On the morning of Monday, February 17, 2014, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium accompanied by the Prime Minister of Belgium, Mr. Elio Di Rupo, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Didier Reynders, arrived in Berlin, Germany for a one-day official visit.
Upon their arrival at Schloss Bellevue the reigning couple were warmly welcomed by the President of Germany, Mr. Joachim Gauck, and his longtime companion, Ms. Daniela Schadt. After the official welcoming ceremony and the inspection of the guards President Gauck ushered Their Majesties into Schloss Bellevue where they signed the guest book and posed for the media.
In the afternoon, Their Majesties visited the famous Brandenburg Gate, attended a conference in which discussions focused on strengthening economic ties between Belgium and Germany, and held a meeting with the Chancellor of Germany, Ms. Angela Merkel.
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On Monday, February 17, 2014, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge hosted a “…Dramatic Arts reception at Buckingham Palace…” according to AFP News.
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On February 17, 2014, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco held a meeting with the President of the International Olympic Committee, Mr. Thomas Bach, in Sochi, Russia.
During today’s meeting the sovereign prince and Mr. Bach discussed the upcoming extraordinary IOC session to be held in Monaco in December 2014 according to the Palais Princier.
On Monday, February 17, 2014, His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Asturias arrived at the Real Casa de la Moneda-Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre in Madrid to participate in the XVIII Jornadas de Presupuestación, Contabilidad y Control Público.
Photo courtesy of Casa Real
On Monday, February 17, 2014, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands accompanied by their children, Princess Amalia, Princess Alexia, Princess Ariane, Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien, Countess Leonore, Countess Eloise, Count Claus-Casimir, Her Royal Highness Princess Mabel and her daughters, Countess Luana and Countess Zaria met with the press on the slopes in Lech, Austria.
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On the evening of Sunday, February 16, 2014, His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge arrived at the Royal Opera House in London to attend the 67th EE British Academy Film Awards (aka the BAFTAs).
Here is the list of this year’s winners:
12 Years a Slave
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Writer-director Kieran Evans, Kelly + Victor
Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell, American Hustle
Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, Philomena
Film Not in the English Language:
The Great Beauty
The Act of Killing
Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema: