On November 26, 2014, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands opened the Blue Energy test facility on the Afsluitdijk in Breezanddijk.
According to the Associated Press, Blue Energy:
“…takes advantage of the difference in salt concentration between sea water and fresh water to produce electricity.
One reason to try the system in the Netherlands is geography: the Rhine and Meuse rivers both meet the sea here. The plant is strategically located on the Afsluitdijk, the huge dike that turned part of the North Sea into a freshwater lake in the 1930s.
The multiyear project, funded by a mix of government and corporate sponsors, seeks to improve the system’s efficiency until it is a profitable electricity source.”
On Saturday, November 15, 2014, Their Imperial and Royal Highnesses Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este and Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este, Queen Paola of Belgium, and Her Royal Highness Princess Claire of Belgium attended the traditional Te Deum Mass at the Cathédrale Saint Michel in Brussels on the occasion of Fête du Roi 2014.
Unfortunately, King Albert II (who is recovering from surgery), Queen Fabiola of Belgium and His Royal Highness Prince Laurent of Belgium (he was in Vienna, Austria) did not attend this afternoon’s Mass.
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On Saturday, November 8, 2014, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco accompanied by several Monégasque government officials visited the SBM Offshore facilities and Keppel Shipyard in Singapore.During his visit the sovereign prince was given a tour of the massive oil tanker by SBM company officials.
On the evening of November 13, 2014, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II and His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark accompanied by Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark attended the Livgardens Musikkorps concert in Copenhagen.
On November 13, 2014, Their Royal Highness The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the 2014 Royal Variety Performance, in support of the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund, held at the Palladium Theatre in London.
On the evening of November 13, 2014, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark accompanied by her husband, Crown Prince Frederik, attended the 66th Annual Bambi Awards ceremony held at the Stage Theater at the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, Germany.
During the ceremony the future queen of Denmark received the 2014 Bambi Charity Award for her “…engagement against domestic violence…” according to a press release.
In the past other royals received the Bambi Award including Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, and Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco to name a few.
On Thursday, November 13, 2014, His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain arrived at the Escuela Diplomática in Madrid to preside over a “…ceremony of royal offices of 15 new secretaries of the Embassy …” according to the Spanish royal court.