Members of the Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg Attend a Religious Service in Memory of H.R.H. Princess Elisabeth of Luxembourg

On December 15, 2011, T.R.H.s Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa along with Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of  Luxembourg attended Mass at St. Michel de Luxembourg, in memory of their Aunt Elisabeth, Princess of Luxembourg who passed away on November 22, 2011.

The late Princess Elisabeth was the second child of the late Grand Duchess Charlotte and Prince Felix of Luxembourg. She was the wife of the Duke of Hohenberg and Franz’s mother Anita of Hohenberg and Sophie de Potesta.

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Foundation Prince Albert II de Monaco Forms Partnership with the American Museum of Natural History

The Foundation Prince Albert II de Monaco and its US chapter have teamed up with the world-renowned American Museum of Natural History to support the Museum’s conservation efforts in the biologically rich and diverse Solomon Islands. To mark this collaborative partnership, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between them has been signed.

The MoU underscores the mutual missions and goals of the two organizations and agreement to the co-ordination of future projects, knowledge-sharing, and fund-raising activities and events. Under this two year, renewable agreement, the Foundation and the Museum will each appoint a representative to a coordination committee to oversee joint activities.To kick-off the alliance, the Foundation’s US chapter will grant funding for the implementation of the Museum’s project for integrating community-driven protected areas and biodiversity research to strengthen conservation gains across the Solomon Islands.

The Solomon Islands lie at a crossroads, separating the rich continents of Australasia and the isolated islands of a sprawling Pacific.  Few oceanic archipelagos support a greater proportion of the Earth’s living diversity, or a richer array of human ways of life and languages. The Solomons’ biological and cultural wealth is imminently threatened by poorly regulated large-scale resource extraction. The Museum partners directly with customary landholding communities to counteract these threats through protected area initiatives based upon Community Conservation Agreements (CCAs) that stipulate partnerships providing educational and livelihood benefits for landholding groups in return for community-driven biodiversity conservation.

In this project, with the support of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation-USA, CCA initiatives will be strengthened at two focal sites that provide a model for conserving biodiversity and essential connectivity to customary land within the largely subsistence-based economies of the Solomons. These CCA partnerships also provide opportunity for ongoing Museum research programs to function as broader community outreach mechanisms. In the latter stages of this project, the Museum will leverage collaborative research within areas of key biodiversity significance to expose people across the Solomons to community governance and conservation gains at the project’s two most well-established sites. Ultimately, the project’s goals are to: 1) strengthen existing protected areas initiatives, and 2) increase indigenous capacity to achieve meaningful community-driven biodiversity conservation at priority sites across the Solomons.

“The American Museum of Natural History is proud to partner with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and its US chapter in supporting conservation efforts in the Solomon Islands, where the Museum has worked for many years,” said Ellen V. Futter, President of the Museum. “This agreement will further the mission of the Museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation to mitigate critical threats to global biological and cultural diversity, while bringing scientific research to bear on policy and community-building efforts around the world.”

“The biodiversity and living systems of the Solomons provide cultural and physical sustenance to its people and serve as a critical natural laboratory for global scientific research,” said Dr. Eleanor Sterling, director of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History. “Conserving these systems will take a major step forward as a result of our partnership with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. Working together with the Foundation to forge Community Conservation Agreements assists our efforts to partner directly with indigenous people working to implement resource management strategies. The incentive for landholding groups to achieve their development and livelihood goals is provided, and balanced in exchange for the delivery of community-based biodiversity conservation efforts.”

“With similar missions and matching goals, there is a remarkable synergy between the Museum and the Prince’s Foundation and both these distinguished organizations are committed to using our complementary resources and mutual compatibility to benefit the people and the threatened biodiversity on the Solomon Islands,” said Maguy Maccario, consul general of Monaco and vice president of the Foundation’s US chapter, on whose initiative the MoU was signed.

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Source: PR Newswire press release.

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H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco Visits A School (VIDEO). Plus, Other News

On December 16, 2011, H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco visited the Charles III College to meet with the students.  Upon her arrival the princess was greeted by Mr. Paul Masseron and Mrs Marie-Hélène Gamba.  After spending time with the students and touring the school Princess Charlene attended a mass which was:

…celebrated by Father Bill inside the building.  In the evening, the Princess also took part in the Christmas celebrations with the children of the staff at the Prince’s Palace.

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Tomorrow, Princess Charlene will be in Berlin, Germany to participate in the charity fundraising gala, Ein Herz fur Kinder, to be broadcast live on the German television network, ZDF.  During the event she will be awarded with the Golden Heart for her dedication to humanitarian causes.

If you are interested you may have a chance to watch the event here.

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Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Attends a Concert

On December 15, 2011, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands attended a concert held at the Agora Theatre in Lelystad in honor of Kingdom Day.

The purpose of the concert aims to demonstrate the connection between the Netherlands and the Caribbean part of the Kingdom. The hosts for the event were the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations and the city of Lelystad.

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Photo courtesy of Koninklijkhuis.nl

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H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco Attends a Conference at the Musée Océanographique

On December 14, 2011, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco attended Antarctica: 1911-2011 environmental conference held at the Musée Océanographique in Monaco.  The purpose of the conference was to discuss various environmental issues and the technological developments; moreover, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Norwegian explorer, Roald Amundsen, successful trek to the South Pole.

 To learn more about Mr. Amundsen please click here.

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Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain Participates in a Meeting in Madrid, Spain

On December 15, 2011, Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain presided over the meeting of the Board of the Foundation for Help Against Drug Addiction (FAD) in Madrid, Spain.  The Queen was accompanied by the president and the director general of the SDF, Jose Angel Sanchez and Ignacio Asiaín Calderon.

