Podcast: Prince Andrew Scandal, NZ Royal Visit & 72nd Wedding Anniversary

We focus on the major fallout following Prince Andrew’s disastrous interview, Charles and Camilla in New Zealand and Queen Elizabeth’s 72nd Wedding Anniversary.

Prince Andrew Scandal Continues …

#PrinceAndrewEpstein

Statement from Huddersfield Student Union – https://www.huddersfield.su/articles/students-union-statement-on-hrh-the-duke-of-york

Charles and Camilla in New Zealand

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Auckland and the Bay of Islands, including the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and met with Maoris and volunteer firefighters.

Republic Supporters Come Out Of The Woodwork … Again

Australian Republican Movement Chairman Peter Fitzsimons takes aim at the Royal Family, following Prince Andrew’s recent interview.

Except Mr Fitzsimons didn’t take into account of two new royal arrivals last year: Prince Louis and Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.

We were happy to set the record straight for Mr Fitzsimons.

However, Royal Commentator Victoria Arbiter offered some rather sensible advice for the Duke of York plans for Christmas Day.

Royal Wedding 72 Years On

Princess (now Queen) Elizabeth married Prince Philip on 20 November 1947 in Westminster Abbey.

Princess Elizabeth married Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh on 20 November 1947

They first met at a Royal Family Wedding but a visit to Dartmouth Naval College in 1939 was said to become a pivotal moment in their lives, writing to each other during World War II whilst serving their country and the announcement of their engagement.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh have become British history’s longest-married royal couple.

Podcast: Prince Edward, Back From Maternity Leave & William The Conqueror’s Funeral

The Earl of Wessex visits Australia, the Empress Emerita discharged from hospital, Meghan is back from maternity leave, Prince Andrew in Belgium and William the Conqueror’s rather undignified funeral.

Earl of Wessex in Sydney

Prince Edward has arrived in Australia for the 60th Anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh International Awards.

Empress Emerita Leaves Hospital

Former Empress Michiko leaves hospital after successful surgery on Saturday, 7 September.

Duchess of Sussex Launches The Smart Set

The Duchess of Sussex launches a clothing range to help unemployed women find work and clothes for job interviews.

Prince Andrew in Bruges

The Duke of York’s first official engagement since Jeffrey Epstein’s death, commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Bruges during World War II.

William The Conqueror Funeral

William the Conqueror had a rather undignified funeral in France.

William the Conqueror’s grave at Abbaye-aux-Hommes, Caen. Photo: Supercarwaar [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]


A slab, dating from the 19th Century, marks William the Conqueror’s grave.

Royal Birthdays This Week

7 September – Elizabeth I, 1533 (died 1601)

11 September – Queen Paola of Belgium, 1937

Forthcoming Royal Visits

Great Britain – The Countess of Wessex will visit Nairobi in Kenya from 9 to 20 September 2019 to attend and as a guest speaker at the Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministers Meeting.

Sweden – Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel’s official visit to Denmark from 16 to 18 September 2019.

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Podcast: Travalyst, Princess Charlotte & Remembering Diana

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

Travalyst

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 www.Travalyst.org

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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.

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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 Princes 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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Podcast: Queen’s Portrait, Prince Andrew Statement & 40th Anniversary

The Queen’s portrait has returned to Stormont House, Prince Andrew issues statement, World Water Week in Sweden, a royal wedding anniversary and 40th Anniversary since Louis Mountbatten’s death.

Prince Andrew Statement

Buckingham Palace has released a statement on the Duke of York’s behalf regarding disgraced financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Will Queen Elizabeth have annother ‘annus horribilis’ in 2019?

World Water Week

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden presents the Stockholm Junior Water Prize to Australian teenager during World Water Week.

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden with Stockholm Junior Water Prize winner, Australian Macinley Butson. Photo: Jonas Borg/Kunahuset

Crown Prince Couple Wedding Anniversary

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway married 18 years ago on 25 August 2001 at Oslo Cathedral.

