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The Royal Week in Pictures

King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain visit Benidorm
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Usually, as July gets under way, we expect the royal diary to start to slim down as summer holidays beckon. However, 2020 is proving different there, too. A lockdown begins to ease in countries across Europe, the continent’s royal families have had their busiest time in months as they head on engagements. From supporting tourism and business to showcasing their own country’s best bits, it’s been a packed few days for the royals. Here’s their week, in picture.

Down on the Farm

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The Prince of Wales had a string of engagements in the week including stops in Gloucestershire to see how the farming and agricultural communities have dealt with the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. During a stop at Adam Henson’s Cotswolds Farm Park, Charles saw how people there have been ensuring rare breeds of animals are looked after during lockdown and heard about plans to welcome back visitors.

Beach Life

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Queen Letizia found herself on the beach in one of Spain’s most famous tourist destinations as she and King Felipe continued their tour showing support for industry and business across the country. On July 3rd, Letizia was in Benidorm where she proved a hit with beachgoers. The week also saw Spain’s king and queen in Cordoba, Seville, Valencia and Cuenca.

Three Generations

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Everyone loves a royal generation photo and Belgium’s ruling family treated us to a glimpse of the country’s past, present and future rulers together this week. King Philippe of the Belgians was joined by his father and predecessor as monarch, Albert II, and his heir, Princess Elisabeth, for a family outing to the Giant’s Tomb. Philippe’s wife, Queen Mathilde, their three other children and Queen Paola were also there as Belgium’s royals showed their support for local tourism.

Anyone for tennis?

This week should have seen Wimbledon take place but instead of royals watching tennis, we got a prince and princess taking to the court themselves. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark shared photos of her twins, Vincent and Josephine, enjoying a game of tennis as their holiday at Grasten got under way.

A new mum goes back to work

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Leurs Altesses Royales le Grand-Duc héritier et la Grande-Duchesse héritière se sont rendus aujourd’hui au « Caritas Fairness Center » à Diekirch pour s’informer sur les difficultés rencontrées par l’association pendant la pandémie de COVID-19. Depuis quelques années, le Luxembourg observe une augmentation du nombre de personnes touchées par la pauvreté. Une situation qui s’est aggravée avec la crise sanitaire. Pour assurer une continuité de leurs services, les épiceries sociales ont mis en place des mesures d’hygiène pour protéger le personnel ainsi que les bénéficiaires. En parallèle, leurs fonctionnements ont été adaptés pour mieux répondre à une demande en forte croissance tout en ouvrant leur accès au plus grand nombre, un effort et un travail remarquable du personnel salué par le Couple héritier. Après avoir échangé avec le personnel, le Prince et la Princesse ont pu se rendre compte des problèmes auxquels les personnes en difficulté font face au quotidien. Le Luxembourg compte au total douze épiceries sociales de la Caritas et de la Croix-Rouge réparties sur le territoire, dont huit gérées par la Croix-Rouge et quatre par Caritas. La collaboration entre les deux associations pour ces boutiques solidaires dure depuis plus de dix ans au Luxembourg. © Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue #PrinceGuillaume #MonarchieLU #luxembourg

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The Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg carried out her first public engagement since becoming a mum for the first time. Princess Stephanie joined her husband, Prince Guillaume, for a visit to Caritas to see how they have been supporting those living in poverty during the coronavirus pandemic.

The busy royal diaries look set to continue through July as Europe’s ruling dynasties, like the rest of us, get used to a new way of living.

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Lydia is a writer, blogger and journalist. She's worked in the media for over twenty years as a broadcast reporter, producer and editor as well as feature and online writer. As well as royals and royal history, she's a news junkie and podcaster.