Archive | February 21, 2012

Their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain Attend the Inauguration of the Iberdrola Tower in Bilbao, Spain

On February 21, 2012, Their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain attended the inauguration of the Iberdrola Tower building in Bilbao, Spain.

Upon their arrival Their Majesties were greeted by the architect of the Iberdrola Tower, Cesar Pelli, the president of Iberdrola Energy, Ignacio Sánchez as well as other company employees.  During the opening ceremony King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia unveiled a plaque “…commemorating the opening of the new building…”, watched a dancer do the Aurresku, and listened to the Bilbao Choral Society perform “…’Ode a la Energy’ inspired by the work of Pablo Neruda and composed by Joan Cabrero.”

Source and photo courtesy of Casa de Su Majestad el Rey

His Royal Highness Prince Johan Friso of Oranje-Nassau “In A Coma”

The Telegraph newspaper reports that His Royal Highness Prince Johan Friso of Oranje-Nassau is “in a coma” and unfortunately the medical team treating the prince will not know until the end of the week whether he “will live or die”.

Click here to read the article from the Telegraph 

Meanwhile, the prince’s skiing companion, Florian Moosbrugger, who survived the avalanche — thanks to an airbag tucked into his backpack — will be questioned by the Innsbruck police in the coming days.  In an interview with the Austrian Times newspaper, detective Heinz Rusch stated, “We have begun investigations into the companion. It is concerning unintentional grievous bodily harm in particularly dangerous circumstances.”   

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Sources: Telegraph and Austrian Times

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge Visits Two Schools in Oxford, England (VIDEOS)

Per the Press Association:

The Duchess of Cambridge has joined a group of schoolchildren with behavioural problems and impressed staff with the way she worked with the youngsters.

Kate left the pupils elated after her visit to see how one of her charities was helping them cope with issues such as shyness and lack of confidence.

The royal also shared with the youngsters the name of her pet cocker spaniel puppy – Lupo – something which had remained a mystery since it was confirmed the Cambridge’s had a new addition to their family.

The duchess has been carrying out a number of high-profile visits to her favourite charities during the past few weeks, while her husband William has been away in the Falkland Islands working as an RAF search and rescue helicopter co-pilot.

The visit to Oxford was Kate’s first as patron of The Art Room, an organisation which uses painting and drawing to help children with a range of behavioural problems.

Kate put on a denim apron emblazoned with her name “Miss Catherine” to join the youngsters for a messy art therapy session at Rose Hill Primary School in Oxford.

Lisa Hancock, manager of the primary school’s art room, praised the duchess: “She seemed to have as much fun as the children and seemed very relaxed and in her element, I think. She had all the right language and was very calm and gentle.”

Ms Hancock added that at the end of the session the duchess told the children how “fabulous” they were and praised their artwork.

During her time in the art therapy room Kate sat between two boys at a table covered in pots of paint, brushes and paper, and chatted to both of the youngsters as they busily worked away. At one point the duchess came to the aid of seven-year-old Mariam Olayinka who knocked over a pot of water sending the liquid cascading across the table and on to the floor during the session which lasted around an hour and 45 minutes.

The duchess also visited the Oxford Spires Academy, where The Art Room has another centre, used by the school’s teenage pupils and those of two nearby primary schools. After a private lunch of sandwiches, crisps and fruit, Kate joined a round-table discussion about the training of staff at the centre and listened to the experiences of four Year Seven pupils who attend art therapy sessions.

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Photo courtesy of Daylife/Reuters

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco Discusses His Recent Trip to West Africa (VIDEO)

Recently, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco discussed his recent trip to West Africa.  The sovereign prince “…reaffirms the will of the Principality to support economic development, infrastructure, and humanitarian efforts in Mali and Burkina Faso.”