On April 2, 2012, Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands began her visit to Indonesia and Malaysia as the United Nations Advisor for Inclusive Finance as well as Honorary Chairman of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion.
According to RVD, Princess Maxima participated in a meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with various government officials as well as with His Royal Highness Crown Prince Raja Nazrin Shah of Perak on March 2, 2012. This important meeting focused on “…access to financial services for low income groups.”
Today, the princess met with Indonesian government officials including the Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs, Hatta Rajasa and the Finance Minister, Mr Agus Martowardojo to name a few. Discussion, again, focused on access to financial services for the poor. Princess Maxima also visited migrant workers in Jakarta, Indonesia who are “…participating in a financial education program of the World Bank co-funded by the Netherlands.”
Meanwhile half way around the world, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are still on their luxurious ski holiday in Meribel, France. The future king and queen of England where recently seen whizzing down the beautiful French slopes with Miss Pippa Middleton and her uber-wealty, aristocratic, and not-so-handsome “alleged” boyfriend, George Percy.
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Sources: RVD/Het Koninklijk Huis and Hello Magazine
On April 3, 2012, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales visited “… Staveley, Grasmere, Wigton and Stainton…” Cumbria, England.
During his tour of the area the heir to the British throne visited Hawkeshead Brewery where he downed “…pint of Windermere Blonde Pale Ale” and celebrated the brewery’s 10th anniversary with the staff as well as others. Afterward, the Prince of Wales visited the Wordsworth Museum and Dove Cottage in Grasmere, then he bolted on over to Wigton, in North Cumbria, where he celebrated the 750th anniversary of the Wigton Market charter along with dozens of locals.
Soon, it was time to head on over to the Greystone House Farm in Stainton where he attended a reception held in his honor. The day finally ended with in Penrith whereupon the Prince of Wales celebrated the “… 8th International Dalemain Marmalade Festival and Awards” held at the Dalemain Mansion. According to the official website for the Prince of Wales, he met with “… the festival’s patron, Paddington Bear, as well as members of the Women’s Institute who helped pick the winning marmalade entry.”
And, that’s it. 🙂
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Sources: Princeofwales.gov.uk and BBC News
Photo courtesy of Zimbio
Here is an interesting article from the Mainichi Daily News regarding the status of Japanese princesses and their future marriages to commoners. Click here to read the article.
Photo courtesy of Daylife via the Imperial Household Agency
On April 3, 2012, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall was in Wiltshire where she visited Jamie’s Farm, a place that:
…exists to transform the lives of vulnerable children in challenging urban schools, by providing a unique combination of ‘farming, family and therapy’ through a short stay residential and follow-up program. Jaime’s Farm aims to re-engage children with educational life, and enable them to fulfil their potential both in school and the wider social setting.
For more information about this unique place, Jaime’s Farm, please visit their official website here.
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Sources: Royal.gov.uk and Jaime’s Farm
On March 30, 2012, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco hosted a reception at the Palais Princier de Monaco honoring the three Monégasque athletes who participated in the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria.
Attendees included Mr. Rudy Rinaldi and Mr. Jérémy Torre who won the bronze medal in the Bobsleigh competition, Alpine skier, Mr. Bryan Pelassy, the Mayor of Monaco, and Mr. Georges Marsan to name a few.
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Meanwhile, the sovereign prince’s personal foundation, Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco, has signed an agreement to protect 80,000 acres of forest in northern Guatemala. According to Monaco Life the agreement will, “…help reduce deforestation and degradation…”
To read more about this latest news please click here. For more information about the Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco and its latest activities please click here.
Sources: Palais Princier de Monaco and Monaco Life
Photo courtesy of the Palais Princier de Monaco
On April 2, 2012, Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover opened the Princesse Grace: Habiller une Image exhibition held at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, Villa Sauber.
The exhibition was developed in “…collaboration between the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and Pringle of Scotland.”
According to the official website for the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco the exhibition was created by:
…the BA Fashion Course History & Theory students who carried out extensive research into the wardrobe of Princess Grace of Monaco through accessing archives of personal contacts of the Palace, as well as Institutions in the Principality including the Prince’s Palace Archives and Library, the Archives Audiovisuelles de Monaco, the Bibliothèque Municipale Louis Notari, and the Garden Club of Monaco.
The research focused on Princess Grace’s daily wardrobe, particularly knitwear and Pringle of Scotland archive styles, and how this was essential to her personal interests and passions. The findings will be debuted in an Exhibition hosted by the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco- an intimate study capturing her style in the most relaxed and familial situations. The second stage of the project, set to launch in September will see Pringle of Scotland and the Central Saint Martins MA Fashion Design students take aesthetic elements from the exhibition and translate them into a knitwear capsule collection.
For more information about the exhibition please click here.
Sources: Palais Princier de Monaco and the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco
Photo courtesy of: Palais Princier de Monaco
On April 3, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands opened the ‘Amsterdame Westerstraat’ held at the Openluchtmuseum (Open Air Museum) in Arnhem.
According to RVD, the museum is celebrating their 100th anniversary and the exhibition, ‘Amsterdame Westerstraat’:
…presents the culture of everyday life of ordinary people in Netherlands. In and around authentic historical buildings, history comes to life with interactive presentations.
For more information about this exhibition please visit the official website for the Openluchtmuseum here.
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Sources: RVD and NOS