HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway Attends an Award Ceremony. (VIDEO)

norway1On the evening of February 12, 2014, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway attended the 2014 Nåløyet award ceremony in Oslo.

During this evening’s ceremony the lovely crown princess presented the 2014 Grønn Pris award to Norwegian fashion designer, Ms. Leila Hafzi.

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Photo courtesy of Kongehuset

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His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan Visits Washington D.C. (VIDEO)

On February 12, 2014, His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan met with the Vice President of the United States, Mr. Joe Biden, in Washington D.C.

According to Associated Press, His Majesty and Vice President Biden:

“…discussed Syria’s civil war and the growing violent extremism the conflict is fueling.  [They also] discussed [ways of] achieving a political solution and the need for humanitarian access. Biden also offered support for Abdullah’s efforts to spur political and economic progress.” 

His Majesty also held various meetings with members of the United States Congress and committees this afternoon.  Discussions focused on the latest developments in the Middle East and ways to strengthen ties between the United States and Jordan.

Yesterday, His Majesty King Abdullah II held a meeting with United States Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry.

His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium Visits the VDAB Center of Maritime Competency.

BelgiumOn the afternoon of February 12, 2014, His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium visited the Vlaamse Dienst voor Arbeidsbemiddeling in Beroepsopleiding (VDAB) Center of Maritime Competency in Zeebrugge.

According to AFP News, the center is “…an example of cooperation between VDAB, schools and employers…”

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Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands Attends a Conference at the Universiteit Leiden.

beatrixOn February 12, 2014, Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands arrived at the Universiteit Leiden to attend the opening of the International Conference on Chinese Buddhism and the Erik Zürcher Scholarship.

Researchers from around the world participated in today’s opening session in which discussions focused on “…the work of the late Sinologist, Professor Zürcher, and current research on Chinese Buddhism.  The conference was organized on the occasion of the publication of the book, Buddhism in China: Collected Papers, by the late Professor Zürcher.”

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Photo courtesy of RVD/HKH

News Regarding Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.

Dutch1On February 12, 2014, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attended the “…opening symposium Centrum Gezond Gewicht (Centre For Healthy Weight) of the Erasmus MC and the St. Francis hospital at the Boijmans van Beuningen museum in Rotterdam…” according to RVD.

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HRH The Duke of Cambridge Participates in a Symposium in London. (VIDEOS)

On Wednesday, February 12, 2014, His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge arrived at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) to participate in the International Wildlife Trade Symposium.

According to the official website for the ZSL, today’s gathering focused on:

“…the impacts of international wildlife trafficking; the most recent evidence on species affected, global security issues, transnational crime and links with poverty [was] presented. 

The main focus of the symposium, however, was solutions. Evidence underlying solutions and a vision for how they can be implemented were discussed. The symposium provided a forum for sharing experiences from those involved in fighting wildlife crime as well as those active in other, related fields that  provided an insight in combating wildlife trafficking.”