His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales Continues His Tour in Jamaica! (VIDEOS)

On March 7, 2012, His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales continued his tour of lovely Jamaica.  Last night the prince attended a reception and today he visited a Jamaican Army Base.

Click the links below to watch videos as well as to view photos of Prince Harry’s latest activities.

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Their Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Attend a Gala Dinner in Den Haag

Their Royal Highnesses Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands were in Den Haag this evening to attend a gala dinner for the Stichting Instandhouding Nieuwspoort held in the Knights Hall.  Also in attendance were Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte as well as dozens of local dignitaries, company CEOs, and members of various social organizations.

During tonight’s gala dinner there was a lecture given by the United Kingdom’s Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Nick Clegg.

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Source: Het Koninklijk Huis

Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain Attends the ‘2012 Reina Sofía de Conservación y Restauración del Patrimonio Cultural Awards’

On March 7, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain attended the 2012 Reina Sofía de Conservación y Restauración del Patrimonio Cultural Awards in Madrid, Spain.

During the ceremony, Her Majesty presented the top award to:

Irmandade Venerada of Nuestra Señora do Rosario Two Homens Pretos of Morro Vermelho, Minas Gerais (Brazil), in the category of ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’, and the Institute Metropolitan of Heritage of the Municipality of Quito (Ecuador), in the category of ‘Heritage Material’.

To read more about today’s event please click here. (in Spanish)

Source and photo courtesy of: Casa de Su Majestad el Rey

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh Attend a Special Service at St. Paul’s Cathedral

On March 7, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh attended a “…service of dedication and thanks for the Order of the British Empire…” held at the grand St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

According to the Press Association, roughly 2,000 attendees participated in today’s event including, “Senior public figures with the ranks of Knights and Dames Grand Cross (GBE) took part in a procession at the start of the service…”

Reverend Canon Michael Hampel lead today’s service which included prayers of “… courage, idealism and diligence for members of the order…” 

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Source: Press Association

His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan Back in the Hospital For Another Procedure

On March 7, 2012, His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan was at the Imperial Household Hospital for a procedure to “… have fluid removed from his chest that had accumulated since undergoing heart bypass surgery last month” which is apparently quite common after having that type of invasive surgery.

According to the Imperial Household Agency, the Emperor arrived at the hospital along with Empress Michiko in the morning.  Soon, doctors treating the 78-year old Emperor removed the “…fluid from his chest which had increased recently.”

Since being released from the University of Tokyo Hospital on March 4, 2012, Emperor Akihito has not recovered as well as doctors had hoped.  Apparently, the Emperor has “… not been eating well, experienced shortness of breath, and has trouble walking…”

Source: AFP News via IHA

Random Royal News Regarding Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands (VIDEO)

It was recently announced that Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands will attend the opening of the 2012 Floriade World Horticultural Expo (FWHE) on April 4, 2012 in Venlo.

According to the official website for the FWHE this event:

… is held in the Netherlands every ten years since 1960 and always at a different location in the Netherlands. From 5 April until 7 October 2012, the sixth edition of Floriade will be organised in Venlo in central-eastern Netherlands. The central theme of Floriade 2012, ‘Be part of the theatre in nature, get closer to the quality of life’, has been translated into five core sub-themes, which will be portrayed via five themed zones on the park.  The five core sub-themes at Floriade will cover the different aspects of the relationship between the consumer and the horticultural sector.

For more information please visit the official website for the 2012 Floriade World Horticultural Expo here. 

Today, March 7, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix was in Soesterberg where she opened the “…the new Sergeant-Major Scheickkazerne explosives ordnance disposal EOD…” Afterward, Her Majesty unveil a new plaque as well as toured the new facility.

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Meanwhile in Amsterdam, Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands attended the First Rural Coachingsdag of Qredits.  According to RVD the purpose of today’s event:

…aims to promote entrepreneurship in the Netherlands by means of providing micro-credit.  Qredits provides financing, with a maximum of 50,000 Euros to start-ups as well as existing entrepreneurs, who, despite a good business plan or no business plan can get credit at a bank.  Support and guidance is also available to entrepreneurs.

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Sources: FWHE, RTV Utrecht, Reformatorisch Dagblad, RVD/HKH, and PPE.

Their Majesties King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium Visit the town of Waremme (VIDEOS)

On March 7, 2012, Their Majesties King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium visited the town of Waremme in the province of Liège.

The reigning couple were welcomed to the town by the Mayor, Guy Coëme, and Minister of Education, Ms. Marie-Dominique Simonet at the City Hall.  Whilst there Their Majesties, along with local dignitaries, celebrated the 25th anniversary the Conseil Communal des Enfants “… created in 1987 it was the first of its kind in Belgium…” according to various sources.

Afterward, King Albert II and Queen Paola visited the Bettincourt Language Immersion School where they interacted with students who are currently learning Dutch “…until their fourth year of primary education.”

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Sources: La Monarchie Belge and 7sur7

His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales in Kingston, Jamaica!! (VIDEOS)

On March 6, 2012, His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales continues his tour of the Caribbean and today the fun-loving prince was in Kingston, Jamaica.

During his visit to the island Prince Harry had a chance to meet the world’s fastest runner, Usain Bolt, attended a luncheon with Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller at Devon House and more.  A highlight for Prince Harry is when he met with Rita Marley, widow of legendary Reggae singer Bob Marley, at a reception at a youth center in Kingston.

According to CNN journalist, Max Foster, Mrs. Marley “… gifted Prince Harry a scarf which had belonged to Bob Marley…”  The prince was apparently, “deeply touched”.

To watch videos as well as to view photos please click the links below”


Sources: Royal.gov and CNN Max Foster