His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje Opens the Exhibition, Peter the Great: Inspired Tsar.

WAOn Friday, March 6, 2013, His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje officially opened the exhibition, Peter the Great: Inspired Tsar, at the Hermitage Amsterdam.

According to RVD and the official website for the Hermitage Amsterdam:

“The exhibition takes place against the background of three anniversaries: The Netherlands-Russia Year 2013, the 400th anniversary of the canal and the 525-year anniversary of the Dutch Navy, which also served as a model for the Peter the Great’s established Russian fleet.

The exhibition paints a picture of this unconventional, inspired and inquisitive Russian Tsar, who by the time he took power at the age of 17 was determined to transform his country. 

His achievements include reforming the military and the church, expanding trade and industry, and improving education and public health. He turned Russia into a great European power with a brand-new capital city: St Petersburg, his ‘Window on the West.’ 

With historical artifacts, paintings, gold jewelry from the ancient world, weapons and unique documents, the exhibition will sketch the life of this peerless ruler. From his youth Peter collected art, including a Rembrandt, planting the seed for St Petersburg’s later Hermitage collection. An enthusiastic traveller, he went two visits to Western Europe, including the Dutch Republic. It was the city of Amsterdam, in particular, that inspired him to found his new capital.”

Peter de Grote

If you are interested in viewing the exhibition, Peter the Great: Inspired Tsar, it will be open to the public on beginning on March 9, 2013, and will end on September 13, 2013.  For more information about the exhibition please click here.

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Photo courtesy of RVD/HKH

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Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover Presents the Ordre du Mérite Culturel to Mezzo-soprano Opera Singer, Cecilia Bartoli.

PrincessCarolineOn the evening of March 6, 2013, Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover presented the Ordre du Mérite Culturel to Mezzo-Soprano opera singer, Ms. Cecilia Bartoli.

The lovely princess presented the order after the end of Ms. Bertoli’s concert held inside the Salle des Princes at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.  For more information about the concert please click here.

Photo courtesy of Monaco Matin

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News Regarding His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco. (VIDEO)

alofmOn March 4, 2013, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco attended the Monaco Disease Power (MDP) gala dinner held at the Yacht Club de Monaco.

For detailed information about this important event as well as to view a personal photo please visit the great site, Monaco Life, here.

And, finally, the Republic of Palau is preparing for the sovereign prince’s official visit beginning on March 11, 2013.  During his one week visit the President of Palau, Mr. Tommy Esang Remengesau, Jr., will hold an audience with Prince Albert II.

Watch the video below for more information about the upcoming visit.

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His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Asturias Attends the Funeral of the Late President Hugo Chávez.

FelipeVeneOn the morning of Friday, March 8, 2013, His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Asturias, accompanied by the Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Latin America, Mr. Jesús Gracia, arrived at the Simón Bolívar International Airport in Venezuela to attend the funeral of the late President Hugo Chávez.

Upon his arrival the prince was greeted by the Spanish Ambassador to Venezuela, Mr. Antonio Pérez Hernández, the Vice Foreign Minister of Affairs for Venezuela, Mr. Temir Porras, and the Minister of Tourism for Venezuela, Mr. Alejandro Fleming.

Photo courtesy of Casa Real

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Her Royal Highness Princess Letizia of Asturias Presides Over the 2013 Día Mundial de las Enfermedades Raras. (VIDEO)

On Friday, March 8, 2013, Her Royal Highness Princess Letizia of Asturias presided over the ceremony of the 2013 Día Mundial de las Enfermedades Raras held at the Palacio del Senado in Madrid.

Today’s event was organized by the Federación Española de Enfermedades Raras (FEDER).

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh to Attend Commonwealth Day Observance.

QEIIPer a press release via Buckingham Palace:

“Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, will attend the annual Commonwealth Day Observance at Westminster Abbey on Monday, 11th March 2013. 

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will arrive at 3.15pm when they will be greeted by The Very Reverend Dr John Hall (Dean of Westminster) and Canon Robert Reiss (Sub-Dean) and enter the Abbey through the Great West Door.

The theme for this year’s Observance is ‘Opportunity through Enterprise’. Through a mix of world music, dance and personal testimonies, the event will celebrate economic innovation throughout the Commonwealth and a shared commitment towards youth, social and sustainable enterprise.

Her Majesty’s Commonwealth Day Message will be relayed during the service.”

For additional information regarding this latest news please click here.

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