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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, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27403270

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, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10951400

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

Patricia Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma has died

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Patricia Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma died on June 13, 2017 at the age of 93 at her home in Mersham, Kent, England.  The following was released by her family:

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of the Countess Mountbatten of Burma.
Patricia Mountbatten died peacefully on Tuesday 13 June at her home in Mersham, Kent, surrounded by her children. Her husband, the celebrated film producer Lord Brabourne, died in 2005. The arrangements for a funeral in London followed by a burial service in Mersham will be announced in due course.
– KNATCHBULL AND MOUNTBATTEN FAMILIES

Patricia Edwina Victoria (Mountbatten) Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma, Dowager Lady Brabourne was a British peer in her own right and the elder of the two daughters of Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma and his wife, the heiress Edwina Ashley. In 1946, Patricia married John Knatchbull, 7th Baron Brabourne and the couple had eight children. Upon the assassination of her father in 1979 (scroll down), Patricia succeeded to his titles as her father’s peerages had been created by the Crown with special remainder to his daughters and their heirs male.

The Countess was a first cousin of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as her father and the Duke’s mother were siblings.  She was also a great-great-grandchild of Queen Victoria via her daughter Princess Alice. The Countess’ eldest son Norton Louis Philip Knatchbull, 8th Baron Brabourne will succeed her as 3rd Earl Mountbatten of Burma.

Daily Mail: Prince Philip’s cousin Countess Mountbatten, who survived the IRA bomb that killed her father and her son, dies at the age of 93

The Duke of Edinburgh to retire from public engagements

Photo Credit – Wikipedia, Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons 07778373486

Sudden news of a Royal Household staff meeting scheduled for the morning of May 4, 2017 caused a night of speculation regarding the health of Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.  In addition to staff in London, staff from Windsor Castle, Sandringham, and Balmoral were called to an emergency meeting at Buckingham Palace in London.   In the morning, Buckingham Palace released the following announcement:

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has decided that he will no longer carry out public engagements from the autumn of this year. In taking this decision, The Duke has the full support of The Queen.

Prince Philip will attend previously scheduled engagements between now and August, both individually and accompanying The Queen. Thereafter, The Duke will not be accepting new invitations for visits and engagements, although he may still choose to attend certain public events from time to time.

The Duke of Edinburgh is Patron, President or a member of over 780 organisations, with which he will continue to be associated, although he will no longer play an active role by attending engagements.

Her Majesty will continue to carry out a full programme of official engagements with the support of members of the Royal Family.

Prince Philip will celebrate his 96th birthday next month and has been supporting his wife in her duties since their wedding 70 years ago. He is the longest-serving consort of a reigning British monarch and the oldest-ever male member of the British royal family.  Like his wife, Prince Philip is a great-great-grandchild of Queen Victoria, but through her daughter Princess Alice who married Ludwig IV, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine.  Prince Philip carried out 110 days of engagements in 2016, making him the fifth busiest member of the royal family.  He had carried out an engagement on May 3, 2017 at Lord’s Cricket Ground to open a new stand where he joked that he is the “world’s most experienced plaque unveiler”.

In 1956, Prince Philip founded The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award which recognizes young people for completing a series of self-improvement exercises modeled on Kurt Hahn’s solution to the “Six Declines of Modern Youth.”  The program now exists in 144 countries.  In recent years, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex have taken on most of the duties related to the program.

Prince Philip will accompany Queen Elizabeth II today, May 4, 2017, to a service for members of the Order of Merit at the Chapel Royal, St. James’s Palace. Afterward, they will host a luncheon for those attending the service.

The remaining engagements for Prince Philip on Buckingham Palace’s Future Engagements:

  • 9 May 2017: Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will visit Pangbourne College, Pangbourne, Reading, Berkshire, to celebrate its Centenary.
  • 14 May 2017: The Duke of Edinburgh will present the prizes for the DAKS Challenge Trophy, at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
  • 15 May 2017: The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron, Chartered Management Institute, will attend the President’s Dinner at Banqueting House, Whitehall
  • 16 May 2017: Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will give a Garden Party.
  • 17 May 2017: The Duke of Edinburgh, Honorary Cormorant, will attend the Cormorant Club’s 70th-anniversary Reception, at the Royal United Services Institute, Whitehall, London, SW1.
  • 18 May 2017: The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron, the Pakistan Society, will attend a Dinner marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of Pakistan, at Mansion House, London, EC4.
  • 19 May 2017: The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, will hold a Dinner at Frogmore House, Home Park Windsor.
  • 21 May 2017: The Duke of Edinburgh, Colonel, Grenadier Guards, will attend the Regimental Remembrance Service at the Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, London, SW1.
  • 22 May 2017: The Duke of Edinburgh, Colonel, Grenadier Guards, will attend the First Guards Club Dinner, at the Cavalry and Guards Club, London, SW1.
  • 22 May 2017: Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will visit the Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
  • 22 May 2017: The Duke of Edinburgh, Colonel, Grenadier Guards, will hold a Regimental Council Meeting at Buckingham Palace.
  • 24 May 2017: The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, will hold Receptions for young people who have achieved the Gold Standard in the Award, at Buckingham Palace.
  • 30 May 2017: The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron, the Air League, will hold a Reception at St. James’s Palace.
  • 31 May 2017: The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron, London Youth, will hold an afternoon Reception at Buckingham Palace.
  • 1 June 2017: Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will give a Garden Party.
  • 7 June 2017: The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, will hold a Reception at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace.
  • 8 June 2017: The Duke of Edinburgh, Honorary Member, Smeatonian Society of Civil Engineers, will attend a Dinner at 1 Great George Street, London, SW1.
  • 13 June 2017: Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will attend Evensong at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace to celebrate the Centenary of the Companions of Honour.
  • 14 June 2017: The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron, Plan International UK, will hold a Reception to mark its 80th anniversary, at Buckingham Palace.
  • 16 June 2017: The Duke of Edinburgh, Colonel, Grenadier Guards, will hold the Senior Colonel’s Conference at Buckingham Palace.
  • 19 June 2017: Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will attend a Service for the Order of the Garter at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
  • 27 June 2017: The Duke of Edinburgh, Honorary Fellow, Zoological Society of London, will present The Prince Philip Award for Contributions to Zoology, at ZSL London Zoo, Regent’s Park, London NW1.
  • 30 June 2017: The Duke of Edinburgh, Member, The Coaching Club, will attend a dinner at the Visitor Centre Restaurant, Sandringham House.
  • 3 July 2017: The Duke of Edinburgh, Honorary Member, Incorporation of Hammermen of Glasgow, will attend a Reception to mark the 50th anniversary of the Prince Philip Prize, at Trades Hall, 85 Glassford St, Glasgow.
  • 4 July 2017: Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will give a Garden Party.
  • 12 July 2017 to 14 July 2017: Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will host The King and Queen of Spain during their State Visit to the United Kingdom when they will stay at Buckingham Palace.