Announcement

“you can’t have your cake and eat it”

I will no longer continue with this blog.

I’m afraid it’s my final decision. It took me a long time to come to this place and accept this fact, but here it is.

If you want to tackle issues like women’s empowerment, equality and support system for those who are being ignored, then be inclusive to everyone.

You do not cut the wings of the one person who supported you without any hidden motives, with utmost respect, and who did a Diamond Challenge as THE ONLY royal blogger and received a Diamond Pin to support causes close to your heart.

I wanted to thank all my readers, who’ve been with me for all this time and read and supported me in this task. Which, as you know, was at times very difficult. I did my best for more than 5 years but my pink glasses has been lost and I cannot find them no more.

Thank you to THE ONE person who fully grasped what I was trying to do and achieve and supported me in this task, for as long as could…

But, all good things come to an end.

If you don’t want to part ways with me, my style of writing and be a bit closer to my inner world, do check my LP Blog, dedicated to an artist I’ve been admiring for a long time. This admiration lead to better understanding of who I am and what I want to do with my life and free time that I’ve been so generously giving away.

I’ve closed all my royal social media even though they were close to 10.000…

For now this blog will stay online, but I’m going to close it at some point as well.

Anna

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HRH – Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Wittering – visits the Station to open new centenary play park in RAF Wittering village

Today, 24th April, The Countess of Wessex as Honorary Air Commodore of Royal Air Force Wittering, visited the Station in Peterborough. During her visit, HRH opened one of three new centenary play parks in RAF Wittering village. The parks are part of the RAF Benevolent Fund’s Airplay youth support scheme – supporting children on RAF stations.

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After Raf Wittering: “2019 is the centenary of the RAF Benevolent Fund which provides real life support to RAF personnel, their families and veterans in need. The refurbished play parks have been funded by the RAF Benevolent Fund and the £196K grant is the largest to have been given this year.”

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HRH also met with six youth members of RAF Wittering community team who talked about their involvement with the project. The new park was inspired by designs from children in the local community. Children’s designs were given to Proludic UK to turn into a reality.

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Daniel Baxter who is a play designer at Proludic UK and worked closely with the children, turning their ideas into a reality, said:

Their energy and sense of fun was an inspiration to drive the project forward with their creative ideas and drawing skills.

The RAF Benevolent Fund (founded in 1919) is the RAF’s leading welfare charity with a proud tradition of looking after its own. The charity if for all serving and former members of the RAF as well as their partners and dependent children. For full press release on today’s visit, click here.

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There are 2 more engagements planned for HRH for today, I will write about those if anything will be shared.

Outfit & jewellery:
Blazer seen on many occasions before, no ID.
Belted stretch-cady midi dress by Max Mara.
Earrings seen before, no ID.
RAF Wittering badge.
Sophie Habsburg, the ‘Gilda’ nappa handbag.
New, Tango suede shoe in taupe by Penelope Chilvers ID’d by Replicate Royalty (@replicateroyals).

The Awareness Foundation International Conference in the presence of HRH

Today, 7th November, The Countess of Wessex as Patron of The Awareness Foundation, attended the Fourth Awareness Foundation International Conference entitled “The Future of the Near East: The Role of Christians in Building Peace and Healing Communities”.

photo @Nadim_Nassar – Director and cofounder of the Awareness Foundation

After press release: Since the beginning of the ‘Arab Spring’, Christians have been facing attacks and threats and this has resulted in mass displacement within the communities. This is the time that Middle Eastern Christians, especially in the Levant, must actively participate in the healing of the community in their region and have a better future.

photo @Nadim_Nassar – Director and cofounder of the Awareness Foundation

Everyone must endeavour together to ensure a better and more inclusive future for all in the Levant. This conference will take place in London in November to address this issue and to find ways that Christians may contribute to make a difference in their community. The conference runs from 6th to 8th November 2018 at Copthorne Tara Hotel, Kensington, London.

photo @Nadim_Nassar – Director and cofounder of the Awareness Foundation

The Awareness Foundation is a charity that builds peace through empowering people in the Middle East and the West to use their faith as a means to bring reconciliation and understanding, driving out mistrust and hostility. To watch a video with summary of today click here.

