Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall completed their three-day summer tour of Devon and Cornwall with a visit to the lovely town of Lostwithiel this morning.
Today, the royal couple toured of the newly renovated Lostwithiel Stannary Palace also known as the Duchy Palace. During their visit the prince and the duchess met with “…those involved in the £1 million restoration of the palace as well as toured the building…” according to Clarence House. After their tour the royal couple unveiled a new plaque marking their visit to the Duchy Palace.
The Duchess of Cornwall also visited the Lostwithiel Drill Hall where she met with “…representatives of three of Her Royal Highness’s charities: the Cornwall Air Ambulance, Shelterbox and the Cornwall Community Foundation, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year…” according to the newspaper This is Cornwall.
The highlight of the day for The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall was a visit to the Lostwithiel Parade Square where they met with locals and officials. Whilst in the town square the Lostwithiel Town Band played “Happy Birthday” in celebration of The Duchess of Cornwall’s 66th birthday.
And, that’s it! 🙂
For more information about today’s events as well as to view photos please click here, here, and here.
On Wednesday, July 17, 2013, His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan attended the launch of the Disi Water Conveyance Project, which is designed to “…pump 100,000,000 cubic meters of water per year from the Disi Aquifer in southern Jordan to the governorates of Mafraq, Zarqa, Irbid and Amman…” according to various sources.
His Majesty, accompanied by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II of Jordan, also met with United States Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry — again — this afternoon at Al Hummar Palace in Amman. The purpose of their meeting was to discuss the latest updates on the “…Middle East peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis…” as well as the latest developments in Syria and Egypt.
Meanwhile, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan met with volunteers from the “…Ramadan initiative, Tasbeeret May Wa Tamr, a group which distributes water and dates along the roads at sunset to people en route to their homes or on their way back from work…” according to Petra News.
During their meeting the volunteers informed Her Majesty that last year they disturbed over “…27,000 packages during Ramadan last year. This year the volunteers aims to distribute over 30,000 packages to people during the holy month of Ramadan.” At the end of the meeting Her Majesty praised the good works by theTasbeeret May Wa Tamr volunteers.
And, with that I say, well done!
Photos courtesy of the State Department/Public Domain
On July 16, 2013, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain continued four-day visit to Rabat, Morocco. Yesterday, His Majesty and his delegation visited the Mausoleum of Mohammed V in Rabat. Whilst there His Majesty placed a wreath at the tomb of the late King Mohammed V and the late King Hassan II.
In the afternoon, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I accompanied by His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco attended the inauguration of the exhibition, 25 Años de Cooperación Arqueológica Hispano-Marroqui (25 years of Moroccan-Spanish Archaeological Cooperation) at the Royal Library and Archives of Morocco. During yesterday’s event His Majesty King Juan Carlos I delivered digitized copies of Arabic manuscripts from the Real Biblioteca de San Lorenzo El Escorial in Spain to the library in Rabat.
Her Royal Highness Princess Mathilde of Belgium arrived at the Palais d’Egmont in Brussels this afternoon to attend the inauguration of the Fashion@Egmontpalace exhibition organized bySFP des Affaires Etrangères. This is the last official engagement the princess will carry out before she becomes queen on Sunday, July 21, 2013.
Anyway, during today’s event Princess Mathilde viewed “…18 designs on display by 6 students from the Académies d’Anvers and the La Cambre Bruxelles.”
Fashion@Egmontpalace will be open to the public beginning on July 18, 2013.
On Wednesday, July 17, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II accompanied by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal arrived in the county of Cumbria in North West England to carry out several engagements.
This morning Her Majesty and the princess visited the “…Kendal Town Centre, toured the James Cropper Specialty Papers Ltd headquarters, and visited Lake Windermere…” according to Buckingham Palace.
For more information about today’s activities please click here, here, and here(includes a video news report).
On the morning of July 17, 2013, Their Majesties King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium arrived in the city of Ghent located in the province of East Flanders to begin their three-day farewell tour of Belgium.
His Majesty’s abdication in favor of his son, His Royal Highness Prince Philippe, will become effective on Sunday, July 21, 2013.
Upon their arrival at the Town Hall the reigning couple were warmly welcomed to Ghent by the mayor, Mr. Daniël Termont, and the Governor of the province of East Flanders, Mr. Jan Briers. Soon, Their Majesties were ushered into the Town Hall where they were welcomed by various local officials and other VIPs.
After a lovely reception, where they were presented with a gift from the mayor, Their Majesties visited the STAM Museum. The museum presents the history:
“…of the city of Ghent on the historic Bijloke site. A permanent circuit leads visitors along a chronological trail of objects and multimedia which trace the development and growth of Ghent. Temporary exhibitions explore the concept of ‘urbanity’ from different angles.”
In the afternoon, Their Majesties visited the newly constructedGhelamco Arena home to the K.A.A. Ghent football team.
Click the links below to watch several video news reports: