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Old 10-28-2021, 10:31 AM
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Traditions of Monarchies

I created this thread to comment on the traditions of monarchies and the events that royal families attend every year.

National Day of Spain

Pascua Militar

Princess of Asturias Awards

Princess of Girona Foundation Awards

The State Opening of The Cortes

Easter Sunday Mass in the Cathedral of Mallorca

United Kingdom:
Trooping the Colour

State Opening of Parliament

Remembrance Day

Royal Maundy

Garden parties

Garter Day

Concerts at Fredensborg Palace

Cruises on the Royal Yacht Dannebrog

New Year's Receptions

Kronprinsparrets Priser

Opening of Parliament (Folketinget)

Sweden Nobel Prizes

National Day of Sweden

Opening of Parliament

Princess Victoria's Day

National Day of Norway

Nobel Peace Prize in Norway

Gala dinner for the Members of Parliament

Koninginnedag - Queen's Day/King's Day

Opening of Parliament

National Day of Belgium

King's Feast (Royal Holiday)

Annual mass in memory of the deceased members of the Belgian Royal Family

Luxembourg National Day

Procession of the Octave

National Day of Monaco

Rose's ball

Red Cross Ball

Liechtenstein National Day
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Old 10-28-2021, 10:50 AM
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Other traditions are Remembrance Day in the Netherlands which is a gigantic mass assembling, led by the King:

And Liberation Day in the Netherlands which always has a finale at the Amstel River: with the tradition of the King and Queen leaving by barge:

And the annual diner for the Corps Diplomatique is a new tradition (since 2013) as then a mass of folks assembles at the rear entrance of the palace to cheer and applaud royals arriving and leaving in all their glitter. The only time ordinary folks on the street can suddenly stumble on diamond-studded ladies:
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Old 10-30-2021, 05:35 AM
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A few Garden parties of the United Kingdom

Queen Victoria at a Garden party

A Garden Party at St. James Palace in 1939
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To add to the Swedish list, I have surely missed a few, or a lot.

- H.M. The King's Birthday - April 30th
- Veterans' Day - May 29th
- Sweden Dinner
- Representation Dinners (2-3/year)
- Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award Ceremony
- Polar Music Prize Ceremony and Banquet
- Stockholm Water Prize
- The formal gathering of The Swedish Academy - December 20th
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National day
A national day is a day on which celebrations mark the nationhood of a nation or state. It may be the date of independence, of becoming a federation, or a significant date for a patron saint or a ruler (such as a birthday, accession, or removal). The national day is often a public holiday. Many countries have more than one national day. Denmark and the United Kingdom are the only two countries without a national day.
21 July - National Day, Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld takes the oath as the first King of the Belgians in 1831.

15 August - Feast of the Assumption and birth of Prince Franz Joseph II in 1906.

23 June - Grand Duke's Official Birthday.

19 November - Accession of Prince Albert II to the throne in 2005.

27 April - King's Day, King Willem-Alexander's birthday in 1967.

17 May - Constitution Day, the signing of the first Norwegian Constitution in Eidsvoll 1814.

12 October - Fiesta Nacional de España, Columbus discovery of America in 1492.

6 June - National Day: election of Gustav Vasa as King of Sweden in 1523; adoption of the constitutions of 1809 and 1974.
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State Visits:
A state visit is a formal visit by a head of state to a foreign country, at the invitation of the head of state of that foreign country, with the latter also acting as the official host for the duration of the state visit. Speaking for the host, it is generally called a state reception. State visits are considered to be the highest expression of friendly bilateral relations between two sovereign states, and are in general characterised by an emphasis on official public ceremonies.

United Kingdom

In the UK, heads of state are welcomed at Buckingham Palace, where a gala dinner is also held. Heads of state sometimes stay at Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle during their visit.


During state visits in Spain, heads of state are received with honors at the Royal Palace in Madrid, lunch at the Zarzuela Palace and a gala dinner at the Royal Palace in Madrid.
They are usually housed in the Royal Palace of El Pardo.
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In Denmark, the royal family welcomes the heads of state at the airport, followed by a procession to Amalienborg Palace where a reception is held.
The gala dinner is held at Christiansborg Palace.


In Sweden, a procession takes place to the Royal Palace in Stockholm, where a reception is held. The gala dinner is also held at the Royal Palace in Stockholm.


In Norway, heads of state are received in a procession at the Royal Palace in Oslo, where the gala dinner is also held.

With an incoming state visit, the head of state is usually received on the first day with military ceremonial in Amsterdam. He or she inspects the guard of honour, usually lays a wreath at the National Monument on Dam Square. In the evening, the King offers a state banquet at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, where both heads of state give a speech.


In Belgium, they welcome the heads of state with an official ceremony at the Place des Palais (Paleizenplein).
The State Banquet is held at the Château de Laeken.


The first official event traditionally includes a welcoming ceremony outside the Grand Ducal Palace, during which the foreign Head of State and his spouse are greeted by the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess. Once inside the Palace, the tour continues with an exchange of gifts, as well as a private lunch hosted by the Head of State (if the host arrives in the morning). The invited Head of State then grants audiences to the President of the Chamber of Deputies, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs. He and his spouse attend a ceremony at the National Solidarity Monument, where he lays a wreath. With the Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess, the Head of State and his spouse take part in a ceremony at the town hall of Luxembourg-city. The first day normally ends with a state banquet offered at the Grand Ducal Palace on the first evening.

The program for the following day (s) is mutually agreed between the two countries. It may include visits to sites illustrating culture, regional diversity and economy. On the second evening, the visiting country usually offers an event, such as a concert, exhibition or reception. On the last day (often the third day of the visit), a departure ceremony usually takes place in front of the Grand Ducal Palace, before the Head of State of the visiting country leaves.

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