On March 7, 2013, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias attended a concert, In Memoriam, in “…tribute to all the victims of terrorism…” held at the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid.
Recently, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway attended the 2013 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championship held at the Oslo Winter Park in Norway. Whilst there the heir to the Norwegian throne also meet with volunteers.
And, that’s it. 🙂
On Thursday, March 7, 2013, Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg visited the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium.
According to the Cour Grande-Ducal the royal couple met with “…the President of the European Commission, Mr. José Manuel Barroso, the Vice-President of the European Commission in Charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, Ms. Viviane Reding and other European Commission officials.”
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On Thursday, March 7, 2013, it was announced that His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales has agreed to become patron of the Halo Trust’s 25th Anniversary Appeal and the Rugby Football Union All Schools Program.
Per a press release:
“Prince Harry is pleased to announce two new Royal Patronages.
The Prince has become Patron of the HALO Trust’s 25th Anniversary Appeal and Patron of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) All Schools Program.
HALO is a pioneering charity committed to humanitarian mine clearance around the world.
Prince Harry has had a longstanding connection with the charity and visited minefields in Tete Province, Mozambique, in 2010 where he met amputees, and saw for himself the devastating impact that landmines have on some of the poorest people in mine-affected communities. During his trip to Mozambique he was shown the painstaking process of humanitarian de-mining.
All Schools is an RFU initiative to get more secondary state schools playing rugby union. There are currently around 1,500 state secondary schools playing rugby union in the UK. As Patron, Prince Harry will support the RFU in its ambition for 750 more schools to be self-sufficient rugby playing schools by the Rugby World Cup 2019 and to encourage new players to join local clubs.
This will be achieved by linking a school to a local club and by providing resource and support, such as kit, equipment and coaching opportunities. Further details on Prince Harry’s involvement with the HALO Trust in its 25th Anniversary year and the RFU All Schools Program will be announced in due course.”
Per the Belgian royal court and L’Avenir:
“Her Majesty’s visit follows the contest ‘Terre d’Avenir’ organized by the Fondation Reine Paola in collaboration with the Fondation Dirk Frimout. In 2012, the students of the Athénée along with the l’Institut Centre-Ardennes de Libramont won Terre d’Avenir top award for their project, Natur’elles…”
On March 7, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands was at the Societeit de Witte in Den Haag to attend “…a special meeting on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the High Commissioner on National Minorities of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe….”
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On March 7, 2013, His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan attended the closing session of the 2013 MENA ICT Forum, under the theme Arab ICT Spring: Realizing Potential, held at the King Hussein bin Talal Convention Center at the Dead Sea.
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In other news, His Majesty will officially open the 2013 Jordan-U.S. Business Forum on Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Amman, Jordan. Per the Jordan News Agency:
“The Forum aims to enhance bilateral partnerships, as well as explore and seize mutually beneficial business opportunities in Jordan and the region.
Over three-days Jordanian and U.S. companies and business decision-makers will discuss and identify the potential opened by the Arab Spring in key sectors, as regional countries in transition seek to energize their economies.
This year’s event will feature plenary and industry-specific sessions tailored to provide first-hand insights into the unique competitive advantages that Jordan offers to regional business.
Panel discussions led by regional and international experts will focus on crosscutting themes that are vital to regional expansion into fast-growing sectors such as Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Energy, Water and Environment, Manufacturing, Basic Industries and Related Services, Healthcare and Education, and Infrastructure…”
In his speech the heir to the Chrysanthemum throne “…called for international discussions to improve the world’s preparedness for tsunami and other water-related disasters…” according to various sources.
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It was announced by the Spanish royal court that His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Asturias will attend the funeral of President Hugo Chávez in Caracas, Venezuela, on Friday, March 8, 2013. The prince will be accompanied by the Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Latin America, Mr. Jesús Gracia.
Meanwhile, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain has sent a message of condolence “…to the Venezuelan people on Wednesday…” according to El Pais. In his statement His Majesty recalled “…Chávez’s ‘determination and dedication’ in helping Venezuela and the rest of Latin America…” Thankfully, the old king didn’t remind the people and the government of Venezuela that he once told the late President Chávez to “Shut Up!” during the 17th Ibero-American Summit in Santiago, Chile back in 2007.
For those who have never seen the infamous “Shut Up” video (w/ English sub-titles)