Saturday, December 10, 2011
Royal News Roundup
In the Arab royal world, HM Queen Rania of Jordan handed out her annual Excellence in Education awards at the Applied Science Private University in Amman this week, something she has been doing since 2005. Perhaps hinting at recent events beyond education the Queen said, “Change for us is an opportunity. An opportunity to learn from the past, and set modern plans for our future”. A worthy endeavor to be sure. Meanwhile, all the way over in Morocco, HM King Mohammed VI put down a new foundation stone in the port/fishing city of M’diq for a new social center to be built, part of an overall project, on-going to renew and refurbish the city.
Mad for Monaco.
Such good news has not been widespread, sadly, in the royal circles of Scandinavia. It has been a very bad week for the Swedish Royal Family with recordings coming to light purporting to show the King and a friend attempting to pay off a night club owner with mob ties to induce him to take back stories that the monarch attended “adult parties” (wink, wink) at his establishment. The King had previously denied any such behavior and the recordings have, frankly, made him seem more than a little dishonest and public confidence in the monarchy has fallen to a new low with over a third of the public saying they have lost faith in their monarch according to a new poll by Swedish television network TV4. Considering that King Carl XVI Gustaf has only a strictly ceremonial role in his country, it would be difficult to say he has not done his “job” well over the years but, nonetheless, it seems that Crown Princess Victoria will have her work cut out for her in improving the image of the monarchy in Sweden. Will this latest revelations mean she might get the job sooner than expected? The rest of the Royal Family is certainly not pleased. Rumor has it that Queen Silvia is furious (which would be natural) and that this is part of the reason why Prince Carl Philip and Princess Madeleine have been staying abroad so much. It is a sad state of affairs and we can only hope that the reputation of the monarchy can be salvaged. It is bigger than one man after all.