(VIDEO) TIHs Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan View an Exhibition in Tokyo.

On June 10, 2015, Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan arrived at the National Museum of Nature in Science in Tokyo to view the exhibition, The Great Amazon.

The exhibition is the largest of its kind:

“…ever mounted and focuses mainly on the biodiversity of the Amazon Basin.  Using fossils and preserved specimens, displays of live creatures, and stunning visual and audio content the exhibition introduces the mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish, insects, plants and fungi that inhabit the Amazon.  The exhibition also showcases how the indigenous peoples of the Amazon have interacted with the plants and animals around them.” 


Photo courtesy of Asahi Shimbun

(VIDEO) HRH The Prince of Wales Launches a Photography Competition.

On the occasion of World Ocean Day — June 8, 2015 — His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales launched the Out of the Blue photography competition in London, England.

Per a press release regarding to competition:

“[The Out of the Blue contest is a] great opportunity to showcase the value and importance of our blue planet is coming in November 2015. The Heads of Commonwealth Governments will meet together in Malta to discuss issues of critical global importance, such as the future of the planet’s Blue Economy – that is, the economic activity that is dependent on oceans, seas and coasts. A vast area of our global ocean lies within the jurisdiction of Commonwealth countries. More than half of Commonwealth countries are islands, to whom ocean matters are of vital importance. These global leaders therefore have critical decisions to make such as how best to ensure the future health and viability of the ocean.

Good pictures can tell stories in ways that words sometimes cannot. We hope that ‘Out of the Blue’ will inspire Commonwealth citizens to use photography to engage with the vast blue world around the Commonwealth, to celebrate its beauty, highlight its importance and alert global leaders to its vulnerability. By doing so, people of the Commonwealth can directly encourage global leaders to take positive action and adopt more of the solutions that we know are at hand to protect and use natural resources in a sustainable way.

The competition is open to all Commonwealth citizens (and all photographs must have been taken in a Commonwealth country). The winning photographs will be exhibited in Malta in November 2015 at the event of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting. The competition runs from 8th June until 6th September.”

If you are interested in entering the competition please click here and good luck!   🙂

News Regarding His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.

TheKingWAOn June 10, 2015, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands attended the 10th commemoration of the Tuin van Bezinning (The Garden of Reflection) in Warnsveld.

The garden is a “…memorial place for families and friends of police officers during the course of their work were killed by an accident or violence…” according to the photo agency, PPE.

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Photo courtesy of RVD/HKH

HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands Visits the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.

LaurentienOn Wednesday, June 10, 2015, Her Royal Highness Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands opened a new wing at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (MPIP) in Nijmegen.

The purpose of the MPIP is to:

“…undertake basic research into the psychological,social and biological foundations of language. The goal is to understand how our minds and brains process language, how language interacts with other aspects of mind, and how we can learn languages of quite different types.” 

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Photo courtesy of RVD/HKH