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Where to Watch the Princely Wedding in Monaco

The wedding between Prince Albert II and Charlene Wittstock can be watched online, both on 30 June (concert) 1 July & 2 July at the Official website for the Princely wedding and on 1 July and 2 July at the Official website of the government of Monaco.


The Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark attend the opening of the exhibition Sculpture by the Sea 2011

TRH Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Count and Countess of Monpezat, attended the opening of the exhibition Sculpture by the Sea 2011, at Tangkrogen in Aarhus, on June 2, 2011.

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Source pictures: Morten Fauerby via www.sculpturebythesea.dk

Official picture of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and statement of the Duke to mark visit to Canada

A new official picture has been released to mark TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine, Princess William of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern-Ireland’s overseas visit to Canada.

You can view the picture at the official website of the Prince of Wales HERE.

The Duke said about the visit to Canada:
"Catherine and I are very much looking forward to our Tour of Canada. We hope to be able to meet as many people as possible and to see as much of the extraordinary and diverse country as we can.

I have wonderful memories from my last times in Canada, and as such we consider it a great privilege to have been invited to Canada for our first joint Tour."


Grand Ducal family of Luxembourg poses for media

TRH Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria-Theresa of Luxembourg posed at the Chateau de berg in the town of Colmar-Bergalong with their sons, HRH Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, HRH Prince Félix, HRH Prince Louis and HRH Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg, their daughter HRH Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg, their daughter-in-law HRH Princess Tessy of Luxembourg, their grandsons HRH Prince Gabriel and HRH Prince Noah of Nassau, and with their dogs.

The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess enjoyed some family fun at the lake and the sons of Prince Louis and Princess Tessy brought their bikes with them.

View pictures from Wort HERE.
View pictures from PPE HERE.

According to Wort, there will be 2 more photoshoots, one at the Palace in Luxembourg City and one at Parc Merveilleux in Bettembourg.

17th birthday of Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah of Jordan

Tomorrow, June 28, 2011, HRH Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah of Jordan celebrates his 17th birthday. New official pictures have been released.

View one of the pictures at Petra.


Princess Marie of Denmark finishes training program in Emergency Management Agency

HRH Princess Marie of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat, finished her training program in Emergency Management Agency on the Agency's Technical School in Tinglev.

Click HERE to view pictures.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Canada: The itinerary

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine, Princess William of the United Kingdom of Great-Britain and Northern Ireland, will visit Canada, from June 30 till July 8, 2011.

The itinerary

Thursday, June 30 - Ottawa, Ontario

2:00 p.m. Arrival in Canada
Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the Canada Reception Centre in the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport where they are greeted according to Canadian custom and protocol.

2:35 p.m. Laying of a Wreath at the National War Memorial
In a wreath-laying ceremony, Their Royal Highnesses pay respect to Canadians who served our nation and paid the ultimate sacrifice, from the First World War to current missions, in the name of peace and freedom.

3:15 p.m. Official Welcome Ceremony to Canada
At Rideau Hall, the Governor General and the Prime Minister officially welcome Their Royal Highnesses to Canada and the National Capital Region. This event features full military honours including a 21-gun salute.

6:00 p.m. Celebration of Youth Barbecue Reception
Their Royal Highnesses recognize Canadian youth who, through dedicated service both at home and abroad, are building a better Canada.

Friday, July 1 - Canada Day! - National Capital Region

10:30 a.m.
Canadian Citizenship Ceremony at the Canadian Museum of Civilization
To demonstrate how civic pride is celebrated and the integral role of the Sovereign in our constitutional monarchy, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend a Citizenship Ceremony welcoming Canada’s newest citizens.

12:05 p.m. Canada Day Parliament Hill Noon Show
Their Royal Highnesses join millions of Canadians celebrating Canada’s 144th Birthday. Steeped in artistic talent and cultural vitality, Canadians are treated to full military honours, a 21-gun salute and a fly past by the Canadian Forces CF-18s and Snowbirds.

Saturday, July 2, 2011 - National Capital Region and Montréal, Quebec

National Capital Region

12:40 p.m. Tree-Planting Ceremony
Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge continue the great Canadian tradition of planting a tree in the Royal Grove area at Rideau Hall, commemorating the 2011 Royal Tour.

1:10 p.m. Reception with Canadian veterans and their families at the Canadian War Museum
To honour those who have contributed to the building of Canada, Their Royal Highnesses meet veterans and their families. During a tour of the Museum, the Royal Couple reflect on what Canadians have accomplished together and how we have defined ourselves through active service.

