His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco and Their Royal Highnesses Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium Attend a Gala Dinner in Brussels.

On the evening of October 3, 2012, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco along with Their Royal Highnesses Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium and 300 guests attended a gala dinner held on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the International Polar Foundation held at the Tour & Taxis in Brussels.

The International Polar Foundation, a partner with the Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco, was created in 2002 by:

“… Belgian polar explorer Alain Hubert and scientists André Berger and Hugo Decleir, as a foundation for the public good tasked with connecting science and society.  The Foundation works to raise the profile of polar scientific research, in order to advance human knowledge, and to promote informed action on climate change and the development of a sustainable society.”

During tonight’s gala dinner the InBev Baillet Latour Antarctica Fellowship was awarded to “… German Glaciologist, Mr. Reinhard Drews…”  The InBev Baillet Latour Antarctica Fellowship, worth 150,000 Euros, was created to “… promote research activities at, or in the vicinity of, the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica research station located in the Sør Rondane Mountain Range in East-Antarctica.”

Tomorrow, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II will participate in the 2012 Arctic Futures Symposium held inside the Jacques Delors Building at the European Union Committee of the Regions in Brussels.

“Arctic Futures Symposium brings together a wide variety of Arctic stakeholders, including EU and foreign policymakers, scientists, industry representatives, indigenous peoples and academics. A key international multidisciplinary forum to discuss future scenarios for the Arctic, the Symposium will participants discussing the key issues facing a region that is coming under increasing interest.”

Topics to be discussed will include future of energy resources in the Arctic including renewable energy solutions, the management of fisheries and marine protected areas, the importance of long-term scientific monitoring in the Arctic, and much more.

News Regarding Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan.

On Wednesday, October 3, 2012, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan held a welcomed ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo for Their Majesties King Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah and Queen Haminah Hamidun of Malaysia.

Please click here for more information about the royal visit to Japan (in English).   🙂

Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Attends the Launch of the “De Tafel van Eén”.

On October 3, 2012, Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands attended the launch of the project entitled, De Tafel van Eén, in Alkmaar.

According to RVD:

“De Tafel van Eén is an initiative of woman platform WOMEN Inc. commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science in cooperation with the municipalities and civil society organizations.

WOMEN Inc.. project is aimed at a national approach to economic independence increase of over one million women with limited education, without work.

The idea is that women meet five mornings, accompanied by a table buddy, to talk about themselves and their future. Thanks to a special interview method inspire and motivate the women together. The princess spoke with the Alkmaar participants about their expectations and previous participants from the ten municipalities in the country about their next steps.

WOMEN Inc.. is an independent platform that connects women and promotes individual development. It brings together women of different ages, cultures and disciplines at national and international level.”

Please click here to view photos.

His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain Co-Chairs the COTEC Europa. (VIDEO)

On October 3, 2012 at the Palacio Real de El Pardo, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain co-chaired the 8th Edition COTEC Europa Conference along with the President of Italy, Mr. Giorgio Napolitano and the President of Portugal, Mr. Aníbal Silva.

The purpose of the COTEC Europa Conference is to “… endorse small and medium businesses and to help  improve the competitiveness between the three European countries (Spain, Portugal and Italy) against crisis…”

Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia Visit Panama. Day One. (VIDEO)

On October 3, 2012, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias began their official visit to Panama.

This afternoon the royal couple attended the inauguration of the ICEX de Empresas Españolas in Panama (Spanish Companies in Panama) which will provide “… investment opportunities in projects in the fields of infrastructure, energy and water treatment among other sectors.”

Also on today’s agenda: a meeting and luncheon with the President of Panama, Mr.Ricardo Martinelli, and his wife, Marta Linares de Martinelli, at the Palacio de las Garzas, and much more.

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Attends a Presentation in Alkmaar.


On Wednesday, October 3, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands was in Alkmaar to attend the presentation of a new retinal camera to the Medical Center Alkmaar (MCA).

The Oogfonds Organization (a national fundraiser in the field of blindness, visual impairment and eye disease) purchased the retinal camera/RETcam and donated it to the MCA.  Her Majesty is patron of the Oogfonds.