustainable, to help protect destinations and benefit communities long into the future, and to enable consumers to make more environmental friendly choices whilst traveling. The Duke of Sussex, having invited the founding partners to start the conversation, believes that the organisations – with operations in nearly every country, hundreds of millions of customers that use their products every day, and business relationships around the world – have sufficient influence and the critical mass necessary to catalyse real system change in the travel industry, for the benefit of destinations, communities and ecosystems. To discover more about the new initiative, visit

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Piers Morgan posted this comment about the Duke of Sussex on Twitter.

Meanwhile, here in Australia, Rita Panahi has said

Just take a private jet and get Elton to write a cheque to some mysterious carbon offset outfit. Simples.

Incognito Queen

Some American tourists failed to recognise Queen Elizabeth when she was staying at Balmoral years ago and ask her a question.

Hear the Queen’s response in this week’s show.

By Stuart Yeates from Oxford, UK (Flickr) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Princess Charlotte Starts School

The Cambridges arrive at Thomas’s Battersea for Princess Charlotte’s big day.

Kensington Palace has released a photo to mark this very special milestone.

Princess Ingrid Alexandra Confirmation

Norway’s Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s confirmation took place at the Palace Chapel on 31 August 2019.

Princess Ingrid Alexandra. Photo: Julia Naglestad, The Royal Court.

See The Royal House of Norway’s album of Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s Confirmation.

Remembering Diana (1961-1997)

It’s been 22 years since the People’s Princess was tragically killed in a car crash in Paris, France.

Where were you when you heard the devastating news? Have your say on our Facebook page.

Royal Birthdays This Week

31 August – Queen Rania of Jordan, 1970
31 August – Prince Gabriel of Sweden, 2017

7 September – Elizabeth I, 1533 (died 24 March 1601)

Forthcoming Royal Visits

Belgium – King Philippe and Queen Mathilde to visit Japan for Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement in Tokyo from 22 to 23 October 2019.

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