Monday, 16 October 2017

Cambridge 3rd Child & Prince Harry's Birthday Reply (2017)

Two Replies came today, both of them from the UK.

The Cambridges

I had written to the Cambridge last month to congratulate them on the wonderful news that they are expecting their 3rd child! The reply is their usual postcard size photo with typed message on the back.

The photo is from a year ago on the Cambridge's Tour of Canada. It is the same photo as they used in their 2016 Christmas reply, except the Christmas reply did not have a white border.

The message is the same as their reply for the announcement of their 2nd pregnancy, except for the obvious change of 2nd child to 3rd.

I can't wait for the new little Cambridge Addition!!!

Prince Harry

My 2nd reply is also from the UK. I had written to Prince Harry last month for his 33rd Birthday. I got a letter instead of the usual photo reply, which happened last year as well.

It's always nice to get a thoughtful letter, mentioning specific things I wrote about, but I would have loved to get the photo card of Prince Harry. 

We have started making our 2018 "Writing to the Royals for Christmas" guide. I should be up November 1st, so look out for that. Let us know if there is anything special you want to see. 

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Friday, 13 October 2017

King Bhumibol Adulyadej Cremation Ceremonies

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King Bhumibol of Thailand passed away last year on October 13th, 2016, at age 88 after a long illness. King Bhumibol was the longest-reigning living monarch at the time.

There will be 5 days of Offical Cremation Ceremonies for King Bhumibol of Thailand, October 25th-29th. The main Cremation Ceremony will take place on October 26th, and will be attended by royals from around the world. 

Royals confirmed to attend: (Just 26th, unless otherwise noted)
  • Queen Mathilde of Belgium 
  • Kinh Jigme & Queen Jetsun of Bhutan (25th-27th)
    • Attended the Lying in State last year
  • Queen Máxima of Netherlands
  • Crown Prince Haakon of Norway 
  • Prince Akishino & Princess Kiko of Japan (26th-27th)
(No word yet from UK, Denmark, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Spain, Sweden, etc.)

October 25th
  • Final night vigil service at the Royal Urn and Coffin in the Dusit Maha Phasat Throne Hall of the Grand Palace, where the King's body has been Lying-in-State in the Coffin for the past year. 
    • (5:30 PM)
October 26th
  • The Royal Urn is moved from Dusit Maha Prasad Throne Hall to the Royal Crematorium.
    • (7 AM)
  • Funeral procession from the Dusit Maha Phasat Throne Hall to the Royal Crematorium at the Sanam Luang Royal Plaza
    • Procession 1 (30 mins)
    • Procession 2 (2 hours)
    • Procession 3 (30 mins)
  • Symbolic royal cremation performed by his son, King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun
    • (5:30 PM)
  • Festivals to mark the ending of an official mourning period begin (outdoor Khon performances, puppet show and musical concert)
    • (6  PM)
  • Royal cremation proper
    • (10:00 PM)
October 27th
  • Festivals to mark the ending of an official mourning period end
    • (6 AM)
  • Removal of the Royal Ashes and Relics from the crematorium. 
    • Royal Relics are transferred to Dusit Maha Prasad Throne Hall in the Grand Palace.  Royal Ashes are transferred to Phra Sri Rattana Chedi in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
    • (8 AM) 
October 28th
  • Royal merit-making ceremony for the Royal Relics
    • (5:30 PM)
October 29th
  • Offering food to monks
    • (10 AM)
  • The Royal Relics are transferred from Dusit Maha Prasad Throne Hall to be enshrined in the Heavenly Abode in Chakri Maha Prasad Throne Hall.
    • (10 AM)
  • The Royal Ashes are transferred to be enshrined at two temples, Wat Rajabopidh and Wat Bovoranives.
    • (5:30 PM)

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Prince Harry's Tour of Denmark (2017)

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Prince Harry will make a two-day visit to Copenhagen, Denmark on 25th-26th October. This visit is at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Wednesday 25th
  • Visit Amalienborg Palace and meet with Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
  • Visit KPH Projects, a community for innovative start-ups and small growing businesses, which all have a shared focus to improve society by working with social, cultural or environmental objectives. 
  • Visit the headquarters of GAME, an NGO with a mission to create lasting social change through youth-led street sports and culture. 
  • Attend a reception hosted by the UK Ambassador to Denmark at the famous Tivoli Gardens. 
Thursday 26th
  • Visit the 'One of Us' program at a Danish bakery, where he will meet with volunteers and service users from the program designed to improve attitudes towards mental health. 
  • Visit a project works to rehabilitate wounded soldiers of the Danish Armed Forces.
    • With Prince Joachim & Denmark Invictus Game participates involved in the project
  • Attend conference on 'Making a Difference' at Ørestad Gymnasium (High school), which is part of a global network of changemaker schools, with partners in the UK. 

