Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II and His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark Discuss Art. (VIDEO)

QMII & Henrik 2012This morning Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II and His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark sat down with TV2 Ostjylland journalist, Mr. Søren Jensen, to discuss their new exhibition, Pas de Deux Royal: An Artistic Meeting, held at the famed ARoS Kunstmuseum in Aarhus.

According to the official website for the ARoS Kunstmuseum this special exhibition displays:

“…150 works selected in close collaboration with H.M. the Queen and H.R.H. the Prince Consort. The exhibition contains both early and very recent works and the artistic themes have been divided into 10 galleries covering a total area of 1,000 square metros.

The exhibition portrays the Queen as a landscape painter, but visitors’ eyes will also be feasting on church textiles, large theatre stage sets, and the meticulous découpages, to which the Queen has devoted herself for a number of years and which have added further edge to her creative talent.

In the case of the Prince Consort, it is sculpture and poetry which repeatedly find new modes of expression in imaginative bronze and marble figures and a flow of poetic diction.

The exhibition galleries render a visualization of a long life shared and common experiences expressed through creative talent in their own ways and in different media.

The Queen is fascinated by nature in its glorious magnificence, never leaving room for figures in her art while the Prince Consort always focuses on animal and human bodies in his sculptures, and his frequent use of the words ‘you’ and ‘I’ in his poems serve to underline human relations.”

If you happen to live in Denmark or will be visiting the lovely country within the next few months Pas de Deux Royal: An Artistic Meeting will be open to the public beginning on October 12, 2013 – February 23, 2014.

For more information about the ARoS Kunstmuseum please visit their official website here.

Please click here to watch the royal couple’s interview with TV2 (in Danish).

Click here to view photos of some of the artworks on display.

Photo courtesy of Kongehuset

Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Participates in a Panel Discussion in Washington D.C.

pssmaxima2011On the afternoon of October 11, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, participated in a panel discussion entitled, Igniting Innovation in Financial Access: Public and Private Approaches for Greater Access by 2020, held at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington D.C.

Today’s panel discussion focused on “…how broader financial inclusion can be achieved through the use of multi-stakeholder partnerships and technology to enable business model innovation…” according to the official website for the World Bank.

Click here to view photos.

Photo courtesy of RVD/HKH

TMs King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium Visit Liège. (VIDEOS)

On Friday, October 11, 2013, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium arrived in the city of Liège for a one-day visit.

Upon their arrival the reigning couple were warmly welcomed to the city by thousands of people who were eager to catch a glimpse of their lovely new king and queen.

After attending a welcoming reception, held in their honor, at the Palais Provincial, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde signed the Livre d’Or and soon were off to visit the workshop, La Lumière.  Whilst there Their Majesties mingled with staff and those participating in the workshop program.

Thereafter, Their Majesties attended a working luncheon with dozens of local government officials and businessmen.  An hour and a half later Their Majesties completed a walkabout where they shook hands with hundreds of  people, kissed babies, and generally had a fabulous time.

And, that’s it.   🙂

Click the links below to watch videos as well as to view photos from today’s visit to Liège.


His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands in Maastricht. (VIDEOS)

TheKingWAOn Friday, October 11, 2013, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands opened the United World College Maastricht’s (UWCM) new campus.

According to the official website for UWCM the school:

“…is the youngest of the twelve UWC schools and colleges and unique in the movement as the only state-supported whole school, educating children from pre-school through high school. Our diverse student body boasts representation from over 90 countries and territories including 120 residential students who are selected by UWC national committees around the world to complete their final two years of high school with us.”

Please click here and/or here to watch videos from today’s opening.

Click here to view photos.

Photo courtesy of RVD/HKH