The Earl and Countess of Wessex are currently in Canada as part of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Today, the royal couple visited the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa as well as the National War Memorial and much more.
On September 12, 2012, at the Paleis Noordeinde Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands was presented with credentials from various ambassadors from Luxembourg, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates.
Meanwhile, this evening in Brussels, His Royal Highness Prince Philippe of Belgium attended the 2012-2012 academic year of the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School. The event was held at the Square Brussels Meeting Center according to La Monarchie Belge.
On today’s agenda for the lovely royal couple: A tour of the Gardens by the Bay, a visit to the Rolls Royce aircraft engine factory in Seletar, a visit to the residential district of Strathmore Green where they meet with locals as well as “… viewed cultural performances and children’s games…”
The duke and duchess also visited the “… Rainbow Center… a school and community center for children with special needs…” Whilst there they met with the youth, attended a “… physical education session and viewed a theatrical and musical performance before unveiling a plaque commemorating their visit to the school.”
The day ended with a reception held in their honor at the British High Commissioner’s residence known as Eden Hall.
Well, it is official. The French program, Secrets d’histoire: Monaco et les Princes de Grimaldi, which aired on France 2 last night, was a hit with audiences. Over 4.72 million viewers tuned in to the show.
Historian Stéphane Bern, host of the program, was given exclusive access to rare archival material as well as a tour of the Palais Princier by His Serene Highness Prince Albert II:
“… the sovereign prince opened the doors of the palais to Mr. Bern and invited viewers to discover the history of his family, the Grimaldis, who ruled for more than 700 years on the rock of Monaco.
In addition to the participation of Prince Albert II, the program also features the expertise of historian, Mr. Franck Ferrand, writer and biographers, Ms. Isabelle River and Jean des Cars, the Director of the Archives at the Palais Princier, Mr. Thomas Fouilleron, historian, Ms. Jacqueline Carpine-Lancre, and writer, Mr. Philippe Delorme.”
On September 12, 2012, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spainpresented the XXIII Premio FIES de Periodismo (journalism prize) to writer and columnist, Mr.Juan Manuel de Prada. The ceremony, held at Palacio de la Zarzuela, was attended by the Board of Trustees of the Spanish Institutional Foundation as well as “… members of the award jury.”
Mr.Juan Manuel de Prada won this year’s award for his outstanding article entitled, Monarchy, published last year.
On Wednesday, September 12, 2012, His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Asturiasattended the opening of the XV Congreso Internacional de la Asociación Española de Americanistas (AEA) held at the University of Deusto in Bilbao.
According to the official website for the royal house of Spain, the theme of today’s meeting is:
“… ‘America in the Memory: Commemorations and Reunions’, brings together Spanish, European and Latin American specialists, in order to discuss and reflect on the history of America, as well as to allow participants to present their research.
The meeting presents results of research on different topics in order to promote a broad and trans-disciplinary debate, opening a scientific forum that will help facilitate a space for reflection that allows participants to share and discuss strategies of analysis, theoretical frameworks, models and methodologies applied to the American culture and history.”
Source and photo courtesy of: Casa de Su Majestad el Rey
On Saturday, September 8, 2012, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco was at the Parc des Oliviers in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin where he unveiled a statue by sculptor, Mr. Mateo Mornar. The statue, a giant bronze bear painted white, took two years to complete.
On September 10, 2012, the sovereign prince attended the 100th anniversary of the Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux (LPO) held at the Novotel in Monte Carlo. During the celebrations a new stamp was unveiled designed by artist, Ms. Colette Thurillet, and a new film by Allain Dubourg was shown.