On Friday, September 28, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain attended the 2012/2013 opening season at the Teatro Real in Madrid. Her Majesty along with hundreds of guests watched a performance, Boris Godunov, by the late Russian composer, Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky:
“This is the first time the whole opera is to be performed in the Teatro Real opera house, with all ten scenes and including the Polish act.
The production highlights the genius of Modest Mussorgsky, one of the leading composers of the 19th century. “Boris Godunov” examines the loneliness of the powerful visionary, the people’s fascination with false prophets, and the infernal machine of the struggle for power.”
For more information about the Teatro Real as well as about tonight’s performance please click here (in Spanish).
On September 27, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was in Ballater where she watched “… local school children unveil a plaque marking a special Diamond Jubilee cairn…”
Meanwhile, this morning at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, Australia a stunning new portrait of Her Majesty was unveiled. The new portrait of the Queen was painted by Australian artist, Mr. Ralph Heimans.
Please click here to read more about today’s unveiling and please click here to visit Mr. Heimans official website where you can view the portrait in high-resolution.
On Friday, September 28, 2012, Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands was in to Amersfoort visit the new department of Qredits Micro-Finance Netherlands and the Pension Market for Entrepreneurs.
According to RVD, the princess first visited the:
“… new department of Qredits Amersfoort. Qredits is a rural micro-credit provider and has in recent years, provided over 2,800 loans to starting entrepreneurs. Thereafter, the Princess participated in a round table discussion with a number of start-ups and their mentors.
After the interview, the Princess continued her visit with a tour of the Pension Market for Entrepreneurs…”
On Thursday, September 27, 2012, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias visited La Gomera located in the Canary Islands. During their one-day visit the royal couple toured the town of Chipude in Vallehermoso where they were warmly greeted by local government officials as well as by the people.
After participating in a meeting with local officials Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia the visited the Bosque de El Cedro at the Parque Nacional de Garajonay and much more.
On Thursday, September 27, 2012, His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex visited the Cheltenham College to participate in their 150th anniversary celebrations of the school’s Combined Cadet Force.
Afterward, the earl visited Worcestershire to attend the opening of the “… new Territorial Army Center at Dancox House in Lowesmoor” as well as the Malvern Theatre in Malvern. Please click here for more information about his visit.
On Friday, September 28, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain visited the Fundación Banco de Alimentos de Madrid (Food Bank Foundation of Madrid) to tour the facility as well as meet with the volunteers who help run this important non-profit organization.
Recently, the Fundación Reina Sofia donated 290,000 Euros to Fundación Banco de Alimentos de Madrid to help finance several projects for the organization. Moreover, the Fundación Reina Sofia “…has also signed an agreement with the Federación Española de Bancos de Alimentos, through which will donate a total of 300,000 Euros to expand joint activity of the Federación and the 54 food banks that constitute it.”