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King Michael of Romania’s “health has worsened considerably”

King Michael of Romania; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

On November 6, 2017, the Royal Family of Romania released the following statement:

Yesterday afternoon, TRH Crown Princess Margareta and Prince Radu returned to Switzerland, to the private residence of His Majesty. King Michael’s general state of health has worsened considerably, with a significant decline in his physical strength. This week, the Royal Family will have a series of meetings with His Majesty’s doctors, in order to discuss the King’s current medical treatment and obtain their advice in the present circumstances.

On March 2, 2016, it was announced that King Michael (Mihai in Romanian) had been diagnosed with chronic leukemia and metastatic epidermoid carcinoma and that he was withdrawing from public life.  The eldest of his five daughters, Crown Princess Margareta, took on his public duties. King Michael’s wife Anne died on August 1, 2016, in a hospital in Morges, Switzerland, at the age of 92.

King Michael reigned from 1927-1930 and then again from 1940-1947 when he was forced to sign a document of abdication by the Communist regime. In 1948, he publicly announced that his abdication was invalid, as it had been forced upon him, and that he remained the rightful King of Romania.

The 96-year-old King Michael is the second oldest living descendant of Queen Victoria after The Duke of Edinburgh who was born four months earlier.

Prince Henrik of Denmark Diagnosed with Dementia

photo: The Danish Monarchy, photographer: Jacob Jørgensen

The Danish Royal House has issued the following Press Release this morning, regarding the health of Prince Henrik:

“It is with deep regret that Her Majesty The Queen has asked the Lord Chamberlain to announce:

Following a longer course of investigation, and most recently, a series of examinations conducted during late summer, a team of specialists at Rigshospitalet has now concluded that His Royal Highness Prince Henrik suffers from dementia.

The diagnosis implies a decline in The Prince’s cognitive functional level.  The extend of the cognitive failure is, according to Rigshospitalet, greater than expected considering the age of The Prince, and can be accompanied by changes in behavior, reaction patterns, judgement and emotional life and may therefore also affect the interaction with the outside world.

As a consequence of the diagnosis, The Prince will further downgrade his future activities, just as patronages and honorary memberships will be considered. 

It is the wish of The Queen and the Royal Family that The Prince will have the peace and quiet as required by the situation.”

Danish Royal House: HRH Prince Henrik’s health

Breaking News: Swedish baby prince named


Te Deum Service, a thank you service for the royal birth: King Carl Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Prince Carl Philip, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel; Photo Credit – Swedish Royal Court, Photo: Anders Wiklund / TT

At a cabinet meeting on Monday, September 4, 2017, King Carl XVI Gustaf announced the names of his newest grandson, the second son of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia:

His Royal Highness Prince Gabriel Carl Walther, Duke of Dalarna. He will be called Prince Gabriel.

On the same day, a Te Deum service, a thank you service for the royal birth, was held in the Royal Palace church attended by King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Princess Madeleine, Christopher O’Neill, Prince Carl Philip and the Hellqvist family.

Breaking News: Duchess of Cambridge expecting third child

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their first child Prince George; Photo Credit – By AshleyMott – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Kensington Palace has made the following announcement:

“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child.

The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.

As with her two previous pregnancies, The Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Her Royal Highness will no longer carry out her planned engagement at the Homsey Road Child’s Centre in London today. The Duchess is being cared for at Kensington Palace.”

Prince William and Catherine Middleton were married on April 29, 2011, at Westminster Abbey. The couple has two children: Prince George of Cambridge (born July 22, 2013) and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (born May 2, 2015).  The new baby would be fifth in the line of succession to the British throne after its grandfather The Prince of Wales, its father, and its two siblings.

Breaking News: Princess Sofia of Sweden has given birth to 2nd son

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia with their first child Prince Alexander; Photo Credit – Swedish Royal Court

The following announcement was made by the Swedish Royal Court:

The Office of The Marshal of the Realm is delighted to announce that HRH Princess Sofia gave birth to a healthy child Thursday the 31 August 2017 at 11.24am at Danderyd Hospital. Both mother and child are in good health.

A second announcement stated that Princess Sofia had given birth to a son and that the name will be announced on Monday.

