On the afternoon of December 17, 2013, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden accompanied by Her Royal Highness Princess Estelle of Sweden met with “…the Royal College of Forestry’s student union for the presentation of Christmas trees…” according to the Swedish royal court.
On Tuesday, December 17, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain arrived at the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid to attend the inauguration of the Várez-Fisa Gallery in “…recognition of the generosity of José Luis Várez Fisa and family for donating artworks to the museum…” according to various sources.
On Saturday, December 14, 2013, Their Imperial and Royal Highnesses Archduke Imre and Archduchess Kathleen of Austria (aka Imre and Kathleen de Habsbourg-Lorraine) baptized their first child, HI&RH Archduchess Maria-Stella, at the L’eglise Fischbach (Fischbach Church) in Luxembourg.
Guests in attendance included Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, His Royal Highness Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg, Their Royal Highnesses Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg, Their Imperial and Royal Highnesses Archduke Carl-Christian and Archduchess Marie-Astrid of Austria (aka de Habsbourg-Lorraine) to name a few.
Archduke Imre and his lovely American-born wife, Kathleen, were married on September 8, 2012, at the Old St. Mary Mother of God Church in Washington D.C.
Please click here to view the official photo from the baptism courtesy of the Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg.
On December 17, 2013, His Majesty King Harald V of Norway accompanied by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway attended the 2013 Gardens Kirkeparade (The King’s Guard’s Church Parade) held at the Oslo Domkirke in Oslo.
On Tuesday, December 17, 2013, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales accompanied by His Royal Highness Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan visited the Coptic Orthodox Church Centre in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.
According to a press release the two princes were warmly welcomed to the center by:
“…His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, with numerous official, government, ecumenical, and inter-religious guests, along with members of the Coptic Orthodox clergy and community.
The visit began with a traditional prayer service, followed by a showcase of the vast number of ministries and strands of services operating under the umbrella of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom including, among others, benevolent work, relief and development, advocacy, youth ministry and inter-religious and ecumenical relations.
Following this, Bishop Angaelos presented two Coptic icons to Their Royal Highnesses, with an icon of Saint George gifted to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and His Royal Highness Prince George.
During the course of the visit there was a private meeting held to discuss the current situation in Egypt and the Middle East and contributions that could be made to offer viable solutions for those affected in the region. This was followed by afternoon tea in Shephalbury Manor during which the Prince of Wales unveiled a commemorative plaque marking the visit, and signed the official guestbook.”
Please click here to view photos as well as to learn more about today’s visit.
On Tuesday, December 17, 2013, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco arrived at the headquarters of the Croix-Rouge Monégasque to present Christmas gifts to dozens of Monégasque children and adults.
Thereafter, the princely couple visited the Centre de Gérontologie Clinique Rainier III — located at the Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace — to meet, spend time, and distribute gifts to the elderly living at the center.
In the afternoon, Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene attended a special memorial Mass at the Cathédrale de Monaco for the late Nelson Mandela.
To view photos from today’s activities please click the links below.