Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Cambridge visit the scene of the Grenfell Tower


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The Queen and The Duke of Cambridge have visited Westway Sports Centre in London following the fire at Grenfell Tower. The centre in West London has been a focal point for efforts to support those affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower.

The Queen and The Duke met members of the emergency services, as well as local residents and community representatives.

Before departing The Queen signed the book of condolence for the victims of the fire.


Swedish Royal Family attended the Polar Music Prize at Konserthuset


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The Polar Music Prize gala award ceremony take place at Konserthuset Stockholm where the 2017 Laureates Sting and Wayne Shorter were presented with The Polar Music Prize by His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
The citation for Wayne Shorter was been read by the Grammy award winner and jazz musician Esperanza Spalding and the citation for Sting was been presented by worldwide acclaimed guitarist and singer José Feliciano, who also performed live at the ceremony.
Both the gala award ceremony and the banquet featured exclusive live performances by great Swedish and international artists and musicians. The performers honoured the Laureates with their own interpretations drawn from the wide-ranging repertoires of Sting and Wayne Shorter.
The impressive line-up included Gregory Porter, Ane Brun, Jennie Abrahamson, The Tallest Man On Earth, Linnea Olsson, Josefin Runsteen, and saxophone players Lennart Åberg, Fredrik Ljungkvist and Marius Neset. José Feliciano also performed live as well as reading one of the citations.
The performances were accompanied by The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra led by maestro Hans Ek and a band led by Robert Elovsson.
The host was Swedish mezzo soprano and music journalist Boel Adler.
A glittering banquet at the Grand Hôtel followed the ceremony, where the music tributes to Sting and Wayne Shorter continued. Performing at the banquet were Eva Dahlgren, Petra Marklund, Esperanza Spalding, Nils Landgren and Gregory Porter.

Prince Bernhard Culture Fund



Prinses Beatrix bij uitreiking Zilveren Anjers

The Prince Bernhard Cultural Fund supports culture, nature and science in the Netherlands.
With financial contributions, assignments, prizes and scholarships we encourage special initiatives and talent. Every year more than 3,000 projects are supported, all with private money. As inspirator of contemporary patronage, they provide independent and expert advice on philanthropy to individuals, companies and foundations.

The Culture Fund has its headquarters in Amsterdam. From this, projects with a national appearance are supported. In addition, there are twelve provincial departments that support projects of regional or local significance.

The Prince Bernhard Cultural Fund was founded in London on 10 August 1940 as the “Spitfire Fund”. This fund raised money to buy war material for the battle against the German occupier. Prince Bernhard became patron of the fund. After the war, it got another goal: ‘Promoting mental resilience through cultural self-employment’. In the eighties there was conservation of nature and since 2015, we also promote culture, nature and science as well as the patronage aimed at these and related areas.


Princess Amalia of Nassau




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Princess Amalia of Nassau (Amalia Gabriela Maria Teresa; born 15 June 2014) is a Luxembourgish princess and the eldest child of Prince Félix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg. She’s the first and only granddaughter and third grandchild of Grand Duke Henri. She is currently third in the line of succession, behind her paternal uncle Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and her father. She has a brother, Prince Liam of Nassau.

Princess Amalia was born on 15 June 2014 at the Grand Duchess Charlotte Maternity Hospital, which is part of the Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg. The royal palace announced also her names in the birth announcement.
She was baptised on 12 July 2014 in a chapel in the town of Saint-Ferréol-de Longues. Her paternal aunt Princess Alexandra and her maternal uncle Felix Lademacher were named as her godparents.

Amalia is styled as “Her Royal Highness Princess Amalia of Nassau, Princess of Bourbon-Parma”.

Patricia Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma


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Patricia Edwina Victoria Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma, CBE, MSC, CD (14 February 1924 – 13 June 2017) was a British peeress and the third cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. She was the elder daughter of Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma and his wife, the heiress Edwina Ashley, a patrilineal descendant of the Earls of Shaftesbury, first ennobled in 1661. She was the elder sister of Lady Pamela Hicks, and first cousin to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and the last surviving baptismal sponsor to Prince Charles, Prince of Wales.
Mountbatten succeeded her father when he was assassinated in 1979, as his peerages had been created by the Crown with special remainder to his daughters and their heirs male. This inheritance accorded her the title of countess and a seat in the House of Lords, where she remained until 1999, when the House of Lords Act 1999 removed most hereditary peers from the House.

