On Tuesday, February 14, 2012, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge visited Liverpool, England and by all accounts the visit was a success. Per the official website for the Prince of Wales:
Crowds cheered and waved flags as The Duchess of Cambridge arrived for a Valentine’s Day visit to Liverpool today.
First, Her Royal Highness visited a charity that helps addicts recover from drink and drug dependency. The Duchess became Patron of Action on Addiction in January.
The Duchess, making her debut solo regional visit, smiled at the dozens of people who had gathered at The Brink, a dry bar run by the Action on Addiction charity.
The Duchess was serenaded by the resident choir at The Brink – made up of recovering addicts called the Raucous Caucus Recovery Chorus – singing a traditional native American Indian song titled, Wings Of A Dove.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh celebrated the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens on February 14, 2012, by attending a “…performance of scenes from the works of Charles Dickens at the Guildhall in London.” Click here to read an article about the event from the Telegraph newspaper.
Her Royal Highness Princess Letizia of Asturias participated in a meeting with the Federación Española de Enfermedades Raras (Spanish Federation for Rare Diseases) in Madrid, Spain on February 14, 2012.
The purpose of Princess Letizia’s attendance at today’s meeting is to strengthen her commitment to support the fight against rare diseases, especially through research and awareness. During the meeting the princess gave a speech stating, “…that let’s all remember that there are three millions of people with rare diseases in our country. And, many are committed to the task of improving the lives of these people.”
Source and photo courtesy of: Casa de Su Majestad el Rey
On Monday, February 13, 2012, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco arrived in Mali to begin his official state visit to the African country. Upon his arrival the sovereign prince was greeted by Amadou Toumani Touré, the President of the Republic of Mali, Ms. Cissé Mariam Kaïdama Sidibé, the Prime Minister, and Dioncounda Traoré, President of the National Assembly.
The purpose of the visit is to “… strengthen economic cooperation between the two countries…” specifically in the areas of mining, tourism, and fruit processing.
During his two-day tour of Mali, Prince Albert II will visit the Sickle Cell Disease Research and Control Centre, the Yeleen School and Olympic Sports Centre and the Charles Mérieux Centre, structures co-funded by the Monégasque Office of International Cooperation. The prince will also officially inaugurate the Honorary Consulate of Monaco in Mali.
Sources: Palais Princier de Monaco and Journal du Mali
His Royal Highness Prince Philippe of Belgium was in Lommel on Tuesday, February, 14, 2012, where he visited Flanders’ Drive, “…a Flemish technology center that develops innovations for the automotive industry.”
During his visit the prince participated in a meeting focusing on innovation in the automotive sector. Prince Philippe’s meeting at Flanders’ Drive also marks a series of visits to Belgian firms active in the areas of renewable energy, sustainable development and new technologies.
On February 14, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Paola of Belgium visited La Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Waterloo. Her Majesty was welcomed by Mr. Gary Hoffman, Master in Residence for the Cello. Afterward, the Queen “…attended courses taught by Mr. Hoffman…”
Today’s visit by Queen Paola marks the beginning of a new semester of Cello classes offered as a fifth discipline at La Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth.
Meanwhile at Château de Laeken, His Majesty King Albert II held an audience with the Minister of Employment, Ms. Monica de Coninck.