On December 11, 2014, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands officially opened the Nationaal Militair Museum at the Park Vliegbasis Soesterberg.
According to RVD, the museum highlights:
“…[the] meaning of the Dutch armed forces of the past, present and future. Personal stories of soldiers from all ranks and times are illustrated by the extensive collections of the Army and Air Force. In addition to large objects such as tanks and aircraft, six theme areas where all aspects of the armed forces are discussed.”
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On Thursday, December 11, 2014, His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan arrived at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (TMAM) to view the exhibition, Arte a Firenze da Botticelli a Bronzino: Verso una Maniera Moderna.
According to the official website for the TMAM the exhibition:
“…trace[s] the development of Florentine art from the 15th to the 16th century through works from the collection of the world-famed Uffizi Gallery, Florence’s oldest art museum, founded to house the art collections of the Medici family.
The Uffizi Gallery is renowned for its excellent collection of works by Sandro Botticelli, one of the greatest painters of the Italian Renaissance. Through paintings by Botticelli—including his famed Pallas and the Centaur—and works by Andrea del Sarto, Rosso Fiorentino, Agnolo Bronzino, and other leading figures of 16th-century Florentine art, some 80 pieces in all, this exhibition will convey the essence of the astonishingly rich and varied Florentine Renaissance.”
Arte a Firenze da Botticelli a Bronzino: Verso una Maniera Moderna will be open to the public until December 14, 2014.
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On Thursday, December 11, 2014, the Palais Princier de Monaco released a video message from His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco announcing the birth of his precious newborn twins.
Here is what the sovereign prince and proud father had to say:
“My Dear Fellow Citizens and Residents of the Principality,
It is with great joy that I have the pleasure of announcing that Princess Charlene gave birth on Wednesday 10th December 2014 to one boy and one girl named Jacques Honoré Rainier, who will bear the title of Crown Prince, and Gabriella Thérèse Marie Princess and second in the line of succession.
I wish to share this moment of happiness with the Monégasque people and more widely with all my country’s residents. These births further bolster the feeling of community that unites us.
I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to all those, in Monaco and across the world, who have expressed their attachment to the Princess, myself and my family.
Thanks be to God for this blessing.”
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On Wednesday, December 10, 2014, Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco gave birth to healthy baby twins at the Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace in Monaco.
The little prince, born at 5:06 p.m., was named His Serene Highness Hereditary Prince Jacques Honoré Rainier, Marquis des Baux. The little princess, born at 5:04 p.m., was named Her Serene Highness Princess Gabriella Thérèse Marie, Comtesse de Carladès.
Princess Charlene and her beautiful new little ones are doing well and, of course, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco is incredibly happy.
A huge congrats to Their Serene Highnesses and to the people of Monaco!
Click here to watch a video announcing the birth of the princely twins via Monaco Info en Direct.
Sirens, church bells, and cannons celebrating the birth of the princely twins.
The Palais Princier de Monaco this evening.
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On Wednesday, December 10, 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, Her Royal Highness Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Mr. Christopher O’Neill, and His Royal Highness Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and his fiancée, Ms. Sofia Hellqvist, attended the 2014 Nobel Prize ceremony held at the Konserthuset in Stockholm.
The 2014 Nobel Prize Laureates are:
“The Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Mr. Patrick Modiano ‘…for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation.’
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was divided, one half awarded to Mr. John O’Keefe, the other half jointly to Ms. May-Britt Moser and Mr. Edvard I. Moser ‘…for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain.’
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded jointly to Mr. Eric Betzig, Mr. Stefan W. Hell and Mr. William E. Moerner ‘…for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy.’
The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded jointly to Mr. Isamu Akasaki, Mr. Hiroshi Amano and Mr. Shuji Nakamura ‘…for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.’”
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On Sunday, December 7, 2014, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco officially opened the 127th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session held at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.
Prior to the opening the sovereign prince hosted a reception for IOC members including Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark.
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On Monday, December 8, 2014, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge accompanied by the First Lady of New York City, Ms. Chirlane McCray, visited the Northside Center for Child Development in Harlem.
On Monday, December 8, 2014, His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge arrived at the White House in Washington, D.C. to meet with the President of the United States, Mr. Barack Obama. During their meeting inside the Oval office the duke and President Obama discussed various issues including the “…illegal wildlife trade.”
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On Friday, December 5, 2014, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco officially opened the 2014 Village de Noël de Monaco along the Quai Albert Ier, Port Hercule, in Monaco.
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On Saturday, December 6, 2014, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco received an honorary doctorate from the Universität Bern during the 180th Dies Academicus held at the Kultur Casino in Bern, Switzerland.
The sovereign prince was awarded the honorary doctorate for his promotion of scientific research, his commitment to climate science, his commitment to rare diseases and for his contribution to research into Duchenne muscular disease.
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On Thursday, December 4, 2014, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark hosted a reception for cooperation partners of the Mary Fonden held at Frederik VIII’s Slot, Amalienborg, in Copenhagen.
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On Friday, December 5, 2014, the Belgian royal court announced that Her Majesty Queen Fabiola of Belgium had passed away at Château du Stuyvenberg in Brussels. She was 86 years old.
Fabiola Fernanda Maria de las Victorias Antonia Adelaïda de Mora y Aragón was born in Madrid, Spain, on June 11, 1928. The Spanish-born aristocrat and devout Catholic was married to the late King Baudouin of Belgium on December 15, 1960. The couple had no children.
The funeral for the late Queen Fabiola will take place on December 12, 2014, at Saints Michel et Gudule in Brussels.
Last evening the Belgian television network, VTM Nieuws, aired a special about the late beloved queen entitled, In Memoriam: Koningin Fabiola. Please click here to watch the 36:00 minute program.
On Thursday, December 4, 2014, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan began their two-day visit to Hiroshima.
Today, Their Imperial Majesties placed “…flowers at the cenotaph for victims of the 1945 atomic bomb at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park…” as well as visited a nursing home.