On May 23, 2012, Zara Philips, daughter of Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal, carried the “…Olympic torch at Cheltenham racecourse while riding her horse, Toytown.” As she made her dramatic entrance thousands of fans cheered her on while the theme song from the 1981 movie, Chariots of Fire, blasted through the speakers.
Yeah, it was kind of cheesy. Personally, speaking Clark Griswold did it better in the movie, Vacation… minus the horse. 🙂
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II attended a reception held at the Royal Academy in honor of her Diamond Jubilee. The queen met with various artists, writers, singers, models, and actresses such as Joan Collins from the hit ’80’s show, Dynasty.
Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands was in Amsterdam on May 23, 2012, to attend the opening of the new location for the Appel Arts Centre (AAC).
Upon her arrival she was greeted by the Queen’s Commissioner of North Holland, Mr. Johan Remkes, Deputy Mayor, Carolien Gehrels, and staff from the AAC.
During her visit the princess was given a tour of the new building as well as a private tour of the new exhibition, Topsy Turvy, Leve de Omgekeerde Wereld.
For more information about the Appel Arts Centre and the new exhibition, which ends on September 23, 2012, please visit their official website click here.
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Sources: RVD and deAppel.nl
On Wednesday, May 23, 2012, His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg held an audience with Mr.Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Assembly (AFN) of the People’s Republic of China (long title) held at the Grand Ducal Palace.
Mr. Bangguo also met with “…the Prime Minister and Minister of State, Jean-Claude Juncker, and members of the Government…” according to the Luxembourg newspaper, Wort.
Meanwhile in Brussels, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium attended the 2012 Concours Reine Elisabeth Violin Finals (a competition) held at the Palais des Beaux-Arts this evening.
This morning, the royal couple along with Queen Fabiola, Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz attended a brunch held at the Palais de Bruxelles for “… jury members from the 2012 Concours Reine Elisabeth.”
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Sources: Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg and La Monarchie Belge