His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan Views a Special Exhibition. (VIDEO)

On November 5, 2013, His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan arrived at the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo to view the special exhibition, Michelangelo Buonarroti: The Making of a Genius and the 500th Anniversary of the Sistine Chapel.

Per the National Museum of Western Art official website regarding the exhibition:

“Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) represents the pinnacle achievement of the Renaissance and is one of the greatest artists in the history of Western art. Through its introduction of 60 works from the Casa Buonarroti (Florence) collection of Michelangelo’s descendants, this exhibition explores the creative achievement and influence of this artist who has been revered as an almost god-like figure from his lifetime through the present.

Thanks to the full cooperation of the Casa Buonarroti, renowned as a world-leading collection of Michelangelo works and related materials both in terms of quality and quantity, we are able to present this monographic exhibition on the artist known primarily through the frescos and massive sculptures whose format and scale prevent their overseas display.

The “Madonna of the Stairs” is an early period masterpiece of marble relief carving created when the artist was around 15 years old. Rarely viewed outside the Casa Buonarroti, this is the first long-term loan and display of this work. The other more than 30 works by Michelangelo, primarily drawings, present a particularly rare opportunity to delve into this genius artist’s creative process and its secrets.

The exhibition also introduces such previously little-known historical materials as letters and manuscripts written by Michelangelo himself, further illuminating the human side of this larger-than-life artist and the anguish that accompanied his artistic production.”

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Her Royal Highness Princess Letizia of Asturias Inaugurates the 1st Congreso Internacional Contra la Violencia de Género. (VIDEOS)

On the morning of November 5, 2013, Her Royal Highness Princess Letizia of Asturias arrived at the Auditorio Fundacion Canal in Madrid to participate in the inauguration of the 1st Congreso Internacional Contra la Violencia de Género.

Today’s conference, held under the theme Nuevas Formas de Violencia, was organized by the Gobierno Regional de la Comunidad de Madrid in collaboration with the Fundación Internacional y para Iberoamérica de Administración y Políticas Públicas (FIAPP), the Fundación Canal de Isabel II, the Fundación La Caixa and the United States Embassy in Spain according to the Spanish royal court.

After the conference Princess Letizia participated in a meeting with representatives from the Red de Atención Integral para la Violencia de Género de la Comunidad de Madrid.

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His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge Participates in a Ceremony at Victoria Embankment Gardens. (VIDEO)

cambridgeOn November 5, 2013, His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge accompanied by the President of South Korea, Park Geun-hye, arrived at the Victoria Embankment Gardens in London to participate in a “…ceremony at the proposed site of the new Korean war memorial…”

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News Regarding HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. (VIDEOS)

On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh welcomed the President of South Korea, Ms. Park Geun-hye, to England.

According to the British royal court, the day began with the traditional “…ceremonial welcome on Horse Guards Parade.”  Thereafter, Her Majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh arrived at Buckingham Palace to attend a private luncheon held in President Geun-hye’s honor.  Once lunch was over Her Majesty ushered President Geun-hye into the “…Picture Gallery [where they viewed an] exhibition of Korean related items from the Royal Collection and Royal Archives.”

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TMs King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway Visit Turkey. (VIDEOS)

On November 5, 2013, Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway began their three-day state visit to Turkey.  The purpose of the visit is to strengthen ties between the two countries.  According to the official website for the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey the visit “…will constitute the first Head of State visit between Turkey and Norway since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1926.”

Anyway, after landing at the airport Their Majesties were driven to the Mustafa Kemal Atatürk Mausoleum in Ankara to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony. Thereafter, Their Majesties arrived at the Cankaya Presidential Palace where they were warmly welcomed to Turkey by President Abdullah Gül and First Lady Hayrünnisa Gül.

After the inspection of the guards and formal introductions to various Turkish government officials King Harald V and Queen Sonja went their separate ways.  His Majesty attended a luncheon hosted by Prime Minister Recep Erdoğan while Her Majesty attended a luncheon held in her honor and hosted by First Lady Gül.

Later in the afternoon, Her Majesty and First Lady Gül visited the “…Saray Care and Rehabilitation Centre and the Sevgi Evleri Nursery School in Ankara and opened the Munch/Warhol and the Multiple Image at the Cer Modern Arts Centre…” according to the Norwegian royal court.

In the evening, President Abdullah Gül and First Lady Hayrünnisa Gül hosted a gala state dinner in honor of Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja at the Cankaya Presidential Palace.

And, that’s it for today.   🙂

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Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan Host a Tea Party. (VIDEO)

On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan accompanied by Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan hosted a tea party at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo in honor of the recipients of the 2013 Order of Culture Awards/Medals.

Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Attends the Performance of “Hij Gelooft in Mij” (VIDEO)

MaximaOn the evening of Tuesday, November 5, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands arrived at the DeLaMar Theater in Amsterdam to attend a charity performance of the musical Hij Gelooft in Mij.

Proceeds from tonight’s event will be donated to the Kinderen Maken Muziek program of the Oranje Fonds according to RVD.

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Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands Opens a Building in Doorn.

beatrixOn Tuesday, November 5, 2013, Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands opened a new building of the Stichting de Basis in Doorn.

According to the official website for Stichting de Basis the independent care center provides:

“…services after trauma for veterans and military service [men and women] and their families. Increasingly we service former uniformed personnel at risk of aggression, violence or disaster. To be more specific, we support (former) personnel from the army, fire-brigade, ambulance, police force, and public transport.

We assist them and their families in coping with the consequences of trauma. We focus on resilience, empowerment and creating new perspectives, and we support clients to extend their focus of control.”

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News Regarding HM Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. (VIDEOS)

MaximaOn November 5, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands arrived at the Appel Arts Center in Amsterdam to attend the 2013 Prix de Rome.

According to the official website for the Prix de Rome the award is the:

“…oldest and most prestigious prize in the Netherlands for young artists under the age of 40. 

The award dates back to 1808 when Louis Napoleon introduced the Prix de Rome in the Netherlands to promote the arts. Although the award has regularly been renewed, the aim is still to trace talented artists and encourage them to develop and increase their visibility.”

The winner of the 2013 Prix de Rome went to Ms. Falke Pisano.

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