One royal week, five royal photos

It's been a quiet week on the royal front if you're not Prince Henrik of Denmark. In which case it's been an expose yourself to global ridicule kind of seven days. But let's ignore him, it's the best thing to do with hissy fitters. Instead, let's enjoy some of the best photos of a quiet-ish royal week. Despite the summer lull we had enough regal sightings to keep us busy for another few days. Here are some of the pictorial highlights.

The Earl of Wessex has been in Edinburgh, where he attended the first performance of the 2017 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in the grounds of Edinburgh Castle. The @edinburghtattoo is an annual series of military performances by the British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and international military bands that forms part of the Edinburgh Festival. Also in Edinburgh, The Earl, Patron of the Edinburgh International Festival, attended the opening concert of the 2017 Festival. 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the festival and the opening concert of Haydn’s ‘Surprise’ Symphony and Mendelssohn's Symphony No 2 ‘Lobgesang’, also opened the first festival in 1947. The Earl became the @edintfest Patron earlier this year, making him the third Royal Patron, following The Queen and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.
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Poor Prince Edward, there's not much that can be done to make this photo look relaxed and natural. The Earl of Wessex was taking part in the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. It's part of the Edinburgh Festival and Eddie has just become their patron. Quite why that meant ending up in full uniform while holding a small silver dish isn't clear. At least Prince Albert of Monaco kept him company. Let's face it, it doesn't really matter what's meant to be going on, you can't look at this photo and not smile. Edward and Albert get the royal troopers of the week prize.

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Princess Athena started school in Copenhagen and after a very shy photocall with her mum and dad, Princess Marie and Prince Joachim, she was all smiles as she arrived at Sisters of St Joseph School. Mum took a snap of dad and daughter and it ended up on the official Instagram page getting plenty of aahs in the process.

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King Felipe VI of Spain and the country's Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, put in a last minute bid to be part of this year's Strictly Come Dancing as they met in Mallorca. The men walked sideways up the steps of the Marivent Palace while smiling and waving. All they needed was a few sequins and a blast of Hollywood music and the audition might just have worked.

Queen Silvia was clearly feeling the chill as she attended the finale of the Scouts Jamboree in Sweden for this year. While King Carl XVI Gustaf was keeping it light, his consort chose a padded jacket with waterproof over it and a bright pink blanket just in case. You can't be too careful in August.

Back to Denmark where Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and their four children have been on an unexpected staycation as their summer break comes to an end. The future king and queen have been hopping round some of their homegrown highlights with Christian, Isabella, Vincent and Jospephine and posting lots of photos on the official social media accounts while they are at it. This one shows the royal kids doing what all kids do on holiday - lark around while mum tries to get a great photo to remember her special times with her babies by. These princes and princesses have got the royal job down pat already - granddad might be huffing in France but they're putting on a smiley show and displaying their country to its best advantage while they're at it. That's a royal photo worth capturing.