Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, The Duke of Edinburgh and Members of the British Royal Family Attend ‘Commonwealth Day Observance Service’ At Westminster Abbey (VIDEO)

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Countess of Wessex celebrated Commonwealth Day 2012 by attending an observance service held at Westminster Abbey on March 12, 2012.

According to the official website for Westminster Abbey:

Commonwealth Day is the annual celebration of the Commonwealth. The centre-piece of the day is a multi-faith service at Westminster Abbey organised by The Royal Commonwealth Society, on behalf of the Council of Commonwealth Societies.

The theme for this year is ‘Connecting Cultures’. Through a mix of world music, dance and personal testimonies, the service will explore the golden threads that tie together people from every continent, faith and ethnicity. source

During today’s service Her Majesty along with her family and hundreds of guests listened to speeches made by Dr. Jane Goodall as well as enjoyed musical performances by several artists including Rufus Wainwright and Hugh Masekela.

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Source: Royal.gov.uk and Daylife

Their Royal Highnesses Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium on an Economic Mission to Vietnam (VIDEO)

On March 12, 2012, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium continued their economic mission to Vietnam.

The royal couple, along with their business delegation, are in southeast Asian country to promote “economic ties” as well as to promote a positive image of Belgium in Vietnam.

Today, Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde were in Hanoi where they participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the “…mausoleum of the late Vietnamese revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh…”

Afterward, Prince Philippe met with President Truong Tan Sang at the presidential palace while Princess Mathilde visited a health care center.  In the evening, the royal couple attended a gala dinner.

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Sources: La Monarchie Belge, Her Niews, and Daylife

Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco in Shanghai, China

After a successful visit to Melbourne, Australia where she opened the exhibition, Grace Kelly: Style Icon, held at the Bendigo Art Gallery, Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco flew to Shanghai, China for an important visit.

This afternoon, the princess visited the Pudong Special Education School as “… an ambassador for the Special Olympics.  Princess Charlene was accompanied by basketball player, Yao Ming, and his wife.”    

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Source: Palais Princier de Monaco

Photo courtesy of Daylife/Reuters

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco and Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje in Marseilles, France

On March 12, 2012, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco along with His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje are currently in Marseilles, France where they attended the opening of the 6th Annual World Water Forum.

As I previously mentioned, the event, organized by the World Water Council, will gather 800 speakers from around the world, and 25,000 international leaders are expected to attend this important forum/conference.   The purpose of the event is to:

…tackle the challenges our world is facing and to bring water high on all political agendas. There will be no sustainable development while the water issues remain unsolved. Everywhere on the planet, for all and everyone, the Right to Water (recognized by 189 states at the UN one year ago) must be guaranteed and implemented.

During today’s opening of the World Water Forum both Prince Albert II and Prince Willem-Alexander gave speeches in front of hundreds of guests including Prime Minister, Mr. François Fillon, and the former Soviet Union President, Mikhail Gorbachev.

To learn more about the 6th Annual World Water Forum please visit their official website here.

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Sources: WWF, Palais Princier de Monaco and RVD