TMs King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway Welcome His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan to Oslo.

On Monday, March 14, 2022, Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway accompanied by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway welcomed His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan to the Kongelige Slott in Oslo. King Abdullah II is on two-day working visit to the beautiful Scandinavian country of Norway.

After the welcoming, Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja along with Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended a luncheon held in His Majesty King Abdullah II’s honor.

According to the Norwegian royal court the two countries of Jordan and Norway:

“…work closely together in many areas. The Russian invasion and war in Ukraine marked the political talks that King Abdullah has had with Norwegian politicians during the visit.

Jordan is an important partner for Norway multilaterally. Jordan’s hospitality to Syrians and other refugees is an important contribution to regional stability. Jordan plays an important role in the work to reach a negotiated two-state solution between Israel and Palestine, said Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre after his meeting with the King of Jordan.

During his stay in Oslo, King Abdullah II participated in a foreign policy meeting arranged by the Norwegian Institute of Foreign Policy (NUPI) and the Institute for Peace Research (PRIO).

In March 2020, Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja made a State Visit to Jordan. The visit was “…the first to the Middle East and marked 50 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.”  In 2000, Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania paid a state visit to Oslo. In 2014, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit made an official visit to Jordan.

Photos courtesy of the Norwegian Royal Court/S.Gjeruldsen

(VIDEO) HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Turns 64 Years Young.

Photo courtesy of the Palais Princier/M.Alesi

On Monday, March 14, 2022, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco turned 64 years old. The only son of Their Serene Highnesses Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace of Monaco made a surprise appearance on the balcony at the Palais Princier de Monaco this afternoon as l’Orchestre des Carabiniers du Prince played Happy Birthday to their beloved sovereign prince.

Happy Birthday, Prince Albert II!

(VIDEOS) Members of the British Royal Family Attend the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey 

On Monday, March 14, 2022, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy, attended the Commonwealth Day Service held at Westminster Abbey in London, England. Sadly, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II did not attend today’s service. This was due to “…mobility issues, not an illness.”

The theme for this year’s Commonwealth Day Service is, Delivering A Common Future, and it is the first in-person gathering of the Commonwealth since the start of the pandemic. Today’s event also reflected on Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Year with a special focus on the role that service plays in the lives of people and communities across the Commonwealth.

Below is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 2022 Commonwealth Day message:

“In this year of my Platinum Jubilee, it has given me pleasure to renew the promise I made in 1947, that my life will always be devoted in service.

Today, it is rewarding to observe a modem, vibrant and connected Commonwealth that combines a wealth of history and tradition with the great social, cultural and technological advances of our time.

That the Commonwealth stands ever taller is a credit to all who have been involved. We are nourished and sustained by our relationships and, throughout my life, I have enjoyed the privilege of hearing what the relationships built across the great reach and diversity of the Commonwealth have meant to people and communities.

Our family of nations continues to be a point of connection, cooperation and friendship. It is a place to come together to pursue common goals and the common good, providing everyone with the opportunity to serve and benefit.

In these testing times, it is my hope that you can draw strength and inspiration from what we share, as we work together towards a healthy, sustainable and prosperous future for all.

And on this special day for our family — in a year that will include the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and the Commonwealth Games — I hope we can deepen our resolve to support and serve one another, and endeavour to ensure the Commonwealth remains an influential force for good in our world for many generations to come. 


(VIDEO) His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain Attends the Inauguration of the Exhibition, Alfonso X: El Legado de un Rey Precursor, in Toledo.

On Monday, March 14, 2022, His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain attended the inauguration of the exhibition, Alfonso X: El Legado de un Rey Precursor, at the Museo Santa Cruz in Toledo, Spain.

Alfonso X: El Legado de un Rey Precursor (Alfonso X: The Legacy of a Forerunner King) exhibition is being held on the occasion of the VIII Centenary of the birth of Alfonso X of Castilla with the aim of highlighting the figure and legacy of the king who went down in history with the nickname of “The Wise One”.
Over 200 pieces from national and international institutions such as the National Library of Spain, the Prado Museum, National Heritage, The Alhambra, the Cathedral of Santiago or the National Libraries of France and Great Britain, visitors will be able to learn about the history and the socio-political context in which this great character in Spanish history lived, as well as the great literary, scientific, historical and legal work that he sponsored, supervised and in which he often participated with his own writing and in collaboration with a group of Latin, Hebrew and Islamic intellectuals known as the Toledo School of Translators.

Alfonso X: El Legado de un Rey Precursor will be open to the public from March 14- June 19, 2022. For more information about this exciting new exhibit please click the link below:

(VIDEO) HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark Visits Three Green Tech Companies

On the morning of Monday, March 14, 2022, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark accompanied by the Minister of Climate, Mr. Dan Jørgensen, visited three Danish companies, that are involved in developing and implementing technologies that will assist Denmark into the green transition.

The day began with a visit to the green technology developer, Estech. During the visit, Crown Prince Frederik and Mr. Jørgensen were given a tour of the company headquarters and were informed about the development of “…pilot facilities for capturing and storing CO2, also called CCS…” according to a press release.

Thereafter, Crown Prince Frederik and Mr. Jørgensen visited the biogas production company, Nature Energy. Whilst there the Crown Prince and Mr. Jørgensen were given a tour of the company’s laboratory and talked about the work of rolling out a full-scale Power-to-X plant, which will provide significant CO2 reductions by 2030.

The day ended with a visit to the green technology company, Stiesdal, in Spøttrup. During the visit, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik had the honor of inaugurating the SkyClean Plant, a fascinating technology that combines biofuel production and carbon capture and storage. According to a Stiesdal press release:

“…the core of SkyClean is a pyrolysis process in which organic waste from agriculture and forestry is converted into biochar, gas, and oil by heating to a high temperature without the presence of oxygen.

Dry plant material typically contains approximately 50% carbon that the plants have extracted from the atmosphere in the form of CO2. All the carbon in waste from agriculture and forestry thus also comes from the atmosphere. This applies regardless of whether the waste is purely plant-based or whether it is waste from livestock or the food industry.

In the pyrolysis process, half of the carbon in the waste is converted to biochar, while the other half becomes oil and gas. Biochar is a stable material that only decomposes very slowly, and half of the carbon that turns into biochar is effectively removed from the atmosphere.

Half of the carbon that does not turn into biochar comes out of the pyrolysis process as gas and oil. The gas can be used as fuel in the heat supply and an industry, and the oil can be refined into fuel for the transport sector.

The fuel production aspect of SkyClean adds very valuable revenue streams, in the essence funding the carbon capture and storage.”

And, that’s it.

To watch a video as well as to view photos from today’s visits please click the links below:

Photos courtesy of Klimaministeriet Denmark