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Queen Paola 80th Birthday & Liechtenstein 50th Wedding Anniversary Reply

I have 3 replies to share with you today! Two from Belgium and one from Liechtenstein.

Queen Paola of Belgium 

The first 2 replies are from Queen Paola of Belgium, the mother of King Philippe. I wrote to her at the end of August for her 80th birthday on September 11th.

This reply came today, a month after her birthday. It is a flat card. On one side is a copy of a handwritten note. On the other side is a picture.

The message is in French, one of the Belgium's official languages. Roughly translated the note says:
"Belvedére (Castle)

I want to thank you personally for the well-wishes you have sent on the occasion of my 80th birthday and tell you they have touched me very deeply. 

Sept. 2017"

It's common for Queen Paola write a hand-written message, that is then copied and printed on reply cards. This allows her to send a very lovely, personal response without having to hand-write every single reply.

On the front of the card is a picture from Queen Paola's 80th Birthday Celebrations in June. The Royal family and guests gathered for a special 80th Birthday musical performance in support of three of Paola's Charities: the Queen Paola Foundation, the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, and Missing Children Europe.

The photo is a nice size. It about as big as two of the typical photo replies from the Cambridges.

 I have numbered the Royals in order of the Family tree.
  • Queen Paola (1) & King Albert (2)
    • King Philippe (3) & Queen Mathilde (4)
      • Princess Elisabeth (5)
      • Prince Gabriel (6)
      • Prince Emmanuel (7)
      • Princess Eléonore (8)
    • Princess Astrid (9) & Prince Lorenz (10)
      • Prince Amedeo (11) & Archduchess Elizabetta (12)
        • Archduchess Anna (13)
      • Princess Maria Laura (did not attend)
      • Prince Joachim (14)
      • Princess Luisa Maria (15)
      • Princess Laetitia Maria (16)
    • Prince Laurent (arrived late, not pictured) & Princess Claire (17)
      • Princess Louise (18)
      • Prince Nicolas & Prince Aymeric (19, one of them is behind Queen Paola)

In my letter for Queen Paola's birthday, I also sent my condolences for the death of her brother, Don Antonello Ruffo di Calabria, who passed away on August 24th.

I received a 2nd reply, thanking me for sending my condolences. This reply arrived about a week and a half before the birthday reply.

The reply came in a very lovely envelope, which has a purple lining on the inside. Not all of Queen Paola's replies come in such a lovely envelope. For example: the 80th Birthday reply came in a more basic envelope: same front, but nothing on the back, no lining on the inside and not as nice paper.

Inside was a note from Queen Paola, thanking me for sending my condolences for the death of her brother.

The message is in again French. The note translates to:

" Belvédère (Castle)
September 2017

Her Majesty Queen Paola was very touched by the expressions of sympathy you have shown following the death of her brother, Don Antonello Ruffo di Calabria, and expresses her sincere thanks."

Prince Hans-Adams & Princess Marie 

The 3rd reply is from Liechtenstein. I have written to Prince Hans-Adams II & Princess Marie in July for their 50th Wedding Anniversary! Prince Hans-Adams is the monarch of Liechtenstein. But he retired in 2004 and made his son, Prince Alois, regent.

This reply came just over 2 months after I wrote. That's a pretty normal response time for royal mail in general. But it's the longest wait time I've ever had for a reply from Liechtenstein.

The card is the typical reply from Liechtenstein: their standard thank you, with added message for the specific event,  and handed signed by both Royals (Marie Liechtenstein & Hans Adams Liechtenstein). As always the reply is on very lovely paper, beautiful edges, and gorgeous embossed coat of arms.

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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Prince William's Official Patronages - Education

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In an effort to kept things organized this section features only Prince William's Education patronages.  You can find links to all of his patronages here.

The Foundation of the College of St. George
Vice President (June 2008)

The Foundation of the College of St. George helps to raise funds to maintenance and development of the College of St George. It includes the preservation and maintenance of St George's Chapel, at Windsor castle where the Order of the Garter is held every year. Prince William has been a member of the Order of the Garter since 2008.

