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Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Attend the 2014 Erasmusprijs.

KingWAOn Wednesday, November 12, 2014, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attended the 2014 Erasmusprijs held at the Koninklijk Paleis in Amsterdam.  The theme of the 2014 Erasmusprijs: Theatre, Audience and Society.

This year the Stichting Praemium Erasmianum (Praemium Erasmianum Foundation) awarded the prize to Belgian festival director and curator, Ms. Frie Leysen.

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His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales Visits the Packington Estate in Islington.

POWOn November 12, 2014, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited the Packington Estate in Islington “… to celebrate the half way stage of a £170million regeneration of the former concrete jungle – which is being hailed as a housing benchmark…” according to the newspaper, Islington Gazette.

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Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge Visits the SportsAid Athlete Workshop. (VIDEO)

On November 12, 2014, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge attended the “…SportsAid athlete workshop at the GSK Human Performance Lab in Brentford, West London…” according to Clarence House.

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Attends the Opening of the 2014 World Cities Culture Forum.

WAKingOn Wednesday, November 12, 2014, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands attended the opening of the 2014 World Cities Culture Forum (WCCF) held at the Koninklijk Paleis in Amsterdam.

The World Cities Culture Forum is a:

“…collaborative network of world cities that share a belief in the importance of culture for creating thriving cities.  [The two-day event brings together] city leaders, cultural experts and senior representatives from more than 25 cities around the world [who] will work together to explore the vital role of culture in the prosperity of global cities.

[The WCCF] will include interactive sessions and working groups, with Amsterdam’s approach to cultural policy used as the starting point for discussion between partner cities about their own successes, the challenges they face and what they might learn from each other.”

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News Regarding Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.

maximaOn Wednesday, November 12, 2014, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands visited the organization, Villa Joep, at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

Established in 2004 Villa Joep is committed to fight against neuroblastoma one of the most deadly forms and most common of childhood cancer.  According to the official website for Villa Joep the aim of the organization “…is fundraising. Many initiatives like spinning events, marathon runs and other smaller local activities, all contribute to the fundraising program of Villa Joep.”

During today’s visit Her Majesty met with patients as well as staff who were participating in an art workshop at the Stedelijk Museum.  The theme of the workshop, according to RVD, Hoe Word ik Een Kunstenaar?

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His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales Views the Exhibition, Wounded: The Legacy of War. (VIDEOS)

On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales arrived at Somerset House in London, England to view the photo exhibition, Wounded: The Legacy of War.  The powerful images were photographed by Canadian singer, songwriter, and photographer, Mr. Bryan Adams.

According to the official website for Somerset House the exhibition showcases:

“…British servicemen and women who have suffered life-changing injuries on military duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Featuring over 30 portraits on public display for the first time in the UK, the startling series honors the war heroes of today and highlights the plight of wounded personnel.

The intimate portraits are striking and unsettling, since they do not shy away from the atrocities and aftermath of war.  In them, the inspiring individuals show the same spirit of resolve, courageousness and camaraderie in civilian life as in service. Their searingly honest and heartfelt stories will share the wall space with their pictures to provide insights into the personal paths of conflict to recovery.”

Wounded: The Legacy of War will officially open on November 12, 2014 – January 25, 2015.

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Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan Presides Over the QRF Board Meeting. (VIDEO)

On November 11, 2014, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan presided over Queen Rania Foundation and Development (QRF) board meeting in Amman.

According to Petra News, today’s meeting focused on:

“…a potential early childhood development project which the QRF will discuss with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Social Development.  The program aims to improve the level of services provided to children and infants in nurseries at public schools and organizations as well as  build a number of partnerships with institutes  that work in the same field.

The meeting also discussed the latest developments of EDRAAK, a massive online course (MOOC) platform, that was launched by Queen Rania last May.  Since its launch EDRAAK has hit more than 110,000 registered users, out of which 40% are females.”

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Launches a New Campaign in Utrecht.

PrinceofOranjeOn November 11, 2014, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands arrived at the Museum Catharijneconvent in Utrecht to participate in the launch of the Oranje Fonds new campaign, Maatjes Gezocht (Buddies Wanted).

According to RVD, Maatjes Gezocht are:

“…volunteers who offer individuals support and friendship.  That may include helping those with learning new skills, the acquisition of new knowledge or by providing social contact.  There are language buddies, mentors to support young people in school, buddies for people with mental illnesses, and buddies to help people network and make new friends.” 

After today’s launch His Majesty viewed the Museum Catharijneconvent’s new exhibition, Ik Geef om Jou! Naastenliefde Door de Eeuwen Heen.

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TMs King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain Visit Luxembourg. (VIDEOS)

On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain accompanied by the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mr. José Manuel García-Margallo, arrived in Luxembourg for a one-day official visit.

Upon their arrival at Luxembourg airport Their Majesties were warmly greeted by His Royal Highness Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg.

Soon, Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia along withe the Hereditary Grand Duke arrived at the Palais Grand-Ducal in Luxembourg City were hundreds of locals cheered for Spain’s new king and queen.  Also, waiting for Their Majesties were His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg and various government officials.  After the official welcoming ceremony Their Majesties were ushered into the Palais Grand-Ducal where they happily posed for the press along with Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg.

In the afternoon, Their Majesties along with Mr. García-Margallo participated in several meetings with government officials.

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His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark Attends a Wreath Laying Ceremony in Copenhagen.

Prince Henrik of DenmarkOn November 11, 2014, His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark arrived at the Assistens Kirkegård (Assistens Cemetery) in Copenhagen to attend a wreath laying ceremony at “…the French soldiers’ graves on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of World War I…” according to the Danish royal court.

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His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium Attends a Solemn Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. (VIDEOS)

On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium attended a solemn ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider at the Colonne du Congrès in Brussels on the occasion of Remembrance Day.

Remembrance Day commemorates the ending of World War I and the ceasefire that went into effect in 1918 as Germany signed an armistice agreement with the Allies.  Today’s ceremony also commemorates the victims of World War II and of the humanitarian and peace operations after 1945 according to AFP News.

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Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan Celebrates the 5th anniversary of the Queen Rania Teacher Academy. (VIDEO)

On Monday, November 10, 2014, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan celebrated the 5th anniversary of the Queen Rania Teacher Academy (QRTA) in Amman.

According to Petra News, during today’s visit Her Majesty “…praised the efforts of the QRTA’s and added that she considers teacher training a priority as teachers are the most important pillar of the educational system.  [She] also expressed her hope that parents would witness the positive impact teacher training has had on their children’s performance in the classroom…”  

TRHs Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway Visit the TOMRA Headquarters. (VIDEOS)

MM&HOn Monday, November 10, 2014, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway visited the headquarters of TOMRA in Asker as well as the company’s production facility in Lier, Norway.  According to the official website for TOMRA, the company is an:

“…advanced automated recycling sorting systems for various waste and metal material streams deliver clear commercial, legislative and environmental benefits. The sensor-based sorting systems recover clean material fractions, delivering significantly higher yields and increased value from the input material than with traditional separation methods such as dense media separation or manual sorting.”

And, that’s it. 

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