On February 13, 2013, Her Royal Highness Infanta Elena of Spain attended the opening of the 21st Edition of the AULA Salón Internacional del Estudiante y de la Oferta Educativa held at the Parque Ferial Juan Carlos I in Madrid.
According to Europa Press today’s fair, “…is dedicated to improving the quality of teaching and guiding young people in their choice of studies.”
Yesterday, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited Highbury Gardens a “…£35m mixed tenure residential development…” in Islington. This new housing development was:
“…completed with the help of The Prince’s Foundation, First Base, a residential development and investment company, in partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency and affordable housing partner Southern Housing Group…”
In other news, it was announced that Their Royal Highnesses will make an official visit to Jordan, Oman and Qatar beginning on March 11-19, 2013. Per a press release via Clarence House:
“The British Government has asked The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to undertake official visits to Jordan, Qatar and Oman from 11th March to 19th March 2013.
The tour will help to strengthen the United Kingdom’s bilateral relations with key partners in the region, relations which are underpinned by the close personal friendships that exist between Their Royal Highnesses and the Royal Families in each country.
The visits will also aim to support UK economic interests by highlighting the growing commercial links between British companies and their counterparts in Jordan, Qatar and Oman, and by encouraging the development of an enterprise culture in the private sector in each country. Other themes of the tour will include military collaboration, opportunities for women in society, inter-faith dialogue, education and environmental sustainability.
The tour starts in Jordan and will feature meetings for Their Royal Highnesses with The King and Queen, an inter-faith gathering to discuss the “Amman Message”, a major business conference and events to highlight UK-Jordanian collaboration in the creative industries and in education.
In Qatar, as well as meeting with the Qatari Royal Family and senior officials, The Prince of Wales will see first hand how the country is tackling its food security challenges and visit British technology, innovation and educational partnerships with Qatar. Also, Their Royal Highnesses will attend a major event to celebrate the ‘UK-Qatar Year of Culture 2013’.
The final leg of the trip is to Oman, where Their Royal Highnesses will be the guests of the Sultan. Engagements will cover military personnel, health and education issues, the support being given to young entrepreneurs by a specialist new-business ‘incubator’ and a regional visit to see an ancient form of sustainable water irrigation.
In all three countries, as well as meetings with senior Members of the Royal Family, The Duchess of Cornwall will undertake solo engagements focusing on the growing opportunities for women in society. Her Royal Highness will also visit several primary schools to learn about education and literacy programmes run in conjunction with the British Council, these issues being a central element of her work with charities in the UK.”
On February 13, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan met with the “…participants and winners of the Intel Science Competition-Arab World 2012, which took place in December in Dubai and drew 130 students from 11 Arab countries…” according to the Petra News Agency.
On Tuesday, February 12, 2013, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall visited the RISE Children’s Center in Wiltshire. Whilst there the Duchess met with volunteers and those who are “…supported by the Chippenham Time Network and Wiltshire Money, both of which are working to support families in Wiltshire…” according to the website Princeofwales.gov.uk.
The Duchess of Cornwall also visited “…a course run by Community First’s Youth Action Wiltshire Program at the Langley Burrell Village Hall near Chippenham and visited the Wiltshire Scrapstore and Resource Centre in Lacock…”
On February 13, 2013, The Duchess of Cornwallattended the inauguration of a new exhibition entitled, Floriculture: Flowers, Love and Money, at the Garden Museum in Lambeth. During today’s event the Duchess met with “…supporters of the Garden Museum and children from Vauxhall Primary School’s Gardening Club…”