 The Foundation for Help Against Drug Abuse is a private, nonprofit, non-denominational and independent of any political affiliation, a charitable-care, and equipped with Category II Consultative Status with the ECOSOC of the United Nations . The fundamental mission of FAD is the prevention of drug consumption and its consequences.

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Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and Family Attend the Prince Claus Award in Amsterdam

On December 14, 2011, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix, Prince Willem-Alexander, Princess Maxima, Princess Laurentien, Prince Constantijn , Princess Mabel, and Prince Friso attended the 2011 Prince Claus Award held at the Royal Palace on Dam Square in Amsterdam.  The top award went to Ntone Edjabe, the founder ofthe Pan-African magazine, Chimurenga.

Chimurenga, meaning “Freedom Struggle”, is an online magazine that focuses on art, culture and politics. The Prince Claus Awards are presented by the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development since 1997, awarded annually to artists, thinkers and cultural organizations, particularly in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Photo courtesy of Het Koninklijk Huis

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T.R.H.s Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium at Liege University Hospital

On December 14, 2011, T.R.H.s Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium were at Liege University Hospital to visit the victims of the shooting rampage that took place earlier this week.  After spending time with the victims and their families the future king and queen of Belgium signed the book of condolences at the city hall.

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Photo courtesy of: Daylife/Reuters

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H.S.H. Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein: An Interview with CNN

Earlier this month CNN’s Richard Quest sat down with H.S.H. Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein regarding the country’s reputation as a “tax haven”.  Click the link below to watch the interview as well as to read an article.

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The British Royal Family ‘Regional and overseas visits to mark the Diamond Jubilee’

To say that the members of the British royal family will be busy come next year is an understatement.  This morning, December 14, 2011, a statement from the press secretary to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was released regarding “… regional and overseas visits to mark the Diamond Jubilee…” :

Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, will mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a series of regional visits and engagements throughout the United Kingdom during 2012.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, supported by other members of the Royal Family, will be traveling as widely as possible across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In addition, members of the Royal Family will travel overseas representing The Queen throughout the Diamond Jubilee year, visiting every Realm as well as undertaking visits to Commonwealth countries, Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories.

Her Majesty has asked that these visits include the following:

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea

The Prince of Wales: Channel Islands, Isle of Man

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge: Malaysia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu

Prince Harry: Belize, Jamaica, The Bahamas

The Duke of York: India

The Earl and Countess of Wessex: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Gibraltar, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago

The Princess Royal: Mozambique, Zambia

The Duke of Gloucester: British Virgin Islands, Malta

The Duke of Kent: Falkland Islands, Uganda

Saturday 2nd June, 2012
The Queen will attend the Epsom Derby.

Sunday 3rd June, 2012
The Big Jubilee Lunch: Building on the already popular Big Lunch initiative, people will be encouraged to share lunch with neighbours and friends as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. This may take the form of a traditional street party or a picnic lunch in small or larger groups. This event is being organised by the Big Lunch.

The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant: This event will take place on the Thames and consist of up to 1,000 boats assembled from across the UK, the Commonwealth and around the world. The Queen will travel in the Royal Barge which will lead the flotilla. This event is being organised by the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation.

Monday 4th June, 2012
BBC Concert at Buckingham Palace: There will be a televised Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace with tickets being available to UK residents by public ballot. The musical programme for the concert is still being planned and is expected to feature British and Commonwealth musicians. Details on how to apply for the concert will be available in due course. This event is being organised by the BBC.
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons: A network of 2,012 Beacons will be lit by communities and individuals throughout the United Kingdom, as well as the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, British Overseas Territories and the Commonwealth. As in 2002, The Queen will light the National Beacon. The beacons project is being organised by Diamond Jubilee Beacons Ltd.

Tuesday 5th June, 2012
Service of Thanksgiving and Carriage Procession: There will be a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral and a formal carriage Procession by The Queen.

3. In addition, the Diamond Jubilee Pageant will take place on 10th, 11th and 13th May 2012 in Windsor. Horses and other acts will travel from all around the world to perform in celebration of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.

Source: Royal.gov.uk

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The Belgian Royal Family Attend a Christmas Concert at the Palais de Bruxelles

On December 14, 2011, King Albert II and Queen Paola attended Christmas concert, followed by a reception, held at the Palais de Bruxelles (Palace of Brussels). Also in attendance were Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz. The concert is provided by the orchestra “deFilharmonie” and with soloists from the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel under the direction of Philippe Herreweghe.

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Source: La Monarchie Belge

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Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain Presides over the 50th Anniversary of the Creation of the Special Operations Command in Alicante, Spain

Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain presided over the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Special Operations Command, held at the cantonment “Alférez Rojas Navarrete” in Alicante on December 14, 2011.

The Queen was accompanied by the president of the Generalitat Valenciana, Alberto Fabra Part, the chief of Army Staff, Army General Fulgencio Coll Bucher, General Land Force chief, Jose Ignacio Cebrian Medina, the chief general Special Operations Command, Brigadier General Mir Francisco Arribas, the president of the Valencian Parliament, Juan Gabriel Ferrer Cotino, the government delegate in Valencia, Ana Botella Gomez, and Mayor of Alicante,  and Sonia Castedo Ramos.

During the ceremony, there was the delivery of “Machete Awards 2011” were awarded to The Councillor for Environment and Social Welfare and 3rd Deputy Mayor of Alicante, Asuncion Sanchez Zaplana, and the City of Enguera, whose award was received by the Mayor, Santiago Arevalo Llacer.

The celebration also included a tribute to those who gave their lives for Spain, a military parade and an act of imposition of decorations.

 Source and photo courtesy of Casa de Su Majestad el Rey

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