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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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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