(VIDEO) HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Inaugurates the New IAAF Headquarters.

On Monday, May 11, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco inaugurated the new International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) along the Quai Antoine 1er on Port Hercule.

In a press release IAAF President, Mr. Lamine Diack, noted that the new headquarters is an:

“…especially proud moment for the IAAF to move into a specifically designed office space on the quay of Monaco’s world famous port.  On behalf of the IAAF Council and all the staff, I would like to thank Prince Albert and the Principality of Monaco for providing us with this stunning location. Ever since our association’s move to Monaco in 1994 we have greatly appreciated the warmth of your welcome and hospitality.  The IAAF feels very much at home in Monaco and looks forward to enjoying many more productive years in residence in the heart of the capital of world athletics.”

Meanwhile, the sovereign prince was also proud of the IAAF and their new building noting:

“…Monaco has been the home of world athletics ever since my father Prince Rainier III warmly welcomed the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to the Principality in 1994.  Since the beginning, Monaco has embraced athletics with our annual meeting Herculis evolving in the IAAF’s competition calendar from Grand Prix to Super Grand Prix status – in 2004 and 2005 hosting the World Athletics Final – to being a member of the IAAF Diamond League series, today’s premier invitational circuit of athletics.

As Honorary President of the International Athletics Foundation, President of the Monegasque Athletics Federation and as an IOC member, I am especially pleased that the Olympics’ number one sport has flourished during its time in Monaco. I fervently hope that newly housed in these impressive offices the long standing relationship between Monaco and the IAAF will continue to prosper.”

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His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex Opens a New Building at the King Edward’s School.

EoWOn May 12, 2015, His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex opened the new  £3 million Wessex Building at the King Edward’s School in Bath.  Designed by BBA Architects the building houses a library, rooms for lectures, concerts, social events, a dining hall which “…seats 230 people and boasts a terrace with views over Bath…” according to the newspaper, Bath Chronicle.

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HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark Opens “Råd til Livet” in Aalborg.

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On Tuesday, May 12, 2015, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark accompanied by representatives from the Mary Fonden opened, Råd til Livet (Advice for Life), at Mødrehjælpen in Aalborg.

According to the Danish royal court, Råd til Livet provides “…free economic, legal and social counseling to women that have been subjected to physical, psychological or economic violence, and women, who because of other personal issues, have lost track of the economy.”

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Photo courtesy of Kongehuset/F.Voight

HRH The Earl of Wessex Opens a New Art Venue at the University of Bath.

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On Monday, May 11, 2015, His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex officially opened the new art venue, The Edge, at the University of Bath.

According to the newspaper, Bath Chronicle, the new venue contains:

“…a 220-seat theatre, performance studios, rehearsal studios, three galleries, and a contemporary café.  It also includes an education training suite, which will be used by the university’s School of Management for courses, events and seminars.”

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TMs King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium Attend an Evening Concert.

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On the evening of May 11, 2015, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium attended the concert, Best of Belgium, in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Ancienne Belgique concert hall in Brussels.

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TMs King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan Attend the Launch of ‘Jordan 2025’.

On Monday, May 11, 2015, Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan attended the launch of the ‘Jordan 2025’ in Amman.

According to Petra News, ‘Jordan 2025’ is a:

“…10-year blueprint for economic and social development.  The plan, also dubbed ‘2025 vision’, is based on two scenarios: A conservative one that assumes that the economy would grow by 4.8 per cent in 10 years, and an ambitious scenario that suggests the economy would expand by 7.5 per cent in 2025, Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour said in his remarks at the ceremony.

The prime minister said the document features a long-term vision for Jordan’s economy that includes over 400 policies and measures to be implemented by the government, private sector and civil society to support economic development in the coming decade.

He added that these policies and procedures seek to boost the rule of law and equal opportunity, and achieve financial sustainability and self-sufficiency.”