TRHs The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall View an Exhibition.

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On Friday, June 12, 2015, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall viewed the exhibition, The Last Tide, at the Queen’s Gallery in London.

This special exhibition, curated by artist and Artistic Director of the Royal Drawing School, Ms. Catherine Goodman, displays:

“…12 portraits of veterans of D-Day, inspired and commissioned by HRH The Prince of Wales following his attendance at the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy last year.

The portraits pay tribute to some of the extraordinary men that played a role in the Allied invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944.  The largest amphibious invasion in history, the D-Day landings involved some 7,700 ships and 12,000 aircraft and led to the liberation of German-occupied France.

The 12 veterans are shown wearing their medals and in some instances their regimental berets. All of them served in regiments with which The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have a formal affiliation. Unique and poignant, the portraits have been created by twelve different artists, among them Jonathan Yeo, James Lloyd, Ishbel Myerscough and Stuart Pearson Wright.”

The Last Tide will be open to the public until June 17, 2015.  Next January 2016 the exhibition will be shown at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco Visits Baku, Azerbaijan.

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On Friday, June 12, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco arrived in Baku, Azerbaijan to attend the opening ceremony of the Baku 2015 European Games held at the National Stadium.

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Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Attends the Kennis voor Morgen Conference.

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On June 12, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attended the Kennis voor Morgen conference in Arnhem.

The conference brings together “…school administrators, teachers, school leaders, and education professionals.  Topics at the conference include cultural education, leadership and more…” according to RVD.

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Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Opens the Juliana Kinderziekenhuis.

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On Friday, June 12, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands officially opened the  Juliana Kinderziekenhuis (Juliana Children’s Hospital) in Den Haag.

After the official opening Her Majesty met with staff as well as patients and was given a tour of the new building which includes a Ronald McDonald House and the Haga Juliana Geboortecentrum (Birth Center).

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(VIDEO) Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium Visits the 2015 EXPO Milano.

On Friday, June 12, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium visited the 2015 EXPO Milano, held under the theme Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life, in Milan, Italy.

After attending the National Day of Belgium opening ceremony Her Majesty accompanied by her delegation attended a luncheon held in her honor.  In the evening, Her Majesty attended a gala concert with a performance by Belgian singer, Orzak Henry.

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HRH The Duke of Cambridge Attends a Celebratory Dinner at Alexandra Palace.

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On the evening of June 11, 2015, His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge attended the 25th anniversary of the organization, Jewish Care, at Alexandra Palace in London, England.

According to the newspaper, Western Daily Press, the organization provides:

“…health and social care to 7,000 members of the Jewish community and their families each week, meeting the needs of a range of groups from Holocaust survivors and those with mental health issues to carers and others with degenerative illnesses.

At the heart of the charity’s care provision are 11 residential care homes, six community and day centres and three specialist centres for people living with dementia.”  

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(VIDEO) A Duchess No More. Infanta Cristina Loses Her Title!

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On the evening of Thursday, June 11, 2015, by royal decree His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain formally stripped his sister, Infanta Cristina, of the title The Duchess of Palma de Mallorca.

Per a press release via the Spanish royal court:

“De conformidad con lo dispuesto en el artículo 6 del Real Decreto 1368/1987, de 6 de noviembre, sobre régimen de títulos, tratamientos y honores de la Familia Real y de los Regentes, he resuelto revocar la atribución a Su Alteza Real la Infanta Doña Cristina de la facultad de usar el título de Duquesa de Palma de Mallorca, que le fue conferida mediante Real Decreto 1502/1997, de 26 de Septiembre.

Así lo dispongo por el presente Real Decreto.
Dado en Madrid, el 11 de junio de 2015.
Firmado: Felipe, Rey, y el presidente del Gobierno, Mariano Rajoy Brey”

The short version in English “By Royal Decree 470/2015, of June 1, by which the faculty of using the title Duchess of Palma de Mallorca is revoked from Her Royal Highness Infanta Doña Cristina.”

Last December a Spanish judge ordered the princess “…to stand trial on tax fraud charges…” according Reuters News.

inaki urdangarin 2012Meanwhile, her shady husband, Mr. Iñaki Urdangarin, and his former business partner, Mr. Diego Torres, are scheduled to stand trial sometime later this year.

The two are accused of embezzlement, fraud, misuse of public funds, and forgery from the non-profit organization they once presided over, Instituto Nóos.  For more information about the case please click here. 

And, finally, here is a recent news documentary, in Spanish, about Infanta Cristina.

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(VIDEO) News Regarding Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco.

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On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco attended the 2nd Edition of the Snapper Pour Tous in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.

The two-day event, organized by the Fondation Princesse Charlene de Monaco and the Musée Océanographique de Monaco, brought in students from the Bischoffeim school in Nice, France, to spend:

pp2“…48 hours in Monaco.  [Yesterday the students] spent a memorable day aboard the exploration vessel, Yersin, off Monaco where they observed dolphins and more.  Snapper Pour Tous aims to to give underprivileged children the opportunity to know, to love, to respect, and to protect the oceans.” 

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HRH The Duchess of Cornwall Visits a Farm in London.

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On Thursday, June 11, 2015, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Oasis Farm Waterloo in London.

During today’s visit the lovely duchess met with “…volunteers, staff and students from nearby schools.  Her Royal Highness was [then] introduced to the farmyard animals by a group of school children given the job of helping to rear them on the small holding close to Waterloo station…” according to Clarence House.

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(VIDEO) HRH Prince Harry of Wales Attends a Service of Dedication.

On Thursday, June 11, 2015, His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales attended the unveiling of the Bastion Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, England.

According to Kensington Palace during today’s event the popular prince:

“…paid tribute to British service personnel killed on combat operations in Afghanistan saying they ‘will forever be in our hearts’ as he unveiled a memorial to their sacrifice.

Dedicating the Bastion Memorial, inscribed with the 453 names of those killed, he said: ‘As we sit here amongst friends, we can take comfort in the knowledge that they gave their lives doing a job they loved, for a country they loved, and amongst mates who loved them dearly.’

He added: ‘Once this ceremony is ended and all the trappings of the day have been cleared away, this will become a place of pilgrimage, a quiet space for remembrance just as it was in Camp Bastion, all those miles away.’

The simple monument at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, bears the names of all the personnel who fell during the UK’s 13-year involvement in the conflict.

Its simple granite construction bears 12 name plates inscribed recording the fallen, and to its front is a great stone plinth topped with a shining cross made from old brass shell casings.

The name plates and cross were among several parts of the old memorial wall, itself built by British soldiers at Camp Bastion as the conflict raged on about them, now incorporated into the new memorial.

Inside its speckled stonework, though, and hidden from view is a heart-shaped diamond pendant placed there by the builders while the new memorial was being constructed.” 

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(VIDEOS) Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Attends the Kinderen Maken Muziek Concert.

Princess Maxima 2011On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attended the  Kinderen Maken Muziek concert, an initiative of the Oranje Fonds, held at the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht.

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(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.” 

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