MapAction has released a video of Prince Harry, its Patron, visiting a volunteer humanitarian mapping team at a major disaster simulation exercise in Norway. In September Prince Harry surprised aid workers from around the world who were taking part in the international field exercise. There he was able to see first-hand how MapAction gathers crucial data at the scene of emergencies and translates it into maps, providing a common operational picture from which to plan and prioritise the response. This service underpins the delivery of emergency response by helping get the right aid to the right areas and people quickly, saving lives. Map Action has a team of over 70 trained volunteers who follow a well-practised deployment model, allowing them to respond within 24-48 hours of a rapid onset emergency. Its first emergency deployment was to Sri Lanka in response to the Indian Ocean (Boxing Day) Tsunami of 2004. Since then the charity has undertaken 64 emergency missions, including responses to earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons and conflict-related crises. In the past five years, volunteers have responded to humanitarian crises including Hurricane Matthew in Haiti (2016), conflict in Nigeria (2016), the Nepal earthquakes (2015), the Mediterranean refugee crisis (2015, ongoing), and the West African Ebola outbreak (2014). Earlier this year Prince Harry attended a briefing by MapAction to learn more about the charity’s response to the recent Nepal earthquakes. MapAction has been granted a BBC Radio 4 Appeal on Christmas Day, which is being presented by the broadcaster and comedian, Alexander Armstrong. Anyone wishing to support MapAction’s vital work can do so by visiting http://www.mapaction.org/donate. The appeal will also be on the BBC Radio 4 website from 25 December.
Prince Harry and The Countess of Wessex attended ICAP’s 24th annual Charity Day in support of charities they are affiliated with. The annual fundraising event sees ICAP donate all revenues and commissions on one day a year to a select group of charities around the world to provide them with a sizeable contribution to fund much-needed projects and initiatives. Among the charity beneficiaries, ICAP will make a donation to Sentebale, a charity of which Prince Harry is Patron. The funds raised from ICAP’s Charity Day will go towards continuing Sentebale’s efforts to deliver psychosocial support to children and adolescents living with HIV in Southern Africa. The Countess of Wessex attended the event in support of Shooting Star Chase Children’s hospice charity. Donations received from the day will be used to fund the refurbishment of St Christopher’s Hospice in Surrey. Since its inception in 1993, ICAP’s Charity Day has raised nearly £127 million for charities around the world, with over 60 ICAP offices worldwide taking part on an annual basis. Their Royal Highnesses were given a tour of the ICAP offices and met ICAP brokers dealing across a range of asset classes. Under the guidance of the brokers, Prince Harry and The Countess spoke to a number of ICAP clients to ‘close’ deals over the telephone.
British royals wear wrong Christmas jerseys at Madame Tussauds
It will take a while to the real Christmas, but the staff could not wait any longer Madame Tussauds in London. They gave the wax figures of the British Royal family ‘already a makeover, whole Christmas. On multiple snapshots explains an employee of the finishing touches on the look-a-likes of the royal family. And even more realistic the image, the museum has also thought about the companion dogs of the royals. The pictures show four Corgis, faithful lie beside the feet of the statues. Prince Harry has a relationship with Suits babe Meghan Markle. She is missing from the list.
Prince Harry is flying big detour in order to see Meghan – Prince Harry (32) made a detour to see his girlfriend Meghan Markle. Harry, who last week was in the Caribbean, would immediately fly back to London. According to a friend, however, he had no patience and he has at the last moment made a stopover in Toronto. This writes The Sun. The 35-year-old brunette is in the Canadian city for filming of the hit series Suits, in which she plays the lawyer Rachel Zane. According to the friend, Harry could no longer without Meghan and he wanted to see her per se. He flew no less than 2700 km to. ,,This is shows how crazy those two facing each other”, says the friend.It is now no secret that the two are a couple, but the British royals and American actress have not been spotted together. According to the insider, it is questionable how long Harry acquaintance still going to delay the public. ,,We have never seen so lucky him. He really bowled over by her.”
Queen’s cousin and best friend Margaret Rhodes dies aged 91
The best friend and cousin of the Queen, Margaret Rhodes has died aged 91, Buckingham Palace confirmed today. Mrs Rhodes passed away on Friday night following a short illness. It is believed that the Queen had visited her regularly over the past few weeks. Buckingham Palace has said it will not be issuing a statement because it is a private matter, although the Queen has sent her condolences to the family. An insider told the Sunday Express: “The Queen will be devastated to have lost her best friend. She grew up with Mrs Rhodes and they had so much shared history. They remained close throughout the Queen’s reign and Her Majesty continued to be a regular visitor at Mrs Rhodes’s Windsor home until very recently. “One of the disadvantages of the Queen having such a long life is that she has had to say goodbye to so many dear friends and relatives. “It is such a sad loss for Her Majesty, Mrs Rhodes’s family and everyone in the royal household. She was an extraordinary woman.” Born Margaret Elphinstone, Mrs Rhodes was the youngest daughter of Sidney Elphinstone, the 16th Lord Elphinstone and his wife Lady Mary Bowes-Lyon – sister to the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. The Queen and Mrs Rhodes have been close friends since childhood and were only 10 months apart in age. They spent regular holidays together growing up and during the Second World War Mrs Rhodes lived alongside the Royal Family at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, when she studied at secretarial school and then worked as a secretary for MI6. In 1947 Mrs Rhodes was one of eight bridesmaids at the future Queen’s wedding to Lt Philip Mountbatten, now the Duke of Edinburgh. She married the writer Denys Gravenor Rhodes in 1950, with Princess Margaret as one of the bridesmaids. The couple brought up two sons and two daughters in Devon. When Mr Rhodes was diagnosed with cancer, the Queen offered the couple the Garden House in Windsor Great Park so they could be closer to London for treatment. Mr Rhodes died in 1981 and his widow remained there. The cousins remained so close that they would take tea together every Sunday after church when the Queen was in Windsor. In 1991, Mrs Rhodes became Woman of the Bedchamber, a mixture of lady-in-waiting and companion, to her aunt, the Queen Mother, until her death in 2002. That year the Queen appointed Mrs Rhodes Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO). In her 2011 autobiography, The Final Curtsey, she described how as teenagers she and her royal cousins slipped out of Buckingham Palace on May 8, 1945, and celebrated VE Day with the crowds in The Mall, inspiring the 2015 film A Royal Night Out. She also revealed how the future Queen did the conga through the palace and sang until 2am on VJ Day.+
Prince Harry visits Santa Lucia – Prince Harry has unveiled a dedication to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy Project, and met members of the public and local schoolchildren on his visit to St Lucia. Prince Harry arrived at Pointe Seraphine, receiving an official welcome to St Lucia. That evening, Prince Harry attended a reception hosted by the Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy, in the gardens of Government House, overlooking the historic harbour of the capital, Castries. The following morning began with an exhibition cricket match at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground. The event saw His Royal Highness watch an exhibition cricket match between two teams competing on behalf of His Royal Highness and the Prime Minister. After the game concluded, Prince Harry returned to the pitch to present both teams with medals and exchange signed cricket bats. His Royal Highness then travelled on to Pigeon Island, one of the country’s national landmarks, to attend an outdoor exhibition highlighting various conservation projects run by the young people of St. Lucia. Prince Harry unveiled the dedication plaque designating the Castries Water Works Reserve and surrounding rainforest as Saint Lucia’s contribution to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy Project. After departing Pigeon Island Prince Harry took part in a sod turning for a racecourse at the development for the St Lucia Turf Club – this is a major initiative supported by the Prime Minister to provide employment in the south of the island where work shortages are particularly acute. The Prince then travelled by boat from the north of St Lucia to one of the most beautiful parts of the island, the south-western town of Soufriere, that sits between the iconic Pitons. His Royal Highness arrived at the harbour to the sights and sounds of a St Lucian street festival, with traditional food and drink on offer at local markets stalls. Prince Harry then met members of the public, youth leaders and local school children, with a St Lucian band providing the soundtrack.
HRH Prince Henry of Wales – His Royal Highness (HRH) Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales, known by his nickname Prince Harry, is fifth in line to the throne of Canada, the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth realms (born 15 September 1984 in London, United Kingdom). His Royal Highness (HRH) Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales, known by his nickname Prince Harry, is fifth in line to the throne of Canada, the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth realms (born 15 September 1984 in London, United Kingdom). Prince Harry is a grandson of Her Majesty (HM) The Queen (Elizabeth II); the younger son of the heir to the throne, HRH The Prince of Wales (Prince Charles) and the late Diana, Princess of Wales; and younger brother of HRH The Duke of Cambridge (Prince William). Prince Harry is the founder of the Invictus Games, a series of athletic competitions for wounded, injured and sick armed forces personnel from around the world. The third Invictus Games will be held in Toronto in September 2017.
Birth – Harry was born on 15 September 1984 at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. Harry and his older brother, William, were the first generation of direct heirs to the throne to be born in a hospital rather than a palace. The newborn prince was christened Henry by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Robert Runcie, in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Early Life – At the time of Harry’s birth, there were already tensions in Charles and Diana’s marriage. Still, both parents were closely involved in the upbringing of their sons. In contrast to previous generations of British royal children, William and Harry sometimes accompanied their parents on overseas tours. In 1985, Harry left the United Kingdom for the first time, on an official visit to Italy with his parents and brother. In December 1992, when Harry was eight years old, British prime minister John Major announced the amicable separation of Charles and Diana. On 20 December 1995, Buckingham Palace announced that Queen Elizabeth II had sent letters advising the Prince and Princess of Wales to divorce. Following legislation passed during the reign of King George I, the Queen retained formal custody of her grandchildren, though both parents received equal time with their sons. Diana died in a car accident in Paris in 1997. At the funeral at London’s Westminster Abbey, 12-year-old Harry walked with other members of his family behind the coffin, which displayed his handwritten envelope addressed to “Mummy.”
Education – In contrast to his father, Charles, who was tutored by a governess until he began his formal education at Hill House School at the age of eight, Harry followed his brother, William, to Mrs. Mynors’ nursery school in London at the age of three. In 1989, he began attending Wetherby School in London, followed by Ludgrove, a boarding school in Berkshire, in 1992. In 1998, Harry joined William at Eton College, near Windsor Castle, for his secondary education. At Eton, Harry became house captain of games and was a member of the school’s rugby, cricket and polo teams. He completed university qualifying examinations in art and geography before spending a year traveling in Australia, Argentina, Botswana and Lesotho.
Early Tours of Canada – Harry visited Canada twice during his childhood. In 1991, Charles and Diana toured Ontario, visiting Toronto, Sudbury, Niagara Falls,Kingston and Ottawa accompanied by nine-year-old William and seven-year-old Harry. Charles and Diana undertook separate itineraries that reflected their respective charities and interests, but the royal family appeared together on the yacht Britannia in Toronto harbour. Harry returned to Canada with Charles and William in 1998 for a skiholiday in Whistler, British Columbia, where the three princes wore the red hats popularized by the Canadian Olympic team at the Winter Games that year in Nagano.
