The Diana Award


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The Diana Award is a charity legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales’ belief that young people have the power to change the world.
With the enthusiastic support of HRH Prince William and HRH Prince Harry and their team at the Royal Charities Forum of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
The mission is to foster, develop and inspire positive change in the lives of young people

Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry presented the ‘Diana Award’


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Prince William and Prince Harry presented the first Legacy Awards at a ceremony for the Diana Award youth charity, the only non-profit organization established in the princess’ name, at St. James Palace . The new awards were given to 20 people who have honored her legacy “through her belief in the power of young people.”
The winners of the inaugural Legacy Award from the Diana Award charity were recognized for their contributions and acts of goodwill. The winners were described as exemplifying the Princess of Wales’ commitment to kindness, compassion and service. The 20 Diana Legacy Award winners were selected by an independent judging panel after nominations were submitted.
“We are so glad our mother’s name is being put to good use through The Diana Award,” William said. The Diana Award charity encourages young people to follow the example of Princess Diana, fostering, inspiring and developing positive change through social action.

History National Day Norway


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King Harald’s first appearance on the Palace balcony for the May 17th celebrations, 1938. (Photographer unknown, The Royal Court Photo Archive)

For more than 100 years, the Royal Family has greeted the Constitution Day children’s parade in Oslo from the balcony of the Royal Palace.

The very first celebration of May 17th is thought to have taken place in Trondheim in 1815, one year after the Constitution was drafted and adopted by the National Assembly at Eidsvoll. In 1836 the Storting celebrated May 17th for the first time and this is considered to be the date on which 17 May officially became Constitution Day in Norway.

King Carl Johan, who ruled over Norway and Sweden from 1818 to 1844, regarded the May 17th celebrations – and Norway’s independent Constitution – as revolutionary acts and a provocation against Sweden. In 1828 he prohibited the celebration of Constitution Day. However, following the death of King Carl Johan in 1844, there was a change of strategy. In 1845, his successor, King Oscar I attended the May 17th celebrations, and greeted the banner parade from the palatial estate, where the Royal Family stayed during visits to Christiania.

King Oscar I was also the first king to wave from the Palace balcony, albeit not on 17 May, but on 26 July 1849, when the Royal Palace in Christiania was finally completed.

Marking special days or festivals with celebrations involving parades with banners, music and singing was common in the past. A school headmaster, Peter Qvam, is thought to have come up with the idea of holding the first children’s parade in Norway in 1869. Qvam was a friend of the author Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson. Both argued keenly in favour of organising a children’s parade to celebrate Constitution Day.

The following year, in 1870, the first children’s parade marched to the Palace, stopping to sing the royal anthem beneath the Palace balcony.

Only boys, some 1,200 in all and most of them from Qvam’s school in Christiania, took part in the first children’s parade. It was not until 1889 that girls, pupils from Mrs Ragna Nielsen’s school, were allowed to join the parade. Møllergata school was the first school to have its own band in 1902. The current celebration of the graduates-to-be from upper secondary school dates back to 1905, when the graduating class took part in the May 17th parade for the first time.

It was King Haakon and Queen Maud who introduced the custom of greeting the children’s parade from the Palace balcony in 1906. The custom has been upheld ever since. The only exceptions were in 1910, when the Royal Family was in England for the funeral of Queen Maud’s father, King Edward VII, and during World War II from 1940 to1944.

By 17 May 1945 Crown Prince Olav had returned from London, where he had lived in exile during the war years. That year he was in position on the Palace balcony to greet the 202,000 schoolchildren, who were once again allowed to celebrate 17 May after five years of occupation.

Each year the Royal Family gathers to greet the children’s parade from the Palace balcony. Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra is the fifth generation to honour this tradition.

Norway’s Royal Family attended Norway’s national day 2017


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According to the City of Oslo, a record number of schools participate in the Oslo children’s parade in honour of Norwegian Constitution Day on May 17th this year, with children and youth from 121 schools marching through the city carrying banners and flags.

In keeping with tradition, schools celebrating major anniversaries head the parade. This year Kjelsås school, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, had the honour of marching at the front. The school was followed directly by Klemetsrud school (150 years) and Sørkedalen school (175 years).

