17 April 2016

Sunday Tidbits for April 17: A Bit of What We've Been Neglecting

ICYMI, the Cambridges wrapped up their tour and I updated Friday's post with the last of the outfits. With that done and dusted, let's check in with what else has been going on:

--Crown Princess Mette-Marit visited Tanzania with UNAIDS. She met mothers with HIV whose children were born without the virus, and saw how young people are getting involved in the AIDS response. She's been very active with this cause for several years now. [The Royal Court]
Photo: Christian Laagard, the Royal Court

--I'm not going to make you go cold turkey on Bhutan, I'm not a monster. The King and Queen's new baby, The Gyalsey, had his naming ceremony yesterday. He has been named Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck. I'll quote the King's speech on the significance:
Jigme means fearless. It symbolizes great courage to overcome any challenge that he may confront in future as he serves our country.

Namgyel means victorious in all directions and victory over all obstacles. It is a name taken from the revered Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, who enabled the Dharma to flourish in all directions as prophesied by Guru Rinpoche.

Wangchuck is the name of the royal lineage and dynasty.
His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck Facebook
This picture of Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck with his grandfather, the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, pretty much just reduces me to squeaks:
His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck Facebook

--Did you notice that Crown Princess Mary disappeared for a couple weeks? She was just taking a course at Harvard, NBD. She spent two weeks in Boston at the "Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century" course put on by the Harvard Kennedy School as part of her work with the Young Global Leaders. Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Queen Mathilde have also done courses at Harvard in the past through YGL. [Hello]

--The Earl and Countess of Wessex have been out and about with the fam this week. Both kids, Louise and James, joined in as they visited the Wild Place Project at Bristol Zoo (and met 9-week-old Afia, a Western lowland gorilla delivered by c-section earlier this year). Yesterday, Girl Guide Lady Louise joined Sophie to open Girlguiding's London headquarters. [Countess of Wessex Blog]
British Monarchy Twitter

--Queen Letizia is just trolling me now, with these leather culottes. [Zimbio]

--Here's Queen Rania, always interesting, at a screening of the documentary Salam Neighbor in Georgetown. [Instagram; thanks, Casey!]

--I'm not going to miss a chance to give you the Princess Royal in full uniformed splendor. HRH took the salute at Britannia Royal Naval College as Officer Cadets celebrated the end of training at Lord High Admiral’s Divisions. [Facebook]
Craig Keating/Royal Navy/Crown Copyright

--And finally, over at the Jewel Vault: A love-it-or-hate-it brooch and that tiara Kate wore once. Also, we took a look at another upcoming documentary, Elizabeth at 90 - A Family Tribute. This one will feature what is reportedly Princess Alexandra's first interview! Say no more, I'm IN.

Coming up this week: Queen Máxima's got some tour stuff of her own that needs discussing, plus Denmark and more...