(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.

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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.”

 Please click here and here to view photos.

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.” 

Photos courtesy of FPA and CMatin