29 December 2022

Margrave Max of Baden (1933-2022)

Margrave Max of Baden, head of the Grand Ducal House of Baden since 1963, died at Schloss Salem this morning, 89 years old. He was succeeded by his eldest son, Bernhard, b. 1970.

Margrave Max was the eldest son of Margrave Berthold of Baden (1906–1963) and Margravine Theodora, née Princess of Greece and Denmark (1906–1969). Theodora was an elder sister of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and thus Margrave Max was a first cousin of King Charles III.

When Max succeeded as head of the house, he also became the manager of the family business, Markgräflich Badische Verwaltung. The management includes farming and forestry and has also deceloped a fine winery

The margrave married in 1966 Archduchess Valerie of Austria, b. 1941. They had four children and four grandchildren. Margrave Bernhard's eldest son Leopold, b. 2002, is now the new Hereditary Prince of Baden.

28 December 2022

Royalty Digest Quarterly no. 3, 2022

I received my copy of Royalty Digest Quarterly no. 3, 2022 on 5 October 2022, but haven't had much time for blog activities since then. Some periods of the year are just more hectic than others. I have already received issue no. 4, so I better write a few words about no. 3 before I start reading the next issue. 

The front cover this time shows a photo of 12 princes of the Reuss. The main article in this issue is called Die Fürsten Reuss zu Köstritz – A Family Album and is written by the  magazine's editor, Ted Rosvall. He writes that «The Reuss zu Köstritz family is huge and extremely difficult to keep track of – not least because of the many inter-marriages between and within the various branches – and it is also very  difficult to find images of the various members. I have therefore chosen to focus on the more easily accessible branches and family members, describing this article as more of a collage than an album.» No reason to be so modest, I think Rosvall has done a good job in presenting the house and finding images. All in all I count 87 images of various family members and palaces. Rosvall gives an introduction to the dynasty and also presents 4 family tables. There is even a photo of Prince Heinrich XIII Reuss, b. 1951, who was arrested in December this year for allegedly having a leading role in the so-called coup d'état plot. A distant cousin, Prince Heinrich XIV Reuss, b. 1955, is today the head of the house. In an interview with BBC News, he said that «This outsider was ostracised years ago because of his outlandish conspiracy theories and antisemitic views. He's not representative of our family at all.» Rosvall might mention the black sheep in a future issue.

In his Editor's Corner, Rosvall of course writes about Queen Elizabeth II, who died on 8 September 2022, 96 years old. Rosvall writes among others: «Elizabeth II will go down in history as a straight-back and dutiful head of state who, against all odds, managed to hold together not only one nation but a large group of other countries within the Commonwealth.» He continues: «The Queen was also the epicenter  of constitutional monarchy, a form of government that has proven superior to most others. A counterweight to all the wretched dictators and tyrants currently plaguing our world, elected or not.»

The contents of the third issue this year:
  • Marlene A. Eilers Koenig: A Maritial Alliance. The Marriage of King Alexander of Yugoslavia and Princess Marie of Romania, pp. 1–12.
  • Stephen Bunford: The Murdering Prince, pp. 13–16.
  • Alexandre Tissot Demidoff & Richard Jay Hutto: The Karageorgevitch Twins. Princes or not ..., pp. 17–26.
  • Elizabeth Jane Timms: A Wedding in Ischl, pp. 27–34.
  • Ted Rosvall: Die Fürsten Reuss zu Köstritz - A Family Album, pp. 35–56.
  • Ove Mogensen: Tombs, Graves and Monuments in Thuringia. VII: Reuss zu Greiz (Ältere Linie), pp. 57–59.
  • Coryne Hall: Little-known Royals. Prince Georg of Denmark, pp. 60–61.
The issue also includes two book reviews – Michael L. Nash gives his view on Defenders of the faith. British Monarchy, Religion and the Next Coronation by Catherine Pepinster (Hodder & Stoughton, 2022), while the editor himself has written a review of Queen Victoria in Cornwall by Susan Symons (of German castles and palaces fame) (2022).

The World Wide Web of Royalty column this times gives us genealogical news from or about Bavaria, Belgium, Brazil, England (United Kingdom or at least Great Britain, it should have been), Hochberg/Pless, Mecklenburg and Württemberg.

If anyone wonders, the murdering prince in question was Prince Pierre Napoléon Bonaparte (1815–1881), the sixth child of Lucien Bonaparte, who was a younger brother of Emperor Napoléon. The wedding that took place in Ischl in 1890 was between Archduchess Marie Valerie of Austria (1868–1924), fourth child of Emperor Franz Joseph (1830–1848–1916), and Archduke Franz Salvator of Austria (1866–1939), son of Archduke Karl Salvator of Austria and Princess Maria Immacolata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies. The so-called Karageorgevich twins – Nicholas and Sergei – were born into the marriage of Prince Arsene Karageorgevich (1859–1938) and Princess Aurora Demidoff (1873–1904), but was the product of an affair Aurora had with Count Ernst Andreas von Manteuffel (1873–1953). 

All in all several articles worth reading this time as well. If you are not subscriber yet, information about Royalty Digest Quarterly can be found at its editor's website Royalbooks.se. See earlier presentations of RDQ here. See also its Facebook page.

8 November 2022

Norway: Princess Märtha Louise to relinquish her official duties

The Norwegian Royal Court today announced that Princess Märtha Louise, eldest child and only daughter of King Harald V and Queen Sonja and currently no. 4 in the line of succession to the Norwegian throne, has decided to relinquish her official duties:

Princess Märtha Louise to relinquish her official duties

Princess Märtha Louise wishes to differentiate more clearly between her own activities and her relationship to the Royal House of Norway. The Princess has therefore decided, in consultation with His Majesty The King and other close family members, that she will not carry out official duties for the Royal House at the present time.   

The Princess is patron of various organisations, and today she informed them that she is relinquishing her patronage role, which has provided the framework for her official duties. The Princess is taking this step to create a clearer dividing line between her business activities and her role as a member of the Royal Family. The organisations previously under her patronage will be offered the patronage of other members of the Royal Family. 

The Princess and her fiancé, Durek Verrett, are seeking to distinguish more clearly between their activities and the Royal House of Norway. This means, among other things, that they will not employ the title of Princess or refer to members of the Royal House in their social media channels, in media productions or in connection with other commercial activities (with the exception of @PrincessMarthaLouise on Instagram).

His Majesty The King has decided that the Princess is to keep her title. The King and Queen wish to thank Princess Märtha Louise for the important work she has carried out in her official capacity for several decades. She has performed her duties with warmth, care and deep commitment.

When Durek Verrett and Princess Märtha Louise are married, Mr Verrett will become a part of the Royal Family ­– as did Erling Lorentzen, Johan Martin Ferner and Ari Behn. But in accordance with tradition he will not have a title or represent the Royal House of Norway. Princess Märtha Louise and Durek Verrett will attend family-related gatherings, such as birthday celebrations, as well as certain major sporting events that the Royal Family traditionally attends together.

