(VIDEOS) Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Opens the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science.

On Thursday, December 1, 2016, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands officially opened the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS) located in the former Mariënburg convent in Den Bosch.

JADS focuses on analyzing and interpreting big data. Data sets have become so large that organizations and companies can not analyze them themselves and turn to universities for scientific expertise. The results of big data analysis can for example be used for policy-making and innovation of business and society.

The Jheronimus Academy of Data Science is a partnership of the Province of North Brabant, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Eindhoven University of Technology and Tilburg University. Science education, scientific research and innovation come together through cooperation with the (international) business community in the region of Brabant and beyond.

The collaboration of the two universities is unique since big data are studied from technological as well as economic, legal and social perspectives.

During today’s event Her Majesty was given a tour of the new center and met with students as well as staff.

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(VIDEOS) A New King is Proclaimed.

On December 1, 2016, His Royal Highness Crown Prince  Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand officially became His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun of Thailand, the 10th king of Thailand’s Chakri Dynasty (he will also be known as His Majesty King Rama X) in a succession ceremony at Dusit Palace in Bangkok, Thailand.

His Majesty formally “…accepted an invitation from parliament on Thursday to succeed his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died in October…” according to Reuters.

Long Live the King!

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark Visits a Construction Site.

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On Wednesday, November 30, 2016, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark visited the construction site of the new Marmorkirken metro station in Copenhagen.

According to the Metroselskabet press release during yesterday’s visit the future king of Denmark:

denmark2“…donned a helmet and safety equipment and took a ride down the chute 35 ft underground, after which he walked the almost 700 meters from its upcoming local metro station to the next stop at Kongens Nytorv in the recently drilled tunnel.

It is not the first time that the Crown Prince comes close to the metro project in Copenhagen. In 2007 he opened the new metro line to the airport and was on board when the first official metros drove from Kongens Nytorv directly to the airport in 14 minutes.” denmark3

Photos courtesy of Metroselskabet/Ulrik Jantzen

Royals From Around Europe Attend the Opening of the Exhibition, Convergence, in Dubai.

tessyluxembourgOn the evening of November 29, 2016, Her Royal Highness Princess Tessy of Luxembourg, Her Royal Highness Princess Tatiana of Greece, Her Royal Highness Princess Martha-Louise of Norway, His Highness Shaikh Rashid Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Her Serene Highness Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, and Her Majesty Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck of Bhutan, The Dragon Queen Mother attended the opening of the Royal Bridges exhibition entitled, Convergence, held at the Ritz Carlton Dubai International Financial Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Established by His Highness Shaikh Rashid Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa Royal Bridges is an:

“…artistic forum that challenges the role typically assigned to royalty globally – but as artists themselves – and not merely patrons of the arts.

Royal Bridges is comprised of leading artists from imperial, royal, princely and noble houses from around the globe, who are at the forefront of contemporary art, design, fashion and musical performances.rbexhibtion

Throughout history, art in its various forms has been a pursuit – not merely an avocation for monarchs, princes and princesses – yet their artistic contributions are more often than not, overshadowed by their own lineages.

Royal Bridges steps in to fill in the gap and contend the stereotype of royal patronage with the dearth of artistic talent, which is often associated with ruling houses.
With so many amazing artists hailing from royal and princely houses, Royal Bridges is the platform for dialogue amongst cultures and styles, bridging relationships and gaining a new perspective on contemporary art.”

The exhibition Convergence aims to:

“…bring together for the first time in the history of art, an exceptional mix of royal and princely artists from around the world celebrating contemporary art in the City of Dubai.

greeceFeaturing a plethora of paintings, sculptures, jewelry designs and musical performances, Convergence considers global interchange in modern and contemporary art by providing a firsthand view at the work of twenty-first century royal and princely artists’ across disciplines who have proven professional record and international recognition.

This exceptional exhibition amongst these artists whose own histories are deeply intertwined with rich stories are the product of their unique personalities and circumstances, serving as examples of the magic that befalls when individuals put their passions and ideals into practice. It shall demonstrate how their work is the product of multi-directional global dialogues between their cosmopolitan cultural heritages as well as their colloquy with major art movements of their time and countries of origin.tatianagreece

Convergence demonstrates the passion and vision, that continuously illuminate the possibilities that these artists have to offer not simply as patrons of the arts but as actors themselves: thereby enhancing the viewer’s understanding of modern-day royalty, in exhibition form – a topic that has been underrepresented in the artistic historical discourse.”

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