Angelica’s Royal Ramblings

The Countess of Wessex attended the Women’s Network Forum’s webinar

On 16th June, The Countess of Wessex took part in a digital meeting with the Women’s Network Forum. Over recent weeks, The Network Forum has been meeting via video conference to continue addressing topics such as mentorship, agile working and gender parity, as well as any work-related issues and concerns that have been exacerbated by the Coronavirus lockdown.

The webinar was joined by over 1,000 people worldwide from member organisations of the Women’s Network Forum. The Countess is the founder and chair of the Women’s Network Forum (WNF), which provides an opportunity for senior leaders from a variety of UK companies to discuss the challenges and issues businesses face in attracting, developing, retaining and advancing women in the workplace.

The Countess of Wessex wore a new moon star print dress by Ghost London.

Queen Maxima visited Puttershoek for the agreement ‘More Music in the Classroom’

On 16th June 2020, Queen Maxima visited Puttershoek town within the scope of ‘’More Music in the Classroom’’ programme. The Queen attended the signing of the Music Agreement Hoeksche Waard, the local cooperation agreement for music education at primary school. The meeting took place at Alcazar Events in Puttershoek. The Queen is the honorary president of “More Music in the Classroom” (Meer Muziek in de Klas) programme.


Princess Martha Louise and her daughters visited Ari Behn exhibition

On 16th June 2020, Princess Martha Louise of Norway with her daughters – Maud Angelica, Leah Isadora and Emma Tallulah – attended the inauguration of the art exhibition of Ari Behn at the Galleri Varden on Jeloya island in Moss, featuring works by Ari Behn. Among the contributors to the exhibition is Maud Angelica.

The exhibition focuses mainly on Ari Behn’s own paintings, but also contains works that some of his friends are behind.

Ari Mikael Behn was a Norwegian author, playwright, and visual artist. On 24th May 2002, Behn got married to Princess Martha Louise. They divorced in 2017. They have three daughters. Ari Behn died at his home in Lommedalen on 25th December 2019. According to the statement made by his family, Behn had died by suicide.

Zara and Mike Tindall watched the Royal Ascot 2020 from their home

Royal Ascot 2020 was held from 16th to 20th June at Ascot Racecourse, with coverage of the virtual event being broadcast on ITV. Zara Tindall, an accomplished equestrian who has even competed in the Olympics, typically attends Royal Ascot at the Ascot Racecourse each year. This year, however, Zara and Mike watched the event from home because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But Mike and Zara didn’t let that stop them celebrating the annual sporting occasion. Mike shared a snap of himself and Zara posing outside in all their finery, writing in the accompanying caption: “When it’s day 1 of Royal Ascot and you have nothing else on!!! @itvracing #wishiwasthere.”

The Countess of Wessex visited the Childline Charity in London

On 17th June 2020, The Countess of Wessex, Patron of NSPCC and Childline Charity, visited the charity to thank staff and volunteers for their work supporting vulnerable children since the COVID-19 outbreak.

For many young people, the already challenging circumstances they were facing have been exacerbated during the UK lockdown.

The Countess also saw first-hand the work of the Volunteer Counsellors by joining a counselling shift.

Volunteers and staff, who are recognised as critical workers, have helped deliver over 2,000 counselling sessions a week since the outbreak to children concerned about their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Queen Margrethe attended the opening of Viking Kings Hall in Lejre

⁣On 17th June, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe inaugurated the 61-meter-long reconstructed Viking Hall, which is built with more than 1,000 tonnes of Danish oak, and which has been recreated on the basis of archaeological finds. Kongehallen is part of the Saga Land Lejre’s Viking project “The World of Saga Kings”. With the project, the experimental centre focuses on the fact that the area around Lejre over 1000 years ago was an important centre for the Danish Vikings. ⁣

⁣In connection with the inauguration, Her Majesty handed the Amalienborg medal to Sagnlandet Lejre. The prize appreciates the re-creation and dissemination of the Royal Hall, and with the prize comes 300,000 kroner for the continued dissemination of Denmark’s past from the hunter-stone age to the rural period.

