His Majesty King Albert II of Belgium underwent surgery this morning to treat Basal cell carcinoma on his nose. According to a palace spokesperson, the operation — which took place at the Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc — was a success and is recovering well. King Albert II was released from the hospital and is currently resting at Château du Belvédère.
On November 17, 2011, H.R.H. Prince Philippe of Belgium attended the 130th anniversary of the newspaper, L’Echo, in Brussels. During the celebration banquet there were discussions regarding economic affairs and so forth. There was also a lecture from Mr. Gerard Mesrallet entitled, Belgium: At the Crossroads in its Economic History and Energy: A Major Issue of Economic Growth. Click here to view photos.
Meanwhile, H.R.H. Princess Astrid attended the 50th anniversary of the Social Space Tele-Service held at the headquarters of the European Social TV service in Brussels. This association aims to help those in need.
On November 17, 2011, T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco along with H.R.H. Princess Caroline of Hanover, her daughter Charlotte Casiraghi, and H.S.H. Princess Stephanie of Monaco participated in the presentation of the L’Ordre de Saint-Charles et Grimaldi (Order of St. Charles and Grimaldi).
Held inside the Throne Room at the Palais Princier over fifty people received this high honor from the prince and in the presence of the rest of the princely family of Monaco.
Source and photo courtesy of the Palais Princier de Monaco.
H.R.H. Prince Felipe of Asturias visited the LHD ship “Juan Carlos I”, on Thrusday November 17, 2011, where he attended a presentation of capabilities of the Strategic Projection Ship that is used as a platform for aircraft (aircraft carrier alternative), as a ship Marine amphibious ship or projection of Army forces and humanitarian support missions.
The prince was welcomed aboard by Admiral Chief of Staff of the Navy, Manuel Rebollo, the Admiral of the Fleet, Santiago Bolibar Pineiro, and the commander of the LHD “Juan Carlos I”, Christopher Gonzalez. The ship LHD “Juan Carlos I” is 230 meters long and 32 meters wide, a staff of 243 sailors and ability to transport troops, boats, landing craft and a platform with capacity for 30 aircraft.
On November 17, 2011, H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands attended the opening of the 6th Annual Amsterdam Market Participation in Meervaart. According to the official site for the Dutch royal house, Het Koninklijk Huis:
Amsterdam Participation Market focuses on vulnerable people benefiting from active participation in social life such as volunteering, sports and so forth.
The Amsterdam Market Participation enables people in an accessible way to get in touch with agencies that can assist in finding appropriate activities or volunteer work. Besides visiting booths, visitors can participate in include cooking and theatrical workshops.
After the opening of the market, Mayor Van der Laan presented prizes to winners of the most successful participatory projects in the Netherlands. Princess Máxima congratulated the winners with a bouquet of flowers.
The Amsterdam Market Participation is organized by Foundation Turnaround in collaboration with the City of Amsterdam. The foundation supports organizations including mental health, substance abuse, the disabled and education in achieving social participation of vulnerable people. source
On November 17, 2011, T.M.s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan continued their official visit to Japan this afternoon. The royal couple began their day with a visit to Tokyo’s Kodokan Judo gymnasium where they watched the students show off their, well, Judo moves.
Soon it was off to Keio University where King Jigme received an honorary doctorate of Economics from the university’s president, Atsushi Seike.
The royal couple’s final stop was to the DIET where King Jigme gave a speech in the Lower House. In his speech, the king referred to the March 2011 disaster stating:
…the Japanese people have handled the worst-ever crisis with serene dignity, confidence, discipline and strong minds. He said that if there is one nation that can rise stronger and greater from such adversity, it is Japan.
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On November 17, 2011, H.R.H. Princess Mathilde of Belgium was in Molenbeek-Wersbeek where she visited a community center, De Vaartkapen Caleidoscoop, to participate in the literacy project, “A to Z”. The project includes literacy classes open to anyone with the objective of social integration of single parents of young children who are not in school.