News Regarding Her Majesty Queen Paola of Belgium.

QpaolaPer the Belgian royal court:

Her Majesty Queen Paola of Belgium, as Honorary President, visited the offices of Child Focus in Brussels this morning.  The Queen also participated in the première of the 10th season ‘Safer Internet Day’ (‘Journée Mondiale pour un Internet plus Sûr’) which starts on February 5. 

This campaign promotes prevention and responsible use of online and mobile technology with the youth. This year’s theme, ‘Connect with respect’ invites those to mobilize around the issue of rights and responsibilities online.”

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Judge José Castro Sets Iñaki Urdangarin and His Former Business Partner’s Bail at 8.1 Million Euros. (VIDEO)

On January 30, 2013, Judge José Castro set Mr. Iñaki Urdangarin, the Duke of Palma, and his former business partner, Mr. Diego Torres, bail at 8.1. million Euros.

According to AFP, the judge, “…issued a written order saying that their goods could be embargoed to make up the full amount if they fail to make the bail [within five days], which he set to reflect their potential financial liabilities in the case.”

The two are accused of embezzlement, fraud, misuse of public funds, and forgery from the non-profit organization they once presided over, Instituto Nóos.

Click here for more information from the Spanish newspaper, ABC.

His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan Visits Bahrain and Kuwait.

HMKAofJordanOn January 29, 2013, His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan met with His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain.  According to the Jordan Times, Their Majesties discussed, “… bilateral ties and the latest developments in the region, with focus on the Syrian crisis.”  Please click here for more information regarding yesterday’s meeting.

On Wednesday, His Majesty King Abdullah participated in the International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria in Kuwait.  Please click here for more information from the Petra News Agency.

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco Participates in a Conference at the Université Catholique de Louvain.

prince albert IIOn January 30, 2013, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco participated in the conference, Océans, Climat, Alimentation: Les Voies de la Transition Vers un Monde Durable, held at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.

During today’s conference the sovereign prince gave a speech entitled, Les Menaces sur la vie des Océans se Précisent. Quels Espoirs pour les Surmonter?, which focused on “…the threats to ocean life and the possible solutions to overcome them.”

Other guest speakers included the Vice-Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and UCL professor, Mr. Jean-Pascal Van Ypersele and the United Nations Rapporteur for the Right to Food, Mr.Olivier De Schutter.

Tomorrow, Prince Albert II, 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.

Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the London Underground. (VIDEOS)

On Wednesday, January 30, 2013, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall celebrated the 150th anniversary of the London Underground by taking a brief train ride “…from Farringdon to King’s Cross on the Metropolitan Line on a new S-stock train.”  

For detailed information about today’s event please click the links below:

Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Participates in the “Feeding the World” Conference in Amsterdam. (VIDEO)

pssmaxima2011On January 30, 2013, Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, in her capacity as the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, attended the Feeding the World conference held at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam.

Guests in attendance during today’s event included “…government representatives, international organizations, academic institutions and representatives from the agricultural sector.”  According to RVD, the purpose of the Feeding the World conference was to “…discuss the future of global food production, sustainability and more.”

Please click here to watch a video.

 

Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden Attend the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry’s 200th Formal Gathering.

HisMajestyKCGOn January 28, 2013, Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden attended the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry’s 200th formal gathering held at the Stockholm City Hall.

Per the Swedish royal court:

“The formal gathering began with President Kerstin Niblaeus welcoming all those present and declaring the gathering open. 

The King then gave a speech, in which he said, ‘During the past two hundred years, there have been enormous advances in Swedish agriculture, in terms of both productivity and efficiency. The role of the Academy has also changed over the years. 

The authority commissions have disappeared, and the Academy has increasingly become a forum for discussions on topical issues…’”