His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Opens the Blue Energy Test Facility. (VIDEO)


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.”

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Members of the Belgian Royal Family Attend Te Deum Mass at the Cathédrale Saint Michel in Brussels. (VIDEOS)

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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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HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark Receives an Award.

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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.

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