His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje Attends the Presentation of “Soldaat van Oranje”

On August 30, 2012, His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje attended the presentation of the musical entitled, Soldaat van Oranje, held at a former naval airbase in Valkenburg.  The prince was accompanied by the Chief of Defence, General Tom Middendorp, as well as top commanders from the Royal Netherlands Navy, Army and Air Force.

According to RVD, Soldaat van Oranje, is based on the true story of Dutch resistance fighter, Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema.  At the beginning of WWII Mr. Roelfzema:

“… escapes to England, after resistance actions in the Netherlands…From there he offers resistance by including radio equipment to the Netherlands to smuggle for reliable radio contact. He is also active as a pilot. At the end of the war he accompanies Queen Wilhelmina, in the position of adjutant, on her return to the Netherlands.”

For more information about Soldaat van Oranje please click here. 

Source: RVD/HKH

His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain Visits the Centro de Gestión del Tráfico in Madrid.

On the morning of August 30, 2012, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain visited the Centro de Gestión del Tráfico (CGT) in Madrid.  The old king was accompanied by the Director General of Traffic, Ms. Maria Segui, and Interior Minister, Mr. Jorge Diaz to name a few.

During his visit to the CGT, the old king was given a tour of the facility and learned about the “… traffic management systems from the command post…” 

Yeah, it was an exciting day.   🙂

Source and photo courtesy of Casa de Su Majestad el Rey.

Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Attend the 2012 Paralympic Games. Day One

On August 30, 2012, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco attended various swimming events at the Aquatics Centre during day one of the 2012 Paralympic Games.  The princely couple watched and cheered as Mr. Jonathan Fox of Team GB set a new world record in the Men’s 100m Backstroke.  Afterward, the prince and princess visited the Olympic Village where they mingled with various athletes.

In the early evening the princely couple attended a:

“… presentation of a bus presented by the Variety Children’s Charity Association in Leeds. The new bus will improve the lives of children, ages 3 to 11 years, enrolled in the Greenhill Primary School, by allowing them to participate in extra-curricular activities.

The princely couple supports the actions of Variety Children’s Charity. In September, they participated in the 50th anniversary of the Yorkshire Committee of the Variety Club charity event which had brought together more than 250,000 books for children with disabilities and difficulties.”

 Sources: ESPN and Palais Princier

His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje Attends a Reception for ESA Astronaut, Mr. André Kuipers. (VIDEOS)

On Thursday, August 30, 2012, His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje attended a national reception for European Space Agency astronaut and Dutch physician, Mr. André Kuipers, in Noordwjk.

According to RVD, Mr. Kuipers spent “… 193 days at the International Space Station, the longest space journey by a European astronaut… he recently returned on July 1, 2012…”  

Today’s event was organized in collaboration with the “… municipality of Noordwijk, the ESTEC (the technical heart of the European Space Agency), the Netherlands Space Office, and the Dutch Aviation Group…” to name a few.

Click here to watch a video news report. (in Dutch)

Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Attend the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games.

On Wednesday, August 29, 2012, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco attended the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

Also in attendance were Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Her Royal Highness Infanta Elena of Spain, and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammad bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia.

His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain Attends a Luncheon. Plus, Other News.

On Wednesday, August 29, 2012, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain attended a luncheon with members of the Consejo Empresarial para la Competitividad (CEC) in Madrid.

Guests at the luncheon included the President of BBVA, Mr. Francisco González, the President of the CEC and Telefonica, Mr. Cesar Alierta, and the President of Iberdrola, Mr. Ignacio Sánchez Galán to name a few.

According to the Spanish royal court the CEC is:

“… a forum for analysis and opinion formed by Telefónica, El Corte Inglés, handle, Grupo Barceló, Banco Santander, Repsol, Acciona, La Caixa, BBVA, Inditex, Grupo Planeta, Mapfre, ACS, Ferrovial, Havas Media Group, Mercadona, Iberdrola and the family business Institute.

Its main objective is to come up with proposals that will help the recovery of the Spanish economy, the improvement of competitiveness and strengthening international confidence in our country.”

And, finally, Her Royal Highness Infanta Elena of Spain will attend the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London this evening.

Source and photo courtesy of CDSMER.

The Search for Richard III (VIDEO)

This is really interesting news!  Apparently, the University of Leicester “… has begun one of the most exciting archaeological investigations it has ever carried out. No less than a search for the bodily remains of the last Plantagenet King – Richard III – killed at the Battle of Bosworth.”

For more information as well as updates about the search please click here.

Finally, here is an article about the dig from the newspaper, This is Leicester.  Also, if you are interested in learning more about the Richard III Society you can visit their official Facebook page here.

And, finally here is a mini-documentary about Richard III.