Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Visits the Explosieven Opruimingsdienst Defensie.

pssmaxima2011On the afternoon of Tuesday, September 13, 2016, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands visited the Explosieven Opruimingsdienst Defensie (EOD) in Soesterberg, Netherlands.

According to RVD, during today’s visit Her Majesty “…spoke with EOD’er in training and an instructor. They  got to see what equipment the EOD used in making harmless and detonation of explosives…” 

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Photo courtesy of RVD/HKH

Countess Gunnila Märta Louise Bernadotte, Grevinna af Wisborg Has Passed Away.


It is with great sadness to announce that Countess Gunnila Märta Louise Bernadotte, Grevinna af Wisborg passed away on Monday, September 12, 2016.  She was 93.

The lovely countess was married to the late Count Carl Johan Bernadotte af Wisborg, the uncle of His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.  In a statement His Majesty said of his late Aunt, “…Gunnila Bernadotte was very much appreciated, a close and faithful friend of our family and leave us in great loss.” 

(VIDEOS) TMs King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians Visit the Province of Luxembourg.

On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians visited the province of Luxembourg.

The day began with a tour of the Auberge du Vivier intergenerational center in Habay-La-Neuve.  Thereafter, Their Majesties visited the Galaxia, a business park dedicated to space applications in Transinne. The day ended with a “…reception at the town hall of Libin followed by a meeting with the inhabitants…” according to the Belgian royal court.

Please click the links below to watch two more video news reports as well as to view photos.

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(VIDEO) Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain Opens the 2016/17 School Year in Almeria.

On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain accompanied by the Minister of Education, Culture and Sports, Mr. Inigo Mendez de Vigo and the Secretary of State for Education, Culture, Training and Universities, Ms. Marcial Marin, officially opened the 2016/17 school year at the Ginés Morata Center in Almeria, Spain.

spainAccording to the Spanish royal court, during today’s opening Her Majesty unveiled a commemorative plaque and was given a tour of the center.  Her Majesty also “…visited several classrooms including Early Childhood Education (4 years), children with special needs, the library, a classroom for students enrolled in second elementary (7 years) and the gym.” 

Thereafter, Her Majesty participated in meeting with school board members, parents and teachers.

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Photo courtesy of the Spanish royal court

(VIDEOS) Members of the Swedish Royal Family Attend the Opening of the Riksdag Session.

On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 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 attended the opening of the 2016/17 Riksdag Session in Stockholm.

During today’s event His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden gave the opening speech.  Here is what he had to say:

“Mr President,

Honorable Members of the Riksdag!

Today we have gathered to open a new parliamentary year. You will now continue your important work to move our nation forward.

We live in a globalized world. Many events have recently shaken the world, including Sweden. It is clearer than ever that what happens outside of Sweden also concerns us.

Also, the European Union is subjected to stresses. We must continue to believe in cooperation between countries and on a covenant that guarantees peaceful interaction.

Sweden has been at peace for over 200 years and is today one of the world’s most prosperous countries. This has not always been. For over a hundred years ago, we were a poor country as people left. Over the past 150 years, Sweden has gone from being a country of emigration to a country that many people turn to. Today also moving thousands of Swedes abroad every year to work or study.

I hope that all Swedes in Sweden and abroad, stand up for our values. Values that belief in human equality, equality between women and men, the belief in a democratic form of government, religion and speech.

Sweden has a long tradition of promoting peace, security and human rights in the international context.

Through Sweden’s newfound place in the UN Security Council, we now have an opportunity to further make our voice heard in the global context. I hope we will manage this opportunity well. Already a week held a summit in New York on the global refugee situation. An important meeting where Sweden is one of the organizers.

Continued development of Sweden claims that the workplace is constantly renewed through entrepreneurship and innovation. It requires research and development is continuing in the world. And not least, a school and a higher education that puts knowledge and learning in first place.

Our cultural heritage is the glue that binds us together. It is rich and diverse – created by influences from different countries for centuries.

By meeting with mutual respect, and by listening and learning from each other, so we developed. That is why the good conversation between people is so important.

Ladies and gentlemen,

You are elected by the citizens who have the right to vote today. But the choices that you make affect the future of many more.

Swedish children and young people depend on you to make wise and long-term decisions.

Mr President,

With these words I wish you all the elected representative of the Swedish people, power, courage and wisdom to bring our nation further into a for all citizens favorable development.

I hereby declare 2016/2017 Parliamentary Session open.”


To watch the entire opening session, including the royal family’s carriage ride to the Riksdag, please click here and/or here.

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Photo courtesy of the Swedish royal court

Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Visits a Class at the ROC van Amsterdam – MBO College Amstelland.


On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands accompanied by the CEO of the Dutch Association of Insurers, Mr. Richard Weurding, visited two Money/Ways classes, as part of European Money Week, at the ROC van Amsterdam-MBO College Amstelland in Amstelveen. European Money Week is a joint initiative by European banking associations that aims to raise public awareness on financial literacy and improving financial education for students from elementary and secondary schools.

During today’s visit to the classes Her Majesty and Mr. Weurding participated in a roundtable discussion which focused on the “…relationship between debt and school and the benefits of financial education…” according to RVD

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Photo courtesy of RVD/HKH