Sweden

Swedish Jubilee: The King's Early Reign

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden is celebrating his Golden Jubilee as 2023 marks 50 years since he ascended to the Swedish throne. This is a significant milestone as it is the first Golden Jubilee in Sweden. We will be looking at King Carl Gustaf’s early reign.  King Carl XVI Gustaf became King in September of 1973 at 27 after his grandfather, King Gustaf VI Adolf, died. The King’s father…
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Queen Elizabeth II

National memorial to Queen Elizabeth II planned

As the first anniversary of the death of Queen Elizabeth II approaches, the government is set to commission a national memorial to mark the late sovereign’s incredible reign.  The Cabinet Office and the Royal Household will work together to set up a committee to commission a memorial. The committee members are due to be announced by 8 September, although the details on the memorial itself…
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Belgium

Mathilde, the discreet Queen setting a new template for consorts

King Philippe of Belgium is celebrating ten years on the throne after his father’s abdication in 2013. And throughout the first decade of his reign, his wife, Queen Mathilde, has been by his side. The Queen may not be the most outgoing consort in Europe, but she is a crucial asset for the Belgian Royal Family. King Philippe ascended the throne in 2013, as did King Willem-Alexander of the…
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Belgium

Belgium's King Philippe and his unique relationship with the Church

King Philippe of Belgium will be marking a decade of kingship in July 2023; he took the throne after his father abdicated in 2013. Philippe’s role as sovereign has a different relationship with the church than many other monarchs. Belgium does not have a state church. As of 2018, over 60% of Belgians identify as Christian, with 57% of the population identifying as Catholic. As monarch…
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