The court then followed up with more information:

The roles of Princess Märtha Louise and Durek Verrett moving forward

The Princess is withdrawing from her official duties for the Royal House of Norway.

The Princess is relinquishing the role as royal patron that has set the framework of her official duties for the Royal House, and will not be representing the Royal House at the present time. The organisations previously under her patronage will be offered the patronage of other members of the Royal Family.

The King and Queen wish to thank Princess Märtha Louise for the important work she has carried out in her official capacity for several decades. She has performed her duties with warmth, care and deep commitment.

In accordance with The King’s wishes, the Princess will keep her title. The Princess will continue to serve as chair of the board of Princess Märtha Louise’s Fund.

When Durek Verrett and Princess Märtha Louise are married, Mr Verrett will become a part of the Royal Family ­– as did Erling Lorentzen, Johan Martin Ferner and Ari Behn. But in accordance with tradition he will not have a title or represent the Royal House of Norway.

Princess Märtha Louise and Durek Verrett will attend important family-related gatherings, such as birthday celebrations, as well as certain major sporting events that the Royal Family traditionally attends together.

Princess Märtha Louise and Durek Verrett are seeking to distinguish more clearly between their activities and their association with the Royal House.

In 2019, the Princess decided in consultation with her family not to use the title of Princess in connection with her business activity. This principle will now apply to her fiancé Durek Verrett as well.

Accordingly, they will not indicate an association with the Royal House of Norway in their social media channels (with the exception of @PrincessMarthaLouise on Instagram), in media productions or in connection with other commercial activities. In practice this means that the Princess and Durek Verrett will avoid mention of this association in activities such as social media tagging, the use of the Princess title or the use of pictures of, or references to, other members of the Royal House in channels where commercial activity also takes place. This includes interviews primarily intended to draw attention to commercial activity. 

This is intended to draw a dividing line that more clearly separates commercial activity from the Royal House of Norway. The objective is both to prevent misunderstandings regarding the Royal House and to allow the Princess and Durek Verrett greater freedom in their business activities and other parts of their lives.

As an extension of this clarification of roles, the Royal House of Norway wishes to add the following:

We are very pleased by the engagement of the Princess to Derek Verrett, and we want Mr Verrett to feel welcome in our family.

The situation we as a family have found ourselves in recently, however, has raised problems that are complex and that involve many different views we are trying to accommodate.

For us it is crucial to maintain our relationship of trust with the Norwegian people while at the same time safeguarding the well-being of our family to the best of our ability. The constraints on what we may say or do while representing the Royal House have been questioned and challenged. That is why we have seen a need to further clarify roles and the use of the Princess title.

We are also committed to the ideal of all people living together in harmony despite their differences. We deplore the racist attitudes that Durek Verrett has had to contend with, especially on social media. We consider it a strength that the Royal House reflects Norway’s ethnic diversity.

For those who have never experienced such discrimination, it can be hard to imagine how racism – whether direct or indirect, conscious or unconscious – is perceived by those it strikes. Unfortunately there are many people in Norway today who are subjected to discrimination and racism. We must work together as a society to put an end to intolerance.

Across the generations in Norway we have sought to create a society rooted in knowledge, scientific research and freedom of expression ­ – as well as continuous expansion of the Norwegian “we” as society has grown more diverse. We wish to continue the efforts to promote a society based on tolerance, where people do not make hasty judgements about others but sincerely seek to find common ground.   

We wish to achieve a generous, welcoming society where there is room, and respect, for one and all – not just those who are our friends and family but the wider society we are building together.

Regarding health and science

The members of the Royal House of Norway have great confidence in the Norwegian health service and the Norwegian health authorities. A structure based on established medical knowledge and scientific research, carried out by skilled health personnel across the entire health service, has resulted in one of the world’s best health-care systems for the benefit of everyone in Norway. 

Princess Märtha Louise and Durek Verrett have stressed on several occasions that they have confidence in, and avail themselves of, the conventional medical establishment and the Norwegian health service.

In response to questions about her views on alternative medicine and science-based conventional medicine, Princess Märtha Louise has stated the following:

Throughout my life I have been deeply interested in health and research. I believe keenly in expanding our knowledge of the foundations of health. My own training as a physiotherapist has made me aware of the importance of research-based knowledge in advances in the health-related professions, and in particular to the vulnerable individuals who rely on them. 

I am grateful that we in Norway have a high-quality health-care system. I am impressed by all the knowledgeable people who work in hospitals, doctors’ offices and educational institutions across Norway. I personally have received help from them many times – as have most people in the country.  

I also believe, however, that there are components of a good life and sound physical and mental health that may not be so easy to sum up in a research report. Many preventative measures are of course well documented – such as a healthy diet, proper exercise and a sensible balance between work and leisure. In other areas of life — such as spirituality, intimacy with other people and animals, yoga and meditation — the medicinal effects are perhaps less well understood or documented. In recent years, for example, there have been research findings that conclude that meditation contributes to stress reduction.  

I think for many people alternative methods can be an important supplement to help from the conventional medical establishment. A warm hand, an acupuncture needle, a crystal, natural remedies, yoga, meditation or therapeutic conversation can, I believe, help to make life better for many individuals. Not instead of, but in addition to, the treatment provided by the health-care system. As a natural consequence, some people have chosen to follow this approach to treatment as a business practice.

There have been successful collaborations between conventional and alternative forms of medicine – for example, the use of acupuncture in maternity wards in Norwegian hospitals and horses as a supplemental element in therapy at Gaustad Hospital. It is in this area of cooperation and bridge-building that I wish to continue my efforts. I go to the physician while at the same time I use acupuncture and work with energies. I go to yoga and I meditate – as I find that many people do.

All of these have been constants in my life. I try to be true to myself, and to live a life with due regard to both objectivity and personal experience.

I am aware that many people follow what I do and say very closely. My title entails a certain responsibility. It is therefore important to me, including in my business activity, to distinguish between myself as a private person on the one hand and as a member of the Royal Family on the other. Sometimes I stumble, and am grateful to receive supportive advice along the way.

I consider it important to be honest with myself and with the people around me on these matters. I know where I stand, and hope my personal views will be treated as mine alone, without others having to answer for them. By the same token, I hope my views will not be used or interpreted as support for the opinions of others.

Princess Märtha Louise's role has been debated for quite some time, especially since the announcement of her engagement to the self-proclaimed Shaman Derek Verrett and after Verrett too often has referred to his fiancee's royal status in connection with his quackery activities. The princess herself has for many years been criticised for her business and involvement with alternative treatments and for having started a school aimed at helping people «to get in touch with their angels». It has been claimed that the princess has taken advantage of her role as a princess in her business. In  2019 she agreed to stop using her title in connection with her commercial ventures and those with Verrett. She has not always managed to stay on line and her activities seem in recent times to have become even «more alternative».

Will this be enough? She didn't represent the royal house that often anyway, so the most important change, maybe somewhat superficial, is to create a larger distance between her role as princess and her business, as described in the press announcement. She as well as her fiancé are already stepping on a thin line here and don't have that much latitude. Are they only delaying the problems, or will they manage to stay in line? The main challenge is of course Mr. Verrett with his obviously limited understanding of how the monarchy works. I fear that their activities will continue to draw negative attention and continue to undermine the institution.