Oslo Cathedral. Photo: Макс Вальтер [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]

Louis Mountbatten

It’s 40 years ago since Lord Mountbatten was assassinated by an IRA bomb whilst on holidays in Ireland.

Earl Mountbatten of Burma, 1976 Photo: Allan Warren [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]

Royal Birthdays This Week

26 August – Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, 1944

28 August – Prince Nikolai of Denmark, 1999

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Podcast: D-Day 75th Anniversary, Juan Carlos Retires & Royal Book Launch

US President Donald Trump meets Queen Elizabeth, D-Day 75th Anniversary, including George VI’s Speech, King Juan Carlos retires and Princess Madeleine’s book launch.

US State Visit

Queen Elizabeth II plays host as President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania arrive in Great Britain for a State Visit from 3 to 6 June 2019.

Queen Elizabeth II and US President Donald Trump at the State Banquet. Photo: Facebook/The Royal Family

It has been a very busy week with Queen Elizabeth also meeting Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison who brought a gift.

75th Anniversary D-Day Commemorations

Queen Elizabeth, along with US President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, attend a National Commemorative Event to mark the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy in 1944.

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The Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex also participated in commemorative events both in Britain and France.

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King George VI Speech

Prince William reads King George VI Speech on D-Day during a service at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire.

George VI and Winston Churchill Letters

King George VI and Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s letters regarding D-Day.

Read the letters between George VI and Winston Churchill: https://www.royal.uk/75th-anniversary-d-day-landings

King Juan Carlos Retires

King Juan Carlos has announced he will retire from public life from Sunday, 2 June 2019, five years since his abdication.

King Juan Carlos. Photo: Casa de S M el Rey/Dany Virgili

Stella and The Secret Launched

Princess Madeleine has launched her book, Stella and the Secret, in Stockholm on Tuesday, 4 June 2019.

Princess Madeleine together with co-authors Marie Oskarsson and Karini Gustafson-Teixeira and illustrator Stina Lövkvist. Photo: Sara Friberg, Royal Court of Sweden

National Day Greetings From Sweden

Royal Birthdays This Week

Prince Joachim Photo: Steen Brogaard, Danish Royal Court

2 June
Princess Désirée of Sweden, Baroness Silfverschiöld, 1938

3 June
Queen Suthida of Thailand, 1978
Prince Felix of Luxembourg, 1984

5 June
Princess Astrid of Belgium, 1962

6 June
Former King Albert II of Belgium, 1934

7 June
Prince Joachim of Denmark, 1969

Forthcoming Royal Visits

Netherlands – King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima will visit Windsor in Great Britain on Monday, 17 June 2019, to attend the Order of the Garter Service and to be installed as a Stranger Knight of the Garter.

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Podcast: Back To Nature, 15 Years & Emma of Normandy

The Duchess of Cambridge’s new garden, Princess Märtha Louise controversial relationship, Denmark’s Crown Prince Couple’s 15th Wedding Anniversary and discovery at Winchester Cathedral?

Back To Nature Garden

The Duchess of Cambridge’s new family-friendly garden.

It’s Official Says Princess Märtha Louise 

Norway’s Martha Louise announces her relationship with Shaman Durek Verrett is official on Instagram.

 
 
 
 
 
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When you meet your twin flame, you know. I have been lucky enough to have met mine. @shamandurek has changed my life, like he does with so many. He has made me realize that unconditional love actually exists here on this planet. He embraces all of me without question or fear. He makes me laugh more than anyone, has the most profound wisdom to share and all the bits in between from the diversity of his being. I feel so happy and blessed that he is my boyfriend. Thank you my love, for including me so generously into your family. I love you from this eternity to the next. And to those of you who feel the need to criticize: Hold your horses. It is not up to you to choose for me or to judge me. I don’t choose my man to satisfy any of you or the norms or boxes you have chosen in your mind for me to be in. I don’t thrive there, nor do I exist in your illusion about me. I choose from love. And that’s it. Shaman Durek is merely a man I love spending my time with and who fulfills me. So thank you for respecting my actions and my choice of partner. All I know at this moment is that we love each other and I am super happy. Have a wonderful, loving Sunday and Mother’s Day(for the USA). 📸 @dhendersonphoto #love #unconditionallove #newlove #boyfriend #inlove

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Royal Wedding Anniversary

It’s 15 years since Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark married ‘Our Mary’ in in a fairytale wedding in Copenhagen.