On 26 October 1946 she married John Knatchbull, 7th Baron Brabourne (9 November 1924 – 23 September 2005), at the time an aide to her father in the Far East. The wedding took place at Romsey Abbey in the presence of members of the Royal Family. Her bridesmaids were Princess Elizabeth, Princess Margaret, Lady Pamela Mountbatten, the bride’s younger sister, and Princess Alexandra, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Kent.
Later they became one of the few married couples each of whom held a peerage in their own right, and whose descendants are slated to inherit titles through both. They had eight children and eighteen grandchildren:
Norton Louis Philip Knatchbull, 3rd Earl Mountbatten of Burma (born 8 October 1947), married Penelope Eastwood (born 16 April 1953) and have three children.
The Hon. Michael-John Ulick Knatchbull (born 24 May 1950), married Melissa Clare Owen (born 12 November 1960) on 1 June 1985 and they divorced in 1997. He remarried Susan Penelope Jane Coates (born 23 October 1959) on 6 March 1999 and had one daughter and divorced on 13 February 2006
Kelly Louise Doreen Knatchbull (30 March 1988) goddaughter of Anne, Princess Royal
Savannah Knatchbull (20 July 2001)
The Hon. Anthony Knatchbull (born and died 6 April 1952)
Lady Joanna Edwina Doreen Knatchbull (born 5 March 1955), married Baron Hubert Pernot du Breuil (2 February 1956 – 6 September 2004) on 3 November 1984 and had one daughter; divorced in 1995; married Azriel Zuckerman (born 18 January 1943) on 19 November 1995 and had one son.
Baroness Eleuthera Roselyne Patricia Pernot du Breuil (13 May 1986)
Alexander Azriel John David Zuckerman (5 October 2002)
Lady Amanda Patricia Victoria Knatchbull (born 26 June 1957), married Charles Vincent Ellingworth (born 7 February 1957) on 31 October 1987 and has three sons.
The Hon. Philip Wyndham Ashley Knatchbull (born 2 December 1961), married Atalanta Cowan, daughter of John Cowan, (b20 June 1962) on 16 March 1991 and had two daughters; married Wendy Amanda Leach (born 20 July 1966) on 29 June 2002 and had two sons.
Daisy Isadora Louise Knatchbull (5 October 1992)
Phoebe Knatchbull (19 April 1995)
Frederick Michael Hubert Knatchbull (6 June 2003)
John Robin Rocky Knatchbull (17 July 2004)
The Hon. Nicholas Timothy Charles Knatchbull (18 November 1964 – 27 August 1979), killed by an IRA bomb.
The Hon. Timothy Nicholas Sean Knatchbull (born 18 November 1964), married Isabella Julia Norman (9 January 1971), a great-great-granddaughter of the 4th Earl of Bradford, on 11 July 1998 and had two sons and three daughters.
Amber Diana Patricia Knatchbull (3 January 2000)
Milo Columbus John Knatchbull (26 February 2001)
Ludovic David Nicholas Knatchbull (15 September 2003)
Isla Selina Edwina Knatchbull (23 November 2005)
Wilhelmina “Willa” Victoria Agatha Knatchbull (19 November 2008)

Mountbatten was educated in Malta, England, and New York City. In 1943, at age 19, she entered the Women’s Royal Naval Service as a Signal Rating and served in Combined Operations bases in Britain until being commissioned as a third officer in 1945 and serving in the Supreme Allied Headquarters, South East Asia. This is where she met Lord Brabourne, who was an aide to her father. In 1973 was appointed Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Kent; she is also a serving magistrate and is involved with numerous service organisations including SOS Children’s Villages UK, of which she is Patron; the Order of St John, of which she is a Dame; and the Countess Mountbatten’s Own Legion of Frontiersmen of the Commonwealth, of which she is Patron.
On 15 June 1974, she succeeded her distant cousin Lady Patricia Ramsay, formerly HRH Princess Patricia of Connaught, as Colonel-in-Chief of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, for whom the regiment was named when Princess Patricia’s father, the Duke of Connaught, was Governor General of Canada during the First World War. Despite her succeeding to an earldom in her own right as Countess Mountbatten of Burma on the death of her father in 1979, she preferred that the officers and men of her regiment address her as Lady Patricia. She was succeeded by The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson on 17 March 2007. On 28 August 2007, the Governor General of Canada presented her with the Canadian Meritorious Service Cross for her services as Colonel-in-Chief of Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry.
Brabourne was in the boat which was blown up by the IRA off the shores of Sligo in August 1979, killing her fourteen-year-old son Nicholas; her father; her mother-in-law, the Dowager Baroness Brabourne; and fifteen-year-old Paul Maxwell, a boat-boy from County Fermanagh. She, her husband, and their son Timothy were injured but survived the attack. Following this loss the Countess became Patron and later, President of The Compassionate Friends, a self-help charitable organisation of bereaved parents in the UK.
In June 2012, at the time of Queen Elizabeth II’s first visit to the Republic of Ireland, Mountbatten said the Queen had her full support for meeting Martin McGuinness, who had been a high-ranking member of the commander. “I think it’s wonderful … I’m hugely grateful that we have come to a point where we can behave responsibly and positively”, she said. In September 2012, she unveiled a memorial to the work of the Combined Operations Pilotage Parties at Hayling Island in Hampshire