An alternative solution in order to to create a larger distance to the royal house would be that the king welcomed Mr. Verrett into his family, but, given his constitutional role, decided not to give consent to the marriage, which would mean that the princess would lose her succession rights, and that he would ask her to give up her title. It is of course all about protecting the institution from more attacks. The «alternative activities» have created too much negative attention and has too often overshadowed the activities of the other members of the royal family. The royal house has become less popular because of this, given recent polls. As I wrote in connection with the engagement announcement, most people will probably wish the couple all the best for their future together. The Norwegian Constitution Article 36 says that «A Prince or Princess entitled to succeed to the Crown of Norway may not marry without the consent of the King.» This might seem a bit antiquated in this time and age, but obviously the restriction is made to stop marriages that could put the integrity of the royal house in danger. The princess should be allowed to marry whoever she wants, but not necessarily without consequences. As I have written before, there is no doubt that the king (and queen), given their own experiences prior to their engagement and marriage in 1968, support their children's choices and want to make sure that they don't have to go through a similar situation like they did. But some people have wondered if the king despite this should have put down his foot and maybe much earlier. I like the idea of a liberal, inclusive and generous king, but fear that today's decision will not work out as well as intended. We just have to wait and see.

There are other aspects of today's announcement which are worth discussing. I have no doubt that Mr. Verrett has received racist abuse, especially in social media, and this is of course unacceptable. Racism should not be tolerated in any form. And maybe some people unconsciously would have been more forthcoming and accepting towards Verrett if it had not been for the color of his skin. But I am still convinced that most of the criticism has little to do with color, but with Mr. Verrett's shaman and quackery activities.

Another interesting aspect is Princess Märtha Louise's comment that «she will not carry out official duties for the Royal House at the present time». Does this mean that we could expect «a royal comeback» some time in the future? It is difficult to see that possibilty now, but the Norwegian royal family is small, and there could be scenarios where the princess has to step in and help out (and she has been great at it, let there be no doubt, being a princess representing the royal house. It is her private business affairs and «alternative activities» that have caused all the trouble. Earning her salary as a physioterapist or whatever would not have been a problem). But a comeback as «a working royal» would most likely also mean that she would have to give up her commercial activities, at least for a while. Such a scenario would probably not be possible without keeping her title, and that this is – besides being born a princess and identity issues that come along – a good reason for today's chosen arrangement.    

7 November 2022

Luxembourg: Princess Alexandra engaged to Nicolas Bagory

The Grand Ducal Court of Luxembourg announced today the engagement between Princess Alexandra and Nicolas Bagory.

Fiançailles de la Princesse Alexandra avec M. Nicolas BAGORY

Leurs Altesses Royales le Grand-Duc et la Grande-Duchesse ont la très grande joie d’annoncer les fiançailles de Leur fille, Son Altesse Royale la Princesse Alexandra, avec Monsieur Nicolas BAGORY.

Né le 11 novembre 1988, Monsieur BAGORY a grandi en Bretagne. Après des études en sciences politiques et lettres classiques, il travaille aujourd’hui dans la création de projets sociaux et culturels.

Le mariage aura lieu au printemps.

Les deux familles se joignent au bonheur des fiancés en les entourant de leur affection.

Princess Alexandra, b. 1991, is the fourth child and only daughter of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg. Born 11 November 1988, Nicolas Bagory grew up in Bretagne, France. He has studied political science and linguistics at the University of Sorbonne and now works «in the creation of social and cultural projects».

Not much more about Mr. Bagory is known at present, but I am sure more details will be given in connection with the wedding, which will take place in the spring of 2023. See Wort.lu for some more details. It was certainly not a co-incidence that the engagement was made public on 7 November, exactly 42 years since the engagement of the then Hereditary Grand Duke Henri and Maria Teresa Mestre was announced.

21 October 2022

Birth of son to the Heir to the Imperial throne of Russia

The Office of the Head of the Russian Imperial House, Grand Duchess Maria of Russia, today issued the following statement concerning the birth of HSH Prince Alexander Georgievich, son of the heir to the Imperial throne of Russia, Grand Duke George of Russia, and Princess Victoria Romanovna:

On October 21, 2022, Our daughter-in-law, Her Serene Highness Princess Victoria Romanovna, the spouse of Our son and heir His Imperial Highness The Tsesarevich and Grand Duke George of Russia, was delivered of a son, Our grandson, who has been given the name Alexander.

Welcoming this new addition to Our Family as a sign of God's grace, I ask all Our countrymen to offer fervent prayers to the Almighty for the health and well-being of the newborn. In accordance with Our current Family Law and the Family Act of September 14/27, 2020, Our grandson will be called His Serene Highness Prince Alexander Georgievich.

Issued in Madrid, 21 October, in the Year 2022 since the Nativity of Christ, and in the twenty-first year [sic!] of our succession to the rights and duties of Our August Ancestors - the Emperors of All the Russia.

H.I.H. The Grand Duchess Maria of Russia

As far as I understand it the head of the Russian Imperial House has previously declared that the marriage between George and Victoria is not dynastic, which means that Prince Alexander as of now is not a dynast. However, it is expected that Grand Duke George when he succeeds to the headship will declare his marriage as dynastic and that by then his son will become first in line to the throne.

The pregnancy was announced by the Russian Imperial House on 21 May 2022. Two months later we were informed that the couple expected a boy. Grand Duke George and Princess Victoria Romanovna, the former Rebecca Virginia Bettarini, were married on 1 October 2021.

11 October 2022

UK: Coronation of King Charles III to take place on 6 May 2023

Buckingham Palace announced today that the coronation of King Charles III will take place at Westminster Abbey in London on Saturday 6 May 2023:

The Coronation of His Majesty The King

Published 11 October 2022 

Buckingham Palace is pleased to announce that the Coronation of His Majesty The King will take place on Saturday 6th May, 2023. 

The Coronation Ceremony will take place at Westminster Abbey, London, and will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Ceremony will see His Majesty King Charles III crowned alongside The Queen Consort.

The Coronation will reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry.

Further details will be announced in due course.

4 October 2022

The Danish title saga continues

The Danish Queen's decision to discontinue the royal titles for Prince Joachim's children, as announced on 28 September 2022, didn't go down so well as she might have expected. Both Prince Joachim, his former wife Countess Alexandra of Frederiksborg and their eldest son Prince Nikolai – from 1 January 2023 Count Nikolai of Monpezat «only» – have been quite vocal about their disappointment. I have written about the title issue in blog articles of 28 and 29 September 2022. Since then there have been comments on the issue by the court, by Prince Joachim once again, by Crown Princess Mary and even the Queen's sister Princess Benedikte has butted in, before the court released a new statement from the Queen yesterday. I left for a long weekend in Oxford, England on Friday, so I haven't been able to follow up before now, so here is some sort of a summary.

