This is a royal July like no other. it’s noticeably busier as Europe’s ruling houses continue engagements at a time when we often expect them all to be on holiday. And while some have begun their summer breaks, others are still out and about as life begins to return to some semblance of what we all knew before lockdown. It’s brought us some stand out images – here is the royal week, in pictures.
Looking Very Well Indeed
The Duke of Edinburgh carried out a rare public engagement this week, looking very well indeed. Prince Philip, now 99, took part in a short ceremony at Windsor Castle as he stood down as Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles. All eyes were on the Duke as he began to descend the stairs from the Castle door but within seconds he had everyone back to business as usual as he made his way down, unassisted, and began chatting to the soldiers present as if it were his first day in the role.
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King Philippe marked the seventh anniversary of his reign on July 21st 2020, his country’s national day, but his personal link to the date was put well to one side as he led his Royal Family in marking the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Belgium. Along with Queen Mathilde and their four children, he took part in a three minute silence for all those who have died of the illness in their country as the day got under way before later overseeing a special event highlighting the heroes of the pandemic. The family ended National Day by visiting old people’s homes where it was revealed the royal children had called several hundred residents through the pandemic to help them through loneliness.
Look Who’s Seven
Other royals looking back seven years were the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who no doubt shared a memory or two about the day they welcomed their first child in July 2013. Prince George celebrated his seventh birthday on July 22nd 2020 with two special photos taken by his proud mum.
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It’s not been the easiest few weeks for King Felipe of Spain as his father’s financial affairs continue to cause controversy and even political comment but he’s kept on with his tour around his country to show support as it reopens following the coronavirus pandemic. Greeted by protests in the Basque Country and Catalonia, things were more positive as he arrived in Merida with Queen Letizia and their two daughters, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia. In fact, the warmth of the reception he received as the family took their seats at an open air theatre show seemed to leave Europe’s newest monarch almost overcome with emotion.
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It was all smiles for the Duchess of Cornwall as she and Prince Charles undertook a truncated version of their annual visit to the South West of England. Camilla cooked curry at a community centre she’s supported, had a giggle in a helicopter named in her honour and then helped underline that Cornwall is open for business with a visit to one of its most popular tourist spots, Tintagel Castle. The sun even shone. The sight of Cornwall’s duchess at a site associated with royalty, real and legendary for centuries, really is a royal moment to remember.