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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His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco Visits the SBM Offshore Facilities in Singapore. (VIDEO)

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.

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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Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands Opens the 90th Christmas Market in Rotterdam. (VIDEO)

On November 13, 2014, Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands opened the 90th Christmas Market at the Noorse Kerk in Rotterdam.

Proceeds from the sale of items sold at the Christmas market will “…benefit the preservation of the church…” according to the news agency, PPE.

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His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Opens the Kulturhus Trefkoele +. (VIDEOS)

On Thursday, November 13, 2014, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands officially opened the Kulturhus Trefkoele + in Dalfsen.

According to RVD, the Kulturhus Trefkoele is a 7700 square meter community center for the residents of the municipality.  The center contains a library, child care, a youth club, an elderly club and much more. 

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Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan Attend the Opening of the 2014 Information and Communications Forum. (VIDEO)

On November 12, 2014, Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan attended the opening of the Information and Communications Forum held at the King Hussein Business Park in Amman, Jordan.  The theme of this year’s two-day conference, MENA ICT Forum 2014: Disruptive Technologies, will focus on the “…latest advancements in the ICT domain in Jordan and the Middle East and Africa…”according to the news agency, Petra News.

The news agency also notes that during today’s opening His Majesty:

“…inaugurated a premises for the ‘Grow – Entrepreneur’ initiative, which seeks to empower Jordanian youths and launched Eman1 project as well as the first Jordanian computer manufactured by Jordanian developers as one of the most efficient giant computers in the region.”

Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain Visit Brussels, Belgium. (VIDEOS)

On Wednesday, November 12, 2014, Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain accompanied by the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mr. José Manuel García-Margallo, began their one-day official visit to Brussels, Belgium.

Upon their arrival into the capital Their Majesties were warmly greeted by Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium along with dozens of Belgian government officials.

After the official welcoming ceremony King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia participated in a meeting at Palais d’Egmont with the Belgian Prime Minister, Mr. Charles Michel, and the Belgian Foreign Minister, Mr. Didier Reynders.  The new Spanish monarchs also held meetings with members of the Belgian Senate and House of Representatives.

In the afternoon, Their Majesties accompanied by King Philippe and Queen Mathilde posed for the press at the Palais Royal in Brussels.  Thereafter, the king and queen of Belgium hosted a luncheon in honor of the Spanish royal visit at the Palais Royal in Brussels.

And, that’s it.

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