This Week in Hawaiian Royal History… (VIDEO)

Here is a interesting fact recently published by ‘Iolani Palace via the now defunct Pacific Commercial Advertiser newspaper:

“On the afternoon Monday, August 12, 1882, His Majesty the King entertained the Nobles and Representatives at a banquet at the dining hall of the new palace….”

Click here to read the rest of the article on the official ‘Iolani Palace Facebook page. And, while you are at it why not “like” their page?  Why? Well, they always publish interesting news, upcoming events, and facts about the palace as well as the royal family.   🙂

And, finally, here is a video about the history of the palace and the Hawaiian royal family entitled, ‘Iolani Palace: A King’s Noble Vision.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh Rushed to the Hospital.

It was announced by Buckingham Palace that His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was rushed to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in Scotland as a “… precautionary measure after a recurrence of a bladder infection…”  His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh will remain in the hospital for the next few days for “…investigation and treatment…” according to the Deputy Press Secretary to Her Majesty The Queen.

This is the second time within a year that the awesome 91-year-old duke was admitted to the hospital for a bladder infection.

For more information about this breaking news please click here and here. 

Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan Attend a Memorial Service.

On August, 15, 2012, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan attended a memorial service at Budokan Hall in Tokyo to “… honor the dead on the 67th anniversary of Japan’s surrender thus ending World War II [pacific theater]…”  

And, finally, tensions are rising between South Korea and China regarding Japan’s “…past military aggressions towards its Asian neighbors…”  Click here and here for more information (in English).

Members of the Princely Family of Liechtenstein Celebrate National Day 2012 (VIDEOS)

Interview with Prince Hans-Adam II

On Wednesday, August 15, 2012, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Hans-Adam II and Princess Marie von und zu Liechtenstein along with Hereditary Prince Alois and Princess Sophie celebrated National Day 2012 in Vaduz.  Unfortunately, Prince Maximilian and Princess Angela of Liechtenstein did not attend.

The princely family, along with thousands of locals, celebrated their special day “… on the grassy meadows below Vaduz Castle… at 2pm a folk festival began in the Vaduz Städtle and in the evening there were fireworks…”

Also, during today’s celebrations Hereditary Prince Alois gave a speech regarding immigration and reforms.  Here is what he had to say (rough translation, sorry):

Hereditary Prince Alois has called for reforms and a Cautious Opening of  Immigration for Economic Reasons.

‘The economy calls for an easing of immigration rules. Otherwise, the country could recruit not enough experts in the current critical phase’ the Hereditary Prince Alois said in his speech on the Vaduz Castle meadow in the splendid summer weather before over 2,000 festival visitors. 

Hereditary Prince Alois, who took over the reign from his father eight years ago, proposed a “well-designed and cautious opening” of immigration. The country should be connected to a facilitated naturalization of host foreigners. Liechtenstein is one of approximately 37,000 inhabitants and almost as many jobs as possible. The commuters make up the majority of the employees.

Reforms according to Hereditary Prince Alois are also needed in the next few years in the social system. He also spoke about pension, care, family support and health. The responsibility in these areas must be strengthened and help must come to the really needy. According to the prince, this means that quite a few premium payers will get the cost of social security systems to track more.

As another key priority, is the education system. The system has improved not only by money, but need further reforms, roughly in the direction of school autonomy.


Source: Volksblatt