On January 23, 2013, the Jordanian royal court released a statement regarding His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan’s recent participation in the 3rd Arab Economic and Social Development Summit held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Click here to read an article from the Jordan Times.
And, finally, the Petra News Agency is reporting that His Majesty spoke with French President, Mr. François Hollande, today regarding “… bilateral ties as well as regional developments.”
On January 23, 2013, Their Majesties King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium hosted a reception at the Palais de Bruxelles for representatives of the European Commission.
Well, Captain Wales (His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales) is finally back home in lovely old England after serving his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. And, that’s it. 🙂
Their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain, along with Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias, hosted a gala reception for members of the diplomatic corps at the Palacio Real de Madrid on January 23, 2013.
In his speech the old king spoke about the importance of international relations, the economic crisis, the situation in Mali, and a bunch of other stuff that you probably don’t care about. 🙂
On January 23, 2013, Their Majesties King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun of Bhutan began their seven-day state visit to India.
During their visit the reigning couple will attend the 64th Republic Day Celebrations on January 26, 2013, attend a meeting with the President of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee as well as India’s Prime Minister, Mr. Manmohan Singh, and more.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall visited “… a reading scheme at the St. Mary’s Primary School in Battersea…” on January 23, 2013. During her visit the duchess met with staff and students “…benefiting from the project, run by the Beanstalk literacy charity, formerly known as Volunteer Reading Help (VRH)…”
For detailed information about today’s visit please click here.
On Wednesday, January 23, 2013, Her Royal Highness Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, as President of the Fondation du Grand-Duc et de la Grande-Duchesse, participated in a roundtable discussion with students from the Ècole Sainte-Anne in Ettelbrück.
According to the Cour Grand-Ducale, the grand duchess along with professors and students discussed:
“…the three themes of the respective welfare/assistance in Luxembourg , the Projet de la Main Tendue in Burundi and microcredit. This roundtable is part of the project ‘Staark Fraen’ initiated by the school under the theme of Equality of Opportunity.”
To learn more about today’s event please click here.
On the morning of January 23, 2013, Her Royal Highness Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands was at the Krullevaar school in Den Haag to begin the 10th Nationale Voorleesdagen (10th National Reading Day) as part of the Read For Breakfast Campaign (or as some refer to as National Breakfast Reading).
During today’s event the princess read the book, Nog 100 Nachtjes Slapen, by illustrator Ms. Milja Praagman to dozens of happy students.
His Royal Highness Prince Carl Philip of Sweden presented scholarships from the Prince Bertil and Princess Lilian Sports Foundation on January 22, 2013. According to the Swedish royal court the purpose of the foundation is to “…promote Swedish sports through scholarships to leaders and instructors for training.”
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Their Royal Highnesses Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden attended the Unga Musik på Slottets Konsert (Young’s Music Concert) held inside the National Hall at the royal palace in Stockholm on January 23, 2013.
Photo courtesy of Kungahuset
Her Majesty Queen Jetsun of Bhutan attended the “… closing ceremony of the second Camp Raven at the YDF Hall in Thimphu…” on January 22, 2013. To view more photos from the event please click here, here, and here.
In other news, His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan will begin his seven-day state visit to India on January 23, 2013. His Majesty will attend the 64th Republic Day Celebrations and meet with the President of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee as well as India’s Prime Minister, Mr. Manmohan Singh, according to the Bhutanese newspaper, BBS.
Per the BFN:
“Filmed during his five-month tour of Afghanistan, this special program offers a unique, up-close and personal look at Prince Harry’s life as a Co-Pilot Gunner in the front seat of an Apache attack helicopter, one of the British Army’s most formidable weapons. Captain Wales takes us on a tour of his day-to-day life, his frustrations and his insights into military life and the challenges of being a Royal in theatre.”