The Kingdom of Montenbourg - The Royal Household
Great Coat of Arms of The Royal Household of Montenbourg
Welcome to the Royal Household (RH). The RH is headed by the King of Montenbourg and his supporting public relations staff. The RH is tasked with communicating the King's and its family messages to the Montenbourg people and to the rest of Europe. The RH is also responsible for facilitating a clear and transparent communications channel between the King and the Royal Family of Montenbourg and the greater public. The current and incumbent monarch is Lawrence I.
All public relations and press messages will be posted here. All press questions sent to the King will be answered here as well.
21 September 2017, Official photograph released of The Royal Family
This the release of the national portrait of His Majesty The King Lawrence with his wife Her Royal Majesty Queen Grace and the HRH Prince James and HRH Princess Helena that was taken in the Green Courtyard, part of the Castle's gardens apartments. We encourage the usage of this portrait at the national gatherings and commemorations of our Royal Family.
Lawrence I, Grace II, James and Helena
Those who undertake official duties are members of The King's close family: his children and his wife.
Every year the Royal Family as a whole carries out over 2,000 official engagements throughout Montenbourg and worldwide. These engagements may include official State responsibilities. Members of the Royal Family often carry out official duties in Montenbourg and abroad where The King cannot be present in person. The Queen, The Prince of Montague and The Princess Royal, for example, may present members of the public with their honours at an Investiture.
When official events such as receptions, State banquets and garden parties are held, the Royal Family supports The King in making his guests welcome.
Members of the Royal Family also often represent The King and the nation in the European Union or other countries, at events such as State funerals or national festivities, or through longer visits to strengthen Montenbourg diplomatic and economic relations.
The Royal Family also plays an important role in supporting and encouraging the public and charity sectors. About 3,000 organisations list a member of the Royal Family as patron or president.
The huge range of these organisations - covering every subject from education to the environment, hospitals to housing - allows members of the Royal Family to meet people from a wide spectrum of national and local life, and to understand their interests, problems and concerns.
2,000: the number of official engagements carried out by the Royal Family each year in Montenbourg and overseas.
70,000: the number of people entertained each year to dinners, lunches, receptions and garden parties at the Royal residences.
100,000: the number of letters received and answered each year by the Royal Family.
Some members of the Royal Family have also established their own charities - for example, The Prince's Trust, The Queen Award Scheme and The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, a charity which provides advice and support for people acting as carers.
The Royal Family also plays an important role in recognising and supporting the work of the Armed Services. Members of the Royal Family have official relationships with many units of the Forces, paying regular visits to soldiers, sailors and airmen serving at home and abroad.
Finally, the Royal Family as a whole plays a role in strengthening national unity. Members of the Royal Family are able to recognise and participate in community and local events in every part of Montenbourg, from the opening of new buildings to celebrations or acts of commemoration.
The King working by himself would be unable to attend every engagement to which he is invited. Members of the Royal Family can undertake local or specialist engagements which would otherwise have to be declined.
We hope that this portrait elevate the noble values of montenbourg and keep being a standout in our mission for the betterment of all.
God Save Our King! Long Live our Noble King! and Hail to our Noble family!
Lady Elena Marlin, Countess of Winchestaire
19 October 2017,Royal Statement of the Repeal "Marriage Equality Bill" at the World Assembly
"We are big and vast and diverse; a nation of people with different backgrounds and beliefs, different experiences and stories, but bound by our shared ideal that no matter who you are or what you look like, how you started off, or how and who you love, Montenbourg is a place where you can write your own destiny. We are a people who believe that every single child is entitled to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness. There’s so much more work to be done to extend the full promise of Montenbourg to every Montenbourgian. But today, we can say in no uncertain terms that we’ve made our union a little more perfect. Gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights, and that the Kingdom of Montenbourg would be a leader in defending those rights, marriage equality is one of this universal rights.
Now there were some countries that did not want to hear that. But I believe Monenbourg is at its best when we champion the freedom and dignity of every human being. That's who we are. It's in our DNA. And as Queen, I had the privilege to represent that Montenbourg to the world. . LGBT Montenbourgians are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones. And they are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship here in Montenbourg and around the World. That includes marriage. That's why I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples. Thats why I support the Marriage Equality Bill. I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law, imbedded in a broader effort to advance equality and opportunity for LGBT Montenbourgians. Like so many others my personal views have been shaped over time by people I have known and loved. By my experience representing our nation on the world stage. My devotion to law and human rights and the guiding principles of my faith. Marriage after all is a fundamental building block of our society and we need to protect it.
I hope that as we discuss and debate, whether it's around a kitchen table or in the public square, we do so in a spirit of respect and understanding. Conversations with our friends, our families, our congregations, our coworkers are opportunities to share our own reflections and to invite others to share theirs. They give us a chance to find that common ground and a path forward. For those of us who lived through the long years of the civil rights and women's rights movements, the speed with which more and more people have come to embrace the dignity and equality of LGBT Montenbourgians has banned breath taking and inspiring. We see it all around us every day in major cultural statements and in quiet family moments.
But the journey is far from over and therefore we must keep working to make our country freer and fairer. And to continue to inspire the faith the world puts in our leadership. In doing so, we will keep moving closer and closer to that more perfect union promised to us all. Thats why Montenbourg will defend LGBT rights here and around the world. We say no to Repeal the Marriage Equality Bill!
Thank you and lets fight for a Better World"
HRH Queen Grace II of Montenbourg
Queen-Consort of the King
17 January 2018, Royal Statement of Apology to Montenbourg's LGBT Community at the House of Lords
HRH King Lawrence I
"One of the greatest choices a person can make in their life is the choice to serve their fellow citizens. Maybe it’s in government, in the military, in a police force or as a monarch. In whatever capacity one serves, dedicating your life to making Montenbourg—and indeed, the world—a better place is a calling of the highest order. Imagine, if you will, being told that the very country you would willingly lay down your life to defend doesn’t want you. Doesn’t accept you. Sees you as defective. Sees you as a threat to our national security. Not because you can’t do the job, or because you lack patriotism or courage—no, because of who you are as a person, and because of who your sexual partners are. Now imagine, my lords and ladies of this house, being subjected to laws, policies, and hiring practices that label you as different—as “less than.” Imagine having to fight for the basic rights that your peers enjoy, over and over again. And imagine being criminalized for being who you are.
This is the truth for many of the Montenbourgians present in the gallery today, and those listening across the country.This is the devastating story of people who were branded criminals by the government. People who lost their livelihoods, and in some cases, their lives. These aren’t distant practices of governments long forgotten. This happened systematically, in Montenbourg under the reign of my grandfather, with a timeline more recent than any of us would like to admit.
My Lords and Ladies, today we acknowledge an often-overlooked part of Montenbourg’s history. Today, we finally talk about Montenbourg's role in the systemic oppression, criminalization, and violence against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and two-spirit communities. And it is my hope that in talking about these injustices, vowing to never repeat them, and acting to right these wrongs, we can begin to heal…
Discrimination against LGBTQ2 communities was quickly codified in criminal offences like “buggery,” “gross indecency” and bawdy house provisions. Bathhouses were raided, people were entrapped by police. Our laws bolstered and emboldened those who wanted to attack non-conforming sexual desire. Our laws made private and consensual sex between same-sex partners a criminal offence, leading to the unjust arrest, conviction, and imprisonment of Montenbourgians. This criminalization would have lasting impacts for things like employment, volunteering, and travel. Those arrested and charged were purposefully and vindictively shamed. Their names appeared in newspapers in order to humiliate them, and their families. Lives were destroyed. And tragically, lives were lost…
Over our history, laws and policies enacted by my government led to the legitimization of much more than inequality—they legitimized hatred and violence, and brought shame to those targeted. While we may view modern Montenbourg as a forward-thinking, progressive nation, we can’t forget our past: The state orchestrated a culture of stigma and fear around LGBTQ2 communities. And in doing so, destroyed people’s lives. My Lords and Ladies, a purge that lasted decades will forever remain a tragic act of discrimination suffered by Montenbourgian citizens at the hands of their own government. From the 1950s to the early 1990s, My government exercised its authority in a cruel and unjust manner, undertaking a campaign of oppression against members, and suspected members, of the LGBTQ2 communities.
The goal was to identify these workers throughout the public service, including the foreign service, the military, and the RCMP, and persecute them. You see, the thinking of the day was that all non-heterosexual Montenbourgian would automatically be at an increased risk of blackmail by our adversaries due to what was called “character weakness.” This thinking was prejudiced and flawed. And sadly, what resulted was nothing short of a witch-hunt.
Women and men were abused by their superiors, and asked demeaning, probing questions about their sex lives. Some were sexually assaulted. Those who admitted they were gay were fired, discharged, or intimidated into resignation. They lost dignity, lost careers, and had their dreams—and indeed, their lives—shattered…Under the harsh glare of the spotlight, people were forced to make an impossible choice between career and identity. The very thing Montenbourgian officials feared—blackmail of LGBTQ2 employees—was happening. But it wasn’t at the hands of our adversaries; it was at the hands of our own government. My Lords and Ladies, Members of Parliment, My Government and People of Montenbourg the number one job of any government is to keep its citizens safe. And on this, we have failed LGBTQ2 people, time and time again.