On Thursday 29 September the head of the comnunications department at the Danish Royal Court, Lene Balleby said to the Danish magazine Billed-Bladet (I didn''t comment on it then) that for the Queen it was a well thought out decision for the benefit of the future of the royal house. – The Queen has a great sense of duty and differs between the royal house's public work and the family. As the Queen stated yesterday, the decision has been under consideration for some time. We understand well that there are many feelings on play at the moment, but we hope that the queen's wish to secure the future of the royal house will be respected.

Now, I wrote on Thursday that Prince Joachim's comments about identity was over the top and rather pompous, but I don't believe for a minute that the monarchy would be in danger if Prince Joachim's children had kept their titles for life.

On Friday 30 September Crown Princess Mary met the media in connection with an international youth conference at Øksnehallen in Copenhagen. She said: – I can understand that it is a difficult decision to take and a very difficult decision to receive. Change can be difficult and can be painful. But that doesn't mean that the decision is not the correct one. We will also have a look on our children's titles when the time comes. Today we don't know how the royal house is going to look like at the time of Christian [his regency] or when we are getting close to Christian's time [as regent].

Even Princess Benedikte has commented on the title issue: – Of course the decision will be difficult for them in the beginning, that is obvious, but my sister takes wise decisions also as queen and thinks aahead of time and not just here and now, and I think that is more important.

In an interview with the Danish newspaper B.T. on Saturday 1 October Prince Joachim and his wife Princess Marie add fuel to the fire when they told that their relationship with the Crown Prince couple was complicated and that the queen had not tried to get in touch with them. Prince Joachim, somewhat cryptically, adds: «Det er også familie. Eller hvad vi nu vil kalde det.» («This is also family. Or what we now should call it.»)

On Monday 3 October the court was forced to follow-up with a new statement from the queen, and a rather well-phrased statement at that:

Statement from HM The Queen

In recent days, there have been strong reactions to my decision about the future use of titles for Prince Joachim’s four children. That affects me, of course.

My decision has been a long time coming. With my 50 years on the throne, it is natural both to look back and to look ahead. It is my duty and my desire as Queen to ensure that the monarchy always shapes itself in keeping with the times. Sometimes, this means that difficult decisions must be made, and it will always be difficult to find the right moment.

Holding a royal title involves a number of commitments and duties that, in the future, will lie with fewer members of the royal family. This adjustment, which I view as a necessary future-proofing of the monarchy, I want to take in my own time.

I have made my decision as Queen, mother and grandmother, but, as a mother and grandmother, I have underestimated the extent to which much my younger son and his family feel affected. That makes a big impression, and for that I am sorry.

No one should be in doubt that my children, daughters-in-law and grandchildren are my great joy and pride. I now hope that we as a family can find the peace to find our way through this situation.

Margrethe R

Later on Monday Countess Alexandra of Frederiksborg's private secretary Helle von Wildenrath Løvgreen assures us that there will be no more comments about the title issue from Prince Joachim, Princess Marie, Countess Alexandra, Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix for now. That is a wise decision. I don't think Prince Joachim's wining in public has helped his cause, but I can understand his frustration and his need to comment on the situation. He could have worded himself better, though. 

Of course the queen's decision stands firm. Their Royal Highnesses Prince Nikolai, Prince Felix, Prince Henrik and Princess Athena will from 1 January 2023 be referred to as Their Excellencies Count Nikolai, Count Felix, Count Henrik and Countess Athena of Monpezat. The title issue has revealed, or rather confirmed, that the family relations within the Danish royal house are far from good. My impression is also that the queen, or her court, has not communicated the decision well to Prince Joachim and his children, and while I understand that the number of royals at some time had to be restricted, it was - on principle - not a well timed decision. It should have been done much earlier, or the decision should have only affected Prince Joachim's grand children. In other words the queen has got «a little scratch in her paint», but for someone who has done most things correctly over the years I guess we can forgive her for it.

I only hope that the troubled sea now will calm down and that all parts involved will manage to adjust to the new situation. And more importantly that the relationships eventually will improve, for the good of the royal house and the monarchy.

29 September 2022

Denmark: More about the changes in titles and forms of address in the Royal Family

The Danish Royal Court announced yesterday that the royal titles of Prince or Princess for Prince Joachim's children – Prince Nikolai, Prince Felix, Prince Henrik and Princess Athena – would be discontinued from 1 January 2023, and that they from that day on would «only» be referred to as Count or Countess of Monpezat. 

Prince Joachim's former wife, Countess Alexandra of Frederiksborg, said in a statement that «We are all confused by the decision. We are saddened and in shock. This comes out of the blue. The children feel ostracized. They cannot understand why their identity is being taken away from them.» 

The head of the Communications Office of the Royal House, Lene Balleby, told the Danish newspaper Politiken yesterday that Prince Joachim in early May had been informed about the decision to take the royal title away from his children: «The decision has naturally had different forms during the process, and there have been different considerations, but Prince Joachim has been involved and informed about the progress.»

Prince Joachim says in a telephone interview with the Danish newspaper B.T. this morning that Balleby's comments was  «a truth with modifications». He said that he was informed about the plan to remove the titles on 5 May this year. The propisal was then that the children would lose their royal titles when they turned 25. Prince Joachim had asked for some time to think it over and possibly return with his own proposal. The decision was speeded up, and he got 5 days' notice before the decision was announced. He had no idea why the decision was speeded up. «I got five days' notice to tell my children that from next year their identity would be taken away from them. I am saddeded to see them saddened and puzzled by the decision, which takes place above their heads.» Joachim continues: «My children don't know which leg they should stand on. What should they believe? Why should their identity be taken away? Why should they be punished this way?» The prince tells that the whole family has been affected by the situation.

Prince Joachim's eldest son, Prince Nikolai, has been quoted as saying to Ekstra Bladet that «My whole family and myself are of course very saddened by it. We are, as my parents have also stated, in shock by the decision, and how fast it [the decision making] has taken.»

The reactions are strong, as most would imagine, although some of the statements seem a bit pompous and over the top. It is difficult to believe that their identity should stand or fall on having a royal title. They will need to adjust and will in time get used to it. But I think the court – and Queen Margrethe – could have handled this better, and much earlier. It is in my opinion – as I also wrote yesterday – about principles. Such decisions should not be taken retroactively. Yes, of course I agree that something had to be done about the title situation. The royal titles could not have been continued in all eternity. It is Crown Prince Frederik's line that will represent the royal house in the future, so there is no need for a bunch of princes and princesses who are not «working royals». But I think there were only two good alternatives: either the children should not have received titles from the beginning, or it should be stopped with Joachim's children so that his grandchildren would «only» be Counts or Countesses of Monpezat (yes. I know that the title was created in 2008, but this could nevertheless have been solved at the time of Nikolai's birth). Constitutionally speaking it is much more difficult to take someone's right away than to give one. If the court had had some patience, they could wait and see if Crown Prince Frederik would finally settle down and have his own family or not. If he remained a bachelor, Prince Joachim's children could then be upgraded. One can now only hope that the relations within the Danish royal family will not remain strained for too long.

