Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Attends a Gala Banquet in Perth, Australia

On October 28, 2011, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II attended a gala banquet “…as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM)…” in Perth, Australia.  Prior to the evening’s event the queen attended a brief luncheon with the new heads of commonwealth governments held at the Government House.

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H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco News

It was announced on October 28, 2011, that H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco would participate in the Ein Herz für Kinder (A Heart for Children) television fundraising gala to be broadcast live on ZDF from Berlin, Germany on December 17, 2011.

Per a press release regarding the event:

Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco kindly accepted the invitation and agreed to travel to Berlin. It will be her first visit to the German capital since her wedding to Prince Albert II of Monaco last July.

Even before her wedding, Princess Charlene was committed to helping the disadvantaged through sports and education. As a young athlete, she trained scores of disadvantaged children and helped inspire and comfort them. The former Olympic swimmer from South Africa often volunteered her time and status to raise significant funds in support of several construction and training projects. Princess Charlene is ambassador and member of the International Board of Directors of the Special Olympics, the largest international sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. She now is establishing her own Foundation called “Princess Charlene Foundation” to assist children and women in need around the world. Together with her husband, Princess Charlene also supports a wide variety of charitable organizations.

Prominent international guests of the “Ein Herz für Kinder” TV gala in the past years included Jane Fonda, Prince Harry, George Clooney and Salma Hayek. Thomas Gottschalk, Germany’s most famous TV personality, will host the event for the eleventh time.

Press release via Axel Springer AG

H.M. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, H.R.H. Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje, and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands in Aruba: Day One (VIDEO)

On October 28, 2011, H.M. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, H.R.H. Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje, and H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands began their first full day of activities in Oranjestad, Aruba.

This morning the royal trio did a walkabout in the lovely Caribbean country where they were greeted by thousands of locals waving flags and singing.  Later in the afternoon, they will meet with local dignitaries as well as attend a reception in their honor.

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H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco News

It was recently announced that H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco will welcome the president of  the Republic of Mali, Amadou Toumani Touré, to the principality beginning on October 31, 2011.

The Malian delegation will meet with members of the Chamber of Economic Development of Monaco, the Government Counsellor for Foreign Relations José Badia and the Government Counsellor for Finance and Economy Marco Piccinini, to develop commercial relations between Mali and Monaco.

On Monday, President Touré, will be received by the Sovereign at the Palace of Monaco. This audience will be an opportunity to discuss Monégasque international cooperation actions in Mali, current economic relations between the two countries, the situation in sub-Saharan Africa as well as multilateral matters. The meeting will be followed by a working lunch at the Palace.

During his stay in the Monaco, President Touré will visit the Oceanographic Museum and Galerie des Pêcheurs for the exhibition of photographs of development cooperation programmes in Mali supported by the government of Monaco in partnership with the Monégasque Red Cross and Prince Albert II Foundation.

On October 28, 2011, H.S.H. Prince Albert II participated in the Peace and Sport flag handover during the final day of the 2011 Peace and Sport International Forum.  After five years in Monaco, this important forum will take place in Sochi, Russia next year.  “It’s a big responsibility that lays on our shoulders but we will not let you down,” noted Sochi 2014 CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko during the event.

To view photos from today’s event please click here.

Courtesy of the Palais Princier de Monaco

Photo courtesy of: Daylife/Nebinger