Montréal, Quebec

3:50 p.m. Arrival in Montréal
The 2011 Royal Tour in Quebec begins with the arrival of Their Royal Highnesses at the Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.

4:15 p.m. Visit to Sainte-Justine University Hospital Centre
Sainte-Justine University Hospital Centre is the largest mother-child centre in Canada and one of the four largest paediatric centres in North America. Their Royal Highnesses visit the Centre and meet patients and their families.

5:45 p.m. Cooking Workshop at the Institut de Tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ)
Their Royal Highnesses arrive at the ITHQ and are treated to an outstanding experience in tourism and hospitality. The institute is renowned for its innovative approach to tourism and the hotel industry, and makes a significant contribution to Montréal’s gastronomic sector.

9:55 p.m. Departure from Montréal to Québec City
The Royal Couple depart for Québec City onboard HMCS Montréal the namesake of a ship which carries a rich and unique history in the Canadian Navy including in the War of 1812 – a defining chapter in our history.

Sunday, July 3 - Québec City, Quebec

10:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
Upon arrival in Quebec, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge join the crew of HMCS Montréal in worship.

10:45 a.m. Arrival in Québec City on board HMCS Montréal
The 2011 Royal Tour in Québec continues with the arrival of Their Royal Highnesses on board HMCS Montréal.

11:10 a.m. Tour of la Maison Dauphine
Their Royal Highnesses arrive at la Maison Dauphine to meet the staff and people who benefit or have benefitted from the services offered at the facility. La Maison Dauphine is a community leader in delivering a variety of programs to street youth of Québec.

12:15 p.m. Freedom of the City Ceremony at Québec City Hall
Their Royal Highnesses experience the Freedom of the City Ceremony that acknowledges the relationship of trust and friendship between Québec City and the Royal 22e Régiment service members.

3:30 p.m. Lévis Community Celebration
Their Royal Highnesses will join the community in celebrating the 375th anniversary of the Lauzon “seigneurie”, the 150th anniversary of the founding of Lévis, and the 10th anniversary of the new City of Lévis.

6:50 p.m. Arrival in Prince Edward Island
The 2011 Royal Tour of Prince Edward Island begins with the arrival of Their Royal Highnesses at Charlottetown Airport.

Monday, July 4 - Charlottetown and Summerside, Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

10:05 a.m. Official Arrival to Prince Edward Island
Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Province House, the second oldest active legislature building in Canada, to highlight the important role it and Great George Street played in Confederation.

12:35 p.m. Waterbird Emergency Landing Procedure
His Royal Highness highlights the innovative contributions made by Canada’s military to the training of search and rescue pilots by participating in a training session for the “waterbird” emergency landing procedure in a Sea King helicopter at Dalvay-by-the-Sea.

1:45 p.m. Activities at the Dalvay-by-the-Sea Resort
In one of Canada’s unique National Parks, Their Royal Highnesses learn about the Aboriginal, Acadian and Celtic cultural and culinary traditions of Prince Edward Island.

Summerside, Prince Edward Island

3:55 p.m. Search and Rescue Demonstration at Summerside Harbour
Highlighting the active role the Canadian Coast Guard and Prince Edward Island take in Maritime safety and their contribution to the national effort in navigation, icebreaking, and environmental response, Their Royal Highnesses take in a search and rescue exercise at the Summerside Harbour.

7:40 p.m. Arrival in the Northwest Territories
The 2011 Royal Tour of the Northwest Territories begins with the arrival of Their Royal Highnesses at Yellowknife Airport.

Tuesday, July 5 - Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

11:40 a.m. Official Arrival to the Northwest Territories (NWT)
To highlight the historic and continuing cooperation between the NWT’s Aboriginal peoples and residents of other cultures, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Somba K’e Civic Plaza to take part in Aboriginal traditions and activities, including traditional drumming, dancing and sports.

1:05 p.m. Session of Youth Parliament at the Legislative Assembly
Their Royal Highnesses hear from NWT’s youth about their challenges and where they see themselves in the future and experience this region’s unique legislative system which combines Aboriginal traditions of consensus with the traditions of the Westminster parliamentary system.

3:30 p.m. Canadian Rangers Event at Blachford Lake
At Blachford Lake, Their Royal Highnesses meet the First Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, part-time reservists who serve their country and their communities by conducting surveillance and sovereignty patrols in locations throughout the North.

5:15 p.m. Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning at Blachford Lake
While at the Blachford Lake Lodge, Their Royal Highnesses will have the opportunity to meet and interact with NWT Aboriginal elders and young adults that will highlight their unique and innovative educational program that integrates elements of traditional Aboriginal knowledge and learning into a university-accredited program.

Thursday, July 7 - Calgary, Alberta

4:30 p.m. Arrival in Calgary
The 2011 Royal Tour of Alberta begins with the arrival of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Calgary International Airport taking part in the White Hat Ceremony – a long-standing tradition in Calgary and a symbol of Western hospitality.

5:00 p.m. Tour of the University of Calgary Ward of the 21st Century Research and Innovation Centre (W21C)
At the University of Calgary W21C Research and Innovation Centre, Their Royal Highnesses attend a presentation on cutting-edge health research and innovation taking place in Calgary and what lays ahead for future health research in Canada.

7:25 p.m. Government of Canada Reception at BMO Centre
On the last evening of their tour, Their Royal Highnesses are guests of honour at a reception where the Prime Minister expresses his gratitude for their support and presents a gift from the Government of Canada.

Friday, July 8 - Calgary, Alberta

8:50 a.m. Calgary Stampede Parade
Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Bow Valley College where Parade-goers and viewers at home have a chance to see the Royal Couple as they kick-off the 2011 Calgary Stampede Parade, the second largest parade in the world.

11:30 a.m. Reception hosted by the Alberta Government
At the ENMAX Conservatory at the Calgary Zoo, Their Royal Highnesses witness Alberta’s significant contribution and commitment to research and development in science and technology.

12:45 p.m. Official Departure Ceremony from Canada and Alberta
The Governor General, the Prime Minister, the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, and the Premier of Alberta bid farewell to Their Royal Highnesses at the Official Departure Ceremony complete with full military honours, a 21-gun salute, inspection of the Guard of Honour by His Royal Highness.

Source: www.royaltour.gc.ca


The Queen of Norway starts scholarship

HM Queen Sonja of Norway together with Kjell Nupen and Opdahl, prepared a graphic folder work titled Three trips - three landscapes. The project is part of the "H.M. Dronning Sonjas kunstnerstipend". ("The HM Queen Sonja's scholarship.")

The scholarship will first be awarded in 2012 and will be awarded to an artis from one of the Nordic countries.

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Source pictures: Rolf M. Aagaard / Det kongelige hoff

Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee

A new official picture of HM Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom of Great-Britain and Northern Ireland and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince Philip of the UK, born Prince of Greece and Denmark, has been released to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee next year.

Click HERE to view the picture at Hello Magazine.


National day of Luxembourg 2011

TRH Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria-Theresa, HRH Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, TRH Prince Louis and Princess Tessy, HRH Princess Alexandra, and HRH Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg, attended the national day celebrations.

On June 22, 2011, the day before the National day, the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess visited Oberanven. Pictures from the official website of the Grand Ducal family of Luxembourg can be found HERE.

On June 22, 2011, the day before the National day, the Hereditary Grand Duke and Princess Alexandra visited Esch-sur-Alzette. Pictures from the official website of the Grand Ducal family of Luxembourg can be found HERE.

On June 22, 2011, the day before the National day, the in the beginning mentioned members of the Grand Ducal family attended a torchlight procession and watched fireworks. Pictures from the official website of the Grand Ducal family of Luxembourg can be found HERE.

On June 23, 2011, the in the beginning mentioned members of the Grand Ducal family attended a mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Luxembourg. Later on, the Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duke, reviewed the troops in the presence of the Grand Duchess. Pictures from the official website of the Grand Ducal family of Luxembourg can be found HERE.


Wedding W&C: Over £ 1 million pounds for charity

TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine, Princess William of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern-Ireland, have received over one million pounds in wedding gifts to benefit charities they selected.

The Press release:

"The Royal Wedding Charitable Gift Fund - over £1m to benefit Royal Wedding Charities

22nd June 2011
£1,058,367 has been contributed to the Royal Wedding Charitable Gift Fund, which will go to benefit the 26 charities personally chosen by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The funds will be distributed amongst the charities by the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry.
The couple set up the Charitable Gift Fund so that anyone who wished to give them a wedding gift could instead donate to their chosen charities in celebration of their wedding. The majority of donations made were through the Royal Wedding Charitable Gift Fund Website.
Contributions to the Fund were also made via revenue raised from wedding-related projects including a donation by Decca Records from the sales of the official Royal Wedding Album and a donation made by Mario Testino’s office from the sales of the photograph of the couple printed in the official wedding brochure.
In addition to the Charitable Gift Fund Website, members of the public and wedding guests sent donations directly to the charities themselves and to the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry to add to the Wedding Gift Fund.
A breakdown of the money contributed to the Royal Wedding Charitable Gift Fund is as follows: 
  • £559,104 was donated to the Royal Wedding Charitable Gift Fund by members of the public and wedding guests;
  • £247,000 was generated from rights due to The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry that the Trustees allocated to the Gift Fund; and
  • £252,263 was paid directly to the 26 charities.
The 26 charities to benefit from the fund were grouped into particular areas: Changing Lives through Arts and Sport; Children Fulfilling Their Potential; Help and Care at Home; Support for Service Personnel and Their Families; and Conservation for Future Generations.
The charities include some based in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, to reflect the couple’s close ties to and affection for the three countries following visits by The Duke in the past.
The full list of charities to benefit from the fund is:
Peace Players, Ocean Youth Trust, Greenhouse Schools, Oily Cart, Dance United, IntoUniversity, Venture Trust, Beat Bullying, Keyfund, A National Voice, Association for Children’s Palliative Care (ACT), Youth Access, Community Foundation in Wales, Scottish Community Foundation, Berkshire Community Foundation, Combat Stress, Cruse Bereavement Care for Children of Forces’ Families, Household Cavalry Benevolent Fund, Irish Guards Appeal, Army Widows Association, Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, ZSL, EarthWatch, The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, New Zealand Government’s Christchurch Earthquake Appeal, Royal Flying Doctor Service – Australia
Members of the public were able to donate through the Royal Wedding Charitable Fund website (www.royalweddingcharityfund.org) between 16th March and 31st May. Donations, via the website, were possible in six currencies. Donations could also be made by telephone, by text message or by sending a cheque.


Statement from Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, the Private Secretary of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, about their visit to Canada

Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, the Private Secretary of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine, Princess William of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern-Ireland, has given an official statement of the visit of TRH to Canada.

"The first thing to say is just how much The Duke and Duchess are looking forward to their forthcoming Tour of Canada, and then travelling on briefly to California. The past two months have been a very significant time in their lives, and ending this period with a Tour of Canada – a country so close to the Royal Family’s heart – is truly fitting.
The Duke has had a genuine wish to go back to Canada for many years, and has been encouraging me – often pretty hard – to find an opportunity to do so. The Royal Couple are delighted that Canada will be their first Tour together, and the Canadians have put together an extremely welcoming and well-balanced programme of meaningful engagements, mixed with fun and lots of opportunities to get to know Canada and Canadians better.
Our Canadian colleagues have taken to heart the couple’s interests, and you can see this throughout the programme. There is a focus on Servicemen and women and their families, young people unlocking their potential, but for the most part their Tour will be a celebration of the diversity and vibrancy of Canada’s people and geography.
The Canada Tour starts and finishes with two very high-profile events: Canada Day, the national celebration of unity, with potentially hundreds of thousands in red and white on Parliament Hill in Ottawa; and finishing with the world-renowned festival of the Calgary Stampede.
In between, there is a kaleidoscope of activity:
  • Montreal with its cuisine and international jazz festival;
  • Quebec City, this great and historic place overlooking the St. Lawrence;
  • Prince Edward Island, a stunningly picturesque Maritime Province;
  • the North West Territories, in all its vastness and remoteness – including Yellowknife, a true frontier city with a hugely welcoming population.
  • and Calgary in Alberta, and an introduction to Canada’s vast prairies and extractive industries, all framed by the mighty Rockies.
Now, if I may, the engagements in more detail:
The Royal Couple will arrive mid-afternoon by an Canadian Air Force jet – an offer kindly made by the Canadian Prime Minister.
On arrival, The Duke and Duchess will go straight from the airport to pay their respects at the Canadian cenotaph and tomb of the unknown warrior in central Ottawa – a monument of great dignity to those who have lost their lives in service of their country. The couple were keen for this to be their first act in Canada. Such memorials are always poignant, but particularly so right now as Canada’s combat role in Afghanistan is drawing to an end. Canada has lost, to date, 155 service personnel in Afghanistan, one of the highest for any ISAF ally. They have been fighting alongside British, Afghan forces, and US forces in Southern Afghanistan, focused on Kandahar, one of the most troubled cities and provinces. At the Cenotaph, the couple will lay the same wreath that The Prince of Wales laid during his Tour two years ago.
Following the wreath laying, the couple will attend their Official Welcome to Canada at the Governor-General’s Residence, Rideau Hall. Senior members of the Royal Family often receive an Official Welcome to country. This will take place at the Governor-General’s House and will include a parade and full Guard of Honour. The Duke will respond to the Welcome on behalf of the couple with a few words, and we anticipate crowds to have gathered to welcome them in the Residence’s grounds.
Later, in the early evening, the Governor-General will host an informal reception for young people from across Canada. The 120 Canadian young people have been invited by the Governor-General for their impact and contribution to the areas of voluntary service identified in the Royal Wedding Charitable Gift Fund.
On Friday 1st July – Canada Day – the couple will attend a Canadian Citizenship Ceremony at the Museum of Canadian Civilisation.
The event is a regular “swearing in” ceremony for new Canadians, which happens almost every day all over the country. However, traditionally on Canada Day, the Governor-General presides over one such ceremony, and it is to this that the Royal Couple will be going. There, the couple will witness around a dozen “new” Canadians of varying ages from different parts of the world becoming Canadian citizens. It aligns fully with the second theme of Canada Day this year, “citizenship”, and will be a colourful celebration with flags handed out by the Royal Couple to each new citizen and, no doubt, plenty of smiling families – a celebration of Canada’s diversity. The Royal Couple’s attendance is particularly apt as swearing-in ceremonies include a pledge of allegiance to Her Majesty The Queen of Canada.
This engagement will be followed by the Canada Day “Noon Show”. This is the main ceremonial moment of the Tour. The couple will join the Governor-General and his wife and travel by landau to Parliament Hill, the focal point for all of Canada’s national day celebrations. Attendees normally number in the hundreds of thousands, festooned in red and white, and celebrating their country. The Noon Day show includes music, pageantry and speeches. The Duke will say a few words, as will the Prime Minister. The three main themes of the celebrations this year are: support for the Armed Forces and their families; citizenship, and a celebration of Canada’s Great Outdoors, with the 100th Birthday of “Parks Canada”, the body which protects the National Parks.
As part of the celebrations, there will be anthems, a flypast by the Snowbirds and a link-up with Canadian Forces in Kandahar in Southern Afghanistan.
After the event has finished, there will be a break in the programme for Their Royal Highnesses to recharge and prepare for the Canada Day “Evening Show”.
Celebrations are in two parts. The Noon Show is the traditional and more ceremonial moment. In the evening, there is separate show with a real party spirit – with spectacular fireworks and a rock and pop concert which is broadcast nationwide. Their Royal Highnesses will drop into the “Evening Show” and enjoy the entertainment, before attending a private diplomatic reception elsewhere in the city from where they will watch the firework show.
This will complete a pretty full and exciting programme celebrating Canada’s National Day.
In the morning of Saturday 2nd July, Their Royal Highnnesses will follow a long-standing and noble tradition in Canada of planting a tree in the grounds of Rideau Hall, the Governor-General’s residence. Many Members of the Royal Family have done this, and we understand that the Canadians have selected a local species for the couple to plant – the Canadian hemlock, which traditionally lives for up to 500 years.
