23 January 2017

Monday Tidbits for January 23: Birthdays and Celebs and More

Happy Monday, let's get tidbitting:

--Sweden's Princess Birgitta celebrated her 80th birthday with a party at Drottningholm Palace. The royal court released a photo of Birgitta with her siblings (Princess Margaretha, Princess Désirée, Princess Christina, and King Carl Gustaf) for the occasion, and you know I'm loving the balance of purple.
L to R: Margaretha, Carl Gustaf, Birgitta, Désirée, Christina
Jonas Borg, Kungahuset.se

--Sad news from Luxembourg last week: Prince Louis and Princess Tessy are divorcing after 10 years of marriage. Louis is the third child of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa; he and Tessy married several months after the birth of their first son, Gabriel. They later had a second son, Noah. [Wort]

--Celebs, meet the royals: King Philippe met with Matt Damon (who advocates for access to safe water and sanitary facilities for all), while Queen Mathilde met with Shakira (a UN Special Advocate), at the World Economic Forum. [Twitter]
Royal Palace

--The potential abdication of Emperor Akihito is causing all sorts of commotion. One interesting snag: a new emperor means a new era name, which means problems for calendars. [Japan Times]

--And finally, over at the Jewel Vault: the annual royal gift list, and a bright day out at the Women's Institute for the Queen.

Coming up this week: The Danes kick off 2017's royal state visit fun.