Here are Prince Philip’s final few engagements that he will undertake in the coming months – Royal Central

Buckingham Palace announced on Thursday that the Duke of Edinburgh would retire from royal duties in the Autumn at the age of 96. The Prince is not believed to be retiring for health reasons.

Source: Here are Prince Philip’s final few engagements that he will undertake in the coming months – Royal Central

Regardless of his reasons, the man is more than entitled – at age 96! – to retire from public life. He has served the United Kingdom and its Commonwealth as Prince Consort wisely and well for many years, and has been what Her Majesty, the Queen, described as “my strength and my stay” during that time. Health and long(er) life to His Royal Highness, and God save The Queen!

The Prince of Wales visits Romania | The Royal Family

The Prince of Wales has spent three days in Romania where he visited a number of sites and charities and met many different Romanians from all walks of life.

Source: The Prince of Wales visits Romania | The Royal Family

The Royal Visit started at the NATO Headquarters in Bucharest where The Prince was able to meet British Military officers. His Royal Highness also took the opportunity to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Romanian National War memorial.

At the Cotroceni Palace, the official residence of Romanian President, The Prince of Wales met the Romanian President Klaus Iohannis. During the meeting President Iohannis presented The Prince with the The Order of the Star of Romania, Romania’s highest civilian order.

The following day The Prince of Wales visited the Village Museum in Bucharest where he was welcomed by people dressed in traditional Romanian folk costumes. In celebration of Romania’s cultural Heritage His Royal Highness took part in the dance known as the ‘Hora’. The Prince was also able to see many examples of traditional Romanian crafts such as wooden tile making and egg decorating.

His Royal Highness also visited the Patriarchal Cathedral in Bucharest, where he met Patriarch Daniel, the head of the Romanian Orthodox Church, and later met with Their Royal Highnesses Crown Princess Margareta and Prince Radu.

His visit included a number of visits to local charities, including one of which he is Patron – the FARA Foundation, a charity that “transforms the lives of vulnerable and traumatised children and young people” – and highlighted work that is being done to combat human trafficking and modern day slavery.

The article notes that HRH visited The Old Princely Court in Bucharest: built in the 15th century by “Vlad The Impaler,” an ancestor of The Prince! Vlad has a bit of a bad rap in the U.S., mainly due to his heavily fictionalized connection with Bram Stoker’s character, “Dracula.”

More on that in a separate post

For now, suffice it to say that Vlad’s ire was directed primarily toward the Ottoman Turks who were attempting to invade and subjugate the area – which gives the story an eerily contemporary relevance, given the actions and attitudes of present-day Turkey, under its President Erdogan!


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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Paris

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are visiting Paris for two days of official engagements. [Yesterday] their Royal Highnesses visited the Élysée Palace for the start of the tour where they were welcomed to Paris by French President François Hollande.

Prince Harry carries out a reading at the Iraq & Afghanistan Memorial

HRH Prince Harry reads at the Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial service [9 March 2017] which has been held in London’s Horse Guards Parade.

It was attended by many members of the Royal Family yesterday and is a dedication to military and civilian personnel who served over the past 25 years.

His Royal Highness read from the book of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 at the service which was followed by an unveiling of the memorial in Victoria Embankment Gardens by The Queen and a reception for around 2,000 military and civilian personnel, their families and the charities which support the.

Prince Harry has undertaken two tours of Afghanistan in 2007 and 2012.

Among the many skills and abilities His Royal Highness possesses is being an excellent reader! Not a surprise, of course, but gratifying (as someone who very much enjoys reading Scripture lessons as part of my ecclesiastical duties) to see and hear, nonetheless.

Royal Family honour UK Armed Forces as Queen unveils Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial – Royal Central

The Queen unveiled a memorial in London [on Thursday, 9 March 2017], recognising the Armed Forces contribution in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

Source: Royal Family honour UK Armed Forces as Queen unveils Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial – Royal Central

The stone sculpture, in Victoria Embankment Gardens, features a large, two-sided bronze medallion depicting the memorial’s theme of “duty and service”. Its creator, sculptor Paul Day, said it gave “equal prominence to the civilian and military contributions.” Alongside Forces personnel, the memorial honours those involved in humanitarian efforts in the region and those families and individuals supporting troops back at home.

The 25-year conflict in the Gulf and the Middle East saw over 680 service personnel killed and many more wounded between 1990 and 2015. British troops left Iraq in 2009 and final operations ceased in Afghanistan, five years later, in 2015.

Many of the royals have served in the Armed Forces, have a link to them through patronages or hold honorary ranks. Prince Harry — whose 10-year career with the Army saw him serve twice in Afghanistan — made a reading at the service, from the book of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. The Prince left the Army in 2015 and has since been an advocate for service personnel and veterans’ welfare.

“Duty and service are important concepts in any civilised society, and we in this country have always valued them highly; the men and women who contributed so much to the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan were the very embodiment of those enduring principles. This memorial is for them.” — Lord Stirrup, Marshal of the Air Force and Chairman of Trustees of the Iraq and Afghanistan memorial

Her Majesty The Queen – Sapphire Jubilee

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Today marks The Queen’s #SapphireJubilee

It has been 65 years since Her Majesty acceded to the throne.

On 6 February 1952, King George VI sadly died following a prolonged illness. Princess Elizabeth immediately acceded to the throne, becoming Queen Elizabeth II and taking on all of the responsibilities which came with her new title.

In the photograph, The Queen is wearing a suite of sapphire jewellery given to her by King George VI as a wedding gift in 1947.

Find out more about The Queen’s accession and coronation on our website: http://bit.ly/24irGhZ

God save the Queen! Long live the Queen! Wishing you many more years, Ma’am. Deepest respect!

A Prayer for The Queen’s Majesty.

O LORD our heavenly Father, high and mighty, King of kings, Lord of lords, the only Ruler of princes, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers upon earth: Most heartily we beseech thee with thy favour to behold our most gracious Sovereign Lady, Queen ELIZABETH; and so replenish her with the grace of thy Holy Spirit, that she may alway incline to thy will, and walk in thy way: Endue her plenteously with heavenly gifts; grant her in health and prosperity long to live; strengthen her that she may vanquish and overcome all her enemies; and finally, after this life, she may attain everlasting joy and felicity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for The Queen.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, we are taught by thy holy Word, that the hearts of kings are in thy rule and governance, and that thou dost dispose and turn them as it seemeth best to thy godly wisdom: we humbly beseech thee so to dispose and govern the heart of Elizabeth thy Servant, our Queen and Governor, that, in all her thoughts, words, and works, she may ever seek thy honour and glory, and study to preserve thy people committed to her charge, in wealth, peace, and godliness: grant this, O merciful Father, for thy dear Son’s sake, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Book of Common Prayer 1662 (UK)