On November 24, 2011, T.R.H.s Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias visited the Paranal Observatory of ESO (European Organization for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere) in Cerro Paranal, Chile.
Once inside the facility speeches were made, including one regarding the construction of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), and soon the royal couple toured the amazing observatory. Afterward, the prince and princess attended a lunch held at the residence of the astronomers who work at the ESO.
When asked what he thought about his visit to the facility Prince Felipe replied, “I can not express my enthusiasm for what we have seen and heard: I admit that astronomy is a hobby for me very dear…” The prince also noted “…the importance of the E-ELT: ‘Spain has, of course, a great interest in the E-ELT … Our industries are very active in the design and manufacture of prototypes for the E-ELT telescope, are fully prepared and excited regarding this project.’ ”
On November 24, 2011, H.R.H. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg was at the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg to participate in the Développement et Promotion de l’Economie Solidaire au Service du Développement Durable à Luxembourg conference (whew! Long title.)
Any way, during the event the lovely grand duchess gave a speech as part of the
…submission of a development plan in Luxembourg to support the Solidarity Economy in the context of a discussion conducted in consultation with various industry representatives, with experts and academics.
On November 23, 2011, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco was at the Musée Océanographique to attend the unveiling of well-known free diver, Mr.Pierre Frolla, new book entitled, Pirate des Abysses (Pirates of the Abyss).
On November 24, 2011, H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands attended a conference organized and held at the Nyenrode Business Universiteit in Breukelen.
As the Secretary-General’s United Nations Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development and Honorary Patron of the Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion of the G20, the princess spoke at the conference regarding inclusive finance. This year’s theme, “Sustainability in the Financial sector, Are We Ready?”, brought in other guest speakers including the chairman of the SER, Alexander Rinnooy Kan, and the head of the Principles of Responsible Investment, Rob Lake. The conference concluded with a panel discussion on sustainability in the financial sector.
On November 24, 2011, H.R.H. Princess Mathilde of Belgium was in Liege where she participated in a meeting regarding human trafficking. According to the official site for the royal house of Belgium, the meeting was jointly organized by SÜRYA, PAYOKE and PAG-ASA, all three groups are deeply involved in the fight against the problem of modern slavery/human trafficking.
Meanwhile, in Brussels, H.R.H. Princess Astrid attended a medical and scientific research awards ceremony managed by the King Baudouin Foundation.