Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain Attends a Gala Dinner in Madrid. (VIDEO)

On the evening of November 5, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain arrived at the Casa de ABC in Madrid to attend a gala dinner in honor of the winners of the Mariano de Cavia, Luca de Tena and Mingote prizes according to the Spanish royal court.

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Her Royal Highness Princess Letizia of Asturias Inaugurates the 1st Congreso Internacional Contra la Violencia de Género. (VIDEOS)

On the morning of November 5, 2013, Her Royal Highness Princess Letizia of Asturias arrived at the Auditorio Fundacion Canal in Madrid to participate in the inauguration of the 1st Congreso Internacional Contra la Violencia de Género.

Today’s conference, held under the theme Nuevas Formas de Violencia, was organized by the Gobierno Regional de la Comunidad de Madrid in collaboration with the Fundación Internacional y para Iberoamérica de Administración y Políticas Públicas (FIAPP), the Fundación Canal de Isabel II, the Fundación La Caixa and the United States Embassy in Spain according to the Spanish royal court.

After the conference Princess Letizia participated in a meeting with representatives from the Red de Atención Integral para la Violencia de Género de la Comunidad de Madrid.

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Photo courtesy of Casa Real

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His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge Participates in a Ceremony at Victoria Embankment Gardens. (VIDEO)

cambridgeOn November 5, 2013, His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge accompanied by the President of South Korea, Park Geun-hye, arrived at the Victoria Embankment Gardens in London to participate in a “…ceremony at the proposed site of the new Korean war memorial…”

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News Regarding HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. (VIDEOS)

On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh welcomed the President of South Korea, Ms. Park Geun-hye, to England.

According to the British royal court, the day began with the traditional “…ceremonial welcome on Horse Guards Parade.”  Thereafter, Her Majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh arrived at Buckingham Palace to attend a private luncheon held in President Geun-hye’s honor.  Once lunch was over Her Majesty ushered President Geun-hye into the “…Picture Gallery [where they viewed an] exhibition of Korean related items from the Royal Collection and Royal Archives.”

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TMs King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway Visit Turkey. (VIDEOS)

On November 5, 2013, Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway began their three-day state visit to Turkey.  The purpose of the visit is to strengthen ties between the two countries.  According to the official website for the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey the visit “…will constitute the first Head of State visit between Turkey and Norway since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1926.”

Anyway, after landing at the airport Their Majesties were driven to the Mustafa Kemal Atatürk Mausoleum in Ankara to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony. Thereafter, Their Majesties arrived at the Cankaya Presidential Palace where they were warmly welcomed to Turkey by President Abdullah Gül and First Lady Hayrünnisa Gül.

After the inspection of the guards and formal introductions to various Turkish government officials King Harald V and Queen Sonja went their separate ways.  His Majesty attended a luncheon hosted by Prime Minister Recep Erdoğan while Her Majesty attended a luncheon held in her honor and hosted by First Lady Gül.

Later in the afternoon, Her Majesty and First Lady Gül visited the “…Saray Care and Rehabilitation Centre and the Sevgi Evleri Nursery School in Ankara and opened the Munch/Warhol and the Multiple Image at the Cer Modern Arts Centre…” according to the Norwegian royal court.

In the evening, President Abdullah Gül and First Lady Hayrünnisa Gül hosted a gala state dinner in honor of Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja at the Cankaya Presidential Palace.

And, that’s it for today.   🙂

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Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan Host a Tea Party. (VIDEO)

On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan accompanied by Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan hosted a tea party at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo in honor of the recipients of the 2013 Order of Culture Awards/Medals.

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Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Attends the Performance of “Hij Gelooft in Mij” (VIDEO)

MaximaOn the evening of Tuesday, November 5, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands arrived at the DeLaMar Theater in Amsterdam to attend a charity performance of the musical Hij Gelooft in Mij.

Proceeds from tonight’s event will be donated to the Kinderen Maken Muziek program of the Oranje Fonds according to RVD.

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Photo courtesy of RVD/HKH

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Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands Opens a Building in Doorn.

beatrixOn Tuesday, November 5, 2013, Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands opened a new building of the Stichting de Basis in Doorn.

According to the official website for Stichting de Basis the independent care center provides:

“…services after trauma for veterans and military service [men and women] and their families. Increasingly we service former uniformed personnel at risk of aggression, violence or disaster. To be more specific, we support (former) personnel from the army, fire-brigade, ambulance, police force, and public transport.

We assist them and their families in coping with the consequences of trauma. We focus on resilience, empowerment and creating new perspectives, and we support clients to extend their focus of control.”

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News Regarding HM Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. (VIDEOS)

MaximaOn November 5, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands arrived at the Appel Arts Center in Amsterdam to attend the 2013 Prix de Rome.

According to the official website for the Prix de Rome the award is the:

“…oldest and most prestigious prize in the Netherlands for young artists under the age of 40. 

The award dates back to 1808 when Louis Napoleon introduced the Prix de Rome in the Netherlands to promote the arts. Although the award has regularly been renewed, the aim is still to trace talented artists and encourage them to develop and increase their visibility.”

The winner of the 2013 Prix de Rome went to Ms. Falke Pisano.

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His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark Inaugurates the Power Racing Gokart Akademi. (VIDEO)

FredOn November 4, 2013, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark inaugurated the Power Racing Gokart Akademi in Herlev just northwest of Copenhagen.

And, that’s it.   🙂

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Their Royal Highnesses Prince Laurent and Princess Claire of Belgium Attend the Première of ‘Marina’

belgiumOn the evening of November 4, 2013, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Laurent and Princess Claire of Belgium arrived at the Euroscoop (movie theatre) in Genk to attend the première of Mr. Stijn Coninx’s film, Marina.

The film is based on the true story of Belgian-Italian singer and songwriter, Rocco Granata.  Via a press release regarding the film: 

“Calabria, Italy, 1948. Salvatore Granata, a poor ironsmith, has to leave the country for a job as a coalminer in Belgium. His spirited 10-year-old son Rocco keeps enjoying the warm Italian life. But after one year, Salvatore, urges his family to come over.

By the time Rocco arrives in Waterschei, a small mining town in Belgium, his excitement turns into grave disappointment. The immigrants are housed in miserable barracks. He doesn’t speak the language, people are more distant, the weather is cold and… they still are poor.

While his parents find security in the immigrant community, the son tries to adapt to his new surroundings. But he remains a second-class citizen. When Salvatore understands what’s going on, he tells his son that he needs a dream to hang on to. From then on Rocco starts doing what he does best: playing music.”

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Trailer for the film Marina

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His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium Meets With the President of the European Commission.

BelgiumOn November 4, 2013, His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium held a luncheon meeting at Château de Laeken with the President of the European Commission, Mr. José Manuel Barroso, and with President of the European Council, Mr. Herman Van Rompuy.

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