21st birthday of The Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust

On the 17th April, The Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust celebrated its 21st birthday with a fundraising dinner at Fishmongers’ Hall in the City of London with attendance of a special guest, HRH The Countess of Wessex. 
https://hrcst.org.uk/21stbirthday-celebration-dinner-success/
photo The Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust
Among the guests were long-time friends and new supporters of the Trust invited by the Trustees and the family of the late-Founder, John Green. Lead organiser of the event, Coralie Green said: “The dinner was an excellent way to mark the success of the past 21 years of the Trust and raise funds for our exciting future plans.”   
   
To mark the on-going relationship the Trust has with schools in Helford and the surrounding area, Constantine Primary School made 18 boats for the occasion which were displayed on diners’ tables in  the Fishmongers’ Hall.       
https://hrcst.org.uk/thanks-to-constantine-school/
photo The Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust
Guests took part in an auction to bid for unique and exciting prizes kindly donated by prestigious local and national businesses. HRCST Co-Chair, Charles Richardson said, “we were thrilled with the outcome of the evening, which raised just under £100,000 for our future activities.
The funds raised will go towards the Trust’s plans to expand its operations on the Helford River and open a National Centre for Water sports Excellence catering for children with special educational needs and disabilities at Trevassack Lake.  
Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust (HRCST) was founded by the late John Green in 1997. His vision was that all local children should have the opportunity, without charge, to learn to sail single-handed, believing that there was no better way of developing a child’s self-esteem, confidence and independence.

Over the last 21 years, HRCST has taught thousands of children to sail, kayak and row on Helford River. In 2017 the charity worked with over 650 children from 23 Primary Schools and 3 Special Needs Schools on its fleet of 80 small boats.

Outfit & jewellery:
Jewellery – no idea. 

The Royal Family’s Engagements During CHOGM 2018

After press release. As previously announced, the United Kingdom will host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) from Monday 16th to Friday 20th April 2018, with events to take place across Royal Palaces.

https://www.chogm2018.org.uk/

The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, looks forward to welcoming the Commonwealth leaders into Her Majesty’s homes in London and Windsor. The Queen and the Royal Family have a deep affection for, and enduring belief in the Commonwealth, its values, and what binds it together as a global network of 53 countries and almost 2.4 billion people, of whom 60 per cent are under 30 years old.

The week will begin with three days of Commonwealth Forums around four topics: Business, Women, People and Youth. The forums, to be held at the QEII Centre and Guildhall, will bring together over 2,000 people from across the Commonwealth, representing the worlds of business, civil society and government. As outlined in the following programme, Members of the Royal Family will attend forums which reflect their various areas of interest.

On Thursday 19th April, Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by the Prince of Wales and other members of the royal family, will host the CHOGM Formal Opening in the Ballroom of Buckingham Palace. Following this, Her Majesty, accompanied by the Prince of Wales, will host the traditional lunchtime reception for new Heads of Government.

The Queen’s Dinner will be held in the evening at Buckingham Palace, to be hosted by Her Majesty and attended by members of the royal family.

On Friday 20th April the Leaders’ Retreat will be held at Windsor Castle, marking the formal end of CHOGM. Subsequently, on Saturday 21st April there will be a concert at the Royal Albert Hall to mark the Queen’s 92nd birthday, to be attended by Her Majesty and members of the royal family.

Audiences and bilateral meetings

In addition to the following programme, the Queen will hold a number of Audiences during the CHOGM week. Members of the royal family will also hold bilateral meetings on Her Majesty’s behalf.

Day One: Monday 16th April 2018

Morning

  • Prince Harry will attend the Youth Cabinet Roundtable and opening session of the Commonwealth Youth Forum at the QEII Conference Centre.
  • The Countess of Wessex will plant a White Elm tree in honour of the Commonwealth Canopy initiative. 