Denmark’s Crown Prince Couple on their wedding day. Photo: Konghuset ©

Queen Emma’s Remains Found?

Has the remains of Emma of Normandy (c 985 – 6 March 1052), the consort of Ethelred the Unready and King Canute, been found at Winchester Cathedral?

Emma receiving the Encomium, in The Encomium Of Queen Emma, c 1050, British Library MS 33241.

Royal Birthdays This Week

13 May – Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, 1979

Prince Carl Philip celebrates his 40th birthday on Monday, 13 May 2019. Photo: Sara Friberg, The Royal Court of Sweden

15 May
Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein (Luxembourg), 1957
Zara Tindall (nee Phillips), 1981
Nicholas Louis Charles Norton Knatchbull, Lord Brabourne, son of the 3rd Earl and Countess Mountbatten of Burma, 1981

16 May – Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein, 1969

17 May – Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, 1971

Queen Máxima Photo: © RVD/Jeroen van der Meyde

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Podcast: Grand Duke Jean Funeral, Thai Coronation & Baby Sussex

Grand Duke Jean’s funeral, a royal wedding and a coronation in Thailand, new Emperor and Empress first public appearance, Baby Sussex has finally arrived and some history behind royal titles.

Grand Duke Jean Funeral

The list of Royal Guests at Grand Duke Jean’s Funeral on 4 May 2019, with countries listed in alphabetical order.

Belgium

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde
King Albert II and Queen Paola
Prince Lorenz and Princess Astrid
Prince Laurent
Princess Léa
Princess Elisabeth

Denmark

Queen Margrethe II

Jordan

Prince Hassan and Princess Sarvath
Prince Rashid
Princess Badi’a

Liechtenstein

Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie

Monaco

Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene

Netherlands

Princess Beatrix

Norway

King Harald V and Queen Sonja
Princess Astrid

Spain

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia

Sweden

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia

United Kingdom

Anne Princess Royal
Duke and Duchess of Gloucester

Grand Duke Jean’s Funeral in Lego

My Luxembourg reporter Raphael Corberi’s Lego tribute to Grand Duke Jean’s funeral.

Baby Sussex – It’s A Boy!

Proud dad Prince Harry announces the fantastic news.


Video: The Royal Family Channel

Harry and Meghan introduce their newborn son at Windsor Castle.

Royal Birthdays This Week

4 May

  • Jack Brooksbank (Princess Eugenie’s husband), 1986
  • Prince Henrik of Denmark, 2009

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Podcast: Royal Victorian Order, Koningsdag & End Of An Era

The Duchess of Cambridge’s new appointment, Koningsdag in Amersfoort, King Carl Gustaf celebrates his 73rd birthday, the end of an era in Japan and still no sign of Baby Sussex …

Wedding Anniversary

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrated their 8th Wedding Anniversary on Monday, 29 April 2019.

They were married in Westminster Abbey in 2011, with millions watching worldwide, including Australia.

 
 
 
 
 
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🎊 8 years ago today — thank you for your lovely messages on The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding anniversary! 📷PA

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Koninsdag in Amersfoort

King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and their three daughters visited Amersfoort on Koninsdag.

King Carl XVI Gustaf 73rd Birthday

More about Drottningholm Palace Park, including the new pavilion.

See some of the pomp and pageanty to mark King Carl XVI Gustaf’s 73rd Birthday at the Royal Palace in Stockholm.


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End of an Era in Japan

Emperor Akihito abdicates in favour of his son and heir, Crown Prince Naruhito, on Tuesday, 30 April 2019.

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Read Emperor Akihito’s Address in the State Hall.

