The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Open A Children’s Cancer Center in Surrey (VIDEO)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in Sutton, Surrey this afternoon to open a new children’s cancer center at the Royal Marsden Hospital.  To watch a video from today’s event as well as to read an article please click here.  To view photos please click here. 

Photo courtesy of: Daylife/K.Wigglesworth/AFP

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Meets with the Prime Minister of Vietnam. Plus, Other News

On September 29, 2011, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands met with the Prime Minister of Vietnam, Nguyen Tan Dung and his wife at Den Haag.  The couple are in the Netherlands for a five-day official visit.  To view photos please click here.

In other news, on Friday, September 30, 2011, Queen Beatrix will attend the re-opening of the Netherlands Maritime Museum in Amsterdam.  Later on in the day, she will participate in the 55th anniversary of the Princess Beatrix Fund jubilee symposium entitled, Ensure Independence, to be held in city of Utrecht, Netherlands.  According to the official site for the Dutch royal family, Het  Koninklijk Huis, during the event awards will be handed out to:

… individuals or organizations that have deployed a special way for people with muscle disease or a movement disorder. At the symposium ‘Ensure Independence’ focuses on issues regarding the housing, care and environment of patients with complex care needs. Patients, healthcare professionals and policy makers to consider the possibilities and limitations surrounding the independent living and work.

The Princess Beatrix Fund is committed to people with muscle disease or movement disorder.  The PBF invests in scientific research and is committed to improving the quality of life of patients and their families. The past ten years the fund has over € 25 million available for research. This has also led to a treatment for Pompe disease. source

Photo courtesy of: Daylife

T.R.H.s Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium News

On September 29, 2011, H.R.H. Prince Philippe of Belgium attended the inauguration of two environmentally friendly production units by the company Floridienne Chemistry in Ath. The company, founded in 1898, is particularly active in the production and recycling of metals as well as other stuff that mostly like will not interest you.

Kidding.   🙂

According to the Belgian newspaper, RTBF , these new production units cost over 40 million Euros and is more green in its design than ever before.  Great.

As for Princess Mathilde of Belgium, she was Sint-Jan-in-Eremo in East Flanders this evening where is attended an academic session to celebrate of 25 years of “Plattelandklassen”:

This session took place in the provincial sports center ‘De Boerekreek’ in Sint-Jan-in-Eremo.  This form of rural and agricultural education puts the youth in contact with the modern agriculture and horticulture. source

To view photos from both events please click the links below:

Monaco Princely Family News

Recently, H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco was invited to the French town of La Turbie where she, along with the local youth as well as the mayor Nicolas Bassani, celebrated Mass in honor of the village’s patron saint, Saint Michel.  Photos.

Meanwhile, H.S.H. Prince Albert II met with the director of the Laboratory of Environment of the International Agency for Atomic Energy (IAEA), Mr. Yukiya Amano, at the Musee Oceanographique. During their meeting the prince and Mr. Amano “… signed an agreement to strengthen cooperation between the IAEA agency and laboratories for the use of nuclear technologies in the areas of health and environmental protection.”   To read more about the event please click here.  To view photos please click here.

The next important meeting for H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco will be with well-known author, Professor Tim Flannery.  Mr. Flannery will be awarded the Officer of Saint Charles at a ceremony at the Palais Princier.

Courtesy of the Palais Princier de Monaco.   🙂