His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje was in Epe on May 8, 2012, to attend the inauguration of a new high-tech sewage treatment plant.
This new water purification technology entitled, Nereda, purify’s, “…domestic and industrial waste water into sustainable water.” Nereda, also reduces energy costs by 30% and is much cheaper “…to build than the current common sewage cleansing.”
Click the links below to watch a video clip, in Dutch, and to view photos.
Sources: RVD/HKH and NOS
On May 8, 2012, Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a glamorous meeting held at the famous Claridge’s Hotel in Mayfair, London.
According to ITV News, the duke will address “… The Thirty Club, one of the most elite dining clubs in the country with members from advertising and the media.”
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His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain held an audience with the president of the Council of State, Mr. José Manuel Romay Beccaría, at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid. Mr. Beccaría recently succeeded Mr. Francisco Llorente on May 3, 2012.
Meanwhile, Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain witnessed the signing of the collaboration agreement between the Fundación Reina Sofía and the Fundación Centro de Investigación de Enfermedades Neurológicas (C.I.E.N.) according to the royal court of Spain.
And, finally, it was announced that Her Majesty Queen Sofia will attend the May 18, 2012, luncheon at Windsor Castle to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.
Source and photo courtesy of Casa de Su Majestad el Rey
On Tuesday, May 8, 2012, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall visited the newly restored Rosslyn Chapel in Midlothian, Scotland.
According to the official website for the Prince of Wales, the duchess attended a service to, “… celebrate the completion of the conservation programme of Rosslyn Chapel…”
The Duchess of Cornwall also attended a reception where she mingled with the Rosslyn Chapel staff, conservators, and others. Afterward, she “… unveiled a plaque to commemorate the opening of the new Visitor Centre.”
To learn more about the history of Rosslyn Chapel please visit their official website here.
Click the links below to watch videos about the restoration and history of Rosslyn Chapel as well as to view photos from today’s event.
His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales is currently in Edinburgh, Scotland where he visited the Marine Scotland’s research vessel, Scotia, and attended a reception at Holyroodhouse for the Prince’s Trust Scotland.
Earlier in the afternoon, the future king of England gave an important speech during 6th World Fisheries Congress held at the Edinburgh International Conference Center.
To read more about today’s event please click the links below.
On Monday, May 7, 2012, Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover was at the Adriano Ribolzi Gallery in Monaco to attend a cocktail reception for the winner of the 2012 GemlucArt competition. This year’s winner, Ms. Christine Drummond from Brazil, displayed 15 colorful paintings at the gallery to 300+ guests.
If you are interested in viewing Mr. Drummond’s exhibition at the Adriano Ribolzi Gallery in Monaco it ends on June 9, 2012. For more information about GemlucArt please click here.
Source and photo courtesy of the Palais Princier de Monaco
On May 8, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands attended the opening ceremony of the 50th International Annual Meeting of the World Wide Fund for Nature in Rotterdam.
According to RVD, today’s meeting:
… is held for the first time in Netherlands on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Dutch branch of the WWF, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
The theme of the annual meeting is ‘Economy of the Future’. Prof. J. Randers, gave a speech in which he outlines a number of future scenarios for sustainable development of the world.
Afterward, Her Majesty visited a photo exhibition by famed National Geographic photographer, Mr. Frans Lanting, entitled, LIFE: A Journey Through Time.
To learn more about Mr. Lanting and his work please click here and here.
Click the links below to watch a video as well as to view photos.
Sources: RVD/HKH and NOS.nl
Her Royal Highness Princess Mathilde of Belgium was at the Palais d’Egmont in Brussels this afternoon to participate in the 5ième édition des Assises de la Coopération Belge au Développement (5th Edition of the Foundations of the Belgian Development Cooperation) conference.
The theme of today’s opening session focused on the “…consistency of policies for development.” According to the Belgian royal court, Princess Mathilde gave a lengthy speech which:
… emphasized the importance of the health and education sectors and the economic role of rural women in the agricultural sector and the food supply.
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Source: La Monarchie Belge
On Tuesday, May 8, 2012, the Imperial Household Agency announced that Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan will “… visit Britain for the anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th year on the throne…”
The Imperial couple will arrive on “… May 16 and are scheduled to attend a luncheon hosted by the queen at Windsor Castle near London on May 18…”
Source: Japan Today via the Imperial Household Agency