Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain Attends a Concert at the Auditorio Nacional de Música.

HMQS concertOn the evening of March 22, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain accompanied by her sister Her Royal Highness Princess Irene of Greece attended the concert, La Pasión Según San Mateo by J.S. Bach, held at the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid.

According to the Spanish royal court, upon Her Majesty’s arrival she was warmly greeted by the Director-General of the Instituto Nacional de las Artes Escénicas and Música and the Technical Director of the Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España, Mr. Félix Alcaraz.

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His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan Holds an Audience with President Barack Obama. (VIDEO)

On March 22, 2013, His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan held an audience with President Barack Obama in Amman.  According to the Petra News Agency:

“The two leaders stressed, during the bilateral meeting that was attended by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hessein bin Abdullah II and followed by an extended meeting attended by Jordanian and United States senior officials, keenness on promoting cooperation and strategic partnerships between the two countries to serve interests.

His Majesty and President Obama also discussed the consequences of the Syrian crisis and the huge burden that Jordan shoulders as a result of hosting Syrian refugees.”

Tomorrow, President Obama will visit Petra.  For detailed information about today’s meeting please click the links below:

News Regarding Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia.

KatherineofSerbiaOn March 21, 2013, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia visited the “…Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia…” The crown princess was accompanied by the President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Dr. Martin Padmos.

For more information about yesterday’s events as well as to view personal photos please click here.

Their Royal Highnesses Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium Visit Thailand: Day Six.

mpbOn March 22, 2013, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium continued their never-ending (what seems to be) visit to Thailand.

The day began with a visit to the Sea Farming Learning Center in the province of Petchaburi.  Whilst there the royal couple received loads of gifts, met with officials and stared at a bunch of fish.

In the afternoon Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde returned to the St. Regis Hotel in Bangkok, changed their clothing, and hopped into their chauffeur driven car.  Minutes later the royal couple arrived at the Siriraj Hospital.  Whilst there the prince and princess held an audience with His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand.

Afterward, the royal couple and their incredibly large business delegation drove to the Suvarnabhumi International Airport and boarded a plane back to Belgium.

The end.   🙂

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Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Attends the Opening of a New Exhibition. (VIDEO)

HMQB75On March 22, 2013, Her Majesty Queen attended the opening of a the exhibition entitled, Frans Hals: Eye to Eye with Rembrandt, Rubens and Titian, held at the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem.

Per the official website of the Frans Hals Museum:

“The exhibition, which marks the 100th anniversary of the Frans Hals Museum, displays works by the artist Frans Hals amidst paintings by such famous predecessors as Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck and Jordaens. 

This extraordinary confrontation of old masters is essential to the understanding of seventeenth-century art. Famous painters often produced their works in response to one another, seeking to outdo the other artist and create something exceptional. The best way to assess the results of their efforts is to look at comparable works side by side. Visitors can see for themselves the artistic challenges Hals must have faced and what makes him unique.

The paintings come from some of the world’s greatest museums, among them the National Gallery in London, the Prado in Madrid and the Louvre in Paris, and from various private collections.”

Frans Hals: Faced with Rembrandt, Rubens and Titian will be open to the public beginning on March 23 – July 28, 2013.  For more information about the exhibition please click here.  

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Photo courtesy of RVD/HKH

 

His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje Attends the 2013 International World Water Day Forum and Celebrations. (VIDEOS)

waOn March 22, 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 (UNSGAB), participated in the opening of the 2013 International World Water Day held at the Water Forum in Den Haag.

According to RVD, the theme of this year’s event is International Water Cooperation, and during the opening the future king of the Netherlands gave an important speech about — you guessed it — the importance of water and water sanitation.

Click here to watch a video news report.

Yay! Another video.

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Photo courtesy of RVD/HKH

Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover Becomes a Grandmother.

HappycoupleIt was announced by the Palais Princier that Mr. Andrea Casiraghi and his longtime girlfriend, Ms. Tatiana Santa Domingo, welcomed their first child together on Thursday, March 21, 2013.

The healthy baby boy is the first grandchild for Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover and the late Mr. Stefano Casiraghi.

According to the press release, mother and child are doing well.  Mr. Casiraghi and Ms. Santo Domingo will marry sometime later this year.

Congrats to the couple!   🙂

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco Attends the 7th Internationales Monaco and Méditerranée Conference. (VIDEO)

On March 21, 2013, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco attended the opening of the 7th Internationales Monaco and Méditerranée Conference held at the Musée Océanographique de Monaco. The theme of this year’s conference is, La Puissance du Feu: Du Mythe de Prométhée aux Défis Futurs en Méditerranée.

During yesterday’s event the sovereign prince gave the opening speech in front dozens of scientists, scholars and environmentalists including Institut Océanographique Fondation Albert I, Mr. Robert Calcagno, and the Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Irina Bokova.

Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Visits Rome, Italy.

pssmaxima2011On March 21, 2013, Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, in her capacity as Special Advocate of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in the field of Inclusive Finance for Development, arrived in Rome, Italy for a two-day visit.

According to RVD, the purpose of Princess Maxima’s visit is to:

“…talk with senior officials from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Program (WFP).  

On Thursday, Princess Maxima gave an opening speech at an interactive meeting with the organizations and permanent representatives of the FAO, IFAD and WFP. The theme of the meeting was: ‘Inclusive Finance, Challenges and Opportunities for the Rome-based food organizations.’ The princess’s speech [focused on] the importance of good access to financial services for agricultural development and poverty reduction in rural areas…”

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Photo courtesy of RVD/HKH