On November 20, 2013, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands began their two-day visit of the island of Aruba.
The day began with a welcoming ceremony on L.G. Smith Boulevard in Oranjestad where hundreds of people came out to see the new king and queen of the Netherlands. Then, Their Majesties met with the governor of Aruba, Mr. Fredis Jose Refunjol, the Prime Minister of Aruba, Mr. Mike Eman, as well as with other government officials.
In the afternoon, Their Majesties participated in a discussion about the future of Aruba in San Nicolas, and in the evening attended a gala celebration at the Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins.
On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan visited the tombs of Their Imperial Majesties the late Emperor Shōwa (Hirohito) and Empress Kōjun of Japan at the Musashino Imperial Mausoleum in Hachiōji, Tokyo.
On November 20, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain visited the Middle School 223, a bilingual school, in the South Bronx, New York City. During the visit Her Majesty met with students, staff, and toured the school.
On November 19, Her Majesty attended the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute Gold Medal Gala held at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. Last evening’s gala, hosted by legendary fashion designer Mr. Oscar de la Renta, honored former United States Secretary of State, Ms. Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Spanish actor, Mr. Antonio Banderas, for “…their contributions to ties between the United States and Spanish-speaking countries…”
On November 20, 2013, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales arrived at the Royal Society in London to attend a reception for the launch of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Global Forests Report 2013.
According to the official website for the CDP the report provides:
“…an analysis of the global companies that responded to CDP’s 2013 forests information request on behalf of 184 investors with $13 trillion in assets. The report gives an insight into how companies are addressing their exposure to risks from the agricultural commodities responsible for most deforestation globally.”
On the occasion of Fête Nationale 2013 last evening Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco accompanied by Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover, and Mr. Pierre Casiraghi attended an opera performance of Das Rheingold by the late Richard Wagner at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.
On November 20, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan held an audience with representatives from SADAQA.
According to Petra News, the SADAQA is a “…campaign launched in 2011 which seeks to promote friendlier working environments for women through the provision of daycare centers to enable women to lead successful lives in the workplace.”
On November 19, 2013, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias arrived at the Moore Building in Miami to view the exhibition, TAPAS: Spanish Design for Food, organized by Acción Cultural Española, Centro Cultural Español Miami, Espana-Florida Foundation, and Spain Arts & Culture.
According to Centro Cultural Español Miami, the exhibition, curated by Ms. Juli Capella:
“…takes a look at how Spanish culture has come up with ingenious inventions and solutions in this respect throughout its history, playing a prominent role at all times…”
Prior to their visit to the exhibition the royal couple toured the “…Coral Way K-8 Center, a school that has offered a unique bilingual program since 1963 with the backing of the Spanish government…” according to the newspaper, Miami Herald.