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Funeral Arrangements for Prince Henrik of Denmark

Photo Credit: The Danish Monarchy, Photographer: Jacob Jørgensen

The funeral arrangements for HRH Prince Henrik of Denmark were announced this morning from The Danish Royal Court.

On Thursday, February 15th at 10:00 AM, the Prince’s body will leave Fredensborg Palace, followed by the Royal Family, and will be taken to Amalienborg.

Beginning on Saturday, February 17th, his coffin will rest in the palace church at Christiansborg Palace, and members of the public will be able to pay their respects on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

On Tuesday, February 20th at 11:00 AM, the Prince’s funeral will take place at the Christiansborg Palace church.  Per his request, it will be a private funeral with just his family and close friends in attendance.  The service will be conducted by Bishop Erik Norman Svendsen.

Following the service, Prince Henrik’s remains will be cremated.  Half of his ashes will be spread in Danish waters, while the other half will be interred in the private gardens at Fredensborg Palace.

The Royal Court has declared a month of mourning, ending on March 14, 2018.  During this time, the Royal Family will not take part in any social events or entertaining.  The court will wear dark clothing, and guards at the palaces will wear black armbands.

Unofficial Royalty: Prince Henrik of Denmark
Unofficial Royalty: The Danish Royal Family

Breaking News: Prince Henrik of Denmark has died

Photo Credit – Wikipedia

His Royal Highness Prince Henrik died peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at 11:18 pm, at Fredensborg Palace at the age of 83.  Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II and their two sons Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim were at his side. Prince Henrik had been hospitalized on January 28, 2018.  Later it was determined that he had a benign tumor in his left lung.  On September 6, 2017, it had been announced that Prince Henrik was suffering from dementia.

He was born in France in 1934 as Henri de Laborde de Monpezat.  Henri entered the French foreign services and was working as the third secretary at the French embassy in the Department of Oriental Affairs in London when he met his future wife in 1965, who was studying at the London School of Economics

In 1967, Henri married the then Princess Margrethe of Denmark and the couple had two sons Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim. After the wedding, Henri began to be known by the Danish version of his name, Henrik.  His wife became Queen of Denmark upon the death of her father King Frederik IX in 1972.

Prince Henrik published several books of poetry in his native language as well as additional books in Danish. He enjoyed spending part of his summers at Chateau de Cayx, a wine estate in southern France.

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 August 2017, Prince Henrik made news when he declared that he did not want to be buried with his wife at Roskilde Cathedral, the traditional burial site of the Danish Royal Family. He had 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.

His funeral will take place on Tuesday, February 20th in the Palace Chapel at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen.  Per his wishes, it will be a private service, with just family and close friends in attendance.  His remains will then be cremated, with half of his ashes spread over Danish seas, and other half interred in the private garden at Fredensborg Castle.

Unofficial Royalty: Prince Henrik of Denmark

 

Prince Henrik of Denmark’s condition worsens, Crown Prince Frederik comes home from Olympics

Prince Henrick of Denmark; Credit – Wikipedia

The condition of Prince Henrik of Denmark, the husband of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, has severely deteriorated. His son, Crown Prince Frederik has come home from the Winter Olympics in South Korea which he was attending in his capacity as a member of the International Olympic Committee.

The Danish Royal Court announced on February 9, 2018: “The state of his Royal Highness Prince Henrik has unfortunately greatly worsened. His Royal Highness The Crown Prince has thus discontinued his stay in South Korea, where he was in conjunction with the Winter Olympics. The Crown Prince is now on his way to Denmark. The Royal House currently has no additional information.”

Prince Henrik has been hospitalized since January 28, 2018.  Later it was determined that he had a benign tumor in his left lung.  On September 6, 2017, it was announced that Prince Henrik was suffering from dementia.

Breaking News: Princess Mako of Japan postpones formal engagement until at least 2020

Kei Komuro and Princess Mako at their engagement press conference; Photo Credit – Japan Times

Princess Mako, the eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito of Japan and the daughter of the Emperor’s second son Prince Akishino, is postponing her formal engagement until at least 2020.  The formal engagement ceremony (Nosai-no-Gi) was due to take place on March 4, 2018.

In May 2017, it was announced that Princess Mako would marry commoner Kei Komuro who she met at the International Christian University. Japan’s Imperial Law requires a princess to leave the royal family after marrying a commoner. The engagement was officially announced in September 2017.  The couple was expected to marry on November 4, 2018.

The Imperial Household Agency said the postponement was due to “lack of preparation.” Princess Mako “came to recognize the lack of time to make sufficient preparations.”

 

Princess of Asturias Invested with the Order of the Golden Fleece

source: House of His Majesty The King, casareal.es

Today, on his 50th birthday, King Felipe VI of Spain has invested his eldest daughter, Leonor, Princess of Asturias with the Order of the Golden Fleece.  The Golden Fleece is the most senior order in Spain, and the highest award the King can bestow.  In October 2015, The King had issued a Royal Decree (link in Spanish), granting the order to Leonor, but it wasn’t until today that she was invested with the collar and insignia.

The ceremony took place at the Royal Palace of Madrid, and was attended by The Queen, Infanta Sofía, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía, The Duchess of Lugo, The Duke and Duchess of Soria, Queen Letizia’s parents, and members of the Government.

After the playing of the National Anthem by a String Quartet, the Royal Decree was read, and The King pinned the miniature of the order on Leonor’s coat.  In his speech, Felipe said “Today, the Princess of Asturias receives the Golden Fleece Collar, deeply rooted in the History of Spain and Europe. An Order that for centuries has been granted -among others and singularly- to the Prince or Princess of Asturias from a very young age, so that over time he knows, little by little, the traditions and duties of the Crown and understands the responsibilities that one day he will have to assume.” (source: CasaReal.es)

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The Order of the Golden Fleece dates back to 1430, when it was created by Felipe III, Duke of Burgundy at the time of his marriage to Isabella of Portugal, and is considered one of the most prestigious orders in Europe.  Following the War of Spanish Succession (1701-1714), the order split into two branches – the Spanish branch and the Austrian branch.

 

Breaking News: Princess Eugenie of York Engaged!

Engagement Photo of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank; Photo Credit – https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily

Buckingham Palace announced on January 22, 2018: “The Duke and Duchess of York are delighted to announce the engagement of Princess Eugenie to Mr. Jack Brooksbank. Her Royal Highness and Mr. Brooksbank became engaged in Nicaragua earlier this month. The wedding will take place in the Autumn of 2018 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, with further details to be announced in due course.”

Princess Eugenie of York is the younger of the two daughters of Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York and a granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II. The princess had been in a long-term relationship with Jack Brooksbank. He is the former manager of the nightclub Mahiki, in Mayfair, London, frequented by the younger royals and is currently the brand ambassador of Casamigos Tequila, which was co-founded by George Clooney, Rande Gerber, and Mike Meldman.

Unofficial Royalty: Princess Eugenie of York

Breaking News – Another baby for Zara and Mike Tindall

source: The Telegraph, credit: Andrew Matthews

It’s been announced that Zara and Mike Tindall are expecting their second child.  Zara is the daughter of Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, and the second eldest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II.

The couple have a daughter Mia Grace, born in January 2014.  Zara also suffered a miscarriage in December 2016.

Telegraph: Queen ‘very pleased’ as Zara and Mike Tindall announce they are expecting another baby

Breaking News: King Michael, last King of Romania has died

Photo Credit – Wikipedia

Former King Michael (Mihai) died at his residence in Switzerland on December 5, 2017 at the age of 96.  On March 2, 2016, it was announced that King Michael had been diagnosed with chronic leukemia and metastatic epidermoid carcinoma and that he was withdrawing from public life.  King Michael’s body will lie in state at Peleș Castle and then at the Royal Palace of Bucharest. The funeral service will be held at Bucharest’s Romanian Orthodox Patriarchal Cathedral and the King will be buried at the Cathedral of Curtea de Argeș.

Born in 1921, he was the only child of King Carol II of Romania and his second wife, Princess Helen of Greece and Denmark. When he was just four years old, his father renounced his own right to the throne, and Michael became the heir apparent to his grandfather, King Ferdinand. Upon the King Ferdinand’s death in 1927, Michael became King of Romania.

In December 1947, King Michael was summoned to Bucharest, the capital of Romania, to find his palace surrounded by troops loyal to the Communist regime. He was forced to sign a document of abdication and then forced to leave the country. 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.

In 1948, Michael married Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma and the couple had five daughters.  In 1997, the Romanian government restored Michael’s citizenship and in the following years, several properties were returned to the royal family. Michael and Anne then were able to live in Romania. Michael’s wife Anne died on August 1, 2016 in a hospital in Morges, Switzerland, at the age of 92.  King Michael is survived by his five daughters.

Breaking News: Emperor Akihito’s Abdication Date Set

Photo Credit – Wikipedia

On December 1, 2017, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that Emperor Akihito will abdicate on April 30, 2019.  In 2016, Emperor Akihito, who will turn 84 years old in three weeks, had expressed a desire to abdicate, citing his age.  His elder son Crown Prince Naruhito will become Emperor. The last abdication occurred 200 years ago when Emperor Kōkaku abdicated in 1817.  Emperor Akihito succeeded to the Chrysanthemum Throne on January 7, 1989, upon the death of his father Emperor Hirohito, now known by his posthumous name Emperor Shōwa.

Christening of Prince Gabriel of Sweden

Prince Gabriel, the younger son of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia, will be christened tomorrow – December 1, 2017 – in the chapel at Drottningholm Palace.

Today, the Swedish Royal Court released the names of his godparents:

  • Princess Madeleine of Sweden – Carl Philip’s sister
  • Miss Sara Hellqvist – Sofia’s sister
  • Mr Oscar Kylberg – Carl Philip’s business partner
  • Miss Carolina Pihl – Sofia’s former business partner
  • Mr Thomas de Toledo Sommerlath – Carl Philip’s maternal first cousin

The christening will be held at 12 noon local time (that’s 6am Eastern Time) and will be live-streamed at the following link.  Note that coverage begins at 11:30:

https://www.svtplay.se/video/15911734/prins-gabriels-dop/prins-gabriels-dop-1-dec-11-30