Archive | January 19, 2012

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Attends a Meeting with Members of the Women’s Institute

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II attended a meeting with members of the Women’s Institute held at West Newton Village Hall near Sandringham on January 19, 2012.  Click here to read more about today’s event.

Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene Along with Princess Stephanie of Monaco Attended the Opening of the 36th Annual Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival

This evening, January 19, 2012, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene along with Princess Stephanie (who is president of Festival International du Cirque de Monte-Carlo) and family — hence Pauline Ducruet and Camille Gottlieb — attended the 36th Annual Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival held at the Espace Fontvieille.  This famous event, created by the late Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1974, has become:

…the largest and most prestigious circus event in the world. It awards the most respected prize in the world of the circus, namely the Clown d’Or Award. Organized and presided over by Her Serene Highness Princess Stephanie of Monaco a selection of the best international acts is presented each year at the Festival which is broadcasted around the globe.

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Source: Montecarlofestival.mc

Photo courtesy of Zimbio/PLS Pool

His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales to Visit Sexy Brazil… Boy, Is He Going to Have Fun!

Per AFP News:

His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales will visit Brazil in March, royal officials said Thursday, amid tension in neighbouring Argentina over his brother the Duke of Cambridge’s upcoming mission in the Falkland Islands.

Prince Harry, the third in line to the British throne, will arrive in Brazil on March 9 after touring Belize, the Bahamas and Jamaica as part of celebrations for his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, officials said.

The 27-year-old’s stop in Brazil is designed to “enhance the partnership between the United Kingdom and Brazil”, St James’ Palace said, adding that the visit had been organized by the foreign ministry.

In a move that has angered Brazil’s neighbour Argentina, Harry’s elder brother the Duke of Cambridge is due to complete a six-week mission as a rescue pilot in the disputed Falklands Islands early this year.

Argentina has complained that the Duke’s mission, falling just ahead of the 30th anniversary of a short but bloody British-Argentine war over the islands, is “a provocative act”.

The Royal Air Force has insisted the Duke of Cambridge, second in the line of succession, is going as part of a “normal squadron crew rotation”.

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday accused Argentina of “colonialism” towards the Falklands, which are British-held but also claimed by Buenos Aires.

Foreign Secretary William Hague, who is currently in Brazil, said on Thursday that Britain was launching its “most ambitious effort to strengthen ties with Latin America in 200 years”.

“The days of our diplomatic retreat from your region are over,” he said.

Harry, who is training to become an army pilot, will arrive in Belize on March 2, kicking off a series of trips by British royals to celebrate the queen’s 60th year on the throne.

William, 29, and his wife Catherine will travel to the Asia-Pacific region, while heir to the throne Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will visit countries including Australia and Canada.

The world tour adds to events in Britain marking the jubilee, including a massive pageant on the River Thames involving up to 1,000 boats, while the queen, 85, and her husband Prince Philip, 90, will travel widely in Britain.

Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias Attend the 75th Anniversary of Radio Nacional de España

On January 19, 2012, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias visited the exhibition commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Radio Nacional de España in Madrid. Upon their arrival the royal couple were greeted by the President of the Congress of Deputies, Jesús Posada, Secretary of State for Communication, Carmen Martínez Castro, and the director of RNE, Moreno Benigno to name a few.

During their tour of the exhibition the prince and princess stared at some pretty cool radio equipment and mingled with their hosts.

And, that’s it.   :)

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Source and photo courtesy of Casa de Su Majestad el Rey

H.I.R.H. Princess Astrid of Belgium Participates in a Symposium and Attends the 57th Annual Brussels Antiques and Fine Arts Fair

This morning H.I.R.H. Princess Astrid of Belgium participated in the symposium, Combattre la Pauvreté par l’inclusion Sociale (Combating Poverty through Social Inclusion) held at the Palais de Brussels.

Afterward, the princess attended the 57th Annual Brussels Antiques and Fine Arts Fair held at the Tours & Taxis in Brussels.  As the representative of the King Baudouin Foundation Heritage Princess Astrid was the guest of honor at this event.

Source: La Monarchie Belge

Random Royal News Regarding H.R.H. Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg and H.S.H. Prince Alois of Liechtenstein.

This morning at the Grand Ducal Palace in Luxembourg His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri held an audience with Belgian Prime Minister, Mr. Elio Di Rupo.  The prime minister is currently in Luxembourg for a brief working visit.

And, finally in the Dutch online newspaper, RD.nl, there is an interesting article regarding His Serene Highness Prince Alois of Liechtenstein. The article discusses the prince’s stance on abortion, the separation of church and state as well as boring politics in his country.  Click here to read the article (in Dutch.)

Photo courtesy of RD.nl

Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Visits Stiching Wilskracht. Plus, Other News (VIDEOS)

On January 19, 2012, Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands was in Reuver visiting the volunteer organization, Stiching Wilskracht, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the crisis shelter for women, Hotel de Botel.

Earlier, the princess was in Landgraaf where she visited a school participating in Klinkend Perspectief, a project that encourages the youth to play music.  Upon her arrival she was greeted by the school’s officials as well as faculty.  Once inside Princess Maxima visited the music classroom where she was given a mini-concert by the students of the school.

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Source: De Limburger

Photo courtesy of Het Koninklijk Huis

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Holds an Audience with Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu

On January 19, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands met with Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and his wife at the royal palace in Den Haag.  Prior to his meeting with Her Majesty, Mr. Netanyahu visited the famous Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam as well as held talks with the Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

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