On the morning of March 6, 2013, an “…oxygen tank explosion and fire broke out in the broiler room…” at the La Milagrosa Hospital in Madrid where His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain is currently recovering from his operation last Sunday. Five people were injured according to several sources. As for His Majesty, well, he’s doing just fine and dandy. The old king was located in another section of the hospital far from the accident.
Any way, this afternoon Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias along with their daughters stopped by the hospital to visit His Majesty. Thankfully, the press was there to take photos of the royal family walking into and out of the hospital. 🙂
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According to the Telegraph and Guardian newspapers, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani of Qatar recently purchased six uninhabited islands in Greece for a reported 8.5 million Euros. Now, that is a bargain. No, really.
Anywho, according to the newspaper, The Mirror, the 61-year-old Emir of Qatar was vacationing in Greece when he decided to moor his tiny 400ft yacht off the Echinades Islands. Within minutes the Emir fell in love with the place. So, four years later he decided to purchase them.
For more information about the Emir’s small purchase of these gorgeous islands please here, here, and here.
“The exhibition comprises more than 150 objects, featuring furnishings, textiles, clothing, portraits, jewelry and armour, and reveals the majesty of the royal courts of Henry VIII to Charles II and Ivan the Terrible to the early Romanovs.”
Last month His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales recorded a video message for those attending the 2013 Economist World Forest Summit: Achieving Sustainable Forest Management on a Global Scale in Stockholm.
If you are interested in learning more about the 2013 Economist World Forest Summit please click here.
On March 6, 2013, Their Majesties King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun of Bhutan attend the closing of the 10th Session of the First Parliament in Thimphu.
For more information about today’s event as well as to view a photo please click here. And, click here to read His Majesty’s speech.
On March 6, 2013, His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Asturias “…visited the second phase of line 9 of the Metro in Madrid…” according to the Spanish royal court. During his visit Prince Felipe “…inspected the inside of the tunnel and met with workers as well as representatives from the companies working on the project.”
And, that’s it. 🙂
On March 6, 2013, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden held an audience with the Speaker of the Parliament of Lithuania, Mr. Vydas Gedvilas, at the royal palace in Stockholm.
On March 6, 2013, Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan continued their two-day official visit to Turkey.
This afternoon, His Majesty along with the President of Turkey, Mr. Abdullah Gül, toured the TUSAS Aerospace Industries (TAI) production facilities in Ankara. According to the Anadolu News Agency, His Majesty and President Gül, “…inspected Turkey’s first national attack helicopter, the T-129 ATAK, the two leaders also watched a demonstration flight of the helicopter.”
His Majesty also attended the Turkey-Jordan Economic Cooperation Meeting where he gave a speech:
“…urging the Jordanian and Turkish private sectors to boost partnerships between the two countries. The king also underlined the need to promote cooperation and establish joint projects that benefit the two peoples in terms of job creation and trade exchange.”
His Majesty King Abdullah II also met with the Prime Minster of Turkey, Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Meanwhile, Her Majesty Queen Rania visited the Institute of Technical Education for Girls in Ankara. During her visit Her Majesty “…listened to a briefing on the activities undertaken at the institute, which is currently operating in 14 provinces in Turkey…” according to the Jordan News Agency.
Please click here to watch a video as well as to view photos from today’s events.
On March 6, 2013, His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje, in his capacity as Chairman of the Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, arrived in New York to attend the United Nations special thematic session, Water and Disasters.
Today’s meeting is an:
“…initiative of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The purpose of the meeting is to raise awareness, share experiences and good practices, and discuss ways forward towards global actions on water and disasters.
The summary of discussions will contribute, not only to future discussions of ECOSOC, Post Rio+20, Post-Hyogo and Post-2015, but also to help establishing global and regional dialogue and cooperation processes to improve disaster prevention and preparedness by countries.”
Also, present at today’s meeting was His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naurhito of Japan.
Recently, the Fondation Princesse Charlene de Monaco announced they will launch their Learn to Swim and Water Safety program later this year in Agadir, Morocco.
These new programs will teach the youth “…formal swimming instructions in both swimming pools and the sea, educate children as to the risks associated with the ocean…” and much more.
For more information about these programs please click here.
On March 4, 2013, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco attended the “…first aid Red Cross graduation ceremony…” held at the Auditorium Rainier III in Monaco.