Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex Attends a Luncheon at Fishmongers’ Hall.

SophieOn Tuesday, July 2, 2013, Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex arrived at the Fishmongers’ Hall in London to attend a luncheon hosted by the Worshipful Company of Glovers Livery.

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Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Attend a Dinner in Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Societe des Bains de Mer.

palaisprincierOn the evening of July 5, 2013, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco attended a gala dinner and ceremony on the Place du Casino in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Societe des Bains de Mer.

Guests in attendance, which included dozens of government officials as well as VIP guests, dined on delicious food by famed chef, Mr. Alain Ducasse.  Afterward, guests arrived at the Opera Garnier where they were entertained by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo as well as by legendary singer, Dame Shirley Bassey.

Photo courtesy of the Palais Princier

HRH Prince Harry of Wales Qualifies as an Apache Aircraft Commander.(VIDEO)

Well, it’s official!  St. James’s Palace announced this afternoon that His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales has qualified as an Apache Aircraft Commander within the 3 Regiment Army Air Corps part of the 16 Air Assault Brigade.

Per a press release via St. James’s Palace:

“This qualification marks the culmination of his experience as a member of the Apache aircrew. It follows a successful tour of Afghanistan, which was preceded by a distinguished record in training including being awarded a prize for the best Co-Pilot Gunner.

Prince Harry’s Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. Tom de la Rue said:

‘This is a tremendous achievement for Captain Wales who passed with flying colours. I am delighted that his new status as a qualified Apache Aircraft Commander and Co-Pilot Gunner places him at the very top of his profession.’

Prince Harry will continue with normal duties as an Apache Pilot based at Wattisham Airfield.

During the six-hour assessment, Captain Wales was comprehensively tested in his ability to perform as an Aircraft Commander across a wide range of tactical and procedural scenarios. He was required to plan and deliver patrol orders, navigate throughout, fly in a controlled airspace and conduct a simulated attack on RAF Spadeadam, in addition to managing a number of diversions and simulated aircraft emergencies.

Prince Harry serves in 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, which is part of 16 Air Assault Brigade’s Attack Helicopter Force.

Captain Wales undertook an operational tour of Afghanistan as an Apache Pilot between September 2012 and January 2013, where he worked as part of the Joint Aviation Group (JAG) which provides helicopter support to the International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF) and Afghan forces.”

Congrats, dude!  Well done.   🙂

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Visits Wighton House and Robin Chapel in Edinburgh, Scotland. (VIDEO)

On July 5, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II accompanied by His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex arrived at Wighton House in Edinburgh to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Thistle Foundation which “…works with people with disabilities and long-term health conditions.”  

Her Majesty and the earl also attended a special service at the Robin Chapel to celebrate the chapel’s 60th anniversary.

For more information about today’s activities please click herehere, and here.

HRH The Prince of Wales Completes His Summer Tour of Wales.

POWOn July 5, 2013, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales completed his five-day summer tour of Wales with a visit to the “…historic 16th century pub, Prince of Wales Inn, at Kenfig, Bridgend…” according to the newspaper Wales Online.

Whilst at the pub the prince drank tea, mingled with locals including members of the Tuesday Club, and unveiled a plaque marking his visit to the Prince of Wales Inn.

Earlier in the day the prince, as president of the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, toured the housing development, Coed Darcy.

For more information about today’s events as well as to view photos please click here and here.

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