On Tuesday, May 26, 2015, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway opened the 2015 Norwegian Festival of Literature in Lillehammer. Established in 1995, the NFL is largest literature festival in all of Scandinavia with over 24,000 visitors last year.
Those attending this fantastic event this year can look forward to seeing Canadian author, Ms. Margaret Atwood as well as the “… Jordanian comic writer Bakhit Suleiman, up and coming French author Edouard Louis, and renowned Chinese author, Bei Dao (who will give the opening address)…” according to a press release.
Prior to her arrival to the festival Crown Princess Mette-Marit was aboard the Train of Literature which began in Trondheim to Hamar.
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On May 26, 2015, His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain officially opened the 12th Edition of the Carbon Expo Trade Fair and Conference held at the Fira de Barcelona.
The three-day event has become the “…leading platform for progressive businesses, finance and governments, facilitating innovation, promoting enhanced understanding of new policy instruments and identifying ways to access and leverage climate finance, especially between countries facing comparable challenges…”
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On Tuesday, May 26, 2015, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium hosted a luncheon at the Palais de Bruxelles for jury members from the Concours Reine Élisabeth (Queen Elisabeth Music Competition).
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On Tuesday, May 26, 2015, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan arrived at the Peace Monument in Yokoami Park in Tokyo to remember the 100,000 victims of the Great Tokyo Air Raid.
“The Imperial Couple laid bouquets of white chrysanthemums in front of tablets commemorating those who died…” notes the Japan Times. Today’s visit was “…part of a series of trips the Emperor and Empress have made to pay tribute to the war dead on the occasion of the 70th anniversary [of the ending World War II].”