What have Asian and European royals been up to during the pandemic?
Amid the pandemic, here’s how the world’s royals are spending their time, as documented on their social media.
Like everyone else in the world, royal families, too, have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. To continue with their duties, the world's blue bloods have had to adjust to working from home. Others are making use of the slower pace of life to spend more time with their families, or getting involved in COVID-19 relief efforts.
Here’s a peek at what Asia's and Europe's royals have been up to.
TENGKU PUTERI IMAN AFZAN
Tengku Puteri Iman Afzan is the daughter of the Sultan of Pahang. She gave birth to her first child last year, a baby boy named Tengku Zayn Edin Shah.
Tengku Iman is known to have a close-knit relationship with her family, who constantly feature on her Instagram profile. In Malaysia, Hari Raya gatherings are allowed but restricted to no more than 20 people, and the royal got to celebrate her son’s first Eid with the family.
TUNGKU ISMAIL IDRIS AND CHE PUAN KHALEEDA
Johor’s crown prince Tungku Ismail Idris is an avid polo player. During this time, the prince has been keeping his skills sharp with polo practice. Tungku Ismail is also keeping his fitness in check, sharing his workout routine on his Instagram.
Meanwhile, Tungku Ismail’s wife, Che Puan Khaleeda, uploaded a photo of the Johor royal family on her Instagram, taken on Hari Raya. All siblings, together with their kids, gathered to celebrate Eid with their parents, the Sultan and Permaisuri of Johor.
TUNGKU ABDUL RAHMAN
Tungku Abdul Rahman is the younger brother of Tungku Ismail Idris. On behalf of his brothers, Tungku Abdul Rahman donated and delivered food to Johor’s waste collectors. “My brothers and I decided we want to show our appreciation to the men who collect rubbish in JB,” the 27-year-old wrote on Instagram. “They work hard but nobody thinks about them.”
Meanwhile in the UK, Princess Eugenie has also been doing her fair share of volunteer work. Together with her husband, businessman Jack Brooksbank, the royal helped the Salvation Army to pack trolleys of food that were then distributed to food banks across the country.
"In the past few years I have witnessed first hand their dedication and hard work, so when they invited Jack and I to their newly created hub to pack boxes, we jumped at the chance," she wrote.
PRINCESS SIRIVANNAVARI NARIRATANA
Thailand’s Princess Sirivannavari is the only daughter of King Vajiralongkorn and his former consort Sujarinee Vivacharawongse. Not only is she of blue blood, the princess is also the founder of her own eponymous high-fashion label, Sirivannavari.
The label’s stores are located in Bangkok’s Siam Paragon and King Power Rangnam, which had to close when the country went into lockdown. Bangkok has since lifted lockdown restrictions, and Princess Sirivannavari has been busy getting the stores back in business.
PRINCE WILLIAM AND KATE MIDDLETON
Prince William and Kate Middleton have been working from home. The royal couple have held a series of Zoom engagements but more recently, the pair made a surprise virtual visit to a care home, where they took on the duty of bingo callers.
The royals called in to the Shire Hall Care Home in Cardiff, UK, where residents were playing bingo in the home’s cinema. With their own bingo spinner, the pair took turns holding up balls to the screen, and even used Bingo lingo “six and two, tickety-boo” and “one little duck, number two”.
Marie-Chantal is the Crown Princess of Greece. Her husband Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece, is the heir apparent to the now defunct throne of Greece. Together, the pair have five children.
The royal appears to be spending lots of time in the kitchen with the family, where she has taken up a popular quarantine hobby – making her own starter sourdough. A true baker, Marie-Chantal has also found the time to organise all her baking ingredients into neatly labelled jars.