His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Asturias Participates in a Farewell Ceremony. (VIDEOS)

On Wednesday, February 6, 2013, His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Asturias traveled to the Base Naval de Rota in the Cádiz province to participate in the farewell ceremony of the newly decommissioned aircraft carrier, Príncipe de Asturias.

According to the Spanish royal court during today’s ceremony the prince gave a speech.  Here is what he had to say:

“Today is a special day for all of us and especially for me as Prince of Asturias. On this last visit aboard the ship there is pride and excitement yet sadness, but also the satisfaction.  Pride in being a member of our Armed Forces and to wear the uniforms and to be part of this brilliant chapter in the history Spanish Navy now ends.  It is emotional to dismiss our flagship and inevitably some sadness in saying goodbye to a ship that takes a beloved part of each of us. “

I also want to pay tribute to the many Spanish who have done their duty, that against all odds with total dedication, forward, with effort, with confidence, that have made his life a commitment with the honor and service to the nation, and they are an example that we should always look to honor and proudly pronounce the name of Spain.”

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News Regarding Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

CCOn February 6, 2013, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall met with “…finalists and past winners of ‘UK New Zealander of the Year’ and ‘UK Australian of the Year’ at Clarence House…” according to the official website for The Prince of Wales.

Please click here and here for detailed information about today’s event from the Daily Telegraph and BBC News

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His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje Visits the VDL ETG Group in Eindhoven. (VIDEO)

His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje was in Eindhoven on February 6, 2013, to visit the company, VDL ETG Group.

According to RVD:

“The VDL Group operates in the sector of supply includes modules for the semiconductor industry, bus manufacturer and supplier of various end products such as packaging. The products that the VDL Group makes relate to metal, plastic and engineering. ”

Upon his arrival at VDL ETG in Eindhoven the Prince Willem-Alexander was warmly greeted by representatives of VDL ETG then given a tour of the facility.  During his visit he was “…informed about the history of the family business and the current position of the company which currently employs 9,000 individuals operating in 18 countries.”  The prince also met with various employees in which he “…talked to them about their work.”

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Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden Visits the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

silviaHer Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden visited the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in Stockholm on February 5, 2013.

Upon her arrival, according to the official website for the ECDC, Her Majesty was warmly greeted by ECDC director, Mr. Marc Sprenger who:

 “…introduced Queen Silvia to the work of the Centre on its mission to strengthen Europe’s defenses against communicable diseases. [During the] Mr. Sprenger presented an overview of the Core Activities of the Centre, ranging from disease surveillance and outbreak response to scientific advice and training.”

Her Majesty was also given a tour of the ECDC’s Emergency Operations Center as well as met with “…experts from the different ECDC disease programs who provided insights to the ECDC’s  work on childhood immunization, HIV, antimicrobial resistance and healthcare-associated infections.”

Photo courtesy of Kungahuset

 
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News Regarding His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain. (VIDEO)

jcOn the morning of Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at the Palacio Real de Madrid, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain received credentials from ambassadors from Australia, Italy, Canada, Senegal, France and Greece.

In the evening, His Majesty held a meeting with the President of Kazakhstan, Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev.  Afterward, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I hosted a dinner at the palace for President Nazarbayev and his delegation.

Oh, yeah, I forgot one important thing. His Majesty also held an audiences with representatives from Agencia de Noticias Europa Press and Agencia EFE at Palacio de la Zarzuela.  And, that’s it.   🙂

Photo courtesy of Casa Real

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His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan Holds an Audience.

HMofBhutanOn Tuesday, February 5, 2013, His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan held an audience at the Royal Banquet Hall in Thimphu with various district governors as well as elected local leaders.

Please click here and here for more information as well as to view photos.

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“Richard III”

I saw this movie years ago and I suppose now is a great time to share it with all of you.   🙂  Any way, here is the 1955 film, Richard III, based on William Shakespeare’s play and directed by Sir Laurence Olivier. The film stars Mr. Ralph Richardson, Ms. Claire Bloom, Mr. Cedric Hardwicke, and of course, Sir Laurence Olivier.

Or, you can watch this production — again based on William Shakespeare’s play — directed by Ms. Jane Howell.

And, something else special.

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