On Wednesday, October 10, 2012, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was in Hertfordshire to open the “… Stevenage Business and Technology Centre…” according to the British royal court.
On Wednesday, October 10, 2012, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco arrived in Florence, Italy for a brief visit. Upon their arrival at the Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, the princely couple were warmly greeted by the local people and government officials including Mayor Matteo Rienzi.
After gifts were exchanged, Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene toured some of Florence’s most famous sites. This evening the princely couple attended the Bal du Lys (Ballo del Giglio) held at the Palazzo Pitti. Guests at tonight’s event included Mr. James Ferragamo, Mr. Paolo Rossi, and Ms. Marisa Monti Riffeser to name a few. Proceeds from tonight’s charity gala ball will be donated to the Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco and to various museums in Florence.
On Wednesday, October 10, 2012, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge visited Newcastle. During her visit the duchess toured the Newcastle Civic Centre, visited Elswick Park which is, “…protected under the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge.” Whilst there the duchess, “… met with local community groups and school children undertaking activities inside the park.”
The Duchess of Cambridge also visited the “… Keyfund at Gateshead Youth Council where she met groups of young people who have recently been supported by the charity.”
Meanwhile, His Royal Highness His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge attended the funeral of his former nanny, Olga Powell. Please click here for more information about his attendance.
On Wednesday, October 10, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain along with Her Royal Highness Princess Letizia of Asturias and Infanta Elena participated in the Día de la Banderita de la Cruz Roja Española (day of the flag of the Spanish Red Cross).
The Día de la Banderita de la Cruz Roja Española is the:
“… largest source of revenue for the Spanish Red Cross covering their charity projects. It has been held for over one hundred years and traditionally is attended by the royal family. Volunteers encourage citizens to donate money to the Red Cross.
The funds raised in the Día de la Banderita will go to Llamamiento de Ayuda ‘Ahora + Que Nunca’ which aims to broaden the social care and assist more than 300,000 people who are in an extremely vulnerable situation due to the current socio-economic crisis.”
On October 10, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands was in Wilhelmina Quay in Rotterdam to baptize a new pilot vessel named, Polaris.
According to RVD:
“The ship, commissioned by Dutch Pilotage, is the first in a series of three new pilot vessels to replace existing vessels. These so-called “craft station” are used for piloting ships and from the ports of Rotterdam and the Dutch and Flemish ports on the Scheldt.
… the ‘Polaris’ with its long, sharp and narrow hull shape, ensures that this new pilot vessel can endure heavy weather at sea and can stay out longer. The ship is designed for whimsical wave pattern of the North Sea…”
On Monday, October 8, 2012, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco along with Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover attended the inauguration of a new intuitive surgical robot at the Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace.
The robot, nicknamed Da Vinci, will be used for gynecological, visceral, and urological surgeries:
“The instruments are fully controlled by the surgeon, allowing the surgeon easier access to sensitive areas with a high precision of movement. The Da Vinci robot contributes to the well-being of patients by reducing the risk of post-operative sequelae, and the duration of hospitalization. The robotic surgery represents a major evolution of surgery for the 21st century.”
And, finally, yesterday, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II participated in the in a conference aboard the ship, Thunder. The purpose of the conference was to discuss the preservation of the environment specifically the oceans. The conference, also held on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), was organized by the Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco and the Musée Océanographique.
I don’t have to explain to you who she was, right? 🙂
A mini-documentary about King Harold
A French documentary about Charlemagne (Charles the Great).