Afternoon

  • The Duke of York will attend the Commonwealth Science Conference at the Royal Society.

Evening

  • The Duke of Cambridge will attend the Welcome to the UK Reception at the QEII Conference Centre.
  • The Duke of York will host Pitch@Palace Commonwealth at St James’s Palace.
  • The Countess of Wessex will attend The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust Reception at Tower Bridge.
Day Two: Tuesday 17th April 2018

Morning / afternoon

  • The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will attend the Big Commonwealth Lunch Forum at the QEII Conference Centre.
  • The Prince of Wales will meet civil society representatives from the People’s Forum. His Royal Highness will also join representatives from the Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network and selected Youth Forum delegates for a roundtable discussion on the work of young people in the Commonwealth on Climate Change at the QEII Conference Centre.
  • The Duke of Cambridge will attend a joint session of the Commonwealth Business and Youth Forums at the QEII Conference Centre.
Day Three: Wednesday 18th April 2018

Morning

  • Prince Harry will attend a reception with Commonwealth Youth Forum delegates at the QEII Conference Centre.

Afternoon

  • The Prince of Wales will attend a reception at the closing session of the Commonwealth Business Forum at Guildhall.
  • The Prince of Wales and the Duke of York will attend the Malaria No More Summit at 8 Northumberland Avenue. The Prince of Wales will give the keynote address.
  • The Duchess of Cornwall will attend a roundtable meeting and the closing session of Women’s Forum at the QEII Centre.
  • The Prince of Wales will host a Prince’s Trust International CHOGM Reception at St James’s Palace.
Day Four: Thursday 19th April 2018

Morning

  • The Queen, accompanied by members of the royal family, will host the CHOGM Formal Opening in the Ballroom at Buckingham Palace.

Afternoon

  • The Queen, accompanied by the Prince of Wales, will host a reception for new Heads of Government at Buckingham Palace.

Evening

  • The Queen’s Dinner at Buckingham Palace.
Day Five: Friday 20th April 2018

Morning

  • The Earl of Wessex will attend the Commonwealth Games Federation Sports Breakfast at the Intercontinental Hotel.
  • The Countess of Wessex will attend the Spouses’ Programme at Kew Gardens.

Background

Since 1971, the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) has been held every two years, at locations throughout the Commonwealth. With the exception of Sri Lanka in 2013, the Queen has been present at every CHOGM meeting since 1973 to witness the tremendous change and progress the Commonwealth has made. This year will be fifth time the Prince of Wales has attended CHOGM, in support of the Queen.

The Queen was 26 years old when she became Head of the Commonwealth in 1952. This is an important symbolic and unifying role. As Head, Her Majesty personally reinforces the links by which the Commonwealth joins people together from around the world.

Throughout Her Majesty’s reign, the Commonwealth has grown from just eight nations to 53 members representing over 2.4 billion people. During this time, The Queen has undertaken more than 200 visits to Commonwealth countries and visited every country of the Commonwealth (with the exception of Cameroon, which joined in 1995 and Rwanda which joined in 2009) as well as making many repeat visits.

There are two major projects which have been created in recognition of Her Majesty’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth – The Queen’s Young Leaders and The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.

Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC)
Launched by The Queen at CHOGM in Malta in 2015, an appeal was made to all Commonwealth nations to contribute areas of indigenous forest to be preserved in perpetuity to mark Her Majesty’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth. Since then, over 40 Commonwealth countries have dedicated forestry projects or are planting new forests. In 2018, it is expected that all nations of the Commonwealth will have joined the QCC initiative to create a global network of indigenous forests to benefit communities and wildlife, now, and into the future.

Queen’s Young Leaders (QYL)
The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme was launched in 2014 by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in partnership with Comic Relief and The Royal Commonwealth Society. The programme recognises and celebrates inspiring young people from across the Commonwealth who are taking the lead in their communities and using their skills to transform lives.
Each year from 2014 to 2018, 60 exceptional young people have been selected to receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Award and become ‘Queen’s Young Leaders’ – one for every year that The Queen had served as Head of the Commonwealth at the time of her Diamond Jubilee. The final round of winners of the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards was announced in December.