Military Training and Deployments
In 2005, Harry began his military career as an officer cadet at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and received his commission in the following year as a cornet (second lieutenant) in the Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals). In 2007, he trained at Canadian Forces Base Suffield near Medicine Hat, Alberta. Canadian news coverage at the time focused on his social life, but in 2013, one of Harry’s former squad mates, James Wharton, revealed that Harry had intervened on his behalf when Wharton faced a homophobic attack from a rival regiment in 2008. Harry served on two tours of duty in Afghanistan (see War in Afghanistan). In 2007–08, he served as a forward air controller and was promoted to the position of lieutenant in the Household Cavalry at the time of his return. Following training as an Army Air Corps pilot and an 18-month Apache helicopter training course, Harry returned to Afghanistan in 2012–13 as an Apache attack helicopter pilot. Harry concluded his military career with a four-week placement in Sydney, Darwin and Perth, Australia, with the Australian Defence Force. When he announced that he would be leaving the British Army in 2015, Harry stated, “The experiences I have had over the last 10 years will stay with me for the rest of my life. For that I will always be hugely grateful.”
Invictus Games – In 2014, as a staff officer at the army’s London District headquarters, Harry launched the Invictus Games, an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick armed service members and veterans. The word invictus means unconquered in Latin. Harry was inspired by his experiences in Afghanistan and the Department of Defense Warrior Games in the United States, an athletic competition for “wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans.”The inaugural 2014 Invictus Games took place in London with 400 competitors from 13 nations competing in 9 sports. The second Games took place in Orlando, Florida, in 2016. Prior to the Orlando Games, Harry visited Toronto, host of the 2017 Invictus Games. In Toronto, he attended a demonstration sledge hockey match at the former Maple Leaf Gardens along with Prime Minister Justin Trudeauand Toronto mayor John Tory. The Toronto Games were organized to include at least 600 competitors from 16 nations in 12 sporting events. Harry explained that for participants in the Invictus Games, “Sport has been the vehicle for their recovery, allowing them to channel their passion into what can be achieved, rather than what can’t. No longer are these inspirational men and women defined by their injury but as athletes, competitors and team mates.”
Philanthropy – The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry serves as the main vehicle for philanthropic activities by Harry, his brother William and sister-in-law Catherine. The foundation currently has three areas of focus: promoting the welfare of members and veterans of the armed forces, helping young people build confidence and vocational training, and conservation of natural resources by communities.In 2006, Harry co-founded Sentebale with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, a charity devoted to helping vulnerable children in Lesotho, particularly those orphaned because of HIV and AIDS. Harry was inspired by Diana’s pioneering work with HIV and AIDS patients and his own travels in Lesotho during his gap year in 2004. During that time, he created a documentary, The Forgotten Kingdom, about the plight of children suffering from HIV/AIDS in Lesotho. In 2013, Harry became the first member of the royal family to trek to the South Pole. He made the Antarctic trek with one of three teams of wounded service personnel in support of Walking with the Wounded, an organization that provides veterans with support in finding employment after leaving the armed forces.
Commonwealth Tours – In addition to his visits to Canada, Harry has undertaken Commonwealth tours both alone and with his brother, William. In 2012, Harry toured Belize, the Bahamas and Jamaica, representing the Queen at the time of her Diamond Jubilee. Harry was well received throughout his tour. In Jamaica, he established a friendly rapport with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, who had endorsed republicanism over constitutional monarchy in Jamaica.
Public Role – Harry became a counsellor of state in 2005, enabling him to undertake official duties on behalf of the Queen, such as attending Privy Council meetings. He has represented the Queen on a number of public occasions, including the closing ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Following the London Olympics, Harry visited Brazil as an ambassador for British trade. Queen Elizabeth II turned 90 in 2016, and Harry’s public role on behalf of his grandmother will expand in the coming years.
The Queen and Members of the Royal Family attend Remembrance events
The Queen and Members of the Royal Family, including The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, attended events this week to remember those who were killed in service to their country. On the second Sunday of each November, The Queen leads the nation in remembering those who have died in world wars and other conflicts. In a ceremony at the Cenotaph, Members of the Royal Family unite with others in thousands of similar ceremonies across the UK and worldwide in holding two minutes of silence at 11am. In the run up to Remembrance Day, Members of the Royal Family attend a series of engagements to honour the fallen. The Prince of Wales attended a Service of Remembrance on Friday 11th November during the Royal visit to Bahrain. His Royal Highness met senior military representatives and UK veterans who had gathered for the service and laid a wreath at the war memorial. The first remembrance service was held in Bahrain in 1993. A service has been held every year since then in the Old Christian Cemetery, one of two Christian cemeteries on the islands. On Saturday 12th November, The Queen, accompanied by members of her family, attended the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall. This year’s Royal Festival of Remembrance marked the centenaries of the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Jutland, the 25th anniversary of the Gulf War and the 80th anniversary of the first flight of the Supermarine Spitfire. Performers included Alfie Boe, Michael Ball and Alexander Armstrong. On Remembrance Sunday The Queen led the nation in remembrance at the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph. Other members of the Royal Family, including The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, The Duke of York and The Earl of Wessex joined the commemoration with some laying wreaths at the Cenotaph. The Service was watched by The Duchess of Cornwall, The Countess of Wessex, The Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Alexandra. Later, The Prince of Wales wore a traditional regimental bowler hat as he joined former and serving Welsh Guardsmen to remember the fallen. Colonel of the Welsh Guards since 1975, His Royal Highness continued the day of reflection for those killed in conflict by attending a ceremony at the Guards’ Chapel in London for the regiment’s Remembrance Sunday service. Alongside many of the veterans and servicemen paying their respects, The Prince wore the traditional Household Division regimental wear comprising a bowler hat, suit, striped blue and red tie and furled umbrella. The moving ceremony in the chapel was also attended by veterans, service personnel and their families.
HM Queen Elizabeth II & HRH Catherine Duchess of Cambridge
Breaking news: Kensington Palace confirms relationship Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – ‘Since he was young, Prince Harry has been very aware of the warmth that has been extended to him by members of the public. He feels lucky to have so many people supporting him and knows what a fortunate and privileged life he leads. He has rarely taken formal action on the very regular publication of fictional stories that are written about him and he has worked hard to develop a professional relationship with the media, focused on his work and the issues he cares about. Prince Harry is worried about Ms Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her. It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms Markle should be subjected to such a storm. He knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part of the game’. He strongly disagrees. This is not a game – it is her life and his. He has asked for this statement to be issued in the hopes that those in the press who have been driving this story can pause and reflect before any further damage is done. He knows that it is unusual to issue a statement like this, but hopes that fair-minded people will understand why he has felt it necessary to speak publicly.’
‘Suits babe Meghan Markle has captured heart Prince Harry’ – Prince Harry, the American actress Meghan Markle beaten on the hook, report various English media. Markle was the prince last May in Toronto met at the launch of the Invictus Games, a competition for veterans where Prince Harry is the creator of. The brother of Crown Prince William, according to an insider ‘madly in love’ to the brunette. The English prince would be happier, according to the insider, he’s been in years. ,, They enjoy each other’s company and you can say that they see each other very much. There is a clear chemistry between them.’ Kensington Palace give to US Weekly to say anything about the possible new girlfriend of Prince Harry. “We do not respond to stories about private matters.” What is striking is that the American head last summer on vacation in London.
Love for charities – Meghan Markle (35) is known as the handsome lawyer actress Rachel Zane plays in the popular series Suits. Previously played the US, with Irish and Dutch roots, the film A Lot Like Love and Remember Me.
In addition to her acting work, the brunette much for charity. That love for volunteering she shares with three years younger Prince Harry. So the prince last summer for three weeks in the African Malawi to move over 250 elephants to a sanctuary for wildlife. Markle was also last year in Africa for humanitarian work. For UN Women, she visited a refugee camp in Rwanda, and they spoke with several women parliamentarians.
About Her Majesty The Queen
The Queen has ruled for longer than any other Monarch in British history, becoming a much loved and respected figure across the globe. Her extraordinary reign has seen her travel more widely than any other monarch, undertaking many historic overseas visits. Known for her sense of duty and her devotion to a life of service, she has been an important figurehead for the UK and the Commonwealth during times of enormous social change.
Her Majesty continues to carry out a full programme of engagements, from visits to charities and schools, to hosting visiting Heads of State, to leading the nation in Remembrance and celebratory events – all supported by other members of the Royal Family. The Queen sees public and voluntary service as one of the most important elements of her work. The Queen has links – as Royal Patron or President – with over 600 charities, military associations, professional bodies and public service organisations. These vary from well-established international charities to smaller bodies working in a specialist area or on a local basis only. Her patronages and charities cover a wide range of issues, from opportunities for young people, to the preservation of wildlife and the environment. Having Her Majesty as Royal patron or president provides vital publicity for the work of these organisations, and allows their enormous achievements and contributions to society to be recognised. Her Majesty supports and encourages achievement in all walks of life through the annual programme of Investitures (at which she presents members of the general public with their honours), Garden Parties, receptions and other awards given in her name, which allow her to say ‘thank you’ to all those who have contributed to the life of the nation and the Commonwealth. The Queen carries out all of her duties against the backdrop of a full personal life which has seen her raise four children and welcome grandchildren, and now great-grandchildren to the Royal Family. The Duke of Edinburgh has been – in her own words – her ‘strength and stay’ during her reign, whilst other members of the Royal Family continue to offer vital support through their work in the UK and overseas. In this section we look at Her Majesty’s extraordinary life and reign: from a young girl who did not expect to be Queen, to an iconic and celebrated figure who has ruled for more than 60 years.
Why Prince George has always shorts
It’s a match made in heaven: Prince George and his shorts. The British prince is almost not to see one photo without his royal bare knees are displayed to the outside world. Only during the annual skiing holiday is the blonde toddler in the picture put in a long (ski) pants. Why the stee solid shorts? Wearing shorts in young boys is tradition in the British upper class. You see the shorts back too neatly boarding schools, where many school uniforms for boys and eight years consist of knee socks, shorts, shirt and spencer, or jacket. William Hanson, a British expert in etiquette, tells against the British tabloid People Magazine: ,,In high society, it is not done the boys wear long trousers. It ‘does not belong’. Kate will always make sure that she dresses her children as the unwritten rule prescribes.”
In the Netherlands, it is not common for boys in all seasons running in shorts, light Beatrijs Ritsema – expert in the field of (contemporary) etiquette – increasing. ,,Earlier, around the 18th century, were boys in the class up to a five or six in long dresses to the floor. The reason for this was mainly in the belief that boys were more likely to die early. By dressing her as a girl, was hoped to reduce the chance of death.” In old England the boys were used in dresses, says Wil-liam. This tradition dates back to the sixteenth century, when boys were the first years of their lives wearing a dress and then “with age” were transferred to trousers. The dress would gradually be replaced by shorts.
Kate must therefore beside her own outfit, also worry about how Prince George and Princess Charlotte run it. They must continually looking for the right balance between royal traditions, heritage, fashion and the right connection with the ‘working class’, which indeed it is simply customary to dress boys in long pants. ,,And that is not always easy, but Kate knows himself well how it should be.” She probably has nothing accustomed. Big chance that her brother James used to be invariably ran in shorts, like her current husband and brother Prince William and Prince Harry. Too few of them are childhood photos that identifies them as a little man wear long trousers. Winter or not, Prince George is seen in shorts, often combined with a pair of high stockings, and often with neat black shoes with buckle. For his sister Charlotte are less obvious fashion advice, but it is not often seen in trousers. The little princess has so far published pictures almost always a dress with a thick, often white, leotard.
