Earlier this month CNN’s Richard Quest sat down with H.S.H. Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein regarding the country’s reputation as a “tax haven”. Click the link below to watch the interview as well as to read an article.
To say that the members of the British royal family will be busy come next year is an understatement. This morning, December 14, 2011, a statement from the press secretary to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was released regarding “… regional and overseas visits to mark the Diamond Jubilee…” :
Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, will mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a series of regional visits and engagements throughout the United Kingdom during 2012.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, supported by other members of the Royal Family, will be traveling as widely as possible across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
In addition, members of the Royal Family will travel overseas representing The Queen throughout the Diamond Jubilee year, visiting every Realm as well as undertaking visits to Commonwealth countries, Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories.
Her Majesty has asked that these visits include the following:
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea
The Prince of Wales: Channel Islands, Isle of Man
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge: Malaysia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu
Prince Harry: Belize, Jamaica, The Bahamas
The Duke of York: India
The Earl and Countess of Wessex: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Gibraltar, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago
The Princess Royal: Mozambique, Zambia
The Duke of Gloucester: British Virgin Islands, Malta
The Duke of Kent: Falkland Islands, Uganda
Saturday 2nd June, 2012
The Queen will attend the Epsom Derby.
Sunday 3rd June, 2012
The Big Jubilee Lunch: Building on the already popular Big Lunch initiative, people will be encouraged to share lunch with neighbours and friends as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. This may take the form of a traditional street party or a picnic lunch in small or larger groups. This event is being organised by the Big Lunch.
The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant: This event will take place on the Thames and consist of up to 1,000 boats assembled from across the UK, the Commonwealth and around the world. The Queen will travel in the Royal Barge which will lead the flotilla. This event is being organised by the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation.
Monday 4th June, 2012
BBC Concert at Buckingham Palace: There will be a televised Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace with tickets being available to UK residents by public ballot. The musical programme for the concert is still being planned and is expected to feature British and Commonwealth musicians. Details on how to apply for the concert will be available in due course. This event is being organised by the BBC.
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons: A network of 2,012 Beacons will be lit by communities and individuals throughout the United Kingdom, as well as the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, British Overseas Territories and the Commonwealth. As in 2002, The Queen will light the National Beacon. The beacons project is being organised by Diamond Jubilee Beacons Ltd.
Tuesday 5th June, 2012
Service of Thanksgiving and Carriage Procession: There will be a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral and a formal carriage Procession by The Queen.
3. In addition, the Diamond Jubilee Pageant will take place on 10th, 11th and 13th May 2012 in Windsor. Horses and other acts will travel from all around the world to perform in celebration of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.
On December 14, 2011, King Albert II and Queen Paola attended Christmas concert, followed by a reception, held at the Palais de Bruxelles (Palace of Brussels). Also in attendance were Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz. The concert is provided by the orchestra “deFilharmonie” and with soloists from the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel under the direction of Philippe Herreweghe.
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Source: La Monarchie Belge
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On December 14, 2011, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II received the Ambassador of China during a farewell audience held at Christian IX’s Palace at Amalienborg.
Source and photos courtesy of: Konghuset.dk
Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain Presides over the 50th Anniversary of the Creation of the Special Operations Command in Alicante, Spain
Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain presided over the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Special Operations Command, held at the cantonment “Alférez Rojas Navarrete” in Alicante on December 14, 2011.
The Queen was accompanied by the president of the Generalitat Valenciana, Alberto Fabra Part, the chief of Army Staff, Army General Fulgencio Coll Bucher, General Land Force chief, Jose Ignacio Cebrian Medina, the chief general Special Operations Command, Brigadier General Mir Francisco Arribas, the president of the Valencian Parliament, Juan Gabriel Ferrer Cotino, the government delegate in Valencia, Ana Botella Gomez, and Mayor of Alicante, and Sonia Castedo Ramos.
During the ceremony, there was the delivery of “Machete Awards 2011″ were awarded to The Councillor for Environment and Social Welfare and 3rd Deputy Mayor of Alicante, Asuncion Sanchez Zaplana, and the City of Enguera, whose award was received by the Mayor, Santiago Arevalo Llacer.
The celebration also included a tribute to those who gave their lives for Spain, a military parade and an act of imposition of decorations.
Source and photo courtesy of Casa de Su Majestad el Rey
On December 14, 2011, H.R.H. Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg held an audience with Mr.Victor F. Rashnikov at the Grand Ducal Palace. Mr.Rashnikov was sworn in as the Honorary Consul of Luxembourg in the Russian Federation prior to meeting the Grand Duke.
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Source: Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg
The Swedish television network, SVT, recently (as in last month) aired a documentary entitled, Silvia: Festens Drottning, about the Queen of Sweden’s Nobel Prize gala gowns. Click the link below to watch.
T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Participate in L’arbre de Noël at the Palais Princier (VIDEO)
On December 14, 2011, T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco participate in L’arbre de Noël at the Palais Princier de Monaco.
“It is a tradition that the Monégasque children are invited to the Palais…” for a Christmas party where loads of gifts are presents and lots of delicious treats are, well, eaten. :)
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Photo courtesy of: Daylife/Reuters