Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Rothesay: The New Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen. (VIDEO)

camillaOn Monday, June 10, 2013, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Rothesay was installed as the 11th chancellor of the University of Aberdeen.  Per the University of Aberdeen:

“The Installation Ceremony is similar to a graduation ceremony and the first role for the new Chancellor was to bestow honorary degrees on six outstanding individuals for their academic and personal achievements.”

For more information about yesterday’s event as well as to view photos please visit the University of Aberdeen’s official website here.

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News Regarding Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex.

HRH_Sophie,_Countess_of_WessexHer Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex arrived at the London Clinic this afternoon to visit her father-in-law, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.  The 92-year-old duke was admitted to the hospital last week for an “…exploratory operation of the abdomen.”

This evening, according to Buckingham Palace, the lovely countess attended the opening night of the Art Antiques London held at the Albert Memorial West Lawn, Kensington Gardens, in London.  During tonight’s event funds were raised for the Great Ormond Street Hospital.

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Her Royal Highness Princess Mathilde of Belgium Attends the Opera.

MathildeOn the evening of June 11, 2013, Her Royal Highness Princess Mathilde of Belgium arrived at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels to attend a performance of the opera, Così Fan Tutte: Ossia La Scuola Degli Amanti, by the late Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  

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His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Visits the Buurtmoestuin Het Groene Woud.

WAKingOn Tuesday, June 11, 2013, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands arrived in Tilburg to visit the Buurtmoestuin Het Groene Woud (Neighborhood Vegetable Garden).

According to RVD, the Buurtmoestuin Het Groene Woud was developed by local residents in 2012 and is a “…meeting place where residents, young and old, can garden, cook, and make crafts together.”  

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Photo courtesy of HKH/RVD

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News Regarding TMs King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan. (VIDEOS)

On Monday, June 10, 2013, His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan accompanied by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II attended a celebration to mark Army Day and the anniversary of the Great Arab Revolt.

During yesterday’s event His Majesty “…bestowed medals upon several officers and members of the Jordan Armed Forces, the Public Security Department, the General Intelligence Department and the Civil Defense Department as well s injured military personnel in recognition of the services and distinguished track records…” according to Petra News.

In the afternoon, His Majesty held an audience with members of the Association of Mediterranean Ombudsman and with Patriarch Theophilus of the Holy CIty of Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan held a meeting with “…representatives of different education stakeholders in Jordan…” who informed Her Majesty about the various issues discussed during the recent 2013 Teacher’s Conference in Amman.  The conference was organized by the Queen Rania Teacher Academy.

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex Visit His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh in the Hospital. (VIDEOS)

On the afternoon of June 10, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II along with His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex visited His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh at the London Clinic.

The duke, who celebrated his 92nd birthday yesterday, was admitted to the hospital last week for an “exploratory operation on his abdomen.”  Buckingham Palace released a statement after his operation:

“His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh is progressing according to plans at this early stage. He is comfortable and in good spirits. 

He will remain in hospital for up to two weeks, and it is expected he will then be taking a period of convalescence of approximately two months.”

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HIH Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan Visits Spain. (VIDEOS)

On Monday, June 10, 2013, His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan accompanied by his delegation arrived at the Aeropuerto de Madrid-Barajas to begin his seven-day official visit to Spain.  The purpose of the crown prince’s visit is to celebrate the 400th anniversary of bilateral relations and exchanges between Japan and Spain since a mission was dispatched by the Japanese feudal lord, Date Masamune, to Spain in 1613.

After landing at the airport, the crown prince was driven to Palacio Real de El Pardo in Madrid where His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Asturias warmly welcomed the future emperor to Spain.  After an official welcoming ceremony and the inspection of the guards His Imperial Highness and Prince Felipe held a private meeting.

This morning, Crown Prince Naruhito and Prince Felipe attended the first meeting of the Comité Bilateral de Cooperación Empresarial Hispano Japonés held at the Real Casa de la Mondeda in Madrid.

