HRH the Duchess of Cornwall Attends the Royal Academy of Arts Annual Dinner.

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On Wednesday, June 3, 2015, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall was the guest of honor at the 2015 Royal Academy of Arts Annual Dinner held at the Royal Academy of the Arts in London, England.

During last evening’s gala the lovely duchess had a chance to view the Summer Exhibition 2015. According to the official website for the Royal Academy of the Arts the exhibition:

“…offers a snapshot of contemporary art – and this year promises a riot of colour, variety and discovery with over 1,200 works spilling out from our galleries.

In the courtyard, visitors will be confronted by a towering formation of steel ‘clouds’, created by Royal Academician Conrad Shawcross, before Jim Lambie’s kaleidoscopic stairs lead up to the Main Galleries.

This year, the exhibition is co-ordinated by Michael Craig-Martin RA – a leading artist of his generation and the teacher who nurtured the talents of Gary Hume, Sarah Lucas and Damien Hirst. His distinctive creative vision promises room after room bursting with variety, colour and remarkable new work by leading and emerging artists – all handpicked from over 12,000 entries.

The Summer Exhibition is the world’s oldest open-submission exhibition: its earliest exhibitors included the likes of Reynolds, Constable and Turner. With many works in the exhibition on sale, the show also gives you a chance to own some original art while supporting the historic Royal Academy schools; artwork sales help us to continue the free tuition that we have offered for nearly 250 years.

With everything from painting, printmaking and sculpture through to installation, photography and film, this is a show unlike any other. We hope you’ll join us for a vibrant summer of colour.” 

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(VIDEOS) TIMs Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan Meet with the President of the Philippines.

On Wednesday, June 3, 2015,Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan met with the President of the Philippines, Mr. Benigno Aquino, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

According to the newspaper, Philippine Star, President Aquino received:

“…Japan’s highest honor, the Grand Cordon of the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum. The award was previously accorded to former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and members of Britain’s royal family, including Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and Prince William.

In return, Aquino bestowed the Order of Lakandula Grand Collar (Supremo) on Emperor Akihito, for his contributions to strengthening and pushing forward the relations between Japan and the Philippines.” 

In the evening, the Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko hosted a gala dinner in honor of President Aquino’s four-day state visit to Japan.

(VIDEO) HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco Opens the 2015 Women in Leadership Summit.

On Tuesday, June 2, 2015, Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco gave a welcoming speech during the opening of the 2015 Women in Leadership Summit: Make an Impact in the World held inside the Salon Eiffel at the Hotel Hermitage in Monte-Carlo.

The exclusive invitation-only five-day summit “… gathers the world’s most influential, powerful and respected women business leaders, entrepreneurs and government officials to collaborate Monaco…”

TMs King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium Attend an Award Ceremony.

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On Wednesday, June 3, 2015, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium accompanied by Their Imperial and Royal Highnesses Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduchess and Archduke of Austria-Este presided over the 2015 Prix International Roi Baudouin pour le Développement en Afrique held at the Palais de Bruxelles.

The award honors outstanding contributions of individuals or organizations in the development field in Africa.  The award also highlights the innovative initiatives which improve quality-of-life and empower local communities to take development into their own hands.

The winner of the 2015 Prix International Roi Baudouin pour le Développement en Afrique went to Mr. Deogratias Niyonkuru, founder of the organization ADISCO Burundi.  The organization received the award for their:

“…work in encouraging entrepreneurship and creating cooperatives and health insurance societies federated at national level, so as to strengthen the financial autonomy of individuals and sustainably change the conditions of living together for the people of Burundi…” 

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HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco Visits a Maternity Ward.

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Recently, Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco visited the maternity ward at the Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace in Monte-Carlo on the occasion of Fête des Mères.  During her visit the princess met with doctors, nurses, representatives from the Croix-Rouge Monégasque, as well as mothers and their newborn children.

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