(VIDEO) Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan Attend the Grand Sumo New Year Tournament. Plus, Other News.

On Sunday, January 18, 2015, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan arrived at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo to attend Day Eight of the Grand Sumo New Year Tournament.

On Saturday, Their Imperial Majesties attended a memorial service marking the 20th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake held at the Hyogo Prefecture Guest House in Kobe, Japan.  According to Reuters, hundreds of people “…gathered to pay their respects and light bamboo lanterns in the park for more than 6,400 people who lost their lives in the 7.3 magnitude earthquake.”

 

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His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales Attends the Royal Foundation Coach Core Graduation Ceremony. (VIDEOS)

On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales accompanied by former NBA player, Mr. Dikembe Mutombo, and NBA All-star, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, and current New York Knicks power forward, Mr. Carmelo Anthony, attended the Royal Foundation’s Coach Core graduation ceremony held at St. James’s Palace in London.

According to Clarence House, the Coach Core program:

“…boosts the career prospects and life skills of disadvantaged young people by training them to become professional sports coaches and mentors.

[During today’s graduation ceremony] 33 young people have completed the year-long Coach Core course and many said their practical coaching experience had helped them find work or allowed them to pursue more formal qualifications at college or university.

The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry created the program in 2012 which is run in partnership with the organization Glasgow Life in Scotland and with Greenhouse Charity in London, in response to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry’s shared aim to inspire young people through sport.

The NBA is also working to support Coach Core in developing young, motivated and talented new basketball coaches through coaching experience and logistical support, meaning that The Royal Foundation now has three programs running in London, Glasgow and New York.”

 

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His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark Attends the DR1 Sports 2014.

FredOn the evening of Saturday, January 10, 2015, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark attended the DR1 Sport 2014 event held at the Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning.  During this evening’s gathering the future king of Denmark will present the Købstædernes Forsikrings Pris, Danmarks Olympiske Håb (Denmark’s Olympic Hope), to a worthy recipient.

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Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium Host a New Year Reception.

belgiumOn Thursday, January 8, 2015, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium hosted a New Year reception at the Palais Royal in Brussels for members of the international Diplomatic Corps.

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The Presentation of the Princely Twins of Monaco. (VIDEOS)

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On Wednesday, January 7, 2015, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco — from the balcony of the Palais Princier — officially presented their precious newborn twins, Their Serene Highnesses Hereditary Prince Jacques Honoré Rainier, Marquis des Baux and Princess Gabriella Thérèse Marie, Comtesse de Carladès, to the Monégasque citizens for the first time.  The princely twins were born on December 10, 2015 at the Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace in Monaco.

Thereafter, Their Serene Highnesses stepped out to the courtyard in front of the Palais Princier where they mingled with hundreds of well-wishers from Monaco and aboard.

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Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain Preside Over the 2015 Pascua Militar. (VIDEO)

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On Tuesday, January 6, 2015, Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain presided over the 2015 Pascua Militar held at the Palacio Real de Madrid.

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The Queen’s Garden. (VIDEO)

On Sunday, January 11, 2015, PBS will air the fantastic documentary entitled, The Queen’s Garden.

The program, written and directed by Mr. Martin Williams for ITV, recounts a year in the Buckingham Palace Garden, exploring the history and natural history of this remarkable 39-acre oasis hidden in the heart of London.

With permission from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the filmmakers explore this urban oasis with a five-century history a “living museum” where almost every plant — and some of the animals — have royal stories to tell.

Viewers see the garden’s transformation across four seasons, with a chance to marvel at rare flowers bred specially for the Queen, extraordinary wildlife captured with hidden cameras, a vast lake with an island in the middle where royal bees make honey that has been gifted to the pope, and a 15-foot marble urn that once belonged to Napoleon.

The wildest corners of The Queen’s Garden function as an important wildlife haven in London, as well as serve as a backdrop for the annual 8,000-attendee Royal Garden Party.

The Queen’s Garden premieres after Downton Abbey: Season 5 on January 11, 2015.  I hope you will watch and enjoy this truly amazing documentary!   🙂

And, finally, if you have a chance tune-in to the hit show, The Great British Baking Show.  The show airs before Downton Abbey: Season 5 on PBS.  If you missed episode 1 you can watch it on PBS.org.   🙂

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Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark Hosts a New Year Reception.

DenmarkOn the morning of January 6, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II and His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark hosted a New Year reception at Christian VII’s Palace, Amalienborg, for the Danish Kongelige Livgardes and Gardehusarregimentets Officerskorps (Royal Life Guards and the Regiments Officer Corps) as well as for the Danish Supreme Court judges.

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Members of the Imperial family of Japan Make a Public Appearence in Tokyo. (VIDEOS)

On Friday, January 2, 2015, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan accompanied by Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan, Their Imperial Highnesses Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan along with other members of the Imperial family appeared on the balcony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo in celebration of the Shogatsu (Japanese New Year).

During his speech to his people beloved emperor noted that “…at the start of this year, I wish for happiness and tranquility of people in the world and our country…” according to Reuters.

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Året med Kongefamilien (VIDEO)

NorwayHere is the NRK program entitled, Året med Kongefamilien (Year with the Royal Family).  The program takes a look back of all the major activities carried out by members of the Norwegian royal family in 2014. The program also includes lengthy interviews with Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway.

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