The next engagement is at the incredibly impressive and moving Canadian War Museum. The couple will first privately visit a sanctuary to the Unknown Warrior at the Museum. It was designed so that, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, a beam of light strikes a gravestone taken from the fields of Vimy. The Couple will have a moment for private reflection there.
The Couple will then join a reception for Canadian servicemen and their families from a range of campaigns in Canada’s modern military history: Afghanistan, the Balkans, Korea, and the Second World War. This takes place in a large open exhibition room of military vehicles, tanks, mobile units and so forth, from the various campaigns. Their Royal Highnesses will spend time with the veterans, including some injured servicemen, and unveil a new painting acquired by the Museum. They will then briefly tour the rest of the museum.
The couple will then board the Canadian Air Force Airbus for a short flight to Canada’s East Coast industrial powerhouse, Montreal. It is also known for its international flavour, great food, comedy, jazz and film festivals.
The first engagement in Montreal is the world-renowned Saint-Justine University Hospital Centre. This visit aims to highlight the work of one of the leading hospitals in the world specialising in children’s care. The hospital pioneers technology and new approaches to help children come into the world, and also in the treatment of children recovering from serious illnesses. The hospital takes a holistic approach, working with families as well as the children, stimulating their learning and keeping their minds active.
The couple are very keen to go to Saint-Justine, what with The Duke’s close links to the Royal Marsden Hospital here. And the way arts are used to stimulate the children was of particular interest to The Duchess, who has long held an interest in what is termed arts therapy.
Their Royal Highnesses will privately visit the neo-natal clinic where innovative methods have achieved miraculous results, spending time with a few families learning to care for their new born children. Finally, the Royal Couple will meet youngsters in the arts therapy room where carers encourage the children staying in the hospital to express themselves, learn and grow using hands-on arts and crafts. It will be a truly colourful, bright and uplifting visit.
The next engagement focuses on the couple’s shared interest in seeing young people unlock their potential. In this case, through a strength of the province of Quebec, at the L’Institute de Tourisme et d’hotellerie du Quebec.
This engagement celebrates one of Quebec’s tremendous assets: culinary arts and hospitality. The Institute trains young men and women for the catering and hospitality business all around the world. The graduates here are counted among the very best, and go on to join top hotels and restaurants.
Their Royal Highnesses will join the students in a tutorial in a working kitchen, learning to prepare a few dishes, putting on an apron, and rolling their sleeves up. They will then join a reception with the students. Then, the Premier of Quebec and his wife will join the Royal Couple over a private dinner to enjoy what the students and they have cooked.
That evening, Their Royal Highnesses will be piped aboard a Canadian frigate, HMCS Montreal, and travel up the St. Lawrence river to Quebec City. As it happens, by sheer coincidence, there will be an international fireworks competition very close-by as the Ship sets sail from Montreal quayside.
Arrival in Quebec on Sunday 3rd July will be spectacular as the naval vessel draws up beneath the walled city of old Quebec. Quebec City is a gem. A truly north American city, its heart plucked straight from late mediaeval France.
The first engagement of the day will be Morning Prayers, on the helicopter deck of the Montreal, with the Ship’s Company. We expect that clergy from the City will join the company on the ship.
Their Royal Highnesses will then depart for a terrific youth project in the city. Many of you will remember the engagement in Redfearn in Sydney last year. It will be in a similar vein, getting to appreciate some of the real issues facing young people in Canada’s cities – and of course it allies closely with The Duke’s ongoing support for charities that look after vulnerable young people here in the United Kingdom.
The next stop in Quebec City is to celebrate the Royal 22nd Regiment of Canada, the legendary “Vingt Douze”. The couple will observe a military ceremony in honour of the Regiment. The Regiment is a renowned and much respected component of Canada’s history and fighting forces, and the couple feel very privileged to attend this event.
The final engagement is a hop by helicopter into a lively community event with barbecues and fun stalls, the attendees still in full flush of Canada’s National Day on 1st July. This will be an opportunity for Their Royal Highnesses to meet Quebecois and experience again the diversity and vibrancy of this extraordinary part of Canada.
We will say more about all three of these engagements nearer the time.
It is then a short flight to Prince Edward Island, the most easterly point of the Tour and an introduction for the couple to Canada’s Maritime provinces. The Canadian Government anticipates that P.E.I. (as it is known) may be a focal point for many well wishers from across the Maritimes. P.E.I. is a terrifically welcoming place, and is well known as the home of the Anne of Green Gables. More importantly, P.E.I. also has an important place in the history of Canada, as it was where the Confederation of Canada’s provinces was signed in 1864.
On arrival in PEI, we hope the couple will join you and some Canadian media for informal, off-the-record drinks in Charlottetown. Mig will give you further details.
On Monday morning, 4th July, the couple will arrive at Province House at one end of Great George Street, the historic street in Charlottetown. The couple will meet the Premier and learn about the important place Province House has in Canadian history. It was here that representatives of the Provinces came together to form the Dominion of Canada. The couple will see the historic rooms and then meet – and be photographed with – the “Founding Fathers” and children, who will be in period costume.
The Duke will respond to some remarks by the Premier with a few words of his own. We anticipate there may be well wishers lining the route to the harbour, where the couple will travel in an open-top vehicle – probably a carriage. It’s a journey of about half a mile. At the harbour, they will watch a few moments of a short play. Following this lively finale, they will then depart for Dalvay-by-the-Sea, where they will attend a cultural event.