UK: Queen Elizabeth II's death certificate released

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom's death certificate was published today by the National Records of Scotland.

The National Records of Scotland writes on its website today: «The Registrar General for Scotland, Paul Lowe, confirmed that Her Majesty The Queen’s death was registered in Aberdeenshire on 16th September 2022. National Records of Scotland has today published an extract from Her Majesty The Queen’s entry in the Register of Deaths. An official extract of an entry in the Register of Deaths can also be referred to as a death certificate.»

The death certificate shows that Queen Elizabeth II died on 8 September 2022 at Balmoral Castle, Ballater in Scotland, and that the exact time of death was 3.10 p.m. The cause of death was given as «old age». The document shows that the certified registered medical practitioner was Douglas James Allan Glass, a local GP, and that the cetificate was signed by the Princess Royal (Princess Anne), who was listed as the informant, and the Registrar General for Scotland, Paul Edward Lowe.

We have earlier been informed that the then Prince Charles (the Prince of Wales) and the Princess Royal were the only children present when the queen died. The prime minister was informed of the queen's death at 4.30 p.m.

Luxembourg: Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie to become parents again

The Grand Ducal Court of Luxembourg announced today that the Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie are expecting their second child. The baby is expected in April 2023.

Communication du Maréchal de la Cour

Leurs Altesses Royales le Grand-Duc et la Grande-Duchesse ont l’immense joie d’annoncer que le Grand-Duc héritier et la Grande-Duchesse héritière attendent Leur deuxième enfant.

La naissance est prévue pour le mois d’avril.

Le Grand-Duc, la Grande-Duchesse ainsi que les membres des deux familles s’unissent à ce grand bonheur.

The couple's first child, Prince Charles, was born on 10 May 2020. The future prince or princess will become Grand Duke Henri's 6th grandchild.

28 September 2022

Denmark: Changes in titles and forms of address in the Royal Family

The Danish Royal Court today announced changes in titles and styles for the children of Prince Joachim – Nikolai, Felix, Henrik and Athena – coming into force from 1 January 2023:

Changes in titles and forms of address in the Royal Family

In April 2008, Her Majesty The Queen bestowed upon her sons, their spouses and their descendants the titles of count and countess of Monpezat. In May 2016, it was also announced that His Royal Highness Prince Christian, as the only one of The Queen’s grandchildren, is expected to receive an annuity from the state as an adult.

As a natural extension of this, Her Majesty has decided that, as of 1 January 2023, His Royal Highness Prince Joachim’s descendants can only use their titles as counts and countess of Monpezat, as the titles of prince and princess that they have held up until now will be discontinued. Prince Joachim’s descendants will thus have to be addressed as excellencies in the future. The Queen’s decision is in line with similar adjustments that other royal houses have made in various ways in recent years.

With her decision, Her Majesty The Queen wishes to create the framework for the four grandchildren to be able to shape their own lives to a much greater extent without being limited by the special considerations and duties that a formal affiliation with the Royal House of Denmark as an institution involves.

All four grandchildren maintain their places in the order of succession.

When it on 30 April 2008 was announced that the Danish Queen had bestowed upon her sons, their spouses and their descendants the title Count and Countess of Monpezat, it was by many people interpreted as a signal for what would happen to Prince Joachim's grandchildren some time in the future – they would not become Prince or Princess of Denmark, but those in the agnatic line would be Count or Countess of Monpezat «only». Never had I expected that the Queen would make such a drastic decision retroactively. It would have made more sense, as already mentioned, if it had only affected future descendants of Prince Joachim, or at least when Prince Joachim's children got married. They could then have «been told» not to ask for consent so that the title question would be solved this way. I would still have preferred if Prince Joachim's children would have kept their titles for life, though. Under the House of Glücksburg the children of the monarch and of the heir apparent have been titled Prince or Princess of Denmark with the style Royal Highness, while children of collaterial lines in the male line have been Prince or Princess of Denmark with the style Highness (let's ignore the exception for Prince Valdemar's children for the sake of clarity). Other royal houses have also in the past made moves to «downsize» – in 2019 it was decided that the children of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Madeleine no longer were members of the royal house and that they also lost the style Royal Highness, but they kept the title Prince or Princess. When Sverre Magnus of Norway was born in 2005 he got the title Prince, but was not given the style Royal Highness and did not become a member of the royal house, only of the royal family, but at least this unprecedented decision was made before he was born and not later on.

Countess Alexandra of Frederiksborg, former wife of Prince Joachim and mother of Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix, have already made a statement as quoted by the Danish newspaper B.T.: «Vi er alle uforstående over for beslutningen. Vi er kede af det og i chok. Det her kommer som et lyn fra en klar himmel. Børnene føler sig udstødt. De kan ikke forstå, hvorfor deres identitet tages fra dem.» («We are all confused by the decision. We are saddened and in shock. This comes out of the blue. The children feel ostracized. They cannot understand why their identity is being taken away from them.») According to B.T. Countess Alexandra's statement is given on behalf of herself as well as of Prince Joachim and Princess Marie. If this move was made now in order to avoid any future conflicts over titles under the reign of Frederik, I am not convincved that it has been very successful.

24 September 2022

Prince Gustaf (1827–1852) of Sweden and Norway remembered

Today it is 170 years since Prince Gustaf, second eldest son of King Oscar I (1799–1859) and Queen Josephine, née Duchess of Leuchtenberg (1807–1876), died of typhoid fever at Christiania Palace (The Royal Palace) in Christiania (today Oslo). If it had not been for his death, he would have succeeded his brother Carl XV (IV) in 1872 and the history of the Swedish and Norwegian monarchies would of course have been very different.

Prince Gustaf was known as a composer, having written several well-known songs (in this part of the world), including Studentsången (The Student Song) and Vårsång (Spring Song) and several marches among others.

The 170th anniversary of Prince Gustaf's death was marked today in the Palace Chapel in Oslo where there were lectures by Odd Inge Skjævesland, who has written the book Sangerprinsen. Bernadottenes svensk-norske sjarmøretappe (2018), and the architect professor dr.philos. Thomas Thiis-Evensen, who spoke about The Royal Palace as a symbol. Prince Gustaf is one of only two members of the Norwegian Royal House (House of Bernadotte and from 1905 House of Glücksburg) to have died in The Royal Palace. The other was of course King Haakon VII, who died there in 1957. The arrangement in The Palace Chapel started at 11 a.m., which was at the exact time Prince Gustaf died on 24 September 1852.

Kåre Nordstoga and Per Anders Håvelsrud played several pieces by Prince Gustaf on the organ - Mina lefnadstimmar stupa, Sorgmarch  mig sjelf tillegnad [Mourning March – dedicated to myself], Tidens flykt [Flight of time] and Aftonhymn [Evening Song] (the two first by Nordstoga, the other two by Håvelsrud), while an ensemble from the Gudlbergs Akademiske Kor (Guldberg's Academic Choir) sang Morgenhymn, Vårsång and Studentsången. The event was arranged in co-operation with the Church of Sweden.

