Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee Concert is over and if you missed it, well, all I can say is that you missed one heck of a fantastic event. Performers included legendary singers Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, Elton John and many more.
At the end of the concert Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall took to the stage. Whilst there the Prince of Wales gave a moving speech in tribute to his “mummy” as well as to His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh stating:
The only sad thing about this evening is that my father couldn’t be here with us because unfortunately he has taken unwell, but if we shout loud enough he might just hear us in hospital.
Soon, there was an enormous applause and cheers for the super awesome duke. After thanking his mummy for “…inspiring us with your selfless duty and service and for making us proud to be British…” Her Majesty lit the National Beacon located on the Mall. Afterward there was a fantastic fireworks show that delighted everyone!
Click the links below to read various articles from the Telegraph as well as to watch concert highlights, brief news clips and photos.
On June 3, 2012, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain arrived in beautiful Brazil alongside the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. José Manuel García-Margallo. The purpose of the trip is to “… consolidate and strengthen trade relations and investments with Brazil.”
This morning His Majesty participated in a meeting as well as luncheon with the President of Brazil, Ms.Dilma Rousseff, and representatives from Spain and Brazil held at the Planalto Palace. During the meeting the old king gave a speech regarding financial matters in Spain stating, “…Spain is working with its European partners to stabilize financial markets, reduce the public debt…” and a bunch of other boring stuff.
Afterward, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I bolted to Chile to, again, strengthen trade relations with the South American country.
His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco is currently in South Korea where he participated in the inauguration of the Monaco Pavilion at the EXPO 2012 Yeosu. The sovereign prince was to be accompanied by Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco; however, the Palais Princier de Monaco announced, with great regret, that the lovely princess was unable to attend due to an acute case of Angina.
Any way, according to the official website for the EXPO 2012 Yeosu, on June 4, 2012, Prince Albert II participated in:
… high-level experts’ meetings on the development of Protected Marine Areas in the context of the Third Monaco Blue Initiative (MBI). MBI is a think tank which brings together political, economic, scientific experts with interests in the sustainable management of the oceans.
The third edition of the event, co-organized by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the Oceanographic Institute, was attended by 40 high level people from more than 20 countries to develop cooperation between ocean protection and economic development.
This afternoon, the sovereign prince participated in a lecture “…on the Convention for Biological Diversity…” and attended a dinner held in his honor with the famous Samsung Group.
His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje was at the Royal Theatre in Den Haag to participate in the 50th anniversary of the United World Colleges and Scholarship Awards on Monday, June 4, 2012.
According to RVD, the prince who is patron of the United World Colleges, gave a speech during today’s event as well as witnessed 25 students receiving scholarships.
To learn more about today’s event as well as to view photos please click here.
On June 4, 2012, it was announced by Buckingham Palace that His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh has been hospitalized for a bladder infection.
The 90-year-old duke was admitted to “…King Edward VII Hospital in London this afternoon, from Windsor Castle, as a precautionary measure after developing a bladder infection, which is being assessed and treated” according to a palace spokesperson.
He will remain in the hospital “for a few days” and unfortunately will miss the Diamond Jubilee concert as well as Thanksgiving service to be held at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.
Meanwhile, in Brussels, His Majesty King Albert II held an audience at Château de Laeken with Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo.
Sources: Scotsman, BBC News via Buckingham Palace and La Monarchie Belge