Prince Charles from Luxembourg home
In Luxembourg, hereditary Duchess Stéphanie and her newborn son Charles left the Grand Duchess Charlotte hospital. The tiny prince and second in line for the succession to the throne posed on his mother’s arm and clenched press fists at the entrance to the hospital. Charles was born on Caesarean section on Mother’s Day.
Earlier Wednesday, the Luxembourg court released the first official photos of the little prince, including snoozing on a white teddy bear.
Last Sunday, a glimpse of Charles could be caught through a recording of a Skype conversation his parents had in corona times with his grandparents, Grand Duke Henri and grand duchess Maria Teresa (photo below). For them, the counter is now five grandchildren.
Son prince louis divorced Tessy Antony last year but has two young teens with her, prince Gabriel and prince Noah. Henri’s son Prince Felix also has a daughter princess Amalia and son prince Liam.
Five-year-old Amalia was secretly looked at for the succession to the throne, because a pregnancy with the hereditary ducal couple Guillaume and Stéphanie was delayed (consciously or not) for 7 years. That side slope through younger brother Félix is now off the track.
Guillaume’s brother Prince Félix with wife Claire Lademacher and their children, Amalia and Liam. They live in France.
Prince Charles lives with his parents Guillaume and Stéphanie in Fischbach castle, the residence of Grand Duke Jean until his death last year. The castle, which was once owned by the Dutch kings Willem I and II, is alternately inhabited by heirs of Luxembourg and successors of the state. Fischbach is surrounded by nature. “Ideal to grow up in,” said Guillaume.
A photo from the old box with Grand Duke Henri and his family at Fischbach.
Protest against Thai king continues
In the German capital Berlin, the German action group PixelHelper held a light projection at the Thai embassy in protest of the presence of the Thai king Vajiralongkorn or Rama X in the country.
The activists want him to leave and draw attention to democracy and human rights. On Twitter, PixelHelper compares the king to Charlie Chaplin in the satirical movie “The great dictator”, wondering why Thailand has a king living in Germany.
The eccentric Vajiralongkorn often comes to Bavaria where he has a residence. At the beginning of April, the German newspaper Bild reported that the king rented a German four-star hotel in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in full corona crisis and went “quarantined” with an entourage of 20 companions and dozens of servants. Protests also broke out at that hotel.
The light projection at the embassy in Berlin.
One does, the other does not
You may have noticed: one king wears a mask to disposable gloves, the other does not. The Dutch news agency ANP took a closer look at it. The Dutch King Willem Alexander and Queen Máxima appear without a mask, in line with the advice of RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment).
Face masks are only mandatory in the Netherlands from 1 June on public transport. For example, hairdressers and their customers are not required. According to Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the scientific evidence is “thin”, but correct use shows “a limited positive effect”. So keeping a distance is the slogan for the Dutch royal couple. So few people are invited or taken during their working visits.
Máxima visits a company that just makes medical mouth masks.
King Filip and Queen Mathilde on the other hand, masks often wear outdoors, according to the guidelines of our virologists. For example, both already went to shops (to find out how they build in the security measures there) where they could potentially come into contact with more people. Situations where keeping distance is not always evident.
The Norwegian Royal Family chose not to wear face masks at the national commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Norway (WW II), as did the Danish Queen Margrethe at the commemoration of the dead. Face masks are not mandatory in Norway and Denmark. The Norwegian king harald (83) and Queen Sonja (82) went out for the first time for an official ceremony. Since their state visit to Jordan in March, they have lived in seclusion.
King Harald at the memorial.
The Spanish king felipe and queen Letizia always go out with protective equipment (photo below), in line with Spanish guidelines. They wear mouth and nose protection and usually also gloves.
Members of the Japanese imperial family, even when transported by car in Tokyo, wear face masks. Just before the entrance to the palace complex, the window goes down so that they can be photographed properly.
Empress Masako releases the silkworm
In Japan, the new Empress Masako the tradition of imperial silk farming continued. With the so-called Goyosan Hajime no Giceremony, silkworms – the eggs – are released on the oak leaves in the nurseries of the palace in Tokyo. The tradition goes back to 1871, when silk production was still extremely important, and it continued two years ago former empress Michiko honored (photo below).
The ceremony was adapted in corona times: Masako was assisted by only one palace worker instead of five, and only one species of silkworm were released, the native Koishimarucaterpillar that the court cherishes.
It was Michiko who kept the less popular caterpillar, because the species produces less. But the thinner silk is ideal for restoring ancient textiles. With the imperial harvest, worn textiles are tackled in temples or the silk is used to make fabrics as gifts for high guests.
Former Empress Michiko at work in the greenhouses in 2018.