On March 11, 2014, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales arrived at the British Council’s Headquarters in London to attend a reception to “…to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the charity and the 30th anniversary of The Prince’s appointment as its Vice Patron…” according to Clarence House.
On March 11, 2014, Their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain accompanied by Her Royal Highness Princess Letizia of Asturias, Her Royal Highness Infanta Elena of Spain arrived at the Catedral de Santa María la Real de la Almudena in Madrid to attend a memorial Mass held on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Madrid train bombings.
On Friday, March 7, 2014, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco arrived in Agadir, Morocco for a brief visit. During last week’s visit the sovereign prince toured the Souss Massa National Park.
On the morning of Tuesday, March 11, 2014, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium participated in a meeting “…with leading women from various sectors in the province of Antwerp…” according to AFP News.
Today’s meeting was held on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
On Sunday, March 9, 2014, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark attended a commemoration service at Simeons Kirke in Copenhagen. The service was held on the occasion of the church’s 100th anniversary according to the Danish royal court.
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On March 11, 2014, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands visited the Avoord Zorg en Wonen (Care and Housing center) in Etten-Leur. According to RVD, the Avoord provides a “…wide spectrum of nursing, care and welfare for people who can no longer live independently…”
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On Tuesday, March 11, 2014, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan arrived at the National Theatre of Japan in Tokyo to attend a memorial service held on the occasion of the third anniversary of 9.0 earthquake off the Tōhoku coast and the devastating tsunami that followed.
During today’s service His Imperial Majesty gave a speech. Here is what he had to say:
“As we commemorate the third anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, together with the people gathered here today, I would like to again offer my deepest condolences to those who lost their lives in the disaster and their bereaved families.
The huge earthquake and tsunami that struck eastern Japan three years ago today left more than twenty thousand people dead or missing. Many people are still living under difficult conditions whether they are in the afflicted regions or in the places where they evacuated to. The nuclear power plant accident caused by the disaster is making some regions still off-limits because of radioactive contamination, forcing many people to leave the places where they used to live. It pains me greatly to think that so many people do not yet know when they can go back to their own homes.
In the past three years, people in the afflicted regions, still living under severe conditions, have overcome numerous difficulties with a strong sense of solidarity and made great efforts towards reconstruction. I am also heartened to see that many people, both at home and abroad, continue to support these efforts in various ways.
My thoughts go out to the afflicted people who must still be experiencing various hardships. In order to ensure that they can live in good health, and that they can live without losing hope, it is important that everyone’s hearts be with the afflicted for many years to come. It is my hope that people will never forget this disaster and hand down the lessons we learned to future generations, and foster a proper attitude towards disaster prevention, with the aim of making our country a safer place.
Together with the people gathered here today, I would like to express my hope that days of peace and quiet will return as soon as possible to the afflicted regions. In closing, I offer once again my most sincere condolences to all those who lost their lives in the Great East Japan Earthquake.”