It was King Haakon and Queen Maud who introduced the custom of greeting the children’s parade from the Palace Balcony in 1906. The custom has been upheld ever since. The only exceptions were in 1910, when the Royal Family was in England for the funeral of Queen Maud’s father, King Edward VII, and during World War II from 1940 to 1944.

King Willem-Alexander flights as co-pilot




Willem-Alexander co-piloted commercial KLM flights twice a month, saying it had been a ‘relaxing’ hobby
King Willem-Alexander said he has ended his role as a regular ‘guest pilot’ after 21 years on KLM’s fleet of Fokker 70 planes while he previously also flew jets for Dutch carrier Martinair. He will now retrain to fly Boeing 737s as the Fokkers are being phased out of service.
Willem-Alexander is a qualified pilot and it was previously known he had sometimes flown KLM passenger flights, but it was not clear how frequently it happened.
De Telegraaf reported that he does it twice a month and as a guest flier, the king is always the co-pilot.
“You have an aircraft, passengers and crew. You have responsibility for them,” the king told De Telegraaf. “You can’t take your problems from the ground into the skies. You can completely disengage and concentrate on something else. That, for me, is the most relaxing part of flying.

Infanta Sofia of Spain First Communion


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The Spanish royal family couldn’t have looked prouder as they joined Princess Sofia, 10, for her first Communion at the Asuncion de Nuestra Senora Church in Madrid.
Like her sister, Princess Leonor, Princess Sofia was taking part in the ceremony alongside her classmates in a parish church – a move that broke with royal tradition
The Communion was, nevertheless, a family affair with King Felipe, Letizia’s grandmother Menchu del Valle, Letizia’s mother, Paloma Rocasolano, Konstantin of Bulgaria, Princess Leonor, King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia and Letizia’s father, Jesus Jose Ortiz, all joining the young lady on her big day.

Silviahemmet, The Queen Silvia Foundation




Silviahemmet is a non profit foundation devoted to improving the quality of life for persons affected by dementia and their families. The foundation was inaugurated by H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden on Valentines Day in 1996. The Silviahemmet care philosophy aims at highest quality of life for the person affected by dementia and the family. The cornerstones in the philosophy, outgoing from palliative care philosophy are; personcentered care/symtomcontrol, familysupport, teamwork, communication and relation.

Silviahemmet also runs a daycare center at Drottningholm (Stockholm, Sweden), for elderly as well as young persons affected by dementia. The foundation continues to educate assistant nurses and nurses in cooperation with Sophiahemmet University.

Silviahemmet also provides non academic education programs, for example education for familycarers as well as other professionals in the health care and social care sector. The foundation certifies the education level for nursinghome units as well as hospital wards.

Silviahemmet has also co-founded the Swedish Dementia Center,, the national competence center for dementia.

Since 2006 the foundation provides educations to other countries by Swedish Care International (SCI). Education programs from Silviahemmet are available in Japan, Germany, China, the Netherlands and in Great Britain. Swedish Care International,, also arranges studyvisits at Silviahemmet Daycare Center at Drottningholm.

Princess Beatrix Patron Muscle fund Netherlands


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© RVD, foto: Jeroen van der Meyde

In 1956 a serious polio epidemic raged in the Netherlands. A vaccine was not yet available and 2,200 people, mostly children, were suffering from permanent muscle weakness and paralysis. There was an urgent need to raise funds for victims rehabilitation, mainly children, and for scientific research to fight the disease. In 1956, the Fund for Combating Pediatric Palsy was established.
Due to the availability of a vaccine, polio is currently under control. Now we are working hard to overcome other muscle diseases, such as Duchenne, ALS and SMA’s disease.
In 1956, Crown Princess Beatrix was installed as Patron of the Fund for Combating Paternal Palsy and changed the name to the Princess Beatrix Fund. In order to clarify what the fund stands for in 2012, the name is adapted to Princess Beatrix Spierfonds.

Ever since 1956, Princess Beatrix is the Patron of the muscle funds. A role she plays with attention and interest. And not only for the organization and patients invaluable, but certainly for the many volunteers.

Since her 18th birthday, Princess Beatrix has been closely involved in the work of the fund. In addition, the presence of the princess at meetings of the fund is always a highlight for many. Patients feel really backed by her presence and heart-warming attention.


Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland




Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Duke of Värmland (Carl Philip Edmund Bertil; born 13 May 1979) is the only son and the second of three children of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. As of 2016, Prince Carl Philip is fourth in the line of succession, after his older sister, Crown Princess Victoria, his niece and goddaughter Princess Estelle, and his nephew Prince Oscar. He lives with his wife, Princess Sofia and their son, Prince Alexander, in Drottningholm Palace.


Prince Carl Philip was born on 13 May 1979 at the Royal Palace of Stockholm, Sweden. He was baptised at the Royal Chapel on 31 August 1979. His mother is of half German and half Brazilian descent.
Carl Philip was heir apparent to the throne of Sweden for seven months, until 1 January 1980 when a law came into effect which made natural birth order the basis for succession to the throne, replacing the principle of agnatic primogeniture. He was thereby deprived of his position as first in line to the throne, which was then bestowed upon his elder sister Victoria, with Carl Philip becoming second in line instead.
During 1984–1986, Prince Carl Philip attended the Västerled parish preschool. In the autumn of 1986, he started school at Smedslättsskolan in Bromma which he attended at junior level. For the intermediate level, he attended Ålstensskolan in Bromma, proceeding from there, in the autumn of 1992, to senior level at Enskilda Gymnasiet in Stockholm. In the autumn of 1994, Carl Philip enrolled at Kent School. He then continued his studies in a science programme at Lundsbergs upper secondary school. He graduated in the spring of 1999. In 2007-2008, he studied graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design for one year. In 2011, Prince Carl Philip finished his studies in Agricultural and Rural Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Alnarp.


The prince completed his military service at the Amphibious Battalion at Vaxholm Coastal Artillery Regiment as a combat boat commander (Combat Boat 90) in the autumn of 2000. In December 2002, the Prince was promoted to fänrik (midshipman), and in 2004 to the rank of löjtnant (sub-lieutenant) in the Swedish Navy. In 2007 and 2008 he went to the Swedish National Defense College. The course was divided in three weeks autumn 2007 and three weeks spring 2008. After that course he was appointed kapten in the Swedish Navy (lieutenant). On 1 October 2014, Prince Carl Philip achieved the rank of major.
With a great interest for design and drawing, the prince began studying graphic design in Stockholm in 2003, studies which he continues still. In December 2003, for Queen Silvia’s 60th birthday, he designed the cover for a CD of the music of Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker, which was released to honour the Queen’s landmark birthday (the proceeds from it goes to the World Childhood Foundation, an organisation founded by Queen Silvia). In 2004, the Prince created a calendar, together with an advertising agency, that was sold to benefit the same organisation.


Prince Carl Philip has been a scout and is fond of outdoor life. He is keen on sport and athletics, especially football, swimming, sailing and skiing. In 2003, he completed the historic Swedish “Vasaloppet”, the longest cross country ski race in the world. Carl Philip also enjoys car racing, a passion he inherited from his great-uncle and godfather, Prince Bertil, and has a licence to compete. Prince Carl Philip has taken part in the racing series Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia in a Porsche 911 GT3. Since 2013 he has raced in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship. In 2015 at Falkenberg he got his first win.

In April 2010, Carl Philip was linked in the press with former semi-nude glamour model Sofia Hellqvist. In August 2010, Royal Court spokesperson, Nina Eldh, confirmed the relationship between Carl Philip and Hellqvist in a statement released by the palace. On 27 June 2014, it was announced that Carl Philip was engaged to Sofia Hellqvist. They married on 13 June 2015 in the Stockholm’s Royal Palace chapel, where thousands of people lined the street for the occasion. In an interview he criticized the press for suggesting that Sofia Hellqvist was not welcome in the royal family. He told the press that the opposite was true and that his family easily accepted her into the family. He compared the “bullying” of her past to that of himself being bullied for having dyslexia. On 15 October 2015 it was announced that the couple is expecting their first child, due in April 2016.
On 19 April 2016, Princess Sofia gave birth to a son, Prince Alexander, Duke of Södermanland. On 23 March 2017 it was announced that the couple are expecting their second child in September 2017