Archive | March 30, 2012

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Visits Middleburg (VIDEOS)

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands was in Middleburg on March 30, 2012, where she:

…unveiled a monument, made by Jet Schepp, for Willem van Oranje at the Abbey. The monument consists of two reliefs in the Loggia of the Prince logement of the Abbey.  Willem van Oranje, father of the nation and paterfamilias, and his wife Charlotte de Bourbon lived in Middelburg.

Click the links below to watch a video as well as to view photos.

Sources: RVD and PPE

Photo courtesy of RVD/HKH

Members of the British Royal Family Attend a Memorial Service at St George’s Chapel

On March 30, 2012, members of the British royal family — minus the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who are currently on a skiing holiday in Meribel, France — attended a memorial service held at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor.

The purpose of today’s memorial service was to remember the late Queen Mother and Princess Margaret.  During today’s event the Right Reverend David Conner noted during the service:

… that both women had ‘significantly enriched’ the lives of those present.  Each of us here this morning will cherish some special personal memories; memories that awaken once again sentiments of affection and respect. Rightly such particular memories should be harboured securely and discreetly in our own hearts and minds.

But there are also common themes in our remembering which should be shared openly. Most surely amongst them will be the faithfulness that characterised the lives of both Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret – faithfulness to family and friends, faithfulness to the nation and Commonwealth, faithfulness to the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Click the links below to view photos.

Sources: Royal.gov.uk and Press Association

Random Royal News Regarding His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje (VIDEOS)

Recently, His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje visited the IT security company, Fox IT, to learn more about the company (basically, what the heck they actually do).   :)  According to RVD, “…Fox IT studies and monitors of cybercrime and delivers worldwide (innovative) security solutions for Governments, banks and civil society organizations.” Click here to watch a video. (in Dutch)

On Thursday, March 29, 2012, the prince was in the municipality Barendrecht where he participated in a meeting, toured an activity center and spent time in a “… 500-year-old village church.”  Click here to watch a video. (in Dutch)

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Monégasque Bobsleigh, Luge and Skeleton Federation

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco attended a reception on March 28, 2012 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Monégasque Bobsleigh, Luge and Skeleton Federation.

According to the Palais Princier de Monaco the reception “… brought together all the athletes, coaches, volunteers, partners who contributed for a quarter of a century development and sporting success of this discipline.”  Attendees at the event also included Mr. Rudy Rinaldi and Mr. Jeremy Torre, the Monégasque bobsleighers who won the bronze medal in the 2012 Olympic Winter Youth Games.

Source and photo courtesy of the Palais Princier de Monaco

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco Attends the Clean Equity Monaco 2012 Awards

Per the PR Newswire:

CleanEquity Monaco, the forum for emerging cleantech companies, closed Friday 30 March with an Awards Ceremony presided over by H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.

The event showcases cutting-edge emerging cleantech companies to a world-class gathering of senior delegates including specialist financial and strategic investors, established industry players, key policymakers and international trade media.

H.S.H. Prince Albert II audited the judging process and awarded the prizes.

The award for Excellence in the Field of Environmental Technology Research went to ArcActive Limited, a New Zealand company developing a new negative electrode for the Lead Acid battery for use in Start/Stop or Micro Hybrid vehicles. These batteries will enable automakers to significantly improve fuel economy compared to the state of the art AGM batteries, while being cost competitive with AGM.

The award for Excellence in the Field of Environmental Technology Development went to GreenCom Networks, a German company enabling distributed energy management for utilities with its Energy Information Brokerage Platform.

The award for Excellence in the Field of Environmental Technology Commercialization went to Tendril, a US Energy Platform company delivering end-to-end consumer engagement products, applications and services powered by Tendril Connect(TM) – an open standards-based, secure and scalable platform that takes the complexity out of the Energy Internet.

The presenting companies were sourced and screened by Innovator Capital, a boutique investment bank with a focus on cleantech, with help from international partners from Europe, America, India and Japan.

The conference offered a sneak preview of next wave cleantech technologies and associated commercial opportunities.


Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Becomes a Great-Grandmother for the Second Time

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has become a great-grandmother for the second time.  Peter Phillips and his wife, Autumn, welcomed their second child on Thursday, March 29, 2012.

The  7 lb, 4 oz baby girl was named Isla Elizabeth Phillips and was born at the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

Sources: ITV News and the Washington Post via Buckingham Palace