HRH The Duke of Edinburgh Attends a Screening of David Attenborough’s New Documentary.

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On the evening of December 2, 2015, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh arrived at Australia House in London to view the screening of the new documentary by Sir David Attenborough, The Great Barrier Reef.

Produced by Atlantic Productions the three-part documentary will air on BBC One in 2016; however, if you are one of the lucky few you can see the program on December 5, 2015 at the COP21 in Paris, France.

Photo courtesy of the British royal court

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HRH Princess Sofia of Sweden Meets with the Founder of Idrott Utan Gränser

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On the afternoon of Wednesday, December 2, 2015, Her Royal Highness Princess Sofia of Sweden met with the founder of Idrott Utan Gränser, Mr. Admir Lukacevic, at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. The new princess and her husband, Prince Carl Philip, first met Mr. Lukacevic last October 2, 2015, during the inauguration of the Idrott Utan Gränser at the Lommarskolan and the Grindskolan in Norrtälje.

Established in 2010, Idrott Utan Gränser is a non-profit organization which utilizes sport as a:

“…tool to help children and youth see opportunities and shape a future beyond their social affiliation. The aim is to strengthen the children’s confidence and self esteem to make them see future possibilities and thereby avoid future marginalization.” 

Photo courtesy of Kungahuset

HRH The Princess Royal Visits the Darlington Youth Offending Service.

AnneOn Wednesday, December 2, 2015, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited the  Darlington Youth Offending Service (DYOS) in Darlington, County Durham.

According to the official website for the DYOS the organization works to support:

“…young people in the criminal justice system, using restorative justice interventions. This involves the young people who have offended meeting with victims in order to try and repair the harm that has been caused. In turn, this can reduce re-offending and help to establish strong ties with the community.”

For more information about today’s visit as well as to view photos please click here and here.

TMs King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain Preside Over an Award Ceremony.

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Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain arrived at the Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla in Sevilla on December 2 to preside over the Medallas de Oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes 2014 (Gold Medals of Merit in Fine Arts 2014) award ceremony.

The award, granted by the Council of Ministers on a proposal by the Minister of Education, Culture and Sports, distinguishes individuals and organizations who have excelled in the field of artistic and cultural creation or have rendered notable service in the promotion, development and dissemination of art and culture or the conservation of artistic heritage.

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Members of the Dutch Royal Family Attend the 2015 Prins Claus Prijs.

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On Wednesday, December 2, 2015, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands accompanied by Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, and Her Royal Highness Princess Mabel of Ornaje-Nassau attended the 2015 Prins Claus Prijs held at the Koninklijk Paleis in Amsterdam.

The prize, worth €100,000, are presented each year to outstanding individuals and organizations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean for their outstanding achievements in the field of culture and development and the positive effect of their work on their direct environment and the wider cultural or social field.

Prince Constantijn, who is Honorary Chairman of the Prins Claus Prijs, presented the principal award to Iranian artist, documentary filmmaker, and photojournalist, Ms. Newsha Tavakolian.  In a statement issued on her personal Facebook page Ms. Tavakolian announced that a portion of her winnings will go to helping refugees:

“Dear all,
I am extremely humbled and overwhelmed to have been chosen as the winner of the 2015 principal Prince Claus award. I will never forget this day in my life.  Unfortunately it is hard for me to enjoy this prize as much as I would like to, seeing the region where I work and live in flames and tens of thousands seeking refuge in faraway lands.

I had already decided to donate 13.000 euro’s to the Sheed award, a fully independent photography prize in Iran. They will use it for an annual grant for two young photographers, as well as for a 5 year long educational project for young Iranian documentary photographers.

The Mahak charity helps children with cancer. They treated my cousin Ali Reza who suffered from leukemia. Despite the fantastic and free care he did not make it and died age 10. I had long ago decided to support them, the Prince Claus award helps me to donate 10.000 euro’s for their charity.

Animals are the love of my life and there are several good organizations in Iran supporting animals in my country. I salute the often young volunteers who work day in day out in shelters. I will divide 7000 euro’s over some of these organizations.

Today I have also decided to donate another 15.000 euro’s to an organization supporting Syrian and Iraqi refugees. I have worked in both their countries and want to give back to all the kindness Iraqi’s and Syrians always welcomed me with, despite the dire circumstances they live in.

Please help me find an organization that helps people in a good and transparent way. All suggestions are welcome. I will report on my Facebook when I made the donations.

I want to dedicate this Award to all colleagues who risk their lives telling stories of others that no one listens too.

Finally, my congratulations to the other winners and deepest gratitude to the Prince Claus Fund and the jury.”

If you are interested in learning more about Ms. Tavakolian’s amazing work please visit her official website here. 

To view photos please click here and here

Photo courtesy of RVD/HKH