Princess Margriet opened the food forest for monkeys in Apenheul

On 17th June, Dutch Princess Margriet opened a food forest for the monkeys in the Apenheul. The forest is part of a new area in the park where several monkey species roam.

The food forest consists of a more than 100 meter long insect wall, wild flowers and fruit trees with which the Apenheul also stimulates local biodiversity. Apenheul also actively participates in nature conservation worldwide through the Apenheul Nature Conservation Fund (ANF), which is committed to protecting the habitats of various monkey species.

Princess Margriet is the patroness of the Apenheul Apeldoorn Foundation. During the visit, the current general guidelines for meetings are observed.

The Duchess of Cambridge lead an online assembly for the Oak National Academy

The Duchess of Cambridge spoke about the importance of children’s mental wellbeing in a pre-recorded message played during the assembly hosted by the Oak National Academy. The theme of her assembly was “spread a little kindness”. The assembly went live on the Oak National Academy website at 11am on Thursday 18th June.

The Oak National Academy is an online learning tool, which has been created by 40 teachers across the country to provide 180 classes for children from reception age to year 10 across a range of subjects including maths, arts and languages. Every Thursday morning, the academy, in collaboration with TES, hosts assemblies for students across the UK, allowing them to experience the normal routine of a school environment.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a midi printed bargain blue floral dress by Marks & Spencer.

A new portrait and a video of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel have been released

On 18th June, the Royal Court of Sweden released a new official portrait of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel to celebrate their upcoming 10th wedding anniversary. The photo was taken by Elisabeth Toll/Kungl Hovstaterna in Gustav III’s pavilion at Haga.

Crown Princess Victoria wore a Wildflowers Gown by Swedish designer Frida Jonsvens.

A video by Sweden Television of Pre-Wedding Concert was also shared, which was held on 18 June 2010, the night before the Royal Wedding.


King Felipe and Queen Letizia attended the launch of the ‘Spain For Sure’ Campaign

On 18th June, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain attended the launch of the ‘Spain for Sure’ Campaign at the Prado Museum in Madrid. This campaign aims to attract tourism into Spain during the Summer and show a confident message regarding the situation in the country amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

The King and Queen Letizia chaired the presentation of the national tourism advertising campaign “Spain for Sure” (Spain Safe), with which the Government intends to attract foreign tourists and transmit a message of confidence once the worst of the Coronavirus pandemic is over. 

Queen Letizia wore a Massimo Dutti Draped Silk Dress.

Happy Wedding Anniversary Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden!!!

On 19th June 2020, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. In order to mark the anniversary, the Royal Palace released new portraits of the couple.

The wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Mr Daniel Westling took place in the Great Church (Stockholm Cathedral) in the Old Town of Stockholm on 19th June 2010.

It was the first wedding of a female successor to the throne in the list of Swedish monarchs. When he married Crown Princess Victoria, Mr Daniel Westling was granted the title Prince, Duke of Västergötland.

After the wedding, The Crown Princess Couple travelled in a horse-drawn cortège along the streets of Stockholm. The cortège route was 6.8 km long and the cortège itself was 400 metres long. The cortège ended with a trip on the Royal Barge Vasaorden.

The wedding banquet took place in the Hall of State at the Royal Palace of Stockholm, Sweden’s finest ceremonial hall. 558 guests had been invited to the banquet.

Crown Princess Victoria’s wedding dress was designed by Pär Engsheden. It is made of cream-coloured duchess silk satin, with short sleeves and a turned-out collar, which follows the rounded neckline.

The dress has a v-shaped back with covered buttons. The sash at the waist is buttoned up at the back. The Crown Princess’s shoes were made up in the same fabric as her dress.

The tiara is made of gold, pearls and cameos. The central cameo depicts Cupid and Psyche from Greek mythology. The cameo tiara was also worn by Queen Silvia at the royal wedding on 19th June 1976.

The first owner of the cameo tiara was Empress Joséphine, who likely received it as a gift from her husband Napoleon sometime around 1809. Cameos were much popular back then; the seven used in this tiara were made first and were not intended to go together which is why they are all different in size and colour.

Photo: Wikimedia


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