Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Visits Howe Barracks and the 5 Scots.

qeii-2012On June 28, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II arrived at Howe Barracks in Canterbury, Kent to visit “…the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland (5 SCOTS)…” according to Buckingham Palace.

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

pssmaxima2011On the morning of Friday, June 28, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands arrived in Amsterdam to attend the 2013 Startup Boot Camp Demo Day (SBC).  So, what is Startup Boot Camp you may ask?  Well, according to the SBC’s official website it is:

“….a mentorship driven program; these mentors drive the startups acceleration over the 3 month program – and often for months or years afterwards. The Startupbootcamp founders team, together with their group of international mentors, can open the door to nearly every investor, customer or partner. The value is the quality of that network. 

Mentors work closely with the startups to develop their product, validate their business model, get their first pilot customers and aim to get funding at the end of the program. Startupbootcamp facilitates this mentorship driven model by providing startups with the essential tools needed to have a concrete focus during the 3 month program. What are these essential tools? We provide €15,000 towards living expenses for the team during the program, 6 months co-working space, over €150,000 in sponsored services and the platform to pitch to over 400 investors at Investor Demo Day.”

According to RVD, during this morning’s event Her Majesty attended various presentations and met with participants involved in the program “…during a roundtable conversation about entrepreneurship in the digital era.”  

In the afternoon, Her Majesty Queen Maxima arrived in Eindhoven to attend the 2013 RoboCup World Championships on Robotics.  Again, according to RVD, the goal of RoboCup is to promote “technology and accelerating the development of affordable and reliable robotic technology for the (aging) society.”

For more information about RoboCup and Startup Boot Camp please visit their official websites here and here.

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The Effervescent Life of Deborah, The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire. (VIDEO)

Well, to say it is a slow news day is quite an understatement.  With that being said I believe now is a good time to post this fantastic interview with Deborah Cavendish (neè Deborah Freeman-Mitford) entitled, The Effervescent Life of Deborah, The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire.

“The youngest of the legendary Mitford sisters reminisces about her life and her correspondence with the charismatic Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor, considered to be the finest English travel writer of his generation. An evening filled with wit, eccentric characters, and a celebration of courage and friendship. Charlotte Mosley, her niece and editor, joins the Dowager Duchess in conversation.”

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales Presents Operational Medals.

POWOn June 27, 2013, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales presented operational medals to “…servicemen and women of the Royal Dragoon Guards who have recently completely a tour of duty in Afghanistan…” according to Clarence House.  The medal presentation took place in the gardens at Clarence House.

Earlier in the afternoon The Prince of Wales held an audience with the Prime Minister of Belize, Mr. Dean Barrow, and his wife, Ms. Kim Simplis.

His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan Holds a Meeting with the United States Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry. (VIDEO)

JordanUSOn June 27, 2013, His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan, accompanied by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II of Jordan, held a luncheon meeting with the United States Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry, at Al-Hummar Palace in Amman.

According to Petra News, discussions focused on the Syrian crisis in which His Majesty noted that:

“…Jordan’s stand is firm regarding this issue and calls for a comprehensive and transitional political solution to end the bloodshed and to preserve unity of Syria and is territorial integrity and limits its catastrophic consequences on the whole region.” 

The Secretary of State and His Majesty also discussed ways to “…revive peace talks between the Palestinians and Israelis based on the two-state solution…”

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Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands Opens a New Exhibition in Amsterdam. (VIDEOS)

BeatrixOn Thursday, June 27, 2013, Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands arrived at the Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam to officially open the new exhibition entitled, Het Paleis en de Dam: 400 Jaar Hart van de Amsterdamse Grachten.

Per the official website for the Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam regarding this great new exhibition: 

“The stately Royal Palace stands on the west side of Dam Square, the most famous public space in the Netherlands. The two have been inextricably linked since the seventeenth century. Situated in the heart of the city, they have witnessed some of the most momentous events in the country’s history. In people’s minds they are associated with many different things – royal ceremonies and public celebrations, academic debate and political protest, moments of remembrance and commemoration.

The Palace and Dam Square’ focuses on the relationship between the Royal Palace and Dam Square which, together, have formed the vibrant hub of the city and its canal district for the past four hundred years.”

If you plan to visit or live in the Netherlands and would like to visit the exhibition it will be open to the public beginning on June 28-September 15, 2013.  For more information about Het Paleis en de Dam: 400 Jaar Hart van de Amsterdamse Grachten please visit the official website for the Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam here.

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Official trailer for the exhibition

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