The desktop calendar for November 2020 of the royal family of Bhutan shows a lovely picture of Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck and his little brother Gyalsey Ugyen Wangchuck. The two sons of the King and Queen of the country were photographed at the Dechencholing Palace in commemoration of the 12th coronation day of their father on 1 November. Other pictures were shared on Facebook.
In cooperation with the organisation VOW For Girls of Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau Crown Princess Miriam of Bulgaria – designing as Miriam de Ungria – has designed “I Don’t” rings. 100 % of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to VOW to help child marriage to end.
King Harald V of Norway has been reported fit for work and will start working again. He had heart surgery on 9 October. Crown Prince Haakon has acted as crown prince regent.
King Vajiralongkorn of Thailand surprisingly answered a short question to Jonathan Miller, correspondent of the British tv-channel “Channel 4” after having presided over a ceremony to change the costume of the Emerald Buddha statue on Sunday evening. When asked what he would say to the anti-government protesters, the King first said: “No comment”. But then changed his mind and said: “We love them all the same. We love them all the same. Thailand is the land of compromise”. Also Queen Suthida is being heard saying something. The King and Queen mixed with thousands of supporters in the street after the ceremony in the Grand Palace.
Hon Nanaia Mahuta has become the first female Minister of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand. She is a daughter of Sir Robert Mahuta, niece of the first Māori Queen Te Arikinui Te Atairangikaahu and a great-granddaughter of the revered Princess Te Puea Hērangi. She is a tribal member of Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Manu.
On 4 December the Fryske Akademy, the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen and the Willem Lodewijk Year 2020 organise a one-day symposium in memory of Stadtholder Willem-Lodewijk. The symposium takes place in the Orange Hall of the Town Hall of Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, and will be held in Dutch. Who wants to participate, either in person or through livestream, can sign up here. Who can’t wait: the Nassau-Lecture by Professor Dr. Hanno Brand of the Foundation Nassau and Friesland will be held online on 11 November 2020 at 5.30pm. You can either watch on Facebook or via Streampool.
The Spanish Prosecutor General has opened a second investigation against King Juan Carlos. He was already investigated for his role in the contract to build a high speed connection in Saudi Arabia in 2008, for which he allegedly received a payment of 100 million dollar. The new investigation researches the use of credit cards by King Juan Carlos and several family members, supposedly Queen Sofia and some grandchildren, between 2016 and 2018.
The Prince of Wales in an interview with the magazine Vogue has spoken about his lifelong commitment to sustainable fashion.
The crown which was at the top of the Royal Dais of Queen Malagasy, Ranavalona III, today returned to Madagascar. Since 1910 the crown was presered at the Musée des Armées françaises at Les Invalides in Paris, in France. The French colonists had taken this symbol of power to France in 1897. The president of Madagascar on 3 November announced the restitution by France of the crown afer several months of negotiations between President Andry Rajoelina and President Emmanuel Macron. France had initially offered to loan the piece on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the independency of the country. The crown presently is at the Antananarivo Palace in Manjakamiadana, which will be reopened on 6 November after a fire ravaged the palace on 6 November 1995.
Prince Lethukuthula Zulu, the eldest son of King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu and Queen Sibongile MaDlamini died in the early morning of Friday at his Northwold, Johannesburg apartment, at the age of 50. According to the newspaper “Daily Sun” he died under mysterious circumstances. His body wass found by security staff in the afternoon after neighbours had discovered a locked door and a broken window. They had heard noise in the apartment in the early morning already.
Crown Prince Fumihito of Japan has officially been proclaimed the first in line of succession to the Chrysanthemum throne. The ceremonies had been planned to take place on 19 April and postponed due to Covid-19. It was the last ceremony in a series of events held following the abdication of Emperor Akihito on 30 April 2019. Several events had to be cancelled. During the about 15-minute “Rikkoshi no rei” ceremony at the Matsu no Ma stateroom of the imperial palace in Tokyo in the morning Emperor Naruhito proclaimed his brother the Crown Prince of Japan. As an answer Crown Prince Fumihito said to continue to fulfill his duties. He also inherited a sword that is passed down by crown princes. On behalf of the guests Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide held a speech to congratulate the Crown Prince. The ceremony was attended by just over 50 guests, among them adult members of the imperial family and the heads of the three branches of government. Participants wore face masks and kept distance from each other. In the afternoon the Crown Princely couple had an audience, “choken no gi”, with the Emperor and Empress.
Despite of Covid-19 the British royals participated in the service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London, on Remembrance Sunday. Present were Queen Elizabeth II, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Princess Royal, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, as well as the Duke of Kent.
Nicholas de Roumanie Medforth-Mills and his wife Alina-Maria became the parents of a daughter. Maria Alexandra was born on 7 November 2020 at 8.05pm at the Polizu Hospital in Bucharest. They are both doing well.
Thieves have raided the Paris home of a 47-year-old Saudi princess on avenue Georges-V, in the 8th arrondissement. Upon returning to her apartment on 5 November – she hadn’t been around since August – it turned out bags, watches, jewelry and furs worth about 600.000 Euro were missing. The princess was in a shock and hospitalised.
On Armistice Day the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall attended a service at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of the burial of the unknown warrior. The Earl and Countess of Wessex travelled to the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire, to remember the day.
The new issue of the British magazine Country Life carries a birthday message from Prince Charles.
Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy, Prince of Venice, opened a new Prince of Venice restaurant in Westwood, Los Angeles.
If anyone missed the Dutch lecture about Stadtholder Willem Lodewijk at the Historisch Centrum Leeuwarden tonight, see here.
There is an interview with the Prince and Princess von Isenburg in the Austrian magazine Schlossseiten.