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On 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
On July 5, 2013, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias arrived in Zaragoza to participate in the granting of commissions to 383 military officers who recently completed their studies at the Academia General Militar de Zaragoza.
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. 🙂
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.
On 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.
On July 5, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands arrived in the neighborhood of Leidsche Rijn just west of the city of Utrecht to officially open the new Maximapark. According to RVD, the park includes a “…restaurant, a forest playground, and a paved path for walkers, cyclists, and skaters.”
On Friday, July 5, 2013, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan continued their visit to the Iwate Prefecture in northeastern Japan. In the morning, Their Imperial Majesties visited the city of Rikuzentakata which was left in ruins after the March 11, 2011, tsunami caused by the 9.0 earthquake off the coast of Tōhoku.
Whilst in the city Their Imperial Majesties met with 400 people who are living in a temporary housing complex and visited (actually viewed from their car) the well-known “miracle pine tree.” The emperor and empress also visited a factory in Ofunato just north of Rikuzentakata.
In other news, the newspaper, Japan Times, reports that Her Imperial Majesty Empress Michiko has translated a “…collection of poems by Michio Mado into English and was published last month in two volumes…” Click here for more information about this latest news.