His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan Releases a Statement Regarding Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

On May 12, 2012, the Imperial Household Agency released a statement from His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan regarding Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Diamond Jubilee celebrations:

It is with great pleasure that together with the Empress I will visit the United Kingdom to attend a luncheon in commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, to which she has invited monarchs of various countries. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Her Majesty for this invitation.

The Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was held soon after World War II, in June 1953, the year after the Treaty of Peace with Japan went into effect. At that time, being 19 years old, I attended the ceremony representing Emperor Showa, and taking that opportunity, visited quite a few countries in Europe and North America, a trip during which I learned and experienced so much.

To read the statement in its entirety please click here. (in English)

Source: The Mainichi via the Imperial Household Agency Press Release.

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His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge Tells a Joke (VIDEO)

Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the gala celebration, Our Greatest Team Rises, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.  During the event the duke gave a speech and told a slightly funny joke.

Yay.

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His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales (aka the Duke of Rothesay) Continues His Visit to Scotland (VIDEO)

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland, was Kilmarnock on May 11, 2012. The future king visited the North West Youth Project and Community Center.  Afterward, he “… re-opened the Johnnie Walker Bond Building…” and then attended the inauguration of the “… new Anaerobic Digestion Plant…” in North Ayrshire.

Click the links below to watch a video as well as to view photos.

Source: Princeofwales.gov.uk

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Random Royal News Regarding Their Royal Highnesses Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium

His Royal Highness Prince Philippe of Belgium attended a presentation and conference with young entrepreneurs on May 11, 2012 in Brussels.  The theme of today’s event: Financing Growth and Risk management Strategies.

In the afternoon, Her Royal Highness Princess Mathilde attended the exhibition The Golden Age of China: Treasures of the Tang Dynasty (610-907 A.D.) in Maaseik. This unique exhibition was developed in collaboration with the Musea Maaseik and the Drents Museum in Assen, Netherlands.

For more information about the exhibition please click here. (in English.)

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Source: La Monarchie Belge and Degoudeneeuwvanchina.be

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Random Royal News Regarding His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg and Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover.

On May 11, 2012, His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg held an audience with representatives from the United Nations at the Grand Ducal palace.  These representatives are participating in a seminar entitled, ‘Diplomacy, Development and Defense: The Importance of a Holistic Approach to the Maintenance of Peace and International Security’ according to the Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg.

Meanwhile, Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover was in Baden-Baden, Germany on May 11, 2012, to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the Margraviate of Baden (became a Grand Duchy in 1806-1918.)  According to a press release regarding the celebrations, the House of Baden is:

… the oldest and influential in German history and has influenced greatly both Baden-Württemberg and Baden.

Again and again the House Baden remained throughout its history with major challenges, threats, even before the end.  And, time and again the house has managed to survive.

For more information about the celebrations please click here. (in German)  Click here to learn more about the history of the house.

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Sources: Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg and Presse Stammhaus Montfort

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His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco Receives a Cool New Car

On May 11, 2012, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco was presented with a cool new solar powered car entitled, SolarWorld Grand Turismo, at the Palais Princier de Monaco.  The car was presented to the sovereign prince from representatives from L’Université de Bochum.

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His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco Attends the Inauguration of an Exhibition at the Musée Océanographique. Plus, Other News. (VIDEO)

On May 10, 2012, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco attended the inauguration of a new exhibition held at the Musée Océanographique entitled, The Littoral Zone.

The exhibition, by British artist Mr. Marc Quinn, consists of “… paintings, sculptures and installations…” If you are interested in viewing, The Littoral Zone, the exhibition ends on October 15, 2012.  For more information please visit the official website for the Musée Océanographique here.

And, finally, the sovereign prince attended the inauguration of some kindergarten school in Monaco recently.  Any way, watch the video below to learn more about it (in French). Plus, you can watch a clip from the May 9, 2012, visit with Princess Charlene to the Centre de Loisirs Prince Albert II in La Turbie.

  

Jump to the 6:54 mark to watch

Source and photo courtesy of the Palais Princier de Monaco

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Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg Participate in the ALFI Responsible Investing Conference: Making a Difference

Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg participated in the 2012 ALFI Responsible Investing Conference: Making a Difference on May 10, 2012.

The event, held at the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Kirchberg, focuses on microfinance and responsible investing.  During today’s conference Her Royal Highness Grand Duchess Maria Teresa gave a speech, “…on the theme of ‘Luxembourg’s role in responsible investing’.”

Sources: ALFI.lu and Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg

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Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall Visit the BBC headquarters in Glasgow, Scotland. Plus, Other News. (VIDEO)

Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the BBC Scotland headquarters in Glasgow to celebrate the network’s 60th anniversary.

During their visit the royal couple met with BBC Scotland employees and were given a tour of the studio.  Afterward, the Prince of Wales was “… invited to read a specially written weather bulletin with references to royal residences in Scotland.”

Love it!

Later on in the afternoon, the Duchess of Cornwall hosted a reception for locals at Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh as part of the Big Jubilee Lunch.  Afterward, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the City of Glasgow College where they meet participants involved in the Prince’s Trust Get Into Cooking Program.  The purpose of the program is “… to give youngsters the skills and experience needed to work in the hospitality sector.”

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Sources: Princeofwales.gov.uk and PA

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Random Royal News Regarding Their Majesties King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium (VIDEO)

On May 10, 2012, His Majesty King Albert II of Belgium visited the European Council, in the Justus Lipsius building, in Brussels. Whilst there the king met with Mr. Herman Van Rompuy, the President of the EC.

Meanwhile, Her Majesty Queen Paola visited the Centre for Palliative Care to celebrate their 25th anniversary and “… the 15th anniversary of the Palliative Care Unit and the 10th anniversary of Heidehuis, three sections of the network of palliative ‘Noord West – Vlaanderen.'”

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Source: La Monarchie Belge

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Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan Host a Luncheon for the President of Peru

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.

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Source: Peru This Week

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Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover Participates in a Meeting with the Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco

On May 9, 2012 Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover participated in a meeting at the Grand Véfour in Paris, France with the “… literary Council of the Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco…”

The purpose of the meeting, according to the Principauté de Monaco Gouvernement Monaco, is to establish the list of those:

…selected for the Prince Pierre de Monaco Literary Award.  Writers in the running include, Victor-Lévy Beaulieu, René de Ceccaty, Frank Étienne, Jean-Paul Kauffmann and Alain Mabanckou.

Prince Pierre de Monaco Literary Awards will be presented on October 2, 2012 in Monaco.

For more information about the Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco please visit their official website here.

Source and photo courtesy of: Principauté de Monaco Gouvernement Monaco

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Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Visit La Turbie, France.

Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco were in La Turbie in southern France where they visited the Centre de Loisirs Prince Albert II on May 9, 2012.

According to the official site for the Principauté de Monaco: Gouvernement Princier the recreational center:

… hosts, during all school holidays, children aged 3 -12, who are enrolled in a school in Monaco and whose both parents are working.

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Source: Principauté de Monaco Gouvernement Princier

Photo courtesy of Daylife/P.LeSegretain

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