Royal Birthdays This Week

1 May

  • Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg, 1963
  • Lady Sarah Chatto (Princess Margaret’s daughter), 1964

2 May – Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, 2015

Princess Charlotte Photo: HRH The Duchess of Cambridge

3 May

  • Princess Haya of Jordan (King Abdullah II’s sister), 1974
  • Autumn Phillips (Princess Anne’s daughter-in-law), 1978

Forthcoming Royal Visits

Sweden – Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel to visit Vietnam from 6 to 8 May 2019.

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Podcast: 93rd Birthday, ANZAC Day, Grand Duke Jean & Donald Trump

Easter Sunday coincides with Queen Elizabeth’s 93rd birthday, Anzac Day Commemorations, Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg’s passing and Queen Elizabeth invites the US President and the First Lady for a state visit.

Happy Birthday Your Majesty

Buckingham Palace’s tribute with images of Queen Elizabeth from each decade of her life.


Source: The Royal Family

Prince William in Auckland

The Duke of Cambridge visited New Zealand on the Queen’s behalf following a terrorist attack in Christchurch, including commemorating ANZAC Day in Auckland.

ANZAC Day Commemorations

The Queen’s cousin, the Duke of Gloucester, leads ANZAC Day celebrations in London this year.

Surprise! Prince Harry attends the service at Westminster Abbey.

Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg (1926-2019)

Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg has passed away, aged 98.

Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg. Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Jochen Herling

President Trump To Visit Great Britain

Queen Elizabeth has invited President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania to pay a state visit in June 2019.

Listen to this week’s show about past Presidential visits and four royal visits to the United States.

Royal Birthdays This Week

21 April

Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, 1926
Princess Isabella of Denmark, 2007

Princess Isabella. Photo: HRH The Crown Princess, Kongehuset ©

23 April – Prince Louis of Cambridge, 2018

Read Historic Royal birthdays on 25 April.

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Podcast: Royal Maundy, Prince Philip’s New Record & Notre Dame Cathedral

The Royal Maundy Service, Prince Philip’s new record, Queen Margrethe’s birthday, condolences following the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral.

Royal Maundy Service

Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Eugenie attend the Royal Maundy Service at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Thursday, 18

Queen’s Birthday Stamps, 2019

Australia Post has issued a new stamp to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 93rd Birthday on 21 April 2019.

Now available at post offices and the Australia Post online shop.

Prince Philip’s New Record

Prince Philip has passed another milestone in British Royal History.

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and Australian High Commissioner, Alexander Downer in 2015.

Queen Margrethe’s 79th Birthday

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. Photo: Torben Eskerod, Kongehuset ©

Queen Margrethe celebrated her 79th birthday at Marselisborg Palace in Aarhus with an appearance with the Crown Prince Family to greet well-wishers.


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Condolences for Notre Dame

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris. Photo: © Carolyn M Cash

Queen Elizabeth II, the Prince of Wales and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden sent their condolences to French President Emmanuel Macron following the devastating blaze at Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday, 15 April 2019.


Did you know Notre Dame has some beehives on its roof? We have some good news …

Coronations and Royal Weddings At Notre Dame

Construction on Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris began in 1160 and has played an important part in French history, including the Coronation of an English king during the Hundred Years’ War.

Find out, in this week’s podcast, about some past royal weddings which took place at the Cathedra.

Henry VI: the only English King to be crowned in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Photo: National Portrait Gallery

Royal Birthdays This Week

14 April – Princess Marie-Agläe of Liechtenstein, 1973

15 April – King Philippe of Belgium, 1960

16 April – Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, 1940
16 April – Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, 1955
16 April – Princess Eléonore of Belgium, 2008

17 April – Prince Maurits of the Netherlands, 1968

Forthcoming Royal Visits

Denmark – Queen Margrethe II will visit Estonia on 15 and 16 June 2019, to mark 800 years since Dannebrog, according to legend, descended from the sky and helped the Danish king Valdemar the Victorious win control over northern Estonia.

Great Britain – The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will visit Germany from 7 to 10 May 2019.