On October 31, 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 visited the island of Bonaire.
During their visit the royal trio were met by a small group of protesters who claimed that life on the island has become too expensive and the facilities on the island are deteriorating. When asked by reporters what she, Queen Beatrix, thought of these demonstrations she noted that she was sympathetic to their situation, but there is little she could do.
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On October 31, 2011, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco welcomed the president of the Republic of Mali, Amadou Toumani Touré, to the principality.
The Malian delegation met 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.
This afternoon the prince and the president had 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 was followed by a elegant lunch 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.
Tomorrow, H.S.H. Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene will be in New York City to attend the Princess Grace Awards. Then on Tuesday November 2 the princely couple will be in Toronto, Canada to attend the opening of Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess exhibition.