(VIDEOS) His Holiness Pope Francis Meets with the Prince and Princess of Monaco.

 

On Monday, January 18, 2016, His Holiness Pope Francis held an audience with Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco inside the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican. 

During this morning’s brief meeting discussions focused on bilateral relations, environmental issues, the reception of refugees from the Middle East into Europe, and the historical ties as well as contributions of the Catholic Church in the daily lives within the Principality of Monaco. 

 

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HRH Prince Henrik of Denmark Hosts a Royal Hunt.

 

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On the morning of January 14, 2016, His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark hosted a royal hunt at Gribskov in northern Zealand.

The retired French-born prince looked a bit lost and glum as he and his wealthy pals slaughtered innocent animals for “fun.”

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(VIDEOS) Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium Holds a Meeting with Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan in Brussels.

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On the afternoon of Tuesday, January 12, 2016, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium met with Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan at the Palais Royal in Brussels.

The purpose of the Her Majesty Queen Rania’s visit was to discuss the Syrian crisis as well as mobilizing international support for Jordan’s education system.

In a statement released by Her Majesty Queen Rania’s press office today’s meeting specifically focused on:

“…showcasing the struggles Jordanian citizens face in cities that are densely populated by Syrians. She highlighted the impact the crisis has had on Jordan’s resources, infrastructure, and especially schools, which have enrolled 150,000 Syrian students.  This has affected the quality of education at schools that have been forced to run double shifts, with teachers under pressure to handle larger numbers of students in each class.

Her Majesty’s meetings are part of Jordan’s extensive efforts at all levels, ahead of the Syria’s Donor Conference in London on February 4 where, education will be a key theme.” 

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Click here to watch a video news report of Her Majesty Queen Rania’s meeting with the Prime Minister of Belgium, Mr. Charles Michel, and the President of the European Commission, Mr. Jean-Claude Junker.

HM Queen Letizia of Spain Holds Audiences at Palacio de La Zarzuela.

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On the morning of Friday, January 8, 2016, Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain held an audience with representatives from the Fundación Secretariado Gitano at Palacio de La Zarzuela in Madrid.

Thereafter, Her Majesty met with members of the Junta Directiva de la Plataforma de Organizaciones de Infancia de España.

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Photo courtesy of the Spanish royal court

HM Queen Mathilde of Belgium Views an Exhibition at the Musée d’Ixelles.

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On Friday, January 8, 2016, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium arrived at the Musée d’Ixelles in Brussels to view the exhibition, Nervia/Laethem-Saint-Martin: Traits d’union. 

This special exhibition showcases two Belgian arts groups that played an important role on the Belgian artistic scene during the interwar period: The Laethem group in the northern countries which included amongst others, Gustave Van de Woestyne and Valerius de Saedeleer and, in south, towards the Hainaut axis, Nervia, with Anto Carte and Léon Navez. These artists favoured a serene atmosphere and warm palette. Their works are brought together for the first time and reveal the numerous areas of convergence as well as the differences between the two groups.

Curated by Ms. Catherine Verleysen from the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Gand and Mr. Michel De Reymaeker from the Musée des Beaux-arts Mons,  developed the exhibition which emphasizes the similarities – of inspiration, form and technique – between the painters of Laethem-Saint-Martin and the Nervia group. They aimed to evoke a kinship rather than point out differences.

As such, they require the viewer to call upon some traditional knowledge such as chronology, remembering the old days, different influences and generations. But beyond this, they require a desire to see, to observe and to be freed from constraint in order to better understand the image.

Nervia/Laethem-Saint-Martin: Traits d’union will be open to the public until January 17, 2016 at the Musée d’Ixelles.

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Photo courtesy of the Belgian royal court

The King and Queen of the Netherlands Meet with Members of the European Commission.

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Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands met with members of the European Commission at the Koninklijk Paleis in Amsterdam this afternoon.  The purpose of today’s meeting was held on the occasion of the beginning of the Dutch European Presidency.

Discussions during the meeting focused on “…jobs and growth, climate change and combating terrorism…” according to RVD.

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Photo courtesy of RVD/K. van Weel

News Regarding Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.

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On Thursday, January 7, 2016, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands arrived at the Hermitage in Amsterdam to witness the signing of a loan between the Europese Investeringsbank (EIB) and Qredits Microfinanciering Nederland (QMN).   Her Majesty is a member of the Dutch Committee for Entrepreneurship and Finance.

The €100 million loan to QMN, established by the Ministerie van Economische Zaken and the European Investment Fund for Strategic Investments, would provide more loans to Dutch startup companies and entrepreneurs. 

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Photo courtesy of the Ministerie van Economische Zaken