On April 21, 2015, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium arrived in Strasbourg, France for a one-day visit.
The day began with a visit to the Council of Europe. Whilst there the reigning couple held a meeting with the Secretary General Council of Europe, Mr. Thorbjorn Jagland, as well as with the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Ms. Anne Brasseur.
Thereafter, Their Majesties attended a plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). According to the official website for PACE His Majesty gave a speech in which he:
“…called for the establishment and preservation of a decent society, expressing his regret at ‘too many situations in which men and women are not treated with dignity’. These shameful attitudes, which we were acquiring in particular when faced with the pressures of migration, were not just held by private individuals but also by institutions, he said, pointing to the recent tragedies in the Mediterranean.
[His Majesty went on to note that] in order to build and preserve a decent society, there was a need to ‘reconnect with our vision of human beings in their entirety’, namely independent individuals, free of any external interference, but at the same time receptive to others and the world around them, shaping themselves in a spirit of respect and tolerance.”
On Tuesday, April 21, 2015, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan accompanied by His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan, Their Imperial Highnesses Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan along with other members of the Imperial Family hosted a lovely spring garden party held at the Akasaka Palace Imperial Garden in Tokyo.
On Sunday, April 19, 2015, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark accompanied by her children, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent, and Princess Josephine, attended the opening of the Økologisk Landsforening’s, 2015 Økodag (the National Ecological Society’s, 2015 Ecoday) held at the Bækkenstoft Gård (Farm).
On Sunday, April 19, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh accompanied by Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy, attended a reception at Canada House in London to “…to commemorate the Regiments’ involvement in the First World War.”
On Sunday, April 19, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco accompanied by Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy attended day eight of the ATP Rolex Masters Series Final held at the Monte-Carlo Sporting Club.
On Friday, April 17, 2015, Their Highnesses Hereditary Prince Hubertus and Hereditary Princess Kelly of Saxe-Coburg and Gothaopened the exhibition, ZeitTraum (Time Dream), at Schloss Callenberg in Coburg, Germany.
This special exhibition from the:
“…Ducal Art Collection of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha includes, in addition to precious furniture, paintings, porcelain and arms, a diverse selection of timekeeping devices spanning several centuries.
The clocks boast both an impressive design and technical sophistication. Many of which played a key role in courtly representation. However, in addition to the aesthetic display of wealth and power, the clock is also a symbol for the transient nature of all things. In its latest exhibition, the ducal clock collection bridges the past and present of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.”
On Saturday, Their Highnesses along with His Highness Prince Andreas of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha hosted a reception at Schloss Callenberg on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition. Roughly 100 lucky guests attended last evening’s event.
ZeitTraum will be open to the public until August 31, 2015.