(VIDEO) Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan Visits the Al Badia Society for Women’s Development.

On January 20, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan visited the Al Badia Society for Women’s Development in Khashafiet Al Shawabkeh in Sahab District.

According to Petra News, during today’s meeting Her Majesty:

“…met with representatives from three local societies working on women’s empowerment and their economic development.  [Her Majesty also] listened to a briefing about Fida Jordan (FJ), a Finnish NGO that has been operating in Jordan since 2004 and supported the establishment of several local societies.

Her Majesty discussed with the beneficiaries their successes that were achieved thanks to local societies’ partnership with organisations such as FJ, which has branches across 30 countries and firmly believes that poverty does not only mean the lack of financial resources but also the lack of knowledge. 

Queen Rania also stressed the importance of promoting best practices in economic empowerment for women and discussed ways that encourage them to play an active role in the development of their communities.”


Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall Meets with Mr. Chris Evans.

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On January 20, 2015, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall met with BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show presenter, Mr. Chris Evans, following the launch of the 2015 children’s short story-writing competition, 500 Words, at Clarence House in London, England.

According to a press release the aim of the competition is to:

“…help find the UK’s most talented young writers, with the final of the competition taking place at St James’s Palace in May 2015.  [Marking the launch of the competition] The Duchess of Cornwall will also attend a special ‘500 WORDS Story Laboratory’ in Weston Park Primary School, London on Wednesday 21 January.

As part of the competition, entrants aged 13 and under have to compose an original work of fiction no longer than 500 words. Hopeful entrants should apply via the Radio 2 website – bbc.co.uk/500words. The writers of the top 50 stories will be invited to attend a broadcast of The Chris Evans Breakfast Show that will be broadcast live on Friday 29 May, 2015 from St James’s Palace.

The six lucky winners will be announced live on air and will get to hear their stories read out by a famous narrator. Last year saw names including Sherlock himself Benedict Cumberbatch, Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville and Paloma Faith take part.

The judging panel for 2015 includes head judge Richard Hammond, the highly acclaimed author of the Horrid Henry series, Francesca Simon, best-selling authors Charlie Higson, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman.”

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(VIDEO) Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover Views an Exhibition at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco.

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On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover arrived at the Villa Paloma at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (NMNM) in Monaco to view the special exhibition, Construire une Collection.

According to the official website for the NMNM, the exhibition, which runs until March 21 at the Villa Paloma then moves to the Villa Sauber, displays a:

“…selection of works purchased over the past ten years.  The exhibition at the Villa Paloma will therefore feature works by William Anastasi, Richard Artschwager, Michel Blazy, Pascal Broccolichi, Daniel Gustav Cramer, Alain Declercq, Jean Dubuffet, Hubert Duprat, Jan Fabre, Jean-Pascal Flavien, Geert Goiris, Gary Hill, Rebecca Horn, Anish Kapoor, Jochen Lempert, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Su‑Mei Tseand Cerith Wyn Evans. These artists offer a revisiting of form and nature through narrative and form-related ideas, with the aim of re‑appropriating Nature in their own way to give it a new symbolic meaning, opening up a broad area of discussion on redefining landscape while highlighting the relationship between art and science.

The second part of the exhibition will open to the public on March 21 at the Villa Sauber, which has housed the Madeleine de Galéa Collection of Dolls and Automata for the past 35 years until 2009. It will bring together works by Arman, Robert Barry, Christian Boltanski, Lourdes Castro, César, Mark Dion, Erró, Hans‑Peter Feldmann, Claire Fontaine, Lucio Fontana, Loïe Fuller, Jeppe Hein, Claude Monet, Linda Fregni Nagler, Camille Henrot, Bertrand Lavier, Anne and Patrick Poirier, Hans Schabus and William Turner. Most of the works presented here were either inspired by collections or the collections themselves have become works of art or have inspired works of art; in other words, a collection of collections.”

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(VIDEOS) News Regarding His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.

POWOn the morning of January 20, 2015, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited the Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England.  During today’s visit the Prince of Wales learned “…about the production of electric vehicles, specifically the LEAF, and to see how Nissan is creating career opportunities for young people at their Global Training Centre…” according to Clarence House.

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His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain Holds Audiences.

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On January 20, 2015, His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain held audiences Palacio de La Zarzuela with representatives from the 64th Promoción de Técnicos Comerciales y Economistas del Estado, Grupo de Ciudades Patrimonio de la Humanidad de España, and members from the Comité de dirección de la Federación Nacional de Asociaciones de Trabajadores Autónomos.

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(VIDEO) Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan Visit the Yamatane Museum of Art.

On the morning of Monday, January 19, 2015, Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan arrived at the Yamatane Museum of Art in Tokyo to view the special 15th memorial exhibition, Higashiyama Kaii and Four Seasons in Japan.

The exhibition examines the works of the late Japanese artist, Mr. Higashiyama Kaii.  According to the official website for the Yamatane Museum of Art:

“In the late 1940s, Kaii launched himself as a landscape painter. From then on, endeavoring to create Nihonga for a new age, he produced landscapes with unique compositions and remarkable figurative beauty, such as his Tree Roots (Meguro Museum of Art) or White Wall (Yamatane Museum of Art). In the course of that quest, he traveled, and painted, throughout Europe as well as the length and breadth of Japan. In the 1960s, he created two wall panels, for the Imperial Palace and the Crown Prince’s Palace and, at the same time, inspired by the novelist Kawabata Yasunari, began creating hisFour Seasons in Kyoto series. In those works, his approach returned to a traditional expression of Japan’s subtly changing four seasons and the beauties of nature.

Among them, his Dawn Tide (Imperial Household Agency), created for the Imperial Palace, has been highly praised as a work combining the natural and decorative beauty found in Yamato-e, a genre of painting traditional to Japan. Yamazaki Taneji, the first director of our museum, had an opportunity to see that works at the Palace, and was captivated by them. Taneji then directly commissioned the artists whose work adorned the Imperial Palace to create other works of a similar nature so that the public could have an opportunity to appreciate them even outside of the Palace. The resulting paintings are now the heart of the Yamatane collection, including Kaii’s Rising Tide, a painting nine meters long, Hashimoto Meiji’s Cherry Tree in Morning Sun, and Uemura Shōkō’s Flowers and Birds of Japan.

This exhibition presents those paintings associated with works at the Imperial Palace, works from theFour Seasons in Kyoto series, including End of the Year (Yamatane Museum of Art), Early Summer(Ichikawa City Higashiyama Kaii Memorial Hall), and First Snowfall in Kitayama (Kawabata Foundation). It also includes other masterworks in which Kaii depicted many parts of Japan, such asHill Inviting Spring (Hasegawa Machiko Art Museum).

To offer a broader perspective on Kaii’s oeuvre and the path he followed in his life’s work, the exhibition also includes paintings by Kawai Gyokudō and Yūki Somei, the mentors who taught Kaii his approach to the landscape, and Yamada Shingo and Katō Eizō, his classmates at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts, with whom he worked to polish his skills.”

 Higashiyama Kaii and Four Seasons in Japan will be open to the public until February 1, 2015.