H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco Visits the Aquarium de San Sebastián (VIDEOS)

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco visited the Aquarium de San Sebastián in Spain on Friday, November 25, 2011.

Upon his arrival the prince was greeted by the president of the aquarium, the deputy of the Government in Gipuzkoa, Pedro Luis Rio, the Basque Minister of Culture, Blanca Urgell, and the speaker of the City of San Sebastian, Joshua Ruiz.

Following the unveiling of a commemorative plaque in the lobby, the prince placed a wreath below a portrait of his grandfather, Albert I of Monaco.  Then he signed the book of honor and toured the aquarium.  Afterward,  Prince Albert II visited the Balenciaga Museum which displays four gowns designed by Balenciaga for his mother, Princess Grace.  The designs were given to the museum in 2003.  After viewing the exhibit Prince Albert told reporters that his visit to the museum was “…very emotional…”  

To watch two video reports from today’s event please click the links below:

Source: Diario Vasco

Photo courtesy of: Noticias de Gipuzkoa


H.R.H. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg Attends the 2011 Edward Steichen Award

On November 24, 2011, H.R.H. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg attended the 2011 Edward Steichen Award held a the Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean. This award, established in 2004, the  is a tribute to the life an work of photographer and painter, Edward Steichen:

The prize honors Steichen’s artistic achievements as a photographer and curator as well as his commitment to advocating the arts and nurturing new talent. source

To learn more about this award and Edward Steichen please click here.

To view a photo please click here. 

Source: Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg

H.M. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Attends the 50th Anniversary of the University of Twente

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands was at the University of Twente in Enschede to celebrate their 50th anniversary on Friday, November 25, 2011.

During the celebration ceremony the queen, along with hundreds of people, listened to a lecture by Dr. Clemens van Blitterswijk.   Also during the ceremony several honorary doctorates were presented to those for being fabulous. Those who received the honor included Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman from the television show, MythBusters, and Professors W. Knoll, H. Nowotny and H. Termeer.

To view photos please click here. 

Source and photo courtesy of: De Twentsche Courant Tubantia