On January 24, 2012, The Prince of Wales visited the town of Barnsley in England. Whilst there the heir to the British throne “… toured the Barnsley Chronicle newspaper facility and visited Huddersfield University where he met young people involved in the Prince’s Trust and donors to the charity.”
Afterward, the Prince of Wales met with legendary Cricket umpire, Dickie Bird, whose was raised in Barnsley. During their meeting Mr. Bird stated that he was “humbled” upon meeting the future king of England. The duo also talked about Cricket as well as the health of the Duke of Edinburgh who is reportedly doing “much better”.
On January 24, 2012, Their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain along with Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias participated in a reception to welcome members of the diplomatic corps in Spain held at the royal palace in Madrid. Also in attendance were Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel García-Margallo and many others.
During the reception, held in the Throne Room, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I gave a speech regarding the economic crisis in Europe stating:
…the international economic crisis overcoming demand promote the opening up of economies and trade. To do this Spain is prepared to continue filling up with economic content excellent relations with all the countries you represent. Spain is today a world leader in sectors such as the infrastructures, civil engineering, telecommunications and renewable energy.
With regards to the European Union and the crisis affecting the Euro His Majesty noted:
Spain believes that the solution of the problems that affect the Union only can come from the strengthening of economic governance, fiscal discipline, the coordination of economic policies, structural reforms and the instruments of financial stabilization, we return to the path of economic growth and job creation.
His Majesty also discussed the importance of strengthening ties with Latin America and Asia as well.
To watch videos as well as to view photos from today’s reception please click the links below:
On January 24, 2012, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco held an audience with the Mayor of Rome, Mr. Gianni Alemanno at the Palais Princier de Monaco. The sovereign prince and his guest participated in a luncheon meeting whereupon they discussed… oh I don’t know… business I suppose. 🙂
Meanwhile, Dom Duarte Duke of Bragança (Portugal) attended a gala dinner held at the Hotel Bom Jesus de Braga. During the evening the Duke and attendees discussed “… regional and local production as well as trade.”
Sources: Palais Princier de Monaco and Mr. Manuel Beninger from PPM Braga *with many thanks for the photo! 🙂
On January 24, 2012, His Imperial and Royal Highness Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia celebrated the 300th anniversary of the late King Friedrich II in Potsdam, Germany.
The day began with a wreath laying ceremony at the tomb of King Friedrich II at Sanssouci Palace. Guests at the event included the prince along with Brandenburg Minister-President Matthias Platzeck, the mayor of Potsdam, Jann Jakobs and many others. Afterward there was a reception, concert as well as lecture at the Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin.
Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands was at the City Hall of Den Haag Atrium last night to attend the 50th anniversary of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands. Also in attendance were Mr. Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands as well as local dignitaries.
According to the official site for the American Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands was established in 1961 and is:
…a non-profit, non-governmental, non-political, voluntary organization of companies and individuals who invest in and trade between the United States of America and the Netherlands.
The Chamber seeks to further the development of commerce between the United States of America and the Netherlands. AmCham Netherlands encourages and facilitates the transaction of business between both countries and promotes the interests of its members in matters of trade and investment. source