On Tuesday November 15, 2011, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II met with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan at Buckingham Palace.
Later on in the afternoon, Queen Elizabeth II knighted one of the most successful English horse trainers, Sir Henry Cecil, during an investiture ceremony held at Buckingham Palace. After the ceremony, Sir Cecil noted, “I’m very honoured to receive this, this is the biggest honour I’ll get in my lifetime.”
On November 15, 2011, His Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain held several audiences at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid.
His Majesty King Juan Carlos first received Mr. Rafael del Rio Sendino, president of Caritas and Mr. Sebastian Mora Spanish Rosado, Spanish Secretary General of Caritas:
The Caritas is the official federation entities, Charities of the Catholic Church in Spain, established by the Episcopal Conference, which develops within Spain an important role in promoting social support and social groups in a precarious situation and/or social exclusion.
The commitment to these situations is supported by the free labor of more than 65,000 volunteers, representing 90 percent of human resources of the institution in Spain.
Next, the he received members from the Board of Management of the University Hospital of Navarra on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.
And, finally King Juan Carlos received the board of directors from Bankia.
Bankia develops a model of universal banking business based on a multi-brand, multichannel management focused on meeting the financial needs of 12 million customers in all segments: individuals, small businesses, large corporations and public and private institutions.
The activity is concentrated in Spain with a business model based on the territorial diversification. In addition, Bankia has international presence in Germany, Austria, China, USA, France, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal and the UK.
On November 15, 2011, T.M.s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan arrived in Tokyo, Japan to begin their six-day official visit to the country.
The reigning couple met with Japanese Prime Minister, Yoshihiko Noda and his wife, Hitomi, at the Akasaka guesthouse in Tokyo where they discussed important issues concerning their countries.
During their visit King Jigme and Queen Jetsun are scheduled to visit Soma City in Fukushima Prefecture and meet local youth, attend a gala banquet with members of the Japanese Imperial family, visit Keio University were the king will receive an honorary doctorate, and much more.
On November 15, 2011, H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, as a member of the Dutch Committee for Entrepreneurship and Finance, was in Deventer to visit Entrepreneur House (EH). During the visit the princess met with the employees as well as partners from the EH to discuss the “…importance of collaboration.”
According to the Dutch newspaper, RTV Oost, Entrepreneur House Deventer provides “…coaching, advice and workshops to those in the EH and is one of the 40 microfinance business centers in the Netherlands.”
On November 15, 2011, Queen Fabiola, T.R.H.s Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde, T.R.H.s Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz, Princess Claire and Prince Laurent (aka Peter Griffin from Family Guy) of Belgium celebrated Fête du Roi (King’s Day) in Brussels, Belgium. The celebrations began with a Te Deum Mass at the beautiful Cathédrale des Saints Michel et Gudule with Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard presiding. According to various sources, a dozen student activists from the N-SV (Nationalistische Studentenvereniging) were arrested outside of the Cathédrale des Saints Michel et Gudule by Brussels police. These protestors are not exactly keen on having a royal family… basically they were right-wing anti-monarchists.
After the Te Deum Mass the Belgian royal family visited the Palais de la Nation where they participated in a ceremony held by the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Federal government on the occasion of Fête du Roi. The day ended a military parade outside the Palais Royal in Brussels.
To watch a video as well as to view photos from today’s event please click the links below:
In honor of the Prince of Wales’s birthday, which was yesterday, I thought I would post a link to the documentary, H.R.H. Prince Charles at 60: The Passionate Prince for all of you to enjoy. Yes, I know this BBC documentary is three years old, but that’s okay. 🙂
For a year, BBC cameras have filmed the Prince of Wales at home, abroad, at work and on duty. Now, for the first time, we can see and hear for ourselves the private and passionate man behind the controversy and the headlines.
As the Prince of Wales turns 60, he has defied convention to become one of Britain’s most outspoken and prolific campaigners, as well as being a businessman, ambassador for Britain and a father.This revealing film goes behind the closed doors of the Prince’s world and gives us the chance to make up our own minds about the man who, one day, will be king.