On April 4, 2013, His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Asturias held an audience with the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, at Palacio Real de El Pardo in Madrid. Earlier in the afternoon, the prince presented the Royal Commissions to new judges held at the Auditorio de Barcelona.
Well, it’s that time of year again! It’s the 2013 Merrie Monarch Festival a yearly event which “…honors the legacy left by King David Kalākaua, who inspired the perpetuation of our traditions, native language and the arts.” Yay! So, yeah, every year I mention this fantastic event because, well, I can. 🙂 Moreover, it is truly a great event that everyone must see at least once in their lifetime.
With that being said, if you are interested watching the hula competitions via live stream on KFVE 5 please click here. Live streaming of the 50th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival begins at 6PM Hawai’i time. Or, you can watch yesterday’s event, Merrie Monarch Backstage, here. 🙂
Poster courtesy of the Merriemonarch.com
On April 4, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh hosted a reception for the British Film Industry at Windsor Castle. During this evening’s event Her Majesty received an “…honorary BAFTA award in recognition of her lifetime support for the British film and television industry…”
On April 4, 2013, His Majesty King Harald V of Norway held an audience with the Foreign Minster at the royal palace in Oslo. Meanwhile, Her Majesty Queen Sonja held an audience with the Norske Opera og Ballett (Norwegian Opera and Ballet). Later in the afternoon His Majesty attended the funeral of the late Mr. Hjalmar Andersen held at the Tønsberg Domkirke.
And, finally, this morning His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway participated in the NHO Conference, Arena Global Future, held at the Næringslivets Hus in Oslo.
Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Strathearn, aka The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, arrived in Glasgow, Scotland for a two-day visit on April 4, 2013.
This morning the royal couple visited the Emirates Arena in Glasgow where they met with “…organizers and budding athletes participating in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, and unveiled a commemorative plaque marking their visit.” The royal couple also visited the Quarriers Stopover Project, “…a place for young homeless people run by the charity, Quarriers, and visited the Donald Dewar Leisure Centre in Drumchapel where they launched a new Scottish project for their foundation.”
For more information about today’s activities please click the links below.
On April 4, 2013, Her Royal Highness Infanta Elena of Spain held an audience at Palacio de la Zarzuela with representatives, organizers and partners of the 13th Edition of the Campaña Solidaria ‘Un Juguete, una Ilusión’.
Photo courtesy of Casa Real
On the evening of April 3, 2013, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia hosted a gala dinner at the White Palace for members of the diplomatic corps in Serbia. Please click here for more information about last evening’s gathering.
And, finally, this afternoon the crown prince couple officially opened the “…20th traditional Easter Bazaar of handicrafts of women refugees at the Chamber of Commerce in Belgrade.” Click here to read more about today’s opening.
On April 3, 2013, His Royal Highness Prince Daniel of Sweden visited the company, Drivhuset, in Uppsala, Sweden. The company helps entrepreneurs and business owners achieve their goals through “…personal evaluation, business development, training and access to an office environment. The company also has an online forum where young entrepreneurs and business owners can exchange ideas and share experiences, tips and knowledge with each other.”
Photo courtesy of Kungahuset
According to RVD, the youth center is a “…new concept for youth centers where young people are used to help their peers.” During his visit the future king of the Netherlands met with staff and youths at the center.
In the afternoon, Prince Willem-Alexander visited the EnTranCe (Energy Transition Center) a “…a laboratory for applied research that industry, government and education can collaborate on future energy supply.”
From there the prince travelled to Groningen where he opened the new office, GasTerra. According to RVD, the office building was:
“…completely rebuilt and redeveloped so that it meets the highest demands in terms of sustainability and energy efficiency. GasTerra is an international company trading in natural gas contributing to the Dutch and European gas supply. The company promotes the safe and efficient use of natural gas and is committed to the development of clean and efficient gas application.”
Photo courtesy of RVD/HKH