HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway Participates in the 2013 OECD Forum. (VIDEO)

cphaaOn Tuesday, May 28, 2013, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway participated in the 2013 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Forum held at the OECD Conference Center in Paris, France.

During today’s opening session the heir to the Norwegian throne gave a keynote speech along with the Secretary-General of the OECD, Mr. Angel Gurría.  In the afternoon, Crown Prince Haakon along with ten other speakers participated in a roundtable discussion held under the theme, Food for Thought: The Power of One.

Click here to watch a video of the crown prince’s speech.

Photo courtesy of Kongehuset

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Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia Opens a School. (VIDEO)

On May 28, 2013, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia opened the new Princess Katherine kindergarten in Novo Selo.  During the official opening the crown princess met with staff as well as students.

For more information about the opening as well as to view personal photos please click here.

Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain Visits the Fundación Bobath.

Fundación BobathOn the morning of May 28, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain visited the Fundación Bobath in Madrid.  The foundation was founded in 1982 by Karel and Berta Bobath to help those with paralysis as well as brain damage. The foundation uses an “…integrated treatment system that addresses physical, social, and emotional problems caused by paralysis as well as brain damage.”

During her visit Her Majesty met with representatives from the Fundación Bobath and was given a tour of the facilities including the Parque Infantil (infants park) which is supported by the Fundación Reina Sofia.

Photo courtesy of Casa Real

News Regarding Members of the Belgian Royal Family.

Château de LaekenTheir Majesties King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium accompanied by Her Royal Highness Princess Mathilde, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Laurent and Princess Claire, and Their Imperial and Royal Highnesses Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz hosted a gala luncheon at Château de Laeken for “…jury members of the 2013 Concours Reine Elisabeth – Piano…”

Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden Welcome the President of Indonesia to Stockholm. (VIDEO)

On the morning of May 28, 2013, Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden along with Their Royal Highnesses Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden welcomed the President of Indonesia, Mr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and his wife, First Lady Ani Yudhoyono, to the royal palace in Stockholm.

After a brief photo-op the royal family, President Yudhoyono and First Lady Ani Yudhoyono met with various local as well as government officials and VIPs before attending a gala luncheon.

President Yudhoyono and his delegation will remain in Sweden until tomorrow.  Prior to their departure President Yudhoyono will met with Swedish Prime Minister, Mr. Fredrik Reinfeldt and Speaker of the Parliament, Mr. Per Westerberg according to the Jakarta Post.

HRH Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands Attends the 2013 European Inventor Awards. (VIDEO)

EIA2013Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands arrived at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam this afternoon to attend the 2013 European Inventor Awards organized and presented by the European Patent Office.  These awards “…honors outstanding inventors for their contribution to social, economic and technological progress.”

Per the European Patent Office the recipients of the 2013 European Inventor Awards: 

“The Research Award went to Mr. Patrick Couvreur, Ms. Barbara Stella, Ms. Véronique Rosilio, Mr. Luigi Cattel, from Paris-Sud University, for their invention of nano-capsules.

The Industry Award went to Mr. Claus Hämmerle and Mr. Klaus Brüstle, from Austrian manufacturer Julius Blum, for their invention of a damper system for soft closing of furniture doors, drawers and wall cabinets called ‘Blumotion’.

The Lifetime Achievement award went to Mr. Martin Schadt, of Switzerland, inventor of the world’s first flat-panel liquid crystal display, better known as LCD, which has paved the way for the low-energy devices, such as flat screens, tablet computers and mobile phones, now used by millions of people worldwide.

The Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Award went to Mr. Pål Nyrén of Sweden, for inventing pyrosequencing ─ a far faster, less complicated and cheaper method of sequencing DNA strands.

The Popular Prize Award went to Mr. José Luis López Gómez of Spain, whose invention to use a unique ‘independent guided’ wheel design rather than a standard axle on high-speed passenger trains makes those trains some of the most comfortable and safe in the industry.

The Non-European Countries Award went to Mr. Ajay V Bhatt, Mr. Bala Sudarshan Cadambi, Mr. Jeff Morris, Mr. Shaun Knoll, Ms. Shelagh Callahan, from the US, for creating and developing the industry standard Universal Serial Bus (USB) technology.”

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Photos courtesy of the EPO Press Channel/M.Kooren

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall Visits Paris, France: Day Two (VIDEOS)

On Tuesday, May 28, 2013, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall continued her two-day official visit to Paris, France.  This morning the lovely duchess visited the headquarters of the legendary fashion house, Dior, where she met with creative director, Mr. Raf Simons, and was given a private tour of the of the facility by the CEO of Dior, Mr. Sidney Toledano.

The Duchess of Cornwall also met with various individuals participating in the “…Help for Heroes Paris to London charity bike race…”, toured the Louvre, watched a military ceremony as well as “…an equine presentation…” by the Garde Républicaine at their headquarters, and much more.

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HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway Participates in a Roundtable Discussion. (VIDEO

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On the afternoon of Tuesday, May 28, 2013, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway participated in a roundtable discussion entitled, Women’s Health, during the first full-day of the 3rd Women Deliver Global Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Participants in today’s discussion included the Director of Women and Health Initiative at Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Ana Langer, the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Foundation, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, the Vice President and Medical Director of the nonprofit international health organization, Jhpiego, Dr. Harshad Sanghvi, and CEO of Global Health Corps, Ms. Barbara Bush.

The purpose of the 3rd Women Deliver Global Conference is to “…serve as a global platform for ensuring that the health and rights of girls and women remain top priorities on the global population and development agenda.”