A number of Royals hold positions for this Foundation: The Queen is Patron; Prince Charles is President; Anne is also Vice President. All of them are apart of the Order of the Garter as well.

Henry Van Straubenzee Memorial Fund
Joint Patron ( January 2009)

The Charity, Henry Van Straubenzee Memorial Fund, was founded in memory of the Princes close friend Henry Van Straubenzee. Who died in a car accident in 2002 at the age of 18. The Henry Van Straubenzee Memorial Fund works to improve and build schools in Uganda.

William is joint patron with Prince Harry.

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Prince William's Official Patronages - Youth

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Patron (September 2005)

Centrepoint was Prince William's very first Patronage. This Charity was especially meaningful to William as it had been one of, his Mother, Diana's patronages from 1992 up until her death. Diana had brought William and Harry along on private visits to the charity.

Centrepoint is a London based charity that works with homeless people (aged 16–25), to provide housing, support services. Such as Healthcare (physical and mental), education, mentoring, training, employment and teaching life skills.

The Charity also works to influence government policy and create more local and national support for the homeless community.

Skill Force
Patron (February 2009)

Works in schools, drawing on the skills of ex-Forces personnel, to teach life skill courses for disadvantaged young people.

Child Bereavement UK
Patron (March 2009)

Child Bereavement UK is a charity that raises awareness and support families through the bereavement process when a child dies or loses a loved one.

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Prince William's Official Patronages - Business

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100 Women in Finance (London Branch)'s Philanthropic Initiatives 
Joint Patron (January 2010 - Present)

100 Women in Finance is a professional association for women in finance and alternative investment industries, with locations around the world. The association focuses on professional development, networking, education, and charity work. Each year the London Branch picks one of the royal's charities to support throughout the year. Their main fundraising event is the annual London Gala, which is attended by at least 1 of the patrons.

In 2010, William became Patron of the London Branch's charity initiatives for an initial 3 years. In 2013, the Patronage was renewed for another 3 years with Catherine and Harry joining William as joint patrons. In 2016, the Joint Patronage was renewed again for an unspecified number of years.

Charities Supported:
(Previously called 100 Women in Hedge Fund.)

Royal African Society
Patron (December 2016)

The Royal African Society is an organization that works promote Africa in business, politics, culture and academia. They also work to foster better understanding and strong relationships between Britain, Africa and the world.

The Queen was Patron (1968?-2016).

2018 International Business Festival
Patron (September 2017)

The 3rd International Business Festival will be held June 12th-28rd. It is one of the world’s largest business events. The International Business Festival is held every two years in Liverpool, UK.

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Prince William's Official Patronages - Arts

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British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)
President (February 2010 - Present)

BAFTA is a UK Charity that supports, develops and promotes the "art form of the moving image," this includes films, tv, and video games. BAFTA works both in the UK and internationally to provide mentoring, scholarship, workshops, master classes programs, etc.

BAFTA also holds a number annual awards to celebrate excellence.

Prince Phillip was President (1959-1965) and Princess Anne (1973-2000).

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Prince William's Official Patronages - Health Care

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Royal Marsden Hospital
President (May 2007)

The Royal Marsden Hospital is a specialist cancer treatment hospital in London. The hospital focuses on cancer diagnosis, treatment, research, and education.

William's mother, Princess Diana, was previously President of The Royal Marsden Hospital. The Queen has been Patron since 1951.

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Prince William's Official Patronages - Sports

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Football Association
President (May 2006)

William's role as President is to support the FA (the governing body of English football), the sport, and the organization's initiatives and programs.

Previous Presidents: Prince Philip (1955–1957), Duke of Gloucester (1957–1963), Duke of Kent (1971–2000), Prince Andrew (2000-2006)

Welsh Rugby Union
Vice Royal Patron (February 2007 - December 2016)
Royal Patron (December 2016)

The Welsh Rugby Union is head of all levels of Rugby in Wales, from community clubs to the national team. In 2007 William took on the role as Vice Royal Patron to support the Queen's work with the Welsh Rugby Union and the 2007 Six Nations Championship.

The Queen was Royal Patron (?-2016)

English Schools’ Swimming Association (ESSA)
Patron (May 2007)

William competed in ESSA water polo competitions while in school at Eton. When studying at St. Andrews University, William played water polo with Scottish Universities. ESSA plans swimming, diving, water polo and synchronized swimming competitions, as well as set the competition rules.

