On Wednesday, January 7, 2015, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco — from the balcony of the Palais Princier — officially presented their precious newborn ...
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On Thursday, January 22, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco participated in the 45th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting debate session entitled, Ocean Matters, held at the Congress Center in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.
During Thursday’s session, with the theme focusing on the protection of the marine environment, the sovereign prince noted to attendees that:
“….ocean conservation also involves combating climate change which will be one of the key challenges for 2015. The Paris Conference in December will, I believe, be a “last chance” event in which we all need to become involved. The fight against climate change is now a vital objective for our Planet. We need to create a new development model together as quickly as possible, the only way of ensuring the future of Planet Earth and its oceans…”
Photos courtesy of the WEF 2015
On Friday, January 23, 2015, His Royal Highness Prince Carl Philip of Sweden viewed the exhibition, Carl Larsson: Det Goda Livet, at the Ordrupgaard Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The exhibition showcases the works of late Swedish painter, Mr. Carl Larsson:
“…known and loved for his idyllic depictions of family life on his homestead in Sweden. Masterful watercolours where beauty and everyday life go hand in hand. [Overall the exhibition] tells the story of a painter who opened up his home through his art and created an ideal Nordic lifestyle which still stands today.”
Carl Larsson: Det Goda Livet will be open to the public until February 8, 2015.
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On the evening of Friday, January 23, 2015, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands participated in an “…initiative to speak out all the names of the 102,000 Dutch victims that died in or were deported from the former Westerbork Concentration Camp during World War II…”
(VIDEO) His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Opens the Akoesticum Training Center in Ede.
On Friday, January 23, 2015, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands opened the Akoesticum in Ede. This new national training center is for:
“…amateur and professional in the areas of theater, music and dance. The facility contains 10 rehearsal rooms of various sizes with good acoustics, an auditorium where large groups can rehearse, 148 beds, a kitchen, bar and dining area.”
On the early morning hours of Friday, January 23, 2015, His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud had passed. He was 90 years old.
In the afternoon, the funeral prayers were held for His Majesty at the Imam Turki Bin Abdullah Grand Mosque in Riyadh. According to the newspaper, Al Arabiya, thereafter “…the late king was carried in a simple white shroud to an unmarked grave in a Riyadh cemetery where many citizens rest.”
On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain hosted a reception at Palacio Real de Madrid for diplomatic representatives with accreditation in Spain.
On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan arrived at the Gakushuin Women’s College and Graduate School in Tokyo to speak to students about the benefits of studying abroad.
Meanwhile, the Imperial Household Agency announced that His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan has cancelled all of his engagements on Wednesday due to “…cold-like symptoms…” The IHA also noted that all engagements scheduled for the remaining week are still pending (hence depending on the emperor’s health).
(VIDEO) His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco Attends a Celebration at the Hôtel Hermitage.
Recently, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco attended the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Département des Relations Extérieures et de la Coopération held at the Hôtel Hermitage in Monte-Carlo.
On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco along with members of the Carabiniers du Prince celebrated Mass at the Cathédrale de Monaco in honor of the Feast Day of Saint Sébastien. The former Roman soldier who died around 288 A.D. is the patron saint of the Carabiniers du Prince.
Photos courtesy of the Palais Princier
On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium arrived in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, to participate in the 45th Edition of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting.
The WEF is an international institution committed to improving the state of the world through public-private cooperation. The event “…engages political, business, academic and other leaders of society in collaborative efforts to shape global, regional and industry agendas. Together with other stakeholders, [the forum] works to define challenges, solutions and actions, always in the spirit of global citizenship.”
Other royals attending this year’s four-day meeting include His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan, and His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Turki Faisal bin Turki Al Saud to name a few.
On January 20, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan visited the Al Badia Society for Women’s Development in Khashafiet Al Shawabkeh in Sahab District.
According to Petra News, during today’s meeting Her Majesty:
“…met with representatives from three local societies working on women’s empowerment and their economic development. [Her Majesty also] listened to a briefing about Fida Jordan (FJ), a Finnish NGO that has been operating in Jordan since 2004 and supported the establishment of several local societies.
Her Majesty discussed with the beneficiaries their successes that were achieved thanks to local societies’ partnership with organisations such as FJ, which has branches across 30 countries and firmly believes that poverty does not only mean the lack of financial resources but also the lack of knowledge.
Queen Rania also stressed the importance of promoting best practices in economic empowerment for women and discussed ways that encourage them to play an active role in the development of their communities.”
On January 20, 2015, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall met with BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show presenter, Mr. Chris Evans, following the launch of the 2015 children’s short story-writing competition, 500 Words, at Clarence House in London, England.
According to a press release the aim of the competition is to:
“…help find the UK’s most talented young writers, with the final of the competition taking place at St James’s Palace in May 2015. [Marking the launch of the competition] The Duchess of Cornwall will also attend a special ‘500 WORDS Story Laboratory’ in Weston Park Primary School, London on Wednesday 21 January.
As part of the competition, entrants aged 13 and under have to compose an original work of fiction no longer than 500 words. Hopeful entrants should apply via the Radio 2 website – bbc.co.uk/500words. The writers of the top 50 stories will be invited to attend a broadcast of The Chris Evans Breakfast Show that will be broadcast live on Friday 29 May, 2015 from St James’s Palace.
The six lucky winners will be announced live on air and will get to hear their stories read out by a famous narrator. Last year saw names including Sherlock himself Benedict Cumberbatch, Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville and Paloma Faith take part.
The judging panel for 2015 includes head judge Richard Hammond, the highly acclaimed author of the Horrid Henry series, Francesca Simon, best-selling authors Charlie Higson, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman.”
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(VIDEO) Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover Views an Exhibition at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco.
On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover arrived at the Villa Paloma at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (NMNM) in Monaco to view the special exhibition, Construire une Collection.
According to the official website for the NMNM, the exhibition, which runs until March 21 at the Villa Paloma then moves to the Villa Sauber, displays a:
“…selection of works purchased over the past ten years. The exhibition at the Villa Paloma will therefore feature works by William Anastasi, Richard Artschwager, Michel Blazy, Pascal Broccolichi, Daniel Gustav Cramer, Alain Declercq, Jean Dubuffet, Hubert Duprat, Jan Fabre, Jean-Pascal Flavien, Geert Goiris, Gary Hill, Rebecca Horn, Anish Kapoor, Jochen Lempert, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Su‑Mei Tseand Cerith Wyn Evans. These artists offer a revisiting of form and nature through narrative and form-related ideas, with the aim of re‑appropriating Nature in their own way to give it a new symbolic meaning, opening up a broad area of discussion on redefining landscape while highlighting the relationship between art and science.
The second part of the exhibition will open to the public on March 21 at the Villa Sauber, which has housed the Madeleine de Galéa Collection of Dolls and Automata for the past 35 years until 2009. It will bring together works by Arman, Robert Barry, Christian Boltanski, Lourdes Castro, César, Mark Dion, Erró, Hans‑Peter Feldmann, Claire Fontaine, Lucio Fontana, Loïe Fuller, Jeppe Hein, Claude Monet, Linda Fregni Nagler, Camille Henrot, Bertrand Lavier, Anne and Patrick Poirier, Hans Schabus and William Turner. Most of the works presented here were either inspired by collections or the collections themselves have become works of art or have inspired works of art; in other words, a collection of collections.”
Photo courtesy of Getty Images/V. Hache