Kate impresses Netherlands: What a woman!
At her first official trip abroad without her husband, Prince William, Princess Catherine had a magical effect on the Dutch public. Zarkis with flowers for Catherine – until her marriage with Prince William she was called Kate Middleton, now she is best known as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at home. ,, I work in the fashion world, find her a style icon and wants her therefore offer these flowers. As Máxima her I managed in the same place. “” In his left hand he has a black bag. ,, That’s something for me. ”
Hague comes to a halt before the woman ever by Britain’s queen. Traffic must wait until her BMW with personal standard has long raged, set off lunch with King Willem-Alexander Villa Eikenhorst to the Mauritshuis. An hour is not working at Parliament Buildings. The staff of Mark Rutte’s Ministry of General Affairs hangs from the windows. MPs and their staff as well.
And there is silence as she strides out of her car at the Mauritshuis, the clicking of dozens of accompanying persons after British photographers. Observation one: what is it thin, especially in this classic, violet two-piece suit. Number two: what a nice detail that earrings with pearl – just today. In the Mauritshuis viewing the art historian two minutes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. Museum director Emilie Gordenker even wearing a pearl in her ears. ,, No, for I have had no contact with the British court. Monday I only inquired how big it is, if I could wear my heels. ”
They get along well together, these two art love esters. They laugh out loud at the tour and Catherine depart later than planned. While her consequence flips impatiently from heels to toes, the Duchess still talking nineteen to the dozen with Gordenker about her thesis. Martina Zarkis outside and wait. They at ‘something big, whatever, “he when he can hand over his bouquets. And it works, just before her departure. From the black bag he fishes rapidly a handbag designed by himself, his Celez brand. That’s where it was really to do with the flowers he lured her only. Triumphantly: ,, So it is managed by Máxima ‘. Later chews royalty fan Arno sulking in a syrup and on liquorice allsorts. He has taken a day off as a floor manager at a clothing store for Catherine Rotterdam to hand over two nuggets for her children. ,, But she was not on my side. Well, I’m still more than Maxima with her. He trains and metroot to Rotterdam, where the duchess in disadvantaged neighborhood Bospolder-Tussendijken her first official foreign visit without husband terminating at a youth project. Arno himself forward press and sinks through the stool he brought. But, as so often in tales with princesses, all will be well. At her farewell she certainly talks a minute with him. ,, I’m sorry I did not see in The Hague ” Arno, moments later, slightly emotional:. ,, I am really impressed with her. What a woman!”
British queen borrows 22 Dutch work out
A special exhibition opens Thursday at the Mauritshuis in The Hague. The British royal family borrows as many as 22 Dutch paintings from that part of the famed Royal Collection. According to museum director Emilie Gordenker it is very rare that there are so many work at once leave the country. ,, They borrow sometimes one or two works, but a whole exhibit almost never occurs. As far as I know has done it once before for an exhibition in Brussels’ ‘The Mauritshuis for the exhibition “Dutch at home.: Vermeer and his contemporaries called from the British Royal Collection’, worked closely with the British. To see his genre paintings; scenes from daily life. It is work of famous painters such as Pieter de Hooch, Jan Steen, Gabriel Metsu, Gerrit Dou and Gerard ter Borch. Visitors get an idea of the many manifestations of the genre and the provocative symbolism that may lie hidden in these paintings. The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton arrives on October 11 at the museum. During the visit, Director Emilie Gordenker will lead her royal guest along some highlights of the Mauritshuis. The Duchess also will visit the art workplace of the Mauritshuis where children receive a painting workshop. In conclusion, she gets a tour of the exhibition Dutch House. The Royal Collection, which manages Queen Elizabeth, one of the largest and most important art collections in the world. It is one of the last remaining European royal collections. King George IV has made a significant contribution to the collection, which has over three hundred Dutch works. Highlight of the exhibition, according to the Mauritshuis’ The Music “(1660-1662) by Johannes Vermeer. According Gordenker his work is rare because there are only 36 paintings have been preserved. ,, This is one of his finest. “” Another masterpiece is the woman in a bedroom ‘(1663) by Jan Steen, which previously belonged along with four other canvases part of an investigation into the development of this popular artist of the Golden Century. Thus it was discovered that this Steen has struggled much more with the tile floor, Gordenker left. The Mauritshuis expect much interest in the exhibition, which can be seen until January 8th. Therefore, it is now possible for the first to reserve a ticket in advance. These places are only available from 15.00 pm.
State visit to Canada: HRH William, Kate, George and Charlotte arrive at the airport of Victoria.
HRH PRINCE WILLIAM SPEECHES IN FRONT OF THE PARLIAMENT
l.t.r: Mrs Sophie Trudeau-Grégoire, Prime minister Justin Trudeau, HRH Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.
Justin Pierre James Trudeau PC MP (born December 25, 1971) is a Canadian politician who is the 23rd Prime Minister of Canada, and the leader of the Liberal Party. The second-youngest Canadian prime minister after Joe Clark; he is also, as the eldest son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, the first child of a previous Canadian prime minister to hold the post. Born in Ottawa, Trudeau attended Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf and graduated from McGill University in 1994 and the University of British Columbia in 1998. He gained a high public profile in October 2000, when he delivered a eulogy at his father’s state funeral. After graduating, he worked as a teacher in Vancouver, British Columbia. He completed one year of an engineering program at Montreal’s l’École Polytechnique before deciding to quit the program in 2003. In 2005 he began a master’s degree in environmental geography at Montreal’s McGill university and quit this program after one year. He used his public profile to advocate for various causes and acted in the 2007 TV miniseries The Great War. Eight years after his father’s death, Trudeau became involved in politics. In the 2008 federal election, he was elected to represent the riding of Papineau in the House of Commons. In 2009, he was appointed the Liberal Party’s critic for youth and multiculturalism, and the following year, became critic for citizenship and immigration. In 2011, he was appointed as critic for secondary education and youth and amateur sport. Trudeau won the leadership of the Liberal Party in April 2013 and went on to lead his party to victory in the 2015 federal election, moving the third-placed Liberals from 36 seats to 184 seats, the largest-ever numerical increase by a party in a Canadian election. Forbes has ranked Trudeau the 69th most powerful person in the world.
HRH William, Prince of Wales, Duke of Cambridge and HRH Harry, Prince of Wales.
Prince Harry and sport – Prince Harry believes that sport has the power to change lives for the better. He has championed access to sport for children and young people to give them confidence, and valuable life skills. He has also championed the value of sport in helping wounded servicemen become mentally and physically stronger as they recover from injury, through his work with Invictus.
Promoting sport for young people – Prince Harry excelled at sport at school and was a house games captain at Eton. He has a particular passion for Rugby, and has worked to improve access to sport for all young people. The Prince spent part of his 2004 gap year training as an Assistant Development Officer with the Rugby Football Union (RFU). Once qualified he went out to schools and clubs around the country assisting community rugby coaches to teach the game to young people of all ages and from all communities. Terry Burwell, the RFU’s community rugby and operations director, said at the time that the Prince demonstrated great empathy with young people. “Whether he is teaching rugby or teaching about life, he enthuses them,” he said. Building on this experience, in 2013 Prince Harry became the patron of the Rugby Football Union All Schools Programme. This aims to promote rugby in schools by improving access to facilities and equipment for all children. Prince Harry, as Honorary President of England 2015 and Vice-Patron of the Rugby Football Union (RFU), played an active role in supporting the Rugby World Cup 2015 and was involved in promoting the participatory legacy for rugby at grassroots level, especially the opportunities for children and young people to enjoy the game. In promoting sport for young people, Prince Harry is following both a Royal and a family tradition. His grandfather founded the Duke of Edinburgh Awards and has held a number of patronages linked to encouraging young people to keep active and get outdoors. Continuing this sporting commitment, Prince Harry together with his brother and sister-in-law worked together with their own charity, The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, to develop the Coach Core programme. Coach Core aims to improve the quality and availability of sports coaching and mentoring in inner city schools, by training young people to provide these services in their own communities. After successful launches in the UK, Prince Harry helped to launch a partner project in Harlem, New York, on his visit to the USA in 2013 and joined in a session with young people from the area. “They represent living proof of what can be achieved. It was truly uplifting. So, sport and coaching really does change lives,” he said afterwards. Sport has also been a way that Prince Harry has engaged with young people from across the world when carrying out official engagements and representing the Royal Family overseas.
Sport has been the vehicle for their recovery, allowing them to channel their passion into what can be achieved, rather than what can’t. No longer are these inspirational men and women defined by their injury but as athletes, competitors and team mates
HRH Harry & the military
HRH Harry & family
Sports stars join Prince Harry at a ‘Heads Together BBQ’ at Kensington Palace, London, to talk about challenges they have faced in their life and how the support of others has helped. – Most of us will go through a difficult time at some point in our lives, including the sporting stars we may think are invincible. Hearing sporting heroes and role models talking openly about their tough times and what support has helped them can help us all feel more confident about reaching out for support when we need it. After speaking to some of the nation’s top athletes about how they turned to friends and family for support after tough times in their own lives, Prince Harry, said: “if you can improve your own well-being and everyone else’s around you as well, and get your mind as strong as your body, imagine what we could achieve.” Heads Together is the campaign spearheaded by Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to change the conversation on mental wellbeing from one of fear and shame to one of support. The campaign wants everyone to feel comfortable with their everyday wellbeeing and able to support their friends and families through difficult times. Most of us will go through a difficult time at some point in our lives, including the sporting stars we may think are invincible. Hearing sporting heroes and role models talking openly about their tough times and what support has helped them can help us all feel more confident about reaching out for support when we need it. After speaking to some of the nation’s top athletes about how they turned to friends and family for support after tough times in their own lives, Prince Harry, said: “if you can improve your own well-being and everyone else’s around you as well, and get your mind as strong as your body, imagine what we could achieve.” Heads Together is the campaign spearheaded by Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to change the conversation on mental wellbeeing from one of fear and shame to one of support. The campaign wants everyone to feel comfortable with their everyday wellbeing and able to support their friends and families through difficult times.
HRH Harry & children
HRH Harry & the Invictus Games
HRH Harry & sports
(From L-R) Princess Anne (Princess Royal), Queen Elizabeth II, ?, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Harry arrive to attend a Garden Party for members of the Household Cavalry at Buckingham Palace in central London on May 28, 2015.
Camilla, Charles & Henry
Why Queen Elizabeth II has never visited Greece.
