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
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.
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.
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.
On Saturday, December 12, 2015, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium attended a special Mass at the Sint-Romboutskathedraal (St. Rumbold’s Cathedral) in Mechelen for the new Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels, Msgr. Jozef De Kesel. Last month, November 6, His Holiness Pope Francis named Msgr. Jozef De Kesel to succeed Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard.
Twenty bishops, 140 priests and 30 deacons presided over this afternoon’s Eucharistic celebrations which was attended by over 250 people including Belgian politicians, religious leaders, and of course the faithful.
On Thursday, December 10, 2015, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands visited the Gezondheidscentrum (health center) Thermion in Nijmegen.
Whilst there His Majesty participated in a meeting with nurses and individuals who work in the home care industry. Discussions focused on a variety of issues including the recent changes in the Dutch health care system according to RVD.
Following the meeting His Majesty took the time to meet with “…chronically ill residents of Nijmegen.”
On the morning of Saturday, December 12, 2015, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands celebrated the 350th anniversary of the Koninklijke Korps Mariniers (Royal Marine Corps) in Rotterdam.
Following brief ceremony at the Stadhuis van Rotterdam, where various speeches were made by the Mayor of Rotterdam, His Majesty along with hundreds of guests watched a military parade with 5,000 former and current members of the Korps Mariniers.