Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex Visits Doha, Qatar.

WESSEXOn Sunday, September 22, 2013, Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex arrived in lovely Doha, Qatar with the ORBIS charity to “…raise awareness about the prevention and treatment of blindness which affects some 1.5 million children around the world…” according to the Gulf Times.

After touching down at Doha International Airport the countess met with the Prime Minister of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani.  In the evening, the countess attended a charity gala dinner at Katara Hall.

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Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan Visit Kōriyama. (VIDEOS)

On September 22, 2013, Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan visited the city of Kōriyama in the Fukushima Prefecture for the day.

The imperial couple’s first stop was a visit to a “…facility that measures the radiation levels of produce…” according to the Mainichi Daily News.  Thereafter, the crown prince and crown princess visited a temporary housing shelter where they met with 80 residents from Futaba who lost everything due to the March 11, 2011, 9.0 earthquake off the Tōhoku coast and the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant meltdown that followed.  The day ended with a visit to an indoor playground.

Members of the Belgian Royal Family Participate in Journée sans Voiture. (VIDEOS)

Belgium2On a lovely Sunday morning, September 22, 2013, in Brussels Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium along with their children — Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel and Princess Eléonore — joined thousands of people enjoying the 12th Annual Journée sans Voiture (Car Free Sunday).

The event, which also takes place in several cities throughout Belgium, encourages people to get out of their cars for a day, and to simply enjoy their city by using other modes of transportation (hence bikes, rollerblades, skateboards, and/or just simply putting one foot in front of the other and walking slowly).

Click the links below to watch videos.

VIDEO and VIDEO 2

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Photo courtesy of Monarchie Belge

Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway Visits Two Exhibitions During the 2013 London Design Festival.

HM Queen Sonja of NorwayOn Saturday, September 21, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway arrived at the Dray Walk Gallery in London to view the exhibition, 100% Norway, as part of the Tent London during the 2013 London Design Festival.

Her Majesty also visited the exhibition, KHiB with Friends, which showcases  Norwegian “…furniture, interior furnishings, lamps, clothing, textiles and graphic design…” according to the Norwegian royal court.

If you are interested in learning more about the 2013 London Design festival please click here.

Please click herehere and/or here to view photos.

Photo courtesy of Kongehuset Norway

Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands Has Surgery.

Queen Beatrix 2012It was announced by RVD,  that Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands had surgery this morning, Sunday September 22, 2013, after “…she had an unfortunate fall at her home and had broken her cheekbone…”

After the surgery the princess will remain in the hospital, under observation, for the next few days.

Photo courtesy of RVD/HKH

Blauw Bloed: Weekly Royal Video News. (VIDEO)

CourGrandeDucaleHere is this week’s edition of the great Dutch royal program, Blauw Bloed.

In this episode your host, Mr. Jeroen Snel, recaps all the top royal events of this past week including highlights from Saturday’s royal wedding between Their Royal Highnesses Prince Félix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg held at the stunning Basilique de Sainte Marie-Madeleine in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, France (which I missed because, well, I was surfing all day with friends, and frankly that’s more important to me than blogging on a beautiful Saturday morning.  Sorry, to be blunt, but it’s true.   :)).

Anyway, to catch up with all the latest Luxembourg royal wedding news — including photos and videos —  well, you know the drill.  Click here for a full report from Luxarazzi: Luxembourg and Liechtenstein.

Photo courtesy of the Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg/G.Wolff