This evening at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University, His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh and His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco attended a fund-raising gala dinner for the Scott Polar Research Institute as well as to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Scott expedition to the South Pole.
Other attendees at tonight’s gala included Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Cambridge University Vice Chancellor Professor Leszek Borysiewicz, and the descendants of Robert Falcon Scott.
The Duke of Cambridge has spoken of his pride after a British Army expedition completed a gruelling recreation of the Scott-Amundsen race to the South Pole on the anniversary of Captain Scott’s arrival there.
The Duke of Cambridge, who is an RAF search and rescue pilot, sent a message of congratulations to the five servicemen working in two teams who retraced the steps of the famous adventurers to help raise money for the work of the Royal British Legion.
The expedition members braved temperatures as low as minus 51C, dragging food and fuel on sledges over ice to cover a combined distance of 1,500 nautical miles reading diary extracts from the original expeditions to give them encouragement.
The Scott team, made up of Warrant Officer Mark Langridge and Staff Sergeants Kev Johnson and Vic Vicary also paid homage to the original expedition by marking the point where each member of Scott’s team had died on their return journey.
The Amundsen team of Lt Col Henry Worsley and Warrant Officer Lou Rudd, retraced the route of the Norwegian adventurer and arrived at the geographical South pole last week. The Scott team arrived on Tuesday.
The Duke of Cambridge, who is patron of the Scott Amundsen centenary race 2011/2012, said in his message: “As a serving officer, it makes me so proud that, with the staunch support of The Royal British Legion, it is British soldiers who have achieved this great feat.
“Four out of the five men who went forward as Scott’s final party were servicemen too.
“How proud they would be too of what you have achieved in their memory.”
The expedition aims to raise £500,000 for The Royal British Legion’s work providing support to serving and ex-service people and their families.
The money raised from the expedition will go towards The Royal British Legion’s £50 million funding commitment supporting the MoD’s program of recovery for wounded, sick and injured Armed Forces personnel.
Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands visited the St. Joseph School in Alkmaar on January 17, 2012 to visit students who are apart to the program known as, Class!. This program, Class, is “…an initiative of the local music and arts center, Cool Art and Culture and it is part of the program Kids Making Music from the Orange Cultural Fund and the Fund.” As patron of “Kids Make Music”, a project launched last year, encourages students to play music. Today, the project offers thousands of students free music lessons from volunteer teachers.
To watch a video as well as to view photos please click here.
Her Majesty Queen Paola of Belgium along with Her Royal Highness Princess Mathilde of Belgium attended a gala concert of the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth (Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel) on January 17, 2012.
Held at the Palais des Beaux-Arts, tonight’s concert is presented by the soloists of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel and the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Emmanuel Krivine. Also in attendance was His Royal Highness Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg who is on a working visit to Brussels.
On January 11, 2012, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands sold their luxurious villa in Mozambique “for a significant amount of money” “for a symbolic price.” Click here to watch a video news clip. (in Dutch).
Also, on January 13-16, 2012, Prince Willem-Alexander attended the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria. As a member of the IOC, it was his duty as well as pleasure to support the Dutch team.
Meanwhile, on January 16, 2012, Their Imperial and Royal Highnesses Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie of Prussia were at Schloss Bellevue in Berlin, Germany where they attended a dinner to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of one of Germany’s most famous monarchs, King Friedrich II of Prussia. Click here to view photos.
And finally on January 16, 2012, His Royal Highness Prince Carl-Philip of Sweden attended the Swedish Sports Gala held at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm. The prince was to be accompanied by His Royal Highness Prince Daniel; however, the prince could not attend at the last-minute due to the stomach flu according to the royal house of Sweden spokeswoman, Ulrika Näsholm.
Sources: de Volksrant, Der Bundesprasident, and Kungahuset