Trooping the Colour | The Royal Family

The Trooping of the Colour has marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign for over 260 years.

Source: Trooping the Colour | The Royal Family

An “official” Happy Birthday to Her Majesty, The Queen!

Today The Queen and other members of The Royal Family attended Trooping the Colour – The Queen’s birthday parade.

Before The Trooping took place, The Queen led a minute’s silence for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

After the British Army had finished the military ceremony, The Queen joined members of The Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the Royal Air Force Red Arrow display.

God save The Queen! Long live The Queen! May she enjoy health and long life, to reign in peace and guard her people.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall meet those injured in the London Bridge attack. | The Royal Family

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have visited those injured in the London Bridge terrorists incident, and met the medical staff and emergency services who responded during the attack.

Source: The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall meet those injured in the London Bridge attack. | The Royal Family

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.

St. Patrick’s Day – Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the Irish Guards

This morning The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Irish Guards barracks in London to present them with Shamrock as part of St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

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.