Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Visits Turkey: Day One (VIDEOS)

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands arrived in Ankara, Turkey on June 13, 2012, to begin her three-day visit to the country.  The purpose of the visit is to strengthen bilateral relations between the Netherlands and Turkey as well as to celebrate “… 400 years of diplomatic relations…”

Her Majesty is accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs as well as other government officials.  According to RVD, the queen arrived at the Presidential Palace in the late afternoon whereupon she was greeted by the Turkish President, Mr. Abdullah Gül and his wife, Hayrünnisa Gül.  After holding a meeting, Her Majesty along with President Gül attended a gala dinner held in Queen Beatrix’s honor.

Tomorrow, Her Majesty will travel to Istanbul.

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

Source: RVD

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Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Host a Cocktail Reception at the Palais Princier

On June 13, 2012, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco hosted a lovely cocktail reception at the Palais Princier for guests attending the 52nd Annual Monte-Carlo Television Festival. Guests at the event included American actress, Ms. Eva Longoria and bunch of other really good-looking people.

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Tomorrow, the sovereign prince will present Ms. Dawn Sweeney, President of Disney Media Networks Co-Chair and Disney/ABC Television Group, with the Honorary Golden Nymph Prize for her “… her extraordinary achievements as one of the leading companies in the global entertainment industry…” 

Source: Palais Princier de Monaco

Royal News Regarding His Majesty King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium

His Majesty King Albert II of Belgium was at the Palais des Académies in Brussels on June 13, 2012, to participate in the 2012 Prix Francqui.  During the ceremony, the king presented the prize to Ms. Conny Aerts, Professor of Astronomy from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

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Meanwhile, Her Majesty Queen Paola was at the Serres Royales de Laeken to present and participate in the Prix Reine Paola 2012.  The prize is “…for education and is awarded annually to a teacher or a group of teachers for the dedication as well as educational achievements…”

Source: La Monarchie Belge

Royal News Regarding Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall

On June 13, 2012, Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the Velodrome in the Olympic Park in London.  Whilst there the royal couple met with “… Paralympian gold medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games…” Mr. Barney Storey.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall also met with members from the 2012 London Olympic Organizing Committee,  visited the production center for the London 2012 Ceremonies Team as well as visited the House Mill on Three Mills Island.  Later the royal couple named a boat (fun) and a bunch of other stuff that is not all that interesting.   🙂

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Click here to read an article from the Telegraph.

Sources: Royal.gov.uk and Daylife

Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex Visit Gibraltar: Day Three

Their Royal Highnesses the Earl and Countess of Wessex wrapped up their visit to Gibraltar as part of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations on Wednesday, June 13, 2012.

Today, the royal couple met with religious leaders at the Convent Cloisters, opened a new Court building and then toured the Magistrates Courts, visited the King’s Chapel as well as the Laguna Social Club and much more.

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Source: Royal.gov.uk

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Their Royal Highness the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Visit Nottingham (VIDEOS)

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II along with Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Nottingham on June 13, 2012, as part of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

To read more about today’s visit please click the links below to read articles, watch videos and to view photos.

Source: Royal.gov.uk

Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Visits the Sjoel Elburg (VIDEOS)

On June 13, 2012, Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands was at the Sjoel Elburg to attend the opening of a new building.

According to RVD, the new building:

…contains an exhibition hall and an educational space.  The new building also offers visitors a chance to watch presentations and information about the social, economic and cultural history of the Jewish community in Elburg.

For more information about the Sjoel Elburg please visit their official website here.

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Source: RVD

Royal News Regarding Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco (VIDEOS)

On Tuesday, June 12, 2012, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco visited the 8th Edition of Monacology held on the Quai Antoine I.  The purpose of the event is to educate the Monégasque youth about the environment.  Monocology is organized in collaboration with the Mediterranean Institute of Studies and Sustainable Development and Star’s N’ Bars with the assistance of Mr. Olivier Arnould.

Prince Albert II visiting Monocology site prior to the official opening.

In the evening, the princely couple attended a gala dinner, organized by Ambassadors Club of Monaco, to honor actor, Sir Roger Moore.  During the gala event, held at the Hôtel de Paris, Mr. Moore received the Goodwill Ambassador diploma for basically being super awesome.   🙂

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And, finally, during a press conference yesterday afternoon Prince Albert II “… discussed the possibility of restarting the land extension plans he halted in 2008.”  It seems the reason the sovereign prince is considering expanding the principality is due to population growth and so forth.  Click here  for more information (in English).

About the extension.  Begins at the :57 mark

And, finally — finally —   🙂 here is a news report regarding Prince Albert II’s segment on the program, Thalassa.

In French

Sources: Palais Princier de Monaco and Monaco Matin

Photo courtesy of the Palais Princier de Monaco

Members of the Imperial Family of Japan Attend a Ceremony for the Late Prince Tomohito of Mikasa

On June 13, 2012, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan along with His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito as well as other members of the Imperial family attended a “… ritual ceremony…” at the Akasaka Imperial Compound for the late Prince Tomohito of Mikasa.

The Japan Times via the Imperial Household Agency reports that the funeral costs for the last prince is estimated at, “… ¥189 million, ¥131 million of which will be disbursed from the government’s reserve funds for fiscal 2012.”

The rest of the cost will come from the “… fiscal 2013 budget, which starts next April and includes the ¥69 million for the main “renso-no-gi” ceremony and ¥88 million for building the tomb.”

The late Prince Tomohito, cousin of Emperor Akihito, passed away last Wednesday.  He was 66 years old.

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Sources: Japan Times via the Imperial Household Agency