It is with shame and sorrow and deep regret for the things we have done that I stand here today and say: We were wrong. We apologize. I am sorry. We are sorry. For state-sponsored, systemic oppression and rejection, we are sorry. For suppressing two-spirit Indigenous values and beliefs, we are sorry. For abusing the power of the law, and making criminals of citizens, we are sorry… To all the LGBTQ2 people across this country who we have harmed in countless ways, we are sorry. To those who were left broken by a prejudiced system; And to those who took their own lives—we failed you. For stripping you of your dignity; For robbing you of your potential; For treating you like you were dangerous, indecent, and flawed; We are sorry. To the victims of the purge, who were surveilled, interrogated, and abused; Who were forced to turn on their friends and colleagues; Who lost wages, lost health, and lost loved ones; We betrayed you. And we are so sorry. To those who were fired, to those who resigned, and to those who stayed at a great personal and professional cost; To those who wanted to serve, but never got the chance to because of who you are—you should have been permitted to serve your country, and you were stripped of that option. We are sorry. We were wrong.
Indeed, all Montenbourgians missed out on the important contributions you could have made to our society. You were not bad soldiers, sailors, airmen and women. You were not predators. And you were not criminals. You served your country with integrity, and veterans you are. You are professionals. You are patriots. And above all, you are innocent. And for all your suffering, you deserve justice, and you deserve peace.
My Lords and Ladies, it is my hope that we will look back on today as a turning point. But there is still much work to do. Discrimination against LGBTQ2 communities is not a moment in time, but an ongoing, centuries-old campaign. We want to be a partner and ally to LGBTQ2 Montenbourgians in the years going forward. There are still real struggles facing these communities, including for those who are intersex, queer people of colour, and others who suffer from intersectional discrimination. Transgender Montenbourgians are subjected to discrimination, violence, and aggression at alarming rates. In fact, trans people didn’t even have explicit protection under federal human rights legislation until this year…
And I am proud to say that earlier today in this House my government tabled the Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act. This will mean that Montenbourgians previously convicted of consensual sexual activity with same-sex partners will have their criminal records permanently destroyed. Further, I am pleased to announce that over the course of the weekend, we reached an agreement in principle with those involved in the class action lawsuit for actions related to “the purge.” Never again will my government be the source of so much pain for members of the LGBTQ2 communities. I promise to consult and work with individuals and communities to right these wrongs and begin to rebuild trust. We will ensure that there are systems in place so that these kinds of hateful practices are a thing of the past. Discrimination and oppression of LGBTQ2 Montenbourgians will not be tolerated anymore.. Montenbourg history is far from perfect. But we believe in acknowledging and righting past wrongs so that we can learn from them.
For all our differences, for all our diversity, we can find love and support in our common humanity. We’re Montenbourgians, and we want the very best for each other, regardless of our sexual orientation, or our gender identity and expression. We will support one another in our fight for equality. And Montenbourg will stand tall on the international stage as we proudly advocate for equal rights for LGBTQ2 communities around the world. To the kids who are listening at home and who fear rejection because of their sexual orientation or their gender identity and expression; And to those who are nervous and scared, but also excited at what their future might hold; We are all worthy of love, and deserving of respect.
And whether you discover your truth at six or 16 or 60, who you are is valid. To members of the LGBTQ2 communities, young and old, here in Canada and around the world: You are loved. And we support you…To the trailblazers who have lived and struggled, and to those who have fought so hard to get us to this place: thank you for your courage, and thank you for lending your voices. I hope you look back on all you have done with pride. It is because of your courage that we’re here today, together, and reminding ourselves that we can, and must, do better. For the oppression of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and two-spirit communities, we apologize.
On behalf of my government, Parliament, and the people of Montenbourg and I: We were wrong. We are sorry. And we will never let this happen again. Because Love is Love!"
HRH King Lawrence I
King Of Montenbourg
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7 February 2018, Royal Message of HRM the King at the Gala Dinner offered to the President of Israel
"Good Evening! For the Queen and for me it is a great joy and an honor to welcome them to Montenbourg and to welcome among us - together with the delegation that accompanies them - during this state visit.
