(VIDEOS) HRH The Prince of Wales Visits Cumbria.

On Monday, December 21, 2015, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales made a one-day visit to the region of Cumbria in North West England.   Earlier this month the area was destroyed by severe flooding thanks to Storm Desmond.

According to Clarence House during today’s visit The Prince of Wales visited McVitie’s Factory Carlisle to:

“…see for himself the impact of Storm Desmond on local businesses.  [The prince also met with] representatives of BITC’s, Business Emergency Resilience Group.  [Thereafter, the prince met with] residents of Warwick Road to view flood damage to their homes and to learn more about the ongoing repair works.

The Prince of Wales also visited the Greystone Community Centre in Carlisle where he met with the first responders, emergency services, military and public sector personnel, charity and community representatives involved in the rescue and support of those affected by recent floods.  The prince also visited the town of Appleby-in-Westmorland to view flood damage and learn more about the ongoing repair works…” 

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Members of the Swedish Royal Family Attend a Gala in Stockholm.

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On the evening of Sunday, December 20, 2015, Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden and Her Royal Highness Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Mr. Christopher O’Neill attended the 2015 Formal Gathering of the Svenska Akademiens (Swedish Academy) held at the Börshuset in Stockholm.

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(VIDEO) HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Attends a Concert at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo.

Monaco TRCOn the evening of December 17, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco and Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover attended the 2015 Année de la Russie à Monaco closing concert held inside the stunning Salle Garnier at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo.

TRC MonacoThe sovereign prince and the princess along with hundreds of attendees were treated to a performance by pianist, Mr. Denis Matsuev, accompanied by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo. Thursday’s performance was also held in celebration the 175th anniversary of the birth of Mr. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Below is an video review of the Année de la Russie en Principauté de Monaco.

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HRH Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands Attends the Première of Juliana: Moeder van het Volk, Over Koningschap en Emancipatie.

prinses-beatrix-okt-15-sOn the evening of Saturday, December 19, 2015, Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands attended the première of the theatre reading of Juliana: Moeder van het Volk, Over Koningschap en Emancipatie, held at the Stadsschouwburg  in Amsterdam.

Directed by Mr. John Leerdam tonight’s performance is an ode to the late Queen Juliana of the Netherlands who was viewed as a “…role model for many women in the Netherlands, the former Netherlands Antilles and Suriname…” according to RVD.

Overall, in a press release via Stadsschouwburg, the theatre reading of Juliana is a tribute to a:

“…human queen, but also a story about emancipation. Juliana is put down as a confident queen who is involved in world politics. At the same time she struggles with her ​​dependence on her mother and her husband, Prince Bernhard. She ruled in an era where men had to say, but had an eye for the emerging women’s emancipation. Through her ​​example – as queen, wife and working mother – Juliana gave women throughout the kingdom the space to develop as well.”

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(VIDEO) HIM Empress Michiko of Japan Attends a Concert at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

On Saturday, December 19, 2015, Her Imperial Majesty Empress Michiko of Japan arrived at the Suntory Hall in Minato, Tokyo, Japan to attend a concert performance by violinist, Ms. Yasuko Otani, accompanied by the National Philharmonic Society of Ukraine Kiev.

This afternoon’s performance also marked the 40th anniversary violin début by Ms. Otani according to Kyodo News.

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HRH The Duchess of Cornwall Attends a Horse Show in London.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 17: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall presents the Raymond Brooks-Ward Memorial Trophy to winner Jessica Mendoza during The London International Horse Show at Olympia Exhibition Centre on December 17, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson - WPA Pool /Getty Images)

On Thursday, December 17, 2015, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall attended the 2015 London International Horse Show held at the Olympia Exhibition Center in London, England.

The lovely duchess of Patron of the British Equestrian Federation.

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(VIDEO) HM King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Visits SHAPE.

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On Thursday, December 17, 2015, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands visited the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Casteau, Belgium.

