On Wednesday, September 18, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II and His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Joachim and Princess Marie, and Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte welcomed the President of Vietnam, Truong TấnSang and First Lady Mai Thi Hanh to lovely old Denmark.
After the usual traditional welcoming ceremony and the inspection of the Royal Life Guard’s Her Majesty, the royal family, President Sang and the First Lady hopped into their cars and hightailed to Fredensborg Slot. Once there the always incredibly happy Danish press were waiting ever so patiently for Her Majesty and her guests inside the Harsdorffsalen at Fredensborg Slot. Ten minutes later the photo-op was over.
An hour and a half later and a change of clothing Crown Princess Mary hosted a lovely luncheon at Frederik VIII’s Palace for First Lady Mai Thi Hanh and her delegation. Thereafter, the future queen of Denmark and the First Lady arrived in Hellerup where they visited a kindergarten then headed on over to the Nationalmuseet to view the fantastic exhibition, Viking.
Meanwhile, Crown Prince Frederik had the pleasure of entertaining President Sang and his delegation for a few hours. So what did they do? Well, the crown prince hosted a fabulous luncheon at the Hermitage Palace for his Vietnamese guests and a few lucky as well as very influential — hence deep pockets — Danish businessmen.
After that they sailed in and around Copenhagen Harbor…staring at a bunch of stuff. An hour later they were over it. As a result they headed on over to A.P. Møller Mærsk where they watched a “…presentation about the company’s business activities in Vietnam…” according to the Danish royal court.
In the evening, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II hosted a gala state dinner at Fredensborg Slot in honor of President Sang and First Lady Mai Thi Hanh’s visit to Denmark.
Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover attended “…l’Institut de Formation en Soins Infirmiers (IFSI) Promotion 2010/2013 graduation ceremony at the Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace…” in Monaco on Tuesday.
In the evening, the princess accompanied by her daughter, Miss Charlotte Casiraghi, and His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco attended a charity fundraising dinner organized by the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco.
On Wednesday, September 18, 2013, Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway visited and watched the Barents Rescue training session, organized by the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection, in Lyngen in Troms County.
According to the Norwegian royal court:
“The Barents Rescue is a full scale rescue and collaborative exercise [which involves] Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, and Russian rescue crews.
The four countries have signed an agreement on mutual assistance across borders in case of a major crisis or accident were to occur. The exercise is held every other year, and involving organizations and agencies that will be involved at the major rescue operations in the Barents region.”
Meanwhile, in south Norway, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit continued their visit to the county of Vest-Agder where they toured the municipalities of Audnedal and Åseral. On the agenda today included a visit to the Åseral primary and secondary school, a tour of the Minne-Åseral Kultursenter (Cultural Center), visited Byremoparken where the crown princess opened a new hiking trail, and more.
His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco was in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France on Monday to view the exhibition,Les Aventures de la Vérité: Peinture et Philosophie Un Récit, at the Fondation Maeght.
To learn more about the exhibition please click here (in English).
On his final day in Beijing, China, His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan met with the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, inside the Great Hall of People.
After an official welcoming ceremony, His Majesty and President Jinping got down to business. Discussions between the two leaders mainly focused on bilateral relations, ways to achieve peace in the Middle East, and the crisis in Syria and the immense burden the crisis has put on Jordan by hosting hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees.
According to several sources including AFP, His Majesty King Abdullah II “…called on China to play an active role in resolving the conflict in Syria, saying that Beijing should use its influence as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council and as a ‘friend of Jordan and the Middle East.’”
After his meeting with President Jinping His Majesty met with the Premier of the People’s Republic of China, Li Keqiang.
On Wednesday, September 18, 2013, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands arrived in Madrid, Spain for a one-day visit.
Once the reigning couple touched down at the airport they were greeted with open arms by Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias as well as various Spanish officials. Soon, the reigning couple and their hosts were off to Palacio de la Zarzuela where Their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain accompanied by Her Royal Highness Infanta Elena of Spain were waiting for the new king and queen of the Netherlands.
After a brief photo-op for the press Their Majesties were ushered into the palace where they attended a luncheon held in their honor and hosted by King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia.
Thereafter, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima visited the Congreso de los Diputados and met with the Spanish Prime Minister, Mr. Mariano Rajoy, at Palacio de la Moncloa according to RVD.