Queen Elizabeth II has made official visits to 120 countries but has never visited Greece, homeland of her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Upon Her Majesty’s 90th birthday, the Mirror has a report on the fact that the Queen of England has never visited Greece, birthplace of her husband. The writer of the report calls that a “glaring omission.” Royal historian Hugo Vickers has his theories, believing it’s all down to the “fraught history” in the Greek monarchy, which affected the Duke of Edinburgh’s immediate family, says the Mirror report. “Prince Philip doesn’t like Greece, because they put his father [Prince Andrew] on trial, and he might have been executed,” Vickers told BBC. In 1922, when Prince Philip was a baby, his family had to flee Greece after his father Andrew, a major general in the Greek army, returned defeated from the Greco-Turkish war. The family was exiled and fled to France, where they changed their surname to Mountbatten. The monarch did visit the country in 1950 at the invitation of King Paul — Prince Philip’s first cousin once removed — but this was before she became Queen. King Paul died and his son Constantine became Greece’s King. King Constantine was ousted by Greece’s dictators in 1967 and monarchy was abolished in 1974, when democracy was restored and Greeks voted against the return of the King in a referendum. Vickers believes that the Queen may never have been invited for an official state visit by the Greek president.
HRH William, Duke of Cambridge & Harry, Princes of Wales
HRH George & William, Princes of Wales & Dukes of Cambridge
From the left to the right: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburg, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands & Orange-Nassau, Queen Elizabeth II of England, Price Claus of the Netherlands.
The Duke of Rothesay in The Scottish Highlands
The Prince of Wales, also known as The Duke of Rothesay when in Scotland has spent the last two days undertaking a range of engagements in the Scottish Highlands. Yesterday, The Duke officially opened a new warehouse at a Ross-shire business known for making textiles and pottery. The Duke met members of staff at ANTA Scotland, by Fearn, as he walked around the new complex. The company employs about 40 staff at the site – many of them young employees who have been trained since leaving school. The Duke also saw first-hand how the business is supporting traditional craft skills. The Duke spent today in Caithness where he visited Wick Sheriff Court to mark the 150th anniversary. Wick Sheriff Court opened in 1866 and is part of the Sheriffdom of Grampian, Highland and Islands. It covers a large geographical area and is the most northerly court on the United Kingdom mainland. The final stop for His Royal Highness was to New Wave Foods where he watched staff from New Wave Foods harvest edible seaweed from a beach near his Grandmother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother’s, Castle of Mey home in Caithness. New Wave Foods was established in August 2015 to produce edible seaweed for wholesale across the UK. It is based in Caithness where the rocky coastline and exposure to the elements provides the best environment for the business to thrive. It is currently licensed to harvest 17 different species from six beaches including one by the Castle of Mey.
HRH, also known as The Duke of Rothesay when in Scotland, spent today learning about harvesting edible seaweed
Prime Minister Modi of India exchanges gift with the Queen at B.P.. What a charming fellow in the background 🙂 😛 🙂
KENSINGTON, ROYAL PALACE – HRH Wiliam & Catherine & Harry.
HM ELIZABETH II & HRH PRINCE HARRY OF WALES SEEM TO BE VERY CHUMMY TOGETHER 🙂 🙂 🙂
HRH PRINCE WILLIAM, DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE, HRH KATE, DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE, HRH PRINCE GEORGE, DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE.
HM ELIZABETH II, HRH PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURG, BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE U.S.A. AND THE FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA.
The Obama’s visit Kensington Palace
Ladies who rule! Theresa May becomes new British prime minister after her first meeting with the Queen.
Theresa May officially became the United Kingdom’s new prime minister on Wednesday, after her first meeting with Queen Elizabeth in Buckingham Palace. “The Queen received in audience the Right Honourable Theresa May MP this evening and requested her to form a new Administration,” the Queen’s press secretary said in a statement provided to PEOPLE. “The Right Honourable Theresa May accepted Her Majesty’s offer and Kissed Hands upon her appointment as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury.” Shortly after the ceremony, May spoke outside her new residence at 10 Downing Street in London, where she pledged to create “a union between all our citizens.” “The government I lead will be driven not by the interests of the privileged few,” May said, adding that “together we will build a better Britain. “Brexit means Brexit!!!
HRH William, Catherine & George
HM ELISABETH ALEXANDRA MARY (ELISABETH II) OF THE UNITED KINGDOM.
HRH George, Prince of Wales, Duke of Cambridge
Duchess of Cornwall hosts a garden party to mark 30 years of the National Osteoporosis Society
The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a Garden Party at Clarence House today to celebrate 30 years of The National Osteoporosis Society. A charity dedicated to improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the fragile bone disease, The National Osteoporosis Society aims to end the pain and suffering caused by osteoporosis. The Duchess has been President of the charity since 2001 and became involved with the organisation in 1997 following the death of her mother and grandmother as a result of the illness. During today’s Garden Party, The Duchess of Cornwall Award was presented to Professor David Marsh, Emeritus Professor of Orthopaedics at University College London. Professor Marsh has a long career as an orthopaedic surgeon and has been heavily involved in the fight against the disease. The Duchess of Cornwall Award recognises outstanding contributions to the field of osteoporosis, and there have been two previous winners. Her Royal Highness mingled with guests, including actors Richard E Grant and Felicity Kendall. Before the event ended, The Duchess was presented with a pair of boots with orange laces as part of the ‘Lace up for Bones’ project. The project aims to spread osteoporosis awareness by encouraging people to wear orange laces and share their photos online. During a speech at the event, The Duchess of Cornwall said: “It has been a tremendous honour to support this remarkable charity and its work, firstly as its Patron and then as its President. “Huge strides have been made in the diagnosis, treatment and research of osteoporosis and, thanks to the NOS and its wonderful volunteers, people do, at last, know about it; they are now more aware of the risks and they do understand that good diet and exercise (walking in particular) are vital for healthy bones.”
A speech by The Duchess of Cornwall at the National Osteoporosis Society 30th anniversary celebration at Clarence House
Ladies and Gentlemen,
As many of you here know, the National Osteoporosis Society is a charity which is very close to my heart. I became involved with it in 1994 after watching my mother stoically suffering the appalling pain and ignominy of this devastating disease, which in the end resulted in her early death at the age of 72. Back in those dark old days my family was not alone in knowing next to nothing about osteoporosis. It was rarely discussed, seldom diagnosed and usually attributed to women of a certain age. I was determined, for my mother’s sake, to find out more and to find a way of helping others avoid the same excruciating pain and disregard that she, and many of her generation, had encountered. This led me to the door of a small, but perfectly formed, charity… the National Osteoporosis Society. It has been a tremendous honour to support this remarkable charity and its work, firstly as its Patron and then as its President. Huge strides have been made in the diagnosis, treatment and research of osteoporosis and, thanks to the NOS and its wonderful volunteers, people do, at last, know about it; they are now more aware of the risks and they do understand that good diet and exercise (walking in particular) are vital for healthy bones. It is not for me to summarise the life-changing medical research which has altered the landscape over the last thirty years. But I am happy to say that osteoporosis is no longer thought to be an inevitable consequence of ageing. Some of the changes the NOS has championed and supported, such as DXA scanning and the Fracture Liason Service, have already made an enormous difference to early diagnosis. But, Ladies and Gentlemen, we still have a long way to go. It is estimated that about 3 million people in the UK have osteoporosis. 1 out of 2 women over the age of 50 will break a bone as a result of it and I’m sorry to say that men don’t get away with it either: 1 out of 5 of them will suffer a fracture too. It actually costs NHS hospitals a staggering five million pounds a day in hip fractures alone. Before you disappear today I would like to thank all the loyal friends of the NOS, who have fruitfully nurtured its work by giving their time, their experience and their financial support over the last thirty years and I can only hope and pray that, with your help, the next thirty years will find a cure for osteoporosis, so that future generations will be spared its ravages.
HRH WILLIAM, PRINCE OF WALES, DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE AND HRH HARRY, PRINCE OF WALES
About Prince Harry
Prince Harry is fifth in line to the throne and the younger son of The Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales. His Royal Highness spent ten years working in the Armed Forces, ending operational duties in 2015. During his service, he conducted two tours of duty to Afghanistan with the British Army. Prince Harry now spends his working life supporting a number of charitable activities and projects and carrying out public duties in support of The Queen. His Royal Highness’s official residence is Kensington Palace in London.
Supporting the welfare of servicemen and women – Having served in the British Army for ten years, Prince Harry is passionate about promoting the welfare of those who are serving or who have served their country in the Armed Forces. He has campaigned to raise awareness of the ongoing challenges facing service personnel making the transition to civilian life. In particular, he has worked to bring wider public attention to the support that wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women need through their entire rehabilitation process. That includes long-term support for each person and their family for both physical and mental injuries. His work in this area has seen Prince Harry take part in a number of projects and initiatives, including volunteering with the Army’s Personnel Recovery Unit in London, trekking with wounded servicemen and women to the South Pole and in the Arctic, supporting a number of adventure challenges through his Endeavour Fund, and organising the Invictus Games.
The Invictus Games – The Invictus Games is an international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, both serving and veteran. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect of all those who serve their country. The first Invictus Games were held in London in 2014. Orlando, Florida has been chosen to host the second games in May 2016.
Championing developmental opportunities for vulnerable children and young people – Prince Harry believes that every child should be given the opportunity to fulfil their potential, regardless of their background or situation. Through a programme of public and private visits, he regularly supports projects that enable children from disadvantaged backgrounds to build their skills and confidence.
Sport for social development – Prince Harry is a keen sportsman and sees the potential to use sport in the engagement and education of children and young people. Alongside his brother, The Duke of Cambridge, he has worked with his Foundation to build a model that improves the availability and quality of sports coaching in schools and communities. The “Coach Core” programme helps train young people as professional sports coaches while they are still in education. It also aims to improve the quality and availability of sports coaching and mentoring in inner city schools whilst creating employment at a time when many young people are facing long term unemployment.
Mentoring schemes – Through his work with younger people, many of whom fall out of mainstream education, Prince Harry believes in the importance of mentoring schemes. He has visited many projects around the world that highlight the positive impact of children’s mentoring opportunities. In the UK, he is closely involved with a programme based in Nottingham that works with young people to deter them from becoming involved in youth violence and gang-related activities. Supported by his Foundation, the programme trains a group of young people as youth leaders, providing them with formal qualifications and apprenticeships in mentoring and leadership, while at the same time supporting primary school children, who are at most risk of becoming involved in youth violence, by working with their schools and families.
Supporting children living with HIV /AIDS – In 2006, Prince Harry jointly founded Sentebale, a charity to help orphans in Lesotho, southern Africa. Having visited the small African nation after completing his school education, he was moved by the plight of children orphaned by the AIDS pandemic which has devastated the country. Together with his great friend Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, he set up Sentebale to offer long-term support to community organisations working with children and young people, and in particular to those working with orphans. Sentebale is a word that people in Lesotho use when they say goodbye to each other: it means ‘forget me not’. It was chosen as the name of the new charity because the two Princes see its work as a memorial to the charity work of their own mothers, and because its aim as an organisation is to ensure that Lesotho, and the current plight of its children, is not forgotten.
African conservation – Having visited southern Africa a number of times, Prince Harry has taken a deep personal interest in frontline conservation projects that work to protect Africa’s natural heritage and support both wildlife and local communities. On leaving the Army in 2015, he spent three months working on number of such projects in Namibia, Tanzania, South Africa and Botswana. During that time he worked closely with conservation experts to learn about environmental education programmes and also spent time with a team of rangers in Kruger National Park, South Africa, who are the first to respond to reports of poaching attacks on Elephant and Rhino.
