Random Royal News Regarding Their Royal Highnesses Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium and His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco

On June 27, 2012, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium were in Lontzen to visit a German-speaking community.

According to La Monarchie Belge, the royal couple began their day with a visit to “Haus Harna” where:

… they were informed of various cultural projects by the youth. They then travelled to Eupen where they visited ”Work & Job”, a training and professional integration project for job seekers. The day ended with the royal couple attending a reception held in their honor at the Ministry of the German-speaking community.

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In other news, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco’s personal foundation, Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco, signed a “Cooperation Agreement” with  “… Forum das Americas, Brazil’s pioneering think-tank on global affairs and hemispheric dialogue”  during the recent RIO+20 conference in Brazil.  The agreement:

… provides a framework for the development of multissectorial joint initiatives, was signed by Forum das Americas Founder and President Mario Garnero and The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation CEO, H.E. Bernard Fautrier, with  the support of the Italian Minister of the Environment, H.E. Corrado Clini.

The Cooperation Agreement was signed in the presence of  H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, who declared: ‘I decided to set up a Foundation whose purpose is to protect the environment and to encourage sustainable development … this is a common global challenge that requires urgent and concrete action in response to three major environmental issues: climate change, biodiversity and water. It is therefore with great pleasure that our Foundation forges this partnership with Forum das Americas, so ably led by Mario Garnero.’

The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation CEO, H.E. Bernard Fautrier, believes ‘the partnership with Forum das Americas provides an excellent vehicle for us to play a constructive role in the global debate on sustainable development, as well as in projects in Brazil.’

Mario Garnero, whose sustainable development leadership ranges from biofuels to green technologies and environment-friendly textiles, indicates that ‘our cooperation with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is more that a matter of great honour for Forum das Americas. It is an effective instrument to improving awareness and best practices in sustainability.’ Garnero adds that ‘we will start work from day-zero in implementing a cooperation program that will be of great benefit to the peoples of Brazil and Monaco.’

And, finally, on July 7, 2012, a concert will be held at the Palais Princier courtyard “…for the benefit of the Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco.”  For more information please click here.

Source: La Monarchie Belge, PR Newswire and Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco

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His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan Visits Cambodia: Day One

His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan arrived at Phnom Penh International Airport in Cambodia on June 27, 2012, to begin his three-day visit to the Southeast Asia country.  To read more about today’s event please click here (in English).

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Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Wimbledon (VIDEOS)

On June 27, 2012, Their Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were at Wimbledon to watch the match between Mr. Roger Federer and Mr. Fabio Fognini.

According to the Press Association, this is the first time since 1970 that the prince has visited Wimbledon and today’s royal visit, “…comes at a successful time for British tennis, with five players through to the tournament’s second round.”

Yay.

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Source: Press Association

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh Visit Northern Ireland: Day Two (VIDEOS)

On Wednesday, June 27, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh continued their visit to Northern Ireland.

The day began with a “historic handshake” with former Irish Republican Army (IRA) commander, Sinn Féin party member and the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, Mr. Martin McGuinness, at the Lyric theatre in Belfast.  According to Time magazine, due to the:

Underlying the sensitivity of the occasion, no live footage or sound was permitted to be broadcast. Outside, flak-jacketed police shut down all roads surrounding the theater and told residents to stay inside their homes.

The first soundless TV footage showed a serious-faced McGuinness walking, hands behind his back, behind the queen as she met poet Michael Longley and pianist Barry Douglas in front of newly painted portraits of them and other Belfast artists. Also in the group was McGuinness’ Protestant colleague atop Northern Ireland’s unity government, Peter Robinson; the head of state of the Republic of Ireland, President Michael D. Higgins; and the queen’s husband, Prince Philip.

Also on today’s agenda was a visit to a “… Diamond Jubilee event in the grounds of the Stormont Estate…” in Belfast.

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Sources: Royal.gov.uk, Time, and Daylife

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His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje Participates in the Reopening of the Newly Restored Fortifications of Hellevoetsluis (VIDEO)

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 the construction 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.

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Sources: Historiek.net and RVD

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His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan Visits Thailand: Day Two

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.

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Source: Pattaya News

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Random Royal News Regarding His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales (VIDEO)

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.

Source: Press Association

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh Visit Northern Ireland: Day One (VIDEOS)

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…

To read more about today’s events, watch videos as well as to view photos please click the links below.

Sources: Royal.gov.uk and Telegraph

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh in Oxfordshire

On June 25, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh visited the Henley Business School, University of Reading, in Oxfordshire to attend the “…Henley-on-Thames Jubilee river pageant…” The purpose of today’s event was, again, to celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.

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Sources: Royal.gov.uk and BBC News

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Random Royal News Regarding Members of the Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg. Plus, News Regarding Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover. (VIDEOS)

Recently, Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg along with His Royal Highness Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, His Royal Highness Prince Felix, and Their Royal Highnesses Prince Louis and Princess Tessy celebrated Luxembourg’s National Day 2012.

For more detailed information about the celebrations, in English, as well as to view photos please click the links below.

Meanwhile in Monaco, Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover watched the 2012 Fête de la Saint Jean procession held in front of the Palais Princier de Monaco on June 23, 2012.

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Sources: Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg and Monaco Matin

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His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan Arrives in Bangkok, Thailand for an Official Visit: Day One

On Monday, June 25, 2012, His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan arrived in Bangkok, Thailand to begin his official visit to Southeast Asia.

According to Kyodo News, via the Imperial Household Agency, the crown prince will stay “… two nights in each of the capitals of the three countries  — Thailand, Cambodia and Laos — he will  visit.”

Any way, upon his arrival at Don Mueang airport in Thailand, Crown Prince Naruhito was greeted by government dignitaries and the press.  Soon, the future emperor of Japan was at Government House in Bangkok where the Prime Minister of Thailand, Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra, hosted a reception in his honor.

Afterward, the crown prince was at the Grand Palace where he had a meeting with His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit of Thailand.

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Source: Kyodo News via the Imperial Household Agency

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Their Royal Highnesses Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands in Den Haag

On June 25, 2012, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands were at the Ridderzaal in Den Haag to attend the TEDxBinnenhof Catwalk for Innovation meeting.

According to RVD:

TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment & Design and began in 1984, is an international non-profit platform where entrepreneurs and researchers from the three sectors present new ideas for solving social problems.

At present TEDxBinnenhof consists of ten people discussing their innovative solutions to social problems in areas such as energy, water, agriculture and nutrition. The ideas all meet the criteria that they are cutting-edge, focus on Dutch problem and accessible to a broad audience. Audiences include entrepreneurs, policy makers, researchers and young people.

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Source: RVD

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Random Royal News Regarding Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (VIDEOS)

On June 21, 2012, Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall met with Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace laureate, Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, at Clarence House in London.

During her visit with the prince and the duchess, Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, had a private meeting with the royals then “… planted a tree in the garden at Clarence House.”  Today, she was at Westminster Hall where she was “…greeted by applause when she was introduced to MPs and peers…”  Click here to read more about her speech to Parliament.

If you are interested in learning more about the life of Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi as well as about the situation in Burma please click the links below:

On June 22, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales celebrated National Insect Week with various students at Clarence House.

Source: Princeofwales.gov.uk

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