On September 24, 2012, His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex visited Wales. Today’s agenda included a reception held at the Gwyn Hall in Neath, attending a conference entitled, Leaders of Tomorrow, and much more.
Meanwhile, His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan met with His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain in New York City. Please click here for more information.
On September 24, 2012, Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands attended the 67th United Nations General Assembly held at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.
The princess also participated in the official launch of the Better Than Cash (BTC) Alliance this afternoon. Attendees at today’s launch included the Economic Secretary of Kenya, Mr. Geoffrey Mwau as well as the Budget and Management Secretary from the Philippines, Mr. Florencio Abad, to name a few.
So, what is the BTC Alliance? Well, it is a:
“…coalition of private institutions, governments, and international organizations committed to implementing cashless payment systems to facilitate transparency in government transactions.”
Source: RVD and UN.org
Per a press release from La Fondation du Grand-Duc et de la Grande-Duchesse:
“On the occasion of their marriage, His Royal Highness Hereditary Grand-Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg and his fiancée, the Countess Stephanie de Lannoy, have expressed interest in supporting and develop social projects in Luxembourg.
For this purpose, a special account, Mariage Princier – Projets sociaux au Luxembourg, were opened with the banking institutions BCEE and BIL…”
Please click here for more information regarding this new venture/project.
Here are new photos of the couple along with their new official monogram. Or, please click here to view a larger photo.
Source: La Fondation du Grand-Duc et de la Grande-Duchesse
On September 24, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh visited Aberdeen, Scotland. Whilst there Her Majesty opened the new Sir Duncan Rice library at University of Aberdeen as well as visited the Marischal College.
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On Monday, September 24, 2012, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal arrived at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka, Zambia to begin her four-day visit to the African nation as part of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Upon her arrival the princess was greeted by various government officials as well as the British High Commissioner to Zambia, Mr. James Thornton. Afterward, she met with the former President of Zambia, Mr. Kenneth Kaunda, at the University Teaching Hospital. Mr. Kaunda was rushed to the hospital several days ago for “a high fever and suspected malaria.” Thankfully, Mr. Kaunda is recovering quite well.
The princess also had a chance to meet with Acting President, Mr. Alexander Chikwanda, and visited the charity Fountain of Hope. In the evening the princess attended a gala dinner “… hosted by the Government of Zambia and a Garden Party given by the British High Commissioner.”
Sources: UKinZambia, AllAfrica, and Royal.gov.uk
On September 24, 2012, His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Asturias held audiences with various “… colonels of the Army and the Air Force and captains of the Navy, who have been appointed to take command in various military units” at the Palacio de El Pardo.
The prince also held an audience with brigadier generals from the Army, Air Force and Navy admirals according to Casa Real.
On September 24, 2012, His Royal Highness Prince Philippe of Belgium attended the opening session of the 27th Symposium on Fusion Technology (SOFT) held at the Palais des Congrès in Liège.
The four-day conference brings together international researchers and scientists to:
“… exchange information on design, construction and operation of fusion experiments and on the technology for present fusion machines, the next step and future power plants.”
Sources: La Monarchie Belge and Symposium on Fusion Technology2012.
On September 24, 2012, His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje was in Maastricht to attend the opening of the 30th International Congress Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences conference.
Upon his arrival, the prince was warmly welcomed by representatives from the Dutch Genealogical Society and the Central Bureau for Genealogy (organizers of today’s event), the Mayor of Maastricht, Mr. Onno Hoes as well as the Governor of the Province of Limburg, Mr. Theo Bovens.
According to RVD, the conference:
“… is held every two years and focuses on scientists and lovers of family history and surnames (genealogy) and heraldry and coats of arms (heraldry). There are lectures about DNA testing and family history, the origins of heraldry, and coats of arms of former colonies and new countries.”
Sources: RVD and Congress2012
On Monday, September 24, 2012, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco participated in the opening ceremony of Climate Week 2012 held at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City.
The sovereign prince participated in a roundtable discussion with various global leaders as well as CEOs on the theme of, The American Clean Revolution: Generating Growth, Creating Prosperity, Securing Sustainability.
Each of the participants:
“… shared their evidence that an accelerated transition to a low-carbon economy is not just a necessity, but a major economic opportunity for the US and other major economies… They concluded that the transition to a clean energy economy could create more than 1 million new jobs and help the US to avert the effects of climate change, such as extreme weather.”
In his speech the sovereign prince noted:
“While all too often the crisis relegates environmental concerns to second place on the international agenda, it is heart-warming to find ourselves united around a shared conscience. Today, the green economy offers our businesses prospects for growth and profitability. It also shapes the hopes for long-term development in this troubled world.
An increasing number of major players in the economy are committed to this path. The most creative minds, those that will contribute to the growth of the future, already have their eyes on the clean revolution. I am delighted that The Climate Group, in partnership with my Foundation among others, is encouraging business and government leaders by communicating the economic opportunities presented by bold climate action…”
Sources: ClimateWeek2012 and CleanRevolution.org