The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry – In addition to supporting charities and organisations, Prince Harry – like his brother and The Duchess of Cambridge – is able to direct his own philanthropic work through The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The Royal Foundation develops programmes and charitable projects based on the interests of Their Royal Highnesses by working with organisations which are already making a proven impact in their respective fields. The Royal Foundation provides additional investment, mentoring, support and partnerships for these programmes, and lends its own profile and leverage to enhance the effect of their good work.
Princes William and Harry open up about life with prince Charles.
Prince Charles may be the future King of England, but he’s just like any other dad, according to his two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, who gave a rare interview in a new documentary that celebrates the 40th anniversary of a charity founded by Prince Charles. In the documentary, “When Ant and Dec Met The Prince: 40 Years of the Prince’s Trust,” William, 33, and Harry, 31, fondly revealed how Charles, 67, used to embarrass them at school by laughing in all the wrong places, according to Event Magazine, which previewed the 90-minute film. Prince William told celebrity duo Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, better known as Ant and Dec, that his father found it amusing when the special effects malfunctioned at a school play. William, himself now a father of two, joked that it is a family trait to find humor “when things go wrong.” The celebrity duo whom the princes spoke to – Ant and Dec – are Prince’s Trust Ambassadors and made the documentary about the Prince of Wales’s charity. The Prince’s Trust provides training and skills for disadvantaged young people. Ant and Dec spent a year tagging along with Prince Charles and were given a rare glimpse inside the Prince of Wales’s various homes. Event Magazine reports Ant and Dec watched home movies from inside Prince Charles’s private screening room where the future king was seen being tickled by the queen as a child and playing peekaboo. The documentary is said to reveal a side of Charles never seen before, with Ant and Dec describing him as a man who is neither remote nor removed, but engaged, warm and a devoted father. Princes William and Harry call their dad “incredibly hardworking” in the documentary. Prince Charles himself speaks lovingly about his “darling wife,” Camilla, and reflects on his joy at becoming a grandfather for the first time. Prince William’s wife, Kate, gave birth to their first child, Prince George, in July 2013, and delivered a daughter, Princess Charlotte, in May 2015. Prince Charlie admits he has not changed any of his grandchildren’s diapers yet, but says he is grateful he will have his grandkids to,”look after him when he’s tottering about.”
Prince William wants son George to follow in family’s scuba diving footsteps
Prince William wants Prince George to learn to scuba dive, he has revealed. William has told of his love of the underwater adventure sport which he hopes to pass onto his baby son. He spoke of his hopes as he is today announced as patron of the British Sub-Aqua Club, the UK’s governing body for Scuba Diving, following in the footsteps of his father Prince Charles and grandfather Prince Philip. William said: “I have been fortunate enough to have dived in some stunning locations around the world. “Scuba diving really has opened my eyes not only to many extraordinary sights, but also to the responsibilities that we have as guardians of the underwater world. “I hope that one day my son, George, will also expe- rience the won- ders that snorke- ling and scuba diving have to offer.” Since lear- ning to dive as a boy, William has had the oppor- tunity to explore some of the world’s most stunning stretches of ocean on regular holidays in Mustique, the Maldives and Seychelles. On his solo visit to Australia in 2011, he told one woman in Queensland: “I love scuba diving, I have always wanted to dive the Great Barrier Reef.” He marked his new presidency by writing a foreword for SCUBA, the Aqua club’s magazine. The Duke wrote: “Just like my grandfather and my father, I am proud to say that I learnt to dive with BSAC, and share your passion for the sport and the underwater world. “As BSAC’s new President, I hope to continue my father’s legacy of striving to preserve and protect our precious marine heritage and environment for future generations. “I look forward to encouraging even more young people into the sport, for they are the next generation of underwater explorers, pioneers and protectors. “The skills and experiences gained through snorkelling and scuba diving can have a positive and lasting impact on their lives, giving them confidence and building their aspirations.”BSAC has 120 dive centres and more than 1,000 family friendly and sociable clubs, run by volunteers, up and down the country and abroad. It represents more than 30,000 scuba divers and snorkellers. Prince William is now in a “transitional year” combining royal duties with charity work and other projects as he prepares to one day be King. He left the military in September and now helps the Queen carry out investitures.
Prince Harry to use position until ‘George becomes more interesting’ – Many challenges await Prince Harry as he plans the next phase of a royal life transformed by his departure from the army last year. As the 31-year-old embarks on an array of charitable projects — while also, as one of the world’s most scrutinised bachelors, trying to manage a private life — he remains acutely aware of the precariousness of privilege and the need to “do good stuff”. In a wide-ranging interview in Kensington Palace, Harry spoke candidly about his efforts to “stay relevant” and “to make a difference”. He spoke of the difficulties of filling the void left by the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, and the danger that he might become “boring” now Prince George and Princess Charlotte, his nephew and niece, are beginning to hog royal headlines. “I’m in this privileged position and I will use it for as long as I can, or until I become boring, or until George ends up becoming more interesting,” he said with a laugh. “There’s nothing worse than going through a period in your life where you’re making a massive difference and then suddenly, for whatever reason it is — whether it’s media or the public perception of you — you drop off. You want to make a difference but no one’s listening to you.” These were less pressing worries when Harry was serving as a co-pilot gunner in an Apache helicopter in Afghanistan in 2012 and 2013. The experience transformed his media image from that of a playboy prince and turned him into a passionate campaigner for veterans’ causes, most notably the Invictus Games, the Paralympic-style sporting event for wounded and injured servicemen and women that he launched two years ago. The 2016 event was expected to start overnight in Orlando, Florida. “I do miss the army,” Harry said. “It was a hideaway, which was great and something that I needed at that time of my life. It teaches you courage, discipline, respect for others, the value of friendships, respect for the monarchy.” There were “really dark, really bad times” too, notably when his first tour of Afghanistan ended abruptly in 2008, after the Australian magazine New Idea broke his cover. “To be pulled out, leaving your blokes behind … was one of the darkest moments of my life,” he said. “Not knowing if I was going to get a phone call saying ‘three of your blokes have just been blown up after you left Afghanistan’. And that was completely out of my control.” Harry also works with his brother, William, and sister-in-law, Kate — the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — on the Heads Together mental health campaign, which focuses on the “invisible injuries” suffered by former military personnel. If leaving the army was hard, Harry’s darkest moment of all was the death of his mother in a car crash in Paris in 1997. Almost 20 years later, it is clear her sons still miss her deeply. “There’s this gaping void, not just in mine and William’s lives, but there’s a huge gaping void in a lot of other people’s lives too,” Harry said. “She’s got a lot of unfinished business.” Among the roles to which he is now committing himself — with his mother very much in mind — is that of an ambassador raising HIV/Aids awareness in Britain. He feels the issue has faded from public discussion yet still presents many unresolved challenges. “She started very punchy (on the Aids issue),” Harry said of his mother. “She smashed the stigma around HIV on more than one occasion. It had a huge impact, and … a huge impact on my life as well.” Ten years ago, Harry co-founded the Sentebale charity with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho to help children affected by HIV/Aids in the southern African state. He is also working with the Elton John Aids Foundation and other charities to study how he might develop “an education and convening” role. “Elton was massively onside,” Harry said. “He told me, ‘You underestimate the power you have to convene people on all sorts of different issues’. That’s the privilege of the position I’m in. “I don’t consciously channel myself down certain avenues specifically because I think my mum would be proud. But she sure as hell would be proud of me, hopefully, that I’m doing it.” The Eton and Sandhurst-educated prince has had plenty of experience of being pursued by paparazzi, and his twenties were peppered with scandalmongering headlines. That he not only survived but also learnt how to turn the media to his advantage was confirmed last month by his mock battle on Twitter with President Barack Obama, a fan of Britain’s younger royals. The exchange of teasing videos promoting the Invictus Games did more for the transatlantic special relationship than any number of summits with British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Harry is patently thrilled that the event he started has become an international success. Next year’s event will be held in Toronto, Canada. While Harry has learnt how to harness social media to promote his work with veterans, he remains cautious about its impact on young people’s lives — including his own. He said he had “massive concerns” that for many young people today, sport and outdoor pursuits have been replaced with indoor digital obsessions. While he uses social media “to find out stories or weight of opinions on certain issues”, he says the web has a darker side “and I don’t like how some people use it”. One of those uses, inevitably, is to examine his romantic attachments, an issue that clearly plays on his mind after the near-hysteria that surrounded his his last two serious girlfriends, Cressida Bonas and Chelsy Davy. He talked candidly of the “massive paranoia that sits inside of me” about the scrutiny any girl he speaks to in public must endure. “If or when I do find a girlfriend, I will do my utmost … to ensure that me and her can get to the point where we’re actually comfortable with each other before the massive invasion that is inevitably going to happen into her privacy,” he said. The kind of life that most people take for granted is simply not available to Harry. “When people finish work in the city or wherever work is, if you want to have a bit of downtime, you might go to the pub with your mates. “I do that less, because it’s not downtime for me … I don’t know who I’m going to bump into, I don’t know if someone’s going to try and grab a selfie, I don’t know who’s going to be waiting outside. So there is very little private life.” Harry needs no reminding of the perils of a playboy image: for all the enthusiasm that marked the Queen’s 90th birthday this year, sharp questions have been asked about whether the younger royals earn their keep. When it emerged last year that the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh carried out more official engagements than William, Kate and Harry combined, comments about “work-shy” princes soon followed. “There’s a lot of people out there who view us, the younger generation of the monarchy, (and say,) ‘Well, you’ve had a job, so why wouldn’t you have another job?’M “I thought long and hard about getting a job. I did 10 years in the army — best job in the world. I wanted to be valued in society in that sense.” He added: “I don’t get any satisfaction from sitting at home on my arse — and that’s a body part by the way, not a swearword.” What prevented him from finding a full-time job seems to have been the difficulty of combining a profession with other royal duties. “The reality is that most of the areas that I looked at … just simply weren’t going to work. Some jobs are not even on the table, sadly.” One of the reasons he left the army, he said, was because royal duties had begun to increase “and I felt unsafe flying that aircraft and not being as up-to-date and as able and skilled as everybody else”. As the Queen ages, it also seems likely that other family members will take over more of her duties — particularly long-distance tours. “I absolutely adore my grandmother and I would take on everything she wants us to,” Harry said. “She wants to carry on, which is fine, and there’s a pecking order, but we will be there, ready to support her, when need be.” Yet there remains that awkward battle for “relevance” and the question of whether a prince now fifth in line to the throne can persuade thrifty Britons that he represents value for privilege. Harry is clearly determined to try. “I just hope that people read this article and go, ‘You know, fair enough, he’s digging out blind (military slang for making an all-out effort), he’s doing the best he can.’ I need to earn more respect from a lot more people, of course I do.” He added: “What you see is what you get with me. It’s genuine. I will always try and bring an element of fun and happiness to everything I do. That probably is subconsciously very much a part of my mother — trying to fill that void. Trying to fill an unbelievable pair of boots, whether it’s her … or especially the Queen. It’s a hard thing to do.”
