On the evening of Friday, October 24, 2014, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium arrived at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels to attend the première of, Shell Shock, an opera by composer, Mr. Nicholas Lens and author and famous musician, Mr. Nick Cave (yeah, that Nick Cave).
The opera marks “…the centenary of World War I depicting the horrors of the conflict through the eyes of soldiers, deserters, a nurse and an orphan. [Shell Shock] depicts neither great battles nor heroism – instead it focuses on the traumatic effects war has on individuals…” according to Reuters.
On October 24, 2014, Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands arrived at the Paleis Het Loo in Apeldoorn to attend the 200th anniversary celebrations of the Koninklijke Marechaussee (Royal Military Police).
On October 23, 2014, Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands arrived at the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam to open the exhibition, Magisch Afrika: Maskers en Beelden uit Ivoorkust (Magic Africa: Masks and Sculptures from the Ivory Coast).
The exhibition contains “…over two hundred enchanting and mysterious art objects from Ivory Coast…” according to the official website for the Nieuwe Kerk.
This morning the Swedish royal court announced that His Royal Highness Prince Carl Philip of Sweden will marry his longtime controversial girlfriend, Miss Sofia Hellqvist, on Saturday, June 13, 2015 inside the magnificent Slottskyrkan (royal chapel) at the Kungliga Slottet (royal palace) in Stockholm.
In a brief statement the happy couple noted that they were “…looking forward to a summer wedding in the middle of June, when Sweden is extremely beautiful. This will be a big day for us, and we are absolutely delighted.”
On Thursday, October 23, 2014, His Majesty king Philippe of Belgium attended Erasmus Belgica’s 10th anniversary celebrations in Brussels.
Established in 2004, Erasmus Belgica was created as an:
“…initiative of the Fondation Prince Philippe aimed at encouraging higher education student mobility within the three Communities in Belgium.
The program allows students to take part of their course (three months to a year) at a recognized institution in another Belgian Community, to experience linguistic and cultural immersion there and to adapt to a different environment, another living environment and a different mentality.”
On the evening of October 22, 2014, Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden and His Royal Highness Prince Carl Philip of Sweden hosted a gala dinner at the Kungliga Slottet (royal palace) in Stockholm for members of the Swedish Parliament.
Earlier in the afternoon His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf and Crown Princess Victoria attended the Stockholm Environmental Institutes (SEI) 25th anniversary celebrations in Stockholm.