On April 8, 2013, His Royal Highness Prince Daniel of Sweden was in Södertälje where he visited the Berättarministeriet. According to the Swedish royal court the Berättarministeriet is a:
“…writing workshop for children and young people aged 8-18 years from areas with high unemployment. The aim of Berättarministeriet is to improve the socio-economic mobility in the community by providing an enjoyable and creative way to inspire children and young people to conquer the written word. Berättarministeriet is a non-profit, non-political and non-religious foundation which is run in collaboration between the private, public and nonprofit sectors…”
On April 8, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan held an audience with the Administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Chair of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), Ms. Helen Clark, in Amman. According to the Petra News Agency, discussions focused on:
“…regional consultations on the post-2015 development agenda. Her Majesty, as a member of the U.N. High Level Panel (HLP) that will help advise on the shape of the post-2015 development agenda, discussed with Ms. Clark the outputs of her meetings with Arab leaders from civil society, research institutes and academia held last month to outline the main development challenges and priorities of the Arab world which will help shape the post-2015 development agenda.”
And, finally, Her Majesty Queen Rania also participated in a board meeting with members of the “…Queen Rania Al Abdullah Award for Excellence in Education (QRAEE) who briefed her on new elements incorporated into this year’s cycle” according to the Petra News Agency.
On April 8, 2013, His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Asturias attended a meeting with members of the Consejo Científico del Real Instituto Elcano de Estudios Internacionales and Estratégicos held at the Hotel Intercontinental Madrid.
Disgraced former handball player, husband of Infanta Cristina of Spain, son-in-law of Their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain, suspect in a mega-corruption case and overall jerk, Mr. Iñaki Urdangarín, the Duke of Palma, has decided to get the heck out of Spain.
According to the Spanish newspaper, El Pais, Mr. Urdangarín was recently offered a new position in a land far, far away from Spain. So where is this job and what will he be doing? Well, it seems that he was offered a position as a handball coach… in Qatar. The disgraced duke will “…work alongside the Spanish coach Valero Rivera training the Qatari national team and may be joined by his wife, Princess Cristina, and their four children at the end of the school year. The king’s advisers spoke to Qatari officials to secure the position for Urdangarín…” according to Bloomberg News via El Pais.
On April 8, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands welcomed the President of Russia, Mr. Vladimir Putin and his delegation, to the Netherlands. The purpose of the visit to not only strengthen ties between the two countries, but to attend the launch of the Netherlands-Russia Year.
The Netherlands-Russia Year is an initiative of the Russian Federation held in broadening and deepening of the centuries-long collaboration. The two countries will, in the future, continue to work on an innovative partnership. The program for this year rests on three pillars: Economy, culture, and politics & society.
After arriving at Schiphol Airport President Putin and his delegation were driven to the Hermitage museum in Amsterdam where he was warmly greeted by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands as well as several Dutch officials. Soon, Her Majesty and the President visited the Peter the Great: Inspired Tsar exhibition. Afterward, the President visited the Scheepvaartmuseum in Amsterdam with Prime Minister, Mark Rutte.
On April 8, 2013, Their Imperial Highnesses Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan welcomed the President of Mexico, Mr. Enrique Peña Nieto, and his wife, Ms. Angelica Rivera, to the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. The President and his delegation are on a four-day visit to Japan to strengthen bilateral and economic ties between the two countries.
After a private meeting Their Imperial Majesties accompanied by His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito and several Japanese officials, hosted a luncheon in honor of President Nieto and his delegation at the Imperial Palace.
And, finally, Their Imperial Highnesses Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan, attended an enrollment ceremony of their only son, Prince Hisahito, on April 7, 2013. The little prince started elementary school.