The charity also promotes teaching swimming in schools.

Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust
Patron (June 2012)

Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust is the official charity of the Welsh Rugby Union. The trust supports injured players at any level throughout Wales & prevents future injuries through research and education.

British Sub-Aqua Club
President (May 2014)

Prince William became President of the British Sub-Aqua Club in 2014 after his father Prince Charles step down. Prince Phillip, William's Grandfather, previously held the position as well.  The British Sub-Aqua Club promotes the continued development, safety and enjoyment of scuba diving for all ages.

Amateur Swimming Association
Patron (December 2016)

The Amateur Swimming Association is the English national governing body for swimming, diving, water polo, open water and synchronized swimming.

The Queen was Patron (1953-2016).

Royal Household Football Sports and Social Club
President (?)

A sport and social club for Royal Household Staff. Queen is Patron.

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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Prince William's Official Patronages - Conservation

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Tusk Trust
Patron (December 2005)

Tusk Trust is an African conservation charity based in the UK. The Charity has projects in over 18 African countries. The projects focus on conservation, community development, and environmental education.

Fields in Trust
Patron of Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge (2010-2012)
President (June 2013)

Fields in Trust seeks to protect and improve playing fields and other recreational spaces in the UK.

William took over the role as President of Fields in Trust in 2013, from his Grandfather, Prince Phillip. William was previously patron of one of the organization's programs, "The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge," from 2010-2012.

The Queen is Patron of Fields in Trust.

United for Wildlife
President (September 2013)

United for Wildlife is a collaboration between the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry & 7 influential international conservation organizations (Conservation InternationalFauna & Flora InternationalInternational Union for Conservation of NatureThe Nature ConservancyWildlife Conservation SocietyWWF-UK; and Zoological Society of London.)

United for Wildlife is committed to reducing the demand for illegal wildlife products. The organization works with law enforcement and the private sector to reduce trafficking. Also well as engaging with young people on the topic of conservation. United for Wildlife also strives for better on-site protection for wildlife.

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Prince William's Official Patronages - Armed Forces, Police, etc.

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Patron (May 2007)

Mountain Rescue provides a land-based search and rescue service in emergency services, inducing incidents in mountain and remote places, but also major incidents such as air crashes, train crashes and floods. Mountain Rescue teams are on call 24 hours a day, every single day of the year, regardless of weather conditions.

Patron (2008)

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight operates flypasts (Lancaster, Hurricanes, and Spitfires) to serve as a tribute to the soldiers who gave their lives in WWII and subsequent conflicts.

National Memorial Arboretum Future Foundations Appeal

Patron (April 2009)

To raise funds to build a new facility for visitors at National Memorial Arboretum centre for Remembrance in Staffordshire.

Imperial War Museum Foundation 

Patron (December 2010)

The Imperial War Museum Foundation is a charity that raises funds for new exhibits at the Imperial War Museum in London. The charity was initially set up to fund a new WWI gallery to mark the 100th anniversary of the war. It was opened in 2014. The foundation is currently working to fund a new WWII & Holocaust gallery set to open in 2020.

Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre
Patron (2015?)

The Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) is a rehab centre for wounded soldiers at Stanford Hall in Nottinghamshire. The Centre is set to open in 2018.

Thin Red Line Appeal
Patron (October 2016)

The Thin Line Appeal is a redevelopment appeal for the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum. The Museum is raising £4 million as part of the appeal.

Metropolitan and City Police Orphans Fund 
Patron (January 2017)

The Metropolitan and City Police Orphans Fund is a charity set up by the London Metropolitan and City Police Officers to support their children, should the officers die, retire on pension or become incapacitated. The fund supports the children of both serving and former officers, assuming the officers contributed to the Fund while they were serving.

The Fund is one of the oldest Police charities. It was set up in 1870, during a time when welfare was almost non-existent. The fund was created to support the widow and children of officers who had died in the line of duty. The fund was also used to create the Metropolitan and City Police Orphanage, which closed in 1937.

Queen Victoria was patron (1872-1901). King Edward VII was patron (1901-1910). King George V was patron (1910-?).

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Monday, 2 October 2017

Nobel Prize Laureates (2017)

Physiology or Medicine
Awarded to Jeffrey C. Hall (1/3), Michael Rosbash (1/3), and Michael W. Young (1/3), all from the USA, for "their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm."
The Prize is awarded by the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institute.

