Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Attends a Gala Performance at the Koninklijk Theater Carré. (VIDEO)

HMQBOn the evening of April 3, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands attended a gala performance at the Koninklijk Theater Carré in Amsterdam on the occasion of the theatre’s 125th anniversary.

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Photo courtesy of RVD/HKH

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News Regarding Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge. (VIDEO)

BeatrixThis morning it was announced by RVD that on April 29, 2013, a pre-recorded speech by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands will be broadcast on Nederland 1 and Radio 1.

Meanwhile, it was announced that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will attend the National Review of Queen’s Scouts at Windsor Castle and participated in the National Scout Service at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on April 21, 2013.

And, finally, if you missed last week’s edition of the fantastic Dutch program, Blauw Bloed, well now is your chance.  Click here to watch.   🙂

 

Photo courtesy of RVD/HKH

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TSHs Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Welcome the United Nations Secretary-General to Monaco. (VIDEOS)

UNMonacoOn April 3, 2013, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco welcomed the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon and his wife, Mrs. Ban Soon-teak, to Monaco.  Mr. Ki-moon is visiting the Principality on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Monaco’s entrance into the United Nations according to the Palais Princier.

Upon their arrival Mr. Ban Ki-moon and Mrs. Ban Soon-teak were warmly greeted by the sovereign prince and Princess Charlene in the courtyard of the Palais.  After “…military honors and the reciprocal presentation of the delegations in the courtyard of the Palais Mr. Ban Ki-moon and Prince Albert II held a meeting in the stateroom.”  Meanwhile, Princess Charlene held an audience with Mrs. Ban Soon-teak.

In the afternoon, Prince Albert II and Mr. Ban Ki-moon arrived at the Musée Océanographique where they gave a speech to the Corps Constitués.  In the evening, Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene hosted a gala dinner in honor of Mr. Ban Ki-moon and Mrs. Ban Soon-teak’s official visit to Monaco.

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Her Royal Highness Infanta Cristina of Spain Ordered to Appear in Court. (VIDEOS)

The judge presiding over the Instituto Nóos case, José Castro, has ordered that Her Royal Highness Infanta Cristina of Spain to appear in court on April 27, 2013.

Judge Castro is calling the Infanta as a witness in the investigation of her husband, Mr. Iñaki Urdangarín, the Duke of Palma, and his former business partner, Mr. Diego Torres, in the Instituto Nóos corruption case.  Mr. Urdangarín and Mr. Torres are accused of embezzlement, fraud, misuse of public funds, and forgery from the non-profit organization they once presided over, Instituto Nóos.

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His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje in Eindhoven. (VIDEOS)

On April 3, 2013, His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje was in Eindhoven to participate in the launch the new DAF Euro XF trucks.

According to RVD:

“DAF invested one billion Euros in a completely new vehicle series and adaptations of its factories in Eindhoven and Westerlo to the production of these new generation of trucks.

DAF Trucks NV is a subsidiary of the American PACCAR Inc. The company produces light, medium and heavy duty trucks.”

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Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain Presides Over an Award Ceremony. (VIDEO)

sofiaOn April 3, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain presided over the Accesibilidad Universal de Municipios and the Promoción de la Inserción Laboral de Personas con Discapacidad award ceremony held at Palacio de la Zarzuela in Madrid.

According to the Spanish royal court, Her Majesty presented these awards to “…the city councils of Carranque (Toledo), Cáceres, Burgos, Valladolid, Miraflores (Perú) and Medellín (Colombia) and the company, Repsol.”

 

Photo courtesy of Casa Real

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HRH Prince Felipe of Asturias Visits the Petronor Refinery. (VIDEOS)

On April 3, 2013, His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Asturias inaugurated new facilities/units at the Petronor Refinery in Múskiz,Vizcaya, Spain.

Per a press release:

“Prince Felipe officially opened the refinery’s new Coker unit, whose construction, including associated environmental programs, totaled 1.006 billion euros.

The expansion of the refinery involves the creation of 100 jobs and guarantees the future of one of Spain’s largest refineries, employing 928 people and generating 6,200 indirect jobs.

The new facilities increase the refinery’s conversion capacity and, together with the overhaul of the Cartagena unit, have helped to improve Spain’s balance of trade.

Following the expansion, Petronor now has a processing capacity of 12 million tonnes a year, one of Spain’s largest. The refinery has eliminated the production of fuel oil and has increased the output of higher-demand products.

Prince Felipe said during his speech that the project ‘would not have been possible without the technological, financial and human commitment ‘s the partners, demonstrating Spain’s ‘strong bet on energy security and development.’

‘The Petronor refinery is amongst the best in Europe, not only in distillation and conversion capacity, but because of the use of the latest technology in sustainability, safety and energy efficiency,’ said Repsol Chairman, Antonio Brufau.

After revealing a commemorative plaque, the Prince of Asturias visited the refinery’s new units. In addition to the Coker unit, another important feature is the highly efficient cogeneration unit, which will reduce CO2 emissions and help achieve the aims of the Kyoto protocol. The cogeneration unit also enables Petronor to increase electricity production to 100 megawatts per hour, equivalent to 3.9% of the Basque Country’s output. As a result the refinery is now self-sufficient in electricity and will be able to distribute 15% of its power output to the electricity network.

During his speech, the Prince of Asturias said that ‘the Múskiz project would not have been possible without the technological, financial and human commitment of important organizations and many people. I want to congratulate Repsol and Kutxabank for their unwavering support for Petronor. There is no doubt of our country’s strong bet on energy security and development.’”

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