(VIDEO) Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain Attends an Awards Ceremony at the Casa del Lector in Madrid.

On Thursday, March 31, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain presented awards during the closing ceremony of 2nd Edition of the School Short Film Festival project, Diversidad en Serie: Historias que Merecen ser Contadas, at the Casa del Lector in Madrid.

The project, promoted by Netflix and the Fundación FAD Juventud, aims to promote discourses on diversity (gender, cultural and/or generational) and motivate artistic or audiovisual vocations through the scriptwriting of short films by students between 14 and 20 years.  

Almost 900 schoolchildren from different educational centers have participated in this editionpresenting 109 short film scripts with stories of diversity.

Of the scripts presented, there have been five winning teams that have agreed, in addition to a master class with Ms. Susana Casares, film director and head of talent training at Netflix Spain-Portugal, to have their works professionally recorded in the hand of the artistic company Lanau. The winning scripts have shown some situation or content that reflects a reflection on the importance of diversity, especially those referring to cultural, gender and intergenerational diversity.

Miss Daniela Valentina Mangones Paternina, from Valencia, has been awarded for her script, Different Flavors of Pizza, which tells the story of a social experiment that tests the differences and peculiarities of a large human group that ends up understanding each other because of what they do have in common. 

Not Everything is Always What it Seems, a script by Miss Laura Chana Morales from Madrid,  has been awarded for telling the story of Mia, a young woman discriminated against for her physical appearance who is unjustly accused of a robbery. She gets shelter, reasons to move on, and the truth to be known, thanks to friendship. 

The script for, Daniela, confronts discrimination based on gender in the school. The award-winning authors, Miss Natalia Alamillos Agudo, Miss Patricia López Merino, and Miss Alba Campos Clavo from Valencia, highlight the situation of some Transgendered people and the need for support from their classmates, to denounce discriminatory treatment by a teacher. 

For their part, Mr. Víctor Sánchez Romero, Mr. Raúl Gaia, and Mr. Erik Borrella Navarro from Valencia tell in their award-winning script, Alcalde, the story of a young mayor who understands cultural diversity as an opportunity for progress and the generation of social wealth. This character has the idea of ​​repopulating his town and doing it better with a call to people “outside”.  

The last of the recognized scripts have been, My Story, by Mr. David Valladarez Melgar from Valencia which narrates the biography of a young man who decides to go live with his mother in a country “On the Other Side of the Pond”. The protagonist of it faces various types of discrimination, all around having to adapt to being “different” and the suffering that this entails. 

Congrats to all the winners!

(VIDEO) TRHs The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall Open the New Meta Offices.

On Wednesday, March 30, 2022, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall officially opened the new Meta (formerly known as Facebook) King’s Cross offices in London, England.

During today’s opening, the royal couple “…tried out the new virtual reality headsets before a digital plaque unveiling at the company’s eco-friendly offices…”

(VIDEO) HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Awarded the 2022 Prix Pierre de Coubertin.

Skip to the 11:54 mark to watch a news report

On the afternoon of Tuesday, March 29, 2022, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco received the 2022 Prix Pierre de Coubertin Award from the Association des Écrivains Sportifs in Monaco.

According to the website for the International Committee of the Meditteranean Games, the award is presented to an individual:

“…every four years on the occasion of the Games of the Olympiad, and the recipient is a person whose works of literature or art, or social or political action have promoted the Olympic spirit.

Prince Albert II  is always supporting the International Committee of Meditteranean Games and he had traveled to Patras for the last edition of the Meditteranean Beach Games in 2019.”

(VIDEOS) TMs King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium Visit the Visit the Province of Namur.

On the morning of Wednesday, March 30, 2022, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium began their visit to the province of Namur, Belgium.

The day began at the Provincial School of Agronomy and Science (EPASC) in Ciney. Whilst there King Philippe and Queen Mathilde participated in a round table discussion on the profession of tomorrow’s farmer, with former students, students, and parents. Their Majesties also visited various classes including science, agricultural mechanics, environment and horticulture laboratories.

