28 January 2015

Remembering Auschwitz

Yesterday marked the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz. In honour of the occasion a memorial service took place which including many members of various European Royals alongside dignitaries and over 300 survivors. This is obviously about much more than the royals, it commemorates the loss of nearly one million victims during the war. However, I feel that the attendance of the royals is important as it reminds us just how important it is that we remember those killed and it shows just how many countries were affected by the war.

Among the royals who attended the event in Poland were King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands along with King Phillip and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians.

The Scandinavian heirs, Frederik, Haakon and Victoria were also in attendance. The latter of which was surrounded with a small amount of controversy as a reporter questioned her about her maternal grandfather who was involved with the Nazi party. I have to say personally that I felt the reporter was rather tactless given the event and that, at the time, Victoria was standing next to Holocaust survivors. You can see the short clip from the interview (with English subtitles) here.

Earlier in the day Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess St├ęphanie laid a wreath in memory of the victims.

Many other events took place all over the world to commemorate the anniversary including a ceremony that Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall attended at London's Westminster Central Hall. There the Prince made a moving speech reminding us of why it is so important that we never forget the Holocaust and it's victims. You can hear the speech in full here.

I will end with a fact that I read yesterday which I found particularly moving and eye-opening; if we were to have a single minutes silence for every victim of the Holocaust then we would be silent for eleven and a half years.

27 January 2015

Royal Baby Gifts

When Prince George came into the world back in 2013, his parents were bombarded with gifts. On nearly every one of their visits they are presented with a miniature version of something from amphibious boats to basketball jerseys. And it seems that the case is no different over in Monaco ,where the baby gifts have begun in earnest, with the presentation of two adorable mini race-cars for Princess Gabriella and Prince Jaques.

What is it about things in miniature that makes the so insanely adorable?! Sure they're probably a little extravagant especially given the sheer amount received. Prince George, for example, received over 700 gifts just last year! That aside, I don't think I'll ever tire of seeing all the gifts for Royal babies. They're just so freaking cute!

And let's be honest, it's even cuter when they present the gift to the child themselves, even if they do throw it to the ground about 2 seconds later...

What do you think of all the Royal baby gifts? A bit much or just harmless, adorable fun? Let me know in the comments below.

25 January 2015

Badass Queen

With the sad news of the passing of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud came a lighthearted anecdote of a visit the then Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia made to Great Britain back in 1998. While visiting Balmoral he was treated to a tour and to his surprise the Queen took her seat behind the wheel.

An image from King Abdullah's visit to Britain in 2007

Saudi Arabia still does not allow it's women to drive so it was unnerving enough to see a woman drive, much less a Queen. Crown Prince Abdullah was even more scared when the Queen put her foot down and sped down the narrow roads around the estate. You can read the full story below:

And that my friends, is how one makes a statement. Just another reason to love good ol' Lilibet!