Prince Charles of Wales,
Prince Harry of Wales,
Prince George of Wales, Duke of Cambridge
Beaufort Polo Club in Westonbirt, Gloucestershire.
Royal residences: the palace of Holyroodhouse
The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence of the Monarchy in Scotland. Founded as a monastery in 1128 at the end of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, the Palace of Holyroodhouse has a close association with the History of Scotland. Today, the Palace is a close focus for national celebrations and events in Scotland, most notably The Queen’s ‘Holyrood Week’, which usually runs from the end of June to the beginning of July every year.
The Palace of Holyroodhouse today
Today the Palace of Holyroodhouse is used as a Royal Palace, but also welcomes members of the public to view items from the Royal Collection and beyond at regular exhibitions. It also is a centrepoint for celebrating the best of Scotland. This is most evident in The Queen’s ‘Holyrood Week’ of engagements, under- taken every year from the end of June to the beginning of July. Her Majesty attends several enga- gements around the country to celebrate Scottish culture, history and achievement. The Investiture held in the Great Gallery is for Scottish residents whose achievements have been recognised in the twice-yearly Honours List which appears at New Year and on The Queen’s Official Birthday in June. King George V and Queen Mary held the first garden party in the grounds of Holyroodhouse and the tradition has been maintained to the present day. Each year, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh entertain around 8,000 guests from all walks of Scottish life during Holyrood week.
History of the Palace of Holyroodhouse
David I founded the Palace of Holyroodhouse as an Augus- tinian monastery in 1128. The Abbey prospered. With Edin- burgh now recognised as Scotland’s capital, her kings chose to live in Holyroodhouse, surrounded by parkland, rather than in the bleak Castle, high on a rock overlooking the town and exposed to the elements. The Abbey prospered. With Edinburgh now recognised as Scotland’s capital, her kings chose to live in Holyroodhouse, surrounded by parkland, rather than in the bleak Castle, high on a rock overlooking the town and exposed to the elements. In 1501 James IV cleared the ground close to the Abbey and built a Palace for himself and his bride, Margaret Tudor – the sister of Henry VIII. Only a fragment of the gatehouse survives today. His successor James V added a massive Tower between 1528 and 1532, and a new west front south of the Tower between 1535 and 1536. Mary, Queen of Scots spent most of her turbulent life in the Palace – a dramatic and often tragic chapter in the history of the building. She married two of her husbands in the palace. Her private secretary David Rizzio was murdered in her private apartments by a group led by her husband Lord Darnley, who was jealous of Rizzio’s influence over Mary. Further renovation was carried out in 1633 to mark the Scottish coronation of James’s son Charles I. During the Civil War Oliver Cromwell’s troops were billeted at the Palace. Charles II was crowned in Scotland in 1651. Although he never returned there, he initiated a substantial rebuilding of Holyroodhouse in the 1670s and the palace was transformed by the Scottish architect, Sir William Bruce. A tower was added to the right, to form a symmetrical façade, and new Royal Apartments were created in a sequence of richly decorated rooms, with sump- tuous plasterwork ceilings, arranged around a classical-style quadrangle’. In the twentieth century, King George V and Queen Mary continued restoration and renovation work on the Palace, which they regarded as a family home. They were instrumental in bringing Holyroodhouse into the twentieth century, installing bathrooms, electricity and lifts. They also began the tradition of Garden Parties being held at the Palace. However, the smooth running of the Palace today owes much to the foresight of an earlier predecessor, Charles II, who built the spacious upper floor where the Royal Family’s private apartments are situated. The Palace of Holyroodhouse has now been home to royalty for over 500 years, and is still the official residence of The Queen in Scotland.
SENTEBALE – In 2006, Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho jointly co-founded Sentebale, a charity set up to ensure the most vulnerable children in Lesotho get the support they need to lead healthy and productive lives. Over the past ten years, Prince Harry has worked to draw attention to the urgent issue of children who live in extreme poverty or suffer from HIV/AIDS in Lesotho, and the importance of delivering essential life-skills and psychosocial support to help combat this crucial problem. Following his first visit to Lesotho during his gap year in 2004, Prince Harry felt compelled to help the children he had met whose lives had been shattered by HIV/AIDS. Together with Prince Seeiso, the younger brother of King Letsie III of Lesotho, Prince Harry set up Sentebale in 2006. Working in partnership with local grassroots organisations, Sentebale helps children in Lesotho who have become victims of extreme poverty or the HIV/AIDS epidemic, providing healthcare, education and psychosocial support. The charity runs and collaborates on a diverse range of programmes; from improving the emotional wellbeing of children coping with HIV to providing care for orphaned children with physical disabilities, Sentebale works in partnerships to positively transform the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable children. The word Sentebale was chosen as the name of the charity and means ‘forget-me-not’ in Sesotho, the official language of Lesotho. The word not only represents the continuation of both of The Princes’ late mothers’ work to help those affected by AIDS and poverty, but also that Lesotho and the plight of its children are not forgotten.
“Eleven years ago I made my first visit to Lesotho, with the help of Prince Seeiso. As we travelled the country I was amazed by its raw beauty; but I was also struck by the many children I met whose lives had been shattered by the loss of a parent and in some cases both. I couldn’t believe that so many children had been robbed of their childhoods by extreme poverty and the ravages of HIV and AIDS. Behind those smiles it was clear they desperately needed care, attention and above all, love.”
Prince Harry visits community sports projects in Wigan – Prince Harry continued his programme of supporting projects that promote sport as a means for social development when he visited three community-based sports organisations for young people in Wigan. The visits gave Prince Harry a further insight into some of the great work that is taking place around the country by community groups, who are developing the life chances of at-risk young people through sports and leisure activities. Two of the organisations he visited are supported by Sported, one of the leading Sport for Development Charities in the UK that specialises in supporting the growth and sustainability of community sport clubs. The first visit of the day was to Cast North West which was created in 2006 to provide a venue where angling can be used as a tool to enhance the employability and educational opportunities of disadvantaged young people, many of whom have faced severe personal challenges and who have been hard to reach at school or at home. The organisation was created by Mr. Neil Farnworth, who previously sat on the local restorative justice referral panel for youth offenders. Through Cast North West, he is able to provide a way to support young people who are at risk of falling out of education, training or employment. Prince Harry toured the UK’s first indoor angling centre, complete with stocked ponds, classrooms and a canteen, and met some of the young people supported by the centre. The site has now expanded to include a fisheries and agriculture social enterprise, as well as educational facilities, through which young people can gain qualifications and work experience. Next stop was The Blair Project at Three Sisters Racing Circuit where Prince Harry joined school children with special educational needs or disabilities, as they become the first in the country to race their own computer designed race karts using new 3D printing and digital manufacturing technologies. The ProtoGP Schools Kart Challenge involves 12 pupils from two schools, forming two race teams. The Blair Project, a social enterprise, has been backing the pioneering project. It uses motorsport as a tool to engage and enthuse young people to pursue jobs or apprenticeships in science, technology, engineering and maths. This pilot project intends to unlock the hidden talents of young people who have special educational needs or learning disabilities and who are at risk of under achievement as they prepare to enter the local labour market. In addition to learning digital manufacture and design skills, the teams will receive relevant careers information and guidance to help them progress into employment or apprenticeships. This is the first time a 3D printed kart has been made and raced in the UK. Following testing, the karts will go on display at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester in July as part of a special schools event for European City of Science. Sported have supported The Blair Project through two volunteer mentors, who have helped with operational tasks such as developing a business plan, and funding presentations. The Blair Project plans to roll out Proto GP in other schools in Wigan and the north-west later in the year. The last visit of the day was to Wigan Youth Zone, a purpose-built youth facility in the heart of the town centre, that provides a safe and fun environment for 8 – 19 year-olds, or anyone aged up to 25 with a disability, to use in their leisure time. His Royal Highness toured the facility, part of OnSide Youth Zones, a national charity creating a network of modern and affordable leisure facilities for young people across the country. Wigan Youth Zone is open every day and has over 5,000 members. It offers over 20 activities each day ranging from football and climbing to music production and employment mentoring. Their objective is to provide opportunities for young people around Wigan to come together to meet friends, enjoy new experiences, learn new skills and access the Support they might need to develop their potential. The Youth Zone is supported by Wigan Council and local business leaders.
The Prince of Wales returns to the Somerset Levels
The Prince of Wales has returned to the flood-hit village of Muchelney. His visit comes five months after he came to see for himself the impact of the flooding on agriculture and the lives and livelihoods of residents on the Somerset Levels. The Levels suffered “once in 100 years” flooding in July 2012, but endured even worse conditions last winter. More than 128,000 acres were deluged – at a huge cost to local farmers – with around 40 homes under water and 200 more cut off. The Prince used the emergency boat service – the only means of travelling in and out of Muchelney at the time – and a tractor to meet people in their own homes. The floods have long since receded and His Royal Highness today recognised the resilience shown by the local community. He also showed his appreciation for the support of organisations and individuals who brought aid to local farmers and residents throughout the crisis – bringing in animal feed from across the UK, helping with the removal and return of stock and providing food and building supplies. The Prince later attended a reception hosted by South Somerset District Council at the Almonry Barn for local residents and businesses. Later in the day, The Prince visited Glastonbury Abbey and Castle Cary rail station, where he met staff from train operator First Great Western who worked during the floods. Councillor Mike Best, chairman of the district council, said: “We are delighted and honoured that His Royal Highness has chosen to return so soon. “We are proud that he will see the amazing recovery achieved by local people and by the environment.” During his last visit in February, His Royal Highness said the “tragedy” on the flood-hit Levels is that “nothing happened for so long”. He also pledged a £50,000 donation from The Prince’s Countryside Fund, of which he is patron, to support flood victims, with the Duke of Westminster matching the funding with an additional £50,000.
The Order of the Thistle
is the greatest order of chivalry in Scotland, recognising sixteen Knights with the highest honour in the country and recognises Scottish men and women who have held public office or who have contributed in a particular way to national life. The Order is second only in precedence in England to the Order of the Garter. The date of the foundation of the Order is not known, although legend has it that it was founded in 809 when King Achaius made an alliance with the Emperor Charlemagne. It is possible that the Order may have been founded by James III (1488-1513), who was responsible for changes in Royal symbolism in Scotland, including the adoption of the thistle as the Royal plant badge. James II (James VII of Scotland) established the Order with a statutory foundation under new rules in 1687 – to reward Scottish peers who supported the king’s political and religious aims. The Queen is the Sovereign of the Order, and appointments made to the Order are entirely her personal gift, in recognition of men and women who have held public office or have contributed significantly to national life. Current Knights and Ladies of the Thistle include music teacher and ex-Director of St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh, Lady Marion Fraser, and previous Chief Scout of the United Kingdom, Sir Garth Morrison. In addition to the 16 Knights and Ladies, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Princess Royal, and The Duke of Cambridge – known in Scotland as The Earl of Strathearn – have been appointed as Royal Knights of the Thistle.
