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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Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias Attend the 2013 Premios Fundación Príncipe de Girona.

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On the evening of June 26, 2013, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias arrived at the Palacio de Congresos in Girona to attend the 2013 Premios Fundación Príncipe de Girona.

The awards are presented to individuals and organizations for their “…outstanding entrepreneurial capacity in innovative project” according to the official website for the Fundación Príncipe de Girona.

Afterward, the royal couple and hundreds of guests attended a concert held at the Sala Sinfónica de Auditorio.

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His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan Meets With the New Emir of Qatar. (VIDEO)

On June 26, 2013, His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan accompanied by His Royal Highness Prince Ali bin Hussein of Jordan arrived in Doha, Qatar to meet with the new Emir of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.

During their meeting, according to Petra News, His Majesty wished the new emir:

“…good luck and success in leading Qatar and the Qatari people to greater success and prosperity.  His Majesty also reiterated Jordan’s desire to enhance fraternal and cooperative relations between the two ‘brotherly’ countries and build on what has been achieved, serving the two countries’ common interests and boosting the joint Arab action.”

After the meeting His Majesty, Prince Ali, Sheikh Tamim, and members of Qatar’s royal family as well as His Majesty’s delegation attended a gala luncheon.

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Presents New Colours to the Nijmegen Company, Grenadier Guards.

QEII1On June 26, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, as Colonel-in-Chief, presented New Colours to the Nijmegen Company, Grenadier Guards in the gardens at Buckingham Palace in London.

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His Royal Highness Prince Daniel of Sweden Presents the Hjärt-Lungfondens Research Grant.

danielOn Wednesday, June 26, 2013, His Royal Highness Prince Daniel of Sweden presented the 2013 Hjärt-Lungfondens “…major research grant, worth 15 million Swedish Kroner, to Professor Leif Svensson of the Department of Cardiology at Södersjukhuset in Stockholm…” according to a press release from the Hjärt-Lungfondens.

Professor Svensson received the grant for his:

“…research into sudden cardiac arrest and the formation of a national center for cardiac arrest, The Center for Cardiac Arrest Science.  The purpose of the center is to tie together all of Sweden and few hospitals, ambulance and emergency services to work together more effectively.  The center conducted scientific studies of different and innovative treatments to improve survival in sudden cardiac arrest.”

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News Regarding Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain.

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On June 26, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain arrived at the Instituto Cajal in Madrid to present the VI Diploma Cajal prize.  Each year the prize is awarded to a neuroscientist for their outstanding research.  This year the prize went to Professor Rodolfo Llinás.

After the ceremony, Her Majesty visited Instituto Cajal’s the library, research facility, museum and archives according to the Spanish royal court.

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HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Visits Haut-de-Cagnes, France.

PalaisPrincierOn June 26, 2013, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco arrived in the lovely village of Haut-de-Cagnes, France for a one-day visit as “…part of his travels to several French cities linked to the history of the house of Grimaldi.”  Upon his arrival the sovereign prince was warmly welcomed by the mayor of the village, Mr. Louis Nègre, and by other local officials.

According to the Palais Princier, Prince Albert II began his visit with a tour of the newly restored Eglise Saint-Pierre du Haut-de-Cagnes. Soon, he was off to tour Château-Musée Grimaldi constructed by the sovereign prince’s ancestor, Rainier Grimaldi, in 1309. Whilst there the prince unveiled a shiny new plaque commemorating his visit.

Afterward, Prince Albert II toured the town square where he along with Mayor Nègre gave speeches in front of the locals and then attended a reception held in the sovereign prince’s honor.


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TRHs The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall Visit Northern Ireland. Day Two.

ccOn Wednesday, June 26, 2013, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall continued their visit to Northern Ireland.

Today, the royal couple visited the towns of Moy and Caledon in County Tyrone where they toured the “…Mill Street Cottage, the Beam Engine and Engine House, the St James’ Church, and met volunteers from YouthAction Northern Ireland, and learnt about the work they do in the local community…” according to UTV Live News.

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His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan Holds an Important Meeting.

jordanOn June 25, 2013, His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan held an important meeting with the European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, and the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Emma Bonino, in Amman.

According to Petra News, discussions focused on issues related to the Middle East and the Syrian crisis which:

“…Jordan is shouldering the burdens that are both heavy and increasing while straining its limited resources and infrastructures as a result of the influx of Syrian refugees, and urged the international community to continue assuming its responsibilities to support the country’s assistance to refugees…”

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Her Royal Highness Princess Claire of Belgium Visits Camp Tournesol.

claireOn the morning of June 25, 2013, Her Royal Highness Princess Claire of Belgium arrived in Spa in the province of Liège to spend a day with 50 young Cancer patients at Camp Tournesol.

Upon her arrival the princess was warmly welcomed by staff, doctors, and of course the children attending the camp.  Throughout the day Princess Claire played games with the children and congratulated the Fondation Contre le Cancer for “…organizing Camp Tournesol for the past 25 years.”

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TRHs The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall Visit Northern Ireland. (VIDEOS)

CamillaCharlesOn June 25, 2013, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall arrived in County Antrim, Northern Ireland for a special visit.

This morning the royal couple toured the WrightBus factory “…where new ultra-low carbon double-decker London buses are being built…” according to the Associated Press.

Afterward, The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Broughshane Library and Nursery  School as well as the Antrim Area Hospital.  Meanwhile, The Prince of Wales “…met with crowds outside Larne town hall. He travelled there to show his support for local farmers who suffered badly from adverse weather earlier this year…” according to the BBC News.

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His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani The New Emir of Qatar. (VIDEOS)

Well, it is official.  The super awesome His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani of Qatar has retired, err, stepped down as the Emir of Qatar.  So, who’s replacing  him?  His son… His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.

According to His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, via a press conference,  the reason for his abdication was pretty simple.  According to the Emir “…it was time for a new generation to takeover… This is the beginning of a new era in which a young leadership will hold the banner…”  

According to the Qatar News Agency, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani will “…receive citizens from 8 AM to 11:30 AM on Wednesday, June 26 to swear allegiance to the new Emir…”

So, congrats Your Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani!  Good luck, dude.  And, don’t screw up.   🙂

Click the video to watch the announcement on You Tube.

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