Their Royal Highnesses The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry of Wales Visit HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in the Hospital.

williamandharryOn the afternoon of June 14, 2013, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry of Wales arrived at the London Clinic to visit their grandfather, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.  Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall also stopped by the hospital today.

Last Friday the 92-year-old duke was admitted to the London Clinic for an “exploratory operation on his abdomen.”  A Buckingham Palace spokesman recently stated that the duke is “comfortable and in good spirits.”

Earlier this week Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as well as Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex also visited the duke in the hospital.

His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan Visits Coria del Río and Sevilla. (VIDEOS)

On the morning of June 14, 2013, His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan arrived in Coria del Río, a municipality in the province of Sevilla, Spain, for a one-day visit.

Upon his arrival the crown prince was warmly welcomed by various officials as well as hundreds of locals who cheered and clapped for the future emperor.  Soon, he planted a cherry tree next to the statue of the 17th century Samurai, Hasekura Tsunenaga.  In 1614, Tsunenaga arrived in Coria del Río with his delegation and thus began Japanese and Spanish relations.  Anyway, after planting the lovely  tree the crown prince visited the Colegio Público Vicente Neria (it’s a primary school) where he met with teachers and students who sang various songs for the future emperor of Japan.

In the afternoon, the crown prince met with the president of the Junta de Andalucía, Mr. José Antonio Griñán, at Palacio de San Telmo.  Once their meeting was over the crown prince arrived at the Archivo General de Indias to officially inaugurate the exhibition, De Japón a Roma, Buscando el Sol de la Cristiandad: La Embajada de Hasekura (1613-1620).  The exhibition highlights the 400 years of bilateral relations between Japan and Spain.

Crown Prince Naruhito also visit the historic city of Sevilla where he toured the Alcázar de Sevilla, met the mayor of Sevilla, and took a fun boat ride on the Guadalquivir river.

Click here to watch a brief video.

Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex Visits Chadderton and Oldham.

HRH_Sophie,_Countess_of_WessexOn Thursday, June 13, 2013, Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex arrived in the county of Lancashire in northwest England for a one-day visit. The lovely countess made her first stop to the “…Kingfisher Special School in Chadderton to mark the completion of a £2.5 million refurbishment and extension project” according to the newspaper, Oldham Chronicle.

Afterward, the countess visited the Royal Oldham Hospital in Oldham where she toured the Super Centre for Women and Children (a maternity ward).  Whilst there she met with staff as well as new moms and their adorable babies.

Please click here and here to view photos as well as to learn more about yesterday’s visit.

News Regarding TI&RHs Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie of Prussia.

PrussiaOn the afternoon of June 12, 2013, Their Imperial and Royal Highnesses Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie of Prussia attended the ceremony of the laying of the foundation for the rebuilding of the Stadtschloss (aka the Berliner Schloss).

The schloss, located in what was East Berlin, was destroyed in the 1950s by the East German communist government.  After the demolition a bland and boring government office building was constructed on the site of the old schloss.  After the reunification of Germany in 1990 the government, in 2006, demolished the ratty old communist government building and laid plans to rebuild a replica facade (with modern interior) of the magnificent schloss.  So how much will all this cost?  Oh, only a few million Euros. 590 to be exact.  Chump change.   🙂

Anyway, when a journalist from Bild Magazine asked how Prince Georg Friedrich felt about today’s foundation laying ceremony — or what ever you want to call it — he replied, “This is a very special day. The more I think about it, the less I can believe that it is now to start.” 

Awesome!  Yay Germany!   🙂

Click here to view photos.

Click here for more information about Wednesday’s event.

Earlier this month Their Imperial and Royal Highnesses had a chance to view plans as well as model of the new Stadtschloss with Stiftung im Kronprinzenpalais board member, Mr. Manfred Rettig.



The Stadtschloss circa 1900




Images of what the new Stadtschloss will look like inside an out.

Photos courtesy of SBSHumboldtForum