Motto: Nemo me impune lacessit (No one harms me with impunity)
Chapel: Thistle Chapel, St. Giles’ Cathedral
Ranks: Knight or Lady
Post-nominals: KT or LT
The Thistle Service
Every other year, dressed in their striking green velvet robes, glistening insignia and white-plumed hats, the knights take part in a grand procession to the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle in Edinburgh, for the Order of the Thistle Service. The Knights and Ladies meet for a ceremony at The Thistle Chapel in St Giles’ Cathedral, where any new Members are installed into the Order by The Queen. The procession begins in the Signet Library in Edinburgh Town Centre, while just outside the Library in Parliament Square collect The Guard of Honour with the Colours (flags) of the Royal Company, accompanied by the Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. The Sovereign and the Knights, accompanied by the Chancellor, Dean and Secretary of the Thistle, then process into the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle, where The Queen installs the new Knights. The procession then continues to the Cathedral for the remainder of the Service. Following the Service there is a short Reception in the Signet Library, and a lunch at the Palace of Hollyroodhouse.
Yes, you can actually stay at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate! (and you may just run into Will and Kate)
Want to live like a royal? Get a taste of the regal life by renting a house on Queen Elizabeth’s Sandringham country estate. Thousands of visitors flock to Sandringham each year to see the house, visit the museum and enjoy the gardens and country park. But there are also two holiday cottages up for grabs on the grounds of the Queen’s much-loved country retreat: Garden House and The Granary. Garden House, which sleeps eight, was once the head gardner’s house – but don’t worry – the Queen won’t be putting you to work during your stay! The fully furnished house – which comes complete with bed linen, towels and tea towels – includes three twin rooms and one double room, two bathrooms, drawing room, sitting room and dining room, as well as a kitchen and cloakroom. The darling cottage also overlooks the ornamental square garden adjacent to Sandringham House – so watch out for royal family sightings! The rentals runs from Monday to Monday and prices start from £625 (about $975) per week. The property is fully furnished and includes a washing machine, fridge, dishwasher and Aga (a popular iron cooking range). The property has central heating and open fires in the drawing room and sitting room (logs are provided!). The Granary, which sleeps six, is also available for weekly rentals. The recently completed luxury barn conversion has three bedrooms – all ensuite – and a well-equipped oak kitchen-dining room. There’s a cozy living room with a wood-burning stove and patio doors that lead out to a small enclosed garden with patio and lawn. The Granary has underfloor heating and is fully furnished, including washer-dryer, fridge freezer, microwave and dishwasher. All linen is also provided. Rentals run from Monday to Monday, and prices start from £600 (about $935) per week. Sandringham has been a royal residence for over 150 years after Prince Albert purchased it for his wife, Queen Victoria, in 1862. Prince William and Princess Kate are regulars at Sandringham. It is on the Queen’s vast estate in Norfolk that they have their 10-bedroom home, Anmer Hall. William’s mother Diana was born at Park House, which is also on the Sandringham estate. The proud parents were just there last month for Princess Charlotte’s christening at St. Mary Magdalene’s Church on the estate.
Royal gardens at Highgrove
The garden at Highgrove embodies The Prince’s environmental philosophy: that it is better to work with Nature than against it. When he bought the Highgrove estate in 1980, The Prince was adamant that it should be an entirely organic garden and farm. However, at that time there was no sign of a garden at all. Thirteen years later in the book ‘Highgrove: Portrait of an Estate’ The Prince wrote: “It was difficult to know where to begin and I knew nothing about the practical aspects of gardening..” His Royal Highness sought the advice of a friend, Lady Salisbury, who was an experienced organic gardener well-known for her work at Cranbourne and at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. She and The Prince laid out parts of the garden with scented plants. Wisteria, honeysuckle, jasmine, holboellia, lilies and thyme were chosen to surround the house. On the advice of Miriam Rothschild, another gardening expert and one of the country’s leading advocates of biodiversity, The Prince created an experimental wild flower meadow. His Royal Highness desperately wanted to protect our native flora and fauna which was in decline due to modern farming methods. The meadow already boasts around 32 different varieties of endangered native plants including ox-eye daisies, yellow rattle, common spotted orchid, meadow crane’s bill and ragged robin. At its westerly end, the meadow is also home to some of the National Collection of Beeches which The Prince maintains on behalf of the National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens (NCCPG). The Prince is Patron of the NCCPG, which conserves the diversity of our plant heritage through its national collections. In addition to part of the National Collection of Beeches, His Royal Highness has the National Collection of Hostas, a large-leafed plant which he loves. Every year The Prince takes on a new project to take his garden in new directions, such as his walled kitchen garden or the arboretum. The Walled Kitchen Garden helps the Highgrove estate achieve self sufficiency in fruit and vegetables. Colour and form are important, with lettuce seedlings planted in rows of contrasting colours, but ultimately the garden is used to grow vegetables in the cottage garden tradition. Vegetable varieties loved by The Prince are grown such as Charlotte potatoes and Happil strawberries, leeks, spring cabbage, brussel sprouts and carrots. A wide variety of apples are grown from trees next to the Orchard Room, along with others gathered from the Walled Garden, including Formosa Nonpareil, Golden Knot, Cornish Aromatic and Lady’s Delight. There are also examples of some very rare cooking apple trees, of types which are now virtually extinct. Many of the apples grown in the orchard are sent to the Priory, a local retirement home and Tetbury Hospital.
Prince Harry: I’ve killed in Afghanistan. But Dad wants me to act like a prince
At end of four-month tour, Captain Wales describes his time at Camp Bastion and frustration with sections of the media. Prince Harry has flown out of Afghanistan at the end of a four-month tour, during which he admitted killing insurgents while piloting his Apache helicopter and (video) who craved life out of the spotlight. He also revealed his disdain and distrust of some sections of the media and described how his father constantly reminded him to behave more like a member of the royal family. A commander of the army’s most sophisticated attack helicopter, the prince said he had fired on the Taliban during operations to support ground troops and rescue injured Afghan and Nato personnel. His remarks may be seized upon by insurgents to stir anti-British sentiment, but the prince said he was only doing his job. Most of the time the helicopter acted more as a deterrent, he said. “If there’s people trying to do bad stuff to our guys, then we’ll take them out of the game, I suppose,” he said. “Take a life to save a life … the squadron’s been out here. Everyone’s fired a certain amount.” In a series of interviews during his time based at Camp Bastion in Helmand province, he hinted at the difficulty of reconciling the different roles in his life. The prince, known as Captain Wales in the army, explained his “three mes”. “One in the army, one socially in my own private time, and then one with the family and stuff like that. So there is a switch and I flick it when necessary.” He admitted he sometimes “let himself down” with his laddish behaviour, which he put down to “probably being too much army, and not enough prince”, but he said he was entitled to privacy, too. In another unusually frank exchange, he aimed biting criticism at the media, particularly the Sun, the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph, three of the royal family’s most ardent supporters in Fleet Street. He said he was particularly annoyed at articles comparing his role as an Apache co-pilot gunner to Spitfire crews waiting to scramble during the second world war. “No it’s not like that at all,” he said. “I don’t know who quoted that.” Referring to the phone-hacking scandal that hit News International, he said: “I think it was probably the Sun newspaper, but because we haven’t got mobile phones out here they obviously can’t bug our phones so they don’t know what we’re saying.” The prince said his suspicion of the media was rooted in the treatment of his family when “I was very small”, but that he couldn’t help monitoring the stories written about him. “Of course I read them,” the prince said. “If there’s a story and something’s been written about me, I want to know what’s being said. But all it does is just upset me and anger me that people can get away with writing the stuff they do. Not just about me, but about everything and everybody. My father always says, ‘Don’t read it’. Everyone says, ‘Don’t read it, because it’s always rubbish’.” The prince was posted to Afghanistan last September to command a £45m Apache helicopter – one of the military’s most sophisticated and well armed aircraft. During his tour the Apaches flew missions supporting Nato troops fighting the Taliban, and accompanied British Chinook and US Black Hawk medical helicopters during casualty evacuations. Four years ago, the prince had to be spirited out of Afghanistan during his first tour after a media embargo was broken by mistake by an Australian magazine. This time, the Ministry of Defence chose to publicise his deployment on the understanding that newspapers and broadcasters would not give a running commentary on his life out there to allow him to get on with his job. Two-man crews from the BBC, Sky and ITN were sent once each to report on his visit, while a photographer and a reporter from the Press Association were embedded on all three visits. Asked whether he felt more comfortable being Captain Wales than Prince Harry, his reply was one of the most revealing he has given about his relationship with Prince Charles: “Definitely. I’ve always been like that. My father’s always trying to remind me about who I am and stuff like that. But it’s very easy to forget about who I am when I am in the army. Everyone’s wearing the same uniform and doing the same kind of thing. I get on well with the lads and I enjoy my job. It really is as simple as that.” Shortly before he went to Afghanistan, the prince was caught in another media furore, when pictures emerged of him frolicking naked in Las Vegas during a private party. Harry said he had let himself down, but also blamed the media. “I probably let myself down, I let my family down, I let other people down. But at the end of the day I was in a private area and there should be a certain amount of privacy that one should expect. It was probably a classic example of me probably being too much army, and not enough prince. It’s a simple case of that. “The papers knew that I was going out to Afghanistan anyway, so the way I was treated from them I don’t think is acceptable.” He added: “Certain people remind me, ‘Remember who you are, so don’t always drop your guard’.” Asked where he and his brother’s fascination with helicopters came from, he said: “Probably the fact that you can only fit a certain amount of people in a helicopter, therefore no one can follow us, like you guys.”
Military career: Prince Harry began his military career as an Officer Cadet at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in May 2005 and after successfully completing his training course, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals). He went on to serve with the British Armed Forces for ten years, where he undertook two operational tours of Afghanistan, the first between 2007 and 2008 as a Forward Air Controller. Shortly after returning to the UK Prince Harry was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant with The Household Cavalry. At the end of 2012, he undertook his second tour of duty to Afghanistan, this time as an Apache Pilot, returning at the beginning of 2013. In July 2013, he qualified as Apache Aircraft Commander. In early 2014 Prince Harry completed his attachment to the Army Air Corps and transferred to a Staff Officer role in HQ London District, where he helped organise the inaugural Invictus Games in London – an international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women. In March 2015, Kensington Palace announced that after a fulfilling military career, Prince Harry would leave the Armed Forces holding the rank of Captain. As he left operational service in June 2015, Prince Harry said: “The experiences I have had over the last 10 years will stay with me for the rest of my life. For that I will always be hugely grateful.” Prince Harry remains closely connected to the Armed Forces, volunteering with the Personnel Recovery Unit in London District to help improve the welfare of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women.
Duties: Prince Harry combines a programme of charitable activity alongside his public service in support of The Queen, undertaking official engagements in the UK and overseas. He is Patron of a number of organisations and spends the majority of his charitable work focusing on the welfare of servicemen and women, championing developmental opportunities for hard to reach children and African conservation. He co-founded the charity Sentebale with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in memory of their mothers (Sentebale means ‘Forget me not’) to support orphans and vulnerable children in Lesotho. Alongside his brother and sister-in-law, he is also Patron of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. In 2014, Prince Harry created and helped organise the Invictus Games in London. The Games are an international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women. They use the power of sport to inspire recover, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect of all those who serve their country. The inaugural Invictus Games held in London saw over 400 competitors from 13 nations compete in nine adaptive sports.
Titles: Prince Harry’s official title is His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales. He was made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) by The Queen in June 2015.
Prince Harry continued his programme of supporting projects that promote sport as a means for social development when he visited three community-based sports organisations for young people in Wigan. The visits gave Prince Harry a further insight into some of the great work that is taking place around the country by community groups, who are developing the life chances of at-risk young people through sports and leisure activities. Two of the organisations he visited are supported by Sported, one of the leading Sport for Development Charities in the UK that specialises in supporting the growth and sustainability of community sport clubs. The first visit of the day was to Cast North West which was created in 2006 to provide a venue where angling can be used as a tool to enhance the employability and educational opportunities of disadvantaged young people, many of whom have faced severe personal challenges and who have been hard to reach at school or at home. The organisation was created by Mr. Neil Farnworth, who previously sat on the local restorative justice referral panel for youth offenders. Through Cast North West, he is able to provide a way to support young people who are at risk of falling out of education, training or employment. Prince Harry toured the UK’s first indoor angling centre, complete with stocked ponds, classrooms and a canteen, and met some of the young people supported by the centre. The site has now expanded to include a fisheries and agriculture social enterprise, as well as educational facilities, through which young people can gain qualifications and work experience.
From: Majesty Magazine July 2016.
HRH Prince Harry of Wales: 31 years of history
In celebration of Prince Harry’s 30th birthday, ITV have released a new documentary celebrating the past three decades of his life. Featuring archive footage and contributions from friends, military colleagues, historians, journalists, photographers and royal correspondents, this hour-long documentary explores every iconic moment in the prince’s life. The programme gives an insight into Harry’s military career, his charity work, family life and his public duty and explores what makes him such a well-respected and well-liked member of the Royal Family.
Disclaimer: I don’t own this video. It’s ITV’s.
HRH Prince Harry explains how he got the Queen to do Invictus Games video
William, Kate & Harry
The family attended the inauguration of the Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire. Highlights of their visit included a trip to the Great Hall, a special effects demonstration on Diagon Alley and a wand lesson in The Gryffindor Common Room. ‘An inauguration is a formal ceremony to mark the beginning of a major political leader’s term of office.’ ‘Casting a spell: The trio mimic characters Harry Potter, Hermione and Ron as they lark around on the set with wands’ ‘Don’t turn me into a frog! The princes joke about with their wands on Diagon Alley’
Prince Harry of Wales, who left the Army in June, was in his element exchanging banter with the troops. He laughed when his face appeared on a video about the first Invictus Games and one wag in the audience shouted: “Who’s that?” Out on the sports field, the Prince helped rescue one wheelchair-bound woman athlete.
Diana, princess of Wales was the first spouse of the British prince Charles and the mother of the princes William en Harry. Born: July 1, 1961, Sandringham, UK. Died: August 31, 1997, Paris, France. Funeral: September 6, 1997, Althorp, UK. Children: William, Duke of Cambridge, Harry, prince of Wales.
Synopsis – Born in London, England, on September 15, 1984, Prince Harry is the second son of Charles, Prince of Wales and Princess Diana. As a teenager he seemed to have taken the place of his mother in the tabloids, shocking the public with his escapades and shows of cultural insensitivity. He served in Afghanistan and was promoted to captain in 2011 after holding the rank of Lieutenant since 2008. In 2015, Prince Harry ended a decade of active service in the military. He currently volunteers for the army in support of wounded servicemen as well as devoting his time to his duties as a member of the royal family. He is involved in numerous charitable causes.
Family Life – As the second son of Princess Diana and Prince Charles, Prince Harry is currently fifth in line to the English throne, behind his father, older brother William and William’s two children. He has grown up under intense media scrutiny, having his personal tragedies as well as his antics and gaffes as the subject of numerous news reports.His mother once described Prince Harry as “very artistic and sporty.” At an early age, he developed an interest in riding and hunting. While the family lived in Kensington Palace during the week, they often spent the weekends at Highgrove House, their family’s estate in Gloucestershire. Their mother strove to give both her sons “as normal a life as possible” despite their privileged position in British society. To this end, Prince Harry attended Mrs. Mynors nursery school in London’s Notting Hill neighborhood. Princess Diana also took Prince Harry and his brother to amusement parks, fast-food restaurants, and other places frequented by other children their age.
Growing Up Under the Spotlight – Photographers were on hand as his parents dropped Prince Harry off for his first day of school in September of 1987. According to Ingrid Seward’s William & Harry, the young prince had a difficult time adjusting to school initially. Despite his parents’ increasingly strained marriage, he became known for his happy-go-lucky disposition as a child. Prince Harry also developed an interest in all things military as he matured. In 1989, Prince Harry enrolled at the Wetherby School, where his older brother William was already a student. He then followed his brother to the Ludgrove School, a boarding school in Berkshire, in 1992. Around this time, he was reportedly informed of his parents’ impending separation, which was officially announced that December. The couple divorced in 1996. After the separation, Prince Harry and Prince William spent their school holidays dividing their time between their parents. They spent time at Highgrove with their father, enjoying outdoor pursuits, as well as going on official trips and vacations abroad. With their mother, they engaged in a variety of activities from going on tropical holidays to visiting AIDS clinics and homeless shelters.
Mother’s Tragic death – Prince Harry remained at Balmoral for several days after his mother’s death, mourning in seclusion with his family. He then traveled to London with his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and his brother, to prepare for Princess Diana’s funeral. On September 6, 1997, Prince Harry walked past thousands of people who had gathered to say good-bye to the woman many had dubbed “the people’s princess.” He trailed behind his mother’s coffin in the funeral procession along with his brother, father, and grandfather, Prince Phillip. After the service, Prince Harry and other family members traveled to Althrop, his mother’s family estate in Northampton owned by his uncle Charles, the 9th Earl of Spencer. His mother’s body was laid to rest on an island in the middle of a lake on the grounds there. Struggling with this tremendous loss, Prince Harry suffered from nightmares about his mother’s death for a time, according to Christopher Andersen’s Diana’s Boys. He returned to Ludgrove a short time after the funeral. During his next school break, Prince Harry traveled with his father to Botswana and South Africa. The trip lifted his spirit and gave him a chance to mingle with the members of the pop group Spice Girls during a concert there.
Teenage Challenges – Back at school, Prince Harry faced some academic challenges. It was decided that he would spend an extra year at Ludgrove before applying Eton College. All of his extra efforts paid off, he passed the entrance exam with flying colors. He began his studies there in 1998. That same year, Prince Harry and Prince William demonstrated their cheeky sense of humor with a surprise 50th birthday party for their father, which featured some comedy sketches poking fun at Prince Charles. Actors Rowan Atkinson, Stephen Fry, and Emma Thompson were all part of the act. Around this time, the princes also met their future stepmother Camilla Parker Bowles—the woman that their father had been involved with on and off for years. Like some other teenagers, Prince Harry liked to party. He reportedly engaged in underage drinking—sometimes at a pub and at Highgrove—and tried smoking marijuana during the summer of 2001. In January of 2002, reports of the prince’s illegal activities made tabloid headlines. Prince Harry admitted his misdeeds to his father who made the young royal visit a South London rehabilitation center to see firsthand the dangers associated with drug use. In 2003, Prince Harry graduated from Eton. He spent some time traveling through Australia, Argentina, and Africa after finishing school. An avid polo player, Prince Harry participated in the Young England versus Young Australia Polo Match Test in Australia. He became involved in charity work while visiting Lesotho in southern Africa. He worked at a home for orphans of AIDS victims. To promote awareness of the problems there, he created a documentary called The Forgotten Kingdom: Prince Harry in Lesotho. The film helped raise approximately $2 million for the British Red Cross Lesotho Fund. Around this time, Prince Harry became romantically linked with Chelsy Davy, according to news reports. The two dated on and off for years. Prince Harry again found himself immersed in controversy in January of 2005 after photographs of him wearing a Nazi uniform to a costume party were published in several newspapers. There was a public outcry about Prince Harry’s costume, calling him insensitive. It was shocking to many that the prince could casually appear the uniform with a swastika armband — a symbol of hate and the atrocities of the Holocaust. In response to the criticism, Prince Harry issued a statement, saying “I am very sorry if I caused any offence or embarrassment to anyone. It was a poor choice of costume and I apologize.”
Military Career – >A few months later, Prince Harry and his brother attended their father’s wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles. “She’s always been very close to me and William… She’s not the wicked stepmother. She’s a wonderful woman and she’s made our father very, very happy which is the most important thing,” Prince Harry told the press at the time. In May of 2005, Prince Harry enrolled at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He underwent 44 weeks of training there and, in April 2006, joined the Household Cavalry as a Second Lieutenant. Later that year, Prince Harry and Prince William announced their plans for a special concert to be held in 2007 to mark the tenth anniversary of their mother’s passing. On what would have been Princess Diana’s 46th birthday, more than 60,000 people gathered at Wembley Stadium for the Concert for Diana. The event raised money for the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and several other charities including Sentebale, which Prince Harry has established to help children and others affected by the AIDS crisis in Lesotho. That same year, Prince Harry began training for possible war zone deployment. His status as a royal posed certain security challenges to the army, and there was much debate regarding whether he should be allowed to serve in a combat situation. In February of 2008, Prince Harry began his tour of duty in Afghanistan. He served for two months. In early 2009, Prince Harry once again faced criticism for his insensitivity. Videos of him from 2006 surfaced and depicted him using a derogatory term for a fellow Pakistani soldier as well as another offensive remark. Prince Harry apologized for his comments, and the army ordered him to undergo sensitivity training. Despite this latest incident, Prince Harry continued to pursue a career in the military. He started his training to become an Apache helicopter pilot in the Army Air Corps in 2009. After two and a half years, Prince Harry completed his program in February 2012. He then put these newfound skills to work in his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, which began that September. During his time there, Prince Harry participated in combat missions. After a decade of training and service, in 2015 he ended his official duties and currently volunteers to assist wounded servicemen.
Photo Scandal – In August 2012, Prince Harry became the subject of numerous news stories after nude photos of the royal had been leaked to the public. The images of the prince were taken during a private party in a hotel room in Las Vegas where the prince had been vacationing. He and his friends had reportedly been playing a game of strip billiards. The photos of the partying prince ran in Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun, but most other papers in England declined to run them. While the story dominated the headlines for a short time, the scandal seems to have no lasting impact on his public image. One of his first public appearances after the scandal was at the WellChild Awards in London, where he received a warm welcome. Prince Harry serves a patron to WellChild, a charity dedicated to supporting sick children and their families. He even joked in his speech that he was “never shy in coming forward,” according to BBC News.
Relationship Woes – Prince Harry met Cressida Bonas during the summer of 2012. The couple was introduced by Harry’s cousin Princess Eugenie. While initially staying out of the spotlight, Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas eventually took their relationship public. The pair was often spotted out in London and even attended their first official public event together in March 2014. Tabloids circulated stories regarding a possible engagement between the two. That following April, however, Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas decided to end their relationship after nearly two years. According to a BBC News report, their split is “amicable” and the former couple remains “the best of friends.” Some royal watchers think that this break-up may not spell the end of their relationship. Kate Middleton and Prince William broke up and reunited during their relationship.