After 39 Years on the Throne, King Juan Carlos I Announces Abdication

SPAIN-POLITICS-ROYALS-ABDICATIONWhile most were transfixed to their television screens last night watching the fictional Game of Thrones, those on the Spanish court were preparing the announcement of the latest move of their own throne.

King Juan Carlos AbdicationAdmittedly a shock to most royal watchers, King Juan Carlos I had been swimming in more and more controversy as of late, and abdication had been a topic of more discussion.

SPAIN-POLITICS-ROYALS-ABDICATIONOn the heels of the abdication of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in January of 2013, and King Albert II of Belgium in July of 2013, some think this is becoming a trend. Going out ‘on top.’

Though many Swedes reportedly wish their King–King Carl XVI Gustaf–to do the same, it’s quite unlikely. He is still young (68), respectively, and Crown Princess Victoria still has a young, growing family.

Crown Prince Frederik is known as ‘the reluctant King,’ so I think the same is to be said for the Danish royals–not just yet.

As for Queen Elizabeth II, as much as Prince Charles may have urged his mother to relinquish the throne to him in the past, I think he has accepted the fact that she will stick to what she had said more than 65 years ago on her 21st birthday:

“I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and to the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”

As pointed out by many on Twitter, every heir (aside from CP Victoria) will soon be under 12 years old, except for England, where the heir is nearly 70.

Nonetheless, an exciting day for royal news, especially soon-to-be King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia*!

*Queen Consort
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Royal Rewind: Week of May 30, 2014

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Note: Let’s skip to the good stuff. If you want day-by-day rundowns of what the royals around the world were up to this past week, this site is far better at keeping up than I am.

This week in Royal news…

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh attended Household Cavalry Standards Parade.

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attended World MS Day.

Crown Prince Frederik turned 46.

Princess Anne, the Queen, Prince Philip, and Prince Harry showed support for Blues and Royals regiment at garden party.

Spanish royals attended ‘Rey de Espana’ and ‘Don Quijote’ Journalism Awards 2014.

Queen Silvia of Sweden attended an international conference for children’s rights.

Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene announced pregnancy.

Kate made first appearance since tour (pictured above).

Around the web…

Rumors abound after Crown Prince Frederik and Mary celebrate ten years.

Prince Harry has had a busy month. The latest including playing rugby with little kids, and flirting with a mystery blonde.

Mayor declined charity donation from profits of Kate’s bum photo.

The Daily Beast had two takes on the Kate Debate: one in defense and one not impressed.

The Hollywood Reporter did a piece on the not-so-glamorous side of Monaco royals.

Royals in the Military

After Prince William’s latest announcement regarding his career now that he is officially retired from the RAF, and with the upcoming book about the lives of RAF wives and Kate’s foreward, I thought it’d be a great time to recap some royals in the military. (Click the photo for the caption.)

Do you think Kate will follow suit of the other Crown Princesses and do basic training?

Royal Rewind: Week of May 16, 2014

Princess Ingrid Alexandra attends Parliament 2014

Note: Let’s skip to the good stuff. If you want day-by-day rundowns of what the royals around the world were up to this past week, this site is far better at keeping up than I am.

This week in Royal news…

Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway attended her first Parliament session, and looked darling. (Pictured above.)

Prince William and Prince Charles fought about getting rid of collection of ivory. (Parents, am I right? The old ‘burning the ivory” bickering.)

Prince William became president of scuba club (clearly stepping up his work load…) and said he hopes Prince George will follow in his father’s scuba fins steps.

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark showed support for Eurovision.

The Duke of Cambridge stepped out for first engagement since tour.

The King of Sweden presented scholarships for 50th Anniversary Fund for Science, Technology, and the Environment.

Prince Harry sent his ‘first’ tweet.

Zara Phillips celebrated her 33rd birthday.

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands attended concert for the elderly.

Crown Princess Victoria presented award at recycling day.

Prince Harry on tour to Estonia and Italy to celebrate war heroes. (And flew EasyJet.)

Around the web…

Ralph Lauren peeved at Kate’s no-show at event.

Prince Harry had all kinds of fun during his Memphis jaunt, including an anonymous blonde…

‘Grace of Monaco’ film receives ‘worse reviews than Diana.’ (Meaning it must be terrible.)

Prince Harry put in ‘offer’ of dreamy pub.

The Queen’s latest portrait (the one where she smiles) now in color.

