On September 26, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan attended the 2013 Global Citizen Awards Gala in New York City. During last evening’s event Her Majesty was awarded the 2013 Atlantic Council Global Citizen Award for:
“…her impressive humanitarian leadership and efforts that have helped bring about positive change around the world. Through her role as a member of the United Nations High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and her advocacy for global education and the empowerment of women, Queen Rania raises awareness about violence against children and works toward bridging cultural and religious divides—at a time when this is most needed.”
It was announced by Kensington Palace that His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge will be christened on October 23, 2013, at the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace in London. The ceremony will be private. Prince George will be christened by The Most Revd and Rt. Honorable The Lord Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.
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On September 26, 2013, Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan attended a special ceremony at the New Otani Hotel in Tokyo to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the International Youth Development Exchange Program.
Created in 1994 the program is “…designed to give Japanese aged 18 to 30 the chance to visit countries around the world, and to invite foreign youths to Japan…” according to NHK.
After the ceremony the crown prince and crown princess attended a reception where they met with participants of the program which included “…240 foreign youths who have just arrived in Japan.”
His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco received an Honorary Doctorate of Marine Science from Plymouth University in South West England this afternoon for his “…commitment to [the] marine environment and conservation…”
According to Plymouth University’s official website, after the ceremony the sovereign prince was given a tour of the:
“…university’s £19 million Marine Building for a demonstration of its advanced wave tanks, used for testing marine-based renewable energy devices and simulating coastlines and flood defense.
He also met some of the researchers in the Marine Institute that he’s helped fund through his Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, which is dedicated to protecting the environment.”
On the evening of September 25, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan attended the 7th Annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards ceremony and dinner in New York City.
During the event Her Majesty presented the Leadership in Civil Society Award to 16-year-old, Miss Malala Yousafzai, co-founder of the Malala Fund and advocate for educational rights for girls as well as women’s rights.
Congrats to Malala! 🙂
On September 25, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias and Her Royal Highness Infanta Cristina of Spain arrived, separately, at the Hospital Universitario Quirón in Madrid to visit His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain who is recovering from hip surgery.
On September 25, 2013, Her Royal Highness Princess Marie of Denmark accompanied by the Danish Minister of Education, Mr. Morten Østergaard and the President of the Council of Technology and Innovation, Ms. Conni Simonsen, arrived at Grev Moltkes Palace in Copenhagen to present the 2013 Innovation Storm Prizes to five Danish companies.
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On the afternoon of September 25, 2013, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium welcomed Mr. Jacques Rogge and his wife, Anne, to Château de Laeken.
During their meeting, His Majesty presented the Grand Croix de l’Ordre de la Couronne to Mr. Rogge who was the former President of the International Olympic Committee.
This evening King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium attended a concert at theNotre-Dame de la Cambre in Ixelles in tribute to the “…20 year reign of King Albert II of Belgium and in memory of the late King Baudouin of Belgium organized by the Association de la Noblesse du Royaume de Belgique…” according to the Belgian royal court.
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Her Royal Highness Princess Letizia of Asturias held an audience this afternoon at Palacio de la Zarzuela for participants from the international youth program, My Europe. The program permits participants to engage in lectures and conversations with prominent European leaders from the areas of business and politics.
Thereafter, the princess accompanied by His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Asturias arrived at the Hospital Universitario Quirón in Madrid to visit His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain. The old king is recovering from hip surgery.
On the evening of September 23, 2013, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco arrived at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City to attend a reception hosted by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for visiting Heads of State and Government participating in the United Nations 68th General Assembly Session.
Last evening, Their Serene Highnesses hosted a lovely dinner in New York City in honor of the Principality of Monaco’s admittance to the United Nations. Guests at the dinner included the President of Palau, Thomas Remengesau, Jr., the Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi, and the President of Kiribati, Anote Tong, to name a few.
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Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, accompanied by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, had the pleasure of naming A.P. Møller-Mærsk’s new container ship this morning at Langelinie in Copenhagen. The new container ship was christened the Majestic Mærsk.
According to the Danish royal court the Majestic Mærsk will “…sail between Europe and Asia carrying various agricultural goods…”
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On Tuesday, September 24, 2013, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco arrived at the United Nations headquarters in New York City to deliver an important speech during the general debate of the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
In his speech, the sovereign prince “…called for increased resources for the United Nations office that coordinates international relief for humanitarian emergencies…” according to the official website for the United Nations.
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While the sovereign prince was delivering his speech Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco attended a lovely luncheon at the Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC, hosted by the amazing First Lady Michelle Obama, for “…the spouses of chiefs of state and heads of government…” according to the New York Times.
On September 23, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan gave an important speech during the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) meeting, Education Cannot Wait, held at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. The meeting “…called for global action on education in crisis-affected areas around the world…” according to UN.org.
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