Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark Attends a Memorial Service at the Vor Frue Kirke.

margretheiiOn December 2, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark arrived at the Vor Frue Kirke in Copenhagen to attend a memorial service for the late Nelson Mandela.

The former South African President and Nobel Peace Prize winner passed away on December 5, 2013, from  a respiratory tract infection at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa at the age of 95.

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His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales Participates in the Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) Forum.

POWOn Thursday, December 12, 2013, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales participated in the Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) Forum held at St James’s Palace in London.

According to the official website for A4S the project was:

“…set up by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2004 ‘To help ensure that sustainability – considering what we do not only in terms of ourselves and today, but also of others and tomorrow – is not just talked and worried about, but becomes embedded in organizations’ “DNA”.”

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His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium Participates in a Meeting with Top Belgian CEOs.

belgiumOn December 12, 2013, His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium participated in a meeting at the Palais de Bruxelles with the CEO of Unie van Zelfstandige Ondernemersthe (UNIZO), Mr. Karel Van Eetvelt, the President of the Farmers’ Union, Mr. Piet Van Themsche, the CEO of the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium, Mr. Pieter Timmermans, and the President of the Union des Classes Moyennes (UCM), Mr. Philippe Godfroid.

During the meeting discussions focused on “…employment and training for young people…” according to the Belgian royal court.

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News Regarding His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway. (VIDEO)

cphaaOn the morning of December 12, 2013, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway arrived at the Ørland Hovedflystasjon (Main Air Base) to meet with the soldiers and generals of the Luftforsvaret (Royal Norwegian Air Force).

Thereafter the crown prince visited the Luftkrigsskolen (Royal Norwegian Air Force Academy) in Trondheim.

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Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal Opens the Chantry House Community Hub. Plus, Other News. (VIDEO)

Princess Anne, Princess RoyalOn December 12, 2013, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, “…as Patron of the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux, opened the Chantry House Community Hub…” according to the British royal court.

The princess also “…attended the Prince William of Gloucester Barracks in Grantham to celebrate the Woodland Trust’s Jubilee Woods Project…” according to the newspaper, Grantham Journal.

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Please click here to read an article regarding today’s visit in Grantham.

King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium View the Exhibition, Corps de l’Inde.

belgiumOn Thursday, December 12, 2013, King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium arrived at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels to view the exhibition, Corps de l’Inde, during the 2013 Europalia India International Arts Festival (EIIAF).  The exhibition was curated by Mr. Naman Ahuja from the Jawaharlal Nehru University School of Arts and Aesthetics in New Delhi, India.

According to the official website for EIIAF, Corps de l’Inde:

“…has used a unique conceptual framework to examine the ways in which Indian art has represented/treated the intricacies of the vast and germane subject of the ‘body’. Through the curator’s vision the viewer is invited to explore what inheres within the body, and to question what drives Indian bodies. Where do society’s archetypes of heroism and valor rest, for example? What motivates abstinence and asceticism? How does a civilization view the rites of passage, death, and birth? To what extent do Indians believe that the body’s fate is destined / predetermined, and to what degree is fortune in the hand of those people who shape it for themselves?

This exhibition importantly reveals the body not only as the subject of art, but also as the medium used to convey the values, preoccupations and aspirations of the times. What emerges is a complex plurality where no gallery presents a singular view. The multiplicity is born of the diversity in geography, chronology, patronage, religion and art material that is present in every gallery of the exhibition. The questions posed in each gallery are universal, existential ones, but Ahuja has taken care not to fall into the trap of simplification for the sake of communicating any singular teleology. Through art, he has shown the body as a site for defining individual identity, negotiating power, and experimenting with the nature of representation itself. This is a richly layered exposition that also re-examines the classical in light of our changing views of social exclusion, gender and sexuality.

The Body in Indian Art brings together 250 masterpieces from approximately 50 of India’s museums, archaeological institutes, and private collections, in an exploration of the complex and multifaceted understandings of the ‘Body’…”

Corps de l’Inde will be open to the public until January 5, 2014.

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