Random Royal News Regarding Members of the Spanish Royal Family. (VIDEOS)

On May 30, 2012, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias began their three-day official visit to fantastic Portugal.  The purpose of their visit is to strengthen economic, cultural and bilateral ties.

Upon their arrival to Lisbon the royal couple were met by the Ambassador of Spain in Portugal, Mr. Eduardo Bonet, the Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs and Portuguese Cooperation, Mr. Luis Brites, and a several other government officials as well as local dignitaries.

After a brief visit to a monastery, Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia were on their merry way to Belém Palace to participate in a boring meeting with the president of Portugal, Mr. Anibal Silva and his wife, Maria.

Soon it was time for lunch with local officials as well as “…young Portuguese people prominent in the arts, science and business.”  When that was all over, the royal couple and their business delegation made a mad dash to:

… the Assembly of the Portuguese Republic, where they were greeted by the chairperson, Mr. Assunçao Esteves. After the greeting with the parliamentary delegation, the royal couple attended yet another boring meeting with a bunch of Portuguese government officials.

The day finally ended with a reception at the Ambassador of Spain’s luxurious home in Lisbon.  Guests included members of the Spanish community living in the area.

Meanwhile at Zarzuela Palace, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain is still in hiding. However, the old king is still working.  Today, he held an audience with Mr. Plácido Arias, the President of the Royal Board of Trustees of the Museo Nacional del Prado and some other dude that you may not be all that interested in.

And, finally, yesterday I tweeted a short article regarding Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain rescuing a tiny dog during Madrid’s Companion Animal Fair this past weekend (the dog was from a local shelter in Madrid).  Any way, the newest member of the Spanish royal family has a name and it is…  Paquita.

Aw.   🙂

Little Paquita will arrive to the luxurious Zarzuela Palace within the next few days.  If you have ever rescued a pet before then you know it is standard process (hence taking several days before the animal can arrive at their new home.)

Click the links below to view photos, watch a video as well as to read and article regarding Queen Sofia.

Sources: Casa de Su Majestad el Rey, El Mundo and the great site Lifewithdogs.tv

Random Royal News Regarding Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

On May 30, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was at the Caledonian Club in London to participate in a dinner “… with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland…” in celebration of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.

Click here to view photos.

Meanwhile, Their Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were at the St Martin in the Fields Church, in London,  to participate in a service:

… to honor past and present recipients of the Victoria Cross, the military’s highest accolade, and the George Cross, which is awarded for acts of bravery by civilians.

Click here to a view photo.

Afterward, the royal couple attended a reception held at the Naval & Military Club with “… holders of the Victoria Cross  and George Cross…” according to the Press Association.

Also this afternoon, the Duchess of Cornwall visited Spitalfields Urban Farm and a women’s group in East London.  Click here and here to read more about these two events.

Sources: Royal.gov.uk, Daylife, and the Press Association

Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Attends a Seminar in Amsterdam.

On May 30, 2012, Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands was at the Universiteit van Amsterdam to attend a seminar regarding, “… what the effects are of entrepreneurship education in Amsterdam.”

According to the official website for the Universiteit van Amsterdam for the past two years several scholars from the Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE), who also organized today’s event, researched the “…effects of entrepreneurship…” on young students, the skills they developed, knowledge they acquired and enhanced self-esteem.  “Roughly 2,500 students from 65 different schools in the Netherlands…” participated in the research program according to RVD.

After the seminar, Princess Maxima mingled with attendees as well as with the students who participated in the program and reviewed their presentations.

Click the links below to view photos.

Sources: Universiteit van Amsterdam and RVD

His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan Holds an Audience with the President of Paraguay. Plus, Other News. (VIDEO)

His Imperial Highness Emperor Akihito of Japan held an audience with the President of Paraguay, Mr. Fernando Lugo, at  the Imperial Palace on May 30, 2012.

According to the Mainichi Daily News via the Imperial Household Agency the emperor, “… expressed his gratitude of Japanese-Paraguayans who sent 1 million blocks of Tofu made using Paraguayan soybeans to the March 2011 disaster hit regions in Japan…” 

Click here to view photos.

And, finally, here is a news report regarding last week’s event, Nights in Monaco.  In the clip, there are brief interviews with His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, Baroness Elisabeth De Massy and her lovely daughter (in French).

Skip to the 4:06 mark

Source: Mainichi Daily News via the Imperial Household Agency