On the afternoon of Tuesday, December 8, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco was presented with the Médaille de Commandeur du Mérite Maritime from the President of France, Mr. François Hollande, during a private ceremony held at the Palais de L’Elysée in Paris, France.
The sovereign prince received the award for his passion for and dedication to protecting the marine environment around the world.
On Tuesday, December 8, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco accompanied by Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover arrived at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France, to view the unique installation exhibition entitled, EXIT.
The exhibition, organized and presented by the Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, is based on a prompt set out by French philosopher and urbanist, Mr. Paul Virilio, whose experimental work was created by American artists and architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with architect-artist, Ms. Laura Kurgan, and statistician-artist, Mr. Mark Hansen, with a core team of scientists and geographers for the exhibition Native Land, Stop Eject in 2008, and is now part of the Fondation Cartier collection.
EXIT is composed of a series of immersive animated maps generated by data that investigate human migrations today and their leading causes, including the impacts of climate change. Its complete 2015 update has been planned to coincide with the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21).
Conceived as an artwork, EXIT uses geo-coded data that was collected from over 100 sources, processed through a programming language and interpreted visually. The work is a reflection on the notions of being rooted and uprooted, as well as related questions of identity, Native Land addressed issues that have continued to intensify. The current refugee crisis makes the 2015 presentation of EXIT more timely and relevant than ever.
EXIT will be open to the public until January 10, 2016, at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.
On Tuesday, December 8, 2015, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium hosted a reception at the Palais Royal in Brussels for newly appointed suppliers holding the Fournisseurs Brevetes de la Cour (royal warrant of appointment).
On the morning of December 8, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands visited the Alexander Monro Borstkankerziekenhuis (Breast Cancer Clinic/Hospital) in Bilthoven.
Known as the first specialized breast cancer clinic in the Netherlands and the number one clinic in patient satisfaction the Alexander Monro Borstkankerziekenhuis provides all care which is concentrated in one organization, including diagnosis, operations including reconstructions, chemotherapy, after-treatment and psychosocial support, physiotherapy and genetic counseling.
This holistic approach is targeting patients’ personal needs next to a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach. Twice a day the patient conditions are discussed by medical experts: radiology, plastic surgery, oncology, radiotherapy, nuclear medicine and pathology and on demand anesthesiology, genetic counseling and physiotherapy. The mission of the clinic is to provide state-of-the-art personal breast cancer care with a focus on the patient and to set a new and remarkable higher level of quality in breast healthcare.
On the afternoon of Tuesday, December 8, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands officially opened the new Schmidt Zeevis (seafood) building in Rotterdam.
Established in 1900 Schmidt Zeevis provides fish to Michelin star awarded restaurants as well as some of the finest hotels in the Netherlands. The company also exports roughly 133 varieties of fresh fish throughout Europe.