HRH in Romania to visit HMS Daring

Yesterday in the morning (26th April), The Countess of Wessex departed from Heathrow Airport, London, for Romania to visit HMS DARING (HRH is Lady Sponsor) and was received in the afternoon onboard the ship in Constanta by Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Romania (His Excellency Mr. Paul Brummell). Her Royal Highness afterwards observed the ship’s operational activities in the Black Sea.

In the evening, The Countess of Wessex attended a Dinner onboard HMS DARING. Mr. Tim Roberts is in attendance.

To be updated if anything will be shared.

Children’s Christmas Party in the Paediatric Clinic of Royal Berkshire Hospital with HRH

Today, The Countess of Wessex attended the Children’s Christmas Party in the Paediatric Clinic of Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, Berkshire. HRH was received by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire (Mr. James Puxley).

http://www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk/HRH%20The%20Countess%20of%20Wessex%20visits%20our%20childrens%20party
Photos courtesy of The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. Click on pic to view full gallery of HRH’s visit.

The Countess was introduced to the Mayor of Reading, Cllr Mrs Sarah Hacker. Royal party was welcomed to the hospital by Mr Graham Sims, the Trust’s Chairman, and Jean O’Callaghan, Chief Executive.

http://www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk/HRH%20The%20Countess%20of%20Wessex%20visits%20our%20childrens%20party
Photos courtesy of The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. Click on pic to view full gallery of HRH’s visit.

According to press release, “Over 150 guests, mostly children who had been treated at the hospital, together with their families and carers, were invited to the party where they were entertained by Roly’s Magic Show, and joined by the Matron for Paediatrics and Neonates, Susan Timperley, as well as children’s nurses and play leaders”. For full article click here.

http://www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk/HRH%20The%20Countess%20of%20Wessex%20visits%20our%20childrens%20party
Photos courtesy of The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. Click on pic to view full gallery of HRH’s visit.

The Royal Berkshire Hospital is a National Health Service hospital, which provides acute hospital services to the residents of the western and central portions of Berkshire, and is managed by the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. 

http://www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk/HRH%20The%20Countess%20of%20Wessex%20visits%20our%20childrens%20party
Photos courtesy of The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. Click on pic to view full gallery of HRH’s visit.

The Trust is one of the largest general hospital foundation trusts in the country. The Royal Berkshire Hospital was opened in 1839 on the London Road on land donated by Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth, a local resident and former Prime Minister.

http://www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk/HRH%20The%20Countess%20of%20Wessex%20visits%20our%20childrens%20party
Photos courtesy of The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. Click on pic to view full gallery of HRH’s visit.

Hospital’s Children’s Clinic includes general paediatric clinics, and specialist clinics including, allergies, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, gastroenterology, dermatology, oncology, urology, general surgery, growth, metabolic, haematology, some orthopaedic.

Update: After the visit to the hospital, The Countess of Wessex along with Prince Edward & children joined Zara, Mike & Mia Tindall and Peter, Autumn with Savannah & Isla at Lapland UK – Father Christmas’ mythical Arctic homeland recreated in the UK. For few blurry shots visit Daily Mail.

https://twitter.com/Femail/status/678915355734122496
Daily Mail / Twitter feed

Hospital’s visit was the last official engagement of 2015 for The Countess. Tomorrow is Christmas Ascot, so there’s hope we will see The Wessex family. Then there’s the church walk on Christmas Day. We also should see TRH’s on New Year’s Day, as they usually attend Sunday service, if they are still at Sandringham. So, still plenty to look forward before the end of this year!

Outfit & jewellery:
Issa, Bay Knitted Dress with matching Mills Knitted Cardigan in rose pink.
UFO clutch that dates back to 2011 or so.
Those UFO earrings that look bespoke and handmade.