The Latest Royal News

(VIDEO) HM Queen Rania of Jordan Visits a School in Madaba.

On May 19, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan visited the Al Ma’mounieh Al Gharbieh Secondary Mixed School in Madaba.  The purpose of today’s visit, according to Petra News, was to:

“…check on the Healthy Kitchen Project, implemented by the Royal Health Awareness Associations (RHAS), in collaboration with the World Food Program (WFP).  

Her Majesty praised the efforts put in by all parties involved and emphasized the importance of supporting such entrepreneurial programs that reach and serve communities, and contribute towards creating jobs that benefit women.

[Her Majesty] also highlighted the importance of reviewing the challenges faced, emphasizing the importance of documenting them, to study the feasibility of expansion and increasing the program’s reach to more schools.

Her Majesty [then] stopped by a classroom where she met with and greeted Al Aqsa Charitable Society kitchen employees who gave her a brief on the process and benefits of producing healthy and nutritious food for students.

Before leaving the school, Queen Rania stopped by a third grade classroom to check the healthy food packages given to students. She also attended a short lesson on healthy eating habits that was being given to the students in an interactive, fun and informative manner.”

TMs King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium Host a Reception.

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On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium hosted a reception at Château de Laeken in Brussels for representatives from the Asia Society Policy Institute. Tonight’s gathering was held “…in the framework ahead of the state visit to China in June 2015…” notes the Belgian royal court.

The ASPI tackles major policy challenges now confronting the Asia-Pacific in security, prosperity, sustainability, and the development of common norms and values for the region.

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(VIDEOS) The Crown Prince Couple of Denmark Visit Hamburg, Germany.

On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark began their three-day official visit to fantastic Germany.

This morning the crown princely couple were in Hamburg where they were welcomed to the city by the Lord Mayor, Mr. Olaf Scholz.  Soon, the crown prince couple were off to attend the “…opening ceremony of the business delegation’s program with 450 Danish and German guests, including company leaders and decision-makers…” according to Kongehuset.

Once their meeting was over Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary were off to attend a series of seminars with themes focusing on “…Stylish Living, Tasty Living, Sustainable Living, and Healthy Living…”

After a lovely luncheon the crown prince couple went their separate ways.  For Crown Prince Frederik, well, he spent his lovely afternoon visiting the Asklepios Klinikum in Barmbek and participated in a conference, held under the theme Liveable and Energy Efficient Cities of the Future, held at HafenCity Universität Hamburg.

Meanwhile, Crown Princess Mary opened a Danish design exhibit at Stilwerk and visited the Edeka Supermarket.

The day ended with the crown prince couple attending the opening of the exhibition, Create with Aarhus, at HafenCity Universität Hamburg.

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(VIDEOS) TMs King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Visit the Region of Zeeuws Vlaanderen.

On May 19, 2015, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands visited the cities of Terneuzen, Hulst, and Sluis  in the region of Zeeuws Vlaanderen.

A highlight during today’s events was the opening of the Sluiskiltunnel.  According to RVD, the tunnel will improve infrastructure and traffic flow in the region. The tunnel is important for the development of cross-border cooperation between Zeeland and Flanders and the business climate for companies and individuals.

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(VIDEOS) TRHs The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall Visit Ireland.

On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall began their four-day official visit to Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The royal couple kicked off their tour in the city of Galway.  According to Clarence House whilst there royal couple visited:

“…the National University of Ireland, Galway where they viewed a display of traditional crafts and cultural activities before joining a reception.  [During their visit to the university] The Prince shook hands with Sinn Fein President, Gerry Adams.  

The Prince and Mr Adams sat down in a private room for 10 minutes in an engagement attended by the party’s Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and the British Ambassador to Ireland Dominick Chilcott.  His Royal Highness agreed to the meeting after a request by the Sinn Fein President.

[During their visit to the National University of Ireland, Galway] Their Royal Highnesses were welcomed by traditional Irish dancers and enjoyed a tour of Irish crafts and fare and also saw first-hand some of the work of the university in medical research and the arts.”

Thereafter, The Prince of Wales visited the Marine Institute in Oranmore and toured the Burren in County Clare while The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Claddagh National School where she met with “…students participating in the Suas literacy program. The Duchess also attended a reception at the Mick Lally Theatre to mark the Druid theatre company’s 40th anniversary…” according to the newspaper, Clare Herald.

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Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark Inaugurates a New Building.

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On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark inaugurated a new building at the CLAY Keramikmuseum Danmark (CLAY Museum of Ceramic Art Denmark) in Middlefart.

According to the official website for the CLAY the new building:

“…offers 1,500 square meters situated both above and below ground level. The ceramic art is literally surrounded by its own material, clay.  [Visitors will] enjoy the finest ceramic arts and crafts ranging from a 235 year old plate in the complete Royal Copenhagen porcelain collection to the experimental work of contemporary artist.”

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(VIDEO) Members of the British Royal Family Attend the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

On Monday, May 18, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh attended the 2015 Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London.

Other members of the British royal family including Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall as well as Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex also attended the world-famous flower show.  Earlier in the day, HRH Prince Harry of Wales visited the Sentebale, Hope in Vulnerability, Garden which he later proudly gave his grandmother, HM Queen Elizabeth II, a tour.

(VIDEO) Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan Opens an Exhibit in Amman.

On Monday, May 18, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan arrived at the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts in (JNGFA) Amman to officially open the special exhibition, Hussein Madi in Amman, by well-known Lebanese artist, Mr. Hussein Madi.

During today’s opening Her Majesty viewed over 115 works — paintings, giclée prints, and sculptures — donated to the JNGFA by Mr. Madi and “…was briefed about the art pieces by the artist himself…” according to Petra News.

HM Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Attends an Inaugural Lecture.

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On Monday, May 18, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attended Professor Javier A. Couso’s inaugural lecture held inside the University Hall at the Universiteit Utrecht. Professor Couso was recently “…appointed to the Prince Claus Chair of Development and Equity…” according to a press release.

Whilst at the Universiteit Utrecht Professor Couso will teach “…comparative law research in collaboration with scholars. [He will also be] contributing to the strategic research theme of ‘Institutions’. He will be based at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance (REBO) at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM).”

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TMs King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain Hold Audiences.

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On the morning of May 18, 2015, Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain held various audiences at Palacio de La Zarzuela in Madrid.

The reigning couple met with representatives from the Spanish magazine, Semena.  The well-known publishing house is celebrating their 75th anniversary this year.  Later, Their Majesties met with members of the Fundación Comité Español de los Colegios del Mundo Unido and representatives from several companies who are collaborating with the Alianza para la Formación Profesional Dual, an initative of the Fundación Bertelsmann, la Fundación Princesa de Girona, la Confederación Española de Organizaciones Empresariales (CEOE), and the Cámara de Comercio de España.

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(VIDEOS) HRH Prince Harry of Wales Visits the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

On Monday, May 18, 2015, His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales visited the Sentebale, Hope in Vulnerability, Garden during the 2015 Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show at Royal Hospital Chelsea in London.

According to the RHS official website, the beautiful garden, designed by Mr. Matt Keightley, was:

“…inspired by Sentebale’s Mamohato Children’s Centre, an incredible facility due to open in 2015, that helps Lesotho’s vulnerable children, the Sentebale garden will transport visitors to the landscape of Lesotho in Southern Africa. Bright colours dance through the garden linking its hard landscaping elements with Lesotho’s native environmental characteristics. The garden is designed to raise awareness of Sentebale’s mission to tackle the stigma of HIV in adolescents, helping to provide access to care and education and providing psychosocial support.”

The Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show will be open to the public on May 19-23, 2015.  For more information about the Royal Horticultural Society please click here.

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(VIDEO) TIMs Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan Visit Kanazawa Castle.

On Monday, May 18, 2015, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan continued their three-day visit to the Ishikawa Prefecture.

This morning the imperial couple toured the newly restored and national historic site, Kanazawa Castle.

The Film, Royal Ice, Finally Has a Director… and He’s a Good One!

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Legendary writer, producer, and director, Mr. Garry Marshall, is set to direct the upcoming film about Monaco’s first ever Olympic bobslegih team entitled, Royal Ice.  Mr. Marshall’s credits include Pretty Woman, Frankie and Johnny, Runaway Bride, The Princess Diaries (including the sequel), BeachesHappy Days, and of course the mega-hit television show, Joanie Loves Chachi.

Anyway, Royal Ice, originally written in collaboration with His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco and Mr. Marc Thomas, will have rewrites by Mr. Marshall.  Production is expected to begin sometime in November 2015.

In an interview with trade paper, The Hollywood Reporter, Mr. Sergei Bespalov, Co-CEO of Aldamisa Entertainment which will produce the film, Royal Ice, notes that the story is an:

“…entertaining adventure about teamwork, big dreams and courage, featuring thrilling footage of the sport of bobsledding, as well as a great love story with some close-up looks at the world of Monaco’s royal princely family. It is a pleasure and a privilege to work with the Prince of Monaco and Garry Marshall on the same project…”

princealbertprincealbertparticipatesbobsleigh0l_rvmm24xylIn 1987, a then HSH Hereditary Prince Albert II of Monaco established the Fédération Monégasque de Bobsleigh. Unfortunately, the team has never won an Olympic Gold medal.  Perhaps one day they will!   :)