The beachside resort of Dalvay-by-the-Sea is a holiday destination with picket fences, large wooden houses with verandas, red barns, and green grass. It was used as a backdrop, reportedly, for some television adaptations of the Anne of Green Gables stories.
While Great George Street celebrated the past and heritage of Canada, the Dalvay engagement is very much a community event with plenty of colour, showing off the Island’s diversity.
First at Dalvay, The Duke will participate in a Canadian Air Force demonstration at a nearby lake. The Canadian Search and Rescue Force is the only one in the world to undertake “Waterbirding”, a technique whereby a Sea King helicopter makes a controlled landing on water. The Sea King, which operates below 500 feet or in a hover when conducting anti-submarine warfare or in search and rescue operations, does not always have a safe landing site should an emergency occur; the closest ship or land could be miles away. In the event of engine failure, a controlled landing on the water may be the only option. The Duke will take part as aircrew in a demonstration in a Sea King helicopter, undertaking a Waterbirding exercise at Dalvay.
Their Royal Highnesses will then team up with Dragonboat racers, taking a boat each – although I hasten to add, not themselves paddling, though probably steering – and they will race across the lake to the opposite bank where crowds will be gathered. After congratulating the winning team, the couple will be welcomed by First Nations people with a traditional “smudging” ceremony. They will then go on a walkabout, enjoying different types of music from the Maritimes, including Arcadian (with its roots in French music), Celtic and First Nations. We hope there will also be a chance for the couple to taste a couple of local delicacies, which might include raspberry cordial, chocolate covered potato crisps and P.E.I.’s famous lobster...
The end of the engagement is on the dunes of the beach. Young people will be engaged in a range of beach sports, and the couple will start one of the games and present prizes to the winners of various competitions.
The next and last engagement on Prince Edward Island is at Summerside, where the couple will join an event with the Canadian Force’s Search and Rescue Force. They will board a Coastguard vessel at the harbour, chat with serving officers and some of their familes, and meet people who have been rescued by the Search and Rescue crews. A helicopter crew will then do a short demonstration in the harbour, also entertaining crowds which will have gathered around the bay.
As you might remember, Canadian Search and Rescue was one of the recipients of the Wedding Gift Fund. The Duke and Duchess are delighted to include this element in the programme. Also, the Canadian Equerry for the Tour, Captain Jean Leroux, is a serving Search and Rescue pilot.
The couple will then depart from Summerside airport, a short-drive away. The next location, the North West Territories is the longest flight on the trip. This is the only big hop the couple will do. They will arrive quite late in the evening, but it will be light as we are heading “60 above” in latitude and it is likely that the sun will not set at all while we are there.
Tuesday 5th July begins with a wonderfully colourful engagement by the lake in North West Territories capital, Yellowknife. This is the opportunity to meet the people who may have travelled great distances to welcome the couple, and, once again, to get to know a little better how different and fascinating the great North can be. It was very much the couple’s wish to experience this part of the world.
The location is in the centre of the city next to a lake. NWT is famous for its thousands of inland lakes. There will be a welcome by First Nation peoples, and a few words to the crowd from the Premier and The Duke. During a walkabout, there will be demonstrations of Arctic Sports.
After a walkabout, they join the Premier, a former ice hockey player of some standing – for a game of “shinny” or street hockey. The Duke and Duchess will take part in some way – perhaps dropping or shooting a few penalties.
Following the shinny game, it’s then a short drive to the Provincial Legislative Assembly for discussions with the Province’s Youth Parliament. The building is modern and impressive, and it was opened by The Queen on the last official Royal Tour that took in the North West Territories, in 1994. In the centre of the open and light-wood chamber, reminiscent in design of an igloo, lies a large polar bear skin. The polar bear is the symbol of N.W.T. The young people will be having a debate about issues which matter to them, and the couple will be invited to join them, listen and ask questions.
Their Royal Highnesses will then attend a short reception with senior members of the Legislative Assembly. A few words will be said before departure.
The final engagement in this frontier Province is to bounce out into the real wilderness. Exploring Canada’s Great Outdoors was something the couple really wanted to do, and a visit to N.W.T. provides an unparalleled opportunity to do this. It is an extraordinary landscape on the edge of the tundra and the tree-line, peppered with thousands of freshwater lakes.
The couple will have an opportunity to do something else close to their hearts. The Duchess has a very strong interest in crafts and traditional arts and The Duke, you’ll remember from his recent visits to Australia and New Zealand, has an interest in understanding more about indigenous peoples, or First Peoples as they are known in Canada.
For this last engagement in the North West Territories, Their Royal Highnesses will go to an island about 30 minutes by air, east of Yellowknife. There will be two components here.
First, having arrived by Float Plane, the couple will meet volunteers and officers from the Canadian Rangers and Young Canadian Rangers. These hardy people explore, survey and protect the wilderness. They will demonstrate their military kit, how they camp and survive on patrol, and invite the couple to join them around the fire for some tea and “bannock”. There might be some traditional singing from the younger Rangers, too. You might recall that The Duke and his brother Prince Harry were made honorary Rangers during The Prince of Wales’s Tour in 2009, so this serial will be a particular honour and pleasure for The Duke.