In the afternoon, Their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias and Her Royal Highness Infanta Elena of Spain hosted a luncheon at  Palacio de la Zarzuela for His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito and his delegation.

FleaandNaruhitoOnce lunch was over the crown prince and prince attended the inauguration of the exhibition, Sin Perder Contra la Lluvia: Una Visión de la Reconstrucción Tras el Tsunami de Japón, held at the Centro Cultural Conde Duque in Madrid.  The exhibition shows photos as well as documents displaying the devastation brought on by the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami that devastated the prefectures of Miyagi and Fukushima located in northeastern Japan.  A highlight of the exhibit are photos of “…the heros of Fukishima…” by Japanese photojournalist, Mr. Kazuma Obara.

In the evening, the crown prince accompanied by the prince and princess arrived at the Teatro Real in Madrid to attend a concert in celebration of the year of Japanese and Spanish relations.

During tonight’s concert Crown Prince Naruhito and Their Royal Highnesses along with hundreds of guests watch Japanese flamenco dancer, Mr. Shoji Kojima accompanied by Spanish flamenco singer, Mr. Miguel Poveda.  They also listed to music composed by famed Japanese pianist, Ms. Mine Kawakami.

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TRHs The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay Visit Dundee, Scotland. (VIDEO)

On Tuesday, June 11, 2013, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay  (aka The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall) arrived in Dundee, Scotland for a one-day visit.  According to Clarence House, the duke and duchesses visited the offices of the publishing company, D.C. Thomson & Co.  Whilst there the royal couple met with members of the Thomson family as well as staff of the publishing company.

Afterward, The Duke of Rothesay, visited the The Prince’s Trust Centre and the Grey Lodge Settlement to celebrate their 125th anniversary.

Meanwhile, The Duchess of Rothesay visited the charity, JDRF.  During her visit the duchess met with patients and staff as well as attended a reception.  Soon, The Duchess of Rothesay arrived at the National Osteoporosis Society.  Whilst there she attended a “…presentation by medical staff, patients and volunteers on NHS Tayside’s Fracture Liaison Service and met with the charity’s supporters at a reception at the Clinical Research Centre.”

From there the duchess visited Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres and the War Memorials Trust while The Duke of Rothesay hosted a “…reception to mark the 40th Anniversary of Sabhal Mor Ostaig, the Gaelic Language College of the University of the Highlands and Islands, held at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.”

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News Regarding TSHs Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco. (VIDEOS)

Video about the exhibition

On Monday, June 10, 2013, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco arrived at the Musée Océanographique in Monaco to view the exhibition, Requins: Au-Delà du Malentendu.

Officially opened to the public on World Ocean Day (June 8) Requins: Au-Delà du Malentendu offers:

“…visitors a sensory exhibition of encounters with sharks. It is through this new visiting experience that the public will be invited to experience a genuine adventure to overcome its prejudices and discover the true nature of these lords of the seas.

In our imagination, the shark is often only a succession of frightening images, the heavy legacy of Hollywood thriller movies. By offering an exhibition on this theme, the Musée Océanographique is hoping to overcome that bad reputation. Much less lethal than jellyfish (50), mosquitoes (800,000) or road accidents (1.2 million), sharks kill fewer than 10 persons per year.

Essential for the health of ecosystems, these great predators are now under threat. Each year, more than 100 million sharks are killed by man. To raise the awareness of the general public about their protection, the Musée océanographique has chosen to appeal to emotion.” 

For more information about Requins: Au-Delà du Malentendu please visit the Musée Océanographique’s official website here.

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And, finally, late yesterday afternoon the sovereign prince visited the Monacology Village located at Port Hercule.  The event “…held under the Monégasque Awareness Week children are able to learn more about the environment and sustainable development…” according to Monaco Matin.

Photo courtesy of the Palais Princier

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