Archive | July 10, 2012

Royal News Regarding Members of the Spanish Royal Family.

On Tuesday, July 10, 2012, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain attended an annual meeting with the Board of Trustees from the Fundación Carolina at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid.  The purpose of the meeting was to “…adopt a plan of action…” for the next year.

Meanwhile, Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain presided over the presentation of La Vuelta Junior Cofidis 2012 held at the Consejo Superior de Deportes in Madrid.

And, finally, Her Royal Highness Princess Letizia of Asturias was in Barcelona to attend the final day of the 22nd Congreso Bienal de la European Association for Cancer Research (EACR22).  During the event the beautiful princess gave a speech stating (rough translation):

Spain is a country committed to cancer research. A commitment that drives not only public administrations, but also the civil society and private entities. In Spain we can count on science and research as part of a culture that honors the values of effort, excellence and solidarity.

Our goal is fighting cancer in a comprehensive way, with physicians, researchers, professionals and volunteers to work together. This Congress, which ends today, is proof that the comprehensive and international dimension in cancer research is the best way. Sharing knowledge is the guarantee of success.

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Source and photo courtesy of Casa de Su Majestad el Rey

Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall Visit Brecon.

On Tuesday, July 10, 2012, Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited Brecon. Per the official website for the Prince of Wales:

The historic Mid Wales town is the first stop for the Prince and the Duchess on the second day of their annual summer visit to the principality.

As the couple arrived to attend a Thanksgiving Service at the Brecon Cathedral, pupils from the nearby Priory School gave them an enthusiastic welcome and The Duchess accepted a bouquet.

Once the Prince and the Duchess were inside, the Thanksgiving Service got under way marking the successful conclusion of a decade of fundraising for the cathedral choir, hitting the £1 million mark.

The Royal couple then visited the Brecon Small Picture Show held in a small annex off the cathedral’s main hall.

The Prince and the Duchess then separated and carried out individual visits of their own.

The Duchess visited Ysgol Penmaes, a school for children with severe learning difficulties. The Duchess also visited Golwg y Camlas, a respite unit run by social services adjacent to the school.

Later, the Duchess met a number of parents and governors at the school and was entertained by a choir of pupils who sang Bread of Heaven and Delilah.  Before leaving she unveiled the school’s specially commissioned new jubilee stained glass window.

She then met local people and volunteers connected with the Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal, which is celebrating its 200th anniversary.

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Source: Princeofwales.gov.uk

Their Serene Highness Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Visit Stuttgart, Germany. (VIDEO)

On July 10, 2012, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco visited Stuttgart as part of their two-day official visit to Germany.

Upon their arrival at Stuttgart Airport, the princely couple were greeted by the Finance and Economics Minister for the State of Baden-Württemberg,  Dr. Nils Schmid and his wife.  Soon, Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene made a mad dash to the Mercedes-Benz Museum.  Whilst there they were given a private tour of an exhibition featuring 125 classic cars and the history of Mercedes-Benz. Dr. Joachim Schmidt, Member of the Executive Board of Mercedes-Benz, was thrilled to have the prince and princess visit the exhibition, “We are very honored to have them here and that they specially requested to visit us [the museum] and our research center.”

The princely couple also visited the Bosch Company (it’s an electronics and engineering company) whereupon the sovereign prince signed, “… a memorandum of understanding for a feasibility study on the subject of ‘Network-centric City.’” Apparently, the government in Monaco wishes to “…implement solutions for mobility, energy, health and communication…” according to Bosch Chairman, Mr. Franz Fehenbach.

Huh.  Okay.  Moving on.

Afterward, Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene arrived at the beautiful Villa Reitzenstein where they were greeted by the Minister-President of the State of Baden-Württemberg, Mr. Winfried Kretschmann, and his wife, Gerlinde.  After a quick photo-op, Minster-President Kretschmann ushered the princely couple into the villa where they signed the guest-book and attended a lovely reception held in their honor.

During the event, attended by dozens of government officials and VIPs, Minster-President Kretschmann “praised” the sovereign prince for his commitment to environmental protection stating:

I am pleased that the prince is committed to environmental issues and above all to his commitment in the field of renewable energy.

Fabulous.   :)

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Sources and photo courtesy of: Palais Princier de Monaco, Welt, MB Press Release and STM Baden-Württemberg

Random Royal News Regarding Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. (VIDEOS)

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II mets French President  Francois Hollande

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh welcomed the Olympic Torch flame at Windsor Castle on July 10, 2012.  According to the Associated Press, Her Majesty watched as “… torch-bearer Gina Macgregor held the [flame] torch…” then watched it pass to the next torch-bearer, Mr. Phil Wells.

Also this afternoon Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II held a “30 minute private meeting” with new French President, Francois Hollande, at Windsor Castle.

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Sources: Royal.gov.uk and Associated Press

His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan Holds an Audience with Afghan President Hamid Karzai

On July 10, 2012, His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan held an audience with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

And, that’s it.   :)

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Source: Kyodo News via IHA

Her Royal Highness Princess Mathilde of Belgium Visits the Ecole d’Eté de Bruxelles. Plus, News Regarding Her Serene Highness Princess Stephanie of Monaco.

On July 10, 2012, Her Royal Highness Princess Mathilde of Belgium visited the Ecole d’Eté de Bruxelles to meet with students who are participating in language immersion classes during the summer.

According to La Monarchie Belge, the participants, ages 6-12, are “… learning Dutch so when their fall classes begin they will feel more confident when speaking the language.”  

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Yesterday evening Her Serene Highness Princess Stephanie of Monaco was at the Sporting Monte-Carlo to attend a fundraiser for the charity, Fight AIDS Monaco.  During the event there was a gala dinner, a concert, and an auction in which guests won items from various designers such as Lanvin, Lola K, and Cartier to name a few.

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Sources: La Monarchie Belge and Monaco Matin.