Hotspot New York: Spotted! Which royals are currently cavorting in the Big Apple - and why

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The world looks to New York. The 77th UN General Assembly and the environmental summit "Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit" initiated by Prince William are currently taking place here. Two important events also attended by royals from all over the world.

Although many royal family members have no political influence or even decision-making power, they can still campaign for the issues that are close to their hearts. And they do, committed and full of energy. A look at New York is proof of that. Since the funeral of Queen Elizabeth, †96, the royal elite have been romping around here to fight for a better world.

Queen Rania is committed to Prince William's heart project

Queen Rania, 50, immediately traveled to the Big Apple after emotional days in the UK to meet former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 74, and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, 65, on September 20, 2022 of the "Clinton Global Initiative" for an open discussion.

Königin Rania am 20. September 2022 in New York bei einem Gespräch mit Ex-Außenministerin Hillary Clinton und UN-Hochkommissar für Flüchtlinge, Filippo Grandi, im Rahmen der "Clinton Global Initiative".
Queen Rania on September 20, 2022 in New York during a meeting with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi as part of the "Clinton Global Initiative". © Royal Press Europe | Royal Hashemite Court/Picture Alliance

In addition, the 50-year-old spoke at the "Concordia Annual Summit" as part of the 77th General Assembly of the United Nations and took part in the "Caring for Women Dinner" of the "Kering Foundation" with her daughter, Princess Iman, 25.

Königin Rania mit ihrer Tochter, Prinzessin Iman, auf dem Weg zum "Caring for Women Dinner" der "Kering Foundation".
Queen Rania with her daughter, Princess Iman, on their way to the Kering Foundation's Caring for Women Dinner. © Royal Press Europe | Royal Hashemite Court/Picture Alliance

On September 21, Jordan's Queen gave a presentation at the Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit, hosted by Prince William, 40. Due to the period of mourning for his grandmother, the heir to the British throne cannot be there himself at the moment, but he sent the participants an emotional video message and assured his full support.

Princess Mary and Prince Frederik support Denmark's candidacy for UN Security Council seat

The Danish royal family is also currently cavorting in the metropolis. The reason: Denmark is running for a seat on the UN Security Council in 2025-2026. Prince Frederik, 54, and Princess Mary, 50, have therefore been in New York since Tuesday, September 20, 2022 and are attending events with a focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This is how Prince Frederik appeared on the first day at the opening of the UN General Assembly, before he then gave a speech at the "Countdown to 2030" event as patron of the "State of Green" initiative, in which he referred to the natural disasters of our time. "These devastating events threaten our existence around the world," the Crown Prince warned. The appointment was followed by a meeting with Nordic ministers and Central American ministers.

Prinz Frederik und Berit Basse, dänische Botschafterin, bei der Eröffnung der Ausstellung "Sustainable Food: How Alternative Food Production & Consumption can Combat Climate Change" im Rahmen der 77. Generalversammlung der Vereinten Nationen in New York am 20. September 2022.
Prince Frederik and Danish Ambassador Berit Basse at the opening of the exhibition 'Sustainable Food: How Alternative Food Production & Consumption can Combat Climate Change' at the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 20, 2022. © Dana Press

Frederik started day two in New York with a jog through Central Park, while Mary attended an event organized by the WWF World Wildlife Fund and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to raise awareness of plastic pollution. Afterwards, the Crown Princess had a meeting with representatives of the UN Population Fund. The day ended with a US reception also attended by President Joe Biden, 79.

Prinzessin Mary bei der Veranstaltung des "WWF World Wildlife Fund" und der "Ellen MacArthur Foundation" im Rahmen der 77. Generalversammlung der Vereinten Nationen in New York.
Princess Mary at the WWF World Wildlife Fund and Ellen MacArthur Foundation event at the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York. © Dana Press

Prince Frederik had to fly back to Denmark one day earlier than expected on Thursday afternoon, September 22nd. The reason: since his mother, Queen Margrethe, 82, was infected with the corona virus, the crown prince has to prepare the evening party that the court is hosting on September 23 at Christiansborg Palace for the government, parliament and the Danish MEPs. Princess Mary, on the other hand, will come home on Friday as planned.

Queen Letizia meets Jill Biden

Queen Letizia, 50, did not take a break after her trip to London either and immediately flew to New York without her husband Felipe, 54. Here, on September 20, the former journalist attended a UNICEF/WHO event at the 77th United Nations General Assembly and delivered a moving speech on promoting mental wellbeing in schools.

Königin Letizia von Spanien nimmt an einem Treffen mit UNICEF-Expert:innen für psychische Gesundheit im INNSIDE Hotel am 20. September 2022 in New York City teil.
Queen Letizia of Spain attends a meeting with UNICEF mental health experts at the INNSIDE Hotel on September 20, 2022 in New York City. © Andrews Archie / ABACA / Picture Alliance
Königin Letizia
Queen Letizia addresses a UNICEF/WHO event at UNICEF House. © ASSOCIATED PRESS | Bebeto Matthews / Picture Alliance

A day later, the Spanish monarch met Jill Biden, 71, at the central act of "World Cancer Research Day" at Columbia University Cancer Research Center New York. The two women said goodbye to Queen Elizabeth together just two days earlier.

Königin Letizia und Jill Biden
Queen Letizia and Jill Biden at the Central Act of World Cancer Research Day on September 21 at Columbia University Cancer Research Center New York. © PPE / Thorton / Picture Alliance

Queen Máxima travels to the Big Apple immediately after Prinsjesdag

Queen Máxima, 51, of the Netherlands is one of the strong royal women who are currently using their voices in the Big Apple. King Willem-Alexander's wife, 55, traveled to New York immediately after Prinsjesdag. Her first meeting was with Antonio Guterres, 73, Secretary-General of the United Nations. Afterwards, the two of them posed in a good mood with a copy of the UNSGSA magazine for the waiting photographers.

Königin Máxima und Antonio Guterres
Queen Máxima and Antonio Guterres on September 21, 2022 in New York. © ASSOCIATED PRESS | Jason Scenes / Picture Alliance

Prince Albert is in New York without Charlène

Prince Albert, 64, also traveled to the USA without his wife Charlène, 44, but with at least as much enthusiasm. Monaco's head of state delivered a speech during the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 21 at the UN headquarters.

Fürst Albert
Prince Albert speaks during the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly September 21, 2022 at the UN Headquarters in New York City. © Anna Moneymaker / Getty Images

The stay in New York is very important to Albert, as he makes clear on Instagram. "The debates taking place during the General Assembly provide a unique forum for dialogue between member countries and allow the issues covered by the United Nations Charter to be discussed. After two years thwarted by the Covid-19 pandemic , it is the great return of the heads of state and government to the United Nations," says the official account of the royal family.

The regent also announced that he would meet "several heads of state, some of them in bilateral meetings" during his stay.

Sources used: picture-alliance.com, gettyimages.de, danapress.com, twitter.com, instagram.com

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