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Onward 2022!


There isn’t a whole heck of a lot in the Getty photos this week, since there wasn’t a lot of royal action last week. There are some shots of the British royals arriving to visit the Queen, and some coverage of the intruder at Windsor. See it all here.


The Belgian royals have an official visit planned for February. At this point, it’s still on, so let’s keep our fingers crossed.


Even bundling these folks up can’t dim their beauty. Although the pattern looks straight from Outlander and the Highlands, it’s apparently traditionally Bhutanese. The beautiful folks of this country run the gamut with colors and designs and I am grateful for that in the middle of a dull winter.


Who doesn’t love the Princess Royal in uniform? This official portrait was taken earlier this year. Anne is the Colonel of the Household Cavalry.


The Queen’s New Year’s speech focused on finding a common direction for Danish citizens in the fight against climate change, the pandemic, and social ills. If you would like a full English translation, click here. She wore jewels from the modern end of her vault and I think that sends a promising message for the future.

It doesn’t quite make up for the postponement of her Golden Jubilee celebrations, but we did get a stellar stamp from the Queenliest of Queens.

Also, for those of you who like royal rooms, a recent documentary shown on Danish television gives a glimpse of the interior of Amalienborg Palace. Princess Marie and her food waste initiative were highlighted.


Happy New Year from Luxembourg! Lots of rich reds and golds and warmth in these photos. I am beginning to wonder if we shouldn’t follow the fashion of Felix and Louis a bit more closely.


I think this is first: all of Prince Albert’s children in one photo.


The Princess of Orange has an eye for design improvements, it seems. A new monogram was issued for her, and I think it’s an improvement! The “old” monogram (I don’t know if it was official, but it was on file in Wikimedia Commons) is below.


King Harald made an upbeat New Year’s speech, The “caring King” touched on the importance of social interaction and spurred the Norwegian citizens to take on 2022 as a year of volunteering.


Have you heard any royal news? Please leave it in the comments! We are here to listen.