His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway Visits Finland. (VIDEO)

cphaaOn Tuesday, October 22, 2013, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway arrived in Helsinki, Finland to begin his two-day official visit.

Yesterday, the future king of Norway meet with “…the President of the Republic, Sauli Niinistö and his spouse at Mäntyniemi…” according to the official website for the President of Finland.

Thereafter, Crown Prince Haakon attended a luncheon meeting with the “…Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen and a visit[ed] to the maritime engineering company, Aker Arctic.”

Today, the crown prince visited “…Aalto University, the Ateneum Art Museum and Marimekko.”

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Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium Visits Angola and South Africa. (VIDEOS)

astridOn October 20, 2013, Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium accompanied Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Didier Reynders, and  several other Belgian ministers begin a seven-day economic mission to Angola and South Africa.

And, that’s it.   🙂

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

On October 23, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan “…honored today a group of schools that received accreditation for the years 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 by the National School Health Standards program which is run by the Royal Health Awareness Society (RHAS) in partnership with the Ministries of Health and Education…” according to Petra News. 

Meanwhile, His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan held an audience with the United Nations and Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Advisor, Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi, in Amman.

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Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex Opens the Girlguiding Residential Lodge. Plus, Other News.

WESSEXOn October 23, 2013, Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex arrived at the Somermead Campsite in Wedmore in the county of Somerset to officially open the new Girlguiding Residential Lodge.

The lovely countess also visited the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children Service Centre in Bristol according to the British royal court.

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

belgiumOn Wednesday, October 23, 2013, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium arrived in Eupen for a one-day visit.

Upon their arrival at the City Hall Their Majesties were warmly welcomed by thousands of people as well as by the mayor of Eupen, Mr. Karl-Heinz Klinkenberf and the Minister President of the German-Speaking community, Mr. Karl-Heinz Lambertz.

Prior to attending a welcoming reception held in their honor Their Majesties asked for a moment of silence in remembrance of the 11 people who died in a plane crash on October 19, 2013, in Gelbressée in the province of Namur.

After the reception, where several speeches were made and signing of the Livre d’Or, Their Majesties appeared on the balcony to wave to the crowds.  Thereafter, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde participated in a walkabout through the city.

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HRH Prince George of Cambridge Has Been Christened. (VIDEOS)

On the afternoon of October 23, 2013, His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge was christened at the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace in London.

The prince was by christened by The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend Justin Welby with support from The Dean of The Chapel, Royal The Right Reverend and Right Honorable Richard Chartres, and The Sub-Dean of the Chapel Royal, The Reverend Prebendary William Scott.

Guests attending this afternoon’s intimate christening included Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Middleton, Miss Philippa (Pippa) Middleton, Mr. James Middleton.

Prince George of Cambridge’s godparents are Mr. Oliver Baker, Mrs. Michael Tindall, Mr. William van Cutsem, Earl Grosvenor, Mr. Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, The Hon Mrs. Michael Samuel, and Mrs David Jardine-Paterson.

According to Kensington Palace Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge decided upon:

“…two hymns, two lessons and two anthems for the christening of their son, Prince George. The Hymns are Breathe on Me, Breath of God and Be Thou My Vision.  

The lessons are from St. Luke ch. 18, verses 15-17, read by Miss Pippa Middleton and St. John ch. 15, verses 1-5, read by Prince Harry. The anthems are Blessed Jesu! Here we Stand (Richard Popplewell) and The Lord Bless You and Keep You (John Rutter). Blessed Jesu! Here we Stand was written for Prince William’s baptism on 4th August 1982. 

The anthems will be performed by The Choir of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal.

The Processional Organ Music will be J. S. Bach’s Fantasia in G (BWV 572). The Recessional Organ Music will be C. M. Widor’s Toccata from Symphony No 5.”

After the christening Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a lovely private reception at Clarence House.

The official photos of the christening, taken by Mr. Jason Bell, will be released on October 24, 2013.

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