Thereafter, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde visited Anseremme where they went on a boat trip with the Compagnie des Croisières Mosanes to the Castle and Gardens of Freÿr-sur-Meuse in Hastière.

Overall, it was a wonderful day and the reigning couple had a fabulous time. 

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Photos courtesy of the Belgian Royal Court

(VIDEO) HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Visits the Forum des Séjours Linguistiques à l’Étranger.

On Wednesday, March 30, 2022, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco visited the Forum des Séjours Linguistiques à l’Étranger held at the Espace Léo Ferré in Fontvieille. The event is organized by the Association des Parents d’Elèves de Monaco (APEM).

For over 20 years, the APEM forum provides detailed information for students, and their parents, who wish to study abroad or at home in order to improve their foreign language skills. The study abroad program is available to middle to high school students. Languages available include:

English: in Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, in Dubai, in France

German: in Germany, Austria, Switzerland

Spanish: in Spain, Argentina, Ecuador, Costa Rica, in Mexico

Italian : in Italy, Swiss Italian

Russian: in Russia, Latvia

Chinese: in China, in Taiwan

(VIDEOS) Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Launches a New Mental Health Foundation.

On Wednesday, March 30, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands officially launched the new mental health foundation, MIND Us, in Rotterdam. Her Majesty is Honorary President of the foundation.

According to the official website for MIND Us the foundation:

“…focuses on promoting mental health and the prevention of mental health issues in young people aged 12-27. Overall, MIND Us works on the healthy development of young people: to be vulnerable, to grow, to learn and to experience. So that they become more resilient and get a grip on their mental health.

MIND Us joins forces, stimulates (innovative) initiatives and ensures that mental problems of young people receive the right attention. Together with young people, policy makers, entrepreneurs and scientists, we create a platform where young people feel seen and heard. And where their solutions lead to more resilience and good mental health. MIND US. Together for a mentally healthy childhood

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King Juan Carlos I of Spain Headed for a Juicy Trial Against His Tawdry Ex-Lover!

If you haven’t heard by now Emeritus King Juan Carlos I of Spain is being sued by his ex-lover of many years, Ms. Corinna Larsen (formerly Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn), in a British High Court in London, England.

Ms. Larsen is claiming harassment, defamation, stalking (illegal surveillance) against the old disgraced king.

Last Thursday, March 24, 2022, The Honorable Justice Matthew Nicklin denied the request of State/Sovereign Immunity, under the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht, made by Sir Daniel Bethlehem, the barrister representing Emeritus King Juan Carlos. Sir Daniel Bethlehem claims that the old king — and Elephant killer. I’ll tell you about that later — is protected under the State/Sovereign Immunity laws/statutes because he is:

“…the former King of Spain. He abdicated, in favour of his son, now King Felipe VI, on 18 June 2014. The Constitution of Spain does not regulate the legal status of an abdicated King. A Royal Decree, published on the day of the Defendant’s abdication, established that the Defendant would continue to use the title King for life on an honorary basis (“King Emeritus”), would be addressed as “His Majesty” and would receive military honours analogous to those provided to the Heir to the Throne.In the period from 19 June 2014 to 2 June 2019, the Defendant has continued to represent the Spanish State at several public events: [18] and [22]. The Defendant retired from public life on 2 June 2019.

Since August 2020, he has lived in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: [3]. The Defendant claimed that he was immune from the jurisdiction of the English Court in respect of all or part of the Claimant’s claim under ss.1, 14 and 20 of the State Immunity Act 1978 (“the SIA”) (the relevant parts of the Act are set out in [24]). His claim to immunity arose from his capacity as a senior member of the Spanish Royal Family and Royal House of Spain, including in respect of the claims brought in these proceedings. The Defendant argued that this immunity did not place him above the law. He is subject to the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Spain, but that Court alone.