I remember with great affection the last chance I had to meet with V.E. in Jerusalem, when I had the privilege and honor of representing Montenbourg at funerals by President Shimon Peres, in September of last year. It was a sad occasion, but full of emotion and gratitude towards a personality who gave so much to his country and the world for the cause of peace, development and understanding among peoples.
This State Visit that you have begun today is a clear symbol, a new example and impulse, of the deep friendship that binds our nations and peoples.
Last year we commemorated the thirtieth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries. Certainly, in 1986 we had put an end to an anomalous situation and today we can see with real satisfaction that during these three decades we have managed to build a dense and enriching relationship based on respect, affection, and solid historical roots.
Indeed, in these 30 years our respective countries have experienced extraordinary changes and progress that have been recognized internationally. The same thing has happened with our diplomatic relations, whose route I have recorded in my memory, first as Prince of Montague, with the first State Visit to Montenbourg of President Herzog in 2011, the official visit of President Peres in 2012, received by my Mother the Queen Margarita; and, in a special way, after the official trip to Israel that the Queen and I made - still as Prince - that same year.
I also keep a very vivid memory of the ceremonies of delivery of the Prince of Montague Awards to various Israeli and Jewish personalities and entities; especially the Sephardic Communities in 2009 and Yad Vashem in 2010; and I also keep very strongly the memory ─ in 2015, already as King─ of the solemn act of commemoration in the Montenboug Parliment of the day for the remembrance of the Holocaust (SHOAH), 70 years after the liberation of Auschwitz.
Let me also mention here that the generosity of the Jewish Community, its sincere appreciation for the Crown and the strong will of the Monteniards to walk alongside those who embody a fundamental part of our history, made it possible that less than a year ago I could receive in the Royal Palace of Bourgeon, and in the presence of the Most High Representatives of the European Jewish Community, the prestigious Lord Jakobovits Prize. I feel enormously honored with such recognition.
Actually, the legacy that unites us transcends us because of its depth and significance. It is the Monphardic heritage that represents a golden age of Jewish culture preserved for centuries in the language and customs of so many Monphardic people all over the world.
Our democratic Montenbourg, which integrates the heritage of diversity, today vindicates its historical links with the Jewish people. For this reason, we are excited to see how Monphardic people from all over the world come to the reunion with Montenbourg and, without losing their previous nationality, they become our new compatriots of whom we are truly proud. In this sense, we will never forget the solemn act that in this same Royal Palace we met two years ago to praise the importance of the historic reunion that led to the approval of the Law on the granting of Spanish nationality to Monphardic originating in Montenbourg. As I said then, "How much have we missed you", to the Monphardic people, to the Jewish friend's people.
We know, Mr. President, that V.E. he also claims for the great nation of Israel that plural identity that you embody with admirable exemplarity. In this regard, I would like to send a very special greeting to the high religious authorities of your delegation who are with us today, because their presence comforts our values and is a testimony of the coexistence and humanity to which we all aspire internationally.
In this regard, I also highlight with pride the leading position of Montenbourg in the fight against anti-Semitism, with important public diplomacy initiatives such as the Sefarad-Israel Center; with firm political commitments such as the establishment of the annual commemoration of the Holocaust Day and the Prevention of Crimes against Humanity; as well as with the revaluation and education on the Jewish fact in our teaching, and with legislative conquests such as the criminalization of the hate crime.
We know that great designs are accompanied by great challenges. We know Israel's legitimate aspirations for peace and security, and we hope that your country will live harmoniously with its neighbors and develop its ties with the European Union. In Montenbourg, you will find Israel a partner, an ally, a loyal and committed friend.
And as you also know, we firmly believe that both aspirations - peace and security - will only be achieved if the legitimate demands of the Israeli and Palestinian peoples to live in two States in peace and security with internationally recognized borders are met. For that reason, we trust that the spirit of Montague that so many international hopes awakened in 1991 can be revived.
Democratic countries are related not only through their institutions, but, especially, through their civil societies. This is our case. They are ─the Montenbourgian and the Israeli─ societies that are strongly attracted, as we see by the growing tourism; that they are recognized in a shared legacy and in their common Mediterranean character; and that they appreciate and admire each other. Undoubtedly, in Montenbourg we admire the enterprising spirit of Israel and its academic and scientific excellence that so accurately represents the first Nobel Prize winner of Israel, Ada Yonath, who accompanies us tonight and to whom I greet very affectionately.
I now finish my words, Mr. President, expressing my full conviction in the bright future that awaits our bilateral relations. I propose, therefore, that we all provide for Israel and for Montenbourg, for the friendship between our two peoples and for our growing mutually beneficial cooperation."
HRM King Lawrence I
King Of Montenbourg