News Regarding His Majesty King Harald V of Norway.

King HaraldsOn May 8, 2013, His Majesty King Harald V of Norway was at Akershus Festning to celebrate Frigjøringsdagen and Nasjonale Veterandagen.

During today’s event His Majesty presided over a medal ceremony in which he:

“…present[ed] the War Cross with Sword to Lieutenant Lars Kristian Lauritzen and Major Kristian Bergh Stang.  Lieutenant Lars Kristian Lauritzen received the War Cross with Sword for his outstanding bravery and courage during combat operations in 2007. Major Kristian Bergh Stang was awarded the War Cross with Sword for his outstanding courage and leadership during the fighting in 2008. War Cross with Sword is the highest decoration the official Norway can provide. The king also placed a wreath at the National Monument prior to the medal ceremony.”

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Photo courtesy of Kongehuset

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No Subpeona For You Infanta Cristina of Spain! (VIDEOS)

Well, isn’t she a lucky little bird.  Yesterday, the Spanish court on Palma de Mallorca has withdrawn a subpoena against Infanta Cristina of Spain initiated by Judge José Castro.  Last month the judge ordered the 47-year-old Infanta to appear in court as a witness to the investigation of her shady husband, Mr. Iñaki Urdangarín, the Duke of Palma, and his former business partner, Mr. Diego Torres.  As you may know by now the not exactly bright duo –Urdangarín and Torres — are accused of embezzlement, fraud, misuse of public funds, and forgery from the non-profit organization they once presided over, Instituto Nóos.

TMs King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden Enjoying the Sites in New York City.

swedenTheir Majesties King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden arrived in New York City last evening to begin their four-day visit to the United States in “...in connection with the 375th anniversary of the Kalmar Nyckel’s arrival in Delaware and the first Swedish settlement in the USA” according to the Swedish royal court.

This morning Their Majesties accompanied by Her Royal Highness Princess Madeleine of Sweden and her fiancé, Mr. Christopher O’Neill, had a nice family outing whilst visiting the Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park, New York City.  Soon, the lovely royal family took a boat ride to Ellis Island as well as to Liberty Island where they gazed upon the majestic Statue of Liberty.  Afterward, Their Majesties headed on over to Harlem where they enjoyed a fabulous lunch at the famous Red Rooster restaurant.

Anyway, according to various sources Their Majesties will visit Washington, DC and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Whilst in Philly Their Majesties will “… tour of City Hall before visiting the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the Barnes and the American Swedish Historical Museum…” before heading on over to Wilmington, Delaware.

Video about the upcoming celebrations in Delaware.  

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Photo courtesy of Kungahuset

Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan Attends the 2013 Microsoft Jordan Imagine Cup.

HerMajestyQueenRaniaOn May 8, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan attended the 2013 Microsoft Jordan Imagine Cup competition in Amman.

“The Imagine Cup brings the brightest young minds together to build apps with the magic of technology. 

Microsoft created the Imagine Cup over ten years ago with the idea that students can change the world. What begins with a burst of inspiration and a lot of hard work can become a future software breakthrough, a jump-start for a career, or a flourishing new industry. 

The Imagine Cup invites students from around the world to learn, collaborate and change the world by applying their imagination, passion and creativity to technology innovations.”

According to the Petra News Agency this year’s competition had “…450 participating students from various Jordanian universities and schools.” After visiting various exhibits “…showcasing projects by 10 semi-finalists teams…” Her Majesty presented awards to three teams for basically doing a super awesome job.  This years winners are: Team Jordan University of Technology, Team Petra University and Team Jubilee School.

Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain Attends an Award Ceremony in Málaga. (VIDEO)

espanaredcrossHer Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain was at the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Málaga this morning to attend the celebration of the Día Mundial de la Cruz Roja and the Media Luna Roja (World Day Red Cross and the Red Crescent).

After a speech by Her Majesty the Mayor of Málaga and the Secretary-General of the Cruz Roja Española presented awards to various branches of the Cruz Roja — Cádiz and Portugal — as well as to individual employees and various foundations.

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Photo courtesy of Casa Real

HM Queen Elizabeth II Attends the Opening of the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

qeii-2012After giving her speech during the State Opening of Parliament at the palace of Westminster in London Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II attended the opening of the 2013 Royal Windsor Horse show held at Windsor Home Park in Windsor.   This fun-filled five-day event is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.  Yay.   🙂

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TSHs Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Attend the 2013 Monte-Carlo Prix Femme de l’Année. (VIDEO)

PalaisPrincierOn the evening of May 7, 2013, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco attended the 2013 Prix Monte-Carlo Femme de l’Année (Woman of the Year) awards and gala held at the Sporting d’hiver in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.

The Prix Monte-Carlo Femme de l’Année “…celebrates women from diverse sections of society and various parts of the world, who, thanks to their personal or professional actions, have had a positive impact on their own lives or on the lives of others.”

This year’s recipients of the award went to the President of the Ecoute Cancer Réconfort Association, Ms.Adeline Garino, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and Cervical Cancer Prevention Specialist, Dr. Diane Harper.

 

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Photo courtesy of the Palais Princier

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh at the State Opening of Parliament. (VIDEOS)

On the morning of May 8, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh attended, per tradition, the State Opening of Parliament at the palace of Westminster in London.  For the first time in 17 years His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales attended today’s event — major historical significance here, people — and for the first time Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall was present.

Per tradition Her Majesty gave a speech — written by the Government and approved by the Cabinet — highlighting the government’s program for the year ahead.  After the speech, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh along with Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall left the House of Lords.  Then there after members of Parliament had a lively debate regarding the government’s program for — you guessed it — the year ahead.

For details about Her Majesty’s speech please click the links below:

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TRHs The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall Host a Reception at St. James’s Palace. (VIDEO)

On Tuesday, May 7, 2013, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a reception at St. James’s Palace for “…various members of the British Caribbean communities from the world of business, politics, sport, entertainment, charity and the media.”

During last evening’s event the royal couple and their guests “… watched a performance by the London Community Gospel Choir and the Pimlico Academy Steel Band…” according to the official website for The Prince of Wales.

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