(VIDEO) HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Visits Monégasque Company, Ze Sentinel.

On December 9, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco visited the Ze Sentinel booth during a side event at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) in Le Bourget, Paris, France.

The Monégasque based company has developed a chip that shows real-time analysis of an individuals vehicle system pollutants.  If that makes any sense.   🙂

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(VIDEOS) HM Queen Rania of Jordan Attends an Award Ceremony in Amman.

On Monday, December 14, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan attended the 10th Teacher Award and the 4th Principal Award ceremony held at the Royal Cultural Center-Al Hussein Youth City in Amman, Jordan.  The ceremony was organized by the Association of Queen Rania Al Abdullah Award for Excellence in Education.

During this afternoon’s ceremony Her Majesty “…honored 25 winners, bestowing prizes and plaques to 15 teachers who won in five different categories, as well as 10 principals who won the distinguished principal awards in two categories…” according to Her Majesty ‘s press office.

 The press release also notes that Her Majesty Queen Rania gave a moving speech highlighting:

“…the importance of recognizing teachers’ roles in building a more resilient and tolerant future generation. ‘Ten years ago, I launched the Teachers’ Award to start a tradition of recognizing outstanding educators whose skills reflect deeply on our success as a nation…’ Her Majesty said.

Queen Rania then continued, ‘I launched it for another reason, which few of you may not know… as it troubled me back then to learn that teachers felt unappreciated in our nation’s journey. And that is when I said: the era of teachers is back; believing in their role, I hoped they would reclaim their status and, once again, become a point of reference for all.’

‘Respecting teachers is a public social responsibility that is rooted first within homes, and then in classrooms, where capable teachers can earn students’ respect with their knowledge and experience…’ Queen Rania said. ‘Students must realize the importance of education before going to school; they must realize that that between their present and a promising future lies a school, an education, and a teacher…’ she added.

Referring to the pivotal role that a teacher plays in the face of turbulent times, she said, ‘we need our teachers more than ever… Our future depends on the next generation, their education, and the values they instill in them.’

‘Our young generation is being exposed to harmful new ideologies that neither our generation, nor previous ones, was familiar with —until today…’ she asserted.

Queen Rania went on to explain how discrimination is like a disease that takes advantage of vulnerable communities and spreads fear, adding that ‘…minds haunted by fear have no room for dreams. What future is one without dreams, hopes, and ambitions?’

Recalling the need to prepare youth to face alien ideologies, Queen Rania said, ‘We have to empower and raise them on the values of diversity and dialogue that Jordanians have passed on through the generations.’

‘We should teach them that they are part of a global community, one with more similarities than differences. Let’s teach children values that help them thrive, not ones that isolate and instill fear of the other…’ Her Majesty added.

Queen Rania concluded the speech by reaffirming that teachers are the country’s best chance at preparing a generation that will secure a better future for Jordan, congratulating educators for their commitment to this end.'”

 

HM Queen Rania of Joran Meets with the First Lady of Gabon.

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On Sunday, December 12, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan held an audience with the First Lady of Gabon, Ms. Sylvia Bongo Ondimba.

According to a press release during Sunday’s meeting discussions focused on the “…areas of cooperation and mutual interest, particularly initiatives launched by Her Majesty to improve education in Jordan, as well all the government’s efforts to educational reform.” 

Photo courtesy of the press office of HM Queen Rania of Jordan

HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden Participates in a Meeting.

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On Monday, December 14, 2015, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden participated in a meeting with representatives from the Kronprinsessan Victorias Stiftelse för Vetenskaplig Forskning (Crown Princess Victoria’s Foundation for Scientific Research and Training) held at the Kungliga Slottet in Stockholm.

Photo courtesy of Kungahuset

(VIDEOS) HRH Prince Harry of Wales Meets with HIV Positive Patients.

On Monday, December 14, 2015, His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales arrived at the Mildmay UK Hospital in East London to meet with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) Positive patients as well as dedicated doctors and staff who treat the patients.

According to a press release since 1988 the Mildmay UK Hospital has been providing care and services to people living with HIV. The hospital is:

“…the only center in Europe dedicated to rehabilitation for people with a complex HIV condition called HAND – HIV Associated Neurocognitive Disorder. This condition occurs when HIV enters the brain causing symptoms similar to severe dementia, including memory loss, confusion, loss of a sense of self, difficulty walking, speaking and coping with to day to day tasks.

Mildmay’s specialized care and support includes highly skilled medical and nursing care, treatment and rehabilitation which combines a range of therapies. These include counselling, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language, music and art therapies and mental health services.” 

During today’s visit Prince Harry officially opened the hospital’s new £6 million new purpose-built facilities.

For more information about Mildmay UK Hospital and the great work they do please visit their official website here. 

Click here to view photos. 

(VIDEOS) TMs King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain Participate in a Meeting in Madrid.

On the morning of Monday, December 14, 2015, Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain participated in the 13th meeting with board members from the Fundación Princesa de Girona at Palacio Real in Madrid.

Prior to the meeting Their Majesties and the board members observed a moment of silence in remembrance of the Spanish security officer as well as police officer who were killed near the Spanish Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan last Friday.