On Sunday, December 1, 2013, Her Imperial Highness Princess Aiko of Japan will celebrate her 12th birthday. In honor of her special day the Imperial Household Agency released new video footage of the princess with her father, His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan, studying together at Tōgū Palace in Tokyo.
For detailed information about Princess Marie’s attendance at the opening please click here (in English).
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For more information about the opening as well as to view photos please click here.
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On November 30, 2013, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands along with hundreds of Dutch citizens celebrated the 200th anniversary of the Koninkrijk der Nederlanden (Kingdom of the Netherlands). This morning Their Majesties watched a reenactment of the historic 1813 landing of Willem Frederik (Willem I) on the beach in Scheveningen.
In the afternoon, Their Majesties accompanied by Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands arrived at the Ridderzaal in Den Haag to attend the official start of the 200th anniversary of Koninkrijk der Nederlanden. Whilst at the Ridderzaal (Hall of Knights) the royal family listened to a speech by the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mr. Mark Rutte.
In the evening, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, Her Royal Highness Princess Irene and Her Royal Highness Princess Christina of the Netherlands along with other members of the royal family attended a gala evening concert held a the Circustheater in Scheveningen.
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On Saturday, November 30, 2013, His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan arrived in Muscat, Oman, for a brief visit. Upon his arrival at the airport His Majesty was warmly greeted by various Omani government officials as well as by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman.
Thereafter, His Majesty King Abdullah II and Sultan Qaboos held a meeting at Bait Al Baraka (the royal palace) where discussions focused on the latest developments in the Middle East, the Syrian crisis, and ways to achieve prosperity as well as continuing to straighten bilateral ties between Jordan and Oman.
On November 30, 2013, His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge arrived at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham to visit the 2013 Motorcycle Live convention and trade show. The event gathers the:
“…world’s leading manufacturers [to showcase] their product ranges… visitors can be sure to see the show brimming with a huge number of bikes from the very latest models, to some fine examples of classic bikes, custom, off road, touring, adventure, scooter, mopeds, electric and children’s bikes.”
In the afternoon, the duke attended the “…Barclay’s Premier League match between Aston Villa and Sunderland at Villa Park…” according to AFP.
On the morning of November 30, 2013, Queen Paola of Belgium arrived at the Flagey Hall in Brussels to attend concert/musical theater performance of La Truite Romantique. Today’s performance was organized by the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth and Equinox according to the Belgian royal court.
On Saturday, November 30, 2013, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan arrived in New Delhi, India to begin their six-day official tour. The purpose of the imperial visit is to strengthen bilateral and diplomatic ties between the Japan and India.
Upon their arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport Their Imperial Majesties were warmly welcomed by Prime Minister of India, Mr. Manmohan Singh, accompanied by his wife, Ms. Gursharan Kaur, as well as dozens of Indian government officials.
According to the newspaper, The Hindu, on Sunday Emperor Akihito will visit:
“…Lodhi Garden and Monday [he will attend] a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan followed by a visit to Raj Ghat.
The main event of the day will be the meeting with the President, the customary banquet followed by the farewell tête-à-tête. After spending another day in the capital, the Japanese imperial couple will leave for Chennai and depart for Japan from there on the night of December 5.”
On Friday, November 29, 2013, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, Her Serene Highness Princess Stephanie of Monaco accompanied by her eldest daughter, Miss Pauline Ducruet, arrived at the Musée Océanographique in Monaco to attend a “…ceremony of remembrance ahead World AIDS Day 2013 on December 1st…”
During the ceremony, the princely family along with dozens of attendees viewed eight quilts made in tribute to those who lost their fight against the AIDS virus.
In the evening, Prince Albert II attended opening of the 1st Monte-Carlo Whisky Conference. For more information about the opening please click here.