On Thursday, April 17, 2014, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan accompanied by His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan, Their Imperial Highnesses Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan, Her Imperial Highness Princess Mako of Japan, and Her Imperial Highness Princess Kako of Japan attended the traditional Spring garden party held at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo.
On April 17, 2014, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco arrived at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte-Carlo to attend the opening of the 2014 Top Marques super car show.
On April 17, 2014, Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands arrived at the Mint in Utrecht to officially open the Rode Kruis Congres 2014 Power to the People: De Kracht van Burgers in de Hulpverlening bij Rampen en Crises.
Photo courtesy of RVD/HKH
On Thursday, April 17, 2014, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh arrived at Blackburn Cathedral in Lancashire to attend Royal Maundy Service.
According to ITV News, Maundy Thursday is:
“…the Christian holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter to commemorate the last supper of Jesus with the Apostles and echoes the story of Christ washing the feet of his disciples shortly before his death.
The Maundy Service, which dates back to the 13th century, originally involved the sovereign giving money to the poor and washing their feet, a tradition which ended with James II in the 18th century.”
On Thursday, April 17, 2014, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge continued their visit to beautiful Australia.
This morning the royal couple visited Winmalee in the Blue Mountains where they “…met with firefighters and locals affected by wildfires that swept through the region last year, destroying more than 200 homes…” according to the Associated Press.
The duke and duchess also visited Winmalee Guide Hall, toured Echo Point “…where they met three Aboriginal Elders representing the Indigenous landowners of Echo Point, and Narrow Neck Lookout where [the royal couple] met young people taking part in adventure programs including abseiling and team building exercises…” and much more.
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