Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands Attends an Award Ceremony in Den Haag.

BeatrixOn October 2, 2014, Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands arrived at the Spaansche Hof in Den Haag to attend the 2014 Max van der Stoel Award Ceremony.

According to the offiicial website for the awards the:

“…presented every two years to a person, group or institution for extraordinary and outstanding achievements in improving the position of national minorities in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) participating States.

Established in 2001 by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the Award honours Max van der Stoel, a prominent Dutch statesman who was the first OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities. The Award highlights issues related to national minorities and supports the High Commissioner´s conflict-prevention work.

The winner of the 2014 Max van der Stoel Award went to Spravedlivost, a non-governmental organization based in Jalal-Abad in southern Kyrgyzstan, has been named as the 2014 winner of the Max van der Stoel Award, for its outstanding work in improving the position of national minorities in the OSCE area.”

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Their Imperial Highnesses Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan Meet with HIH Princess Noriko of Takamado. (VIDEOS)



On October 2, 2014, Their Imperial Highnesses Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan “…met with Her Imperial Highness Princess Noriko of Takamado at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo ahead of her marriage to Mr. Kunimaro Senge, son of the chief priest of the Izumo Grand Shrine…” according to AFP News.

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Attends the 2014 Heinekenprijzen.

TheKingWAOn October 2, 2014, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands attended the 2014 Heinekenprijzen (Heineken Prizes for Arts and Sciences) held at the Beurs van Berlage building in Amsterdam.

According to the official website for the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen the Heinekenprijzen:

“…are international prizes awarded every other year to five internationally renowned scientists and one highly talented Dutch visual artist for their great merits to science, Dutch art and society.

The scientific Heineken Prizes recognize and reward unique achievement in the fields of biochemistry and biophysics, medicine, environmental sciences, history and cognitive science. The sixth Heineken Prize, the Heineken Prize for Art, is awarded every two years to an artist living and working in the Netherlands.”

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Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway Attend the Opening of the 159th Session of Storting. (VIDEO)

NorwayOn Thursday, October 2, 2014, Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway accompanied by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway attended the opening of the 159th Session of Storting (Parliament) in Oslo.

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Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium Views an Exhibition at the Palais des Beaux-Arts.

MathildeOn Thursday, October 2, 2014, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium arrived at the Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR) in Brussels to view the exhibition, Sensation et Sensualité: Rubens et son Héritage (Sensation and Sensuality: Rubens and his Legacy).

According to the official website for the Palais des Beaux-Arts the exhibition:

“…in collaboration with the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp and the Royal Academy of Arts in London you can rediscover the work of this indomitable genius
[Peter Paul Rubens] that has withstood the test of time as well as that of his heirs. You can also see canvases by Van Dyck, Watteau, Delacroix, Manet and Kokoschka as well as engravings by Rembrandt and Picasso.”

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Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall Attend the Funeral of the Late Dowager Duchess of Devonshire. (VIDEOS)

On Thursday, October 2, 2014, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attended the funeral of Deborah, The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, at St Peter’s Church at Edensor on the Chatsworth estate in Derbyshire, England.

The late Dowager Duchess of Devonshire passed away on September 24, 2014, at the age of 94.

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And, finally, last year I posted the Frick Collection interview with the late Dowager Duchess of Devonshire entitled, The Effervescent Life of Deborah, The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire. Click here to watch the fascinating 57 minute interview.