Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall Visits Camp Bulford in Wiltshire.

 Cam Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Ward Barracks at Camp Bulford in Wiltshire on January 29, 2013.  According to the website, PrinceofWales.gov.uk, the duchess met with:

“…the 4th Battalion, The Rifles, during their pre-deployment training. The duchess also watched a  mission-specific training, visited the new gym, opened the Officers’ Mess and joined soldiers and their families at a reception.”

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News Regarding His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.

PoWbwOn January 29, 2013, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales “…led a group of senior business leaders on a ‘Seeing is Believing’ visit to an organization supported by the Business in the Community (BITC), Circle Sports, in London…”

Afterward, the prince attended a “…report back seminar with business leaders who are participating in the BITC ‘Seeing is Believing’ program…” held at St. James’s Palace according to the official website for Prince of Wales.

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco to Visit Belgium.

alIt was announced by the Palais Princier that His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco will visit Belgium beginning on January 30-31, 2013.

On Wednesday, the sovereign prince will participate in the conference, Océans, Climat, Alimentation: Les Voies de la Transition Vers un Monde Durable, held at the Université Catholique in Louvain-la-Neuve. During the conference, the sovereign prince will deliver a speech entitled, Les Menaces sur la vie des Océans se Précisent. Quels Espoirs pour les Surmonter?

On Thursday the sovereign prince, along with His Royal Highness Prince Philippe of Belgium, will attend the 1st Congrès Interdisciplinaire du Développement Durable: Quelle Transition Pour nos Sociétés conference held at the Palais des Congrès in Namur.

His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje Prepares to Become King.

PrinceofOranjeOn January 29, 2013, the Dutch royal court (RVD) announced that His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje has resigned from his official positions as he prepares to become King of the Netherlands.

Per RVD:

“In preparation for his accession to the throne, His Royal Highness the Prince of Oranje is resigning from his official positions, with due regard for the terms of office and procedures of the organizations concerned. In the year ahead Her Majesty the Queen and the Prince of Oranje will decide as to the continuation of their honorary posts and their patronage of organizations. Further announcements will be made on this subject in due course. In principle Princess Máxima will continue as Queen to hold her current honorary and other posts.

The Prince has asked the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to immediately relieve him of his duties as an IOC member in the Netherlands. Under the Olympic Charter, this means that the Prince’s resignation must be approved at the IOC’s next session in Buenos Aires in September 2013 and will take effect at the end of 2013.

His resignation as Chairman of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) will take place in consultation with the Secretary-General. He will also be resigning as Chairperson of the Water Advisory Committee, in consultation with the Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment.

With regards to the King’s Standard and Coat of Arms from his investiture onwards, His Majesty the King will fly the royal standard. The royal standard will be flown above the palaces where the monarch resides and works and at Eikenhorst in Wassenaar when he is in the country. Queen Wilhelmina adopted this standard in 1908, and it has also been flown by Queen Juliana and Queen Beatrix.

From the time of his investiture the King will also use the royal coat of arms. This coat of arms is identical to the one used by Queen Beatrix except that it features a helmet instead of a crown. The royal coat of arms is the same as the coat of arms of the Kingdom, with the addition of the royal mantle.

Following her abdication, Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands will use the same coat of arms as before 1980, which is identical to that of her sisters.”

And, finally, here is a photo of the “…commemorative flag to mark the succession of Prince Willem-Alexander…”

Photo courtesy of RVD/HKH

Their Majesties King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium Host Another New Year Reception.

BelgiumAP Their Majesties King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium hosted a New Year reception at the Palais de Bruxelles for “… Belgian leading officials and personalities…”  Also in attendance were Their Royal Highnesses Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde, Their Royal and Imperial Highnesses Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz, and Their Royal Highnesses Prince Laurent and Princess Claire.

His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex Inaugurates a New Building at the University of Winchester.

EoWOn Tuesday, January 29, 2013, His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex officially inaugurated the new “…state-of-the-art learning and teaching building, St. Alphege…” at the University of Winchester.

During the inauguration the Earl of Wessex unveiled a new plaque, toured the new building as well as met with the university staff and students.

Please click here to view photos as well as to learn more about today’s event.

 

News Regarding His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain and His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Asturias.

JuanOn the morning of January 29, 2013, at the royal palace in Madrid, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain received credentials from ambassadors from Jordan, Serbia, Cape Verde, Ukraine and Uruguay.

Meanwhile, at Palacio de la Zarzuela, His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Asturias held an audience with the Governor of the Mexican State of Veracruz, Dr. Javier Ochoa.

Photo courtesy of Casa Real

 

Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Visits the Koninklijke Marine.

PMofNHer Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands visited the Koninklijke Marine (Royal Navy) in Den Helder on the morning of January 29, 2013.

According to RVD, upon her arrival princess was:

“…received by the Commander Naval Forces, Vice Admiral Matthieu Borsboom. During her visit the princess became acquainted with the work of the Koninklijke Marine, toured several operational units including the air defense and command frigate, HNLMS Evertsen and the amphibious transport ship, HMS Johan de Witt. Princess Maxima also had a chance to met and talk with various Navy personnel.”

Photo courtesy of RVD/HKH

Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duchess Maria Teresa Maisons d’Enfants de l’Etat.and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg Visit the

blasonOn January 29, 2013, Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg visited the Maisons d’Enfants de l’Etat in Schifflange.

During their visit the grand duchess and hereditary grand duchess were given a tour of the children’s home, met with staff and much more.

News Regarding His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje.

PrinceofOranjeAfter Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands announced her abdication to the throne on January 28, 2013, many royal watchers and journalists were speculating that His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje would become His Majesty King Willem IV (William IV).

As a result, the Dutch royal court (RVD) released a statement to confirm that  the prince will become His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands:

“When Queen Beatrix abdicates [April 30, 2013] His Royal Highness the Prince of Oranje will become King Willem-Alexander, and Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima of the Netherlands will become Queen Máxima. They will both be addressed as ‘Your Majesty’. After abdicating, Queen Beatrix will be called Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, Princess of Oranje-Nassau, etc. As soon as the Prince of Oranje ascends the throne, his eldest child, Her Royal Highness Princess Catharina-Amalia, will be the first in line to the throne. She will then become the Princess of Oranje (under section 7 of the Membership of the Royal House Act).

The titles and names of the other members of the Royal Family will not change after Queen Beatrix’s abdication. The membership of the Royal House and the line of succession will however change under the above Act.

After the abdication, the line of succession will begin with the children of His Majesty the King: Her Royal Highness the Princess of Oranje, Her Royal Highness Princess Alexia, and Her Royal Highness Princess Ariane. The next in line will be His Royal Highness Prince Constantijn, his children and finally Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet.

After the abdication, the children of Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven will no longer be eligible for the throne. They will also cease to be members of the Royal House.”

Photo courtesy of RVD/HKH