Random Royal News Regarding Members of the Belgian Royal Family (VIDEO)

On April 26, 2012, His Majesty King Albert II of Belgium visited the European Parliament (EP) in Brussels headquarters at the invitation of the President of the EP, Mr. Martin Schulz.

It is unknown at this time what His Majesty and Mr. Schulz spoke about in their private meeting.  Perhaps he informed the king about the realistic scenario of a European Union “collapse”.  Or, maybe they discussed their favorite vacation spots.   🙂

Click here to watch a video. (in French)

Meanwhile, His Royal Highness Prince Philippe participated in the European Business Summit held at the Square Brussels Meeting Centre in, where else, Brussels.

And, finally, on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium attended a gala dinner hosted by the 10th European Business Summit held at the Palais des Beaux-Arts.

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Source: La Monarchie Belge

Belgian Royals

Get Ready for Another Royal Wedding!!! Yup, His Royal Highness Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg is Engaged!!

Well, it is official.  The last of age heir from a reigning European throne is off the market, ladies!

On April 26, 2012, it was announced by the Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg that His Royal Highness Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg is engaged to Comtesse Stéphanie de Lannoy.

At this time the exact date for the upcoming grand-ducal wedding has yet to be disclosed.

Any way, if you would like to learn more about the groovy couple please, once again, visit the site Luxarazzi Luxembourg here.

Click here to watch a video.

Click here to view the official engagement photos.

Source: Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg

Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Opens the Exhibition, ‘Dutch Design: Huis van Oranje’, in Oranienbaum, Germany

On April 25, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands was in Oranienbaum, Germany where she attended the inauguration of the exhibition, Dutch Design: Huis van Oranje, held at the newly restored Schloss Oranienbaum.

Her Majesty was accompanied by the President of Germany, Mr. Joachim Gauck, as well as local dignitaries.  According to RVD:

The exhibition includes hand-made pieces such as furniture, jewelry, glass and ceramic utensils, accessories and handmade couture pieces, complemented with various crafts and historic objects from the Royal House Archives. The exhibition was  commissioned and organized by the Kulturstiftung DessauWörlitz, in close cooperation with the Dutch Embassy in Berlin and the Royal House Archives.

 Click here to view photos.

For more information about the exhibition, Dutch Design: Huis van Oranje, please visit their official website here.

Source: RVD/HKH

Dutch Royal Family

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh In Greenwich (VIDEOS)

On April 25, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh visited Greenwich where they re-opened the newly restored Cutty Sark.  The queen and the duke also attended the inauguration of the “…Royal River exhibition at the National Maritime Museum…” as well as attended a luncheon.

Click the links below to watch videos as well as to view photos.

Source: Royal.gov.uk

British Royals

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Attend a Documentary Premiere in London (VIDEOS)

On April 25, 2012, Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the premiere of the documentary, African Cats, held at the BFI Southbank in London, England.

The Disneynature documentary, directed by Mr. Keith Scholey and Mr. Alastair Fothergill, is:

An epic true story set against the backdrop of one of the wildest places on Earth, African Cats captures the reel-life love, humor and determination of the majestic kings of the savanna.  Narrated by Oscar nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson, the story features Mara, an endearing lion cub who strives to grown up with her mother’s strength, spirit and wisdom; Sita, a fearless cheetah, and single mother of five mischievous newborns, and Fang, a proud leader of the pride who must defend his family from a rival lion and his sons.

If you are interested in learning more about the documentary, African Cats, please visit the official website for the film here.

Click here to view photos.

Sources: Disney.com and Daylife

British Royals

A New Exhibition Regarding the Late Diana, Princess of Wales Coming to Crappy Long Beach, CA.

It was recently announced in my local crappy newspaper, The Daily Breeze, that a new exhibition about the late Diana, Princess of Wales will make its début aboard the haunted Queen Mary ship in Wrong Long Beach, CA.

The new exhibition entitled, Diana: Legacy of a Princess, A Royal Exhibition, consists of:

… more than 2,000 artifacts – many of them never before showcased – that will feature gowns worn by the princess, letters, designer sketches and other items.

Diana: Legacy of a Princess, A Royal Exhibition opens on June 16, 2012.  Tickets go on sale on May 1, 2012.  For more information about the exhibition please click here.

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

Source: Daily Breeze

Photo courtesy of The Mirror UK

British Royals

Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg: The State Visit to Germany, Day Two

Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, along with their delegation, continued their state visit to Germany on April 24, 2012.