Princess Sofia, born Sofia Hellqvist, married Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, son of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, on June 13, 2015.  Their first child Prince Alexander was born on April 19, 2016.

Breaking News: Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Christopher O’Neill expecting third child

Photo: HRH Princess Madeleine of Sweden

The Swedish Royal Court has made the following announcement:

HRH Princess Madeleine and Mr. Christopher O’Neill are delighted to announce that The Princess is expecting their third child. The Princess is feeling well and the birth is expected to take place in March 2018.

Princess Madeleine and Christopher O’Neill married on June 8, 2013, and have two children: Princess Leonore (born February 20, 2014) and Prince Nicolas (born June 15, 2015).  The Princess is the youngest of the three children of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden.

Prince Henrik of Denmark will not be buried with his wife Queen Margrethe II

Prince Henrik and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark; Photo Credit – By Holger Motzkau 2010, Wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons (cc-by-sa-3.0), CC BY-SA 3.0,

by Susan Flantzer

The Danish Royal House announced on August 3, 2017, that Prince Henrik would not be buried with his wife Queen Margrethe II of Denmark at Roskilde Cathedral in Roskilde, Denmark, the traditional burial place of Danish royalty. The press release read:

The Royal House has announced today that His Royal Highness Prince Henrik does not want to be buried in Roskilde Cathedral, as it had been planned. The Prince’s decision implies that he will not be buried next to Her Majesty The Queen in the sarcophagus that Professor and sculptor Bjørn Nørgaard has prepared. The Queen has been aware of the decision for some time and supports the decision. The Prince’s decision does not change the Queen’s funeral plans. It has been stated in the media that the Prince wants to be buried in France. This is not correct. The Prince still wishes to be buried in Denmark, but the arrangements are not yet in place.

Prince Henrik, born Henri Marie Jean André de Laborde de Monpezat in France in 1934, has been vocal about the difficulties he has experienced as a male consort (a historically female role) in terms of his personal income and his role in the affairs of the country. In April 2016, Prince Henrik renounced the title of Prince Consort, which he had been given in 2005. He retired from public life and decided to participate in official events to a very limited extent.

In 2010, it was announced that Queen Margrethe II had chosen St. Brigid’s Chapel at Roskilde Cathedral as the burial site for herself and her husband Prince Henrik. Danish artist Bjørn Nørgaard designed the double sarcophagus. The photos below are from my visit to Roskilde Cathedral in August 2011 where I was able to see a conservator restoring the 500-year-old murals on the chapel’s walls.

St. Brigid’s Chapel at Roskilde Cathedral; Photo Credit – © Susan Flantzer

Poster describing the sarcophagus of Queen Margrethe II; Photo Credit – © Susan Flantzer

Model of the sarcophagus of Queen Margrethe II; Photo Credit – © Susan Flantzer

Conservator restoring the 500-year-old murals on the chapel’s walls; Photo Credit – © Susan Flantzer

Detail of the mural; Photo Credit – © Susan Flantzer

Breaking News: Prince Philip admitted to the hospital

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

Buckingham Palace released the following statement: “The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London last night, as a precautionary measure, for treatment of an infection arising from a pre-existing condition. Prince Philip is in good spirits and is disappointed to be missing the State Opening of Parliament and Royal Ascot. The Prince of Wales will accompany The Queen to the State Opening. Her Majesty is being kept informed and will attend Royal Ascot as planned this afternoon.”

The Queen’s son Prince Charles, Prince of Wales accompanied his mother to the State Opening of Parliament which had been previously been planned with less pomp.  The Queen did not wear her usual robes and did not wear the crown.

Breaking News: New Crown Prince in Saudi Arabia

Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman of Saudi Arabia; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

King Salman of Saudi Arabia has appointed his 31-year-old son Mohammed bin Salman as Crown Prince replacing his nephew Mohammed bin Nayef as the heir apparent. The new Crown Prince previously was the Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense.  He will continue to serve as Minister of Defense and now will also be Deputy Prime Minister.

Since the formation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932, the six kings that followed the first king Abdulaziz have all been chosen from among his 45 sons. Mohammad bin Salman would be the first king from the next generation.

BBC: Saudi king’s son Mohammed bin Salman is new crown prince