The claim for immunity was based on two grounds: (1) the Defendant was personally immune from the jurisdiction of the English Court as a result of his being a “sovereign” under s.20(1)(a) SIA and/or a member of the family of the current King of Spain, King Felipe VI, “forming part of his household” under s.20(1)(b) SIA; and (2) the Defendant was immune for acts carried out by him in a public capacity, before his abdication, under s.14(1) SIA”

So, after this not so brilliant argument was made, The Honorable Justice Nicklin denied the use of States/Sovereign Immunity noting:

“In respect of the claim to personal immunity as ‘sovereign’ or member of King Felipe VI’s family forming part of his ‘household’, the Court found that: (1) whatever special status the Defendant retained under the law and Constitution of Spain, he was no longer a ‘sovereign’ or ‘head of state’, so as to entitle him to personal immunity under s.20(1)(a): [56]-[60]: and (2) the Defendant was also not a member of the ‘household’ of King Felipe VI so as to entitle him to immunity under s.20(1)(b): [61]-[64].

The definition of ‘household’ under s.20(1)(b) is to be determined in accordance with English Law, and the decision of the Court of Appeal in Apex Global Management Ltd -v- Fi Call Ltd & Others [2014] 1 WLR 492 determined that, to qualify as a part of the ‘household’ under the subsection, the ‘central criterion… is dependence, rather than the performance by any such persons of diplomatic duties or functions…’: [46]- [47].

The Defendant was not a dependent of King Felipe VI but, in any event, since his retirement from public life, the Defendant has discharged no Royal, constitutional and/or representational functions: [64].

In respect of functional immunity claimed in respect of acts of the Defendant carried out in his public capacity, the Court rejected this ground of immunity for acts of harassment alleged against the Defendant prior to his abdication. The Claimant’s claim is based on a course of conduct of alleged harassment by the Defendant. Such acts do not fall within the sphere of governmental or sovereign activity: [68]. Acts of surveillance alleged by the Claimant, if carried out by agents of Centro Nacional de Inteligencia (CNI: The Spanish National Intelligence Agency), might potentially attract state immunity, but no such immunity had been claimed by the Spanish State and it was unclear precisely what role CNI agents played in the alleged acts of harassment: [72].

On the Claimant’s behalf, an offer was made to make clear that she was not alleging that acts alleged against the head of CNI were carried out by him in a personal, not official capacity. The Court will direct that this is made clear in the Claimant’s claim: [75].

The effect of the Court’s decision is that the civil claim brought by the Claimant will be allowed to proceed: [78].

While this morning the world had its eyes on Westminster Abbey, for the Service of Thanksgiving for the late Duke of Edinburgh, down the street King Juan Carlos I received another massive blow to his already inflated ego. Immediately after last Thursday’s denial of State/Sovereign Immunity Sir Daniel Bethlehem had requested permission to appeal the decision. Well, the decision came and The Honorable Justice Nicklin said…no. Again.

And, so, here we are. The trial will proceed, and I have a feeling it may be just as scandalous as the 1960s Profumo Trial/Affair. Or, worse.

Now, you’re probably wondering why I referred to Emeritus King Juan Carlos I as the “Elephant Killer”, right? Well, on April 12, 2012, the old king went on a luxurious $57,850 a week elephant killing vacation in Botswana, Africa, alongside several wealthy businessmen and his lover at the time, Ms. Corinna Larsen (who was then known as Princess Corinna Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn).

During his disgusting vacation of watching innocent elephants suffer after being shot then slowly dying King Juan Carlos I had an accidental fall thus fracturing his right hip in three places. Karma. As a result of his accident, the old king was immediately flown to the San José Hospital in Madrid where he had hip replacement surgery.

King Juan Carlos I’s vacation had angered the people of Spain not just because the old king slaughtered innocent elephants for fun, but also due to the fact thousands of Euros were spent on a stupid vacation while the people of Spain were in a serious economic crisis.  When the vast majority of the public learned that the old king was having a years long extramarital affair with a not-so-hot blonde named Corinna combined with a vacation in Botswana, the epic downfall of King Juan Carlos I had begun. Everyone hated him including his old patronage, the WWF España.

If you’re interested in reading about what happened between the WWF España organization and the old king please click here.