And, that’s it. 🙂
Photo courtesy of Kongehuset
On the evening of November 4, 2013, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Laurent and Princess Claire of Belgium arrived at the Euroscoop (movie theatre) in Genk to attend the première of Mr. Stijn Coninx’s film, Marina.
The film is based on the true story of Belgian-Italian singer and songwriter, Rocco Granata. Via a press release regarding the film:
“Calabria, Italy, 1948. Salvatore Granata, a poor ironsmith, has to leave the country for a job as a coalminer in Belgium. His spirited 10-year-old son Rocco keeps enjoying the warm Italian life. But after one year, Salvatore, urges his family to come over.
By the time Rocco arrives in Waterschei, a small mining town in Belgium, his excitement turns into grave disappointment. The immigrants are housed in miserable barracks. He doesn’t speak the language, people are more distant, the weather is cold and… they still are poor.
While his parents find security in the immigrant community, the son tries to adapt to his new surroundings. But he remains a second-class citizen. When Salvatore understands what’s going on, he tells his son that he needs a dream to hang on to. From then on Rocco starts doing what he does best: playing music.”
Trailer for the film Marina
On November 4, 2013, His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium held a luncheon meeting at Château de Laeken with the President of the European Commission, Mr. José Manuel Barroso, and with President of the European Council, Mr. Herman Van Rompuy.
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According to the Spanish news agency, EFE, His Majesty will:
“…undergo the second surgical procedure needed to implant a permanent prosthesis in his left hip. Dr. Miguel Cabanela, who removed the monarch’s infected left hip prosthesis on Sept. 24, will perform the operation…”
On Monday, November 4, 2013, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands swore in Ms. Lucille Andrea George-Wout as the new governor of Curaçao at Paleis Nooreinde in Den Haag.
According to the newspaper, Curaçao Chronicle, Ms. George-Wout is:
“…the first female governor of the island and was the first female president of the Parliament of the Netherlands Antilles. She is characterized as the ‘Iron Woman’ of Curaçao for her strong character and no-nonsense attitude.”
Photo courtesy of RVD/HKH
On Sunday, November 3, 2013, His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan participated in the “…opening of the First Ordinary Session of the 17th Parliament…” in Amman according to Petra News.
During today’s opening His Majesty gave a speech, and according the Associated Press, he:
“…told parliament’s opening session that he will press ahead with plans to amend election laws the opposition says favor pro-palace candidates and overhaul a public sector widely seen as rife with corruption and nepotism.
The king called the reforms a ‘white revolution’ – a term royal aides say signifies a peaceful change rather than one of turmoil like those brought by the Arab Spring, which saw four regional leaders deposed in uprisings.”