On Monday, July 6, 2015, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal arrived at the Wells Town Hall, in Wells, Somerset to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Wessex Walks.
According to the newspaper, Wells Journal, “…volunteers from Save the Children have been organizing the Wessex Walks since 1966 to gather more than £3 million for the charity.”
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On Monday, July 6, 2015, Her Imperial Highness Princess Aiko of Japan welcomed her parents, Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan, home as they arrived at Haneda Airport in Tokyo from Tonga.
The imperial crown princely couple spent two-days in lovely Nuku’alofa, Tonga where they attended the coronation of King George Tupou VI.
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On Monday, July 6, 2015, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales began his five-day visit to Wales. This morning the future king met with cricket teams from Australia and England at the SSE SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff.
In the afternoon, The Prince of Wales visited the recycling charity, Too Good To Waste, in Rhondda Cynon Taff. According to Clarence House, the charity:
“…sells unwanted household items as well as providing training opportunities for low income families. The charity was set up after receiving help from The Prince’s Trust and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Too Good To Waste provides over 280 free furniture packages to people in need and supports 288 volunteers by giving them work-based training and experience.”
The day ended with a visit to HMP Parc where the prince met with “…young offenders taking part in a Get Started with Football programme run by The Prince’s Trust.”
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On Wednesday, July 1, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco visited the Japanese patrol training vessel, Kojima, docked at Port Hercule in Monaco.
Once a year the Kojima — owned and operated by the Japanese Coast Guard Academy (JCGA) — brings together JCGA cadets to go on a 95-day training cruise around the world. The purpose of the cruise is to equip the cadets with the “…necessary navigational skills and experience in safety and rescue, to cultivate their adaptability to a life at sea, to train them mentally for life on board ship and to foster in them an open-minded outlook on the world…” according to a press release.
On Sunday, July 5, 2015, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attended the 2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships Men’s final match in Den Haag.
The reigning couple cheered on Mr. Reinder Nummerdor and Mr. Christiaan Varenhorst of Team Netherlands as they tried to defeat Mr. Alison Cerutti and Mr. Bruno Oscar Schmidt of Team Brazil.
In the end, Team Brazil won 2-1 (12-21,21-14,22-20).
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On Friday, July 3, 2015, the Solar Impulse 2 made aviation history as the solar-powered plane — piloted by Mr. André Borschberg — landed safely at Kalaeloa Airport in Kapolei, Oah’u, Hawai’i.
Meanwhile, back in Monte-Carlo, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco along with dozens of Solar Impulse 2 support staff at the Monaco Mission Control Center erupted in cheers and hi-fives as they learned of the news.
The flight, which departed Nagoya, Japan, on Monday, June 29 took “…117 hours and 52 minutes [to fly over] the Pacific Ocean (a distance of 4,480 miles or 7,200 km), powered by 17,248 solar cells, fully charging its batteries each day to stay aloft at night…” writes the Associated Press.
The Solar Impulse 2 will remain on the island of Oah’u until sometime next week. Then, the solar-powered plane will fly to Phoenix, Arizona piloted by Mr. Bertrand Piccard.