On June 26, 2012, His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje participated in the reopening of the newly restored fortifications of Hellevoetsluis. According to Historiek.net, the restorations of the complex began in 2010 and were funded:
…jointly between the municipality of Hellevoetsluis, the National Service for Cultural Heritage and Europe at a cost of six million Euros.
RVD notes that theconstruction of the fortress began in the seventeenth century:
… to protect the then naval port Hellevoetsluis. The works were then further developed and expanded. In addition to defensive work, the fortress offered 1,800 to over 4,000 port staff with comfortable housing. The fortress also played a role during the first and second world wars.
His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan continued his official visit to Thailand on June 23, 2012. This afternoon, the future emperor was in the Ayutthaya province where he visited the famous Wat Phra Mahathat temple, toured the “… Ayutthaya Historical Study Center and visited a Japanese village in the province…” according to Pattaya News.
On June 26, 2012, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales was at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy where he met with members of Team GB’s Olympic sailing team.
During his surprise visit the Prince of Wales christened a new British Olympic 49er boat with Palmers Dorset Gold beer. According to the Press Association, as the Prince of Wales, “… poured the ale over the white sailing boat…” he named it ‘Lovely Rita’ after the Beatles song.
On Tuesday, June 26, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh began their two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
This afternoon Her Majesty and the duke visited the West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen as well as attended a service of Thanksgiving held at St. Macartin’s Church of Ireland Cathedral. Afterward, Her Majesty and the duke “… met families of the victims of the 1987 Enniskillen Bombing in the Deanery…” according to the Buckingham Palace officials.
Tomorrow, Queen Elizabeth II will hold an “… historic meeting…” with former Irish Republican Army (IRA) commander, Mr. Martin McGuinness. Today, Mr. McGuinness is a member of the Sinn Féin party and the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland.
According to the Telegraph newspaper, the meeting will:
… take place at a celebration of culture at the Lyric theatre in Belfast which will also be attended by President of Ireland Michael D Higgins.
The Queen and Mr. McGuinness are set to meet initially in private alongside a handful of dignitaries and while a photograph of the moment was ruled out last week, sources have now said discussions are ongoing…
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