His Highness Prince Andreas of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha Celebrates His 70th Birthday.

scgOn the evening of March 21, 2013, His Highness Prince Andreas of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha celebrated his 70th birthday at Schloss Callenberg in Coburg, Germany.

Over 250 people attended the prince’s birthday reception including longtime friends, local dignitaries, past employees, townspeople, and of course his children.  According to the newspaper, Neue Press Coburg, the prince gave a touching speech noting, “I am so happy that many of you have come today.  That shows me that I haven’t done much wrong in my life and that I have gained many friends.”

Afterward, the mayor of Coburg gave a speech as well as His Highness Hereditary Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha who basically thanked his Dad for being super awesome.   🙂 

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News Regarding His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. (VIDEO)

CarlXVIGustafOn Wednesday, March 20, 2013, His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden visited Landskrona to participate in 600th anniversary celebrations of the city.  During yesterday’s event His Majesty met with local dignitaries, gave a speech, mingled with townspeople, and unveiled a new plaque.

This morning His Majesty accompanied by Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden participated in the Advisory Council meeting held at the royal palace.

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His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco Holds an Audience.

PrinceAlbertIIOn March 21, 2013, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco accompanied by Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover held an audience with, Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Bokova.

According to the Palais Princier, during their meeting the sovereign prince and Ms. Bokova:

“…discussed various topics including issues related to the protection of world heritage of mankind, the importance of Missions Key UNESCO,the importance of education for peace and sustainable development, and issues regarding water resources management…”

Ms. Bokova also received the Ordre du Mérite Culturel during today’s meeting.

Photo courtesy of the Palais Princier

 

His Majesty King Albert II of Belgium Visits the Direction des Unités Spéciales de la Police Fédérale. (VIDEOS)

Albert IIOn the morning of March 21, 2013, His Majesty King Albert II of Belgium visited the Direction des Unités Spéciales de la Police Fédérale (CGSU) in Etterbeek.

According to the newspaper, La Dernière Heure, during today’s visit His Majesty:

“…received some explanations of the various disciplines within the specialized Direction des Unités Spéciales de la Police Fédérale and attended a working meeting.

Upon arrival, the King was greeted by four service members of the CGSU intervention, a diver, a sniper and a dog. After a meeting with the head of CGSU, the Chief Commissioner Roland Pacolet, and the hierarchy of the Police Fédérale, His Majesty received a gift and signed the guest book.

His Majesty was also informed about the work of the Victim Identification team (Disaster Victim Identification DVI), set up after the disaster of the Herald of Free Enterprise in 1987 and again recently with the requested rail disaster in Buizingen 2010 and the accident bus Sierre in Switzerland in 2012. The king also witnessed a demonstration of a series of methods and techniques, and specialized equipment that uses CGSU in various situations. Police intervention in cases of bank robbery has been simulated.”

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TRHs Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium Visit Thailand: Day Five.

PMBelgiumOn March 21, 2013, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium continued their long and tiring visit to beautiful Thailand.

This morning Prince Philippe, accompanied by his business delegation as well as the Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand and the Minister of Finance for Thailand, participated in the information seminar entitled, Thailand as a Regional Hub for Doing Business, held at the Belgian embassy in Bangkok.  Two hours later the prince and about a dozen of closest friends attended a “…signing ceremony…” at the St. Regis Hotel, visited the Thai Airway headquarters, and participated in yet another boring seminar entitled, well, it doesn’t matter because you are probably not even reading this article, right?   🙂

Moving on.

Meanwhile, Princess Mathilde visited the Kredtrakarn Protection and Occupational Development Center in Bangkok.  She had fun. Afterward, the prince and princess met up to participate in the inauguration of the “…new logo of the Thai Belgian Bridge, and the opening of the exhibition commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Thai Belgian Bridge…” at Lumpini Park.

This evening Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde attended a “…Jazz concert with Jeff Neve organized by the Belgian embassy.”

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