On the evening of August 6, 2013, Their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain accompanied by Her Royal Highness Infanta Elena of Spain and Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias hosted a gala dinner at Palacio Real de La Almudaina in Palma on the island of Mallorca for various Illes Balears government officials.
Yeah, um, it’s a slow news day. 🙂
On August 6, 2013, Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan attended a presentation of educational programs and projects developed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Japanese Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Fukushima University and students from the Tōhoku region of Japan. The presentation showcased ways northeastern Japan is recovering from the March 11, 2011, devastating earthquake and tsunami.
Is His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark ready to be king of the Danes? Well, according to a new survey, conducted for the Søndagsavisen, 77% of the Danish population believes it is time that the crown prince takes over the throne.
51% of the 77% want to see Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark abdicate — like the former Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and King Albert II of Belgium — rather than wait until Her Majesty dies.
But, as much as the majority of the population want Crown Prince Frederik on the throne within the next year or two, well, it’s not going to happen. Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II has said over and over again, “Det er en opgave, som man får, og den har man, så længe man lever.” Simply put: Her Majesty will remain queen until she passes away. So, yeah, everyone in Denmark and aboard are just going to have to wait for a long, long time until we can all refer to Frederik as His Majesty. 🙂
Per the official Facebook page for Her Majesty:
“The Jigme Khesar Environmental Research Fund, an initiative of Her Majesty as the Royal Patron of the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN), will encourage and support local environmental research in the country.
Her Majesty, in a statement as the Royal Patron, said, ‘The Kingdom of Bhutan has inherited pristine ecosystems and natural resources. We must, as individuals, personally strive to preserve this endowment through our own sustainable actions. It is our responsibility to ensure that this rich biodiversity abounds for generations to come. I join the RSPN in its efforts of environmental conservation, which remains a pressing concern for our time, and encourage every citizen to embrace the path to a greener future.’”
On August 6, 2013, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain held audiences at Palacio Real de La Almudaina in Palma on the island of Mallorca with various government officials including the President of the Consell de Mallorca, Ms. Maria Salom, the President of the Parliament of the Illes Balears, Ms. Margalida Durán i Cladera, and the President and Governor of the Illes Balears, Mr. José Ramón Bauzá Díaz, to name a few.
And, finally, yesterday afternoon Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias accompanied by their two daughters, Princess Leonor and Princess Sofia, visited La Granja in Esporles — just north of Palma — on the island of Mallorca. During their visit the family toured the museum and farm where they met cute little animals.
And, well, that’s it. 🙂
On August 5, 2013, Her Serene Highness Princess Stephanie of Monaco accompanied by her two children, Mr. Louis Ducruet and Ms. Pauline Ducruet, arrived at the Sporting d’été de Monte-Carlo to attend the 2013 Fight AIDS Monaco gala. The lovely princess is President of the Fight AIDS Monaco Association.
If you are interested in learning more about Fights AIDS Monaco and the work they do please click here.
“In this documentary art historian, Mr. Dan Cruickshank, explores the rich aesthetic of Ludwig II – from the mock-medievalism of Neuschwanstein the iconic fairytale castle, which became the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle, to the rich Baroque splendor of Herrenchiemsee, Ludwig’s answer to Versailles. Dan argues that Ludwig’s castles are more than flamboyant kitsch and are, in fact, the key to unravelling the eternal enigma of Ludwig II.”