BBC: Queen reveals Covid left her ‘very tired and exhausted’. “The Queen has revealed Covid left her ‘very tired and exhausted’ after she caught the virus earlier this year. The monarch, 95, was taking part in a virtual hospital visit when she described her experience to a former virus patient, whose father and brother had died with the illness.”
PBS NewsHour: Denmark’s queen and Spain’s king test positive for COVID. “The queen of Denmark and the king of Spain both tested positive for the coronavirus despite being vaccinated, their respective royal houses announced Wednesday.”
Reuters: Swedish King and Queen test positive for COVID-19. ” Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia have tested positive for COVID-19, the palace said in a statement on Tuesday. ‘The King and Queen, who are fully vaccinated with three injections, have mild symptoms and are feeling well, given the circumstances,’ the palace said in a statement.”
Associated Press: Former Dutch queen Beatrix tests positive for coronavirus. “Princess Beatrix, the 83-year-old former Dutch queen, has tested positive for the coronavirus, the royal house announced Saturday.”
Associated Press: Scientists decipher Marie Antoinette’s redacted love notes. ” ‘Not without you.’ ‘My dear friend.’ ‘You that I love.’ Marie Antoinette sent these expressions of affection — or more? — in letters to her close friend and rumored lover Axel von Fersen. Someone later used dark ink to scribble over the words, apparently to dampen the effusive, perhaps amorous, language. Scientists in France devised a new method to uncover the original writing, separating out the chemical composition of different inks used on historical documents.”
The Economist: Debrett’s goes digital. “The entire database [of Debrett’s Peerage & Baronetage], dating back to 1769, is now searchable: 2,000 hereditary titles, more than 700 life peers and around 150,000 assorted relatives—or, as Debrett’s calls them, ‘collateral’ (aristocrats, like accidents, cause fallout). Even including collateral, it covers little more than 0.2% of the British population.” I thought because of what it was it would be expensive, but even an independent researcher could afford it.
Royal Central: Thousands of Prince Albert’s Papers Online for the First Time. “There are over 22,000 items now available on the site, including photographs, prints, and archival documents. The Royal Collection, along with the Royal Archives and the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, have all contributed items. The new 5,000 items focus on Albert in a handful of key areas: his role as a father, as a husband, as a reformer of the Royal Household, as a visionary, and a patron of photography.
State of Hawaii: M93 Liliʻuokalani Manuscript Collection Now Online!. “Happy Birthday Queen Liliʻuokalani! In celebration, the Public Archives of Hawaiʻi is excited to announce that her Majesty’s entire paper manuscript collection is now accessible online, for free, on the Digital Archives of Hawaiʻi. This amazing feat of digitization for access was made possible through generous funding from the Liliʻuokalani Trust. Over 20,000 digital images, in high resolution and full color, offer an unprecedented view of her life.”
King’s College London: Five Objects connecting Shakespeare and the Royal Family. “Shakespeare in the Royal Collection is a three-year AHRC-funded research project exploring the relationship between Shakespeare and the royal family in the centuries since Shakespeare’s death. A team of researchers have created an online database containing all the Shakespeare-related items in the Royal Collection (including paintings, books, drawings, prints, letters, essays, decorative objects, furniture and photographs), which anyone can explore.”
The Verge: SoundCloud will pay indie artists based on their actual listeners. “SoundCloud’s trying something new for a major music streaming service: paying indie artists a share of their actual listeners’ subscription fees. The company calls this ‘fan-powered royalties,’ and it means a SoundCloud subscriber’s subscription fee or advertising revenue will be divvied up among the artists they actually listen to, rather than going to a big pot and being split up among the platform’s most popular artists.”
BBC: Covid: King Felipe of Spain in quarantine after contact. “Spain’s King Felipe VI has begun ten days of quarantine after coming into contact with a person who tested positive for coronavirus. Palace sources say the king, 52, was in ‘close contact’ with the individual on Sunday, but gave no further details.”
BBC: Covid-19: Prince William ‘tested positive in April’. “The Duke of Cambridge contracted Covid-19 earlier this year, palace sources have told the BBC. It is believed he tested positive in April at a similar time to his father, the Prince of Wales. According to the Sun newspaper, which first reported the story, Prince William, 38, kept his diagnosis private to avoid alarming the nation.”