The event was opened by Sandra Lorentzen, head of curatorial and public engagement at the Royal Collections. She took over the position in June 2022 after having spent 7 years as a curator at the art and industry museum Blaafarveværket. Lorentzen has a Master of Arts in arts history from the University of Oslo and a Bachelor of science in management science from Warwick Business School in Coventry, England. Before Blaafarveværket she has worked at institutions such as Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum in Tromsø and Stenersenmuseet (from 2021 a part of the new Munch Museum in Bjørvika) and The National Theatre in Oslo. I mention all this to stress that she is more than qualified for her position at The Royal Palace, but as I am a genealogist it is interesting to note that she is the daughter of the artists Ida Lorentzen and Ulf Nilsen. Ida is the youngest child of Øivind Lorentzen, jr. (1919–2020) and Evelyn Byrd LaPrade (1921–1972), and Øivind was of course an elder brother of Erling Lorentzen (1923–2021), who was married to Princess Ragnhild of Norway (1930–2012) from 1953 to her death in 2012).

All in all it was an interesting and enjoyable time in the Palace Chapel, and after having heard Skjævesland's lecture his book about Prince Gustaf is added to my reading list.

22 September 2022

UK: The State Funeral and the Committal Service for Queen Elizabeth II

The State Funeral and the Committal Service for Queen Elizabeth II, who died on 8 September 2022, took place on Monday 19 September 2022.

Screen shot of the order of service for the State Funeral.

Screen shot of the order of service for the Committal of Queen Elizabeth II.

Three ceremonies took place on Monday - the State Funeral, the Committal Service and the internment service. The latter was private, and we don't know how many who actually attended it or who. But we know that around 2000 people attended the State Funeral.

The State Funeral Service at Westminster Abbey was attended by heads of state and overseas government representatives, including members of many foreign royal families, governors general and Realm prime ministers, as the official website describes it. Other representatives of the Realms and the Commonwealth, the Orders of Chivalry including recipients of the Victoria Cross and George Cross, government, parliament, devolved parliaments and assemblies, the church, and Queen Elizabeth's patronages formed the congregation, along with other public representatives.

The State Funeral service was conducted by the Dean of Westminster, David Michael Hoyle. During the Service, the Prime Minister, Liz Truss, and the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland, read lessons. The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Iain Greenshields, and the Free Churches Moderator, Helen Cameron, said prayers. The sermon was given by the Archbishop of Canterbury, who also gave the commendation. Finally the Dean of Westminster pronounced the blessing. The Order of Service can be read here.

The Committal service at St. George's Chapel at Windsor was supposed to take place at 4 p.m., but was delayed by at least 40 minutes. The King and Queen, other members of the British royal family and representatives of other royal families were in attendance, besides past and present members of The Queen’s Household, including members  from the private estates, as stated by the official website. Also in attendance were governors general and Realm prime ministers. 

The service was conducted by the Dean of Windsor, David John Conner, with prayers said by the Rector of Sandringham, Paul Williams, the Minister of Crathie Kirk, Kenneth Mackenzie, and the Chaplain of Windsor Great Park, Martin Poll. 

Prior to the final hymn, the Imperial state crown, the orb and the sceptre was removed from the Queen's coffin and placed on the altar. At the end of the final hymn, King Charles placed the Queen's Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards on the coffin. At the same time, The Lord Chamberlain, the Lord Parker of Minsmere (Andrew David Parker), «broke» his Wand of Office and placed it on the coffin.

When the Queen's coffin was lowered into the Royal Vault, the Dean of Windsor said a psalm and the commendation before the Garter King of Arms, David Vines White, pronounced HM Quen Elizabeth II's styles and titles.

The Sovereign’s Piper, Paul Burns, played a Lament and the Archbishop of Canterbury pronounced the blessing. The national anthem was sung at the conclusion of the Service. The Order of Service can be read here.

It was a day I will remember for ever, and I am pleased that I decided to take the day off to witness the events of the day on TV. It was a most dignified fare well of a very much belowed sovereign. The services were simple and magnificent at the same time. All the people along the route from Westminster Abbey to Windsor Castle. The procession at the Long Walk heading up to Windsor ... the removal of the crown, the orb and the sceptre from the coffin was very moving, as was listening to the national anthem being sung at the end of the service. 

A summary of the services can be read from the Court Circular 19 September 2022:

Buckingham Palace

The Coffin bearing The late Queen Elizabeth II was conveyed from Westminster Hall on the State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy this morning, drawn by Naval Ratings, and flanked by His Majesty's Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms, The King's Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard and The King's Body Guard for Scotland (the Royal Company of Archers), followed by The King, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Sussex, The Duke of York, The Earl of Wessex, The Princess Royal, The Duke of Gloucester, the Earl of Snowdon and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and thence to Westminster Abbey.

The Lord Great Chamberlain, the Earl Marshal, the Lord Speaker and Speaker witnessed the departure of the Coffin bearing Her late Majesty from the Palace of Westminster.

The State Funeral of The late Queen Elizabeth II was held in Westminster Abbey today at 11 o'clock.

The Imperial State Crown, the Orb and the Sceptre surmounted the Coffin of Her late Majesty.

The King and The Queen Consort, The Prince and Princess of Wales with Prince George of Wales and Princess Charlotte of Wales, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, The Duke of York, Princess Beatrice, Mrs. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Mr. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Eugenie, Mrs. Jack Brooksbank and Mr. Jack Brooksbank, The Earl and Countess of Wessex with the Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Viscount Severn, The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Mr. Peter Phillips, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Tindall, The Earl of Snowdon, Viscount Linley and The Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Mr. Daniel and The Lady Sarah Chatto, Mr. Samuel Chatto and 2nd Lieutenant Arthur Chatto, RM, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Earl and Countess of Ulster with Lord Culloden and The Lady Cosima Windsor, The Lady Davina Lewis with Miss Senna Lewis, Mr. George and The Lady Rose Gilman with Miss Lyla Gilman, The Duke of Kent, Earl and Countess of St. Andrews, The Lord Nicholas Windsor with Master Albert Windsor and Master Leopold Windsor, Mr. Timothy and The Lady Helen Taylor with Mr. Columbus Taylor, Mr. Cassius Taylor, Miss Estella Taylor and Miss Eloise Taylor, Lord Downpatrick, The Lady Marina-Charlotte Windsor, The Lady Amelia Windsor, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, The Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor, Mr. Thomas and The Lady Gabriella Kingston, Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy, Mr. and Mrs. James Ogilvy, Mr. Alexander Ogilvy, Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Vesterberg, Miss Marina Ogilvy, Miss Zenouska Mowatt and Mr. Christian Mowatt.

Members of Foreign Royal Families and other Dignitaries, the Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps and Senior High Commissioners, Heads of Mission and other Foreign Representatives attended.

The Dean of Westminster conducted the Service and pronounced the Blessing.

The Archbishop of Canterbury preached the Sermon and offered the Commendatory Prayer.

