This is a short slideshow, and we’re running this a bit early this week, because we’re taking tomorrow off for the holiday, but I did get you a baby AND a goat.
Town and Country continues to cover Harry and Meghan’s ongoing legal battle with the Daily Mail.
At The Guardian: Ghislaine Maxwell arrest throws spotlight back on Prince Andrew. (I really cannot see a way that Andrew gets out of talking to the FBI about this.)
Via Harper’s Bazaar, this is great: Prince Harry Is Showing His Support for a New HIV Awareness Initiative. I’m sure Diana would be proud of him in general, but I know this has to have special meaning for him because of all the work his mother did around destigmatizing AIDS.
Also at Harper’s Bazaar, and also great: Prince Harry Addresses the Black Lives Matter Movement in a Virtual Speech at the Annual Diana Awards. This is a fantastic statement, and I think the rest of his family would do well to take a cue from him here.
Via CNN, the next chapter in this ongoing news story, in a very comprehensive piece: Belgium’s King sends ‘regrets’ to Congo for Leopold II atrocities — but doesn’t apologize. Another statue has come down, however, this time in Ghent.
Related, the BBC has a very interesting piece about how other countries, including India, dealt with their “unwanted statues.” (There was what looked like a really good article about the disposal of colonialist statues in India in the The Times of India this week, but unfortunately it was behind a paywall; I’ll keep an eye open in case it also runs elsewhere. The London School of Economics has a piece about New Delhi’s Coronation Park, as well.)
And, on social media:
In which Clarence House celebrates Canada with a picture of Camilla looking confused about Canada:
Via Google Translate: “King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima receive 16 guests for the #Excellent lunch at Noordeinde Palace. These stars have delivered a special performance and have been awarded a prize for this. At lunch, the Royal Couple shows their appreciation for them. Invited guests include the Top Woman of the Year 2019, the Best Player of the Handball World Cup, the holder of the World Record in Mental Arithmetic and the winner of the 100% NL Award (Singer of the Year).” I’d spent the whole time quizzing Mental Arithmetic:
“As patron of Copenhagen 2021, the joint name for the LGBTI + events WorldPride and EuroGames, H.K.H. The Crown Princess today speaks at the Global Pride event, which is a 24-hour online event featuring speakers and artistic touches from around the world. The virtual event is a response to the many cancellations of national Pride events around the world due to COVID19. See the entire speech of Her Royal Highness here. Next year, Copenhagen will host the international event Copenhagen 2021, which aims to ensure equal rights for LGBTI + people around the world. Copenhagen 2021 takes place on 12-22. August 2021 in Copenhagen and Malmö.” Mary’s speech is in English at first, btw. She still sounds quite Australian to me:
I also learned in looking this up that Denmark was the first country in the world to allow same-sex civil unions, all the way back in 1989; apparently the Danes have been progressive on this particular issue.