HOW ROYAL FAM­I­LIES HAVE COPED.

Calgary Herald - - NP -

It isn’t easy for roy­alty to do the right thing in a pan­demic: get too in­volved and be ac­cused of med­dling in mat­ters best left to ex­perts; go into hid­ing and be ac­cused of shirk­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. So what has Euro­pean roy­alty done dur­ing the pan­demic?

1 PRINCE CARL PHILIP AND PRINCESS SOFIA OF SWE­DEN

Com­fort­ably Europe’s most at­trac­tive royal cou­ple, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Swe­den have been very proac­tive. Princess Sofia, 35, be­came a health-care as­sis­tant. Carl Philip, 40, the king’s only son, who was a ma­jor in the Swedish navy, has been a re­serve of­fi­cer at the Op­er­a­tions Com­mand Cen­tre, co-or­di­nat­ing cri­sis re­sponse.

2 KING FELIPE AND QUEEN LETIZIA OF SPAIN

They have been ac­tive on video calls with politi­cians, armed forces per­son­nel and health work­ers. But with the lock­down eas­ing in Spain, they have re­sumed face-to-face en­gage­ments. As well as masks, the stylish pair wear as­sas­sin-style black leather gloves in public.

3 PRINCESS ELIS­A­BETH OF BEL­GIUM

Her cousin Prince Joachim may have shamed the fam­ily with his non-iso­lat­ing party pres­ence, but the heir ap­par­ent to the Bel­gian throne, 18-year-old Princess Elis­a­beth, in Wales study­ing for her In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate, re­turned to Bel­gium to do her school­ing re­motely. She will fol­low fam­ily tra­di­tion by en­rolling at the Bel­gian Mil­i­tary Acad­emy in the au­tumn.

4 PRINCESS TALITA VON FURSTEN­BERG

A mem­ber of the Ger­man princely fam­ily of Fursten­berg, “TVF” (like her grand­mother Diane, she is a fashion de­signer, and does not use the princess ti­tle) had her 21st birth­day in lock­down at home in Mal­ibu. An In­sta­gram post showed her sur­rounded by cakes, bal­loons, flow­ers, an ocean vista and

birth­day mes­sages.

5 PRINCESS THEODORA OF GREECE

The 36-year-old ac­tress, who was raised in Lon­don, was to have mar­ried U.S. lawyer Matthew Ku­mar at a star-stud­ded wed­ding in Greece this month (her fa­ther, King Con­stan­tine, is a sec­ond cousin of Prince Charles and god­fa­ther to the Duke of Cam­bridge). That has been post­poned, but they toasted on the day with champagne, wore the na­tional flag’s blue and white, and posed in front of, yes, a massive Greek salad.

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