According to a press release, the “…main task of ESA’s Redu Centre is controlling and testing a range of satellites, but it also forms part of Space Weather Data Centre…”
On Tuesday, March 17, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh opened the new £4.8 milliom Mary Tealby kennels at the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in London, England.
Since 1860 the organization has “…been rescuing, reuniting and rehoming lost, abandoned and unwanted animals…” Her Majesty The Queen is patron of the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home since 1956.
According to a press release the new:
“…canine facilities will play a vital role in supporting the dogs during their early days at Battersea, improving and speeding up their journey towards a loving new home.
[The kennels will also] replace the noisy and out-dated Victorian facilities that were closed in 2012 after providing a home to around one million dogs over the centuries. The new block, designed by Battersea and award-winning architects Jonathan Clark Associates and delivered by contractor Lakehouse will provide accommodation for 56 dogs. The focus is on providing a quiet, calming environment for the Home’s most vulnerable dogs. Each kennel has built in speakers to play calming music and an external run area, whilst adjoining paddocks have paddling pools, climbing mounds, play equipment, and plants to awaken and interest dogs’ senses.
The new kennels will help Battersea respond to an all-time high demand for its services. In the past three years, the charity has seen an 84% increase in calls from owners wanting to give up their dogs to the rescue. Accommodation issues such as eviction and downsizing are the most common reasons, and around 13 dogs arrive at the Home’s three centres every single day.”
On March 17, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain arrived at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid to open an exhibition of 170 contemporary and modern artworks from the Kunstmuseum Basel.
On Tuesday, March 17, 2015, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Irish Guards at Mons Barracks, Aldershot, Hampshire.
During today’s visit the lovely presented “…shamrocks to officers and guardsmen of the regiment and pinned a traditional sprig on the silver collar of the regiment’s beloved mascot, Irish wolfhound Domhnall.”
On Tuesday, March 17, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco arrived at the Maison des Océans in Paris, France to attend the conference, The Arctic as an Early Warning Sentinel of Climate Change.
According to a press release the purpose of today’s conference is to discuss the:
“…serious climate change in the Arctic, where temperature increase occurs twice as fast as the average global temperature. [Discussions during today’s event will also] reaffirm the need to reach an ambitious agreement at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference. It will also emphasize to civil societies and economic actors the urgent need for low-carbon development.”
On the morning of March 17, 2015, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, accompanied by the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Bert Koenders, arrived in Copenhagen, Denmark for a three-day state visit.
The purpose of the visit is to continue the strong and existing trade relations between the Netherlands and Denmark, sustainable wind energy, health care and ensuring the quality of society. The Dutch royal court also noted that the “…state visit provides an opportunity to strengthen the existing cooperation in the economic and social fields with Denmark. Knowledge and sharing of experiences are the focus of this visit.”
Upon their arrival at the airport Their Majesties were warmly welcomed by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II and His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Joachim and Princess Marie of Denmark, and Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark and His Serene Highness Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleberg.
Soon, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima along with members of the Danish royal family were whisked off to Fredensborg Slot were they posed for the press. Thereafter, Their Majesties participated in a meeting with the Prime Minister of Denmark, Ms. Helle Thorning-Schmidt, at Christansborg Slot in Copenhagen.
In the afternoon, Their Majesties, accompanied by Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, attended a conference entitled, A Socially Coherent Society: Prospects for Societal Development in Denmark and the Netherlands, at Aalborg Universitet. During today’s gathering:
“…leading Danish and Dutch scholars, publicists and students will present their research as well as compare and contrast developments in their respective societies.
Themes to be addressed include welfare and families, happiness, security and trust, solidarity and immigration. Participants at the symposium will also be invited to join roundtable discussions on ‘Happiness and Well being: Challenges and Solutions’.”
In the evening, Their Majesties, members of the Danish royal family along with various Dutch and Danish government officials attended a gala banquet held at Christansborg Slot in Copenhagen.
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After serving ten years in the British Army His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales has decided to leave to begin “…a new chapter…” in his life.
In a press release, via Kensington Palace, the 30-year-old prince noted that:
“…moving on from the Army has been a really tough decision. I consider myself incredibly lucky to have had the chance to do some very challenging jobs and have met many fantastic people in the process. From learning the hard way to stay onside with my Colour Sergeant at Sandhurst, to the incredible people I served with during two tours in Afghanistan – the experiences I have had over the last 10 years will stay with me for the rest of my life. For that I will always be hugely grateful.
Inevitably most good things come to an end and I am at a crossroads in my military career. Luckily for me, I will continue to wear the uniform and mix with fellow servicemen and women for the rest of my life, helping where I can, and making sure the next few Invictus Games are as amazing as the last.
I am considering the options for the future and I am really excited about the possibilities. Spending time with the Australian Defence Force will be incredible and I know I will learn a lot. I am also looking forward to coming back to London this summer to continue working at the Personnel Recovery Unit.
So while I am finishing one part of my life, I am getting straight into a new chapter. I am really looking forward to it.”