Saturday, April 23, 2011

Royal News Roundup

This has been a busy week for the royals of the far north, Sweden in particular. Last weekend it was revealed by the press that HM King Carl XVI Gustaf paid a surprise visit to the Swedish military forces in Afghanistan. The King was determined to go in person to open a new military camp for the Swedish troops (Camp Monitor) which will be a helicopter base for the rapid evacuation of wounded people. The King visited with the troops, expressing his moral support for them, how impressed he is with their devotion to duty as well as both his own the Swedish peoples pride in their soldiers and support for their mission in Afghanistan. The King arrived on Thursday and left on Saturday, the first Swedish royal visit since Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel visited in 2010.

Back at home, or in America rather, lovely Princess Madeleine has come under some criticism for her parties and shopping sprees in the Big Apple. Evidently the sympathy over her break-up with her ex-fiancé has about run out and more people have been asking about her charitable work when all they see is shopping and nights out with her new boyfriend. It was released that Princess Madeleine is working with the Queen’s charity in New York, in a supervisory role but that she is not being paid. Rather than silence the rumblings, people then began to ask where the money for her high-living was coming from, the answer of course being her government allowance, and that has caused some criticism. All the years of socialism and the recent tidal wave of immigrants could not possibly be to blame, so of course the media focuses on Princess Madeleine and her shopping trips. Yawn.

An unusual story has also appeared out of Miami, Florida where, in November, a new church will be consecrated, bearing the name of HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway. Organizers asked the future Norwegian queen for her permission to use her name in such a way and she consented. The full name of the place will be, “The Church’s Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s Church - Scandinavian Church and Center”. It will be run by the Seamen’s church and will join other of their churches with royal names in Stockholm, Paris, New York, Torrevieja and Copenhagen. Seamen’s church leaders said that the Norwegian Crown Princely couple had visited their church in Miami and that the Crown Princess had demonstrated, “a commitment to religion in a social context that coincides with the values Seamen’s Church stands for” said their Secretary General. The Seamen’s Church is the name of the Church of Norway abroad, usually located in major ports, to serve the Norwegian and Swedish communities (and sailors) in those areas.

In the Low Countries, HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and HRH the Prince of Orange attended a special memorial for the victims of the mall shooting on Saturday, April 9. The Queen and Crown Prince met with the families of the victims after the memorial and the Dutch prime minister expressed the solidarity of all Netherlanders with them in their difficult time. In Belgium, a special program was aired taking advantage of all the attention on the upcoming royal wedding in Britain, highlighting the long ties between the kingdoms of Great Britain and Belgium. Most of the focus was on King Leopold I of the Belgians whose first wife was the short-lived Princess Charlotte of Wales and who later helped introduce Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

In Rome, in a display of how hi-tech the modern world is, HH Pope Benedict XVI appeared on Italian TV on Good Friday, answering questions from children from around the world on the program “In His Image”. The Pontiff was given some pretty ‘hard ball’ questions from the little ones, ranging from the timeless question of why innocent people suffer so terribly to the state of the soul of a comatose person to more Easter-oriented questions about Christ and the resurrection. The Pope spoke of the Church trying to help in war torn areas and, on the devastation in Japan, admitted that he could not answer why such suffering happens to some and not others but reiterated that Jesus suffered too and that the Catholic community was with those suffering in effort and in prayer. Once the Easter festivities are over the Pontiff will relocate for a time to Castel Gandolfo for a ‘working vacation’.

In Great Britain, Thursday was a doubly special day as both Maundy Thursday and the actual birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth II who turned 85-years old. The Queen was at Westminster Abbey for religious services, handing out the traditional Maundy money to some 170 elderly people (85 men and 85 women) to mark the occasion. Also, as of Her Majesty’s 85th birthday the Queen has become the oldest reigning British monarch in history and she seems ready, willing and able to continue her service for a long time to come. We all certainly hope that she does. God Save the Queen!

Blog News: Next week there will be a mini-series on refuting republicanism based on Christian history and the Bible, a look at two famous English and Austrian consorts, monarchists from Hungary and Spain, a monarch from Mongolia, an Elizabethan movie review and videos on Emperor Don Pedro II of Brazil and the Imperial Family of Mexico. (switching to broadcaster voice) And we hope you stay tuned for those reports. -MM

8 comments:

  1. I look forward to next week!

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  2. The Blog News are interesting but maybe you could add another Movie Review about Anastasia (1997 film) made by Fox, it was nominated to two Oscars an Golden Globe and eight prizes three nominations more, so i think that maybe you could be interested in a film about the daughter of the last Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russias.

    Hi from Argentina.

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  3. I couldn't really do that as I've never seen such a movie (I don't even remember one coming out at that time). However, just as a word of warning, if it is another of those "I'm the real, long lost Anastasia" stories, I take a very dim view of those. Some still find some sport in speculating about it but, for me, the case has been settled, the Grand Duchess was martyred and I tend to view attempts to prove that she wasn't as sort of trying to 'rob' her of her saintly status.

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  4. This film is about the real anastasia in his quest to find his past because during his scape of St Peterburg along his Grandmother Maria Feodorovna she falls of the train and lose her memory and reencounter with her Grandmother, see the info in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anastasia_(1997_film) and is a Remake of a Fox's 1956 film.

    Hi from Argentina.

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  5. Thanks for the royal news update as always. I am really looking forward to your mini-series next week. I am sure it will be very interesting.

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  6. I hope it does not disappoint them, I'm worried I may have lost 'control' of it in the process as I am known to do, whether writing or speaking. I'm very prone to wander off.

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  7. Hello again Mr. Mad, I think now would a good time to share a rather 'interesting'article I found with you.

    http://thinkprogress.org/2011/04/24/kate-william-arab-dictator/

    The comments alone are gold. :P

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  8. Personal feelings about his actions aside, the man is no dictator, he simply rules in the same fashion as all of his ancestors. Not long ago he would have been called a close ally, now he's called a "dictator" without a single change in his part.

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