His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden accompanied by 200 members of the Scouts did their civic duty of cleaning up parts of island of Djurgården in Stockholm. Basically, they picked up trash and hopefully His Majesty reminded people not to litter. Why? Because it’s not cool to throw trash any where one pleases; furthermore, there is a reason why trash cans were invented.
This evening at the Hotel de Paris in Monaco His Royal Highness Prince Nicholas of Romania attended a fashion show to support his friend designer, Mr. Alexandru Ciucu. For more information as well as to view personal photos please visit the great site, Monaco Life, here. 🙂
Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium is currently visiting Japan on the “…occasion of World Malaria Day…” according to the Belgian royal court. The princes, in her capacity as Special Representative of the Partnership Roll Back Malaria, accompanied by her delegation attended a luncheon this afternoon in Tokyo with various VIPs as well as government officials including the Belgian Ambassador to Japan, Mr. Luc Liebaut, and the President of Exxon Mobil Japan, Mr. Takehide Anada.
The Belgian royal court also notes that Princess Astrid will have various “…interviews/meetings with Japanese authorities…” regarding the fight against Malaria during her two-day visit to Japan.
His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan attended a book party for the 3rd edition of Mr. Tetsuji Nakabō’s book, Fishes of Japan with Pictorial Keys to the Species, this afternoon at Tokai University in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. The book was originally published in 1993 and again in 2000. This latest edition includes Emperor Akihito’s “…contribution to the book.”
In other news, the Imperial Household Agency announced that the emperor and empress will visit India sometime this Fall. The Japanese government is working out the details at this time.
Their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain held an audience this morning with Mr. José Manuel Caballero Bonald and his wife, Ms. Josefa Ramis, at Palacio de la Zarzuela in Madrid.
Mr. Bonald is the recipient if the 2012 Premio de Literatura en Lengua Castellana ‘Miguel de Cervantes’. The award is the highest recognition of the creative labor of Spanish and Latin American writers. Mr. Bonald will be presented with this prestigious award as a result of his lifetime body of work which includes editing, poetry, novels, and academic efforts such as his contributions to the Seminario de Lexicografía de la Real Academia Española.
In the afternoon, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias hosted a luncheon at Palacio Real de Madrid in honor of Mr. José Manuel Caballero Bonald.
According to the newspaper, Wort, Their Royal Highnesses Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg will attend the upcoming inauguration/investiture of His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje on April 30, 2013 in Amsterdam.
In other news, the hereditary grand-ducal couple were at the Grand-Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg yesterday to attend a graduation ceremony of “…young master craftsman and the winners of the Promotion of Labor…” according to the Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg.
The Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg announced this morning the wedding dates for His Royal Highness Prince Fèlix of Luxembourg and his longtime girlfriend, Miss Claire Lademacher. The civil marriage will take place in Königstein im Taunus, Germany on September 17, 2013. The religious ceremony will take place on September 21, 2013, at the basilique de Sainte Marie-Madeleine de Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume in France.