On Wednesday, May 8, 2013, Their Imperial and Royal Highnesses Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este and Princess Astrid, Archduchess of Austria-Este attended the opening of the 32nd Edition of the Jeux Nationaux Special Olympics in Ghent.
According to the Belgian royal court and the newspaper, L’Avenir over:
“….3,700 athletes will participate in 19 sports events over the next three days. Unlike the Paralympics, which are intended for elite athletes with a physical disability, “National Special Olympics” are open to athletes of all levels with an intellectual disability. These athletes are supervised daily by 1,200 coaches and many volunteers.”
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On May 9, 2013, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia accompanied by their family attended the repatriation ceremony of Her Majesty the late Queen Alexandra in Belgrade. For detailed information as well as to view personal photos please click here.
His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales arrived in Washington, D.C., this morning kick starting his seven-day United States tour that will take him to places such as Colorado, New York City, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
Anyway, the lovable prince accompanied by Republican Senator, Mr. John McCain, visited the HALO Trust’s anti-landmine photography exhibition held at the Russell Senate Building in the US capital. The prince also had the honor of meeting First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House “…at an event honoring military mothers…” this afternoon as well.
And, finally, this evening Prince Harry will attend a cozy dinner at the British ambassador’s residence according to various sources. Tomorrow, the prince will visit the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Arlington National Cemetery.
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On Thursday, May 9, 2013, Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden arrived in Washington, DC for a brief visit.
This afternoon the reigning couple attended a lunch meeting with “…members of the Swedish Congressional Caucus.” Their Majesties also visited the Department of the Treasury where they attended the unveiling of a new portrait of the “…Congressional Gold Medal that will be posthumously presented to Raoul Wallenberg.”
The king and queen also visited the National Museum of the American Indian and this evening, according to various sources, they will attend a ballet performance at the Kennedy Center. On Friday, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia will arrive in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for a one-day visit. On Saturday, Their Majesties will arrive in Wilmington, Delaware to participate in the “…375th anniversary of the Kalmar Nyckel’s arrival in Delaware…”
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His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh attended Day Two of the Royal Windsor Horse Show held at Windsor Home Park this afternoon. During today’s fun event the awesome duke presented awards to those who participated in the Driving for the Disabled event.
Yesterday, Her Majesty attended the opening of the Royal Windsor Horse Show to “…watch her horse compete in Thoroughbred Ridden Show Horse Class…” according to the newspaper Express.
Yesterday, The Duke of Edinburgh attended the opening of an exhibition on board the HQS Wellington in London. Click here to view photos as well as to read more about the event.
On May 9, 2013, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales arrived at Wattisham Airfield in Suffolk to “…award medals to soldiers who have fought in Afghanistan…” as well as to met with their families. The prince is Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps. Click here and here to watch videos as well as to read an article from the Ipswich Star.
And, finally, The Prince of Wales also hosted a reception this afternoon at St. James’s Palace for those attending the UK Trade and Global Investment Conference.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall was Vogue House in London this afternoon to attend a charity reception to “…thank ‘House and Garden’ readers who have [recently] opened their gardens as part of the magazine’s campaign to raise money for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres…” according to Princeofwales.gov.uk. The lovely duchess is President of Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres.
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On May 9, 2013, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan presented the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun to “…40 foreign nationals…”
According to the Japan Daily Press the recipients were awarded this high honor for their, “…distinguished achievements in international relations, promoting Japanese culture in an international setting, advancement in their specific fields, excellence in social work or environmental work.”