News Regarding His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway. (VIDEOS)

cphaaOn April 24, 2013, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway attended Dignity Day at he Glemmen High School in Fredrikstad.  During today’s visit the crown prince met with students, staff, gave a speech, and generally had a fabulous time.

Afterward, the crown prince visited the company, Wik & Walsøe.  In company, which began in 2006 by friends Ms. Linda Walsøe and Ms. Ragnhild Wik, produces some of the finest porcelain tableware in Norway.  To learn more about Wik & Walsøe as well as to view their unique designs please click here.

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Photo courtesy of Kongehuset

His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan Attends the 2013 Japan Prize. (VIDEOS)

His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan attended the 2013 Japan Prize this evening in Tokyo.  Unfortunately, Empress Michiko was unable to attend due to chronic pain in her upper arm and left neck according to the Imperial Household Agency.

The Japan Prize is awarded annually to scientists and engineers from around the world who have made significant contributions to the advancement of science and technology, furthering the cause of peace and prosperity.  The recipients of this year’s prize went to:

“Prof. C. Grant Willson of the University of Texas, Austin and Prof. Jean M. J. Fréchet of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology,  for development of chemically amplified resist polymer materials for innovative semiconductor manufacturing process.  Dr. John Frederick Grassle, Professor Emeritus of Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, for contribution to marine environmental conservation through research on ecology and biodiversity of deep-sea organisms.”

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And, finally, on April 23, 2013, Their Imperial Majesties held an audience with Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.  The princess was in Japan for a two-day visit on the occasion of World Malaria Day according to the Belgian royal court.


Japan Prize Press Conference

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Officially Opens the Special Exhibition, Constantijn en Christiaan Huygens: Een Gouden Erfenis. (VIDEO)

BeatrixHer Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands performed her last official engagement as queen this afternoon when she officially open the special exhibition entitled, Constantijn en Christiaan Huygens: Een Gouden Erfenis, at the Grote Kerk in Den Haag.

The exhibition, a private initiative of the Stichting Grote Kerk, Huygensmuseum Hofwijck and Koninklijke Bibliotheek, displays a:

“…combination of political history, art and science, the Huygens Exhibition shows the rewards of looking beyond established boundaries and embracing innovative thinking, the way father and son Huygens did. One of the highlights of the exhibition is the replica of the Oranjezaal in Huis ten Bosch. The architecture and the series of paintings of the Oranjezaal are the culmination of the Dutch arts during the Golden Age. Constantijn Huygens was actively involved in designing its structure.”

The Constantijn en Christiaan Huygens: Een Gouden Erfenis exhibition will be open to the public beginning on April 25-August 28, 2013.  For more information please visit the official website for the exhibition here.

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Photos courtesy of RVD/HKH & Grote Kerk

Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex Opens the New Ophthalmology Unit at Derriford Hospital. Plus, Other News. (VIDEO)

HRH_Sophie,_Countess_of_WessexHer Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex was at the Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, Devon, yesterday to officially open the “…£5 million state-of-the-art Royal Eye Infirmary ophthalmology unit…”  

The lovely countess also visited the Garden House at Buckland Monachorum where she opened the “…new Jubilee Arboretum…”

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Her Royal Highness Princess Theodora of Greece Attends the CSQ Party in Brentwood, CA.

tedHer Royal Highness Princess Theodora of Greece along with hundreds of local Angeleno VIPS, actors and actresses attended the CSQ Magazine 5th Anniversary and Issue Release party held at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel in Brentwood, CA on April 17, 2013.

Princess Theodora, known as Theodora Greece in the entertainment business, has a recurring role on the hit U.S. soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful.  She plays the role of Alison, the personal secretary to Don Diamont’s character, Billy Spencer.

The princess also wrapped the upcoming films, Where Did You Sleep Last Night, directed by Mr. Bill Birrell and Little Boy directed by Mr. Alejandro Monteverde.  Both films are now in post-production and release dates for the two films are unknown at this time.

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