Members of the British Royal Family Attend the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance.

QEIIOn the evening of November 9, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh arrived at the Royal Albert Hall in London to attend the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance.

Other members of the British royal family attended this evening’s event including Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, and Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, The Honorable Lady Ogilvy.

Please click here to read an article about tonight’s event from the BBC News.

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TRHs The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall Visit India. Day 4. (VIDEO)

ccOn Saturday, November 9, 2013, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall continued their nine-day official visit to India.  Today, the royal couple are in Mumbai.

According to Clarence House, The Prince of Wales began his day “…with a working meeting with the India Advisory Council of his charity The British Asian Trust…”

Soon, the prince joined the duchess to visit the Mumbai Mobile Creches where they “…toured the nursery and its classrooms before watching a puppet show with the children.”

In the afternoon, the royal couple participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in remembrance of the victims of the terrorist attacks which took place at the hotel in 2008.

Thereafter, The Prince of Wales attended a business meeting, and then toured the Godjrej Mangrove reserve. Meanwhile, The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Asha Sadan Children’s Home.

In the evening, the royal couple attended the British Asian Trust gala reception and dinner.

And, that’s it.   🙂

For more information about today’s activities as well as to view photos please click the links below.

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His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge Attends a Rugby Match in Cardiff.

cambridgeOn Saturday, November 9, 2013, His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge attended a rugby match between Wales and South Africa for the Prince William Cup held at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.  The duke is Patron of the Welsh Rugby Union.

For more information about today’s match as well as to view photos please click the links below.

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The King and Queen of the Netherlands Visit Moscow, Russia. Day 2 (VIDEOS)

KingWAOn Saturday, November 9, 2013, Their Majesties continued their two-day visit to Moscow, Russia,  to celebrate the closing of the Nederland-Rusland Jaar (Netherlands-Russia Year) “…a year in which the Netherlands and Russia emphasize their long bilateral relations [through] a variety of economic, cultural and societal activities…” 

This afternoon the reigning couple visited the State Tretyakov Gallery where they viewed the exhibition, More than Romanticism.  The exhibition displays 52 works by:

“…Cornelius Kruzeman, still lifes of flowers by Johannes van Osa, and forest landscapes by Barend Cornelius Kukkuka. The works are profoundly characteristic of Dutch painting – particularly in their attention to detail.  

Masterpieces from the private collection of Rademakers and from one of the oldest museums in the Netherlands – the Teylers Museum in Harlem – which (like the State Tretyakov Gallery) has works which come from the private collection of a local merchant. These will be displayed in Moscow for the first time.

The Dutch paintings will be shown in conjunction with those of the best Russian artist of Romantic period – Tropinin, Kiprensky, Shchedrin, Vorobev and also earlier works by Ivan Aivazovsky.”

Their Majesties also participated in a meeting with Dutch and Russian business CEOs and CFOs.  Discussions focused on strengthening trade between the two countries.

In the evening, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima arrived at the Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory to attend a concert performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Click the links below to watch videos as well as to view photos.

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The Daily Life of Their Imperial Majesties and Overseas Tours (VIDEOS)

Here are four fantastic and extremely rare documentaries about Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan.   🙂

The first documentary entitled, In the Days of the Crown Prince, takes a look back at a then His Imperial Highness The Prince Tsuhu, and from 1952-1990 His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Akihito of Japan.

The second and third documentaries, 20 Years from Enthronement and The Daily Life of Their Majesties, are, well, the titles are pretty much self-explanatory. 

The fourth documentary roughly translated as, Emperor and Empress: Foreign Visits, is a true gem. This program focuses on the history of Their Imperial Majesties overseas tours to such places as Denmark, United Kingdom, United States, Norway, and Canada.  Moreover, there are lots of great archival footage of official as well as state visits to Japan from the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Spain and so forth.

Now, if your Japanese is a bit rusty just click on the Closed Captions (CC) on each video, then find your native language and voilà!  You will be able to watch the documentaries with sub-titles.  And, with that I hope you enjoy these programs.   🙂