News Regarding TRHs Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands.

MWAOn Monday, March 11, 2013, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands attended the farewell meeting, held at the  Lucent Theater in Den Haag, of the Director of the Social and Cultural Planning Office, Professor Paul Schnabel.

This afternoon Prince Willem-Alexander received the Great Atlas of the Dutch East India Company  and the West India Company from the Chairman of the Royal Dutch Geographical Society, Professor Henk Ottens, at Paleis Noordeinde.

According to RVD:

“The atlas contains the entire legacy of hand-drawn maps, plans and topographic images of the fields of the Dutch East India Company (1602-1799) and the West India Company (1621-1791).

The atlas consists of nine parts and was created by a collaboration between the Royal Dutch Geographical Society (KNAG), the National Archives, the research URU Explokart of Utrecht University and Publishing Asia Major/Atlas Major.”

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Cancels Two Engagements. (VIDEO)

HMQEII 2012It was announced by Buckingham Palace that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has cancelled her two of her scheduled engagements on Wednesday and Thursday.

Per a press release:

“The Queen continues to make a good recovery following her recent illness, and today she presented The Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry and held a series of Audiences.

However, regrettably, she will no longer attend the Tech City engagement planned for tomorrow, or the Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scriptures Association Service at the Guards Chapel on Thursday.

The Duke of York will represent The Queen at the Tech City visit, and The Duke of Edinburgh will attend the Guards Chapel Service as planned.

Her Majesty will, however, continue with the usual rhythm of business at Buckingham Palace, including holding a Privy Council meeting tomorrow.

The Queen hopes to resume her programme of official engagements next week.”

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His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden Visits Stockholm University. Plus, Other News.

swedenOn March 12, 2013, His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf and President Abdullah Gül attended the inauguration of the Institute for Turkish Studies at Stockholm Univerity.

Meanwhile, Her Majesty Queen Silvia accompanied by First Lady Hayrünnisa Gül visited the Stockholm Public Library.  Earlier in the day Their Majesties along with President Gül and the First Lady toured the Swedish Museum of Science and Technology followed by a luncheon held at the City Hall.

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News Regarding His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan.

HMKAofJordanOn March 12, 2013, His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan received an invitation from His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani to participate in an “…Arab Summit in Doha on March 26-27, 2013…”

And, finally, His Majesty accompanied by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited an “…enterprise conference…” in Amman according to the Jordan News Agency.  During the conference His Majesty:

“…remarked that Jordan and the United Kingdom enjoy historical bonds, laid by the late King Hussein bin Talal and these bonds developed into a true partnership. [His Majesty also] appreciated the United Kingdom’s support for Jordanian innovation and entrepreneurship…”

Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and The Countess of Wessex Visit Prague. (VIDEO)

WESSEXOn the morning of March 12, 2013, Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and The Countess of Wessex arrived in Prague, Czech Republic for a three-day private visit.

This afternoon the royal couple met with the President of the Czech Republic, Mr. Miloš Zeman and First Lady Ivana Zeman at Pražský hrad (Prague Castle).

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News Regarding Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. (VIDEO)

BeatrixOn March 12, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands visited the European School in Bergen to participate in the celebrations of the school’s 50th anniversary.

“The European School was founded by the European Union and provides multilingual education for children of employees of EU institutions and international companies. Currently, there are 600 students at the school consisting of 50 different nationalities.”

During her visit Her Majesty was given a tour of the school as well as met with staff and students.

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TRHs The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall Visit Jordan. Day 2 (VIDEOS)

ccOn March 12, 2013, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall continued their visit to Jordan.

This morning His Royal Highness Prince Ghazi Ibn Mohammad along with The Prince of Wales visited the King Hussein Ibn Talal Mosque in Amman.  During their visit the prince was:

“…briefed on the various stages of the building of the mosque which holds 5,500 worshippers.  The prince also met with Muslim and Christian clerics and academics from Jordanian universities in the presence of the director of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies Kamel Abu Jaber, the E.U. ambassador and the British Cultural Center’s director for a discussion of the Amman Message.”

The Prince of Wales also met with Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour in Amman.  Discussions focused on “…bilateral ties and means of bolstering them, the latest developments in the Middle East and on the comprehensive reform process in Jordan.”

Meanwhile, in Mahis, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall accompanied by Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan and Her Royal Highness Princess Wejdan Bint Fawaz visited the Mahis Secondary School for Girls.  During their visit the royals had a:

“…firsthand look at the impact Madrasati initiative and its civil society partners who have an education in Jordan.  The Duchess of Cornwall and Her Majesty also toured the school library and watched a folklore dance performed by a group of students.  They also checked in on some activities implemented by the Royal Health Awareness Society and ‘Katie’s Readers’, a program which is an accreditation program that sets standards for schools to reach in order to foster a healthy environment for living, learning, and working.”

Later in the afternoon, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Royal Automobile Museum in Amman.

TSHs Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Visit the Republic of Palau. (VIDEOS)

PalaisPalauOn Monday, March 11, 2013, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco began their official visit to the islands of Palau.

During yesterday’s activities the sovereign prince and princess held an audience withe the President of Palau, Mr. Tommy Remengesau, Jr.  The princess also met with the First Lady of Palau, Ms. Debbie Remengesau.

According to the Palais Princier, the sovereign prince visited the:

“…Chambers of the National Congress [the Olbill Era Kelulau] where he gave a speech. [The sovereign prince] highlighted the similarity of views between the Principality and Palau on the Planet’s major environmental problems, in particular the consequences of global warming and the preservation of biodiversity.

Then the sovereign prince and princess met students of the Melekeok School who are participating in an awareness campaign on the protection of the dugong, a marine mammal on the verge of extinction. This project results from a partnership between the United Nations Environment Programme’ (UNEP) and the Principality of Monaco.

Finally, their Highnesses visited the Palau International Coral Reef Center, which is conducting scientific research on the impact of climate change on corals.

A working meeting followed around the Minister of Palau in charge of Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism, Harry R. Fritz, HE Bernard Fautrier, Minister plenipotentiary, Vice President, Director of the Prince Albert II Foundation, and Robert Calcagno, Director General of the Oceanographic Museum, as well as the managers of the Marine Protected Area Network and the Palau International Coral Reef Center. This meeting led to examine cooperation with Palau from an environmental standpoint and sign a partnership in support of conservation of the Helen Reef Protected Area.

During the official dinner, the President announced his intention to place the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Palau ‘Off-limits to Commercial Fishing.’

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Video about the islands for those who are interested.

Photos courtesy of the Palais Princier and Palau

Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden Host A Gala Dinner. (VIDEO)

On the evening of March 11, 2013, Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden hosted a gala dinner at the royal palace in Stockholm in honor of the President of Turkey, Mr. Abdullah Gül, and his wife, First Lady Hayrünnisa Gül’s state visit to Sweden.

Guests in attendance included Their Royal Highnesses Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden, His Royal Highness Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Princess Christina and her husband, members President Gül’s Turkish delegation, representatives of the “…diplomatic corps, parliament, government, counties and authorities and representatives of Swedish science, culture and business.”