His Majesty's Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms, The King's Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard and The King's Body Guard for Scotland (the Royal Company of Archers) were on duty.

The King's Guard was turned out with the State Colour on the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

A Guard of Honour found by the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force, with the Band of the Royal Marines was formed up in Parliament Square.

After the Service the Coffin bearing The late Queen Elizabeth II was conveyed from Westminster Abbey on the State Gun Carriage to Wellington Arch, Hyde Park Corner.

The Coffin bearing Her late Majesty was transferred from the State Gun Carriage to the State Hearse and thence to Windsor Castle.

The Committal Service for The late Queen Elizabeth II took place in St. George's Chapel today at 4 o'clock.

The Members of the Royal Family were present.

List of attendees

It has not been easy to compile a survey of people who attended the State Funeral at Westminster Abbey and/or the Committal Service at the St. Georges's Chapel at Windsor. I watched both events, but the cameras didn't focus much on the foreign royal families and other dignitaries. I have taken most names from various newspapers, including The Telegraph and The Guardian, but have also depended on Wikipedia and contributions on the website Nobiliana.de as well as on Twitter from Arabian Royal AgencyRodrigo, Lucas Szkopinski and Netty Leistra (Netty Royal) among others. Some only attended the state funeral, others only the committal service, while others again, like Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan only attended the reception at Buckingham Palace the day before the funeral. I have tried to focus on the royals and royal relations, but have also included some of the dignitaries, mainly from the Commonwealth and from Europe. Most of the list consist of attendees at the State Funeral, I should add. I am sure there are mistakes and important omissions - please tell if I have mentioned some who were not present. Not all the media reports have been accurate. 

The British Royal Family (and relatives)

  • King  Charles III and Queen Camilla
  • The Prince and Princess of Wales
  • Prince George of Wales
  • Princess Charlotte of Wales
  • The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
  • The Duke of York
  • Sarah, Duchess of York
  • Princess Beatrice of York & Mr Edo Mapelli Mozzi,
  • Princess Eugenie of York & Mr Jack Brooksbank
  • The Earl & Countess of Wessex and Forfar,
  • Louise Mountbatten-Windsor 
  • Viscount Severn
  • The Princess Royal (Princess Anne) & Sir Timothy Laurence, 
  • Peter Phillips
  • Savannah Phillips (only the committal service) 
  • Miss Isla Phillips (only the committal service)
  • Zara and Mike Tindall 
  • Mia Tindall (only the committal service) 
  • The Earl of Snowdon
  • Viscount Linley
  • Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones
  • Lady Sarah Chatto and Daniel Chatto
  • Samuel Chatto
  • Arthur Chatto
  • The Duke & Duchess of Gloucester, 
  • The Earl and Countess of Ulster,
  • Lord Culloden 
  • Lady Cosima Windsor 
  • Lady Davina Windsor 
  • Senna Lewis
  • Lady Rose and George Gilman 
  • Lyla Gilman
  • The Duke of Kent
  • The Earl and Countess of St. Andrews
  • Lord Downpatrick
  • Lady Marina Charlotte Windsor
  • Lady Amelia Windsor
  • Lord Nicholas Windsor
  • Albert Windsor
  • Leopold Windsor
  • Lady Helen Taylor and & Tim Taylor
  • Columbus Taylor
  • Cassius Taylor
  • Eloise Taylor
  • Estella Taylor
  • Prince and Princess Michael of Kent
  • Lord Frederick Windsor and Lady Sophie Windsor
  • Lady Gabriella Kingston and Tom Kingston
  • Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy
  • James Ogilvy and Julia Ogilvy
  • Alexander Ogilvy
  • Flora Vesterberg and Tim Vesterberg
  • Marina Ogilvy
  • Christian Mowatt
  • Zenouska Mowatt
  • The Duke and Duchess of Fife 
  • Countess Mountbatten of Burma
  • Alexandra Hooper and Tom Hooper
  • Lady Pamela Hicks
    India Flint Wood
  • Edwina Hicks

Reigning European royal and princely houses

  • King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians
  • Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
  • Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark
  • Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sofie of Liechtenstein
  • Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg
  • Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco
  • King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands
  • Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands
  • King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway
  • King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain
  • King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain
  • King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden

Former European royal and princely houses

  • Margravine Valerie of Baden
  • Hereditary Prince Bernhard and Hereditary Princess Stephanie of Baden
  • King Simeon II of the Bulgarians
  • Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes
  • Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece
  • Princess Theodora of Greece (service at Windsor only)
  • Landgrave Donatus and Landgravine Floria of Hesse
  • Prince Philipp and Princess Saskia of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
  • Princess Xenia of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
  • Princess Margarita of Romania and Radu Duda
  • Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia
Royal and princely houses outside Europe

  • The Crown Prince of Bahrain, Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa
  • King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan
  • The Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah ibni Omar Ali Saifuddien II
  • Prince Abdul Mateen of Brunei
  • Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako of Japan
  • King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan 
  • Princess Haya bint Hussein of Jordan (committal service only)
  • Prince Hassan and Princess Sarvath of Jordan (committal service only)
  • The Crown Prince of Kuwait, Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
  • King Letsie III of Lesotho
  • The Yang di-Pertuan Agong XVI (King) of Malaysia, Sultan Abdullah of Pahang, and the Raja Permaisuri Agong (Queen), Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah
  • Prince Moulay Rashid of Morocco
  • The Sultan of Oman, Haitham bin Tariq Al Said
  • The Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad al Thani
  • Sheikh Hamad Bin Abdullah Al Thani of Qatar and Sheikha Jawaher bint Hamad
  • Sheikha Amna Bint Mohammed Al Thani 
  • Prince Faisal bin Turki of Saudi Arabia
  • King Tupoi VI of Tonga
  • The Vice President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Emir of Dubai


  • The Māori King, Tūheitia Potatau Te Wherowhero VII and Makau Ariki Te Atawhai

A selection of other dignitaries

United Kingdom

  • The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Liz Truss and Hugh O'Leary
  • Leader of the Labour Party, Keir Starmer

Former British prime ministers

  • Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds
  • Theresa May and Sir Philip May
  • David Cameron and Samantha Cameron
  • George Brown and Sarah Brown
  • Tony Blair and Cherie Blair
  • John  Major and Norma Major

