On May 9, 2012, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan welcomed the Peruvian President, Mr. Ollanta Humala, and his lovely wife Nadine, to the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
The president participated in a brief meeting with Emperor Akihito whereupon discussions focused on “… economic and educational cooperation…” Afterward the Emperor and Empress of Japan hosted a fabulous luncheon for their guests at the Imperial Palace.
On May 9, 2012, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall continued their visit in Edinburgh as part of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
On the agenda today: A visit by His Royal Highness to the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Queen Mother’s Memorial Garden where he “… meet staff, volunteers and apprentices…” While the Duchess of Cornwall met with those participating “… in the British Food Fortnight’s Cook for The Queen Diamond Jubilee competition…” held at Holyroodhouse.
The royal couple also watched an Armed Forces personnel parade in front of Holyroodhouse then hosted a luncheon for the members of the Royal British Legion and Armed Forces personnel.
In the evening, the Prince of Wales attended a “… reception and dinner to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Scottish Business in the Community and will present the charity’s 2012 Awards…” held at the National Museum of Scotland.
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On May 9, 2012, He Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh attended the State Opening of Parliament. Per tradition Her Majesty gave her annual speech in the of the House of Lords.
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While Their Royal Highnesses Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium were having a fabulous time in Turnhout, His Majesty King Albert II of Belgium spent the day at Château de Laeken on May 9, 2012.
His Majesty held audiences with ambassadors from South Korea, Poland, Serbia who presented their Lettres de Créance (Letters of Credence) to the king and then posed for photos.
Meanwhile, Princess Astrid of Belgium was in Liège where she visited the non-profit project organization, Caritas Secours Francophone. The organization’s mission is to “… help the homeless and those dealing with severe financial difficulties” according to the Belgian royal court.
On the morning of May 9, 2012, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium visited Turnhout, which is also known as the Culture City of Flanders, to celebrate the city’s 800th anniversary.
The royal couple began their day with a visit to a “… socio-educational project that combines nature, culture and social integration…” held at the Klein Engelandhoeve.
Soon, they visited an exhibition Turnhout Terminus Turnhout Centraal held at the Taxandria Museum. Afterward, Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde attended a reception held in their honor at the Turnhout City Hall where the royal couple mingled with local dignitaries and other special guests.
At the end of the day, the prince and princess met with “…with the inhabitants on the recently revamped Grote Markt, laureate of the prize ‘ Public Space ‘ 2011.”
For more information about Klein Engelandhoeve and the Taxandria Museum please visit their official websites here and here.
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