HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall will be begin their tour of Scandinavian countries in late March, and their first stop will be Norway. The tour marks the start of Their Royal Highnesses’ official overseas celebrations of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
King Harald and Queen Sonja will host the couple during their stay in Norway. Charles and Camilla will perform official duties which include visiting Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, attending a banquet at the Royal Palace in Oslo, and visiting the Nobel Peace Center to meet the survivors from the 2011 Utøya island massacre.
This tour will also be a time to visit with family – Charles’ great-grandfather was the brother of Harald’s grandmother (King George V was the brother of Princess Maud of Wales, who later became Queen of Norway).
After Norway, the British royals will visit Sweden. It is highly likely that the couple will get a chance to meet the new heir to the Swedish throne – Crown Princess Victoria is due to give birth in the early days of March. Though the prince has met King Carl XVI Gustaf, this will be Charles’ first official visit to Sweden.
The Windsors are also connected to the Bernadottes of Sweden through Gustaf VI Adolf, who was married first to Princess Margaret of Connaught (a granddaughter of Queen Victoria) and then to Princess Louise of Battenberg (the sister of Lord Louis Mountbatten).
The next stop will be Denmark to pay a visit to Queen Margrethe II, another family member. Like Elizabeth II, Queen Margrethe is celebrating a Jubilee this year – 2012 marks her 40th year on the Danish throne. She is related to the British royal family through her grandmother, Princess Margaret of Connaught. Charles was previously in Denmark in 2009, and his son William, along with wife Catherine, visited Copenhagen and met with Crown Prince Frederik to view UNICEF relief operations in November 2011.
The tour will take place from March 20th to 27th.
The Duchess of Cambridge revealed the name of her new puppy while visiting a primary school in Oxford. Catherine was in town to lend support to The Art Room, a program that uses art therapy to help disadvantaged children. Catherine recently became patron of the program.
While chatting with the children during their art lessons, Catherine revealed the name of her new cocker spaniel puppy – “Lupo”.
People have been enraptured with the adorable little pup since he appeared with William and Catherine while they were out for a private stroll.
As a British expat trying to keep in touch with the old sod, I’ve acquired the slightly eccentric habit of buying coffee mugs recording key moments in the public life of our royal family. Alas, those celebrating the weddings of Prince Charles and Prince Andrew broke soon after their marriages fell apart. Not so the mug I bought for Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee in 2002. In fine bone china, no less than in person, she just keeps on going.
This year she will celebrate the 60th anniversary of her reign, only the second Diamond Jubilee in British history. (Queen Victoria’s, in 1897, was the first.) And along with, yes, more coffee mugs, the occasion has triggered a round of reverential royal biographies, including one by an American, Sally Bedell Smith. In ”Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch,” she curtsies before the British throne as deeply as a lady-in-waiting.
Robert Booth of the Guardian reports that the private documents pertaining to Prince Charles in his capacity as the Duke of Cornwall will be released in about a months’ time.
The documents reveal the extent of Charles’ role over the marine and coastal access bill, which lays out the planned renewable energy installations along the coast of Cornwall, the nature conservation in the area, financial provisions for projects, etc. Unlike the Queen giving Constitutional royal assent to bills, the Prince’s power of veto can only be exercised when a new bill might affect his own interests. In this case, it is the Duchy of Cornwall, his private estate located within the Southwestern tip of England.
The Duchy has traditionally been the landholding of Princes of Wales since its creation in the 1300s. Any bill that is to be passed that may affect the property can be vetoed or accepted by the Prince.