On the afternoon of Sunday, February 23, 2014, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan attended the 2014 Japan National Rugby Championship quarterfinals held at the Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium in Tokyo.
In the evening, the emperor and empress arrived at Tōgū Palace in Tokyo to celebrate His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan’s 54 birthday.
On Sunday, February 23, 2014, His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan held a meeting in Amman with “…senior government, legislative and judiciary officials…” according to Petra News.
Meanwhile, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan visited the Al Zarqa University College in Zarqa. During today’s visit Her Majesty met with students participating in the Youth Entrepreneurship and Employability Project entitled, Sanad.
On Friday, February 21, 2014, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco attended the closing of the Conférence Diplomatique de la Principauté held at the Fairmont Monte Carlo.
In other news, the sovereign prince and Princess Charlene of Monaco will attend the 2014 World Ocean Summit held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in beautiful Half Moon Bay, California this week. Prince Albert will give a keynote speech during the two-day conference.
According to a press release the purpose of the World Ocean Summit is to:
“…find solutions that reconcile the need for economic growth with the increasing challenges of global ocean conservation.
Two things are central to the World Ocean Summit 2014: governance and sustainability. To safeguard the oceans, increased governance will in many cases be desirable if not inevitable. But good governance is difficult to maintain—not least in the high seas, where there is little formal jurisdiction. Better governance is intimately linked to the sustainable use of our seas. The challenge now is to design a regime that successfully balances economic development with sustainability.
World Ocean Summit 2014 will offer delegates an opportunity to better understand the risks brought about by degradation of the ocean and help shape debate about its governance.”
And, finally, in the video below Prince Albert II gives a mini-interview with Monaco Info about the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.
On February 21, 2014, Her Royal Highness Princess Letizia of Asturias arrived at the Caldes de Malavella in Girona to attend the 2nd Jornadas Internacionales de Educación Emprendedora meeting held under the theme, Cómo Educar el Talento Emprendedor Desde la Escuela. Friday’s meeting was organized by the Fundación Príncipe de Girona and the Fundación Trilema.
On Friday, February 21, 2014, His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan held a press conference ahead of his 54th birthday (which is today).
In the interview, the future emperor spoke about his recent trip to Spain, his and Crown Princess Masako’s attendance at the inauguration of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands last year, his daughter Princess Aiko, the March 11, 2011 earthquake and the devastating tsunami that followed, the “…postwar Constitution [which] has played a vital role to ensure peace in Japan and make the country prosperous…” and much more.