Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh Host a Reception.

QEII and DOE 2012On the evening of November 19, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh accompanied by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace for “…Contemporary British Poetry…” according to the British royal court.

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The King and Queen of the Netherlands Visit Curaçao; Day 2. (VIDEO)

KingWAOn Tuesday, November 19, 2013, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands continued their tour of the island of Curaçao.

This morning Their Majesties left the capital of Willemstad and drove to West Point located — you guessed it — on western part of the island.  Anyway, the reigning couple visited a local fishing village where hundreds of people came out to see them.  Thereafter, they visited the Tula Museum.

In the afternoon, Their Majesties travelled to Fort Amsterdam, on the eastern side of the island, where they visited the Fortchurch Museum, mingled with locals, and attended a reception with the governor.

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His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark and HRH Prince Joachim of Denmark Participate in the Kongejagt. (VIDEO)

drf-coaOn the morning of November 19, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II and His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark accompanied by His Royal Highness Prince Joachim of Denmark hosted the Kongejagt (King’s Hunt) in Grib Skov.

Prior to the hunt, a jolly Prince Henrik along with his guests chit-chatted and posed for the happy Danish press at Fredensborg Slot.  Then they got into their cars, drove to the forest, got out, and proceeded to shoot innocent and defenseless animals with their big ‘ole rifles.

Vile.

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Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias Attend a Gala Dinner in Miami. (VIDEO)

On the evening of November 18, 2013, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias arrived at the Freedom Tower in Miami to attend the España-Florida Foundation gala dinner.

Last evening’s event was held to “…celebrate the 500th Anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s first arrival in Florida…” according to the official website for the España-Florida Foundation.

News Regarding Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium.

belgiumOn November 19, 2013, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium participated in a special ceremony at the Palais de Bruxelles for “…people who received in 2013 a nobility title by Arrêté Royal (royal decree)…” according to the Belgian royal court.  If that makes any sense.   🙂

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Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan Attends a Conference. (VIDEO)

On Tuesday, November 19, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan arrived at the Four Seasons Hotel in Amman to attend the opening of the conference, Building Women-Focused Finance: The Global-Local Experience, organized by the Women’s World Banking (WWB) organization.

According to the official website for the WWB the two-day conference gathers “…more than 250 microfinance practitioners, commercial bankers, investors, donors, and regulators from more than 40 countries to promote financial inclusion for low-income women…”

TRHs The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Visit the Charity, Only Connect. (VIDEO)

On November 19, 2013, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the headquarters of charity, Only Connect, in London.

According to Kensington Palace the charity is “…a crime prevention charity that works with prisoners, former criminals and young people at risk of offending…”

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The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg Visit Turkey. (VIDEOS)

On November 19, 2013, Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg arrived in Ankara, Turkey for a five-day state visit to Turkey.

Upon their arrival at the Çankaya Presidential Palace the grand ducal couple were warmly welcomed by the President of Turkey, Abdullah Gül, and First Lady Hayrunnisa Gül.  After the inspection of the guard and a photo-op for the press on the steps of the palace, President Gül ushered the grand ducal couple into the palace where gifts were exchanged.

Thereafter, Grand Duke Henri and President Gül accompanied by the Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and a Luxembourg business delegation held a meeting.  Meanwhile, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and First Lady Hayrunnisa Gül attended a luncheon.

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Members of the Princely Family of Monaco Celebrate Fête Nationale 2013. (VIDEOS)

AkrisOn Tuesday, November 19, 2013, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco accompanied by Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover, Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra of Hanover, Her Serene Highness Princess Stephanie of Monaco, Mr. and Mrs. Andrea Casiraghi, and Mr. Pierre Casiraghi arrived at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee de Monaco to attend a Te Deum Mass — led by Archbishop Bernard Barsi — in celebration of Fête Nationale 2013.

After Mass the princely family returned to the Palais Princier where the medals presentation was scheduled to take place in the inner courtyard of the Palais.  Unfortunately, due to the heavy rain and gusty winds the ceremony took place in the Galerie d’Hercule upper hallway of the Palais just outside the Galerie des Glaces. 

Thereafter, Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene — wearing a navy wave jacquard lamé and wool double-face asymmetrical coat accessorized with a blue felt capeline hat and a black clutch in horsehair designed by her close friend, Mr. Albert Kriemler, for the House of Akris — made a balcony appearance at the Palais to wave to the proud and soaking wet Monégasque citizens.

Again, due to the bad weather the military parade in front of the Palais Princier was cancelled.  Nonetheless, it was a great day for all and happy Fête Nationale to all in lovely Monaco.

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His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan Receives Credentials From the New U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Ms. Caroline Kennedy. (VIDEOS)

On the morning of November 19, 2013, His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan received credentials at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo from the newly appointed United States Ambassador to Japan, Ms. Caroline Kennedy.

The only daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy and the late Jacqueline  Kennedy-Onassis arrived at the palace in a horse-drawn carriage which, according to Kyodo News, is “…a tradition for newly appointed ambassadors…”

Members of the Princely Family of Monaco Unveil a New Sculpture. (VIDEO)

On November 18, 2013, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco accompanied by Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover and Her Serene Highness Princess Stephanie of Monaco unveiled a new sculpture of His Serene Highness the late Prince Rainier III of Monaco.

The sculpture, located along La Rampe Major walkway, was created by famed Dutch sculptor, Mr. Kees Verkade.  Mr. Verkade also created the lovely statue of the late Princess Grace located in the Roseraie Princesse Grace in the district of Fontvieille in Monaco.

Earlier in the day Her Serene Highness Princess Stephanie of Monaco presented packages to elderly Monégasque citizens on the occasion of Fête Nationale.

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