Awarded to Rainer Weiss of Germany (works in USA) (1/2), Barry C. Barish of USA (1/4), and Kip S. Thorne of USA (1/4), for "decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves."
The Prize is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Awarded to Jacques Dubochet of Switzerland (1/3),  Joachim Frank of Germany (working in USA) (1/3), and Richard Henderson of UK (1/3) for "developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution."
 The Prize is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.


Awarded to Kazuo Ishiguro of Japan (lives in UK), "who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world."
The Prize is awarded by the Swedish Institute.

Awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons made up of people and organizations from 100+ countries for "its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons."
The Prize is awarded by the Norwegian Nobel Committee.


Awarded to Richard H. Thaler of USA, for "his contributions to behavioural economics"
The Prize is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

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Nobel Prize Schedule (2017)

(All times are local Stockholm/Oslo GMT+1)
    October 2nd - 9th 
    December 8th Friday
    • Sweden 
      • Nobel Peace Prize Concert by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
    December 10th Sunday
      • Norway 
        • Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony/ Nobel Peace Prize Lecture (1:00- 2:40 PM)
          • Link to Live Stream
        • Nobel Peace Prize Banquet (7:30 PM)
          • No Live Stream
      • Sweden 
        • Nobel Prize Ceremony (4:30 - 6:00 PM)
          • Link to Live Stream
        • Nobel Prize Banquet (7:00 PM)
          • Link to Live Stream
      December 11th Monday
      • Norway 
        • Nobel Peace Prize Concert
      • Sweden 
        • King's Banquet for the Nobel Laureates at Palace
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      Sunday, 1 October 2017

      Nobel Prize - Main Page

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      The Annual Nobel Prize Ceremonies, Banquets, & Concerts, in December, are the highlight of the Sweden & Norway Royal Calendar each year.

      The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in Oslo, Norway each year by the Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee in the presence of King Harald V of Norway, and Royal Family.

      While the other Nobel Prizes are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden by King Carl XVI Gustaf, in the presence of the Royal Family.


      Friday, 15 September 2017

      Writing a Letter of Condolence

      A letter of condolence is a very sad thing to write. You write to the family, to send them your sympathies after the loss of a loved one.

      I won't repeat the basics of writing to a Royal, as it is pretty much the same for all letters. You can find a lot of helpful info on that here. I will just go into the specifics of Letters of Condolences.

      Who to write to?

      Most of the time this is obvious. Usually, you send a letter of condolence to the closest living family member.

      But sometimes it this can be difficult, you're not sure who the closest family member is, or aren't that familiar with the close family, they aren't a part of the immediate royal family, etc.

      To figure out who to write to, ask yourself the following questions:
      • How is the media describing the person who has passed away? (Usually, the media, will say which royal they are related to. The headlines will say something like [Royal Name]'s Uncle/Brother/Cousin, [Person], passed away.
      • Who released a statement about the person's passing?
      • Who was mentioned in the obituary?
      • Who attended the funeral?
      • Who do you have an address for?
      • Who is a working Royal?
      • Who responds to letters?
      • etc.
      Who you send your letters to, and where you send it, may affect if you get a reply and what you will get.

      I usually send my letter of condolence to one person, and write at in beginning "I'm sending my condolences to you and your family".

      If you are really stumped on who to send your letter of condolence to, you can always address your letter to "The Family of [person who passed away]."

      When to write?

      Don't feel like you need to write the minute you hear the news. Give yourself a few days to reflect, see what information is being released by the Palace, family, media, what people are saying, etc.

      I think anytime within 2 weeks after the passing or shortly after the funeral is acceptable.

      What to say?

      Letters of condolences are best-kept brief, anywhere from a few lines to a page.

      Things you might include in your letter:
      • Your condolences to the person you are writing to (and their family, friends, etc). 
      • How you felt when you hear the news
      • Your feeling towards that person who has passed away
        • Were they your favorite? Why?
        • What did you admire about them?
      • Share a favorite memory
        • How will you remember the person who has passed?
        • What were their best strengths or characteristics?
      • Let the family know they will be in your thoughts/prayers 
      Handwrite vs. Typed?

      There is this archaic rule that letters of condolences must be handwritten. This stemming from a time when people learned beautiful penmanship and typewriters were a new invention. If you have nice handwriting, I would strongly encourage you to handwrite your note. It makes it more beautiful and personal.

      But if you don't have nice handwriting and a typed letter is actually going to look nicer and be easier to read, then feel free to type it.

