…unveiled a monument, made by Jet Schepp, for Willem van Oranje at the Abbey. The monument consists of two reliefs in the Loggia of the Prince logement of the Abbey. Willem van Oranje, father of the nation and paterfamilias, and his wife Charlotte de Bourbon lived in Middelburg.
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Sources: RVD and PPE
Photo courtesy of RVD/HKH
On March 30, 2012, members of the British royal family — minus the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who are currently on a skiing holiday in Meribel, France — attended a memorial service held at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor.
The purpose of today’s memorial service was to remember the late Queen Mother and Princess Margaret. During today’s event the Right Reverend David Conner noted during the service:
… that both women had ‘significantly enriched’ the lives of those present. Each of us here this morning will cherish some special personal memories; memories that awaken once again sentiments of affection and respect. Rightly such particular memories should be harboured securely and discreetly in our own hearts and minds.
But there are also common themes in our remembering which should be shared openly. Most surely amongst them will be the faithfulness that characterised the lives of both Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret – faithfulness to family and friends, faithfulness to the nation and Commonwealth, faithfulness to the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Sources: Royal.gov.uk and Press Association
Recently, His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje visited the IT security company, Fox IT, to learn more about the company (basically, what the heck they actually do). 🙂 According to RVD, “…Fox IT studies and monitors of cybercrime and delivers worldwide (innovative) security solutions for Governments, banks and civil society organizations.” Click here to watch a video. (in Dutch)
On Thursday, March 29, 2012, the prince was in the municipality Barendrecht where he participated in a meeting, toured an activity center and spent time in a “… 500-year-old village church.” Click here to watch a video. (in Dutch)
According to the Palais Princier de Monaco the reception “… brought together all the athletes, coaches, volunteers, partners who contributed for a quarter of a century development and sporting success of this discipline.” Attendees at the event also included Mr. Rudy Rinaldi and Mr. Jeremy Torre, the Monégasque bobsleighers who won the bronze medal in the 2012 Olympic Winter Youth Games.
Source and photo courtesy of the Palais Princier de Monaco
CleanEquity Monaco, the forum for emerging cleantech companies, closed Friday 30 March with an Awards Ceremony presided over by H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.
The event showcases cutting-edge emerging cleantech companies to a world-class gathering of senior delegates including specialist financial and strategic investors, established industry players, key policymakers and international trade media.
H.S.H. Prince Albert II audited the judging process and awarded the prizes.
The award for Excellence in the Field of Environmental Technology Research went to ArcActive Limited, a New Zealand company developing a new negative electrode for the Lead Acid battery for use in Start/Stop or Micro Hybrid vehicles. These batteries will enable automakers to significantly improve fuel economy compared to the state of the art AGM batteries, while being cost competitive with AGM.
The award for Excellence in the Field of Environmental Technology Development went to GreenCom Networks, a German company enabling distributed energy management for utilities with its Energy Information Brokerage Platform.
The award for Excellence in the Field of Environmental Technology Commercialization went to Tendril, a US Energy Platform company delivering end-to-end consumer engagement products, applications and services powered by Tendril Connect(TM) – an open standards-based, secure and scalable platform that takes the complexity out of the Energy Internet.
The presenting companies were sourced and screened by Innovator Capital, a boutique investment bank with a focus on cleantech, with help from international partners from Europe, America, India and Japan.
The conference offered a sneak preview of next wave cleantech technologies and associated commercial opportunities.
The 7 lb, 4 oz baby girl was named Isla Elizabeth Phillips and was born at the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.
Sources: ITV News and the Washington Post via Buckingham Palace
According to the official website for the British royal family Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh “…spent the day visiting Valentine’s Park, Redbridge, Waltham Forest Town Hall and Krishna Avanti School in Harrow.”
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- An Article about the Duke of Edinburgh
Photo courtesy of Daylife
Today (29 March 2012), Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal officially opened a new display of the world famous Crown Jewels at the Tower of London which has been completed to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen. A major re-presentation of the Jewel House has given the Crown Jewels a home fit for the 21st century, with new displays showing the jewels like never before. This project has been generously supported by the De Beers Family of Companies.
For more information about the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London please visit the official website for Historic Royal Palaces here.
On March 28, 2012, Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex inaugurated the Leeds Children’s Hospital. Click here to watch a video news report as well as to read an article.
On March 29, 2012, His Royal Highness Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg, accompanied by Ms. Françoise Hetto-Gaasch, visited REKA printing. Their heir to the grand-ducal throne toured the company’s facilities as well as production line, attended a presentation of REKA’s current activities, and much more. For more information about the visit to REKA please click here. (article should be up soon.) 🙂
Meanwhile, Her Royal Highness Princess Mathilde of Belgium continued her visit to Albania as a special representative for Immunization with the World Health Organization. Today the princess visited the town of Bushat and then toured various health care centers in Shkodër to promote the importance of vaccination.
And, finally, His Majesty King Albert II of Belgium held an audience with the Minister of Public Enterprises, Science Policy and Development Cooperation, Mr. Paul Magnette, at Château de Laeken.
Sources: Cour Grand Ducale de Luxembourg and La Monarchie Belge
On March 29, 2012, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain unveiled a new plaque in the “…Bosnian community of Mostar” on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the arrival of the Spanish army in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The ceremony, held in Mostar’s main square which was renamed Plaza de España, was also attended by the President of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr. Izet Izetbegovic, the Mayor of Mostar, various representatives from UNESCO, and local dignitaries to name a few.
Afterward, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I participated in a meeting with President Izet Izetbegovic and representatives from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Then it was off to tour the “… old bridge of Mostar…” Finally, President Izet Izetbegovic hosted a luncheon in honor of His Majesty King Juan Carlos I’s visit to the region.
Source and photo courtesy: Casa de Su Majestad el Rey
During the conference the sovereign prince spoke in front of a packed audience from around the world regarding the importance of “…protecting the Arctic and biodiversity.”
Through his personal foundation, Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco, the prince created a fund worth 100,000 Euros to safeguard and develop Reindeer; moreover, Prince Albert II “…signed an agreement with International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (ICR)…”
Any way, as the princely couple were leaving the Diehtosiida Auditorium, where the WITC was held, the Norwegian network, NRK, asked Princess Charlene about her visit to Lapland, “… it was a wonderful experience!” as she smiled broadly.
Meanwhile, Her Royal Highness Princess Mathilde of Belgium is currently in Albania as a special representative for the World Health Organization (WHO). The purpose of her visit is to promote the importance of vaccination and to “…highlight the work of the WHO health professionals 2012 vaccination campaign.”
During her visit to Albania Princess Mathilde will meet with local dignitaries, visit various community health centers as well as various schools.
Sources: NRK, WITBC Sápmi, and La Monarchie Belge.
Photos courtesy of WITBC Sápmi and Nordlys.no
On March 28, 2012, Their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain participated in the XXIX Edition of the International Journalism Awards “King Spain” and the VIII Edition of the Don Quixote Award for Journalism in Madrid, Spain.
Their Majesties were accompanied by the Vice-President of the Government and Minister of Presidency, Ms. Soraya Sáenz Santamaría and the Chief Executive of the Agencia EFE, Mr. José Antonio Vera to name a few.
The top awards were presented to Mr. Ricardo Cantalapiedra Moro and Mr. Fernando Molina. Awards were also handed out in the fields of photography, digital media, radio and television.
Source and photo courtesy of: Casa de Su Majestad el Rey