The couple will then go to Blachford Lodge, a house built over a number of years on the island which serves as a retreat with modern facilities in the wilderness for tourists. It is also used as a base by De’Chinta, an educational organisation which brings together young people from across the Territories to teach and practice traditional arts and techniques such as preparing hides and skins, needlecraft and story telling. The couple will meet two women about the couple’s age, who run this programme. Their guides will introduce them to students learning local indigenous languages, and then move outside, where the couple will see hides being prepared for clothing and fish being smoked. At the end of the tour, the couple will join a campfire discussion with the young people about what it’s like to live in the Territories and learn how and why they have come to De’Chinta.
Finally in early evening (but with the sun barely dipping), the couple will take a canoe to a nearby island for a private barbecue with the De’Chinta team.
On Wednesday 6th July, following seven quite intensive days, the couple will transfer to Alberta province and there take some private time for 24 hours. The rest of the delegation will travel directly to Calgary.
Alberta and Calgary is very much Canada’s West, where the prairies meet the mountains. It is cowboy country – quite literally. The shiny high-rise City of Calgary will be preparing for its world-renowned Stampede, a kind of festival of the prairies through rodeo, music and the arts. Jeans, boots and cowboy hats will be out in force. It is another thrilling example of Canada’s diversity and vibrancy and will be a tremendous experience for the couple.
On arrival in Calgary on Thursday 7th July, Their Royal Highnesses will be “white-hatted”, a tradition which sees the provincial government presenting them with white cowboy hats.
But there is more to Calgary than the Stampede. The couple will first visit a teaching hospital under the auspices of the University of Alberta, where they will tour the Ward of the 21st Century Research and Innovation Centre. This centre pioneers new techniques and technology to improve patient care and training for medical staff.
The couple will meet– and get to treat “STAN”. STAN is a whacky but cutting-edge learning tool for doctors and nurses. Through computers and medical staff, Stan is a patient in bed who recreates the symptoms, conditions and complaints of a patient, meaning that the staff can respond in real time and be tested under pressure. The couple will also see some of the other technological advances the Ward is pioneering.
Later that evening, the Couple will join a reception hosted by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mrs Harper at the main Stampede exhibition centre. In the courtyard outside, there will be an opportunity for Their Royal Highnesses to see a little of what the Stampede has to offer. The Duke will throw a “stove” into a “chuck wagon”, the traditional way to start one of the Stampede’s races. There will be a demonstration of bull riding, lasso-ing, and a welcome from First Nations peoples. A wonderfully colourful event.
Inside, the couple will join a large reception, and here the Prime Minister will invite The Duke to say a few words – his last in Canada.
Friday 8th July is an early start and the last day in Canada. The Stampede officially begins each year with a parade through the centre of the city. This is an exciting and colourful event which has a long history, with many Albertans lining the route. It is broadcast nationally in Canada. The Duke and Duchess will join up with the Honorary Parade Marshall, Rick Hansen, a legendary Canadian figure who has raised funds and profile for Spinal Injury charities through his own foundation and a tour of the world in his wheelchair. The couple will travel along the length of the route with Mr. Hansen before officially starting the Parade. They will then join guests of the Stampede to watch some of the wagons and floats roll by.
The penultimate engagement in Canada is hosted by Alberta’s Premier at Calgary Zoo. This is a reception in which the Premier will highlight some of the other high-tech research, particularly in the field of protecting the environment, taking place in the province. The Premier will say a few words.
Mirroring the Official Welcome in Ottawa just over a week before, an Official Farewell will be hosted by the Governor-General at a recently refurbished sports facility outside the city. This will involve a parade and military honours. The Duke and Duchess may also lay flowers at a tribute for Canadian Forces, a mural which is touring Canada and includes portraits of those who have died on active service in Afghanistan.
This will round off a tremendously exciting and varied programme in Canada, which The Royal Couple feel is an incredible opportunity to get to know Canada better, and start to build real and long-lasting relationships. As they wanted, the programme builds heavily on their existing interests, but also introduces them to the diversity and vibrancy of Canada."


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Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg changes succession in family law

HRH Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg has changed the families succession law in September 2010, but it wasn't reported until yesterday. Before the change, a female could only succeed if there were no surviving male members of the family in male-line who where unmarried or who married with permission. Starting with the descendants of the current Grand Duke, Grand Duke Henri, man and woman have equal rights to the throne of Luxembourg.


Interview with the Prince of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock

The tv-channel France 3 was given the opportunity to interview HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and his fiancée, Charlene Wittstock.


Wedding N&A: Religious wedding of Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Alexander Johannsmann

The religious wedding of HSH Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Alexander Johannsmann took place yesterday, June 18, 2011. The couple were married civilly on May 27, 2010, and their first child, a son named Konstantin, was born on July 24, 2010 at 6.45 pm in the clinic of Bad Berleburg.

HQ pictures were released via the website http://www.wittgenstein-berleburg.net, who, according to a PDF file at the same website, do not have copyright restrictions.

Pictures from PPE can be found HERE.

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Source: Karl-Anton Koenigs

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Source: Ron Allen