      I've sent both handwritten and typed letters of condolence in the past.

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      Tuesday, 12 September 2017

      Sweden State Opening of Parliament Speech - English Translation (2017)

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      Speech given by King Carl Gustaf, 12th September 2017

      Mr Speaker,
      Honorary members of the Swedish Parliament.

      "Public power must be exercised with respect for the equal value of all people and for the freedom and dignity of the individual." [Quoting Sweden's Consitution, 2010 revision]

      So it is in the form of government; the basis describing how Sweden should be governed.

      Our country has over ten million inhabitants; with varying backgrounds and experiences, and different dreams of the future. About one fifths are children and adolescents under 18 years of age. Almost as many have been born in another country and immigrated here, as children or as adults.

      All of these individuals together form Sweden. It is them who you represent in the Riksdag's chamber [Parliment]. You are the foremost representatives of the people

      It is a big task with a lot of responsibity. It requires courage and integrity. And it requires a good will to find constructive ways forward.

      Mr Speaker, honorable Members of Parliament. Every era has its critical issues.

      A hundred years ago, 1917, Europe was at war. Our country escaped the war, yet suffered a severe shortage of food and supplies. The following year, Spanish Flu [1918 influenza pandemic] came to Sweden. Thousands of Swedes, mostly young adults, were killed. Fifty years ago, at the end of the 1960s, the cold war was in full swing.

      Today, we face new challenges - new threats to peace, security, welfare, health and the environment.

      For example, a lot of us are concerned about the recent escalation of geopolitical tensions. Sweden's seat in the UN Security Council is an important opportunity for our country to contribute to peaceful solutions to world conflicts.

      The challenges of our time are significant. There is no doubt about this. But it may be worth recalling that history gives reason for some optimism:

      Peace has been exchanged.

      Epidemics have been cured.

      Prosperity has grown.

      Human rights have been strengthened.

      And as developments go forward, we are also approaching solutions to several of our crucial issues. Not least in the area of the environment. The question is no longer whether we can achieve a more sustainable development. But how we should go forward. How quickly, with the technology and at what cost. Against this background, there is every reason to view the future with confidence!

      I began by quoting from our consitution. A keyword in that quote is "respect". It is also a good starting point for public discussion. Treating each other with respect, even when we think differently.

      With these words I wish you all - elected representative of the Swedish people - power, courage and wisdom. This is because you will bring our nation forward to a development that is beneficial to everyone in Sweden.

      Yes, to help everyone realize their various dreams.

      I declare the 2017/2018 session of Parliament open.

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      Wednesday, 6 September 2017

      Prince William - Official Engagements (2018)

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      Prince William's current count is 0 engagements for 2018. 

      (Unconfirmed) - Not officially Confirmed/ Announced, yet, but expected
      (Possible) -  Not Confirmed or 100% Expected, but Possible due to past appearances or reports of their attendance.

      • Tour of Sweden & Norway


        Saturday 17th - (Unconfirmed)
        • Attend Irish Guard's St. Patricks Day Parade
        (Paternity Leave)

        16th - 20th (Unconfirmed)
        • Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
        (Paternity Leave)

        (Paternity Leave)

        Friday 8th  - (Unconfirmed)
        • Attend the Senior Colonels’ Conference and Dinner at Buckingham Palace.
        Saturday 9th
        • Attend Trooping the Colours - Queen's Official Birthday 
          • 1st. Battalion Coldstream Guards will be trooping
        Monday 18th - (Unconfirmed)
        • Attend Order of Garter Service 
        12th - 28th - (Days he will attend not confirmed) 
        • Attend 2018 International Business Festival 
          19th-23rd - (Possible)
          • Attend Royal Ascot 
          (Wednesday 21st: 36th Birthday)
          (Paternity Leave)

          2nd -15th - (Unconfirmed)
          • Attend the Championships, Wimbledon at All England Club
          ?? - (Unconfirmed)
          • Attend Order of Thistle Service


          • Tusk Trust Conservation Award (Unconfirmed) 

          Saturday  10th - (Unconfirmed) 
          • Festival of Remembrance 
          Sunday  11th - (Unconfirmed) 
          • Remembrance Sunday at Cenotaph in Whitehall, London.
          Dates Not Yet Announced 
          • Royal Variety Performance  (Possible) 
          • Attend Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace (Unconfirmed) 
          • Annual Christmas Carol Service for Henry Van Straubenzee Memorial Fund (Unconfirmed)