According to a SHAPE press release His Majesty was warmly welcomed to the headquarters by the:

“…Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) General Philip Breedlove as well as senior military commanders.  Upon his arrival at SHAPE His Majesty was greeted with an honour guard and representation from all NATO countries and partner nations. Following a bilateral meeting with General Breedlove his Majesty met with senior military commanders and toured the Comprehensive Crisis and Operations Management Centre (CCOMC). At the end of his tour the King met with national Dutch staff working at SHAPE.  

Accompanying the King were the Dutch Foreign Minister, the Dutch Chief of Defence, the Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to NATO, and the Dutch Military Representative to NATO and the EU.The CCOMC is the heart of NATO’s command and control network, responsible for anticipating, thinking, planning and reacting to significant events around the world. 

Earlier, the King paid a visit to NATO Headquarters in Brussels where he met with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and attended a meeting of the North Atlantic Council to discuss issues on the Alliance’s security agenda.” 

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HM Queen Mathilde of Belgium Attends a Theatre Performance in Brussels.

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On Thursday, December 17, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium attended a theatre performance of, Histoires is’t Waar!?, in Anderlecht, Brussels, Belgium.

belgium2This afternoon’s performance was held on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the organization Digital Aktie Kureghem-Stad (MAKS).  The organization provides young people the opportunity to develop their acting skills through various projects and performances as well as multimedia training.

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(VIDEO) HM Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Attends the 2015 Prix de Rome.

On Thursday, December 17, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attended the 2015 Prix de Rome ceremony held at the Appel Arts Center in Amsterdam.

Established in 1808 by Louis Napoleon, who introduced the Prix de Rome to The Netherlands for the for the advancement of the arts.  The award is the oldest and considered to be the most prestigious for visual artists under the age of 40.  The purpose of the Prix de Rome is to identify exceptional, talented visual artists living in The Netherlands, to stimulate their further development, and to increase their visibility. Since January 2013, The Mondriaan Fund has been responsible for the award.

The winner of the 2015 Prix de Rome, along with a check worth €40,000, went to Ms. Magali Reus for her work entitled, Leaves.  According to a press release Ms. Reus received the award for the:

“…high quality of her presentation and the fact that one looks forward to seeing which step the artist will be taking next in her development. In the words of the judges, ‘The artist works with both focus and restraint towards a new course, while making clear-cut choices. She is able to translate this process into a stimulating presentation that is both formal and personal and gradually unveils its meaning to the viewer.’ The panel was intrigued by the puzzling yet beautiful idiosyncrasy of the presented objects: their references to digital reality remain fragmented, while their enigmatic materiality raises more questions than can be answered.”

If you are interested in viewing some of the works by the 2015 Prix de Rome finalists an exhibition will be held at the Appel Arts Center in Amsterdam until January 17, 2016.

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Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain Holds an Audience and Presents an Award.

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On Wednesday, December 16, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain held an audience with representatives from the Fundación de Ayuda contra la Drogadicción (FAD) at Palacio de La Zarzuela in Madrid.

Thereafter, Her Majesty presided over the 2015 Premios a la Acción Magistral (award ceremony) inside the Salón de Magnolias.  The winner of the Educación Infantil y Primaria award went to Spanish author, Ms. Ana Isabel Garrido.  The winner of the  Educación Secundaria, Bachillerato y Especial award went to Ms. Ester Martínez Massana, and finally the winner of the Proyectos en Red went to Mr. Román Ruiz Guirao.

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HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Presents Certificates to Students.

albOn the evening of Tuesday, December 15, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco attended the 2015 Outward Bound Annual Awards ceremony held at the Yacht Club de Monaco in Monte-Carlo.

During the ceremony the sovereign prince, as Patron of Outward Bound Monaco, presented certificates to thirty-seven students who completed Outward Bound program over the summer.

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(VIDEO) HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Receives Another Award in NYC.

On the evening of December 14, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco attended the 20th Annual United Nations Correspondents Association Awards Gala held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.

During last Monday’s gala the sovereign prince received the Defender of the Year award for his lifelong dedication to protecting the marine environment as well as raising awareness about climate change.

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TRHs Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden Receive Christmas Trees.

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On December 16, 2015, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden received several Christmas trees from students from the Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) at the Kungliga Slottet in Stockholm.

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