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

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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

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(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.

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Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Host a Gala State Banquet.

KingWAOn the evening of Monday, November 28, 2016, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands hosted a gala state banquet at the Koninklijk Paleis in Amsterdam in honor of Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium’s state visit to the Netherlands.

Guests attending tonight’s dinner included Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and her husband, Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mr. Mark Rutte, and dozens of government officials from the Netherlands as well as Belgium.

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Her Royal Highness Princess Claire of Luxembourg Gives Birth to a Healthy Baby Boy.

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On November 28, 2016, Her Royal Highness Princess Claire of Luxembourg gave birth to a healthy baby boy at the Clinique Générale Beaulieu in Geneva, Switzerland.

According to the Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg, the little prince was born at 3:59 A.M.  His Royal Highness Prince Felix was at his wife’s side during the birth.  At this time mother and son are doing well.

Congrats to the couple!

For the latest news about the royal family of Luxembourg please visit the great site, Luxarazzihere. 

Photo courtesy of the Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg

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Members of the British Royal Family Attend a Memorial Service in Chester, England.

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On Monday, November 28, 2016, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall along with Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie of York, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent, and Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy attended a memorial service at the Chester Cathedral in Chester, England in remembrance of the late sixth Duke of Westminster, Gerald Grosvenor.

The late duke passed away on August 9, 2016.

Please click here and here to view photos.

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(VIDEOS) TMs King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain Visit Portugal.

On the morning of Monday, November 28, 2016, Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain began their three-day state visit to Portugal.

The state visit began in the lovely city of Porto were Their Majesties were warmly welcomed by the President of Portugal, Mr. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and other government officials.

Please click the links below to watch a videos as well as to view photos.

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(VIDEOS) TMS King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium Visit The Netherlands.

On Monday, November 28, 2016, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium began their three-day state visit to The Netherlands at the invitation of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.

The day began with Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium along with Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands participating in a wreath laying ceremony at the National Monument at the Koninklijk Paleis op Dam in Amsterdam. Thereafter, His Majesty King Philippe and King Willem-Alexander inspected the royal guard.

belgium4Following the ceremony, Their Majesties hosted a reception at the Koninklijk Paleis in honor Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde’s visit.  Guests included dozens of Dutch as well as Belgian government officials.  During the reception King Philippe and King Willem-Alexander signed a “… border correction treaty between the Dutch municipalities of Eijsden-Margraten, Maastricht and the Belgian town of Visé…” according to RVD.

In the afternoon, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde accompanied by Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima visited a “…Flemish cultural centre in Amsterdam, De Brakke Grond, for a cultural program by the three Belgian communities.” 

belgium5Later in the day, King Philippe and King Willem-Alexander participated in the Belgian-Dutch Innovative Entrepreneurs & Finance conference while Queen Mathilde and Queen Maxima attended a symposium on urban development and bilateral cooperation.

Tonight, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima will host a gala state banquet at the Koninklijk Paleis. 

Please click the links below to watch videos as well as to view photos.

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(VIDEO) His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales Attends the Consecration of England’s First Syriac Orthodox Cathedral.

On Thursday, November 24, 2016, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales attended the consecration of the St. Thomas Cathedral Syrian Orthodox Church in Acton, London.

According to the Anglican Communion News Service the church is:

“…Britain’s first Syriac Orthodox Cathedral. The Prince of Wales was the guest of honor at the service, which was attended by a number of senior Anglicans from the Church of England, including the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres; the Bishop at Lambeth, Nigel Stock; and the Bishop of Ebbsfleet, Jonathan Goodall, the former ecumenical secretary at Lambeth Palace.

The new cathedral of St Thomas is the former Saint Saviour’s Church in Acton, west London – formerly a chapel for deaf Christians operated by the Royal Association for the Deaf.”

During yesterday’s event The Prince of Wales gave a speech stating:

“Your Holiness, Your Grace Archbishop Athanasius,

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It gives me great happiness to be present at the consecration of the Cathedral of St. Thomas. It is surely deeply encouraging, at a time when the members of the Syriac Orthodox Church in their homelands of Syria and Iraq are undergoing such desperate trials and such appalling suffering, that in Britain the Syriac Church is able to expand and gain in strength. In this way the consecration of your Cathedral is indeed a notable sign of hope for the future.

In many ways, every consecration of a Christian church recalls the consecration of King Solomon’s temple in Jerusalem. There, in the book of Kings, it is said that, when the Arc of the Covenant was brought into the temple, “the Glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord”. I can only pray that the divine glory may likewise fill this newly consecrated house of God.

While rejoicing in the beauty of this place of worship, at the same time it is perhaps worth remembering that the highest and ultimate temple of God is the human person. As St. Paul says to the Corinthians, “Do you not know that you are God’s temple?” (I Cor. 3:16). The Church of God exists not only in visible buildings such as the present, but also more profoundly in the invisible building formed from the living stones of the faithful. So, as we consecrate this visible temple, let us also, each one of us, rededicate to our Lord the inner temple that is our own true self.

May the congregation of this Cathedral, and all the members of the Syriac Orthodox Church, wherever they may be, be blessed with the kind of courage and faith that can ultimately transcend the unbearable misery and anguish that have been so cruelly inflicted upon you, your loved ones and your brethren.”

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(VIDEO) HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Presides Over an Award Ceremony in Paris.

On Monday, November 21, 2016, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco presided over the 2016 Grandes Médailles Albert I in Paris, France.

Each year the Institut Océanographique de Monaco presents awards to outstanding individuals who have dedicated their lives to marine science and research.

The winners of the  2016 Grandes Médailles Albert I are:

Scientist, Mr. Daniel Pauly, for his expertise in marine resources and the effects of overfishing.

Mr. Thibaut Barreyre for his published work entitled, Dynamics and Heat Fluxes of the Lucky Strike Hydrothermal Field (Mid-Atlantic Ridge, 37 ° 17’N).

Ms. Sophie Gourguet for her published thesis entitled, Ecological and Economic Viability for the Sustainable Management of Mixed Fisheries.

Mr. Erik Orsenna, winner of the Mediation Award, for raising awareness and discovery the marine world through his travels and enthusiasm of his pen.

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(VIDEOS) HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark Inaugurates a New Hospital Building.

On Thursday, November 24, 2016, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark inaugurated the new Kolding Sygehus (Kolding Hospital) Patient Acute building in Kolding, Denmark.

According to a press release the new building is “…part of the Hospital Little Belt and is an extension and renovation of the existing Kolding Hospital. The new building consists of a common emergency department, main entrance, chapel, ward and mother-child center.” 

 Click here to watch two more videos from today’s opening.

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(VIDEOS) HM King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Visits the City of Almere.

On the morning of Thursday, November 24, 2016, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands visited the city of Almere in the province of Flevoland.

During today’s visit His Majesty visited a public school where he met with students and staff, toured a community center and thrift store, and much more.

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(VIDEO) HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Participates in the Peace Walk in Monte-Carlo.

On Wednesday, November 23, 2016, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco participated in the 9th Peace and Sport International Forum Peace Walk held along the Terrasses de l’Opéra in Monte-Carlo.

The theme of this year’s Peace and Sport International Forum, Game on for Peace: Changing the World through Sport. 

Click here to view a small photo gallery.

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