Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Ascent to the Summit of Mount Everest. (VIDEOS)

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Sixty years ago today a New Zealand man named Edmund Hillary and a Sherpa from Nepal named Tenzing Norgay ascended to the world’s highest and most dangerous peak, Mount Everest.

Since then thousands of men, women, seniors, and a teenager — yes, I said a teenager — have summated Mount Everest.  Into the Death Zone and back again.  Hundreds have died.  Frozen solid in the snow on the infamous mountain.  But, none of the climbers who have ascended Mount Everest since May 29, 1953, are as famous as Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.  For they were the first.

In honor of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s famous achievement Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh attended a reception at the Royal Geographical Society in London this evening to commemorate the 60th anniversary Hillary and Norgay’s climb to the top of Mount Everest.  Her Majesty and the duke as well as guests watched archival footage about the climb, viewed an exhibition, and met with Mr. Peter Hillary and Mr. Jamling Norgay (sons of Edmund and Tenzing).

Meanwhile in Kathmandu, Nepal, there were also celebrations marking the historical ascent.  This morning the President of Nepal, Mr. Ram Baran Yadav, received a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who sent her warmest congratulations:

“On the 60th Anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest I wish to send my warmest regards to the Government of Nepal and re-affirm the strong ties that exist between our two countries.  The news of the successful ascent reached me at a particularly memorable time, the day before my Coronation. The Everest Expedition was an historic example of UK-Nepal co-operation and I hope that the special relationship between our two countries will continue to grow in the years to come.”

And, on the summit of Mount Everest and the base camps below, well, all is quiet as the Spring climbing season is coming to a close. The landscape, though beautiful, is unfortunately littered with trash leftover by insensitive climbers.  As a result, dozens of courageous Sherpas climb the mountain several times cleaning trash and collecting frozen remains of those who never made it out of the Death Zone.

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Tenzing at the top, 1953

Click here to view old photos of photos of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay after their summit.

Archive footage after the climb.

The documentary, Hillary on Everest

Trailer for the documentary, Cleaning Mount Everest

Photos courtesy of Wikipedia and Life

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HRH The Prince of Wales Visits Armenia: Day Two.

PoWHis Royal Highness The Prince of Wales continued his three-day private visit to Armenia on Wednesday, May 29, 2013.  This afternoon the prince met with the President of Armenia, Mr. Serzh Sargsyan, at the Presidential Palace in Yerevan.  This evening the prince will attend a concert at the Armenian National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet.

For more information about The Prince of Wales’s visit please click here. 

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco Meets Bikers Participating in a Charity Race.

alThis morning in front of the lovely Palais Princier His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco met with several bike riders participating in the Tour de Half France (a charity bike ride around the South of France).

After posing for the press and a couple handshakes later the sovereign prince wished the bikers a fantastic day and sent them on their merry way.

The end.   🙂

News Regarding Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. (VIDEOS)

Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands arrived in Hillegom this afternoon to officially open Fioretti College’s new building and exhibition.  Upon her arrival the queen was warmly greeted  by school officials as well as by hundreds of students.  

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And, finally, yesterday morning Her Majesty Queen Maxima and His Majesty King Willem-Alexander visited the provinces of Groningen and Drenthe. To view photos from yesterday’s visit please click here. Or, you can watch the videos below.

Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain Opens the Exhibition, Mujeres por África. (VIDEO)

Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain arrived at the Sede del Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid in Madrid this afternoon to officially open the new exhibition entitled, Mujeres por África.

The exhibition, organized by the Fundación Mujeres por África, hopes to contribute to a better knowledge of the African continent and in particular of African women.

Click here to view photos.

His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan Holds a Meeting with United States and British Delegations. (VIDEO)

On Wednesday, May 29, 2013, His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan participated in a meeting in Amman with aides from the United States Senate as well as with representatives from the British Royal College of Defense Studies.

According to Petra News to purpose of the meeting was to “…discuss local, regional, and international issues…” including the Syrian crisis and the serious repercussions for the entire region, ways to achieve peace in the Middle East, and much more.

TMs King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium Attend the 2012-2013 Prix Reine Paola pour l’Enseignement.

belgiumThis afternoon at the Serres Royales de Laeken Her Majesty Queen Paola of Belgium, accompanied by His Majesty King Albert II, presented the 2012-2013 Prix Reine Paola pour l’Enseignement.

Established in 1996 the Prix Reine Paola pour l’Enseignement are “…awarded annually to a teacher or group of teachers, from three linguistic communities within Belgium, who celebrate the creativity and dedication of teachers in their practical and original educational achievements...”  If that makes any sense…

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TIMs Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan Meet With The Prime Minister of India.

On Wednesday, May 29, 2013, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan held an audience with the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Manmohan Singh, and his wife, Ms. Gursharan Kaur, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

Afterward, the emperor and empress hosted a luncheon in honor of Prime Minister Singh’s three-day visit to Japan.

Her Royal Highness Infanta Elena of Spain Attends the Premios de Acción Humanitaria Doña María de las Mercedes. Plus, News Regarding His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain.

elenaOn the afternoon of Tuesday, May 28, 2013, Her Royal Highness Infanta Elena of Spain attended the II Edition of the Premios de Acción Humanitaria Doña María de las Mercedes held at the Iglesia Colegial del Divino Salvador in Sevilla, Spain.

After opening the session Infanta Elena proceeded to present awards to the Fundación Privada de la Obra Mercedaria, Fundación Juan Felipe Gómez Escobar and Manos Unidas.  And, that’s it.   🙂

In other news, after the Spanish royal court announced to the press that His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain decided to dump his beloved $27 million yacht the business owners who gave it to him — as a lovely gift — were not exactly happy campers upon hearing the news.  Basically, these business owners said, “Give us our damn boat back you ungrateful old king!”  Well, they didn’t use those exact words, but they sure are irritated.  Click here to read more about the “Boatgate” from the Telegraph newspaper.

Photo courtesy of Casa Real

HRH The Prince of Wales Visits the Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts in Yerevan, Armenia.

PoWbwOn Tuesday, May 28, 2013, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales arrived in Yerevan, Armenia for a three-day private visit.

Yesterday, the heir to the British throne visited the Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts where he was “… briefed on the work of the ‘Yerevan My Love’ charitable foundation…” according to Clarence House.

Later this afternoon, The Prince of Wales will meet with the President of Armenia, Mr. Serzh Sargsyan, at the Presidential Palace in Yerevan.  In the evening, the prince will arrive at the Armenian National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet to watch a concert as well as attend a reception.

For more information about The Prince of Wales’s visit to Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts as well as to view photos please click here.