Other dignitaries

  • The President of Albania, Bajram Begaj, and the First Lady, Armanda Begaj
  • The Co-Prince of Andorra, Archbishop Joan Enric Vives i Sicília 
  • The Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda, Sir Rodney Williams and Lady Williams
  • The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne
  • The President of Armenia, Vahagn Khachaturyan
  • The Governor-General of Australia, David Hurley and Linda Hurley
  • The Prime Minister of Australia, Anthony Albanese and Jodie Haydon
  • The President of Austria, Alexander Van der Bellen and First Lady Doris Schmidauer
  • The Governor-General of the Bahamas, Sir Cornelius A. Smith,
  • The Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Philip Davis
  • The  Governor-General of Belize, Froyla Tzalam and Daniel Mendez
  • The Governor of Bermuda, Rena Lalgie
  • The Premier of Bermuda, E. David Burt
  • The President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro and the First Lady, Michelle Bolsonaro
  • The President of Bulgaria, Rumen Radev and the First Lady, Desislava Radeva
  • The Governor General of Canada, Mary Simon, and Whit Fraser
  • Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada
  • David Johnston, former Governor General of Canada
  • The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau
  • The Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland
  • The President of Croatia, Zoran Milanović and the First Lady, Sanja Musić Milanović
  • The Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Petr Fiala
  • The President of Estonia, Alar Karis and the First Lady, Sirje Karis
  • The President of Ethiopia, Sahle-Work Zewde 
  • The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen
  • The President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö and the First Lady Jenni Haukio
  • The President of France, Emmanuel Macron (also Co-Prince of Andorra) and Brigitte Macron
  • The President of Georgia, Salome Zourabichvili
  • The President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the First Lady, Elke Büdenbender
  • The President of Greece, Katerina Sakellaropoulou
  • The Governor-General of Grenada, Cécile La Grenade
  • The Secretary of State of the Holy See, Bishop Paul Gallagher
  • The President of Hungary, Katalin Novák and the First Gentleman, István Attila Veres
  • The President of Iceland, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson and the First Lady, Eliza Reid
  • The Prime Minister of Ireland, Micheál Martin and Sabina Higgins
  • The President of Israel, Isaac Herzog and the First Lady, Michal Herzog
  • The President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella
  • The Governor General of Jamaica, Sir Patrick Allen
  • The Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness
  • The President of Kenya, William Ruto
  • The President of Kosovo, Vjosa Osmani and the First Gentleman, Prindon Sadriu
  • The President of Latvia, Egils Levits and the First Lady, Andra Levite
  • The President of Lithuania and the First Lady, Diana Nausėdienė
  • The President of Moldova, Maia Sandu
  • The President of Montenegro Milo Đukanović and the First Lady, Lidija Đukanović
  • The Governor-General of New Zealand Cindy Kiro
  • Silvia Cartwright, former Governor-General of New Zealand
  • The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford
  • The President of North Macedonia Stevo Pendarovski and the First Lady, Elizabeta Gjorgievska
  • The Governor General of Papua New Guinea, H.E. Sir Bob Dadae 
  • The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, James Marape
  • The President of Poland, Andrzej Duda and the First Lady, Agata Kornhauser-Duda
  • The President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa 
  • The President of Romania Klaus Iohannis and the First Lady, Carmen Iohannis
  • The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Denzil Douglas
  • The Acting Governor-General of Saint Lucia, Errol Charles 
  • The Governor-General of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Susan Dougan
  • The Head of State of Samoa, H.H. Tuimalealiʻifano Vaʻaletoʻa Sualauvi II
  • The Captains Regent of San Marino, Oscar Mina and Paolo Rondelli
  • The Governor General of Solomon Islands, H.E. Sir David Vunagi
  • The President of Slovakia, Zuzana Čaputová
  • The President of Slovenia, Borut Pahor 
  • The President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa
  • The President of South Korea Yoon Suk-yeol and the First Lady Kim Keon-hee
  • The President of Switzerland, Ignazio Cassis
  • The President of Tanzania, Samia Suluh
  • The Governor General of Tuvalu, H.E. Tofinga Vaevalu Falani
  • The Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Tuvalu Kausea Natano 
  • The First Lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska
  • The President of the USA, Joe Biden and the First Lady, Jill Biden

11 September 2022

Celebrations in Denmark – second day – lunch at the royal yacht and gala dinner at Christiansborg Palace

  Photo: © Wonderful Copenhagen.

The celebrations of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark's 50th anniversary as regent continued today with a service in the Church of our Lady, followed by lunch at the royal yacht Dannebrog. Photos from Dannebrog can be viwed here. The royal family was present, together with the Nordich heads of state and members of the royal court.

The celebrations continued with a gala dinner tonight at Christiansborg Palace. The number of royal guests was smaller than at the Royal Theatre yesterday and at the church service earlier today. All the grandchildren and the queen's nephews and nieces and their spouses were excluded. Extracts of the guest list:

The Royal Family

  • HM Queen Margrethe II
  • HRH Crown Prince Frederik
  • HRH Crown Princess Mary
  • HRH Prince Joachim
  • HRH Princess Marie
  • HRH Princess Benedikte
  • HM Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes

Nordic Heads of State

  • HM King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
  • HM Queen Silvia of Sweden
  • HM King Harald V of Norway
  • HM Queen Sonja of Norway
  • HE The President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö
  • Mrs. Jenni Haukio
  • HE The President of the Republic Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson
  • Mrs. Eliza Jean Reid

Other family

  • HE Count Ingolf of Rosenborg
  • Countess Sussie of Rosenborg

Among the other guests were members of the government, the presidency of the Parliament, the Supreme Court, representatives from Greenland and the Faroe Islands and other representatives of the official Denmark. The full list can be viewed here.

Celebrations in Denmark – second day – church service

 Photo: © Wonderful Copenhagen.

This morning members of the Danish Royal Family, the Nordic heads of state and many representatives of the official Denmark attended a church service in the Church of Our Lady (Vor Frue kirke) in Copenhagen in connection with the celebrations of Queen Margrethe II's 50th anniversary as regent.

The Danish Royal Court has issued a guest list which is not that different from the guest list at the Royal Theatre yesterday, but I note that the younger children of the Crown Prince and of Prince Joachim are now included. Extracts of the guest list:

The Royal Family

  • HM Queen Margrethe II
  • HRH Crown Prince Frederik
  • HRH Crown Princess Mary
  • HRH Prince Joachim              
  • HRH Princess Isabella
  • HRH Prince Vincent
  • HRH Princess Josephine
  • HRH Prince Joachim
  • HRH Princess Marie                  
  • HH Prince Nikolai
  • HH Prince Felix
  • HH Prince Henrik
  • HH Princess Athena
  • HRH Princess Benedikte 
  • HSH Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
  • Count Michael Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille
  • HSH Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
  • HM Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes                      
  • HRH Princess Alexia of Greece
  • Don Carlos Morales Quintana                                      
  • HRH Princess Theodora of Greece
  • Mr. Matthew Kumar
  • HRH Prince Philippos of Greece
  • HRH Princess Nina of Greece  

Nordic heads of state

  • HM King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
  • HM Queen Silvia of Sweden
  • HM King Harald V of Norway
  • HM Queen Sonja of Norway
  • H.E. The President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö
  • Mrs. Jenni Haukio
  • H.E. President of the Republic of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson
  • Mrs. Eliza Jean Reid

Other family            

  • HE Count Ingolf of Rosenborg
  • Countess Sussie of Rosenborg

In addition the guest list includes members of the government, representatives of the Parliament, representatives of the royal court, representatives of the official Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. The guest list in full can be viewed here.

Dean Anders Gadegaard and Bishop Peter Skov-Jakobsen officiated the church service. The program (in Danish) can be viewed here.