TMs King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium Visit the Media Group, Mediafin NV.

BelgiumPMOn Tuesday, September 29, 2015, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium visited the media group, Mediafin NV, in Brussels.

According to Bloomberg Business, Mediafin NV specializes in publishing:

“…financial and economic news and information. The company publishes two newspapers De Tijd and L’Echo as well as magazines [such as] Netto, Mon Argent and Sabato…”

During yesterday’s visit Their Majesties were given a tour of the company’s headquarters and met with staff.  The reigning couple also listened in on an editorial meeting with the editors of the newspaper,  L’Echo.

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(VIDEO) HM Queen Rania of Jordan Receives an Award.

On the evening of September 24, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan arrived at the Plaza Hotel in New York City to attend the World Childhood Foundation’s Thank You Gala 2015.

During last Thursday’s event Her Majesty received the 2015 Childhood Thank You Award from Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden.  Her Majesty Queen Rania received the award “…in recognition of her support for the rights of children…” according to Petra News.

(VIDEO) TMs King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Attend a Celebration in Amsterdam.

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On the evening of September 26, 2015, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands accompanied by Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands arrived at the Koninklijk Theater Carré in Amsterdam to attend the closing celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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And, finally, please click here to watch the fantastic Dutch program, Blauw Bloed.  The series re-caps all the royal news from this past week.   🙂

Members of the British Royal Family Attend a Rugby Match.

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On Saturday, September 26, 2015, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge accompanied by His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales attended the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Wales held at Twickenham Stadium in London.

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(VIDEOS) HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Visits New York City.

On the evening of September 25, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco attended the 2015 Princess Grace Foundation USA Awards held at 583 Park Avenue in New York City.

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On Saturday, September 26, 2015, the sovereign prince gave a speech during the United Nations General Assembly Sustainable Development Goals Summit at the United Nations.  According to the official website for the UN, in a statement regarding today’s meeting, Prince Albert II noted that:

monaco2“…in establishing the Goals, the international community had restored its connection to its origins, cultures and humanity. ‘We recognize the urgency to correct our excess, which exacerbated the depletion of the planet,’ he said. Empowered by the lessons learned, the twenty-first century should be the century of education, social justice and respect for human rights. Monaco’s actions were set in a secular tradition of world openness and sharing with the most vulnerable, particularly women and children. The country had also committed to adapt itself to the challenges of sustainable urban development, opting for ecological solutions in transportation and energy and giving priority to creation of green urban spaces. Further, he would remain personally involved in promoting healthy and productive oceans as they acted as climate regulators and ecosystem service providers.”  

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Photos courtesy of the United Nations and Zimbio

(VIDEO) His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Visits the Stichting SeniorenStudent.

On Thursday, September 24, 2015, His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium visited the Stichting SeniorenStudent (Senior Student Foundation) in Amsterdam.

The organization connects young people, mainly college students, with the elderly:

“Together they undertake various activities, work to increase self-sufficiency, and to increase the social network of the elderly. Getting to know other people and visiting activities in their own neighborhood is also important. With this approach, the foundation wants to make sure that seniors [participating in the journey] will not be lonely.”

During today’s visit His Majesty spoke with the founders of Stichting SeniorenStudent as well as individuals participating in the program.

His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium Opens Train World.

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On Thursday, September 24, 2015, His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium accompanied by Belgian Minister-President, Mr. Rudi Vervoort, officially opened Train World at the Schaarbeek Station in Brussels.

Train World, a museum of Belgian railway company NMBS – SNCB, is a:

“…showcase for the railways of the past, present and future. Train world is not just another railway museum; we are more of a train opera.  Train World combines the fascinating story of the train throughout the centuries with a look into the future; a combination that has been deliberately applied in every story.”

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News Regarding HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco.

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On Tuesday, September 22, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco witnessed the signature of convention between the Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco and the Corsican Scandola Nature Reserve aboard the yacht, Yersin, off the coast of the island of Corsica.

The agreement sealed the deal for the financing of surveillance camera system on the Corsican Scandola Nature Reserve.

monacoAnd, finally, on September 24, 2015, the sovereign prince received a check — to be donated to the Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco — worth €46,000 from the Director General of the Monaco Yacht Show, Ms. Gaëlle Tallarida, and from the CEO of Informa Group, Mr. Stephan Carter.

The money will be used for:

“…its action to combat deforestation and its Wood Forever Pact program.  The Wood Forever Pact network has made a commitment to use and promote timber harvested from sustainably managed forests.

The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation has been committed to fighting deforestation since its creation. The preservation of the tropical rain forests enables action to be taken in the Foundation’s three priority focus areas: fight against climate change, protection of biodiversity and access to water.

After an extensive study concerning the various environmental issues generated by the yachting sector, the Foundation chose to focus its action on wood, a key component in yacht construction. The various types of wood found aboard are selected for their technical, mechanical and aesthetic qualities. Teak, mahogany, ebony… these tropical woods are used for decks and exterior fittings, as well as for the interior decor and furniture.

monaco2In 2010, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation launched the Wood Forever Pact with the aim of helping yacht builders with an approach to use timber harvested from sustainably managed forests. The Monaco Yacht Show, due to its status as a key international yacht show and its objective to combine luxury with respect for the environment, quite naturally decided to team up with the Foundation.

Over the years, the program has developed and opened up to professions linked to the yachting world that use or advocate wood such as designers, furniture manufacturers and timber suppliers, with the aim of setting up a network. This union of professionals will have a leverage effect on the wood supply chain, which will result in a more environmentally friendly tropical wood offer and make super yachts the environmental flagship of the shipping industry.” 

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(VIDEO) HM King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Opens a Distribution Center.

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On September 23, 2015, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands opened Wehkamp, an e-commerce store, new distribution center in Zwolle.

During today’s opening His Majesty was given a tour of the new center by Wehkamp CEO, Mr. Gert van de Weerdhof.  The Wehkamp distribution center is the:

wa3“…largest automated e-commerce distribution center in the world.  Customers can receive their package on the same day delivered to any location in the Netherlands. Within 30 minutes after placing an order is a package ready for shipment. 

The new distribution center is also equipped with the latest technology. This makes ordering products better, faster, and more accurate…”  

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Photos courtesy of Wehkamp

(VIDEO) HRH Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands Opens an Exhibition in Amsterdam.

beatrixOn Wednesday, September 23, 2015, Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of Netherlands accompanied by Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway officially opened the exhibition, Munch:Van Gogh, at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

The exhibition focuses on the:

“…the parallels between two iconic artists, Vincent Van Gogh and Norwegian artist, Edvard Munch. Their visions on life and art are closely related, despite the fact that they never met. Their work is colourful, intense, expressive and radical. Their lives are remarkably similar in many ways. 

For the first time, Munch:Van Gogh, studies in detail the similarities between both artists. Among more than one hundred artworks, there are several iconic masterpieces and works on special loan which are rarely lent out, such as ‘The Scream’ and ‘Madonna’ by Edvard Munch and ‘Starry Night over the Rhone’ and ‘Patience Escalier’ by Vincent van Gogh.”

Munch: Van Gogh will open to the public at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam on September 25-January 17, 2016.

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HM Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Opens a Newly Restored Museum.

Princess Maxima 2011On Tuesday, September 22, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands opened the newly restored Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder (MOLHS)  in Amsterdam.

According to the MOLHS official website today’s opening:

“…marks the official completion of the new entrance building and the restoration and restructuring of the 17th-century canal house with its clandestine church in the attic. 

The new entrance building contains several facilities which the public have come to expect from a modern museum, such as a museum shop and restaurant. A room has also been set aside for future educational programs on themes such as religious diversity and tolerance.

The historic house on Oudezijds Voorburgwal has been renovated and restored to its original essence: a 17th-century house where people lived, worked and practiced their faith. In its new layout, the museum focuses on the various people who lived in the house. Throughout the entire restoration and restructuring, the museum remained open to the public. The new entrance building, designed by architect Felix Claus, is linked to the historic house by an underground passage and has expanded the museum to twice its original size.” 

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Photo courtesy of RVD/HKH