(VIDEO) TMs King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium Host a Concert at the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ.

On the evening of Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium hosted a concert at the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Attending this evening’s concert, with performances by the National Orchestra of Belgium and Mr. Ozark Henry, included Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and her husband, Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven as well as dozens of Belgian and Dutch government officials.

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(VIDEOS) TRHs The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall Visit the Fitzwilliam Museum.

On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England.  The purpose of their visit was to celebrate the museum’s 200th anniversary as well as to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the Cambridge University Library.

According to the official website for the Fitzwilliam Museum the royal couple met with students :

“…from King’s Hedges School and Soham Village College engaged in their educational activities. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall met staff from the Museum, and were shown treasures from the Fitzwilliam’s collection including a unique sculpture in wax, Arabesque over the Right Leg, Left Arm in Front, by Edgar Degas and a European medieval illuminated manuscript.

Staff from the Cambridge University Library demonstrated the latest digitization techniques, and displayed rare items from the UL’s collection including a copy of Charles Darwin’s On the origin of species by means of natural selection (1859) and Andreas Vesalius De humani corporis fabrica librorum epitome (1543).

Also at the Fitzwilliam, Their Royal Highnesses met with representatives of University-led and local outreach, education and development initiatives including the Cambridge-Africa Programme, the Cambridge Development Initiative, the Research for Equitable Access and Learning Centre, the Campaign for Female Education, and the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, of which The Prince is Patron. They were then introduced to foreign students awarded the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarships.” 

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(VIDEO) Her Royal Highness Princess Sofia of Sweden Attends a Luncheon in Stockholm.


On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Her Royal Highness Princess Sofia of Sweden arrived at the Hotel Diplomat in Stockholm to attend a luncheon as well as roundtable discussion held under the theme, Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability.

According to the Swedish newspaper, Expressen, the meeting brought together:

“…12 participants – all women entrepreneurs – who gathered to discuss their travels in social entrepreneurship and sustainability.  Princess Sofia was invited in connection with her involvement in, Project Playground, an organization that helps disadvantaged children.

[During the meeting attendees] shared their experiences on the basis of the ‘journey that they have made and the challenges that they have encountered’, says Veronica Ericsson Laakso, CEO of the Business Challenge, which organized the lunch with A Startup Story.” 

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(VIDEOS) TMs King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium Visit the Netherlands: Day Two.

On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium continued their three-day state visit to the Netherlands.

This morning His Majesty King Philippe visited the European Space Agency/European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESA/ESTEC) in Noordwijk. During his visit His Majesty met with the Voorzitter van de Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal (President of the Dutch Senate), Ms. Anneke Broekers-Knol, the Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal (President of the House of Representatives), Ms. Khadija Arib, and other Dutch government officials.belgium1

Thereafter, His Majesty accompanied by Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium and Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attended a luncheon hosted by the Prime Minster of the Netherlands, Mr. Mark Rutte, at the Ridderzaal in Den Haag.

dutchIn the afternoon, Their Majesties Queen Mathilde and Queen Maxima visited the non-profit organization, Kamers met Kansen (Rooms with Opportunities). The organization prepares young people who “…prematurely left their school to independent living by helping them to get a job or a diploma…” according to RVD.

Their Majesties also visited Vitalis, a center which focuses on the personal guidance for children ages 5 to 18 years old who are in a vulnerable position, in Den Haag.  The two queens also visited the Cobra Museum Voor Moderne Kunst in Amstelveen where they viewed the exhibition, Pierre Alechinsky – post Cobra.belgium

Meanwhile, Their Majesties King Philippe and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands presided over a roundtable discussion organized by the “…Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW) and the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium…” according to RVD.

The day ended with His Majesty King Philippe visiting the Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatieorganisatie (Netherlands-Flanders Accreditation Organization) in Den Haag.

Please click the links below to watch a video as well as to view photos from today’s events.

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Photos courtesy of the Belgian and Dutch royal courts

(VIDEOS) New Films About Royals That You Should Watch.

As some of you may know I am a big film buff especially movies about royalty.  Anyway, there are two films that I believe are an absolute must see in the coming months.

First, Kongens Nei (The King’s Choice).  Directed by Norwegian writer and director,  Mr. Erik Poppe, Kongens Nei tells the true story of the late His Majesty King Haakon VII of Norway and the German invasion of his country on April 9, 1940.  The film stars Mr. Jesper Christensen and Mr. Anders Baasmo Christiansen.

The entertainment industry trade paper, Hollywood Reporter, writes that the film focuses on “…the real events that turned a brave man into the people’s King.  At the risk of his life Haakon VII stood firm and after three days rejected the Nazi ultimatum, resulting in an air raid designed to kill the King…” 

Beta Cinema, the movie’s international disturber, notes that Kongens Nei is the story about:

“…three dramatic days in April of 1940, when the King of Norway is presented with the monstrous ultimatum from the Germans: surrender or die. 

With German Air Force and soldiers hunting them down, the royal family is forced to flee from the capital. They decide to go separate ways, not knowing if they’ll ever see each other again. While Crown Princess Märtha leaves Norway with the children to seek refuge in Sweden, King Haakon and Crown Prince Olav stay on to fight the Germans.  

After three days of desperately trying to evade the Germans, King Haakon makes his final decision, one that may cost him, his family and many Norwegians their lives.”

Kongens Nei was released on September 23, 2016.  Check your local mega theater chain or your independent/alternative cinema such as the Arclight in Los Angeles, California, for show times.

Next, we have the film A United Kingdom starring Ms. Rosamund Pike and Mr. David Oyelowo.

The film, directed by Ms. Amma Asante, tells the true story of the late Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana, later known as Sir Seretse Goitsebeng Maphiri Khama, and his marriage to a British woman named Ruth Williams.

According to the British newspaper, The Guardian, the film is a:

“…true-life tale of unity in the face of cultural apartheid and political expediency remains as relevant as ever in these divided times.  

Rosamund Pike is Ruth Williams, a clerk from Blackheath, south London, working in Lloyds of London in 1947, who is swept off her feet by handsome law student Seretse Khama (Oyelowo). Ruth doesn’t know that Seretse is an African king in waiting, leader-to-be of the Bamangwato people of Bechuanaland (later Botswana), the British protectorate to which he is due to return on completion of his studies.

When Seretse proposes, having duly explained his true identity, Ruth imagines a new life away from the misty drizzle of London, a life that, she assures her fiance, will be taken ‘moment by moment – together’.

But when the news of this high-profile black-and-white union reaches neighboring South Africa, whose National party is busy enshrining apartheid in law, the cash-strapped British authorities move first to forbid and then to undermine the marriage, scared of alienating their supplier of cheap gold and uranium. Seretse’s regent uncle, Tshekedi Khama (Vusi Kunene), also refuses to countenance a white queen and a rift develops that threatens to tear apart more than just love.”

A United Kingdom will be released in the United States on February 17, 2017.