 

Royal Rewind: Week of May 9, 2014

Kronprinsessne i havnen i Kristiansand. Foto: Tor Erik Schrøder / NTB scanpix

Kronprinsessne i havnen i Kristiansand. Foto: Tor Erik Schrøder / NTB scanpixNote: Let’s skip to the good stuff. If you want day-by-day rundowns of what the royals around the world were up to this past week, this site is far better at keeping up than I am.

This week in Royal news…

Crown Princesses Mary and Mette-Marit attended a commemoration for fallen Danish in the battle of Heligoland of 1864. (Pictured above.)

Prince Harry celebrated the tenth year of his charity, Sentebale. Joss Stone and the Prince proved to the world that Prince Harry will be just fine. There are many more blonde fish in the sea.

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit helped clean up a local beach. CP Mette-Marit continues to be a respectable royal princess.

Prince Henrik of Denmark turned 5, super cute photos of the young prince were shared on the Danish Royal website.

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands attended a play based on the diaries of Anne Frank.

Around the web…

Since we can’t stop it, we might as well help spread awareness. There is a seemingly huge misunderstanding in America about WHO the real Prince Harry is. Here is a guide to help. Please spread the word.

And even more on that subject, it seems as though Cressida and Harry are done for good. To that I say… time will truly tell.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s official website has Prince George’s birthday listed incorrectly. They had ONE JOB. (Thanks, Kate Middleton Review for pointing out the blunder.)

Kate is ‘addicted to online shopping‘ and this allegation surprises… absolutely no one.

Tiara madness. (It’s as good as it sounds. Thanks GFY for the link.)

Crown Princess and her kids visited Eurovision, Crown Prince Frederik and Mary will attend tomorrow night.

 

And again… WHERE’S KATE?

Crown Princess Mary Vogue Australia Feature, 2004

20140507-222501.jpg It’s an ordinary story – during the 2000 Olympics, a young Australian woman, Mary Donaldson, goes to a pub in Sydney, where she meets and ultimately marries a man named Fred. In this case however, Fred just happens to be His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, heir apparent to the Danish throne. 20140507-222746.jpg Being a modern princess must come with its own set of challenges, full stop, and it’s a subject I broach with the Crown Princess later in the day. Once she realised that marriage was on the horizon, was she ever daunted by the fact that she was about to join a monarchy, and leave behind her previous life? 20140507-223001.jpgCrown Princess Mary looks reflective.

“I’m the sort of person that takes things as they come,” she answers thoughtfully. “I never look too far ahead of myself. The way I came into this situation was gradual. By the point marriage was a consideration, I was too far gone on the personal side to turn back. I was beyond the point of return. I knew I could deal with this because I was in it for all the right reasons. I am with the person that I love.”20140507-223457.jpg“But of course there were times when my best friend and I used to joke about it. ‘How did I get myself into this mess?’” she laughs. “It was almost too surreal to actually think about at times. The word surreal is probably one of my most commonly used words right now! So I am lucky that I am of that nature where I tend to take things as they come, otherwise I may have run away from it. Maybe? But I wasn’t in his world, I didn’t see him in his everyday world. I was in Australia. So it came about from a pure place, from love. You really don’t know exactly how you’re going to react in a situation until you’re in that moment so it’s important to focus on that moment.”

20140507-223503.jpg20140507-223510.jpgI ask her if she believes in destiny. Surely hers is a story that illustrates it more than most?

“Destiny is a very big question, I think it’s a comforting and helpful thing to have some belief in. It gives you some comfort, that there’s some reason behind why things happen the way they do. Not only the good but also the bad. If you experience a large grief in your life, in order to understand it and accept it, you have to believe that there is a reason behind this, something bigger.”

20140507-223521.jpg20140507-223534.jpg 20140507-223547.jpg As we head down the drive to return to Copenhagen, I glance back at the vast and imposing palace, flanked by uniformed guards. I’ve been fortunate enough to get a glimpse of what it’s like to be a princess, and it is extraordinary. But then, Crown Princess Mary is not an ordinary woman. She had exactly what it takes to be modern royalty all along. Crown Prince Frederik just had to go to Sydney to find her. 20140507-223603.jpg

Vogue Australia December 2004

I love this spread which was written less than a year after Crown Prince Frederik and Mary’s wedding in 2004. It’s a classy introduction to the Australian-born, now Danish Princess’s new life abroad.

I think the Duchess of Cambridge could have benefitted hugely had she done something similar after her nuptials in 2011. Maybe someday.

Features like this give royals a great opportunity to share a more intimate look at their lives, while controlling the terms.

When done right, Vogue and other magazine spreads can be a brilliant move for monarchs.