January 2022
Vol 43 No 1
The Danish golden jubilee; a royal coming of age in Norway; the Duchess of Cambridge's milestone birthday; the sudden demise of a future British king; and the Princess Royal's childhood memories.
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Ingrid Seward
Editor-in-Chief of Majesty Magazine
Ingrid is acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent writers and commentators on the royal family and has published over 15 books and contributed numerous articles to publications worldwide. Ingrid is in the unique position of knowing many members of the royal family personally and through Majesty enjoys a special relationship with the Royal Household.
Letter from the Editor

Many consider 2021 to have been another annus horribilis for the Queen, but over the 70 years of her reign Her Majesty has faced numerous challenges. Despite the difficulties and the huge loss she has recently experienced, the monarch has followed the wise advice of her mother and taught herself to focus on the positive. In 2021 that was the birth of four great-grandchildren: August Brooksbank, Lucas Tindall, Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor and Sienna Mapelli Mozzi.

August and Lucas were christened on 21 November at the Royal Chapel of All Saints, in the grounds of Royal Lodge, Windsor Great Park. August, the nine-month-old son of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, should have been christened in July but the event had to be postponed because one of the guests had a Covid-19 scare. After Zara Tindall gave birth to her son Lucas in March, the two families eventually decided it might work to have a joint christening as there would be a greater chance of the Queen being able to attend one event instead of two. 

Fortunately, Her Majesty had recovered from the sprained back that prevented her from attending the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph the previous weekend. She had fully intended to be in Whitehall, having obeyed her doctors and taken a fortnight’s rest, but at the last minute the journey to London was deemed unwise. The Queen has missed only six other Cenotaph ceremonies so far during her reign – on four occasions when she was overseas and in 1959 and 1963 when she was pregnant with Prince Andrew and then Prince Edward. 

The Queen was well enough to host a family lunch at Windsor Castle before the double christening. The private ceremony was conducted by Canon Martin Poll, who is Canon Chaplain to St George’s Chapel, Windsor and Chaplain to the Great Park. The service was attended byfamily members of both infants, including, it is believed, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. William and his cousin Zara have been close since childhood; as youngsters they behaved badly, flicking jelly at each other at smart tea parties and making a general nuisance of themselves. 

The bond remains to this day, and William and Catherine made Zara a godmother to their firstborn, Prince George. Sadly for Princess Eugenie, her father-in-law George Brooksbank died a few days before his grandson’s christening after a long Covid-related illness.  

Forty years ago, on 9 January 1982, Catherine Middleton was born at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. Turning 40 is sometimes an unwelcome milestone but in the last year the Duchess of Cambridge has forged the path she wants to follow and seems to be at the top of her game: her expertise and interest in the formative years of a child’s life will certainly shape her future work. Alongside her passion to expand the understanding of early childhood development, Catherine has a strong grasp of what is expected of her and her future royal role. 

The forthcoming Platinum Jubilee year will put pressure on the remaining working members of the House of Windsor but there is little doubt they are all immensely proud to be assisting the Queen in her monumental year.

This Issue's Features
THE KING IS DEAD, LONG LIVE THE QUEEN: As Margrethe II of Denmark prepares to celebrate her golden jubilee, Trond Norén Isaksen looks at how her reign began
GLOBAL EMERGENCY: Three generations of royals join forces at the COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, by Victoria Murphy
THE KING WHO NEVER WAS: Prince Albert Victor, ‘Eddy’, second in line to the throne, whose colourful life came to a premature end, by Jane Dismore
ON THE RIGHT TRACK: The Princess Royal recently took a trip down memory lane in deepest Buckinghamshire, as Ingrid Seward witnessed
CATHERINE AT 40: Another personal milestone for the conscientious Duchess of Cambridge, who now takes everything in her stride
COMING OF AGE: Princess Ingrid Alexandra, still at school but nevertheless preparing for her future role as Queen of Norway
BACK ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall’s autumn tour of Jordan and Egypt, by Joe Little
A TORMENTED LIFE: The traumas experienced by Empress Charlotte of Mexico culminated in her mental incapacity, says Coryne Hall
Our round-up of photographs shows royal families of the world at work and play
Robert Golden reflects on various aspects of regal life, both ancient and modern

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