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.

Photo courtesy of the Palais Princier