News Regarding Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway. (VIDEO)

CPMMOn the afternoon of August 28, 2013, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway arrived at the Akershus Festning in Oslo to officially open the Sculpture Park.  The artworks within the park were designed by various Norwegian youths.

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Photo courtesy of Kongehuset Norway

HRH Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands Attends a Concert. (VIDEO)

BeatrixHer Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands attended an early evening concert, held at the Koninklijk Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, on August 28, 2013.

The princess along with hundreds of lucky guests listened as the European Union Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Mr. Thomas Søndergård, performed various works by the late composers, Mr. Igor Stravinsky, and Mr. Hector Berlioz.

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Photo courtesy of RVD/HKH

HM King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Attends the 100th Anniversary Celebrations of the Vredespaleis. (VIDEO)

WAKingOn the morning of Wednesday, August 28, 2013, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands arrived in Den Haag to attend the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Vredespaleis (Peace Palace). 

During today’s event His Majesty along with hundreds of guests listened to various speeches from Dutch Prime Minister, Mr. Mark Rutte, as well as from the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon.  His Majesty King Willem-Alexander also received the centenary commemorative book, The Building of Peace: A Hundred Years of Work on Peace Through Law, The Peace Palace 1913  2013.   

The book distributed by Eleven International Publishing:

“…examines the existence and the legitimacy of the Peace Palace with an open, inquiring gaze. New historical research describes in detail how this icon of international law, and the institutions that it houses, have survived the past century, with all of their bruises and successes. 

Major authors from different continents have written personal contributions, an extensive photo series shows what happens inside the walls of the Peace Palace over the course of a year, and an expert in the field of international law takes the reader inside and discusses the image and self-image of the institutions in the Peace Palace, on the basis of personal observations.”

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Photo courtesy of RVD/HKH

News Regarding TMs King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan.

On Monday, August 26,2013, His Majesty King Abdullah II opened the “…new building for the explosives unit which is part of the Special Branch in the Public Security Directorate…” in Amman according to Petra News.

Meanwhile, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan held a meeting with representatives from the medical humanitarian organization, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières, in Amman.  Her Majesty was informed about the work Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières “…carries out in Jordan and its partnerships with the Ministry of Health and the Jordan Red Crescent Hospital.”  

TIMs Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan Visit the Kaichi Gakko in Matsumoto. (VIDEO)

On the morning of August 24, 2013, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan visited one of the oldest schools in Japan, Kaichi Gakko, in Matsumoto in the Nagano Prefecture.  During their visit the emperor and empress were given a tour of the school as well as viewed a special exhibition.

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