On July 21, 2014, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium accompanied by their children Her Royal Highness Princess Elisabeth of Belgium, His Royal Highness Prince Gabriel of ...
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On Thursday, July 24, 2014, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II and His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and their four children, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Joachim and Princess Marie of Denmark and their family, Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Her Highness Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth and their children, posed for the press during their traditional happy family holiday at Gråsten Slot in southern Denmark.
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Photo courtesy of Kongehuset
On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands accompanied by the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mr. Mark Rutte, His Royal Highness Prince Laurent of Belgium, the Governor-General of Australia, Mr. Peter Cosgrove, the Australian Foreign Minister, Ms. Julie Bishop, various dignitaries as well as families and friends attended a solemn ceremony at Eindhoven Airbase to witness the arrival of planes from Ukraine carrying the remains of the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17).
MH17 was shot down last Thursday, July 17, 2014, by a BUK ground-to-air missile killing 298 innocent passengers and crew members.
Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan Visit a Shopping Center in Minamisanriku. (VIDEOS)
On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan visited the Minamisanriku Sun Shopping Village in Minamisanriku in the Miyagi Prefecture.
According to Kyodo News, the town of Minamisanriku:
“…was devastated in the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami that claimed more than 15,000 lives. [In 2012] the shopping village was opened and consists of 32 restaurants and shops.”
On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain arrived in Paris, France, for a one-day official visit.
After landing at the airport where they were warmly welcomed to France by various government officials Their Majesties arrived at the Palais de l’Élysée to attend a luncheon held in their honor and hosted by the President of France, Mr. François Hollande.
In the afternoon, Their Majesties attended a meeting at the Assemblée Nationale with the Président de l’Assemblée Nationale, Mr. Claude Bartolone, and met with the Prime Minister of France, Mr. Manuel Valls, at the Hôtel Matignon.
On Monday, July 21, 2014, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands gave a televised statement to the Dutch people after meeting with the families of the victims of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 (MH17) at the NBC Congress Center in Nieuwegein.
MH17 was shot down at a cruising altitude of 33,000 feet by a BUK ground-to-air missile on July 17, 2014, by — what many believe to be — Pro-Russian rebels in the Ukraine. Out of the 298 passengers and crew members on flight MH17 193 were Dutch citizens.
Here is what His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands had to say:
“Today a large gathering took place of families of the victims of the air disaster in eastern Ukraine. My wife and I were among those present. We were deeply touched by the moving, personal accounts of those who have lost loved ones. People whose lives are in ruins. Their sorrow, their feeling of powerlessness and their despair are heartrending. Many people said to us, ‘We at least want to take dignified leave of our loved ones’.
We understand their frustration and their pain. And we share their heartfelt wish for clarity on the cause of this disaster.
We know that their loss can never be made good. Their grief is immense. The only thing we could do today was to be with them, and listen to what they had to say.
In the last few days, people have gathered together all over the Netherlands, and they will go on doing so. In offices, schools, sports clubs and living rooms across the country. People are there for one another.
And that is especially important now, at a time of great trial for our country, when so many people are overwhelmed by grief. It is important that we hold onto one another, that we support each other and do what we can to help. And, that we open our hearts to anyone who wants to share their story. Not only now, but also in the months and years to come.
I would like to express my appreciation for all the people who are rallying around those affected by the disaster. Relatives, friends, neighbors and colleagues: you are all very much needed now.
I would also like to say how much I value the work being done by the hundreds of professionals involved in carrying out the many sad and difficult tasks that need to be done.
My wife and I sympathize deeply with all those who have been bereaved. We are with them in our thoughts. These sentiments are shared by my mother and by the other members of my family, who feel a particularly close bond with our country in these dark days.
This terrible disaster has inflicted a great wound on our society. The scar it leaves will never truly heal.
When the need is greatest, what counts is inner strength, compassion and solidarity – the very qualities that, at crucial times, our country has shown it possesses.”
Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain Meet with Students at the Palacio Real de El Pardo. (VIDEO)
On Monday, July 21, 2014, Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain arrived at the Palacio Real de El Pardo in Madrid to meet with 200 students participating in the program, Ruta BBVA 2014.
On July 21, 2014, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium accompanied by their children Her Royal Highness Princess Elisabeth of Belgium, His Royal Highness Prince Gabriel of Belgium, His Royal Highness Prince Emmanuel of Belgium, Her Royal Highness Princess Eléonore of Belgium attended the Te Deum at the Cathédrale des Saints Michel-et-Gudule in Brussels held on the occasion of Fête Nationale 2014.
In the afternoon, Their Majesties accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses Prince Laurent and Princess Claire of Belgium, and Their Imperial and Royal Highnesses Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este and Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este, presided over military parade along the Place des Palais, again, in Brussels.
Yesterday evening Their Majesties attended the Bal National concert in the neighborhood of Marolles in Brussels.
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On Monday, July 21, 2014, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands met with the families of the victims of the Malaysian Airlines flight 17 (MH17) in Nieuwegein. 298 innocent lives were lost that day.
As you may know by now flight MH17 was shot down by a BUK ground-to-air missile (by, what many believe to be, Pro-Russian rebels) near the Ukraine-Russian border.
Photo courtesy of RVD/HKH
On July 17, 2014, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco attended a concert at the Palais Princier featuring famed pianists, Ms. Marielle and Ms. Katia Labèque, accompanied by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo with Mr. Semyon Bychkov conducting.
During last Thursday evening’s concert the sibling pianists performed works by the late Mr. Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc.
For more information about the opening of the exhibition please click here.
And, finally on Wednesday the sovereign prince inaugurated L’Ecole Charles-Imbert in Sainte-Agnès, France.
Photo courtesy of the Palais Princier
On Monday, July 14, 2014, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden celebrated Victoriadagen, held on the occasion of her 37th birthday, at Solliden Slott in Öland. Hundreds of Swedes turned out this morning to wish their future queen a very happy birthday including, of course, His Royal Highness Prince Daniel of Sweden, Her Royal Highness Princess Estelle of Sweden, and Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden.
Thereafter, the crown princess accompanied by her husband, His Royal Highness Prince Daniel of Sweden, Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, Her Royal Highness Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Mr. Christopher O’Neill, and His Royal Highness Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and his fiancée, former nude model, Sofia Hellqvist, attended the 2014 Victoriadagen celebrations and concert in Öland.
Photo courtesy of Kungahuset
On Monday, July 14, 2014, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco along with the President of France, Mr. François Hollande, and other French dignitaries attended the 2014 Bastille Day Military Parade celebrations along the Champs-Elysées in Paris, France.
On Sunday, July 13, 2014, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan accompanied by Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan, Her Imperial Highness Princess Aiko of Japan, Their Imperial Highnesses Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan along with their family attended the Japanese Folklore Show held at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
According to Kyodo News the show was “…hosted by Empress Michiko to celebrate the Emperor Akihito’s 80th birthday…”