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.”

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.