H.M. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Attends the Re-Opening of the Drents Museum (VIDEO)

On November 16, 2011, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands attended the re-opening of the Drents Museum in Assen.  The museum was closed for almost a year due to much-needed renovations as well as to construct a new underground exhibition wing designed by architect, Erick van Egeraat.

After speeches were made, dancing and the Queen banged a giant gong (watch the video and you will know what I am talking about) she toured the inaugural exhibit entitled, The Golden Age of China.  This exhibit highlights Chinese society during the Tang Dynasty which began in 618 through 907 A.D.

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H.S.H.. Prince Albert II of Monaco Participates in an Awards Ceremony at the Palais Princier de Monaco

On November 15, 2011, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco presented the l’Ordre de Saint-Charles (Order of St. Charles) to seven dedicated members of his staff who are now retired.  In another ceremony, that same day, the prince presented the Médailles d’Honneur (Medals of Honor) to 14 distinguished men and women for their volunteer services within the principality of Monaco.

Courtesy of the Palais Princier de Monaco

H.M. Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh Attend a Service at Westminster Abbey (VIDEO)

This afternoon in London, England, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh, and the Prince of Wales attended a service at Westminster Abbey to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.  After the service, presided over by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the royal couple along with the Prince of Wales attended a reception.

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H.I.M Emperor Akihito of Japan Remains in the Hospital with a Persistent Fever (VIDEO)

On November 6, 2011, H.I.M. Emperor Akihito of Japan was hospitalized for Bronchitis.  Per the Japanese news agency, NHK World:

Doctors at the University of Tokyo Hospital held a news conference on Tuesday to brief reporters on the Emperor’s condition.

They said the Emperor had a mild fever when he entered the hospital on November 6th with bronchitis. He was scheduled to leave last Friday, but was unable to do so because his fever had returned.

The doctors said the Emperor’s temperature is still high and he has lost his appetite.

They also said he may be developing bronchitis again or have a new infection of his respiratory system, so they are giving him other types of antibiotics.
The medical team declined to specify how much longer the Emperor will have to stay in hospital, but said that even if he can be discharged in a week or so, they want him to rest until the end of the month. source

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Photo courtesy of: Daylife/Reuters

T.M.s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan Visit Japan: Day Two (VIDEO)

On November 16, 2011, T.M.s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan continued their official visit to Japan this afternoon.

H.I.H. Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan welcomed the royal couple at the Imperial Palace on behalf of the Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. The Emperor is still in the hospital battling Bronchitis.  During the welcoming ceremony the national anthems of the two countries were played, and King Jigme received a salute from a Ground Self-Defense Force Honor Guard.

In the evening there was a state banquet at the Imperial Palace with 150 people in attendance including Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. In his welcoming speech, Crown Prince Naruhito noted that it was a “…pleasure to welcome the King and Queen so soon after their marriage.”  

Crown Prince Naruhito also noted that his father, Emperor Akihito, expressed “…gratitude to Bhutan for the aid extended to victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan.” 

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Source: NHK World

Photo courtesy of: Daylife/Reuters

T.R.H.s Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium Visit the Province of Luxembourg (VIDEOS)

On November 16, 2011, T.R.H.s Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium visited the province of Luxembourg.  The royal couple’s first stop was the Ferme du Monceau (Monceau Farm) in Vaux-sur-Sure and then they visited the transport company, Charlier. In the afternoon, the prince and princess travelled to the town of Neufchâteau where they attended a reception at the City Hall in their honor. Upon leaving the City Hall hundreds the royal couple mingled with hundreds of locals who where waiting for the royal couple outside.

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Source: La Monarchie Belge

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