His Royal Highness Prince Philippe of Belgium Meets the Space Shuttle Atlantis Crew.

On September 25, 2012, His Royal Highness Prince Philippe of Belgium met the crew members from the space shuttle Atlantis at the Palais de Bruxelles.

“Exactly 20 years ago, the crew orbited the earth for nine days aboard the space shuttle Atlantis for scientific experiments. Our compatriot, Viscount Dirk Frimout, participated in this mission as “payload specialist”, became the first Belgian astronaut.

The crew is in Belgium in the framework of Space Week 2012, an initiative of the association Euro Space Society, which  the chair Viscount Frimout.”

Source: La Monarchie Belge

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His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain Presides Over the Delivery of IV Premio Internacional Conde de Barcelona. (VIDEOS)

 

On September 25, 2012, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain presided over the delivery of the IV Premio Internacional Conde de Barcelona to His Eminence Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone held at the Real Monasterio de Santa María de Pedralbes in Barcelona.

This annual award is given to a “… person, company or institution that has been noted for his contribution to the world of communication, understood in its broadest sense…”

His Majesty’s speech during today’s event.

And, finally, on Monday, His Majesty spoke to the New York Times regarding Spain’s economy.  Click here for more information.

Source: CDSMR

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Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain Attends the 25th Anniversary of the Real Asociación Amigos del Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. (VIDEO)

On September 25, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain was at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid to attend the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Real Asociación Amigos del Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.

During the celebrations a painting by Spanish painter, Mr. Eduardo Arroyo, was donated by the president of the Real Asociación Amigos del Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.

Source: CDSMR

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His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje Launches Kinderpostzegels 2012. (VIDEO)

On Tuesday, September 25, 2012, His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje was in Wassenaar to participate in the launch of Kinderpostzegels 2012 (Children’s Stamp).

According to the official site for Kinderpostzegels:

“Beginning on Wednesday, September 26, more than 200,000 school children (aged 10-12) will sell stamps, cards and children’s bandaids, door-to-door. The proceeds of the campaign will go towards creating safe homes for vulnerable children. The number of children who are not able to live with their parents is growing with each year. In the Netherlands, approx. 44,000 children and young people were placed in out- of- home- care. More than half of these children live in foster homes.”

The sale of the stamps are also available for purchase online.  If you are interested and would like to learn more about Kinderpostzegels 2012 please visit their official website here.

Click here to watch another video.

Sources: RVD and Kinderpostzgels 2012

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His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex Visits Wales. Plus, Other News.

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.

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Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Attends the 67th United Nations General Assembly.

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

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News Regarding His Royal Highness Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Comtesse Stéphanie de Lannoy.

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.

UPDATE:

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

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh Visit Aberdeen, Scotland. (VIDEO)

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.

 

Please click here to watch a video.

Click here to read an article.

 

Source: Royal.gov.uk

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Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal Visits Zambia: Day One.

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

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His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Asturias Holds Audiences.

 

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.

 

 

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His Royal Highness Prince Philippe of Belgium Attends the 27th Symposium on Fusion Technology (SOFT).

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.

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His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje Attends the 30th International Congress Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences Conference.

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

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