Countess Mountbatten of Burma has died


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Countess Mountbatten of Burma has passed away at the age of 93. The British peeress, who survived an IRA bomb that killed her father and her son, died peacefully at her home in Mersham, Kent on 13 June, surrounded by her children, the family confirmed in a statement. Countess Patricia was a first cousin to the Queen’s husband, Prince Philip, and godmother to Prince Charles. The Prince of Wales paid tribute in a heartfelt statement that read: “I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of my very special godmother, Lady Mountbatten, whom I have known and loved ever since I can first remember. She played an extremely important part in my life and I shall miss her presence most dreadfully.” A Buckingham Palace spokesperson added that the Queen and Prince Philip have “privately passed on their condolences”.

Queen Máxima reveals new rose at the 50th anniversary of Rosarium Winschoten




Queen Máxima revealed a new rose during a national symposium of the Dutch Rosary Society and the Oldambt municipality in the Rosarium in Winschoten. The rose was developed in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Rosarium and the Year of the Rose declared by the municipality of Oldambt.

During the symposium, the bottom, rootstocks, export of rootstocks from the area and the development of the new rose are central. The Rosarium is a tasting garden for roses and works in approving and developing good roses. In total there are about twenty thousand roses in the Rosarium in Winschoten of 320 different varieties. Nearly 80 percent of the world’s production of roses is grown in the Winschoten region and exported all over the world.

Princess Margriet visited SOS Children’s Villages in Lebanon




Princess Margriet of the Netherlands sent a work visit to SOS Children’s Villages in Lebanon on 11 and 12 June 2017. During the work visit, she visited projects for child refugees in the run-up to World Refugees Day, June 20, 2017.

Together with Jan Smit, Ambassador of SOS Children’s Villages since 1999, she visited the Interim Care Center in Khonshara. On this day care, SOS Children’s Villages helps children and families with shelter, food distribution, water, emergency packages, blankets and hygiene kits. The Princess and Jan Smit were given a tour and talked to staff. In the evening they ate with the children in the Care Center.

In the Beqaa valley, the Princess visited the so-called informal settlements. The Princess met families who are beneficiaries of the SOS Family Enhancement Program. This is aimed at supporting Syrian (60%) and Lebanese (40%) families in the care of their children to prevent their children from neglecting or abandoning their children due to their difficult living conditions. In the afternoon, Princess Margriet lunched in the SOS children’s village. She also spoke with various employees about the work of SOS Children’s Villages in the region.

SOS Children’s Villages operates in 134 countries and ensures that children can grow up in a loving family. Characteristic is the attention to the whole environment in which a child grows. The aim is to make families stronger and self-sufficient, involving the local community. Princess Margriet supports the work of SOS Children’s Villages since 1984 as guardian of the organization. In 2014, Princess Margriet and Jan Smit traveled together for SOS children’s villages to Ghana.

Prince Harry patron of Wellchild




Prince Harry is Patron of Wellchild. His invaluable support makes a huge impact in raising the awareness of the work improving quality of life for seriously ill children and their families.

Prince Harry continually plays an active interest in the work of WellChild and has met with many of the children and young people, nurses, researchers and volunteers who have been involved with the charity. Prince Harry has attended the WellChild Awards where he has spent time with each of the Award winners listening to their stories and giving them some fantastic memories. He has visited the home of a long term sick child who received care from a WellChild Nurse to see the impact her work had made and has publically spoken of his support in the mission to ensuring that all children and young people have the best quality care. Wellchild feels very privileged to have such a dedicated Patron and are excited about working together with him on future projects.

King Felipe Honorary President of the COTEC Foundation




The Cotec Foundation for Innovation is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to promote innovation as an engine of economic and social development.
Cotec has about 70 employers, including private companies and regional and local administrations. HM King Felipe VI is the President of Honor.
Since 2001 there has also been Cotec Italia , and since 2003, Cotec Portugal, which give Cotec’s international boost to innovation an international character.

More about COTEC Foundation here