This afternoon Grand Duke Henri met with German Chancellor, Ms. Angela Merkel, in Berlin.  According to the official website for the Grand Ducal family of Luxembourg the royal couple also participated in various:

… political, economic, financial and cultural meetings. The subject of climate change is at the centre of the visit to Potsdam and micro-finance in Berlin…

Sounds like fun.

Click here to read a detailed article about today’s activities from the site, Luxarazzi Luxembourg (should be up soon.)   🙂

Click the links below to view photos from last night’s gala dinner as well as other photos.

Source: Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg

Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg

Random Royal News Regarding Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan

The Imperial Household Agency in Japan announced on April 24, 2012, that Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan will “… visit Tokyo Sky Tree, the world’s tallest stand-alone communications tower and Tokyo’s newest tourist attraction…” on April 26, 2012.

Click here for more information from the Mainichi Daily News.

Imperial Family of Japan

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Opens the Klok & Peel Museum. Plus, Other News (VIDEO)

On April 24, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands opened the Klok & Peel Museum in Asten.  According to RVD, the museum displays:

… a comprehensive international collection of loud bells and carillons (clocks games). The second collection in the museum includes the natural and cultural history of the area.

The original museum was opened in 1975 by Prince Bernhard.  In 2008 the restoration of the museum began. The museum building is completely renovated and was extended to 1100 square meters. Beside a large, new exhibition hall as the focal point of the museum, there is a glass Orangery in the museum gardens which offers space for workshops, educational projects and events. The museum has also a new entrance, a movie room with education space and gotten a new museum café.

Click here to watch a video. (in Dutch)

Her Majesty also visited the National Bricklaying and Building Championships in Barneveld this afternoon.  Again, according to RVD:

Since 1953, this event is organized and supported by the Dutch brick industry to get the youth interested in masonry.

The industry organizes the championships in cooperation with VMBO schools, training in the construction industry and civil society organizations. The Dutch brick industry is represented by the Association Koninklijke Nederlandse Construction ceramics (KNB).

Click the links below to view photos.

Sources: RVD

Dutch Royal Family

Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco Inaugurates the New Exhibition ‘Turtle Island’ at the Musée Océanographique (VIDEOS)

Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco inaugurated the new permanent exhibition entitled, ‘Turtle Island’, at the Musée Océanographique in Monaco on April 24, 2012.

According to the official website for the Musée Océanographique ‘Turtle Island’ “… consists of three exhibition spaces.” The first area is dedicated to the discovery and the protection of land and sea turtles. It is a space where adults and children alike can view various turtles including a Sulcata tortoise (turtle) from Mali.  There are information signs that will help to raise public awareness about these unique species.

The second area will is a game space with a sea theme.

The third area is the relaxation lounge area located in the West Terrace of the musée where parents can sit, relax, eat while watching their children play, discover, scream, cry and generally have a fantastic time.

‘Turtle Island’ at the Musée Océanographique will open to the public beginning on April 25, 2012.  For more information about this new permanent exhibition please visit the musée’s official website here.  
Sources: Palais Princier de Monaco and Musée Océanographique 
Monaco Princely Family

Random Royal News Regarding Their Royal Highnesses Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium.

On April 24, 2012, His Royal Highness Prince Philippe of Belgium attended the 1st Annual Masterclass held at the Résidence Palace à Bruxelles (residence Palace in Brussels).  Today’s event was:

…organized for the benefit of the winners of seven editions of the Belgodyssée competition.

The ‘Masterclass’ is a project in collaboration between Radio 2 and the Prince Philippe Fund with the support of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister. Participants had the opportunity to listen to speakers on the theme of ‘Journalism and social media.’

Meanwhile at the Palais Royal in Brussels, Her Royal Highness Princess Mathilde presented the 2012 Princess Mathilde Prize from her personal foundation:

Each year, the Princess Mathilde Fund presents the prize to a particular initiative to strengthen the autonomy of persons who, because of their location, are more vulnerable than others.

For the second consecutive year, the Princess Mathilde Fund decided to engage in the fight against youth poverty, convinced that it must be stopped from the earliest age.

This year’s winner was ASBL Service Brussels.  Click here to view a photo as well as to read an article about today’s event (in French.)

Source: La Monarchie Belge

Belgian Royals

Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg Visit Germany: Day One

On April 23, 2012, Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg began their three-day state visit to Germany.  Accompanying the grand-ducal couple are His Royal Highness Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, the Minister of the Economy and Foreign Trade, Ms. Étienne Schneider and the Finance Minister, Mr. Luc Frieden, to name a few.

Click here to read more about today’s event. (in English)

Click here to view photos.

Sources: Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg and Wort Luxembourg

Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg