Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands was in Amersfoort to attend the inauguration of the CliniClowns College on May 16, 2012.
According to NOS, the CliniClowns College:
… offers more than 100,000 sick and/or disabled children a chance to get them out of their daily environment, to offer them fun as well as distraction so they can be carefree…
More than 70 professional CliniClowns put on performances in 100 hospitals and care institutions throughout the Netherlands…
Click the links below to watch a video as well as to view photos.
Sources: RVD/HKH and NOS.nl
Begins at the :50 mark regarding yesterday’s events
On May 15, 2012, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco participated in the launch of the Polaires au Centre Scientifique de Monaco held at the Musée Océanographique.
During yesterday’s event the sovereign prince participated in a conference with:
… leading specialists of polar ecosystems. Attendees included Professor Yvon Le Maho, Member of the Academy of Sciences of France, Professor Nils Christian Stenseth, President of the Academy of Sciences and Letters of Norway and Member of the Academy of Sciences of France.
Also on Tuesday, the sovereign prince received Lettres de Créance from ambassadors from Gabon, Nepal and Mali at the Palais Princier de Monaco.
Sources: Palais Princier de Monaco, Centre Scientifique de Monaco and News Monte-Carlo
On May 16, 2012, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan arrived at Haneda Airport in Tokyo to “… board a special flight to Britain…” to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.
Members of the Imperial family of Japan, including Her Imperial Highness Crown Princess Masako, were there to wish the emperor and empress a safe flight.
According to the Mainichi Daily News, whilst in Britain the Imperial couple will also “… meet with Japanese residents living in the Britain…” and more.
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will stay in lovely Britain for five days.
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Source: Mainichi Daily News
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh along with His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales visited Lancashire as part of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations on May 16, 2012.
During today’s visit the Her Majesty and the duke attended a luncheon at the Burnley Football club, toured the Accrington Market Hall as well as the Accrington Town Hall and much more.
A highlight of today’s event included a visit to Burnley, “… see the regeneration efforts by The Prince’s Charities.”
According to the official website for the Prince of Wales:
Six of The Prince’s Charities have collaborated to make a difference in Burnley, Lancashire in a bid to revitalize the former world centre of the cotton industry.
The Prince of Wales has been a regular presence in the town which has suffered from economic decline and social deprivation in recent years. This was Her Majesty’s first visit since 1987.
Accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh as part of her nationwide Diamond Jubilee tour, The Queen was greeted with a warm welcome by hundreds of well-wishers as the royal party boarded a barge which took them along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
The short journey took them to the Weavers’ Triangle which takes its name from the cotton workers who were housed and worked there in the 19th century.
Together with His Royal Highness they met young people and organizations who have worked with The Prince’s Charities.
They then attended the start of The Prince’s Charities Regeneration Summit at the heart of the planned multi-million pound regeneration plans for the Weavers’ Triangle which The Prince believes has huge potential and could be ‘the real making of the town’.
Click the links below to watch videos as well as to view photos.
Sources: Royal.gov.uk and princeofwales.gov.uk
On May 15, 2012, the famous Beau Sancy diamond, owned (until this afternoon) by His Imperial and Royal Highness Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia, was sold at auction for $9.7 million at Sotheby’s in Geneva, Switzerland. At the end of the auction, Mr. Philipp Herzog von Wuerttenberg, chairman of Sotheby’s Europe, was overheard stating, “You are buying a historic work of art… you are not buying a diamond.”
At this time the individual who purchased the beautiful 35-carat diamond remains anonymous. Click here to read an article from the Washington Post.
To learn more about other items that were on auction please click here.
Sources: Agence France Press and Washington Post